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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)


Fugs and Pieces, January 31, 2014

Everyone, keep warm. Unless you’re in California with me, in which case: PRAY FOR MORE RAIN. Do we need to do some kind of ritual sacrifice? While I look into that:

– Mental Floss tracked down the Olympians who are the sole representative of their country for Sochi. (Mental Floss)

– You’re going to enjoy this: A Brief History of Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar Campaign Shenanigans. (Vulture)

Here’s a virtual Lego Set. Say goodbye to the rest of your afternoon! (Lego)

– It cracks me up that both Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Middleton are secret closet fans of The Only Way Is Essex. So am I! Can the three of us get lunch? I actually have a lot to tell both of them. (Celebuzz)

– I am in the midst of a major lipstick obsession, so it’s nice that The Cut went out and test-drove some of the really, really expensive ones. (The Cut)

Lainey has the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars and if you ugly-cried at the book, you will bawl at the trailer. I am not kidding when I say that I don’t know if I can see this movie in public. (Lainey)

– Sometimes, you just want to look at a slideshow full of sunglasses. Everyone looks better in them. (Refinery29)

– You will not be surprised to see that Jessica Simpson’s mouth is open in all of her new ads for her clothing line. (Although she does look cute in them. Just open-mouthed. Consistently.) (People StyleWatch)

Here’s your Weekly Hiddleston. Don’t say I never did anything for you. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces: January 24, 2014

You need to know that I originally dated this post “2012.” That’s not even LAST year. So I think I need a nap. While I take one, please enjoy the following:

– If you missed this in our awards coverage, I invite you to check out the in-depth interviews Heather and I conducted with Kristin Burke, the costume designer for Sleepy Hollow. Here is Part 1, and then Part 2.

– Speaking of, our friends at Vulture compiled a list of all the modern things that freaked out Ichabod. (Vulture)

– And on the subject of costumes: This piece on the funniest Star Trek: The Next Generation costumes contains a man who’s essentially in a combination of Borat’s bathing suit and a diaper (sorry, Sacha Baron Cohen, you didn’t do it first). Jean-Luc Picard surely wouldn’t have cared for that. (io9)

This Tumblr points out which costumes get re-used in movies and TV shows, including a Downton Abbey dress that appeared on both Cora AND Aunt Rosamund. (Recycled Movie Costumes)

Zara Philips has named her baby and it’s a lovely normal name and not “royal” feeling at all. I always wondered if Zara was annoyed that Princess Anne made the executive decision to de-royal Zara, like, let me reject my own title, Mom. (Lainey)

– Speaking of potentially bossy royals, apparently Prince Charles has decided that his own press office will also be Harry, William, and Kate’s press office, because he wants to control their press coverage better, and he dislikes that — for example — Kate’s outfits get more press than his own charitable work with the sheep or whatever. For one thing, that is just the nature of the beast, dude: We don’t even get press releases about any Materials Royal, and we’re still covering the balls out of Kate’s wardrobes, because people are interested in seeing what female celebrities wear, especially when they are just flarging around on the internet eating their chopped salad during lunch on a work day. But also, if I were William and Harry, I would NOT be best pleased with this — like, back off, Dad, and let me release my own press releases. Jeez. (Celebitchy)

– Pajiba is right: Marnie’s hilarious Edie Brickell video was amazing on Girls last week. (Lena hates Marnie, right? Like, really hates her.) (Pajiba)

– The Olympics are coming, and so is curling, and so are the Norwegian curlers and their amazing pants! (New York Times)

– If you don’t introduce an oral history of Swingers with the phrase, “this is so money,” you don’t deserve to introduce an oral history of Swingers. It’s awesome. (Grantland)

– If you like Downton Abbey, you should read Anne Helen Peterson’s super-smart piece about it — and its ladies, and “having it all” -- over at The Hairpin. Although I disagree with her that no one cares about Isobel. I LOVE Isobel. (The Hairpin)

– Hey, they think they found the remains of Alfred The Great. I just love how all over the UK, they’re finding the bodies of super important historical figures random places (this is not as random as Richard III Under the Car Park, of course), because it’s always a story that contains things I’m interested in: history, royals, and archeology. Basically, if Prince Harry turned into Indiana Jones, it would be the best thing that ever happened, as far as I am concerned. (Royal Central)

– You know I love the New York Diet feature on Grub Street, and Chris Benz’s is the best. He is really amusing. Write a book, Chris Benz. Also, I miss your fashion show, so please start doing that again. I have a lot of demands for Chris Benz. (Grub Street)

– This is a thoughtful and wonderful essay by Kim France about how being fired from Lucky ended up being a good thing. (Babble)


Fugs and Pieces, January 17, 2014

As Globes week ends, so does SAGs week start! The Screen Actors Guild Awards are SATURDAY, that is TOMORROW, and we will be live-blogging E!’s red-carpet HERE AT GFY, starting at 3pmPST/6pmEST. So come on by! Until then:

I didn’t even know they WERE doing a Veronica Mars spin-off! Kinda. Anyway. Fun! (Pajiba)

– Speaking of, you’ll want to read this interview with Jason Dohring, wherein he admits he was madly in love with Kristen Bell. (Buzzfeed)

– Kim France takes us on a tour of 80s fashion. (Refinery29)

– Figure-skating fans, this is a great (and lengthy) piece on how US Figure Skating decided to go with Ashley Wagner this year for the Olympics, despite her total meltdown at Nationals. (I will get to the skating costumes soon! I promise!) (Deadspin)

– Relevant: 9 Figure Skating Scandals that ROCKED THE WORLD. Of figure-skating. (Mental Floss)

– Zara Phillips had her baby! (The Cut)

– You guys will enjoy reading about the 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature. (Vulture)

– Soooo, I’m pretty sure this Tom Hiddleston Jaguar ad is going to be awesome. Well done, Sterling Cooper Draper Price Holloway Campbell Olsen! Or whatever you’re called now. (Lainey)

– You’ll enjoy reading about Hart of Dixie costumer Cameron Dale in The Hollywood Reporter! Not for nothing, but she’s wearing the BEST BOOTS in this story. (THR)

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s sister Zain works for CNN and they talked to her about his Oscar nomination and it’s really, really sweet. I might have gotten a little misty at how misty SHE got. (Celebitchy)

Vulture talks Oscars snubs and surprises. I still can’t believe Bradley Cooper’s man-perm got passed over. (Vulture)

– All you need here is the headline: Incredible Homes With Secret Rooms and Passageways. (Flavorwire)


Fugs and Pieces, January 10, 2014

Greetings, Fug Nation! Are you aware of the fact that the Golden Globes are this Sunday, January 12th? They are.  We will of course be live-blogging them for The Cut (I’ll toss up a link on Sunday) and you should definitely follow us on Twitter for added fun and commentary. We are, now and forever, @FugGirls. Until then:

Clooney is auctioning off a date with him — for charity, and also you get to bring someone with you, so it’s more like a threesome — and it can be yours for all of $10. And yet he still won’t come to work. I have ten years of filing, George! TEN! (CBS)

Miley’s the new Marc Jacobs muse, and the ads are FULL OF FEELING. It looks like Morrissey art directed. (Lainey)

– Speaking of ads, Nicole Kidman looks VERY Photoshopped in the new Jimmy Choo ads. I feel like she probably didn’t need quite that much work; we all know she’s not 21 anymore (and that’s okay). (People StyleWatch)

– You’re going to want to read this article about the floorplans of various homes in your favorite books. Manderley! Castle Dracula! 221 B Baker Street! (Shortlist)

– This is probably my favorite listicle of the week:  Ten B*tchfaces We’re Most Looking Forward To Seeing This Sunday At The Golden Globes. (Pajiba)

– Although it’s hard to resist a compilation of the best drinking moments of Parks and Recreation. Obviously, my favorite involves Snake Juice. (Vulture)

– Or mug-shots of famous writers. (Flavorwire)

– Or 32 hats for Kate Middleton’s 32nd birthday. (Celebuzz)

– Here are your Cumberbatch stories for the week, Cumberbitches. They are delightful, all full of anecdotes of him being lovely to people in Oklahoma. (Celebitchy)

– Hah: Alexander Skarsgård Reenacted That Infamous True Blood Scene At The South Pole. He may be literally freezing his butt off, but anything for a gag. (Refinery29)

The Victorians were obsessed with seaweed, and that’s because it’s beautiful. (Collectors’ Weekly)

– I agree with Sarah that GOD PLEASE DON’T MAKE ANOTHER SATC MOVIE, YOU GUYS. (Previously.TV)


Fugs and Pieces: January 3rd, 2014

Hey guys!

Happy New Year! We are actually in London at the moment, doing book research, and having many many issues with our internet access, so please bear with us if there are random site issues that we don’t get to as quickly as we would otherwise do. That, in addition to the fact that nothing seems to be happening with celebrities right this second, is also why today’s Fugs and Pieces is rather short (and early). If you have London restaurant recommendations for us, please weigh in!

– I often wonder if I am in a Noel Streatfield novel, and now we can find out. (The Toast)

I agree with Pajiba that Shia LeBeouf needs to CHILL.Also, stop plagiarizing people. (Pajiba)

–Aw, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield spent NYE in Hawaii.(Lainey)

– Alyssa Milano totally served Jay Mohr. Who earned it. (Celebitchy)

– Clay Aiken is considering a run for Congress. You do you, Clay. (NY Mag)

– PLEASE buy a caftan from the Rue McClanahan estate sale!(The Estate of Rue)

– Let’s revisit this great post on The Hairpin: The 17th Century Breastoration: A TIME BEFORE BRAS.(The Hairpin)

–Vulture has a great refresher on what happened on season three of Downton Abbey and it will be useful for us all! Did I mention we’re going to start fug-capping it? It’s true NO SPOILERS. (Vulture)

Former Vikings punter (and fellow UCLA alum) Chris Kluwe believes he was let go from the Vikings because of his vocal pro-gay marriage stance. He talks to Deadspin about it. (Deadspin)