As amused as we are by the fact that some people were shocked when Australian gold medal winner Stephanie Rice posted an Instagram of herself looking super hot in a bikini (given to her by a designer for her birthday), we are even more tickled by the champion swimmer’s responses to people on Twitter.
“Would like to thank News Ltd for the publicity. For another chance to see me in ‘racy’ swimwear tune into the Olympics on Fox Sports,” the 24-year-old quipped on Monday. And when Australian radio and TV host Jason “Labby” Hawkins posted a photo of himself in a pair of trunks, Rice used the opportunity to poke fun at her own photography skills: “@labby_onair the flash needs to be more over ur face, obvi didn’t study the pic well enough.”
We’d like to take this opportunity to show the world what real racy photos of the Olympian look like. The girl won three golds in Beijing and currently holds the world record in 400m individual medley, so she kinda earned this body, wouldn’t you say?
[Photos: Getty Images, Instagram]
“Fire in the Telly #evacuationlife,” Rihanna wrote in an Instagram post this morning, accompanying a pic of a fire engine in front of the Corinthia Hotel in London. Another pic of herself curled up in a sweatshirt in the backseat of a car was captioned, “Roamin da streets since 6am! Fyah in da telly #evacuationlife.”
This all sounds like a very exciting turn of events for the other 300 or so guests at the hotel this morning. On the one hand, it really sucks to be forced to evacuate your hotel room in the wee hours — who among us hasn’t been forced to do this once? On the other hand, imagine you are on vacation and have no idea who else is staying in the posh hotel you’ve saved up for, and as you walk blearily down the stairs in your PJs and slippers, you see none other than a bleary Rihanna in her PJs and slippers. OK, we totally made this all up — maybe everyone had enough time to get dressed and maybe it was all rich and jaded guests for whom Rihanna sightings are nothing special. Just let us dream for a second, OK?
Writer/director/actor/producer Tyler Perry is uber-prolific and, yes, extremely successful in the risky biz of movie-making. We were surprised to hear that Madea’s Witness Protection is only his 14th movie. At its New York premiere, Perry attributed his fast pace to lack of traditional experience.
“I didn’t go into the business through the process that everyone else did; I don’t know how it’s done,” he told VH1 News. “The first time I was ever on [someone else's] set was on Alex Cross and Star Trek.”
After seeing Perry go up against a jacked-up Matthew Fox in the Alex Cross trailer that premiered last night, we can see how that set might seem a little bit different from his own dramedy fare. Stepping into Morgan Freeman’s shoes as the James Patterson character, Perry goes from quiet, whispered detective-talking to full-on gun-toting, criminal chasing and explosion-dodging. Consider us impressed.
Sometimes our jobs are very tough around here. We’re a little more than halfway through 2012, and as we very studiously looking back at all the year’s most newsworthy and RT-ready Twitpic’d, Instagram’d and Facebooked photos, we started to feel a little nostalgic. It seems that many famous people have stopped accidentally sharing naked photos of themselves this year. I mean, good for them for learning, but bad for us. Still, there was no shortage of controversial pics — many thanks to Rihanna, who doesn’t care what we think of that white powder or that possibly racist threat against Karrueche Tran. We had some headline-makers, like Miley Cyrus’ non-engagement ring and Leann Rimes’ “fun” shooting range photos. And there certainly were some steamy snaps — from Disney stars like Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale, usual suspects Coco and Kim Kardashian, and even newcomers to the scene like Paulina Gretzky. Not many guys got in on the action, but Usher is worth about a dozen regular men, right? Anyway, enough gabbing, let’s get on to the photos!
[Photos: Instagram, Twitter]
50 Cent was hospitalized for the second time in as many months last night — and thankfully, it’s not for any relapse into gangster life, or fan backlash for making that cheesy ad with Joan Rivers. The rapper/energy-drink mogul’s site ThisIs50.com reported early this morning that his SUV was rear-ended by a Mack truck on the Long Island Expressway on Monday night.
“He was put on a stretcher and taken to the nearest Queens hospital where they are currently running test on his neck and back,” the site reported, posting several pictures of 50 on a stretcher, the damage to his car and even giant dents in the truck. “His driver is also currently in the hospital as the SUV almost flipped over.”
XXLMag.com checked in with 50′s camp later this morning and learned that both Fif and his driver are fine and have been released from the hospital. Living in suburbia is dangerous these days!
True Blood fan confession time: When I got my copy of Entertainment Weekly a couple of weeks ago, and it turned out that of 11 possible covers, I got the Christopher Meloni one, I was bummed. Why would I some crusty old Vampire Authority guy from Law & Order: SVU when I could have had Joe Manganiello or Alexander Skarsgard? This is obviously because I’ve never really watched SVU, nor did I catch Meloni as the bisexual sociopathic murderer on Oz. Because now that we’ve gotten over the tedious politics and religion of his debut as Roman on last week’s episode and returned to what we love about True Blood (sex and violence), I am please to report that I totally get it.
It almost would have been enough to see Roman’s nuanced handling of Eric and Bill’s betrayal and pledge to find Russell Edgington, nor his sexy bossman order to Steve Newlin. But it was the fact it is basically impossible to imagine Salome (Valentina Servi) wanting to get it on with a third partner after seducing both Bill and Eric. Who could live up to such a task? But yet, as Roman started to strip off his perfectly tailored suit and undo his cufflinks, while talking passionately of his mainstreaming movement, it was easy enough to get the picture. This guy might even be able to go pec for pec up against Alcide. We screencapped his sexiest looks from the “Whatever I Am, You Made Me” episode — with bonus Andy and Eric butt shots, for good measure, in the gallery below.
For many people, June 25, 2009, was the day we lost a legend, Michael Jackson; for some of us, it was the beginning of a sleepless week gathering every bit of news we could about his life and tragic death. For Paris, Blanket and Prince Michael, it was, well, obvs, a lot worse. And in the past week, Paris reminded us as much, as she continued what she started three years ago (when she spoke about “the best daddy” at MJ’s memorial service): Making us love and admire her from afar. Seriously, this girl has some incredible poise. “RIP Michael Jackson .. Dad you will forever be in my heart
Tsk-tsk-ing kids these days:
We like this latest rumor, courtesy of the New York Daily News, way better than the ones flying around last month about Beyonce snubbing Kim Kardashian in London. After KK and Bey were spotted dancing together at Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne concert in Birmingham, England, on Thursday — and an eagle-eyed fan snapped the above pics posted on @BeyonceLite’s Twitter, we can tell things are much warmer between the two lovely ladies. The Daily News proposes this explanation of why we didn’t realize until now that the two are on quite friendly terms: Kim knows how much Beyonce and Jay value their privacy. Unlike Kardashian, whose very career relies on her penchant for oversharing.
“She’s hung with them a few times already, but she isn’t saying peep about them,” the source told the paper. “She’s not tweeting or taking pictures with [Beyonce] because she doesn’t want to seem desperate.”
When Minka Kelly walked into the VH1 offices earlier this year, we kinda thought there was a real-life Barbie making a special appearance on Big Morning Buzz Live. But no, it was the actress, who was promoting her work for the Heart Truth campaign, to raise awareness for heart disease. So, better than Barbie.
We’re sorry things didn’t work out for the actress’ short-lived series, Charlie’s Angels, last fall. Maybe we still couldn’t picture sweet Lyla Garrity — the girl who got Tim Riggins to go to church on Friday Night Lights, for heavens sake — as a tough crime fighter. That’s silly, though, because clearly Minka, who turns 32 today, is a grown lady, not a demure cheerleader. We bet she’ll have better luck convincing us she’s first lady material when she plays Jackie Kennedy in Lee Daniels’ The Butler next year. In the meantime, let’s all celebrate her b-day with her 20 hottest looks.
[Photos: Esquire, Getty Images]
Like Keira Knightley, Steve Carell did a lot of thinking about his own hypothetical reaction to the apocalypse while making Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. But we almost stumped him when we asked what the first thing he’d stop doing if there were only three weeks left for mankind.
“I don’t know why the first thing I thought of was brushing my teeth, but that’s just disgusting!” he told VH1. “I don’t know what’s the point of stopping [that]. You know, you can’t worry about cavities, but I would definitely keep up hygiene.”