NBC Decides Fate Of “Days Of Our Lives,” Colton Makes A Splash: BRIEFS

Plus Alan Cumming's penis film
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Birthday shoutouts! Taylor Lautner (above) is 24, Kelly Rowland is 35, Damian Lewis is 45, Jennifer Aniston is 47, Sheryl Crow is 54, and Tina Louise is 82.

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Valentine’s Day cards from the Republican presidential candidates.

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Watch Johnny Weir lose it after he’s mistaken for Pee Wee Herman.


Ryan Reynolds wants Deadpool to have a boyfriend in the sequel.


Gay erotic artist Tom Of Finland is getting his own biopic.


First wives (and husbands) club: Who are the spouses of the Presidential candidates?

IN OTHER NEWS

Dan Savage on The Log Cabin Republicans:

“Every four years gay Republicans slime out from under their rocks to remind us that the Democratic candidate wasn’t always perfect on LGBT issues. They then implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) pivot to this nonsensical argument: Since your guy/gal wasn’t always perfect on LGBT issues, the LGBT community should vote for the Republican who was terrible on LGBT issues then, is terrible on LGBT issues now, and who has pledged, if elected, to remain terrible on LGBT issues forever.”


NBC has officially renewed Days Of Our Lives, but one of the caveats may be that it go back to a traditional shooting schedule. Right now the show shoots five-six months in advance, and the network wants the show to shoot closer to airtime.

“The current production model doesn’t really give NBC the chance to make notes, or for DAYS to fix story and casting issues that might impact ratings.”

Imagine all of the crap stories we wouldn’t have had to sit through.


John Kasich’s spiritual adviser calls LGBT activists “thought Nazis.”


Here’s a first look at Cartoon Network’s reboot of Powerpuff Girls, which will air this spring.


Here’s what you need to know about Alan Cumming’s penis film.


Meanwhile, it’s going to be 2 degrees where I am this weekend.

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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 our 152nd ShoutOUT™ is to … Jim J. Bullock

Jim J Bullock & RuPaul Andre Charles during Queer Duck a new animated series on ICEBOX.com. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
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Jim (above with RuPaul, who sang the theme song) starred for 20 episodes in 2002 as gay nurse Adam Seymour Duckstein on Showtime’s Queer Duck, and reprised the role in 2006’s Queer Duck: The Movie. I miss Openly Gator.

 

 


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.

AND NOW THE TOP TEN LOST HITS OF THE 80’s (VERSION 2)! At #8 is “No Time To Lose” By Tarney Spencer Band.

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The Australian/British duo Trevor Spencer and Alan Tarney released “No Time To Lose” twice, and failed both times. It was originally released in May 1979, peaking at #84. Two years later they re-recorded the song, and released the new version. This time it reached #74. It’s a shame, since the song is classic pop/rock, made to be cranked up in the car. I’ve always felt it owes more than a little to Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.”

 


Congrats to Mr. Mercutio, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Star Trek Enterprise.

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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 … Ivan Gudkov

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Pavel Lepikhin.

And now something special in the Briefs. I’m happy to present a new undertaking by reader Lion King. Because our comments system is notoriously unreliable, his new list will appear at the end of the Briefs. Take it away LK!

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Bowie had his breakout Top 5 hit in 1969 with “Space Oddity”, inspired by 2001, A Space Odyssey and helped by the coincidence of the first human landing to the moon. His album of the same name followed and it was a good album of hippy folk psychedelia, with an occasional discreet homoerotic image (“Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud”). The album, however, was not successful. Perhaps because “Space Oddity” was wrongly perceived as a novelty song and novelty acts sold singles, not albums.

A year later, in 1970, recorded the album The Man Who Sold The World, a dark, hard rocking album with influences from Bowie’s then literary interests (philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, poet Kahlil Gibran and the top names of sci-fi, among others). This album was also not a success, although the title track became a big hit for Lulu (and was later recorded by Nirvana). It was with this album that DB laid down the foundation for his gender fluid persona: he appeared on the record sleeve in a Victorian long floral dress and with long hair, freely flowing to his shoulders. The album also contained possibly his strongest gay-themed song.

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“The Width Of A Circle,” an 8-minute epic that told the story of the self-realization of a young man who grew up in a narrow-minded small town and had to struggle with internalized societal and religious impediments in order to come to enjoy his sex life as a gay man, became one of the most important parts of his live shows. To us gay people its meaning was quite obvious, as well as to the more progressive Rock journalists. An Internet research however indicating that there’s a lot of straightwashing going on – and not just for this song. Anyway…

I could analyze for you the song word for word, which would be fun for me, but since it’s 8+ minutes it would take too much of your time and of Snicks’ space, so I’ll just present the last verse: after various attempts to approach life through religion, psychology, literature, mysticism and straight sex, our hero finally finds himself in a gay bar for the first time. There, after the initial trepidation, he hooks up with a leather clad lad and their sexual encounter is so powerful that it’s like an ascent to heaven – or a descent to hell. As the prude in himself is telling him to go back, his body demands that he’d do it again. The description of “the money shot” in the final line is the most original that I’ve ever encountered. Here’s the complete last verse, it actually reads like good erotic literature:

“He swallowed his pride and puckered his lips
And showed me the leather belt round his hips
My knees were shaking my cheeks aflame
He said you’ll never go down to the Gods again
(Turn around, go back)
He struck the ground a cavern appeared
And I smelt the burning pit of fear
We crashed a thousand yards below
I said do it again, do it again
(Turn around, go back)
His nebulous body swayed above
His tongue swollen with devil’s love
The snake and I, a venom high
I said do it again, do it again
(Turn around, go back)
Breathe, breathe, breathe deeply
And I was seething, breathing deeply
A spitting sentry, horned and tailed
Waiting for you.”
 

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