The Daily T LOunge for September 16, 2020

Posted on September 16, 2020

The Abyss Pub – Milan, Italy


Today’s LOunge is offering you two options: You can party in the dark all day and not give a thought to the outside world or you can find a dark corner where you can sit quietly and judge everyone. Something for all types!

Today is WEDNESDAY. And yes, we are officially in the second half of September; mere days away from being able to call it “late September.” As always, we marvel at the 2020 calendar and the way it violates the laws of the universe on a semi-reg basis.

In a related note, we’re currently Christmas tree shopping. Look, we’re urban childless gays who live in an industrial loft. Live trees stopped being cute at least a decade ago. Don’t @ us on this. Besides, as we may have mentioned on the podcast, we’ve been collecting ornaments for over twenty years and at this point must have somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500 or so – all gifts or mementos. The hassle of procuring a live tree in the city and getting it up to our loft was always made pointless by the fact that, once it’s decorated, you really can’t see our tree at all. It’s a tree shape holding sixty pounds of lights and baubles. That’s just how the gays roll at Christmas. Anyway, our decade-old tree just barely made it through last Christmas and we threw it out in the beginning of January. We don’t mind paying decent money for a fake tree, but we’re arguing over the size. Lorenzo wants something much taller but Tom notes our storage issues and the fact that spacing out or ornaments will make the tree more noticeable. Lorenzo counters that it just gives us the opportunity to procure more ornaments; a prospect which does tend to get Tom all twinkly-eyed.

Anyway, that’s us, jumping the gun on the holidays. Still, we’d rather order one soon and let it take its time getting to us. How are things on your end? Are the holidays a thing you’re dreading or a thing you’re planning on attacking with full gusto? Or are you somewhere between those two extremes?

And if you don’t even want to TOUCH that topic, by all means, sample from the ones we’ve provided for you in today’s Topic Buffet:


Diane Keaton’s Latest Hat Will Make You Do a Double Take
Diane Keaton is the queen of hats. The actor and style icon has a wardrobe full of them, ranging from chic brimmed styles, to more humble baseball caps and beanies. But her latest hat of choice comes with a message. Keaton was spotted in California this week using her signature accessory as a way to remind you to vote in the upcoming presidential election, which is happening in November.


Oh, Thank God: We’re Getting a New Season of The Great British Baking Show
This season of The Great British Baking Show was brought to a halt by COVID-19, but executives managed to figure out a way to bring it back. “As you can imagine, there was a lot of work collaboratively between Love Productions and our COVID protocols team just to get that right,” Sky Studios CEO Gary Davey told Deadline in July, explaining that cast and crew were quarantined in preparation for shooting.


See All the Photos From Downton Abbey Star Jessica Brown Findlay’s Surprise Wedding
Findlay, who played Lady Sybil Crawley on the popular period drama, married actor Ziggy Heath this weekend.
The 31-year-old married Heath, a fellow actor, who most recently appeared in the 2019 comedy film, How to Build a Girl, starring Beanie Feldstein. Findlay and Heath were officially wed on September 12, in London. The new bride later announced her marriage on her Instagram page.


How the Original Game of Thrones Pilot Went Awry: “Nobody Knew What They Were Doing”
“I remember finding the whole thing ridiculous,” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said.
Lena Headey, a.k.a. Cersei Lannister thought she “looked like a Vegas showgirl in the [original] pilot—furs and massive hair, like a medieval Dolly Parton.” But she loved it.
Now, we’re getting firsthand accounts of the catastrophe from the cast members themselves. In a new book by James Hibberd, Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, which gives an all-encompassing, behind-the-scenes look at the fantasy series, stars spill on the chaos that was the first first episode of GoT.


How to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Expect the annual tradition to look a little different this year.
As with so many things in 2020, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is going to look a little different this year.
In September, the department store announced that the much-loved event “will be modified” so that it can move forward safely amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time in its nearly 100-year history (this November marks the 94th annual parade), the parade will be TV-only. “This year’s celebration will shift to a television-only experience while maintaining the spectacle and wonder of this cherished tradition,” reads a release sharing the news.
So you won’t be able to watch the balloons float by in person in NYC this year, but if tuning in to the parade is a time-honored holiday tradition for your family, worry not.


Jane Austen’s Novel, Persuasion, Will Be Adapted Into a Movie
Succession star Sarah Snook will lead the film, based on Austen’s final, complete work.
Jane Austen’s final, complete novel, Persuasion, is often overlooked in the Austen adaptation sphere. While it has previously been turned into British television movies and plays, it has yet to receive the star-powered fanfare of its contemporaries, namely Pride and Prejudice and Emma. That is, until now.


Editors’ Picks: 12 Recipes We Can’t Wait to Make This Fall
Kick off the season with apple cider cake and roasted butternut squash.
With the first hint of cool breeze, we feel it—an itching desire to start making fall recipes.
It doesn’t matter if it’s still 75 degrees outside and summer isn’t quite over yet. Our minds instantly drift to warming spices and hearty, filling meals. Some of our editors plan to take full advantage of apple season, with apple cider cake and spiced brown-butter apples included in this roundup. Others will be turning on their oven for cacio e pepe pasta pie and roasted butternut squash with chorizo-spiced kale.


Madonna to Direct Her Biopic, Co-Written by Diablo Cody for Universal
Looks like Madonna is her own lucky star.
In what seems to be an unprecedented creative move, the pop icon will direct a film about her life and career — one that’s been heavily teased on her social media accounts, through script sessions with her Oscar-winning co-writer Diablo Cody.
That Madonna, whose staggering five-decade career has seen countless musical reinventions and a run at filmmaking and acting, would direct her own journey from New York City’s slums to the heights of global stardom is beyond rare. The super-famous are often involved peripherally as creative consultants and executive producers in their own adapted stories (like recent awards players like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Rocketman”).




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