Neil Patrick Takes Manhattan, Elton Is A Lego: BRIEFS

Plus Peter Gabriel loves a trailer.
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Birthday shoutouts! Ronan Keating (above) is 39, Jessica Biel is 34, Julie Bowen is 46, Ira Glass is 57, and Miranda Richardson is 58.

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The trailer for the new all-female Ghostbusters is here, and it’s glorious.

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Straight bully sent to gay conversion camp in new film Rainbro.


Sarah Paulson: “I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.”


Nike made Gus Kenworthy a set of custom rainbow ski goggles.


#Twinks4Trump Twitter sees Donald as the ultimate daddy.

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IN OTHER NEWS

This is the last day to contribute to the terrific out Brooklyn singer/songwriter/artist Brett Gleason’s second album Manifest. Thankfully he’s reached his goal, but there are always added expenses that need to be covered.


As it prepares to air his fight next month, HBO has something to say about Manny Pacquiao:

“Next month Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. are scheduled to meet in a Pay-Per-View bout,” HBO said in a statement. “We have an obligation to both fighters and, therefore, will proceed to produce and distribute that event. However, we felt it important to leave no uncertainty about our position on Mr. Pacquiao’s recent comments toward the LGBTQ community. We consider them insensitive, offensive and deplorable. HBO has been a proud home to many LGBTQ stories and couldn’t approach this event without clearly voicing our opinion.”


Was there ever any doubt?

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The gay men who helped propel Trump now regret their actions. Ya think?


NPH and David were busy yesterday in NYC, looking great day and night.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02:  Actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka attend the 2016 Armory Show and Armory Arts Week at Piers 92 and 94 on March 2, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - MARCH 02: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka seen out in Manhattan on March 02, 2016 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
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Aww! I especially love the Lego Elton glasses.

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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 155th ShoutOUT™ is to … Howard Ashman

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Alan Menken and Howard Ashman made history when three of their songs from Beauty And The Beast, the title song, “Be Our Guest,” and “Belle,” were all nominated for the Oscar (actually, I would have been fine if “Something There,” and my favorite, “Gaston,” had also been nominated.)

Oh, Gaston … so misunderstood. I’d still do him.
 

 

Howard was not there to accept his award, having passed away the year before, But Howard’s partner Bill Lauch (who you can see in the above pic with Howard) accepted for him, marking a historic moment on the Academy Awards. Here’s that emotional moment, which also features Liza, Shirley, and a cameo by Barbra.
 

 


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 #17 is “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel

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Peter Gabriel has had a remarkable solo career since leaving Genesis in the mid-70’s, and it all started with his first single “Solsbury Hill.” Unfortunately, it was largely ignored in America, peaking at #68 in 1977. But then two words happened that changed all that – romantic comedies. “Solsbury Hill” became the go-to song for romantic comedy trailers, so much so that it’s impossible to hear it and not think of Katherine Heigl (and it’s not just romantic comedies, just yesterday the trailer for Finding Dory was released, which prominently features … “Solsbury Hill.”)

 

 

How synonymous has “Solsbury Hill” become with happy trailers? In case you haven’t seen it, here is the brilliant recut of The Shining, turning it into a family film. The moment I heard that familiar song start playing, I had to laugh out loud.
 

 


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

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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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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Bruno

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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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After several years without a hit, Tom Robinson hit it big again in 1983, with “War Baby.”

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The start of the 80s found Tom bankrupt and depressed, so in 1982 he went to stay with a friend in Hamburg, Germany. He wrote this song, whilst stoned, after a bad experience at a gay sauna. The lyrics were cryptic enough to avoid being banned on the radio, so his second biggest hit was born, peaking just one place shy of the #5 peak of 2-4-6-8 Motorway, in 1983.

This is how it began:

“Only the very young and the very beautiful can be so aloof
Hanging out with the boys, all swagger and poise
I don’t even care what other people are there
I just stare and stare and stare
I see your shadow in the swimming pool
I see your face in the shaving mirror
Time and time and time again
I follow your footsteps so quietly up the backstairs
And I hope and I pray you ain’t never going to find me there
Smooth skin and tenderness long ago on a dark night
Wish I could see you once again just to remember it was true
I wanna be still beside you – quiet and still beside you
Listening to your breathing and feeling your warmth again.”

Lovely video:
 

 

In 1986, the Still Loving You album came out and included the song “You Tattooed Me.” The song takes place in a hypothetical 3 World War in 1954. The lyrics:

“I was stranded up in Antwerp in the Summer of ’54
There were teeming streets full of refugees
And rumours of a new world war
I was waiting at the station when a newcomer arrived
You took your place and fixed me with those crazy hazel eyes…
The boarding house was crowded where I followed you in fright
You slammed the door behind us and smashed the electric light
You said ’why try to fight it?’ – I could feel my racing heart
Then you nuzzled up like an animal
And you kissed me in the dark
We wrecked the bed and went, and never paid a cent
I drank the fare and never made the train
Till I was 25 I was only half alive
And I hardly knew what hit me when you came
And tattooed me… tattooed me
No, I hardly knew what hit me when you came
We shacked up in a basement after breaking down the door
With bedbugs in the blankets, broken bottles on the floor
We were penniless and hungry, having arguments and fights
I was coughing blood all winter but I’d never been more alive
And then one fatal day you volunteered your life away
While I was way too weak to be alarmed
And when I was drunk asleep as you left to join the fleet
You tattooed your name with a needle in my arm
You tattooed me… tattooed me
Tattooed me with a needle in my arm
With the peace talks in Geneva we slowly crawled away
From the brink of the unthinkable and began to breathe each day
There were rumours you’d deserted, then no more letters came
My life was wrecked but I did my best to pick up the bits again
And when I was on the mend I drifted back to Zaventem
And worked unloading cargo from a plane
I began to pay my way on a thousand francs a day
And as time went by I realised we’d never meet again
You tattooed me… tattooed me
And I knew that we would never meet again.”

This is the original (audio only):

This is the video from a performance in 2013.
 

 
In 1990 a collaboration with Jakko Jakszyk produced “Blood Brother”. Here are the lyrics:

“Ben was born in Lincoln County and he grew up in the fens
Teased and bullied by his brothers in a family of ten
Sociable and easygoing – helping out around the home
While his inner life ticked on like an unexploded bomb
Just waiting for his moment
Going shopping with his mother like a whippet on the leash
Always straining at the traces – out of sight and out of reach
And anytime the house was empty he would work out on his own
Disappearing on his bike in the middle of the night
And stealing from the kitchen
Open your eyes… here I am
I’m your blood brother
Well he saved up his allowance and he studied like a slave
Worked his passage to Australia to try and make his getaway
I was single when I met him – he was bitter and nineteen
And he so reminded me of someone I used to be
A long long time ago
Open your eyes… I said
Open your eyes… here I am
I’m your blood brother
Now the years have been and vanished and I’ve lost a lot of friends
I do twenty at the pool then take my kid to school
Since the party had to end;
But at a benefit last Sunday we met again as if by fate
I barely recognised Ben when he grabbed me again
And whispered in my ear:
Open your eyes… he said
Open your eyes… here I am
I am your blood brother.”

And here’s the song:
 

 

Tom Robinson is still making music today. His latest album, Only The Now, came out a few months ago. It contains collaborations with Ian McKellen and John Grant. “Home In The Morning” is about the narrator giving instructions to a friend or lover in order to have a “clean” departure. Here are some of the lyrics:

“Hey pretty David I’m so glad you made it
Come sit over here in the light
Sorry the setting is kind of depressing
But I need a favour tonight
That laughs & parties were good while they lasted
But now that it’s time to move on
I need a friend who can tie up some ends
Tomorrow I’m gonna be gone
Shred all my letters and burn all the polaroids
Throw my old mags in the trash
Empty the treasure chest under my bed
And flush every crumb in my stash
Swear on your life that you’ll wipe my hard drive
Smash any backups you find
No need for my mother to ever discover
The life I’m leaving behind
Goodbye to London, so long to St Mary’s
I only wish I could have stayed
You nephews and nieces I love you to pieces
But let’s just call it a day
Goodbye you ravers, you movers and shakers
You lovers and brothers I’ve known
Kiss me goodnight as you switch out the light
Cos I’m going home in the morning.”

Here’s the video:
 

 

From the same album, “Don’t Jump Don’t Fall” is about a teenage runaway who’s dangerously on the edge. This is the first verse:

“I still remember first meeting you when
You were a small blond kid about nine or ten
Your mother went missing and your father drank
For your first real home you had an aunt to thank
You came to stay when you were still quite young
You had mischievous eyes and a razorsharp tongue
Life has its interludes and this was one
As we’d pretend for the weekend you were our son
We used to pick you up when you were feeling blue
Take you out to the movies & the circus too
But nothing’s forever and it couldn’t last
We had our own baby, and the moment passed
If you felt betrayed, boy, you hid it well
But when I think back now I feel guilty as hell
You hit the bottle when you hit your teens
Became runaway jailbait for chicken queens.”

CHORUS

“Don’t jump, don’t fall – there’s a world of love out there & you can have it all.”

And the video:
 

 

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