T LOunge for May 21st, 2021

Posted on May 21, 2021

Peacock Alley Bar, Restaurant and Lounge – Xiamen, China



LUXURY, darlings! Let it wash all over you and carry you away on a tide of relief and comfort. Today is FRIDAY, but you knew that already.

Super-excited about today’s podcast, so we absolutely must dash to put the final touches together, as well as some red carpet stuff because a Friday without frivolity is a wasted Friday. Talk amongst yourselves while we go drum up your content menu for the day! Discussion prompts to be found below:


Peter Lindbergh and Azzedine Alaïa, a Friendship in Black and White
A look inside the new Taschen monograph, which accompanies an exhibit at the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa in Paris.

“Peter and I have known each other since I started out,“ Azzedine Alaïa once said of Peter Lindbergh. “We know each other very well. We don’t even need to talk. Everything flows.”
In the new Taschen monograph Peter Lindbergh, Azzedine Alaïa, which accompanies an exhibit at the Fondation Azzedine Alaïa in Paris, the friendship between the photographer and the couturier is celebrated through— what else?—beautiful photography. The two wrote “some of the most illustrious chapters in Parisian and French fashion,” as the book’s introduction describes. “Peter and Azzedine … are exactly like the work they created: passionate, generous, incisive, and never conventional. Their lives are a celebration and an emblem of what they convey through their art, from the grandest, most ambitious creation, to a convivial evening among friends.”


The 29 Best Reality Shows of All Time
We were rooting for you! We were all rooting for you!

Ah, reality television. A stellar way to ignore the state of the world and focus on what’s important: other people’s drama. The genre has been around since the ’70s, but didn’t get popular until the ’90s when MTV gifted us the powerhouse that was and forever will be The Real World. After that, we saw a boom of reality TV content. From Bunnies revealing what it’s really like to live in the Playboy Mansion to belting your heart out for a golden ticket to Hollywood, networks couldn’t get enough of the stuff.
And while reality TV is great and all, there’s also a lot of it. From The Bachelor to Top Chef, we’ve got a wide variety of shows on this list for pretty much every person on earth. Without further ado, these are the best reality shows of all time—not in chronological order, don’t yell at us if you think this is a ranking!—and where to find them. Some of them are lost in the abyss that is YouTube. Others just require a Hulu subscription. Either way, you’re about to be entertained for hours on end. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your next new favorite show.


Bridgerton Has Been Renewed For Seasons 3 And 4
Season 2 is currently filming and will depict Viscount Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) pursuit of a wife. And Netflix has full plans to continue the story far beyond these four installments.
“Bridgerton swept us off our feet,” Netflix VP of Global TV Bela Bajaria said in a statement. “The creative team, led by Shonda, knew the material and delivered a beautiful, emotional, romantic drama for our members. They have some exciting plans for the future, and we think audiences will continue to swoon for this show. We’re planning to be in the Bridgerton business for a long time to come.”


75 of Cher’s Most Outlandish, Inimitable Outfits
There is only one Cher. The Hollywood legend, who turns 75 today, occupies a singular space in pop culture. Sure, other singers act, but how many of them can claim to have remained relevant for six decades? Cher’s talent, versatility, and ability to pull off some of the most outlandish outfits ever worn by a celebrity have kept her in the limelight and inspired generations of performers. She may switch mediums every few years—her jump from musician, to variety show host, to Oscar-winning actress remains impressive—but Cher’s ability to command attention in any format is what makes her great. When she’s on stage, you’re either humming along to one of her melodies or dazzled by her latest Bob Mackie gown. Either way, you’re entertained.


The Somali-American Therapist Bringing Her Work Home
The capital of Somalia is the coastal city of Mogadishu, a thumping, humid, relentless town of battered but unbeaten people who have lived through an extraordinary amount of upheaval. Like the rest of the country, Mogadishu felt the collapse of any semblance of governance in the early 1990s. Since then it has been divided between war-lords, controlled overtly and covertly by the militant group Al-Shabaab, and destabilized by corrupt, violent politicians propped up by the international community and the United Nations.
When Rowda Olad, 36, a Somali-American, returned to Mogadishu in 2011 after her family fled nearly two decades prior, she was struck by the total absence of therapeutic services for this rattled country. At the time, Olad was a student at The Ohio State University (she chuckles, making a point to say the requisite “The”) and had been deciding whether to major in psychology or psychiatry. While in Somalia, she visited the only mental health clinic in Mogadishu. “There was no capacity,” she recalls. “There was a dire need.” The one psychiatrist there was doing his best, Olad says, but he was heavily medicating all his patients. Olad recalled that a lot of people were on large doses of sleeping pills.


‘Hocus Pocus 2’: Everything We Know
Time to get that Disney+ login!

Are those children we smell? Likely, because Hocus Pocus 2 is officially underway. Sarah Jessica Parker took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal that the beloved 1993 film was finally getting its long-awaited sequel. “Yep. I’m ready. To run. Amok, amok, amok, amok,” she posted, referring to one of her most memorable lines in the movie. The actress also revealed that the movie would arrive in Fall 2022 on Disney+.
Parker’s original co-stars Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy also shared the film poster to their respective social media feeds, confirming that the wicked trio would all be reprising their roles as the Sanderson sisters for the occasion.


You Could Be Eating a Butter Chicken Calzone Right Now
Zeeshan Shah and Yoshi Yamada’s spicy Indian-Italian mash-up is love at first bite.

I long believed that it was impossible to improve upon butter chicken. Creamy and deeply spiced with heavy notes of caramelized tomato—it’s essentially a perfect dish. But chefs Zeeshan Shah and Yoshi Yamada convinced me otherwise when I ate at their playful Chicago restaurant Superkhana one dark, rainy evening. The menu, which draws inspiration from both Indian and Western techniques and flavors, is filled with hits like Aachari Pork Sandwiches and French Fry Manchurian. But the real star is the Butter Chicken Calzone, which arrives at the table as a piping-hot and puffy semi-circle of innovation and promise. The real magic happens when you take a knife to the dish and out erupts a stream of almost lava-like gravy and molten cheese strings.


Helena Bonham Carter, Kelly Macdonald to Cameo in British Remake of ‘Call My Agent!’
“’Call My Agent!’ has been a runaway hit; we’re delighted to have worked hand in hand with the creative teams behind the show to bring a uniquely British slant for Prime Video members in the U.K. and Ireland,” said Martin Backlund, head of content, U.K., Ireland and Nordics at Prime Video. “The incredible ensemble cast, coupled with the talented team behind the cameras, means it’s sure to be something special, and we’re looking forward to seeing how our customers respond.”


Asians and Pacific Islanders Account for Less Than 6 Percent of Speaking Roles in Hollywood Films, Study Finds
A new report from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative looked at 1,300 popular films from 2007 to 2019 and found that major studio movies continue to use harmful stereotypes of the API community.

The study looked at a total of 51,159 speaking characters from a 13-year period and found that only 3,034, or 5.9 percent, were API characters. Moreover, there has been little to no meaningful increase in API representation over the period. In 2019, API characters with speaking parts accounted for 8.4 percent of total roles in Hollywood films, this was down from 9.6 percent in 2018, and only marginally up from 7.5 percent in 2008. Overall, the report found that the percentage of API characters across 13 years of the top-grossing movies (5.9 percent) falls slightly below the percentage of API people in the U.S. population (7.1 percent).


Dionne Warwick Looks Back at Her Life in Parties
The R&B icon (and recent Twitter adopter) revisits the celebrations and friendships that have defined her career.

Growing up in East Orange, New Jersey, in the 1940s and ’50s, Dionne Warwick was surrounded by music—both at home and in church, where she got an early vocal education before being catapulted to fame (above, Warwick performs at the Olympia in Paris, in 1964). One might even venture that her talent is genetic—Whitney Houston, Leontyne Price, and Gary Garland are all Warwick’s cousins, and her mother, aunts, and uncles, widely regarded as trailblazers, were members of a gospel singing group called the Drinkard Singers. After performing at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island in 1957, they were signed by RCA, making them the first gospel group signed by the label. Warwick says, “To this very day, I attribute everything that I do, vocally, to my ability to sing gospel. It taught me the worth of a lyric and of a melody. My relationship with my family stems directly from that.”


Saoirse Ronan is set to star in a ‘feminist’ version of Macbeth
The actor will make her UK stage debut at London’s Almeida theatre in September

The actor will join her Mary Queen of Scots co-star James McArdle at the Almeida theatre in London, in a production that will present a “more equivalent relationship” between the Macbeths.
The Tragedy of Macbeth will be staged by Yaël Farber, who’s been described by the Almeida’s artistic director Rupert Goold as an “earthy, political, blood-and-mud kind of director”. Goold added that the play will be a visceral experience in the intimate space of the Almeida.


How Viral Recipes Shut Out BIPOC Food Creators
Birria tacos, feta pasta, and viral quesadilla hacks celebrate white appropriation at the expense of the ingenuity of chefs and cooks of color.

Viral food trends intersect with a variety of issues that impact the culinary industry and its workers but are mainly driven by the erasure of BIPOC cooks’ work through cultural appropriation (specifically when white chefs share recipes without giving credit to their origin and background) and industry gatekeeping. Going viral is a quick way to bypass all those gates. It means increased exposure to your work. Exposure means professional opportunities and financial gains from sharing work like cookbook deals and brand partnerships. Influencers and lifestyle bloggers often get cookbook deals and culinary accolades without having spent much time in front of a stove or working in the culinary industry itself.


Asshole bosses are an entrenched part of Hollywood. Are they finally facing consequences?
From Ellen DeGeneres to Scott Rudin, the entertainment industry’s coddling of jerks is coming under examination. Sort of.

The problem extends beyond big names like DeGeneres and Rudin. There is a huge number of assholes in Hollywood who aren’t as well known or high powered, which might be why the industry seems unlikely to do much to combat toxic workplaces outside of gently nudging people whose behavior makes the news to retreat from the public eye or shift their talents to other arenas. (And they are talents! Scott Rudin is a great producer! Ellen DeGeneres is a great talk show host!)
But the asshole archetype is so intrinsic to Hollywood culture that for the press to catalog every single instance of a jerk with power would be a Sisyphean task. So fixing this problem is really a job for the industry itself — and one it is clearly reluctant to take on.


The inside story of Princess Diana’s Panorama interview
It was the ultimate scoop – Princess Diana baring her soul and admitting adultery on television. But reporter Mark Hollingsworth soon heard that the Princess had been tricked by Martin Bashir into giving the 1995 interview, as Lord Dyson’s report has found. Here, he opens up his notebooks and tells the full story behind some astonishing allegations
[Photo Credit: www.hilton.com]

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