T LOunge for December 11, 2020

Posted on December 11, 2020

Il Riccio Bar, Restaurant, and Sea Lounge – Capri, Italy

Put on your caftans, girls! It’s FRIDAY and the bar is open! In fact, it’s WIDE open!

Huzzah and hooray, darlings. We made it. We’re off to do podcasty, content-generating sorts of things, but you should all settle in, declare a slice of the view to be yours and yours alone, and sample freely from whatever’s on offer, from free imaginary food and beverages to our freshly picked Buffet of Distractions below:


The World According to Frances McDormand
McDormand says she is bringing marginal characters to the center. This description is not inaccurate, but I can’t help feeling it sells McDormand a bit short. The statement is true only when you are using movies as your frame of reference. Such characters are not marginal in the real world, after all. In the real world, female depression and rage are not uncommon, human faces age, and women continue to lead lives after 60—lives that often have little to do with men. If your reference point is the real world, McDormand isn’t bringing the margins to the center so much as she’s bringing more of the world to the screen.


Fake Christmas Trees Are My Guilty Pleasure
The one thing mom could never bring with us as we journeyed around the globe was a real Christmas tree. In moving from tropical East Africa to the Altiplano of Bolivia, we discovered how few places are ideal for farming evergreens. So, never sure where we’d be spending our next Christmas, we were a family devoted to our fake tree. All versions of her. In my 36 years, we’ve had three: Charlotte, Anne, and Emily. We called them the Brontrëe sisters (Emily was the tallest one, so named for her wuthering height). What can I say, in addition to Christmas, my mother’s other great loves are puns and Victorian literature.


‘Christmas Ever After’ Finally Gives Disabled People Their Holiday Meet-Cute
The Lifetime film lets me see myself in an uncomplicated narrative about romance and merriment.

In ‘Christmas Ever After,’ Ali Stroker makes TV history as the first wheelchair user to star in a holiday movie. In the festive rom-com, the actress plays Izzi, a writer whose fictional characters and their perception of “perfect love” are preventing her from seeing what’s right in front of her: Matt (Daniel di Tomasso). He’s gorgeous, and he just happens to look identical to the man on the cover of Izzi’s romance novels.
‘Christmas Ever After’ doesn’t just help fellow wheelchair users believe we’ll fall in love—believing that it’s possible to fall in love while disabled isn’t actually very hard—it’s the details of being in relationships that can present more roadblocks for us. And the movie honestly and expertly navigates those obstacles.


Josh O’Connor Says Adding A Disclaimer To The Crown Is ‘Pretty Outrageous’
“In my opinion, it’s pretty outrageous that he came out and said what he said. Particularly in this time when he knows that the arts are struggling and they’re on their knees, I think it’s a bit of a low blow.” O’Connor also asserted tha “audiences understand,” adding, “You have to show them the respect and understand that they’re intelligent enough to see it for what it is, which is pure fiction.”


The Undoing‘s Costume Designer Weighs in on Those Infamous Coats, Once and for All
Signe Sejlund on Nicole Kidman’s green frock, dressing Hugh Grant, and that shimmery Givenchy gown.
Before ‘The Undoing’ viewers were debating the finale, they were divided over that green coat. You know the one. Worn by Nicole Kidman’s character, Grace Fraser, the glorious moss green trench enveloped Fraser as she walked many (many!) miles around the Upper East Side, unraveling as she discovered her husband could in fact be an actual murderer. “It’s interesting how that green coat divided [viewers],” costume designer Signe Sejlund says of hand-made, custom garment. “Some people really don’t like it, and some just love it. I wanted to do something that was a cinematic coat, something that you would remember.”


See the Adorable Photos of Prince Harry Starring in His Nativity Play
Two words: red tights.

A few years ago, Prince William revealed that his son Prince George had a starring role in his school’s nativity pageant: he played a sheep.
“I went to my boy’s nativity play. It was funny,” William said while visiting the BBC’s Bridge House in Media City, Salford. “He was a sheep.”
Participating in the holiday play is a longstanding tradition in the royal family as evidenced by this photo of Prince Harry in red tights (!!), dressed up as something of a Christmas sprite for a production back in 1987.


Patty Jenkins to Direct ‘Star Wars’ Movie ‘Rogue Squadron’
The news makes Jenkins the first woman to direct a “Star Wars” feature film; Victoria Mahoney was the first woman on a “Star Wars” directing team, serving as second unit director on “The Rise of Skywalker.” Deborah Chow also directed an episode of “The Mandalorian” Season 1, and is helming the upcoming Disney Plus series “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
Jenkins is no stranger to milestones, though. In 2017, she became the first woman to direct a major superhero film, as well as the first woman to direct a movie with a budget over $100 million, with “Wonder Woman.” The movie, starring Gal Gadot as the classic DC Comics hero, was not only a box office hit, grossing $821 million worldwide, but a critical one as well, invigorating the DC slate of films that had, until then, received less-than-friendly reception from reviewers.


Walter Chandoha’s Dogs, a Photographic Love Letter to Man’s Best Friend
A sequel to last year’s Cats, the collection of the renowned pet photographer’s work is a journey through the second half of the 20th century, and the dogs who joined us along the way.
November 30, 2020 would have been the 100th birthday of Walter Chandoha, a World War II battle photographer who transitioned to advertising in the 1950s, and became known as the 20th century greatest pet photographer. As a sequel to Walter Chandoha Cats: 1948-2018, released last year, now presents Dogs, featuring a wide range of breeds, scenery, and indelible energy—plus one cat, for good measure.


A new era of celebrity tabloids, minus the snark
On Instagram, accounts like Deuxmoi allow us to gossip about celebrities without feeling cruel.

Celebrity media is nearly as old as the idea of a celebrity, but talking about stars takes on new meaning in a time when many people have described themselves as starved for gossip. With more idle time separated from family and friends and other forms of escapism — such as literally escaping on vacation — chatter about the scandalous, enviable, or surprising goings-on of the rich and famous provides a way out of the endless boredom of quarantine.


The Olive Garden Is Open, but Marilyn Hagerty Isn’t Eating There
At 94, the author of a North Dakota restaurant review that became an internet sensation is still at work. In the pandemic, though, she’s had to make a few changes.

It is not that Marilyn Hagerty is running out of steam at 94, either. She files three columns for The Grand Forks Herald each week, even though she has officially retired from the paper “two or three times,” as she puts it. She had already been retired for at least two decades when, in 2012, she wrote a column that chronicled the arrival of her town’s first Olive Garden.


How ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Is Inspiring Women to Take Up Chess
Fans of the Netflix series, including teenagers and the actress Beth Behrs, are flocking to the game because “women can be rock stars” in chess.

Chess.com, the site on which Behrs was playing, has added more than 2.35 million players since the series debuted in late October, according to Nick Barton, director of business development for the site. Registrations of female players are up 15 percent compared to the composition of players who were joining the site before the series began, he said. Demand for chess lessons has spiked. Evan Rabin, the founder of Premier Chess, said that enrollment in the fall virtual classes was up 50 percent and that many of the inquiries are coming from women.


The Ancient Origins of the Flower Crown
From symbol of victory to Snapchat filter, wreaths of leaves and flowers have had symbolic meaning in Western culture for over 2,000 years

The flower crown is today a fashionable accessory synonymous with Coachella revelers and boho brides, but it’s not new: wearing leaves and flowers as a headpiece has a rich history dating back to the ancient classical world.
Since antiquity, the circular or horseshoe shape of the wreath has been a symbol of glory, power, and eternity. In ancient Greece and Rome many crowns were made of wool and foliage such as myrtle and ivy leaves, and were adorned with different flowers, which held various associations through time.


A Dog’s Life, from Kyoto to Versailles
The dramatic tale of how a small Japanese lacquer box has survived over centuries

Such zoomorphic items in Japanese lacquer were highly coveted by collectors during the eighteenth century, and Marie-Antoinette’s example was evidently one of her favorite pieces. In her private sitting room at Versailles, the royal palace just southwest of Paris, she placed it in a prominent spot on a table veneered with petrified wood and ornamented with gilt-bronze mounts next to the fireplace. There, visitors would not be able to escape noticing it.
The queen’s guests would have wondered, as we do, how such an extraordinary object came to Versailles. The box has had quite an exciting existence, as is evident by tracing its history from the time it was made in Japan.


Marvel will not recast Chadwick Boseman’s role for Black Panther 2
During Disney’s investor day presentation on Thursday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the next Black Panther film will “honor the legacy” of the late Chadwick Boseman and not recast the character.
A Black Panther sequel has been in the works since almost immediately after the first film hit theaters in 2018, with Ryan Coogler quickly signing on to write and direct the second film. But plans for Black Panther 2 were put into question after Boseman’s devastating death earlier this year, at the age of 43. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has recast its superhero roles before, like Mark Ruffalo taking over from Edward Norton as the Hulk and Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard as War Machine, but Marvel fans were quick to denounce the idea of recasting T’Challa, citing Boseman’s powerful performance.




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