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[ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 01/07/05 ]

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Listen up: DeGarmo is still squeaky clean


D Monday: Ryan Cameron, Martha Stewart
D Tuesday: Ryan Cameron, James Brown
D Wednesday: Leonardo DiCaprio, Willie Nelson
D Thursday: Philippe's Bistro, Jimmy Baron
D Friday: Diana DeGarmo, Shelton Stanfill
D Weekend: Usher, Tracey Gold

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Just for today, forget what your mother told you about sitting too close to the Peach Buzz column. As Buzz Central massages our throbbing temples, we're requesting that "American Idol" runner-up Diana DeGarmo's legions of fans gather very closely to today's column.

Comfy? Good. Now, please pay attention because we're only gonna write this once.

Sweet Snellvillian Diana DeGarmo is not, we repeat, is not a porn star.

On Thursday, we spent countless non-refundable hours of our life chasing rumors to the contrary. It seems that local DeGarmo fans have gotten wind of her small role in a film currently shooting in the ATL. The working title of the movie: "Kathy T Gives Good Hoover."

Despite the racy title, producer Kim Turner assures us the flick, written and directed by former University of Georgia student Evan Lieberman, is "a coming of age movie, a teen 'Annie Hall.' For my mother's sake, please let people know we're not making a porn film!"

The Cinema Concepts production also stars "Little Black Book" actor Trent Gill and "National Lampoon's Pledge This!" thespian Greg Sipes. Turner says that DeGarmo's role of Michelle is "wholesome and endearing." The teen comedy is loosely based on Lieberman's experiences as a UGA undergrad "during the music explosion" of the early 1980s.

As for the film's salacious title, Turner says it refers to a life-transforming piece of graffiti that Gill's character encounters.

"I love the title," Turner told us. "It's amazing. I stand by it."

When we contacted Meredith Israel, DeGarmo's RCA Records rep. Thursday via e-mail, she wrote us "She is 100 percent not doing a porno." Later, after contacting the singer's management reps., Israel updated us, writing, "Diana is no longer part of the movie. Please make sure this is noted."

When we called DeGarmo's cellphone number Thursday, the pop star answered and politely told us on the subject of "Hoover:" "I'm sorry, I'm not supposed to talk about that right now."

Turner also said she couldn't comment on DeGarmo's current status with the film (i.e. that sound you just heard was probably DeGarmo's role hitting the cutting room floor).

Stanfill feted in NYC

The president of the Woodruff Arts Center -- home of the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta Symphony and High Museum -- received a lifetime achievement award at the Plaza Hotel in New York Thursday from the International Society of the Performing Arts. Shelton Stanfill was given the Patrick Hayes Award, named after the organization's founding president. "He embodies the best in our industry, and inspires us all," said Johann Zietsman, chief executive office of IPSA.

Celebrity docket

A woman has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that "Godfather of Soul" singer James Brown is to blame for her suffering from Graves' disease because he raped her at gunpoint in South Carolina in 1988.

A lawyer for Brown called Jacque Hollander's allegations "rag sheet fodder," adding that the woman's claims were dismissed as frivolous by a judge in 2002 who also cleared Brown of another woman's sexual harassment allegations. Attorney Debra Opri also said Brown never raped Hollander.

"This is what you call a shakedown in its most stupid form," Opri said. "It's too little, too late and baseless."

In the lawsuit, Hollander claims she was an aspiring songwriter working as a publicist for Brown in 1988, when riding with him in a van, Brown pulled over, grabbed a shotgun and raped her. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago seeks $106 million in damages.

Hollander's attorney, Donald Rosen, acknowledged the statute of limitations on rape ran out long ago, but he said the lawsuit is valid because Hollander's doctor recently told her the thyroid disease she was diagnosed with in 2000 was caused by the alleged attack.

According to the National Graves' Disease Foundation, stress can contribute to the onset of the disease, but many times the exact cause is unknown.


"Desperate Housewives" star Nicollette Sheridan will become a wife herself after accepting a marriage proposal.

Sheridan, 41, is engaged to Swedish actor Niklas Soderblom, says publicist Nancy Ryder. The engagement occurred over the holidays, and no other details were immediately available.

The couple reportedly vacationed in Aspen, Colo., over the New Year's weekend, and Sheridan was spotted wearing an engagement ring. It will be the second marriage for Sheridan, who was wed to actor Harry Hamlin from 1991-93.

Celebrity birthdays

Keyboardist Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders is 67. Singer Kenny Loggins is 57. Actor David Caruso is 49. "Today" show co-host Katie Couric is 48. Bassist Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go's is 46. Actor Nicolas Cage is 41. Actor-rapper Doug E. Doug is 35. Actor Dustin Diamond ("Saved by the Bell: The New Class") is 28. Actor Liam Aiken ("Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events") is 15.

Contributing: Tom Sabulis and news services. If you have a tip, call 404-526-2749. Or fax 404-526-5509. Or e-mail: buzz@ajc.com.

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