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 UP: Maggie 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