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The Hills' Lauren Conrad is famous for being on reality TV. But what she really wants is to run a merchandising empire.

MTV's highest-rated program last fall, The Hills' cameras have captured her days as a fashion-magazine intern (Teen Vogue) and nights as a club-hopper who flirts with guys and spars with friends (and frenemies). How we love it so.

In an effort to translate her fame into a legit fashion career, she and her father, Jim Conrad, have assembled a team of Hollywood-industry advisers and signed several licensing and endorsement deals, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The process isn't always smooth.

The network that made her famous won't promote her enterprises on air. And Lauren Conrad, determined to assert her fashion vision, sometimes ignores the suggestions of her more seasoned advisers.

"I'm sure a lot of people don't take me seriously," she says.

Many young celebrities are trying to emulate the success of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who parlayed roles on TV sitcom Full House into a multimillion-dollar conglomerate that has sold books, videos, films and clothes.

Lauren Conrad represents the next generation of branding - reality stars famous only for their willingness to let cameras into their private lives.

Last week, Ms. Conrad's nemesis on The Hills, Heidi Montag, announced her own plans to launch a clothing line. It will be known as Heidiwood.

And from E! reality show Sunset Tan, tanning-salon owners Devin Haman and Jeff Bozz recently came out with a line of tanning moisturizers.

To keep themselves in the spotlight, Lauren Conrad and her reality TV contemporaries are willing citizens of a celebrity gossip world.

During a recent breakfast interview at an outdoor café in Los Angeles, Conrad said she suspected a celebrity news photographer was taking pictures of her from across the street. She declined to move to an inside table.

Instead, she looked left and right before taking quick bites of her egg whites. "No one eats pretty," she said.

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Most of the time these days, he's best known as a doting father to Sean Preston and Jayden James. And his other kids Kaleb and Kori.

But on Friday night, Britney Spears' ex-husband took a break from parenting to ring in his 30th birthday at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas.

Also known as Kevin Federline's home away from home.

A dapper-looking Federline - the subject of this week's Caption Contest at The Hollywood Gossip - said he felt "great" about turning 30.

Flanked by a group of 20 pals, including his family members and attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan, Federline headed straight to his VIP table.

Also on hand? Ex-girlfriend and baby mama Shar Jackson!

K-Fed: A year older, not necessarily wiser.

Throughout the evening, K-Fed and his entourage sang along to tunes by Jay-Z, Kanye West and other hip-hop artists.

At one point, the DJs played Federline's own song "Lose Control," familiar to the club considering its music video was shot there in 2006.

Close to midnight, Kevin Federline danced on a couch by his table and held up a California license plate saying "FDRLINE" while drinking Jack Daniel's.

Later on, the FedEx man grabbed the mic for a rambling profanity-laced speech in which he encouraged everyone to have "a good time."

"I lost my voice at the craps tables and I lost all my money," he went on to say in a raspy voice, before a friend dragged him away.

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Pamela Anderson isn't the only one claiming fraud in her (most recent) brief marriage. Estranged husband Rick Salomon is making the same allegation.

A month after Pamela Anderson sought an annulment rather than a divorce, Rick Salomon also filed papers to annul the two-month union.

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Like Anderson, the jackass checked the box marked "fraud" as the reason for the annulment, say the Superior Court documents filed Friday.

Neither has explained why the fraud allegation is being made.

After just two months of marriage, Pamela Anderson, 40, filed for divorce from Rick Salomon, 39, in December, citing irreconcilable differences.

Absolutely no one saw that coming.

They were married last October in Las Vegas during a 90-minute break between the magic shows in which Anderson was appearing. Really.

Salomon, of course, is probably most famous for starring in the Paris Hilton sex tape. He's an extremely classy fellow.

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Welcome to all celebrity news and gossip across the world. The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest. Let's take a look at who won this week's edition of the caption contest, featuring the great Kevin Federline, and his friend Jack ...

Really, you guys make it very hard to pick a winner with your great entries. But we have to choose one, so we took Debbie. A short and sweet one.

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Congratulations! Scroll down the page for the winning entry (under the pic) and the full list of submissions. Thanks for playing and good luck again this week!

"This is why I got custody!" 

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Stacey Elza, who was rejected on the season premiere of The Bachelor on Monday, nonetheless made quite an impression on Matt Grant and viewers.

But she says she didn't give Matt her "real" panties.

On Monday's The Bachelor: London Calling, the Chicago graduate student, 26, slipped Grant, 27, her underwear "to spice things up a little bit."

"I'm spontaneous, outgoing," she added, "and I figured, why not?"

It didn't work.

Matt Grant dispatched Stacey Elza as well as nine other would-be ex-fiancees Monday night, remarking that "I don't give a $h!t what country you're from, that is not cool." It's difficult to argue with that kind of logic.

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Stacey Elza's creative move failed to woo Matt Grant.

But at least they were, um, washed.

"For the record, they were an extra pair," Stacey Elza added.

"They did not literally come off my body."

That's certainly nice to know... and at the same time a little disappointing. Oh well. Also on Monday, fortunately, Shayne Lamas made the cut.

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Seriously, who wouldn't. Yowza!

But seriously folks. It's good to see A-Pat has her peers' support.

Former Laguna Beach hottie Kristin Cavallari is confident that the nude Audrina Patridge photos won't bring The Hills star down.

"She can move on from it," she told Us Weekly at the Details Celebrates "Mavericks 2008" in L.A. Thursday.

"She's young, she did her thing, whatever," Kristin Cavallari said.

"She looks good. Her body is bangin'!"

Topless Audrina Patridge has a fan in Kristin Cavallari!

The nude photos of Audrina Patridge hit the web on Wednesday.

"They were taken when I was just out of high school and beginning to model," Patridge, who's roommates with Lauren Conrad, said.

"I was naive, overly trusting of people and inexperienced."

She later blogged that the photos were meant to be "artistic."

We're not sure how a topless Catholic school girl with knee-high socks ready to get her freak on qualifies as artistic, but whatever works for Audrina Patridge to justify it. We're not judging, that's for sure! You go, girl.

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Looks like Britney Spears' "return to TV" doesn't end with How I Met Your Mother - the troubled singer was also featured on Wednesday night's South Park!

Okay, sort of.

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On the episode, Britney Spears escapes to South Park, Colorado, to go camping to get away from everything. The celebrity news media follows her there, and when the boys sneak into her room, disguised as Sean and Jayden, to take a picture of Britney, she can't handle it anymore and blows off her own head with a shotgun.

It was basically an episode stating that the celebrity gossip media is killing Britney Spears slowly, something we all know at this point, right?

Here's a clip from the episode, taking place after Britney Spears has blown off her head. It's pretty disturbing even by South Park standards ...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJwiMHoXys0[/youtube]

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CBS has released some clips of Britney Spears on this coming Monday's episode of How I Met Your Mother on CBS. They are nothing special, but in case any of you out there care, we posted one below, with another one after the jump.

To be honest, Britney Spears' comedic timing is perhaps even more dreadful than her recent music, but she actually looks pretty cute and drug-free, and it beats trolling around Hollywood in no pants with Sam Lutfi at 4 a.m., so it's a start.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKTrpoRM42c[/youtube]

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She plays an indestructible cheerleader on Heroes.

Offscreen, Hayden Panettiere is pretty much just as fierce.

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At first, Hayden seems to have perfected the glamorous celebrity aura, as evidenced by her chic, head-to-toe black ensemble â€" complete with Ray-Bans perched on her head and sexy thigh-high boots on her teeny, size-5 feet.

But Hayden Panettiere is not concerned with perpetuating Hollywood ideals.

"What's with all the salads?" she asks, checking out the menu at L.A.'s Four Seasons Hotel, where her Cosmopolitan interview is taking place.

She orders the mac and cheese, minus the ham (she's recently become a vegetarian), and when it arrives, Hayden Panettiere dives in.

Spend a little time with the talented 18-year-old actress and you'll soon discover that she also has an appetite for defying expectations.

Thanks to her role as unbreakable high school cheerleader Claire Bennet on NBC's hit Heroes, this blonde cutie is one of TV's brightest stars.

But Hayden Panettiere would rather kick butt than be pampered.

"I do as many of my own stunts as they'll let me do," says the petite powerhouse, who's dating co-star Milo Ventimiglia. "Not a whole lot scares me."

That includes the potential perils of fame.

"I think people look at me as just another one of those girls who's going to screw up, like 'She's going to get into drugs, she's going to get into parties,'" says Hayden.

"I have the occasional glass of champagne when I'm celebrating something, but generally, I don't drink. I'm a pizza-and-a-movie girl."

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With the return of The Hills just a few days away (Monday at 10 p.m.), its star, Lauren Conrad, is taking issue with Us Weekly and its lead story.

The magazine's article this week proclaims with its headlines that Lauren Conrad was "betrayed" by both Audrina Patridge and her ex, Brody Jenner.

Lauren Conrad, Taylor Swift, Hilary Duff

That's a bit of a distortion, Lauren Conrad says, as she remains very close to both Brody and Audrina Patridge. According to LC, it wasn't a "woe is me" story.

She went on her MySpace page to clarify her feelings for her fans ...

"Hey! I just wanted to take a moment to clear something up. I recently did an interview [with Us Weekly] to talk about The Hills coming back on next week and what everyone had to look forward to. Unfortunately it was somehow turned into yet another "poor me" story. The article itself is a nice one but it follows headlines that, in no way, represent my words or feelings.

I do not feel betrayed by Audrina or Brody. I love them both and said nothing to contradict this. I understand that headlines sell magazines, but I value my friendships above magazine sales any day. On a more positive note, I got to see some of the first episode yesterday and it looks amazing. I'm sooooooo excited for everyone to see Paris. Best wishes and I hope everyone tunes in Monday."

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