T LOunge

Posted on December 06, 2013

Darlings, it’s mizzable outside the windows of stately T Lo Manor, so we’re in the mood for something cozy and comfy, yet still chic.

 

Artesian, London

 

Ah, that’ll do nicely.

Now, here’s our news for the week.

1. We’re rolling out a new site design over the weekend. Brace yourselves. We’re super-excited because it’ll be streamlined and fresh and modern. Just like us. Histrionic and melodramatic complaints that it “hurts your eyes” or looks “soulless” will be summarily ignored, as they have been through the previous half-dozen site redesigns.
2. Along with the new site design, we’ll be launching our book site, which will be accessed through a menu at the top of the new page and which well provide you with all sorts of updates and teasers leading up to our book release, including links to any press that we wind up doing, which reminds us…
3. Here’s a little Q&A we did for the Philadelphia Gay News in which you can see our smiling faces and a bit of our Christmas tree, as well as read more about our personal lives and histories than we’ve ever revealed to the press before.  Scary. Also: there’s a bit of wrong info in there. We get 200, 000 visitors a day, not 200,000 views.
4. And speaking of our Christmas tree, we’ve been attention-whoring on Instagram by having an Ornament of the Day picture every day. Here’s what we’ve put up so far. Stay tuned for more! We could put up an Ornament of the Day post every day for at least 6 months, so it’s a struggle to narrow it down. And speaking of ornaments…
5. Jonathan Adler sent us an ADORABLE ornament yesterday and Michael Kors sent us brownies today. No lie. Best Christmas ever. The Sound of Music Live! wasn’t quite a trainwreck, but after 3 hours of live-tweeting it, we had pounding headaches from all the shout-singing. Carrie Underwood has no breath control and you could hear her getting awfully winded before even the halfway point. Audra McDonald DROPPED THE FUCKING MIKE on “Climb Every Mountain” and Stephen Moyer looked panicked through the entire 3 hours. Rolf looked like a middle-aged pedophile and Max was not gay enough while Elsa wasn’t bitchy enough. Any other thoughts we had on the production can be found in the 200 or so tweets we farted out last night.

 

And you kittens? How are y’all?

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: artesian-bar.co.uk]

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  • VioletFem

    Such a fascinating interview! I really enjoyed it.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

      200,000 viewers a DAY! And yet we feel like such a close little community. Amazing.

      I was upset to learn that the Michele Obama posts elicit such a hateful response from so many people. It’s good to know that T and Lo do not give those haters a platform to spew their ugliness. One of the things that makes this blog so much fun to read is knowing that the comments section will not be filled with vitriol, bigotry and ignorance.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Speaking of Michelle, I have not seen a Shelly O post here in a while. I know she’s been out and about for the holidays, so how about it, TLo?

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          After reading that article, I was wondering if TLo have been too busy to commit to staying home to moderate a Shelly O post?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            Haaaa ha! That’s awful. Maybe on days they have a FLotUS post, they should hire a temp moderator for it.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            I was just thinking with the book & the wedding celebrations and whatever, they probably haven’t been in a position to spend all day deleting hate-filled comments.

        • conniemd

          Hopefully we get a post of her teal dress for the Kennedy Center event, just saw a brief glance at it this morning, but was late so didn’t have time to rewind and get a good look.

      • altalinda

        Yes, learning that was upsetting to me and surprising. I am clearly naive. Had the same reaction when I read that, after the fashion editor of our local paper (hear in the City of Brotherly Love) used an African American model to model some fashions, she got mail complaining and saying that it made the complainers not want to buy the clothes. It’s just mindboggling.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Amen. I was so disappointed when I checked my FB page last night, saw the very thoughtful comment posted by Obama about Mandela’s death, and I found a very snide comment about the pres-so inappropriate in a moment when everyone was being so thoughtful and reflective about Nelson Mandela.
        So I truly appreciate that Tom and Lorenzo put in the time to keep this such a great community.

        • decormaven

          Hear, hear. It’s a pleasure to visit this site, thanks to the dear Uncles and the BKs.

      • Lilithcat

        Sadly, that doesn’t surprise me at all. Read the comments on any online news article about any of the Obamas and you’ll find a slew of vile, racist garbage.

      • Violina23

        I hear ya… I don’t always agree with their politics, but Michelle Obama has STYLE, and that’s what this site is about, no? On one hand, I love how the internet age has brought people all over the world together and feel like a community, but unfortunately that also brings out people who can spew hate with no filter and no consequences.

        • Sarah

          See, I’m glad you said that. I do agree with their politics, but I don’t have anything against people who don’t, personally anyway. You put a nice, thoughtful comment and didn’t feel the need to be hateful just because you’re not of the same political mind. How incredible!

          • formerlyAnon

            SARAH! Are you procrastinating?

            I know I am ;-)

          • Sarah

            No! I’m at work! And I just wrote an essay on the clock! (Don’t tell my boss) Believe me, I’m not having my usual brunch tomorrow so I can buckle down :(

          • formerlyAnon

            Yay you!

          • Violina23

            Awww you’re gonna make me blush! I’m neither here nor there politically (I’m socially very liberal, but fiscally I lean more conservative), so a lot of the nastiness of the internet can be hard for me to swallow, because on both ends I feel like my point of view is always getting insulted ;) I have friends all over the political spectrum, and they all manage to not be homophobic, racist, a-holes, because who would want friends like that anyways? ;)

            I <3 the BK community, reading the comments is half the fun of this site, I really wish we could go and have a bitchy night out together :)

          • Sarah

            I agree completely! With interweb meanies being hard to swallow AND wishing for a BK night out!

      • Vanessa

        Absolutely! I can’t even glance at the comments section from most news blogs because the ignorance and rampant hate is so disturbing. The intelligent, witty and warm comments community is an essential ingredient in the TLo success. I always wondered if you guys literally spent hours culling the worst of the trolls, since I so rarely even catch sight of a negative comment here. I cannot say enough about how much that means to my reason to be a loyal bitter kitten.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          It’s not just news blogs that bring out the haters. The comments of a story as innocuous as a Dancing With the Stars recap can quickly descend into the ugliest hostility and name-calling. The intensity and quantity of it scares me. These people are voting and raising their children to think the same way.

    • Kristen

      Agreed – fascinating interview! Thank you for posting about it!

  • another_laura

    I could NOT with the “Sound of Music” – I flipped by it during 1) the yodel-y song and 2) the laendler scene (which made me all squishy and sweaty as an 8-year-old, without understanding why) and they were both barftastic. I suppose they’ll show it again and again so maybe I’ll be able to do it with a bottle of schnapps and a remote control…..

    • alyce1213

      Don’t bother — returning to “Sound of Music,” that is. The schnapps you should have.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I skipped the live Sound of Music. While I enjoy some of the songs, that is not my favorite Hammerstein/Rodgers musical.

      • Munchkn

        I like Oklahoma! , South Pacific and The King and I much better than TSOM. I watched just enough of the live version to know that a) Carrie can’t hold a candle to Julie Andrews in terms of singing and b) Carrie can’t act her way out of a paper bag. I switched the channel and watched the last half hour of the PR rerun and got ready for this week’s show.

        • conniemd

          The music from Oklahoma is their best of all the musicals. I love Rogers and Hammerstein, my husband loved TSOM. I just couldn’t with a remake. Carrie Underwood doesn’t have the pipes to sing Broadway musicals and there was only one Julie Andrews.

    • Snailstsichr

      I don’t know why but I had to watch SOM – I don’t know why for I swear I am not the kind of person who ogles car wrecks.
      My husband said the only thing that made it bearable was that I was reading T Lo’s tweets to accompany thi show. Just a suggestion – if you must watch, go get the tweets.
      On the other hand, you could just curl up with schnapps and the tweets.

  • Carrps

    Loved the interview!

    Oh, and I’d love one of the Jonathan Adler figurines. He has a dachshund to die for. Too too pricey though.

    • Snailstsichr

      I just love the doxies! With his Man and woman salt and pepper shakers (sorry, I forgot their name), you have the option to buy M&W, M&M, or W&W. How cool is that?

      • Munchkn

        I love the doxies, too! I may have to treat myself to that terrier ornament though. It looks so much like my elder terrier except that Lucy has drop ears, not prick. I also could use a Prozac canister for her meds. Lucy happens to be on Prozac for canine cognitive disorder. It helps a lot.

  • EverybodysStarling

    Anthony Ryan… what… I… I just… WHAT THE FUCK?

    • Carrps

      Someone said he’s having chemo again.

      No excuse for the duct tape, though.

      • EverybodysStarling

        Really? It was my first thought too, but his eyebrows looked normal. I hope it is just a poor hairstyle choice, if not, I’m sorry for the comment ( maybe I should delete it)

        • nannypoo

          I didn’t see your deleted comment but I assume it had to do with Anthony Ryan’s appearance and his hair. I presume he has lost his hair or shaved it ahead of losing it, and clearly he is being treated again for his recurring illness. He looked not at all like he did when he was on the show.

        • EveEve

          Eyebrows and lashes usually stay during chemo.

          • ChrisP

            Not true for me. Lost all body hair. But am now a 7-year survivor of stage 3b breast cancer, so hurray for chemo, radiation, surgery, meds, and cancer specialists!

          • formerlyAnon

            Rock on!

          • Lilithcat

            Nope. I lost everything. And it’s so common that the wonderful people at “Look Good, Feel Better” always talk about how to draw in brows.

            On the bright side, I went an entire summer never having to shave my legs or pits.

      • EverybodysStarling

        I edited it. I don’t want to hurt any feelings.

        • Call me Bee

          Oh I was so confused. Was it about Anthony Ryan? Yeah–he had that Prednisone look to him. Puffy cheeks from taking that steroid while getting treatments. Saw it a lot while managing and medical clinic. I hope he has a good outcome.

      • guest2visits

        He looked remarkably good in spite of treatments, and though it was it nice to see him sitting in; that black stripe was a pretty bad choice.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I was a tad nonplussed by Anthony Ryan’s appearance last night, and it didn’t occur to me that he iss undergoing treatment again. I’m so sorry that he’s had a recurrence, and certainly wish him all the best.

          • Munchkn

            I didn’t know either. I only recognized him by his voice.

      • Deac82

        His tweeted that was having chemo again.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      My thoughts exactly.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    The Dutchess sent you brownies? Who’s gonna top that? No one, that’s who.
    Looking forward to a whiskey and a snuggle. It’s my anniversary tomorrow, I hope snug is the theme of the weekend.
    Speaking of themes, I’m sure the redesign will be fab. Any chance it includes a bump straight to the comments section? That would be pretty sweet.

    • alyce1213

      Happy Anniversary! (Our birthdays are coming up soon.)

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Thanks.
        Indeed they are. Any plans?

        • alyce1213

          The usual — dinner out, someplace nice yet to be determined. And you?

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            No real plans. I think there are Holiday obligations calling. Typical, really. But as long as I am showered with affection on social media, I’ll feel loved. I’m easy (and shallow) that way.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            And that is just one of the many reasons we love you!

          • Rand Ortega

            Jinx!

          • rainwood1

            AA, you’re often the highlight of my day. Right after T Lo.

          • formerlyAnon

            Hey, AA. Stopped by to add my droplets to your shower of social media affection. (And doesn’t THAT sound dreadfully unhygienic?)

            Seriously, I look for your comments because I anticipate being entertained, whether or not I agree (though usually I do, because I guess we’re both brilliant that way.) Hope you and yours have a good day!

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            Enough! I’m blushing.

    • Rand Ortega

      Happy Anni, Doll! & birthday when it arrives!

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Thanks, puppy.

    • Call me Bee

      Happy Anniversary, aa. Hope you have a fab day. We celebrate an anniversary next week, too. 6 years ago we bought our house. Just a couple o’ crazy kids sinking their savings into a sweet little money pit. Well, 50+ year old kids….

      • Rand Ortega

        The best kind…

      • formerlyAnon

        Since I hope to have as many or more healthy years ahead of me as my grandparents did when they were 30, I’m all for new things and fun challenges in my 50s. And a good thing since at the current age if I felt differently I’d just have to give up new things and fun challenges altogether.

    • marlie

      Happy anniversary, my friend. Hope you and the hubs have a great weekend planned!

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        thanks y’all!!

        • Sarah

          Same from me!

          • EveEve

            Me too!

    • formerlyAnon

      Well happy anniversary! Hope it’s one of the good ones where you really enjoy yourselves, or at least can pause to congratulate yourself privately on the decision to marry this one. And not one of the ones where Life is overwhelming and you barely think about the anniversary and worst case spend part of it bickering over stupid things. (Um. That might be all about me, not you. Maybe.)

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Been there. Had those. Hope to go the other direction this year. Fingers crossed ; )

        • formerlyAnon

          Luck!

    • MilaXX

      Happy Anniversary!!

      • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

        Merci.

        Hope your world is a little less tilted today!

    • rainwood1

      I’m assuming the Duchess’s fondness for a fake tan means the brownies also had a touch of orange. Maybe just a little zest or something.

    • Violina23

      Happy Anniversary!

  • JDreesen

    so glad i pre-ordered that book. and now i want a tree to ornament, but that would entail leaving the house voluntarily and that is not happening tonight. so i’ll take that far lounger by the window, please, my Kindle and a cuppa something hot and spicy*.

    stay warm, kittens!

    * id’ve said virgin to boot, but we’d all know it’s a front.

  • Carrps

    Don’t know where Georgina Chapman is, but I know where she was. Back in 2004, that is.

    My sister taped an old episode of “Rosemary and Thyme” (a UK murder mystery series), and who was in the closing credits? None other than Georgina Chapman.

    Dang. We had to go back to the show to check it out, and yeah it was her, but I’d have never realized it I hadn’t seen her name in the credits. The episode was called “The Italian Rapscallion” — very memorable — in case anyone cares.

    • Trickytrisha

      Nicely done and lots of fun (if slightly silly) series – very “cozy murder mystery”. It’s still streaming on Netflix.

    • formerlyAnon

      Huh. I’ve watched most of those. Now I have to go back and look for the Lovely Georgina. Or rather, I’ll put it on the list of things I might do if I didn’t spend too much of my free time on the Internet.

  • MarieLD

    Tom, you’re from Long Island!!

  • stayl

    I hope you’ll reconsider. Please review the final collections for PR All Stars. The show moves quickly because it’s only an hour and there has been some interesting work on it. Please, pretty please.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    “The who’s ever sponsoring the wall now wall.” LOVE IT!

    Elena’s dress was pretty and something that was perfectly Marge, but I swear she’s already worn something like that. Not with all the quilting on the jacket, but the shape of the jacket is certainly something that’s been on Marge before, as has the floor length dress. Boring.

    I could see Marge in Irina’s, if only because it already looked the most cartoony. It also seems like something Homer would find very sexy.

    I don’t know how anyone likes anything of Palu’s. He’s so dull.

    • Chartreusite

      I think Marge has worn items similar to the two that Elena made on separate occassions. I think Marge has always responded to the power of a well-tailored jacket/blazer and her date dresses are usually red, although I think the neckline and drape is something that she hasn’t worn before; when I think of the date dresses she has worn I’m more reminded of Seth Aaron’s look in red.

      Agreed on so many counts for Christopher. He doesn’t have the experience or know-how to be a designer with a declarative, personal vision.

  • Rand Ortega

    Michael Kors sent you brownies? JESUS PALOMINO!!
    Drop the mic, Uncles! You win the holidays! For YEARS!

    Re: TSOM, meh of the lowest (order). Rolf had a beer gut & the worst dye job since…well, Norman Reedus. Audra McDonald seemed to be transported from the 1965 film version from an alternate universe. Carrie Underwood’s Maria was inches from a “y’all” after way too many lines. Stephen Moyer was flat & terrified. Not an endearing combination. Just to wash the taste of…that out of my mouth, I watched the movie. Julie Andrews & Christopher Plummer’s chemistry throughout, even when they’re at odds, particularly when they danced the Landler, is smokin’ sexy.

    • housefulofboys

      It was too late for me to watch the whole thing, but i went on youtube to watch some of my favorite scenes with “Julie and Chris” to refresh my palate. Worlds different! I also have to say I much prefer the movie version to the stage version.

  • guest2visits

    Tired…tired…tired. And took apart the oven yesterday and spent most of the night reassembling it.

    Enjoyed the extra info and even took a look at the snapshots! Brownies!

    • formerlyAnon

      That upvote was for the oven re-assembly.

      • guest2visits

        Continuously-cleaning-oven my ass. I hate you Whirlpool! The door must have been at least 50 pieces. Nasty, cheap, and antiquated technology. Of course i clean it now and then but the interior is that chalky, rough, grey pebbly texture that never feels clean enough. So I scrub until the lining comes off. Damn it.
        And of course my fix-it husband helped put it back together, otherwise I’d have ordered a new one today.

        • formerlyAnon

          So maybe the putting back together was a tactical error & I should rescind my up vote?

          (*Strenuously not thinking about that black stuff on bottom of oven since the time before the last time I used it*)

          • guest2visits

            No, thank heaven he’s up for all kinds of projects… he reads a book, absorbs it – then does it. Expertly. So I’m thankful and impressed all the time. Taking things apart or repairing – right up his alley. I think it’s a chore; he thinks it’s interesting. I’ve never liked this gas-range, so I’m looking at critiques of various types of gas or electric. Now there’s something else called convection and combination cooking…. lots of things to consider before I buy new. It will be a year at least before we sell or donate this sucker!

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            *Strenuously not thinking about that black stuff on bottom of oven since the time before the last time I used it*)

            I haven’t used my oven since Thanksgiving even though I’ve wanted to. I’ve just been too busy and lazy to clean up the baked-on drippings from sweet potatoes that “leaked.” I’ve even planned menus around those two black lumps. I’ve promised myself to clean them up this month so they don’t go into the new year.

          • formerlyAnon

            I’m doing mine as I type (or, the hot water & cleaning product is loosening the black stuff) since it’s unusually cold here and just the perfect day to start the holiday baking.

    • alyce1213

      You are very brave.

  • conniemd

    Also hunkering down here in the northeast (Northeast PA to be precise) watching it sleet and hail and settling in for a night of catching up with the last two episodes of last year’s “Arrow” and finally this year, looking at the gloriously hunky Steven Amell with my twenty-some daughter. Be still our beating hearts, we are latecomers.

    • Munchkn

      I was just on I-84 on my way to Connecticut to visit my daughter for Thanksgiving. We had snow in Pennsylvania both coming and going. The driving wasn’t bad although my daughter ran into whiteout conditions there once after Christmas break.

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    I have a confession to make. I hope you won’t think less of me, but…but…I think “The Sound of Music” is one of the most boring movies ever made. (And while I’m baring my soul, I may as well say I think almost the same of “The English Patient” but that at least had the lovely romance between the nurse and the Sikh to provide some relief.)

    • Tracy_Flick

      Oh my gosh. Let’s be BFFs. I have NEVER liked “The Sound of Music.” I thought I was alone! Thank you, internet, for providing supportive communities for those who were previously isolated, such as patients with rare cancers, diaper fetishists, and TSOM haters.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Seriously?! There are two of us? Let the rejoicing commence! I rarely admit to my TSOM dislike because the reaction is something like one would expect after confessing to eating kittens…

        • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

          I’ve never seen it. Because I (correctly) assumed it to be hideously boring. Ditto on the English Patient. I flipped last night, after I was expressly told not to, and while Carrie’s hair was laughable, I couldn’t hang in.

          • Rand Ortega

            Annabelle! What are you, al Qaida? LOL! Actually you’re actually the 3rd person today I “know” who hasn’t seen TSOM. It’s been coming on NBC for at least 10 holidays. I thought surely it’s part of the cultural landscape. But this is a great lesson for people like me who still tend to think we’re all watching & experiencing the same thing. That may have been the case before cable, video games & netflix & hulu, et al, but there’s way too much out there for that kind of commonality.

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            My family’s only real emotional attachment to a holiday movie tradition is A Christmas Story. It airs for 24 hours on TBS and it’s on our TV for all 24. In the background, as we’re just being a family, whatever. Other than that, I’m more for movies that take place during Christmas but are not Christmas movies, a la Die Hard, The Last Boyscout, Love Actually, etc.

          • Rand Ortega

            Love “A Christmas Story”. “You’ll put your eye out, kid!”

          • Jackie4g

            The Bumpus’ hounds. I laugh like a loon at the turkey scene, even after all this time.

          • Rand Ortega

            Dadada da da da!
            So much gold in that movie.

          • formerlyAnon

            I have never seen A Christmas Story all the way through – it came out originally during a period in which I was out of touch with wide swathes of popular culture. (I’ve also never sat through A Miracle on 34th Street all the way through.) My two favorite holiday movies are White Christmas and Bell, Book and Candle. (I am seriously considering adding Mama Mia to those two even though it has nothing to do with Christmas except that I first saw it during a Christmas season and it makes me laugh.)

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            I’ve never seen any that you mentioned. I confess to be being a bit anti holiday. Scrooged is a favorite of mine. It has the reminder I need to make it about other people.

            Like all the movies I truly love, it is just one I grew up with quoting with my family. A Christmas Story is infinitely quotable. Almost like a Coen Bros movie.

          • formerlyAnon

            Well two of the three are musicals (made 50-ish years apart), so a lot depends on how you feel about them.
            Bell, Book and Candle is not a musical but worth a shot. Set during Christmas but not remotely a Christmas story. Also over 50 years old, lots of mid-century decor and actors now dead. Slotted as a “romantic comedy.”

          • GillianHolroyd

            You rang?

          • formerlyAnon

            I HAVE always been fond of your user name.

            Or should I be enquiring how regular old human mortality has been working out for you?

          • Saturnine

            Squee! Sorry. I love when stuff like this happens.

          • Lilithcat

            Not to mention a Siamese cat!

          • formerlyAnon

            A very intense Siamese cat! (Though that is a bit redundant, isn’t it?)

          • filmcricket

            “Bell, Book and Candle” is a “romantic comedy”? I guess. I’d completely forgotten that it was set during Christmas. Also famous for being the inspiration for “Bewitched.”

            I was 32 before I saw “A Christmas Story.” The Christmas film in my house is still the old Alistair Sim version of “A Christmas Carol” which has never been bettered, IMO, although I’m also fond of the George C. Scott version.

          • formerlyAnon

            Also, you may be convincing me I need to sit down and watch A Christmas Story properly. You vector of culture, you.

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            Oh, please do.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Just to prove that I am not completely unAmerican: I love “White Christmas” and “Holiday Inn” and own both of them. When all the army guys surprise the Colonel, I get misty.

          • Munchkn

            I love the dresses that Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen wear in the Sisters number.

          • MikeW_Vegas

            I always get misty at that part of the movie as well. it’s de riguer for me to watch White Christmas at least once every holiday season. (As well as the original Grinch, NOT the abomination that is the Jim Carrey version)

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I refuse to acknowledge that the Jim Carrey version has any relation to the Grinch. (So does Boris Karloff.)

            My absolute favorite, however, is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Hands down and forever.

          • Saturnine

            Pyewacket! Love that movie :-)

          • MK03

            We used to watch it on Christmas Eve before TBS started running it all day. It’s my favorite Christmas comedy and It’s A Wonderful Life is my favorite Christmas drama. I could watch both of them all day.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            We watched It’s a Wonderful Life for the first time with our children. We all really got into the movie and were bathed in a glow of well-being as the credits rolled. At the end of the credits, a “breaking news” came on the screen announcing that Natalie Wood was dead. As shocking as that news would have been on its own, it was even more so having just spent two hours loving her as a child. I could never watch the movie again.

          • MK03

            I think you’re thinking of Miracle on 34th Street.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            Of course. You’re right and I’m totally wrong. Jimmy Stewart and swimming pool opening vs. Santa Claus and Macys.

            Hangs head in shame as she shuffles off to take a nap.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Words cannot describe my loathing of “A Christmas Story”.

            There. I said it.

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            You are my friend and I love you anyway.

            No, I don’t. You’re dead to me.

            Just kidding. It’s cool. I mean it’s my childhood, my connection to my dead mother, and what I’ve brought into the family I’ve created for myself, but whatever.

            : )

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Kisses.

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            mmmmwah!

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Die Hard is my favourite Christmas movie!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Annabelle, I saw The English Patient, and loathed it-and therefore I love the Seinfeld episode that featured Elaine’s reaction to EP.

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            You know what movie had me screaming in rage at after? Magnolia. I have never been so pissed. I don’t need neat little endings, but I hate a damn cop out. That’s worse than terminal boredom.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I haven’t seen Magnolia. I did see Anderson’s “The Master” last year and left the movie feeling stupified-I wasn’t sure just what I’d seen, or why I had bothered with the film.

          • filmcricket

            My people. I HATED Magnolia. And apparently that makes me a pariah.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Honey, just sit here by me!

          • Jackie4g

            See, and I have never watched an episode of Seinfeld all the way through.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          I had the same problem with admitting I hated E.T. and Les Miz. People can turn on you very quickly when you don’t love what they love.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            While I don’t agree with you, you are welcome in the “We Hate Beloved Movies/Musicals” club. There is room and snark for all.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            Where do I send my dues?

            Conversely, can I also form a chapter of “Movies/Musicals I Loved That No One Else Liked?” My list would start off with Pennies From Heaven with Steve Martin followed by Man in the Moon with Jim Carrey (only movie of his I ever liked and thought he should have been nominated as Best Actor).

          • formerlyAnon

            I liked Pennies From Heaven. Another one none of my friends would go see twice (yes, I did anyway, and bought the DVD) that I kind of love is Branagh’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. Oh, I admit it. I love that one. I sit through it smiling as they incorporate all the ’30s musicals tropes they could manage. (I think I also kind of see it through the lens of “how I would have been envisioning this scene as director/technical director/choreographer, rather than the colder lens of what, precisely, translated onto the screen.)

            You inspire me to try Man in the Moon. I hate Jim Carey’s schtick, but on your recommendation . .

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            I’ve never seen Love’s Labours Lost. I will search it out. You watch Man in the Moon and we’ll meet back here to compare notes.

          • formerlyAnon

            Deal.
            (Love’s Labour’s Lost is available streaming from Netflix. I, ahem, just happen to know that . . .)

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I suspect that the memberships would overlap a fair amount.

          • formerlyAnon

            Hating Les Miz was entirely rational. [Consider lengthy rant, ranted.]

            I admit to liking E.T. but I haven’t seen it in over 20 years so it obviously wasn’t a love affair.

          • Sarah

            I loathe E.T. with a passion. I thought it was creepy and boring as hell, and I had serious nightmares about that alien my whole childhood. I still hate the thought of it.

          • dorrit

            So very glad to hear someone else say this. That movie both bored and scared me horribly as a kid, and to this day, I don’t want to see or hear anything about it. I could never understand why anyone liked it!

          • Sarah

            Oh, I feel you. I’m of an age with Drew B. and I was super frightened of my closet for years. And, for some reason, every time I changed clothes I was afraid an alien was watching me from either outside the window of my room or inside under some pile of stuffed animals. Heebie jeebies to the max.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            YES. Whenever anyone says “oh but he was so CUTE” I am immediately baffled. ET looks like a naked mole rat.

          • SRQkitten

            OMG! thank you for admitting ET hate!! I truly thought I was the only one who didn’t care for that movie. And yes, folks are not pleasant when you don’t adore the movies they think are “classic”

          • Snailstsichr

            I saw ET with a friend fresh from Med School – and coffee afterwards while she dissected the operating room set-up ad naseum. To this day I think of it as a medical show.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I have a confession -one of my college dates actually took me to see a re-release of TSOM…I was quietly mortified. It is not one of my favorite memories, as I’d already seen it on a famiy outing when it was originally in the theaters. I do treasure the memory of Pauline Kael’s withering review of TSOM,however.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            OMG! I must find that review! To the googles!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I have a dim memory of reading Kael’s review in, of all places, the old McCall’s magazine, which was aimed at middle class housewives. I think Kael might have been fired for that review. It included a, to me, priceless description of Julie Andrews making love to herself during her and Christopher Plummer’s big romantic number.

          • filmcricket

            That review is a classic. What stood out to me was her wondering if there wasn’t at least one little von Trapp with stagefright, or who rebelled against being put on display for the Captain’s friends.

      • Suzanne Moore

        I’m another one of those who never liked TSOM. The movie was first released I was a tween (back in the dark ages, long before the word ‘tween’ was word), and my mom and I went to see it. We left the theater long before it was over. We thought we were the only two humans on earth who couldn’t stand this movie! (Too sweetsie-cola for our taste.) Thanks, TLo, for giving all us TSOM misfits a place to cyber-bond.

    • alyce1213

      Me too, both of them.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Let’s all be BFFs!

        • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

          Blood oath!! No? Too much?

          • M. H. Leader

            How about we all just pinkie-swear? I’m in! TSOM? ::yawn:: Made me glad I never had a nanny like Maria.

    • MK03

      TSOM is the only Rodgers & Hammerstein show I like. I find the others to be too precious & chintzy. Except for Carousel, which I find infuriatingly offensive.

      • alyce1213

        Get off my lawn! (LOL, with all respect — to each her own.)

        • MK03

          It’s certainly not my favorite show ever, but if I had to choose between seeing Oklahoma or Sound of Music, Sound of Music will win every time.

          • formerlyAnon

            Seriously? I would watch Oklahoma 3 or 4 times before watching TSOM once. And I don’t hate TSOM, it just . . . drags, in parts.

            Just goes to show, we’re all special little snowflakes!

          • MK03

            I’m just not a fan of Oklahoma’s particular brand of “gee-shucks” country whimsy. Having said that, I’d MUCH rather watch that that Carousel. Carousel just plain angries up the blood.

          • formerlyAnon

            Carousel is another “classic” that I’ve never been able to watch all the way through.

          • rainwood1

            You might have changed your mind if you’d seen Hugh Jackman in Oklahoma like we did in London years ago. We had half-price tickets and were sitting in the front row. When Hugh sat down on the edge of the stage to sing one of his numbers, my husband could have reached out and patted him on the knee. He didn’t, but we were that close.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Oh my. If I”d been that close to Hugh Jackman I think I would have fainted.

          • formerlyAnon

            And lose precious seconds of consciousness when you might be gazing on him? You’re made of sterner stuff!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Thanks-I like to think that I would have rallied so as not to miss one minute of Mr. Jackman singing!

          • Saturnine

            I would have patted him on the knee (respectfully, mind you) and then fainted.

          • 3boysful

            It was filmed (from 1990-somehting?) and on PBS a couple of weeks ago. Swoon.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            So we are, kittens! I could cheerfully sit through Oklahoma any day of the week. for me, the score is fabulous, and I like the choreography, as well as the actress who played Aunt Eller opposite Shirley Jones.
            Carousel is for me a definitely lesser Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

      • Violina23

        Carousel has an infuriating plot, but I really love the music. I may have a bit of a soft spot, as I saw the 1994 Lincoln Center production when I was in middle school with my family — with Audra McDonald, of all people, as Carrie. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is gorgeous.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Audra McDonald must have sung the bejesus out of that number!

          • Violina23

            Well, her character doesn’t sing it, but she did a mean “Mister Snow” ;-)

          • MikeW_Vegas

            I have heard Audra sing this number.. and, yes.. She DOES “sing the bejesus” out of it. (As she does just about anything else she does)

    • guest2visits

      I saw it as a young girl; took me years to get over my dislike of Christopher Plummer who I thought was too old and too mean for Julie Andrews’ Maria. I do love the Mother Superior’s Climb Every Mt moment though.

    • marlie

      The Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies ever, but I tried to watch the English Patient twice and fell asleep both times. So I only think less of you a little bit. ;)

    • MilaXX

      LOL I am such a geek when went skiing nearby (Cortina I think it was) we took a bus tour to Austria just to see the Sound of music locales.

      • Violina23

        I would TOTALLY take that tour if/when I get the chance to travel in Europe again…

      • Munchkn

        Austrians aren’t that fond of the movie. If they’ve seen it, most of them hate it and most of them haven’t seen it.

        Two things: I’d love to have that glass gazebo. My dogs would love it, too!
        The real Maria von Trapp was a terrible person. She locked one of her daughters in a closet for days rather than allow her to get married to a man whom Maria didn’t like.

    • sisterb67

      HA! My reaction to The English Patient was the same as Elaine’s on Seinfeld – I was sitting in the theater with my friends who were all sobbing over how it was the most romantic thing ever, and all I kept thinking was “Why isn’t he dead yet?” Of course, I spent most of Titanic silently chanting “SINK! SINK! SINK! SINK! SINK! SINK! SINK! SINK! OH MY GOD, WHY WON’T THAT DAMN BOAT SINK ALREADY?” :)

      • rainwood1

        My favorite review of Titanic was from a woman behind me as we came out of the theater who said “The only time I felt any sense of emotional loss was when the dishes hit the floor.” Summed it up perfectly for me.

        • formerlyAnon

          That’s hilarious.
          I’ve never seen more than bits of Titanic, the idea of drowning creeps me out viscerally and I can’t sit and watch, I keep thinking “you’re gonna drown, they’re [almost] all gonna drown” and there’s no point trying.

          But That Song has contributed to my deep seated irritation with Celine Dion, nonetheless.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            The British film, “A Night to Remember”, adapted from Walter Lord’s classic non-ficition account of the sinking is a really fine film-beautifully and sensitively done. Great cast-Kenneth Moore, a young Honor Blackman among them. It clocks in at around 2 hours-shorter than Cameron’s version, and far more affecting. I’ve seen it numerous times, and it still chokes me up.

            Another film version is “Titanic”, a three hanky weeper with Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb as a quarrelsome couple-fictionalized, but dang if Stanwyck and Webb, two solid pros, don’t pull it off.

            Ahem-obviously I have spent a LOT of time on Titanic-I read Lord’s book when I was in my teens and found it fascinating and poignant.

          • formerlyAnon

            I have a vague memory of “A Night to Remember.” Can’t recall if I saw it or just read/heard about it. Probably the latter, I’m very wary of trying to watch anything with drowning as a component – even just looming in the near future.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            That’s the one with the band playing Nearer My God To Thee as the boat sinks, isn’t it?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, it is.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            It’s a movie I can only watch when I am home alone because of the howling.

          • Munchkn

            David McCallum is in it, too. He plays a radioman. Harold Bride, I believe. He survived by climbing aboard the overturned collapsible “B”.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, McCallum was in “A Night to Remember”, too..

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I have remained steadfast in my refusal to see “The Titanic.” You have reinforced my resolve.

        • alyce1213

          Oh Swiftly, I thought I was the only one — I have never seen, will NEVER see Titanic. I’ve seen more than enough clips, and I’m sure I made the right choice, thank you.

          • Sarah

            Oh, man, you both did. I have spent over 50K seeing concerts in my life, and I don’t want any of it back. I saw Titanic on DVD, and I still think somebody should pay me for my time.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Be strong, let NOTHING hold you back. There is not a single moment of that movie that is worthwhile.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Come sit right here by me. I thought Ralph Fiennes would never die…and I normally like him as an actor.
        As for Titanic, my abhorrence for Cameron’s version is unbounded. When Titanic was re-released in 2012, Jezebel ran a hysterically funny and snarky article by a woman who remembered loving the movie as a 16 yr. old, and then saw it again-I thnk the title of the article was “Drown, You Motherf**kers”

        • filmcricket

          One of my favourite reviews of TEP was in one of the local Toronto papers that said it was the reverse of Casablanca. Rick & Ilsa give up their love for the sake of Victor’s cause, whereas in TEP, that Laszlo sells info to the enemy to go get his mistress. The line was something like, “The problems of this crazy world don’t amount to a hill of beans compared to those of three little people.”

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I remember that that only way that the plot of Cameron’s Titanic made any sense was if I looked at it as if I were a hormonally crazed teen-ager, at the age when everything in the world is about you, and every crisis in your life is monumental, and MUST BE SOLVED ASAP or you will die, and the world will end. Given that the movie made millions from repeat viewings by adolescents, Cameron knew his audiience.
            It’s still a travesty.

    • cereus

      There’s a reason Christopher Plummer always referred to it as “The Sound of Mucous”. Too sappy for me.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I knew I always liked Christopher Plummer.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          within the past 3 years a mid-1960′s version of “Hamlet”, starring Plummer, Robert Shaw, and MIchael Caine in what I believe is his only Shakespearean role (Horatio) was finally released on DVD. I had seen the play when it was originally telecast, and trust me, if you like Plummer, it is brilliant. Plus, the DVD includes a long interview of Plummer-and after watching the interview, I loved him even more.

          • formerlyAnon

            Oooh, that sounds like one to put on my Christmas list.

            I also need a bunch of extra time to do/see/go/make/etc. the ever larger backlog on my multiple lists.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It is one to put on the Christmas list. Mr. B3 and I watched the first act on Christmas Day that year, and the hubs was as impressed as I was. BTW-Robert Shaw plays Claudius-talk about star power-Plummer as Hamlet, Shaw as Claudius, Caine-and, it was shot at Elsinore.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I’m kind of in awe of you right now.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Oh, shucks!

    • rainwood1

      Me too. Throw in Titanic and that’s the trifecta for me.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      … I’ve only seen it once and that was once too often!

    • Lilithcat

      The Sound of Music is so sugary you can almost feel the cavities starting.

      That said, it always astonishes me how My Favorite Things has become such a standard with jazz musicians. They actually make it more than palatable.

      • alyce1213

        They separate the music from the syrup.

      • MK03

        I don’t get how it became a Christmas standard. It has nothing to do with Christmas, or even winter in general. It’s just odd.

        • Violina23

          I guess in our consumerist culture, “Favorite Things” = “Things that can be bought and given as gifts”?

        • Munchkn

          “Snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes”? There are also references to copper kettles and mittens.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    That interview was fantastic!!!

  • Tracy_Flick

    Brownies from Michael Kors? That should balance out the ricin from Helen nicely. Happy holidays!

    PRAS:

    1. WTF is with making sparkly dresses for an animation? There’s no way they could pick one of those to use on The Simpsons. I feel like Korto, Jeffrey, etc. just totally whiffed with fabric selection for the challenge. Though to be fair, maybe they just thought the brief was so utterly ridiculous that there was no point in trying.

    2. Irina’s winning dress – so, so, so granny nighty with a touch of junior prom. Bleh. Those embellishments were so cheap-looking. She clearly made a wise decision, though, doing something cartoony and strapless.

    3. Jeffrey deserved to go home. He and Seth Aaron both seem to lack fire for it this season – it’s depressing.

    • Carrps

      Yes! I kept saying: what’s with all the sparklies? Do they know how difficult those would be to animate?

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I think they were stuck between designing for an cartoon character and knowing that they would be slammed for designing something that looked like it was for a cartoon character. The usual PR mixed message, passive-aggressive brief.

        • sisterb67

          Homer wore a print when he purposely gained weight to get on disability – the floral print muumuu!

          • Violina23

            “I don’t want to look like a weirdo. I’ll just go with the muumuu.”

      • Sarah

        I thought that about Christopher’s print. Seriously, does ANYONE in Springfield wear a print garment? No, I don’t think so.

    • Chartreusite

      I didn’t think about the sparkles although that is a very valid point I hadn’t considered before. That being said, was anyone else wondering why the heck Christopher chose a print? I feel like that would also be hard to animate just because the attention to such a minute detail isn’t really in the simpsons playbook (almost every character is dressed in all solid colors). Although Irina’s dress didn’t respond well to my personal taste, the decision made sense as it was something interestingly designed and thoughtfully created for Marge (which is an odd thing to be rewarded for these days in the PR world!)

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      When I told my husband what the challenge was, he looked at me and said that since they’re doing cartoon characters, why not have a challenge in which the designers would have to design a comfortable, yet fireproof smoking jacket for Godzilla-for wearing after the beast has finished torching a city?

  • alyce1213

    This is the best lounge post ever, with all your fabulous updates and links. I clicked them all and how delightful — from Michael Kors generous donation (and brownies) to your apartment building being called swanky to the cool tree ornaments. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview.

    I love my Rodgers & Hammerstein, but TSoM not so much, so I was disinclined to like it, and I didn’t.

  • beebee10

    She DROPPED THE MIKE is right! I’ve always hated that song, Hated it! But Audra made me weep last night. I could not believe it. The magical blond robot even had tears in her eyes. The advances in robotics are really amazing.

    • MK03

      I was kinda-sorta hoping Audra would finish it by looking into the camera and saying “That’s how you fucking do it, bitches.”

  • Lori

    You got brownies and a charitable donation in your name from Michael Kors. That is so cool.

  • Chartreusite

    Maybe it’s my optimism, but did anyone feel like the judging results for PRAS was on-point last night? I agreed with top bottom as well as who placed where (although I do think Elena could’ve won just as easily)

    • BobStPaul

      I didn’t watch the episode (I stopped watching as it’s been a major disappointment) but judging from the photos on the Lifetime website I personally disagree – with the exception that Jeffrey’s was pretty clearly the worst. I hated Kortu’s and felt it was the second worst rather than being in the top three. And I’m not sure why but I simply don’t respond to Irina’s aesthetic and would not have given her the win.

      • Chartreusite

        I wasn’t a big fan of Korto’s (the fabric looked flimsy and having only one sleeve seemed like a weird choice for Marge) but I do think it sort of floated to the top based on the contributions of the four people below her; Viktor’s dress was way too young and edgy in a way that didn’t fit the client, Christopher’s was way too dated and the silhouette was too complicated for its own good (plus that print would be really irritating to animate). Seth Aaron’s was competent, but it was simply too simple and it was clear he didn’t have as well thought-out an idea as the others.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I just couldn’t get interested in the challenge of designing for a cartoon character, albeit that the Simpsons are such a pop culture institution. I did think that it was time for Jeffrey to go home;he really hasn’t seemed to have his heart in this business.

        • JMWilder

          My SO and I are huge Simpsons fans but we thought the challenge was pretty lame. We thought it was also kind of creepy! It’s so awkward to talk about Marge as if she’s a real person. All the talk about what a great body she has and how she wants to look like a sexy housewife for her date was really strange. Maybe because no one mentioned a word about her personality or background. She was reduced to “sexy housewife.”

    • conniemd

      I’ve enjoyed the show simply for the lack of product placement in the challenges, the reduction to 1 hour format, the lack of contestant drama and the mostly focus on the designing process. Can’t say I’m crazy about the designs produced, but I’m happy with the lack of artificial “reality TV” drama.

      • Chartreusite

        Oh man I’m LOVING the one hour format. Even then I feel like it could probably be done in a half hour (there’s a lot of filler, like the stupid Viktor-Christopher storyline this episode), but I’ll take this anyday over an inflated hour and a half. The designs aren’t always exciting, agreed, but there has been cool stuff sent down the runway this season.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Lack of product placement??

        “Anybody want a Natural Resource water?” *everyone drinks the water*
        “Time for the Mary Kay makeup salon!”
        “I need to get you to the Alterra hair salon!”

        The designers are totally made to shill for the sponsors. I was stunned by Seth Aaron asking everyone if they wanted the water by name.

    • Sarah

      I thought Elena’s was great, but I didn’t think it was right for a dinner date. Irina’s was more of a cocktail dress, so it fit the bill better.

      • Chartreusite

        Good way of putting it. I thought Elena dressed it down a bit with the jacket but it was a little more formal regardless.

    • MilaXX

      My top choices were Irina & Elena. so I was happy with either winning.

  • Pennymac

    I was a rabid TSoM fan when I was three years old, and would reply to the question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with the answer “Julie Andrews”. No lie. Consequently, I found myself highly disappointed last night.

    Thanks for sharing the links, and including us in your ongoing, well deserved success!

    Its a left over spaghetti dinner and stretchy pants kind of night. Its wet and cold in the Tennessee mountains; I wish I had some Duchess brownies for dessert!

    • Lori

      I was a rabid TSoM fan when I was three years old, and would reply to the question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with the answer “Julie Andrews”. No lie.

      It’s always good to aim high when you set goals.

      Seriously, this is the best thing I’ve heard all day.

    • kimmeister

      I wanted to be both Julie Andrews and Madonna. I had eclectic tastes as a child.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Julie Andrews’ first volume of her memoirs, “Home” is a good read. It follows her through her childhood up to her going to Hollywood for Mary Poppins, if I remember correctly.

      • Constant Reader

        I really enjoyed “Home” too.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’m waiting-and hoping-that she’ll write at least one additional volume.

  • Trickytrisha

    Love the Q&A article… makes me realize what an exhausting job you boys have and appreciate you all the more. It’s great to get updates about your book and other projects. Will be gleefully anticipating the new website!

  • Hetha Innis

    Love the interview! Can’t wait for the new site design and THE BOOK!!

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

      I know the advertising supports the site. However, there is so much content on the site now, it takes forever to load. I just doubled my speed to 12 mgs and I still have to wait too long to be able to start scrolling. I hope the new design will address this problem.

  • SRQkitten

    Love the interview boys. Had no idea that you had to go thru much with your Shelley O posts thank you for your commitment and efforts to making our comments pool a “hate free zone” (ok, maybe with the exception if exposed zippers and illusion netting).

    This here kitten is coming down with something, have that nasty barking cough-thing going on. Drag, why do I have to get sick on the weekend? So not fair!

    • housefulofboys

      So not fair. I always get sick during holidays and vacations. Feel better!

      • SRQkitten

        Thanks HOB! Was hanging out with rug rats and that usually is what does it, that and the fact that EVERYONE in our office is sick at the moment.

        • Sarah

          I’m sorry you got sick! This might be the first year in my adult life that I’m not hideously ill at the holidays (knock on wood). My sister’s family visits from Detroit and her kids bring their foreign school germs to the east and get me, usually. I got to where I considered December the Dark Times. Feel better!

  • MartyBellerMask

    Re: “Climb Every Mountain”. I *almost* thought Carrie was finally demonstrating acting skills (ie- crying on cue) but then I realized it was real. I mean, if Audra McDonald was an inch from my face, singing and acting rings around me, I’d be crying too.

  • SewingSiren

    The article in Philadelphia Gay was delightful!

  • Call me Bee

    Gentlemen! Positively green with envy that MK sent you brownies. But very happy that all is going up, up, UP for you!. A book. new website, magazine interviews, whew! I am humbled to “know” you.
    AS for PRAS, I actually loved this challenge, and the dress that won looked really cute after being animated. Too bad it was Irina who won; I still don’t like her from her PR season. And Jeffrey? G’bye. You shoulda been gone weeks ago. Loved Korto’s dress, though I can see why it wouldn’t animate well. But I’d wear it in a minute.
    Re: TSOM, I watched the first few minutes. It was ok. I just think Carrie Underwood’s voice is too husky for that particular role.

  • altalinda

    Great interview and nice picture, too!

  • marlie

    Totally ready for the weekend. Can’t wait to see the new site. A safe and relaxing weekend to TLo and the bitter kittens!

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      ive been invited to a rave. a rave! lol
      i think i’ll stay home and act my age.

      • formerlyAnon

        Oh honey, go! At least if you have one buddy there who won’t look at you as if you might know their mom*. If you like the music well enough to dance to it, total win!

        *I know, you’re enough younger than I that you probably don’t get that look. But if I ever lose my (even older than I!) buddy who’ll go to things at which we are 20+ years older than the mean age, I’m going to be sad. ETA: and bored.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        A rave? Do they still call them that?

        • formerlyAnon

          Heh.

          Judging solely by my daughter’s crowd (and such things are sometimes local) it doesn’t mean quite what it meant in my day. More organized (actually having legal access to the property on which it is held, for instance) and some of the drugs, as far as I can gather, have different names even if they’re chemically similar. [OF COURSE, my child and her friends don't actually DO any of those drugs, OH NO. Or so I am strenuously led to believe. Hhmmph. Where can i park this turnip truck I rode in on?]

  • BrooklynBomber

    Congrats, fellers. Looking forward to all the newness.

  • carolynmo

    I’m throwing myself a little pity party because the weather’s so bad in this part of Missouri that we couldn’t go to a party out of town. So I’m writing Christmas cards and reading this site. It’s a cozy evening, actually. I’m looking forward to the new site design!

    • conniemd

      Oh Geez, In Missouri? Here in Northeastern Pa, I just stepped out onto my back porch onto a 1/2 inch of frozen rain/sleet/hail, who the fuck knows and almost fell on my dupa (what Slavics here call butt). Definitely a good nite to stay home and watch beefcake.

      • formerlyAnon

        Yuck.

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        Hah! I haven’t heard “dupa” since I was a kid in Cleveland – I always kinda thought my Slovenian mother made it up! Thanks for the memory!

        • conniemd

          Well I’m not from her, but a huge eastern european culture that came over to work the coal mines in the 1800′s. I learned that word from my husband’s aunt and thought it was a cute word, and very kid appropriate.

      • piperkitty

        Another NEPA person on TLO…also one who uses the word dupa! Thought I was the only one. I too was a stady baba ( Slovak for old woman) and was home watching TV.

        • conniemd

          Greetings piperkitty. I did make up for it Saturday night though. My daughter took me down to Montgomery County to watch my sister-in law-s rock band sign at a bar. They do mostly classic rock and I was so at home and loved it, actually stayed awake to watch the last set.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, bravo, TLo. What a great interview!

  • altalinda

    Last Friday my sweetheart and I took our cue from our dear Uncles and nipped over the border from PA to NY to be legally married. I’ve always thought I was too jaded to be happy over my own wedding (especially after 16 years together), but turns out that I was wrong. It was lovely.

    • formerlyAnon

      CONGRATULATIONS!

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      Congratulations, altalinda! Best wishes!

    • MilaXX

      CONGRATS!!!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Oh, that is absolutely lovely-congratulations, dear!

    • Sarah

      Awesome! Hope your next 16 (and beyond) are wonderful too!

    • rainwood1

      Congrats and best wishes on the nuptials. Now we just need to get every state to see the light so that all who’d like to wed can do so when and where they want.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Oh congratulations!

    • SRQkitten

      Congratulations altalinda and best wishes for many more happy years together.

      And that my own state (FL) someday sees the light !

    • EveEve

      Best wishes to you and your sweetheart. May you enjoy a long lifetime of happiness together!

    • Violina23

      Congrats! :) :) :)

    • alyce1213

      Best wishes!

    • Peeve

      How wonderful for you both! Isn’t it great to find out that even after 16 years together, getting married can still make you misty? Congratulations!

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      May you two grow so old together.

      “It will end in tears, but not for years, if you dance with me.” – Stephin Merritt

      • formerlyAnon

        You just completely ruined your front as a hilariously cynical commenter with a firm, if not-quite-hard heart.

        XO

  • GeoDiva

    Nice article. I found your site about a month ago and now visit it daily. I love your wit. Happy Holidays TLo!

    • sleepycat

      Welcome!

  • formerlyAnon

    First things first: Great photo! It was an enjoyable, entertaining interview.

    I have always wondered about how much intensive effort goes into policing the comments section. It’s so much more pleasant in these here parts than on most blogs. As always, thank-you.

    Back patting is in order when your business/opinionating put you on the holiday gift lists of Mr. Adler & Mr. Kors. Who knows what next year may bring once you’re also Published Authors.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Oprah.
      Or is there a new “Oprah”? If there is, then, them.

      • formerlyAnon

        Oooohhh. Interesting thought.
        Though doesn’t one’s book have to feature at least 2 of the following four (and the struggle to overcome) to be an Oprah feature: Heartwrenching death of child or of child’s primary emotional caretaker, physical abuse, sexual abuse, extreme poverty?

        • Sarah

          Those are both the credentials for an Oprah book and, slightly amended to “heartwrenching death of child/child’s primary caretaker/beloved pet” Classic Children’s Literature. It’s like if somebody doesn’t die or suffer, it ain’t worth your time. (I do not agree, btw).

      • MikeW_Vegas

        How about Ellen?

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    It’s been a cold and dreary day in the MD. ‘burbs of D.C., so this bar is a delight-as is, might I add, the interview!

  • MilaXX

    Poor Carrie. What a double edged sword. The show received good ratings, but it was more like ratings that Sharknado got than like what Breaking Bad got. She had zero chemistry with Stephen Moyer. Carrie can sing, but she can’t SANG! Audra MacDonald, who I have loved forever, sang so well she moved Carrie to tears.

    Anywhoo I am still having vertigo and am now schedule for something called a VNG test, which looks horrible. Since it’s pretty yucky out, I’m staying in and making cranberry vodka for the mid season finale of Scandal. I have a feeling I’ll want a drink or 3.

    • formerlyAnon

      I don’t watch Scandal enough to have an opinion on the optimal number of drinks – though maybe I do, since the reason I don’t watch is that whenever I do, somebody is doing something horrible to somebody. (Most recently caught James confronting Cyrus about his awful, awful doings.) Maybe just bad luck on my part? If not, that’s a 2-drink minimum.

      Hope your test at least finds out something useful.

      • MilaXX

        No they’re pretty awful to each other. It’s pretty much modern soap opera story telling taken up a notch. A few weeks ago, a character literally chewed their own arm to get out of jail. Shonda was tweeting to fans not to eat until after the first commercial break. I’m sure I’m not selling this well, but combined with twitter and the fans base it’s actually a pretty fun show. All the cast and most of the crew live tweet and Shonda get really great music. However unlike some shows Shonda is good about continuity. She’ll pick up a character that was in the background in Season 1 or made one seemingly innocent remark and suddenly it has a whole deeper meaning.

        • formerlyAnon

          Huh. I do tend to like shows where minor characters and throwaway remarks come back to prominence later. Maybe someday there’ll be a Scandal marathon weekend at my house.

          • MilaXX

            First season was only 6 eps. If the Holiday season isn’t too crazy you can netflix the fist 3 seasons and I believe you can watch this season on the ABC website or Hulu.

    • Sarah

      Good luck with your test – I hope you get an answer. It is not yucky in VA yet, just getting colder, but we are supposed to have nastiness Sunday. I’ll be stuck writing either way, but I’m jealous of your cranberry vodkas.

    • Violina23

      Awww, hope your tests reveal something useful. Sometimes not knowing what’s wrong is worse than the diagnosis.

      I agree with you mostly about TSOM — I thought Carrie did the best she could and gave it her all, but the high-school-musical-esque acting, and the total lack of chemistry with Moyer just kinda doomed the whole thing. I think the biggest problem with Carrie’s singing is that, unlike the pros, it SOUNDED difficult to sing (as TLo noticed, she was noticably winded, particularly in the yodeling goat song). I felt strained LISTENING to her. She was technically hitting the notes, and I have nothing but admiration for her efforts, but it just didn’t quite gel together.

      I really hope NBC considers doing more live musicals around holiday time, just this time with ALL broadway stars (or at least hollywood types with broadway experience, like Hugh Jackman)

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        I wouldn’t mind a Sound of Music with Hugh Jackman as the Captain and Anne Hathaway as Maria.

        • Munchkn

          I’d watch that! I loved Hugh in Oklahoma! a few years back. Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers’ daughter said it was the best production of the play she’s ever seen and she saw the original Broadway prod.

  • frannyprof

    Just read the interview; thank you for sharing! And, yes, a total bummer about the Michelle Obama comments. Troll will be trolls, I guess. Which is why I love the troll-free comments section on TLo!

  • Sarah

    Congrats to the Uncles on your great successes, and I for one promise to hate the redesign and put up with it simultaneously :) I missed the lounge for quality time with my fella tonight, after five straight hours of paper-writing. I’m in finals of my semester working on my art history degree, and my thesis is kicking my arse. But, I’m in the zone, and I think I can kick out the last fifteen pages I’ve gotta write (10 on 19th century photographer William Henry Jackson for History of Photo and the first five pages of my thesis on American Realist painters of the west) by next Friday. Writing is my jam. I also had a kick-ass job interview on Wednesday morning, and I really really hope I got it – big raise, new challenges, not feeling very appreciated at my current job, need a new venue to shine! Wish me luck!
    And as far as PRAS, all I can say is it’s about time, Mr. Sebelia. It is about frikkin’ time. And I really liked Korto’s dress, but I knew it wasn’t gonna get picked for Marge.

    • formerlyAnon

      Clearly making the right choices!

      Write on.

    • MilaXX

      I knew Jeffrey was goner the minute I saw those shoes.

      • Sarah

        I didn’t notice the shoes when it walked (I do not know how!) but when he got critiqued I was like WTH made you pick those?? Even still, his neckline was terrible, and I’m surprised they didn’t mention it. I guess there was no need, but why the huge disco collar with raw-edged seaming? Awful.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Well, well, look at you!

      • Sarah

        Ha, procrastinating is also my jam. I had weeks to do this stuff. Not feeling especially proud of myself, but thanks for the vote of confidence ;)

    • housefulofboys

      Way to go! I was also an Art History major, got into it originally because the Intro class wasn’t too early in the morning, and consisted primarily of looking at pretty pics in comfy chairs in a darkened theater. And I fell in love. Your facility with writing will always serve you well, no matter what direction you follow – good luck!

      • Sarah

        Thank you very much! My second degree, actually. I have a BFA in fine arts. And my career has been in public libraries. My hope is to get a Master of Library Science and work in a museum library one day. Or at least a university library that has a special arts collection.

        • housefulofboys

          That sounds really interesting. I spent a couple of years as an archivist for an historical museum, a job which eventually didn’t suit me because I had to spend too much time alone. But I loved poring over old photos and ephemera and written word; I saw it as representational art in the way that it gives you a glimpse into another time and experience. Hope all goes well.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      Best of luck Sarah! Hoping you land at a job you love.

      • Sarah

        Thank you! I love my work, always, just need more $$ and respect from my superiors.

    • MilaXX

      fingers crossed for the new job!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Hope you get good news about the interview!

  • MilaXX

    Just read the Gay News interview. Funny that you worked on Philadelphia. I used to live on the street that was his house in the movie. Filmmakers like using that area of Germantown for movies so we kinds got used to seeing films crews. One day were walking home from picking up a pizza and were talking to each other chatting away. Forgot all about the film crew until a PA came out and shushed us.

  • MK03

    I have a story about Philadelphia (the movie): My parents saw it in the theater when it came out, and a shot of a bridge fills the screen when the title comes up. At that moment, a woman sitting behind my mom said, “That’s the Golden Gate Bridge.” My mom just turned around and gave her her best “really, bitch?” face.

  • housefulofboys

    WHY WHY WHY did I not know that you were live-tweeting Sound of Music last night? I suffered through the wooden dialogue and scenery chewing, and it would have helped so much to share a wee bit of snark.

  • VictoriaDiNardo

    What a great interview! It’s nice to learn some things about our Uncles who we already feel we know, kind of fill in the blanks.
    I too was dismayed about the need to police the comments section; the regular commentariat here is such a varied and interesting community I just thought I’d stumbled on the best place on the internet. ( of course I have! )
    Thanks TLo for helping me maintain my illusions; your hard work means I can remain in denial – and feel good here!

    ps while also being bitchy too of course….

    • conniemd

      That’s the difference between a good message board and a bad one. Bad ones don’t “police” the comments to weed out the trolls and hateful people that anonymously inhabit the Internet. A good board sets parameters of the kind of community they want and vigilantly patrol the board to weed out comments and commenters who don’t fit the ethos of the community. It’s hard work and thanks to you for thanking TLo for the work they put into making this a great place to hang out.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Dear lord, you’re gonna make me youtube Audra aren’t you? I need a drink. (Can I just say, ‘Al Veederzain’ MADE. MY. NIGHT.)

  • cocohall

    Great interview! And thanks for putting in the effort to keep the site free of mindless negativity. But do you have help? How can you create all the posts AND review all the commentary? And write a book? We bow down to YOU!

  • Kimberlini

    Loved the Q&A interview! But….Tom, what are those pants you’re wearing in the photo??

  • guest2visits

    Viktor’s – silver dress was my favorite, but it was no where near a Marge dress, or suitable for Simpson-style animation.
    Irina’s – fluffy purple peignoir had just the right balance of real woman clothing with a touch of over the topness suitable for a cartoon Marge…and the last pic of her on the RW undoing her sash was both hilarious and adorable. I knew Irina had a vision of what would look best when I saw her first sketch with the over sized peplum/tutu. I thought hers and Jeffrey’s first sketches were winning designs for the challenge.
    Elena’s – was perhaps my 2nd choice, although I really liked Seth’s as well. I loved Elena’s svelte red dress for either ‘real’ or cartoon types. The jacket didn’t work with the dress for me. It was a nice jacket, but over the dress it gave the appearance of a bulky cardigan sweater; it looked too cartoonish, too Marge in a way.
    Seth’s – purple gown looked fine to me, I thought after all his many trials to try and find what would look appropriate for both Marge and the real women out for a special night he came up with an attractive design. I don’t know why the judges pounced on him for it. It was beautiful on the model and it’s a familiar silhouette because it’s a popular one. I kept wondering why Seth had such a hard time finding a dress that would work; but then I realized Seth’s designs are ALREADY verging on dramatic, exaggerated, or even costumy looks – this challenge must have confused the hell out of him. When Zanna came in to do her thing she told him that she didn’t know any women who would wear his over sized polka-dots. That he should be dressing a real 40ish woman, not a cartoon. Of course it had to look good on Marge too. I thought the purple dress was acceptable, not a bottom look.
    Chris’s – was certainly prettier than I thought was possible with that print. But it would be difficult to translate the print and the strange one-hip draped design to a cartoon. I thought it was safe, and I liked it with or without the belt.
    Korto’s – black, one armed dress was just not very pretty at all, imo. I liked the shimmery fabric, but I disliked the design. Would it have been better sleeveless or with both sleeves…maybe. But it’s not at all a Marge dress either, and I don’t think it would make for a good look in cartoon land & it might look funeral to have Marge in a black dress.
    Jeffrey’s – was definitely the bottom look for the night. I loved the subtle shimmer of the lavender-blue-grey fabric, but that was all. I don’t think the unfinished, raw, edgy look is Marge, and I don’t think the colors would work either. The oversized lapels and pearls, as well as the shoes were an obvious hook to link it to the cartoon. If it was meant to be playful; it seemed a bit messy and way too youthful or trendy for the Marge character. It really seemed like he just didn’t stretch himself enough to think about what the challenge required at all. And his 1st sketch was so right for Marge – I don’t why he scrapped it.

    You can tell it’a an PRAS group when all the discarded designs look like possible winners!
    Isaac’s way of critiquing the designers is just. pissing. me. off. Some of the things he says are beyond bizarre.

    • Chartreusite

      For Seth Aaron’s dress, it seemed simply because he didn’t spend very much time on the design and so it was absolutely minimal and it showed in comparison to most of the other dresses. On a regular season or a usual challenge performance for the designers, it would probably be safe or top (depending on how many people were left), but considering everybody else managed to work several intricate details into their look while still attempting to address the brief, his looked a little half-assed, at least in my opinion. Obviously not as half-assed as Jeffrey’s, which is why the latter went over the former.

      • Sarah

        I have to say I was kind of enjoying Seth Aaron’s struggles, just because I’ve been there. I liked how he was determined to be confident in his skills, but I kind of thought the polka-dot number he was working on was worth keeping if he’d reconsidered the fabric choice. He gave up too easily. Zanna’s critiques are so negative that even people as confident as SA seem unable to recoup after them.

        • Chartreusite

          It is a really interesting story arc for him. I think he’s probably the one all-stars contestant this season who’s been delivering a different iteration of who he is rather than just retreading old territory. We’ve all seen confident, playful Seth Aaron but we’re starting to see that crumble a bit these past few weeks. I don’t think he was ever really in the bottom in his original season, so it’s interesting to see how he responds to the negativity.

          • Sarah

            Well, Jeffrey wasn’t as jerky this time as he was the first time, at least not to the same degree, anyway. But I see what you mean about Seth Aaron. He is sort of (according to the edits anyway) glossing over the critiques (Yes, yes, but I’m an ALL STAR, I will MIW!!), and I think as much as I dig his personality, I want him to slow his roll and just THINK about it instead of blustering about like he seems wont to do.

          • Chartreusite

            Haha true that; I can’t speak from experience on Jeffrey cause I haven’t seen season three but I could see that. He definitely seemed mellowed out. Yes yes yes to your comments about Seth Aaron; I think he’s getting too much into the show again and needs to sort of ignore the cameras and just focus on what he’s doing to get something good out, because I do think he’s probably the best out of the three winners that got asked back (although Irina sure is proving to be a strong contender)

          • Sarah

            Interesting how they are giving Irina the non-favorite edits, because you’re right – she’s doing pretty well. I’m wondering when an episode is going to focus on her more, but maybe she’s just too calm and focused to warrant that kind of attention…

          • Chartreusite

            Her and Elena are the only two contestants left who haven’t been in the bottom, so it does make you wonder. The cynical part of me says it affects her endgame chances, but to an extent I think you might be right; she doesn’t seem to be into the drama as much anymore, especially when you see Viktor and Christopher having a lame pseudo-feud.

      • guest2visits

        Totally agree with your p.o.v. on Seth Aaron.
        Funny how Elena’s jacket looked kind of dated in the animation; I think Seth saw that stiff, structured or tailored outfits wouldn’t translate well in Simpson-animation.

    • Ros

      Seth Aaron’s dress was simple and unoriginal and the judges were right to say so. On the other hand, Anya – PR Allstars JUDGE – won an entire season by making that dress.

      • guest2visits

        It is a more common, simpler design that’s been around forever it seems. But I think it still works because it’s flattering, and the sweeping skirt brings the drama. I thought he executed it well, maybe there was something I couldn’t see that the judges could. Elena’s was pretty simple, for that matter; without her jacket that the judges didn’t like with it. But I agree – not original. Anya; I still can’t…..endless caftans.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Now that you mentioned Zanna’s critique, I can recall something that bugged me during the judging. Seth Aaron kept defending his dress as something for a 40 year old housewife, which is exactly where Zanna steered him, yet the judges came down hard on him for that defense. Zanna did him totally wrong.

      And mentioning Isaac, I saw a picture in a news article yesterday about this episode. Marge was surrounded by Simpsons style drawings of Alyssa, Isaac, Georgina and Zanna. I couldn’t figure out who these four people were at first…

      • guest2visits

        Yes; Seth Aaron didn’t defend himself and mention he’d started 6 other looks before the last – unless it was cut. And I didn’t think he was trying to insult 40-something women either; Isaac just made it sound that way. He was repeating who his target image was for – just like Zanna explained to him earlier. They can animate Marge anyway they like; but I thought it was clear that the challenge was for a woman of her age and stature; and what her character would likely wear for a special night out. I don’t think they wanted something old and dated (Chris was circling that with his print and initial sketch); but I don’t think it meant something a 21yr old might wear to party in either. So I can’t recall word for word what Isaac said; it just seemed uncalled for.
        I know alot of people have been wishing Seth A stuck with the polka-dots; but I think Zanna was right on this one; when I saw the large dot print I thought it was the wrong way to go – way too cartoony. A cartoon wearing a cartoon. Not that Seth doesn’t have the skills to make it look interesting.
        Thanks for the YouTube link – how cute was that! Marge rocked all her dresses; so funny with the music and all. I think Irina’s dress was sufficiently glamorous enough to indicate to all that this was her ‘special’ dress, while Jeffrey’s multiple hems and high slit looked as odd in animation as it did on PR.

      • NMMagpie

        That PR link was BOMB!! (So much for certain designs being too hard to animate.)

        Jeffrey deserved to go for that dress. Folks can say as much as they like about the fabric but it ended up being awful.

        I was bugged with the way Seth Aaron was handled. Although there was nothing ground breaking about his garment, he pulled a classic Anya-moment and was trashed because of it. And the age thing was a lot of crap especially in an industry where fresh and innovative means “looks good on younger women, especially those with good credit lines.” Bottom line: Isaac is just fullabull.

        I liked Korto’s dress but agree that it was not a Marge dress.

        I cannot decide if Elena is getting the winners edit or being set up for a huge crash.

        I am glad Irina got the win but I am sure she’ll be leaving soon. Christopher is a big meh to me and unhappily, he will probably be going to the final.

        And Zanna can go at anytime. She’s another meh as a mentor to me.

        • swanpride

          The issue is less if you can animate it or not, but that it is too expensive to get animated for a full episode. Every line in animation costs money, because it costs work hours. That is the reason why you see next to never print in animation, especially not a complicated one. Also, you have to consider WHAT they intend to animate. A dress in which all the details are at the back is pretty much useless.

    • swanpride

      Honestly, I think Irina had the only “working” dress.
      First you scratch out all the dresses with print (Christopher) and too many fussy details (Victor). Way too much work to animate this in the first place.
      Then all the dresses in drab colours which won’t go well in the show (Korto…and I am not sold on this one, the missing sleeve looks like if she just forgot to attach it, and if you do attach one to the dress, you have an unbelievable boring standard dress and again, Victor).
      Then you scratch the ones whose main details are at the back (Elena). Honestly, how often do we see Marge’s back? Next to never. From the front, this was just a red tube…and the jacket was a mismatch to this one.
      Which basically leaves Irina’s, Seth Aaron and Jeffrey…the latter apparently thought too much in terms of it being an animated show. This was basically what Marge usually wears, with some mismatched additions. And with Seth Aaron, it was just too basic to be called a design

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Nice interview!

    Things are pretty good here. Nice little break from storytime for the month. Plus, we had snow in the desert. For hours on end, so it will help the aquifer. On the other hand, people drive like maniacs on what would have passed for a pleasant winter shopping day at home.

    Totally missed “Sound of Music.” Doesn’t sound like a real loss. If you ever want a laugh, go with a review of this movie by Austrian historians. http://history-spork(dot)livejournal(dot)com/4093(dot)html

    PR rundown: Judges got it right, completely by accident as far as I can tell. They weren’t even thinking of a major part of the prize — the animation. Nevertheless, Irina’s dress animated beautifully. There’s a video on youtube (search marge simpson project runway and you’ll find it) that has animations of all the dresses, and you can tell which one was best for that project easily.

    Viktor was designing for some other challenge. Or for Homer’s secretary, maybe.

    Elena’s was more-of-same from her. Pretty, but underwhelming.

    Jeffrey’s was… a dress.

    I’d have kicked off Christopher for using a print that was very animation-unfriendly. I’d have been 100% okay with an auf on that one for not doing the challenge.

    Korto’s, I’d wear. but it’s not good for the character or occasion.

    Seth Aaron… what on earth? He started with a good idea, started second guessing himself when Zanna came through, then designed four more dresses and tossed a half-made nightgown down the runway. As it happened, it was an aesthetically pleasing nightgown, and at least animated all right, but what the blazes was going on there?

    • alyce1213

      I reckon you’re from the snow capital of New York State. My hubs went to UB, my best friend grew up there, and some family lived in Cattaraugus for many years — they’ve all regaled me with tales of the winter wonderland that is Buffalo.
      Anyways, I agree that the PRAS judges got it right. As soon as I saw Irina’s I hoped it would win — it worked on all levels. Seth Aaron let his head get turned around by Zanna (who irritates me) and he lost it. But I’m glad they didn’t auf him because I still expect to see better from him.
      Now I will go read your link to Austrian historians.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I’m from just outside the official snow capital (we got all the snow and fewer city services, since there were more cows than people in the county). But PerryBarbara just didn’t have that alliterative ring, and heck, I was born in Buffalo. A friend of mine moved down to North Carolina, and one night, her family decided it would be fun to go out for ice cream… they didn’t even think it *was* bad weather. And everyone around them was panic-shopping for a snow storm. (Cattaraugus County was our neighbor to the south. They are actually in Appalachia. Wyoming County just thinks it is.)
        Zanna irritates me, too.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    I’ve been feeling inexplicably blue for the last few days – really anxious and sad for no good reason at all. So today I am going out with some friends to self medicate with alcohol, desserts and bitching about anyone who isn’t there.

    • decormaven

      Trust it was the proper Rx. If not, there’s always chocolate.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        Thank you! It was very healing.

    • Sarah

      Friends will work! I was having a VERY hard time over the last few months, and I made a point to call all my far-flung well-loved pals, and they all suggested I talk to a counselor. But what it turned out was, they counseled me so well themselves, I felt better just knowing people were thinking of me. (Alcohol, desserts, and bitching also work!)

    • formerlyAnon

      Hope friends, etc. sounds right to me!

      (Also, to do the unsolicited advice thing; don’t forget to keep up whatever physical activity or exercise you do. I know it’s not the same for everybody, but I very consciously self-medicate with cardio. Helps me.)

      • Jackie4g

        You have to try and make time for exercise. You include it in your plans because it really does chase the blues away, besides all the other good stuff it does. Here’s hoping you’ll feel better soon.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        You make a good point. I haven’t been exercising much lately, I need to get out for a walk!

        • formerlyAnon

          There literally have been people I could not call unless I had done some serious cardio that day. I just couldn’t make myself pick up the phone because I dreaded the feelings I knew I’d be in by the end of the conversation. Fortunately I no longer have people in my life that are such triggers, just certain situations and the usual times when the mood drifts downwards for no easily identifiable reason.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            I’m a huge believer in getting rid of those people. I’m glad you got rid of them!

            I’m going for a walk with a friend this week – and there will be accompanying puppies – so I think it’ll improve things. I’m not usually prone to this sort of feeling.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Everybody has their moments – some of us more than others, she said ruefully – so don’t add beating yourself up about it to the list of things to feel sad about.

            Make sure you take a little time to just let yourself be and breathe.

          • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

            Whenever I’m down, I shop for cashmere sweaters. I don’t always buy them, but it’s fun to touch cashmere. :)

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            That sounds like a wonderful idea!

    • conniemd

      Sorry to hear that. But don’t think that you are alone either in occasionally feeling blue and depressed or in not having friends. Everyone suffers that from time to time. The person you show yourself to be on this message board is terrific. Have fun with your friends who I’m sure are good and will cheer you up.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        You are lovely! Thank you so much! I had a very nice time and ate lots of good food.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      big hugs. that is all.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      That sounds like a wonderful self-medication! I am with you in spirit. :-) And remember you have us.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    Harpsichord! Amazing!

  • EveEve

    Before I go into full CookieBakingFrenzy2013, let me just say:

    200,000 visitors a day?! Holy cow, Batman, that is amazing! When I first started commenting, lo these many years ago in the ProjectRunGay epoch, it seemed like such a small community; I thought maybe a few dozen of us. It keeps getting better with all the new Bitter Kittehs.

    * TSOM live was a disaster, but a fun disaster. TLo tweets were the only reason I kept it tuned in. What a nice surprise!
    * Can’t wait for the book release and wondering if you’re going to do a tour?
    * Really interesting to read in the interview that you’ve decided to keep some distance between yourselves and the celebs and designers you cover. Seems like some are trying to get a little cozier with you (really, who wouldn’t?!) They say everybody has their price, and I think brownies from Kors would be mine! (I am easily bribed – I would make a terrible fashion blogger.)
    * Looking forward to the new site design. The only change I had a hard time with was Disqus, but it seems to have improved over time.
    * Speaking of things commenters wish you’d covered – the red carpet for the 50th Golden Horse Awards was spectacular! Just saying.

  • Isabel

    Book Tour info?

  • Jessica Freeman

    So, I started watching Arrow last night realizing it was on Neftlix and holy Oliver Queen. I believe watching Arrow will be the entirety of my weekend.

    Loved the article. So happy to see the Uncles doing well.

  • Sarah

    Tom: I read your comment about your parents’ decision to move you to a more culturally diverse area with great happiness, because I grew up in the same sort of white bread suburb, and then would be wrenched away every few years to live in a foreign country or the deep south or somewhere where people of color or *gasp* other CULTURES were the majority. I kept returning to the same town, though, because my father would always get reassigned to DC and each time I was more frustrated by the lack of any sort of mixing it up. So, I bought my house in a neighborhood (and city) that has lots of people of color, and I look forward to raising my kids there. I think your parents were so wise and good to make that choice!
    Also, Lorenzo: one of my BFFs is married to a Brazilian. She is learning Portuguese so that when they move to Sao Paolo next March she can communicate with her family there, and her brother in law is gay. He is well-loved by his family, and supported. I’m so excited to visit them! You are lucky to have such a wonderful cultural heritage! Harpsichord! I thought you guys were well-rounded and highly intelligent, but I’m just blown away.

  • Lilithcat

    Oh, you guys have come such a long way from the “Project RunGay” days! Must admit I miss some of the old things (Musical Mondays springs to mind), but life is all about change, no? Though if anyone does become “histrionic and melodramatic” about your new site design, they can always claim they learned it from their Uncles. ;-)

    As an early music fiend, I’m delighted to hear that Lorenzo played the harpsichord, and I highly recommend that he return to it. This was one of my favorite records as a child; I still have it.

    • Sarah

      Sorry about your older cat’s passing, but yay for new kittens! Biting, pointy toes, adorable playtime, and precious snoozing. I got a kitten for my fiancé for Xmas last year, and he still says she was the best present. Good luck on your babycat hunt!

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        My favorite thing about kittens is the run run run run run fall over and go to sleep.

        • Sarah

          YES! And ever so soft pawdy-pads and snoots.

    • guest2visits

      Thanks for the link ! The harpsichord is so beautiful, but so uncommon.
      I think of Carly Simon’s moody Darkness til Dawn track, since that’s probably the first time I heard one.

    • alyce1213

      Havana? Cool. How are you so lucky to go?

      • Lilithcat

        There are actually a fair number of organizations that sponsor trips to Cuba. Under State Department rules, the trips must fall into specified categories such as educational, professional, religious, etc. But it’s pretty easy to find one.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          We went a few years ago with Cross Cultural Solutions so had to follow a rough itinerary, but we were able to split off from some of the events and go off on our own, no one seemed to mind. Have they been there before?

          • Lilithcat

            The group I’m going with has been there before, and they work with an organization that puts together a lot of trips to Cuba.

          • VictoriaDiNardo

            That’s a good set-up. You’ll have a fascinating trip; when we went we left from Miami and the shock of a twenty minute flight landing you in such different world was stunning. Crumbling beauty and deprivation endured with remarkable grace. Also, real mojitos and fantastic rum everywhere. Safe travels!

    • formerlyAnon

      Ooohh, thanks for that link. Reminds me of a couple of similar childhood records.

      And Havana?! I have always admired the hints we get of your varied interests and the good use you’ve made of your time since (if I remember correctly, apologies if not) relatively early retirement from your full time job.

      Good fortune accompany you in kitten selection.

      • Lilithcat

        Yes, you remember correctly, I’m retired, though not terribly early. And enjoying it very much indeed!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Hope you find the right kitten!

    • MilaXX

      Happy kitten hunting.

  • Lilah

    T-Lo, love you all the more after reading that interview. I can’t imagine what you go through to moderate the comments, but it’s worth it. Thanks for everything.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    I’m sorry to hear that there won’t be a “musical Monday” style post about the live SOM, but that would probably require re-watching it and I wouldn’t wish that on you! Since this one was so successful I’m guessing they’ll do this again next year. I’ve already imagined a “dream” cast for Oklahoma : Curly = Hugh Jackman (he’s a decent singer and he would look yummy in cowboy gear); Laurey = Megan Hilty (or another well-known Broadway singer), and in the stunt casting role: Miley Cyrus as Ado Annie (the character who sings “I’m just a girl who can’t say no”). Alternatively they could do the mega un-PC King and I starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the King!

    Off to get more Christmas shopping done and put up my decorations! Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I vote for the King and I.

    • Frank_821

      Well Hugh would be an easy choice since he played the role prior to him being Wolverine

  • MaggieMae

    Superb interview, gentlemen!

  • Christy Bishop Cricow

    Great interview!! I especially loved what you said about Michelle Obama. I’ve seen things elsewhere–ugly, despicable comments about her–but had no idea what lengths you have to go to, to prevent them. Bravo to you for not letting the haters influence your content!

  • Constant Reader

    Great interview, TLo! I love how your talents come together to make this site what it is.

    I’m working on prep for my big cookie day with the nieces and nephews coming up on the 22nd. This weekend it’s testing new recipes and getting some dough in the freezer. You think your December diet is short and pointless? Mine’s already a wreck.

  • lifeisastory

    Am I the only one who watched Styled to Rock? I keep forgetting to delete the season pass, and then I find myself watching it. The winning team was obvious, although neither team set the fashion world on fire. That model who hosts the show…oy. Something about her on-screen personality repels me. She’s no Heidi Klum.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I watched. The only thing I found interesting was the guest mentor’s pink hair.

    • Frank_821

      Oh I’ve been watching it. The people are talented but I have to say for this challenge the men acted like such hypocritical whiners-especially that Sergio. He’s a good designer but for him to rag on that girl Anhi for her comments about their designs was ridiculous. He basically called her 2-faced and nasty when his comments about the women were worse. He labeled their work safe, boring and inferior in style

      And he appears to have developed something of an ego problem. This is the 2nd week in a row that he dismissed the taste of the clients simply because he was not selected for the win. And he was dismissive of the comments of the judges. That was lame since they made it very clear it was vital to make a set of clothes that was cohesive. Yes Sergio you made a gorgeous dress but you and your teammates ignored the key points of the brief and failed to do your homework.

      As rocking as it was, Sergio’s dress would have to be completely re-designed since it was not functional for the purposes of stagewear for this particular client.

      The women’s team made a point to fulfill those needs. That’s why they won. Also they achieved this partly thanks to Autumn’s leadership. The point of this contest isn’t to find the “next great american designer”. It is to be part of a style team that knows how to successfully cater to a celebrity client and her needs. There will be only so much artistic freedom.

      One thing I do like about this show is how the judges, for most of the booted contestants, make a point of reminding them that their elimination does not reflect on their design talent. They simply failed at a particular challenge that was presented to them.

      • Chartreusite

        In general I think the show does do a fairly good job about being no bullshit about what it requires from the contestants. Each week there’s a clear brief that’s meant to push them a little bit, and the show goes a long way to point out how very many different styles and taste levels are at play from the different clients and how you need to meet it halfway. I’m really hoping Ahni takes it all because she seems to be a genuine deal who has a pretty malleable voice. As strong as I think Laura and Autumn are, both of them are very clearly defined in their aesthetic by their material usage. Both have made a lot of mileage out of their preferences, but I feel like at somepoint it’s going to be more gimmicky than an actual design voice

      • Chartreusite

        I’m actually watching it right now and holy crap Sergio needs to take a chill pill. Ahni’s comments sounded like constructive criticism from a peer, and even if it was a put-down it was an accurate and somewhat objectively true statement (I’m actually loving her turn towards being more critical; it gives an edge to her hippy dippy persona and makes her more real). Sergio though was just plain nasty, and his rant about not being able to be around people who he didn’t trust just smacked of primadonna attitude. I used to really appreciate his presence in the contest but now I kinda want him gone.

    • MilaXX

      I watched a few mins of the 1st ep and hated it. Past 2 weeks I’ve watched because I was bored and nothing else was on. It’s not as awful as I initially thought, but if they don’t renew it I won’t be mad.

    • Chartreusite

      I’ve been watching usually when it comes out online… I haven’t seen this week’s episode but I’m kinda not looking forward to the drama seen in the promos.

  • GorgeousThings

    I just read the article. What a FABULOUS interview! I felt like I was sitting on the couch across from you while you were talking. I can’t wait to get my copy of your book! Mmmmmwah!

  • GillianHolroyd

    PRAS… So Jeffrey is out. I still wonder about that avant garde challenge where he copied Martin M. At the time I thought it would be some elaborate stunt, to punk the producers. Somewhat like his original nasty persona that he later claimed was created for the show.

    I dearly hope that Christopher and his Michael-Costello-doe-eyes is not the anointed winner; his heartfelt confession in front of the judges–to a question they hadn’t even asked– a couple weeks ago was too obviously premeditated. I am rooting for both Korto and Elena, because I loved both their final collections on their original run but I would be happy with anyone-but-Christopher at this point.

    Re the hour vs hour and a half format: It what they fill the time with. We were all happy to see the expanded time slot but instead of more insight to the creative process as we assumed/hoped, the producers have filled it with manufactured drama by creative personalities. I fear if they go back to the one hour show, they won’t have time to show the runway at all. When it’s All Stars, well we know who everyone is already and these were all the top contenders, not the bottom-dwellers.

    • Chartreusite

      It’s hard to say at this point. I think it’s a safe bet that Christopher and Elena are in the final three for this season, with either Viktor or Irina probably rounding out the trio. I think if there is an All-stars formula, Christopher fits it to a tee. However, they have made several derisive remarks towards his act (ie Anthony Ryan questioning his taste level, Isaac calling him out on his emotional manipulation a few weeks back), and Elena has had a TON of positive judge momentum this season, perhaps moreso than any other female all-star in three seasons of the show (did you hear what Alyssa said about her work this week???). The optimist in me says she might be the winner because of that and they have yet to crown a female all-star winner (which is absolutely ridiculous considering the people they’ve cast prior seasons), but who knows. Here’s hoping though.

      • swanpride

        I am not so sure about this…I have the feeling, they actually wanted an All-Winner finale, but Jeffrey ruined it for them. On the other hand, the do overpraise Elena, so she might be the chosen one. At this point though, the only one who I am sure will leave before the finale is Victor.

        • Chartreusite

          You do bring up an interesting point…I don’t know why they brought back winners because ultimately they’ll either fail and ruin their prior winning glory (well everyone except for Jeffrey) or they’ll just sweep the competition and it’ll be anti-climactic. I could see a winner making it to the finale, although I’m unsure both will considering the reception Seth Aaron’s gotten the past few weeks. I could very easily see Irina replace Viktor on who will be in the finale. Only a few more episodes to find out :)

        • MilaXX

          I’m leaning towards maybe an Elena win because she had a pretty decent decoy collection. TBH I really don’t care which one of them wins.

          • swanpride

            I hope she doesn’t, because she didn’t develop at all in all this time. She is still repeating this collection. It would fit into the tendency of PR to give the win to designer who seemed to have gotten “passed over” in the past.

  • E2_Remote

    Loved that interview! The perfect antidote after a tough couple of days on the personal front. I especially appreciate how you guys prove the Internet doesn’t have to be a depressing black hole of negativity. Thanks T Lo, you always make my day!

  • Peeve

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the moderation of the comments on this site. (I never realized just how much you both have to do when a Michelle Obama post goes up. How sad!) I’ve read the comments on CNN, EW, and pretty much everywhere, and it’s shocking how fast they devolve into vitriol, filth, and stupidity. This is the only site I comment upon regularly where you can actually disagree with someone and have the conversation stay civil. A sad commentary about internet blogging.

  • Victor Beiramar Diniz

    loooooooooving the new design TLo! less is (sometimes) so much more!

    • Ginger Thomas

      I can only see two comments and can’t find a way to scroll down. Any suggestions?

      • Trickytrisha

        My usual scroll bar on the right or mouse middle button are the only scroll mechanisms available to me, as it always has been. (The vertical line next to comments doesn’t scroll) I’m using Chrome on Win 7. Dunno about the picture problem. You might try restarting, or disabling any ad blocker.

      • Qitkat

        Are you on an iPad? Because I was having the same issue there, but not on my desktop.

      • MilaXX

        I had to reduce the size of the font on the page. (control plus minus sign). Once I did that I could see all the comments.

      • Ginger Thomas

        It’s okay this morning, so probably just a first-day bug (or I was doing something stupid!)

  • Trickytrisha

    You guys hit a bases loaded, bottom of the ninth home run with your new design! Love the larger pictures and text, as well as the elegance factor. Many bravos to our Uncles.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    Love you guys! The interview was great – it’s so nice to know more about the men behind the opinions. <3 <3 <3 Thanks for the always thoughtful moderation, even and especially when it reminds me to have more care with my words.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      PS: No qualms with the web-design, but will there ever be a tag-map page again? I remember there used to be one and I miss it, because I keep playing catchup with shows y’all blogged and have to search for those tags.

  • KayEmWhy

    Lovin’ the new design. It’s fresh, modern, and I love the quality of the photos, somehow they look cleaner.

  • formerlyAnon

    Like the new home page’s look though I don’t know the vocabulary to say why – looks more like an upscale magazine than a web page is the gist.

    And though I’m sure I’ll adjust I will whine that I wish the text was ever-so-slghtly higher contrast, that is: darker. (Damn. I really was going to try not to whine.)

    • alyce1213

      The print is a bit grey. Maybe it’s just my ageing eyes.

  • guest2visits

    New look is SUPER! Bright And clean….somehow I feel fresh all over….lol…!

  • MilaXX

    *looks around*
    So far, so good. every thing is nice and bright, font is easier to read.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      It’s there – it’s above the masthead, next to the social media buttons.

      • MilaXX

        I had to reduce the page size once more to get it to show up.

  • VictoriaDiNardo

    New lay-out is great! Looks roomier and I like the bigger font in the descriptive paragraphs. Not disorientingly new either, just “freshened”!

  • alyce1213

    I have to be honest — I think the masthead (if that’s the right word for it on a website) is little too small and subtle.

  • BawlmerGurl

    The new look and feel is fierce. This Bitter Kitten gives two snaps up in a TLo formation.

  • veronkimo

    LOVING the new site!!!! fantastic! :) Congrats!

  • veronkimo

    Also, the picture of the two of you in the About section… TOTES ADORBS! LOVE! Not sure if it’s new or if I just haven’t been to the About section in AGES, which could very well be the case!

  • unbornfawn

    So far, so good with the new design! Good interview guys.

  • Qitkat

    The site looks great on my desktop, but on iPad, the comments are cut off at the right edge by the ads.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      We’re still working on fixing many things, including that. : )

      • Qitkat

        Thanks, I know it must be a tremendous amount of work. All well appreciated :) I also meant to say how much I enjoyed the interview. All us kittens are happy for your many successes.

  • paginatrix

    New site = fancy! Kittens love fancy things!

  • filmcricket

    And there’s the new site design! Figured this is what it would be like. The need to make everything tablet- and phone-friendly means all websites look the same now.

    I really, really hope the search function gets fixed soon, though. This happened at the AV Club too, where it became easier to Google “AV Club + [search term]” than to actually look for it on the site proper.

  • DarcSwan

    New site = a breath of fresh air. Love!

  • http://unbornunicorn.wordpress.com/ Amanda Gun

    Love the new design! It looks way better on mobile as well so cheers for that.

  • demidaemon

    Awesome interview! I just wanted to say that I’ve missed my fellow BKs this last week (I’m just now catching up) due to a Thanksgiving trip and necessary CPU repair. I’m unfortunately skipping the lounge this week to avoid spoilers about the last PR: AS, and I won’t be around next week either, becuae I’m having a weekend long date with my new man. Love and snark to everyone, and I’ll rejoin the conversation soon.

    • formerlyAnon

      Well yay for you!

      • demidaemon

        Thanks!

    • MaggieMae

      Weekend long date? New man? Have fun, then dish.

      • demidaemon

        Thanks. I will!

  • Jessica Freeman

    Me likey the new site! Great job!

  • PastryGoddess

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new site!!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Lovely article about you gentlemen in the PGN. I really enjoyed it and learned a bit more about you, too. Hope that it is a springboard for more success that is certainly well-deserved.

  • MaggieMae

    I like what you’ve done with the place, TLo!

  • NinaBeana

    T-LO! I came out of the woodwork for my first post ever after like a billion years of being a lurker to say never stop your FLOTUS posts! The effort you put in is so appreciated!

  • Tippi123

    Aw, that Q&A is great! And so long! It never occured to me that you actually have to monitor the comment section. I thought it’s just civil by nature. Naive me. This is a great website and I love what you do!

  • Munchkn

    Just noticed on TCM that Eleanor Parker who played Baroness Schrader in TSOM died yesterday at the age of 91. In TCM’s tribute, they didn’t include a clip from TSOM. Eleanor was on so much more than that one film.