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Clinton Confessional Scene Dropped from ‘Special Relationship’

Keke Palmer reports she's just graduated from high school — and she's awfully relieved. "Hoo! Thank God. That was a lot of pressure on my back. Now it's one less thing to worry about," declares the 16-year-old star of Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP" series — and the "True Jackson: Trapped in Paris" movie that debuts on the channel tomorrow (5/22).

Palmer, who rose to fame with acclaimed dramatic work in such fare as "Akeelah and the Bee" and "The Wool Cap," tells us she may be stepping before the cameras in her first big-screen teen comedy in coming weeks. She credits "True Jackson" with giving her a place to show her comedic abilities. "Trapped in Paris" even has her doing a rap song "on an airplane. It's a really fun scene," she says.

She has other feature work on the horizon as well. But her main focus for this summer is her first album for Interscope Records.

"It's pretty much done. I can't wait to get out there with the music. I've been very, very happy with response so far," says Palmer. She did much of her recording during "True Jackson" series shooting, heading to the studio after a day's work was through.

The multi-talented performer, who keeps getting more beautiful, has been a fashion standout in the last couple of years — without joining the parade of pretty teenage talents who turn up in outfits cut down to there and up to who knows where. Asked about her image, she says, "I stay as classy as I can be and do everything I can to dress so that my parents and everybody likes it that I care about. That's what matters. I have a very developed figure for my age. If someone thinks that I look sexy, I can't control that."

As far as continuing her education, Palmer, who's been home-schooled, has no doubts. "I'm going to Howard University," she tells us. But she doesn't want to step away from her career to become a full-time college student. "I hope they can work with me on scheduling," she says.

TIME TO CUT AWAY: The 1998 moment when Bill Clinton tells Hillary that the Monica Lewinsky situation is more serious than he's been letting on is brought to wrenching and realistic life by Dennis Quaid and Hope Davis, who play the Clintons in HBO's May 29 "The Special Relationship."

The actress now discloses that "There was a scene that was written and shot that did explore more of what was said between them. In the end, it was not included, which was smart on their part," she says, referring to director Richard Loncraine and writer/executive producer Peter Morgan. "It felt very strange trying to shoot it. It was a very uncomfortable feeling."

The drama about the special relationship between the Clintons and their British counterparts, Tony and Cherie Blair, only deals with the Lewinsky scandal insofar as it pertains to the historical saga. "I felt, the less said, the better," Davis says. "Everybody knows what would happen. It was a shame that they had to have gone through that in public."

She admits she was "very, very intimidated by the idea of playing someone as well known as Hillary Rodham Clinton." But her performance is superb. As far as Hillary's response, "I doubt she'll have time to see it. She is, after all, a very, very busy person. But I've been told that people from her camp who have seen it think she would be pleased with it. I think the film is really, really good and tells an important story, examining how these personal relationships affect the public."

IT'S SO 2010: The hamlet of Sharon Springs, N.Y., is getting its own version of a Hollywood premiere this weekend, with a big-screen unveiling of the first episode of Planet Green's "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" — which begins June 16 for everyone else.

"There's a big garden party festival, the grand opening of our first 1802 retail shop right in the village, and at 5 o'clock, our world premiere," right in the high school auditorium. So reports Dr. Brent Ridge, who stars in the unique reality show with partner Josh Kilmer-Purcell.

The couple came up from NYC in 2006 and discovered an 1802 mansion, found out it was for sale and went on to buy it and launch a successful goat farm (they have 154 at last count) and green lifestyle company. They've sparked the town's resurgence and much more. Both are hyper-successful Manhattanites. Ridge is as an assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and was formerly vice president of healthy living at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Kilmer-Purcell is known as the best-selling author (his "I'm Not Myself These Days" is on its way to becoming a scripted series in its own right) who's performed all over the world as drag queen Aqua (complete with live goldfish swimming in little bowls in his bra!).

"When we started our business, we had a philosophy that we'd only be successful if other people in our community were successful as well," says Ridge. Adds Kilmer-Purcell, "We realized when we saw the hardships being faced by the small farmers that there had to be a new way of farming to succeed. We're using the Internet, branding, marketing to boutique stores in New York ..." And they're planning a Sotheby's auction of their heirloom vegetables with lots of other area farmers involved. What a scene.

THAT'S THE WAY IT CRUMBLES: Casting is being completed for an indie film called "Gingerbread Man 3D: Saturday Night Cleaver" — with a story line as odd as its title. The key character is an escapee from something called the Research Institute for Homicidal Baked Goods, per casting notices, and he goes back in time to the '70s where he becomes involved in a murder at a roller disco pageant. Sounds like a plot that could have been written via multiple Twitter feed contributions.

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