Fug File: Fugs and Pieces

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)


Fugs and Pieces, December 20, 2013

Happy almost Christmas to those of you who celebrate it! Happy almost The Week Where Traffic Is Super Light to everyone else! Because of the holiday, we are about to embark on a more relaxed posting schedule — not because we want to take time off to shove cheese balls in our faces (although obviously we do) as much as because we’re entering that brief period when NO ONE IS LEAVING THE HOUSE and ergo, material is light on the ground. We will be updating between now and 2014 — we’ve got all kinds of fun stuff planned, from Best and Worsts to the annual Vogue Predicta-Cover — so definitely pop back in between your own cheese balls and see what’s up. And rest your eyeballs while you can, because come January, IT IS ON: Awards season!

– Bored over the holidays? You may not have noticed that we updated our header to give you helpful links to stuff like all the movies we’ve covered, all the shows we fug-cap, runway shows, the royals, and Fug Madness — all kinds of good stuff, archived, and ready for you to rifle through this holiday season.

– You can also always keep up with us on Twitter and on Facebook and on Pinterest.

– It has come to my attention that some GFY readers didn’t hear our most recent exciting news, which is that we are working on a new book. Now you know! (I should be writing it right now, in fact.)

– Now that all the house-keeping is done, on to the good stuff, in the form of an extra-long Fugs & Pieces. Ahem: Cocktails Could Protect You From Getting Sick. I KNEW IT! (Mother Jones)

– This is very cool. Apparently, in Japan, it was tradition for parents and grandparents to create, by hand, balls made from scraps of old kimonos and give them to their children on New Year’s Day.  They’re called temari (which means “handball,” I believe). I’m not sure if this is still a tradition, and I hope someone with more knowledge about this will pop up in the comments to teach us more. At any rate, one such grandchild has been photographing all the temari her grandmother, who is now 92, has made since the 1960s and they are breathtaking. They are so beautiful. Go look. (Bored Panda)

– Let’s talk about the real Mary Poppins — the one in the books. Spoiler: She is no Julie Andrews.  I do love those books. (Although I also love Julie Andrews.) (The Hairpin)

– Vulture has been doing a series of Oral Histories and they are SO GOOD. You will want to read them all, but you will especially want to read The Oral History of the Clueless Party Scene and ‘You Waited’: The Oral History of Donna Losing Her Virginity on Beverly Hills, 90210. READ THEM.  (But also, read the one about Buffy. And “Baby Got Back.” And the episode of Sex and the City where Kristen Johnston falls out the window.) (Vulture)

– This is old, but I ran across it in a Best of Year round up and I had to share: Secret Fore-Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa. Secret paintings on books! YES. (Colossal)

– YES. You DO need to spend some time revisiting the Mitch Gaylord tour de force American Anthem. YOU DO. (Sports On Earth)

Martha Stewart has doubts about all these other “lifestyle” experts. I always back Martha. Always. (Celebitchy)

– This is interesting! 11 Badass Women Who Lived at the Chelsea Hotel. (Bookish)

– i09 clip-ifies some of the best and worst moments on TV this year. Spoilers if you’re not caught up on stuff, obviously, but I had to include this because the first clip is one of my favorite things that happened on TV this year as well. A hint: FAREWELL, YOLANDA. (i09)

– Ahem: Hot Men in Warm Sweaters. (The Cut)

–In case you’re cold, Refinery29 tracked down a bunch of actually cute puffer coats. (Refinery29)

– Hee. Cosmo envisions a wide variety of celebrity couples wearing the iconic Britney and Justin Matching Denim, and it is funny. (Cosmopolitan)

People gives us 12 Months of Royals in 2 Minutes. (It’s a video, and there’s sound, so watch at home with your cheese balls). (People)

– Speaking of, here’s Prince Harry’s giant polar beard, and also a slightly bearded Alexander Skarsgård. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

But wait. It is not officially the holidays until we all bask in the glory of George Michael’s hair and bunch of 80s sweaters…..after the jump:

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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)