"It wasn't me."Kathy Griffin's tweet after reports that there was a shooter outside the White House
I'm more than a little bit psychicbut you already knew that. Last week, I bemoaned life without The View. ( The show is on hiatus until Labor Day. ) I also mused whether Sara Haines would return now that her GMA offshoot has been cancelled. Moments after the ink dried on that column, ABC began negotiations with Sara to return to The View. Since Abby Huntsman's abrupt departure, there's been an empty seat at the table. While that's been fine during the pandemic, it could get tricky in the fall, given Meghan McCain's imminent maternity leave.
In news from the Marvel Universe, Wiccan and Hulklingmembers of the Young Avengersgot married. While Marvel has celebrated same-sex weddings before ( most notably, the June 20, 2012, nuptials of Northstar and Kyle ), this was a first; this pair scurried off and had a quickie Vegas ceremony. How kitschy! It may have been spontaneous, but the boys have been courting since 2005.
Speaking of Marvel, the company has secured permission to use the X-Men in its Marvel Cinematic Universe. And our very own Colton Haynes has a new goal in lifeto play Iceman! According to insiders, Shia LeBeouf has already been approached, but that isn't stopping Colton from taking his case to social media.
Zac Efron has just been cast in a remake of Three Men and a Baby. The new flick is being made for Disney+, so it's kinda a homecoming for Zac, who made a name for himself with the company's High School Musical flicks. There's no word on other co-stars, or which of the "men" Zac will play, but my money is on Guttenberg.
I'm calling this Reunion Week on "Billy Masters LIVE," but that's kind of a misnomer. I don't believe these particular groupings have ever been assembled before. On Thursday, Aug. 20 ... well, even I can't believe it. Our special "Hairspray" show will include the Tracy from the movie musical, Nikki Blonsky, and the Link from TV, Garrett Clayton. We'll also have some special guests connected with the show. Stay tuned for a BIG surprise or two. Yes, summer sizzles on Billy Masters TVon YouTube.
Our shows last week kicked off with the dynamic Lena Hall, who you'll remember from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I knew she was wildly talented, but I didn't know she was hysterically funny and smart as a whip. Speaking of smart, talented and funny, Fran Drescher returned to the show last Thursday to talk about her documentary on REELZ and her rescue dog, and she even introduced us to the workmen at her homemuch to the delight of her worldwide fans who were commenting like crazy. Then, Broadway leading man Max von Essen discussed his livestream concert ( which you can see on BroadwayWorld.com ). The icing on the cake was the appearance of Nick Adams, Max's co-star on Falsettos. It was a lovefest all around, as you can see on BillyMasters.com/TV.
Pandemic or not, Billy Masters stays away from Provincetown for no man. As it turns out, that's exactly how many men I hadbecause, you know, there's a pandemic going on. I did get to see some incredible showsand it's simply coincidental that all of these artists have appeared on "Billy Masters LIVE." ( I'm not risking life and limb to see Vicki Lawrence Schultz. ) At the Crown and Anchor, I saw Judy Gold, Varla Jean Merman and Edmund Bagnell. And at the Pilgrim House, I saw Branden and James. Make no mistake: these performers are all at the peak of their profession, and Ptown is lucky to have them during this crazy time. You can see the full reviews as well as other details on BillyMasters.com .
Our "Ask Billy" question comes from Randy in London: "Cheers from the UK. Big fan. What has Mitch Hewer been up to? It's been a minute. One doesn't hear much of him anymore, but he was my guilty pleasure."
Mine as well, M8. For those of you who are not Anglophiles, Hewer was one of those bleached blonde twink types who appeared on such UK shows as Britannia High. He was even a stripper in the Take That musical, Never Forget. I don't believe he's done anything since leaving Casualtyat least nothing of note. While he is said to be heterosexual, it bears mentioning that he has played gay ... such as on Skins. And we happen to have a video where he shows quite a bit of skin. Let's just say even the Yanks will enjoy it ... if you catch my drift. You can get some more visual clues on BillyMasters.com .
When our answer is a stroke of genius, it's definitely time to end another column. Before closing this week, I want to take a moment to remember a dear friend who you'll know as Roman Heart. The porn superstar was truly as beautiful on the inside as he was on the outsideand that's saying something. He also had a multitude of troubles which we'd talk about well into the night. Rest in peace, my dear friend. Since there's no rest for the wicked, I'm constantly busy writing the column, doing shows, and oodles of other things on BillyMasters.comthe site that is virus-free. If you have a question, dash it off to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before I answer a question you haven't asked ... yet! Until next time, remember: One man's filth is another man's bible.