Fugs and Pieces, May 27th, 2016


Happy Memorial Day Weekend to my fellow Americans! It’s officially SUMMER! I hope your weekend is just like the above, Ian Ziering included.

And because of the holiday, we will be taking Monday off — unless something totally BONKERS happens; also, unless I get bored and decide to celebrate the opening of White Polo Pants season — but we will definitely be back to business as usual on Tuesday. Enjoy your long weekend — if you need a book to read by the pool, can I suggest The Royal We? – and have an extra side of potato salad for me, because I love it. (PS: If you bought the book on iBooks, you should now have the bonus chapter. If you don’t, delete the book from your device and re-download it again from the cloud and it should pop up. We had no idea this was going to be so complicated!)

– This is fascinating, at The Atlantic: A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France

– At The New York Times: Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored.

– I mean, you will OBVIOUSLY want to read this Daveed Diggs profile at Esquire, right? Right. He is so smart and so handsome and also he wears a Breton stripe sweater in one of the photos.

– I LOVED Linda Holmes’s take on the new season of The Bachelorette at Monkey See

– Can we solve this Blind Item over at Lainey?

– A delight to see The Royal We on this list of must-read summer paperbacks at The Zoe Report.

– At Avidly: Who Holds Your Hair?: Towards A Literary Theory of Drunk Puking: “All Wharton criticism needs to immediately reorient itself around the basic tragic insight that  House of Mirth is the story of Lily hoping to find just one person who will hold her hair, and her  slow brutal realization that no one, no one, will do it for her.

– Per the New York Post, the home that Harriet the Spy lived in is for sale, a cool 4.5 million. There is, to my great joy, a dumbwaiter. (No word on whether or not it comes with a tomato-sandwich maker.)

– This was a great piece at GQ, about a woman who takes her mom to a hemp convention.

– Racked has a report from THE OLYMPICS OF HAIR!

– Upon the occasion of her birthday, EW wonders…which Helena Bonham Carter are you? Turns out I am Lucy Honeychurch, which is EXCELLENT NEWS, as this means I get to make out with Julian Sands at the height of his hotness in a field of poppies. I CAN’T WAIT.


– The recipe of the week! At Camille Styles, PINEAPPLE MARGARITAS! (I’m ready for summer drinking.)

– At The Toast: A Comprehensive List of Things Sad Kit Harington Looks Like

– At Pajiba, a discussion of the best way to end The Americans

– Over at Celebitchy: Is Hiddleston dating “a hot historian”?

– The Hollywood Gossip rounds up SECRET HOLLYWOOD BABIES.

– And if you missed it, here at GFY:

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Royals Round-Up, May 27th, 2016

So much to discuss today! Little Swedish Prince Oscar had his christening today, so we’ve got pictures from that, including my favorite dress on Crown Princess Mary EVER. We’ve also got hats! Dramatic gowns! Queens riding around sticking their heads out of sunroofs and looking at guns! So, you know. The usual.

Earlier this week, we had plenty of royal shenanigans. In case you missed it:

Wills and Kate and Harry went out to the Chelsea Flower Show, and so did half of their relatives.

Wills and Kate popped out to one of the Buckingham Palace Garden Parties, and it was all Top Hats Ahoy!

– Also, if I may take a brief moment to self-promote, if you’re looking for a book for your long weekend, may I suggest The Royal We if you haven’t read it yet? I GUESS I JUST DID.

And once June rolls around, prepare yourself: We will be knee-deep in royal doings, from Ascot to the Curly Feathered Joys of the Order of the Garter, to a bunch of random Kate engagements. ROYALS AHOY.

Of interest elsewhere:

– At People, OH MY GOD. Remember how Heather and I saw the Fashioning a Reign exhibit when we were in Scotland, and it was awesome? The version that’s going to be at Buckingham Palace this summer will have the Queen’s coronation gown and her wedding dress. GO. GO AND REPORT BACK.

– Also at People, a very interesting look at the upcoming Season — a phrase that feels so deliciously Downton.

– Prince Amedeo and Princess Elisabetta of Belgium had a baby and everyone looks happy and is cute. (Hello!)

– Also at Hello!, a retrospective of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary’s relationship.

– Fascinating at BBC: Elizabeth I dress: Altar cloth may be Queen’s gown

– Whoa. Pippa just ran a marathon at the Great Wall of China and came in 13th of all women. DAMN. (InStyle)

– At Vanity Fair: Kate Middleton May Have Called Prince William “Babe”: What Does It Mean? Royals, they’re just like us.

– The Duchess Kate blog has the latest on Kate’s newest official portrait.

– And your social media bits of interest (scroll over the one from KP to get an opportunity to play the video.)

Here, mouse over to get the button to play this video:   Thank you @landroverbar for the great footage of The Duchess taking to the waves with @BenAinslie and the team on the Solent!   A video posted by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on

[Photos: Getty, THIERRY ROGE/AFP/Getty Images, Jordanian Royal Household via Getty Images]


Fug of Ages: Malin Akerman

I have mentioned here multiple times that I love Malin Akerman in the terrible-great movie version of Rock of Ages, in which Tom Cruise has a moment where he is required to sing, very seriously, right at her crotch. She, of course, is playing a journalist. (That movie is about ten thousand percent more entertaining that it has any right to be. I once watched it twice in one plane flight and I do not regret it at all. The only other movie I’ve ever done that with is She’s The Man, which was also one of my better life choices.) I am serious. It is a hoot. Behold:

(You can tell she’s a journalist ’cause of the glasses.) ANYWAY, I think it is possible sweet Malin had too much fun this past National Wine Day and woke up yesterday and decided, “you know what? I’m going to dress like the change I want to see in the world, and the change I want to see is a world where I get to do Rock of Ages Two.”

Malin Akerman at The Red Nose Day Special in LA

We will revisit this on a plane one day, Malin! Mark my words.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet, gif via GIPHY]


Fug or Fab: Kylie Minogue in Dolce and Gabbana

I love Kylie and want the best for her in all things — which she is getting romantically, as she’s engaged to hot hot hot Galavant himself, Joshua Sasse (who, not for nothing, is 28 to her 47 and can get it) — and I am not TOTALLY sure this dress counts?

Bocelli And Zanetti Night

We got a better look at it on her Instagram last night, too:

Congrats to everyone on their fantastic work this evening for #bocelliandzanettinight ❤️❤️

A photo posted by Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) on

This is one of those looks where I feel like she is working it, and its inherent whimsy works for her, but it might be edging EVER SO CLOSE to looking like a craft project? Having said that…I would be the first person on the sign-up list for Arts and Crafts With Kylie Minogue, so maybe that’s okay.

[Photo: Getty]


Fug the Show: Nashville recap, series finale

Well, here it is: The last Nashville episode. I hate that it’s ending. I hate the way it ended. And I hate some of the things it did during its lifetime. But on the whole? And even so? I really loved this show. It did a LOT of small things right and a couple of big things brilliantly too. Like Deacon’s consistency, even when he was maddening. Like Maddie and Daphne, even when SHE was maddening. Like Will Lexington’s entire slow burn, and the redevelopment of Avery, and Juliette Barnes’ entire existence, and GLENN, sweet Glenn. That they created characters who feel SO familiar to me — who, to a man, I felt I knew well enough that I COULD get mad when I felt like they were acting unusually — is a wonderful rarity. And much like when Hart of Dixie departed, I’m going to miss them. It’s going to be awhile before I stop wondering what Juliette is doing. Long may Hayden Panettiere reign, even if it’s not here anymore.


What the Fug: Paula Patton

Flip open the dictionary to “coy” and this photo will stare back at you.

Paula Patton

It just makes me laugh. Like she’s thinking, “Tee hee, what you don’t know is that I made this bodice out of pantyhose and a giant princess-themed hand mirror!” Except we do know, Paula. We do. We see.

[Photo: Fame/Flynet]


Well Played: Rachel Bloom in Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman


This is so very cute:

37th College Television Awards - Arrivals

I might have done a red lip, but whatever — I think we all know it’s highly likely I will eventually pop out of my own casket to tell my mourning assembled that they all needed a little more lipstick. It’s just…a thing I need to say in order to move forward to the next level of being, in peace. Leaving that aside, her face is still adorable, and this dress is charming as hell. HIGH FIVE, RACHEL BLOOM.

Additionally, if you did not watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend this past TV season, I very much recommend catching up over the summer. It is SO funny and smart. For example, there is one scene wherein our heroine accidentally texts something about her beloved TO her beloved, prompting the following, which I seriously find myself singing under my breath once a week:

(All those people were in a work meeting with her when the event occurred, so their morphing into a hair band was even more entertaining. Anyway: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend! It’s the best.)

[Photo: Getty]