T LOunge for April 6th, 2022

Posted on April 06, 2022

Brogans Bar and Restaurant – Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland


Oooh, let’s spend today in a cozy, woody lounge, sipping brown things and talking about literature. Or let’s just find something leather-covered, plant our asses, order something fruity, and start gossiping. It’s all good. It’s also WEDNESDAY, which means your procrastination is not just expected, it’s required.


One Very Special Person: How Beanie Feldstein Found Her Way to Fanny Brice
It never occurred to three-year-old Beanie Feldstein, when she requested a Funny Girl–themed birthday, that the party store near her family’s Los Angeles home wouldn’t have a Barbra Streisand section. “Other people had Elmo or Little Mermaid balloons. I thought my mom could just go to Party City and buy Barbra Streisand balloons,” the now 28-year-old actor says. Feldstein’s mother, Sharon, did her best with the assignment, sending out invitations declaring, “Our Funny Girl is turning 3” and fashioning a pint-size version of the leopard-print coat and pillbox hat Streisand famously wears as Fanny Brice, the groundbreaking early-20th-century comedienne, immortalized first on stage and then in the 1968 film.
A quarter century after Feldstein’s birthday-turn as Brice, she will reprise the role, this time on Broadway, when Funny Girl officially opens in late April at the August Wilson Theatre. “The expression ‘lifelong dream’—that statement feels very applicable to me,” says Feldstein. “It still does not feel tangible or real.”


Selena Gomez Wants to Make ‘Mental Fitness’ as Normal as Working Out
We talked to the actress about the launch of Wondermind, her new platform designed to destigmatize and democratize mental health.

Between shooting the second season of Only Murders in the Building and running her successful makeup line, Rare Beauty, Selena Gomez has been working on the project she’s most ambitious for: changing the mental health narrative and creating more education around it. After teasing the multimedia mental health platform late last year, Wondermind officially launched today with its first email newsletter.
Wondermind’s co-founders and co-CEOs are Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey, the executive producer of 13 Reasons Why, and Newsette co-founder Daniella Pierson. Although they span three generations — Gen Z, millennial, and Gen X — they bonded over their shared passion for mental health, Pierson says.


Who is the Literary ‘Privilege Disclaimer’ For?
Earlier this week, I sat down at a coffee shop with a recently released, newly purchased book. I’m a chronic re-reader, and when I do read new fiction, it’s usually a galley for review purposes, but this one was unfamiliar to me. I’d plucked it off the shelf at my local bookstore because I’d been drawn in by the title, but barely a chapter in, I found myself exhausted. Not by the content of the book itself, which was more or less what the cover and blurbs had promised, but by the self-described “white, cis, thin, middle-class” (et cetera, et cetera) author’s constant deployment of what I’ve come to think of as “privilege disclaimers.”
If you’re wondering what the hell a privilege disclaimer is, don’t worry: It’s more commonly used as a legal term denoting potentially protected information, but it’s the phrase I’ve chosen to describe a literary assertion of systemic good fortune that necessarily colors the author’s perspective or sets them apart from others who might share at least one aspect their experience.


Taraji P. Henson Wants Your Self-Care Routine to Go From Your Scalp Down to Your Toes
The actress walks us through her new Body by TPH body care line.

Taraji P. Henson isn’t one to gatekeep beauty secrets. Inspired by her own DIY scalp remedies, the award-winning actress launched her haircare brand, TPH by Taraji, in 2020 to provide efficacious, affordable products that emphasize the importance of scalp care, especially for those who wear protective styles like braids, wigs, and weaves.
Now Henson is aiming to turn your entire shower routine into a moment of self-care with Body by TPH, a collection of nourishing body care products with luxurious scents and textures that can be used solo or layered like you would in your facial skincare routine.


From Halsey to Dolly Parton, 10 Celebrities Who Have Opened Up About Living With Endometriosis
“Fragile, but excited,” is how Halsey described her mood for the 2022 Grammys. “The last time I attended the Grammys was 2017 and it was 3 days after I had my first Endometriosis surgery,” she explained on Instagram alongside a selfie of her wearing a medical hair net and gown. “I walked the carpet with my stitches still in. As luck would have it, I’m attending [the Grammys] for the first time in years and I had surgery again (you guessed it) 3 days ago.”
Halsey’s choice to disclose her situation publicly no doubt brought solace to her fellow endometriosis sufferers. As we’ve come to find, when celebrities open up about their health, it helps not only bring awareness to vital issues, but serves as an important reminder that they are more common than you might think.


Cracker Jack Debuts New ‘Cracker Jill’ Packaging to Celebrate Women in Sports
The updated snacks will be available at ballparks nationwide this season.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a season ticket holder for your local Minor League team, or you’ve never gotten closer to a baseball game than driving past a stadium, you know the words to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Yes, that’s the one about buying peanuts and Cracker Jack, rooting for the home team, and not caring if you ever get back.
But after 125 years of combining baseball with its caramel-coated popcorn, Cracker Jack has decided to throw its own kind of change-up. On Tuesday, the Plano, Texas-based company announced the introduction of Cracker Jill, a series of five special-edition bags that depict five different women and “celebrate the women who break down barriers in sports.” In addition to debuting its new Cracker Jill bags at pro ballparks throughout the U.S., Cracker Jack has also pledged to donate $200,000 to the Women’s Sports Foundation.


A Slice of Pizza Now Costs More than a Subway Ride in NYC
The pizza prices and transit fares in the city have usually correlated, according to data going back over 40 years.

In the summer of 1980, a New York patent attorney named Eric Bram said that he knew that subway fares were about to increase — and it was all because the cost of a slice of pizza had gone up too. “Since the early 60’s, the price of a slice of pizza has matched, with uncanny precision, the cost of a New York subway ride,” he told the New York Times. “Right now, it is impossible for any discerning New Yorker to find a decent slice of pizza for less than 60 cents. The 50-cent fare was doomed.”
Ignore, for a second, your shock that you could jump on the subway and grab a slice for just over a buck, and keep reading. According to Bloomberg, for the first time since Bram suggested that “pizza principle,” a plain slice is now more expensive than a single subway ride.


These are the most popular Bridgerton-inspired baby names
Picking the perfect name for your newborn is no easy feat, and if you’re expecting then you’ve no doubt been trawling the internet for the right moniker – whether it’s a royal inspired baby name, a name fitting for a Spring baby or you want to take something from one of your favourite films or TV shows.
And if you’ve been watching the new season of Bridgerton, you might be interested in a more traditional moniker.


Alicia Vikander on motherhood, movies and going meta
The Oscar-winning Swedish actress Alicia Vikander tells Sasha Slater about her unconventional upbringing and playing the ultimate femme fatale

At 33, Vikander already has an Oscar win under her belt (for The Danish Girl). In the course of her stellar career, she has stepped into Angelina Jolie’s combat boots as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and has played an android in Ex Machina, the feminist writer Vera Brittain and the political activist Gloria Steinem. Along the way, she fell in love with her now-husband, the Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender; they have been married for five years and have just set up home together in Lisbon.


‘Ale Taster’ Is Once Again an Official Job in This 750-Year-Old Town
The “ale taster” title was one of four original positions created by the town charter in 1272.

Brits take their beer very seriously. To this day, serving the drink below its advertised size is against the law: a pint must be a pint. Back in 1272, some of the rules were even stricter, and in honor of its 750th anniversary, one Cheshire town is temporarily reinstating one of its original government positions: the town ale taster.


An exhibition exploring the history of Tiffany & Co is coming to London
Featuring the famed 128-carat Tiffany diamond worn by Audrey Hepburn and Lady Gaga

An exhibition exploring the history of Tiffany & Co is opening in London this summer, celebrating 150 years since the jeweller first came to the capital.
Taking place at the Saatchi Gallery, the Vision & Virtuosity exhibit will house more than 400 objects from the jeweller’s vast archives, taking visitors on a journey starting from its founding in 1837 in New York.
Visitors will be able to admire everything from archival high jewellery designs to recreations of Tiffany’s famed window displays. The original script from Breakfast at Tiffany’s – the 1961 film adaptation based on Truman Capote’s classic novella, starring Audrey Hepburn – will also be on show.


Magic Johnson’s Next Shot: The NBA Legend on Changing Lakers History, HIV Activism and His Revealing Apple Docuseries
One of the most influential players in the history of professional basketball is ready to walk — make that dribble — down memory lane. On a recent afternoon in Los Angeles, Magic Johnson, sometimes on the verge of tears, reminisces about his last conversation with his mentor, L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss, in a hospital room hours before his 2013 death. He recalls telling the world that he was HIV positive at a press conference in 1991, and stepping away from his towering career as a Laker. And he talks about building his company, Magic Johnson Enterprises, which is estimated to be worth $1 billion. He holds in his palm an empire of businesses that includes part-ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers and an infrastructure firm that’s renovating LaGuardia Airport.


Bobby Rydell, 1960s Pop Idol and Star of ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Dies at 79
Bobby Rydell, the epitome of the early ’60s “teen idol,” who parlayed that fame into a starring role opposite Ann-Margret in the 1963 film “Bye Bye Birdie,” died today at age 79. The cause of death was pneumonia.
His death just days away from his 80th birthday was confirmed by radio legend Jerry Blavat, Rydell’s longtime friend from the singer’s South Philadelphia stomping grounds. “Out of all the kids” from that era, Blavat said, “he had the best pipes and was the greatest entertainer. He told the best stories, did the best impersonations and was the nicest guy.”


Alexander Skarsgård: Being on Stupid ‘Sexy Hunky Hot List’ Prevented Me From Getting Roles
For Alexander Skarsgård, being one of the sexiest actors in Hollywood hasn’t always been a blessing. The Emmy winner recently told The Sunday Times that all the focus on his physical appearance during the early parts of his careers had a negative impact on the choices of roles he was being offered.
“I don’t really know if that was the reason I wasn’t getting roles,” Skarsgård said. “Starting out in Sweden, there was stuff about being tall and blond. But most people here are tall and blond. Still, after my first job, I was on a stupid ‘sexy hunky hot list’ and then people didn’t take me seriously.”


Amanda Seyfried Wants to Play Elizabeth Holmes in The Dropout Season Two
“Because when am I going to get the opportunity to play somebody that I felt like I could really nail?” Seyfried tells Vanity Fair of potentially reprising her role as the Silicon Valley scammer.

Hulu’s The Dropout, an eight-episode exploration of Holmes from series creator Elizabeth Meriwether, concludes this week with a ripped-from-the-headlines finale. When asked about the potential for a second season (which has not been announced, to be clear), Seyfried makes no promises, but tells V.F. she’d love to not be finished with her character. “Because when am I going to get the opportunity to play somebody that I felt like I could really nail?” the star says, adding, “It would be another thrill of my life if I got to continue it a little bit.”


Sienna Miller Belongs To Nobody Else
As Sienna Miller stars in Netflix’s new drama Anatomy of a Scandal, Terri White discovers how she survived the toxic 2000s, took control and found freedom at 40

Netflix’s adaptation of Sarah Vaughan’s hit novel Anatomy of a Scandal. Miller plays Sophie Whitehouse, the wife of an MP, whose world is upended after her husband James (Rupert Friend) is accused of rape by a colleague with whom he’d had an affair. The six-part series couldn’t be timelier; it deals not just with consent, but the toxic privilege of so many in politics.
But more than that, it’s a (painfully) perfect vehicle for Miller, who has also seen her private life become overwhelmingly public. She says the most interesting thing about her character is that, ‘it was familiar terrain, because I’ve experienced some of the things that she experienced.


Next Big Thing: ‘Pachinko’ Star Minha Kim on Bringing History to Life
The relative newcomer drew on her grandmother’s memories to play a Korean woman living under Japanese imperialism in Apple TV+’s epic new series.

Seoul-born actress Minha Kim auditioned over a period of nearly four months with a number of scenes that span Sunja’s evolution from an innocent teen in a 1930s Korean fishing village to, by the end of season one, a mother of two learning to provide for her family as a migrant in pre-World War II Japan. “She didn’t have any [industry] connections. She got that role because she was undeniable,” says director Kogonada of Kim, who studied acting in college and had just a handful of credits — mostly in indie films and web dramas, plus a small role in the Korean television series School 2017 — under her belt before her Hollywood big break.


40 Easy Easter Treats That Any Bunny Can Make at Home
Festive cookies, cupcakes, snacks and more sweet Easter recipes.

Peeps, Cadbury eggs, jelly beans — there’s no doubt that Easter is one of the sweetest holidays of the year. From Easter baskets filled to the brim with chocolate bunnies to bountiful spreads of delicious Easter desserts, it’s time to go big or go home when it comes to your sweet tooth. If you want to make your holiday even richer, consider this round-up of the best Easter treats your handy cheat sheet.
Even if you’re not up for baking an elaborate Easter cake or pie, these easy recipes are kid-friendly and loaded with all of the holiday’s best ingredients. Plus, the inspiration goes beyond just desserts — you’ll also find options that could work for Easter brunch (hello, muffins!) so that you can kick off the day right. Ahead, you’ll find all the chick, egg and bunny-themed recipes you could ever want, including fun ideas for decorating Easter cupcakes, baking pastel-colored Easter cookies and Easter basket ideas for homemade fun. After bookmarking your favorite recipes, don’t forget to take a peek at our favorite Easter dinner ideas before heading to the grocery store!
These adorable treats are not just sweet to eat, but also a joy to prepare with your loved ones. So with the holiday just around the corner, make this Easter the best yet with any (or all) of these delectable desserts that every family member won’t be able to get enough of!


20 Best Small Towns in Australia — From the Coast to the Countryside
Come for the beautiful views, stay for the relaxed vibes.

From cool coastal getaways to countryside retreats, many of Australia’s small towns punch above their weight when it comes to tourist attractions, while also offering an opportunity to escape the city crowds and engage with local culture at a more relaxed pace.
Home to less than 15,000 locals apiece, here are 20 small towns in Australia to add to your itinerary.





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