T LOunge for May 20th, 2022

Posted on May 20, 2022

La Vigie Lounge and Restaurant – Monte Carlo, Monaco


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix Show Is Reportedly an “At-Home” Docuseries
Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but with royal titles.
Ever since news broke of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s partnership with streaming giant Netflix, royal fans have been wondering exactly what shows the Sussexes would be producing. First, there was Meghan’s animated series, Pearl. That got canceled before it even got off the ground, but Page Six notes that viewers can expect an “at-home with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex-style” show as one of the offerings.
“The timing is still being discussed,” a producer said. “Things are up in the air.”
The streamer wanted to time the show to come out with the release of Harry’s highly anticipated memoir, but the Sussexes reportedly want the show to bow in 2023.


Zazie Beetz Knows What You Think of This Season of Atlanta
The actress on not being bothered by online discourse, exploring Van’s character journey, and saying goodbye to the show that changed her life.

Just when fans were gearing up to relish the return of FX’s Atlanta, it was also time to prepare to say goodbye. Shortly before the premiere of the long-awaited third season (delayed due to a combination of the cast’s increasingly busy career schedules and the COVID-19 pandemic), it was announced that next season, its fourth, will be its last.
Knowing that makes watching Atlanta’s third season all the more intriguing. This time around, show creator Donald Glover shows less of the eccentric foursome that is Earn (Glover); Alfred, a.k.a. Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry); Darius (LaKeith Stanfield); and, of course, the show’s leading woman, Van (Zazie Beetz), and intertwines vignettes about America’s relationship with racism. Half of this season’s episodes don’t even feature the main cast, and instead opt for 30-minute segments detailing cultural nuances such as young Black adoptees in white families, biraciality and white adjacence, and the overlooked domestic sacrifice of nannies. It’s a creative decision that has left fans divided—with some praising Glover’s approach, and others uninterested in the time spent away from the core group


Queen Elizabeth’s Life in Pictures
A look back at an extraordinary royal existence.

As we celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s historic 70th year on the throne, it’s the perfect time to look back at her extraordinary life in the spotlight. Over the years, she’s become known for her colorful wardrobe, her pet corgis, and her profound sense of duty, standing as a symbol of both British tradition and modern ideals. Keep scrolling for some of the most iconic images of the monarch.


Bedazzled French Manicures Are Going to Be Everywhere This Summer
Bring on the crystals!

If you’ve been noticing more and more people wearing French manicures, it’s simply because they’ve made a major comeback. And while some are donning it in its classic form, most people are taking the creative liberties with it.
Rainbow arches are in, angular white tips are in, and even ombré French manis are in. And recently, we’ve noticed people adding a little extra jazz to their nails by throwing in sparkle and shine. Rhinestones, glitter, and even dangly jewels are showing up on French manicures — it’s a total disco fever dream.


For Meredith Garretson, Channeling Ali MacGraw’s Incomparable Style in The Offer Was Second Nature
“What I love about her is that she always stands out. She took some really interesting fashion risks.”

In the 1970s, Ali MacGraw was the ultimate preppy It Girl. After a star turn in Love Story launched her into the stratosphere — the 1970 film earned her a Golden Globe nomination and an Academy Award win — she landed firmly on Hollywood’s A-list. But before that unforgettable role, she was already an icon in the fashion world. Thanks to her industry connections (she’d held a post at Harper’s Bazaar and appeared on the pages of Vogue), she’d already become a bonafide Halstonette and designer favorite. That pedigree, combined with the East Coast prep staples that she wore in Love Story, made for a sartorial supernova, where everyone wanted a bit of that MacGraw magic.
Today, Meredith Garretson plays MacGraw in The Offer, a behind-the-scenes look at what happened around the production of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (streaming now on Paramount+).


The 30 Best Black TV Shows Ever
Clear your schedule. You have some binge-watching to do.

In 2020, Netflix announced the only thing that could possibly save the year from hell: They would bring Black sitcoms from the ’90s and the early aughts to the streaming platform. Now, thankfully, Sister, Sister, along with Moesha, The Game, Girlfriends, The Parkers, Half & Half, and One on One grace us with their presence on the small screen. Gone are the days of watching old episodes of our favorite shows—especially the TV shows that deserve a reboot and never got them—through low-quality YouTube videos as we attempt to take back any piece of childhood we can grab.
But as much as I wish this weren’t true: The bliss caused by Netflix is only temporary. Many of us have a binge-watching problem and can go through seasons of the best TV shows like it’s nothing. So we created this list to narrow things down for you (and us), so that the next time you stare at your TV screen in a panic, unsure what to watch, you can turn to this handy-dandy list. If you’re looking for a top-notch Black TV show, you’ve come to the right place.


A Conversation With Conversations With Friends Star Jemima Kirke
Jemima Kirke may forever be known for her star-making turn as the extremely boho Jessa on Girls, but in Hulu’s new adaptation of Sally Rooney’s first novel, Conversations with Friends, Kirke has evolved past the role of the young woman finding herself. That domain is left to Frances (Alison Oliver, in the breakout, Paul Mescal-esque role) and her magnanimous best friend/ex-girlfriend Bobbi (Sasha Lane). Instead, Kirke steps capably into the role of Melissa, an accomplished writer and the self-possessed wife of Nick (Joe Alwyn), an actor.


Why It’s Time to Believe Amber Heard
The details of both Depp and Heard’s testimonies are harrowing all by themselves—gruesome, violent, and containing deeply intimate anecdotes about their relationship. Broadly speaking, witness testimonies can be persuasive, and with two actors in the dock, we can never be sure of the absolute truth. Still, despite the fact that London’s High Court previously found allegations that Depp was a “wife beater” to be “substantially true,” the internet appears to have overwhelmingly picked Depp’s side. Last week #JusticeForJohnnyDepp was trending on Twitter; yesterday, it was #AmberTurd.


Happy Birthday, Grace Jones! 18 Times the Fearless Pop Icon Broke the Beauty Mold
Grace Jones, who turns 74 [yesterday], has always possessed an inimitable aesthetic vision. Meticulously crafted and ever-evolving in collaboration with French creator and ex-paramour Jean-Paul Goude, the singer’s Afrofuturist image is as integral to her character as her sultry contralto and subversive stage presence. And while her Cubist fashion, from her razor-sharp-shouldered suits to her architectural dresses worn with directional headpieces by Philip Treacy, has always been a vital part of the visual equation, her signature, shape-shifting close crop and fantastical makeup have made her a beauty icon for the ages.


The Food & Wine Guide to Making Ice Cream at Home
This summer, elevate your homemade ice cream with fresh flavors and smart tips from Fany Gerson.

From the very first time she churned out a pint of vanilla, watching as a batch of cream turned thick and silky in an ice cream maker, chef Fany Gerson was hooked. “Making ice cream is just as fun as eating it,” she says. Gerson loved making ice cream so much that in 2010, she opened La Newyorkina, an ice cream and paleta shop in New York City that drew on her expertise and passion for Mexican sweets and pastries, and later wrote a cookbook called Mexican Ice Cream with all of her tips and tricks.


Pub v. Publisher: A Local Bar in Vogue, England Was Asked to Change Its Name By the Owner of ‘Vogue’ Magazine
The Star Inn at Vogue’s proprietors took the ridiculous request in stride.

The website for the Star Inn at Vogue in Cornwall, England, reminds its patrons that “it’s best to book in advance” for its upcoming All You Can Eat American food dinner. It also low-key promotes its Friday night meat raffle and shares its space with a hair salon called Star Cutz. That’s all to say that it’s not the kind of place that expects to be at the center of an international legal battle, especially not one that involves an iconic fashion magazine.


Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer for ‘Chariots of Fire,’ Dies at 79
Vangelis, the electronic-music pioneer who won an Oscar for “Chariots of Fire” and composed such other landmark film scores as “Blade Runner,” died Tuesday, the Athens News Agency reported. He was 79. Greek media reports say he died in a French hospital while being treated for COVID-19.
The self-taught musician enjoyed a long career in European pop music before the magical textures and colors of his 1970s solo albums brought him to the attention of film and TV producers. The use of a track from his 1975 album “Heaven and Hell” as the theme for Carl Sagan’s 1980 PBS series “Cosmos” brought his name and music into prominence in America.
But it was his music for the 1981 film “Chariots of Fire” that brought him worldwide fame. Producer David Puttnam made the unorthodox choice for his period sports drama after hearing Vangelis’s music for the French nature documentary “Opera Sauvage” and the studio album “China.”


At 74, Grace Jones Is Still The Most Fabulous Beauty Icon We Have
It’s hard not to feel delighted while perusing photographs of Grace Jones, who turns 74 today. Born in Jamaica, she quickly rose to prominence in the ’70s as a singer, model and actress, working with everyone from Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin to Yves Saint Laurent – and famously frequenting Studio 54. With a powerful, disco-led aesthetic – from those wonderfully striking Philip Treacy headpieces to her lurex, sharp-shouldered suits and all manner of shine – she also pioneered a beauty look as fantastical, directional and uniquely her as her ensembles. She is, to put it simply, the epitome of fabulous.


Everything Everywhere All At Once Will Give You Hope For The Future Of The Film Industry
Everything Everywhere All At Once is absolutely batshit. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – the eccentric duo who helmed the bizarre 2016 black comedy Swiss Army Man and are known collectively as “the Daniels” – it’s a rip-roaring action movie unlike any you’ve ever seen before.
Its heart and soul is Michelle Yeoh, the formidable 59-year-old Malaysian actor who, across her more than three-decade-long career, has kicked ass and delivered quips as a Bond girl in Tomorrow Never Dies, donned embroidered robes for sword fights in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and radiated haughty elegance in Crazy Rich Asians. Her latest role, however, allows her to do all of those things and so much more – literally. In this mind-melting sci-fi epic, she is Evelyn Wang, a beleaguered Chinese-born, California-based laundromat owner who falls down a rabbit hole into an expansive and bewildering multiverse.


The Online Spaces That Enable Mass Shooters
The eighteen-year-old who committed a racist killing spree in Buffalo last weekend spent many months developing his plans on the Internet.

As others have pointed out in recent days, “lone wolf” is something of a misnomer for right-wing terrorists whose ideas and methods are being explicitly nurtured through online communities. Such extremists don’t become radicalized solely by perusing the automated algorithmic feeds that the rest of us see on Facebook or YouTube. They seek out forums for those who have similar views, follow charismatic voices, and egg one another on. A mass shooter who finds inspiration in Christchurch or encouragement in chat rooms isn’t a solo operator or a spontaneous “copycat” so much as a digital comrade-in-arms.


A Lizzo Documentary Headed To HBO Max This Fall
“It takes ten years to become an ‘overnight success,'” the ‘Special’ singer shared in a statement.

It’s about damn time! Lizzo’s official documentary, which follows the three-time Grammy-Award-winning singer-songwriter, flutist, and actress who shifted the pop world in recent years is headed to HBO Max this fall.
As announced at the 2022 Warner Bros. Discovery Upfront held on Wednesday (May 18), the currently untitled documentary will not only follow her humble beginnings and rise to stardom but will also highlight the challenges she’s faced while balancing her career and personal life.


Why must we pay to have a slightly less miserable time at the airport?
TSA PreCheck, Clear, and how the airport splits travelers into haves and have-nots.

As a general rule, the airport is not fun. And this summer, as people prepare to get back out there and airline travel nears pre-pandemic levels, it could be even more of a mess. You can make the ordeal a little less miserable and a little bit quicker if you’re willing to pay for it. Even then, you might not be successful.
Of all the tasks one undertakes during air travel, navigating the security line is among the worst. It is a simultaneously mundane and stressful undertaking; The waiting is deeply boring, and the thought something might go awry and you’ll miss your flight is deeply annoying. Luckily! You have options to try to cut down on time, jump to the front of the line, or go to a different line altogether. Unluckily! Those options are going to cost you.


One Good Thing: Watching the cherry blossoms in the end times
The Japanese tradition of hanami is the highlight of every spring.

You could say that the cherry blossom is the national symbol of Japan, and while you would be trespassing into cliché, you wouldn’t be wrong, exactly. Saga was the first Japanese emperor to organize a hanami gathering early in the 9th century AD, and the “Tale of Genji,” perhaps the world’s first novel, includes scenes of aristocrats celebrating hanami. In 1594, the great Shogun Hideyoshi Toyotomi held a five-day hanami party for 5,000 attendees in Yoshino, part of a tradition that would continue, spring after spring, to the current day.


Five-tier cake extravaganza from the wedding of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter is recreated
To celebrate its 175th anniversary, and to honour their founder’s original design, the Searcys’ bakers are set to reinvent the famous cake, with some modern twists and renovations. The recipe will be comprised of five tiers of Dundee fruit cake, with extensive sugar work of flowers and fruit (based on the same decoration from the 1896 masterpiece) and adorned with white and gold lattice work.
In a bid to share the invention with their customers; the company is offering couples wishing to replicate the royal extravagance, the opportunity to have the grand cake at their own wedding.


How to Pair Food and Wine
It’s an adventure, not a chore, and with few exceptions, it’s hard to go wrong. Even worst-case scenarios are great learning opportunities.

Pairing food and wine is one of the great culinary pleasures, whether you are opening a bottle for a romantic dinner by candlelight or having a glass with a bag of potato chips. But it can also be one of the most mystifying and intimidating elements of planning a meal.
What ought to be a joy often produces a feeling of dread and the fear of making mistakes. That anxiety can set in for both occasional wine drinkers and regular consumers.
To allay the fears of an embarrassing failure, many people will look for recommendations or turn to books about the art of pairing food and wine.


‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at 40: The Plant That Conquered the World
Members of the cast and creative team from the original production, as well as the current Off Broadway revival, look back on how the show came together and discuss its enduring influence.

On the 40th anniversary of the original Off Off Broadway production, which opened on May 20, 1982, at the WPA Theater, members of the original cast and creative team, as well as some from the current Off Broadway revival and family members of Ashman, who died in 1991 from AIDS, at 40, reflected on how it came together, its improbable success and why it still resonates. These are edited excerpts from the conversations.






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