January 11, 2018 at 2:02 pm PDT | by Billy Masters
Billy Masters reigns in the New Year (but not quite himself)

Well Strung is massive eye and ear candy for the soul. Don’t miss their performance at the Los Angeles LGBT Center on Jan. 21. (Photo courtesy Well Strung)

“Get ready for some pounding. Some of us could see 8 inches or more. That’s too much – even for me.” – Virginia Beach weatherman Blaine Stewart prepares residents for the blizzard with this Tweet.

I am by nature not a complainer – particularly when it comes to travel.  I’ve learned to go with the flow.  But last week, the flow was frozen and I was stuck in Boston during a blizzard. Normally, I would have taken the travel voucher AA was offering and flown back when the dust…er, the snow settled.  But, honey, I had to get to the Golden Globes.

By now you all know who won the awards.  So I will move along to my random impressions.  Maybe it’s just me, but when the long tribute to Kirk Douglas started, I thought perhaps it was the “In Memoriam” segment.  Then they brought the legendary actor onstage – with daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta Douglas Spartacus Jones.  While I appreciate the sentiment, it was a spooky sight – and I’m talking about Catherine!

HBO’s after party never disappoints.  Premier party planner Billy Butchkavitz put on quite a sumptuous soirée. I walked in behind Ricky Martin, who arrived with his “American Crime Story” co-star, Edgar Ramirez. Across the room, Nicole Kidman appeared trapped in conversation with Buzz Aldrin. At one point, she dragged in hubby Keith Urban. The trio posed for some photos and then Nicole deftly disappeared. This brings up an unrelated point – does Kidman even remember that she adopted two children with Tom Cruise?  She’s always thanking her girls with Urban and never even mentions Connor and Isabella.

As I was about to leave, in walked Mariah Carey with beau Bryan Tanaka in tow.  She didn’t stay long – in fact, she was leaving as I finally made my way to her and said I was about to bring her some hot tea.  Laughing, she said, “Darling, I could have used some hot tea!”  Personally, I think if Mimi took even a sip of water, that skin-tight dress may have burst and taken out everyone’s eyes. More gossip from the evening can be found on my website.

If you happen to be in Los Angeles, you should definitely be checking out a number of events at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. I often claim ownership of several performers.  For instance, Well-Strung – the singing string quartet – are most certainly “my boys.” They will be doing a special show on Jan. 21 at The Center, which I suspect will be packed because of Chris and Trevor’s appearance on “The Amazing Race.” And then, on Jan. 27, Jenifer Lewis, will be doing a one-night-only benefit for The Center. It will also celebrate her birthday (on the 25th) and her memoir, “The Mother of Black Hollywood.” I’d tell you to get a ticket, but that show is already sold out. Still, check out The Center’s website for tickets and more information at LALGBTCenter.org.

Many celebrities rang in the New Year wearing precious little. Ryan Phillippe Tweeted a pic of himself in a snowstorm, wearing only a hat and shorts. Why? Who knows?  Who cares – he looks great, as you’ll see on our website. Hockey bad boy Sean Avery posted an Instagram shot of himself naked (full backal) inside a tropical outdoor shower. His buddy Andy Cohen commented, “I’m on my way.” Gus Kenworthy posted an outtake from his ESPN “Body Issue” pictorial, which was him trudging in the snow, naked, wearing only a pair of boots and carrying his skis and poles (the skiing poles, silly).  

You can see all on BillyMasters.com.


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