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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

Heidi-Lauren Reconciliation? Don’t Believe It Says Spencer’s Sis

Stephanie Pratt

Stephanie Pratt

“The Hills” star Lauren Conrad, who’s had an infamous ongoing feud with former friend Heidi Montag and her now-husband Spencer Pratt, was pictured in US Weekly attending their wedding, but…Spencer’s sister Stephanie tells us there’s still no reconciliation.

“At the beginning of this season, I was trying to take Heidi places with us and it took a toll on my friendship with Lauren.  She was like, ‘Stephanie, I don’t want to be friends with her.’  I think it’s all over, though.  I think they just know they can’t be friends,” says Pratt, who also stars on the MTV reality show, which is heading towards its May 31 finale.

At least some good came out of the wedding.  Stephanie, who caught the wrath of Spencer for being friends with Lauren, tells us their sibling relationship has definitely improved.  “Last season was awful for me.  I was crying all the time because Spencer was being mean to me and Heidi wasn’t talking to me, because she always does what Spencer does.  But Spencer’s been super nice to me ever since he’s gotten married.  I think now that they’re very secure in their relationship, they’ve both been really happy and nice to everyone.”

For now, the cast is regrouping since Lauren announced she would not be returning to the show.  “She has a boyfriend, she has a great life, and she wants to keep it private.  It was a little shocking she decided to leave, but she’s been on TV for six years.  I think it’s definitely going to change the show a lot.  She was kind of like our voice of reason.  I feel like it’s going to be really chaotic now,” claims Pratt, who can next be seen hosting the MTV Movie Awards pre-show along with Lo Bosworth.  The Awards are set for May 31.

“We’ll be doing live hits.  I really want to meet the cast of ‘Twilight.’  I’m a big fan of the books.  It was a good escape when things were going bad on the show.”

FAMILY AFFAIR: With Shaun Cassidy writing and producing the upcoming ABC Family Channel show “Ruby and the Rockits” – starring David and Patrick Cassidy as former teen idols and Alexa Vega as David’s daughter – can Cassidy matriarch Shirley Jones be far behind?  “The plan is to write Shirley in as Grandma,” according to Jones’ husband Marty Ingels.  He tells us that the July 21-debuting show is well stocked with Cassidy family members behind the scenes as well as in front of the cameras.  There’s Shaun, of course.  “He has one project after another,” Marty says.  “Walt Disney’s old office is his office…All of Shirley’s children are successful.

“Ryan is doing the sets.  Shaun’s daughter Caitlin is doing the makeup.  Don’t talk to me, I’m invisible,” he adds.  “How can you not write in the old Jewish guy in the other room?  They don’t like me.”

Long-standing family friction aside, Marty says the half-hour show is “hysterical. David Cassidy is back with his hair thinning.  Patrick has a used car agency.”

Meanwhile, Shirley is looking forward to a string of concert dates with Florence Henderson.  Yes, “The Partridge Family” and “The Brady Bunch” mothers onstage together for the first time.  “At first Shirley wasn’t terribly excited, but it’s interesting, the two of them together, buddies singing and taking shots at each other.  These kind of theme concerts are doing very well.  They open in November in Indianapolis .”

SEIZING THE DAYS:  “Southland” actor Kevin Alejandro is certainly making the most of his hiatus from the NBC cop drama.  After wrapping production on the show, “My wife and I went to Hawaii for 7, 8 days,” he says.  Then he left for Atlanta , where he’s been shooting a guest star part on Lifetime’s forthcoming “Drop Dead Diva.” And once he’s done with that, “on the 28th, we’re going to Costa Rica for 10 days, surfing with friends.”  He’ll also be working out and pampering himself.  “I want to be in the best shape I can be before starting shooting again.  This is my break and it’s time to do it,” he says.  “Southland” goes back before the cameras in mid-July.

HAIR TODAY: Casting forces have been interviewing hairstylists to fill the post of assistant to a celebrity hairstylist on a forthcoming reality competition/elimination show.  They want someone over-the-top who can add color to the proceedings, and we don’t mean the kind from a bottle.  “Think Tim Gunn to Heidi Klum,” say casting notices.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster