Hollywood Inside & Out March 20, 2014

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“I don’t know which one was Liam and which one was Chris, but I just know that they’re both hot as f–king hell.”
- Meryl Streep shares her opinion on the Hemsworth brothers, a feeling I suspect we all echo.

The Oscars may be over and done, but so many of you have asked why didn’t Judy Garland’s kids do something other than just stand up at their seats and bow.  I think that question was answered days later when TMZ’s cameras caught up with Liza Minnelli.  After saying she had a holly_striplot of fun, dissing Ellen along the way, the money shot came when Liza had to step up from the street onto the sidewalk.  She had a look of panic on her face and she clutched her friend’s arm.  Nope.  Couldn’t happen.  A second guy miraculously appeared.  The threesome took a few steps back to get a running start, and then the two guys actually pulled Liza up that step.  Now do you understand?  How in God’s name was Liza going to walk up on stage?  Isn’t the show long enough??

One thing Liza still can do is entertain – especially if she’s got one of her friends with her.  So it’s rather exciting that Minnelli is poised to make her Provincetown debut on August 4th in a joint concert with Alan Cumming (just an aside – does Liza know any straight men?).  Their joint concert will kick off “Raising the Volume”, a concert series brainchild by Crown & Anchor proprietor Rick Murray which will also raise money for The Trevor Project.  Also appearing this summer is Linda Eder on August 18th and 19th. To get tickets, just go to OnlyAtTheCrown.com.  But don’t except to see the Liza/Cumming show listed.  The first concert sold out in a few hours.  The second sold out in minutes – just as the Oscars were starting.  I think it’s safe to say that Liza’s back!

When talking about her comeback with “People” magazine, Paula Deen said, “I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name.  It’s like that black football player who recently came out.  He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player.  I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’  I know exactly what he’s saying.”

Last week, former NFL player Deion Sanders appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show” and was asked specifically about Michael Sam coming out.  “He’s not the first gay guy in the NFL.  He’s the first one to come out – let’s get that straight.  Every team I’ve played on, there was someone…we always knew.  But he was cool.  That was our boy.  We had to look out for him.  Every team I’ve played on – five different teams – there was someone gay in the locker room.”  Let the guessing game begin.

You know what else shows up in locker rooms?  Cameras!  Last week someone posted a photo of Tom Daley showering and….well, it’s pretty steamy, as you’ll see on BillyMasters.com.

In an intriguing story, Rosie O’Donnell just revealed that she attempted to come out of the closet a decade earlier than her first (perceived) public statement.  Back in 1992 (four years before launching “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”), she was interviewed for “Cosmopolitan”.  The writer asked “Are you gay?” and Rosie replied, “Yes”.  Why didn’t we ever read that?  As Rosie explains, “I remember Helen Gurley Brown took it out of an interview that had been done with me….She was protecting me because at that time it would’ve been a huge issue, right?”

Speaking of coming out stories, Lance Bass admits that when he came out to best friend Joey Fatone, it was accidentally.  “Joey walked in on me with the guy I was dating just kind of sitting on my lap.  Straight guys don’t do that.”  Tell that to oodles of kids who have voluntarily climbed up on Santa Claus’ lap!  When Lance later told Fatone the truth, Joey’s response was, “Dude, I don’t care.  I have so many gay friends – I don’t care.”

Shortly after returning home from providing colorful commentary for the Olympics in Sochi, Johnny Weir found himself in a New Jersey courtroom regarding a case of domestic biting.  Yes, biting.  A month before the Olympics, Weir’s hubby Victor Voronov filed a police report accusing the skater of biting him in a malicious manner – as opposed to a playful manner, I reckon.  During their courtroom proceedings, the couple appeared as a united front, asking the judge to dismiss the case.  The judge acquiesced, but not before looking at Weir and saying, “Nice hairdo”.  You wouldn’t find that on “Judge Judy”.

It was just announced that HBO has renewed “Looking” for a second season.  Many of you have e-mailed me your opinions about the show.  While it is undeniably slow and took a bit of time to get going, it’s growing on me.  This is, in no small measure, due to the nuanced performance of Jonathan Groff.

Anyhoo, that leads into our “Ask Billy” question.  Karl in Albany writes: “Do you know anything about Murray Bartlett, the hot daddy on ‘Looking’?  He looks amazing for an older guy.”

I find it très amusant that Dom is being referred to as a “daddy” – especially since his character is 39.  Is that what now constitutes a daddy?  What does that make Scott Bakula?  Grandpapa?  In real life, Murray Bartlett is 42, he is openly gay, and he’s Australian!  Yes, who knew?  In addition to his TV work, here’s something interesting – he appeared in the Australian tour of “The Boy from Oz” playing Hugh Jackman’s lover.  Nice work if you can get it!

Could it be that a certain virginal young man was anything but prior to his highly publicized wedding?  So say two people who swear they can prove it.  Turns out he enjoyed being chased far more than being chaste just months before being catapulted into our collective consciousness.  When these former paramours came to light, they threatened to topple what was a tenuous grasp on fame to begin with.  Far more damaging than his dalliances is the fact that one of these whistle-blowers is another guy!

When fame is fleeting in more ways than one, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  And with that, I hope we have heard the last of the Oscars – at least until next year.  Of course, you won’t have to wait another year for more gossip.  You can get the latest dirt each and every day at www.BillyMasters.com – the site that never stands on ceremony.  If you’ve got a question for me, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before Weir is accused of domestic scratching!  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.