John Barrowman’s Scottish “Reign,” Rostam Batmanglij Leaves Vampire Weekend: BRIEFS

Plus Tyler Posey takes in the morning.
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Birthday shoutouts! Colin O’Donaghue (above) is 35, Sara Rue is 37, Anita Baker is 58, Eddie Van Halen is 61, Gilles Marini is 40, and Ellen DeGeneres is 58.

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Straight celebrities pose as gay couples for new photo campaign.

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Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson says trans kids are “poisoned by lunatic parents.”


Matt Smith and Zosia Mamet cast as Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith in new biopic.


Tyrese Gibson drags Ellen and Andy Cohen into the #OscarsSoWhite drama.


Anderson Cooper reflects on his coming out.


IN OTHER NEWS

Out musician Rostam Batmanglij has left Vampire Weekend, the band he helped form ten years ago.


John Barrowman will guest star on something called Reign later this year:

“Barrowman, who’s no stranger to playing bad guys, is set to play Munro, a dangerous and charismatic Scottish clan leader who harbors a sinister grudge against the Queen of Scots.”

I see a kilt flash in the future.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: John Barrowman after being awarded an MBE at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on October 14, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
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Barney Miller star Abe Vigoda has passed away at the age of 94. Goodbye, Fish.


The Log Cabin Republicans claim Hillary Clinton is anti-woman.


What the hell is he wearing?

#MoodyMondays sipping coke @calvinklein #MyCalvins

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Here’s the Puzzler! “Against The Wall”


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 150th ShoutOUT™ is to … Jon Polito

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1990 was a pivotal year in Jon’s career. He starred with Marlon Brando in The Freshman, and made his first Coen Brothers appearance in Miller’s Crossing. Here he talks about working with Brando, the gay subtext in Miller’s Crossing, and being gay in Hollywood (he was turned down for roles because of his sexuality).

 

 


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 #20 is “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” by The Korgis

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British band The Korgis only hit the chart once, but the delicate “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” still holds up 35 years after it debuted. It was a top ten hit across Europe, and peaked at #18 on the Billboard chart in December 1980.

 

 


Congrats to GiovanniF7, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was The Jeffersons.

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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 … Kelvis Viera

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