T LOunge for May 12th, 2022

Posted on May 12, 2022

Inka Bar and Restaurant – Canberra, Australia


We’re feeling dark and moody today, how about you? Find yourself a dark corner and start whispering secrets or muttering into your drink. We won’t judge!



Milla Jovovich Talks Her Epic The Fifth Element Costume
In 1997, the science-fiction film The Fifth Element by Luc Besson was released—and the character Leeloo, played by 19-year-old Milla Jovovich, was born. The flame-tressed humanoid is tasked with saving the planet and has quite the wardrobe—all designed by Jean Paul Gaultier—to go along with it. The most famous piece by far is a barely there white bandage bodysuit, which has inspired Halloween costumes for decades.


On TV, South Asian Women Are Choosing Their Own Happiness
Why it matters that a generation of South Asian women, who are working to break cycles and challenge expectations, are seeing our experiences reflected in shows like Bridgerton, Love Is Blind, and And Just Like That…

For me, a South Asian viewer—and, I imagine, so many other South Asian women watching as well—there’s an unspoken significance to the interaction, so apparent it’s like a third character in the room. It feels like, in that scene, two South Asian women (even in Regency-era England) are finally beginning to confront all the barriers that exist between them and their abilities to choose themselves: The cultural pressures, the passive stereotypes, and all the ways they internalized both. Because thanks to those factors, South Asian women don’t always have the luxury of redefining or pursuing their own paths to happiness…at least not without struggling under the tremendous weight of expectations placed on us.


Christie’s to Hold Record-Breaking Surrealist Sale Featuring Artist-Made Jewelry
It includes works by Man Ray and Noma Copley.

In yet another instance of surrealism’s comeback in both art and fashion, Christie’s is holding a sale of surrealist works from the collection of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs.
The collection is made up of artist-made fine jewelry by greats such as Man Ray, Claude Lalanne, and Noma Copley from the 1960s and ’70s, as well as paintings, posters, and photographs of the era.
Christie’s has already broken records this week, as last night it sold Andy Warhol’s silk-screen portrait of Marilyn Monroe for $195 million (the most ever for a work by an American artist), but it is set to break more, as the Jacobs’s collection is estimated to bring in more than $20 million at auction, with Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres alone estimated to sell for $5 million to $7 million—the most ever for a single photograph at auction.


Manhunt, a Show About the Hunt for Lincoln’s Assassin John Wilkes Booth, Is Coming to Apple TV+
The limited series about the immediate aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 is part historical fiction, part conspiracy thriller.

Tobias Menzies, best known for playing Prince Philip in the last two seasons of The Crown and for portraying both Blackjack and Frank Randall in early seasons of Outlander, will star as Lincoln’s war secretary Edwin Stanton. Stanton, a friend of Lincoln’s, organized the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth.
The main cast is rounded out by Irish actor Anthony Boyle, who will portray Booth; Hamish Linklater and Lili Taylor as President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, respectively; Lovie Simone, who will play Mary Simms, a former slave who treats Booth’s broken leg and gives him safe harbor; and Matt Walsh as Dr. Samuel Mudd, a slaveowner.


A Forthcoming Sale at Christie’s Highlights the Impeccable Taste of Anne Bass
For decades, Anne Hendricks Bass reigned as a mysterious and formidable figure at the very height of American society. Through her marriage to (and divorce from) oil heir Sid Bass, she became one of the wealthiest women in the world, using her fortune to support and transform the many charitable and cultural institutions she admired. Her greatest love was ballet.
On May 12, Christie’s New York will auction 12 of the works that hung in her Manhattan apartment, a sale expected to fetch more than a quarter of a billion dollars. Beyond its value, the collection—a formally diverse but thematically cohesive selection of works by Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Mark Rothko, and other giants—provides insight into one woman’s dogged pursuit of excellence.


Organize Your Fridge Like an Entertaining Expert with These Stylish Tools
EyeSwoon’s Athena Calderone shares her favorite space-saving kitchen products.

Athena Calderone has been nicknamed “the modern girl’s Martha Stewart” and for good reason. She’s an author, interior designer, culinary storyteller, and entertaining expert who’s amassed an 11 million-strong community through social media and her popular lifestyle blog, EyeSwoon. But just like us, Calderone gets the spring cleaning itch, too.
She recently highlighted smart tips for cleaning the refrigerator in her famous swoon-worthy style, and confessed that a lot of creative chaos hides behind her fridge doors.


Patti LuPone Shuts Down Anti-Mask Audience Member: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
Broadway legend Patti LuPone is famous for her long history of calling out theatergoers who fail to follow proper theater etiquette, and that continued Tuesday when she exchanged harsh words with an anti-mask attendee during a production of “Company” on Broadway.
The interaction occurred after the show, when LuPone — who stars in the musical as Joanne — appeared with the rest of her cast in a post-show Q&A hosted and filmed by the American Theater Wing. During the Q&A, LuPone called out a patron who wasn’t wearing a mask properly. Currently, the Broadway League’s COVID safety protocols requires all audience members to wear a mask inside theaters through at least May 31.


Selma Blair’s Stunning New Memoir Reveals Decades of Alcoholism—and First Getting Drunk at Age 7
In her memoir Mean Baby, and on this week’s PEOPLE cover, the actress details the alcohol struggles that began in childhood: ‘The first time I got drunk it was a revelation’

“I don’t know if I would’ve survived childhood without alcoholism,” Blair, 49, tells PEOPLE in the latest issue. “That’s why it’s such a problem for a lot of people. It really is a huge comfort, a huge relief in the beginning. Maybe even the first few years for me because I did start really young with that as a comfort, as my coping mechanism.”
Sober since 2016, Blair hopes that sharing her journey and the more shocking events from her past will help those living with similar burdens.
“It’s a lot, she says. “I wrote the book for my son . . . and for people trying to find the deepest hole to crawl into until the pain passes.”


The 11 Releases Set To Rule The 2022 Cannes Film Festival
The influence of the Cannes Film Festival shouldn’t be underestimated. In 2019, a Palme d’Or win propelled Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite to a Best Picture Oscar, while last year – after 2020’s edition was cancelled due to the pandemic – the impressive line-up included critical darling The Worst Person In The World and the recipient of the Best International Film Oscar, Drive My Car. So, what’s set to dazzle the Croisette this time around? Ahead of opening night on 17 May, we shortlist the 11 buzziest releases to look out for.


An Italian Designer Spent 13 Years Restoring This Traditional Puglian Farmhouse
How shoe designer Francesco Russo remodelled a rustic masseria in Puglia.

Situated in the stiletto point of the heel of Italy’s boot, the masseria was in a poor state of repair. The 15th-century tower was intact, but needed to be reinforced; the rest of the building had collapsed. But Russo could immediately picture the finished layout. “Very simple, quite brutalist, almost monastic,” he recalls. “Sharp edges, no decoration.” It was a stark contrast to his home in Paris, a bourgeois 18th-century apartment in the 2nd arrondissement, and his Swiss bolthole, between which he travels in service of his eponymous luxury shoe label. Nevertheless, the austerity appealed. “Some places talk to you. I immediately thought of the work of Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Pierre Jeanneret, all those designers conceiving architecture in a minimal way,” he says.


Sipping Martha-ritas With Martha Stewart at Her Insta-Famous Farm
After an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Manhattan, I arrived to the estate that Stewart has christened Cantitote Corners without any idea what to expect. I had yet to firm up an interview time, and it soon became clear why the Baccarat publicist was so lax: True to her advice for hosts to feel as comfortable as their guests, Martha—as it feels much more fitting to call her from here on out—was keeping things casual. She was so low-profile, it took me a few minutes to realize that she was already there mingling, pomegranate Martha-rita in hand. Her dogs—the aforementioned chow chows named Empress Han and Empress Qin, as well as two French bulldogs named Bete Noire and Creme Brule—were milling about just as freely, blithely unaware of their celebrity status as guest after guest tried to keep them still for photos.


Chloë Sevigny Discusses Acting Like Natasha Lyonne… Acting Like Chloë Sevigny
With a surreal turn in season two of ‘Russian Doll’ and a role in Hulu’s sobering ‘The Girl from Plainville,’ the actress is hard to miss at the moment. And there’d be even more to go around if a TV exec hadn’t recently told her there’s “too much female content.”

Chloë Sevigny is making the rounds for two very different projects. The actress recently reprised her turn on Russian Doll (with an interesting twist) during its second season, to largely comedic results. That happened to drop in the midst of her run on miniseries The Girl From Plainville, in which she plays Lynn Roy — the Massachusetts woman whose son, Conrad Roy, took his own life in the infamous “texting suicide case.”
Tonally, the two series couldn’t be more different. But Sevigny, who was first introduced to audiences almost 30 years ago in Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s Kids, knows how to handle heavy material.


How to properly store wine before and after it’s opened, according to industry professionals
From inexpensive bottles to highly-sought collectibles, wine is a living and breathing thing that can continue to develop in the bottle, which is why rules around storing wine can be exacting.
“Unless you’re opening the bottle very nearly after purchase, storage becomes a key part of the bottle’s story, its provenance,” says Walker Strangis, fine wine specialist and owner of Los Angeles-based Walker Wines.


Gloria Parker, Maestra of the Musical Glasses, Dies at 100
She played many instruments and appeared on radio and television, but she was best known for the skill that led to a role in Woody Allen’s“Broadway Danny Rose.”

Miss Parker, who died at 100 on April 13 on Long Island, didn’t just cajole music out of glasses. A multi-instrumentalist, she also played the marimba, vibraphone, violin, maracas and tabor, a type of drum.
She led an all-female troupe when she was 14 and fronted the all-female Rumba Maids in the 1940s and the Afrikan Knights Orchestra in the 1960s.
In the 1940s, she starred in several Soundies, music shorts that were shown on coin-operated jukeboxes. In those films, she sang, played the glasses and marimba, and shared the stage with co-stars like Mel Blanc, the virtuoso voice actor, and Lincoln Perry, better known as Stepin Fetchit.


Trends are dead
Everything and anything can be a trend on the internet. Why are we so determined to name them?

Trend brain, as I call it, encourages us to simplify everything online into something either buyable, understandable, or moral (and therefore worthy of consumption). We may tire of trend talk, but there is a devout certainty to the speed at which they’re cycled through. There are more choices than ever today, but seemingly less authority as to what constitutes a trend’s lasting legitimacy. Consumers are left to grasp at these dwindling markers of cool: fleeting fads to help us understand capital-C culture and ultimately, what’s on the horizon. How did we get here? And perhaps more importantly, will the trend churn ever stop?


Some of Her Majesty’s most treasured and recognised jewellery to go on display for Jubilee
The pieces will include her Diamond Diadem, which she wore for her Accession portraits taken during her first few weeks as Queen

Her Majesty the Queen has one of the most impressive jewellery collections in the world, with countless inherited and gifted tiaras, necklaces, brooches and rings, each with a fascinating story to tell. There are pieces that were left to her by her jewellery-obsessed grandmother, Queen Mary, and others given to her on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Philip, or while visiting a foreign land.


Everything you need to know about new Diana documentary, The Princess
The film will be made up of entirely archival footage

There has been a flurry of cinematic releases concerning the late Diana, Princess of Wales, in recent months, with the arrival of 2021’s Spencer, which saw Kristen Stewart nominated for an Oscar, season four of Netflix’s The Crown plus Diana: The musical, which is now available to watch on the streaming platform, after original debuting on broadway. It appears that audiences can’t get enough of creative reimaginings and explorations into the royal’s short, but incredibly rich life.
The latest addition to the archive of content is new HBO documentary The Princess, which opened the virtual Sundance Film Festival last week and ‘aims to explore our complicity in Diana’s tragic death’. From the BAFTA award-winning producers of Man on the Wire, Sugarman and LA 92, comes a 104-minute film using solely archival footage.


16 Fairy-tale Castles in Wales to Inspire Your Next Trip
These Welsh castles were built for royalty, and now you can visit them for a fairy-tale vacation.

Sometimes called the “Land of Castles” and “Castle Capital of the World,” Wales once had about 600 castles. Many of these Welsh castles are now in ruins, while others are open for tours or even overnight stays. Since the castles were usually built on cliffs and hillsides, those who climb their often steep stairways are rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Most of the castles have been destroyed and rebuilt several times through the embattled history of the country, an enchanting destination often overlooked by travelers to Great Britain.





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