Briefs: Angela Bassett Returns to “AHS,” The 11th Anniversary of “Mean Girls,” and Zac Efron Gets Even Bigger

Note: Bad news. snicks is under the weather again today, after a serious resurgence of disco fever. We’re pumping him with Dayquil and Donna Summer, so with any luck he’ll be back at his post tomorrow. What follows below is a pale imitation of his daily briefs. We welcome any additions readers can make via the comments!

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Birthday shoutouts go to Outlander’s Sam Heughan (above), who is 35, Glee’s Dianna Agron is 29, Johnny Galecki is 40, Belgian pop singer Ian Thomas is 18 and Cloris Leachman is 89.

Angela Bassett is now signed on for American Horror Story: Hotel, in which she will apparently be “making lots of trouble with Lady Gaga.” But how does Tony Bennett feel about this?

Celebrate the 11th anniversary of Mean Girls with some of our best articles! Here’s four for you, Glen Coco. You go, Glen Coco.

I’m pretty sure Buzzfeed’s celebration of the “dadbod” trend is missing the point. But hey, body positivity anywhere is a good thing.

Speaking of the opposite of dadbod, it is a requirement for you to see these new Zac Efron photos.

Steve Grand’s appearance on Davey Wavey’s new video is a message about not treating men like pieces of meat. It’s pushing so hard to be ironic that it slides across the line on a trail of baby oil, but I’m glad that he seems to have a sense of humor about the whole thing.

While discussing why he doesn’t do photo shoots anymore on Conan, Matthew Perry told a bizarrely winding NSFW story about the aftermath of a photoshoot for “The Friendship Show.” I would like, if I may, to let Chandler take you on a strange journey into the inner workings of single male celebrities…

On the new episode of Inside Amy Schumer, one of the sketches was this brilliantly accurate skewering of the hypocrisy of the One Direction-style “You don’t need makeup” song that has been all the rage lately.

To promote her new movie Welcome to Me (which is opening this weekend against Avengers: Age of Ultron, so it’s bound to be a box office bonanza, just you wait), Kristen Wiig appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show as Khaleesi from Game of Thrones. It’s perhaps not as hilarious as the interview she did as Michael Jordan a couple years ago, but Jimmy interrupts her less so it’s far less irritating to watch.

 

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 celebs who deserve more recognition. This week we give a ShoutOUT™ to … Nigel Hawthorne.

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Nigel Hawthorne and Loretta Swit (Photos: Getty)

Nigel was in a 22-year relationship with screenwriter Trevor Bentham but for public appearances he often was accompanied by Loretta Swit– which, as far as beard choices go, seems sort of random. In a 2000 interview Hawthorne described his difficult choice after he was outed by The Advocate just prior to the 1995 Oscars and both Bentham and Swit were planning to attend the ceremony with him.

Nigel Hawthorne: It was kind of difficult because I was taking Loretta Swit, who is a friend, and my partner [Trevor Bentham]. We were given three seats and I was told that there would be two seats together and the third at the back. So I had to make a choice. I wrote to Loretta and said ’Look you must understand that we’ve lived together for 20 years and I cannot not be sitting next to [him]. Would you mind sitting at the back?’ And straight away she said “I totally understand. You must do it.” But then they changed and they gave us three seats together.

It was a very difficult situation because I was outed by this magazine called The Advocate. I didn’t know the magazine. I don’t mix in those circles. We lead a very quiet life. The Goldwyn office asked if I would do an interview with The Advocate and I said I don’t know what is. They said it’s a gay magazine and it has a small circulation. You have a lot of interviews. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. I said well let’s leave it. I was doing theater in the West End and they approached my producer who told them that I had done 70 interviews and that I was all interviewed out. They said “Well, if he doesn’t give us the interview we’ll write the story anyway”. (source)

 

snicks has been counting down the 100 greatest top ten hits by female artists of the 70’s (Two rules – Every song must have hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, and they all must be performed by female vocalists, either solo or as part of a group: rules I should have boned up on previously and now have a chance to redeem myself with.) Since I can’t legally put every ABBA song onto this list, I would like to nominate “Take a Chance on Me,” which hit #3 on the charts, one of only three of their singles to hit the top 10, shockingly.

Congrats to gecko44, who correctly guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was from A League of Their Own.

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Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Can you identify the movie it comes from?

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Brennan Klein grew up in Anaheim, California. Living so close to Disneyland, he found comfort in the arms of horror movies, synthpop, camp TV and offbeat musicals.