I hope you and yours are well.
You may have seen this on our social media this week, but Heather and I were recently approached by AcornTV — which has all the various Miss Fishers, my beloved Midsomer Murders, the Jane Seymour version of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and all kinds of other good stuff — to do a partnership with them, which we did! They’re offering Fug Nation a 30-day free trial for new subscribers with code FUGGIRLS30. You do probably need something diverting to watch right now.
We also rounded up a variety of shorts, in case you need some. (Shorts to wear, not short films.)
At the New York Times: Quarantining With a Ghost? It’s Scary. I bet ghosts are THRIVING right now. So many people at home, so much anxiety already.
Of course, if you haven’t read this yet, you must: An Oral History of Center Stage How 24 pairs of leather pants, a tearaway tutu, and red pointe shoes made for a generation’s greatest dance movie.
Really interesting, at Town & Country: Barbarian at the Lens: Ron Galella and the Dawn of the Age of Paparazzi
This is a good piece at the New York Times about the greatness of Viola Davis and the end of How to Get Away With Murder.
So true — and good — at Town & Country: The J. Crew Catalog of the ’90s Was My Generation’s Preppy Handbook
It’s the 20th anniversary of Oops, I Did It Again and The Ringer brings us the story of how it was created, to use their words. Did we know Leonardo DiCaprio was meant to be the person to whom, oops, she did it again?!!? It’s really good. To wit: “It’s unclear how and why the astronaut spelunked to the bottom of the North Atlantic back to Mars, all just to bestow a fictional stone from a three-year-old blockbuster to a girl who isn’t even that into him (even if the girl was Martian Britney circa the fin de siècle). These are logical frameworks that can’t be answered. Just know it was shot on the Universal Studios backlot. In real life, the astronaut is now a Phoenix trauma surgeon.”
Also at Lainey, I’m enjoying these Gossip Nostalgia posts: Reese 2020 and Reese 2000 Gossip Nostalgia
This is one of the most interesting articles I’ve read in ages, about Fanny Pereire, whose job is to create art collections for fictional TV and film characters. ““I create art collections for people who don’t exist,” Ms. Pereire likes to say. She dreams up what Midwestern housewives or New York City billionaires might hang on their walls and then clears the rights to use either real, existing works or, more often, to recreate them on set.” [NYT]
We all enjoy making fun of him (although I love Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives), but: Guy Fieri has raised over $22 million for restaurant workers, remains unproblematic [Celebitchy]
Stanley Tucci wrote a very good piece for The Atlantic: Cooking Your Way Through the Pandemic
Also juicy at The Atlantic: A Biblical Mystery at Oxford
Logistically fascinating, at Business Insider: Household cleaning products like Lysol and Clorox wipes won’t be fully back in stock until July or August, supply-chain experts say.
Important and timely work from Town & Country: How to Wear a Caftan, This Summer’s Chicest Uniform
I always enjoy hearing about weird requests celebs make of people: Kanye West’s Former Bodyguard Reveals All The Ridiculous Rules He Had To Follow. [Socialite Life]
Also great, also at the NYT (guess I was reading the Times a lot this week!), is this round-up of filmmakers’ memories of Cannes. This piece is SO good.
I agree with The Cut here: More Natasha Rothwell, I Beg of You
This is good news, at The Mary Sue: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend Is an Interactive Delight