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George Michael makes a deal to come clean on controversy

Plus, John Travolta, Demi Moore, Bob Dylan, Master P, Mira Sorvino, and more

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TRADE-OFF George Michael has made a deal with the British tabloids to trade good publicity for bad publicity. At a press conference to discuss a series of Netaid concerts to benefit world poverty (starting with an Oct. 9 show at Wembley stadium with David Bowie, Bono, and Robbie Williams), he said that if the papers wrote kindly about the charity’s efforts, he would discuss anything on the record with each publication’s editor, and that includes the $10 million lawsuit recently filed against him by the cop who arrested him in a Los Angeles public bathroom.

EXPECTING Kelly Preston announced that she is three months pregnant with her and husband John Travolta‘s second child. Boy, looks like they’ll have to start cutting corners to feed that extra mouth. Does this mean they’ll have to let go of one of their bacon chefs?

GOING TO PRINT The recently hermitic Demi Moore is coming out of hiding, but not for a movie. She’s signed on as guest editor for the December issue of Marie Claire magazine, on sale Nov. 5. ”Demi has a great sense of style, a sense of humor, and a sense of justice. She has beauty and brains,” said editor in chief, Glenda Bailey.

ON THE ROAD Time to dig out the patchouli oil: Bob Dylan and ex-Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh are teaming up for a quickie tour of 14 shows, starting on Oct.27 in Champaign, Ill.

TRYING OUT Master P is taking another shot at the NBA. The rap mogul has been invited to join the Toronto Raptors at their training camp in the hopes of making the team. Last year he nearly made it onto the Charlotte Hornets, but was dropped one week before the season began. Why doesn’t he just buy the damn team and play whenever he wants?

CASTING Paul Rudd (”The Object of My Affection”) will play narrator Nick Carraway in the A&E TV version of ”The Great Gatsby,” with Mira Sorvino.

RE-UPPED Longtime Arista Records president Clive Davis has signed a new five-year contract that is reportedly worth $70 million in salary and various bonuses, according to Variety. And dammit, he’s worth every million-dollar bill: Under his watch, Arista just finished its most successful fiscal year ever, with $425 million in revenues, although it has been somewhat marred by the disappointing sales of Puff Daddy’s ”Forever.”

LOOKING BAD ”Get Real” may well Get Lost in the near future. On Wednesday night, in its second outing, the new Fox show received a 4.8 rating for fourth place, and that was with no other first-run competition: The previous resident of that time slot was ”Party of Five,” which in five years never dipped below a 5.4.

FALLEN ILL ”The Price is Right” host Bob Barker, 75, was hospitalized on Thursday for exhaustion but was expected to be released on Friday. That is, assuming there was no mixup in hospital paperwork and he wasn’t accidentally spayed or neutered.