Jonathan Groff Teaches Stephen Colbert The “Hamilton” Walk, Adam Lambert Warms Your Winter: BRIEFS

Plus Marco Rubio's America would be hell for LGBT people
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Birthday shoutouts! Theo James (above) is 31, Benny Andersson is 69, Liv Ullmann is 77, Krysten Ritter is 34, Jon Tenney is 54, and Benjamin Bratt is 52.

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Celebs let their geek flags fly at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere. We’ll have what Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having.

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Chris Colfer is hell bent for leather.

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A first look at Daniel Franzese in the upcoming ABC Family/Freeform show Recovery Road.


AN ED KENNEDY POST! Indian actor sheds light on Bollywood’s gay casting couch


George Takei gives new Star Trek trailer the stink eye.

“It looks like a terrific action/adventure movie,” he continued (note: shade). “A lot of clinging on cliffs and getting smashed against rocks. So it should be a very successful Star Trek movie.”


Colby Keller made out with a guy in front of the Westboro Baptist Church.


IN OTHER NEWS

Marco Rubio’s America would be hell for LGBT people.

“At every turn, he has tried to make life worse for LGBT Americans. He opposed the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He opposed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Senator Rubio headlined conferences supporting reparative therapy. He even threatened to vote against his own immigration bill if it protected same-sex couples.”


Jonathan Groff teaches Stephen Colbert his Hamilton walk.


The review embargo is over, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently rocking a 94% on the Tomato Meter.


Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster can now officiate gay marriages! In New Zealand. From the Registar-General:

“In considering the matter I have referred to the Objects of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, reviewed material available online about this organisation and considered other organisations already able to nominate marriage celebrant. A review of media and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s international website show a consistent presentation of their philosophies. While some claim this is a ’parody organisation’, members have rebutted this on a number of occasions.”


Adam Lambert performs during the 97.9 No Snow Ball concert in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Adam Lambert performs during the 97.9 No Snow Ball concert at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca Raton, Florida. Pictured: Adam Lambert Ref: SPL1195562  121215   Picture by: Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles:	310-821-2666 New York:	212-619-2666 London:	870-934-2666 photodesk@splashnews.com
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Here’s the Puzzler! “Grandma’s Shawl!”


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 145th ShoutOUT™ is to … Victor Buono

After the enormous success of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, Victor would team up again with Bette Davis for another hoot, 1964’s Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, playing Big Sam Hollis.


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 #45 is “Sign of The Times” by The Belle Stars.

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UK girl group The Belle Stars had a huge hit in Europe with “Sign Of The Times,” but that success wouldn’t translate to the U.S., where it could only reach #75 in May 1983.

They would taste success in the U.S. six years later, when their remake of “Iko Iko” (which they recorded for their debut album in 1982) was resurrected for the film Rain Man, and they would have an unexpected hit, reaching #14 in March 1989.


 


Congrats to joshua, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Muppet Christmas Carol.

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

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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Simon Mathis

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