Fug File: Fugs and Pieces

Fugs and Pieces, March 28th 2014

First of all, we’re excited to note that we’re going to be attending this event in support of our friend Pamela Ribon’s new book, Notes to Boys, this Saturday (March 29th). We will be…performing. And yes, there will be drinks.

– We’re also going to be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, coming up in April. Our panel is Sunday, April 13th, at 12pm on the YA Stage, and we’re appearing with fellow authors Robin Benway and Lauren Myracle. We will be in the depths of working on our new book, The Royal We, so we’ll probably be extra crazy, which is always fun for everyone. Come out and say hello, Los Angelenos! COME WITNESS OUR CRAZY.

– Yes, on the off-chance you haven’t heard, Heather and I are working on a new book. It’s an adult book — not in the sense that it’s XXX-rated (although people do misbehave all over the place, which has been fun to write), but simply in the sense that it’s not a Young Adult book the way Spoiled and Messy are — called The Royal We, and we’re really, really excited for it. You can keep up with our progress, and all kinds of book things, over at our book blog, but of course we’ll make sure all the big headlines pop up here at GFY as well.

– Finally — and I swear I’m almost done with the personal stuff and will soon move onto juicy links and hot dudes as usual — yesterday we found out that NBCUniversal is shutting down Television Without Pity (and, in fact, shuttering its archives, which I think is a terrible loss for internet pop culture criticism from an anthropological standpoint if nothing else; fine, I also wish I’d printed out all my Kingpin recaps, because that show featured a man-eating tiger and it was amazing and those recaps might be the only thing that proves it ever existed). As many of you know, back in the day Heather and I were both recappers at TWoP (dating from the days when it was still Mighty Big TV), which is how we met in the first place. If not for Television Without Pity, none of us would be reading GFY right now, because it would not exist. I can say with complete sincerity that Television Without Pity changed the entire course of my life; it gave me a career for which I am profoundly grateful, and it either directly and it indirectly introduced me to a huge number of people whom I love very much. Heather, in fact, never would have met her husband if not for TWoP, because she moved to Los Angeles when her writing there landed her a job out here. ["Jess and I were having a Sliding Doors moment all day yesterday -- if not for MBTV/TWoP, where would we be, who would we be friends with, and what would our lives even look like? It's too immense a house of cards to fathom." -- H] The site changed after it was sold to NBCUniversal — and that’s okay; everything changes — but it was profoundly important to us, and I needed to pour some out. Going forward, you can find many of the old school recappers (and TWoP’s founders) at Previously.TV and — as always – here, in the form of me and H. If you feel so inclined, we welcome you remembering the good times in the comments; I’m sure the old guard would love knowing if the site meant something to you, as it did to us.

– This was possibly my favorite shout-out to TWoP, over at the wonderful Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. (Which is definitely one of my favorite site names, ever). (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books)

–And now back to your regularly scheduled programming: in this week’s Vanity Fair Who Wore It Best Battle: TWO POPES ENTER. ONE POPE LEAVES. As Olivia takes on…you know, the Pope. The Pope. (Vanity Fair)

Let’s talk about TV show theme songs over at Pajiba. (Did you know that the “It’s JESS!” from the New Girl theme is what Heather uses as the sound cue when I text her? It’s true. I love that despite the fact that obviously I never hear it. ["I did make her text me once while she was in the room so she could hear it." - H]) (Pajiba)

– This is one of the reasons I love Vulture: Let’s Remember Christopher Meloni’s Psychotic Oz Love Story. (Vulture)

– ALSO: Mark L. Walberg Explains How to Host a Crazy Reality Show. (Vulture)

– A kid in Pittsburgh has discovered that if the US government just switches from Times New Roman to Garamond, it will save $136 million bucks. FONTS TO THE RESCUE. (CNN)

– Science has finally proven that it’s a bad idea to pee in the pool. (Smithsonian)

– The hed for this article is my everything. It has SO MANY THINGS in which I am interested: “Demons, mummies and ancient curses: should the British Museum be afraid? The British museum already teems with spooky objects. Could an ancient Assyrian artwork prove one curse too many?” I don’t know, but I hope someone’s writing a book where the answer is YES. (The Guardian)

Turns out Vanity Fair AND Harper’s Bazaar BOTH wanted Kimye for their covers, and they decided to go with Vogue. Kim, it seems, didn’t want to work with Terry Richardson at Harper’s, to which I say with complete sincerity: seriously, Kim, at last we agree on something. (Refinery29)

– This is one of those articles where I know I can just give you the headline. AHEM: Sorting 19th Century British Novelists Into Hogwarts (The Toast)

Lainey wonders if we miss Tom Cruise and you know what? I kinda do. (Lainey Gossip)

– Did you really think I’d let this week end without giving you some pictures of Cumberbatch? Please. (Celebitchy)

– The new Madewell collection is really cute. Leave me alone, I’m SPENDING MY FEELINGS. (Fashionista)

Why is the guest seat on the set of the new Late Night so small? Now that is all I can see. (Previously.TV)


Fugs and Pieces, March 21st

First and foremost! Have you cast your Fug Madness votes? You must. It all depends on you. Then, come back and enjoy the following:

– IMPORTANT! Heather and I will be appearing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Sunday, April 13th, at HIGH NOON. Please come out and say hello! We will not have a new book out, but we will be in the home stretch of writing The Royal We, so we’ll be EXTRA CRAZY.  Details at our book blog! To which I just linked right there.

– This week’s WHO WORE IT BEST over at Vanity Fair pits NY Knicks owner James Dolan against Zenmaster Phil Jackson (Vanity Fair)

– Speaking of brackets, SB Nation is running brackets to determine the Most Nicolas Cage-y Nicolas Cage movie, which is the best thing ever. (SB Nation)

– This is relevant to our interests. Collectors Weekly examines what makes something ugly. And it is FASCINATING. A taste: “Paradoxically, if every single thing in the world were flawless and perfectly proportioned, humans would be miserable.” Well, we can attest to that, no? (CW)

– This might be my fave movie review headline of the week: ‘Divergent’ Is the Worst John Hughes Teen Comedy Ever. (Pajiba)

- This filled me with joy: 19 Impeccable Style Tips From “Dynasty’s” Alexis Carrington. (Buzzfeed)

– Speaking of delights: The history of dancing in film in one 246-movie supercut. (Sploid)

– There is going to be a JEM and the Holograms movie???!!! (Vulture)

Kit Harrington is now the face of Jimmy Choo. Presumably for men. (People StyleWatch)

– Vulture tries to narrow down the best cameos of the Muppets movies. (Vulture)

– I am pleased that Intern George is dating such a brainy woman. An Oxford grad, a human rights lawyer (she’s like Mark Darcy, sans the reindeer sweater) with a major resume,  fluent in three languages. About time, George.  (Lainey)

– Sometimes I feel like Refinery29 really knows me. To wit: Find Your Orange-Lipstick Soul Mate. (Refinery29)

– I admit that I use both of GOOP’s cookbooks all the time and I think they are great. But I cannot with Tracy Anderson. (The Cut)

Here’s Tom Mison at Paley Fest, because we love you. (Also: Nicole Behari looks SO cute). (Celebitchy)

– THIS is exactly why I read Vanity Fair (also because they have great royals coverage): How 1,280 Artworks Stolen by the Nazis were Hidden in a Munich Apartment Until 2012. There is nothing I love more than taking things from the Nazis. We are STILL coming after you, Nazis. (Vanity Fair)


Fugs & Pieces, March 14, 2014

Are you ready to procrastinate for like three hours? I’m here for you:

– Every week, Heather and I ask WHO WORE IT BEST? for Vanity Fair. Today, the contenders are Juan Pablo v. Chuck Bass.  You guys, he’s Chuck Bass. (Vanity Fair)

– Those of you who follow us on Twitter and are also night owls — or on the other side of the world — know that I cannot resist late night streaming of Murder She Wrote on Netflix. (Netflix has 100% of it on streaming! Say goodbye to productivity!) So I was delighted to take this quiz: Noël Coward or Murder, She Wrote? I scored a very respectable 10 out of 12! (The Guardian)

– THIS will be fun to discuss. The Hollywood Reporter has released their list of the Top 25 Power Stylists. It’s a great feature, because you can click in and read an interview with each stylist, including who their clients are. It’s really, really a good read. (THR)

– Refinery29 interviewed Karl Lagerfeld and he was SO LAGERFELD. He literally says, “My website is my brain.” INDEED. (Refinery29)

This is an interesting interview with Wes Anderson about Grand Budapest Hotel. The part where he talks about miniatures, which they use to great effect in the film, is particularly fascinating to me. (NPR)

– This is just….really, really funny. You will laugh, as President Fitzgerald Grant Does The Crossword. (The Toast)

– I feel certain I can entice you with merely this headline: The Unglamorous Life of a New York City Private Eye (The Hairpin)

– Also this one: Woman accidentally joins search party looking for herself. (Death and Taxes)

– And — rule of threes! — this one: Crush the Best-Dressed List: Our Style Guide to a Century of Dazzling Party Dresses (Collectors’ Weekly)

– The video where J Lo is asked who she’d save if both Ben Affleck and Sean Diddy Puffy Puff Daddy Combs were drowning and she could only rescue one of them is actually legitimately funny. Even if you’ve read what she’s said, SEEING it is really entertaining. (Lainey)

– There is also video of Cumberbatch executing his U2 photobomb on the Oscars red carpet, and what I really want to know is: how did we not know he had such a good vertical until now? (Celebitchy)

– Pajiba reacted to the leak of (ALLEGEDLY) Lilo’s homemade list of all the dudes she’s slept with in the best way: just gifs of people clapping. And let me say, I have THOUGHTS on that list, and it’s that I think some of them are wishful thinking. But the idea of Lindsay Lohan “accidentally” losing the list she made of all of her conquests as a way of getting people to talk about her is kinda brilliant in a deliciously Jackie Collins way. Jackie Collins would TOTALLY write a character who leaked her own little black book to get attention, and I would LOVE that character. (Pajiba)

– Teen Vogue hits us with the 15 Most Exciting YA Books coming out this year. Yay, books! (Teen Vogue)

– Speaking of lists, this round-up of Shark Tank‘s 20 Silliest Inventions is VERY funny. (Monkey See blog)

– In similarly important listicles (I am not kidding; this subject matter is one of my favorites), my fellow Real Housewife-watchers will enjoy this definitive ranking of ALL OF THEM EVER. Except DC, because who even remembers them? (The Wire)



Fugs and Pieces, February 28, 2014

Happy Oscars weekend! We will be live-blogging the red carpet for The Cut — I’ll toss up a link to it here, as well as on our Facebook page, when we have it — as well as tweeting up at storm, so please join us. It’s always a good time.

– Speaking of, our friends at The Cut call for the death of the mani-cam. (The Cut)

– This infographic, of every gown worn by every Best Actress winner ever, is, simply put, a total delight. (Stylist)

– This is a good bit from celebrity stylists about working The Oscars. Wise words from Anita Patrickson: “It’s just clothes, and we’re going to be fine.” (The Daily Beast)

–Oooh, goody: A History of the Vanity Fair Oscar party! (Vanity Fair)

– This week, over at Vanity Fair — speaking  of — we pondered the fate of two tieless talk show hosts in Who Wore It Best? (VF)

– Mr Mickey over at Paper gives some brilliant suggestions for the next season of Downton Abbey. HELL YES MITFORD SISTERS. (Paper)

– Leah Remini gave an illuminating interview to Jarett Wieselman about what Buzzfeed calls the “hardest year of her life,” AKA the Year She Told Scientology to kiss her ass. It includes a hilarious tidbit about J. Lo. (Buzzfeed, but not the section with the listicles and quizzes)

– Because we love you: Scandal paper dolls. Get your wine cardigan on! (Vulture)

– Los Angeles once employed an actual rainmaker. (LAist)

– I love Survivor and have watched almost every season (I think I missed two), but I’m nothing compared to Joe Reid, who brilliantly ranks every single one for The Wire. (The Wire)

– Mickey Rapkin (his book inspired Pitch Perfect) was an Uber driver here in Los Angeles for a week, and the story he wrote about it for GQ is kinda great. (GQ)

– The Airship asks — and answers, “How Many Drinks Does It Take To Make a Raymond Carver Story?” (The Airship)

– Rumor has it that Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy are dunzo. I hope this didn’t just ruin your weekend. (Lainey)

– Here’s an interesting piece on the rise (and fall) of SCTV. (Pajiba)

– Many of you emailed us about this: A four-year old and her mother make construction paper dresses daily, including replicas of ones you’ve seen on these very pages. (HuffP)

– Per Celebitchy, Kanye West has cast Kim Kardashian in his full-length ‘Yeezus’ movie. I am legitimately hoping this is true. This will be hilarious and majestic. It will make Liz & Dick look like Casablanca and I cannot wait to hatewatch it. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you get what you want, whether that is sparkly jewelry or for the day to just end already. As Fashion Week FINALLY comes to a close, we’re rolling straight into the BAFTAs on Sunday, so come Monday morning there will be a whole slew of awards show outfits to critique.

– We ask the really important question: Who Wore It Best? Carrie Bradshaw, or Miss Piggy? (Vanity Fair)

– We also wrapped up The Best, The Worst, and the Weirdest of Fashion Week! (The Cut)

– ABC News got an amazing story about the wife of Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko (the one who retired due to a back injury in very dramatic fashion, and who Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski noted was being pressured to compete by, among other people, his wife). This lady is a kook and PLEASE scroll down and click the link at the bottom to see the banner she made her husband for the competition. (ABC News)

– I am really excited that the Clifton’s Cafeteria in downtown LA is opening again, and no matter where you live, I think you will enjoy this article about it. It’s fascinating. It has everything: waterfalls, bombs, biochemistry, tiki culture! (Collectors Weekly)

– This headline is true: This is the Only Must-Read Fashion Week Story About Goats. (Modern Farmer)

– New York profiled Lupita Nyong’o this week, and the photos are breathtaking. (The Cut)

– It’s true. Some of theses Olympians have AMAZING HAIR. (People StyleWatch)

– I always enjoy reading that the Olympic Village is basically just hot hot athletes hooking up constantly. (Vanity Fair)

– Ooh, these posters, of classic interiors in film, are just awesome. (Flavorwire)

Vulture ranks TV show reunions. In short: for a commercial, it’s lame; for real life, it’s awesome. I do disagree that the Old Navy “I choose jeans” 90210 reunion was lame. I thought it was so cheesy it went back around to being awesome. (Vulture)

Elle’s coverage of the Westminster Dog Show is amusing AND full of fluffy dogs that will make you feel better about whatever. (Elle)

– Just in case you’re in need of some extra cash, Pajiba takes down the worst TV characters with whom to rob a bank. (Pajiba)

Torvill and Dean returned to Sarajevo this week, and performed “Bolero” again, on the same (rebuilt after the war) rink, in the same costumes, to mark the 30th anniversary, and to celebrate the 2017 Youth Olympics. It’s a really nice story. Very touching. (The AP)

–Prince Charles really wants the Spice Girls to reunite. (Royal Central)

– Shia really is the worst. (Lainey)

– Oh, or maybe Bieber is the worst. He wants to change his name to Bizzle and become a rapper. They’re in a worst-off. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces: February 7th, 2014

It’s Fashion Week! But that doesn’t mean I haven’t rustled up some reading material for you. Can’t you tell that I’m in love with you?!? Behold:

– Is THIS why he never comes to work? George Clooney’s History of Pranking, thanks to Vulture. (Vulture)

– This is a fascinating interview answering the question, How is Nashville’s music chosen and written? (The AV Club)

– I generally always wish I could talk myself into a gig covering the Olympics. But after reading about the hotels situation in Sochi, uh, I’m okay staying home this go-round. (The Washington Post)

– I think all I need to do is present the title of this Pajiba piece: Movies That Messed Me Up: ‘Howard the Duck’ Taught Me About Tiny Condoms And Duck Breasts. (Pajiba)

– I know you’re going to want to read about some juicy Mean Girls gossip as we approach its tenth anniversary OH GOD I’M OLD. (Vulture)

The Daily Mail (I know) claims the Queen is directing a Kate Middleton makeover. I don’t know if I believe this — consider the source — but I say, LET KATE BE KATE. (Daily Mail)

– AND I know you’re interesting in reading the following: The Transformation of Lady Edith. A fashion transformation, not a transformation in her love life. THAT’S still a hot salty mess. (NYT)

– OMG. Cumberbatch with The Count. Look, I like Cumberbatch a lot, and he is CHARMING AS HELL in this, but I LOVE The Count. He might be my favorite, which makes sense due to how much I love capes, but is bizarre because I hate math. We’d have a really tumultuous relationship if I were a Muppet, is what I’m saying. (Lainey Gossip)

– Philip Seymour Hoffman’s very sad death this week prompted this quite interesting/disturbing piece in the New York Times about the recent surge in heroin use in the US, in part because it’s gotten harder for people to get prescription opiates. (NYT)

– Jeez, Bieber is OOC. Can’t someone accidentally lock him in a library for six weeks? (Sorry, librarians. You don’t have to be there for this.) (Celebitchy)