More “Horror” For Lady Gaga, Louis Virtel On That “Jeopardy” Snap: BRIEFS

Plus goodbye to a tennis legend.

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

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Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ….

“Donald Trump declared his solidarity with reptiles everywhere by openly shedding his skin.”

Thanks to afhi for this week’s winning caption!


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Weekend Birthdays! Josh Bowman (above) is 28, Chaz Bono is 47, Catherine O’Hara is 62, Connie Britton is 49, Murray Head is 70.


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Internet has a gay old time with new images from Batman Vs. Superman.

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TV Land orders pilot for The First Wives Club series.


Years And Years new video for “Desire” is an explosion of queer sexuality.


We’re drowning in Tom Hardy’s new Hyundai commercial.


Famous movies re-imagined with LGBT characters

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IN OTHER NEWS

Ann and Nancy Wilson discuss Heart’s upcoming album, which will re-imagine Heart songs that got “lost in the translation,” aka “our 80’s output.” They’re going to going on tour this summer with Joan Jett and Cheap Trick, which is a hell of a ticket.


Sad news for tennis fans: Iconic reporter/personality Bud Collins has passed away at age 86.


Lady Gaga announced this morning that she will be back for more American Horror Story, but didn’t release any details.


Oh dear. Michael Sam enlists the help of Hollywood Medium Tyler Henry to contact his long-lost brother. C’mon now.
 


Matt Baume talks to our beloved former colleague Louis Virtel about that Jeopardy snap seen ’round the world, and his lifelong love for TV game shows (which I can personally attest to, having worked with the guy for a year).

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Here’s the Friday Puzzler! “Sunrise Special”


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 155th ShoutOUT™ is to … Howard Ashman

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Closing out our week with Howard, before Beauty And The Beast, Howard and Alan Menken wrote a treatment along with six songs for an animated version of the Aladdin stories, but Disney rejected the treatment. After Howard’s death, the project was revived with a new story and additional songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice to suit the new version.

Three of Howard’s original songs remained in the finished product, the enormous hit Aladdin: “Prince Ali,” “Arabian Nights,” and the classic (and Oscar-nominated) “Friend Like Me.”

 

 


On Friday I asked what list we should attempt next, and you have spoken! Sit back, and over the next few weeks we’ll have a lot of fun looking at 20 Songs Everyone Knows That Didn’t Hit The Top 40! These are all songs that have become a part of pop culture history, but failed on the chart when they were originally released. Songs that, through inclusion in films, TV, or other medium have managed to withstand the test of time.

Note – We’ll also include a couple of songs that were never actually released a singles, but have also become classics.

At #16 is “Changes” by David Bowie

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David is the only artist with two songs on this list, and they highlight how different chart-watching was in the 70’s. Back then, you could maintain a career without necessarily having enormous chart support, and during the entire decade, David only had four top 40 hits on the Hot 100. “Changes” missed that spot by one, peaking at #41 in 1972, but has become an enduring classic.

 

 


Congrats to nobody! No one guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Cagney & Lacey.

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Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here are characters from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?

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Here’s your caption pic for this week. Drop your caption ideas in the comments (And please remember to keep the captions PG-13!)

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Today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Furry Friday guy Ulrik Wrem Johannessen

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And now something special in the Briefs. I’m happy to present a new undertaking by reader Lion King. His new list will appear at the end of the Briefs. Take it away LK!

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Lewis Furey, born Lewis Greenblatt, 1949, is a Canadian musician and artist of stage, film and TV.

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Born in Montreal, he trained as a classical violinist and at 11 he was already a soloist. He then went to Juilliard in NYC to sudy. In the 70s, back in Canada, he released 3 Pop albums. Meanwhile, the main body of his work are numerous film scores. In some of these movies he also had an acting part.

The day before yesterday, as we were examining Cabaret 79 by Tom Robinson, we mentioned an interesting cover version of a song included in Lewis’ album 0f 1975, called Closing A Door. In the introduction, TR mention’s another song, called “Hustler’s Tango.” It begins with this verse:

“You say you want to rape
rape
me baby
and well you know you’ve got
you’ve got to pay pay
the match is fixed, setup
setup all ready
you’re going to wrestle with
with an angel.”
 

 
In the same album, there’s also a song called “Last Night.” It begins like this:

“I’ve always had the feeling
i’m a tourist in town
picking up boys
faking a love
and then just letting them down
ready to give
any pretty thing a whirl
sometimes i go to thinking
i was unnatural
a mean old churl
i made out in the scenes
that i wanted to make
but i was feeling unholy
on the take
what to do.”
 

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