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By United Press International   |   May 18, 2012 at 4:00 AM
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JOHN TRAVOLTA: The attorney for the second man who accused John Travolta of sexual battery says his client has dropped his lawsuit against the Hollywood film star.

The first plaintiff withdrew his lawsuit from federal court this week after photos were published of Travolta in New York the day the incident was purported to have taken place in Los Angeles.

No reason was given for the second plaintiff's decision, the two accusers' attorney, Okorie Okorocha, told CNN Thursday.

Travolta's representatives offered no immediate comment on the development, but they have vehemently denied the allegations in the past.

The massage therapists have been identified publicly as only John Doe No. 1 and 2.

They claim the "Pulp Fiction" and "Grease" star groped and harassed them at the hotels where they work.

Travolta is married to actress Kelly Preston and is the father of her two children.


NICK STAHL: Police officers working in Los Angeles' downtown skid row neighborhood have been told to keep an eye out for missing actor Nick Stahl, officials said.

Stahl's estranged wife, Rose Murphy, reported the film star missing Monday, telling police she has not seen the father of her toddler-age daughter since May 9.

Murphy said the 32-year-old star of "Terminator: Rise of the Machines," "In the Bedroom" and "Sin City" had been using drugs and hanging out on skid row.

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French told the Los Angeles Times officers working the city's downtown drug district are looking for Stahl and foul play is not suspected at this time.

E! News quoted an unidentified source, who allegedly saw Stahl May 10, as saying the actor is known to go missing and his absence isn't necessarily a cause for alarm.

"He does this sometimes," the insider told E! News. "He'll be back."


ROBERT ALTMAN: Ron Mann is to direct and produce a feature-length documentary about late American filmmaker Robert Altman, Sphinx Productions announced.

Altman died in 2006 at age 81. His film credits include "M*A*S*H," "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "Nashville," "The Player," "Short Cuts," "Gosford Park" and "A Prairie Home Companion."

"I am pleased and honored to have acclaimed documentarian Ron Mann shepherd this long overdue project," Kathryn Reed Altman, Robert Altman's widow and a consultant on the documentary, said in a statement. "Ron's prodigious, challenging, engaging, and one-of-a-kind films revealed him to be the perfect choice to examine and celebrate Bob's monumental life and art. I have no doubt Bob would be happy and may well be smiling right now."

"Robert Altman reinvented not only what a movie might be, but how we might view ourselves. His films continue to inspire us today," Mann said.

The film is scheduled to be completed in mid-2013. Accompanying the documentary will be a touring exhibit, an illustrated companion book, and music soundtrack, its producers said.


'EVER AFTER': A new stage musical based on Drew Barrymore's Cinderella-themed movie "Ever After" is headed to Broadway, producers announced.

Producers Scott Landis and Philip Morgaman said this week the show will open in the 2013-2014 season following a pre-Broadway engagement to be announced.

The production will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall. It features music by Zina Goldrich, and book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler.

"Ever After" tells the story of Danielle de Barbarac, the daughter of a nobleman in 16th century France, who "embarks on a series of adventures, standing up to her scheming stepmother, befriending Leonardo da Vinci and winning the love of the crown prince of France," a synopsis said.

Casting, dates and other creative team members will be announced at a later date, the producers said.

Marshall's Broadway credits include "Nice Work if You Can Get It," "The Pajama Game," "Follies," "1776," "Wonderful Town," "Grease" and "Boeing-Boeing."

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