Fug File: Fugs and Pieces

Fugs and Pieces, May 9, 2014

This week was packed with shenanigans! Thanks for enjoying all the Met Gala goodness with us. While you wait to be able to start your weekend:

– This week’s WHO WORE IT BEST pits Katie “Joey Potter” Holmes vs. Belle “I Love a Good Library Ladder” of Beauty and the Beast. (Vanity Fair)

– Also, in case you missed our Met Gala round-up for The Cut, it is HERE.

–Per Pajiba, ‘Justified’s’ Jacob Pitts Has the Best Harrison Ford Story Ever. (Pajiba)

– This interview with the founder and president of Essie nail polish is FULL of tidbits for lovers of a good mani. (Elle)

– This headline is the best: Life Advice From the Oldest Man in the World, a 111-Year-Old Occult Scholar on the Upper West Side. (NY Mag)

– This is awesome: Here’s What a Map to the Stars’ Homes Looked Like in 1937 (Curbed LA)

Town and Country has ten “timeless celebrity wedding shots” and many of them really are pretty swoony. Bianca Jagger’s hat! Audrey Hepburn’s dress! (And It’s T&C, so of course it’s 20% Kennedys.) (Town and Country)

Vulture talks to seven actors about pilot season and it’s really interesting. “What’s it like to do a pilot test? It’s like meeting a girl at a bar, getting wasted, going home, and sleeping with her. A test is sort of the next morning afterward, where the lights come on and you awkwardly collect your clothes and you knock a bottle of wine over and fumble for the door.” (Vulture)

– Ahem: Bazaar Reviews: Joan Collins Timeless Beauty. The opening line? “So, Joan Collins has a make-up line. And it’s really, really good.” (Harper’s Bazaar UK)

– Also: Jason Priestley Dishes on Shannen Doherty’s Demands, Brad Pitt’s Secret Girlfriend and Chanting ‘Donna Martin Masturbates’. (The Hollywood Reporter)

– ALSO also,  Previously.TV takes the Priestley tome and pits it against books from Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty. (Previously.TV)

– Elizabeth Olsen looks SO MUCH CUTER here than she did at the Met Gala. (Lainey)

– You’ll be interested in this: Peter Lerangis on Ghostwriting the Baby-Sitter’s Club and the Future of YA Lit. He ALSO ghost-wrote Sweet Valley High! this is such a good read: “My first novel was a horse-themed book in the Sweet Valley Twins series. I didn’t know a thing about horses so I had to spend time lurking in the Claremont Stables in New York City, watching little girls ride and trying to ignore the baffled glares of their moms. The outlines for those books were like beat poems. The stories were little soap operas, and people liked them. ” (Airship Daily)

Can I interest you in a pineapple and chile beer cocktail? I can interest myself, that’s for sure. I LOVE a beer cocktail. (Good. Food. Stories.)

– Oh, god, this is SO GOOD: What Your Favorite Met Dresses Look Like As Art. (Refinery29)

– A Dubs and SJP talk the Men of the Met with Seth Meyers. (People StyleWatch)

– Oh! I meant to post this last week and forgot, and it’s great: the New York Times profiled stylist Ilaria Urbinati, who is so fab. (NYT)

– These photos of the Gala courtesy of Humans of New York are so neat. (Vogue)

– Rumor has it that Jennifer Aniston and Leslie Mann are in a feud and I might be Team Jen for literally no reason. (Celebitchy)

– The Cut has a great slideshow of several of New York’s grandest grand dames (including Gloria Vanderbilt). (The Cut)



Fugs and Pieces, May 2 2014

Obviously, we’re all on HIGH ALERT for Prince Harry Shenanigan Stories this weekend (and discussing The Break-Up, and any number of royals-related items in this week’s Royals Round-Up), but while you wait:

– This week’s WHO WORE IT BEST pits Martha Stewart’s gold capri pants against those of JOE MONTANA. (Vanity Fair)

– This is amazing. Hat tip to Doree Shafrir’s Twitter for this, perhaps the best obit I’ve read in years. A taste, with the opening paragraph: “Walter R. Walsh, a world-class marksman who shot clothespins off laundry lines as a boy and went on to become an F.B.I. legend in shootouts with gangsters in the 1930s, an Olympic competitor and a trainer of generations of Marine Corps sharpshooters, died on Tuesday at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 106.”  It it beautifully written, and thrilling and also very sad.  It’s a hell of a read. (NY Times)

– You are going to love this: 20 Curious Victorian Words and Sayings. Some of these are so good and we need to bring them back. For example, “PODSNAPPERY: This term describes a person with a ‘wilful determination to ignore the objectionable or inconvenient, at the same time assuming airs of superior virtue and noble resignation.’” (Smitten by Britain.)

- Sooooo, we should probably discuss the Clooney engagement, yes? (Although we have talked about it on Twitter.) Good for George for realizing his bride-to-be is a major catch: extraordinarily accomplished and smart. We are proud, and if we’re not invited to the wedding, we will be ENRAGED. People, of course, has a shot of the ring. It’s HUGE. (People)

– And the AstroTwins — who write my favorite astrology site — have a very fun piece about how Intern George’s betrothal was written in the stars. (AstroStyle)

– Pajiba has helpfully put together a Summer 2014 Blockbuster Survival Guide. (Pajiba)

– Speaking of, Vulture is really doing the Lord’s work here: Summer Movie Preview 2014: Before and After Pictures of Actors Who Got Superhero Buff. (Vulture)

– Forever Young Adult put together what they’re calling the Ultimate YA Checklist. (Forever Young Adult)

– Sure, this week was the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls, but so was it the 10th anniversary of Debbie Downer. WAH WAAAAH. (The Wire)

– Speaking of that, Alyssa Rosenberg at the Washington Post argues that Ms. Norbury is the REAL hero of Mean Girls, and I am inclined to agree. (Washington Post)

– Yikes. Dolce and Gabbana are going to jail for tax evasion. Pay your taxes, people.(People StyleWatch)

Allure’s red carpet reporter on the trials of having to track down a white tie for Monday’s Met Ball. (Allure)

– Yes, did we mention the Met Gala is Monday? It celebrates Charles James — oh, the ladylike dresses! Be still my heart — and Vogue points out, some of the frocks in question are crazy heavy. Like, as heavy as five baby French bulldogs. (Vogue)

– Sadly, Ladies Home Journal is no more. The Cut salutes its glamorous early years. (The Cut)

– Ooh, the V&A has what looks like an amazing wedding dress collection on display now. People in London, go and report back to us! (The Guardian)

– Surely you are interested in seeing a picture of Grace Jones hanging out with Chris Evans. (Lainey)

– Or Benedict Cumberbatch in his reading glasses. (It’s your weekly Cumberlink, to quote my friend Marissa). (Celebitchy)

– Or Posh Spice celebrating her birthday with Baby Spice. (Hello!)

– Let’s relive some of Kirsten Dunst’s stylish movie moments. I miss you, Kiki. Please make a giant movie so you can make the rounds again. (Who What Wear)


Fugs and Pieces, April 25, 2014

Happy Friday, Fug Nation! Can I interest you in some procrastinatory material? That’s what I thought you’d say:

– Lupita Nyong’o is People‘s Most Beautiful this year, which is possibly the most RIGHT ON they’ve been with that title in a long time. You will want to look at the Behind The Scenes shoots from that shot. (People Stylewatch)

– The correspondence between Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter/editor Rose Wilder Lane is quite interesting. Rose had to keep telling her mother to take out all the violence. (Slate)

Can anyone link to an interview with Robyn Lively about Teen Witch without making a “Top That!” joke? No. (Buzzfeed)

Vanity Fair asks, “Can the Jem Costumes Capture the Cartoon’s High-Fashion Spirit?” THEY BETTER. (Vanity Fair)

– You will like this: An Eater’s-Eye View Of Literature’s Most Iconic Meals. (Monkey See)

One man wonders what, grammatically speaking, makes a headline clickbait. The answer will shock you. (The American Reader)

Behold: 8 Los Angeles Landmarks Rendered in Cake. INDEED. (Curbed Los Angeles)

Can I interest you in some pictures of Idris Elba, looking hot in jeans? Yes. Yes, I can. (Lainey)

– This is old, but relevant to our interests: Why Do We Want To Squeeze Cute Things? (Popular Science)

– Cameron Diaz, who has entered the portion of her career where she’s telling us stuff we’re not that interested in knowing about her, now informs everyone that she hasn’t used antiperspirant in twenty years. At least she’s using deodorant? Oh, Cammy. We don’t need to know all these things, babe. (Celebitchy)

– Pajiba notes that, if you loved Friday Night Lights, you might also enjoy…. (Pajiba)


Fugs and Pieces, April 18, 2014

Friday at last! As always, we’ll have some weekend updates — and Wills And Kate And George Updates Daily, one of which will probably go up tonight, actually — so make sure you pop back in over the next couple of days. But until then:

– We pitted Audrey Hepburn (as herself) against Kim Kardashian (dressed as Audrey Hepburn) in this week’s Vanity Fair Who Wore It Best, and learned that sometimes people on Twitter do not always read an article before responding to it: obviously Audrey herself makes the best Audrey.

– This interview with Jackie Collins, about the magazines and websites she reads, and the TV she watches, is just fabulous. I love her. (The Wire)

They’ve recently restored this amazing fresco that they found on the ceiling of the Sherry Netherland hotel. I love a hidden fresco. (Curbed)

– And some of you are going to love this SO HARD: Look Back at Preppy Collegiate Styles of Yore. (The Cut)

– This Roger Angell essay in  The New Yorker about life in his 90s isn’t super recent (I am always a bit behind on The New Yorker), but it is beautiful and touching and it made me cry. (The New Yorker)

– Behold! 10 of the Most Epic Libraries in the UK. Two of which we namecheck in the new book! (What can I say? You know we love libraries.) (BBC America)

– If everything is online, why do we still get so many catalogs? The answer is really interesting. (Also: I LOVE getting my J Crew and Williams Sonoma and Boden catalogs.) (Wall Street Journal)

Kevin Williamson reflects on the finale of Dawson’s Creek. It’s quite a good read, and has a lot of interesting Joey/Dawson/Pacey stuff. Ahem: “To me, Dawson and Joey are soul mates. And then I kept thinking, one thing I’ve learned in my life is that my soul mate isn’t necessarily my romantic love.” I find it FASCINATING that he thought people really expected Joey and Dawson to end up together romantically. I guess when I was recapping DC for TWoP, we had SO FEW Dawson/Joey shippers that it literally never occurred to me that anyone would really be rooting for that. PACEY FOREVER! (Entertainment Weekly)

– The “Dumbleron” theory was always my FAVORITE cracked out Harry Potter theory — it was, in short, that Ron was actually a time-traveling Dumbledore — and god bless The Toast for continuing to RUN WITH IT. (The Toast)

– If you follow William Shatner on Twitter — and you should, as he is a delight — you know that he tweets about CW shows ALL THE TIME. WaPo asked him why. (The Washington Post)

– Speaking of, RDJ is on Twitter! (Lainey Gossip)

– There are all kinds of juicy new guidelines for the Met Gala this year. (Which is May 5th — mark your calendars!) (The Hollywood Reporter)

– Saluting Posh’s Signature Lean for her birthday! (Fashionista)

– Daniel Franzese, Mean Girls’s Damian (you may recall Damian as being too gay to function?), gives a great juicy interview to CosmoTo wit: “I like to say I’m the legendary father of the House of Glen Coco.” You go, Glen Coco. (Cosmo)

Benedict Cumberbatch has a SECRET GIRLFRIEND? I really hope it’s one of you. (Celebitchy)

– Let me just leave this Pajiba headline here for you: For His Latest Career Move, James Franco Calls the NYTimes Theater Critic a ‘Little Bitch.’ STAY CLASSY, FRANCO. (Pajiba)

– This is great, but DO NOT READ IF YOU’RE NOT CAUGHT UP ON GAME OF THRONES. DO NOT. SPOILERS: If Our Media Reported The Thing That Just Happened On “Game Of Thrones”


Fugs and Pieces, April 11, 2014

Dudes! This weekend is the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books! It’s a wonderful event for book lovers – the complete schedule of events and all the details are available at the Festival of Books website, and you should check it out — and Heather and I will be appearing on a panel  called “Young Adult Fiction: A Little Help from My Friends,” on Sunday, April 13th, at 12pm. Our moderator is the awesome Aaron Hartzler, and Heather and I will be appearing along with fabulous authors Robin Benway and Lauren Myracle. We will be there to talk about — as you can probably guess from the title of the panel — our YA books Spoiled and Messy. (Our new adult book, The Royal We, will be primed and ready to go at next year’s FoB, but at the moment we are literally still writing it. Like, literally. I just wrote the words, “old furniture.” THERE IS OLD FURNITURE IN THIS BOOK THAT’S SET IN SOME PALACES SPOILER.)

Anyway, there will be a Q&A, as well as a book signing after the panel, so come on out and meet us, get books signed, ask us about the new book, the old books, books we didn’t even write, where I got my bracelet, whatever you like! IT IS FREE! You can even take the subway if you’re so inclined/there’s a stop by your house. (Parking is not free; parking is $10; there’s more logistical info here.)

And now onto your regularly scheduled F&P:

– This week’s Vanity Fair WHO WORE IT BEST pits UConn coach v. UConn coach for the REAL championship: the sartorial one.

– Per Esquire: Twin Peaks, 24 Years Later, Looks Better Than Ever. Damn fine, you might even say. (Esquire)

– You WILL read this profile of SWINTON. (Vulture)

– The wonderful Bill Cunningham has an art show running currently, and Paper has some of the photos. (Paper Magazine)

– This is great: The Definitive Guide to Wearing Prints Like Mindy Kaling. (Who What Wear)

– This is so dumb and you’ve probably already seen it, but I can’t stop laughing about it: Reporter’s Interview With the Mayor Ends With a Splash in What Might Be the Best News Blooper Ever. (E!)

– On quite literally the other side of the intellectual spectrum, the Met has a seriously very interesting article about tapestry. (The Metropolitan Museum)

‘Game of Thrones,’ We Need to Have a Talk About Your Nudity Imbalance, says Pajiba. (Pajiba)

– GQ takes a look at A Brief History of Men in Tights. Wearing them, not the Mel Brooks movie. (GQ)

– Speaking of: In 1893, Someone Predicted We’d Wear Leggings as Pants. (The Atlantic)

– This Jackie Collins Life In Pictures is DEEPLY AWESOME. (Vulture)

– This is…adorable. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone dancing in the BBC offices. There is video. It has sound. You have been warned. IT IS CUTE. (The Frisky)

Katherine Heigl is seriously suing Duane Reade for SIX MILLION DOLLARS because they tweeted that she shopped there because there was a picture of her shopping there. (Lainey)

– The wonderful Joe Reid ranks all of the Real World/Road Rules contestants ever. (The Wire)

– Naya Rivera and Big Sean broke up AND she called him a thief! Not only of her heart! (Celebitchy)

Jennifer Lawrence is on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings this month – with a bunch of other people — and her J Crew bridesmaid’s dress is way cuter than half the Dior she had to wear this year. (Buzzfeed)


Fugs and Pieces, April 4, 2014

Los Angelenos! I hope you are coming to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books next weekend. If you are, our panel is called “Young Adult Fiction: A Little Help from My Friends,” and it’s on Sunday, April 13th, at 12pm. (High noon!) Our moderator is the awesome Aaron Hartzler, and Heather and I will be appearing along with fellow authors Robin Benway and Lauren Myracle, and we’d LOVE to meet you and sign books afterwards. There are more details here, on our book blog. Come on out!

Beware: If you’re not caught up on SCANDAL or THE GOOD WIFE, some of these links and all of the comments are spoiler-y:

David Beckham modeling his (tiny) swimsuits for H&M. YOU ARE WELCOME. (Elle)

Games of Thrones envisioned as a 70s sitcom is a thing of beauty. (AV Club)

– This is so very: An oral history of Heathers. (EW)

– This is awesome. Trust me: 16 Pieces Of Indispensable Writing Advice In Magic Marker. (Buzzfeed Books)

– Also at Buzzfeed, Dan Bucatinsky on what happened to him on Scandal recently. I learned from this post, also, that Dan Bucatinsky’s husband is totally cute. (Buzzfeed)

– ALSO also at Buzzfeed, Martha Plimpton is (a) the best and (b) looks amazing. (Buzzfeed)

Will Gardner’s Best Moments. WILL. WHY. (Pajiba)

Never Underdressed salutes Mannequin. Which is also a good excuse to direct you to our recap of Mannequin, which is some of Heather’s finest work. (Never Underdressed)

Look at all these neat Faberge eggs! (Vanity Fair)

Thrillist picks a beer for every baseball team in America. As a life-long Dodger fan, however, I would like to say that I personally always stay until the end of the game. (Thrillist)

Paper tells us what happened to all those kids who were on NYC Prep, the one-season Bravo reality show version of Gossip Girl, which, yes, I totally watched. (Paper)

Jon Hamm was on a dating show in the 90s and OMG HIS HAIR. It is SO 90s. Youngsters, this is the hair of all the boys I thought were cute. (The AV Club)

– Are you worried about your favorites shows on the bubble? Vulture continues to update their predictions on what will and won’t get cancelled this TV season.  (Vulture)

– Is the implication here that Alexa Chung and Chris Martin are getting it on? (I’m trying to being back “getting it on.”) (Lainey)

Kidman’s Princess Grace movie DOES look bad. She and Naomi Watts are probably commiserating in the south of France over martinis right now. (Celebitchy)

–This is silly and it made me laugh: Celebrities that Look Like Mattresses. (Sad and Useless)