Fug File: Fugs and Pieces

Fugs and Pieces, December 5, 2014

So many Best Books and Gift Guides! (Speaking of, the Fug Nation gift guide went up this week, and you should check it out, if you haven’t!)

– Best of both worlds! The Los Angeles Times book gift guide is awesome and also REALLY PRETTY.

– I’m just going to share the title of this Collectors Weekly piece: Royalty, Espionage, and Erotica: Secrets of the World’s Tiniest Photographs

– This is also fascinating and well-worth your time, from the New York Times: My Great-Great-Aunt Discovered Francium. And It Killed Her.

– And also in the department of Great Headlines that Say It All, from Grantland: The Weight of Guilt. Death, disgrace, and a handful of knockers: inside the secret world of competitive bass fishing cheaters.

– Check out Slate’s piece on the best Overlooked Books of 2014.

– And Book Page’s best books of the year.

And Huff-Po’s!

– I hope you like books! Because here’s another round-up, and it’s a biggie. The New York Times‘s 100 Notable Books of the Year.

Entertainment Weekly ran down the most awkward sponsored challenges of Project Runway.

Elle’s advent calendar is just HOT DUDES.

– Ooh, look at all these pretty vintage engagement rings! (Retroette)

These photos of America’s malls in 1989 will take you back to junior high, if you’re my age. I can smell the Sbaro’s. (Mashable)

– Here are some Benedict Cumberbatch cupcakes! (People)

– Speaking of enjoyable headlines: Meryl Streep had to use her neighbor Gwyneth Paltrow’s oven on Thanksgiving. You can use my oven any time, Meryl. Not a euphemism. (Celebitchy)

– Miley is really going all out at Art Basel. Those pasties are gonna be a bitch to remove. (Lainey)

– You surely want to see the teaser of Clooney on Downton (Vanity Fair)

– Try the Hipster Business Name Generator! I’m Butter & Capes, which is apt because I love butter AND capes.

Pajiba tells you what the very WORST Christmas movies on Netflix currently are. One of them stars Daniel Baldwin.



Fugs and Pieces, November 26, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving, Americans! (Happy Wednesday, everyone else! We love you, too, and if you lived here we’re totally have you over for cocktails and cheeseballs.) I bring with me the Traditional Turkey-on-the-Head Monica, and tidings of gratitude. We’re very lucky we get to hang out with you every day, Fug Nation. That said, we are taking off for the holiday, more or less — I will be posting a Reign recap at some point over the long weekend, and if Kate and Wills and Harry pop out of the house dressed as festive mice, or something, we won’t let that wither on the vine. But essentially, we’ll be back with regular postings on Monday, December 1st. (Obviously, you can always chat us up on Twitter, too.) Until then, here’s to your cheeseballs and Chex Mix!

– This seems like a good time to remind you that there is a GFY Book Club on Goodreads! The December book is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and discussion begins on Monday!

– Per Lainey, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch are a GO for True Detective 2.

– Speaking of, here’s a little Tim Riggins and Tami Taylor together recently. (Cosmo)

– The AV Club has just informed me that HBO and Alex Gibney are making a Scientology documentary based on Going Clear, which is a very interesting book, and they’ve got A LOT of lawyers working on it.

Vanity Fair has a very interesting piece on Micaela Erlanger, the stylist behind (among others) Lupita Nyong’o and Michelle Dockery.

– I LOVE GIFT GUIDES. (Ours is coming soon-ish!). This one from Cupcakes and Cashmere is good. So is this GINORMOUS one from our friends at NY Mag, and this (intentionally over the top) one from People. And this Under $100 one from The Fashion Spot. Or this one, from Eater! I COULD KEEP GOING. (I will, next week.)

– This look back at the first Victoria Secret fashion shows is eye-opening. It was not at all the EXTRAVAGANZA it is today. But Tyra Banks was involved. (Note: this post does contain many a person in her skivvies.) (Buzzfeed)

– Thanks to Vulture, you can now make your own Aaron Sorkin monologue thanks to their Sorkin Monologue Generator. DELIVER IT AT THANKSGIVING DINNER!

– Mental Floss brings you 25 facts about Steel Magnolias.

– This Celebitchy headline has a LOT of things you enjoy: Matthew Goode was posh with a buttery voice before Benedict Cumberbatch. (Although the piece posits that The Good Wife‘s Finn and Alicia do not need to get it on and I am sorry, but there you are quite simply incorrect.)

– Did you know that ABC greenlit a sitcom called #winning? I am scared ABC got hit on the head and woke up and thinks it’s 2012. But appropriately, Pajiba presents the 10 Worst Sitcom Titles of All Time. And WOW THEY ARE BAD.



Fugs and Pieces, November 21, 2014

Let’s just get right into this:

– This is a totally fun piece about a woman who wrote to a TON of celebs as a child, and what they all wrote back to her. Sarah Jessica Parker, you are a class act. (Zulkey)

– Here’s EVERY People’s Sexiest Man Alive cover EVER.

– Like Lainey, I always forget that Scarlett Johansson has a twin brother. He’s cute!

– Forget Serial. Here’s the story behind the Mail Chimp ad. (Mail…kimp?) (The Atlantic)

Lucky has all kinds of recommendations for the best cheap tights, which seems seasonally apt?

– I really hope this bridal registry for noted catch Charles Manson is legit. (Glamour)

– Did y’all read that cracked out interview with Jaden and Willow Smith in T this week? It’s….something else.

– Also from T, this is a GREAT piece about the notoriously tough test one must pass in order to drive a cab in London, in, as they put it, the age of GPS.

– Pajiba DELICIOUSLY salutes the glory of Emma Thompson.

– This Mental Floss piece, on what people in 1976 thought 2076 would be like, is fascinating. If I make it to 2076 (it’s extraordinarily unlikely, I’d be REALLY old), I better have my g-d flying car.

– I laughed out loud at this round up of weird sex tips from women’s magazines. (World Lifestyle)

– I’m sure you want to see Bendylimbs Cumberlocks on the cover of Time. (Celebitchy)

– And read this great profile of him. (Vulture)

– I love this! The Cut has a whole piece on “surprising relationship dealbreakers.” I once broke up with a dude because he didn’t know who Kanye West was. (He also listened to electronica sitar music.)

Rihanna apparently wants to be on Scandal. I ALSO want Rihanna to be on Scandal. (Cosmo)


Fugs and Fabs: Celebs at the Cartier Women Who Dare Party

From the crazy (Erin Wasson) to the sublime (Christy Turlington).

[Photos: Splash]


Fugs and Pieces, November 7, 2014

Let me direct you to the words of others, in hopes that you can procrastinate for a wee bit until it’s time to really go home for the weekend!

– This, on Vulture, is great. Let me just share the lede: “For the latest edition of ‘Life in Pictures,’ photographer Henry Leutwyler followed [Wendy Whelan], the 47-year-old former New York City Ballet principal dancer, on October 18 after her farewell performance at Lincoln Center.”

– File this under THE BEST: Women Rejecting Marriage Proposals in Western Art History. It is peerlessly funny. (The Toast)

– This is a FASCINATING piece from The New York Times, about how Jessica Chastain is contractually prohibited from doing much PR for one of her movies — out this next month — in favor of doing it for Interstellar.

– Because he’s CLASSY AS HELL, Bendywinks Cumbervixen announced his engagement in the London Times next to the obits and births. (BBC)

– From The Cut: The 6 Weirdest Oprah’s Favorite Things.

This week would have marked Vivien Leigh’s 101st birthday. Marie Claire tells her life story in pictures.

– The Guardian ranks the 10 Best Female Power Dressers.

– Spoiler: Umami’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Burger is DISGUSTING, “like a strangely savory meat-flavored cupcake.”(Grub Street)

The Greatest Sandwiches in MOVIE HISTORY! (Slate)

You probably want to eyeball Alexander Skarsgard, right? Right. (Lainey Gossip)

– This is a hoot, from Mental Floss: 50 Old British Dialect Words to Incorporate into Conversation. Personally, I really like “crumpsy.” As is, “you’re terribly crumpsy again today, Mr. Darcy.” Also, I’ve just realized that my apartment is completely shackbaggerly and if I don’t get to titty-toiting, it’s only going to get worse.

– Look at these AMAZING VINTAGE HOTEL INTERIORS! The one with the pool in the lobby! (Curbed)

– This is right up your street, from Entertainment Weekly: Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Alums: Ranking Achievements Three Years Later

– Also at EW, the Mean Girls reunion where Lindsay’s skirt is SO SHORT you can tell that Tina is just biting the inside of her cheek not to turn to her and say, “TOO MUCH CROTCH.” (That said, the interviews are really good; Lilo is kind of funny in hers. COME BACK TO US LINDSAY. [I guess I still love her, you guys.])

– This is very amusing, from The Hairpin: The Worst Time Kris Jenner Taught Me To Make Pumpkin Bread

– Allegedly the world’s catchiest song is…. well, I don’t want to spoil it. (The Science of Us)

Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn are getting a divorce! I admit that this surprised me. I don’t know why. (Celebitchy)


Fugs and Pieces, October 31, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Hope it’s full of treats and no tricks.

– I know you’ll want to read Elle‘s interview with Josh Jackson.

-- Vogue celebrates the best of Winona Ryder, on the occasion of her 43rd birthday this week. WINO FOREVER!

Amy Poehler’s AMA is great. (For example, someone asks, “How do you treat yo self?” and her response is “fine leather goods.”)

– I love this: 10 Sexy Vintage Halloween Costumes. Spoiler: SEXY EBOLA is not one of them, but they’re quite awesome. (Retroette)

– This feels thematic: Glamour and grieving: How the Victorians dressed for death. (CNN)

– The Telegraph tells us how to recreate the most iconic wedding looks of all time.

– This is the sort of thing Vanity Fair does so well: The 50th Anniversary of New York’s Most Sensational Jewel Heist

– I know this is right up your street: A Visitor’s Guide to Jane Austen’s England (All Things Georgian)

– Oh god. The Peter Pan Live! promo. This is going to be a thing that happens to us.  Although Allison Williams looks kind of weirdly cute in that hair. (Jezebel)

– Here’s Eddie Redmayne, if you found yourself wishing for him. (Celebitchy)

– Lainey takes on the rumors that Jessica Biel is pregnant (in short: she doesn’t know one way or the other).

– Have you seen DanRad rapping? He’s GREAT. (Gawker)

Cosmo brings us many gifs of many braids. Braids!

Helen Mirren is the new face of L’Oreal, which is just perfect. (The Cut)

– Also at The Cut, Rebecca Harrington attempted to “waist-train,” a la Kim Kardashian, with hilarious results.

– Look at this amazing cocktail menu/pop-up book! (Fast Company)

– This is interesting: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop. (Brain Pickings)

– I KNOW some of you will want to read this from our friends at Pajiba: A Quick Primer on What ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Gets Wrong About Law School. Um, ALL OF IT?

– And the New York Times talks about red wine on Scandal and The Good Wife.



Fugs and Pieces, October 24, 2014

Can I interest you in some delightful reading material?

– Sarah Jessica Parker wrote a WONDERFUL tribute to Oscar de la Renta. (The Hollywood Reporter)

– I think you’ll be interested in this take on 18th century cosmetic enhancements over at All Things Georgian. I personally could use a “false rump” myself at times.

– You will also love this, I think: Saving an English Country House. (Two Nerdy History Girls)

– Related! And so, so so good:  The resurrection of Grey Gardens. (I did NOT know that Ben Bradlee, who died just this week, had bought Grey Gardens.) Via Gardenista.

Glamour ranks all Mr Darcys. (Spoiler: Number one is who you think it is.)

– Amazing: In 1938, L.A. woman went to jail for wearing slacks in courtroom. (Los Angeles Times)

– ALSO AMAZING, and also from the LA Times: Sphinx unearthed from 1923 Cecil B. DeMille movie set. !!!!

Dawson’s Creek, but with dachshunds. Yes.

– Given the season, you may want to know How to Grow a GIANT PUMPKIN. (Smithsonian)

– How DID Allison Janney become “that actor in everything”? She talks to Buzzfeed, explains, is awesome.

MORE pictures of Taylor Kitsch and Josh Jackson. MORE (Lainey)

– I enjoy the Ask A Literary Lady series over at Barnes & Noble, and this week she tackles what to read after a break-up.

– Pajiba suggests Tina Fey take over for Lorne Michaels at SNL, ASAP.

– This video, on YouTube, is a fascinating look at the making of a couture collection (in this case, the 2011 Spring/Summer Dior.)

– Rumor has it that George and Amal are having another big huge wedding party this weekend. We will be on alert. (Celebitchy)