T LOunge for April 22nd, 2022

Posted on April 22, 2022

Naros Bar and Restaurant – Mykonos, Greece


More than ever, we want to go to there. It’s FRIDAY, kittens. Enjoy the sea and sky that you’ve spent all week earning. We won’t be joining you, we’re afraid. In fact, we won’t be doing anything. We hate to get all whiny about it, but our chest colds have not improved (we swear we’re covid-free) and as soon as the typing on this post is done, we’re heading back to bed for the day. Unforch, that means no podcast, although we’ll try and make that up to you early next week. We’ll be doing some Drag Race recapping over the weekend too, if we can manage it. Talk amongst yourselves while we wrap ourselves in blankets and wait for our Dunkin order to arrive.


It’s Michelle Yeoh’s Universe. We’re All Just Living In It.
For over three decades, Yeoh has built an iconic career that’s made her one of the most prominent Asian actors in Hollywood. But her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once was the one she didn’t realize she’d been waiting for.

“This was the first time where I read this Asian immigrant woman [who] was the superhero in this movie. Evelyn Wang deserves her voice, to be heard—through the story that she has to tell and the people that she loves in her world,” Yeoh says. “And also what excited me was it encompassed so many different genres of film, and the only way they could really push this forward is [using] science fiction. In science fiction, you can really, really push the envelope to the stratosphere … so it’s like there’s almost like five genres of films in one movie. I get to do comedy, physical comedy, drama, romance, it’s a love story.”


May Calamawy Is Doing Moon Knight Her Way
The actor talks playing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Arab leading lady, landing her role in Ramy, and bringing a “soft strength” to her roles.

It’s what makes Layla stand out from earlier female sidekicks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts, Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, and Rachel McAdams’ Christine, who were introduced as love interests for the male leads, damsels to be saved, or both. Of course, in the last 20 years since the MCU began, the narrative has evolved to let female superheroes like Black Widow and Captain Marvel lead solo films and give female sidekicks heroic arcs too: This year’s Thor: Love and Thunder will see Jane Foster become worthy to wield Mjolnir, his famous hammer. But Layla marks the first time an Arab woman has been given this sort of heroic representation and that was fundamental to series director and executive producer Mohamed Diab’s vision.


A Limited-Edition Barbie Doll Of The Queen Has Been Created For Her Platinum Jubilee
The figure marks the first time a living royal has been transformed into a Barbie doll

Amid the Queen turning 96 on April 21 and her 70th year on the throne being celebrated this June, Britain’s longest-serving monarch will certainly not be short of tributes in 2022.
But there is one honour that she has yet to receive until now: her own Barbie doll.
Toy maker Mattel announced today the release of a new figure in the queen’s likeness ahead of her Platinum Jubilee.


How Betty Ford Made History Inside The White House and Beyond
Michelle Pfeiffer portrays the trailblazing political spouse in the new series The First Lady.

There’s no way to overestimate the effect Betty’s transparency had on a nation in the throes of Nixon’s downfall. Much like the rapid rise to national fame of Watergate whistleblower Martha Mitchell (played in the upcoming series Gaslit by Julia Roberts), Betty’s honesty and refreshing refusal to walk the party line was galvanizing. What led her to stay so uncompromisingly herself was a perfect confluence of events.


Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney On Playing Cassie, Conquering the Red Carpet, and Becoming Tory Burch’s New Muse
Designers can be the best representation of their aesthetic, and since the launch of her label in 2004, Tory Burch has embodied the ease and élan of the clothing she creates. Still, in the age of celebrity endorsement, brands can shape their identity through Hollywood’s talent pool. Selecting the right talent to collaborate with has become an art form, but Burch appears to have met her match in Euphoria actor Sydney Sweeney.
Tapped as the new ambassador for Burch’s line of handbags and shoes, the rising star couldn’t be buzzier thanks to her scene-stealing roles on Euphoria and The White Lotus. Still, the fact that Sweeney is at the center of two of the most talked-about television series in recent memory wasn’t what captured the designer’s attention. A performer, producer, martial artist, auto enthusiast, and more, the multi-faceted Sweeney had moxie. “Sydney is one of the most talented and relevant young actors working today, but I am equally inspired by her curiosity and confidence,” Burch shared pre-announcement. “She is unapologetic and empowered in her approach to acting and business.”


Andy Warhol Was Fragrance-Obsessed—Here Are the Perfumes He Loved Most
As if he ever left, Andy Warhol is back in the cultural consciousness. From the recently released Netflix docuseries The Andy Warhol Diaries, which explores Warhol’s enigmatic life behind the lens, to the Brooklyn Museum’s current Andy Warhol: Revelation exhibit, examining the influence of Catholicism on his work, there’s never been a better time to delve deeper into the world of the iconic artist. In fact, as part of the Revelation exhibition, Jessica Murphy, a fragrance culture writer, educator, and manager of visitor experience at the Brooklyn Museum, is shedding light on Warhol’s lesser-realized olfactory imagination and passion for fragrance. Through June, Murphy is hosting monthly scent tours that hone in on Warhol’s longstanding interest in scents while pairing works from the exhibit to a special collection of perfumes.


Taco Bell’s New Luggage Collection Is Inspired By Their Hot Sauce Packets
The set of four bags was created in partnership with fellow Southern California company, Calpak.

Taco Bell has the sixth most U.S. locations of any dining chain, according to QSR Magazine, so needless to say it is not quite a destination restaurant. And yet, as a purveyor of Mexican-inspired cuisine, the brand does evoke a bit of a vacation feel, subconsciously nodding to warm weather and summer travel.
The chain often plays into these vibes — adding margaritas to Cantina locations, releasing swimsuits and pool floats, even launching a pop-up hotel and resort in Palm Springs — but, today, Taco Bell has announced what may be its most blatant encouragement to take a vacation to date: a capsule collection of travel essentials in collaboration with Calpak.


9 Penélope Cruz Performances That Prove She’s The Ultimate Bombshell
Ever since her explosive feature debut at the age of 18, Penélope Cruz’s screen presence has been nothing short of exhilarating. The Madrid native’s innate glamour certainly helps, but it’s also her ability to keep us guessing that enthrals audiences. She can go from fiery to startlingly vulnerable in seconds; dart effortlessly between Spanish, Italian, French and English-language projects; and craft characters with precision and nuance, a skill which has so far earned her an Oscar, a BAFTA and three Goya Awards.
Ahead of her next big role – as Laura, the wife of Adam Driver’s Enzo Ferrari in a Michael Mann-directed biopic – and her 48th birthday on 28 April, we revisit her nine most memorable performances to date.


Gabriela Hearst Partnered With Bolivian Artisans On Chic, Handcrafted Bags
To bring her new multicoloured, hand-crocheted bags to life, Hearst partnered with the nonprofit organisation Madres & Artesanas Tex, which is comprised of mini-businesses led by Bolivian women – all of whom are dedicated to the production of high-quality handmade fabrics. “The craftsmanship that comes from Bolivia is one of the best in the world when it comes to knitting,” Hearst says. “But the project of Madres & Artesanas Tex has the added value of empowering women, and empowering women from my continent, from the Americas, makes me even prouder.”


Inside the race to resurrect coral reefs
Half of all coral reefs have vanished. Can we save the rest?

Coral reefs cover less than 1 percent of the world’s oceans but are home to more than a quarter of all marine life, including the clownfish, seahorses, and other creatures that make these ecosystems special. But coral reefs are slipping away. Warming seas, diseases, and other threats have already wiped out more than half of the world’s corals, and more than 90 percent of those in Florida. “I don’t think people realize how bad it is,” said Koch, who has seen centuries-old corals disintegrate in front of her eyes.


The right’s moral panic over “grooming” invokes age-old homophobia
“Groomer” accusations against liberals and the LGBTQ community are recycled Satanic Panic.

This rhetoric has long existed among fringe conspiracy-theory-mongers and extremists, but Pushaw’s usage helped turn grooming into a mainstream conservative talking point. Fox News has run several segments devoted to pedophilia throughout March and April. During the same period, numerous Fox pundits began describing the behavior of parents and teachers who want to allow children to express their transgender identity as grooming; one Fox and Friends guest suggested children were “being ripened for grooming for sexual abuse by adults,” while America Reports guest Charlie Hurt said affirmative care for trans children “goes beyond just predatory grooming” into “psychological torture.”


96 years of the Queen’s rainbow wardrobe
It’s often said that the Queen wears bright colours so she stands out for people wishing to see her in a crowd – so as she celebrates her 96th birthday, we look back at her colour pop wardrobe, from scarlet to indigo, with every shade in between


At 100, the ‘Just William’ Books Are an Icon of British Childhood
Richmal Crompton’s prototypical schoolboy has survived war, upheaval, changing tastes and a new world. He’s still just 11.

Where to begin with William Brown? The stubbornly disheveled, snub-nosed 11-year-old protagonist of the writer Richmal Crompton’s wildly popular “Just William” stories, 100 this year, is an astutely rendered portrait of a 1920s British schoolboy. His antics — broken drawing-room windows, midnight feasts, theft — have captured the imagination of millions over the decades, the stories adapted for radio, stage and television.
As with many British millennials, my introduction to William, at age 7, came via the “Just William” audiobook, which my mother had chanced upon at a secondhand sale. My family was immediately hooked by the gleefully eventful, frenetic stories, frequently convulsing with laughter. “Just William” soundtracked our every car journey, and I’d often fall asleep with it churning away on my Walkman, dreaming of joining William’s gang, the Outlaws.


There is an estimated multibillion-dollar market in Japan for life-size food models. The craftsmanship can be extraordinary.
A perfect replica requires imperfection. Take a grilled fish: Uniform all over, flawless in color and texture, it tells you nothing. But let’s say its silvery skin is marked with bubbles of assorted sizes, delicate crinkles and slightly uneven washes of carbonization. Let’s say the fish’s eyes are clouded over from the heat. And its markings, when you look closer, suggest it was flipped over the charcoal, showing you, under the gloss of its own rendered fat, a hot spot, where the heat on this nonexistent grill was more intense. Then, yes, maybe you want to buy that fish. Well, not that fish, which is made of plastic, but the fish it represents — the fish on the menu inside this particular restaurant.


Life Lessons from Natasha Lyonne
Welcome to Life Lessons. This week, we’re revisiting our July 1999 cover story with Natasha Lyonne, the chaotic redhead with the raspy smoker’s voice who has been gracing our screens since her 1986 appearance at seven-years-old in the Nora Ephron dramedy Heartburn with Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. Over the following decades, Lyonne has displayed a gift for turning camp flicks into cult classics, and indie projects into timeless touchstones. At the time of her Interview cover shoot, Lyonne was fresh off her first major role in American Pie, and was preparing for her turn in the queer camp classic But I’m A Cheerleader. Below, a then-20-year-old Lyonne talks with the writer Graham Fuller about her burgeoning sexuality, life as a child star, and the secret to a long career.





[Photo Credit: narosmykonos.com]

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