The Daily T LOunge for August 13, 2020

Posted on August 13, 2020

The Bar Room at Temple Court – New York City, USA


Oooh, a lovely, moody, yet still light-filled space of eclecticism. We’re feeling today’s LOunge, kittens. Give us a comfy chair, flattering lighting and a drink, because exactly five months ago today, we reluctantly ended our long-planned book tour, closed the door on our lives and sat waiting for it all to be over, naively thinking at the time that it would be a matter of weeks. We can still remember all of the promises from our publicists and tour venues that everything would be sorted out and new dates would be added some time in the spring or summer. Insert darkly knowing, nihilistic laughter here. It still hurts, we’re not gonna lie. But we also have to acknowledge that we’re healthy, still (self-) employed, and not facing some of the horrifying economic fallout that so many others are feeling right now. Hurrah.

Today is THURSDAY. Which is kind of nice, we guess.

In other news, there are several drills hard at work destroying the street outside our windows as of 7 am, which is really helping to elevate the mood around here. If your morning’s anything like ours, you’re going to want a whole bunch of distractions to get you to lunchtime. We’re here to help, kittens:

Viola Davis Shared a Very Special Photo for Her Birthday
“It is the birthplace of my story.”
Oscar-winner Viola Davis celebrated her 55th birthday yesterday (congrats!) and to celebrate, she shared something very sentimental. In an Instagram post, Davis announced that she had managed to take ownership of her story” and shared a snapshot of the property where she was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina.


New Princess Diana Musical to Premiere on Netflix Before Broadway Debut
With producers working out safety protocols with the Actors’ Equity Association amid the coronavirus pandemic, the cast and crew of ‘Diana’ will reunite in an empty theater to perform the musical for cameras and put the finished product on the digital platform next year.
The Broadway musical Diana isn’t waiting for theaters to reopen in New York to offer its show to a live audience — it’s going to Netflix.


“She Sticks Her Finger Right Into the Socket”: How ‘Ozark’ Star Julia Garner Became a Scene-Stealer and Emmy Favorite
Nominated for her second best supporting actress award, the 26-year-old reveals the angst of not acting during lockdown, what happened when she met the imprisoned real-life subject of her coming Netflix show from Shonda Rhimes, and how she became one of TV’s most sought-after young actresses.


The Crown has found its new Prince Philip in the shape of Oscar-nominated Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce.
The Game Of Thrones star will join the Netflix drama for Season 5 and 6, starring opposite Imelda Staunton, who has previously been named as the next Queen Elizabeth II. The other confirmed star for The Crown’s final two seasons is Lesley Manville, who will feature as Princess Margaret.


Allow The Chicks To Reintroduce Themselves
Twenty-five years, 12 albums, a global controversy, and one name change later, The Chicks are back with ‘Gaslighter’—and better than ever.
Seventeen years ago, Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire, and Natalie Maines would sit backstage at their sold-out Top of the World Tour and laugh. They’d laugh about what men were saying about them on major cable networks, men like Bill O’Reilly (“These are callow, foolish women who deserve to be slapped around”) and Pat Buchanan (“The dumbest, dumbest bimbos I have seen”). They’d laugh when their tour manager, who they’d send out nightly to scope out the signs protesters held as they picketed their shows, would return with photos of misspelled insults (“You’re traders to our country!”). They’re laughing now, video-chatting from various pockets of the country, simply remembering how much they laughed during one of the darkest times in The Chicks’ career.


Meghan and Harry’s Royal Exit Was Even Messier Behind the Scenes
The couple’s January announcement shocked the public and the royal family. But according to the bombshell royal biography Finding Freedom, the days leading up to the announcement were full of palace intrigue.


Why You Should Still Care About ‘Bicycle Thieves’
On the unforgettable heartbreak and enduring pleasures of an Italian neorealist masterpiece.
“People should see it — and they should care.” Those are the concluding words to one of the more passionate raves in the annals of New York Times film criticism: Bosley Crowther’s 1949 review of the Italian movie introduced to American audiences as “The Bicycle Thief.”
The English title has since been adjusted to reflect the original. It’s “Bicycle Thieves” (“Ladri di Biciclette” in Italian) not only because more than one bike is stolen, but also because the cruelty of modern life threatens to make robbers of us all. More than 70 years after Crowther’s enthusiastic notice — during which time Vittorio De Sica’s fable of desperation has been imitated, satirized, analyzed and taught in schools — I’m tempted to let my predecessor have the last word.


Charleston Tourism Is Built on Southern Charm. Locals Say It’s Time to Change.
A powerful visitors’ bureau has pushed the South Carolina city to the top of “best” lists by selling gentility. Critics say that has come at the expense of history and the city’s Black population.
The week that George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers, the Charleston, S.C., Convention & Visitors Bureau introduced a campaign to assure tourists that despite the coronavirus pandemic, Charleston — a city that has topped must-go travel lists for years — was ready to welcome them back. The program asked hotels and restaurants to take a “White Glove Pledge,” which would assure guests a high level of commitment to hygiene. The campaign’s logo was a white-gloved hand holding a tray. The unwitting reference to the servitude of plantation life came at a moment when Black Lives Matter protests were beginning to fill streets in cities across the nation



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