Adam Lambert Is The Top “Idol,” ABC Family Can’t Escape “The 700 Club”: BRIEFS

Plus "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" makes it official.
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Birthday shoutouts! Norman Reedus (above) is 47, Julie Chen is 46, Danny Pintauro is 40, Eddie Redmayne is 34, and Kate McKinnon is 32.

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An Ed Kennedy post! Alan Cumming is sick of talking about his bisexuality, but Amber Heard won’t be silent.


Cartoon Network defends choice to censor gay content in UK version of Steven Universe.


Cheyenne Jackson learns how to “pat the puss.”

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Raven Symone supports Jaden Smith’s androgyny despite confusion from The View co-hosts.


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Adam Lambert is Forbes’ top Idol earner’s champion.

“The Season 8 runner-up, who released his third solo album in June 2015 and famously moonlights as the lead singer of Queen, raked in a pretax income of $10 million last year, according to Forbes’s annual American Idol earners list. It’s a career high, and a Forbes high, for the Original High singer.”


Star Wars: The Force Awakens beats Avatar as highest grossing film of all time at domestic box office in jaw-dropping 20 days.


Alexander Skarsgard will return to HBO as Nicole Kidman’s husband in the limited series Big Little Lies. It’s HBO, so hopefully …

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There is a men’s eyebrow-grooming bar in NYC.

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ABC Family, no matter what it calls itself, can’t get rid of Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club.

“According to an unnamed source, the network tried to buy out Robertson, but the price quoted was “astronomical.” The 700 Club is valuable property for Robertson: CBN’s most recent tax audit shows its airtime is worth $42.4 million annually. “We thought we could negotiate it and give him a lot of money. But that was never [Robertson’s] intention,” an unnamed source told TV Insider. “The language is ironclad. I don’t know what it would take at this point to get rid of it.”


And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay and bisexual celebs who deserve more recognition.

This week our 147th ShoutOUT™ is to … Paul Winfield

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Paul had one of his most memorable roles in the beloved 1987-88 series The Charmings, playing the snarkiest mirror in fairy tale history.

 

 


Three years ago I presented my personal favorite Briefs list, The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s, and because if there’s one thing Hollywood has taught us, it’s that sequels and reboots and remakes are ALWAYS better then the original, we’re going to the well again with The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s Part 2: The Even More Forgotten

We’ll be spotlighting 100 more of the greatest minor hits of the decade, the songs you don’t hear on any 80’s nostalgia show. Songs that missed the top ten, or top twenty … or top forty. Hopefully these forgotten gems may ring a long dormant bell, or for younger readers, provide a pop music history lesson.

At #33 is “Wild Horses” by Gino Vannelli

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Canadian Gino hit the top ten with “Living Inside Myself” and “I Just Wanna Stop,” but never hit the top 40 again, even with great pop songs like “Hurts To Be In Love” (featured on the first countdown). “Wild Horses” would be his final entry on the Hot 100, peaking at #55 in June 1987.

 

 


Congrats to zoso, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Downton Abbey.

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Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Since it’s a new year, let’s switch things up again. Here is a scene from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?

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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Lance Syverson

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Claus Pelz
80's Pop Culture Expert, Shooting At The Walls Of Heartache.
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