Hollywood Inside and Out September 4, 2014

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Hollywood-copy-1“Rarely.” – Larry King’s answer when Howard Stern asked if he masturbates.

I can’t say that I knew Lauren Bacall very well.  But I did know her.  During my years working with one of her neighbors, we’d run into each other with some regularity.  At one point she said, “Call me Betty,” which was her real name and the moniker her friends called her.  After our mutual friend passed away, I ran into her and greeted her by saying, “Hi Betty.”  What I got back was a look which spoke volumes.  From that point on, she was Miss Bacall, and that was actually OK.  Bacall came from the time when real Hollywood existed.  She earned the right to be called whatever she wanted.

On the other hand, I have known Belinda Carlisle since I was in my 20s.  So I have, in essence, known her son James Duke Mason since before he was born.  These days, he’s a resident of West Hollywood and is throwing his hat in the ring to win a seat on the City Council during the election in March of 2015.  Dukey seems to be running on a platform of wanting to save West Hollywood from the vast commercialization and rising rental costs which have pushed out most of the people who actually founded the city.  Alas, this may be a case of closing the barn door after the horse escaped.  I’ve been saying for years that because of WeHo’s appealing geographic position between Hollywood and Beverly Hills (to say nothing of housing the Sunset Strip), the gentrification of the once-primarily gay portion of Santa Monica Boulevard is already a fait accompli.  Still, I give him credit for the attempt.  You can learn more and support his campaign by checking out JamesDukeMason.com.

Our straight ally Josh Hutcherson is continuing his good work for gay youths.  As you may recall, he previously described himself as “mostly straight” when he founded the Straight But Not Narrow foundation.  That group has joined forces with The Trevor Project and human I-T to launch a new campaign.  Power On is collecting and refurbishing digital devices for LGBT youths in low-income and rural areas.  You have until October 16th to donate your old laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.  To kick off the campaign, Josh donated one of his computers – wouldn’t you like to grab ahold of that hard drive?  For more info, go to TheTrevorProject.org/poweron.

To promote her new CD and VH1 reality show, LeAnn Rimes has been making personal appearances in gay clubs – often with her hunky hubby Eddie Cibrian in tow.  This was certainly the case when they showed up at The Abbey in West Hollywood.  This promotional stroke of genius seems to have been the idea of LeAnn herself.  “I’ve always said that Eddie and I are a gay man’s wet dream.  I sing, you can look at him, and it’s perfect.”  She’s half right!

In a fascinating case of a gay person becoming straight – or at least giving the appearance of being straight – comes the story of country singer Nate Green.  Not being a devotee of country music, I had never heard of him, but certainly the hunky blonde is easy on the eyes.  And yet, he does look familiar.  In fact, he resembles a very hot fitness model named Josey Greenwell who once dated Reichen’s ex, Rodiney from “The A-List: New York”.  When Josey was featured in “DNA” magazine, he talked about his musical aspirations and said, “Music should be about talent and not sexuality, but I’m proud of mine nonetheless.”  Josey even performed at Detroit Pride in 2012.  What a difference a couple of years makes.  It seems that Josey has now become Nate and is cultivating a straight female audience.  I am not the first to figure this out.  Quite a few of Josey’s former fans tried to interact with him on a Nate Green Facebook fan page.  Not only were their comments quickly deleted, they were aleo threatened with legal action regarding any gay-oriented posts.  Of course, Nate/Josey has no say over what appears on BillyMasters.com – which include some sizzling snaps and videos of him and Rodiney.

Our “Ask Billy” question comes from Kenneth in Maine: “Have you heard the rumor about Idris Elba having a humongous penis?  Is it true?”

It depends who you ask.  If you ask Idris Elba, he’ll say it’s false!  It all started when someone published a photo of him on the set of a film sporting what appeared to be a python of a penis.  After days of numerous “tripod” comments, Idris Tweeted the following: “The good news is i got a s–t load of followers.  The bad news is, that is a mic wire.”  He then Tweeted: “Calvin Klein called my mobile, they want me in their next campaign.  Foot long john’s Coming Winter 2014.”  What’s the truth?  Decide for yourself after seeing the pics at BillyMasters.com.

When people are denying having large penises, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  Like Idris Elba, we were a little long this week.  Just after filing this report, I’m off to the Emmys.  So I’m sure you can expect some deep dishing on www.BillyMasters.com – the site that never sleeps.  If there’s something you’d like me to look into, feel free to drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before Idris actually does hear from Calvin Klein!  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.