Names in the news, May 23

Posted May 22, 2012, at 5:25 p.m.

It was billed as a “shocking tell-all” and a “world exclusive,” but the National Enquirer’s March 26 cover story landed with a thud. TMZ, Page Six and other major players in celebrity gossip ignored the article in which a masseur claimed John Travolta offered money for sex. Five weeks after the issue left the checkout aisle, a DUI attorney from Pasadena, Calif., put the anonymous masseur’s tawdry tale in a lawsuit and it became an overnight pop culture sensation, topping Google News, trending on Twitter and meriting a segment on “Good Morning America.” Another anonymous accuser joined the suit, and Travolta found himself in an embarrassing spot just as he was preparing to promote a new Oliver Stone movie. The case imploded last week with the accusers voluntarily dismissing the suit. Travolta has not talked publicly about the scandal In July, the 58-year-old actor will star as a federal agent in Stone’s crime thriller “Savages” and just completed filming a movie with Robert De Niro and is involved with other high-profile projects Travolta’s attorney Martin Singer said his client had achieved a complete victory: “You couldn’t ask for anything better when two people drop their lawsuits.” … Carol Burnett’s next book will likely inspire tears along with laughter. The beloved actress and comedienne has an agreement with Simon & Schuster for a memoir about her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, who died of cancer in 2002 at age 38. The publisher announced Tuesday that Burnett’s book, ‘Carrie and Me,” is expected in April 2013. The memoir will be a “funny and moving” story of Burnett’s relationship with her daughter, an actress and writer who appeared on stage in the musical “Rent” and on such television shows as “Touched by an Angel” and “The X-Files.” Carol Burnett’s previous books include “This Time Together” and “One More Time.”

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