T LOunge for February 5, 2021

Posted on February 05, 2021

The Sign 2.0 – Pomigliano d’Arco, Italy


Kittens, give yourselves a round of applause. We made it to FRIDAY!

After you’re done clapping for yourselves, pull up a chair, order a drink and some nibblies, and get down to the hard, meticulous work of doing as little as possible today. You’ve earned it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

We are … we don’t know if the word is “happy,” but let’s just say we’re pleased to report that our bananadrama has finally reached its conclusion. Long-time followers of our programme may remember that wacky housewife Tom accidentally ordered six bunches of bananas when he thought he was getting only six individual bananas. Hijinks and hilarity ensued as T & Lo tried desperately to ingest 30 bananas before they went bad. We managed 25 before they turned black and mushy. Yes, banana bread was made – twice-  even though neither of us love it. Yes, we made Chrissy Teigen’s famous version, which is outrageously sweet, could’ve used twice as much coconut, and probably would’ve been better if we’d skipped adding the vanilla pudding mix and just used good vanilla extract. This concludes the banana report for today.

Chat amongst yourselves!


The Best Fashion Moments From Super Bowl Halftime Performers
Super Bowl halftime performers are one of the best parts of the big event. Sure, football fans tune in for the actual game, but non-sport followers are here for the show. Over the years, the half-time intermission has grown into more and more of a spectacle; each musician to grace the field’s stage seems to outdo the next, their sets filled with elaborate pyrotechnics and even more dazzling costumes.


Chadwick Boseman Sets a Record with Four SAG Award Nominations in the Same Year
The late actor is being recognized for performances in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Da 5 Bloods.

Chadwick Boseman has made SAG Awards history.
The late actor is nominated for a record-breaking four Screen Actors Guild Awards this year, landing in the male lead actor category for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the male supporting actor category for Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, and the ensemble category for both films. The news comes months after Boseman passed away in August 2020 at age 43 following a private battle with colon cancer.


Before There Were Instagram Horoscopes, There Was Susan Miller
The founder of Astrology Zone looks back on 25 years of her famous website. “I remember those early days. … I thought, This is the center of the universe

If social media introduced a new wave of interest in astrology, then Susan Miller is its dot-com foremother. Her website, Astrology Zone, launched in 1995 as one of only 23,000 in existence and when 41 percent of people had never even heard of the Internet. Its users were still 80 percent men. And most of those men considered astrology hokey at best. For 25 years, Miller has been proving them wrong.


How Hollywood Stylists Are Prepping for Another Virtual Awards Season
Virtual awards shows are the new normal, but just because the events take place over a Zoom screen doesn’t mean celebrities (and the stylists behind them) are sacrificing traditional glamour. The Golden Globes, Emmys, and more are switching to digital-only formats as the COVID-19 pandemic continues (though select ceremonies, such as the Oscars, will go ahead with in-person events). And despite the lack of IRL red carpets, Hollywood stylists are still gearing up for a busy next few weeks, where they’ll be dressing their star clients for various digital cameos. Thus, they are faced with a unique challenge for the second year in a row—to bring glamour and fashion escapism to our lives strictly from the waist up or through a laptop screen.


Impeachment: American Crime Story: Everything We Know So Far
Beanie Feldstein will star as Lewinsky in this retelling of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
“I’m so grateful for the growth we’ve made as a society that allows people like me who have been historically silenced to finally reintroduce my voice to the conversation. This isn’t just a me problem. Powerful people, often men, take advantage of those subordinate to them in myriad ways all the time. Many people will see this as such a story and for that reason, this narrative is one that is, regretfully, evergreen,” said Monica Lewinsky


The 73 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time
There is no “best” romantic comedy. Something is funny when someone laughs or romantic when their heart swells, for better or for worse, and we have no right to say why one of these should top another. Your uncle or roommate might say, “That’s stupid. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is obviously the best rom-com of all time.” And they may not be wrong. But maybe you have some reservations about the horrifyingly racist overtones in some of the movie’s scenes, even though you can’t help loving Audrey Hepburn. Maybe it’s the best for a certain time period. It’s tough. Comedy is subjective, but so is romance.


The Best Cinderella Will Finally Be Streaming This Month
The 1997 film starring Brandy and Whitney Houston is heading to Disney+.

The 1997 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be on Disney+ Friday, February 12, treating devoted fans after years of waiting. The revolutionary TV musical, which debuted on ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney program, became known for its multicultural casting and magical performances from Brandy as the titular princess and superstar Whitney Houston as her fairy godmother. Houston, who was also a producer on the project, handpicked the young R&B singer for the starring role.


The Guide to Tofu
Tofu is a nutritious, versatile ingredient with a long, rich culinary history. Whether or not you’re familiar with cooking with tofu, we’ve got plenty of ways to explore its possibilities.

The culinary history of tofu stretches back thousands of years. It originated in China, but many other countries have long traditions of cooking with it, including Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In the United States, tofu is often a shorthand for a vegetarian protein substitute—the original plant-based meat. But tofu is so much more than that.


Framing Britney Spears unravels a heartbreaking pop mystery
The pop star’s rise and fall has been told repeatedly. A new documentary looks to reframe the narrative.

Of the many myths that exist about Britney Spears, the most insidious is that she has no agency or artistry of her own; she’s a beautiful pop-star puppet, the most visible cog of an elaborate machine. Throughout her career she’s been haunted by that lie, borne out of misogyny and buoyed by the willful misinterpretation of her work, wherein she has always knowingly danced the line between subject and object, simultaneously in complete control and totally vulnerable to outside influence. That tension is part of what makes her such a compelling artist — and a uniquely perfect target.


Minimalism vs Maximalism: which is more stylish?
As we become more invested in our living spaces than ever, we weigh up the merits of minimalism and maximalism

The last year of numerous lockdowns has made many of us see the importance of our homes as sanctuaries from the world outside. How the inside of our living spaces look is a reflection of who we are, what makes us feel calm and happy. Two interior design styles that speak to our different personalities are minimalism and maximalism. For some, a fuss-free, stark home with spare white walls helps to feel serene and still, creating an appreciation of the little things. For others, maximalism is the ultimate comforting mood-booster, a visual reminder of favourite objects amassed over a lifetime.


Armie Hammer’s Hollywood Career Is in Freefall as Sex Scandal Explodes on Social Media
And, in an industry where movie star’s careers are built on their personal brand and public persona, the damage might have already been done. The words “cannibal,” “kitten” and “daddy” will forever be next to Hammer’s name in a quick Google search, and his character has been brought into question, as videos have surfaced of him allegedly snorting drugs, drinking behind the wheel and bragging about passing a drug test that was required for him to see his children in the midst of his divorce. While not all of the social media videos have been verified, Hammer made a statement that confirmed content surfacing on the internet was “stolen from my private Instagram,” indicating that at least some of the footage is real.


How the Pandemic Is Coming to Prime Time. (Or Not.)
As series roll out after pandemic delays, they’re trying to predict what audiences want: Television that reflects our shared Covid reality? Or that provides a distraction from it?

In rooms all over the internet, hospital dramas, first-responder shows, situation comedies and courtroom procedurals were having similar debates. To ignore the events of the spring and summer — the pandemic, America’s belated racial reckoning — meant placing prime-time series outside (well, even more outside) observable reality. But to include them meant potentially exhausting already exhausted viewers and covering telegenic stars from the eyes down. It also meant predicting the future. Beginning in October, when scripted series began to return, and following through last month’s winter premieres, viewers could see the variety of approaches. Some shows have made the pandemic a star, and some have relegated it to a background role. Others have written it out of existence. Showrunners and executive producers have had to best-guess what audiences most want: Television that reflects the world as we experience it? Or that provides a distraction from it, particularly when that world seems to be on fire and is?


These are the Best Super Bowl Ads of All Time
Ahead of the big game, we’re revisiting our favorite commercials—from Budweiser to Doritos—over the past 50 years.

We all have our reasons for watching the Super Bowl. Maybe it’s the pigs in a blanket, or the game-day drinks. Maybe it’s the halftime show, or the football itself. But we can all agree that the commercials are one of the best parts of tuning in. Brands pull out all the stops for their pricey game-gay advertising, and the results speak for themselves.
Whether they generate buzz because they’re funny, controversial, or inspirational, no one forgets a good commercial during the Big Game. From talking animals and classic jingles to celebrity cameos, take a walk down memory lane—and get ready for this year’s game—with the top Super Bowl ads from the past 50 years.



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