Stephen Amell’s Supersized Cup, Straight Actors Who Won Oscar Noms For LGBT Roles: BRIEFS

Plus more on that military kiss.

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 ….

“Dammit Janet!”

Thanks to recordman for this week’s winning caption!


Weekend Birthdays! David Gandy (above) is 36, Victoria Justice is 23, Justine Bateman is 50, Jeff Daniels is 61, Condy Crawford is 50, Rihanna is 28, and Jennifer Love Hewitt is 37.

Magnus and Alec have an intriguing first date on Shadowhunters.


Steve Grand gets bodies moving with dance remix of LGBT anthem “We Are The Night.”

Panasonic extends benefits to same sex couples in Japan.

A generous private investor wants to make the Happy Endings movie happen.

To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee dies at 89.


When Arrow met the Stanley Cup.


50 straight people who nabbed Oscar noms for LGBT roles.

These gay dads never expected to create a family, but here’s why they did.


Please go away, Manny Pacquiao.

Gay military couple opens up about the kiss seen round the world.


Here’s the Friday Puzzler! “Beach Bear”

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 153rd ShoutOUT™ to … Xavier Dolan

Canadian director and member of the Feature Film jury Xavier Dolan smiles as he arrives on stage during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 24, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Closing out our week with Xavier, in 2014 he released Mommy, which he wrote, directed and produced. The story of a widow and her violent, troubled son won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and Best Foreign Film at the 40th César Awards. It was Canada’s entry for the Oscar for Foreign Language Film, but missed the cut.



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 #2 is “Time” by The Alan Parsons Project.


We need to discuss The Alan Parsons Project! Amazingly, the British duo of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson never hit the top 40 on the UK chart, and in fact only hit the UK chart twice in the entirety of their career, with “Old And Wise” (#74) and “Don’t Answer me” (#58).

Obviously, their biggest chart success came in North America, and 1980’s The Turn Of A Friendly Card was a turning point. The first single “Games People Play” became a radio staple, but it was the followup single that became my favorite APP song. “Time” peaked at #15 in August 1981, and is a sweeping, gorgeous ballad about loss and regret, and holds a special meaning for me personally, when a dear friend asked that it be played at his funeral. Sadly, it’s rarely heard today.

“Time” was the first APP hit with vocals by Eric Woolfson, and he would sing lead on all of the group’s future top 40 hits, including the ’80s classic “Eye In The Sky,” and “Prime Time” (which scored high on the first Lost Hits list).



BONUS! Here’s the terrific “Prime Time,” which is still one of the most memorable videos of MTV’s early years.

Congrats to jazz, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Little House On The Prairie.


Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here is the cast 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!)


Today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Risan Banish

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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!

Rainbow and vinyl records

Closing the Bowie fortnight, we time jump some 20 years to meet Placebo, a group formed in 1994 by bisexual Brian Molko and gay Stefan Olsdal.

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The group’s first hit, a Top 5 in the UK and one of the songs that defined the British 90s, was called Nancy Boy. The lyrics go: “Alcoholic kind of mood, lose my clothes, lose my lube. Cruising for a piece of fun, looking out for number one. Different partner every night, so narcotic outta sight, what a gas, what a beautiful ass.”



Their 2nd album was “Without You I’m Nothing”. David Bowie, who appreciated the group, offered his services and ended up sharing vocals on the album’s self-titled track.


Placebo are still active and their work is always well received. They have been cited as an influence on bands such as My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco and AFI.

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