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Fugs and Fabs: The Recent Candids of Reese Witherspoon

Seems like it’s time to check in with Hollywood’s preppiest — and most often-photographed — actress/producer/reader. (I have to give Reese a huge hand for her constant support of female authors, and for her general go-get-em attitude.)

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Your Morning Man: The Dude

Jeff Bridges

Is this what happens after about ten too many White Russians?

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Your Afternoon Chat: Your Stupid Human Trick

I’m of the belief that everyone has ONE — something weird and silly they can do, a trick that they pulled out at parties back in the day, and may still bring out to play every now and then. I, for example, can fit my fist into my mouth, thanks to a combo of very small hands and an abnormally large mouth. I no longer do this because I realized (while doing it at a bar as people stared at me) that it’s not particularly attractive nor very ladylike, so it’s been retired, but it was fun and impressive while it lasted. AND FREAKY. (I also taught myself how to tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue after seeing Audrey Horne do it, but the trick with that one is that it’s basically impossible to do without contorting your face in all kinds of very unsexy ways. I suspect Sherilyn Fenn was given a pre-tied cherry stem in Twin Peaks; again, TV has lied to me.) I have a friend who is double-jointed and can contort herself in many ways that seem unnatural and are very impressive. Another friend can name all the US Presidents, in order, extremely quickly.  Share with Fug Nation what crazy little trick you have up your sleeve! (I hope one of you, like Kramer, can drink a whole beer without extinguishing your cigarette.)


How To Be Fug: Alison Brie in Monse

She is so terribly pretty, and her legs and those shoes are items of splendor.

alison brie

But this looks like she’s wearing a skirt as a dress. Or a pillowcase. Either way, something that’s not intended to contain all of her erogenous zones at once. And yet.

[Photo: Getty]


Fug the Show: The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story recap, episode 1

It’s hard to know exactly how to recap this show. We all know the story…and yet I need to tell you guys how my optometrist was best friends with Johnnie Cochran, and he swore to me whilst checking me for glaucoma that Johnnie told him that OJ did it. (This is what happens when you live in Los Angeles. Also my optometrist was a lover of tall tales, so take his testimony as such.) Or how we were pretty sure a family friend might be called to testify for the defense (he’d played golf with OJ the morning of the murder, and claims OJ was complaining the entire time that his hands were killing him, thanks to his arthritis. Er, no pun intended. Our theory was that the defense was going to ask him to testify that OJ’s hands were too pained and weak to stab anyone. This did not happen). The Slow Speed White Bronco Chase went down literally hours after I drove home from UCLA for summer vacation and my entire family watched it on KTLA (along with the rest of the city). I watched the entire grand jury proceedings (or preliminary hearings?) that summer, as I removed the wallpaper from my mother’s bathroom for her. I literally remember, at one point that summer, looking up at the TV — because, in Los Angeles at least, every minute of this was television — and noting to the empty den, “oh, Marcia got a hair cut!” For me, the OJ Simpson trial and 105 degree oppressive San Gabriel Valley heat are the major markers of my college-era summers, and — in short — I have a lot of thoughts about OJ. If you didn’t live in Los Angeles at the time, I cannot over-stress to you how long and wide a shadow this case cast across the city. It was, arguably, the murder of the century, and living through it was deeply compelling, and very sad. I think this show — and I’ve only seen the premiere — is doing a great job telling this very complex story of a terrible murder and a complicated city. Ryan Murphy, sometimes you really get it right.

Much as I did for Mad Men, I’m going to recap these by ranking/tackling an aspect of the show each week. This week, it’s the physical casting of the major players (so far). But please feel free to comment on the show — or the case — as a whole in the comments. (And there are so many more actors to come. NATHAN LANE IS F LEE BAILEY! EVAN HANDLER IS ALAN DERSHOWITZ! I just realized I forgot to get a grab of Theo Huxtable as AC Cowlings, but we’ll see him next week, since he’s in the white Bronco with OJ as this episode closes.)


GFY Giveaway: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

I’m so excited to give away two copies of this book to you guys today. The cover is, I think, so gorgeous — and, fun fact, it was actually designed by Liz Casal, who also did the cover of our first YA book, Spoiled.


THE PRIZE: We have two copies up for grabs today. What’s THIS RAGING LIGHT about? I can tell you!

Lucille Bennett is pushed into adulthood after her mom decides to “take a break”… from parenting, from responsibility, from Lucille and her little sister, Wren.  Left to cover for her absentee parents, Lucille thinks, “Wren and Lucille. Lucille and Wren. I will do whatever I have to. No one will pull us apart.”

Now is not the time for level-headed Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

Messy, inconvenient love is my very favorite kind. I think you guys are going to enjoy this book very much.

THE TASK:  As always, I will pick the winner at random. To keep it fun, and because this book is so much about siblings, please post which set of famous siblings are your favorite. (In Hollywood, I think mine are currently The Brothers Hemsworth, but I do enjoy the works of The Brothers Wilson, and of course, who doesn’t enjoy the old Hollywood feud between Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland?)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.  FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.  (Prizing courtesy of HMH Books for Young Readers. Open to US mailing addresses only. Thank you!)


Well Played, Penelope Cruz and Kristen Wiig

I’ve decided these two are a good influence on each other, sartorially.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]