Fug File: Fugs

Fugs or Fabs: Freida Pinto

Spoiler: No matter how successful — or not — her dresses are, her shoes are always GREAT.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Royally Played: Wills and Kate (in McQueen) and Harry

So, Wills and Kate and Harry (and the Queen, whatever) hosted a party at Buckingham Palace tonight for Rio Olympians, and Kate wore a pattern again – her patterns are becoming a pattern and I am obviously delighted — AND red shoes. Progress, you guys. It’s even being made at the Dreaded Cocktail Events!

It took forever for photos to come in from this party, and ergo I also bring you MUCH from social media, in addition to our slideshow, as I was concerned this was the only coverage I was going to be able to grab — and frankly there STILL aren’t a ton of photos yet. Luckily, everyone’s Instas and Twitters were on top of things, and I’ll update our slideshow once more pics come in. Until then:

I like it! The length might be a little weird?

I see you laughing in the background with your wine glass, Princess Anne! You cannot hide from me!

This next photo made me laugh. The Body Language Experts at Us Weekly would have only good marks for how their relationship is going, given the level of mirroring happening here:

You two. JUST MAKE OUT! And, finally, some video from inside the event. It’s always fun to get to see the inside of the palace, no?

[Photos: YUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images, Instagram, Twitter (in particular, Emily Andrews, whose Twitter coverage of this event was aces.)]


Recent Fugs and Fabs: Vanessa Hudgens

Let’s check in with (arguably) my favorite Fug Madness winner — who also made an appearance in this morning’s first post. It’s like Vanessa Hudgens Day around here.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]


Fugs and Fabs: Anna Kendrick

First of all: I really like Anna Kendrick, and so I am amused by how ANNOYED she looks in this this first photo. It’s very, “I know, this dress feels very Later Day Nellie Olson and I’m not loving it either. WHY AM I SO MUSTY RIGHT NOW?” The good news is, she ended things on a high note.

[Photos: Getty, Fame/Flynet]


Well Played Cover: Emma Stone on Vogue, November 2016

I mean, can we be honest? There is no way I wasn’t going to love this cover:

Emma Stone Vogue November 2016

Emma Stone in a Breton stripe — cropped or otherwise; this one is by Michael Kors — is possibly my platonic ideal of a magazine cover, second only to whenever Vogue remembers that Lupita Nyong’o always looks amazing on their covers and should be on one every year. This just has major personality — and using the “V” for their “vote” headline is clever (and a very good suggestion on their part). In addition to patriotism, Emma is promoting La La Land, which I am actually quite excited to see, and, for once the interior shoot is charming and seems to be telling an actual story (sometimes I feel like Vogue is all, “eh, I dunno. Stand her in front of a wall, then let’s make it look like she was hit by a car. Oh, then I guess we turn her into a Dust Bowl schoolteacher, and then end with…ugh, who cares? Maybe a milkmaid. Whatever.” Not in this case).

And, of course, nowadays one cannot be on the cover of Vogue without doing 73 Questions, it seems, and so Emma has complied. I have to admit, I was really distracted by eye-balling her apartment, but I also actually burst out laughing at a few of Emma’s answers. These videos never feel 100% natural — although the SJP one might have been the best, and the DanRad one was great – but you can always tell when someone is a decent actor. Which she is:

Major bonus points for the Britney imitation, obviously.

[Cover: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Vogue]


Adequately Played: Lindsay Lohan

So, I hope our Greek Fug Nationals are in the mood to do some recon on Lindsay Lohan’s new nightclub — titled, appropriately, Lohan. I’m not sure what that really SAYS about the club unless it’s some kind of immersive experience, in which one night there includes cycling through three different hair colors, twice playing your own identical twin, finding someone else’s cocaine in your pants, filming ten ungrateful minutes of your reality show before a hologram of Oprah comes to yell at you, and nearly losing a finger in a yacht-related catastrophe.

Lindsay Lohan

At least she looks nice, if also slightly like a lady who’s about to stand in front of a large bulls-eye while a man in tights throws knives at her. If THAT turns out to be the theme of Lohan, well… let’s just hope there’s no audience participation.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


The GFY Giveaway: I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL by Gretchen McNeil

Ready for another giveaway? We’ve got you. Today, we’re delighted to be giving away Gretchen McNeil’s newest YA novel, I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl, which comes out TODAY!


What’s it about? I have the answer to that question:

Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She’s starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend Jesse dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it’s time to use The Formula for herself. She’ll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win Jesse back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she’s messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?

THE TASK: We have five copies to give away, and I will be picking the winners at random — good luck! In order to keep it fun, though, please comment and tell us your favorite personal eccentricity (of your own, or someone you know, or even just someone you’ve run into in daily life). I live down the street from a family that has seemingly blown a TON of money on giant bronze statues of animals and they have like 25 of them in their (normal-sized) front yard, which is delightful. Of course, anyone who lives in LA knows about the now sadly lost to us House of Davids. It was TRULY the holiday season once all those Davids had their Santa hats on them; I miss them every Christmas.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Friday.  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 the publisher. Open to residents of the continental United States only. Thank you!)