Fug the Show: The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story recap, episode 1


It’s hard to know exactly how to recap this show. We all know the story…and yet I need to tell you guys how my optometrist was best friends with Johnnie Cochran, and he swore to me whilst checking me for glaucoma that Johnnie told him that OJ did it. (This is what happens when you live in Los Angeles. Also my optometrist was a lover of tall tales, so take his testimony as such.) Or how we were pretty sure a family friend might be called to testify for the defense (he’d played golf with OJ the morning of the murder, and claims OJ was complaining the entire time that his hands were killing him, thanks to his arthritis. Er, no pun intended. Our theory was that the defense was going to ask him to testify that OJ’s hands were too pained and weak to stab anyone. This did not happen). The Slow Speed White Bronco Chase went down literally hours after I drove home from UCLA for summer vacation and my entire family watched it on KTLA (along with the rest of the city). I watched the entire grand jury proceedings (or preliminary hearings?) that summer, as I removed the wallpaper from my mother’s bathroom for her. I literally remember, at one point that summer, looking up at the TV — because, in Los Angeles at least, every minute of this was television — and noting to the empty den, “oh, Marcia got a hair cut!” For me, the OJ Simpson trial and 105 degree oppressive San Gabriel Valley heat are the major markers of my college-era summers, and — in short — I have a lot of thoughts about OJ. If you didn’t live in Los Angeles at the time, I cannot over-stress to you how long and wide a shadow this case cast across the city. It was, arguably, the murder of the century, and living through it was deeply compelling, and very sad. I think this show — and I’ve only seen the premiere — is doing a great job telling this very complex story of a terrible murder and a complicated city. Ryan Murphy, sometimes you really get it right.

Much as I did for Mad Men, I’m going to recap these by ranking/tackling an aspect of the show each week. This week, it’s the physical casting of the major players (so far). But please feel free to comment on the show — or the case — as a whole in the comments. (And there are so many more actors to come. NATHAN LANE IS F LEE BAILEY! EVAN HANDLER IS ALAN DERSHOWITZ! I just realized I forgot to get a grab of Theo Huxtable as AC Cowlings, but we’ll see him next week, since he’s in the white Bronco with OJ as this episode closes.)

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What the Fug: Kate Mara in Dior


The Dior press release for this outfit essentially described it as having two skirts.

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Which is odd, because barely see ONE. It looks like a half-finished special effect from a movie that ran out of funding. Which, given where she is… cheeky, Kate! Cheeky.

[Photo: Getty]

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GFY Giveaway: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure


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I’m so excited to give away two copies of this book to you guys today. The cover is, I think, so gorgeous — and, fun fact, it was actually designed by Liz Casal, who also did the cover of our first YA book, Spoiled.

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THE PRIZE: We have two copies up for grabs today. What’s THIS RAGING LIGHT about? I can tell you!

Lucille Bennett is pushed into adulthood after her mom decides to “take a break”… from parenting, from responsibility, from Lucille and her little sister, Wren.  Left to cover for her absentee parents, Lucille thinks, “Wren and Lucille. Lucille and Wren. I will do whatever I have to. No one will pull us apart.”

Now is not the time for level-headed Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

Messy, inconvenient love is my very favorite kind. I think you guys are going to enjoy this book very much.

THE TASK:  As always, I will pick the winner at random. To keep it fun, and because this book is so much about siblings, please post which set of famous siblings are your favorite. (In Hollywood, I think mine are currently The Brothers Hemsworth, but I do enjoy the works of The Brothers Wilson, and of course, who doesn’t enjoy the old Hollywood feud between Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland?)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.  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 HMH Books for Young Readers. Open to US mailing addresses only. Thank you!)

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Well Played, Penelope Cruz and Kristen Wiig


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I’ve decided these two are a good influence on each other, sartorially.

[Photos: Fame/Flynet]

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Unfug or Fab: Saoirse Ronan


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So, y’all: 2016. It’s happening. And the opening few weeks have been jam-packed enough that I wrote up this whole post about an outfit Jessica had already included in a slideshow from the SAGs weekend. It ran on GFY for about nine minutes before we noticed, at which point obviously I yelped and took it down and then whined to Twitter about what a moron I am.

But then we decided, “Well, whatever, why NOT look at it again.” Her SAG dress may have overshadowed it the first time, and it’s HERE, and it’s late in the day for some people. We might as well put it under a microscope.

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Chalk this up to a good idea about whose execution I am unsure. Saoirse Ronan could totally pull off a cool suit. She could also pull off a metallic suit and/or a plaid suit, and I’m glad someone is experimenting with edgy ideas here. But IS this actually that edgy? Is it cool? Is it the suit we were looking for, Obi-Wan?

Obviously, she’s at a slight deficit just because she’s in dark clothes in front of a dark backdrop, so it’s very tough to tell WHAT exactly is happening. I’d like to give her either a darker eye or a redder lip. I’d certainly ditch the open-toed shoes with it, or at least, those specific ones, which appear blocky and ’90s in a way that chips away at the ensemble’s polish. Overall, I’m concerned about whether this suit is secretly frumpy. Like, you THINK a metallic plaid suit will be cool, but is the double-breasted cut backfiring on her? Would this have looked better hanging open with a basic shirt or cami underneath? Something is off.

In the light, you can see it’s more silvery:

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Recent Fugs and Fabs: Lisa Edelstein


You may remember Lisa from Back In The Day as Lauren from Felicity (or, of course, Cuddy from House). But right now she’s on Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, which I haven’t seen. What say you, Fug Nation? Have you seen it? Am I missing out? Should I date it for a while?

[Photos: Getty]

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Better Played: Jennifer Morrison


You might recall Jennifer Morrison was on a real nightie kick around Globes time, between this ethereal white thing – which sent me off on a Ghost Whisperer tangent — and this significantly more depressing brown bag.

She’s improved the aesthetic since:

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It maintains a quasi-lacy look, and the aura of something you could wear to swan into your dressing room and plop down at the mirror and powder your nose. So even though it isn’t a bullseye, it’s a much steadier arrow from her quiver.

[Photo: Getty]

 

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