T LOunge for December 16th, 2021

Posted on December 16, 2021

Vue Rooftop Bar and Restaurant – Singapore

 

Darlings, let’s pretend we’re putting it all on the corporate black card today. It is Thursday, after all; practically a synonym for “let someone else handle it” day. Grab a section of the view and call it yours for the duration. If you need occasional breaks from all the breathtaking surroundings (if only to appreciate them more when you notice them again), a small platter of distractions is being provided for you:

 

Who Are Christmas Movies For?
As more streaming channels embrace the craze for Christmas movies, they’re caught between an audience that cheers more inclusive representations of the holidays and viewers who take a narrow view of what makes a family.

What should Christmas look like? In truth, there is no one right answer.
In a holiday movie season increasingly filled with new competition, many of the genre’s biggest players (like Hallmark, Lifetime, and Netflix) are leaning into more inclusive representation that spans races, ethnicities, religions, and sexualities. While heartwarming messages of togetherness, community, and family have not changed, networks and streaming platforms continue to embrace a diverse collection of films filled with characters that connect to an expansive audience hungry for more content to consume.
But not all networks have taken this direction. The recently relaunched GAC Family cable network has explicitly—and lamentably—separated itself from the pack.

 

Formative Black Feminist Author bell hooks Has Died
The cultural critic and author of beloved titles such as All About Love and Ain’t I a Woman? was 69 years old.

Born September 25, 1952, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the writer took on her great-grandmother’s name as her working pen name later in life to ensure her work emphasized the “substance of books, not who I am,” according to the newspaper. She published her first book, Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism, in 1981 and went on to author more than 40 books including collections of essays, poetry, and even children’s stories. Her work centered heavily on the subjects of feminism, racism, culture, politics, gender, and love—and how they often were inherently intertwined.

 

Megan Rapinoe Is Getting Her Own Nike Logo
Here’s why her swoosh is saying ciao.

For those who grew up in the ’90s, “If you let me play sports” is a soul-seared phrase. We first heard it on TV, where a campaign flashed images of girls just like us—all colors, all sizes, some perched in bows and dresses, others with scraped knees and softball gloves—chanting the benefits of joining a team. “If you let me play sports, I will be more likely to leave a man who beats me,” one girl says on a swing set. “I will learn what it means to be strong,” another proclaims from her swimming pool. The only branding in the anthem-turned-ad comes at the end when a three-second flash of the Nike swoosh hits the screen.

 

Black and Child Free
Black women are often expected to live a life for others. So what happens, Houreidja Tall asks, when they choose to live for themselves, and not have children?

The wider American culture often expects Black women to be selfless. This ranges from the political narrative of Black women saving U.S. democracy to the expectations of Black women being emotional caretakers. It also includes Black women having children we may not want. There are conflicting narratives: either we have children too early, or we choose to have them too late if we put our careers first. I am very heavily leaning toward remaining child free, and that has cost me romantic relationships. At 28, I am now older than my mother was when she had me, and I am reminded every day that I am not growing younger. I have been grappling with the fear of possibly regretting this choice later on in life, and the United States’ constant debate over bodies like mine worries me, so I’m connecting here with Black women who have also chosen not to be mothers to better understand what led them to their choice.

 

How Lady Gaga Protected Herself While Making ‘House of Gucci’: No Actor ‘Should Push Themselves to That Limit’
Her immersive approach to acting has been well-documented since she began promoting the movie last month. For the entirety of filming, Gaga says she lived as Patrizia. “I was the same way for ‘A Star Is Born.’ I was always Ally,” she says. “And for this, I was always Patrizia. I always spoke in my accent. And even if I was speaking about things that weren’t related to the movie – I wasn’t pretending that Maurizio was waiting for me downstairs – I was still living my life. I just lived it as her.”That also meant, Gaga says, “I brought the darkness with me home because her life was dark.”
So much so that Gaga reveals for the first time, during our interview, that she sought on-set help from a mental health professional during the final days of shooting. “I had a psychiatric nurse with me towards the end of filming,” she says, explaining, “I sort of felt like I had to. I felt that it was safer for me.”

 

I Didn’t Realize How Much I Missed Getting Ready With Friends
During the pandemic, I haven’t missed going out as much as I’ve missed the process of getting ready with friends. There’s an intimate rush that comes with the most simple parts of getting ready with a gaggle of confidantes, whether we’re applying lip liner (we actually use brow liner for the top lip), figuring out what shoe to slip into (whatever it is, make it Manolos), or shimmying underwear up over the hips (usually a thong—or nothing at all). There’s always music: something Janet, something Madonna, something Mariah. No matter who you are or who you are with, there’s always red-hot camaraderie.

 

Dakota Johnson on The Lost Daughter, Persuasion and Fangirling Over Paul Mescal
Dakota Johnson is instantly recognizable on screen. With her knowing smile and perfect bangs, the 32-year-old has enthralled Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades franchise, charmed critics in A Bigger Splash, proved to be a magnetic everywoman in How To Be Single, and won hearts in The Peanut Butter Falcon. But, in *The Lost Daughter—*Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ravishing feature directorial debut, adapted from Elena Ferrante’s novel of the same name—it may take you a moment to identify Johnson when she first saunters into view.
“I’m privileged to do this as my job, but then to film a movie in Greece during a pandemic when people were locked in their apartments and dreaming of a beach? It was truly a gift and that was not lost on any of us. It’s a really small island and everyone was kind of involved in the movie. The girls who worked at the local coffee shop were some of the extras. We were all together all the time in a bubble and we all became really close.”

 

From Lewis Hamilton to Twiggy: All the Celebrities Knighted by the British Royal Family
Just call him Sir Lewis Hamilton.
On December 15, the famed Formula One driver received his knighthood from Prince Charles at Windsor Castle. He’s just the latest famous face to receive the prestigious honor: last month, fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu received his MBE. Meanwhile, in March 2019, Twiggy Lawson, the iconic sixties supermodel, accepted her damehood title (the female version of knighthood) in a chic white three-piece suit, complete with a beige fascinator and matching oxfords.
What are the qualifications for becoming a dame or knight? According to the British government’s website: “This is awarded for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level. Other people working in the nominee’s area will see their contribution as inspirational and significant, requiring commitment over a long period of time.”

 

Touring the Dreamy, Ultra-Romantic Gardens of Ireland’s Lismore Castle
Ireland’s Lismore Castle, built in 1185 on the site of a seventh-century monastery, lays claim to being one of the most romantically sited places in a country where myth and magic lurk at every turn. The castle crests a craggy hill commanding a view of a bright, rain-fed green valley, while in the distance, the mist-shrouded Knockmealdown Mountains loom. Sir Walter Raleigh was once a tenant, and Robert Boyle, heralded as the “father of modern chemistry,” was born here in 1627, but the castle’s destiny changed in the mid–18th century, when it was included in the dowry that the fabulously wealthy Lady Charlotte Boyle brought to her marriage with the Marquess of Hartington, future fourth Duke of Devonshire.

 

Study Explains Why We Eat the Same Breakfast All The Time
Is your morning meal more “utilitarian” or “hedonic?”

If you’re anything like me, then you probably eat the exact same thing for breakfast every morning. (And if you’re anything like me, you haven’t started your holiday shopping and you also have a mountain of laundry to deal with.) Anyway, it turns out that most of us tend to select the same breakfast options several times a week, and a recent study has attempted to explain why.

 

Kirsten Dunst’s Feminine Urges
For three decades, Dunst has been one of our preëminent performers of conflicted womanhood. With “The Power of the Dog,” she might be finally getting her due.

For three decades, Dunst has been one of our preëminent performers of conflicted, jumbled femininity. A native of New Jersey, Dunst began doing catalogue shoots and small commercial jobs when she was a toddler. At the age of eight, she played Tom Hanks’s daughter in Brian De Palma’s “The Bonfire of the Vanities” adaptation, a part that prompted her family to move to Los Angeles and camp out at the Oakwood apartments, an infamous child-star launching pad. But it was her performance as the young vampire Claudia, in Neil Jordan’s 1994 adaptation of the late Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire,” that marked her not just as a tween actor to watch but as a fully embodied scene-stealer.

 

Isabelle Huppert To Receive Honorary Golden Bear At Berlin Film Festival
French actress Isabelle Huppert will be the recipient of an honorary Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.
As announced yesterday, the festival will premiere Huppert’s latest movie, About Joan, as a Berlinale Special Gala this year. The screening will be held in conjunction with the fest’s award ceremony on February 15, 2022, when Huppert will receive her prize.
Huppert has had a long and glittering career in the biz, working across screen and stage and in both French, German and English. The directors she has collaborated with include Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Haneke, Bertrand Tavernier, Claude Chabrol, Olivier Assayas, Catherine Breillat, Paul Verhoeven and many more.

 

The Reconstruction Plan for Paris’s Notre Dame Is Receiving Criticism — Here’s Why
The proposal was just approved on Dec. 9.

It’s been almost three years since the world watched in shock as Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral burst into flames, the cause of which is still under investigation. And while the reconstruction of the historic landmark is well underway, the process has proven more controversial than anticipated.
First of all, French President Emmanuel Macron had to drop his plan to replace the cathedral’s famous spire with a more modern one after a public outcry. And now, an approved plan is drawing criticism from many French citizens.

 

 

 

 

 

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