Hollywood Inside & Out March 6, 2014
“The only way this film could be made worse would be to be eaten by a badger while watching it.” - This lead from a review in London’s “The Guardian” for “A Winter’s Tale” (released in the UK as “A New York Winter’s Tale”). Perhaps the best line from a review of a film ever! Prior to this, my favorite quote was when Rex Reed described the love scene in “Titanic” as reminding him of a chihuahua trying to mount a golden retriever!
I recently zipped to Delray Beach to see Sam Harris’ latest show, a theatrical endeavor borne from his memoirs, “Ham: Slices of a Life”. This hybrid literary-musical (or, as he calls it, a “Liter-Usical”) is a journey through some of the high and low points in his life – both professionally and personally. Along the way, Harris sings a number of songs with a voice that, if anything, has become richer and fuller with time. It doesn’t hurt that he looks better than ever and is in enviable shape physically. Although he’s on the other side of 50, he sports a tight, taut physique that would put most people in their 40s (or even 30s) to shame. He’s like a singing version of Olga Korbut! After spending countless hours with Sam over the years, he never ceases to amaze and inspire me.
Days before seeing Sam, I was on the beach when I saw a phalanx of paparazzi. Because I’m nosy, I wormed my way in to see Joe Simpson (father of Jessica and Ashley) with a rather nubile young man. What made this particularly interesting is that while the paps were taking pics, Papa Joe was also taking photos of the boy in question. When the media reported that Joe was out with his latest boytoy, Joe took to Twitter to clear things up: “More mis-information in the news. The guy in the pics is my modeling client. He was in Miami taking agency meetings. That’s it!” Well, obviously being a client doesn’t preclude him from being a sex partner. And, obviously taking meetings in Miami wasn’t “it” – unless some of those meetings took place on the beach! By the way, the boy has been identified as 21-year-old occasional male model Jonathan Keith.
Although I’m known for having my fingers in many pots, you can’t say I don’t keep at least one finger on the pulse of the entertainment industry. Just last week, I told you how I spent some time in NYC with the always-delightful John Wesley Shipp. And, poof, there he is – all over the news. Fans had been wondering if there could be a way to incorporate Shipp into the proposed CW reboot of “The Flash”. And just like that, the network announced that he would not only appear in the pilot, but his character had the potential to recur. From your lips…
For years we’ve been hearing that Lea Michele is thisclose to appearing in “Funny Girl”. Of course, most of those rumors were spread by Lea Michele herself – a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. And she may have the last laugh. She’s always had a strong ally in Ryan Murphy, who also seems to have recurring dreams of Michele as Fanny Brice – even if it means having her lip-sync her way through the score on “Glee”. It was hoped that this campaign would win her the role in the Broadway revival back in 2011. But the producers went with Lauren Ambrose, and subsequently squelched the idea entirely. End of story, right? Wrong. Lea just did an interview with best friend Jonathan Groff for “Teen Vogue” and said, “I would love to go back to Broadway. Ryan Murphy just got the rights to ‘Funny Girl’, so we’re hoping to do that at some point”. I’m told that these plans would coincide with her “Glee” character starring in the show. I’m not sure if this is art imitating life, life imitating art, or just Lea imitating Barbra!
Quite a few of you have asked who is the nude cover model on the UK gay mag “Attitude”. That would be sexy Philip Olivier. The stunning 33-year-old soap actor has often posed nude or near nude in the past – including his wildly popular annual erotic calendars (like him, they make great stocking stuffers). Philip candidly says, “I keep fit and I keep trim, not only for my health but because it’s a very lucrative business. There must be more than ten jobs that I’ve gotten because of my body.” However, he’s smart enough to know that his shelf-life as a pin-up will soon come to an end (hence this new sizzling 12-page pictorial). “I’ll probably do one last calendar for 2015. It’s hard work doing all that training and you’ve got the new boys coming along.” I think Olivier can more than hold his own. In fact, you’ll all want to hold his own once you see it on BillyMasters.com.
This leads brilliantly into our “Ask Billy” question. Randy in Key West asks: “What can you tell me about Alex Minsky, that mega-hot, tattooed daddy of a model? I’m looking for nude photos, but I hear they’ve been banned.”
You and everyone else! When the former Marine lost his right leg in Afghanistan, he also lost hope. He also suffered numerous other injuries, was in a coma for two months, and spent a year and a half in various medical facilities before being honorably discharged – and receiving the Purple Heart. Once he was a civilian, the only things he felt he could do was work on his body and stay healthy. At the gym, he was asked if he’d be interested in modeling. When recounting the story, he tends to make the same semi-homophobic statement: “At first I thought it was just another gay guy hitting on me.” He might as well get used to that, as his scantily clad images are earning scores of gay fans. He’s just been named exclusive model for Jack Adams’ underwear – a brand I’ve never heard of before, but I suspect we’ll be seeing more of. Oh, as to those nude photos, apparently Alex took some selfies which somehow made their way into our hot little hands. While he’s perfectly proportioned in his natural state, he seemingly sprouts another leg when aroused. You can see for yourself on BillyMasters.com.
When I’d give an arm and a leg to be Sam Harris, it’s time to end yet another column. While I catch my breath, let me remind you to check out www.BillyMasters.com – the site that always has the heat on high. In the meantime, feel free to send your questions along to me at Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before Alex does a photo shoot with Paul McCartney’s ex-wife! So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.