Jussie Smollett To Receive NAACP Image Award, Will “Days Of Our Lives” Be Renewed? BRIEFS

Plus the honest trailer for "Labyrinth"
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Birthday shoutouts! Evan Peters (above) is 29, Melissa Rivers is 48, Rainn Wilson is 50, Will Young is 37, James Denton is 53, Bill Maher is 60, and Paul Stanley is 64.

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First Wonder Woman footage has back story, ass-kicking.

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10% of college grads actually think Judge Judy is on The Supreme Court.


Mark Hamill perfectly addresses this fan’s question about Luke Skywalker’s possible bisexuality.


Mom takes out newspaper ad announcing her son has come out.


Hot guys eating sandwiches will get you through the cold winter

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IN OTHER NEWS

The Taiwanese animators take on Palin’s endorsement of Trump.
 


Jussie Smollett is set for Chairman’s Honor at NAACP Image Awards.

“The honor, which will be presented at the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards next month, is given in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Along with his role on Empire, Smollett is a longtime activist on behalf of civil rights, HIV/AIDS awareness and other social justice causes since age 15. He volunteers with such nonprofits as the Black AIDS Institute, Artists for a New South Africa and United Negro College Fund. Recently he interrupted his performance at the BET Awards to speak out about the Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage.”

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18:  Actor/singer Jussie Smollett attends the 2016 MLK Now at Riverside Church on January 18, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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NBC is “optimistic” about a Days of Our Lives renewal.

“We’re happy with where Days was this year,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt tells TVLine. “We have a negotiating period that starts in February. Stay tuned.”

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Ross Marquand: Walking Dead fans now more accepting of the show’s gay characters.

“It’s a tender moment between two men in love, and for some reason that set people off,” Marquand says, referring to the subsequent flurry of angry tweets from viewers. “To say it bothered me is an understatement.” Yet he was heartened to see some hostile detractors come around to the idea. “These same fans are now like, ‘You seem cool now, like one of the guys,’ ” he says. “Maybe it seems silly, but for me that’s progress. People see Aaron as someone they can relate to. That’s kind of a win.”


Here’s the “Honest” trailer for Labyrinth. “Experience a film up there with The Neverending Story and The Goonies as a classic ’80s movie that isn’t quite as good as you remember.”
 


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 148th ShoutOUT™ is to … Charlie Carver

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Let’s spend a couple of days with Charlie’s most famous role, as a gay werewolf on Teen Wolf. Introduced in Season Three, Charlie and his brother Max played twin wolves Ethan and Aidan, who had the unique ability to merge into one giant super wolf thing. Originally baddies, love would eventually soothe these savage beasts. More on that tomorrow.

 

 


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 #24 is “Live Is Life” by Opus

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Austrian group Opus had an enormous hit in Europe with the infectious “Live is Life,” hitting #1 in Austria, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the top ten in the UK. They also hit #1 in Canada, but the response in the U.S. was more tepid, reaching #32 in April 1986.

 

 


Congrats to nobody! No one guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was The Comeback.

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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 … Casey Field

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