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Fugs and Pieces, February 19, 2016

You guys, I have the worst cold. Please hit me up with your home remedies in the comments. While I sneeze:

– I’m sure you’ll hear more about this from us in the next few months, but The Royal We comes out in paperback in a couple of months, and it’s available for pre-order NOW. Can I entice you by noting that it has a bonus chapter? (It’s not new plot, but it is a look at an event in the book from the POV of another character.) (It also has a new cover for the paperback, so if you were in love with the hardback cover…FYI.)

– We’ve been at Fashion Week this past week, although not writing as much as in years past for a variety of reasons (one of which being that the days of interesting celebs at every show are long gone). We did attend this Bachelor auction — with contestants from The Bachelor — and it was really funny. We’ve got a few other pieces to come, as well.

– We covered the best and worst of the Grammys for Cosmo!

The Royal We is Forever Young Adult’s book club pick for the month — despite being an adult novel; thanks for bending the rules, guys! — and they invented a cocktail for it!

– Relevant to our interests, at Pajiba: 11 Things I Learned From Star Wars and the Power of Costume.

Marie Claire, partnering with Harvard, did an extensive, well-researched, and compelling piece on women and guns that is well worth your time.

– Not to pivot subjects too violently, but I also enjoyed this piece on Thrillist going behind the scenes at the Westminster dog show. To wit: “One of the strangest room requests the Dog Concierge has received is for a simple cot. The night before the big show, a handler once requested a child’s cot for his well-furnished, $200-a-night room — and proceeded to sleep on it himself, gifting the bed to his dog.”

– The New Potato rounds up 16 perfect lipbalms.

FINALLY that crackpot children’s restaurant/club Jessica Biel has been working for years has opened. My prediction, contrary to Lainey’s, is that it will NOT be a hit. LA has a lot of places to take your kids and this seems so overwrought to me. I guess we’ll see! (Lainey)

– America Theatre has a good piece about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend they’re calling Making a Musical on a TV Schedule, and I love the lede: “Aline Brosh McKenna loves to enter the ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ writers’ room as if she’s starring in Hamilton. ‘Angelica!’ she sings, doing her best Renée Elise Goldsberry, to which her colleagues will enthusiastically reply, ‘Eliza!’ and, ‘And Peggy’ in perfect Schuyler Sisters rhythm.”

– Speaking of Hamilton, Tyranny of Style looks at its costume design in an interview with designer Paul Tazewell.

– Over at Socialite Life, Jake Gyllenhaal sings West Side Story.

– At Hyperallergic: The Otherworldly Modern Homes that Were Never Built

The New Yorker profile of TMZ is FASCINATING.

– Girls of a Certain Age talks great bags.

There are a lot of theories about why Rihanna skipped the Grammys, but if she’s got this plague that I’ve got, I ALSO would have skipped the Grammys, so I kind of believe the official story. (Celebitchy)

– Vulture’s got a very interesting look at what’s gone wrong at ABC this season.

– And around GFY, ICYMI, some highlights from the last week:



Fugs and Pieces, February 12th, 2016

Happy Presidents Day Weekend, to my fellow Americans, and happy weekend in general to the rest of you. Thanks to the holiday, Heather and I will be following a more relaxed posting schedule on Monday — although, don’t worry, your Downton recap will be up as usual. Monday night is the Grammys, so we’ll come back with a vengeance on Tuesday. Until then:

– I enjoyed this piece in Vanity Fair about actors who broke up, and had to keep working together. Awkward.

– Lainey has scoop on Idris Elba’s love life — an area of GREAT INTEREST to me, thank you very much.

– Also at Lainey, need I say more than the following: Nearly Naked Tom Hiddleston

– Ballerina Misty Copeland recreated several of Degas’s masterpieces of Harper’s Bazaar, and the photos are really amazing.

– There were several great, interesting articles about “Formation” written this week (we linked to several of them in our post about Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance, both in the post itself and in the comments), and Mikki Kendall’s piece for Eater — called Hot Sauce in Her Bag: Southern Black identity, Beyoncé, Jim Crow, and the Pleasure of Well-Seasoned Food –is another one that is well worth your time.

– This is a totally fascinating piece on The Cut about the Gem Palace, subtitled: A jewelry feud, set in Jaipur and on Madison Avenue

– T Magazine brings us ‘Valley of the Dolls,’ by the Numbers

– Am amazing headline at Celebitchy:  Tori Spelling has an alter ego called Terri who pees everywhere

– At Women in the World, Julia Child’s French home to become culinary retreat, with a side of yoga

– I loved this piece in Brooklyn: Unlove Me: I Found Love Because I Got Lucky, Not Because I Changed Myself

– This was very poignant and moving, at The Guardian: I have lived over half of my life: Writer Miranda Sawyer on the quiet desperation of a midlife crisis.”

– At Pajiba, you HAVE to see Kanye’s guidelines for his models. They are…contradictory at best.

Socialite Life has the trailer for season two of Outlander.

– This is from the Daily Mail (I Know), but it’s still worth your look: From canvas to camera: Beautiful paintings from Tolstoy’s time reveal the inspiration behind the mesmerising costumes and sets on BBC’s War And Peace

– And here at GFY, in case you missed it this week, a selection of highlights:


Fugs and Pieces, February 5th, 2016

Happy Friday, Fug Nation!

Amelia McDonell-Parry is covering Serial‘s Adnan Syed’s Post-Conviction Hearing for The Frisky. It’s very interesting.

– Here’s some hot hot hot David Beckham. (Socialite Life)

– Lainey has the scoop on how Intern George proposed to Amal.

– As well as this blind item that I am SURE we can figure out.

– I know you’re going to want to read THIS, in T: The Tiny London Shop Behind Some of the Very Best Libraries

– Related, at Laughing Squid: A Wonderful Film Compilation of The Incredible Joy That People Find Inside Bookstores and Libraries

– You will also enjoy this interview with Laura Carmichael, AKA Lady Edith, in the New York Times. (There are no spoilers, don’t worry.)

– In The Guardian: Amazon fashion drama The Collection to star The Good Wife’s Mamie Gummer. I hope we get this here in the US. I have it on good authority that a Fug National is working on this!

– Claire Zulkey has written her own Konmari, which includes advice such as “Burn all your books. We will have a special book incineration ceremony in the town square this weekend followed by a tidiness parade. Please report your friends who do not attend.”

– Pajiba wonders, Is Rob Lowe The Greatest TV Actor Of The Last 20 Years?

– At Poetry Foundation, a lovely, fascinating piece about the ampersand.

– This is fun, and unexpectedly touching, at Buzzfeed: The NFL’s Longest-Tenured Kicker Tried To Teach Me How To Kick A Field Goal

– At The Hollywood Gossip, I have some doubts about what Ariel Winter is wearing.

– At Women in the World, a fascinating interview with artist Mickalene Thomas.

– Over at The New Potato, a Beginner’s Guide To Korean Skincare. A topic with which I am personally obsessed.

– I love stories about actors who were almost cast in an iconic role. At Celebitchy, we learn that Lisa Edelstein was almost Carrie Bradshaw. That one must have really stung.

– Finally, Heather and I interviewed Tyga (yes) for DuJour, and the interview turned out to be surprisingly revealing, albeit unintentionally.

– Other noteworthy stuff you might have missed around here at GFY include:



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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