Lady Gaga Looks a Gift Horse In The Mouth, Gus Kenworthy Is Nice And Naughty: HOLIDAY BRIEFS

Plus Happy Birthday Ricky Martin (and Jesus)

Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.


Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ….

“Somewhere right now, (famously JGL-obsessed TBL reader) Morgan is dressing up as Luke Skywalker and getting ready for a lesson with Yoda-fied JGL…”

Thanks to verycutepanda for this week’s winning caption!


Holiday Weekend Birthdays! Ricky Martin (above) is 44, Louis Tomlinson is 24, Sissy Spacek is 66, Jared Leto is 44, Eden Sher is 24, Wilson Cruz is 42, and the fabulous Annie Lennox is 61

The Briefs are taking the holiday off, but we’ll be back on Monday. In the meantime, be sure and check the main page for new posts.

As we go in to the long holiday weekend, I’d like to thank all of you for your readership. It’s been a challenging year, but your continued support is the best present I could hope for.

Now on to our annual HOLIDAY BRIEFS, which as always features only fun facts and positive news. Have a safe and happy holiday!


Best Christmas songs from 80s new wave artists that you haven’t heard before. Kim Wilde and Nik Kershaw doing “Rockin Around The Christmas Tree” at 35:11 is everything. (h/t Bambino Italiano)

Liza Minelli recalls her “exhilarating” time onstage with Judy Garland for the remastered Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli: Live at the London Palladium, which is being released on vinyl in a 2-LP set alongside 1961’s Judy at Carnegie Hall and 1955’s Miss Show Business.

Here are the two with “Get Happy/Happy Days.”

Who’s happier, Gus or Santa?

"Sit on my lap and let's talk about the first thing that pops up." – Mall Santa ???

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Here’s the first teaser for the return of The Flash, which looks like a lot of fun.

Santa cats!


Well, what else are you going to get a Queen?

I feel like I've known her my whole life she wants to show me things. ?

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Here’s the Friday Puzzler! “The perfect gift”

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 … Roger Rees

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Closing out our week with Roger, he married his partner of 33 years, playwright Rick Elice, in 2011, and together they created the Broadway play Peter and the Starcatcher. Here is a lovely conversation about their collaboration.

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 #39 is “Don’t Look Down” by Go West.

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Here’s the second song on the list from Go West. “Don’t Look Down” came from their debut album in 1985, and it was a top 20 hit in the UK and New Zealand. A remixed version titled “Don’t Look Down – The Sequel” was released in the U.S. two years later, and it became their first top 40 hit, barely squeaking in at #39 in October 1987.

Congrats to zoso, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was A Christmas Story.


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


Because this is a long holiday weekend, and because my cohorts and I couldn’t decide between these two holiday pics, for the first time ever, we’ll have two caption pics for you! Do either or both, and we’ll announce both winners next week.

Drop your caption ideas in the comments (And please remember to keep the captions PG-13!)




<> at Boylston Street on December 12, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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