T LOunge for January 25th, 2022

Posted on January 25, 2022

Miralice Bar and Restaurant – Aegina, Greece


Darlings, it is TUESDAY and in honor of it being the Worst Day of the Week, your manly hosts, who are also very intelligent and excellent at planning things, scheduled a dental appointment, doctor’s appointment AND veterinary appointment all in one day! Grab a seat! Order a drink! Can’t talk, got stuff to do!




Christine Baranski Has Entered Her Gilded Age
Christine Baranski doesn’t have to raise her voice to be intimidating: She doesn’t even have to speak.
“Truly powerful people are usually the quiet ones who do nothing while everyone else runs around them,” the actress recently told Vogue. After 12 years portraying cutthroat lawyer Diane Lockhart across two hit series, The Good Wife and The Good Fight, Baranski knows a thing or two about projecting brute confidence.
“Playing powerful people is something I’ve learned to refine throughout my career,” she says, “and there’s a power that comes from stillness and trusting that your words and the way in which you say them will have authority.” For proof, look no further than her turn on HBO’s The Gilded Age, from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.


Enter the Weird, Wonderful World of Jenny Slate
The co-creator of the beloved character Marcel the Shell with Shoes On has taken on many new roles of late: mother, wife, rom-com leading lady. With each step she becomes more herself.

“I felt like no one knew what the fuck to do with me,” Slate says of the parts she’s been offered. “Maybe I’m not pushing for anything, but I’m not super interested in jumping up my agents’ butts. It’s so boring! That’s so boring and humiliating.” She continues: “I think, sure, there’s a way in which I could have probably had a really successful career doing maybe network sitcoms, and I didn’t want to do that because I have a very short attention span. I don’t like the idea of being under contract for a long time. I think even after being on SNL, and just returning to the same studio every day, I was like, ‘As an animal, I don’t like this.’”


Munich on the Edge of War‘s George MacKay on Why Storytellers Keep Returning to WWII
Plus, the one period in history he’d still like to explore in film.

There’s no shortage of movies depicting World War II, but Munich on the Edge of War, a gripping drama about the 1938 Munich agreement, adds something new to the genre: a political look at the lead up to the fighting, and a deconstruction of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement. Ahead of its release on Netflix, star George MacKay, who plays a young British diplomat thrust into a decisive moment in history, spoke with T&C about the duty and responsibility that comes with appearing in period films, and how he sees examining the past as a way to interrogate the present.


Carolina Herrera and Paperless Post Make Online Wedding Invitations an Easy Choice in 2022
“My mission has been about color, and to make the house synonymous with beautiful color. I always say a Herrera woman is in a pink coat when everyone else on the street is in a black coat,” Carolina Herrera creative director Wes Gordon once said about his designs for the storied New York fashion house. So it’s perhaps no surprise that when he set out to create online wedding invitations for Paperless Post, bold and beautiful blooms took center stationery stage: there’s the “spring tulips” motif that features a cheerful illustration of the perennial April flower, the “golden garden” stylish stems reminiscent of the English countryside, and the palm-like “fanned frond” that serves as an ode to a tropical oasis. “We wanted to translate the fun and graphic boldness that these prints have on our runway to the digital invitations that can be shared around the world no matter the place or time,” Gordon tells Vogue. “The collection is about the joy of celebration.”


An Oral History of George Michael’s 1992 “Too Funky” Video, Directed by Manfred Thierry Mugler
Looking for a good time, we decided to put together an oral history of “Too Funky,” which more than holds its own against the MTV- and fashion-friendly “Freedom! ’90” with its cast of supermodels Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Tatjana Patitz.
A rallying cry for individuality, “Freedom! ’90” became fashion history when it was lip-synched by the supers on Gianni Versace’s runway. “Too Funky,” with its Anne Bancroft voice-over, is lighter fare lyrically. Visually, it approaches the Baroque, especially in contrast to the squatter-like set of “Freedom! ’90.” Evangelista was the only returning member of the cast, but she was joined by top models including Nadja Auermann, Tyra Banks, Estelle Lefébure, and a “cast of thousands” culled from clubs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.


Why SAG’s Best Actress Snub May Have Done Kristen Stewart a Favor
In awards season, the word “snub” gets overused in a major way. A snub, in life, is a deliberate dis. The essence of it is that it’s personal. When an actor fails to make the cut of nominees for a movie award, to call that a snub is to make it sound like a conspiracy — an omission with a hint of design, rather than what it is, which is an accident or, really, a preference. It’s an insult to those who did get nominated, as if they were mere placeholders for the hallowed star who got “snubbed.”
But Kristen Stewart’s omission from the list of nominees for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role in the Screen Actors Guild awards, announced on Jan. 12, did feel like a snub.


‘Call My Agent!’ Producers Discuss Movie Plans and What’s Next for The Hit French Show
With a number of remakes and a movie in the pipeline, “Call My Agent!,” the International Emmy Award-winning series set at a Parisian talent agency, has become one of the most powerful television shows to emerge from France.
The series’ producers, Mediawan-owned Mon Voisin Productions and Mother Production, are co-producing the highly anticipated U.K. remake with Headline Pictures and Bron Studios (“Joker”) for Amazon Prime Video and Sundance Now.
The producers are also in the process of developing a 90-minute film with Nicolas Mercier, one of the two showrunners behind “Call My Agent!” (Mercier took over as showrunner from Fanny Herrero.)
“It will open with Andrea [Camille Cottin] in New York and will then move to France — we will give an American point of view on filming in France and it promises to be quite colorful,” says Michel Feller at Mon Voisin Productions.


Unpacking The Hair And Make-Up Looks In The Gilded Age
Looking to fill a Bridgerton-sized hole in your life? Enter The Gilded Age. Conceived by Downton Abbey mastermind Julian Fellowes, this rambunctious romp of a period drama tells the tale of Marian Brook (played by Meryl Streep’s daughter, Louisa Jacobson), a young rural girl who moves to New York in the 1880s and sets about ingratiating herself with the stiff upper classes, despite her modern way of thinking. A story about class, race, and an old world versus new world mentality, hair and make-up play a central role in the show’s storytelling – especially in terms of signalling each character’s societal status.
Here, Sean Flanigan, head of hair, and Nicki Ledermann, head of make-up on The Gilded Age, talk us through the show’s beauty looks, and how to recreate them.


Cake Is Better Frozen
If you’ve never allowed yourself the solace and pleasure of a cold, whisper-thin slice of cake in the wee, small hours, it’s time.

In the summer of 2020, there were multiple cakes in my freezer. I know that sounds rather passive—consarnit, the cake elves must have sneaked in through the kitchen window again— but none of them were really of my doing. One was the remnants of a Carvel ice-cream cake a friend had brought for my husband’s birthday and several of us sneaked off to the kitchen to festoon with rude little piped-icing drawings as per our group’s tradition. Another was the lion’s share of a grocery store sheet cake that just he and I nibbled at on my birthday, just several days later as COVID cases spiked around us and it felt dubious and delusional to celebrate much of anything—especially over a shared dessert. A couple weeks later, two separate Caroline’s tins showed up, laden with the South Carolina bakery’s signature seven-layer caramel cake—one standard, and one gluten-free. But I didn’t have much of an appetite. They’d been sent as condolence cakes in memory of my mom who fell sick from COVID the day after my birthday. God, she loved frozen cake. Pepperidge Farm Frozen Coconut Layer Cake, to be specific, but no one knew that. Frozen cake is a solitary pleasure.


Morgan Spector Thinks He Has “Resting Period Face”
The Gilded Age star has come to terms with his penchant for period dramas.

Spector might be best known for a starring role on HBO’s The Plot Against America, a recent and acclaimed alternate history miniseries. He also appeared on Homeland, a single episode of Orange is the New Black (he exclaimed “me and Laverne!” when I brought it up), and a handful of films, including Permission and Christine, both alongside his wife Rebecca Hall. From his home in upstate New York, Spector appeared on camera for a Zoom call looking quite cozy in a gray, chunky turtleneck. To him, The Gilded Age isn’t just Downton from an American point of view. “The class position is much less fixed,” he says. “There are characters in our show who I think, over time, may find themselves trading places. There is that possibility in this era, there’s a bit more dynamism in that world.” Below, the actor discusses the research and dialect practice that went into the role, what it’s like to work with his co-star Carrie Coon, and his collaborative relationship with Rebecca Hall.


24 Classic Beef Recipes Everyone Should Have in Their Repertoire, According to Chefs
Half the battle is choosing the right cut.

Beef dishes are often nostalgic. Whether it’s a cultural classic like steak frites that will transport you to France, Mom’s secret meat loaf recipe, or a hearty stew you grew up with, beef plays a pretty large role in countless cuisines. While you can gussy up the meat with a lavish sauce or seasoning, one factor remains consistent—the quality of the cut.
Start here, and then take your pick of cooking style based on what you’ve got in your kitchen. Whether you have the time to let your beef sit and simmer throughout the day or prefer a fresh-off-the-grill filet, here are the best beef recipes to add to your repertoire that’ll have you serving restaurant-worthy dishes in no time.


Julia Cameron Says You Can Get Creative Indoors
The author talks about her path to self-help stardom and the “spiritual crisis” brought on by the pandemic.

I first heard about “The Artist’s Way,” Julia Cameron’s best-selling self-help book, from 1992, about tapping into your inner creativity, when I was in my twenties and struggling to finish a piece of writing that had been dogging me for months. A friend mentioned the book, which is big and floppy, like an elementary-school math workbook, and I trundled off to the Union Square Barnes & Noble to grab a copy. Then I promptly shoved it into my bag like it was contraband. There is something about “The Artist’s Way” that inspires eye rolls at first—oh, so you think you’re an artist? The book’s language, with its invocations of a higher power called the Great Creator who wants you to make things, and lines like “action has magic, grace, and power in it,” can feel a little out there even for those with a high woo-woo tolerance. But the advice contained within is surprisingly practical and effective. Cameron recommends two core practices to activate one’s creative energy. The first is Morning Pages, a ritual of scribbling three longhand, stream-of-consciousness pages each day, preferably before you’ve even had your coffee. The second is Artist Dates, a weekly “festive, solo expedition,” such as going to a museum or walking through a strange neighborhood, to stimulate the mind through flânerie. What resonates with many readers is Cameron’s matter-of-fact approach to making things, and to overcoming self-doubt: to get work done, you have to have a steady, everyday practice. Her techniques have spread astonishingly far and wide: “The Artist’s Way” has sold more than four million copies, and writers and celebrities from Elizabeth Gilbert to Alicia Keys swear by its methodology. During the pandemic, the book has leaped back onto best-seller lists.


Will Espresso Finally Be Recognized as Part of Italy’s Cultural Heritage?
Italy has once again applied for UNESCO status for its famous espresso.

For the second time in two years, Italy is submitting an application to UNESCO in the hopes that the agency will add espresso to its official list of cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage. Last week, Italy’s Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies unanimously approved the application and, if it’s OK’ed by the Italian National Unesco Commission, then it will be sent to UNESCO’s headquarters for the final decision.


Can giving parents cash help with babies’ brain development?
A new study suggests that regular cash payments to parents can speed up brain activity in infants.

A new study suggests that direct cash payments like the tax credit might meaningfully alter the neurological development of newborns in families that receive the money. The paper, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), examines an experiment called Baby’s First Years that has been giving one group of hundreds of low-income mothers $20 per month for several years, and has been giving another group $333 per month over that same period. The experiment hopes to explore the neurological effects of large-scale cash transfers on the development of young children, akin to those conducted in 2021 through the child tax credit.


The never-ending suffering of the legacyquel
The new Scream movie and The Matrix Resurrections explore what happens when stories never end.

Midway through Scream, the fifth feature film entry in the Scream slasher movie franchise, a roomful of nervous youths have a discussion of terminology with Dewey Riley (David Arquette), one of the series’ core trio of characters.
The fact that these new characters, who are mostly a bunch of teenagers with connections to the kids from the original film (no matter how tenuous), are being stalked by a killer in the famous Ghostface mask is one thing. But they’ve also been joined by Dewey and eventually the series’ other two main characters, Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) and Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). Is this a sequel? Is this a reboot? No. As one of the kids explains, it’s the purgatory between both — alternately known as the requel or the legacyquel. (I’m going to use legacyquel because it’s a great play on words.)


Tonight’s homework assignment: Books set in the Gilded Age to dive into now
Get in the mood for Julian Fellowes’ new series with these period reads, set in the glamorous era of New Money vs Old Money in New York

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Set in the 1870s, Wharton’s most famous novel tells the story of Newland Archer, an aristocratic lawyer, who is tangled in a love triangle with his fiancée, May Welland, and the mysterious divorced Countess Olenska who lands back home in New York from Europe after a disastrous marriage. Published in 1920, it was the first novel by a woman to win the esteemed Pulitzer Prize.


How Alva Vanderbilt conquered New York society – and then Europe
From out-foxing her great social rival Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, to building the biggest, best houses in Rhode Island, to marrying her daughter to a British aristocrat, Daisy Prince recounts the life story of one of the Gilded Age’s most calculating – yet successful – characters

Newport, Rhode Island, where much of The Gilded Age is set, was the leading resort for the great American Industrialists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known as the ‘Robber Barons’ these tycoons and their wives established a new pattern of spending and extravagance matched only by the Tech Barons of today, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg.
Bellevue Avenue, the town’s main strip, is lined with enormous houses, euphemistically known as ‘summer cottages’ and the tales of the inhabitants provided all the inspiration needed by Julian Fellowes for his new costume drama (the story is filmed in a number of the houses, The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Chateau-sur-Mer, Rosecliff and Hunter House).
The original families of Newport came from the South to escape the stifling heat of their long summers. It became fashionable around the middle of the 19th century but it didn’t really become the centre of the social universe until the arriviste Vanderbilts arrived. With a fortune made in steamboats and railroads, the Vanderbilts accrued so much wealth it seemed otherworldly at the time.


Experts Share Some Tips on How to Buy Vintage Jewelry
How do you go about buying online? Should a piece be signed? And what’s good value right now?

Whether you are looking for a delicate Art Deco engagement ring or a lavish antique diamond necklace, shopping for precious vintage jewelry can be as daunting as it is enticing.
On a recent blustery morning in New York City, a group of high-end vintage jewelry experts gathered to discuss what prospective buyers should look for (including whether pieces should be signed or inscribed with a brand name) and the types of pieces that are particularly good value at the moment.


The 19 Best Museums in the World
The best of the best in cities like Shanghai and Paris.

Some of the best trips include a day or more spent deep inside the halls of a museum. It’s in these often grand buildings (which are impressive in their own right) that travelers can find masterpieces by artists like Monet and artifacts that showcase a destination’s culture and history. And while museums are largely subjective — some visitors love art, while others are fascinated by science — the numbers don’t lie.
Year after year, Statista aggregates and analyzes museum visitation numbers, highlighting those that rise to the top. Their most recent report showed that while attendance declined sharply in 2020, many of the world’s most-visited museums in 2019 held strong in 2020, boasting notable (albeit smaller) numbers.
From national treasures like New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to venues in far-flung destinations like Russia and Taiwan, these are the best museums in the world, according to number of visitors.


Cooking & Cocktails: England
Toad in the Hole

This classic English dish is a lot more appetizing than it sounds! To make it, succulent sausages are cooked in Yorkshire pudding that’s been flavored with garlic powder, mustard powder, and Worcestershire sauce. The dish is commonly topped with onion gravy and served with veggies on the side. Want to learn how to make Toad in the Hole at home?




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