Fug File: Well Played

Well Played Cover: Lupita Nyong’o on Elle France


Well, look, if the idea is to get people to buy a magazine because it makes them happy…

Lupita Nyong'o on Elle France, August 2014

… then this ought to make a fortune in newsstand sales.

Also, I keep misreading the first E in Elle as an F, and so the ete with it tricks me into thinking it says Fete, as in, she’s going to teach me how to throw the most jovial and glamorous fete in all of Fetekind, and frankly, I would be in for that too.

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Well Played, Blake Lively on Vogue


I know this will be controversial, but I have to give a hand to a girl who, in an interview with¬†Vogue, refers to her outfit something that looks as if “Sling Blade and Pocahontas had a baby.” That’s legitimately funny. (Also legitimately funny, however, is Entertainment Weekly‘s take on WTF is happening with Preserve, Blake’s GOOP.) I also think this cover look and the inside spread are extremely well-suited to Blake’s Classic American Blonde Good Looks, and, frankly, I am delighted they didn’t try anything Bizarrely Directional on her. Remember that time everyone who was on the cover looked like she’d just been electrocuted?

[Photos: Vogue]

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Royally Well-Played: Prince George, THE YEAR ONE


It is his birthday. I can only assume you’ve seen the new photos they’ve released in celebration; here’s the solo shot, and here are the snaps with Kate and William and Butterflies Precariously Clinging to Life In The Face of a Marauding Toddler. With all that new jazz out of the way, let’s take an exhaustive look back at the 3rd in line. NOW, PLEASE. THANK YOU. WHY ISN’T THERE CAKE?

(PS: If you ever find yourself wishing you could look at imperious babies demanding things politely, all of our Prince George coverage lives here.)

[Photos: Getty, Splash, Pacific Coast News]

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The (Not Actually) Daily Bomer: Matt Bomer


“Hello, Fug Nation.”

Matt Bomer

“My tie might secretly be an empty bag of oranges. Do you care? No. Because you’ve been BOMERED.

P.S. I don’t NAB.”

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]

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Royally Played: Prince George’s First Birthday Official Pics, Part Two


I assume you have already checked out George’s first official pic — if not GO THERE NOW PLEASE — but here are the other two Official Happy First Birthday snaps, in which, among other things, my blistering curiosity about Kate’s green Suzannah dress is finally given¬†some minor satisfaction:

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First: This is all extremely charming and gives me feelings in my heart. Second: Kate is revealing that dress in frustratingly tiny pieces, like a burlesque dancer slowly peeling away the boring bits to get to the exciting part. Kate, stop hiding behind babies and plants like an actress concealing her pregnancy on a 90s sitcom, because you’re making it so hard for us to ogle your outfit! I mean, I guess the outfit is not the point of this particular exercise. But still. As for William: you can tell in Photo Two below that he wore His Hideous Dad Pants to this shoot, so THANK YOU for hiding those, Wills, you truly are a treasure. (I like to think that Kate was like, “ooh, darling, why don’t you stand behind that plant right there? FABULOUS. No, no, don’t move. I will bring the baby to you. I SAID DON’T MOVE.”)

As for baby, well, come on. Who can resist Prince Squashyface McNoodleThighs? He’s at a Butterfly Spectacle! He is a Butterfly Spectacle. Here’s the second shot, which thankfully does at least give me some Forearm (you know my feelings on forearms and babies in the same visual field):

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After this, I can only assume the butterfly was eaten. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND THANK YOU.

[Photos: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Getty Images]

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Well Played, Lea Michele in Preen


This is obviously not REVOLUTIONARY, but it is really good on her, and sometimes that in and of itself is freaking revolutionary:

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Bonus points for subtly coordinating with the friendly zebra on the step-and-repeat. That’s some advanced work.

[Photo: Splash]

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