T LOunge for December 9th, 2021

Posted on December 09, 2021

Albabel’s Bar and Restaurant – Picanya, Valencia, Spain

 

The LOunges have taken a decidedly bright and sunny turn of late, but that’s to be expected for this time of year, when so many of us are dreaming of longer, warmer days. We’re all a-tizzy today because we’re putting on nice clothes (and masks) and going to New York for the first time in nearly two years. We’ve missed our second-favorite city so. When we were asked where we wanted to meet, it struck us that we don’t really know what’s still good or open in the city, which made us a little sad. Anyway, we’re off to do our little song-and-dance number for the day (with plenty of stops to opinionated on what celebrities are wearing, of course), so chat amongst yourselves!

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Judi Dench! 20 Heavenly Old Images of the Stage and Screen Icon
Judi Dench’s incredible career has spanned decades, and seen her inhabit a plethora of memorable leading roles both on stage and on screen. Dench made her theatre debut in 1957 as one of Shakespeare’s most famous female characters, Ophelia, in the Old Vic Company’s production of Hamlet. It would be the first of Dench’s many brushes with the Bard—she went on to deliver some of the most celebrated performances in the history of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

 

How Paul Tazewell Created a More Culturally Conscious Wardrobe for West Side Story
The Tony winner details his creative direction for the new reimagining of the beloved musical.

There’s a reason West Side Story remains one of the most revered musicals of all time more than six decades after its original release on Broadway.
Everything about the production is memorable, from the romantic music by the late Stephen Sondheim to the Romeo and Juliet undertones of the play’s tragic plot. And the production’s costume design is equally indelible. You can’t mention West Side Story without thinking of Maria’s delicate white dress and cinched red belt, Tony’s pale-yellow blazer, or Anita flouncing around a rooftop in a vibrant lavender number.

 

All Those And Just Like That … Rumors Were on Purpose
Some of those paparazzi shots got planted to throw everyone off.

What you see isn’t necessarily what you’ll get in the case of HBO Max’s Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That … According to stars Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Davis, who paid a visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the production team made sure to toss out a few red herrings to throw off nosy fans hoping to puzzle together the show’s plot.
That would be why far-fetched ideas like Big’s death and a Parisian memorial may have made headlines earlier this year. With just about every outfit already catalogued thanks to the show filming in New York City, the team wanted to make sure things stayed under wraps.

 

Brooke Shields Called Her 1981 Barbara Walters Interview “Practically Criminal”
Shields reflected on the backlash she received following her controversial Calvin Klein jeans campaign.

Brooke Shields is calling out an interview she did as a teenager with Barbara Walters in 1981, following her infamous Calvin Klein ad campaign.
During an interview on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Shields reflected on her 1980 CK jeans campaign and the way she was over-sexualized in the media.
In the ads, Shields, 15 at the time, modeled the jeans while saying the line, “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.”

 

Steven Spielberg Refused to Subtitle the Spanish in West Side Story For This Important Reason
The director didn’t want to “give English the power over the Spanish” within the movie.

When you finally sit down to watch Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited, acclaimed new adaptation of West Side Story, you may notice something unusual: the Spanish portions of the script are not subtitled. The legendary director made this choice for a very specific and significant reason, which he expanded on in a recent interview. Speaking to IGN, Spielberg explained that he didn’t want to subtitle any of the Spanish, out of respect for the inclusivity of our intentions to hire a totally Latinx cast to play the Sharks’ boys and girls. Back when the project was first announced, Spielberg and his collaborators made it clear that they would right the wrongs of the 1961 movie. Though beloved, the original film has been widely criticized for casting a number of white actors to play Puerto Rican characters, and using makeup to make them look more convincing in the roles. Determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past, Spielberg mandated that the actors playing the Sharks all be Latinx.

 

Uncanny Valley: A Hollywood Executive Reflects on What Her Industry and the Pandemic Have Done to Women’s Faces
Recently I attended a maskless party outdoors with friends I’ve known for years, only to be confronted with a different type of mask. In the time since the pandemic first upended our lives, it wasn’t just the world that had changed but the faces. Lifted, plumped, and smoothed, the women at this party looked almost unrecognizable—less like themselves and more like one another.
This is not a judgment. It’s merely an observation of something many of us are witnessing, some of us are talking about, but few seem to be questioning. Maybe we should be.

 

Iman’s Catskills Home Is Full of Beautiful, Artistic Odes to David Bowie
“Gift giving and receiving is something that’s really important to me,” supermodel Iman says in the latest episode of Objects of Affection, a Vogue video series in which the world’s greatest designers, models, and creatives share their favorite things. “It’s something that. . . it’s really from the heart.”
So it’s perhaps no surprise that Iman’s Catskills home is full of them. There’s a wicker pillow given to her by Naomi Campbell, an African three-legged stool from fellow model and best friend Bethann Harrison, who she has talked to every single day since 1975. Then there are the gifts from her late husband, David Bowie. On their first holiday to Paris, for example, he got her an Hermes bag. “He bought himself—you won’t believe it—sandals, and he bought me this,” says Iman, almost laughing.

 

Rebel Wilson says her team urged her to stay “the funny fat girl”
The Bridesmaids star claims her management were against her losing weight

As anyone following Rebel Wilson on Instagram will know, the actor, 41, has been on a significant health and fitness journey over the past couple of years. But according to the Hollywood star, her own team feared the physical transformation would hamper her career.
In an interview with BBC Breakfast, the Australian actor said: “I got a lot of pushback from my own team actually, here in Hollywood, when I said, ‘OK, I’m going to do this year of health, I feel like I’m really going to physically transform and change my life’”.
She continued: “And they were like, ‘why? Why would you want to do that?’ Because I was earning millions of dollars being the funny fat girl.”

 

Willie Garson Will Appear in Three Episodes of the Sex and the City Revival
Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon paid tribute to Garson, who died of cancer in September, on The Late Show Tuesday.

“Willie was just a person who lightened any situation that he was in and would have you in stitches within a minute of coming into a conversation,” Nixon remembered. “He was a person with incredible stories, like show business stories and stories about his own zany life and his family that he comes from and the family that he created.”
She confirmed that the cast and crew filmed with Garson “for a long time not knowing he was sick, and then things got bad enough that we were informed.” Davis said that even while ill, Garson was “full of joy, and so incredibly brilliant and smart.”

 

Jennifer Aniston Has No Regrets
The actress on tuning out the media madness (“Am I still having twins?”), the gut punch of the ‘Friends’ reunion and her journey to “own who I am, where I am and just how long I’ve f***ing been here.”

The Morning Show star has spent more time here in the past two years than she has in any one spot since she starred as Rachel Green on NBC’s runaway hit, Friends, some two decades ago. She’d feared she may be bored or, worse, lonely, in the early days of lockdown, when leaving wasn’t really an option, but instead she enjoyed her own company. Like everyone else, Aniston got into cooking and documentaries and Zooming with her vast orbit of girlfriends. And by November, she was back in production on the second season of her Apple TV+ series, for which she’s also a hands-on producer; five months later, she was surrounded by her Friends‘ co-stars (and real-life friends) for a reunion that hit her harder than she anticipated. Along the way, she launched a hair-care brand and quietly donated millions to charity.

 

Michael Urie Pushes Back
The star of Single All the Way—Netflix’s first gay Christmas movie—talks working with Jennifer Coolidge, channeling Madeline Kahn, and what it means for queer actors to play queer roles.

When Michael Urie first received the script for Netflix’s queer holiday rom-com Single All the Way, he realized he was looking at the wrong part. The actor shot to fame in the aughts after playing Marc St. James on the ABC dramedy Ugly Betty from 2006 to 2010, has starred in Broadway productions including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Chicken & Biscuits, and made appearances on television shows including Younger and The Good Wife. But when reading the screenplay penned by Chad Hodge, he immediately felt the character his agents wanted him to audition for just wasn’t a good fit. “I looked at the character description and it was a ruggedly handsome handyman, gruff and tough around the edges,” he tells W over a Zoom call. “And I was like, oh, this isn’t really me. But I’ll find my way into it.”

 

How Kristen Stewart & Pablo Larraín Brought ‘Spencer’ To Life: “It Felt Like Taking Drugs”
“The script is very precisely written, and in a way, it has a very composed feeling, but the way it has been captured feels very much like you’ve just caught something that’s falling off a table before it shatters apart.
You would maybe think, as well, with a movie that tackles a subject matter as coveted and well-covered as this one, that there would be more rehearsal. We talked about the script a lot, and I learned my lines word-for-word. I never lived in the accent, but I spent so much time making it a physical, involuntary thing that when we got there, there were embedded intentions and little buried treasures everywhere.”

 

‘What would beyonce do’: an unconventional portrayal of Italian life
Photographer Leone Balduzzi captures suburban Italian life in a new book of self-portraits, titled What would beyonce do

Titled What would beyonce do, a new limited-edition photography book of self-portraits by Leone Balduzzi is produced by the avant-garde Milanese creative agency C41.
The book offers an intriguing glimpse of Italian life, shedding light on the everyday poetry of San Salvo, a working class seaside town in the Abruzzo region. Leone (he prefers to go by his first name) depicts himself in a suburban house surrounded by deflated, post-party detirus – flattened pizza boxes and wilting balloons – as well as within the pallid interiors of a high-school gym.

 

Pages from the Pink Qur’an Come to Getty
The recent acquisition adds to the story of medieval Spain

Europe’s paper manufacturing began in Spain in the Middle Ages, brought to the region by Muslims, who ruled large portions of the peninsula at the time.
By the middle of the 1100s, a mill in the province of Valencia produced high-quality paper. The region became a center for book production including luxury copies of the Qur’an. Although religious opposition characterized the period as the Christians gradually drove the Muslims from the Iberian peninsula, vibrant Muslim communities created remarkable manuscripts for study and use in both religious and home settings. Getty recently acquired two leaves from the 13th-century “Pink Qur’an” that help to tell the story of this singular time and place and show the rich diversity of medieval Spain.

 

What Google’s trending searches say about America in 2021
Wolf haircuts and Wall Street: What Americans googled this year.

Each year, Google puts out lists of top trending searches in the United States, giving readers a tantalizing view into America’s collective id.
Rather than simply show what people searched for the most, these lists highlight the words and phrases people are searching for this year that they weren’t the year before. In effect, these searches speak to our latest fears, desires, and questions — the things we were too embarrassed to ask anyone but Google.

 

55 of the World’s Most Beautiful Destinations
These are 55 of the most beautiful places in the world to visit.

What is the most beautiful place in the world? To compile the world’s most beautiful places is an inherently subjective and impossible task, but we’d like to think that this list at least scratches the surface of some of the extraordinary beauty the world has to offer. Focusing largely on national parks, mountains, beaches, deserts, and other natural wonders, our list is sure to inspire your next dream destination. Join us for a journey to some of the most beautiful places in the world, from temple ruins on the slopes of the Andes to mountains with dizzying colorful layers to glorious coral reefs.

 

You Can Now Cut Your Own Christmas Tree From a National Forest — and Help the Environment
Permits for cutting your own Christmas tree from a national forest are now available.

While our eco-friendly instincts may lead us to believe that reusable plastic Christmas trees are the way to go, it turns out that buying the real thing is actually better for the environment since every tree helps clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, according to NASA. And now, there’s a way to one-up the eco-consciousness in that holiday tradition — get the perfect tree from a national forest.

 

Getting Married in the Metaverse
One couple’s recent nuptials in the virtual world known as the metaverse showcase the possibilities of having a wedding unfettered by the bounds of reality.

Traci and Dave Gagnon met in the cloud, so it only made sense that their wedding took place in it. On Labor Day weekend, the couple — or rather, their digital avatars — held a ceremony staged by Virbela, a company that builds virtual environments for work, learning and events.
Ms. Gagnon’s avatar was walked down the aisle by the avatar of her close friend. Mr. Gagnon’s avatar watched as his buddy’s avatar ambled up to the stage and delivered a toast. And 7-year-old twin avatars (the ring bearer and flower girl) danced at the reception.
How the immersive virtual world known as the metaverse, which few of us understand, will change the traditional wedding is, at the moment, anyone’s guess. But the possibilities of having an event unfettered by the bounds of reality are interesting enough to consider.

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Luis Beltran, masquespacio.com]

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