Barbra’s “Gypsy” Suffers Setback, “Supergirl” Soars High: BRIEFS

Plus #DumpTrump plays the gay card

Birthday shoutouts go to Simon LeBon (above), who is 57, Kelley Osbourne is 31, John Cleese is 76, and Nanette Fabray is 95.

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 – First look at Ben Whishaw in gay espionage thriller London Spy

SNICKS – Out freeskier Gus Kenworthy delivers perfect response to tired Twitter question. Oh, plus this.

Cold river. Glad it was deep.

A video posted by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on

EVAN ROSS KATZ – Cher: The Musical is real and it’s coming and ermahgerd.

“Rick Elice, the Tony-nominated co-librettist of Jersey Boys, is working on a stage musical based on the life of the iconic diva.”

DAN AVERY – GLAAD issues the television industry a report card. For the first time, the LGBT watchdog group incorporated series from streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix.

“Of the 881 regular characters expected to appear on broadcast primetime scripted programming in the coming year, 35 (4%) were identified as LGBT. (There were an additional 35 recurring LGB characters.)”

EVAN ROSS KATZ – Bette Midler on Hocus Pocus sequel delays: “Disney can’t find a virgin”


Gypsy with Barbra Streisand won’t happen at Universal Pictures.

“No one would say exactly why Universal had a course change, but the studio’s experiences on Steve Jobs and its inability to so far crack beyond art house and into the mainstream, shows that every one of these movies boils down to this hard conversation: are enough adults going to show up to make this worthwhile?”

The clock is ticking.

Supergirl flew out of the gates last night, becoming the #1 rated new series of the year. What did you think of it? As long as it keeps giving me Jeremy Jordan, i’m there.


The #DumpTrump movement against Saturday Night Live is now a gay issue. Illinois congressman Luis Gutierrez recently sent a letter to NBC asking that Trump be dumped. Then he posited on the House floor whether Trump is getting a pass because he insulted Latinos.

“If Donald Trump had said gays and lesbians were murdering and raping Americans, would he get to host the show?” he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Report finds just half of Americans are protected from anti-LGBT discrimination at work.

“According to the study, released Tuesday, 51 percent of the U.S. population lives in cities, states or counties with regulations protecting workers from discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. These protections explicitly prevent employers from firing workers for their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Here’s the Tuesday Puzzler! “Chasing Waterfalls”

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 made his way up the WWE ranks, quickly becoming a star, forming alliances and being an integral part of the drama of NXT.

Here you can see him smack talk Matt Striker.

But who wins?

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 #79 is “Strange But True” by Times Two

The duo of Shanti Jones and Johnny Dollar (which is the greatest made up showbiz name since Shirley Feeney appeared in an Army sex ed film and changed her name to Shirley Love) teamed up in the late ’80s and recorded one album as Times Two. The first single “Strange But True” peaked at #21 in May 1988. They would also hit #79 with a remake of “Cecilia.”

Congrats to Jazz, who guessed that Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was As Good As It Gets.


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 … Matt Grondin

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