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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

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

Francis Ford Coppola Makes Stars, Loses Stars

Alden Ehrenreich

Alden Ehrenreich

Francis Ford Coppola is enjoying the reception meeting his “Tetro” newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, who’s being likened to Leonardo DiCaprio. “With all my instincts, I believe he’s a young star of tomorrow,” Coppola tells us.

He’s also enjoying the fresh burst of appreciation his June 11-premiering drama is bringing star Vincent Gallo. And he says, “I hope I can get to work with them again in the future. You know what happens when actors become successful – they become mini-industries for their managers and agents and it becomes hard to get to them. It’s happened before.”

Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola

The cinema master, whose arresting, mostly black-and-white \”Tetro\” was a Cannes sensation, recalls, “Even in my first career, as it were, we were never able to hire the star of the day. We couldn’t penetrate all the elements of management, payment and schedule. We were always looking for new talent in the past — new talent to the public. Then oddly enough, by the next film we couldn’t afford the young people we had discovered.”

If unknowns are gettable, so are actors whose careers can use some rehabilitation. For instance, “Marlon Brando. Nobody wanted to hire him in those days, when we did ‘The Godfather”  nobody, because of his alleged bad boy behavior,” Coppola recalls. “So he was available to me.”

Now it’s Gallo, whose past controversies and nasty comments turned off many, proving his acting worth anew, playing a writer who’s left his famous father behind and created a life of anonymity in Buenos Aires – until his 17-year-old brother (Ehrenreich) comes looking for him.

“Tetro” marks the first film Coppola scripted himself since 1974’s “The Conversation” and his second self-financed smaller budget film (following “Youth Without Youth”). Reviews have been anything but bland, with love and hate both represented. The Economist calls it “the film of a free man starting again.”

Is it? “That’s a little dramatic, but yes, I am definitely having the fun and adventure of a second film career with different rules to it,” Coppola says. “I’m doing more of what I wanted to do.”

OUT OF THE FISHBOWL: Lauren Conrad, who rose to fame on “Laguna Beach” and most recently “The Hills,” has left the popular MTV reality series, and she tells us the decision has been bittersweet. Luckily she has a lot of new projects on the horizon to keep her occupied without TV cameras following her every move. “It’s nice. I’ve been done for like two months and I’m really enjoying no cameras,” says Conrad. “It’s always sad saying goodbye to a show and all the people that worked on it, though.” When asked what’s next, she responds, “Right now I am writing my second book. The first one launches on the 16th and then I’m going on a two week book tour. I’m also working with Kohl’s department store for a line that launches in October so I’m keeping busy.”

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE: “We got picked up for a second season so we’ll start filming again in a couple of months,” says an excited Aziz Ansari about his newest show “Parks and Recreation.” “People seem to be into it, and it helps to be on a network with other smart comedies like ‘The Office’ and ’30 Rock.'” Though the NBC series, which started with six episodes, was met with mixed reviews, the comedian thinks having more time to explore the characters will help. “I feel like the show is really good and is only going to get better. I think Amy Poehler’s great in this role, and as the show goes along, she’ll get in there and make it a really memorable character.” So far, though, it’s been Ansari’s sarcastic character, Tom Haverford, that’s been stealing many of the scenes. “It’s fun to play kind of a p—-. They write so many fun bits for him, but I also get to improvise a lot,” he tells us. “The scripts are already really funny so it doesn’t feel like there’s as much pressure to be funny, but it’s nice to have the freedom to come up with my own stuff.”

NEW FACES: The Disney/ABC new talent showcase launches today (6/5) with casting forces heading out on a nationwide trek to audition wannabe stars. The operation is being met with shaking of heads around these parts, as one industryite grumps, “They’re going out since there’s no talent here in town.” By the way, don’t call us.

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