Fug File: Fugs

Well Played/ Fug or Fab: Keira Knightley at The Imitation Game Photocall and Premiere

I guess it’s raining in London right now? Thank god, we can add another entry to our file of Dudes Holding Umbrellas. Let’s talk about Keira, who I wish would unclench her hold on this particular color. (But her photocall dress is terribly cute.)

[Photos: Pacific Coast News, AKM/GSI, Getty]


Fugs and Fabs and TURBANS: The Club Tacori Event

I mean, other people wore stuff but this is clearly your takeaway.

[Photos: Splash]


Well Played: Emily Blunt in Roland Mouret

She really looks like she’s rethinking this:

IWC Gala Dinner In Honour Of The BFI

I can’t think why; she looks delicious. Unless she’s just realized that she REALLY hates Creamsicles and now she looks like their most glamorous spokesperson.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Fug the Show: Reign recap, season 2, episode 1, “The Plague”

Why didn’t you guys tell me this show is laugh-out-loud funny?! Even when it’s about the plague! Oh, yeah, the plague is in town. See? Look at all these dead people!

When that priest turns around, by the way, his face is all Bubonic McPlaguey, which I have spared you, because it was kind of a gross way to kick off our coverage of this fine, seriously historically-inaccurate show.

On that note: We did not cover this last season because I feared the costumes and the INCREDIBLY INACCURATE HAIR and the NAMES — NO ONE IN THE SOCIAL POSITION TO BE A LADY-IN-WAITING (OR ANYTHING!) IN THE FRENCH COURT IN THIS TIME PERIOD WAS NAMED LOLA COME ON — might drive me to capsy insanity, and you know what? It probably still will, but honestly, that’s part of the fun. I love highly-fictionalized historical shenanigans. And to that point, I am totally going to miss stuff that I should have known from last season, so I asked that you bear with me as I get up to speed, and feel free to explain and gently correct in the comments (I read the Wikipedia, but….it’s confusing. There’s a mystical blood-sucking creature in the woods called The Darkness? I don’t know that I totally think that’s based in fact). THAT SAID: I have read a lot of Phillipa Gregory, so I am, at least, confident that I have the plague part of this season LOCKED DOWN. There is NO historical fiction in this time period that doesn’t fall sway to the dramatic appeal of the plague.  And why not? It’s a great way to conveniently 86 a character you can’t figure out how to get out of the way. I also wrote a 12 page paper on the plague in 10th grade, so obviously I am basically an expert in contagious diseases.

ANYWAY, the plague is town and apparently King Francis has scampered (ALONE I AM SO SURE YOU GUYS HE’S THE FREAKING KING) out of the safety of the castle walls (not THAT safe, honestly, what with everyone breathing their plague breath all over everyone) to check on the ABSURDLY NAMED LOLA who is apparently having his baby off in a cottage in the woods somewhere (but not before taking a moment in the midst of the child-birth to pen a letter and find someone to deliver it to Mary to let her know that she is having said baby and it’s probably going to kill her). (It doesn’t.) Meanwhile, everyone else at the castle is being told that the plague is in town and they’re probably all going to die. As I am, because this outfit on Kenna (ALSO HISTORICALLY INACCURATE OF NAME) is SOME HISTORICAL BULLSHIT:

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Fug or Fab the Cover: Benedict Cumberbatch on Elle UK

I suspect this was not the image many of you would have chosen for Elle UK’s special Benedict Coverbatch:


Here is my feeling: as a photograph goes, it is a COMPELLING one. It’s a very ACTOR-LY one. It might not be a very dreamy one. But that might be all right? (Although honestly my vote is for all dreamy, all the time, for everyone. But I only get one vote.)


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GFY Giveaway: Beyonce: Running the World

Did you know that Beyonce has a sort of horsefly named after her? I did not either, until this book came along:


THAT is some definitive factoid-slinging, there, and also something that’s possibly going to help you on Jeopardy one day. ( I hope there’s something named after Sasha Fierce, too. Sasha Fierce should not be overlooked. Surely, at least, there are several cats named Sasha Fierce alive in the world today.) We’re always happy to bring you a giveaway from across the pond, and today this is IT.

THE PRIZE: From Amazon UK (as I just noted, this is a British book, dear American readers, which means we can’t just wander into B&N and find it on the shelves, although I am sure you can order it and your local bookseller can help. And you CAN win it):

As a painfully shy six-year-old singing in her parents’ kitchen back in the late eighties, it was impossible to imagine the meteoric rise that Beyoncé Knowles would go on to achieve. Fast forward 25 years and not only has she sold 75 million albums, making her one of the most successful recording artists of all time, but she is also an actress, fashion icon, producer and doting mother. Beyoncé: Running The World is the full story of Houston born-and-bred Beyoncé’s extraordinary life, which saw her join her first pop group at the age of nine before fronting the girl band Destiny’s Child – the biggest-selling female group of all time. After embarking on a solo career in 2003, Beyoncé’s status as a superstar was sealed and to date she has won more than 220 awards internationally and the hearts of millions of fans the world over. As the world’s biggest star, Beyoncé continues to scale new heights and her latest album, Beyoncé, broke all records after hitting No.1 in more than 100 countries. Echoing the sentiment of her 2011 hit single, she really is running the music world right now.

The most definitive and up-to-date telling of Beyoncé’s story ever written, this book provides an intimate close-up on both her professional and personal life, with the inside story on how she and rapper husband Jay-Z became the biggest power couple on earth. With reports that their marriage was crumbling before the world’s eyes on their 2014 joint tour, On The Run, it pieces together the split rumours that plagued them at every turn and documents exactly how they coped with such intense public scrutiny. The book also analyses Beyoncé’s role as a mother to young daughter Blue Ivy and explores the hidden heartbreaks of her past, including a tragic miscarriage, a lengthy battle with depression and an agonising rift with her manager father Mathew. While celebrating Beyoncé’s greatest triumphs Beyoncé: Running The World uncovers the truth behind the headlines, finding out exactly who ‘Queen Bey’ is and what really goes on behind the scenes…

THE TASK: I shall be picking the winner at random, but please tell us which Beyoncé song you would choose to perform if you were in a karaoke contest...for your life. We have FIVE copies to give away!

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday. FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. The contest is open to everyone!