T LOunge for May 28th, 2021

Posted on May 28, 2021

NoMad Bar and Restaurant – Las Vegas, US

 

It’s FRIDAYFRIDAYFRIDAY, darlings! And because we’ve been so busy lately, we’re actually too tired to party it away. So curl up with a good book (or several thousand) and a good drink. Let’s get contemplative. Or not! Let’s get silly! Let’s be sullen or let’s be the social butterfly. In the T LOunge all options and personality types are open to you.

Despite the three-day weekend and the first holiday that’s actually going to feel like a normal holiday in far too long, we’re a bit caught up in getting through the next 6 hours or so, for we are crossing yet another momentous occasion off our Return to Normalcy checklist. We are taking Miss Miu Miu to the vet. If you’ve been reading our newsletter (and you absolutely should be!) or listening to our podcast (ditto), you may understand why this task is so daunting. Little Miss Bitch is never going to keep her mouth shut and we’ll be treated to roughly 40 minutes of howling before the appointment and sustained bouts of howling for several hours after. She won’t be mad so much as nonplussed and she will expend quite a bit of energy to let us know. Wish us luck.

 

 

THE RELEVANT QUEER: Sir Ian McKellen, One of England’s Most Iconic Actors
“I was a shy gay man at a time when it was illegal to be gay.”
One of England’s most iconic actors, Sir Ian McKellen, was born on May 25, 1939. McKellen is most widely known for his roles as the King in Richard III (1995), Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Magneto in the X-Men film series. With his career lasting over 60 years, McKellen has won every major British acting and theatre award. Knighted, named a Companion of Honour, and awarded Freedom of the City of London, McKellen is also a tireless activist for LGBTQ+ rights.

 

Kelly Marie Tran Felt Like A Real-Life Disney Princess In Her Red Carpet Áo Dài
When Kelly Marie Tran took on the role of Rose Tico in Star Wars in 2017, she became the first woman of color to play a lead in the series. What followed was an onslaught of racist and sexist comments from online trolls, leading her to delete her Instagram and eventually respond in a powerful personal essay. Just a few years later, she returned in another standout role, this time as the first-ever Southeast Asian Disney princess in Raya and the Last Dragon. To celebrate, Tran attended the film’s virtual premiere in a traditional Vietnamese dress and headdress, designed by Thai Nguyen.

 

Princess Margaret’s Fashion Through The Decades
She may have been Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister, but the Princess’s style was second to none.

Princess Margaret was more than just the Queen’s younger sister. She was a fashion icon in her own right, and there are oodles of memorable style moments to look back on. See the 75 best here.

 

The Friends Reunion Is A Joyful Tribute To A Bygone Era. Too Bad It Can’t Give Us What We Need.
In the midst of Hollywood’s reboot hell, ‘Friends: The Reunion’ shows a notable level of restraint. But in its desire for celebration over substance, it refuses to address what actually matters.

In this sort of environment, it’s worth noting that Friends: The Reunion shows an important level of restraint. It is a reunion, not a reboot. Some of that decision is doubtlessly due to the logistical and financial hurdles it would take to get all six actors back into Studio 24 long enough to film multiple episodes of a sitcom, but some of it seems to come from a genuine understanding that the time of Friends has come and gone. The show is a byproduct of a bygone era, and it would be impossible to recreate it today without unraveling what made it work in the first place. As Kudrow says toward the end of the special, “We have to grow up,” and for those of us who grew up with Friends, that’s what happened. We moved on. Revisiting the show is easy, whether on streaming platforms or through cable reruns. But the growing up still happened, and ignoring it would be sacrilege.

 

What Makes A Hit? Ask TikTok.
Addictive beats, cheeky transitions, and Cran-Rasberry juice?

While social media’s democratizing effects are nothing new, the fact that Grammy winners and relative unknowns—and the TikTok creators who choreograph dances to tracks by both—are all mingling in the pop stratosphere feels like a particularly early-2020s phenomenon. After all, with just a 15-second clip, a creator can become a pop star (Addison Rae), a country-trap song can transform a lonesome teen into a global phenomenon (Lil Nas X), or a drop (pop!) of the knee into a low squat can turn a rising Houston rapper into a Warner Records signee (Erica Banks).

 

Lady Whistledown Is Back with the First Photos of Bridgerton Season Two
Plus, Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton.

Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne, was photographed for the first time while filming the Netflix show’s second season. She wore her signature empire-waist dress, regal elbow-length gloves, and a tiara—she is the Duchess of Hastings, after all.
Also seen on the Bridgerton set were new members of the series’ cast. The group filmed a large scene at the Old Royal Naval College at London’s University of Greenwich. Melissa Advani and Priya Kansara, who will play a new mother-daughter duo, Lady and Miss Eaton, sported purple and blue gowns on set.

 

From Dashing Duke to Hollywood Heartthrob: Regé-Jean Page Reflects on Life Beyond ‘Bridgerton’
The Netflix series was never just a job; Page saw it as an opportunity to represent a new type of leading man to a global audience. While Simon fits into the brooding and broken archetype of Mr. Darcy and Heathcliff, the romance genre takes a big step into the 21st century both by exploring the underlying toxicity of those personality traits and by putting a Black man at the center of the narrative. “Me and my friends used to joke about the fact that you don’t see a Black man on a horse,” Page says, discussing the lack of representation in media.

 

Halston’s Music Supervisor Says the Series was “Unlike Anything Else” She’s Ever Done
Amanda Krieg Thomas, who’s worked with Ryan Murphy on Pose, The Politician, and Ratched, opens up about creating an iconic soundtrack for the series.

Against the backdrop of the ‘70s fashion explosion, Studio 54-era partying, and the dramatic rise and fall of a celebrity designer, how do you create a soundtrack that lives up to the moment in time and pushes the narrative forward? That was the job of Amanda Krieg Thomas, the musical supervisor behind Netflix’s Halston. The series, which chronicles the fashion legend’s dizzying tale seamlessly mixes the thumping disco music of New York City nightlife with the theatrical stage performances of Liza Minnelli, and a few wild cards in between. It was a decadent decade for sure, but the series’ musical choices weren’t just about conjuring images of glamour and excess. A quick scan of the soundtrack brings up the usual suspects (Velvet Underground, Donna Summer, David Bowie), but the sounds of Studio 54 served more as a jumping off point than a destination.

 

A Chocolate Icebox Cake Recipe For When It’s Simply Too Hot to Use Your Oven
Look, when it’s 90 degrees out and the humidity reaches sauna status, using an oven is overrated. It’s just going to make you hotter! And when you get hotter, you become flustered, and when you’re flustered, you end up dropping your festive cake on the floor and having to remake the whole thing again, right before the barbecue. Why, you bemoan, did you ever do this to yourself?

 

Why Movies Love Kids’ Books
“Cruella,” starring Emma Stone, exemplifies cinema’s fixation on children’s classics.

The milking of children’s literature is now a dairy industry. Movies, in particular, continue to pump away. You might think that every drop has been wrung from the classic texts, yet still, unceasingly, fresh adaptations emerge. Last year brought a new version of “The Secret Garden,” as well as Matteo Garrone’s suitably sinister take on “Pinocchio.” Then there are the spinoffs, prequels, and sequels that kidnap a character from a book and freely riff on her, or him, or it. Between 2017 and 2019, readers devoted to “Anne of Green Gables” were treated to—or, if they were purists, mortified by—three seasons of a Netflix series called “Anne with an E.” (Why the change of title? Did the producers hope to appeal to impurists by hinting that Anne would be taking Ecstasy at a rave in Club Avonlea?) Yet there is nothing inherently doomed about spinning variations on a theme; the bear/person interface, though it fizzled awkwardly in “Christopher Robin” (2018), with Ewan McGregor needing emergency life coaching from Pooh, worked a treat in “Paddington” (2014) and its sequel, three years later.

 

Still Here and Still Queer: The Gay Restaurant Endures
Many have closed in a time of growing inclusion and more fluid sexual identities. But in several places around the country, they remain anchors of safety and community.

Scott Frankel’s favorite memories of New York gay restaurants aren’t about food. Universal Grill cranked “Dancing Queen” on birthdays. There was that incredibly hot Italian waiter at Food Bar. Florent was around the corner from a notorious sex club in the meatpacking district. Manatus was so gay, it had a sobriquet: Mana-tush. Gay restaurants, said Mr. Frankel, the Tony-nominated composer of the musical “Grey Gardens,” “made you feel like you belonged.” But all those places he so fondly remembers are long closed, as are Harvest, Orbit’s and several others listed in an article, headlined “Restaurants That Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Gay Diners,” that ran in this newspaper 27 years ago. It now reads like an obituary. Restaurants fold all the time, perhaps nowhere more so than in New York, and perhaps never as much as during the Covid era. The pandemic hit the country’s urban gay restaurants especially hard, said Justin Nelson, the president of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

 

Friends” and the illusion of perfect adult friendships
The TV show sold us an idealized vision of these relationships. For young adults, the real thing is far harder to find.

Television and movies have long given us unrealistic expectations for romantic relationships. There are rarely any perfectly timed meet-cutes or mad dashes to the airport, and the chances of an ironic misunderstanding that lead you to the love of your life are slim to none. But less attention has been devoted to how television and movies shape our perception of friendships, too, in ways that don’t always reflect reality.

 

Hidden inscriptions inside the prayer book Anne Boleyn took to the gallows reveal the identities of her posthumous female loyalists
The legacy of Britain’s most infamous Queen is once again making headlines with new evidence suggesting a secret circle of noblewomen defied King Henry VIII and safeguarded Anne’s prayer book for her daughter, Elizabeth I

After completing her solemn march to the gallows on 19 May 1536, lore recounts Anne Boleyn (c.1501-36) as having passed a small Book of Hours to her most devoted lady-in-waiting, Elizabeth Hill. Moments later, the disgraced Queen — who historians widely agree was charged with false crimes to justify her execution — would be beheaded and her memory forced underground.
Half a millennium later, a spritely young researcher named Kate McCaffrey working at Hever Castle & Garden — the former Boleyn family seat and Anne’s childhood home — has uncovered signatures inside the very prayer book supposedly handed to Elizabeth on the execution platform. Directing UV light around Anne’s autograph, McCaffrey was able to identify inscriptions belonging to Elizabeth and several of her close female relatives.

 

 

 

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