Fugs and Fabs: Various People At Art Basel

I keep forgetting Art Basel happened. Other than the fact that I’ve heard it referred to as Art Boozel, I’m not even sure what it is, exactly, except an excuse for people to go to Miami and write it off on their taxes.

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Fugs and Fabs: The Cast of Annie


Apparently there have been engagement rumors about Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden — for more than a month now, actually — and she has a big chunky ring on That Finger, and so of course people are abuzz even though I just have the HARDEST time taking any of Paris Hilton’s ex-boyfriends seriously.

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Well Played: Laura Carmichael in Jonathan Saunders


Do you think Laura Carmichael is sick of people being like, “you’re SO MUCH BETTER LOOKING THAN LADY EDITH IN REAL LIFE?!!!!!!” all the time? As I’ve said here before, it’s better than the alternative, but it might be a little tiresome. That said, maybe she should just stop reading this now, if she’s sick of hearing it:

'Downton Abbey' Season Five Photo Call

I think she looks great, and very non-Lady Edith (which is a compliment; Heather and I recently decided that saying, “she’s such a Lady Edith” is basically the meanest thing you can say about a person), although I think the blue eyeshadow might have been a step too far. It’s the Lady Edith Step. (I might also have worn dark hose. Am I turning into Zooey Deschanel? There are worse fates.)

It goes without saying, I hope, that I am very excited about the return of Downton next month. We need to work on a new drinking game for the new season. Like, “if the Pig Farmer falls for Lady Edith, drink your entire cocktail. If they find the Gutenberg Bible, DRINK THE WHOLE BOTTLE.” (NO SPOILERS.)

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Royally Played: Wills and Kate Visit New York, The Extras

Sometimes pictures that I want you to see come in after I’ve already published the post. I don’t want to deprive you of delightful extras (like extra hand-holding. It was more like hand-clutching, but whatever). Enjoy! If you missed any parts of the past whirlwind however many hours it was (72?), all coverage of the tour lives here.

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Fug the Show: Nashville recap, season 3, episode 9, “Two Sides to Every Story”

All you need to know is that Hayden Panettiere completely won TV in this episode. Forever. Until the next time she wins it. How’s THAT for a teaser?

We begin this hour in Rayna’s house, which is as brimming with Christmas Cheer as if it were all sponsored by Pier 1 Imports.


Which, in fact, it probably is. She and Luke are filming an extended holiday special — which, by the way, in real life ties into the Nashville Christmas album. The whole thing is a bit Easy Listening for me — the big winner is Aubrey Peeples on “Merry Christmas, Baby,” though Chaley Rose sounds pretty enough on a Lite FM cut o “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” that it’ll just make you wish she’d had more solos on the show. Mostly, you need to know that Connie Britton performs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and she does so as if Mr. Grinch is getting handsy with her on the sofa and she doesn’t entirely mind. (There may have been some orgasmic-sounding moaning?) REALLY not a good match of star and song. Go preview it on iTunes; you won’t be sorry, except for the ways in which you will be sorry.


Luka and Rayna (and thus their real-world counterparts) do “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” at some point, but this stuff is all the cheesy interstitial blah that makes it feel like it’s all a trick to make you shop at Walmart. And anyone who thinks EITHER of those people personally trimmed every visible inch o that tree with ribbon and balls is out of their minds. There’s a lot of talk about Rayna’s regular holiday stuff, and how great it is, and I hope next week she has an actual tree that’s slightly crooked and unevenly lit, with a melange of ornaments that clearly were purchased over 20 years and/or handmade by her kids when they were toddlers. THOSE are America’s trees.


Did Teddy sign off on using the girls in this thing? Or Deacon? Everyone is suddenly super comfy with Maddie and Daphne flarging around on-camera. At least let them sing, Rayna. Also, I hate to break it to you, but your belt is ridiculous. You don’t need to cinch something that is skintight. Unless it is a ripcord? If you pull it, will Luke get sucked up out the chimney? PLEASE PULL IT AND SEE.

Speaking of The Trees of America:

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Mostly Well Played, Evangeline Lilly?

I TOTALLY threw Lee Pace and Richard Armitage in here for you guys. Don’t ever say I don’t love you.

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