Birthday shoutouts go to Thomas Roberts (above), who is 43, Clive Barker is 63, Guy Pearce is 48, Kate Winslet is 40, and Jesse Eisenberg is 32.
The shady group that played Pope Francis.
“To be clear: This is not some fringe right-wing group enjoying little to no influence in the world. Whenever there’s a fight to be had over gay marriage, abortion, or religious freedom, you can almost count on someone from the Liberty Counsel showing up. That’s why Staver’s stunt with the pope, though maddeningly unfortunate, is business as usual for the culture warrior.”
Oh dear. They’ve picked the director for the upcoming big-screen version of The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, and it’s Seth Grahame Smith, who has never directed a feature film before.
“That’s a lot of trust to place in someone with just two screenplays — Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows adaptation, and the adaptation of his own book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter — and a couple of episodes of his TV series The Hard Times Of RJ Berger under his belt.”
I hope we don’t have another Fantastic Four situation.
Fun times in Tennessee tonight!
Did Matt Damon pull a Ben Affleck in The Martian? This is the kind of Matt Damon conversation I want to be having.
Matt Baume on Milk (the man and the movie), and turning destructive anger into positive change.
This book is creating a space for queer black boys in children’s literature.
“In Large Fears, Jeremiah Nebula longs to travel to Mars where he thinks he will find people and things that accept him rather than shame or alienation for being different from other young black boys in his life. According to Johnson, this longing leads to a daydream that causes Nebula to confront several fears he would have about going to Mars. The story follows him as he lands on different stars that symbolize different fears he has along his journey.”
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 … Jonathan Slavin
45-year-old Jonathan made his TV debut on an episode of ER back in 1994, and over the next several years made guest shots on a multitude of series until he got his first regular role, on 1997’s Union Square. It aired on NBC’s Must-See Thursday night after Friends, but was canceled after one season.
Here’s the original pilot, which was a showcase for comedic actress Mel Gorham. When the show went to series, she was replaced by Constance Marie.
Thanks to Garrett for the Jonathan Slavin suggestion. If you have a suggestion for a future shoutout, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 #95 is “Call To The Heart” by Giuffria
The first time I heard Steve Perry’s “Call To The Heart,” it filled me with confusion. I had Steve’s solo album Street Talk, and this song was not on it, and besides, Steve had already released the single “Foolish Heart,” and it didn’t make sense that there would be competing singles out. That’s when I discovered … it was not Steve Perry. It was some fake-ass Steve Perry. Actually, it was David Glen Eisley, lead singer of the group Giuffria. They peaked at #15 in February 1985.
Here are a couple of fun facts about David Glen Eisley. He’s married to Olivia Hussey (the star of Romeo & Juliet, Black Christmas, and other classic films), and he gave us the timeless “Sweet Victory” from one of the greatest episodes of Spongebob, “Band Geeks.”
Congrats to Nobody! No one guessed that Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Alien.
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 … Ricky Tishler