Birthday shoutouts! Julian Sands (above) is 57, Michael Stipe is 55, Dot Jones is 51, Dyan Cannon is 79, and Vanity is 57.
Welcome back to The Briefs! I hope all of you had a happy holiday weekend!
The flying monkeys of Broadway’s Wicked get hitched in surprise gay marriage proposal.
Ryan Reynolds has some stiff competition from these Deadpool cosplayers.
Billy Gilman brought to tears after finding same-sex card at CVS.
Matt Bomer sports a soaking wet t-shirt on new Men’s Fitness cover.
IN OTHER NEWS
Matthew has a new gig!
TV Land has ordered a pilot of Eric Gibson and Bryan Safi’s supremely entertaining podcast Throwing Shade.
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black pose for the cover of Out’s “Love” issue.
104 LGBT people in sports who came out publicly in 2015
Downton Abbey actors dish on their characters.
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 145th ShoutOUT™ is to … Paul Winfield
Paul Winfield (1939-2004) had many roles in episodic TV and feature films in the late ’60s and early ’70s, but it was 1972’s Sounder that brought him a new level of acclaim. He became only the third black actor (after Sidney Poitier and James Earl Jones) to be nominated for The Academy Award for Best Actor.
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 #35 is “Gee Whiz” by Bernadette Peters
Icon Bernadette was already a Broadway star when she released her self-titled debut album in 1980, which included her only chart entry, a remake of Carla Thomas’ ’60s “Gee Whiz.” It peaked at #31 in 1980.
Congrats to lazycrockett, who guessed that Thursday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Sleepless In Seattle.
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?
And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … George Stults (Geoff’s brother). This is allegedly from the Hallmark movie I’m Not Ready For Christmas, but there’s no way in hell that’s true. Although if this is the direction that Hallmark holiday are going to be taking, I may have to reassess my mockery of them.