We’re getting really excited for the summer Olympics around here, guys. And today’s number one reason? Ryan Lochte. Today, Lochte qualified fastest in the 200-meter freestyle prelims at 1:48:14. He’s the world champion in the event, FYI, after beating Michael Phelps for the title last year in Shanghai. Lochte also beat Phelps in their first final at the Olympic trials on Monday when he won the 400 individual medley on Monday. You know how else the gold-medalist is beating Phelps? In the eye candy department.
Lochte, 27, is from Daytona Beach, Florida and majored in sculpting his abs and perfecting his tan — er, we mean sports management, at the University of Florida. He came home from Beijing in 2008 with three gold medals, two silver and one bronze. And in 2009, he managed to become the first swimmer to set a world record since the ban on performance enhancing suits. So he’s got more than just fantastic bone structure and a perfectly chiseled torso.
Since the championships, he’s been training for the Olympics with Coach DeLancey who praised Lochte in Men’s Health in its July/August issue: “I’ve worked with some tough athletes. There’s none tougher than Ryan. He’s not afraid to throw up.” Ew. But we totally admire his need to achieve!
“Pain, tolerance, endurance — when it comes down to that point, there’s always something left,” Lochte says. “You just have to find it.”
We’ll leave the pain and vomiting to Ryan. We’re all about pleasure here, which you will find as you check out these 20 drool-worthy photos:
All eyes were on John Travolta and Kelly Preston at Monday’s premiere of Savages in Los Angeles, but not just for the reasons you’d think. Sure it was their first public appearance as a couple since the latest round of massage lawsuits against the actor, but Travolta and his wife of 21 years, seemed to want to change the story entirely by giving us a big PDA show.
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The latest allegations against him seem to have taken curiosity about Travolta’s sex life to new levels. Here’s a little recap of the scandals that have followed the actor since May: Two unnamed masseurs charged him with sexual harassment and battery. Though these two men have since asked to dismiss their cases after holes became apparent in their claims, both have hired attorney Gloria Allred. And now other accusers have come forth, including Fabian Zanzi, a Royal Caribbean cruise steward who also contends Travolta asked and received an inappropriate neck message from him. Robert Randolph, the author of You’ll Never Spa in This Town Again is also suing Travolta for supposedly trying to discredit him as an author. Randolph argues that Travolta and his lawyer, Marty Singer, slandered him in attempts to undercut his book’s claims that Travolta was a gay spa frequenter who hooked up with other male spa visitors.
So, yeah, maybe it’s a good idea for Travolta to stay closer to Preston and away from cozy spa robes.
Lindsay Lohan, we don’t know what to say at this point. Do you not have friends? Or an agent who helps you make decisions? Are you just around Terry Richardson so much that he can make it seem like a good idea to pose with a gun in your mouth? And you had to do it now, when you’re shooting Liz & Dick and haven’t yet been charged for slamming your Porsche into the back of that semi. You couldn’t just let things be sort of good for a while? No, you just had to make us picture Elizabeth Taylor with a gun to her head. Pull it together, Lohan!
Uncle Terry has already taken down the photos, which he had posted to Terry’s Diary, but since that’s not how Tumblr works, Lindsay’s gun photos are now a permanent part of the internet. Now, we know that Lilo has posed for scandalous photos before; remember those “blood soaked” Tyler Shields pics? Call us prudes, but having a gun pointed at her skull just makes this so much worse. Are you afraid of success, Lindsay? Is that it? We never thought we’d say it, but this whole thing makes us nostalgic for all your Terry Richardson nip slip photos, girl. A nip slip never hurt anyone!
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!
We saw a few photos of Jennie Garth this week looking really good for someone who’s currently going through a divorce — maybe a little too good around the eyes, if you know what we mean. Of course, that made us wonder how the rest of the original flavor Beverly Hills, 90210 gang is doing these days. They’ve certainly gone through a lot of changes since the first episode of aired in October 1990. Some, like Garth and Shannen Doherty, went on to have other successful series on TV (What I Like About You and Charmed, respectively). Others, like Luke Perry and Jason Priestley, didn’t exactly see their careers take off like we expected. Gabrielle Carteris and Tori Spelling have had a good run as moms, both on and off the air. And we’re still waiting to see when Brian Austin Green and wife Megan Fox will announce her bun in the oven. Regardless of where their careers are these days (where is it, Ian Ziering?), we are pleased to report that most of the former residents of that famed zip code are still looking their sunny, attractive selves. And since we began writing this post, that guitar riff has not left our heads, so we’ll always have that. Anyway, check out this gallery of the kids from Beverly Hills High School both back in the day and now.
After seeing her hanging out in London following her performance for BBC Radio’s One Hackney Weekend, it has come to our attention that the more dressed down Rihanna gets, the more we love her. Don’t get us wrong; we love when RiRi gets glam, like the hotness she brought to the MET gala. And of course we love a hyper-stylized pop star like Katy Perry or Lady Gaga as much as the next person. Frankly, however…we love a pop star who shuffles around in giant t-shirts, sweatpants and no makeup even more. It’s like the less Rihanna cares about what people think of her, the hotter she gets. Her flaws make her flawless, is basically what we’re saying. Does that make sense? We love you, RiRi? Who else would pair a sheer top with construction boots? Take a look at our favorite Rihanna I-Don’t-Give-An-Eff looks and see if you can possibly, possibly disagree with us:
So, Jenny McCarthy hasn’t aged in the last 20 years, right? That’s what we’re getting from Jenny McCarthy’s new Playboy cover, which has the Love in The Wild host posing as nude as the day she was born, or at least nude as the day she first posed for Playboy back in 1993. After her initial spread killed, Jenny went on to become a Playmate of the Year, as well as pose approximately 1,000 more times for the magazine. So…can Jenny McCarthy just pose every 5 or 10 years for the rest of her life? We as a society are ready for it. So ready.
“I’m really proud of it,” McCarthy told People about her fishnet-begloved August 2012 cover. “The pictures are really gorgeous and classy. They could be out of W magazine. They’re really elegant. It’s probably a lot more sophisticated than a lot of the stuff you’d see of people with their clothes on.” You know what else is surprisingly classy? All of Jenny’s previous Playboy covers. No, seriously, take a look! Personally we think McCarthy is the most jaw-dropping in her most recent photo (Photoshop skills notwithstanding), but take a look at her previous covers and let us know: which of Jenny’s Playboy covers is the smoking-est?
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.
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.
Oh come on! We knew we were never going to own bikinis like Kate Upton does, but now she has to take one-piece swimsuits too? People had almost forgotten the legacy of Pam Anderson, and now Kate’s busting out a red one-piece in Vogue Spain. Couldn’t you have stuck with those terrifyingly small bikini bottoms you were rocking for awhile, girl? Soon everyone else is going to have to start wearing those old-timey striped swimsuits with built-in shorts from the 1920s to avoid comparison. Why did we type that? Now Kate knows what she has to look good in next!
Of course, as “la novia nueva de America,” Kate’s Vogue Spain shoot is only one of approximately one billion photoshoots we’ve seen so far this summer where the Sports Illustrated model has demonstrated her complete mastery of the swimsuit. There’s her patriotic GQ spread, there are those Terry Richardson photos that somehow manage to look way too wholesome to be shot by Terry Richardson, there’s her own bathing suit line. What other swimware could Kate possibly dominate next? Oh no…if she makes wearing a giant Tweetie Bird t-shirt she won at Six Flags over a bathing suit sexy, so help us god…