Zachary Quinto’s Weekend Of “Misery,” “Jem” Yanked From Theaters: BRIEFS

Plus Ted Cruz is still delusional

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Birthday shoutouts! The faboo Martha Plimpton (above) 45, Maggie Gyllenhaal is 38, Marg Helgenberger is 57, and Lisa Bonet is 48.

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First pic of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman. I agree with this casting, but before I replace Lyle Waggoner in my memories, I’ll need to see Chris pose for Playgirl, too.

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A debate about the gender of Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ droid BB-8 rages on


Lewis Black reads epic resignation from 18-year-old fed up with Mormon Church.


Charlie Sheen will disclose he is HIV-positive on Today show.


Boy declares Moschino Barbie is “so fierce” in new ad. I’ll make the popcorn while we wait for 127 Moms to respond.

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IN OTHER NEWS

I forgot to mention this last week because I was laughing so hard, but Jem And The Holograms was pulled from theaters after just two weeks in release.

“The movie now holds the dubious distinction of being the worst major studio opening this year and also having the worst opening in the history of time for a film on more than 2,000 screens.”

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Ted Cruz tells evangelicals he can reverse marriage equality.

“[Marriage equality] is not settled,” an impassioned Cruz said of the Supreme Court’s decision this year to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. “It’s not the law of the land. It’s not the Constitution. It’s not legitimate, and we will stand and fight.”


Lee Daniels on first tasting success and the rise of Empire

“Asked if he comprehends his own influence in television and cinema, Daniels takes pause: “I still haven’t had the moment, where I realize what’s all happening,” he said of his undeniable success. “I’m afraid that when I have that moment, I’ll lose the magic.”.”


Remembering Paris: How the city of light gave me the courage to come out.

“Coming out in Paris always felt unexpected, accidental, a foolish and selfish ploy to win a stupid argument with my mother. But after these attacks, I remember how much that city has meant to me as a queer person — a refuge from the hatred I faced at home, a land of legacy for queer artists. These attacks wound us not just in the many lives they took or tried to take, but also in their declaration of war on all those who grew up different and saw in this city a beacon. That beacon may have dimmed these past few days, but it can never diminish. Not so long as the world continues to believe in the Parisian “joy of life”–the immutable pleasure of living and loving together as best we can, for as long as we have.”


Gloria Estefan and Barbra Streisand are among those who will be awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom next week.


Miles McMillan and Zachary Quinto attend the Broadway premiere of Misery

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The show stars the wonderful Laurie Metcalf and somehow Bruce Willis.

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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 we give a ShoutOUT™ to … Todd Graff

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56-year-old Todd got his start as a child performer, appearing on 260 episodes of The Electric Company from 1975-77 as Jesse. Here is an adorable clip of “Jesse” and the other members of Short Circus performing “Knock Knock Rock,” introduced by Morgan Freeman!

TRIVIA! Todd’s sister is Ilene Graff, who is best known as the mother on Mr. Belvedere

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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 #66 is “Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy) by Roger Hodgson

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Earlier on the list we heard Supertramp with “Cannonball,” which was their first release after lead singer Roger Hodgson took his unmistakable voice and left the group for a solo career. “Cannonball” actually did better on the chart than Roger’s only solo chart entry, which could only manage #48 in December 1984, but did give us a batshit video.
 


Congrats to johned, who guessed that Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Friday The 13th Part 2.

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Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here is a scene from a FAMOUS MOVIE. Can you name it?
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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Bryan Shaeffer

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