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“Sometimes the best thing you can do for your career is die.” – Cher tells David Letterman the positive side of a performer dying young.  Well, too late for that……

In addition to writing this column, doing stand-up, and hosting various benefits and Pride holly_stripevents, I occasionally return to my first love – piano.  I recently accompanied the glorious Jenifer Lewis at Sheryl Lee Ralph’s “Divas Simply Singing” at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  This is the longest continuously running AIDS fundraiser in the country.  Over the past 23 years, the stunning Sheryl Lee has not only raised countless dollars for the fight against AIDS, but also brought together some amazing artists.  This year, we had Martha Wash, Amber Riley, Karyn White, Kelly Price, Alex Newell, and many more.  Just before we walked onstage, Jenifer casually mentioned that she asked the band to join in our performance.  This meant I’d not only be playing the piano, but also leading the band – with no rehearsal!  One of the joys of “Divas” is that all of the performers are in the wings, cheering you on.  So we just went out there and worked it.  You can see the results on BillyMasters.com.

Because of my responsibility to “Divas”, I wasn’t able to attend the wedding of Greg Louganis and Johnny Challiot.  The ceremony took place in Malibu and was attended by a number of celebrities – including Bruce Vilanch and Barbara Eden (forever squelching rumors that they are the same person).  The couple got engaged in April and met just about a year ago…on Match.com!  See?  The Internet’s not just for hooking up for hot sex (or for looking at hot sex on BillyMasters.com).

Two years after announcing that Mariska Hargitay would be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the event is finally happening on November 8th.  What was the hold up?  As with many things, it was location, location, location.  It took a little maneuvering, but Mariska’s star will be right next to the one honoring her mom, Jayne Mansfield.  I’m not sure who had to be moved – probably someone like a Sebastian Cabot or Imogene Coca.

While we were in the midst of the government shutdown, some good news came from a federal agency.  The US Post Office (which is virtually self-sufficient) just announced that they will issue a Harvey Milk stamp sometime in 2014.

Lee Daniels is riding high after “Precious” and “The Butler” (to say nothing of Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron in “The Paperboy”).  But it’s his next project that has us excited.  He’s in the midst of developing an “interracial love affair action movie” which he describes as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, but with two good-looking guys – who just happen to be gay (a fact revealed matter-of-factly at the end).  As for casting, Daniels said, “Alex Pettyfer is in it, but I have to find the right black guy opposite him.  He’s so hot, isn’t he?  So hot.  And so aware of his hotness in a way that’s so…I love him to death.”  Keep it in your pants, Lee.

Although “That Awkward Moment” doesn’t open until January 31st, the Zac Efron comedy has already generated quite a bit of buzz.  My hunch is that everyone is gleefully anticipating the scene where he accidentally takes a Viagra and has to deal with an endlessly throbbing hard-on.  If I had a nickel for every time that’s happened to moi.  But back to Zac – if it weren’t for the photos from that scene on BillyMasters.com, I wouldn’t even mention it.

This leads perfectly into our “Ask Billy” question.  Josh in New Hampshire writes: “I heard that a bunch of nude photos of Scott Evans are floating around.  True?  Can you track them down?”

Scott (the openly-gay younger brother of hunky Chris Evans) has had some success on the small screen, most notably “One Life to Live” as well as guest spots on “White Collar” and “Law & Order”.  Alas, he’s also known more recently for a drug bust, and now this latest scandal.  Scott’s photos appear to have materialized from his profile on an online “dating” site.  Since they show him from virtually every angle, I can attest that he’s looking mighty fine.  Since the Evans pics have passed the analysis of our experts, I feel safe in sharing them with you at BillyMasters.com.

Lastly, Mario Lopez recently found himself in a tight spot in Las Vegas.  While getting into the limo, the entire back of his pants split open.  Being a pro, Lopez handled this the only way he could – by leaning on his back, legs spread in the air, and exhibiting his torn tush for a photo.  Which, of course, will turn up you know where.

When guys are bending over backwards to get me to write about them, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  Naturally, you can find all of these men (and then some) on www.BillyMasters.com, the site that is bursting at the seams.  If you’ve got a question or concern that I can address, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before I discover how you could mistake Viagra for a Flintstone chewable vitamin!  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

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