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Billy Masters
by Billy Masters
2009-07-29

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Pictured: Finally, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of Cheyenne Jackson's "Woody" on Broadway. Promotional photo.

"I grew up around gay people my entire life, basically. That's possibly why I'm quite camp, and some people think I'm gay when I meet them, which I think is awesome. It's always good to keep them guessing." —Daniel Radcliffe shows his metrosexual side...and then some.

Do you people listen to me? Well, some of you do, and the rest of you should. Months ago, I told you about a conversation I had with Jorja Fox when she left "CSI." At the time, she told me that she'd be coming back to the show the next season, but many of you scoffed—it couldn't happen, I was told. And now, poof, she's back. Foxy returns in the season premiere on September 24th, and will be back for additional episodes. Ha!

Another one of our favorites is returning to the small screen. Eric McCormack turns up on Law & Order: SVU ( the second episode of the new season ) . Then he'll transition to familiar sitcom territory in The New Adventures of Old Christine. Although his role is currently listed as a one-off guest spot as therapist to Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character, rumor has it he could recur as a love interest.

Sometimes intriguing casting happens behind the scenes. For instance, getting chosen to sing a song in a film can be quite a coup. And we can tell you exclusively that Adam Lambert has signed such a deal. Roland Emmerich has produced and directed such blockbusters as Independence Day and Godzilla. His latest project, 2012, is due out Nov. 13 and is one of those star-studded end-of-the-world flicks—with a Mayan or two thrown in for good measure. Lambert just went into the studio to record a track for the flick—and Emmerich was impressed enough to consider using it for the closing credits. Bravo!

Speaking of casting, Cheyenne Jackson has just nabbed the role of "Woody" in the upcoming Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow. The production, which begins previews Oct. 8 and is selling tickets through the end of the year, is based on the Encores! limited run earlier this season.

A musical version of The Addams Family will have its world premiere at Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts Nov. 13. Look for our very own Nathan Lane to take on the role of "Gomez" opposite the handsome Bebe Neuwirth as "Morticia." If all goes well, the musical will bow on Bway next March.

TR Knight has gone on record stating that he broke his lucrative contract and left Grey's Anatomy because of a "breakdown in communication" with creator Shonda Rhimes. He alleges that Rhimes was "concerned" about him coming out shortly after the fracas with Isaiah Washington. Rhimes fires back, "I said, 'If you want to come out, that's awesome.'" Knight also claims, "No other series regular's character has ever disappeared like mine did this past season." It should be added that his screen time was significantly less prior to his "notoriety."

I know this next item will sound like I'm bashing Rupert Everett. But, truth be told, I'm a big fan of his body of work...to say nothing of his body in general. And yet, I don't believe I've ever come across a performer who whines as much as him ( and that includes TR ) . He spends so much time in victim mode, he should have the Samaritans on speed dial! What I constantly hear from him is that he's not had the career he deserves because he's gay; he should have been a bigger star, but he was too outspoken; he's suffered discrimination because of his sordid sexual past. It's never because he's difficult, temperamental or went through a period of poor personal hygiene ( despite, admittedly, being a brilliant stage and screen actor ) . Now, he claims he actually lost work because of some photos that allegedly showed the results of some extensive facial surgery ... a claim he vehemently denies. "Those images went all the way round the world, and at one point I lost a job from a great Australian director because of him seeing the before-and-after images in a newspaper. You can protest as much as you like, but they just doctor the photos." While that is true, take it from me—no director of any note is making a decision based on tabloid pics. Especially in these days of the Internet where you can see exactly how someone looks via Skype. But, Rupert, you keep telling yourself it's all because of the pictures ( which I'll run on BillyMasters.com ) .

You know who always takes good pictures? Christopher Meloni. The stud was recently snapped in NYC showing off biceps that won't quit. There's no gossip or story to go with this. Just a mega-hot pic, which we'll post on our Web site.

Elsewhere in NYC, a gaggle of hot boys have been spotted working at the new Hollister store in New York. What they call "the coolest store to open in NYC" is situated on Broadway in SoHo. The sexy barely legal shop boys posed in their board shorts and flip flops on the sidewalk in front of A&F's baby brother. We'll post the pic on our Web site.

This week's brief "Ask Billy" question comes from Frankie in Baltimore: "Did you see John Barrowman's nude scene on 'Torchwood'? What an ass! Do you have any close up pics of it? And did I see his dick briefly?"

Starting with the dick, yes and no. When the surveillance camera showed him lying face up naked on the table, the letter "X" was strategically placed over his privates. You see something there, but not anything that's discernable. As to his ass, it was front and center ( to say nothing of plump and perky ) and in full view. We'll be happy to share the stills and footage on BillyMasters.com .

When Broadway is anticipating Cheyenne's woody, it's definitely time to end yet another column. This is almost like the summer rerun of columns. Sure, all the gossip is fresh squeezed, but the same people seem to be popping up. Barrowman was sunbathing in the nude last week. This week, he's nude on the set. And nude on www.BillyMasters.com, the site that never sleeps. For all your personal needs, drop a note to me at Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you when I'm done shopping at Hollister ( buying a gift for a much younger man, of course ) . So, until next time, remember, one man's filth is another man's bible.


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