SCUTTLEBUTT in slang usage means rumor or gossip, deriving from the nautical term for the cask used to serve water (or, later, a water fountain). The term corresponds to the colloquial concept of a water cooler in an office setting, which at times becomes the focus of congregation and casual discussion.
I don't think the goal is, 'How big a star did you ever become?' I think the goal is, 'Were you able to express yourself?' -Albert Brooks