T LOunge for March 19th, 2021

Posted on March 19, 2021

Osten Cocktail Bar – Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

We’re in the mood for some celebratory, end-of-the-week ELEGANZA, kittens! Grab something plush and plant your ass on it. The lighting is flattering and the drinks are free, because today is that most high holy of days, FRIDAY. Raise a glass to Frigga for bestowing it upon us.

It’s been a really weird week on the content front. We had a ton of material for the first several days because of the Grammys, and then there was this total dropoff midweek. There’s always a sense of pause in the few days following the Oscar nominations, though. People are either dealing with their disappointment or gearing up for a media blitz.

Anyway, we’re off to recap Drag Race UK, record a podcast, and make our way through the Friday Leftovers. Talk amongst yourselves while we opinionate madly.

 

 

Is ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off’ With James McAvoy Coming to Netflix?
BRB, moving to the U.K.

We’ve got good news and bad news for U.S.-based fans of The Great British Baking Show and charming British celebrities. The good news is that this year’s star-studded charity edition of the series, the annual Great Celebrity Bake Off, will see huge names including James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Katherine Ryan competing in a shortened version of the beloved baking competition to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer. The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news is that not only will the Great Celebrity Bake Off not be added to Netflix, but it also won’t be streamable anywhere else outside of the U.K.

 

Marvel’s New Face Danny Ramirez Has the Range
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Top Gun: Maverick star on breaking barriers.

“When I was a kid, I just didn’t see someone like me on screen,” he says. “Except maybe 2 Fast 2 Furious — remember that? There was a Puerto Rican character [Orange Julius, played by Amaury Nolasco], and that’s the only person in my mind that, as a kid, I’m like, ‘Oh, he’s a Latino movie star.’ Being associated with something like Marvel, it’s just tenfold the outreach, and kids can look up and be like, ‘I could do this too. If he could do that, I could do anything.'”

 

Britney Spears Is Reportedly Considering an Oprah Interview
The news comes after the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears.

“Britney has considered speaking out about her past, mostly because she doesn’t feel others should tell her story,” a source said. “She’s always hated doing interviews but if she ever takes that step, Oprah would most likely be her first choice. At this point, there is no plan in the works for her to do an interview but when she does, there will be steps Britney would need to take before speaking out.”

 

See Photos of Lady Gaga & Adam Driver on the Set of House of Gucci
The stars, in vintage Gucci regalia, are currently filming the movie in Italy.

Lady Gaga recently set the internet ablaze when she shared a first look at her new movie, House of Gucci, on Instagram. Posing with her co-star Adam Driver against the backdrop of the snowy Italian Alps, the couple was resplendent in ’80s-era après-ski style—a cream cable-knit sweater for him, chunky gold jewelry and a white mink hat for her. But as unbelievably chic as their wardrobe is—the production was given full access to Gucci’s archives—it belies the darker premise of the film. Based on the 2000 book of the same name by Sara Gay Forden, House of Gucci will focus on the 1995 murder of Gucci scion Maurizio Gucci (played by Driver) by a hitman hired by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (Gaga). What’s more, not long before his death, Maurizio had completely lost the family company to outside investors, foreshadowing the fall of one of fashion’s greatest dynasties. But until all of this drama is finally realized on-screen—the film is set to premiere in November—we can behold these photos of the stars filming around Italy in full Gucci regalia.

 

Are Immersive Art Exhibitions Replacing Traditional Museums?
Instagram’s newest influencer just might be Van Gogh.

When Emily Cooper breezily bypassed the Louvre in favor of Atelier des Lumières’ digital reproduction of Starry Night on the Netflix series Emily in Paris, art lovers everywhere cringed from their couches. A room filled with digital renderings of famous artworks—oversize, animated, set to music, and sometimes even scented (quelle horreur)—hardly compares to the real thing. Or does it?
Already a fixture in Europe and Asia, digital art spaces are sprouting up across the U.S., promising immersive experiences that can transport viewers. The expansive, room-wrapping format of these shows riffs on an experience created by teamLab, an art collective based in Tokyo. In 2001, they debuted their landmark digital art technology, creating interactive rooms that grew into an eponymous museum in Tokyo, which opened in 2018. It had 2.3 million visitors its first year, the largest attendance for a single-artist institution in the world.

 

Pepsi Makes Mango a Permanent Addition to Flavor Lineup
The world deserves more mango-flavored sodas.

That’s right: starting on March 22, 2021, Pepsi Mango will make its way to beverage coolers in bodegas and supermarkets all over America. This crisp combo of Pepsi and tropical fruit may have once been a seasonal offering, but this particular reincarnation will see it become a permanent part of the Pepsi lineup after its 2019 North American release.

 

Faces of Roman Egypt
A group of remarkably lifelike mummy portraits from the first through third centuries AD bring us face to face with the people who lived in Egypt under the Roman Empire.

Since at least the third millennium BC, Egypt had enjoyed close connections with its Mediterranean neighbors. Before becoming part of the Roman Empire in 30 BC, the country was ruled by a Greek dynasty (the Ptolemaic Dynasty) for nearly 300 years.
The longstanding Greek presence in Egypt meant that many communities at this time displayed a blend of Egyptian and Greek cultures, with people speaking both languages and belonging to mixed Greco-Egyptian families. Such communities were most concentrated in the Nile Delta region and in the Fayyum Oasis, where the majority of mummy portrait panels originated.

 

Post-Pandemic Hollywood: Why Working in Entertainment Will Never Be the Same
“People are fooling themselves if they think we’re going back to a pre-pandemic work lifestyle,” says Arianna Bocco, president of IFC Films. “Yes, we all want to be able to gather together again, but some aspects of our virtual existence are going to remain. It’s been an awful year, but it allowed us to think in a more progressive way about how we achieve a work-life balance by giving people more flexibility.”
Big media companies such as WarnerMedia, Disney, Amazon and Comcast have been surveying staff as they contemplate overhauling their workplaces. On the topic of reopening offices, the common refrain is “No sooner than the summer.” And that may be overly optimistic according to various executives who still express a lot of trepidation about going back in the foreseeable future.

 

A British Tabloid Had Meghan Markle’s Social Security Number Even Before She Became a Royal
A retired private investigator has come forward to say that he illegally acquired contact information for Meghan and her family in the early days of her relationship with Prince Harry.

In November 2016, Kensington Palace issued a virtually unprecedented statement condemning press coverage and social media attacks aimed at Prince Harry’s then girlfriend Meghan Markle. In the early months of their relationship, tabloid coverage was rampant, but The Sun scored a number of early exclusives, publishing stories that quoted Meghan’s estranged half sister and claimed that [Harry had bombarded her phone with texts]. Now, more than four years later, retired private investigator Daniel Portley-Hanks has claimed that he illegally obtained contact information for Meghan and her family members for The Sun, including tips that put them on the trail of Meghan’s father Thomas Markle, along with her social security number.

 

The Plague Prophets
From Contagion to World War Z to Palm Springs, what the artists who foresaw the pandemic are thinking now.

To mark the one-year anniversary of lockdowns in the US, and the American death toll having crossed half a million and counting, I talked to seven of those artists — “plague prophets,” as I came to think of them. I wanted to hear about what crossed their minds when the pandemic hit, what they’ve learned in the past year, and what they’re thinking now. Like so many others, they’re sorting through unexpected resistance to mitigation efforts, what they’ve done to survive, and the disastrous consequences of misinformation. In their thoughts I hear echoes of my own — along with some hope for the future, if only we can pay attention.

 

Selling Art to Pay the Bills Divides the Nation’s Museum Directors
Bitter debate has ensued as museum leaders around the country discuss whether to permanently embrace a pandemic-spurred policy that allows the sale of art to cover some operating costs.

It started as a stopgap measure to respond to the pandemic, a temporary two-year loosening of an Association of Art Museum Directors’ policy that has long prohibited American institutions from selling art from their collections to help pay the bills. But more and more museums are taking advantage of the policy and the association began discussing making it permanent, an idea that, depending on which institution you talk to, either makes perfect sense or undermines the very rationale for their existence. The debate has grown heated in recent weeks, pitting museum against museum, and forcing the association — which serves as the industry’s referee and moral watchdog — to postpone talks about extending the change indefinitely.

 

‘Women Don’t Want to Be Harnessed Anymore.’
For all of the reveling of bralessness, bra sales actually increased during the pandemic, but women want more options.

It’s unlikely the pandemic has changed anything fundamental about the judgment of women, particularly those with larger chests, who go braless in public. And even as many women have stayed home, theoretically reveling in bralessness, sales of bras actually rose 1 percent in the last six months of last year, according to figures from the market research firm NPD Group. This while total women’s apparel fell 19 percent. “The truth is, women are still wearing bras,” said Todd Mick, NPD’s innerwear analyst. They are just wearing very different ones, like wireless (sales in the second half of 2020 were up 14 percent over 2019) and pullover (up 31 percent).

 

Daughter honors mother killed in Atlanta shooting
Xiaojie Tan dreamed of traveling the world and celebrating her 50th birthday with her daughter. Then the Atlanta shooter ended her life.
Jami Webb said her mother was obsessed with the idea of traveling, and devoured travel stories from her customers, adding new destinations to her running list whenever they came back from a trip: Alaska. Europe. Sweden.
Whenever a customer walked in, Tan always had the same question: “where have you traveled?”
If it was a new location or country, she would add it to her retirement wish list.
Jami Webb said she was proud of her mother and the business she had built. “She loved to make friends with all her customers,” she said.

 

The uneasy intimacy of work in a pandemic year
How capitalism and the pandemic destroyed our work-life balance.

As we confront the one-year anniversary of the US locking down in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are also confronting the one-year anniversary of America choosing work above all else.
Many of us stopped seeing our families and friends, while accepting without question the idea that we would not stop working. We stopped going to theaters and restaurants, but we did not stop working. We stopped going to offices, but we did not stop working.
Our government could have paid people to stop working and stay home, where they could not catch the virus. It did not; it told service workers they were essential and sent some of them out to risk their lives working instead, and then half a million people died.
We were forced to choose between our health and our jobs. Most of us chose our jobs; those who dared to choose their health instead were offered almost no resources. When companies shut down and jobs vanished, the unemployed among us had to pry vanishingly tiny benefits out of an overtaxed and underfunded system only to be told they should really go out and find new jobs.

 

 

 

 

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