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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series Rises
The first look at The Rings of Power, a billion-dollar saga set thousands of years before Tolkien’s legendary trilogy.
Galadriel’s world is a raging sea. Far from the wise, ethereal elven queen that Cate Blanchett brought to Peter Jackson’s acclaimed films, the Galadriel played by Morfydd Clark in Amazon’s upcoming series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is thousands of years younger, as angry and brash as she is clever, and certain that evil is looming closer than anyone realizes. By episode two, her warnings set her adrift, literally and figuratively, until she’s struggling for survival on a raft in the storm-swept Sundering Seas alongside a mortal castaway named Halbrand (Charlie Vickers), who is a new character introduced in the show. Galadriel is fighting for the future; Halbrand is running from the past. Their entwined destinies are just two of the stories woven together for a TV series that, if it works, could become a global phenomenon. If it falls short, it could become a cautionary tale for anyone who, to quote J.R.R. Tolkien, delves too greedily and too deep.
The Joy of Sad Girl Music
There’s a distinct pleasure in finding the music that perfectly expresses how you feel, especially when you’re a young woman entering an unwelcoming world that reveals itself to be built for men. Laia Garcia-Furtado on why songs about feeling bad can make you feel so good.
It was the anger that first caught my attention. As a young feminist, I found it easy and satisfying to sing “I’ve had it up to here” at the top of my lungs along with Gwen Stefani. But my affinity for fury soon gave way to a preference for a kind of introspective sadness. It was a rainy night (no, really) when I went with my dad to the record store and he let me pick something out for myself. I came home with Fiona Apple’s seminal 1996 album, Tidal. The rumbling drums at the opening of the first song, “Sleep to Dream,” were like a battle cry: “I tell you how I feel, but you don’t care / I say tell me the truth, but you don’t dare,” Apple sang in her soulful, weary voice—possibly about heartbreak and definitely about the world. I was 12 at the time and had experienced little of either. But I felt her truth deep inside my heart.
America Ferrera Joins Margot Robbie In ‘Barbie’ Movie From Warner Bros, Mattel And LuckyChap
America Ferrera is set to co-star opposite Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Warner Bros’ Barbie, the studio’s movie centered on the classic doll line. Greta Gerwig is directing the pic, with Robbie playing the titular role and Gosling playing Ken. No word yet on who Ferrera will play. Gerwig also co-wrote script with Noah Baumbach. Plot details are unknown, but given Gerwig’s track record as a director, one can expect that this won’t be your typical take on the doll’s story.
This 81-Year-Old Macallan Is the World’s Oldest Whisky
Aging since 1940, decanters of The Macallan Reach are sold with a bronze sculpture of three hands holding the bottle.
In recent years, the value of rare and collectible whiskies has skyrocketed, with bottle prices topping out at nearly $2 million. These record sales make for great publicity, but once bottles reach the auction market, their price is often out of the distillery’s hands. However, distillers can control how long a whiskey is aged, and as interest in Scotch has continued to build, producers have dipped into their cellars to set a different type of record: older and older releases.
On Nicola Coughlan, Fat Identity, & The Shame Of Having To Beg For Respect
This week, Derry Girls and Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan went to Instagram with a simple plea: “If you have an opinion about my body, please, please, don’t share it with me.” Sounds simple, right? Wrong, unfortunately; Coughlan went on to explain that she’s been inundated with messages about her weight, writing, “I am just one real-life human being, and it’s really hard to take the weight of thousands of opinions on how you look being sent directly to you every day.”
The Real-Life Socialite Rivalry That Likely Inspired The Gilded Age
In HBO’s The Gilded Age, Mrs Russell – played by Carrie Coon – is dead set on one goal: becoming accepted by New York society. It’s no easy feat. Russell, you see, has heaps of money, but the new (and therefore wrong) kind. This does little to impress the old guard of New York City, who takes their orders from de facto queen Mrs Astor. And Mrs Astor prefers the company of the old guard families, who have held the top powerful positions in the city since the American revolution.
Barbie Ferreira’s Beauty Icon Will Always Be Her Grandmother
Barbie Ferreira has finally been afforded the opportunity to live out what she describes as her “full fragrance campaign fantasy.” Only this time, it’s not for a fragrance—it’s part of the Euphoria actress’s first partnership with YSL Beauty, for whom Ferreira is now a brand ambassador. Introducing her newfound ambassadorship comes with the release of YSL Beauty’s first major push into the eye category: the debut of its Lash Clash mascara. Just last week, Ferreira got the opportunity to test out the product—whose formulation has been under embargo for a few years, according to YSL Beauty reps—while shooting the Lash Clash campaign.
On-Screen Quarter Life Crises Get a New Lease on Life
In this recent film trend, women on the verge of their thirties breathe new life into an old trope.
In her essay, “The Double Standard of Aging,” Susan Sontag wrote that, for women, “aging is a movable doom. It is a crisis that never exhausts itself, because the anxiety is never really used up.” Writing in the 1970s, Sontag was concerned with the ways women felt the social impact of aging more than men: in sexual viability, expectation of familial roles, and educational and career prospects. These imposed pressures lead to an unrealistic assessment of moving through your twenties and into your thirties as if it were the end of the world. “Twenty-nine,” Sontag wrote, “has become a queasy age ever since the official end of youth crept forward, about a generation ago, to thirty.”
Kadir Nelson’s “High Style”
The artist discusses updating Eustace Tilley for our times.
Ninety-seven years ago, Harold Ross, The New Yorker’s founding editor, asked Rea Irvin to come up with a cover image “that might suggest sophistication and gaiety” for the magazine’s first issue. In response, Irvin, a successful cartoonist and illustrator for periodicals, doubled down on the supercilious dandy he had already sketched for the magazine’s section headers, and Eustace Tilley, our monocled mascot, was born. For this year’s Anniversary Issue, Kadir Nelson presents his own spin on Tilley, decked out in pandemic couture.
Why book banning is back
The fight over books in schools is part of a much bigger struggle, revealing where conservatism is today.
If you’ve been following the news recently, you’ve likely seen headlines about an escalating push to ban books in schools across the country.
Be it the removal of the Holocaust graphic novel Maus from a Tennessee school district’s eighth-grade curriculum or attempts to yank classics like The Handmaid’s Tale from library shelves, incidents of grassroots (and mostly conservative) pressure against schools to control the materials children can access have seemingly grown in frequency and intensity.
According to a new American Library Association report, there were 330 “book challenges” in the fall of 2021, an uptick from the same periods in recent years. “Parents, activists, school board officials and lawmakers around the country are challenging books at a pace not seen in decades,” the New York Times reported last month.
40 Valentine’s Day Cookies That Make a Super Sweet Gift
Cupid himself couldn’t make better Valentine’s desserts.
There are many ways to say, “I love you” — but our favorite is with a batch of fresh, homemade Valentine’s Day cookies. A delicious and festive treat is sure to delight any loved one with a sweet tooth and potentially earn you some (literal) brownie points for the thought and effort that went into baking them.
While there’s still time to add the perfect Valentine’s Day present to your cart, you can take a little stress out of your life by making something at home to accompany that gift. Whether your significant other is a chocolate lover or they like their dessert a little fruity, the perfect treat is out there just waiting to be made on February 14th this year. There are tons of Valentine’s desserts to choose from, but cookies may be the easiest and most transportable option that will last for days if you’re not able to eat them all in one night.
Sure, a box of chocolates is the traditional choice — and hey, there’s nothing wrong with that (in fact, we have some recommendations for the best Valentine’s Day chocolates). But doesn’t food taste best when it’s made by the one you love? With plenty of traditional options — plus gluten-free and vegan ideas — on our list, you’re sure to find the perfect Valentine’s Day confection to whip up for your loved ones this year.
What romance novels can teach us about attraction
Romance authors are philosophers of love. Here’s how they think about chemistry
What makes two people compatible? Are there people we will always click with because we have some kind of innate chemistry with them? Or is chemistry a product of circumstances: two people meeting at just the right time in their lives or in just the right situation?
It’s a problem that romance novelists grapple with all the time. Though they create that chemistry for a living, even the most successful writers still struggle to pin down what exactly gives two characters their spark. “I’ll have this idea of, a person like this would fall in love with a person like this,” says Emily Henry, author of the bestselling Beach Read. “And then when I put them together, it’s just boring.”
Why the Olympic monobob event is only for women
What the monobob does and doesn’t do for gender equality.
Bobsledding (or bobsleighing) is one of the oldest Olympic sports, dating back to the very first Winter Games in 1924. Back then, women were barred from competing in nearly every event except figure skating. Of the 250 athletes that arrived for the first Winter Olympics, only 11 were women.
Times have changed. The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is considered the most gender-balanced to date, with female athletes making up 45 percent of the roster. But sexist regulations and outdated “science” still creep in. Who could forget the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, when the Norwegian handball team was fined for refusing to wear bikinis? Or questionable testosterone tests that barred female sprinters from competing in an event?
Why Kensington Palace’s new photography exhibition shows the royals as you’ve never seen them before
Life Through a Royal Lens will showcase official portraiture of the Royal Family alongside images taken by the public during royal walkabouts
One photograph of the Royal Family in particular made headlines during Christmas 2018. In it, Meghan Markle stands between her fiancé, Prince Harry, and her future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is herself flanked by her husband, Prince William. All four are beaming at the camera in a relaxed manner, with Kate and Meghan coordinating in matching winter hats. Beamed onto front pages around the world, it was the picture that saw the couples briefly dubbed, ‘the Fab Four’. Yet it wasn’t one of the press pack who took this shot: it was actually a member of the public, an amateur snapper and auxiliary nurse called Karen Anvil, who had been at church that day as a well-wisher alongside her daughter, Rachel.
Men’s Figure Skating Highlights: Nathan Chen Wins Gold
The American star finally claimed a prize that eluded him in 2018, validating his status as the world’s best male figure skater.
After landing his final jump on Thursday, Nathan Chen said goodbye to his nerves and let himself have fun. Four long years after his crushing fifth-place finish at the 2018 Olympics, he had earned that right.
As an Elton John medley played during his free skate Thursday in the men’s singles figure skating event at the Beijing Games, Chen danced across the ice to a “Rocket Man” beat that turned from soulful to hip-hop. Nearing the end of his performance, he also realized that, yes, it was probably time to smile.
That was when Chen, a skater known for showing little emotion, let loose. He knew his performance had been good enough — finally — to win an Olympic gold medal.
The original royal rebel: Celebrating Princess Margaret’s life and legacy
Twenty years on from her death, Princess Margaret’s compelling yet complex life still fascinates. Glamorous and beautiful, she was quick-witted, mischievous – and haughty, often receiving a bad press. Those close to her remember the warmth and wildness of the Queen’s sister
Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret Rose was the daughter of a king and the sister of a queen. She never forgot this and she never let anyone else forget it. Being royal, at a time when being royal mattered more than it later did, defined her in ways beyond anyone’s control. She was the last of a breed but also, in a sense and up to a point, the first of a new breed, too.
She was a household name in England from well before the Second World War until the rule of New Labour. She could be chillingly regal, putting people down with an icy hauteur; but she might also traipse down to Bermondsey Market looking for bargains or play the piano and sing huskily with a cigarette in a holder, a large Scotch at her elbow and a bevy of adoring friends gathered round. She was a friend of poets and playwrights and prima ballerinas but often went out of her way to be nice to quite ordinary people. You might even say, in a perverse way that some refused to accept, she walked with kings yet kept the common touch.
It’s a Fine Time for Fine China
More dining at home has led some people to seek out fancier tableware that makes everyday meals feel far more celebratory.
Fine china — the delicate, sometimes fussy tableware long associated with wedding registries and your grandmother’s cabinet — has found a new, more relaxed place at the table.
Whether a Herend soup dish adorned with a wild boar or a gilded Lenox dessert plate rimmed with a Greek key pattern, fans of using fine china, which is usually made with porcelain, say it makes everyday meals far more celebratory than the minimalist earthenware popular in the past few years ever could.
Laura Chautin, 29, an artist in Manhattan, said that spending time at home led her to use her “good plates” more.
The 15 Least-visited National Parks in the U.S. for Beautiful Views and Adventures Without the Crowds
These least-visited national parks in the U.S. have all of the beauty and none of the crowds.
All of America’s national parks have their own treasures to offer visitors, but some are more popular than others.
Each year, the National Park Service (NPS) tracks the total number of tourists in each park, revealing the most and least visited. While the country’s least-visited parks can take a bit more planning to reach, they offer incredible experiences to all those who make the trek. You can watch synchronous fireflies, hike among the world’s oldest trees, take in views of the northern lights, or enjoy wildflower blooms at these lesser-known national treasures.
19 Trailblazing Female Travelers Share Their Best Advice for Women Who Want to See the World
From diverse backgrounds, with unique life experiences, you’ll see these 19 women actually manage to have quite a lot in common. They are bold, funny, warm, intelligent, and adaptive. Each took a risk — both financial and personal — to get where they are, and found reward in the experience. They share the view that to travel is to dedicate oneself to growth and acknowledge the role their adventures have played in giving them the confidence and resourcefulness to thrive in the industry as they have. Many of them forged a career by discovering what was missing in their own travels and finding a way to fill those gaps. And, from the sound of it, they’re just getting started.
Flee: the heartbreaking animated documentary nominated for 3 Oscars
Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen discusses his devastating new film, Flee, which follows the five years in the life of an Afghan refugee
The subject of Flee doesn’t use his real name, nor do we glimpse him outside of 2D animation. Amin Nawabi, his pseudonym, is a refugee who, as a child, survived a perilous five-year journey from Afghanistan to Denmark. Escaping the Mujahideen in Kabul, Amin found himself in shipping containers, an Estonian prison cell, and a claustrophobic hideout in Moscow. As an adult in Copenhagen, Amin’s past was still shrouded in secrecy – until he opened up to Jonas Poher Rasmussen.
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