Adele Says “Hello” To Chart History, Did Freddie Mercury Come Out In “Bohemian Rhapsody?”: BRIEFS

Plus the birth of the Divine Miss M, and Tig Notaro gets hitched.

Birthday shoutouts go to Matt Smith (above), who is 33, Frank Ocean is 28, Finn Wittrock is 31, JUlia Roberts is 48, Jami Gertz is 50, Annie Potts is 63, and Caitlyn Jenner is 66

A housekeeping note – You may have noticed a lack of posts on The Backlot page. Going forward, the TBL page will be just for the regular TBL columns (Briefs, soaps), and the few recaps we still do. You’ll be able to find standalone posts from TBL writers on the main NNN page, along with the fabulous work that our colleagues at NNN do.

But I will feature links to the best that the main page has to offer everyday in Briefs, so …


SNICKS – Explore the dark side of fame in the trailer for Grinder (it’s not the sitcom).

SNICKS – That time Finn Wittrock did unspeakable things to Matt Bomer. Happy birthday Finn!

SNICKS – Watch rare footage of Bette Midler at the Continental Bathhouse in 1971. The birth of an icon.

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ED KENNEDY – Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra says he blackmailed closeted umpires for better calls

LYLE MASAKI – Neftlix orders more Club de Cuervos, one of the few Spanish-language chows with a queer character.

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EVAN ROSS KATZ – Justice Kennedy to Kim Davis and other government officials denying marriage equality rights: resign

“The rule of law is that, as a public official in performing your legal duties, you are bound to enforce the law.”

DAN AVERY – POLL: What’s the most important issue facing the LGBT community today? make your voice heard!

DAN AVERY – San Francisco may reopen its bathhouses after 30 years.


Congrats to Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allyne, who got married over the weekend. In attendance at the wedding were Sarah Silverman, Jessica Williams, Lucy Lawless, and Alicia Silverstone.

Adele’s “Hello” is set to become the fastest selling single of 2015.

“The British soul singer’s comeback became a viral smash when it was released online on Friday 23 October. The video has already clocked up 107m YouTube plays, 27m of which occurred on its first day of release, breaking all existing records.”

Was “Bohemian Rhapsody” Freddie Mercury’s coming-out song? Tim Rice think so.

“In the line ’Mama, I just killed a man’ he’s killed the old Freddie, his former image,” Rice told the Daily Mail. “With ’Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he’s dead,’ he’s dead, the straight person he was originally. He’s destroyed the man he was trying to be, and now this is him, trying to live with the new Freddie. ’I see a little silhouetto of a man’ – that’s him, still being haunted by what he’s done, and what he is.”

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 we give a ShoutOUT™ to … Darren Young


Darren had an up and down relationship with his Tag Team partner Titus O’Neil, including many highs …

And SHOCKING lows!

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 #78 is “Love Light In Flight” by Stevie Wonder

The first of two songs on the list from Stevie, it was the second single from the Woman In Red soundtrack, but completely overshadowed by “I Just Called To Say I Love You,” even though “Love Light In Flight” is a much, much better song. It peaked at #17 in February 1985.

Congrats to Nobody! No one guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Glen Or Glenda.


Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here is a scene from a FAMOUS MOVIE. Can you name it?


And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Janis Ostojicly

Kris Schmitz
80's Pop Culture Expert, Shooting At The Walls Of Heartache.