Happy weekend! Please enjoy the following:
– Before I forget: The Royal We is currently part of a promotion Barnes & Noble is doing wherein if you buy two of their favorite paperbacks, you get one FREE! I am here to enable you. Go buy some books! (We were also extremely excited to see that The Royal We was included in last week’s print issue of Entertainment Weekly, as #22 on their list of 50 Best Pop-Culture Pick-Me-Ups!)
– At Fashionista, this is totally relevant to your interests: Fashion History Lesson: How Halston, Levi Strauss and Ralph Lauren Changed Olympic Uniforms
– Also relevant, at Revelist: 17 times Gillian Anderson was better than you’ll ever be
– Sometimes, when the world is too much, I just want to look at pretty pretty pictures — like these Instagrams snaps from around the world, at This Is Glamorous
– Speaking of “too much,” this long-read at Buzzfeed, about the issues Twitter has as a company in fighting their (serious) issues with abuse, is really interesting. I do think that unless Twitter can figure out a way to deal with the massive amounts of trolling that happens on their platform, it will be the end of them. Most people, in general, don’t want to spend a lot of time being abused online, and while Twitter is great in a lot of ways (we love tweeting with you guys, for example), I’ve seen it get more and more negative over the last five years, which, frankly, can’t be great for their business model.
– At Mashable today I learned that everyone in Fiji was so excited about their gold medal game in rugby 7s at the Olympics yesterday — which I watched on CNBC or something; yesterday during the day I watched rugby AND archery AND judo! — that one of their banks closed for half an hour so that they could watch their team win Fiji’s first gold medal ever. Then there was a lot of celebrating and crying, which is as it should be. YAY FIJI!
– At Lainey, I learned that The Rock is basically writing Blind Items now.
– Also at Lainey: I am DELIGHTED that Leslie Jones is in Rio as of today. I wish they’d let her take Al Trautwig’s job.
– I really enjoyed this profile of Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. She is fascinating, and feisty, and she led a “Pantsuits Rebellion” in 1993. The whole thing is highly quotable, but I particularly loved this bit: “Mikulski remained the only Democratic woman in the Senate for her first six years until the image of [Anita] Hill in 1991 getting grilled by the all-male judiciary committee sparked something of an uprising the following year with the elections of Patty Murray, Carol Moseley Braun, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer. Headline writers hailed it ‘The Year of the Woman.’ Mikulski responded in classic contrarian fashion: ‘Calling 1992 the Year of the Woman makes it sound like the Year of the Caribou or the Year of the Asparagus. We’re not a fad, a fancy, or a year.'” I don’t want to spoil the kicker of this piece for you, either, but it is simply great.
– Over at Pajiba: What It Means to Be a Difficult Actress vs. a Difficult Actor. The list of things “difficult actors” have done is AMAZING and includes both “ate a locust on the set of Tombstone just to weird people out,” and “repeatedly fucked up lines so Frank Sinatra would have to keep eating cheesecake which he hated.” (Pajiba’s previous piece about unbearable Method acting shenanigans is also really good. Shia DeBeouf’s section alone is BEYOND and why, I think, he doesn’t work much anymore. When Brad Pitt has to move you to another hotel because you smell too badly to stay at the same one as your co-stars…HOW BAD DO YOU SMELL? Well, dear readers, he claimed he didn’t bath for four months. I really really pity hair and makeup and costumes in that instance.)
– At Celebitchy, Ian Ziering claims he’s talking to Hulu about rebooting the real 90210. I was at a live-reading of the DONNA MARTIN GRADUATES episode of said TV show last week, and Charles Rosin was there and was asked about this rumor. He said that Ian is always bringing this idea up and he hasn’t heard anything about it being for real, but I got the impression that he’d be delighted if something came of it. This also seems as good a place as any for me to note that I am concerned about Shannen Doherty’s health, given that her breast cancer has spread. It was nice to see this snap of her and Sarah Michelle Geller together recently. Be well, Shannen Doherty.
– You will enjoy this profile of Christian Siriano at Elle.
– And you will want to read this, at Colossal: Outfits Sourced From German Public Transportation Fabric by Menja Stevenson
– Heather and I were delighted to be part of Read a Romance Month, where we wrote about our favorite romantic comedies. (And shared some behind-the-scenes deets about The Royal We.)
– And, in case you missed anything here at GFY this week, some highlights!
- So many International September Issues!
- Kendall Jenner is on the cover of American Vogue this September.
- Can we interest you in some lovely muscles, courtesy of the male gymnasts of the Olympics?
- We cheered the leotards of the ladies gymnastics team finales — not to mention Team USA!
- And rounded-up the many leotards of the qualifying rounds!
- And covered Friday’s Parade of Nations!
- Chris Pine wore some realllllly educational pants.
- Bless Rihanna for prompting this lengthy discussion about hotels that offer free wine.
- Someone is making Salma Hayek cavort with a giant hot dog bun.
- Bryce Dallas Howard has been looking SO CUTE lately.
- And, finally, we had a great chat about vacation reads.