The pseudo-improvised reality series The Hills, as it plays out beyond MTV, on celebrity gossip covers and in nearly every other byway of the modern media, is above all a vicious decimator of hope. It mocks our hearts; it plays with our allegiances, and we welcome the abuse, the New York Times observes.

In its third season, which picks up tonight at 10 p.m., The Hills, set among young aspirants of the Hollywood Hills' music and fashion industries, has continued to track the emotional warfare between former best friends Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag, while delving more deeply into the twistedness and superficiality of the boyfriends who ensure that the tortured rivals treat each other like Crips and Bloods.

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Who's on the rise, who's stock is falling faster than a subprime mortgage lender's and who (cough, Kristy Lee Cook) will defy the odds and simply not go away?

It's time, once again, for our American Idol Power Poll!

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Last week was certainly a banner week for shocking photos of nude celebrities - but even after those events, we didn't see this latest one coming.

To celebrate her 50th birthday, Jamie Lee Curtis has ditched her bathing suit in favor of her birthday suit â€" at least partially. She looks good, too.

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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.

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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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