by (@JordanRuntagh)

Is The Internet Getting Tired Of Rihanna Bikini Photos? We’ll Wager No

So, we hear you’re in the market for new Rihanna bikini photos? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We just got the new July 28 edition in, and they are a major upgrade. MUCH higher resolution than the last model, and a smaller bikini! This set shows the singer in the midst of her never-ending chartered yacht vacation off the coast of Portofino, Italy. She and her friends snorkeled in the sea to catch a glimpse of the glorious underwater grottos…or to find a pair of sunglasses someone dropped overboard. We’re not sure which.

We’ll admit, there are a few drawbacks to these spectacular photos. They do come after rumors that RiRi has been using this Mediterranean excursion to rekindle the old flame with her infamous ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. And also, the Rude Girl apparently broke her toe during a brief stint as a guest bartender after dropping a bottle! But despite these two glitches, the photos are pretty solid. So why not head on down to the gallery below and take ‘em for a test drive?

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[Photo: Splash News Online]

by (@shalapitcher)

Ryan Lochte And Michael Phelps Are Today’s Olympians To Watch, But Please Do Not Make Us Choose Between Them

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte

As much as we love the Olympics, don’t worry, VH1 Celebrity is not going to go into the sports-writing business. So if you’re looking for a place to find out whether Ryan Lochte or Michael Phelps is going to win more races today, this is not it. We know they are swimming a lot today. Here’s the schedule. And now onto the things we know how to write about: How delicious these 27-year-old friends and rivals are, and what is interesting about their lives outside of the pool.

Are they single?
Rumor has it that Ryan’s got his eye on Australian swimmer Blair Evans. Last year, Michael broke up with former Miss California Nicole Johnson.

How hot are they?
Ryan Lochte in Vogue and Michael Phelps in Details
Sorry that was a gratuitous question so we could share this Vogue cover and Details spread.
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The 25 Most Insane Photos From The Olympics Opening Ceremonies

Here in Los Angeles I’m waiting to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on TV in a few hours. But over in London it sure looks like they’re having a supercalifragilicious expialadocious good time. Chimney sweeps! Ravers! Children jumping on beds! Giant Voldemort-like puppets ready to eat you alive! It’s like Harry Potter and Mary Poppins met up with The Clash for the world’s weirdest acid trip. Here’s 25 of the most insane Opening Cermonies moments so far. USA! USA!

(And check out the 50 Hottest Olympians Blazing London This Summer, too!)

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by (@shalapitcher)

Lady Gaga-Lindsay Lohan Friendship Has Us A Little Worried (And Is LiLo To Blame For That Nude Pic?)

Lindsay Lohan, Ellen Von Unwerth and Lady Gaga

Earlier this month, we heard stories about Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey striking up a friendship and having a little slumber party at the Chateau Marmont in L.A. We kind of shrugged it off as one of those fever dreams we have after writing too many blog posts. Also, they were reportedly just playing board games and watching old movies, so we really didn’t believe it. But yesterday, Gaga posted pics from their ladies’ night on her LittleMonsters.com site.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Beyonce Wins The 2012 VH1 Celebrity Bikini Awards!

Beyonce wins the VH1 Celebrity Bikini Awards

Wow, guys. We knew the Bikini Awards were hot, but we were not expecting this level of heat in the final faceoff! After a whopping 108,432 votes, you have declared Beyonce this year’s winner. It was a close call, though, as followers of Italian model Claudia Romani often gave her the lead in the past few days, with Claudia herself often tweeting encouragement to her fans (not to mention sending us photo after photo of herself!). In the end, she lost by a margin of 53 to 47 percent. Still, if enthusiasm for Claudia on this site is any indication, there are big things to come for her!

During the last round, many Bey fans began requesting a different set of bikini pics of the bootylicious beauty. We’d been keeping the competition down to the most current photos available. But now that she’s taken the gold, we’ll give the public what they demand: Beyonce’s 2007 Sports Illustrated cover and other pics from the past five years. So congrats on all your hard work, Bey Hive. Now you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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[Photos: Sports Illustrated, Tumblr]

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The 50 Hottest Olympians Blazing London This Summer

The 50 Hottest 2012 Summer OlympiansThe 2012 Summer Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones who are going to need to hit the showers after competition, we’re going to need a cool down too! Olympians are bringing the heat to this summer’s games in London with scorching hot bods and impeccable bone structure to boot. And let us just say, we are damn proud to be Americans. So many of our top sexiest athletes hail from these United States. We clearly have an obsession with Ryan Lochte and don’t worry, he’s in there, but Michael Phelps,  Andy Roddick, Hope Solo, Lolo Jones also make an appearance along with plenty of their fellow Team USA competitors that we can’t get enough of. And of course, what would the Olympic games be without sportsmanship? We also mixed in plenty of foreign flavor from Spain, Brazil, Norway and Switzerland amongst so many others. It’s taking everything we’ve got not to book our flights to London while simultaneously writing this post. All hail the hotties sprinting, jumping, dunking, swimming, kicking, rowing, serving, and working their spectacular butts off. Viewers, you are going to need a towel and a glass of water for this one…

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Related: The Top 10 Most Inspirational Olympic Moments Of All Time
Olympics Opening Ceremonies: The 25 Best/Worst/Nuttiest Costumes Since 1908

[Photos: Getty Images]

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We Celebrate Sandra Bullock’s 48th Birthday By Remembering Some Of Her Most Winning Moments

Sandra Bullock turns 48Age seems to suit Sandra Bullock quit well. As she celebrates her 48th birthday today, her life appears as exciting and happy as ever. Not only does she have an impressive acting career, but her body is hotter than most 20-year-old’s. (Seriously, check out her flat tummy and sculpted arms). Most important, she rings in her 48th b-day in the good company of her adorable son, Louis, whom she adopted in January 2010. We gotta say, things have been really shaping up for Sandra Bullock.

As one of the richest female celebrities in the world, Sandra has left quite a mark. She first grabbed our attention with notable roles in Speed and While You Were Sleeping. Taking home the 2010 Academy Award for Best Actress, for her entertaining and poignant acting job playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side, Bullock continually proves that she is here to stay. While her ambition and funny girl attitude has evidently earned her respect and praise in the film industry, Sandra’s career hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies. Rather, she did warm up her Oscar speech with an acceptance of a worst-actress Razzie for her part in the Rom-Com disaster All About Steve.  Her involvement in movies like The Lake House, Premonition, and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous also did not receive the best criticism. (Let’s be honest: We were totally into her makeover in Miss Congeniality, but it was oh so unnecessary to create a sequel). Her personal life has similarly encountered a few bumps. Bullock’s marriage to motorcycle builder gone reality-TV star Jesse James certainly did not end as a fairytale romance. After being cheated on and dealing with a messy divorce, Bullock hit a depressing low, saying, “I was perfectly content to be permanently broken.” Thankfully, Sandra has gotten back on the horse, and we are pretty sure she is in a more “awesome” place than Jesse James.

In celebration of her 48th birthday, we have put together a selection of some of Sandy’s most winning moments over the years.  Let’s not forget that long before Louis became the main man of her life, Sandra was linked to hotties like Ryan Gosling, Tate Donovan and Matthew McConaughey. Get it, girl! Take a look at her most amusing and striking images. We hope that as Sandra gets older, she continues to keep it just as real. 

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[Photo: Getty Images]

by (@shalapitcher)

Alexa Vega Went From Spy Kid To Sexpot And We Just Now Noticed (Thanks, Instagram!)

Alexa Vega in 2001 and 2012

For our own mental health here at VH1 Celebrity, for every Macaulay Culkin and Lindsay Lohan, we like to celebrate an Anna Chlumsky and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. So when the Internet started freaking out this week over Alexa Vega’s super hot Instagram pics, it was just what the therapist ordered. The cutie from Spy Kids is all grown up, gorgeous and still has a career that’s going strong!

The fervor started over a photo she shared back in June, showing a sneak peek of her in character as Killjoy for Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming Machete Kills (which stars fellow sexpots Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez and Vanessa Hudgens). Is it a little creepy that the same guy who directed Alexa as a little girl in the Spy Kids flicks is now putting her in bejeweled bra tops? Hmmm, jury’s still out. Anyway, the 23-year-old actress’ Twitter and Instagram reveals just how much fun she’s been having since divorcing Sean Covel, her husband of two years, last month. She’s been traveling the country, shooting a video for Aerosmith’s “Legendary Child,” guest-starring in Royal Pains and, naturally, reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Oooh, should the natural brunette be another choice for Ana Steele? Flip through these pics of her as an adorable child star, and a curvy lady, and tell us what you think!

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[Photos: Getty Images, Instagram]

Related: Aerosmith’s 9 Most Legendary Video Heroines

by (@hallekiefer)

The Top 10 Most Inspirational Olympic Moments Of All Time

The Olympics are upon us once again! Time to stop by Costco for an entire pallet of Kleenex! If you’re like us, you enjoy watching the Games as much for the stories of human triumph as for the actual sports-joyment of it. While there have been dozens, if not thousands, of tear-jerking, heartwarming, faith-in-humanity-restoring Olympic memories, we present to you (in no particular order) our Top 10 Most Inspirational Olympic Moments of All Time. So feel free to get a little weepy. That’s what those 800 boxes of tissue are for.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Olympics Opening Ceremonies: The 25 Best/Worst/Nuttiest Costumes Since 1908

Olympics Opening Ceremonies costumes 1908 to the present

For some, the Olympics Opening Ceremony (this Friday night!) is space filler until we get to the real action. For others its a chance to see a giant variety show performed for the world. Personally, we like it because it’s a fantastic geography lesson. There are always countries we didn’t even know about, strutting through the arena in amazing traditional costumes — or not. Yeah, the uniforms chosen for opening night are really hit or miss — sometimes beautiful fashion statements, sometimes spectacular fails, sometimes just boring and formal. And as we looked through the archives of photos going back to the 1908 Olympics, also in London, we realized this has always been so.

Some countries, like France, Switzerland and Sweden, manage to clothe their athletes in stylish formalwear. Others, like the U.S. and the U.K., can’t seem to decide whether to put their teams in blazers or track suits. We like when smaller delegations from countries like Mongolia and Mauritania go for traditional costumes, taking advantage of this world stage to show off their unique cultures. But it’s unfortunate when others, like Hungary, Poland, Russia and Australia, try to get a bit too creative when putting their own spin on the uniforms. Take a look at our 25 favorite examples in the gallery below:

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By the way, we think the Ralph Lauren-designed blue-blazer-and-white-pants/skirt combo for 2012′s Team USA will look good on the whole team — but what exactly do they say about our country? “Never mind the recession; we will always have yacht clubs!” Anyway, we can’t wait for Friday!

[Photos: Getty Images]