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Hollywood-bannerWhen I started this column almost two decades ago, there were weeks when you couldn’t find enough stories.  These days, the column often writes itself.  I knew it was going to be a good week when I read the following headline…

Hollywood-banner“Who hasn’t dated a gay dude? He didn’t tell me, but I just sort of figured it out. There were weird things he would say. He once tried on my heels…that was a pretty big indication” – Gabourey Sidibe shares her thoughts about Jason Collins’ coming out, vis-à-vis how his former fiancée might feel.

When I started this column almost two decades ago, there were weeks when you couldn’t find enough stories.  These days, the column often writes itself.  I knew it was going to be a good week when I read the following headline: “Margaret Cho says John Travolta is gay!”  Most of my job was already done. Now, to fill in some of the blanks. Cho made some statements during the Melbourne leg of her Australian tour.  Apropos of nothing, she talked about working with Travolta on “Face/Off” when she said, “I’m going to get in trouble but I’ll just tell you. He’s not just gay. He doesn’t just like men. He is like Oscar Wilde gay. Like Lord Byron gay. That kind of crazy, incredibly flamboyant gay.”  Although the story was picked up by most outlets, the websites of some major newspapers coincidentally took the story down in a matter of hours.  Enough said.

Hollywood-pic1Although Lifetime cancelled “Drop Dead Diva” a few months ago, the producers initiated some cost-cutting to ensure it would return for a fifth season, which starts on June 23rd.  But at least one cast member is MIA. Carter MacIntyre,the most recent guardian angel, has been replaced by Justin Deeley, who was on the newly cancelled reboot of “90210”. I must confess I knew nothing about Justin, but was pleased to discover he has an extensive body of work – as an underwear model. The first obvious thing I recognized is his stunning body…which he, happily, enjoys displaying. But I did learn some things that surprised me. For instance, he enjoys a thong, has a smattering of hair on his a$$, and is circumcised. For more in depth details (such as measurements), you’ll have to check out BillyMasters.com.

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi may both be “Sir”, but they’re both playing outrageous queens in a new British sitcom called “Vicious”.  Helmed by the dashing and debonair Gary Janetti (executive producer and writer on “Will & Grace” and spousal-equivalent of the equally delightful Brad Goreski), the show benefits from his stateside sitcom work whilst still retaining its quirky British flair. Broad and over-the-top describe the performances, and both Ian and Derek appear to be having a ball. The show is only in its third week but is receiving glorious reviews and great ratings.  I’ll run the pilot on our website.

There’s a nasty break-up brewing for David Tutera and his husband of 10 years, Ryan Jurica (the couple got married in Vermont in 2003). Not only is there the division of assets, there’s also the issue of twins they’re expecting via surrogate in July. In Ryan’s statement on the demise of their 10-year relationship, he says, “After repeated attempts at marriage counseling and therapy, we have been unable to save our relationship due to his addiction to sex. He has engaged in a pattern of hiring sex escorts and prostitutes to support his addiction.” I’m gonna have to start watching “My Fair Wedding” more carefully.  Needless to say, David calls the allegations baseless and untrue.

The most shocking news of the week was that a portrait of a nude Bea Arthur sold for $1.9 million. Actually, there’s several shocking aspects to this story – that Bea Arthur posed for a nude portrait, that someone painted a nude portrait of Bea Arthur, that someone wanted to buy a nude portrait of Bea Arthur.  We’ve discovered that one of those things is not true. As it turns out, Bea Arthur did not pose for the portrait…I say with a sigh of relief. The artist, John Currin, did this work in 1991 and it was being sold as part of an auction at Christie’s, where it was described as “nostalgic and repelling”.  Isn’t that nice? Remind me to post some nudes of myself someday.

Our “Ask Billy” question comes from Larry in Connecticut: “I was watching the season finale of ‘Joan Knows Best’ and saw her writer bring a hot guy to their party on the boat who looked familiar.  Do you know who he is?”

For those of you who don’t watch WE’s runaway hit, “Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best”, let me fill you in.  Joan and Melissa decided to throw a party for their various staff members on an ill-fated cruise to Catalina. Tony Tripoli (who writes for “Fashion Police”) brought a very hot young man along as his date. That was Matt Ludwinski, who you might recognize as the lead in “Going Down In La-La Land”. Although Matt describes himself as 29, I believe he’s 32-ish.  Regardless of his age, he’s certainly beyond hot, as I can attest to firsthand.  I first met Matt back in 2009 when he was in the cast of “Naked Boys Singing” in Provincetown. It’s a show he’s gone back to several times – in fact, he recently did it again in Palm Springs. And, aside from his good looks, winning smile, and pleasant voice, he’s enormously memorable for another attribute; one that is quite prominently displayed on BillyMasters.com.

When this week’s naked boy is known for more than his singing, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. We have one last item that was confirmed as we went to press – after 28 years, Michael Musto has been let go from “The Village Voice”!  With circulation and ad revenues down, the paper has been making cuts left and right. As far as I’m concerned, “The Voice” without Musto is like “The Tonight Show” without Carson – it may continue, but it will never be the same. Like many other writers, I must confess that without Michael Musto there would be no Billy Masters. I’m excited to see what he’ll tackle next.  Whatever that is, you can be sure I’ll cover it on www.BillyMasters.com. And if you have a question, drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com“>Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before I figure out where to hang that painting of Bea! So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

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