"On a slow night, if few people are there, you can masturbate in the theater. Or better yet, have sex with a fellow ticket-buyer on a really good night." - John Waters shares some heartfelt reasons why we should save San Francisco's Roxie Theatre, the oldest continuously running cinema in America. You can contribute via Kickstarter.
Some people who are perhaps less thankful are the cast of the unwatchable "Partners", which CBS thankfully put out of its misery. I take no joy in that announcement. Well, OK, maybe a little - but that's only because the show was abysmal. On the other hand, the cast (particularly Michael Urie), should be commended for making a silk purse out of...well, you know. Ironically enough, Urie was just named to the "Out 100" - that annual list of noteworthy gay people...a list I've never appeared on. And yet, after 17 years I haven't been cancelled. So I'm thankful to still be employed.
Cheyenne Jackson's time as a porn star has come to an end. The Broadway play, "The Performers", a spoof about the porn industry, closed four days after opening. Sure, that sounds like bad news. But let's compare it to some news coming from another Broadway play - "Grace", which stars Paul Rudd and Ed Asner. At one performance, an elderly patron in the balcony became disoriented and nauseous. He leaned over the railing during the first act and began to vomit on the patrons in the orchestra section! Yes, you read the correctly. I'm told the cast never lost a beat whilst this drama was unfolding. This just happened to occur at the performance on November 14th - the same night that "The Performers" opened. Sounds like it was a bad night for Broadway all around.
Andy Cohen recently found himself in a bit of hot water. He appeared on the "Today Show" a few hours after One Direction, and talked about inadvertently walking in on the band: "I barged right into a room of twinks: One Direction! Security was not exactly too tight, with all due respect." Apparently fans of the band took exception to the word "twinks" and Cohen felt compelled to issue an apology: "Misused word earlier -- I just meant they're cute." Given that definition, he certainly did misuse the word...at least when it comes everyone in the band!
I was recently at the home of former Logo head honcho Brian Graden for a swanky soirée honoring Wilson Cruz, who is the new Strategic Giving Officer at GLAAD. In this little microcosm we call a "community", Wilson is one of very few people I hold in high esteem; someone I respect and admire and who always seems to make decisions for the "right reasons". He spoke eloquently about the "new GLAAD" and how they've gotten back to their roots and have tried to revamp the entire organization from the ground up so that it truly represents our diverse community. I must confess that he touched me...I believe it was in the rotunda (always a lovely place to be touched). Seriously, I thought that if Wilson was this passionate about GLAAD, maybe I should re-evaluate my views. After all, any organization is only as good (or bad) as the people running it. GLAAD is awfully lucky to have such a talented and dashing person working so hard on their behalf. And if it is true that one person can make a difference, then maybe Wilson is that person. He's certainly made me consider giving GLAAD another chance.
Our "Ask Billy" question comes from Howard in Las Vegas: "I really enjoyed 'Political Animals' this summer. What do you know about Sebastian Stan, who plays the gay son? He looks so familiar."
Sebastian was born in Romania and you may recognize him from the short-lived series "Kings" where he also played gay. But for me, he's etched in my mind from the homoerotic thriller "The Covenant", which also featured Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, and Toby Hemingway. He also got to work with his "Covenant" co-star Chace Crawford on several episodes of "Gossip Girl". But you probably recognize him as the Mad Hatter/Jefferson on "Once Upon a Time". In real life, he's been romantically linked to the series star, Jennifer Morrison, just as he was reported to have dated previous co-stars such as Leighton Meester and Dianna Agron. I loved "Political Animals", which was created by our own Greg Berlanti, and enjoyed watching Sebastian in a number of compromising positions with some rather hot guys - including Congressman Sean Reeves (shades of Aaron Schrock and his abs) played by David Monahan. Alas, it was just announced that that the USA Network has cancelled the series. But I'll bring you some sexy clips of Sebastian on BillyMasters.com to help ease the pain.
When I'm sad to see ANYTHING political come to an end, it's definitely time to wrap up another column. Before I end, I must congratulate Elton John and David Furnish, who are said to be expecting their second child. While they haven't confirmed this story, Miss Elton certainly appears to be carrying twins. Et moi? I just watch from afar and silently report on it all at www.BillyMasters.com, like a gay Madame Defarge. If you'd like me to knit you a little something, drop a note to
and I promise to get back to you before I stock up on Twinkies (the dessert and the boys). So, until next time, remember, one man's filth is another man's bible.