Is Lauren Cindra the next great TV producer?
Lauren Conrad will be saying goodbye to The Hills after this latest batch of episodes (premiering April 6 on MTV). ”I actually thought last season was going to be my last,” the reality star tells EW. ”[But] the producers wanted to hopefully give the show some sort of closure and needed one more season.” Look for Conrad to take a backseat in her final 10 episodes, since ”I didn’t have that much conflict in my life over the last few months.” However, the end of her time on The Hills doesn’t mean that the budding businesswoman is done with television. Conrad says that she’s in discussions to turn her upcoming young-adult book series — loosely based on her Hills experience — into a TV drama. ”We’ve been taking a lot of meetings lately,” says Conrad, whose first novel L.A. Candy hits shelves in June. ”I don’t know exactly where I want to go, but I’ve looked into producing because I’ve always found that so interesting.” — Tim Stack
High School Musical 3’s Corbin Bleu on his new CW fashion drama — and Zac Efron’s naughty photo shoot
Corbin Bleu wants to ”shake off some of that nice-guy, wholesome image” he acquired while costarring in High School Musical 3: Senior Year. And he may be on his way: He’s set to star with Mischa Barton and Elle Macpherson in The Beautiful Life, a CW drama pilot about the fashion industry. ”I play a male model. I get to sing and pose,” says Bleu to EW. ”There will be some risqué stuff.” Hey, he’s only following HSM3 costar Zac Efron’s lead. To help promote his upcoming comedy 17 Again, Efron rolled in the mud with a topless gal for the latest issue of Interview. Bleu hasn’t seen the photos, but he understands the motivation. ”We can’t be the teenagers we were in High School Musical forever, as much as our parents want that. Zac is serious about taking his career to the next level,” says Bleu. ”They sound like hot — I mean arty — pictures, so good for him.” — Lynette Rice, with additional reporting by Carrie Bell
Idris Elba to land a commanding new role
It’s a good time to be ex-Wire star Idris Elba. The 36-year-old Brit is now playing a Dunder Mifflin exec on The Office, and will be seen in theaters on April 24 in the drama Obsessed, opposite Beyoncé Knowles, in which he’ll play a successful family man whose life unravels when a beautiful temp (Ali Larter) stalks him. EW has learned that, at press time, he’s also closing in on a role in the Warner Bros./Dark Castle thriller The Losers with Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen). Elba will play Roque, a black-ops commando set up by the government. The project is based on a DC-Vertigo comic and will be directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard). — Nicole Sperling