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Stars Show Off Films, Coffee Cups, At Sundance

When the Sundance Film Festival began twenty five years ago, it was a welcome opportunity for unknown talents to show films made on the smallest of the budgets. In 2009, it’s a great place to see famous actors wear coats and drink coffee. Sure, there’s still the occasional unexpected discovery—like, uh, Napoleon Dynamite—but it’s the sight of Paris Hilton in winter apparel that defines the week-long event today. Check out the gallery below to see who else braved the high altitudes.

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50 Cent: My Workout Is “Girly”

50 Cent had almost fallen off of our radar, but we couldn’t help but notice this little comment he gave about his workout regimen while chatting at the Vitamin Water house at the Sundance Film Festival. The rapper – who was in Park City promoting the film “The Life and Death of Jam Master Jay,” which he produced – invited pals to join him during his favorite workout. He offered up this description to the NY Daily News:

“It’s intense, and there are no weights involved. And some of it’s like girly stuff, like just kicking your leg, but it’s muscles you don’t really ever work at. Men don’t usually go to the gym and say, ‘I’m going to develop my ass. This’ll be the J.Lo workout.’”

We can’t help but marvel that the man who once declared, “I don’t like gay people around me,” in a homophobic rant,  is now comfortable admitting to having a “girly” workout routine. Is Fiddy newly enlightened and openminded? Doubtful, but at least his legs are looking good. [Photo: FilmMagic]

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Marisa Miller Can’t Stop Showing Off

Well, she’s at it again. Marisa Miller is still down in St. Barts shooting for Victoria’s Secret, and – surprise, surprise – she still looks good. Her bod either makes you jealous or turns you on (or does both!) and she has every right to flaunt it. Of course, we’ve got the bikini pics in question for your hungry eyes below. Say hello to this generation’s Christie Brinkley – the all-American girl who we’ll never get – or look like. [Photo: Splash News Online]

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Washington D.C. Gossip Diary

The parties continued long after Barack Obama was sworn in as our 44th President yesterday, and Scandalist‘s own Libby Keatinge brings you the inside news from the inaugural balls and parties. Click the photos below to enter our gossip diary.

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Happy Hump Day!

It’s Wednesday, and that means you’ve made it halfway through the work week and halfway to the weekend. Congrats!

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Idol‘s Tatiana Nicole Del Toro Is Crazy Like A Fox

Between her blatant desperation and that frightening giggle, we understand if you hope Tatiana Nicole Del Toro doesn’t make it into American Idol‘s Top 24. But this girl wants to make it. She doesn’t care what judge she has to bulldoze, audience she has to slay, or article of clothing she has to take off. She will make it.

If I have to outsing everyone, one by one, on the planet to get a record deal, I will…and I have. I promise you I can be the greatest artist you have ever seen.

Since Tatiana said “thank you” when Kara and Simon called her photos “naughty,” we’re sure she wouldn’t mind you checking out the risque photos of her in the gallery below. Whether she makes it to the top anything, we’re sure Idol hasn’t shown the last of her.

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Birth Dating: Who’s Older? Cat Power Or Baby Spice?

In 1996, indie folksinger Cat Power released What Would The Community Think?—which failed to make the Billboard Top 200. That same year, “girl power” enthusiasts the Spice Girls released Spice, selling 23 million copies worldwide. In 2008, Cat Power‘s latest album made the Top 20…while the Spice Girls’ Greatest Hits only reached no. 93. Both Cat Power and Baby Spice were born on January 21st. Click on the photo to find out which singer is older.

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Politicians And Celebs Sparkle At Inaugural Balls

While most of the country spent last night glued to the TV watching President Obama and the First Lady dance to “At Last” over and over again, celebrities swarmed the Capitol celebrating at various balls in Washington D.C. We’ve gathered pics of all the stars and their glamorous (or in the case of Fall Out Boy, not so glamorous) outfits for your viewing pleasure below. Just think, you can squeal with delight at Michelle Obama and Jill Biden‘s gorgeous gowns all over again. Wheeeee!  [Photos: GettyImages]

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Is Joaquin Phoenix’s Rap Career A Hoax?

Joaquin Phoenix, who handed Hollywood his resignation last October, rapped for an audience at club LAVO in Las Vegas last weekend. It came as no surprise that he sounded like a 34-year-old actor who has suddenly decided to become a rap star. But what did surprise the crowd was the enormous hole in the crotch of his corduroy pants, his off-kilter dancing, and the way he fell — plummeted, more like it! — off the stage after his set.

These oddities have only contributed to speculation that his rap career is an elaborate stunt. After all, Joaquin’s brother-in-law, Casey Affleck, was there to capture the concert for a documentary about his attempt to make it in music. According to the Daily News, the ever-present cameras have “left many wondering whether Phoenix’s foray into music is a drawn-out joke.” Joaquin claims it’s not. “Are there people out there who think I’m a joke? I’m sure there will be,” the actor-turned rapper told People. “I can’t worry about that.”

Joaquin’s first rap album, reportedly being produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, doesn’t yet have a release date. Let’s hope it stays that way.

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Idol‘s Raquel Houghton Is No Amateur

After last season’s deluge of industry vets (Former MCA recording artist Carly Smithson, Syesha Mercado from The One, Cheyenne‘s ex Jason Castro), we shouldn’t be shocked that some of this year’s audition winners previously had recording contracts (Joanna Pacitti) and appeared on other reality shows (Rock The Cradle’s Lara Johnston). But there are plants…and then there is Raquel Houghton. Houghton not only hit red carpets several years ago as Dane Cook‘s girlfriend, but spent some time as the singer for the Valli Girls—an all-girl bubblegum rock group that appeared on the 2005 Kid’s Choice Awards soundtrack and in a ridiculous Cosmo girl! clip, “Born To Lead,” seen above.

Unsurprisingly, Houghton is a little less than forthcoming about her past. In an interview with the LA Times, taken after her July ’08 audition, she fails to mention The Valli Girls at all, instead describing a childhood playing violin.

LA Times: What’s your musical background, did you play in bands, sing in bands?

Houghton: Yeah, I played the violin—not amazingly well, but did play for a long time, and I’ve been singing forever. Disney was like the first thing I was, like, obsessed with.

Yup, she’s just been singing Disney in the shower since she was a kid, working as a waitress until Simon and the gang gave her a second chance at stardom. Will America decide that Houghton was born to lead after all?

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