T LOunge for February 25, 2021

Posted on February 25, 2021

Amarillo Lappeenranta Bar and Restaurant – Lappeenranta, Finland


What we love about today’s LOunge is that it looks like just the right place for raucous conversation but it also has those comfy little corners and cutouts for those of us who’d rather sit on the side and judge quietly. Room for everyone! Grab a gorgeously upholstered seat and call it yours for the rest of the day. Drinks are on us.

Today is THURSDAY. Hold on tight, we’re rounding the final curve.

We’re gearing up for the virtual Golden Globes and while we’ve been through enough of these socially distanced awards shows to know what to expect, this one feels like it’s going to hurt more than usual. As bad a reputation as the Globes have (and they’re taking quite the hit this year), it’s still one of the most glamorous and A-list events on the celebrity calendar. When you spend a decade commenting on this stuff as part of your job, it really hits different. We miss our big, dumb, glitzy events.

Anyway, enough whining! For now! As you wait for the first of your many food and drink orders to arrive, please sample freely from our Buffet of Daily Distractions while yelling loudly about how your day’s going.


A Frasier Revival Starring Kelsey Grammer Is Happening
It’s been more than 15 years since Frasier went off the air. Arguably the most successful spin-off in television history, the show followed psychiatrist, radio host, and former Cheers regular Frasier Crane, played by Kelsey Grammer, as he navigated life in his childhood home of Seattle.
Now, Paramount+ has confirmed that Grammer will return to his iconic character. Here’s what we know so far about the reboot.


Celebs That You Forgot Were on MTV Shows
You aren’t being Punk’d—these stars really did get their start on MTV.

These days, reality shows are often launch pads for successful careers—just look at what reality TV did for the Kardashians and Cardi B—but while every network has a reality series these days, MTV has been kick-starting careers for decades. When the music television network launched in 1981 it only aired music videos (yes, that was a thing—if you don’t believe us, ask your parents, they’ll tell you). But in the ’90s and early aughts, the network evolved and became an experimental place for off-the-wall sketch comedy, crazy pranks, and even some game shows. The network gave budding comedians and young actors a new place to break into the industry, and for these famous faces, it was the beginning of a magical career.


Elite Universities Are in an Amenities Arms Race
A new type of college attempts to redefine what constitutes an “elite” education. Students live in the lap of luxury while learning how to accumulate it. But after a year of shutdowns and social reckoning, is it still okay to major in amenities?

Every school in radical replace-and-refurbish mode raises a question familiar to anyone who has been on either side of a transaction involving a wristwatch, or a perfume, or a night or 10 at the Four Seasons: How far should any given school go when pulling the levers of luxury, and which among the families is most likely to notice?
The rack rate at many flagship state universities is now over $100,000 for four years of tuition plus room and board, and dozens of private colleges have unapologetically passed $300,000. At these prices, it is reasonable for families to expect more.


David Driskell Was a Curator, Artist, Scholar, and Fervent Champion of Black Art
The late Driskell—and his decades-long career as an artist—is the subject of a major retrospective at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.

As a curator, David C. Driskell fervently championed Black artists. In 1976 he organized a watershed exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that brought together the works of more than 60 African-American painters, sculptors, and artisans spanning 200 years (1750–1950), which definitively changed the course of American art history.
The show, “Two Centuries of Black American Art,” made stops in Dallas, Atlanta, and Brooklyn, becoming the first traveling museum exhibition of works made exclusively by African-American artists.


32 Sweet Photos of Princess Estelle, the Young Royal Second in Line for the Swedish Throne
Princess Estelle seems to have been born with a little bit of sass. The young royal has been taking adorable, entertaining photos since she was born in 2012, and is only getting more precocious with age. Here, a selection of some of Estelle’s best moments.


Netflix to Spend Nearly $500 Million on Korean Content This Year
The streamer shared its plans at an event in Seoul where it released first-look images of its current slate and unveiled a pair of original film projects, BDSM drama ‘Moral Sense’ and action-thriller ‘Carter.’
Netflix reaffirmed its commitment to South Korea’s globally appealing entertainment industry Thursday, unveiling plans to spend nearly $500 million in 2021 on films and television series produced in the country.


Barbra Streisand Reflects on Shock of Making History as the First — and Only — Female to Win Best Director at the Golden Globes
This year’s directing nominees include an unprecedented three women — Emerald Fennell, Regina King and Chloé Zhao: “I love it. I never thought I’d see the day. It brings a smile to my face,” Streisand says.
While this year’s Golden Globe director nominees include an unprecedented three women — Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), Regina King (One Night in Miami) and Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) — in 1984, Barbra Streisand was an anomaly.


Golden Globes: 15 TV Nominees on What Drew Them to Their Roles and How They Got Into Character
Nominated actresses and actors reveal what happened during their auditions, how they conquered their biggest challenges and what inspired them.

Asked how she researched her real-life character, Blanchett says: “It sounds a bit counterintuitive, but for me, the character is strangely the last point of entry. I had heard of Phyllis Schlafly but didn’t really know the details of her life.”
Blanchett says she makes not judgments about whom she portrays — real or otherwise. “There’s no point in judging your character — that’s for the audience to do. I read her authorized biography to try to get a balanced sense of the woman. Ironically, she’s a quintessential outsider. She was always trying to get inside the political system,” Blanchett adds.


Golden Globes voters in tumult: Members accuse Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. of self-dealing, ethical lapses
In 2019, more than 30 HFPA members flew to France to visit the set of the new series “Emily in Paris.” While there, Paramount Network treated the group to a two-night stay at the five-star Peninsula Paris hotel, where rooms currently start at about $1,400 a night, and a news conference and lunch at the Musée des Arts Forains, a private museum filled with amusement rides dating to 1850 where the show was shooting.
One HFPA member says the show’s best series nod points to a broader credibility issue for the group. “There was a real backlash and rightly so — that show doesn’t belong on any best of 2020 list,” said this member, who did not attend the junket. “It’s an example of why many of us say we need change. If we continue to do this, we invite criticism and derision.”


How Drag Race Star Gottmik Found His Place as a Femme Trans Man
When it was announced at the end of last year that 24-year-old Kade Gottlieb was to become the first trans man to take part in RuPaul’s Drag Race, global headlines quickly followed.
As soon as the LA-based make-up artist and performer entered the workroom as their drag alter ego Gottmik though, it was their captivating talent – not trans identity – that immediately did all the talking.
“I’ve gotten so many messages on Instagram, Twitter, just every social media, of paragraphs from guys who feel the exact, same way. And I’m just so excited that I’m able to be on this platform and show them”, says Gottmik.


The Secret Life of the White House
The residence staff balance their service of the First Family with their long-term loyalty to the house itself.

History is etched in the corridor’s stone walls. When the British burned the White House in 1814, oxygen-starved flames rushed out, licking them. A few are still unpainted so that passersby can study the charred spots. Hitches for nineteenth-century horse-drawn carriages stick out from the stones. Chiselled grooves, slightly askew, convey the wobble of the hands that carved them. In 1794, Thomas Jefferson helped recruit Scottish stonemasons to complete the White House. The lifers’ constancy is useful in a house where the occupants change every four to eight years. Originally, Presidents paid the staffers’ wages, but in the nineteenth century, when the lifers’ ranks grew, Congress began paying their salaries instead, solidifying their status as fixed employees of the house.


The Story Behind Marilyn Monroe’s Striking 1962 Golden Globes Dress
Despite her megastardom, Marilyn Monroe didn’t sweep award seasons during her Old Hollywood heyday. In fact, the 1962 Golden Globe awards is one of the few occasions that the actor ever received an award for her talents. That year, Monroe won the Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite Female (prior to that, she had also won two other Golden Globes). Naturally, she rose to the occasion in her signature, bombshell style, wearing a gown that deserves to be remembered.


The United States vs. Billie Holiday Spotlights America’s Dark History of Criminalizing Addiction
To millions in America and around the world, Billie Holiday—or Lady Day, as she was known—was merely a musical legend, a woman as effortlessly graceful as she was inspirational. To the U.S. government, however, she was yet another casualty in the often racist war on drugs that first found its footing in 1930, when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was established.


“I feel like my ancestry is the story of America”
3 Black Americans who unlocked personal history using DNA testing and online historical databases.

Over the past decade, DNA kits and online historical databases have created unique opportunities for Black Americans to reconnect with their familial histories and ancestry. With the help of these burgeoning technologies, many Black Americans have unveiled surprising family histories. They’ve discovered family members they’ve never met and DNA from parts of the world they didn’t know they were tied to — they have been able to connect their Blackness and history in ways they never could have before.


The Way We Worked Out
As we listlessly hoist our home dumbbells, let’s take a deep breath and reflect on a lost epicenter of New York City fitness culture.

In the early ’80s, “aerobics was such a new industry, it attracted dancers and people on the cusp of show business,” Ms. Niland said. “We were waiting for the next big dance job, and this served a purpose, so it was very show business-oriented. It was not about wellness the way it is now.” Groups of instructors competed in aerobics competitions at the Palladium nightclub. “All of our following came, and it was a really big deal,” she said.


17 Freezer-Friendly Desserts for Anytime Sweets
Your future self will be grateful for instant homemade treats from your own kitchen.

It’s been a year of alternately finding the drive to turn out sourdough, cookies and cake, and wanting to do nothing but lie on the couch and eat comforting carbs. Enter the freezer. Unless you’re preparing small batches of baked goods, you may end up with more than you or your pandemic pod can — or want to — finish in a sitting. Stashing extra treats in the freezer means anyone at home can experience a little joy at any time.




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