Matt Bomer Helps Honor Kelly Ripa, The “Fantasy Island” Reboot: BRIEFS

Plus no one knows who Chris Pratt is, and why weren't these athletes on a Wheaties box?
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Birthday shoutouts go to Brian J. Smith (above), who is 34, Hugh Jackman is 47, Josh Hutcherson is 23, and Susan Anton is 65. Behold the faboo.
 


ABC is rebooting Fantasy Island, with a female lead and no island.

“The new Fantasy Island will follow a “brilliant, dynamic and sexy woman” who runs a San Francisco-based outfit that aims to fulfill clients deepest and or darkest wishes. (The company’s name: Fantasy Island.)”


Heather Has Two Mommies author Leslea Newman on the struggle to publish gay books.

“Libraries were reporting that the book was either stolen or returned with its pages glued shut,” Newman recalled. “There was one library that found the book in the bathroom defecated upon. There were politicians who used the book for their own personal agenda. So all kinds of interesting things were happening during that time.”


The greatest athletes who never got a Wheaties box. Wait. Martina and Billie Jean King never got one?

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Speaking of deserving athletes, TBL reader dback sends along this pic of Billy Bean and Conner Mertens from the showing of the documentary Out to Win at Portland’s Cinema 21 last Thursday night. Thanks dback!

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Billy Eichner takes Chris Pratt on the street to see if he’s recognized. Whoops.
 


Kelly Ripa was honored with a star on the Walk Of Fame, and close friend Matt Bomer was by her side, as well as Ted McGinley. Okay.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12:  Matt Bomer, Kelly Ripa and Ted McGinley Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12:  Matt Bomer, Kelly Ripa and Ted McGinley Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12:  Matt Bomer attends the ceremony honoring Kelly Ripa with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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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 … Kerwin Mathews

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The gorgeous Kerwin Mathews (January 8, 1926 – July 5, 2007) moved to Hollywood in 1954, where he signed a seven-year studio contract with Columbia Pictures. He made his film debut in 1955’s Five Against The House, with Guy Madison, Kim Novak, and Brian Keith.
 

 
He followed that up with 1957’s The Garment Jungle.
 


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 #90 is “You Don’t Want Me Anymore” by Steel Breeze

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Terrific early 80’s California pop, it peaked at #16 in November 1982, and was one of two minor hits for Steel Breeze (the other, “Dreamin’ Is Easy, hit #30)
 


Congrats to zoso, who guessed that Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was The Parent Trap.

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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 … Shawn Alexander

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