Briefs: Idina Menzel Returns to Broadway, “The Suburban Strange,” and Neil Patrick Harris Addresses Rumors.


Chris Colfer attends the PaleyFest Icon Awards honoring Ryan Murphy

  • Birthday shoutouts go to Stephanie Beacham, who is 66, Cindy Wilson is 56, and Bernadette Peters is 65.
  • In ratings news, for the first time ever, Modern Family beat American Idol in the crucial demo.
  • Tony Winner Idina Menzel will return to Broadway next year in the musical If/Then, by the same creative time who brought us Next To Normal
  • A big shoutout to AE reader Pomegranate Paul (Nathan Kotecki), who has published the novel The Suburban Strange. Here’s the synopsis: “Shy Celia Balaustine is new to Suburban High, but a mysterious group of sophomores called the Rosary has befriended her. Friends aside, Celia soon discovers something is not quite right at Suburban. Girls at the school begin having near-fatal accidents on the eve of their sixteenth birthdays. Who is causing the accidents, and why? As Celia’s own birthday approaches, she is inexorably drawn into an underground conflict between good and evil—the Kind and the Unkind—that bubbles beneath Suburban High. Plentiful references to music and art—along with the intriguing underworld mythology—make this supernatural series debut a page-turner.”

  • I was wondering how long it would take them.

  • The stars cam out to honor Ryan Murphy at the Paley Icon Awards. Below you can see Andrew Rannells, Darren Criss, and Chord Overstreet.

  • Here’s your Daily Matt Bomer™. From this week’s White Collar

  • The 100 Greatest Lost Hits Of The 80′s countdown may be over, but every Thursday we’re going to travel back again and pay tribute to an 80′s tune that should have been a bigger hit. This week, it’s “New Day For You” by Basia. She exploded on the the scene in 1988 with the platinum album Time and Tide, and the title track would become a moderate hit, peaking at #26. But my favorite Basia song was the follow-up single “New Day For You,” which peaked at #53 on January 21, 1989.

  • Continuing the Top 50 Movie Songs Of The 80′s! At #35 is … “Almost Paradise” by Ann Wilson and Mike Reno, from Footloose.

  • As I mentioned before, Footloose was one of the biggest soundtracks of the 80′s, chock full of hits, and now we have the 2nd best song on that album. Mike Reno and Ann Wilson paired up for the classic power ballad “Almost Paradise,” which debuted on the chart on May 12, 1984 and peaked at #7 on July 21st.. SEE THE VIDEO HERE. Tomorrow’s clue – ” Hear the Salvation Army Band”
  • Congrats to

    richardkiewalker

    , who was the first to correctly guess that Yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Dude, Where’s My Car? (although I did enjoy the wildly varied guesses)

  • Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Below you can see characters from a famous movie. Can you name it?

 

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