T LOunge for February 11, 2021

Posted on February 11, 2021

Bocca Bar – Warsaw, Poland


Kittens, we’re one step closer to the weekend. Let’s pause and observe this moment. In fact, let’s pause and observe it for the rest of the day.

Yes, it’s THURSDAY, darlings. But you knew that already, didn’t you?

We woke up to snow on the ground and furniture delivery men at the crack of dawn. Unfortunately, we also woke up to absolutely zero dollar bills in either of our wallets because what even is physical money anymore? We had a change bowl by the front door for years and we wound up putting it in a closet months ago because we’re just not out in the world, spending paper money and getting coins in return. Anyway, it is not our way to let anyone who hauled furniture up a flight of stairs for us leave our place without some form of tip, so there was a little pre-dawn trek through the slippery, trying to find a working ATM. It was a very stressful way to start the day, but now we have a new comfy chair to fight over.

Anyway, that’s all the shocking news in our world. What’s going on in your neck of the woods?

Do woods have necks? What’s that all about?


Why Cinderella, Starring Whitney Houston and Brandy, Is One of Disney’s Bests
The tale of Cinderella has been told countless times, but for me, the best take on the fairy tale has always been Robert Iscove’s 1997 version. With such a wonderful, star-studded cast including the legendary Whitney Houston, Brandy, Whoopi Goldberg, and Bernadette Peters, it’s hard to believe it was a TV movie. Its fantastic costumes, original songs (scored by Rodgers and Hammerstein), and diverse casting infused the classic story with a fresh, new feel. Because of all of this, the film continues to have a devoted fanbase, even more than two decades after its release. If you’re intrigued, and haven’t had the chance to see it, you’re in luck: It will be available to stream (for the first time ever!) on Disney+ starting Friday.


Who Is Stacey Plaskett, the Breakout Star of the Senate Impeachment Trial?
For the second straight day, Democrats built a powerful, persuasive case for the impeachment of former President Donald J. Trump, hammering away at the theme that he incited the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, leaving five people dead and inflicting terror on hundreds more.
But on Wednesday, the spotlight shifted from Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin, who delivered an emotional and often searing presentation on Tuesday, to one of his House colleagues: Stacey Plaskett, the elected delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Meet Yeri Han, Star of the Stunning New Film Minari
In Minari—the film is named for a wild herb that resembles parsley and grows like a weed—Han portrays Monica, a young Korean woman whose husband, Jacob, played by Steven Yeun, drags his wife and two small children to a stretch of unsettled farmland in rural Arkansas. They are later joined by Monica’s mother, portrayed by industry veteran and national treasure Youn Yuh-Jung, whom Han affectionately refers to as sunsaeng-nim, the Korean word for “teacher.” “Among the crew, there were non-Korean immigrants and children of immigrants,” Han recalls. “They said that even though they couldn’t understand a thing”—much of the film is in Korean—“they still understood everything.”


Netflix’s ‘Crime Scene’: The Gruesome History of L.A.’s Cecil Hotel
Amid the financial and cultural boom of the 1920s, the Beaux Arts-style Cecil was officially opened for business in 1927, backed by several million dollars in investments from three hoteliers—totaling about $13 million in modern dollars. It spanned 19 floors, with 600 rooms, and earned an early reputation as a classy place to stay in downtown L.A. Unfortunately for the hotel’s owners, within just a few years of the Cecil’s opening, the Great Depression sunk in, which not only limited the number of travelers looking for a fancy place to stay, but also turned the area surrounding the hotel into what is now known as Skid Row.


Cicely Tyson On The ‘Power’ Of Her 1973 Oscar Nom: ‘That Was My Dream’
Cicely Tyson released her memoir ‘Just as I Am’ two days before her death at the age of 96. In an excerpt, the legendary actress recounts the excitement surrounding her 1973 Oscar nomination.

“Why do you do such sad movies?” my dad once joked after he’d seen me in Brown Girl, Brownstones. Likewise, Mom would often tell me what her friends were always asking her: “Why is she always wearing rags in her movies? Doesn’t she ever dress up?” Though their teasing was an indirect acknowledgment of their pride, I needed my mother, in particular, to voice her validation. She’d been my greatest source of energy, the reason I’d devoted myself so wholly to my work. She had believed I’d go out and become a slut of some kind, had no idea this Hollywood journey could lead me to play a character as honorable as Rebecca. My nomination did more than just prove my mother wrong. After a childhood during which my mother’s opinions drowned out all others, it gave me the last say.


A Tina Turner Documentary Is Coming to HBO Next Month
This is simply the best news.

According to the network, the film will follow Turner’s rise to fame, her personal and career struggles, and her earning icon status in the ’80s and beyond. It will feature interviews with the artist herself, filmed at her home in Switzerland, appearances from people close to her, and rare archival footage spanning 60 years. Others providing on-screen commentary include Angela Bassett; Oprah Winfrey; I, Tina co-author Kurt Loder; playwright Katori Hall, who wrote the musical about Turner’s life; and Turner’s husband, Erwin Bach.


This Is the Cool Paint Technique You’ve Been Seeing All Over Instagram
Limewash paint is an ancient technique that feels super current—and it’s eco-friendly.

After years of interior design trends leaning toward the super-sleek—by way of glass, chrome, polished wood, or brass; and midcentury-modern furniture against stark-white walls—the moment has turned to one that feels decidedly softer and more naturalistic. Rattan, cane chairs, ceramics, linen, shearling, and primitive wood pieces are slowly taking over as we spend long stretches at home in our best cashmere and sweatpants. The backdrop for all these layered neutrals is more often than not an ancient paint technique called limewash. And like those pre-Colombian amphoras taking over your Instagram feed, it’s hardly new.


The Secret History of Stanley Tucci’s Instagram Cocktail Videos
Evidently the star’s viral how-to videos were never meant for social media.

Actor, bon vivant, and noted internet boyfriend Stanley Tucci hardly needed another claim to fame, and yet, in the depths of the first wave of COVID-19 shutdowns, he added a new accolade to his sizable resume: viral video sensation. Back in April of 2020, when many of us were struggling with spirals of anxiety, boredom, and depression, desperately seeking some mental reprieve from the flood of news about the unpredictable virus claiming a tragic number of lives, Tucci shared a simple, understated video detailing his method for creating the perfect negroni, and just like that, a social media darling was born.


‘The Mandalorian’ Star Gina Carano Fired Amid Social Media Controversy
On Wednesday, the hashtag #FireGinaCarano was trending following an Instagram post from the outspoken conservative actor and former mixed martial artist that was met with severe backlash. The post has since been deleted, but screenshots were widely shared by users on social media who called for her firing from the hit Disney+ Star Wars show.
“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” a Lucasfilm spokesperson said in a statement. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Carano has also been dropped as a client by UTA, an agency spokesperson confirms.


Return to Palmyra features a story of growing up among the ruins of the ancient city and one family’s work to preserve its history
For centuries the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra have captured the imagination–testaments to the legacy of the prosperous multicultural center of trade that once dominated the region. Return to Palmyra, a new website presented in English and Arabic, invites audiences to explore the rich history of the city, including an exhibition of rare 18th-century etchings and 19th-century photographs of the site, new scholarship, and a moving interview with Waleed Khaled al-As’ad about the modern-day experience of living and working among the ruins of this storied locale.


‘Designing Women’ Star Annie Potts Designing Masks for Politicos Amid Pandemic
With sewing partner Paige Peter, the ‘Young Sheldon’ actress began making masks early in the pandemic when production paused, and now they’ve been seen on the likes of Nancy Pelosi.
At her weekly news conference the day after Joe Biden’s inauguration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that welcoming a new administration felt like a “breath of fresh air.” She did so wearing a floral-print mask handmade by Designing Women and Young Sheldon actress Annie Potts.


The Strangeness of Our Animal Bonds
Last spring, I started boiling two eggs for breakfast every morning—one for me, and one for the crows. A mated pair patrolled the rooftops around my Berlin apartment building; I’d begun luring them to my balcony with peanuts and other snacks. They loved not only eggs but also mealworms, cat food, cashews, chicken hearts, stale bread, cheese, and chunks of lamb fat; they barely touched liver, walnuts, vegetables, and dried fruit. In Germany, we were under a covid-19 lockdown. But the birds were free. They fascinated me with their distinct personalities and intelligent behaviors.


This was the most expensive Oscars dress ever worn
Every year, A-list actresses take to the red carpet in the most exquisite couture gowns, from the likes of Valentino, Dior, Chanel, Prada and other premium designer houses.
Naturally, with so much work going into them (most of them take hours and hours to make, especially if they’re embellished), they comes a hefty price tag.
Originally, it was thought Nicole Kidman had worn the most expensive Oscars dress ever to the 1997 Academy Awards. It was a chartreuse Haute Couture gown designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior, and she was rumoured to have been paid $2m to wear it to the event. Yep, that’s a thing. But it turns out that eye-watering sum doesn’t come close to the most expensive dress.


The angry women of Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan wasn’t exactly right about that Variety review. But she is right about Hollywood.

The current conversation revolves around a Variety review of Promising Young Woman written after the film premiered at Sundance in early 2020, in which a freelance critic suggested that Mulligan was miscast in the film.
Mulligan, the Variety review goes, seems like “a bit of an odd choice” for this particular role. She “wears her pickup-bait gear like bad drag; even her long blonde hair seems a put-on.” The reviewer suggests that Margot Robbie, a producer on the film, might have been a better choice for the part.
“It felt like it was basically saying that I wasn’t hot enough to pull off this kind of ruse,” Mulligan told the New York Times in December.
The question of whether an actor’s physical appearance is fair game to discuss as part of a performance is a complicated one, and perhaps more nuanced than Mulligan’s statement suggests.


A Brief History of Royal Babies
Princess Eugenie posting a picture of her newborn son’s hand on Instagram may have broken recent royal traditions, but over the centuries new royals have been introduced in a wide variety of ways.

Over the centuries royal babies have made their public debuts shockingly soon, and become rulers even sooner. In 309 AD, Shapur II, Emperor of Persia, was said to have been crowned in utero, when a crown was placed on his mother’s large belly. Mary, Queen of Scots became queen at six days old, and Alfonso XIII of Spain, King from birth, personally opened the Spanish parliament at the tender age of 12 months. In order to perpetuate a monarchy, royal women have had to deal with the enormous pressure of giving birth to living heirs, who they often had little agency over once they were born. But despite the best efforts of royals to control their pregnancies and births, fate has often had other plans—some heartbreaking, some joyful.






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