T LOunge for April 20th, 2022

Posted on April 20, 2022

Petit Victor Hugo Brasserie – Paris, France


It’s WEDNESDAY, darlings! Let’s all meet somewhere retro-fabulous and fun in Paris, oui? We have to go to the content orchards and shake some trees, but feel free to order anything.


Viola Davis’ Dialect Coach Explains How He Got Her to Talk Like Michelle Obama for ‘The First Lady’
Veteran dialect coach Joel Goldes has worked with Oscar-winner Viola Davis on numerous projects for close to a decade. Most recently, they spent a year perfecting Davis’ portrayal of former First Lady Michelle Obama for the Showtime series, “The First Lady.”
“Viola has a fantastic work ethic, and she brings a huge amount to the table,” Goldes told Variety about working with Davis. “[With her] voice and accent, she would call things back and say ‘I remember Michelle would do something like this in this situation.’ That was a huge blessing to work with someone who’s so invested.”
Says Goldes, who had more than ten months to work with Davis, “We would prep stuff right up to the time she shot.”


Just Between Friends
In the new Hulu series Conversations with Friends, Alison Oliver and her costar Joe Alwyn spark an onscreen chemistry too intense to ignore.

Perhaps Alison Oliver and Joe Alwyn don’t look like they would be lovers. In early marketing materials for Conversations With Friends, the upcoming Hulu series adapted from literary wunderkind Sally Rooney’s debut novel, Alwyn, 31, seems almost to loom over Oliver, 24, as she slouches on a rocky precipice along the Croatian shore. Alwyn, suntanned and blue-eyed with the precisely tousled hair of a Hellenistic sculpture, has the movie-star aura, as well as the burgeoning repertoire: You might recognize him from his turn in the Oscar-winning period piece The Favourite, or perhaps as the lead from the military drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Meanwhile, Oliver is a Hollywood newcomer, having recently graduated from Ireland’s Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College (where Paul Mescal, star of the TV adaptation of Rooney’s second novel, Normal People, also earned his degree). With her slight nose and unfussy brown hair, Oliver looks every bit the curious twentysomething she plays in Conversations, though with a much sunnier disposition.


What Does It Mean to See Ourselves in the Finest of Garbs?
Projects like Bridgerton have challenged the restraints of representation on TV—not just in their casting, but in their costuming.

When Hollywood tells stories set in the past, racial diversity is often stripped from the tale. And even when Brown and Black characters do appear in period pieces, they’re often shown in subordinate roles to the starring white characters. Representation doesn’t mean everything; often, it is used to avoid doing the harder work of truly reckoning with all the ways in which oppression is woven into the foundations of our world. But there are still times when seeing yourself in stories from which you are generally excluded can feel like a shaft of light cutting through a forest of indifference.


Helen Mirren on Iconic Female Characters and Her Delightful New Crime Caper, The Duke
It’s incredible that you and Jim Broadbent had never been onscreen together. What was it like getting to join forces after, I imagine, running in the same circles for such a long time?
“We’ve been in the same film before, Jim and I, but we were never actually onscreen together. Very often you can be in a movie with someone and never actually get to meet them, which was the case with Jim. But the fact that Jim was playing this role—I have to say, he is brilliant in the role. It’s custom-made for Jim, and knowing that he was playing the role was very much part of why I wanted to be a part of the whole project.”


The Independent Spirit of Chloë Sevigny
The first challenge with Chloë Sevigny is figuring out how to describe her, as no single epithet feels quite right. “I guess people think of me as a strong individual, and strongly individual,” she says. “I don’t want to say it outshines my acting, but it’s always been: ‘Oh, she’s the fashion girl, she’s the New York girl,’ instead of, ‘Oh, she’s the actress who’s done a string of very different, diverse, odd characters.’”
Looking back across her three decades in film and TV, though, if I were forced to sum Sevigny up, it would be as one of the greatest character actors of her generation. That was what she wanted to be, all the way back when she was a Connecticut teenager taking the train into Manhattan, where she caught the eye of Harmony Korine in Washington Square Park and landed her breakout role in Kids.


So, You Dyed Your Hair Red – Here’s How to Keep Your Color Bright
Screenshot these tips before heading to the salon.

Red hair might be one of the current top hair color trends, but there’s something you should know before you book an appointment with your colorist to dye your hair a rich red velvet shade like Zendaya or a warm copper like Sydney Sweeney. Red hair fades quicker than any other color.
“Dyed red hair is prone to fade and is high-maintenance, requiring a lot of upkeep,” says Arsen Gurgov, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Arsen Gurgov Salon in New York City. “The red hair molecule is larger than most other hair color molecules including blonde and brunette hues, so the dye has difficulty penetrating the hair shaft. Instead, it sits on the surface of the hair allowing it to wash out faster.”


The Best Courthouse Wedding Dresses To Say “I Do” To
At their core, weddings are about celebrating the love shared between two humans. For some, the event comes by way of a blowout party or a trip somewhere tropical. But, for other couples, the ideal way to say “I do” is in a small, unfussy ceremony that’s over and done in under an hour — a courthouse wedding to make things official. Especially amidst the glut of post-pandemic weddings clogging up calendars this year, there’s a certain romantic appeal to skipping the months of planning and slipping out midweek to make things official.


10 Best Santa Barbara Wineries to Visit
Santa Barbara County is home to some of the most exciting Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah in California. Much of that success is thanks to a geological oddity: Coastal valleys that run west to east (as opposed to north to south), and serve as superhighways for chilly ocean air. Combine that with a wonderfully varied terrain, complex terroirs, and a passionate community of grape growers and winemakers, and it’s no wonder that Santa Barbara County — and its appellations of Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, Happy Canyon, and Ballard Canyon — is so popular among consumers and respected among professionals. Here are 10 of the best wineries to visit in the Santa Barbara area, listed alphabetically. — Richard Nalley


Sharon Horgan: “You have to be learning all the time, or you get lost”
As she steps into the role of Nicolas Cage’s ex-wife in the new action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, the writer, producer and actress discusses why she loves telling female stories and the importance of pushing personal boundaries

Every single time I make anything, I decided to not continue,” says Sharon Horgan, laughing. “Every. Single. Time. Most people in this industry would say the same thing because, as lucky as we are to be doing something we love, bringing our dreams to life is quite exposing.” She is talking from the set of her latest project, Jack Thorne’s BBC drama series Best Interests, where her tightly packed schedule means she has only just broken for lunch at 3.30pm.
Best-known for creating bitingly funny and widely acclaimed British comedies, including Catastrophe, Pulling and Motherland (the former two she also starred in), Horgan says she has been relishing working with someone else’s script because it allows her to hone in on acting. “You can switch off the bit of your brain that is usually overloaded,” she says. “Most of the time, I’m writing or producing my own things, and it’s very hard to concentrate on what you should be concentrating on.”


Ezra Miller Arrested for Assault in Hawaii, Weeks After First Arrest
Ezra Miller has been arrested for second-degree assault in Hawaii, less than four weeks after the “Flash” and “Fantastic Beasts” star was arrested for disorderly conduct and harassment in Hilo, Hawaii.
Miller was arrested early Tuesday morning after an incident at a private residence in Pāhoa. Patrol officers responded to a report of an assault that occurred at a get-together in the Leilani Estates subdivision in lower Puna. According to the Hawaii Police Department, Miller allegedly became irate after being asked to leave and threw a chair, striking a 26-year-old woman on the forehead and resulting in an approximate half-inch cut. The woman refused treatment for the injury.


21 Italian Recipes Every Beginner Cook Should Master
For those of us who didn’t grow up making pasta with our nonna, these classic recipes make an excellent and beginner-friendly introduction to the wonders of Italian cooking. From Spaghetti with Clams and Garlic, Samin Nosrat’s perfect Panzanella, and three variations of fluffy Potato Gnocchi to Slow-Cooker Sunday Sauce and crunchy Chocolate-and-Pistachio Biscotti, these Italian appetizers, salads, pastas. mains, sauces, sides, desserts, and drinks are as foolproof as they are pleasing.


THR Icon: Lily Tomlin on Insult Comedy, the Oscars and Her Upcoming Tom Brady Movie
The comedic legend and ‘Grace and Frankie’ actress also ruminates on the two Janes in her life (her wife, Jane Wagner, and frequent co-star Jane Fonda) and inoculating against cancel culture: “Develop or make [your comedy] better.”

Lily Tomlin, 82, has been charming and disarming audiences for more than five decades with a parade of sketch comedy characters, TV appearances, a groundbreaking one-woman Broadway show, movies — from Nashville to 9 to 5 to All of Me — and, most recently, the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. She burst onto the scene Dec. 29, 1969, on the cutting-edge Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, where Tomlin’s rich stable of characters — including Ernestine the operator — made her famous overnight. She’s also been a subtle disrupter without drawing too much attention to herself. She was the first woman to appear solo in a Broadway show, Appearing Nitely, in 1977, followed in 1985 by The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which was written by her longtime collaborator and partner, Jane Wagner (they married in 2013 after 42 years together).


One Good Thing: Les Mis is here to complicate your joy
Why sewer systems are the key to understanding Les Mis.

The musical has, in many ways, overtaken the novel in the cultural imagination. The songs in Les Mis are so catchy that they become the be-all and end-all of the piece, something to be sung on road trips and, for many people, completely divorced from the story. But what gives those songs their gravitas are the themes of Les Mis: It’s fundamentally about misplaced justice and social inequality. The key to not taking the songs of Les Mis for granted is looking more closely at the book the musical is based on.


Work is broken. Can we fix it?
The Future of Work issue of the Highlight looks at the workers Americans dubbed “essential” and then largely left behind in the work revolution. Can we make work better for the nation’s crucial workforce?

What has broken down, of course, is work, and what American workers, policymakers, and employers now can see plainly are the countless truths the pandemic laid bare: that productivity does not actually require an air-polluting, hourlong daily drive to a soulless downtown office building; that a fair and just society ought not put the poorest, most vulnerable Americans in danger in the name of capitalism; that the entire economy might just be held together by a rapidly dwindling sea of people — child care workers — earning roughly $13 an hour, with no benefits.


Why It Matters Who Owns Art
Who owned this artwork before a museum? Provenance, explained

Museums use the word “provenance” a lot, but what does it mean? Provenance is the ownership history of an artwork, from when it was first created to its arrival at the museum. Museum curators spend lots of time researching to discover who owned an artwork and when, and how it changed owners.
Curators conduct provenance research in many ways. They look in books, consult archival documents, correspond with other museum curators and art dealers, and search the internet. This work allows us to learn about the artwork’s cultural and historical context. Knowing when it was sold and to whom gives us a sense of the art market at that time. We can see the history of taste—knowing what styles were popular at different times.


Look Inside Lambda Warszawa, the Organization Helping LGBTQ Ukrainian Refugees
A deeply Catholic country, Poland has long been a fraught place for LGBTQ people. But in 2015, when President Andrzej Duda was elected, anti-LGBTQ sentiments increased amid hate campaigns that made queer people a national boogeyman. In 2019, nearly 100 local councils in Poland declared themselves “LGBT-free zones,” places where authorities claimed there was not “LGBT ideology.” (Three councils have since repealed that decision.)
But Lambda Warszawa, established in 1997, has been an asylum for Polish LGBTQ people — a place where those in crisis or being targeted for their gender or sexuality could find support and resources. Now, as Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russian attacks in their home country pour over the Polish border, Lambda Warszawa has expanded their scope. In addition to supporting the Polish LGBTQ community, the organization is helping LGBTQ Ukrainians as they flee to a country hostile to their rights, offering safe haven, counseling, and overarching support.


This New NYC Restaurant Is Run by an 86-year-old Nonna Who Makes Fresh Pasta Daily
From Puglia to “Pasta Grannies,” Dora Marzovilla, an 86-year-old with a new restaurant in Manhattan, isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Six days a week, Addolorata “Dora” Marzovilla walks the short distance from her Manhattan apartment in Midtown East to her newly opened eponymous restaurant, Nonna Dora’s Pasta Bar. Once there, she makes fresh pasta for five hours a day using recipes and techniques she first learned 78 years ago.
At 86 years old, Marzovilla is a first-time restaurateur.
“I feel so happy!” Marzovilla tells Travel + Leisure while making her signature orecchiette with a flick of a knife. “It’s my name on the door.”


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