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Happy end-of-summer day, kittens! In the cultural if not scientific sense. Yes, the days are noticeably shorter and in some parts of the world, we suppose they’re also getting cooler. It’s bizarre and a little overwhelming to be considering the idea of entering autumn, with the winter holidays now on the horizon when we still have to remind ourselves nearly every day that it’s not April.
Which reminds us; today is MONDAY. The good news is, if you’re an American who doesn’t work in hospitality or healthcare, it’s likely to also be a vacation day for you. Huzzah!
We, for our parts, will be spending this Labor Day laboring. There are TV shows to discuss and red carpet looks to assess and after living so long in the desert (metaphorically speaking), we’re not passing up an opportunity to post while the posting’s hot. Or something. Anyway, off to work, like good little capitalists! Talk amongst yourselves, darlings!
Why Idris Elba Is One of Hollywood’s Most Stylish Men
Idris Elba is one of those Hollywood stars who simply never fails to deliver on the red carpet. The British actor, who turns 48 today, can rock a suit like no other. In fact, you’ll likely never catch him in a look that’s not perfectly tailored. Over the years, Elba has been consistent in this approach, drawing on a variety of suiting that’s always streamlined but never boring. He will flaunt everything from a gray checkered two-piece with a pageboy cap, to an all-black tux with a bowtie for evening. Even his off-duty look is worthy of the spotlight. It’s why he stands apart from his peers, and has done for the better part of a decade.
Plastique Tiara Is TikTok’s Favorite Drag Queen
Since posting her first TikTok in August last year, she’s amassed over 4 million followers on the app and counting—all of whom tune in to see Plastique bring her unparalleled glamour and style to the social media platform. Plastique has been developing her drag aesthetic—which is full of feathery frocks, sequined gowns, and flawless makeup—for around five years now. “I only started doing drag professionally since I appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11, at the age of 21,” she says. “My drag has evolved tremendously over the past three years, not just in terms of better makeup and nicer clothes, but mental strength and thicker skin as well,” she says.
In a Pandemic, Rediscovering What Home Means
The coronavirus caused me, like so many others, to make a housing decision I never thought I’d make. Presented with an uncertain future, and with New York City growing more dystopian each day into March and April, I opted not to re-sign my lease, packed up everything in boxes, and moved sixty blocks downtown to live with my parents. Compared with friends who were fleeing the city to save on rent by seeking temporary housing in long-empty suburban bedrooms across the country, my move seemed underwhelming.
How to Center Black Voices in the Travel Industry (For Real)
Travel opens up an experience and discourse that allows Black people to understand and define our position in the world. This becomes a lifeline when living within systems that are tainted by white supremacy, not designed for this level of self-discovery and actualization for our community. Travel for many of us has become a path to freedom, and the industry has never had to contend with what that means.
HBO Max’s New Releases Coming in September
Take a look at the movies and TV shows that will be added to the premium outlet this month.
‘Fatal Attraction,’ ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ ‘Grease’
With a new month, HBO Max is refreshing its slate of films and TV shows.
Among the titles coming to the premium outlet in September are Edward Zwick’s war epic Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou, and Lasse Hallstrom’s drama The Cider House Rules, with Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron and Michael Caine.
For a dose of comedy, Kevin Smith’s 1994 indie Clerks is coming to the platform, as well as Mrs. Congeniality and its sequel, both starring Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent who goes undercover at a beauty pageant. The 1978 movie version of Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, is making its appearance with numerous other high-profile titles such as The Wedding Singer and Dog Day Afternoon.
The underrated thriller Murder By Numbers, with a young Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt, is also on its way, as are Fatal Attraction and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. On the TV front, Young Sheldon — the prequel to The Big Bang Theory — is bowing on the platform.
Queen Elizabeth Is Opening Up Sandringham as a Drive-In Theater This Fall
Sandringham Castle has long been the beloved private country home of Queen Elizabeth II. From its tidal mudflats and fruit farms to the the famous museum and gardens, Sandringham is a versatile estate that has seen many a royal occasion, but it’s perhaps best known as the home where the Windsors spend their Christmases.
That said, amid the global pandemic, the estate is taking on a new role: that of a drive-in movie theater.
The Shows Must Go On. But They Aren’t the Same Without You.
The sudden absence of live audiences has upended the worlds of sports, comedy and politics. What do we lose when the crowd doesn’t show?
Since the coronavirus swept across the United States, morning-show anchors have kept bantering, late-night hosts have kept joking and politicians have kept stumping. It’s the audiences that have not showed. Their sudden disappearance has spotlighted the mythical, almost mystical, role they play in popular entertainment. The crowd has been compared to an electric spark, a dance partner, an intoxicant and a character in and of itself. It is said to hold great power over professional performers, messing with their heads and triggering hormonal surges in their glands. The crowd lends a democratic sheen to an event, legitimizing the performer’s skill and authenticating the show as real. If the crowd laughs, the joke was funny. If it boos, the call was bad. The crowd is, as Kotb put it, “the juice.” And for now, it is gone. This has proved to be a vexing experience for the entertainers of America.
A Nostalgic (if Isolating) Road Trip Along Route 66
Driven by an early fascination with the American West, a photographer set off to travel part of America’s most celebrated highway.
Growing up in suburban Virginia, I only experienced the romance of the American West on the occasional family vacation, or on Boy Scout camping excursions. But what I felt on those trips left long-lasting impressions. The big sky stretching out over endless prairies made me feel minuscule, even as a beefy teenager. The enchanting rock formations and rusty windmills seemed to transport me back in time to the days when the Western United States was (in my imagination, at least) still wild and untamed.
Troop Beverly Hills Is Finally Getting A Sequel
Troop Beverly Hills (1989) is definitely on the list of films that can guarantee a mood boost. If it hasn’t been on your social-distancing/quarantine must-watch list, add it. And you might want to rewatch it right now, because a sequel is in the works! Per Entertainment Tonight, TriStar is working on a follow-up to the original film.
Why People Are Boycotting Disney’s Mulan
Pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong are calling for a boycott of the movie.
Mulan has arrived on Disney+ to much fanfare this weekend. However, despite the excitement surrounding the highly-anticipated live-action movie, some people are calling for a boycott of Disney’s Mulan.
According to The Guardian, calls for a boycott of Mulan began when the movie’s star, Liu Yifei, posted on Chinese social media site Weibo in August 2019. The Disney star wrote, “I also support Hong Kong police. You can beat me up now.” According to The Guardian, Liu added, “What a shame for Hong Kong.” Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter noted that Liu has more than 65 million followers on the site, and added the hashtag #IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice and a heart emoji to her post.
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