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Let’s go with “bright and peppy” today, kittens! Since we’re in the home stretch of the week, we figure you could use a little jolt of stimulation to fuel your journey toward the blessed weekend.
That’s right. Today is THURSDAY. A holy day of waiting.
We have no news to report on the home front because we’re boring and also because we’ve been stuck at home for twelve months. Chat amongst yourselves, dolls!
How Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy Became Involved the College Admissions Scandal
The family’s story is set to be examined in an upcoming Netflix documentary, Operation Varsity Blues.
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy’s names are usually in the news for an acclaimed film role—or even an endearing red carpet pose. Lately, however, that hasn’t been the case.
News broke in March 2019 that Huffman was charged in the Justice Department’s investigation into rigging college admissions. Nicknamed “Operation Varsity Blues,” the probe concluded that numerous people had conspired “to use bribery and other forms of fraud” to get their kids into top colleges, according to court documents. (For reasons still unclear, although Macy is referred to in the court filing, he was not charged.)
Halle Berry’s Key to Self-Confidence Is to Simply “Not Give a F**k”
The Oscar-winning actress talks about her wellness platform Rē•spin’s new partnership with FitOn, diversifying the fitness space, and how social media helped her lean in to loving herself.
“Being diagnosed with diabetes when I was 19—that was an aha moment that just changed my whole life,” says Berry. “When I realized that I had a disease that I could actually manage by my diet and exercise, and live longer and stay healthier? That’s when I got really committed to making fitness and exercise and diet a real part of my life.”
Why Is the Royal Family Called “The Firm?”
Meghan Markle used the phrase in her Oprah interview.
During her interview with Oprah alongside husband Prince Harry, Meghan Markle said: “There is an active role that the Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.” She’s referring to the institution of the royal family, but if you haven’t heard the term “The Firm” before, you’re not alone. Reportedly coined by Prince Philip to describe the family he married into, “The Firm” is a darker and somewhat more cynical term than “The Crown,” the term for the royal family that the titular Netflix series used.
Goes to Wales Once, Gets Obsessed with Welsh Cakes
The pandemic inspired me to get weirdly invested in my Welsh heritage—and delve into Welsh Tiktok, raisins and all.
Picau ar y maen—also known as Welsh cakes, Welsh miner cakes, pice bach, cacennau cri, and teisennau gradell—are thick-ish, round tea cakes traditionally made on a baking stone or griddle, studded with dried fruit, possibly sprinkled in caster sugar, served warm or cold, butter and jam optional. They’re not a rich, damp fruit bomb like the also-traditional bara brith, or a Christmastime pwdin nadolig which I love with all my heart and made for the first time this year, but they possess a sturdy and singular appeal of their own. And just try taking a fancypants Paris-Brest or sfogliatella down in the earth’s crags like my mining forebears and see how well that holds up in your lunch pail. A good Welsh cake or two will tide you over.
The World to Come and the New Wave of Queer Period Pieces
How lesbian bodice rippers became Hollywood’s latest power move.
With Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the recent Ammonite, and now The World to Come—available on streaming platforms March 2—we may be reaching peak “ravishing.” It’s an old trope of journalism that three makes a trend, so the release, in quick succession, of this trio of sapphic period movies feels like a study in cinema’s endless ability to find a formula and milk it. Twitter has been predictably salty. “Why is every lesbian movie just a supercut of women’s fingertips grazing near the sea,” tweeted the writer Jill Guttowitz, after watching the trailer for Ammonite.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season Four: Everything We Know So Far
Midge and the gang aren’t done yet.
The cast has begun talking about what’s to come for their characters.
Brosnahan told Parade that in season four, she wants to see the rising comedian “pick herself back up and figure out how to approach the next step differently having” experienced all that season three threw at her. “She and Susie have a lot to learn together still,” Brosnahan added.
Filmmaker Aaron Matthews Spent 5 Years with Tim O’Brien for His Documentary on the Vietnam Vet & Literary Icon
“What I learned from Tim is we are creatures of struggle—to live is to struggle and to struggle is to continue to care.”
“As I was interviewing him I noticed that to my left there was a massive guillotine—watch the film and you’ll know what that was all about. And then he told me about his gambling trips. He talked to me about his kids and his mortality, but he never stopped smoking . And then he told me he was working on a book. Documentaries need a journey, the subject needs to be wrestling with things about themselves and their lives and you are hoping for a change. I sensed this was all there.”
Gottmik, the First Trans Man on Drag Race, Is Already a Winner, Baby
The superstar in the making is originally from Scottsdale. In high school, Gottmik first started playing around with makeup—a signature element of their drag. “The first time I ever performed was in a bar in Tucson, Arizona [when I was 18],” says Gottmik. “I looked so crazy. I had a flat, shake-and-go wig, and I did a duet with one of my friends to some crazy punk song. We were just dumping beer on each other and being crazy. It was so fun and messy.” Later, when they moved to Los Angeles to study at FIDM, Gottmik started a side hustle as a makeup artist, working with celebrities such as Kaia Gerber, Paris Hilton, and Lil Nas X. That passion for makeup only fueled their love of drag even more. “The only type of makeup that excited me was crazy, over-the-top drag makeup,” says Gottmik, whose signature makeup look is a face painted white with thin, drawn-on brows. “I always loved to paint and draw, so I was like, I can do this on my face.
Molly Ringwald Looks Back on Pretty in Pink, 35 Years Later
“I recognize that those films are so meaningful for generations of people. I feel very protective of them, but at the same time I also have complicated feelings toward them. I definitely feel like they’re flawed, and there are things I don’t like about them—the lack of diversity in particular always bothers me. I’m more conflicted about The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles than Pretty in Pink, which I feel is actually the least problematic of the three. But I would say overall that I feel very loving and nostalgic towards the films I made with John. They occupy an important part of my life.”
A new clip of Meghan Markle’s upcoming Oprah interview has been released in response to those rumours
“How do you feel about the palace hearing you speak your truth today?”, Oprah can be seen asking Meghan in the newly released clip. “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there’s an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us and if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”
13 Dazzling Scenes That Prove Elizabeth Taylor’s Own Jewels Were Her Greatest Co-Stars
At the height of her fame, Elizabeth Taylor took on an uncredited role in the 1969 film Anne Of The Thousand Days, starring alongside her then husband, Richard Burton, who was playing Henry VIII in the Anne Boleyn biopic. A cameo as a masked courtesan might have seemed like a curious choice for the world’s most famous woman, but it presented Taylor with the opportunity to immortalise her La Peregrina pearl onscreen. A gift from Burton to Taylor, the pearl belonged to the Spanish royal family for over 250 years, was part of Mary Tudor’s collection, and eventually found a home in the starlet’s jewellery box after it was sold at auction in 1969.
Can you train yourself to become more optimistic?
How to trick your brain into feeling happier
After a prolonged period of enforced change, restriction and uncertainty, low mood, lack of motivation or general despondency may be an accumulative feeling. Negative thoughts may also stem from specific issues: financial concerns, social isolation, ill health or bereavement. For those trapped in unhappy or abusive home environments or juggling full-time work with family responsibilities, optimism will be in scarce supply.
The definition of optimism is hopefulness, confidence about the future or success of something. Optimists see their Prosecco glass as half full not half empty but are we wired one way or the other? Is it possible to train ourselves to become more optimistic?
Kelly Marie Tran on the Empowering Anger of Raya and the Last Dragon
The Last Jedi standout on Star Wars, fear, and the liberating arc of her Disney princess.
“I don’t want to generalize about what Disney princess movies are, but there is a very specific type of woman that has stereotypically been conveyed within that world. So when I saw Raya get angry, it felt so…I felt so empowered by it. Like, it’s just giving a woman permission to feel what she’s feeling. Like, I can’t believe it’s 2021 and I’m saying that, but yeah.”
“I want to live in a world where every single type of person can see themselves in a movie like this,” she said with familiar passion. “There’s a lot of work to be done in that respect. I’d love to see a Disney warrior who—I don’t know, can I say this without getting in trouble? I don’t care—is openly in the LGBTQ community. I would love to see representation in terms of someone who maybe isn’t able-bodied. And I’m hopeful. We’ll see.”
Dr. Seuss is a beloved icon who also drew some extremely racist stuff
The debate over Dr. Seuss, explained.
On Tuesday, the publishing imprint Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that it would cease publishing six books by Dr. Seuss that include offensive images. In the statement, which was published on the author’s birthday, the publisher said it reached its decision after working with a panel of experts, including educators, in the service of its mission “of supporting all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship.”
The six shelved books are all comparatively obscure works in the Seuss canon: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo, McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer. Beloved classics like The Cat in the Hat and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! remain untouched. But the decision, which caused enormous uproar across the right-wing infosphere, is part of a larger debate raging across the children’s literature community.
The Louvre Turns to Merch
The famous French museum has embraced all retail opportunities in an effort to offset the economic effects of the pandemic.
During the pandemic, visits to the Louvre.fr website have exploded, according to the museum. But the Louvre had to rely on an umbrella online site, Boutique de Musées, to sell its wares, thus lumping them in with merchandise from museums like Versailles and the Musée d’Orsay. As a result, in late January, the Louvre created a separate online identity with its own e-boutique.
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