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Billy Masters

By |2008-05-22T09:00:00-04:00May 22nd, 2008|Entertainment|

“I think that to get married to her would be a little act of rebellion. It’s like if you’ve never had the vote and then you get it you’re going to run out there and vote. I always avoided marriage in the past and was very wary of it. I felt like it was potentially a trap.” – Cynthia Nixon explains that, unlike avoiding a wedding in her hetero relationships, she’d consider a gay marriage just to make a point. And isn’t that what love is all about?

This week, the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. This ruling will presumably go into effect in 30 days, making my adopted state only second to my native Massachusetts to grant this right. Alas, this all may be a bit too late for Jodie Foster and Cydney Bernard. The closest Jodie Foster has ever come to publicly acknowledging her long-term partner Cydney Bernard was in a speech where she called her “My beautiful Cydney, who sticks by me through all the rotten and the bliss.” I believe the rotten might be when they met – on the set of “Sommersby”! However, it would appear that no one is sticking by anyone right now. Friends whisper that Cydney has abruptly left Jodie. This could be related to the recent “Parade” interview where Foster reveals she’s never been in love. Perhaps it’s only a temporary schism. Stay tuned.

Former lesbian and forever wacko Anne Heche reveals that since the cancellation of “Men In Trees,” she cannot afford the almost $15K-a-month child and spousal support she’s been paying ex-hubby Coley Laffoon. In court papers, Celestia says that although she is looking for work, “I have no offers pending and the impending strike by the Screen Actors Guild reduces my prospects for work even further.” Speaking in tongues probably hasn’t helped, either.

Tom Cruise made headlines when he brought his family to a performance of “Hairspray” on Broadway. Tom told my darling Jenifer Lewis (who plays “Motormouth Maybelle”) that the film version is little Suri’s favorite – because God forbid Cruise should admit to liking musical theater himself! The entire episode reminded me of an anecdote in Andrew Morton’s unauthorized biography. Allegedly, Tom tried to impress his high school girlfriend by bringing her to a Broadway musical. He picked “La Cage aux Folles,” not knowing the storyline (wink, wink). His galpal, Nancy Armel, says that when Tom realized it was about a gay couple living together and raising a son, “‘he couldn’t handle it. We had to leave before the intermission. It really bothered him. He was definitely homophobic.'” And yet, a couple dozen years later, he’s not only comfortable enough to go to a Broadway musical, it’s a show written by a gay couple and featuring a cross-dressing leading lady…er, man. Oh, the times they are a-changing!

Speaking of “Hairspray,” I was sad to see buddy Marissa Jaret Winokur voted off “Dancing With The Stars.” But what a great triumph to make it to the semi-finals! Congrats, baby.

Marissa’s former “Stacked” co-star, Pamela Anderson, had a garage sale this past weekend. Because she’s famous and all, this wasn’t your typical garage sale. People gathered at Malibu High School and took a shuttle bus to the garage Pamela actually rented for the sale. Up for grabs were Pam’s boas, nighties, and even underwear. You know, all the stuff she doesn’t wear anymore. The money raised was donated to PETA – so they can make more of those anti-KFC movies.

A bunch of hot Brit boys got naked for a good cause. The lads dropped trou in the June issue of “Cosmo UK” to benefit the Everyman Campaign, which raises money and awareness for male cancer. The spread, as it were, features such hunks as Sean Faris, Shawn Ashmore, Simon Webbe, Mitch Hewer, and others you’ve likely never heard of Stateside – although you’ll enjoy seeing them on http://www.BillyMasters.com.

Little Miley Cyrus has found an unlikely defender – Hugh Hefner. When asked what he thought of the now-infamous “Vanity Fair” photos, Hef said, “I think to make such a big to-do over something as innocent as those photos, I think is a reflection on how schizophrenic America is about sexuality.” Lest you think it ends there, Hugh added that he’d love to have Miley pose nude in “Playboy” – “when she’s of legal age.” PHEW!

Kelsey Grammer got a rude awakening last week. He was on Jimmy Kimmel to promote the season finale of the FOX sitcom “Back To You.” He did the talk show, went home, and found a note from the network thanking him for promoting the show and, oh, by the way, it won’t be renewed next season. What did Kelsey do? He’s called every other network to see if anyone wants to pick up the series (also starring Patricia Heaton and directed by the former golden touch that was James Burrows). Allegedly, CBS is considering picking up the show, but it ain’t looking good.

One of gay porn’s sexiest guys – on screen and off – is award-winning director and editor Andrew Rosen (known on screen as Andrew Adams). Andrew was watching “Ugly Betty” on April 25 and took note of the scene where “Daniel” catches “Mark” in his apartment going through some underwear. When confronted, “Mark” says he’s secretly in love with “Daniel,” who threatens to call the cops. Well, in Andrew Rosen’s “Jet Set Fraternity Gang Bang 2,” there is a scene eerily similar. Jesse Santana is in Tyler Saint’s place, Tyler comes home, Jesse hides under the bed. Tyler confronts him, Jesse stammers that he’s in love with Tyler. Tyler threatens to call the cops. But, instead of fleeing, Jesse proves his love. Interesting, n’est ce pas? Well, after all the years of porn ripping off mainstream entertainment, I suppose turnabout is fair play. I’ll run both clips back to back (and simultaneously) on http://www.BillyMasters.com and you can judge for yourself.

Let me take a second to acknowledge the passing of a very sexy and talented actor. John Phillip Law, best remembered for playing the buff blond angel “Pygar” in “Barbarella,” passed away in Los Angeles. He was 70 – believe it or not!

This week’s “Ask Billy” question comes from Kirby in San Diego: “Could you find out any information about the guy who played ‘Jeremy Horton’ on ‘Days of our Lives’ last year? He was certainly gorgeous enough to be a model, but he came and went so fast. I figure if anyone can track him down, it’s you.”

I suspect the guy you’re thinking of is Trevor Donovan who played “Jeremy” until October of 2007. He’s really done nothing since then…or has he? I hit dead end after dead end researching him, until I found out that this was a stage name. His real name is Trevor Neubauer – or technically Trevor Donovan Neubauer. For modeling, he used his first and last names. When he started “acting,” he switched to first and middle. My guess as to the reasoning was because he didn’t want his extensive modeling portfolio of nude erotica linked to the soap. Sure, he did some legit stuff – Dolce, A&F, Calvin, etc. But I am partial to the nude photo of him being entered from behind by an alien! Don’t worry – I’ll post some of the sizzling skin shots on http://www.BillyMasters.com.

When Trevor’s modeling scenarios are stranger than his “Days” storylines, it’s time to end yet another column. By the time you read this, I’ll be “Going Out On A Limb” at Chicago’s Bailiwick Repertory (May 21-25). I’ll also be making a special presentation at the Grabby Awards, and hosting the Recovery Brunch at North End. Busy, busy, busy. But not too busy to update http://www.BillyMasters.com. And never too busy to answer fan mail. Feel free to e-mail me at Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before “Ugly Betty” wins a Grabby! So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

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Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 27th anniversary.