Last night, the Olympics reminded us that gymnasts are as close to superhuman as athletes get. Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Koko Tsurumi (Japan), Gabriela Dragoi (Romania), and Anna Pavlova (Russia) continuously defied both gravity and mortality as their heads came within inches of smacking the beam. While you’d assume the images after the jump precede a crash, nine out of 10 (the exception being when Tsurumi fell) were seconds before a solid landing. Prepare to be awed. [Photos: Getty Images]
Ever wonder why Ice Cube, once AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, has been getting hit in the nuts by children in movies like Are We Done Yet? and The Longshots? “Being in the industry for over twenty years, I’ve realized that my true fan base has kids – just like me. I needed to make a connection to the next generation and hopefully keep some continuity in these households and sustain my career.” Career-sustaining? Maybe. But judging from recent lyrics, there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of “continuity” between his movies and music. Uncle Cube might urge Keke Palmer to believe in herself when The Longshots comes out Friday, but on wax it’s still about “I know you full of liquor, put it on my zipper.”
When Leryn Franco glided into the Beijing National Stadium during the Olympic Opening Ceremony, the world’s collective head turned and its collective jaw dropped. No one knew the identity of the phenomenally beautiful athlete, and so the media went into overdrive to find out. Turns out that Leryn Franco is a 26-year-old Paraguayan javelin thrower, and (no duh!) a model. A runner-up in the 2006 Miss Paraguay competition, Leryn supposedly uses modeling to help subsidize her althletic endeavors. She was also in the 2004 Olympics.
Yesterday, Leryn finished second-to-last in the javelin qualifying round with a throw that was 12 meters short of her personal best. This makes her the Most Talked About Olympic Athlete Who Failed To Qualify For An Event.
P.S. As evidenced by the photos below, we clearly messed up by not including Leryn in our Top 10 Hottest Hotties of the 2008 Olympics.
[Top photo: Splash News Online and Getty Images]
Will Avril Lavigne get to sex up Malaysia? On Thursday concert organizers will meet with ministry officials, who decided the planned date for her performance (August 29th) was too close the country’s independence day. Earlier, politicians complained that Lavigne’s act was “too sexy,” what with all the bare armpits and hopping. Artists like Beyonce and Christina Aguilera have avoided Malaysia on recent Asian tours, possibly due to fines the Pussycat Dolls had to pay after breaking decency codes (Gwen Stefani was also forced to wear less revealing clothing). The Pussycat Dolls are one thing, but Avril Lavigne? Are they worried the kids will get into eyeliner? [Malaysia Star]
Israeli model Bar Refaeli has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Maxim and Elle, but most likely the work that you’re most familiar with is her role as Leonardo DiCaprio‘s girlfriend. This fall, though, her profile will get a boost as she becomes the face of sport brand Hurley International. The campaign, shot in Brazil, “illustrates a theme of a young woman’s journey and discovery,” which sounds a lot like the plot to Seinfeld’s favorite movie “Rochelle, Rochelle”, but we’re betting it will be a smidge hotter.
She’ll be wearing the brand’s bikinis, sheer Ts and denim shorts from the Spring 2009 line and will appear in their runway shows as well. Says Hurley exec Lyndsey Roach: “Anyone can hire a model. We wanted to do something different. She lives this lifestyle,” which only rubs it in our faces that not only does she have Leo as a boyfriend (though they’ve allegedly been on and off), but she is a professional beach-going skinny bitch who gets free clothes.
After the jump, watch a clip of Bar Refaeli modeling.
[Photo: Splash News Online]
Octagenarian Hugh Hefner lives by his own rules – case in point, his cohabitation with and subsequent ranking of his many Girlfriends. To become a Girlfriend, so the legend goes, he will offer his favorite Playmates a special, not-available-in-stores bunny necklace. In her new film The House Bunny, Anna Faris portrays one of Hef’s girlfriends and snags a necklace, only to be kicked out of the mansion.
Hugh was so entertained by the film that he allowed Anna to keep the necklace she wore on-screen and made her an honorary member of his “family”. “They were kind enough to give me a few of the Playboy bunny necklaces that I wear in the film. I mean, they’re not that expensive but it means a lot,” said Faris. The House Bunny opens on Friday. Hefner appears in the movie, as do his current girlfriends Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. [Photo: FilmMagic]
Tom Cruise is pulling a Robert Downey Jr. in an attempt to revitalize his career (may we remind you of his antics?) by starring in DC Comics’ Sleeper for Warner Bros. Let’s hope for Tom producer Sam Raimi can work his magic like he did with the Spiderman trilogy. But we have a feeling that Cruise will seem even crazier in a Lycra bodysuit.
Sleeper, which ran from 2003-05, centers on an operative whose fusion with an alien artifact makes him impervious to pain and allows him to pass it on to others through skin contact.
The whole family could get involved, Katie could play his love interest Miss Misery and Suri could play the alien (that was too easy). Poor little Suri is always typecast, but the girl has her strengths.
LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, died yesterday at a hospital in Hollywood from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. The 46-year-old sax blower suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs. Moore had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program. The talented musician will be missed.
The strung-out singer arose from her stupor long enough to record a song, and it samples “The Wizard of Oz”! [NME]
Christina Aguilera has a new perfume. Take a whiff. [BWE.tv]
Jon Voight responds to Roseanne‘s “Angelina Jolie Is Evil” rant. [Just Jared]
Chris Kattan‘s marriage — all two months of it — is on the rocks. [Seriously? OMG]
John Edwards changed his relationship status on Facebook. [College Humor]
Spencer Pratt is the worst boyfriend on television ever. [Defamer]
Jackie Warner‘s girlfriend Mimi Saraiva ate more than cake for Jackie’s birthday party in Los Angeles last night. The personal trainer and star of Bravo’s Work Out celebrated her 40th.
[Photos: INF Photos]