T LOunge for August 13th, 2021

Posted on August 13, 2021

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Darlings, you have arrived. It’s Friday and relaxation awaits you beneath the swaying palms of today’s LOunge. Drinks are on us and you can sample from our list of ice-breakers below. We have some opinions to form and put out into the world today, each one a delicately crafted bouquet. Or so we like to think. Anyway, we’re off to the content workshop for another back-breaking day! Talk amongst yourselves!


Meet The Woman Who Created An App To Save Her Endangered Language
Annie Vang is preserving history by digitally translating her native Hmong dialect.

The Hmong have a long history of oral speech, but for centuries there was no written language, apart from imagery that appeared on traditional tapestries Vang translates in Hmong as “paaj ntaub.” That changed in the 1950s when William Smalley, an American linguist, reportedly set out to help Hmong people in Laos develop a permanent writing system, which is now used all over the world.
Vang says that because many Hmong people did not learn to read or write in their own language before coming to the U.S., her native Hmong dialect is in danger of disappearing. “A lot of our rich cultural history and stories are lost, because they were not written down or recorded,” she says. “We as a Hmong people have lost so much in our journey searching for freedom.”


Jamie Spears Will Step Down As Britney Spears’s Conservator
The ongoing legal battle that sparked the #FreeBritney movement is one step closer to ending.

The conservatorship battle that sparked the highly publicized #FreeBritney movement has seemingly reached its long-sought goal. Britney Spears’s father, Jamie Spears, has announced that he is “willing to step down” as her conservator, though the action will not take place immediately.
“Mr. Spears is willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and include a resolution of matters pending before the Court,” the court filing read, as reported by NBC News. Once Jamie has officially chosen to step down, he will no longer have control over Britney’s finances, musical career, or major life decisions.
“There are no urgent circumstances justifying Mr. Spears’ immediate suspension,” the filing stated.


Beanie Feldstein To Star As Fanny Brice In First Broadway Revival Of ‘Funny Girl’
Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein has been set to star as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, which will serve as the first Broadway revival of the iconic musical that premiered in 1964 with Barbra Streisand in the role. It is scheduled to begin performances in spring 2022 at a Broadway theatre to be announced.
“The first time I played Fanny Brice was at my third birthday party, in a head-to-toe leopard print outfit my mom made for me,” Feldstein said Wednesday. “So, it’s safe to say that stepping into this iconic role, on Broadway and not in my family’s backyard, is truly my lifelong dream come true. I am immensely grateful to be able to do so alongside such a remarkable creative team, and cannot wait for audiences to get back in theaters again!”


Sharon Stone on Stopping an Armed Supermarket Robbery and Fighting for Her Iconic Roles
The actress also explains why even monks need to say “fuck off” every now and again.

“When I first read the script for Basic Instinct, my immediate thought was, this is my part, and they’re never going to give it to me,” Stone says. “I was the 13th person they offered Basic Instinct to. How about that? I auditioned for nine months.” She went on to be nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama and took home two MTV Movie Awards for her role in the film. At 32, Stone was catapulted to superstardom. The film solidified her standing as the legend she’s revered as today.


The 45 Best 2000s Movies
Juicy Couture tracksuit recommended, but not required.

The 2000s were marked by iconic trends: Juicy Couture tracksuits, thin eyebrows, low-rise jeans, MTV’s Cribs, and so much more. And, of course, the films of that time were equally iconic. We’ve scoured the archives to round up the best movies that’ll remind you just how great of a decade it was. From Elle Woods reminding all of us that we can do anything we feel like to The Notebook making us all believe in love, the ’00s just hit differently. Maybe it’s because it was one of the last decades before streaming made it big (RIP Blockbuster), so we were able to watch all of our favorites in a not-so-comfortable seat at the movie theater with a large bucket of buttery popcorn. Or maybe it’s because it was the decade in which many of us felt like we were coming of age. The ’00s were a kiss goodbye to the old Hollywood tropes as Tinseltown welcomed in all new kinds of stories. Here are the 45 greatest ’00s movies.


What Does It Mean to Be Maximalist? Interior Designers Explain
Frieda Gormley and Jaavy M. Royle think there’s a misconception about maximalism—mainly, that it implies a lot of stuff.
That’s not true, they say. Maximalism is about lots of color. Painterly prints. Rich textures. Surrounding yourself with objets d’art, mementos, and curios that you love. When they undertake a new project with their firm, House of Hackney—whether its covering Kate Moss’s guest room in moody palmeral prints or upholstering chairs for Cara Delevingne—they always abide by the aesthetic adage of William Morris: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”


Cindy Crawford’s ’90s Hair Is Trending On TikTok – And We’re Not Mad About It
Whether it’s the return of the French manicure or frosted eyeshadow, we’ve looked to the ’90s for beauty inspiration for some time. The latest trend to hit TikTok (and beyond) is the voluminous blow dry supermodel Cindy Crawford sported during the decade.
A hair look which sees big oomph at roots and movement through lengths and ends, Crawford’s blow dry was her signature during a time when larger-than-life hairstyling was a thing. While sometimes she wore it side-parted with big-barrelled waves, she also opted for a straighter but no-less-textured look. She also had stealthily placed highlights (otherwise known as “money pieces”) that framed her face. Her hair always looked enviably on point.


How to Master the Art of the Headscarf—One Editor Shares Her Hack
I’ve just come off a weeklong holiday in Capri, Italy, during which I wore a headscarf every day of the week. Monday was a blue and white floral, Tuesday brought out some gingham, and come Wednesday, I wore a scarf in a bold red, the same shade as the tomatoes in the many Caprese salads I lunched on. The rest of the week continued as so.
My particular inspiration came from a photo taken in 1970 by Settimio Garritano, featuring Jackie Kennedy Onassis walking in Capri with a view of the Faraglioni in the background. She’s wearing skimpy leather sandals, a pair of light blue trousers, her signature oversized shades, and a headscarf tied in a point at the back of her head. The image, which I referenced a week before my own trip, led me to embark on an online quest to find the perfect headscarf à la Jackie.


New Zealand Reacts to the ‘Shame’ of Losing Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Mega-Series
Amazon Studios’ decision to shift production of its untitled “Lord of the Rings” series from New Zealand to the U.K. has left the Kiwi production sector in shock. The country’s film commission went into damage limitation mode after losing what is possibly the most expensive TV series of all time. Others blamed ineffective government policies.
Filming of the first season started in April 2020 and ran for 18 months including a hiatus enforced by the coronavirus. Filming wrapped on Aug. 2. Season 1 post-production will now continue in New Zealand through June 2022, while pre-production on Season 2 will begin concurrently in the U.K. from early 2022. The first season will air on Amazon Prime Video from September 2022.


Rosalind Russell’s Wit and Wisdom
A character actor trapped in a leading lady’s body, Rosalind Russell had a charmed and charming life—as captured in her delightful memoir, Life…

For a long time I didn’t want to write a book. I had my reasons,” writes Rosalind Russell in the opening lines of her delightful 1977 memoir, Life Is a Banquet.
The legendary star of His Girl Friday, Auntie Mame and Gypsy had three, to be exact. One: she only had one husband of thirty-five years, and one son (“Thirty five years?” she joked, “And she calls herself a movie star?”). Two: she had no patrician roots to brag about. And three? Super-agent Swifty Lazar “told me my life simply wasn’t interesting enough to write about. Too normal, he said.”
But Lazar was wrong. In this breezy bouquet of an autobiography, Russell—a character actress trapped in a leading lady’s body—illustrates why everyone in golden-age Hollywood loved Roz. “Rosalind was a life affirmer, a fighter,” her husband Freddie Brisson writes in the preface. “Like Scaramouche, she had been born ‘with the gift of laughter and the sense that the world was mad.’”


A Hunk of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Wedding Cake Just Sold for More Than $2500
It’s not the first time a slice from their 1981 wedding has gone up for auction, but weighing in at 28 ounces, this one might be the largest.

On Thursday, a 40-year-old slice of cake from Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s 1981 wedding was sold for £1,850 ($2,565). According to CNN, the sum was well above the £300-£500 ($416-$693) that Cirencester, England auction house Dominic Winters Auctioneers had expected it would fetch.
“It really seemed to capture a lot of people’s imaginations, and wallets,” auctioneer Chris Albury told the outlet, adding that the 28-ounce piece comes from an official cake sent to royal staff members after the wedding.
Albury said that the cake, which features a horseshoe design and a red, white, blue, and gold coat-of-arms, was well-preserved in plastic wrap in a cake tin. “It’s a good sales pitch for clingfilm,” he said. “It’s an object that’s going to last.


Thierry Mugler’s flamboyant Couture is going on public display in Paris
Thierry Mugler, Couturissime will run from September 30 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Much of Thierry Mugler’s resurgence into pop culture has been accredited to Cardi B, who wore three buck-wild, archival creations to the 2019 Grammys, or Kim Kardashian, who enlisted the designer to craft a wet-look shell for the 2019 Met Ball. But Mugler has always been a Hollywood go-to. Beyoncé wore vintage pieces throughout her Sasha Fierce era – including that infamous motorcycle bustier – and Lady Gaga has been a forever patron of the designer’s futuristic confections. And now, Mugler’s most outrageous, and rare, designs are coming to Paris.


American motherhood vs. the American work ethic
Working motherhood is getting harder. Let’s fix that.

Mothers working from home during the pandemic have reported higher rates of anxiety, depression, and loneliness than fathers. Last year, 3 million women dropped out of the workforce — and 1.6 million of them still have not returned. That means companies have lost employees with valuable perspectives that have been proven to make companies more innovative and profitable. It also shrinks the talent pool for companies who are desperately seeking workers.
That all creates an unfolding crisis, not only for women and their families, but for society and the economy as a whole. And the root cause of this crisis long preceded the pandemic: The expectations for the American worker and the American parent are inherently contradictory — and something’s got to give. What happens next may significantly shape what the future of work is like for millions of Americans.


The delta doldrums
Hitting yet another pandemic wall? You’re not alone.

There was a time this spring when it seemed like the pandemic in the US might be, if not over, then at least on the way out. In April and May, vaccines became available (if not always accessible) to all American adults, and case numbers were plummeting. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people could take off their masks indoors, and concerts, readings, and other in-person events started to come back.


Can We Ever Look at Titian’s Paintings the Same Way Again?
Great is what this art is, yet it raises doubts about whether any art, however “great,” can be considered exempt from moral scrutiny.

With its small supernova of a show, “Titian: Women, Myth & Power,” the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum here scores an art historical coup that institutions many times its size should envy, and audiences, hungry for old master dazzle, can count themselves lucky to see. Yet the same exhibition raises troubling questions about how, in art from the distant past viewed through the lens of the political present, aesthetics and ethics can clash.


‘Jeopardy!’: Meghan McCain, Ava DuVernay, More Livid After LeVar Burton Passed Over for Host
After yesterday’s double Jeopardy news, LeVar Burton fans are seething over the fact that he wasn’t selected to replace Alex Trebek as host of the iconic game show. Mike Richards was instead tapped to host the daily syndicated episodes of Jeopardy!, with Mayim Bialik subbing in for primetime and spin-off specials of the show. Though Jeopardy! fans were already angered by the news in general, they were especially upset over the fact that Burton had been completely dismissed as an option.




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