T LOunge for December 2nd, 2021

Posted on December 02, 2021

Imperial Bar and Lounge – Dubrovnik, Croatia


It’s THURSDAY, which means we’re feeling the need for an all-day cocktail party. The content pickins look to be somewhat slim today, so we’re thinking of settling in, turning on the tree lights early, and watching a bunch of screeners in advance of tomorrow’s all movie-tawk podcast. We’ll have a few red carpety things to say before then, don’t worry. What’s of much greater importance right now is what YOU plan on non-doing today. What sort of activities on your calendar will you be avoiding as much as possible?


Windsor Castle Is Decorated for Christmas, and It’s Beautiful
Plus, costumes worn by the Queen and Princess Margaret as teenagers during wartime Christmas pantomimes are on display.

The royal family certainly knows how to deck the halls. Case in point: new photos of Windsor Castle, all dressed up for the Christmas season. Last week, while Americans were enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, Historic Royal Palaces decorated the nearly century-old royal residence for the holidays, putting up Christmas trees, twinkling lights, and festive garlands.
In addition to the impressive 20-foot-tall Norwegian spruce located in St George’s Hall, which requires two full days to decorate with thousands of lights and hundreds of ornaments, this year’s festive furnishings also include a display of costumes worn by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret when they performed in holiday pantomimes during World War II.


A Tour Through Karl Lagerfeld’s Treasures Ahead of a Landmark Sotheby’s Auction
Lagerfeld’s treasures have been dispersed through the years at some notable auctions, and now Sotheby’s will offer a further thousand lots, from his signature fingerless leather gloves to the dishes in which his beloved Birman cat, Choupette, was served her food.
The items will be sold across a series of eight online and live auctions (the latter in Monaco, Paris, and Cologne) from November 26 to March 2022. Although the lots are assembled from Lagerfeld’s final residences, many of them evoke his former interior lives.


AIDS History Is A Remedy
When pharmacist Ruth Madievsky decided to specialize in HIV/AIDS care, she didn’t realize how important it was to know the stories of those who came before her.

I joined Twitter mostly to connect with other writers and enjoy the lobotomizing bliss of a perfect meme. For a while, my bio was just a list of publications and a link to my website. Then, in 2018, I received my HIV pharmacist credential and helped create an inpatient HIV pharmacist service at my hospital. I decided to add “HIV pharmacist” to my bio. That’s when the messages started coming. People from all over the country began reaching out, asking for help. Occasionally, these were clinical questions, but mostly, they were about how to pay for medications. When I first started getting these messages, I had a couple thousand followers. People weren’t asking for help because I was a “big account” or had insider knowledge on insurance workarounds. They were reaching out to me, a complete stranger, because the health care system had failed them.


Inside Lady Gaga’s Decade-Spanning Beauty Transformation for House of Gucci
How do you bring realism to a larger-than-life story? That was the pivotal question in the minds of Lady Gaga’s makeup artist Sarah Tanno and hairdresser Frederick Asperas as they crafted her transformation into infamous heiress Patrizia Reggiani for Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci. In recreating the real woman who upended the Gucci dynasty and plotted the murder of her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci, Gaga’s glam team needed to perfect an array of decade-spanning looks; ones that were true to Reggiani’s gaudy brand of glamour and historically accurate to the style and dress of the times. More specifically, the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.


This Holiday Season, Join the League of Cookies
When it comes to holiday cookies, think globally and you’ll eat so very merrily.

Every holiday season, the instructors and staff from the League of Kitchens, a group of immigrant women who teach online and in-person cooking classes, make their way to their annual holiday party potluck. At founder Lisa Gross’ Brooklyn apartment, they swap and sample cookies from Japan, Argentina, Lebanon, Greece, and Iran, and what’s more, they share sweet bites of their stories, their history, and their homes. This season, we invite you to bake a batch or two of their recipes and share in the joy of this sweet connection.


Inside The Great’s Boundary-Breaking Second Season and Shocking Finale
Star Elle Fanning and creator Tony McNamara break down Catherine and Peter’s Graduate-esque ending and staging the season’s riskiest story line.

If season one of The Great, Hulu’s genre-bending retelling of Catherine the Great’s reign, skirted the lines of historical accuracy, season two abandons it with colorful fervor. In the second chapter of this “occasionally true story,” Catherine has seized control of Russia from her politically incompetent husband, Peter. Now she must determine how to enact the sweeping reforms that her court seems poised to refute.
Star Elle Fanning says the show remains committed to exploring Catherine’s errors as well as her exploits. “Yes, this is a feminist story, but we don’t want it to feel like she’s always the smartest or always the bravest person in the room, because that’s not real life.”


The Queen banned this particular board game at Christmas after it became “too vicious”
Advent is officially here and, with it, comes yuletide, mince pies, mulled wine, and, well, board games, naturally, as the whole family comes together.
Whether it’s Monopoly, Scrabble, or Trivial Pursuit, the festive season in my household is normally packed full of board game fun (and arguing, when someone inevitably loses or cheats). In Royal news today, it appears that the Royal family is no different.


Chefs Reveal Their 21 All-Time Favorite Holiday Desserts
Our favorite pastry chefs share their best holiday cakes, puddings, cookies, and more sweet treats.

As the holidays roll around, now is the time to show off all the new skills you learned while binging the Great British Bake-Off. Sugar cookies are always a winner, but with these simple tips from pastry pros, you’ll be perfecting your pies and pavlovas in no time. The best part? Some of the most decadent desserts are deceivingly simple and can be baked in advance, leaving you with more time to socialize at your holiday soirée. And, if you happen to make an extra batch, your pastry spread can easily double as gifts for guests.


Inside Karl Lagerfeld’s Futuristic Parisian Apartment
In the kitchen, towards the rear of Karl Lagerfeld’s Quai Voltaire apartment, the door of a silver Whirlpool fridge freezer is decorated with a handful of glittery gel stickers. Tonally out of sync with the rest of the space – largely characterised by more serious-looking furniture and a palette that skews monochrome – the appearance of Pikachu, Squirtle and other Pokémon is a charming reminder that the late designer once told a journalist that the last thing he wanted to be was a serious person. Elsewhere in the apartment, which Lagerfeld spent two and a half years renovating before moving in in 2007, clusters of unopened pink and white Coca-Cola Light bottles from a 2010 collaboration, emblazoned with Lagerfeld’s iconic silhouette, claim several surfaces while in his bedroom, half a dozen sixth generation iPod Nanos perch on a bedside table (he famously owned upwards of 40).


These Are The Biggest Oscar Contenders For 2022
The 2022 Oscars will mark two years since the entertainment industry was plunged into chaos following the start of the pandemic. In that time, many projects have been shot under strict Covid-19 protocols and numerous long-delayed blockbusters have finally been released – in cinemas, on streaming platforms or both – but, the crisis is far from over. As a result, the films competing for glory this awards season are a mixed bag, ranging from big-budget hits to indie hopefuls. There are also beloved actors seeking their first Oscar wins (Kristen Stewart, Will Smith, Kirsten Dunst) and talented women (Jane Campion, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Siân Heder) keen to break into the Best Director category after Chloé Zhao’s success with Nomadland.


Virus Deja Vu? Omicron Has Hollywood in Wait-and-See Mode
Executives are worried that public concerns over the variant could prove a major blow to holiday moviegoing, giving consumers another reason to stay home.

On Nov. 26, the World Health Organization, led by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that the risk posed by the new, heavily mutated variant of COVID-19, first discovered in southern Africa, was “very high.”
The news couldn’t come at a worse time for the global film industry, which after two years of shutdowns, cinema closures and box office collapse, had finally begun to recover. “The unfortunate thing about Omicron hitting now is that October was the first month where we’re incredibly close to average box office returns pre-pandemic,” says Rob Mitchell, a box office analyst at London-based Gower Street. The strong performance of No Time to Die, Dune and Venom: Let There Be Carnage, together with a resurgent Chinese theatrical market, meant the global box office for October was down just 7 percent from the three-year average for the month from 2017 to 2019.


Virginie Efira’s Immodest Act
Starring in one of the most sulfurous movies of the year, the Belgian actress is a force to be reckoned with.

On September 26, at the New York Film Festival, a group of demonstrators gathered in front of Alice Tully Hall, where Paul Verhoeven’s latest film, Benedetta, was set to premiere. Later identified as members of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, a Catholic organization, the protesters were photographed brandishing signs denouncing “the blasphemous lesbian movie Benedetta,” which the NYFF Twitter account promptly reposted.
“To be honest, when I saw the pictures I almost thought it was a set-up,” laughs Virginie Efira, the 44-year-old French-Belgian actress who plays the titular role of Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century nun who becomes entangled in a lesbian love affair.


Sex, wit and cigars: five contemporary artists on Marcel Duchamp
After 60 years out of print, the seminal 1959 monograph Marcel Duchamp is back in circulation courtesy of Hauser & Wirth Publishers. To mark the occasion, we asked five contemporary artists – Ed Ruscha, Gillian Wearing, Larry Bell, Monica Bonvicini and Mika Rottenberg – what Duchamp means to them

Marcel Duchamp means different things to different people. To some, he fathered the readymade, to others, he turned the role of the artist on its head. To Willem de Kooning in 1951, he was a ‘one-man movement’.
Published in 1959, the book Marcel Duchamp soon became the bible of the artist’s work. It was the result of years of Duchamp’s collaboration with its author, art historian and critic Robert Lebel, and offered a comprehensive and penetrating study of the artist: from his early painting, subsequent farewell to painting, and invention of the readymade to his fixation on the fetish, a subject explored in a show at Thaddaeus Ropac. Witty, sensual, absurd, ‘Please Touch’ (curated by Paul B. Franklin and now on view at the gallery’s Paris Marais space) emphasises how, through Duchamp’s lens, and with the right, or wrong, state of mind, almost any conceivable object could be a fetish.


70 Gorgeous Ways to Elevate Your Christmas Tree This Year
Ornaments, color schemes, garland ideas and more.

Even if you try your best, picking a Christmas tree theme is always pretty hard. There are so many options to choose from. You can stick to a traditional yet elegant look with twinkling lights and ball ornaments or kick things up a notch with a modern white tree decked out in colorful velvet bows or faux white doves. And the fun doesn’t stop there. You can easily upgrade a real or artificial tree with decorations like retro-inspired ornaments, candy or a collection of family photos. It’s really your pick!
Make your celebration even more special this year by putting a little more thought into your Christmas tree theme. Here, we’ve rounded up the best Christmas tree ideas for every type of design lover. Take a look at this assortment of Christmas tree ideas for 2021 to find inspiration for ornaments, tree toppers and garland. You’re guaranteed to enjoy decorating.


60 Christmas Movies for Kids (and, Let’s Be Honest, For You, Too)
From animated classics to G-rated holiday comedies, our list has options for kids of all ages.

Baking Christmas cookies is fun. Opening up a toy advent calendar door every day is exciting. Queueing up the Christmas song playlist is joyful. But nothing — absolutely nothing — will get you in a festive mood faster than watching a good Christmas movie. (Or a whole marathon of them.) It’s one family bonding activity that’s easy to pull together at a moment’s notice, since you don’t require much for setup (except maybe some popcorn) and there’s hardly any cleanup after. And everybody has their favorites, from the littlest to the oldest in the family, so it’s fun to make a list and revisit everyone’s No. 1 pick, especially since more options get added to the mix every year.
From half-hour specials for toddlers to classics that have been around for more than eight decades, these are the best Christmas movies for kids. Most of them hit on our favorite holiday themes of gratitude, family togetherness and the spirit of giving. Some are cute, some are funny and some really tug on the heartstrings, so you can find one to match any mood. All you need to do is brew up some cocoa and you’re ready for a family movie night.


The Most Luxurious Ski Resorts in the World, According to a New Report
Prepare to be pampered at these luxury ski resorts.

There are thousands of ski resorts around the world, but it takes a lot to stand out from the pack. Certain spots make a name for themselves thanks to their nonexistent lift lines or inordinate amounts of snow. Others thrive because they’ve fine-tuned the on-mountain experience to the point that it’s no longer associated with squished PB&Js and cold fingers, but with flutes of Champagne and cozy chalets.


The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Is Back — Here’s Who’s Performing and How to Watch
NBC’s annual tree lighting ceremony will be held on Dec. 1 and broadcast live from Rockefeller Center in NYC.

Lights, Camera, Tree — Action!
The kick-off to the “most wonderful time of the year” is almost here because the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has arrived in New York City, and will be lit on Dec. 1 during NBC’s 89th lighting ceremony.
This year’s great big Norway Spruce (a whopping 79 feet tall!) makes history as the first Christmas tree to hail from Maryland. The 12-ton tree trekked 140 miles from the town of Elkton and arrived at its final destination on Nov. 13 in NYC.
The tree will be decked out with 50,000 multicolored lights (strung on approximately 5 miles of wire!) and topped with a 900-pound star with 70 spikes covered in 3 million Swarovski crystals.





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