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"I just want to say that I can always trust my good friends that I've had forever, but at the same time, some of my oldest friends have betrayed me," Lauren Conrad reveals in the latest issue of Us Weekly.

That's juicy, even for the world of The Hills!

Head For the Doghouse

In an exclusive interview, LC talks about how ex Brody Jenner went public with a new girlfriend (Cora Skinner) just days after she left for Paris.

To make matters worse, best friend Audrina Patridge allegedly buried the hatchet with Conrad's ex-BFF and current rival, Heidi Montag.

"At this point, I have to question every person that wants a relationship with me, whether it's friendship or a romantic relationship," Conrad said.

"[Audrina Patridge] has to remind me that she's not someone who's going to betray me," the 22-year-old star of The Hills says pointedly.

As for Brody Jenner's rebound with Cora Skinner, she says, "When you have that type of thing, you always have to question, 'Why wasn't I good enough?'"

"It's disappointing to have to question relationships," she adds.

The latest betrayals have been especially difficult for Lauren Conrad, who battled sex tape rumors allegedly spread by Montag and Spencer Pratt.

She also caught ex-boyfriend Jason Wahler kissing another girl (Jessica Smith), but stood by him as he got arrested four times and went to rehab.

After he got out, Wahler promptly got engaged to Katja Decker-Sadowski.

All this and more will come flooding back to us as The Hills returns on Monday, March 24. Not sure about you, but we can't wait.

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An storm of controversy is brewing around The Hills.

Some sloppy editing in recent episodes, reported in several newspapers and celebrity news blogs, have raised the question of whether the show is staged.

Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad

Then last week, an online exposé by star Lauren Conrad's one-time date, Gavin Beasley, sent millions Hills fans into a tizzy trying to figure it out.

MTV has always 'fessed to doing "pickup shots," staged scenes that address issues of continuity, but not storylines. But in an interview last week, Beasley divulged the high level of manipulation that goes on in The Hills.

The revelations of Gavin Beasley are perhaps the most incriminating to surface s far supporting the (fairly obvious) allegation that at least a good part of The Hills' drama is largely manufactured by MTV and its producers.

Beasley divulged some details regarding his cameo, including how producers asked him to get Conrad's phone number and told him what to ask her.

"They wanted me to ask her about the runway show, how long she had worked that day, when would she get off, stuff like that," Gavin Beasley said.

Thursday, an MTV rep responded that producers "overheard" that Gavin Beasley was "planning to ask Lauren Conrad out on a date."

And while maintaining that the show is not scripted, the spokeswoman did acknowledge the producers sometimes help guide dialogue along for clarity:

"As there are no confessionals or interviews on The Hills to put the questions in context (as there are in shows such like The Real World), producers sometimes ask the cast members to rephrase to help tell the story clearly."

Gavin Beasley had also said that producers set up a barbecue party for the gang, specifically so Brody Jenner and he could meet, thus providing the fodder for an episode that would revolve largely around Jenner growing jealous of Beasley.

MTV denied this, saying the cast organized the party.

Scripted or not, watching L.A.'s most popular layabouts bicker on The Hills has been the definition of guilty pleasure since its launch in early 2006.

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Kanye West continues to bash MTV, saying Friday that the network "used" Britney Spears to get higher ratings for Sunday's Video Music Awards.

"I just felt like she wasn't ready and I felt like they had to get their ratings. ... It just shows you it's not a black and white thing; it's a money thing," the rapper said on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show.

"I felt bad for her too. I felt bad for everyone involved."

West, whose backstage meltdown behind the scenes at the VMAs is now part of YouTube lore, said MTV should have stopped Spears after seeing her rehearsal.

"Someone had to be at that practice and be like, 'Wow. This is not good.' All the lip-syncing, everything," West said. "I mean, that performance, even had it been pulled off perfectly, still wouldn't have been up to par to start off the MTV Music Video Awards."

Selling a reported 420,000 records on the first day his new album Graduation was released, West seems on track to be the victor in his battle to out-perform fellow rapper 50 Cent (whose new album dropped the same day) on the charts.

But Kanye West's battle with MTV continues.

"MTV didn't give me the opportunity to rock the way I wanted to rock," he said, calling his five VMA nominations but no wins a "slap in the face."

"I told the guy at MTV, 'There's only a few things important in music this year: Umbrella, Amy Winehouse,'" he said. "it's not just me. Britney Spears is not important in music, but she's important to the tabloids and stuff like that."

So basically, Kanye West is saying that Britney Spears is only relevant because celebrity news publications are obsessed with her, and she's no longer a force in the music business. A bold, bold statement. Way to go out on a limb there!

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Kanye West prides himself on being an educated, thinking man's rapper, a class act a cut above the typical gangsta-thug lyfe hip-hop fare.

That he may be. But he's also a raging, petulant egomaniac.

Kanye West and Amber Rose Pic

West has been on the warpath since being blanked at the MTV Video Music Awards yet again, taking issue with the voters as well as the program itself, chiding an unprepared Britney Spears as well as his own relegation to performing in a Palms luxury suite rather than the main stage.

And that's just on the record.

The rage of Kanye West is evident in a video sweeping the Internets, in which the rapper has a backstage meltdown punctuated by profanities toward MTV ...

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Yikes. Accentuating the positives (if there are any), MTV responded to Kanye West's blistering criticism about his treatment by lavishing him with praise.

"MTV has a long and collaborative relationship with Kanye and we hope and look forward to continuing that meaningful relationship," MTV' said in a statement.

Good to see they're taking the high road. Hopefully, Alexis Phifer can convince her talented, arrogant fiance to do the same.

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Haven't gotten your fill of privileged white kids becoming famous for no other reason than for being privileged white kids? Well, then boy are you in luck!

In under a month, Laguna Beach returns… only it's no longer Laguna Beach. It essentially is, only it takes place in a different O.C. locale. Yeah, we're confused too.

In any event, Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County might offer some new scenery, but from the looks of the trailer, the plot elements are pretty much the same.

  • Scheming blonde giant (cough, Brooke Hogan)? Check.
  • Pretty, smart, has-it-all girl with vivacious personality (cough, Kristin Cavallari)? Check.
  • Meek, kinda pathetic girl who doesn't do a lot (cough, Jessica Smith)? You got it.
  • Hunky, shirtless white dudes who mumble a lot and act as foils for the much more interesting girls (cough, Jason Wahler)? Checkmate!

Say goodbye to these Laguna Beach peeps (from last season) and say hello to a whole new crop of upper-class snobby hotties from Newport Harbor! Woohoo!

The surreality unfurls in Newport Harbor on Wednesday, August 15 on MTV. The relocation to the new Orange County city is due in part to a complete network overhaul under the control of new programming chief Tony DiSanto.

Within his new rules, DiSanto has commissioned longer series of some shows and shorter ones of others. Among his moves was to virtually double the run for the hit Laguna Beach spin-off, The Hills, commissioning an 18-episode series.

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Get ready, impressionable readers. Fans ages 13-19 can vote for their favorites in the Teen Choice Awards, to be announced August 26. Fans can vote here for their choices.

Not surprisingly, Heroes, Grey's Anatomy, House, Lost, Prison Break, The Hills and American Idol led the way. We'll have the full list of nominees for you when get it. For now, the TV nominees:

Drama series: "Grey's Anatomy," "Heroes," "House," "Lost," "Kyle XY."

Comedy series: "Hannah Montana," "Desperate Housewives," "Entourage," "The Office," "Ugly Betty."

Animated series: "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," "Family Guy," "Lil' Bush," "South Park," "The Simpsons."

Reality show: "American Idol," "America's Next Top Model," "Dancing With the Stars," "The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll," "The Hills."

Dramatic actor: Hugh Laurie of "House," Jared Padalecki of "Supernatural," Matthew Fox of "Lost," Milo Ventimiglia of "Heroes," Wentworth Miller (above) of "Prison Break."

Dramatic actress: Emily Deschanel of "Bones," Evangeline Lilly of "Lost," Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes," Jennifer Love Hewitt of "Ghost Whisperer," Katherine Heigl of "Grey's Anatomy."

Comedy actor: Adrian Grenier of "Entourage," Charlie Sheen of "Two and a Half Men," David Spade of "Rules of Engagement," Neil Patrick Harris of "How I Met Your Mother," Steve Carell of "The Office."

Comedy actress: Emma Roberts of "Unfabulous," Miley Cyrus of "Hannah Montana," Tia D. Mowry of "The Game," America Ferrera (below, left) of "Ugly Betty," Eva Longoria of "Desperate Housewives."

TV sidekick: Donald Faison of "Scrubs," Allison Mack of "Smallville," Jorge Garcia of "Lost," Kevin Dillon of "Entourage," Jerry Ferrara of "Entourage."

TV personality: Nick Cannon of "Wild 'N Out," Ryan Seacrest of "American Idol" and E!, Simon Cowell of "American Idol," Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model," Bruno Tonioli of "Dancing With the Stars."

Breakout show: "Ugly Betty," "Friday Night Lights," "October Road," "Heroes," "South of Nowhere."

Breakout: America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty," Matt Dallas of "Kyle XY," Taylor Kitsch of "Friday Night Lights," Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes," Masi Oka of "Heroes."

Male reality TV star: Apolo Anton Ohno of "Dancing With the Stars," Flavor Flav of "Flavor of Love," Jojo, Diggy, Russy of "Run's House," Sanjaya Malakar of "American Idol," Three 6 Mafia of "Adventures in Hollyhood."

Female reality TV star: Jaslene Gonzalez of "America's Next Top Model," Jordin Sparks (below, right) of "American Idol," Lauren Conrad of "The Hills," New York of "I Love New York," Paris Hilton of "The Simple Life."

Villain: Michael Rosenbaum as Lex on "Smallville," Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina on "Ugly Betty," Zachary Quinto as Sylar on "Heroes," Michael Emerson as Ben on "Lost," Robert Knepper as Theodore Bagwell on "Prison Break."

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When Sarah Silverman hosts the MTV Movie Awards on June 3, she may need to bring along two stages.

One for Jennifer Hudson. And one for Beyonce. After all, each is nominated for Best Performance. The cat fight may get ugly.

Riding the Waves

Below are other nominees and their respective categories ...

Best Movie
- "300"
- "Borat"
- "Blades of Glory"
- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
- "Little Miss Sunshine"

Best Villain
- Bill Nighy, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
- Jack Nicholson, "The Departed"
- Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"
- Rodrigo Santoro, "300"
- Tobin Bell, "Saw III"

Best Performance

- Johnny Depp, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
- Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"
- Gerard Butler, "300"
- Keira Knightley, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
- Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"
- Beyonce Knowles, "Dreamgirls"

Breakthrough Performance

- Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine"
- Emily Blunt, "The Devil Wears Prada"
- Jaden Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"
- Justin Timberlake, "Alpha Dog"
- Columbus Short, "Stomp the Yard"
- Lena Headey, "300"

Best Comedic Performance

- Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat"
- Will Ferrell, "Blades of Glory"
- Emily Blunt, "The Devil Wears Prada"
- Ben Stiller, "Night at the Museum"
- Adam Sandler, "Click"

Best Kiss

- Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"
- Marlon Wayans and Brittany Daniel, "Little Man"
- Mark Wahlberg and Elizabeth Banks, "Invincible"
- Columbus Short and Meagan Good, "Stomp the Yard"
- Cameron Diaz and Jude Law, "The Holiday"

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Her signature style - a California chic look featuring flirty dresses and trendy tops, often complemented with a headband - has inspired many young viewers.

Now, legions of women can emulate Lauren Conrad fashion in the real world - and online.

Lauren Conrad Beauty

MTV and the girl we have come to know and love as LC have announced the first-ever celebrity-inspired digital fashion line to be introduced in the "Virtual Hills" virtual world.

In addition, The Hills star will develop a real-world fashion line that will be available in high-end boutiques, retail stores and online later this fall.

The introduction of Lauren Conrad's physical and virtual world fashion lines takes the concept of personal expression to new heights.

These days, many viewers take their online persona as seriously as their real-world presence.

The virtual clothing line, called Virtual Hills, debuted Monday on LC's hit show.

As Lauren, who interns at Teen Vogue, continues to design her fashion line, she's looking for feedback from virtual world patrons to help tailor the styles that make their way to boutiques later this year.

"Our audience has always felt a connection to Lauren since she first appeared on Laguna Beach and we've created innovative platforms online - first with MTV and now with Virtual Hills - for fans to connect with her," said Christina Norman, President of MTV.

Needless to say, America's sweetheart is ecstatic about the project.

"I was so excited to hear MTV was launching Virtual Hills and felt this was a great opportunity for me to bring fashion to technology," said Conrad, who is a fashion major at the Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles in addition to interning at Teen Vogue.

"We've been working really hard to create sensible, yet trendy fashions that young girls can wear in their real life or virtual life and that project a true sense of self. I'm excited to build relationships with my fans in Virtual Hills and then apply feedback to my real-world designs."

Lauren had no comment on her ex, Jason Wahler, being sentenced to jail time, or how BFF Heidi Montag - a fashion queen in her own right - feels about the new virtual clothing line.

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If you're interested in fashion and you have always dreamed of breaking into the world of beauty and glamour and you're between the ages of 21-28 then MTV would like to offer you the opportunity show your stuff.

Oh, and you have to not only have a magnetic, sometimes abrasive, type-A personality, but it probably wouldn't hurt if you look like Kristin Cavallari (right).

The producers of Laguna Beach and The Hills are turning their reality TV sights on the catty world of clothing.

MTV is already spreading its high school "reality" melodrama to Brooklyn, as we reported recently.

Now it wants to expand its Teen Vogue appeal, which started when America's Sweetheart, Lauren Conrad, got a sweet internship there.

We've gotten a taste of what she and fellow cutie/intern Whitney Port must deal with on the job, but MTV wants to give us more. A lot more.

The new show will focus on following four interns at an undisclosed "major fashion magazine," "prestigious cosmetic line," and "cutting edge fashion PR company."

According to a Craigslist L.A. ad, MTV is "Looking for all types: small town-big dreams to urban sophisticate; quirky street fashion to uptown models. VERY interested in seeing pairs/groups of friends who share passion for fashion as a bond. Must be available to shoot pilot in NYC March 19-20 and series June-September. Compensation and housing will be provided."

The potential interns have to be "energetic," "passionate" and "ambitious."

In other words, hot as hell. Good luck, ladies!

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After filming the beaches of Orange County in Laguna Beach (right) and the exotic tropics of Hawaii in Maui Fever, MTV is gearing up to do a new reality TV show about the lives of teenagers in glamorous... Brooklyn.

According to the Brooklyn Tech High School website, MTV is now casting at their school to do a pilot for a new reality show, called Brooklyn, based on the lives of the school's talented sophomores and juniors.

Apparently they're unconcerned about criticism of MTV's depictions of party life in Hawaii in Maui Fever or of the bitchy, materialistic teens on Laguna Beach.

"With a student body of 4,000, BTHS represents the many faces of teenagers in Brooklyn," the school's website says. "Rich, poor, Asian, Black, White, Hispanic and everyone in between come here to learn."

Sure, a lot of students will be represented - as long as they are unbelievably hot, blonde and/or rich. Come on. We've all seen The Hills. Don't kid us, MTV. We demand Heidi Montag in a bikini and you know you're providing it!

The site goes on to tout the other great things about their school, none of which will ever have a chance in hell of being shown on MTV.

"BTHS offers the inspiration, education, values and glimmer of hope that all the other public schools are lacking."

Yeah, yeah. Education and stuff is great, but does it offer a hot alpha female (Kristin Cavallari) stealing the boyfriend of America's sweetheart, the girl next door (Lauren Conrad)? That's all that matters in the end.