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Fugs and Pieces, May 30th 2014

The nice thing about a long weekend is that the following week is so short! Please enjoy the following as you kick off your weekend:

– This week’s Vanity Fair WHO WORE IT BEST pits Lady Gaga against Maleficent. TWO HORNED CREATURES ENTER. ONE HORNED CREATURE LEAVES.

Page Six has a report “from a spy inside the Kimye wedding” and said report is A TREASURE TROVE. Tidbits, but you must read the whole thing: “According to one Italian, ‘Their toilet was the star of the show.’ The Italians named it the Torre di Bagni Oro (translation: the Gold Toilet Tower),” and “Four days before the wedding, they ordered 30 life-size nudes to be made from black marble from Carrera,” and “Kanye returned one hour before the wedding and didn’t like the all-white bar that was in front of the Gold Toilet Tower. He took a saw and started sawing it in half himself” and…oh, god, I could just paste the entire thing. You have to read it. The spy deserves a Pulitzer. Okay, one more bit: “Kanye danced five songs alone with Kim to John Legend (playing the marble piano), with no one else on the dance floor, and light only on them. It felt like it went on forever. Kanye then gave a 45-minute toast to himself.”

This interview with Robert Morse about this most recent Mad Men finale is A DELIGHT. He is wonderful, and Jon Hamm comes off wonderfully as well. Spoilers, obviously, if you’re not caught up. (Vulture)

– Vulture also brings us The Complete Illustrated History of Ryan Gosling, From Child Star to Heartthrob to Movie Director. You’re welcome.

– This is a fab interview with ABT’s Misty Copeland: “At 31, she is a trailblazer: She’s the third black, female soloist ever to dance on ABT’s hallowed floorboards. In 2012, she became the first black dancer to perform the iconic role in Firebird for a major ballet company. Every season, it seems, she rewrites history. Tomorrow, she’ll dance part of Swanilda, the first female lead role in Coppélia at the Metropolitan Opera House. According to Copeland, she’ll be the first African-American woman ever to carry a full three-act ballet for an elite American ballet company.” (Ellle)

What the hell is happening in the promo shot for Night Shift? (Previously.TV)

– I love the People StyleWatch We Tried It series. This go-round: “Using a ‘Revolutionary’ Eyeliner in a Moving Car and Without a Mirror.” (Don’t worry, not while driving!)

– Thank you, Lucky: Attractive Men Made More Attractive With Sunglasses: A History.

LeVar Burton’s Kickstarter to reboot Reading Rainbow raised well over a million dollars in one day and it made him cry and it also made me cry.  YAY READING. (Pajiba)

–Speaking of reads, this essay about the first (known) female serial killer is a very good one. Also extremely violent and bloody and dramatic and possibly with overtones of vampirism and literal discussion of bathing in the blood of virgins. Maybe save this one for when they’re older, LeVar.  (The Hairpin)

– You will LOVE THIS: Are You In a Jane Austen Novel? One of the signs: “You once took a walk with a cad.” (The Toast)

The Wire runs down all the greatest music cues in Richard Curtis movies. I cannot overstress how much I love the “All By Myself” moment in Bridget Jones.

– These People magazine covers from the 90s are SO 90s and amazing. You are going to feel like you fell down a wormhole to 1991. You are going to see my entire sophomore year of high school in there. It’s amazing.  (Buzzfeed)

– Here’s the original prospectus for Disneyland, and it’s so interesting. (Boing Boing)

– Rumor has it that Uma and Quentin Tarantino are together — like TOGETHER — now, and the honest truth is that I sort of love it. Is that wrong? (Lainey)

Aw, Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood broke up. One couple makes it, another couple breaks it: the Hollywood Romance Equilibrium is in balance. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, May 23, 2014

Greetings! It’s Memorial Day weekend in the United States — already! This year is moving crazy fast — so we will be on a more relaxed posting schedule until Tuesday, May 27th. Americans, enjoy your potato salad! Everyone else, I hope your Monday brings you an unexpected infusion of cash and welcome declarations of love. While you’re dealing with all of that…..

– We asked the important questions at Vanity Fair this week, namely: WHO WORE IT BEST: FAKE PRINCE HARRY OR REAL PRINCE HARRY? The answer may surpr — wait, no, it totally won’t. (Vanity Fair)

– The Hollywood Reporter has a great roundtable with several great television actresses — Keri Russell! Claire Danes! Julianna Margulies! — about all kinds of good, juicy stuff, including Clooney, and sex scenes.(Note, if you’re not caught up on The Americans, Bates Motel, Homeland, The Good Wife, Mad Men or American Horror Story, spoilers abound.)

– From The Telegraph: “My father, ‘the British Schindler.’ Nicholas Winton, who turned 105 this week, rescued 669 children from the Nazis. His daughter Barbara tells his extraordinary story.” It will probably make you cry.

– Alyssa Rosenberg says, “Men, stop lecturing women about reading romance novels,” and the whole piece is so good. Go read whatever you want! (Act Four)

– This headline amuses: The Latest South Korean Dance Craze: Soap-Opera Fake Slaps. I can do this one! (The Cut)

– Also from The Cut, this will speak to you: How To Get Your Body Caftan-Ready for Summer.

– Speaking of, you for sure want to read what ALT is packing for Kimye’s wedding this weekend. The list begins with caftans. PLURAL. (Vogue)

RIGGINS! (Buzzfeed)

Renee Zellweger looks totally happy with her new boyfriend, and he is wearing the craziest outfit, you guys. He looks like they’re going to a Shampoo-themed party. As long as she’s happy? (Lainey)

–The Atlantic traces the evolution of airplane food and it’s super interesting.

– Celebitchy is asking the important questions: So is Sarah Paulson dating Pedro Pascal (GoT’s Prince Oberyn) or what?

–Speaking of, I talked to the Los Angeles Review of Books about WTF Dany Targaryen was wearing this week. (LARB)

– StyleCaster did the important work and named the 10 Best Dance Scenes from Beverly Hills 90210.

– Timothy Olymphant’s birthday was this week and Pajiba undertook the surely horrible task of bringing us many pictures of him shirtless.

–And Vulture’s doing God’s work with this: Jon Hamm making silly faces in nice clothes.


Fugs & Pieces, May 16th, 2014

Los Angeles is currently hotter than the surface of the sun and I am going to go stand inside the cold storage at my local liquor store. While I cool my bum on a keg of Natty Light, ENJOY:

– This may be our silliest piece for Vanity Fair yet: Who Wore It Best: GODZILLA V. GODZILLA.

So, this story about the oldest active National Park Ranger is SO GOOD. She’s 92, and she’s amazing.  (NPR)

– You guys. Refinery29 has come out with another post about city hall weddings. YOU KNOW I LOVE THESE. I literally have never made it through an entire post without misting up.

– On that topic, Never Underdressed put together a slideshow of 50 memorable wedding dresses from the movies. Swoon.

– Flavorwire looks at the 25 Greatest Homes in Literature in honor of Daphne du Maurier’s birthday; I admit that when I saw the headline, I thought, “if Manderley isn’t on this list I WILL RAGE.” Instead I am raging because they didn’t include Tara from Gone With the Wind, which seems like an oversight. Ditto Howard’s End.

– BCCAmerica’s Anglophenia blog looks at why we Americans have dropped the “U” in so many English words. My assumption was that it was to be difficult.

– Speaking of the Brits, I want to eat everything in this: The Serious Eats Guide to British Sweets

– Racked looks into why Restoration Hardware’s catalogs are SO DAMN HUGE.

Harper’s Bazaar UK has a post that’s JUST a slideshow of really great hotel balconies and it’s so soothing, you guys. So soothing. We need to go to all of there.

– As it is horse-racing season: The 1940s Plan to Replace Jockeys With Robots. (Gizmodo)

– The British Museum asks, The Vandals: Victims of Bad Press? I’d argue, at the very least, possibly bad branding.

– You’ve probs already seen the shot of the new Batsuit from the new Batman, but can’t we all just be happy that at least there are no nipples? (Lainey)

– This is juicy, from The Hollywood Reporter: ‘West Wing’ Uncensored: Aaron Sorkin, Rob Lowe, More Look Back on Early Fears, Long Hours, Contract Battles and the Real Reason for Those Departures.

– This story is about Tom Hiddleston’s new movie, but really it’s about the photo in which he is holding a sock monkey. (Celebitchy)

– From The Wire: All 24 New TV Series for Fall 2014, in Order of How Fast They’ll Be Cancelled.

– On the same topic, Ranking CBS’s New Offerings Based on their Trailers from Interesting to Weak Procedural Bullshit. (Pajiba)


Fugs and Pieces, May 9, 2014

This week was packed with shenanigans! Thanks for enjoying all the Met Gala goodness with us. While you wait to be able to start your weekend:

– This week’s WHO WORE IT BEST pits Katie “Joey Potter” Holmes vs. Belle “I Love a Good Library Ladder” of Beauty and the Beast. (Vanity Fair)

– Also, in case you missed our Met Gala round-up for The Cut, it is HERE.

–Per Pajiba, ‘Justified’s’ Jacob Pitts Has the Best Harrison Ford Story Ever. (Pajiba)

– This interview with the founder and president of Essie nail polish is FULL of tidbits for lovers of a good mani. (Elle)

– This headline is the best: Life Advice From the Oldest Man in the World, a 111-Year-Old Occult Scholar on the Upper West Side. (NY Mag)

– This is awesome: Here’s What a Map to the Stars’ Homes Looked Like in 1937 (Curbed LA)

Town and Country has ten “timeless celebrity wedding shots” and many of them really are pretty swoony. Bianca Jagger’s hat! Audrey Hepburn’s dress! (And It’s T&C, so of course it’s 20% Kennedys.) (Town and Country)

Vulture talks to seven actors about pilot season and it’s really interesting. “What’s it like to do a pilot test? It’s like meeting a girl at a bar, getting wasted, going home, and sleeping with her. A test is sort of the next morning afterward, where the lights come on and you awkwardly collect your clothes and you knock a bottle of wine over and fumble for the door.” (Vulture)

– Ahem: Bazaar Reviews: Joan Collins Timeless Beauty. The opening line? “So, Joan Collins has a make-up line. And it’s really, really good.” (Harper’s Bazaar UK)

– Also: Jason Priestley Dishes on Shannen Doherty’s Demands, Brad Pitt’s Secret Girlfriend and Chanting ‘Donna Martin Masturbates’. (The Hollywood Reporter)

– ALSO also,  Previously.TV takes the Priestley tome and pits it against books from Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty. (Previously.TV)

– Elizabeth Olsen looks SO MUCH CUTER here than she did at the Met Gala. (Lainey)

– You’ll be interested in this: Peter Lerangis on Ghostwriting the Baby-Sitter’s Club and the Future of YA Lit. He ALSO ghost-wrote Sweet Valley High! this is such a good read: “My first novel was a horse-themed book in the Sweet Valley Twins series. I didn’t know a thing about horses so I had to spend time lurking in the Claremont Stables in New York City, watching little girls ride and trying to ignore the baffled glares of their moms. The outlines for those books were like beat poems. The stories were little soap operas, and people liked them. ” (Airship Daily)

Can I interest you in a pineapple and chile beer cocktail? I can interest myself, that’s for sure. I LOVE a beer cocktail. (Good. Food. Stories.)

– Oh, god, this is SO GOOD: What Your Favorite Met Dresses Look Like As Art. (Refinery29)

– A Dubs and SJP talk the Men of the Met with Seth Meyers. (People StyleWatch)

– Oh! I meant to post this last week and forgot, and it’s great: the New York Times profiled stylist Ilaria Urbinati, who is so fab. (NYT)

– These photos of the Gala courtesy of Humans of New York are so neat. (Vogue)

– Rumor has it that Jennifer Aniston and Leslie Mann are in a feud and I might be Team Jen for literally no reason. (Celebitchy)

– The Cut has a great slideshow of several of New York’s grandest grand dames (including Gloria Vanderbilt). (The Cut)



Fugs and Pieces, May 2 2014

Obviously, we’re all on HIGH ALERT for Prince Harry Shenanigan Stories this weekend (and discussing The Break-Up, and any number of royals-related items in this week’s Royals Round-Up), but while you wait:

– This week’s WHO WORE IT BEST pits Martha Stewart’s gold capri pants against those of JOE MONTANA. (Vanity Fair)

– This is amazing. Hat tip to Doree Shafrir’s Twitter for this, perhaps the best obit I’ve read in years. A taste, with the opening paragraph: “Walter R. Walsh, a world-class marksman who shot clothespins off laundry lines as a boy and went on to become an F.B.I. legend in shootouts with gangsters in the 1930s, an Olympic competitor and a trainer of generations of Marine Corps sharpshooters, died on Tuesday at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 106.”  It it beautifully written, and thrilling and also very sad.  It’s a hell of a read. (NY Times)

– You are going to love this: 20 Curious Victorian Words and Sayings. Some of these are so good and we need to bring them back. For example, “PODSNAPPERY: This term describes a person with a ‘wilful determination to ignore the objectionable or inconvenient, at the same time assuming airs of superior virtue and noble resignation.’” (Smitten by Britain.)

- Sooooo, we should probably discuss the Clooney engagement, yes? (Although we have talked about it on Twitter.) Good for George for realizing his bride-to-be is a major catch: extraordinarily accomplished and smart. We are proud, and if we’re not invited to the wedding, we will be ENRAGED. People, of course, has a shot of the ring. It’s HUGE. (People)

– And the AstroTwins — who write my favorite astrology site — have a very fun piece about how Intern George’s betrothal was written in the stars. (AstroStyle)

– Pajiba has helpfully put together a Summer 2014 Blockbuster Survival Guide. (Pajiba)

– Speaking of, Vulture is really doing the Lord’s work here: Summer Movie Preview 2014: Before and After Pictures of Actors Who Got Superhero Buff. (Vulture)

– Forever Young Adult put together what they’re calling the Ultimate YA Checklist. (Forever Young Adult)

– Sure, this week was the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls, but so was it the 10th anniversary of Debbie Downer. WAH WAAAAH. (The Wire)

– Speaking of that, Alyssa Rosenberg at the Washington Post argues that Ms. Norbury is the REAL hero of Mean Girls, and I am inclined to agree. (Washington Post)

– Yikes. Dolce and Gabbana are going to jail for tax evasion. Pay your taxes, people.(People StyleWatch)

Allure’s red carpet reporter on the trials of having to track down a white tie for Monday’s Met Ball. (Allure)

– Yes, did we mention the Met Gala is Monday? It celebrates Charles James — oh, the ladylike dresses! Be still my heart — and Vogue points out, some of the frocks in question are crazy heavy. Like, as heavy as five baby French bulldogs. (Vogue)

– Sadly, Ladies Home Journal is no more. The Cut salutes its glamorous early years. (The Cut)

– Ooh, the V&A has what looks like an amazing wedding dress collection on display now. People in London, go and report back to us! (The Guardian)

– Surely you are interested in seeing a picture of Grace Jones hanging out with Chris Evans. (Lainey)

– Or Benedict Cumberbatch in his reading glasses. (It’s your weekly Cumberlink, to quote my friend Marissa). (Celebitchy)

– Or Posh Spice celebrating her birthday with Baby Spice. (Hello!)

– Let’s relive some of Kirsten Dunst’s stylish movie moments. I miss you, Kiki. Please make a giant movie so you can make the rounds again. (Who What Wear)


Fugs and Pieces, April 25, 2014

Happy Friday, Fug Nation! Can I interest you in some procrastinatory material? That’s what I thought you’d say:

– Lupita Nyong’o is People‘s Most Beautiful this year, which is possibly the most RIGHT ON they’ve been with that title in a long time. You will want to look at the Behind The Scenes shoots from that shot. (People Stylewatch)

– The correspondence between Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter/editor Rose Wilder Lane is quite interesting. Rose had to keep telling her mother to take out all the violence. (Slate)

Can anyone link to an interview with Robyn Lively about Teen Witch without making a “Top That!” joke? No. (Buzzfeed)

Vanity Fair asks, “Can the Jem Costumes Capture the Cartoon’s High-Fashion Spirit?” THEY BETTER. (Vanity Fair)

– You will like this: An Eater’s-Eye View Of Literature’s Most Iconic Meals. (Monkey See)

One man wonders what, grammatically speaking, makes a headline clickbait. The answer will shock you. (The American Reader)

Behold: 8 Los Angeles Landmarks Rendered in Cake. INDEED. (Curbed Los Angeles)

Can I interest you in some pictures of Idris Elba, looking hot in jeans? Yes. Yes, I can. (Lainey)

– This is old, but relevant to our interests: Why Do We Want To Squeeze Cute Things? (Popular Science)

– Cameron Diaz, who has entered the portion of her career where she’s telling us stuff we’re not that interested in knowing about her, now informs everyone that she hasn’t used antiperspirant in twenty years. At least she’s using deodorant? Oh, Cammy. We don’t need to know all these things, babe. (Celebitchy)

– Pajiba notes that, if you loved Friday Night Lights, you might also enjoy…. (Pajiba)