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Joaquin Phoenix Freaks Out David Letterman

Joaquin Phoenix is continuing his plan to creep out the entire country, and he conquered David Letterman last night. The former actor turned insane person (fine – and hip-hop artist) was all loopy and out of it and weird and thus, straight up awesome. He’s taken his ride on the crazy train and turned it into some sort of genius performance art. They say bad economic times always brings about creative genius – ladies and gentlemen, here is your proof.

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Did Chris Brown Go Ballistic Over A Text Message?

It’s impossible to remember a time when our lives weren’t completely hijacked by Chris Brown-Rihanna beatdown scandal.  Was it really only four days ago? There’s so many varying stories today about what went down that we’re just gonna break it down bullet-point style, ya’ll. Try to make sense of this madness, will ya?

  • Their violent fight possibly stemmed from a text message Chris received from some chick he was messing with on the side. “He got a booty call. He got a text. Rihanna saw it and she got upset. They started to argue. She got out of the car. He wanted her to get back in, so he grabbed her,” someone on the inside revealed to the NYDN. “She pulled away. That’s when she’s told people he hit her.”
  • Chris tried to choke Rihanna and threatened to kill her. A source tells E! News that while fighting Rihanna tossed Chris’ keys out of the car window, which sent him spazzing. Apparently Chris choked her and yelled, “I’m going to kill you!” The “Disturbia” singer then lost consciousness
  • Paris Hilton supposedly waddled her skank-ass up to Chris and flirted with him during a Grammy party. Or maybe it was Leona Lewis. Regardless there was flirting, a girl, and a meltdown involved – according to a bunch of tabloids.  [Photo: GettyImages]

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Usher’s Wife Hospitalized In Brazil After Botched Plastic Surgery

Tameka Foster is reportedly in “stable condition” after suffering medical complications following plastic surgery in Brazil. Mrs. Usher apparently made the sketchy choice to get work done out of the country (there were no qualified doctors in Atlanta?), and her husband canceled his scheduled pre-Grammy performance at a party for Clive Davis to fly down to be by her side.

The family’s rep had little to say about the couple’s crisis, issuing a vague statement: “Her husband Usher is with her at the hospital. No further details will be released, and the family requests privacy at this difficult time.”  [Photo: GettyImages]

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Chris and Rihanna: His Abusive Past, The Rumors Surrounding Their Violent Fight

New details have come into play against the case against Chris Brown, who posted his $50,000 bail last night after being arrested Sunday for making criminal threats. The singer is also under investigation for domestic violence, allegedly against his girlfriend Rihanna, and cops say additional charges may still be filed. The woman involved in the altercation is still listed as “unidentified.”

Interestingly enough, Brown spoke to Giant magazine in 2007 witnessing his step-father abuse his own mother as a kid. “He used to hit my mom,” Chris apparently told the magazine. “He made me terrified all the time, terrified like I had to pee on myself. I remember one night he made her nose bleed. I was crying and thinking, ‘I’m just gonna go crazy on him one day . . . ‘ I hate him to this day.”

The singer – who heads to court on March 5th – also told the magazine that at the time, he encouraged his mother not to go to the authorities about the violence. “Don’t go to no cops pressing no charges,” Brown said, recalling their conversation. “Like we don’t do that in the hood.”

The internet is obviously buzzing with talk about what fueled his alleged (and atrocious) act of violence, and the rumor we’re hearing is that the fight started over Rihanna supposedly giving Chris herpes. Still, there’s no rumor ugly enough that could justify him hitting any lady.  [Photos: WireImage]

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The Greatest Fashion Moment Of Our Time

Teyana Taylor - singer, dancer, rapper and choreographer of Beyonce‘s “Ring the Alarm” video – is admittedly stunning, but this masterpiece of an outfit heightens her beauty to the heavens. The 18 year old attended the celebration for Mac’s new Hello Kitty Color Collection in what will surely be remembered as the greatest outfit of 2009, if not our lifetime.

Truly, is there anything more flattering than a bejweled corset that outlines one’s nippes in red? Paired with what could only be called “tuxedo leggings” due to the stripes down the side, Pharrell‘s protege topped off this glorious piece de resistance in boots that celebrate the complicated relationship between furry and shiny.

Behold. Marvel. Savor.

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50 Cent To Create Line Of Man Makeup

It’s time to start exfoliating, gentlemen! 50 Cent has all but forgotten his rap career and is now focusing on raking in cash by creating a line of men’s facial products. Yes, you too can cleanse, scrub and primp just like Fiddy, with a line that will apparently include “moisturisers, night creams, and health supplements.” Wash it all down with some Vitamin Water, while you’re at it! 50 is gonna make money off of you one way or another.

A pal says, “50 prides himself on having a ripped body… he’s on a health kick and barely touches alcohol. So his range will be for the guy who likes to be pampered – but the supplements will make it more butch.”

Right – because there’s nothing more masculine than popping vitamins intended to clear the skin. Perhaps just laying off the sugary faux water would work?  [Photo: WireImage]

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Diddy Doesn’t Do Police Searches

Diddy freak-outs make our day, so we were thrilled to discover the biggest dude-diva in town had a meltdown Monday night outside club M2. Dids was there to co-host a birthday party for DJ Clue alongside Kobe Bryant, but he flipped out when he showed up at the club and discovered police searching people as they entered the hot spot. Apparently they were checking for weapons so as to protect all the big-name ballers guzzling Cristal inside (NBA stars like Lamar Odom and Vince Carter).

Diddy rolled in with a six-person crew, and went into full nervous breakdown mode on the curb. “He went nuts,” revealed a blabbermouth spy, “saying, ‘Why are you disrespecting me like this? Why are you doing this to me?’”

When the mogul reached DJ Clue via text to ask him WTF, Clue informed him that he could only enter after being searched. Diddy bailed, perhaps scared of repeating history. Afterall, he had his share of gun drama back in 1999, when he faced possession charges after his entourage – including Jennifer Lopez – was involved in a nightclub shooting.  [NYP. Photo: FilmMagic]

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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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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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Diddy, Beyonce and Jay-Z: Inaugural Outfits

Look who we just spotted enjoying President Barack Obama‘s (!!!) inauguration! It’s Diddy, Beyonce, and a dude in a giant fur hat. Oh wait, that’s Jay-Z, sporting the first fashion faux pas of the Inauguration. We almost gave that title to Aretha Franklin‘s bow hat, but she rocked it too hard to deserve a diss, even if that bow almost did eat her head.

Also spotted: Oprah Winfrey, Adrien Grenier, Rachel Leigh Cook, Sting, Trudie Styler, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Anne Hathaway, the Bush twins, Malia and Sasha Obama, and of course our new President Obama and Vice President Biden with their wives Michelle and Jill! Pics below.  [Photo: Getty Images]

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