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Shall We Dance?

Dispatches for the 10-day celebration of snow, sun, stars and swag at the Sundance Film Festival

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At the Entertainment Weekly/Hewlett Packard party at The Shop, Michelle Rodriguez was on the prowl for pretty young things to star in films for her new production company. A crew of unlikely celebrities, all of whom have films at the festival — Metallica’s Lars Ullrich and girlfriend Connie Nielsen, Jenny McCarthy, Phillip Bloch and Emilie de Ravin — mingled with a black fur-clad Kimberly Guilfoyle (and her Court TV and San Francisco social pals). The action paled in comparison to the Motorola Late Night Lodge affair. Anyone who is anyone at Sundance — Adrien Brody, Billy Baldwin, Jared Leto, “It” boy Joseph Gordon-Levitt —as well as a few well-bred names who just came to play in the snow — Jay Penske, Will Kopelman, Bijou Phillips, Chris Heinz, Rashida Jones, and the Hilton sisters — partied until a fire alarm went off at 2:30 a.m., forcing everyone home two-and-a-half hours early. Still, Paris Hilton was in no hurry to evacuate. As the alarm blared, the heiress whipped out her compact and started powdering her nose.

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On Sunday, all anyone could talk about was Craig Brewer’s hip-hop pimp drama, “Hustle and Flow,” which sold in a $16 million deal with Paramount Studios/MTV Films. Costarring with Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning is rapper Ludacris, who stopped by the swankiest rental in town, the 9,000-square-foot William Morris Luxury Lodge high in the mountains, to pick up his swag from Rescue Hand and Foot Spa and Lucky Brand Jeans. “I only wear a 38 jean and an XXXL shirt,” the diminutive star told flacks. So he passed on the too-small denims and skivvies from Cosabella.

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