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Briefs: “The Last Of Us” Coming To The Big Screen, Adam Lambert & Queen Release Tour Dates, And Miley Vs. Katy

James Franco attends “FrancoFest”

Birthday shoutouts go to Mary Wilson, who is 70, Rob Reiner is 67, and Kiki Dee is 67.

Johnny Weir Allegedly Bit Husband Victor Weir-Voronov In Domestic Dispute

I was wondering how long this was going to take. Post-apocalyptic video game The Last Of Us (which I reviewed last year) is making its way to the big screen. They better not screw this one up.

Adam Lambert and Queen have released the dates for their upcoming North American Summer Tour. It will start on 6/19 in Chicago and finish up on 7/20 in D.C.

Steve Grand talks about the enormous success of his Kickstarter campaign to fund his first album.

Billy Porter talks about his new album, which will include a duet with Cyndi Lauper of “Happy Days/Get Happy,” made famous by Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland.

The nominees for the MTV Movie Awards have been announced, and it
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Wendy Williams Starts Production Company

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Talk show host Wendy Williams and her manager-husband Kevin Hunter have formed Wendy Williams Prods, a production company that will focus on development and production of reality, game and talk shows for the cable and broadcast markets. Debmar-Mercury, producer-distributor of Williams’ nationally syndicated The Wendy Williams Show, will be a partner in the new company, which has tapped veteran producer Lisa Knapp as Svp Development. Williams will serve as executive producer of the projects developed through her company and may also have an on-camera role in some. “This is a dream come true,” she said. “As anyone who watches my show knows, I am a huge fan of all reality and game shows, and know a thing or two about talk.” Knapp has specialized in reality “docu-soap” programming, including Knievel’s Wild Ride and Gene Simmons Family Jewels for A&E, Bands Reunited and Ambushed for VH1, The Bachelorette for
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The 100 Greatest Lost Hits Of The 80's!

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Back at the beginning of July in the daily Briefs, I started the Official snicks Top 100 Lost Hits of The 80's, spotlighting the 100 greatest minor hits of that 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, and over the last five months I hope some of these forgotten gems may have rung a long dormant bell, or for younger readers, provided a pop music history lesson.

Here is the complete list, including my favorite lost song of the decade. Thank you for taking this 80's road trip with me ... but it's not over yet! I'll be featuring a new Lost Hit once a week in the Wednesday Briefs, so the history lesson will continue!

Let the countdown commence, and remember ... keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!

100. Animotion - "I
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AfterElton Briefs: "Glease" Is The Word, Nph Isn't In Kansas Anymore, and Jamie Foxx is Electro.

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Birthday shoutouts go to Penn Badgley (above), who is 26, Toni Collette is 40, Sophie B. Hawkins is 45, Anthony Kiedes is 50, and Jim Steinman is 65.Is Jamie Foxx going to play Electro in the next Spider-Man movie? Here's a blast from video games past: Castle Wolfenstein is on its way to the big screen.In ratings news, every broadcast show was down on Halloween night ... except Supernatural. Spooky.Skyfall has already grossed over $100 million, and it hasn't even opened in North America yet. Stay classy, Chris Brown. Straight talk about gay marriage: Four points to share with undecided voters.Below you can see the the Kickstarter campaign for the movie The First Out.Here's the synopsis: "When a star high school baseball player is drafted by a big league team, he hides his homosexuality to preserve his promising career. When he is outed, he struggles to maintain his dignity and gain acceptance
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AfterElton Briefs: A "Supernatural" Preview, Barbra's "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today," and a Minnesota Viking's Colorful Marriage-Equality Support

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Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"I knew the rocking chair. And you sir, are no rocking chair."

Thanks to hbeach for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Goran Visnjic (above) is 40, Gloria Gaynor is 63, Chrissie Hynde is 61, Diane Warren is 56, Tom Everett Scott is 42, Aimee Mann is 52, Pink is 33, Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 31, Hugh Grant is 52, Julia Sawalha is 44, Eric Stonestreet is 41, Michael Buble is 37, Michele Williams is 32, and Damian McGinty is 20. The judges for American Idol appear to be set, with Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Enrique Iglesias. Brendan Ayanbadejo responds to delegate on gay marriage.Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, also a marriage-equality supporter, has
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Kajagoogoo reform for reunion tour

Kajagoogoo have announced a full comeback tour, 25 years after they first split. The band hit number one in 1983 with the single 'Too Shy' and briefly reformed for VH1's Bands Reunited in 2004. The group will play a warm-up show in May, followed by festival appearances and a UK tour this autumn. Frontman Limahl said that it has "taken 25 years to grow up", the BBC reports. The band's live dates are as follows:

May 23 - Birkenhead, Pacific Road (more)
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44 Blue brings in Lisa Knapp

Reality production house 44 Blue has hired Lisa Knapp as its new head of development.

Formerly a freelance producer for companies such as 51 Minds and the Gurin Co., Knapp's credits include A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" and VH1's "Bands Reunited."

Knapp will report to 44 Blue co-owner Stephanie Drachkovitch. Her duties will include series development and format acquisition.

Blue's current productions include MSNBC's "Lockup," "Stringers: La" for truTV and "La Gang Unit" for A&E.
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Zeal, Chatterbox ink

LONDON -- Independent production company Zeal Television said Thursday that it has sealed a deal with the Chatterbox Partnership to acquire all rights to its formats catalog, including Under Construction, Bands Reunited and Nation's Toughest. Under the deal, Chatterbox managing partners Tom Ellemann and Ben Hall will assume new roles as creative consultants at Zeal, and Chatterbox creative executive Beth Morrey will join Zeal as development executive. Zeal director of programs Simon Tucker has a commission from Channel 4 to remake Chatterbox's Bands Reunited, which originally aired on VH1. No financial details were disclosed.

'Surreal Life' lives on at VH1

'Surreal Life' lives on at VH1
The Surreal Life is moving from the WB Network to VH1. VH1 has ordered 10 new episodes of the series, which trains cameras on a motley group of celebrities living together in a Hollywood mansion. Surreal, from executive producers Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego, is expected to bow on VH1 in the third quarter after wrapping its second season on the WB earlier this year. Separately, VH1 announced a slew of pickups for existing unscripted/documentary series, including Best Week Ever, Driven, VH1 ILL-ustrated and Bands Reunited. The channel also has ordered 10 episodes of I Love the '90s, the next installment of the decade-by-decade look at pop culture trends.

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