Fug File: Fugs and Pieces

Fugs and Pieces, December 13 2013

Happy Friday, Fug Nation! While you wait to head off to your holiday parties, please let these entertain you:

– ICYMI, we took a look back at the best, worst, and wackiest of 2013′s red carpet fashion. (The Cut)

– We are currently paying a visit to the set of Sleepy Hollow — you’ll see why later! — and it is awesome. Also awesome: this interview with Sleepy Hollow writer Damian Kindler, who wrote the scene you know as “FAREWELL YOLANDA.” (Entertainment Weekly)

– Forget Olivia Pope and her Wine Cardigan, let’s revisit the Top Ten Wine Moments from Alias (the show Shonda Rimes currently thinks she’s writing for anyway). (Grapefriend)

Mariah Carey is on the Today show…in her nightie. Because it’s too freaking early to get dressed. (Lainey)

– Pajiba lists the 20 Most Laughable Golden Globe Nominations (in history, not just this year). Remember that time they made Tilda Swinton present the Globe for which JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT was nominated? Oh, it was to laugh! (Pajiba)

– Here’s your Cumberbatch for the week. YOU’RE WELCOME. (Celebitchy)

Let’s look at and talk about these paintings on velvet! I want one of Elvis. (Collectors Weekly)

– Refinery29 wonders, The Friday Night Lights Cast: Where Are They Now?. (Refinery29)

– You’ll be interested in this look at the job of Sergio Kletnoy, Joanna Coles’s executive assistant. And in the awesome sunglasses Coles is wearing in the accompanying photo. (New York Times)

– This Rolling Stone piece is quite funny, whether you agree or not: ‘Blurred Lines’: The Worst Song of This or Any Other Year. Way harsh, Tai! (Rolling Stone)



Fugs and Pieces, December 6, 2013

LA LA LA 19 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS I am not panicking. (Do you need a gift guide? We put one together! Check it out.) While I make my list and check it twice, please enjoy:

– I got to be the Special Guest on this week’s Extra Hot Great podcast, where we talked about the demise of SoapNET and soaps in general, and the demise of Scott Scanlon on Beverly Hills 90210 in partic, and it was extra hot fun. You can listen to the podcast here, or just read my presentation about why that episode of 90210 is the shit here. (Extra Hot Great/Previously.TV)

– Apparently the actual Von Trapps wanted Anne Hathaway rather than Carrie Underwood for last night’s Sound of Music, uh, extravaganza, and I cannot believe I am saying this, but I think I might have liked that better, too. (Refinery29)

– You want to see Every Single Hairdo Mellie Has Ever Had On Scandal. (Vulture)

JK Rowling wrote about jewelry for Harper’s Bazaar UK, and it is (unsurprisingly), so SO good, and in aid of a very good cause. She is my everything. Write about everything for everyone, JK. (Harper’s Bazaar)

– Someone is making posters of the seminal Seinfeld movie Rochelle, Rochelle, and hanging them up all over New York. (Refinery29)

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are just so darn cute together. (Lainey)

The Funny Or Die take on Nikke Finke’s Deadline Hollywood drama is legit really, really good. Oh, Jean Smart, I cherish you. (Funny Or Die)

-- Kate Middleton’s expression upon meeting Idris Elba is hilarious. This is seriously the face we would all make. That face says, “oh my god you’re so hot I can’t stop laughing what’s wrong with me?” (Pajiba)

– There is a dude in Altadena who makes a replica of the Rose Bowl field, and then the Superbowl field, in his own yard. I love that guy! (LA Times)

– Some people have abandoned knitting needles and are currently just knitting with THEIR ARMS. (Disclosure: I am quoted in this story, briefly.) (WSJ)

– Posh, tenderly embracing a polar bear. (People StyleWatch)

– There is some weird ish going on with Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux and I agree with Celebitchy that they’re going to announce their break-up at like 5:45pm PST on December 24 or Dec 31, just to screw with the news cycle. OR they’re going to secretly get married over the holidays, but I doubt it. UNFOUNDED GOSSIP!! (Celebitchy)

– Speaking of marriage, Kanye and Kim want to do it at Versailles. I’m sorry, I need to sit down. (The Cut)

– You will like this interview with Allison Janney, who is so wonderful on Masters of Sex, and who says she needs to go to more parties because she is “looking for love.” Lordy, if the glorious Allison Janney is having romantical problems, what chance do the rest of us have? (Vulture)

– Finally, Heather and I were delighted to be part of the Hairpin’s new series of about “invisible labor” — basically, we talked about what we do all day. It was fun! (The Hairpin)


Fugs & Pieces, November 27th, 2013

It’s time for the traditional Turkey On The Head pic, which is how you REALLY know it’s Thanksgiving here in America. Because this is the weekend that many celebrities disappear into their homes with their families to shovel carbs into their maws, so shall we do the same. We’ll be back with regular postings on Monday, December 2nd. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! And also HAPPY HANUKKAH! Until then:

Prince Harry has grown himself some facial hair and I have Feelings about it and those Feelings are that I like it. (Lainey)

– Speaking of Royals, the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek is hilarious. (It’s William and Kate photoshopped into J Crew, celebrating how excited the UK is to get J Crew. Which, say what you will, I feel you. I am seriously and deeply into J Crew. I walked into my local one once nd one of the salesdudes looked up and literally said to me, “oh, THERE you are. Where have you been?!” I might have a problem.) (HuffPo)

The Period Is Pissed. When did our plainest punctuation mark become so aggressive? asks The New Republic. You punctuation lovers will enjoy this; I enjoyed it in part because Heather once said to me, “I can tell you’re cranky because you’re using so many periods.” She was right. (The New Republic)

–Speaking of writerly tics, Slate looked at the most-used adjectives, adverbs, and sentence openers for The Hunger Games, Twilight, and the Harry Potter series. It’s extremely interesting, and quite telling. (Slate)

This Goldiebox v. The Beastie Boys thing is fascinating. As awesome a message as Goldiebox is putting out, dudes: Copyright. It’s a real thing. (Grantland)

– The New York expose on what went down with Nikki Finke and Deadline is one hell of a read. (Vulture)

Where’s the Ding Dang?: A Discussion of the Lack of Nudity Equality in Cinema. Because nothing says Thanksgiving like talking full-frontal. (Pajiba)

– This is funny: 17 Background Actors Who Have No Idea What They Are Doing, including our friend Jason’s very favorite extra, from Teen Wolf. (Buzzfeed)

The more Kanye goes off on people/things, the more I think — sincerely — that Kanye is much smarter than he ever gets credit for. He’s also, in many ways, nuttier than pecan pie, which I think makes people automatically disregard anything he says, but you can be a creative, thoughtful person who is also a crackpot and an egomaniac. I don’t know. The more Kanye refuses to shut up, the DOPER I THINK IT IS. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, November 22nd, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t know about the rest of our American readers, but I am buried under recipes for stuffing. While I try to decide what to serve with the turkey on Thursday, please enjoy the following:

– Of course Helena Bonham Carter wore a top hat out with the kids this week. I would be disappointed by anything else. (Lainey)

– Speaking of hats, The Cut counts down the 50 most remarkable hats in history. (The Cut)

Watch Aarol Paul and Bryan Cranston read the final pages of the Breaking Bad finale for the first time. I love you, Aaron Paul. (Gawker)

– The trailer for the new season of Girls is out and I have thoughts. (a) In the first section, Hannah is wearing a dress from the Gap which I also own and it doesn’t look great on either one of us. (b) Lena’s hair looks very cute. (c) ANDREW RANNELLS!!!!!!! I am thrilled by his return. (Refinery29)

– This is awesome. Seven Streakers (of sporting events) Share Their Stories. We had streakers at graduation one year when I was in high school (all upper school students were forced to attend graduation; this happened my freshman year, and considering that I attended an all girls school, seeing three teenage dudes streak was….well, basically the best thing ever). (Extra Mustard)

– Have you seen Channing Tatum recreating Jean-Claude Van Damme’s famous splits on the set of 22 Jump Street? Channing Tatum is truly a gift to us all. (Pajiba)

– Over at Girls of a Certain Age, we’re all discussing the Worst (Clothing) Purchase We Ever Made. (Girls of a Certain Age)

– This Hollywood Reporter story about the Biebs is just making me laugh. Celebitchy has highlights, and they include: “What I represent is positivity and brightness and lightness and amazingness. ” Okay, Biebs. (Celebitchy)

Vulture is celebrating all things 1998 this week, including Dave Holmes reflecting on MTV. To wit: “People come up and talk to me about my screechy-voiced Wanna Be a VJ rival Jesse Camp literally every single day. If I were on fire, I’d like to think that people would hose me off before they asked me what Jesse was like in real life, but my experience suggests they’d probably do both simultaneously. So I’ll answer your most popular question: Yes, Jesse Camp was really like that all the time. And I mean all the time. ” (Vulture)

– Additionally, this week’s Quote Quiz is Seinfeld and I am embarrassed to say that I only got 11/12 correct. (Vulture)


Fugs and Pieces, November 15th, 2013

I spent most of this week on jury duty at the criminal courts, and all of it finishing my marathon of Breaking Bad (which I started with the pilot on the day that everyone else watched the series finale).  I rather feel as if I have just emerged from a dark place where terrible things happen on both counts. Let’s try to keep it light with the following:

– Do you watch Sleepy Hollow? YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING IT. It’s so delightful. And if you do, you need to read this and realize that everyone on that show is as charming as humanly possible, and Orlando Jones is a hero for our time. (Buzzfeed)

– I’m positive you want to check in with Prince Harry. (Lainey Gossip)

– Speaking of The Royals, People takes on Kate twirling her hair at the Remembrance Day event this week. (People)

– Speaking of posh, Posh and Becks are selling off the crown she wore at their wedding. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?! (The Cut)

– We’re all gone through the Ten Stages of Shopping a Designer Collection. I will never forget The Great Missoni Debacle of Whenever That Was. (XO Jane)

– This is news you need to know: Nude Photos of Nicolas Cage May Soon Leak. Here’s How to Prepare Yourself. !!!!!!! (Pajiba)

They’ve invented wine for cats. This is going to end badly, and on YouTube. (Time)

Melrose Place  subtitled in emoji is exactly what you want it to be. (Wired)

– There is a lot of chatter on the gossip wires about Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux maybe being on…well, if not totally the “outs,” cooling off. Like, several stories. Which I hope isn’t true just because I don’t think I can live through another round of POOR JEN SHE WILL NEVER FIND LOVE!!!! magazine articles. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, November 8, 2013

Greetings, Fug Nation! A reminder that Monday is a holiday for American readers — it’s Veteran’s Day — and we will be posting on a more relaxed schedule. (Although we will be posting; Saturday will also have new posts.)

– ICYMI: We wrapped up the CMAS for The Cut!

–ICYMI 2: We rated the iconic flowing man-hair of film for Vulture, in what turned out to be one of my favorite projects lately.

– ICYMI 3: There’s still time to snag some of the pretty shoes we designed in collaboration with Milk & Honey; our proceeds are going to the Alzheimer’s Association.

– Lionsgate wants to open A HUNGER GAMES THEME PARK. If that’s true to life, man that’s going to be a VERY DARK OUTING. (Pajiba)

– An ode to Jack McKay’s giant sweats. (Previously.TV)

– Rebecca Harrington’s series on celebrity diets is endlessly hilarious, and her most recent piece — Beyonce! — is great. (The Cut)

– Emma Thompson, you’re the best. (Lainey Gossip)

Here’s a preview of The Sound of Music LIVE! With Carrie Underwood and Bill Compton. Underwood sounds fine/like she’s thinking, “SOUND BROADWAY, CARRIE!”. Vampire Bill is already no Christopher Plummer. I seriously might be more worked up about a non-Plummer Captain than I am about a non-Andrews Maria, and I love Julie Andrews. (Atlantic Wire)

– In the That Says It All Headline Sweepstakes, your winner: Dudes Are Trying to Sleep With Courtney Love So They Can Play Kurt Cobain in a Biopic, Says Courtney Love. (Grantland)

– I know you and I know you want to see this Tom Hiddleston Slumber Party Shenanigans. (Celebitchy)

– Behold Team USA’s uniforms for Sochi 2014 (EW)

– How could I not want to read something called The Blockbuster Fall Nail Guide? My own nails are currently something called “Deep Space,” personally. (Refinery29)