T LOunge for April 30th, 2021

Posted on April 30, 2021

Rum Club Tiki Bar – Utrecht, Netherlands


Let’s drink something fruity today, darlings! The kind of candy-colored cocktails that taste like Froot Loops but may cause temporary blindness if you have too many too quickly! We’re feeling positively GIDDY because our busiest week of the year is OVUH. Not that we haven’t enjoyed every second of Oscars coverage, but we’re ready to put our feet up for a bit, figuratively speaking.

Today is FRIDAY. Party.

We mentioned this on Twitter earlier this week, but it’s been exactly ten years since we launched this website after finally shedding our fanblogger trappings and leaving Blogspot behind. We’ll never have a problem remembering the date because the inaugural weekend for this site was taken over entirely by coverage of William and Kate’s wedding. No musings on our part this time. We’re just happy to still be here!

Chat amongst yourselves, dolls.


Michelle Pfeiffer’s 10 Best On-Screen Beauty Moments
Her bright blonde hair. That ice blue gaze. Those cheekbones so sharp they could cut glass. Since starring in 1979’s Delta House as “The Bombshell”, Michelle Pfeiffer, who turned 63 on 29 April, hasn’t stopped enrapturing audiences with her stunning good looks and equally arresting acting chops. And she’s got a lifetime’s worth of on-screen beauty inspiration to prove it.


Amy Adams Returns to Disney for an Enchanted Sequel
The movie, entitled Disenchanted, will premiere on Disney+.

No one can say Amy Adams is an actress without range. After starring in last year’s Hillbilly Elegy, Adams is returning to her role as Princess Giselle from Disney’s 2007 hit movie, Enchanted.
Disney Studios President of Production Sean Bailey announced that Adams will star in an Enchanted sequel, entitled Disenchanted, set to premiere on Disney+. The studio’s streamer has been the venue for many high profile premieres over the past year, from Hamilton to Mulan. While the original movie, a satire of the classic Disney princess story, had a theatrical release, viewers will be able to see the sequel from their homes.


Suzy Amis Cameron Is The Hollywood Insider Determined To Change The Red Carpet For The Better
Amis Cameron founded Red Carpet Green Dress, a female-led initiative that promotes responsibility in the fashion industry and sustainable design solutions. “I don’t think I realised the actual impact of the waste when it comes to fashion until I started Red Carpet Green Dress and started to dive into it more,” she says. “Our impact is staggering.” Having always taken a laid-back approach to event dressing as a young actor (“I would pair a gown I had worn before with boots underneath for comfort”), the notion of finding alternatives to the endless quest for the “new” struck a chord with Suzy.


TikTok Was Built On The Backs Of Black Creators. Why Can’t They Get Any Credit?
TikTok, like several other short-form apps, has always been a launching pad for trends and emerging stars, but also serves as another medium for Black art to be stolen and appropriated. In a perfect world, posting an 8-count routine and helping an artist’s song go viral on the app would result in exposure and opportunities outside TikTok’s walls, like center stage on national TV. And for many of TikTok’s white creators, this “perfect world” is just one upload away—regardless of whose toes they step on along the way. For Black creators like Mya and Chris, center stage is just a pipe dream as they watch others enjoy the fruits of their labor. Mya admits she was initially happy when she saw Rae perform her routine on Fallon, but once the high wore off, she realized she and Chris were robbed of a moment that would have provided them an even bigger platform and opportunities.


“India Is Bleeding”: Priyanka Chopra Issues A Plea For Support As The Covid Crisis Engulfs Her Country
Teaming up with GiveIndia – an organisation that is working on the ground to provide relief – Chopra asked people to give what they can right now. “Whatever you can spare truly makes a difference,” she wrote on Instagram. “Nearly 63 million people follow me on here, if even 100,000 of you donate $10, that’s $1 million, and that’s huge. Your donation will go directly to healthcare physical infrastructure (including Covid care centres, isolation centres, and oxygen generation plants), medical equipment, and vaccine support and mobilisation.”


How Detroit-Style Pizza Took Over America
A local tradition becomes a national sensation.

What is it about Detroit-style pizza that has inspired such widespread fervor, and why now? After all, the genre has been around for 75 years, originally created at Detroit institution Buddy’s Pizza in 1946. Perhaps it has something to do with approachability. To make a great Detroit-style pizza, you don’t need to know how to stretch and flip. The dough is baked inside of a deep, rectangular pan—a tradition started by Buddy’s founder Gus Guerra, who made pizza in the blue steel pans that held nuts and bolts at local automotive plants.


Why Line of Duty has become such a cultural phenomenon
The UK’s most-adored TV show reaches its riotous finale this Sunday, but why are millions of us so hooked?

The way in which Line of Duty savagely culls brilliant characters – played by brilliant actors – in the time it takes to read the Miranda rights keeps us intrigued and means we’re never sure what’s coming, particularly when they’re killed off in such brutal ways. Shot in the face, thrown out a window, power saw to the neck – take your pick. Gruesome, yes, but a viewership tactic that works. Just ask the guys at Game of Thrones.
Line of Duty must also be praised for its portrayal of women. So often in crime dramas, female leads are reduced to either sex appeal and/or emotional predisposition – no matter their position of power, they are either a liability or a damsel in distress waiting to be rescued.


Life as a nomad: the good, the bad and the frustrating
As Nomadland shines a light on those who live on the road, one writer talks about her life on the road

Nomadic living is often greatly misunderstood by those who’ve never tried it, and can, like most things, take many forms. I speak from a place of experience. It’s something I’ve done on and off on many occasions – taking my computer with me on the road and working from different locations. I originally set off on a three-month stint in Africa, but the travel bug bit me hard, and I’ve found it hard to ‘put down roots’ ever since. Especially now that digital nomadding has become so much more common, and a darn sight easier. These days there are myriad websites, apps and Facebook groups that help nomads share knowledge and find work and community. Airbnb and co-living spaces to provide short-term accommodation, Zoom a way of connecting with friends and colleagues, meet-ups and dating apps for social life.


How Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Wedding Ushered in the Modern-Day Royal Media Obsession
The ceremony itself was evidence that the world was interested in the monarchy, but the attention on Pippa Middleton and Kate’s fashion was the real sign that nothing would ever be the same.

For American royal watchers who woke up at dawn to watch William and Kate’s wedding, it was an obvious reminder of a similar day in 1981, when Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Though the 2011 ceremony was smaller, and Kate’s dress wasn’t nearly as voluminous as her late mother-in-law’s, it captured a similar amount of global adoration, and launched a new celebrity in the process. Kate’s popularity—and it is Kate, not William, who has seldom driven as much web traffic as his wife since they were married—transformed royal watching from an old-fashioned pastime into a digital business model, and the changes have been playing out for the whole family ever since.


Florence Welch Will Bring The Great Gatsby To Broadway As a Musical
When the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2021, there was one thing on the brains of those who consider themselves literary-minded. The date marked the moment that The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel chronicling the Jazz Age, would enter the public domain. Not everyone was thrilled about the addition to the public domain, which means the novel is no longer protected by copyright laws and could be reproduced without permission by the general public. The general public, however, includes famous, acclaimed musicians, such as Florence Welch, for example, who has signed on to write a musical adaptation of Fitzgerald’s work.


The Lonely, Vital Work of Medical Interpretation
During the pandemic, a job that’s often hidden has become indispensable.

Last spring, Lourdes Cerna, a fifty-eight-year-old medical interpreter, received a phone call from a hospital in Texas. In Cerna’s home, in Los Angeles, the audio crackled to life; on the other end of the line, she could hear a woman struggling to breathe. A doctor at the woman’s bedside wasted no time. “Please tell her that if she does not agree to go on the ventilator, she will not survive the day,” she said. Cerna is part of a burgeoning profession that has assumed a critical role during the pandemic. The spread of the virus has been especially brutal in immigrant communities, where more people have had to work outside the home despite the risk, and in which health-care resources are scarce. Interpreters must help patients with limited English skills navigate their treatment and the health-care system more broadly. The job is taxing both practically and emotionally. For many patients, meanwhile, an interpreter is the last person they will speak to who understands what they are saying.


E.U. Says Americans Can Come, but Europeans Wonder How
In tourist-dependent countries, the announcement was called good news, but with lockdowns in place and vaccination slow, many wonder how realistic it is.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said Sunday in an interview with The New York Times in Brussels that the pace of vaccination in the United States, and the fact that it was using the same set of approved vaccines as European Union members, “will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union.” She did not offer details on how or when tourist travel might open up. That declaration was met by enthusiasm from many Americans eager to travel. In an analysis of travel bookings, the travel app observed a 47 percent spike in airfare searches from the United States to Europe for the summer since Sunday, with the top five most-searched destinations being Paris, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Athens and Amsterdam, according to a spokeswoman for the company. In Europe, though, the reaction was more mixed.


Intimate new documentary explores parallel lives and friendship of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams
Two literary giants of the 20th century

‘Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams were two of the most famous American writers of their time. For more than forty years, these giants of American literature goaded and supported one another in the agonising quest to turn life into art. This is an encounter between the lifelong friends in their own words.’ So begins Truman and Tennessee, a new must-watch 90-minute documentary directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland that profiles these two literary giants.


The Duchess of Sutherland’s breathtaking Scottish castle needs a new owner
Said to be the last castle built in Scotland, the former home of the scandalous Duchess of Sutherland comes complete with a six-acre loch and could be yours for £1.5 million

Perched along a wooded escarpment in Sutherland with sweeping views of the Rivers Oykel and Shin, Carbisdale Castle has a history like no other. Erected as a result of a bitter family feud, the majestic castle has played host to royalty and high society alike since the early 20th century. And now, the castle could be yours for £1.5 million, as it hits the market for the second time in five years after plans to return it to its former glory as a world-class private residence stalled.




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