Category Archives: Breaking

Ogling Olympians

Alas, I have not been able to muster up much enthusiasm for the Summer Olympic Games.  And I blame McDonald’s.  Way back during the 1984 Los Angeles Games, McDonald’s had Olympic Game Cards.  With every purchase, you’d get a card which would list an event – often something like the Hammer Throw, which only excites the Nords.  If the USA won the Gold Medal for the event on your card, you could redeem it for a free Big Mac.  If we won the Silver, you got a large order of fries.  And if we won the Bronze, you got a medium soda.  And if we swept all of the medals, you got a full meal!  Oh, how I long for the 1984 Olympics – and my 28-inch waistline.

Before the Tokyo Olympics even began, there was already controversy…and a new star.  The controversy came from reports that the beds in the Olympic Village were made of recycled materials and were “anti-sex”.  The star came in the form of Irish gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, who decided to test the beds by jumping up and down on one.  He proved that they are mighty sturdy, and made me wanna risk being thrown out of the Olympic Village…again.  I mean, that ban must have been lifted by now.  It’s been a long time since Lillehammer.

The Opening Ceremonies in an empty stadium reminded me of the sound of one hand clapping.  If a Tongan flag bearer is shirtless and oiled up and nobody is there to ogle him, does it even matter?  It probably mattered to Mike Pence, who I’m sure was watching and enjoyed seeing the slightly expanded Pita Taufatofua once again.  Hopefully Mother was around to reap the benefits.

Shows Go on in Ptown

Your beloved Billy was almost a goner.  For a split second, I was certain that I had the big C.  No, not cancer – the coronavirus.  Yes, I’ve been vaccinated, and yes, I asked everyone I’ve slept with for proof of vaccination.  But, people lie.  After the cluster of Delta variant cases from Fourth of July festivities in Provincetown, concern was in the air.  When I came down with cold symptoms 10 days later, even my usual laissez-faire attitude was challenged.  So I made haste to get tested – better safe than sorry, as the saying goes.  I am happy to report I have nothing more contagious than a nasty New England summer cold.

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While life goes on in Ptown, people are on tenterhooks…whatever those are.  An indoor mask mandate has just been announced.  How this will affect things remains to be seen.  In terms of shows, I know that Billy Francesca cut his run short due to corona concern.  Steve Grand was in town for two weeks, and posted the following: “I tested positive for Covid-19 today.  I’m fully vaccinated.  I started experiencing symptoms last Friday, a day after I flew back from Ptown.  I say this not to alarm, but to notify anyone who had contact with me while I was there.”  If you had “contact” with Steve, consider yourself notified – and feel free to send us details (and videos).

By the way, I have been duly chastised that all of my reports regarding shows to see in Ptown omitted the Red Room at Velvet.  And, it’s true – this is the best kept secret in Provincetown.  Nobody has mentioned it to me – with the exception of a Thursday night underwear party!  While that event hasn’t made its way onto their website, I do see a full lineup of stellar talent – anchored by my bon ami, Jimmy James, who is there all season long with Love Is In The Air.  With pals like Jackie Beat in See Me While I’m Still Alive (August 10-14) and Lady Bunny’s Pig in a Wig (Aug 13-17), I’m tempted to zip down.  You can get more details at RedRoomAtVelvet.com.

 

Mr. Gay New Zealand

We haven’t had an Ask Billy question in a couple of weeks because…well, they’ve all been dull!  Until Bruce in Tampa wrote this: “Have you heard about Mr. Gay New Zealand?  Did he actually get a penis enlargement?”

This is the kinda story I can really sink my teeth into.  First, let me clarify – this is about a FORMER Mr. Gay New Zealand with a most unfortunate name – Max Small.  A variety of photos of Mr. Small in various levels of arousal have gone through rigorous analysis from our experts.  One thing is certain – there appears to be more…shall we say, “fullness” to his current phallus.  A few days of blueballs will do that to you.  Since I wouldn’t be comfortable making a ruling without more evidence, I will allow you, the jury, to examine this a bit closer on BillyMasters.com.

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When we can’t decide if Mr. Small is a grow-er or a show-er,  it’s time to end yet another column.  I showed up in Provincetown to see Steven Brinberg’s Simply Barbra at The Art House.  As usual, he was simply sublime.  The vocals were never better, and the song choices were clever – one wishes Babs had Brinberg’s balls.  The guest appearance by Edmund Bagnell – whose own show at The Crown and Anchor on Tuesdays is packing them in – was a delicious layer of icing on an already rich cake.  For more surprises, check out www.BillyMasters.com – the site that welcomes all things great and small.  You can always drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before I host a Simon Rex Film Festival on Billy Masters LIVE (we’re on hiatus for another couple of weeks).  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Historic Emmys Nods

Prior to the Emmy nominations being announced, the Television Academy made a minor but significant change – actors and actresses now have the option to be recognized as “performer”.  Any of the nominees could “request that their nomination certificate and Emmy statuette carry the term ‘Performer’ in place of ‘Actor’ or ‘Actress’.”  Try explaining that to people who believe Jean Smart and Michael Douglas are in the same category.

With this “woke” bit of tweaking, the nominations were announced – and some history was made.  Mj Rodriguez became the first openly transgender woman to be nominated in “Best Lead Actress in a Drama”.  Yes, Laverne Cox was previously nominated as a supporting actress (or “performer”).  And yes, Wikipedia tells us that Rain Valdez got a short-form nomination for something called “Razor Tongue” a while back.  By the by, Bowen Yang also made history as the first “featured player” on Saturday Night Live to get a nomination.  Congrats to all.

 

Talk About The View

Meanwhile Stateside, The Talk continues its long string of questionable decisions by hiring Jerry O’Connell as a permanent co-host.  To recap, a show developed for mommies and their point of view is no more, and now it’s just a free-for-all hosted by random people nobody knows.  Somewhere out there is an inconsolable Sara Gilbert (to say nothing of Marissa Jaret Winokur).  I like the affable, goofy, weathered O’Connell.  But he already has two failed talk shows to his credit.  Two years ago, Wendy Williams tried to launch a show for him.  Before that, Andy Cohen got behind Jerry – quelle surprise!  On the bright side, he’s finally the smartest person in the room.

Rumor has it that The View is looking backwards for Meghan McCain’s replacement.  Reports would have us believe that Debbie Matenopoulos is in the running.  While it would make me giddy as a schoolgirl, I don’t believe it.  Yes, Debbie has just wrapped five years hosting Home and Family for the Hallmark Channel.  And, sure, the first in a long string of ousted View co-hosts enjoys being courted.  But she’s lived on the Left Coast for close to two decades and, frankly, I don’t see her relocating to NYC anytime soon.  Her people say that there have been talks about “her participating in celebrating the 25th season of The View.”  While I believe she’ll be back at the table, I think talk of a permanent gig is premature.  Meanwhile, Rachel Campos continues to wait by her phone.

 

Simon Rex Comeback

“No excuses – I messed up.  I’m a big sports fan. 
I’m like the guy at the end of the game who misses a free throw or a kick.”
 
Spike Lee explains why he prematurely announced the winner of the Cannes Film Festival
He was asked who the first award was going to and, instead, he said who won first place. 
Part of the problem is that he was asked in French!

I love a film festival.  It could be in Venice, Italy; Venice, California; or Venice, Uzbekistan.  Once the lights go down, it’s just you and that little piece of celluloid projected on a screen which is sized in direct proportion to the prestige of the festival.  One of the hits of this year’s Cannes Film Festival is a biopic inspired by Celine Dion – except, since it is unauthorized, it is about a singer named Aline Dieu.  Aline stars Valérie Lemercier, known as the Kristen Wiig of France.  Nope, not the Tina Fey, not even the Amy Poehler.  The film has been described alternatively as “brilliant”, “horrifying”, “hilarious”, and “insane”.  My kinda movie.  Some of that reaction might be caused by the 57-year-old Lemercier playing Celine…err, Aline…starting at the age of five!  The critic from the venerable New York Times said, “I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”  You can almost see that in an ad.

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Another hit is a documentary which has been in the works for seven years: Cow, which is…you guessed it…shot from the perspective of a cow!  We follow this dairy cow through every momentous event in her life – with the exception of impregnation.  Cows, it turns out, have enormous difficulty looking over their shoulders.

Neither of these is the most surprising hit to come out of Cannes.  That honor goes to Red Rocket, a film about a washed-up male porn star, played by Simon Rex – the subject of the first big scoop of this very column.  In early 1996, it was little Billy Masters who discovered that the MTV VJ had a gay porn past.  And that, kiddies, not only put me on the map – it did wonders for Simon, who at the time was unemployed.  You’re welcome – and can see that footage on BillyMasters.com.  We’re told that the audience at Cannes gave the film a five-minute standing ovation, which would be impressive if Cow hadn’t gotten six full minutes!

 

Fayewatch 2021

A few months ago, I told you that Franco Nero had signed Kevin Spacey to appear in his next film, The Man Who Drew God.  Original reports indicated that Nero’s wife, Vanessa Redgrave, would play the female lead – something she quickly denied when she saw the excoriation begin.  So, Franco needed a “name” actress who could hold her own opposite Spacey and who would also not mind having her reputation besmirched by association.  And that is how this becomes a Fayewatch item!  Yes, into the breach enters one of Kevin’s old, OLD friends – Miss Dunaway, who never calls, never writes, and never appears on Billy Masters LIVE.  Ever since the back-to-back Oscar incidents (to say nothing of the Hepburn debacle in Boston), one hears less and less of one of our greatest actresses.  I continue to cling to hope that the right role could bring her back.  But is this it?  Then again, does she have anything to lose?  Shooting has already completed, and the powers that be are trying to get anyone in Cannes to show interest in distributing the flick.  In case you’re wondering, Nero plays a blind artist who is accused of sexually abusing a child.  Faye is a Braille teacher and friend of Nero’s who takes on the task of teaching him to read and write.  And Spacey is the guy investigating the alleged sexual assault.  I smell a HIT…in Dubrovnik!

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When we’re rooting for Faye, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  My God – if Dunaway becomes hot again, I’ll have enough gossip to buy a new house.  So, whatever you do, go see this movie…if it ever comes out!  Until then, be sure to check out www.BillyMasters.com – the site that delivers in any kind of weather.  If you want to slip me a tip, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before I see another little prick in Provincetown!  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

James Franco Suit

Didya know James Franco had a film school?  I was sure this was some joke, or perhaps a different James Franco – like that male Taylor Swift in Seattle who I believe works in a diner.  But, nope – the James Franco who looks dreamy and is devoid of expression in countless films also teaches…or does he?  Two of his former students accused him of sexual harassment, exploitation and coercion.  According to Mr. Webster, “coercion” means “the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats”.  So that piqued my interest.  What did Jimmy get someone to do?  Details are not in this filing, so I went back to the original suit…’cause I live for research.  Franco allegedly “sought to create a pipeline of young women who were subjected to his personal and professional sexual exploitation in the name of education.”  I suppose that makes sense for film scenes in which nudity and sex are germane to the plot.  It’s not an argument that would work if he were teaching calculus…as if!  James and his two colleagues have agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle the lawsuit.  In addition to the financial settlement, the victims have asked for additional “non-economic relief”, but these additions are under a confidential seal.  It has been my experience that most seals have loose lips – especially when you throw them chum.

Purses Purloined

I’m often worried about people who flaunt their homes and possessions on social media – they seem to be asking for trouble.  Sure enough, trouble is what Todrick Hall got after he posted footage from a performance of Hairspray in London’s West End that he attended.  This let someone know that his Los Angeles home would be vacant (which is not necessarily the case – I hear people come and go from that house frequently).  When Todrick returned from England, he discovered he had been robbed of over $50K worth of “handbags and other personal items”.  “This happened less than an hour after my cat sitter left my home, and I’m just happy that my cats have all been found and are safe.”  I don’t know what’s more troubling – that Todrick has a collection of expensive handbags, or that he’s got a collection of cats!

Provincetown Shows

There’s only so much I can take – and I say that for those of you who think I am insatiable.  Let’s face it, we’ve all been through a lot this past year.  But, frankly, a cold and rainy July Fourth in Provincetown was more than I could bear (and especially days before Bear Week).  Despite the inclemency, I managed to amuse myself with a number of shows – to say nothing of some less presentational activities which will go unmentioned.

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Any opportunity you get to see Judy Gold, grab it.  You would be hard-pressed to find anyone funnier, smarter, quicker, and as engaging (modesty prevents me from placing myself in her category).  Even with a monsoon raging outside and some drunken straight people babbling inside, Judy made us feel as if we could get through anything.  She’s at the Art House all summer – PtownArtHouse.com.

Varla Jean Merman is a national treasure.  Whenever I think she can’t top herself – a feat I’ve only seen a handful of times on various international editions of the Got Talent franchise – Varla does it.  This year’s show, Varla Jean Merman’s Little Prick, is a fast-paced, uproarious romp through the (hopefully) post-pandemic world.  The comedy is crisp, the songs are catchy, and the costumes defy the laws of gravity – to say nothing of good taste.  She’s at The Crown & Anchor OnlyAtTheCrown.com.

There are new operators of the venerable Post Office Café and Cabaret, and they’ve refurbished that spiffy little room with sound and lights and paint and curtains.  The season kicked off with Del Shores and Debby Holiday.  I hope there’s no need for me to extol the virtues of these artists to you, my dear readers.  Del, of Sordid Lives fame, has endless anecdotes from his prolific career.  And Debby’s powerhouse vocals are surpassed only by her formidable personality.  Her tribute to Tina Turner killed on every level, and she made each song her own.  The venue has great acts all summer, so check out PostOfficeCafe.net.

I will be in and out of Ptown with alarming regularity, and plan to see Thirsty Burlington and Edmund Bagnell (at The Crown), Simply Barbra and Marilyn Maye (at The Provincetown Art House), Jason Dottley and Seth Sikes (at The Post Office), Miss Richfield and Steve Grand (at The Pilgrim House), and numerous others, I’m sure.

Colton’s Nude…Again

I can’t answer all of your individual questions, but the most asked one last week was if I had the photos from Colton Underwood’s nearly-nude photo session with photographer Damon Baker and designer Nicola Formichetti.  It’s curious that a designer is credited, because there is very little clothing used (other than Colton holding a leather jacket in front of his nether regions).  Obviously his body looks great, but one of us gays really must teach him about judicious grooming.  Nothing serious, just a bit of pruning would be in order.  In the meantime, you can see the fruits of his labors on BillyMasters.com.

Billy’s Real World

Last week, Billy Masters LIVE finally welcomed Norman Korpi and Eric Nies to discuss The Real World Homecoming: New York.  It took forever to arrange.  Paramount+ did not want them talking to me while the series was airing.  Shortly thereafter, Norman was busy.  Then Eric was out of the country.  Then he extended his stay in Peru.  But we made it happen.  It was an interesting talk about Nies getting Covid, how not being in the house was a blessing and a curse, and how the fight between Becky and Kevin changed everything.  And, naturally, we talked about Norman’s revived artwork – which you can get on NormanKorpi.com.  In the middle of the show, a tornado was headed for Korpi’s house – talk about drama!  Meanwhile, Eric (IAmEricNies.com) continues his zen living in Peru, guiding people with ayahuasca trips, and telling one of our viewers that his sleep apnea could be repressed childhood trauma or stem from a past life!  It was quite a show, so you should definitely watch Billy Masters LIVE on our YouTube channel Billy Masters TV or on BillyMasters.com/TV.

By the by, I’m taking a couple of weeks off.  As we close in on 100 shows, I need a little break.  Well, from the show.  After all, I’m having quite a social life…but that’s another story.

A Royal Outing

Meanwhile Queen Latifah decided that after years of either denying it or simply not addressing it, it was time to tell the world what we already knew.  After being presented with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award, this is how she left the stage: “I’m gonna get off this stage, but I thank you so much for all of you: the fans for supporting every crazy-ass thing I’ve done through the years.  And thank you for making Equalizer No. 1; Eboni, my love, Rebel, my love, Peace.  Happy Pride!”  Without too much fanfare (and just enough latitude to explain it away), she thanked her female lover, their son, and said Happy Pride – after thanking people for watching her show.  Priorities.

Meghan’s Out

On to Meghan McCain.  One thing you have to understand is that the right person for the conservative role on “The View” is going to annoy you.  And I don’t mean like Nicolle Wallace or Ana Navarro – they are “Republicans in name only”.  I mean an actual Republican.  Meg did not leave because of the fights (although the last one with Whoopi was a doozy).  She gave notice after the brass said that all co-hosts are expected to be in the studio when the new season starts in September.  Meghan’s been living in DC during the pandemic and wants to stay there – so that’s why she’s leaving.  Since Barbara’s still looking for J. Fred Muggs (and some days, she finds him), I’ll say it for her – “You’re welcomed back any time.”

A Million Little Erect Penises

Our Ask Billy question came from Danny in San Francisco: “What do you know about Aaron Taylor-Johnson?  He was naked (and semi-erect) in A Million Little Pieces and certainly doesn’t seem to be shy.”

Hard to be shy when you can use your penis as a jump rope!  Beyond that, I don’t know much.  He’s 31, he’s English, he’s married, and has two kids.  He was also in Tenet – but, please, don’t hold that against him.  To recap, he’s allegedly straight, he’s not shy, and he’s happy to show off his naughty bits on BillyMasters.com.

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When I’m worried Madonna might break a hip, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  I’ll be heading to Ptown on July 4th.  But I’m always updating www.BillyMasters.com – the site that delivers more bang for your buck.  If you need some personal attention, write me at Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Gus Kenworthy gives Carl Nassib a private tour of Ptown.  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Stars Perform For Pride

“Tonight is not just a party to kick off Pride Weekend.  At 10p and Midnight in Times Square you can watch a special video made By ME!  Don’t miss it!  Let’s POP the cherry on Pride With a Bang” – said the ever-eloquent Madonna.  She also auctioned off three “new Polaroids” – which I believe is an oxymoron – to benefit the Ali Forney Center, which helps homeless LGBTQ kids.  To top it off, she showed up at the Boom Boom Room at The Standard, High Line Hotel and sang a few numbers while perched on a bar wearing a see-through top.  It was all very Mamie Van Doren-esque, as you can see on BillyMasters.com.

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Not to be outdone, a hybrid of The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC raised $1 million for The Trevor ProjectLance Bass (who I presume spearheaded this philanthropic venture) and Joey Fatone joined Nick Carter and AJ McLean as the entertainment for Bingo Under the Stars at The Grove in Los Angeles.  The fundraiser also celebrated Gay Pride MonthBack-Sync, as they called themselves, performed “I Want It That Way” and “Bye Bye Bye” – complete with choreography.  AJ also sang “Love Song Love”, his recent single.  As with Madge, we’ll post some footage on BillyMasters.com.

 

Sparks on Billy Masters Live

It may not have been the 4th of July, but there were plenty of fireworks on Billy Masters LIVE last week.  I planned a Pride panel with bon vivant Bruce Vilanch, writer Jim Colucci, and performer Jason Dottley.  You may remember Dottley as the ex-spouse of auteur Del Shores.  I covered their union in this very column with some colorful prose.  Jason (who appears at the Post Office Café in Provincetown July 12, 13, 19, 20) decided to take me to task for some pointed barbs…in which he was never actually named.  I believe one blind item mentioned someone who “bounced from bed to bed to obscurity”.  While I admit that sure sounds like him, I’d add that the real Jason has enormous balls.  Not many people take me on face-to-face, and the fact that he wanted to discuss it in such a good-natured way impressed me a great deal.  He’s absolutely right about one thing – only he and Del know what went on in their relationship.  And if Jason has in fact “slept his way to the middle”, well…good for him!  You can watch this very juicy episode of Billy Masters LIVE on our YouTube channel Billy Masters TV or on BillyMasters.com/TV.

We’ll wrap up Pride Month on Tuesday, June 29th with a special Billy Masters LIVE featuring Norman Korpi and Eric Nies – cast members from the very first season of MTV’s The Real World.  They recently starred in a reunion series, The Real World Homecoming: New York, and we’ll talk about how the television landscape has changed in the past 29 years.

 

Athletes Come Out

“Ballet dancers and hairdressers and drag queens made it safe for
football players to come out and not the other way around.”
 
Dan Savage puts Carl Nassib’s coming out into the context of those who came before him.

Another week, another coming out story.  This time, Carl Nassib made a bit of history.  The defensive lineman from the Las Vegas Raiders made a wonderfully matter-of-fact video announcing that he’s gay.  Not only that, he also pledged $100K to The Trevor Project – and informed the uninitiated about the work they do with their 24/7, 365-day-a-year suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ+ youths.  What was more staggering was the response from the public – mostly positive.

When the criticism came, it was primarily from the gay community.  Many noted that Carl was not the first pro-footballer to come out – that was Michael Sam.  Some hypothesize that Nassib is being praised because he’s white, while Sam is black.  It bears mentioning that although Sam came out as a college senior and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, he never actually played for the NFL – he was cut preseason.  His professional career was spent with the Montreal Alouettes – which reminds me of a song I learned as a tyke.  Perhaps if Michael had not gone public six years ago, the climate for Carl would not be so welcoming.  Be that as it may, I applaud anybody who comes out – regardless of their skin tone.

Leave it to Shecky Behar to make one of her trademark Borscht Belt quips.  While discussing Carl’s coming out on The View, Joy said, “After they said penetration in the end zone, they lost me.”  I bet that KILLED in the Catskills…after Jell-O!  The other ladies looked…well, horrified.  The segment closed with Joy saying, “By the way, that inappropriate joke I made for daytime television – scratch it.  Make believe I never said it.”  Done.

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Champion figure skater Jason Brown also made headlines.  “I believe that love will always win, and every story will unfold differently for each individual.  Mine unfolds a bit now.  I’m gay, and that’s a story still being written.”  One of the first people to offer congratulations was fellow skater, Adam Rippon.  “Your skating is equally as beautiful as you are as a human.  You an incredible person.  HAPPY PRIDE, Jason.  SO MUCH love for you.”

 

Colton Comes Clean…Kinda

Our Ask Billy question is more of a comment.  Oscar in San Diego writes, Colton Haynes just posted that XY Magazine cover that he did in 2006.  I guess he’s not embarrassed by it anymore.”

“Times have changed, and we’ve often rewound the clock, since the Puritans got a shock, when they landed on Plymouth Rock.”  So, what can I say?  He’s older, wiser, and over it.  What was troublesome when he was a tyke trying to make it is now passé.  “I’ve never posted this picture before.  In fact, I spent a big part of my career trying to erase it from the internet while I was still in the closet.  Partly because so many ppl in Hollywood told me I would never work as an openly gay actor, but part of it was because I was incredibly ashamed.  It made me sad to see these pictures I had taken as a 15 year old model,” he began.  He went on and on, but ended with, “Being gay is worth celebrating.  I wish I’d figured that out sooner, but I’m so glad I know it now.  To everyone in the LGBTQIA+ community, I hope you celebrate yourselves this month & always, exactly as you are.”  Except, of course, Colton is not quite ready to celebrate himself exactly as he was – he edited the post and changed “15 year old model” to “teenage model”.  The more things change…the more you can see on BillyMasters.com.

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When Colton Haynes is touchy about his age, it’s definitely time to end another column.  You can touch yourself while checking out www.BillyMasters.com – the site that is brought to you by the letters X and Y.  If you have a question, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before a special episode of Sesame Street when Ernie and Bert go to a sperm bank!  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Billy’s Bares Scoop

What a fabulous time we had on Billy Masters LIVE last week.  We celebrated the continuing legacy of Broadway Bares – created in 1992 by Jerry Mitchell.  I thought it would be fun to chat with some performers in the current show and from previous years.  Those included Christopher Sieber, Sebastian LaCause, Patrick Boyd, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Mark MacKillop.  What a hunk-a-licious time we had!!  If you wanna watch Bares, check out BroadwayCares.org/Bares.

This Thursday, June 24th, we’ll feature a special Pride panel which will include the beloved Bruce Vilanch.  Tune into Billy Masters LIVE on our YouTube channel Billy Masters TV or on BillyMasters.com/TV.

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We even broke a little news on Billy Masters LIVE.  Pre-pandemic, Christopher Sieber was in previews for Broadway’s gender-bending version of Company with Patti LuPone.  They will resume on December 20th, with the opening scheduled for January 9th.  Innocently, I asked, “Will the whole cast be returning?”  Christopher kinda stuttered, and finally said, “Well…I can’t say that.”  And, whaddaya know – the next day it was announced that the lovely and talented Kyle Dean Massey will not return to play Theo (Kathy in the original).  Why?  “Taylor and I are expecting our first child this fall and I want to be 100% present for that.”  No word on his replacement…yet.

Rita Forced to Retract

Rita Moreno – a goddess by any standard – has spoken her mind for close to a century.  And yet, last week, she was forced to eat her words in order to sell a documentary.  She was chatting with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, and said, “Can we talk for a second about that criticism about Lin-Manuel?  That really upsets me.  You can never do right, it seems.”  She was referring to the criticism that Lin-Manuel’s film version of In The Heights does not have enough representation of Afro-Latinos.  Not coincidentally, Miranda co-produced Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It.  Moreno believes that given how much Miranda has done for Latinos, people are “attacking the wrong person”.  The backlash was swift – because, you know, an 89-year-old legendary trailblazer isn’t entitled to her own opinion.  And, since she has a documentary to sell, she apologized via Twitter.  “I’m incredibly disappointed with myself…I was clearly dismissive of black lives that matter in our Latin community.  It is easy to forget how celebration for some is lament for others.  In addition to applauding Lin for his wonderful movie version of In The Heights, let me add my appreciation for his sensitivity and resolve to be more inclusive of the Afro-Latino community going forward.  See, you CAN teach this old dog new tricks.”

Pride Problems in Florida

Last week, tragedy struck in the form of a white pickup truck careening through a fence and into the Wilton Manors Pride festivities in Fort Lauderdale!  It resulted in the death of one person, while another remains hospitalized.  Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis – an eyewitness to the incident – called it “a terrorist attack on the LGBTQ community”, adding that “it was deliberate, it was premeditated”.  His account was called into question by Justin Knight, president of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus.  Knight claims that not only was the driver a 77-year-old member of the chorus “family” (and wearing their Pride tee), so were the two people he hit.  The next day, Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton called it “a tragic accident”.  An investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile in nearby Delray Beach, a man was arrested for vandalizing the brand-new LGBTQ Pride Crosswalk.  Dashcam video shows Alexander Jerich swerving and burning rubber on the mural…and in broad daylight.  He surrendered to police shortly after the incident, and was charged with reckless driving, evidence of prejudice, and criminal mischief over $1,000.  Allegedly, the incident occurred during a caravan celebrating Donald Trump’s birthday.  Well, as long as he had a good excuse.

Channing Tatum Goes Nude

Our Ask Billy question comes from Kevin in Chicago: “I just saw a nude photo Channing Tatum posted.  Is that recent?  Because he looks AMAZEBALLS!”

And that, dear reader, is the first – and hopefully last – time the word “amazeballs” will appear in a Billy Masters column.  I’m often stymied when people with perfect physiques on screen – Channing Tatum, Colin Farrell, Mark Wahlberg – turn up in candids on the beach or jogging shirtless with a body more akin to one’s second trimester.  I don’t know how Channing goes from chunk to hunk with such annoying regularity.  But the photo he posted from the set of The Lost City of D is abs-olutely striking, indeed.  He captioned it by saying, “You know when you in the make-up trailer asshole naked holding a towel over your junk you about to do some shit on set that you gonna have to prepare ya mama for before she see the movie.”  That Chan – he’s got a golden tongue.  He added, “And yes I’m flexing so hard I got a cramp”.  You’ll appreciate his efforts on BillyMasters.com.

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When Tatum is cramping for our pleasure, it’s definitely time to end another column.  You know what won’t cramp your style?  Checking out www.BillyMasters.com – the site that always delivers a happy ending.  If you have a question, send it off to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before David Archuleta chronicles his coming out story on a Netflix series!  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Masters, Rudnick & Mathews

It’s been a while since I did two Billy Masters LIVE shows in one week.  But I love a theme.  And when I got books from both Paul Rudnick and Dan Mathews, I knew they were perfect for Pride Month.  Paul Rudnick is fascinating because he’s done SO much – essays, novels, plays, films.  His latest, Playing the Palace, is a perfect summer book (I read it on a plane).  Dan Mathews may be Senior Vice President of PETA, but his writing has always entertained and enlightened.  His memoir, Like Crazy: Life with My Mother and Her Invisible Friends, is heartfelt and hysterical.  I had a blast chatting with these witty gents, so be sure to check out Billy Masters LIVE on our YouTube channel Billy Masters TV or on BillyMasters.com/TV.

One of my favorite events every year is Broadway Bares.  Due to that pesky pandemic, Broadway Bares: Twerk From Home will be a virtual chance to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  Naturally, I’m gonna have some of the hunkiest performers join me for a special Billy Masters LIVE.  On Thursday, June 17th, I will host Jay Armstrong Johnson, Patrick Boyd, Sebastian La Cause, Mark MacKillop, and perhaps a couple others.  Bares founder Jerry Mitchell is in London rehearsing Hairspray, but he’ll also pop in.  See you on Thursday.  And be sure to check out Broadway Bares which takes place on June 20th at 9PM.  Watch it for free on BroadwayCares.org.

Archuleta Comes Out

On the same day, someone else made a statement.  When David Archuleta was on American Idol, MANY gay men eagerly questioned his sexuality.  I was not amongst those people.  Archuleta was 17 years old at the time and – well, my feeling about sexualizing youngsters is well documented.  I also knew from several sources that he came from a devoutly religious family – and had a very domineering father.  A couple of years later, I reported about David going to a NYC gay bar – ostensibly to see singer Charice.  He Tweeted, “Wasn’t my kind of place”, adding “I have friends who are gay, and they’re great people.”  Now he’s all grown up and shared the following on Instagram: “I came out in 2014 as gay to my family.”  Then he thought he might be bisexual, since he was attracted to both genders.  Now he kinda considers himself asexual.  “I don’t have too much sexual desires and urges as most people, which works I guess because I have a commitment to save myself until marriage.”  However he chooses to define himself, we congratulate him on his authenticity and wish him well on his journey.  As to waiting till marriage…well, see Colton Underwood.

Kamala Harris is Proud

“Now, therefore, I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America
…do hereby proclaim June 2021 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,
and Queer Pride Month.  I call upon the people of the United States to recognize
the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, to celebrate the great diversity
of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high.”
 
President Joe Biden.

Despite President Biden allowing US embassies around the world to fly the rainbow flag during Pride Month, many demurred.  The Pentagon banned the flag from flying outside of military bases.  The more things change…  And then, out of the blue, everything changed with the single act of a single person.  It helps when that single person is the sitting Vice President of the United States.  Without any fanfare, Kamala Harris (and second dude, Doug) showed up at Capital Pride celebrations in DC.  Just by strolling around wearing a “Love Is Love” tee, waving to people and saying, “Happy Pride”, history was made.  Remember that when you wonder if your voice matters.

Italian Stud Comes Out?

This week’s Ask Billy question comes from Mark in Cyberspace: Michele Morrone – the super hot star of the popular Netflix Italian drama 365 DNI posted a photo of himself and his equally hot male costar Simone Susinna with the caption, ‘I’m a liar’.  Is this his way of coming out?  If anyone would know the real story, it would be you.”

Alas, he’s not coming out.  Referring to Simone, Michele says, “He became a very good friend of mine, we’re like brothers.  We’re shooting a movie together.  It was just a picture.  Nothing more.”  He added, “An actor is a kind of liar.  That’s why I wrote that.  Acting…as someone who is not.  I didn’t come out.  So, I’m so sorry for the confusion.  As I said, I’m a big supporter of the LGBT community.  There’s a lot of young guys and girls…  They would love to come out but they don’t do it because of their families.  You know, happiness is priceless, guys.  Peace and love, I love you so much.”  Gay or straight, he’s mighty hot – as you’ll see on BillyMasters.com.

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When we’re extolling the significant virtues of a self-proclaimed ally, it’s definitely time to end another column.  Based on a suggestion, members of our website will soon get an e-mail with the column when it goes live – including a link to all photos and videos.  Since we’re running a Pride Month sale, this is the perfect time to check out www.BillyMasters.com – the site that’s proud 365 days a year.  For all your pressing needs, write to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Frankie Grande realizes he was only cast because of who his sister is!  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Billy’s Literary Guests

A safe haven in the world is still Billy Masters LIVE – although I am partial to men in masks.  Last week, we kicked off Pride Month with legendary drag diva Momma – aka Worthie Meacham.  The two of us co-hosted LA Pride for seven consecutive years, and we looked back at those celebrations.  Making special appearances were Olivia Newton-John, Pauley Perrette and Willam.  This week, we celebrate gay writers with TWO special shows.  On Tuesday, June 8th, Paul Rudnick talks about his prolific career and his new book, Playing the Palace.  And then on Thursday, June 10th, Dan Mathews – mouthpiece for PETA – drops by to chat about his book Like Crazy: Life with my Mother and Her Invisible Friends.  So be sure to check out Billy Masters LIVE on our YouTube channel Billy Masters TV or on BillyMasters.com/TV.

Stomp Out Covid

This next story is going to demonstrate that I can admit that I was wrong – and that it doesn’t make me happy.  The off-Broadway production of Stomp will resume performances at the Orpheum Theatre on July 20th.  They have announced that everyone walking into the theatre – cast, crew, staff, and audience – must present proof of vaccination AND wear a mask.  While I am totally in favor of people being vaccinated, I question the legality of requiring proof for admission – especially for Stomp!  I can only speak for myself, but I ain’t gonna risk losing my original vaccination card to see a bunch of guys banging on anything…unless it’s me!

As I told you last week, the Crown & Anchor is requiring proof of vaccine for patrons to their popular dance parties – something I support.  Following suit in Ptown is The Boatslip for their popular tea dance – in addition to many dance clubs around the country.  And Pride Night at LA’s Dodger Stadium will require proof of vaccination to attend the game and post-game fireworks.  This may very well be the new normal.  Along with that new normal are the new ways around it.  Google searches for fake coronavirus vaccination cards are up by 1,000%.

Celebs Celebrate Pride

Welcome to Gay Pride Month.  While we cautiously emerge from the pandemic, many Pride events have been cancelled out of an abundance of caution.  But there are still festivities taking place.  For instance, the police and paramedics were called to the home of JoJo Siwa during an out-of-control Pride party.  My first question – who the fuck is JoJo Siwa?  Wikipedia tells me that she is “an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality known for appearing for two seasons on Dance Moms.”  So my instinct that she was someone I didn’t care about was accurate.  The press referred to the soirée as a “star-studded Pride party”.  So I was curious which stars studded this event.  Details are sketchy – like, I suspect, many of the attendees.  But one report claims that it was “attended by several fellow influencers”.  BTW, the party took place at her home in Tarzana.  And, I’m done.

At least I know who Dove Cameron is.  I don’t care, but I do remember her from Hairspray: LIVE.  And I’m always happy to welcome anyone coming out.  During an Instagram Live, she said she didn’t say anything sooner because she didn’t think anyone would believe her.  “I was never confused about who I was.  I felt like I wouldn’t be accepted and I had this strange narrative that people wouldn’t believe me.”  Really?  I’d have guessed right off.

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Then there is Frankie Grande – a veritable senior by comparison.  The 38-year-old claims that it was his “celebrity” that got the producers to cast him on Big Brother.  “They were so obsessed with the fact that they were going to get a YouTuber and a personality on their show for the very first time.  I was the first influencer to ever be on Big Brother.”  Allegedly people all over the world credit Frankie for showing “such a different concept of what a gay man was.”  A bleached blond, sexually insatiable schemer?  Honey, I was that person while you were practicing on a pacifier.

Mike Doyle Uncovered

Our Ask Billy question comes from Toni in Dallas: “I was recently watching Green Lantern and think I remember you writing about the guy who plays Jack.  Isn’t he gay?  He’s really hot.”

Mike Doyle is indeed gay.  Aside from being a talented Juilliard-trained actor, he’s also a filmmaker.  In 2019, he directed the indie flick Almost Love, which starred openly gay actors Scott Evans and Augustus Prew playing a gay couple (see our Billy Masters LIVE discussion about whether only gay actors should play gay roles).  If you think he’s hot, then we have a treat for you.  When he appeared in Paul Rudnick’s play The New Century at Lincoln Center, he was nude – and impressed audience members with his enormous talent.  When I wrote about this in a 2008 column, I mentioned that he may have made New York theatre history as the first actor to appear naked onstage while wearing a cock ring.  Of course, we can back that up with footage and photos on BillyMasters.com.

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When we’re backing up on Mike Doyle, it’s definitely time for me to relax and end another column.  Before closing, I want to acknowledge the passing of circuit party king, Jeffrey Sanker.  I worked with him on many events, and what stands out to me is how good he was at delegating – IF he trusted you.  I was glad to be one of those people and remember him fondly.  Don’t forget to check out www.BillyMasters.com – site that always has fresh dish…usually including some kinda meat.  If you have question, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before I find out if underwear parties are returning to Ptown (fingers crossed).  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

 

Troye’s Posterior

Singer P!nk revealed a particularly uncomfortable moment during her bisexual days – sharing a girlfriend with her brother!  “My first girlfriend – I was 13 and she left me for my brother!  I was very confused by that, ‘cause she kissed me first and that’s gross.”

Troye Sivan is doing his best to get eyeballs on the video for his new song, “You”.  He posted a still showing him wearing a see-through lace body stocking which displays his best assets.  More intriguing than his pert posterior is the fact that the photo was liked by Shawn Mendes.  Take that any way you’d like – which I suspect is OK with Troye.

 

Franzese Dishes & Raps

We had a dishy episode of Billy Masters LIVE last week.  We talked at length with actor, comedian, and rapper Daniel Franzese – who you may recall from Looking and Mean Girls.  He had a great story to share about being fired from hosting a male beauty pageant at a Christian college.  We were joined by Frank DeCaro, who announced that his next book will be devoted to DISCO!  And, rounding out our panel was actor Jonny Beauchamp, who announced that he’ll be appearing in the film The Way Out, written and directed by Barry Jay (of Barry’s Bootcamp), which will also star our pal Sherri Shepherd.  Be sure to check out Billy Masters LIVE on our YouTube channel Billy Masters TV or on BillyMasters.com/TV.

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One of the topics our panel tackled was news that Vanessa Redgrave will NOT appear in the Kevin Spacey comeback film, to be directed by her husband, Franco Nero.  Lemme tell you the storyline – Franco plays a blind artist accused of molesting children, and Spacey plays the detective investigating the allegations.  Hmmm.

 

Provincetown Preview

We have a Memorial Day tradition here at Billy Masters Worldwide – that’s when we start planning our summer travels.  So now, without further ado, let me tell you what’s happening in Provincetown.  After a somewhat bleak 2020, I am pleased to report that Ptown is back!  As of this writing, everything is re-opening, shows are taking place inside and out, and dance clubs will be buzzing.  However, people are not taking anything for granted.  Rick Murray, proprietor of The Crown & Anchor, has gone above and beyond the call by ruling that entrance to “large scale dance events…will REQUIRE proof of vaccination for entry.”  Bravo, Rick.

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But what is Provincetown without shows?  The Crown has the legendary Thirsty Burlington holding court on Mondays, while Well-Strung violinist Edmund Bagnell appears on Tuesdays.  The uproarious Varla Jean Merman brings her Little Prick to the stage Tuesdays through Saturdays, while Dina Martina is on Wednesdays through Sundays.  There are oodles of others appearing, so check out the full schedule of events at OnlyAtTheCrown.com.

After being shuttered for a year, the Provincetown Art House resumes a full slate of performances, anchored by the hysterical Judy Gold on Fridays and Saturdays in July (Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August).  Seth Rudetsky hosts a number of fantastic evenings, featuring such powerhouse vocalists as Sierra Boggess, Rachel Bay Jones, Liz Callaway, Lillias White, and Beth Malone.  The indefatigable Marilyn Maye takes up residency for two weeks on either side of Labor Day.  And scattered throughout the summer are pals like Steven Brinberg (Simply Barbra), Ben Rimalower, John Hill, Ginger Minj, and many more.  Their entire lineup can be found at PTownArtHouse.com.

By the by, the Art House also presents several special events at Provincetown Town Hall – including concerts by Stephanie J. Block, Alaska Thunderfuck, Kristin Chenoweth, and Kelli O’Hara.  Same website.

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Over at the Pilgrim House, Miss Richfield 1981 continues her reign Monday through Friday, Paige Turner is Wednesday through Saturday, Steve Grand is there July 10-20, and the legendary Sharon McNight returns July 31st through August 3rd.  Specifics can be found on PilgrimHousePtown.com.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that The Post Office Café and Cabaret is reopening under new management.  There will be shows by Seth Sikes, Anita Cocktail, Debby Holiday, Del Shores, and even Jason Dottley.   All the details are on PostOfficeCafe.net.

The Provincetown Theater reopens…with a twist.  Despite restrictions being lifted, they have constructed an outdoor performing space to provide the audience with a safe, tranquil and unique experience.  In June, they have Neptune, which is a one-man show starring Timothy DuWhite.  A writer/producer from This Is Us has written a play called The Cake, which will run in July.  And August will see Tennessee Williams’ classic, The Glass Menagerie, which was born in Ptown. Grab your tix at ProvincetownTheater.org.

 

Wilkas’ Motel Workout

Our Ask Billy question comes from Thomas in Chicago: “You’ve mentioned Gus Kenworthy a lot.  What about his ex, Matt Wilkas?  He was really hot.  What’s he up to?”

Touching himself inappropriately in a motel room.  Yes, I’m serious.  He recently did a photo shoot with Brian Kaminski where Matt is frolicking naked in a run-down motel room.  Why?  Some think it’s art.  Some think it’s porn.  I think you can see the pics on BillyMasters.com.

 

Hocus Pocus 2

And now, news that people have actually been waiting almost three decades for – Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will reunite in Hocus Pocus 2!  We knew Disney was making a sequel, but the original trio was not confirmed…until now.  Shooting will begin this fall, and the film will debut on Halloween 2022.  Bette Midler made the announcement on Twitter: “Sistaaaahs!  It’s been 300 years…But we’re BACK!”

Speaking of Sarah Jessica Parker, there’s news about the Sex and the City sequel.  HBO Max has ordered 10 episodes of And Just Like That…, with filming beginning any day now.  As you know, Cattrall opted out of reprising Samantha, but both Davis and Nixon are on board.  And they’ll be joined by Sara Ramirez, who will play Che – described as “a non-binary, queer, stand-up comedian that hosts a podcast on which Carrie Bradshaw is regularly featured.  Che is a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humor and progressive, human overview of gender roles has made them and their podcast very popular.”  Eh, I’ll give it a shot.

 

Disney Goes Gay

We hear that the upcoming Cruella starring Emma Stone is a hoot and a half.  The extra half-a-hoot comes from Disney’s first openly gay character named Artie, played by John McCrea.  He’s a member of Cruella’s gang, and we hear he has a good amount of screen time and saves the life of another character.  And he’s fifth-billed, which says something.

OMG – another Disney story!!!  Joshua Bassett just came out.  Who?  He’s on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – which, if you ask me, has one too many colons.  His revelation came about almost matter-of-factly.  He was asked in a video interview about performers he admires.  He chose Harry Styles.  “He’s cool, he’s just cool…who doesn’t think Harry Styles is cool?  Also, he’s hot, you know?  He’s very charming, too.  Lots of things.”  He then added, “This is also my coming out video, I guess.”

 

Porter Goes Public

Billy Porter just went public with a very personal story.  He told The Hollywood Reporter that he has been HIV-positive for the past 14 years.  His silence was motivated by shame.  “I was the generation that was supposed to know better, and it happened anyway.”  It’s a secret he kept from most people – including his mother.  His reason?  “She’s not going to be here long, and then I’ll write my book and come out and she won’t have to live with the embarrassment of having an HIV-positive child.”  Her response surprised him.  “You’ve been carrying this around for 14 years?  Don’t ever do this again.  I’m your mother.  I love you no matter what.”

Although Pose has wrapped, Porter is busier than ever.  He’s directing his first feature film called What If?, Netflix is doing a documentary about his life called Rise, and he’s playing a gender-free Fairy Godparent in a remake of Cinderella.  He’s also joined the cast of the upcoming Disney+ animated series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder – a reboot of The Proud Family, which ran on the Disney Channel from 2001-2005.  Porter joins the original cast alongside Zachary Quinto, who plays his partner.  It’ll hit the air in early 2022, but we’ve got photos of their characters on BillyMasters.com.

 

Garfield Goes Nude

This week’s Ask Billy question comes from Gary in Utah (yes, I was surprised, too): “I heard Andrew Garfield is nude in his new movie.  Do you know if that’s true??”

True…but also false.  The film in question is Mainstream – and it’s anything but.  It sounds like it’s targeting a niche market…but if anyone can fill that niche, it’s Andrew Garfield.  In the film, he walks around in a flesh-colored thong with an enormous fake penis sticking out.  So if the thought of Garfield’s not-so-unappealing torso and bum are to your liking – to say nothing of a big fake penis being to your licking – then check out BillyMasters.com.

Billy’s Latest Panel

Oh, I know where I heard it – on Billy Masters LIVE.  Last week, we had another fabulous panel discussion.  I was joined by E! legend and pioneer, Steve Kmetko and acclaimed announcer and the morning host on Palm Springs KGAY 106.5 FM, Ben Patrick Johnson.  Filling what Regis dubbed the Young One slot, the dashing, devilish, and divine Mark MacKillop – who is the top fundraiser for Broadway Bares two years running, bringing in $168K!  On my show, we talked about Ellen, the Golden Globes, Kevin Spacey, and oodles of other things.  It was totally fun, totally dishy, and totally unscripted.  You can watch Billy Masters LIVE on Billy Masters LIVE on our YouTube channel Billy Masters TV or on BillyMasters.com/TV.

Cox Controversy

When awards return to the air, a notable presence will be missing from the red carpet.  Giuliana Rancic has announced her departure from E! to take up a development deal with NBCUniversal – the company that owns…you guessed it, E!  Since Ryan Seacrest already left, someone decided to combine those two and come up with a formidable replacement.  Laverne Cox will greet nominees and ask what they’re wearing.

Laverne made news last week for another reason – and it could jeopardize her new working relationship.  When films are released overseas, they are often dubbed by actors who speak the language.  In the upcoming Italian release of Promising Young Woman (which came out here last Christmas), Laverne plays the pivotal role of Gail.  In the Italian dubbed version, Gail is voiced by actor Roberto Pedicini.  This is not an isolated incident – when Orange is the New Black, The Mindy Project and Doubt were released in Italy, Cox was dubbed by male actor Andrea Lavagnino.  Days before the film’s scheduled Italian release, someone leaked a clip online with Roberto’s voice.  All hell broke loose.  Oh, did I mention the film comes to us courtesy of Universal?  The company issued a statement: “We are deeply grateful to Laverne and the transgender community for opening our eyes to a bias that neither we nor many in our industry had recognized.”  They added that the part is being redubbed with a female actor…which I’m not sure is any better.  I mean, a cis female?  Not that I know how many transgender voiceover actresses there are in Italy.  That’s beyond my pay grade.

 

Billy’s Latest Panel

Ellen is leaving the building…in another year.  DeGeneres says she made this decision on her own, and she always planned to leave at the end of the 19th year – something I don’t believe.  She also asserts that she had no idea her set was a toxic work environment, and wishes someone had told her.  Ellen even swore to Savannah Guthrie that not a single guest has had anything but a good experience.  She may want to peruse Kathy Griffin’s book.  Or check in with Wendy Williams, who said, “I’m not sure that all the guests are happy.  I was a guest.  I wasn’t happy.”  Ellen feels this was an orchestrated and misogynistic attack on her.  Haven’t I heard that one before?

Janet Mocks Everyone

One would think the final season of a landmark, award-winning show would get tongues wagging.  But that wagging about Pose is coming courtesy of Janet Mock, the show’s transgender writer and director.  The place – a private premiere party in NYC.  The audience – Hollywood heavyweights (and I don’t mean like Will Smith).  Janet started her tirade by saying: “Why am I making $40,000 a motherfucking episode?  Huh?  Do you know who the fuck I am?  Do you know what I fucking mean?  Huh?  I’m angry!  Fuck Hollywood!”  While $40K a week is nothing to sneeze at, it’s peanuts in Hollywood…especially for a writer and producer.  Mock went after Ryan Murphy, who defended himself by saying he brought in transgender talent both in front of and behind the camera. 

And then…Janet asked her boyfriend to rise.  That boyfriend is Angel Bismark Curiel, a 25-year-old actor on Pose.  “Let me tell you something about love,” said Janet.  “Today I was gonna let you go.  I was gonna let you go, right.  But what did I do?  I fucked someone on the crew, right?  Angel, Angel, I’m not losing you.  You hear me?  You are fucking important to me.  I don’t want to live in a house alone.  I want you, you motherfucker.  Right there – that’s who I want.  I’m getting what’s mine.”  I am speechless.  All I know is Angel didn’t walk out.  So I’m shutting up – because, clearly, we have nothing in common.

 

Billy Takes On Broadway

Broadway will open in the fall – maybe.  Chicago will knock ‘em dead starting on September 14thSix (the new musical about Henry VIII’s wives) will kill starting on September 17th, while Phantom of the Opera swings back into action on October 22nd.  But will any of this happen?  We tackled Broadway on last week’s Billy Masters LIVE with writers Michael Riedel and Eddie Shapiro.  Both have penned two volumes on the Great White Way which I cannot recommend enough.  See what they had to say on Billy Masters LIVE on our YouTube channel Billy Masters TV or on BillyMasters.com/TV.

This week, we have another panel discussion with some fabulous fellas talking about anything and everything.  Tune in – Thursday at 3PM Eastern, Noon Pacific.  ‘Cause if we’re there, we’re live.

Sarah Paulson’s Tripp

Weight was also in the news for women.  No one will deny that Sarah Paulson is one of our greatest actresses.  And, as a favorite of auteur Ryan Murphy, it was no surprise she was cast in his upcoming Impeachment: American Crime Story.  However, people couldn’t quite picture the svelte Paulson as the rotund Linda Tripp – she of the loose lips about Monica Lewinsky (whose lips were otherwise occupied).  When photos of a stout Sarah surfaced from the set, scuttlebutt spread that the actress was wearing a fat suit.  And many wondered – why not hire a fat actress?  They believe Paulson’s casting sends a message that plump actresses are unhireable.  Which leads to my usual argument – why not hire the best actress?  Paulson has proven to me that she can play any role.  Show me an actress of the same caliber and cache who looks more like Linda Tripp and is available (this might be a good time to point out that Tripp was played on Saturday Night Live by John Goodman).  I would like us to get to the point where the best actor gets the part – regardless of their weight, creed, sexual orientation, or age.

Will Smith’s Dad Bod

It may have just been Mother’s Day, but everyone is talking about the “dad bod” – which, for those of you youngsters, is a body with perhaps a spare tire or two around the midsection.  The recent discussions are courtesy of Will Smith – who was previously in possession of a gym bod.  Will posted a revealing photo with the caption, “I’m gonna be real wit yall – I’m in the worst shape of my life.”  Headlines hailed Will’s photo as “body positive” and helping change beauty standards.  And, how did he celebrate?  By going to the gym and going on a diet!  And by signing a six-figure deal to document…you guessed it…how he got rid of his dad bod.  Best Shape of My Life will follow Will’s journey to losing the weight – with the help of personal trainers, state-of-the-art gyms, and various doctors.  So, for several thousand dollars, you too could get into the best shape of your life!

News Making Nudes

One of my proofreaders is quite taken with Ashley Parker Angel’s recent nearly nude photos.  For those who don’t know, the former O-Town singer likes to post sexy pics on social media – a holdover from his days with Lou Pearlman, no doubt.  I never tire of looking at every inch of Angel – who was not only delightful on Broadway in Hairspray, but is also a delight in person (perhaps I’ll have him on Billy Masters LIVE).  To tide you over, I’ll post some of his more sizzling snaps on BillyMasters.com.

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Our Ask Billy question comes from Paul in Indianapolis: “What do you know about Blake McCoy?  I heard he accidentally posted a nude photo online, which he’s taken down.  Can you find it?”

First, let me answer the obvious question – who the fuck is Blake McCoy?  He’s one of those regional news anchors who bounces from city to city – most recently, our nation’s capital.  He was bounced from that gig after Tweeting the following: “I’m annoyed obese people of all ages get priority vaccine access before all essential workers…Vaccinate all essential workers.  Then obese.”  But what does he think about vaccinating obese essential workers?    Days later, he posted an Instastory of two men fucking!  On video!  He quickly took it down, claiming it was posted by someone who borrowed his phone.  My sources swear that McCoy was the top in that footage.  Check it out on BillyMasters.com.

Billy’s Gay View

The latest episode of Billy Masters LIVE was quite a landmark.  At the risk of sounding like Barbara Walters, I always wanted to do a show with gay men of different generations, backgrounds, and views.  In light of the recent Oscars, I planned to sit down with award-winning writer, comedian, and bon vivant Bruce Vilanch – and, boy, did he give us Oscar dish!  I then mixed in producer and director Richard Jay-Alexander.   To fill the “young one” slot, I enlisted actor Jonny Beauchamp.  It was a combustible combination – and one that led to some fascinating discussions.  From the Academy Awards, to Colton Underwood, to The Talk, to opportunities for gay actors, it was really on fire!  I’m planning a panel show every month – and perhaps more often.  If you missed it, check out Billy Masters LIVE on our YouTube channel Billy Masters TV or on BillyMasters.com/TV.  And, again, thanks Del!

This Thursday, May 6th, we have a treat for fans of Broadway.  Columnist Michael Riedel has written a fabulous book called Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway, in which he peeks behind the curtain during the 1990s (his previous book, Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway, covers the prior period).  And Eddie Shapiro has a great new book out called A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with the Great Men of Musical Theater (his previous book was Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater).  Both men are joining me to discuss their books and what they think Broadway post-pandemic will look like – and when they’ll finally give out last year’s Tonys!  Be sure to watch Billy Masters LIVE – ‘cause if we’re there, we’re live.

Elliot’s Happy

I have to make a confession – I never really cared for Ellen Page as an actress.  So, I’m not particularly invested in Elliot Page – other than, obviously, my trademark compassion and empathy.  Page spoke to Oprah about his transition.  When asked what part of the process brought him the most joy, he said, “Getting out of the shower and the towel’s around your waist and you’re looking at yourself in the mirror and you’re just like, ‘There I am.’”

Backstreet Boy AJ McLean just released a song called “Love Song Love”.  In the video, he’s in drag and dancing around a dollhouse with Nahla Wyld and Carmen Carrera, who happen to be transgender models.  “I’m an ally and this song, to me, screams ‘love no matter what’.  It’s about loving and respecting one another,” says AJ.

Caitlyn’s Woes

You already know that Caitlyn Jenner has filed papers to run for governor of California if Gavin Newsom is recalled.  But, Caitlyn’s got a big problem – none of her kids will support her candidacy.  Brody, Brandon and Burt have not only advised her not to run, they’ve said they won’t even vote for her.  OUCH!  To make matters worse, nobody in the Jenner or Kardashian camp will campaign for her.  Not surprisingly, we hear Republicans won’t support her because she’s trans, and Democrats won’t support her because she’s conservative.  But I bet it would make a great reality show.

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