T LOunge for October 25th, 2021

Posted on October 25, 2021

Mei Ume Bar and Restaurant at Ten Trinity Square – London, England


Let’s go for elegance today, shall we? Not in ourselves, of course. No one needs that kind of pressure on a Monday. No, let’s go for elegance in our surroundings, even if those surroundings are of the virtual variety. We need all the self-care we can get today and for us, that means elegant vibes and pretty things to look at. In related news, we woke up this morning and it’s suddenly Autumn outside. It’s the one season that always feel like a switch was thrown somewhere to set it in motion. The leaves are colorful, the air is brisk and we’re graduating to long pants like a couple of Victorian boys on their 13th birthdays.

Anyway, we’re off to find some celebrities to berate today. Talk amongst yourselves, darlings.


Johnnie Walker Appoints Its First-Ever Female Master Blender
Earlier this week, Johnnie Walker announced the appointment of a new Master Blender and, for the first time in the company’s history, the position will be held by a woman. Dr. Emma Walker — no relation to the Walker on the Scotch whisky’s labels — will take over for Dr. Jim Beveridge OBE, who has been Jonnie Walker’s Master Blender for the past 20 years.
Walker joined Diageo, which owns Johnnie Walker, 13 years ago, and has worked as a Scotch blender for the past six years. (She’s responsible for the limited-edition Jane Walker by Johnnie Walker blend, as well as the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare series.) In her new role, she’ll lead a 12-person team that will create and develop other new variants of Johnnie Walker whiskies.


Ryan Gosling To Play Ken Opposite Margot Robbie In ‘Barbie’ Movie
Margot Robbie’s Barbie movie looks to have found its Ken. Sources tell Deadline that Ryan Gosling is in final negotiations to play the iconic Mattel character in Warner Bros’ movie centered on the classic doll line. Greta Gerwig is directing the pic, with Robbie playing the titular role.
Given his busy schedule, Gosling initially passed on playing the part, but insiders add that as pre-production dragged out and the studio remained persistent with him being their only choice, an opening in his schedule appeared, allowing him to sign on.
With Gosling close to signing on, the film looks to be on the verge of a greenlight, and the hope would be to shoot at the top of 2022. Gerwig co-wrote the script with Noah Baumbach.


The Insider’s Guide to Traveling Italy
The best of each region—in the most romantic country on earth.

For centuries, Italy was the preferred destination for poetically-minded nobles from across northern Europe. The “grand tour” was an exercise in communing with the ancient Roman world at a time when it was considered the height of culture to contemplate its romantically crumbling relics and vine-clad temples. But these “grand trippers” gave little thought to Italy beyond its artifacts and ghosts. For them, Italy—as a living, breathing culture—was an afterthought.
But today, in-the-know travelers seek deeper pleasures than the (still beguiling) ruins of ancient Rome. Italy is a country of 20 provinces, each of them proudly distinct, offering their own unique culinary, architectural, art, history, fashion, sightseeing, and cultural scenes. Ahead, our guide to the very best of Italy, divided by region. Buon viaggio!


It’s Time to End Equal Pay Days and Pass the Equal Rights Amendment
The passage of the ERA is a chance for our country to prove it truly values women.

My mother impressed upon me the importance of uplifting those around me. She always used to say, “If you’re looking down on someone, it should be because you’re helping them up.” So when the National Organization for Women (NOW) approached me in 2013 to become a member, I knew it was time to expand my political activism from knocking on doors to working hand in hand with women who faced the same economic challenges I did. After about a year, I started my county’s first NOW chapter and went on to serve as the state chapter’s vice president. Together, we organized our community to educate and advocate for women and girls. We brought issues like paid family leave, equal pay for equal work, and access to reproductive health care to the forefront of our Commonwealth’s conversations.


Princess Diana Would Be “Horrified” By How She’s Shown On-Screen, Says Source
“She would not want to be remembered as someone who was destructive towards the monarchy.”

We live in thrilling times if you’re a fan of Princess Diana biopics. First, there’s the upcoming season of The Crown, in which Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki will portray Diana during the last years of her marriage to Prince Charles (she’s taking over for Emma Corrin, who sweetly played younger Diana). And of course, there’s Spencer, the buzzed-about new film starring Kristen Stewart as the Princess during the fateful Christmas weekend that signaled the end of her marriage to Charles, which hits theaters November 5.


This Beauty Brand Is Helping to Restore Priceless Art
Inside La Prairie’s mission to preserve Mondrian’s most famous work.

When it comes the relationship between modern art and beauty, La Prairie couldn’t be more relevant. The Swiss luxury house’s friendship with artist Niki de Saint Phalle helped shape the image of their coveted Skin Caviar line, and in 2017, they established a partnership with global art fair, Art Basel, for which they commission an original art piece each year. Now, they’ve leaned further into their patronage to preserve some of the most recognizable art of all time: the work of Piet Mondrian, in partnership with Switzerland’s most visited museum.


The United States of Biscuits
From fluffy and classic to flavored and fancy, there is no wrong way to make a biscuit.

There’s a kind of irony to an Australian writing about biscuits.
We don’t even have them in my country. Where I come from, “biscuits” are what we call cookies. We eat round, fluffy things that look like biscuits, but we call them “scones” (like the Queen). And no, we don’t have scones shaped like triangles. Confused yet? I sure was. As a transplant perplexed but fascinated by these differences, I decided to get to the bottom of the U.S. biscuit-making tradition. What I found was even more nuanced than I could have imagined.


The Cast Of Friends Pays Tribute To Gunther Actor James Michael Tyler
James Michael Tyler, the actor who played Gunther, the scene-stealing manager of coffee shop Central Perk in Friends, has died at the age of 59. He had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2018. “Tyler passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday morning,” his manager said in a statement. “If you met him once, you made a friend for life. [He] is survived by his wife, Jennifer Carno, the love of his life. Wanting to help as many people as possible, he bravely shared his story and became a campaigner for those with a prostate to get a… blood test as early as 40 years old. The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh Friend)… but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate and loving husband.”


How to Plan for the Thanksgiving Turkey Shortage, According to Chefs
Disruptions in the supply chain will likely lead to a shortage of turkeys this Thanksgiving. Consider these five main dish alternatives.

Since the summer, the possibility of a turkey shortage this Thanksgiving has been looming like a Macy’s parade float over Fifth Avenue. Shady Brook Farms—one of the country’s largest turkey suppliers—pointed to labor shortages and increased costs for what it says could be a dearth of small birds. The shortage seems to be coming to fruition, and the bad news doesn’t end there.
Other experts are encountering the opposite problem. Global meat purveyor Rastelli Foods Group has found the smaller birds, from seven to 12 pounds, are available, but the bigger birds from 16 to 18 pounds are in short supply.


Handbag History: Bags That Defined The Decades
Above any other fashion accessory, the handbag is a sign of the times. It’s a window into the zeitgeist – from the demure, restrictive styles of the ’50s to the brash designs of the ’80s and the small-screen star fuelled logomania of the ’90s, the handbag manages to encapsulate the spirit of an era like no other fashion creation.


‘Rust’ Tragedy Shakes Armorers and Propmasters: ‘It’s My Job to Make Sure Nobody Gets Hurt’
“Hollywood is mourning for sure, and it’s sending reverberations through the entire film community but acutely in the prop world, and very acutely through the armor ranks, of which there’s only 100 or 200 of us at all in the industry,” said Dutch Merrick, a property master and past president of IATSE Local 44 Property Craftspersons. “This is the worst case scenario and it hurts all of us in the industry.”
“An actor puts a tremendous amount of trust in their prop department, especially armorers and pyrotechnics, those are the things that can literally kill most easily,” Merrick said. “We go through diligent safety procedures. First being not to have real ammo on the set, or on the truck. And we constantly inspect the ammunition to make sure it’s the appropriate ammunition for that particular firearm. We block out a scene very carefully with the director, the actors, director of photography, and we make sure that everybody is comfortable with the timing.”


Wes Anderson Films Ranked — From Worst to Best
Wes Anderson’s latest film “The French Dispatch” was invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival. But where does it fall within the Anderson filmography? Ten films into his career, Anderson has crafted one of the most stylistically distinct oeuvres of all contemporary American auteurs: from his color palette to his framing style to his cockeyed sense of humor, you can spot an Anderson film at a hundred paces. But a unified body of work isn’t quite the same as a consistent one: for this critic, he’s had his ups and downs. Here’s how his films stack up so far — and how his signature tweeness has revealed itself over the years.


On the Set of The French Dispatch
A peek at the making of Wes Anderson’s latest film, a paean to print journalism.

Wes Anderson’s films are as instantly recognizable for their twee surrealist aesthetic as they are for their recurring cast of characters, including stalwarts Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, and Anjelica Huston. They, along with new additions Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan, appear in Anderson’s latest work, The French Dispatch, which follows the staff of a fictional American publication in France. When it comes to Anderson’s behind-the-scenes team, the director maintains a similarly tight-knit crew. “Wes brings together the most wonderful and lovely group of people you could ever hope to hang around, to make these movies,” says production designer Adam Stockhausen, who has worked with Anderson ever since 2007’s The Darjeeling Limited. Wilson’s mother, Laura, a photographer, is another set regular, snapping the action between takes. Here, she shares her photographs of the French Dispatch set, in Angoulême, a town in southwestern France, and, along with Anderson and Stockhausen, gives us firsthand details about the making of the film.


Is Amazon Changing the Novel?
In the new literary landscape, readers are customers, writers are service providers, and books are expected to offer instant gratification.

It is the hour for despair. The writer sits, crumpled and waiting. The sun sets. He lays his head upon his desk. A plot—he must have a plot. The public, ravenous for story, has no use for his fine observations and his subtle characterizations. A plot: his publishers require it, his wife demands it—there is a child now. Slowly, miserably, he gouges the words out of himself.
George Gissing’s 1891 novel, “New Grub Street,” is one of the most pitiless portraits of the writing life in any age. Set among London’s hacks, grinds, and literary “women of the inkiest description,” the story follows Edwin Reardon’s nervous and financial collapse as he struggles to complete a book that might sell. His friend, the sleek and cynical Jasper Milvain, regards his efforts as so much unnecessary fuss. “Literature nowadays is a trade,” Milvain maintains, a matter of deft pandering. Find out what the reader wants and supply it, for God’s sake, with style and efficiency.


How biological detective work can reveal who engineered a virus
Exciting new research should make it easier to hold rogue bioengineers accountable.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, wasn’t intentionally created in a lab. We don’t have much evidence one way or the other whether its emergence into the world was the result of a lab accident or a natural jump from animal to human, but we know for sure that the virus is not the product of deliberate gene editing in a lab.
How do we know that? Bioengineering leaves traces — characteristic patterns in the RNA, the genetic code of a virus, that come from splicing in genes from elsewhere. And investigations by researchers have definitively shown that the novel coronavirus behind Covid-19 doesn’t bear the hallmarks of such manipulation.
That fact about bioengineered viruses raises an interesting question: What if those traces that gene editing leave behind were more like fingerprints? That is, what if it’s possible not just to tell if a virus was engineered but precisely where it was engineered?


As Broadway Returns, Shows Rethink and Restage Depictions of Race
“The Book of Mormon,” “The Lion King” and “Hamilton” are among those making changes as theaters reopen following the lengthy pandemic shutdown.

Although classic shows are often updated to reflect shifting attitudes toward race and gender when they are brought back to the stage as revivals, what is happening today is different: an assortment of hit shows reconsidering their content midrun. They are responding to pressure from artists emboldened by last year’s protests, as well as a heated social media culture in which any form of criticism can easily be amplified, while taking advantage of an unexpected window of time in which rewriting was possible, and re-rehearsing was necessary, because of the lengthy Broadway shutdown.





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