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Fugs and Pieces, January 29th, 2016

Guess what’s happening this weekend? Hollywood’s most self-congratulatory awards show, the SAGs! It’s on a Saturday (I don’t know), so we’ll have the highlights on Sunday, if you’re bored this weekend. Otherwise, Monday will be an overload of coverage! Until then:

– Yay! Barbie is no longer one-size-fits-all. (Pajiba)

– Two of our favorite things meet in SCHUYLER SISTERS COCKTAILS, from the brilliant mind that brought you Hamiltines. (Good. Food. Stories.)

– Another yay: Tyra Banks and her boyfriend have welcomed a baby! MAZEL, TYTY BABY. (Lainey)

– Jada Yuan at Vulture talks to Nate Parker about The Birth of a Nation. (You may remember him from being hot and sensitive in Beyond The Lights; he quit acting to make this film,  which he’d been working on for seven years, and which sold for the most amount of money Sundance has ever seen.) It’s a really good interview.

Gina Rodriguez is dating Ben Schwartz? I bet those two throw a very entertaining dinner party. (Celebitchy)

– The A.V. Club wonders, Why is House Hunters so damn popular?

– Let’s read all about 18th century riding habits! (All Things Georgian)

– Swimming World runs down four of the Olympics’ greatest relay races, with video, which I think you will enjoy.

– Did you read Aliza Licht’s great book Leave Your Mark? You definitely remember her from her stint as DKNY PR Girl, on Twitter. She has a new newsletter, called Blackboard, and it’s excellent.

– Thank you, Awesomely Luvvie, for bringing this photo of Michael B Jordan and the men in his family to the attention of the world. SPOILER: His whole family is really really REALLY good-looking.

– OMG DON’T DO THIS: Lady Hertford jazzed up her dining room with bird pictures cut from what is now said to be the world’s most expensive book. (Although, honestly, the wallpaper looks AMAZING.) (The Telegraph)

– A Cup of Jo brings us AN ODE TO STRIPES.

– And Racked profiles “the jewelry queen of Texas.”

– Let’s look at all these hot new photos of David Beckham. (Refinery29)

– Finally, Heather and I picked 20 of our favorite Rihanna red carpet looks, over at Cosmo.


Fugs and Pieces, January 15th, 2016

What a week. Dial it back, 2016.

– Emma Thompson wrote a lovely tribute to her friend Alan Rickman. (Vanity Fair)

– And EW compiled a Life In Pictures.

– Speaking of wonderful Brits we lost this week, seemingly out of nowhere, this piece in The Telegraph about, and I quote, “how David Bowie turned his own death into a piece of art after keeping terminal cancer a secret,” is astonishing.

– And Jemaine Clement wrote an essay about Bowie, and specifically, about his love for Bowie, and impersonating Bowie for Flight of the Conchords.

– And T did a great piece about his style.

– At Lainey, here’s your Weekly Michael B Jordan. His dimples will make you feel better!

– Oh, man. These Hamilton storyboards are amazing. People are so creative. Doesn’t it make you feel better about the world to know that? It does me. (Third Child Art)

– On the Hamilton tip, Vulture has been doing GREAT stuff this week in honor of A dot Ham’s birthday, including this round-table discussion with the cast.

– The New Potato asks, What TV Character Do You Channel?

– The Toast is TOTALLY CORRECT that Heidi is primarily a book about cheese.

– At Celebitchy, in case you didn’t know this, DanRad is REALLY REALLY fit right now. HOLY GOD.

– At Racked, this is a really interesting read about Etsy psychics.

– Apparently, they’re rebooting Anne of Green Gables, and Sarah Mesle at Avidly has CONCERNS.

This dude got Sir Mix-a-Lot’s old mobile number. Hilarity ensued. (Seattle Times)

– Over at Pajiba, in case you want to feel old: 16 Movies That Are Old Enough to Drive This Year.

People StyleWatch rounded up all the best lipsticks of the Globes! Thank you!

– And Kirsten Dunst’s glam squad went through her entire routine for Into The Gloss.

– Fashionista brings us “costume secrets” from a variety of returning TV shows, including Fug Faves like Downton Abbey and Agent Carter.

– And, finally, if you haven’t seen Adele do Carpool Karaoke with James Corden yet, you should. I literally both laughed and cried:


Fugs and Pieces, January 8th, 2016

Happy New Year, Fug Nation! Guess what’s on Sunday? The Golden freaking Globes. Please join us on Twitter to live-tweet the red carpet, and, of course, here on GFY for full and complete coverage. (Don’t worry; The Downton recap will still go up in a timely fashion.)

– In honor of, over at The Decider, Joe Reid runs down some of the Globes’s best OMG moments.

– I love The Toast: The Order In Which I Would Have Murdered the “And Then There Were None” Guests (this is tied to the recent BBC adaptation thereof, so if you haven’t read the book and don’t want to know what happens, caveat emptor.)

– Also great at The Toast: What Goes Through Your Mind: On Nice Parties and Casual Racism

– I linked to this earlier in the week, but if you haven’t read it, you must: Ryan Coogler on ‘Creed,’ Filmmaking as Journalism and the Need for Female Voices (Variety)

– This was a VERY interesting post on Lainey about Katie Holmes, post-Cruise.

The AstroTwins, who I love, give us our yearly horoscope at The New Potato. Apparently, my big fat mouth is going to get me in big trouble this year. That seems…possible.

– This was from over the break, but too good to miss, at the New York Times: The Real Housewife of New York (Who Happens to Be a Poker Star)

– Also at the NYT, these interviews with people lunching at the Four Seasons — about their outfits — are great.

– The V&A would like you to design a wig.

– This is great, at Gizmodo: Young People Used These Absurd Little Cards to Get Laid in the 19th Century

– At Elle, this is moving and chilling and very good: I Confronted the Doctor Who Missed My Cancer

– Medievalists.net ask…Which Marauding Barbarian Horde Are You? (I am a Mongol, under Genghis Khan, which I feel like is a very prestigious horde.)

– At The Frisky: Victory! Rey Will Be Added To The Star Wars Monopoly Game. I CANNOT BELIEVE SHE WASN’T IN THERE TO BEGIN WITH.

– Our friend Amina Akhtar wrote a great piece for Refinery29 this week: It Took My Mom’s Illness To Wake Me Up From My Fashion-Girl Dream

– Over at Pajiba, did you know that Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are having a baby?

Did we know that GOOP had a new cookbook coming out? (I shall buy it. Say what you will about Gwyneth, the green goddess dressing in It’s All Good is MY JAM.) (Lainey)

– Here’s your weekly Hiddleston. (Celebitchy)

– At Cosmo: 31 Crazy-Strict Uniform and Grooming Standards Flight Attendants Have to Deal With. They are SPECIFIC.

– Over at The Hollywood Gossip, I must admit I TOO wondered if Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are back together. She denies it…BUT THEY DENIED THEIR ENTIRE RELATIONSHIP. I am really ‘shipping this and I don’t even know why.

– And, finally: 10 Objects Around Your House That Are Actually Just Tilda Swinton Getting Lost in a Role.


Fugs and Pieces, December 22nd, 2015

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE, and welcome to the final Fugs and Pieces of the year! We are beginning end-of-year coverage tomorrow — we’ve got loads of stuff coming your way, so definitely check in over the holiday — and we will be back with regular coverage on January 4th, 2016.  (No Royals Round-Up this week, but I will, as always, cover the Annual Sandringham Christmas Hand-Holding, and we’ve got plenty of royal retrospectives set for the next couple of weeks, never fear.) As we come to the close of a very exciting year for Heather and me, I’d just like to take this moment to thank you all for being such a wonderful community. Your support of us, of GFY, and of The Royal We has been tremendous and we are so grateful. Getting to meet you guys at book signings over the past year was a highlight, and getting to spend time with you in this space every day is a privilege.  Thanks for being here, and here’s to a happy and healthy new year for us all!

– Look inside this AMAZING abandoned subway station! (Hyperallergic)

– Ooooh, some of you are not going to like this story from Lainey: Tom Hardy is an asshole. She does NOT pull punches here.

– Oh, hell yes: 20 Things You Desperately Need To Know About Mariah’s Hallmark Movie  This is great. To wit: “Once Kristin makes it to her free house, she finds a gift basket from Aunt Sarah that introduces the actual second lead in the movie: Folgers Classic Roast. Hallmark has begun to incorporate products into these films, you see, and while I haven’t seen the contracts, I assume they are for more sweet dough than you get in 20 batches of snickerdoodles, because the lingering product beauty shots are legitimately audacious. Like, Aunt Sarah has built this gift basket around a giant canister of Folgers Classic Roast shown in close-up, and later in the movie, while conversing with her love interest, Kristin will pour two mugs of coffee and return to her kitchen table while the camera ignores her and zooms in for a beauty shot of the canister of Folgers Classic Roast. It’s always possible that these are freely made artistic choices, in which the headline news coming out of this movie is Mariah Carey Really Has Quite A Thing For Affordable Supermarket Coffee.” (Monkey See)

– At Vanity Fair: 24 Delightful Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cameos You Might Have Missed. (Spoilers, obviously)

– From our friends at The Toast: Unnecessary Digs At Servants In Classic Vampire Novels

I didn’t know that Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender were dating. Where have I been? (Celebitchy)

– Bless you, Pajiba: Christmas Movie Drinking Games to Get You Through the Holidays

You guys are going to love this Hamilton cocktail! Casey at Good. Food. Stories. knows her stuff — both in terms of booze, and Hamilton, and Hamilton.

– Also for your cocktail needs: Frozen Candy Cane Cocktails, at The Chic Site.

– Good stuff, from Atlas Obscura: The Poisonous Beauty Advice Columns of Victorian England

– Related? At Refinery29: The Best Beauty Products From 2015 — According To Pros. I LOVE Best Of lists.

– Even more specifically, Into The Gloss ranks the best sheet masks.

– At Bon Appetit, this was a good read: Why “Desperation Pies” Are Making a Comeback. I also LOVE weird American food. I want to make that Ritz crackers pie.

– Over at Collector’s Weekly, ooooooh, rare books!

– Did you hear??!?! James Franco Is Remaking Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? for Lifetime. I think I speak for all of us when I say: !!!!!

And, finally, it’s not officially the holidays until we all watch the feathered hair and heart-wrenching betrayal so perfectly packaged for us all in that seasonal masterpiece, “Last Christmas,” by Wham!

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Fugs and Pieces, December 18th, 2015

Fug Nation: Christmas is a week from today. If you celebrate, you better start your list making! (I AM SO BEHIND!) While you procrastinate on that, though, please enjoy the following:

– Lainey is, of course, all over the current Josh Jackson/Diane Kruger drama.

GQ has compiled all of their Star Wars coverage throughout the years and it is pretty rad. Billy Dee Williams finger paints!

– On that topic, at Gizmodo: Star Wars Merchandising Is Even More Absurd Outside the US

– This is so wrong and so, so funny, at Pajiba: A Serious Discussion of Which Original Trilogy ‘Star Wars’ Character Is Best In Bed. “Rebecca: I mean, Lando owns a damn city. He has that sweet space cape. You know as soon as he joined the Rebel Alliance people were jumping all over him. You wouldn’t expect him to stick around the next morning, necessarily.”

– I love this British meteorologist who worked a LOT of Star Wars references into her forecast yesterday morning, all very straight-faced. (The Hollywood Gossip)

– And finally, if you haven’t seen Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and the Star Wars cast sing various songs from Star Wars…just do yourself a favor. It’s even better than it sounds.

Can I interest you in Shirtless Sam Heughan? Thought so. (Celebitchy)

– At The Toast: Please Recommend Your Favorite Trashy Memoirs

– Let’s eyeball some 18th century shoes! (All Things Georgian)

– I really enjoyed this piece about the Ava DuVernay Barbie at Afrobella.

– This is a very moving essay about infertility and baseball, at Hazlitt: The Year in Coming Close.

– At Buzzfeed: Someone Drew “Hamilton” As A Disney Movie And It’s Amazing

– Also at Buzzfeed: Tina and Amy are perfect and wonderful.

– I love this, at New York: This 116-Year-Old Brooklyn Woman Is the World’s Oldest Person. She’s also sporting a turban and sunglasses.

– The Cut’s story about the first black, trans model is fascinating, and sad, and moving.

– Via Racked, we learned Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer Won’t Be Dress Twins Because Dior Has No ‘Sense of Humor’

– At this point, can’t Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx just confirm that they’re madly in love?!?!?! (Lainey)

– At Vox: On Clue’s 30th anniversary, an ode to the flames on the side of Madeline Kahn’s face

– Get cozy and get reading: Longreads Best of 2015: Crime Reporting

– We were delighted to be on Mom Advice’s Sundays With Writers series, talking about The Royal We — our process, research, themes, the movie, what’s up next, all kinds of stuff.


Fugs and Pieces: December 11th, 2015

IT’S THE WEEKEND! I have to get my Christmas tree, you guys. And make a list of stuff. Several lists. Hope your weekend is full of delights.

– Big thanks to Cosmo for naming The Royal We one of its Fifteen Best Books of the Year!

– I’m sure you want to read this, at the New York Times: A Night Out With Solange Knowles at Art Basel

– I’m really sad I didn’t see Justin Timberlake at the Grove, because what is he wearing?!? (Lainey)

– It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s time for The 2015 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog. And it is, as ever, a brilliant work of genius. To wit: “Behold hand-crafted teacups, and copper mugs filled with hot mulled wine, and very tiny candies with even tinier bits of candies sprinkled upon them, and jolly wreaths, and big hunks of imported bleu cheese that will help distract EVERYONE from the fact that Mumsy and Dudsy are still waiting for their divorce papers to finalize! You’ll gather round the hearth and drink fizzy punch while a gaggle of homeless orphans stand outside your window in the freezing cold … staring. LONGING. Aching to be taken in so that they might know the touch of your jingle-bell napkin rings.”(Deadspin)

I love this very angry review of Joy, which does look bad. I love you, Jennifer Lawrence, but maybe take a break from working with David O Russell for a little bit. (Pajiba)

– Over at The New Potato, in News You Can Use: How To Avoid a Hangover. SEASONAL!

– Can we interest you in some candy cane-coated caramelized white chocolate pretzels? (Good. Food. Stories.)

– You should know that Joan Collins is auctioning off some of her stuff (for charity? For money? So she can move into a Tiny House? I don’t know) and the lots include TURBANS!

– At The Toast, Charlotte Brontë’s Most Inexplicable Denominational Burns. Ahem: “She was so judgmental, and there are few things I love more than a judgmental prude who is too dead to disapprove of me personally.” INDEED. I’ll see you in hell, Brontë!

– Speaking of, the BBC has chosen the 100 Greatest British Novels.

– This huge back tattoo on Bffleck is fake…right?? Rumor currently has it that it’s real, but…that seems like…a lot. (Lainey)

The Downton Abbey stars performing DA scenes with American accents is jarring! And pretty funny — Lady Mary sounds like a total Valley girl and I laughed out loud at Branson. (The Hollywood Gossip)

– I can leave this right here:  Chris and Liam Hemsworth bring cheeky sibling rivalry to Instagram (Celebitchy)

– This is interesting, at Grub Street: Meet the Kleptogastromaniacs, Customers Hooked on High-End-Food Theft


Fugs and Pieces: December 4th, 2015

What a week; I think I can speak for a lot us when I say that it was exhausting, emotionally and otherwise. I hope some of these links will bring you a small bit of entertainment, or, at the very least, are useful procrastinatory tools.

First, if you missed Fug Nation’s Brag Post on Monday, I really really recommend that you read it — the comments, specifically. You guys are amazing. We’ve got Fug Nationals who’ve swum the English Channel, who’ve helped eradicate Ebola, who are prosecuting war crimes for the UN. So many of you have been on Jeopardy! We’ve got lots of Fug Nation babies on the way! It’s just a really heart-warming and wonderful read, and a much needed one at the moment.

And, in case you missed it on Tuesday, all Fug Nationals can get 15% off everything at GiGi New York with the code GOFUG15. This deal, and a variety of others, are rounded up here.

Also, we did several things for Cosmo this week:

1) The 20 Best Red-Carpet Looks of 2015

Please note! These are not in any order. (We’re also going to cover Best and Worst Looks of the Year Here At GFY Closer To The Holidays, and, yes, I just got carried away with the capital letters.) Go visit and see if your favorites made the list! I am SURE one of them did.

2) 20 Celebrity Breakups of 2015, Ranked From Least to Most Heartbreaking

WHY GOD WHYYYYYYYY? I am sure you can guess whose breakup broke us up the most, but man, everyone broke up this year.

And — finally! — elsewhere:

You probably need a Hamilton Gift Guide, right? (Daisy Razor)

– Related, I loved this at Pajiba: In Defense of Benny from ‘Rent’

– This is very likely relevant to your interests, at The Telegraph:  ‘Carol’ costume designer on making Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara’s characters our new style icons

– This is amazing, at Jezebel: Elizabeth Taylor Ran an Underground AIDS Pharmaceutical Ring to Provide Drugs to Patients

– I LOVED this, at The Awl: A Guide to This Year’s Lifetime Christmas Movies. To wit: “This is the first of two movies in which two people sing a full-length Christmas carol while looking into each other’s eyes as everybody else in the room watches in silent admiration, and this is treated as romantic and fun.”

– This headline from Lainey says it all: Hollywood had a secret meeting about women which is not weird at all. (That said, the meeting itself seems like kind of a good thing.)

– I also enjoyed Lainey’s take on Sandra Bullock’s new daughter, and how good Sandy is at keeping things under wrap. (Also: Louis Bullock is SO CUTE on the cover of People).

– I thought this piece at Vulture, in which a variety of TV professionals talk about TV ratings and their relationship with them, was quite interesting.

– Also at Vulture, you NEED to see this supercut of ANTM where Tyra announces to which foreign country she’s sending the models. I laughed out loud.

– The Business of Fashion asks: What’s Going On at Conde Nast?

– Let’s not kid ourselves. You are going to read this: 21 things Michael B. Jordan looks perfect while doing (Fushion)

The New Potato gives us six ways to make French toast and I WANT THEM ALL.

– At Atlas Obscura: I Spent 4 Years Working at Drunken, Decadent Debutante Balls in New Orleans

– At Women in the World: These forgotten female crime writers had no time for femmes fatales or dowdy housewives

– I am INTO THIS: The Wonderland of Swedish Wooden Toys. That dollhouse! (Hyperallergic)

Just when you thought you couldn’t love Uzo Aduba more, she goes and reveals she used to be…A COMPETITIVE FIGURE SKATER. That, and more, in this charming short profile. (The New Yorker)

Here’s your Hiddleston for the week! (Celebitchy)