Madonna Wants Tea With The Pope, “Hotel” Opens Huge, Conrad Ricamora On Ballsier Oliver: BRIEFS

Plus "Quantico" delivers a surprise, and Congress's great gay hope

Birthday shoutouts go to Martin Henderson (above), who is 41, Stephanie Zimbalist is 59, Matt Damon is 45, Bruno Mars is 30, Rona Barrett is 79, and Sigourney Weaver is 65.

Brian Sims is Congress’s great gay hope.

“A stocky former football player with a substantial beard is not what you’d expect a reproductive rights advocate to look like. But it makes sense that Democrat Brian Sims, Pennsylvania’s first out gay legislator, can sympathize with the plight of women, so often judged solely by their appearance. The accomplishments of the 37-year-old Philadelphia-based assemblyman — onetime civil rights lawyer, former board president for Equality Pennsylvania — are often overshadowed on the gay blogosphere by those aforementioned physical traits. But Sims, who recently announced his run for Congress against a scandal-ridden incumbent, is unquestionably a powerhouse.”

Jim Halterman talks to Conrad Ricamora about a ballsier Oliver and the HIV/PrEP storyline on How To Get Away With Murder.

“Maybe he’s gotten some confidence. He’s got this hot guy by his side and he’s like, “Hey, maybe I’m not such a loser as I thought I was. Maybe I should reevaluate my low self-esteem and stand up for myself,” or maybe that was always there all along. Maybe it’s just that the level of comfortability in their relationship is just deepening more and more. It’s got to come to a head at some point, I would think, but Connor’s keeping some pretty big secrets.”


Madonna wants to have tea with the Pope

“It’s good to look out into the big, wide world and see that we have changed, and at the end of the day the message of Jesus is to love your neighbor as yourself, and so that means not judging. And to do that, you have to be more open-minded and accepting of people who have lifestyles that you perceive as unconventional. So I think it’s good, yeah. And I also believe that he’s the kind of Pope you could sit down and have a cup of tea with, and/or that you could make a joke about something and he would laugh about it.”

AHS: Hotel opened to great numbers, just a tick off the record premiere of Freak Show, but when the DVR playbacks are factored in, it will likely surpass its predecessor.

Whoa! Here’s a preview of this Sunday’s episode of Quantico, with a heated exchange between gay recruit Simon and undercover recuit Ryan. It ends … surprisingly. No, not like that.

Lady Gaga … day


And night.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06:  Lady Gaga attends The Pomeroy restaurant opening in Astoria, Queens on October 6, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

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


In 2012 Jonathan played the bacon-allergic Ogo on Nickelodeon’s Robot And Monster, as the annoying but adorable third wheel to to the title characters.

Thanks to Garrett for the Jonathan Slavin suggestion. If you have a suggestion for a future shoutout, drop me a line at

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 #92 is “Imagination” by Belouis Some


Belouis Some (born Neville Keighley) hit the Hot 100 twice, with “Some People” (which hit #67) and the slinky gem “Imagination”, which peaked at #88 in May 1985. Here’s the mainstream music video, but if you’re so inclined, you can find an extended mini-movie with boobs, boobs, and more boobs.

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


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 … Yotam Soloman

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