Fug File: Fugs and Pieces

Fugs and Pieces, July 3rd, 2014

First of all, thanks for celebrating our tenth birthday with us earlier this week. It’s quite a milestone, and we owe it all to you, Fug Nation — you are so precious to us, as David Silver will hopefully sing to you at the beach club this weekend. Speaking of: Happy 4th of July weekend, American readers! (Happy Weekend, almost, in general, non-American readers!) We’re taking tomorrow off to celebrate the holiday, but we’ll have light posting over the weekend, as usual and be back with the VENGEANCE on Monday. Until then!

– Our friends at Tomato Nation are doing the important work: ranking the hotness of tennis players, just in time for Wimbledon.

They discovered five hundred new fairy tales in Germany!! WHEN DO WE GET TO READ THEM? (The Guardian)

– Speaking of books, the Barnes & Noble book blog has a feature I greatly enjoy called ASK A LITERARY LADY.

– YES. Josh Charles talks about Dead Poets Society, 25 years later. I remember once  worrying to my mother, about 25 years ago, that when I was “old” (so, like, my current age) I would not think “old guys” were cute and I’d be a creepy perv trolling for teen boys, and she assured me that generally people’s taste matures along with them AND THIS JUST PROVES IT. 14 year old me thought that Josh Charles was hot, and DO THE MATH year old me thinks current Josh Charles is hot. Phew. (Entertainment Weekly)

– Vulture lists the cringe-iest lyrics from the new Robin Thicke album, so we don’t have to. ARGH SHUT UP ROBIN THICKE.

– I know you will want to join The Toast in celebrating Murder, She Wrote.

– Refinery 29 has an excerpt from the new Joan Rivers book, Diary of a Mad Diva.

SWINTON did an AMA. (Reddit)

– Now you can play Tetris on a tee shirt! (Time)

– This Mark Ruffalo/Jen Garner/Ben Affleck stuff that’s going on seems weird. (Lainey)

Fifteen movies inspired by artworks. (Flavorwire)

– NOW Lohan is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto. I cannot with her. (Celebitchy)

– Pajiba’s Five Best TV Episodes of the Year So Far. Spoilers on Game of Thrones, Mad Men, True Detective, and Fargo.


Fugs and Pieces, June 27th, 2014

Happy Friday!

As a reminder: There is now a GFY Book Club on Goodreads! You should join.

– Over at Vanity Fair we wonder, Who Wore It Best: Luis Suarez or Hannibal Lecter? Two cannibals enter, ONE CANNIBAL LEAVES.

– I know you. And I know you will want to watch Daniel Radcliffe sort celebrities into Hogwarts houses. HE PUTS KANYE IN SLYTHERIN. (Buzzfeed)

– Speaking of: Holy Neville! See Harry Potter Star Matthew Lewis’s Hot Transformation. So many readers find GFY searching for “Hot Neville.” They find friends here. (People)

– I am ashamed to say that I did very, very poorly on this quiz: TENNIS PLAYER OR CHEESE?  And I watch a fair amount of tennis. (Telegraph)

– I also did poorly on Can You Match Tilda Swinton’s Hair to Her Films? (Vulture)

– Racked examines the relationship between fashion and the NBA, just in time for the draft.

– Let’s examine fashion’s deadliest trends. No, LITERALLY DEADLIEST. Arsenic is involved. (io9)

– AT LAST, science has investigated why Everyone Looks Hotter In Sunglasses. I’ve only been saying this for years. (The Science of Us.)

That Thing You Do! is eighteen years old this week. Let’s celebrate it. I do wonder whatever happened to The Oneders. (Pajiba)

There’s going to be a Scandal clothing line and all I know is, there better be some wine cardigans up in that thing. (Fashionista)

– Enjoy a great Q&A with the wonderful Kim France over at Bitch. It’s so damn good.

Carlos Pena hit a home run into a tub of brisket. That’s not a Mad Lib. (Deadspin)

– You’re probably going to need this: 5 Tips for Discovering Great Beer While Traveling. (The Kitchn)

– You’ll definitely need the beer if you’re going to read the new book about The Bachelor. Per Buzzfeed: 60 Times I Laughed And/Or Gasped In Horror While Reading The “Bachelor” Book.

– I am just going to leave this headline here: Liberace’s Legendary Car Collection May Soon Come Out of the Closet. (Los Angeles)

– I enjoy this feature in Entertainment Weekly and I especially enjoy this: I’m Still Not Over: Dan Scott’s ridiculous heart transplant on ‘One Tree Hill’.

Lohan IS going to do Speed the Plow in the West End and I NEED ONE OF YOU TO GO AND REPORT BACK. (Vanity Fair)

The yadda yadda about wherever Intern George shall wed continues apace. He never tells me anything.(Lainey)

– Everyone loves a good chat about buyer’s remorse. (Design*Sponge)

HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY to Pajiba! We are very nearly twins (GFY’s 10th birthday is coming up next week, in fact).

– Here’s your Weekly Update About Whatever’s Going On With Tom Hiddleston. (Celebitchy)


Recent Fugs but Mostly Fabs: Zendaya

Zendaya here just landed the part of Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime movie that I think we all agree will very possibly be a hot mess, although hopefully in a good way. (Sorry, Lifetime: I hate-watch you with so much love. I once lost an entire Sunday to eight straight hours of Menendez brothers programming and it was one of the greatest days of my life.) Between that, and her omnipresence at last February’s Fashion Week, I think someone is Trying to Make Zendaya happen, and it may well work: She looks pretty great when she’s out and about, and that is really half the battle.

[Photos: AKM/GSI, Pacific Coast News]


Fugs and Pieces, June 20, 2014

All you need to know about me this week is that (a) I thought yesterday was Wednesday literally until one of you told me otherwise, and (b) I just dated this post “2016.” I NEED A NAP. Read this while I get more wine:

IMPORTANTLY! Fug National Kristabelle is awesome and put together at GFY Bookclub on Goodreads, and you should totally join it! Code Name Verity will be discussed beginning August 1st.

– I love this kind of thing: “A previously unknown portrait has been discovered hidden beneath an early painting by Pablo Picasso — and now experts are trying to figure out who the mysterious figure is.” Dum dum dum! (Los Angeles Times)

Kanye spent his entire honeymoon photoshopping Instagrams and blames Annie Leibovitz. (People StyleWatch)

– You will enjoy this: Bard garb: dramatic Shakespeare costumes – in pictures! (The Guardian)

– It’s the 20th anniversary of OJ’s white Bronco chase, and it makes sense that Los Angeles would cover it. Behold, The Chase of the Century: Where We Were When O.J. Fled. (I was in my parents’ den, having just gotten home for the summer, like, the day before, after my first year at UCLA. I spent that entire summer stripping wallpaper from my parents’ bathroom and watching the trial on TV.)

– This is neat: photos from inside Yves St Laurent’s first and last shows. (The Cut)

JK Rowling apparently went on a Twitter run this week, and people freaked out. (With good reason!) (Buzzfeed)

A Dubs had some STUFF TO SAY to young designers this week, including “I was just recently at the Tony Awards in New York, and, God, they need your help. Let me tell you, it was a disaster.” (Racked)

– This is awesome. It’s a guide to all the books people are seen reading on Orange Is the New Black this season. (Spoilers, obviously. Not just about the books.) (Vulture)

Clooney’s aunt is running around telling people that Brad is going to be the best man. I love her. I hope she and George came up with a HUGE list of crazy things for her to float to the press. (Lainey)

– Obviously, we’re bringing you the oral history of The Mighty Ducks. (Time)

– Oh God. Lifetime is making an UNAUTHORIZED behind-the-scenes Saved By the Bell movie. (Pajiba)

Lilo claims she’s doing Speed the Plow in the West End. I’ll believe it when I see it. Like, when I literally see it. Like, you can tell me it’s happening and there might be photographic proof but I feel like I would need to actually get tickets, go to London, sit in the theatre, and witness it. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, June 13, 2014

Happy Friday the 13th! I hope it brings you luck. As for me, I bring you the following:

– You may have seen this photo set of re-constructed D-Day photographs that went around last week (we retweeted them), but the Wall Street Journal actually talks to the photographer to find out how he did them.

– This article was MADE FOR ME: 50 Ways to Wear Breton Stripes. (Never Underdressed)

Dan Kois went an entire month without sitting down and it’s very funny. I’m going to stand up right now. (NY Mag)

Time has a Political Memoir Title Generator, and mine was: Jessica Morgan: Sincere Moxie, which I fully endorse. What’s yours?

– You will love this essay about what it’s like to re-read the Ramona Quimby books at 40. Beverly Cleary forever! (I visited friends in Portland a couple of years ago, and we drove past Klickitat Street and I screamed.) (Avidly)

Ten important lessons from 10 Things I Hate About You, which is 15 years old this week. ARGH. (Who What Wear)

– And it’s the 20th anniversary of Speed! This is a great piece talking to all the OTHER actors on the bus. (HitFix)

– AND Vanity Fair has revisited all of their Young Hollywood picks from 2003 and it is A BLAST FROM THE PAST. Aaron Carter is involved.

– Did you see the thing about the dude who MASS-TEXTED 32 of his Tinder matches? It’s kinda great. PS: I’m too old for Tinder. (Elle)

Colin Firth is in a spy movie and it’s inspired a whole line of (very pricy) menswear. It DOES look chic. I love you, Colin Firth, just as you are. (Pret-a-Reporter)

– Lainey has LOADS of pics of soccer players arriving for the World Cup en masse, many in suits. YOU’RE WELCOME.

– I’m just going to overload this F&P with pictures of hot dudes. Like Paper’s Tournament of Hotties, which aims to pick the hottest dude at the World Cup. I wish WE did a Tournament of Hotties.

– Grantland looks at World Cup Songs. SPOILER: Some of them are HORRIFYINGLY BAD.

– And here’s a bunch of pics of young Marlon Brando for you. (You forget how dishy he was.) (Buzzfeed)

– And Harper’s Bazaar UK has put together a whole post of Posh British Actors. You like most of them. I promise. (Kit Harrington is related to Charles II via his grandmother. Her name is Lavendar.)

– Another work from the brillz Anne Helen Peterson that’s well-worth a read is this long and fascinating look at what she calls “The tortured history of Entertainment Weekly.” (The Awl)

– I’ll just leave this headline here: Boy drama: Kanye West omits Jay-Z’s name from all of his lyrics during a show. #ALLDISRESPECTOJAYZ (Celebitchy)

– YAY: LeVar Burton Announces Several Generations of Star Trek Actors Will Kick Off Reading Rainbow. (Pajiba)


Fugs and Pieces: June 6th, 2014

Another week in the books! Please enjoy:

– I LOVE the series on Vulture where Dave Holmes talks about the top forty songs of a week in history. This week, it’s June 16, 1990. For example, “One of the ’90s’ great mysteries is the enduring popularity of Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet,” a Contempo Casuals leather jacket of a song that you will hear every karaoke night to this day,” and “Nikki looked like Lovesexy-era Prince, sounded like Tommy Page, probably got played on John Garabedian’s “Open House Party” a few times, and then went on to marry Martika, which is a fact I am just learning right this second and which is ripping my head right off my neck with its pure uncut 1990-ness..” READ IT.

– A few weeks ago, I linked to The Hollywood Reporter‘s actresses round-table, and today I bring you the dudes. HAMM INCLUDED. Spoilers if you’re not caught up with The Newsroom, Ray DonovanMasters of Sex, The Normal Heart or, of course, Mad Men.

– Speaking of, Mad Men’s Emmy ads are pretty awesome. (Vulture)


Los Angeles has a great article about how to hide a pregnancy on TV.

– You will enjoy this interview with Joe Manganiello. (Buzzfeed)

The whole scandal over the Qatar World Cup gets more and more fascinating. It’s like a documentary unfolding in front of us. I hope someone is making one. (Telegraph)

– WRT to the above, The NYT’s original match-fixing investigation is riveting.

The Los Angeles Times has a great round-up of summer books. BOOKS YAY BOOKS!

– In the current Redbook, Melissa McCarthy drops a bomb: ” Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.” You know what? EFF THOSE GUYS. Seriously. First of all, if you’re a good designer, you ought to be able to dress a woman beautifully no matter what her weight. Second, if you’re a good businessperson, you should realize that Melissa damn McCarthy showing up at the damn Oscars looking damn good in your design is ONLY GOING TO HELP YOU, YOU NITWIT.

The Guardian interviews Joan Collins and she is amazing.If you could edit your past, what would you change? Several husbands.”

– Lainey says any divorce rumors swirling around Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are BS, which is nice to hear.

– You’re going to be all over this, some of you I HOPE LITERALLY: 180 Hot Soccer Players to Watch During the World Cup. (Racked)

– I watch a lot of TV, and it’s true. Even I am not watching any of these 35 Least Watched Shows on TV. (Buzzfeed)

Elle‘s 24 Hair Hacks are actually quite useful.

– In honor of her being on their current cover, Vogue UK did a retrospective of Christy Turlington. You always were my favorite super, Christy.

– I’ll just leave this here: Jem, the Truly Outrageous, Triple-Platinum ’80s Rocker Who Nearly Took Down Barbie. (Collectors Weekly)

Vanity Fair has a great Making Of for Ghostbusters.

This is a wonderful long-form piece about beloved broadcaster Vin Scully, which you will enjoy even if you are not a Dodgers fan. BUT I LOVE YOU THE MOST, VIN. (SB Nation)

– The Cut has compiled a list of Crazy Celebrity Wedding Locales.

– Here’s Bradley Cooper in VERY TIGHT short shorts. ENJOY! (Celebitchy)

– Peter Dinklage’s high school photo boasts the MOST AMAZING hair. (Pajiba)