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Tony Dovolani Feeling Rejuvenated by Dancing with Audrina Patridge

Tony Dovolani, Audrina Patridge ABC photo

“Dancing With the Stars” pro Tony Dovolani says that with his current celebrity partner, “The Hills’” Audrina Patridge, “I’m so happy I can’t tell you.  It’s very refreshing after 10 seasons to feel this way.  With Audrina, I just feel rejuvenated, I enjoy choreographing for her. We laugh all day.”

So, is having the young and lovely Audrina a payback for the angst he had to go through when partnered with the oh-so-challenging Kate Gosselin last season?

“Oh, even with Kate, I don’t think it was that bad,” says Dovolani, who’s widely considered a nice guy – but did, at one point, temporarily walk off the Gosselin job when she kept questioning his teaching.  He adds, “As long as I have somebody who is driving, who wants it really badly, whatever they lack in talent, I can always make them dance.”

But with Audrina, everything is going better.  “You know she has no dance background – no performance background – since she’s from a reality show. She came to me as raw as they get. But the thing is, she goes into it headfirst. The way she approaches things – she never gets angry, never gets frustrated with herself, just keeps going ahead.  Nothing comes easy to her, but the way she approaches her learning is really amazing.  She’s like a sponge, no inhibitions. She doesn’t hold back. She trusts me completely as a teacher.  And I feel like I have a real dance partner.  It’s not just dancing with a celebrity.”

Audrina’s family has been “very supportive,” he says.  “They’ve been around a lot.  I even met her grandmother.”  As far as her boyfriend, Corey Bohan, who initially balked at all her rehearsal time, says Dovolani, “It can be hard for people who don’t understand the industry to accept the time demands, but he’s come around.  He’s been at every show.  He even told me, ‘I massage her feet so she’s 100 per cent.’”

Dovolani’s also getting support from the home team, of course, and was happy to be able to nip back to New York City for a quick visit with his wife and three young children.

“My daughter Luana surprised me with a dance at home.  She performed the Waka Waka theme from the World Cup that Shakira did verbatim – and she’s five years old!  I got to experience the first time she had a dance lesson…It was pretty amazing.”

Her two-year-old brother is dancing, too, says Tony.  “He imitates her….I came home to a houseful of dancers.  As a dad, what a proud moment.”

And as a husband, “My wife Lina said, ‘I love it when you smile.  You haven’t taken the smile off your face since you started to dance with Audrina.”  Aww.

Claws Out! Cavallari, Patridge Stir ‘The Hills’ Pot

Kristin Cavallari, Photo MTV

Kristin Cavallari, Photo MTV

If you thought “The Hills” was full of drama before, Kristin Cavallari tells us you ain’t see nothing yet!

The former “Laguna Beach” star has taken the place of Lauren Conrad on the MTV show, which returns for a new season Sept. 28, and she’s already stirring the pot.  “I didn’t really watch ‘The Hills’ before.  When I decided to do it, I watched like three episodes.  I just thought it needed a little bit more action.  It was kind of boring before,” claims Cavallari, who is on the bad side of cast member “I’m just trying to make it more fun and exciting.”

When asked how the cast felt about her coming on the show, Cavallari responds, “I think it took a little getting used to for everybody.  It obviously created a little bit of drama in the beginning and now I think everybody is pretty cool with it, except for maybe Audrina,” she notes.

“We don’t even see each other so it’s not like we’re fighting.  I’m indifferent when it comes to Audrina.”

So what could possibly make two girls break out the claws?  “Because of Justin Bobby.  Because of a boy,” she adds of the supposed “love triangle” with Cavallari and Audrina’s ex-boyfriend Justin Bobby.  “I can’t really tell what’s happening there.  People will have to wait and see.”

Two people she is excited to share the screen with are the show’s resident villains Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, who got married at the end of last season.  “I get along with them great.  I actually introduced them four years ago,” she reminds.  In fact, Cavallari has no problem with their shady reputation.  “I think it’s funny.  The thing is, you can’t really knock them because everyone is still talking about them so obviously they’re doing something right.  They love attention.  That’s what they want – they want people to talk about them.”

MONEY AND MORE MONEY:  Self-made billionaire Daymond John reports, “I’ve been very happy with the choices I’ve made so far” – as one of the title investors on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”  He points out, for example, that Tod Wilson’s sweet potato pie business from the first episode recently sold “4,000 pies in eight minutes on QVC — and it’s the worst possible time of the year for him.  His website used to get 90 hits a day.  Now it’s getting 6,500.  And business in his store has increased 1,000 per cent.  It shows the show is viable.”

Yes, and the fact that “Shark Tank” came back from almost tanking with a stunning 38 per cent ratings jump from its premiere to its second installment shows that, too.

“I’m a skeptical person, but the history of ‘Shark Tank’ and [its Japanese sister show] ‘Dragon’s Den’ speaks for itself.  This is 120 per cent authentic.  We are real, and this is purely our money.  I think that’s why the show started to pick up,” he stresses of the program, now airing on Monday nights, in which inventors, small business owners and other wanna-bes try to convince the panel of real-life entrepreneurs to give them funding.  “We don’t know anything about the contestants before we come in.  We’ll be told, ‘This is Catherine and John from Ohio and they have an interesting product.’  That’s all.  Some of these negotiations take an hour and a half,” he says.

John may be considered tough and even “snake like,” as one of his fellow entrepreneurs on the show put it, since he has a way of undercutting them at the last minute.  But he does have a soft spot for the contestants as well.  “I would have failed at that stage,” says the man who started his globally successful FUBU clothing line by sewing tie top hats himself on his mom’s sewing machine.  “Some I identify with because of their struggle, because they’re not prepared.  Then there are the ones who come so prepared I think, ‘My God, I don’t think I even know as much stuff as they know now.’”

THE MOTHERLY TYPE: With Warner Bros.’ “The Lottery Ticket” set for an October production start, they’re casting subsidiary roles in the feature that stars Ice Cube and Bow Wow – including that of Bow Wow’s character’s grandma, described as a matronly, “sanctified African American woman in her fifties.”  There are also an assortment of vicious, hardened criminal types to be cast in the story of an aspiring designer in the ghetto who finds he’s got the winning $370 million Lottery ticket – but has to wait through a weekend for the lottery office to open before he can be declared the winner.  Things get dramatic after word gets out about his ticket.

They’re also working on casting the mother – a Mercedes Ruehl or Lorraine Bracco type is what they have in mind — and grandmother of Barry Minkow – for the feature film that’s in the making about the convicted ZZZZ Best con man-turned-pastor who assists the FBI in anti-fraud cases.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Lo Bosworth Braces for Kristin on ‘The Hills’

Lo Bosworth

Lo Bosworth

Will it be a case of dueling divas clawing each other on the next round of MTV’s “The Hills”?

Audrina Patridge has already admitted she’s not a fan of Kristin Cavallari joining the cast of the show after the departure of Lauren Conrad, but Cavallari’s former “Laguna Beach” co-star Lo Bosworth tells us she’s excited.

“She’s my friend.  We grew up together.  She’s the life of the party so I’m happy to have her,” claims Bosworth of Conrad’s high school nemesis, who has clearly been brought in to stir the pot in this oh-so-realistic reality show that’s expected to return to the tube in September.

“Lauren’s my best friend so I’ll miss doing the show with her.  It is certainly going to be different with Lauren not filming and now Kristin doing the show,” she notes.  “Lauren is such a neutralizer and she brings like a calm to the show that nobody else does.  Kristin brings the drama…hopefully there will be some kind of balance.”

Bosworth tells us she’s trying to stay less focused on the drama because she’s got a budding career to think about as she’s hoping to transition into television hosting.  She has no plans to leave “The Hills” — but even she has no idea how long it will last now that Conrad is gone and Audrina is set to leave to do her own Mark Burnett-produced reality show for E! as soon as filming wraps on the bonus episodes for Season 5.

“I think we’ll just have to see how fans react to the episodes with Kristin,” she says. “I think that will be the true sign of what’s going to happen with the future of the show. Hopefully it will be ok.”

PSYCHED UPMaggie Lawson is used to playing a detective, but not one with great taste in clothes.  The “Psych” actress took a small break in between her series chores to play Lacey Smithsonian in the Lifetime Movie Network’s TV movies “Killer Hair” and “Hostile Makeover,” airing June 21 and 28, respectively.  The two murder mysteries are based on author Ellen Byerrum’s popular “Crimes of Fashion” franchise.

“From the time I read the script I knew I must do this.  In a lot of ways I’m drawn to detective-like characters but usually detective and girly don’t go together,” notes Lawson, who stars alongside Mark Consuelos and Mario Cantone.  “The bonus is that I get to do it with fabulous clothes, hair, and makeup.”

With a total of six books in the franchise, Lawson tells us she’d definitely be on board for more movies.  “If this doesn’t speak to the female audience then we have failed miserably because it has every element that any girl would love.  Although I think there is something for everyone,” she adds.  “I would be so lucky to continue playing this character so I hope they make more of these movies.”

MEANWHILE:  Lawson is back working on “Psych” for a fourth season – and she says, “I feel like more people are starting to get to know the show.  I don’t even know if everyone has USA Network on their cable lineup, but it seems through DVDs and the Internet, it’s helped get our show out there a lot more.  We just count our blessings every day on that show. There’s so much love among the cast and crew.  It’s a dream job.”

THE INSIDE TRACK: Top drummer Kenny Aronoff, who’s been having a blast touring with John Fogerty, tells us he can’t get over the work ethic of the rock icon.  At each venue, the band “plays for an hour, and then John joins us for two hours or so of sound checks.  And in that two hours, he’ll play ‘Born on the Bayou’ for 30 minutes, walking the entire room, be it a hockey rink or an arena, during which time he repositions the speakers, the PA — from every area.  He wants everyone in the audience to have a great seat and hear the music properly.  It’s that intense with him, and that’s exactly where I’m at,” adds the percussion master, who, among other achievements, has been named the No. 1 Pop/Rock Drummer and the No. 1 Studio Drummer for five consecutive years by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine. “You can’t let a day go by without being your best, otherwise, let’s go to the beach.”

Aronoff plays on two of the cuts on Fogerty’s highly-anticipated The Return Of The Blue Ridge Rangers” fall release album, for which the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman put together a dream team of guest artists.  “I did ‘When Will I Be Loved,‘ the Everly Bros. song, and I did Ricky Nelson’s ‘Garden Party,‘” reports Aronoff.   Bruce Springsteen and Don Henley overdubbed those songs, respectively.

Aronoff notes that Fogerty is just as exacting when it comes to recording as he is in live performance.  He discussed the drums Kenny would use in detail, then set up the bass drum himself, then spent time “positioning it down to the centimeter, tuning it – and everything he does makes a difference.”

Aronoff will be playing with Fogerty, the band, and the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl July 2nd 3rd and 4th , then it’s off to Europe with Fogerty & Co..  And he has a passel of other commitments coming up as well, including a gig on a Chinese TV show he describes as that country’s version of “American Idol,” “only with bands.”  Kenny also just got his first tattoo – courtesy of celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, to be seen on a forthcoming episode of TLC’s “LA Ink.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster