T LOunge for August 18th, 2021

Posted on August 19, 2021

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée Bar and Restaurant – Paris, France


YES, Kittens! Or rather, OUI! Lorenzo continues his tour of Paris and moves us away from the traditional and into the DAZZLING, SPARKLING FUTURE! This isn’t just a LOunge, it’s a SPACESHIP – and you’re going to spend the day safe inside its fabulous walls as a harsh and deadly environment whizzes by outside. Sip something colorful and fizzy, eat something geometric and sculptural. And of course, as always, spend your time whining about your lot in life or raging about the toilet people (thank you for that, Kristin Chenoweth in Schmigadoon) with which you have to share this world. It’s one big fabulously appointed pity party, darlings! Indulge a little!


Debbie Harry Is Giving Herself a Break
The Blondie frontwoman attempts to blend in for her latest Coach outing.

Debbie Harry took lockdown as an opportunity to organize the clothing she’s worn to red carpet events, photo shoots, and while filming music videos over her 45 years as Blondie’s frontwoman. After writing her memoir, Face It, in 2019, she endeavored to organize her ephemera and memorabilia—that included the photos, gifts, and costumes filling up her closets and storage units. “I don’t know that anything will ever come of it, but mentally, it’s really good to arrange it all,” she says on a call from Los Angeles. “I’m taking charge, dammit!”


What Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Legal Battle Means for the Future of Hollywood
In the era of streaming, back-end revenue streams are slowing to a trickle while the salary demands of A-list actors are reaching astronomical heights. Talent is grabbing as much as possible on the front end because the traditional route to after-market profits through syndication sales and international licensing is disappearing as conglomerates build content war chests to feed global platforms.
At stake is the future of how Hollywood stars negotiate their salaries, and how much they can command. Already, insiders at the studios have long griped, movie stars were demanding too much, as the ability to attract crowds shifted from a handful of charismatic actors to properties such as those of Marvel or DC Comics. (Just look at how many fans went to see “Dolittle” with Robert Downey Jr. out of Iron Man’s suit last year.)


The Sound of Us Is a Rousing Ode to the Healing Power of Music
The Cannes-winning documentary features interviews with greats like Patti Smith and Bettye LaVette.

During the height of the pandemic, when the killing of George Floyd sparked widespread protests throughout America, filmmaker and Yamaha executive Chris Gero felt compelled to create something that celebrated the unifying power of music. Within six months, he wrapped filming what would eventually become The Sound of Us, a masterful, Cannes-winning documentary composed of nine stand-alone stories. Shot across five countries, the vignettes demonstrate music’s incredible ability to heal, connect, unite, and inspire us, even—especially—in times of crisis. As put by Gero, “The documentary drives home the idea that music transcends all of the wrong in the world. This is a film to help you realize that there is hope and there is goodness and that we’re all in this together.”


Hailey Kilgore Hopes Respect Teaches You to Not Let Anyone Take Your Light
The star talks about her transition from Broadway to the big screen, working with an all-star cast, and the inspiration she found in Rihanna and Aaliyah.

“What initially drew me to the movie was my first year in New York. I just got out of high school early, and I knew I wanted to move to New York to start more. Liesl Tommy, our director, had just opened a Broadway play with Lupita Nyong’o and Saycon Sengbloh, who plays my sister in the film. Because I was in this Broadway community, I always heard about the directors that are great and thorough, and I just kept hearing Liesl’s name. Honestly, when this came up into my inbox, I was like, “Yes, this is something that I want to look into.”
Even when it [the part of Carolyn Franklin] was just an audition for me, I looked into her immediately. I was like, “Okay, this is a young woman who we get to see her grow up throughout the film. She starts the film when she’s 15, and she ends the film in her 30s. And it’s a story that’s being told by Black women.” That was the other big thing. It didn’t feel like that was going to be stepping into a multimillion-dollar machine of executives who don’t really care about the story that’s being told.”


How Does Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers Differ from the Original Book?
Nicole Kidman and David E. Kelley’s television adaption of the best-selling book keeps the intriguing mystique of Tranquillum House intact—but a few changes do lie ahead.

If you obsessively watched Big Little Lies, have ever paid $12 for a green juice, and think spiritual crystals are complete nonsense but set out your collection to charge under the full moon anyway, Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers is for you. Adapted from the book by Liane Moriarty (yes, the same Liane Moriarty who wrote the book Big Little Lies was based on), David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman’s latest high-octane miniseries follows the stories of nine, well, perfect strangers who meet at a wellness resort called Tranquillum House. Run by a mysterious Russian mogul named Masha (Kidman), the resort seems idyllic at first glance, but over the course of their 10-day stay, the guests begin to discover that not all is as it seems. Factor in lush cinematography and bravura performances from the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, and Manny Jacinto, and the result is a deliciously sinister slow burn you won’t be able to look away from even if you want to.


Joshua Jackson Opens Up About the Backlash to His Wife Jodie Turner-Smith’s Proposal
“Yes, my wife did propose to me and yes, I did say yes, but what I didn’t say in that interview was there was a caveat, which is that I’m still old school enough that I said, ‘This is a yes, but you have to give me the opportunity [to do it too].'”
He continued, “She has a biological father and a stepdad, who’s the man who raised her. [I said], ‘You have to give me the opportunity to ask both of those men for your hand in marriage.’ And then, ‘I would like the opportunity to re-propose those to you and do it the old fashioned way down on bended knee.’ So, that’s actually how the story ended up.”
“For anybody who is freaked out by a woman claiming her own space, shut the f–k up.” the actor said.


Which State Has America’s Cheapest Pizzas?
New research tried to identify the cheapest — and most expensive — places to order pies in the U.S.

Pizza prices can cover a huge range. Walking down a single New York City block, you’ll see dollar slice joints butting up against pizzerias charging over four times as much. Of course, these prices aren’t arbitrary: things like size, quality, and — especially when looking across the country — style can vary widely. As such, determining a city’s or state’s “average” pizza price isn’t a straightforward (or even entirely plausible) task — but that hasn’t stopped financial advice site Expensivity from trying. Earlier this year, we covered their analysis on beer prices, and now they’re back with their Pizza Index 2021.


‘It Was Honestly Life-Changing’: Grace Van Patten on Finding Family on the Set of Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers
“We were all shipped off to Australia and had no choice but to connect with each other because we didn’t have any of our families or friends with us, so it was very much a case of life imitating art imitating life. They’re all such good humans, so it was really easy to build a sense of chemistry with them.”
“I didn’t get to read the scripts at first, but there was an incredibly long and thoughtful character description [explaining] who Zoe was and what she’s going through. That really caught my attention because those are typically just one sentence, without much detail. I ended up reading the book and fell in love with the story of the Marconis. I had a little book club with my friends where we all read and talked about the book each week. Being able to discuss the text and hear their opinions helped me process it, and now they’re all so excited for the show.”


23 Iconic Photographs of Princess Margaret
During her lifetime, Princess Margaret was one of the most photographed women in the world. In fact, on Getty Images—one of the world’s most extensive online image collections—there’s over 8,000 to sift through, a remarkable feat considering that she was born well before the site, the internet, and digitalization technology existed.
Sure, part of it was due to her role as a working royal, a job that requires public appearances at everything from museum openings to galas and state visits to Commonwealth countries. And sure, part of it was due to press coverage that comes with being in the spotlight, exacerbated by Margaret’s rocky romances. (In 1978, all hell broke loose when the British tabloids published paparazzi pictures of Margaret frolicking in Mustique with gardener Roddy Llewellyn, who was 18 years her junior.)
But all this attention was also due in part to her magnetism. She pouted and posed for the artists of the moment, including Cecil Beaton, Slim Aarons, and her own photographer husband, Lord Snowdon. Whereas most other royals served as a mere photographic subject, Margaret also doubled as a muse.


After a Year of Waist-Up Dressing, The Belt Is Making a Comeback
After so much emphasis on waist-up dressing over the past year and a half, neglected designer belts are slowly making their way back into our everyday wardrobes. This season, the formerly deprioritized accessory is anchoring some of the best reemergence looks. Whether it’s paired with trousers for a chic return to the office, or cutoff shorts perfect for weekend escapades, adding a vintage, woven leather, or studded belt helps to elevate just about any summer outfit.
And your outfit doesn’t need to have belt loops to support the accessory. Recently, Jennifer Lawrence buckled a logo-emblazoned belt over a Christian Dior frock, and Janet Mock fastened a laser-cut Alaïa design over a delightful Brunello Cucinelli dress. Both looks proved just how essential the accessory can be.


Inside Meng’er Zhang’s Glamorous Shang-Chi World Premiere
Knowing it would be her first big red carpet moment, Zhang didn’t shy away from glamour on the step and repeat. She slipped into a chic Alexandre Vauthier dress that had a full, metallic purple skirt. “Because this was Meng’ers debut, we had a lot to say and accomplish with this look,” says her stylist, Kevin Michael Ericson. “Alexandre Vauthier’s looks always have a way of saying something modern and striking on the red carpet. Working with hair and makeup, we kept the look in limbo between playful and classic.” To do so, hair stylist Renato Campora and makeup artist Rachel Goodwin played up the whimsical beauty with a retro, slicked bob and colorful eye makeup. “I went with jewel tones to complement her gorgeous dress, but kept her skin fresh with just a hint of color on the lips,” says Goodwin.

Chasing the Lava Flow in Iceland
At a volcanic eruption, the sublime experience of watching land submerge land.

By mid-March, the people of Grindavík, a commercial fishing town at the western end of Iceland’s southern coast, were exhausted. For the previous three weeks, a strong seismic swarm had produced thousands of earthquakes per day, ranging from gentle tremors to tectonic disruptions powerful enough to jolt a person awake at night. Svanur Snorrason, a journalist who lives near the town’s harbor, told me that locals were “pretty much going insane” from sleep deprivation. “Earthquakes, or bad and very dangerous weather, we are used to it,” he said. “I don’t think people were afraid, but they were very tired.”
Icelanders are also used to volcanic eruptions. Yet the Krýsuvík-Trölladyngja volcanic system—which extends narrowly through the Reykjanes Peninsula, in the country’s southwest—hadn’t erupted for seven or eight hundred years. Three-quarters of the island’s population live either on the peninsula or in the nearby metropolitan zone of Reykjavík, the capital. The weeks of rumbling suggested that the system was about to become active again, but such warnings had sounded a year earlier, when similar swarms shook the peninsula. The activity then centered on Thorbjörn, a mountain situated close to Grindavík and the Svartsengi geothermal power station—which supplies heat and electricity to the peninsula—and also to the Blue Lagoon thermal baths, one of the country’s major tourist attractions.


Nicole Kidman Slammed After Skipping Hong Kong Quarantine for Amazon’s ‘Expats’ Shoot
The Australian actress was able to skirt the city’s strict seven-day hotel quarantine for arrivals from Australia.

Nicole Kidman has sparked a backlash in Hong Kong after skipping the country’s strict COVID-19 quarantine to shoot the Amazon series Expats in the city.
According to local news site HK01, Kidman took a private jet from Sydney to Hong Kong on Aug. 12 and was exempted from the city’s seven-day hotel quarantine for vaccinated people arriving from Australia, despite Sydney going into lockdown following a surge in Delta variant cases. From Friday, vaccinated people arriving from Australia will have to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days as the country is reclassified from a low-risk to medium-risk country.


Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride on the legacy of ‘The Walking Dead,’ when they found out the show was ending, and if Negan has really been redeemed
Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus don’t want to think about the beginning of the end of “The Walking Dead” just yet.
As the series heads into its final 24 episodes, I caught up with McBride and Reedus earlier this month over
Zoom to discuss the popular zombie drama coming to an end — news which caught the cast off-guard — and the lasting impact they hope it leaves behind.
When asked what legacy he hopes the show leaves behind, Reedus didn’t mention the undead. Instead, he said “TWD” has been about finding your tribe — the people who give you the strength to get through tough times and the unimaginable together.
That sentiment certainly rings true for the characters they’ve played for more than a decade, Carol Peletier and Daryl Dixon.


How Makeup and Drag Helped Gottmik Understand His Trans Identity
When the performer first discovered makeup, a seed was planted. Now, fresh off the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Gottmik is in full bloom.

I went to Catholic school, where you’re not allowed to wear makeup when you’re younger. I remember being in fifth grade and trying so hard to sneak mascara or a little bit of eyeliner on and get away with it. I don’t know if it was the fact that I couldn’t wear it or if I was obsessed, but I just wanted to wear it so badly. Before I got into the artistry of makeup, I would take a gel liner and do raccoon eyes in all black with blue mascara. I was in that emo-kid phase and living for it.
When we got to high school, me and my then-best friend started a makeup YouTube channel. This was in 2010 when YouTube was starting, so I don’t even know how we got that idea. We thought everyone wanted to see us on our bathroom floors and watch us do really bad makeup. Then when I moved out to L.A., I just fell in love with drag queens. I thought, “This is such a fun way to express yourself and how you feel.” It was my dream.


The forgotten relationship between Coco Chanel and Surrealism
On what would have been her birth, Tatler looks back at one aspect of the legendary designer’s legacy that is less well-known today

Happy Birthday, Coco Chanel. Born on this day in 1883, the French woman from humble beginnings gave the world the little black dress, the best-selling scent of all time and freed women from the tyranny of the corset. But think of Chanel today and the brand may loom larger than the woman behind it: the late Karl Lagerfeld mooning behind his sunglasses with that cat, Ivanka Trump and her red lips, or more recently, Keira Knightley smiling coyly at the camera. Tension between the brand and its founder is as much testament to Coco’s success as it is a smokescreen for the woman herself. Having given women licence to self-expression, it’s no surprise that these iterations flood the public imagination in the way they do. Wearing Chanel is not, after all, a simple copy of Coco herself, but a way in which clothes might embody something larger and stranger. Something more abstract.





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