T Lo’s Weekend Pop Culture Reading List

Posted on August 24, 2018

Darlings, we’ve been TERRIBLY remiss in our duties vis-à-vis providing you all with fabulously fascinating things to read from all the corners of the internet, but we could not let another Friday pass without the loving benefit of our amazingly sophisticated tastes and interests.

Okay, just kidding. We thought the following links, posts and articles were kinda fun, kinda thought-provoking, kinda interesting this week. And we thought you’d get a kick out of them. That’s all.

 

 It is the largest attendance number for a fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, topping the 815,992 visitors who saw “China: Through the Looking Glass” in 2015. Though the number is quite extraordinary considering the short time period during which “Heavenly Bodies” has been on display, the exhibition was expected to pull in a record number of visitors due to its subject matter: The Catholic religion counts just over 1 billion worshipers around the globe.

The Met’s “Heavenly Bodies” Exhibition Attracts 1 Million Visitors in Just 3 Months. by Brooke Bobb at Vogue

 

 

I definitely think there’s more to tell. I think that in order for the story to have that same intensity and grip that it would have to be told with the same people. Some stories are meant to be left as is, but there’s definitely much much more here. If they did a second season and it made sense, then absolutely I’d be honored to be a part of it.

Taylor John Smith Was Almost Too Pretty to Play Sharp Objects’ John Keene. by Emily Tannenbaum at ELLE

 

I found myself moved by moments when very little was happening, the kinds of everyday moments that I’ve always wanted to see onscreen: friends eating at the night market, an elder slowly studying the face of a newcomer, the pained but sympathetic expression of a native speaker trying to decipher another’s rusty Mandarin. Maybe it’s the end point of representation—you simply want the opportunity to be as heroic, or funny, or petty, or goofy, or boring as everyone else.

“Crazy Rich Asians” and the End Point of Representation By Hua Hsu at The New Yorker

 

Please stand up for her royal highness, Queen of Genovia and sometimes-actress Anne Hathaway, who this week celebrated the 17th anniversary of the greatest movie of all time, The Princess Diaries. Yes, it has actually been 17 years since the film was first in cinemas, and yes, you are now as old as time itself. The Princess Diaries bought us many an iconic moments, but “LANA GOT CONED” was finally given the tribute it deserves this week when Anne shared a sweet, Mia Thermopolis-inspired interaction with her pop star/co-star Mandy Moore on Instagram.

Anne Hathaway’s ‘The Princess Diaries’ Throwback With Mandy Moore Is Incredible. by Lucy Wood at Marie Claire

 

 

Some actresses have more leverage than others. Sarah Jessica Parker, for one, has a no-nudity clause for her HBO series Divorce, as she did with Sex and the City. “I’ve always had one,” she recently told THR. “Some people have a perks list and they are legendary. They have to have white candles in their room. I don’t have a crazy list like that. I’ve just always had [a no-nudity clause].” Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke is said to have scored the right to veto any nude scenes in her most recent renegotiation. And The Handmaid’s Talestar Elisabeth Moss, also an executive producer on the show, recently told THR, “I have 100 percent approval over all the footage and I can literally say, ‘You cannot use that scene.’ I can say, ‘I’m comfortable with this, but I’m not comfortable with that.’ They can’t send out a cut without me approving it.”

The New Politics of Hollywood Sex Scenes in the #MeToo Era. by Tatiana Siegel at The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

In addition to developing Charlie and Astrid’s relationship, China Rich Girlfriend also follows Nick and Rachel to China on her search for her father. But China’s cooperation with such a sequel remains in question, as its government has in recent years strenuously tried to downplay the country’s uber-wealthy class. Crazy Rich Asians has yet to obtain a China release, and a Chinese translation of the 2013 novel was only made available in the country this year.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel Moves Forward With Director Jon M. Chu. by Rebecca Sun and Rebecca Ford at The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

“We work in a really superficial industry. Part of the reason why I had an easy time getting a job is because I’m tall and skinny. Maybe that helped “balance” my being a black girl. It’s all about the optics.”

Everywhere and Nowhere – What it’s really like to be black and work in fashion.. by Lindsay Peoples Wagner at The Cut

 

 

“I mean, we’re learning [as a society that] all women have within them a person who is ready to throw a watermelon through a window pane,” said Gilpin. “I think wrestling in a weird way is this perfect vehicle for [Debbie] to use that rage in a constructive and strange way.”

‘Glow’ Star Betty Gilpin on How Wrestling Releases “Constructive” Rage by Bryan White at The Hollywood Reporter

 

 

Comedy can be radical; it’s just that when it is, it’s not typically on Netflix. Queer and trans people have been performing comedy that transgresses how we traditionally think of the form: sets without easy punchlines that are weird and often unreadable unless you’ve been deep into the lexicon of queerness for years. There’s new, fresh, and interesting queer comedy being performed in basements and clubs in New York and elsewhere (see: here and here ) — but it’s comedy that is written and performed in a self-referential vernacular built over years that makes it mostly accessible only to fellow queers (and less-covered by the mainstream media).

The ‘Nanette’ Problem by Peter Moskowitz at The Outline

 

 

Silman: I find it hard to be angry at her.

Bugbee: Because you still think of her as the victim of Harvey?

Silman: Yes. And because her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, just died. That certainly complicates this story in a really queasy way, like the fact that she invoked him in her statement and said the settlement money was his idea.

Bugbee: That weirdly made me less inclined to trust her. It felt very odd. Like Kevin Spacey coming out. A distraction. A way to gain sympathy.

Trying to Process the Asia Argento Situation by Stella Bugbee and Anna Silman at The Cut

 

 

“The truth is, these trends come every ten years. Right now, black women are all over the fashion magazine covers, but peep this, there’s nobody black at these individual magazines. The person who says ‘Put this black person on the cover’ isn’t a black person”

Spike Lee: “People say I’m back, but I’m like ‘where the fuck did I go?’ by Sagal Mohammed at Dazed

 

 

Oh’s collaborators all mention how present she is, and in person, the result is magnetic. She has an intense gaze and talks with her hands, as though her nerve endings are flying through the air to connect with yours. She speaks vaguely, in that California way, about authenticity, self-care, and openness. She practices Vipassana, a Buddhist form of meditation that’s interpreted as “seeing deeply.” And Oh sees all of it — acting, meditating, waiting, even this very conversation between us — as an extension of the same practice, an attempt to operate from a place where you’re fully grounded within yourself, of “finding that authentic kernel.”

The Protagonist: Sandra Oh on Killing Eve and Her Emmy Nomination by E. Alex Jung at Vulture

 

 

 

 

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