T LOunge for June 13th, 2022

Posted on June 13, 2022

Giacomo Bistrot – Milano, Italy



There. That should do nicely for today, don’t you think? We won’t sugar-coat it for you, darlings. It is, in fact, MONDAY. Again. Sure, every day’s a gift or whatever, but some days feel more like a punishment. So embrace today in however you like, in whatever manner feels the most appropriate to you. The LOunge is here for you.


Kim Cattrall to Star as Makeup Mogul in Netflix Drama Series ‘Glamorous’
To many fans of “Sex and the City,” Kim Cattrall was the definition of glamorous. So perhaps it’s only fitting that her next TV project will be “Glamorous,” a Netflix series in which Cattrall will be starring as a makeup mogul.
“Glamorous,” which had originally been ordered as a pilot at The CW in 2019, tells the story of Marco Mejia (played by actor, singer and YouTuber Miss Benny), a gender non-conforming queer person who goes to work for Cattrall’s cosmetics queen Madolyn Addison. The job is Marco’s first chance to figure out what he wants out of life, and what it really means to be queer.
Netflix has picked up the show for a 10-episode order. The project will shoot in Toronto starting in July.


Laura Dern’s Jurassic Comeback
When Steven Spielberg first approached Laura Dern about starring in Jurassic Park, she was at a pivotal moment in her career. Best known at the time for her work with David Lynch on gonzo arthouse pictures like Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart, Dern chased her muse while her contemporaries were trying to join the Brat Pack. She was fresh off her first Oscar nomination for 1991’s Rambling Rose, in which she played a charming nymphomaniac, when Spielberg offered her the opportunity of a lifetime.
“He said, ‘I want you to come be the female lead in my movie and watch in awe as I try to bring dinosaurs to life,’” Dern recalls of their initial meeting. “No one had ever attempted what he was trying to do, and I just thought, Well, this sounds like a pioneering independent film… Hope it works!”


Squid Game Season 2 Is in the Works—Here’s What to Know
Netflix’s surprise hit K-drama follows a deadly battle royale for millions of dollars.

Squid Game Season 2 has officially gotten a green light.
After months of speculation, Netflix has finally announced the renewal of its most-viewed original show, nine months after the release of its mega-hit first season. In addition to a brief teaser featuring the iconic Red Light, Green Light doll Young-hee, the streaming giant released a statement, signed by creator Hwang Dong-hyunk and directed to the show’s fans.


How Celebrities Bring “Canceled” Brands Back from the Brink (And What They Get in Return)
There’s no bond stronger than the one between an embattled brand on image-cleanup and a celebrity who’s a magnet for the limelight.

Dolce & Gabbana has been the subject of significant controversies over the past decade, including a party in 2013 where both designers wore blackface, a public denouncement of gay parents being able to adopt, and a 2018 boycott from customers in China who were responding to a racist ad. There was even some Kardashian hate thrown in the mix: Stefano Gabbana once called the family “the most cheap people in the world.” Despite all of it, though, the Kardashians and their empire opted for a very visible, very Dolce and Gabbana-filled wedding weekend. Why? Well, actual looks aside, this partnership points to a larger force within the industry: the way luxury brands and celebrities exchange online attention for high-fashion clout.


The 33 Must-Read Books of Summer 2022
Buzzy novels, compulsively readable non-fiction, and a few deliciously guilty pleasures.

This season, you have no excuse for being without something good to read. Offerings include explosive novels, revealing memoirs, brilliant biographies, and everything in between. No matter what you like to read, there’s a title coming out this summer that’s sure to be just what you’re looking for.


The True Story Behind the Final Season of Peaky Blinders: Who Was the Real Diana Mitford?
Spoilers ahead for the latest episodes of the gritty period piece.

In the sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders, the Shelby Company Ltd. is expanding its off-books political venture, bringing notorious British fascists, Boston gangsters, and the Irish Republican Army to the same negotiating table. Real-life socialite and Bright Young Thing, Diana Mitford (Amber Anderson), is introduced as one of the conspirators who wants Great Britain to follow in the footsteps of 1930s Germany and Italy. In the new set of episodes, Diana has swapped the lavish fancy dress parties and aristocratic artistic pursuits that previously led to a tabloid feeding frenzy (and the Bright Young Things moniker) for something sinister.


Britney Spears marries Sam Asghari in custom Versace
The couple made things official in Los Angeles on Thursday

Britney Spears and her longtime love Sam Asghari have made things official, tying the knot in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, surrounded by their loved ones. The singer walked down the aisle in a custom Versace creation which was personally designed for her by Donatella Versace.
The Italian designer said that she had “a lot of fun” creating the gown for Spears, who has long been a supporter of the fashion house. She also created three more custom dresses for the bride, who wore them throughout the celebrations – including a tailored black mini that she wore for the evening reception.


Rod Stewart, Style Icon? Most Definitely
Stewart wasn’t afraid of gender-bending looks, including chiffon blouses and marabou trim tops. Midriff and torso bearing were part of his repertoire during the ’70s. Of Scottish ancestry, he made tartan a regular part of his repertoire, and scarves were a signature. Moving into the ’80s, Stewart’s use of makeup increased, while his pants shrunk to second-skin proportions until a reporter could write of someone’s “Rod Stewart-style of spray-on leopard skins and Lycra top, cowboy boots and leather pants.” Later in the decade, he turned to wide shouldered suits, sometimes in pink, a favorite hue. This singer’s style is anything but subtle, but it is unmistakably his, and that resonates in this age of individuality.


9 Rules for Eating and Drinking Like the French
Don’t even think about eating lunch at your desk.

After spending the better part of the last decade between New York and Paris, I finally took the plunge and applied for a French visa in 2019. It’s been just over three years that I’ve officially lived part-time in France, and I’ve learned a thing or two about a country’s food and beverage traditions.
Some may credit a certain je ne sais quoi to the celebrated French art of eating and drinking. Like many expats, I can confirm that there are a number of concrete guidelines—think of them like unofficial rules to eating and drinking like the French. The following is a practical list of French customs that will bring you a little joie de vivre, wherever you are.


Sydney Morning Herald Denies Criticisms That the Publication Pressured to Out Rebel Wilson as LGBTQ
The Sydney Morning Herald has denied a wave of criticism alleging that the Australian publication pressured Rebel Wilson into outing herself as LGBTQ by giving her a two-day deadline to comment on her current relationship, which she had not yet discussed publicly.
On Sunday morning, Wilson seemed to corroborate that the Herald’s contact with her was not appropriate, responding to a post on Twitter that stated that the Herald “admitted to giving her a heads up 2 days in advance that they were going to ‘out’ her.”
“Thanks for your comments, it was a very hard situation but trying to handle it with grace,” Wilson wrote.


Australian Paper Removes Rebel Wilson Column, Writer Admits “Mistakes”
Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald over the weekend faced criticism for its reporting on the revelation of actress Rebel Wilson’s new romantic relationship. Although the paper’s editor initially defended the outlet’s actions, the offending column has since been removed and its writer has apologized.
Wilson on Friday posted a selfie with partner Ramona Agruma on Instagram. She wrote, “I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince… but maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess.”
Hornery added, “The tone of my column on Saturday was also off. I got it wrong. I allowed my disappointment to cast a shadow over the piece. That was not fair and I apologize… The Herald and I will approach things differently from now on to make sure we always take into consideration the extra layer of complexities people face when it comes to their sexuality.”


11 Food and Drink Rules Italians Live By
Study these Italian food and drink rules before your next trip to Italy.

To state the obvious, Italians take eating and drinking seriously. Ancient Romans made wine and hosted elaborate banquets, which means that Italians have been perfecting the art of the table for more than 2,000 years. If you’ve spent any time in Italy, you might have noticed that there are many unspoken rules about meal times, restaurant etiquette, and the appropriate time of day to drink a cappuccino. So before your next trip, study up on these (unofficial) rules to follow when eating and drinking in Italy.


Viola Davis and Samuel L. Jackson on Becoming Black Acting Legends, Michelle Obama and Making You Squirm
Samuel L. Jackson and Viola Davis are both veterans of the New York theater scene, and embrace the opportunity to dig into their shared experiences before addressing their latest work on TV. On Apple TV+, Jackson takes the lead role in “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” an adaptation of Walter Mosley’s novel about an elder struggling with dementia. And on Showtime, Davis plays Michelle Obama in the dramatic anthology “The First Lady.”


Ryan O’Connell Can Finally Enjoy Coming Out of the Acting Closet
With an acting Emmy, two lead roles, and a new novel under his belt, the Queer as Folk writer and star has come a long way from writing viral think pieces.

Ryan O’Connell has come a long way from writing viral pieces for Thought Catalog in the mid-2010s, but he’s trying not to overthink it. Fresh off the heels of the second and final season of Netflix’s Special, the Emmy-nominated comedy series he created, wrote, and starred in, he’s now gearing up for his next role: a spot in Peacock’s contemporary reimagining of Russell T. Davies’s Queer as Folk.


Alan Alda Is Still Awesome
The actor and director talks about his podcast, the comedic chops of Volodymyr Zelensky, and being called an “honorary woman.”

Few actors inspire the warm fuzzies like Alan Alda. At eighty-six, he’s still the platonic ideal of “nice dad”: the type of guy you’d find in a cardigan, reading a copy of the Sunday Times in an armchair. But the popular image of Alda doesn’t cover the remarkable breadth of his career. There was, of course, his eleven-year run playing Hawkeye on “m*a*s*h,” the era-defining wartime dramedy. (The series finale, which Alda directed, is still the highest-rated episode of a scripted series ever aired.) He was a genial presence in Woody Allen movies in the eighties and nineties, a voice in Marlo Thomas’s children’s album “Free to Be . . . You and Me,” a Republican Presidential candidate on “The West Wing,” an aging hippie in “Flirting With Disaster,” and a kind but inept divorce lawyer in “Marriage Story.” During the “m*a*s*h” years, Alda was an outspoken advocate in the feminist movement. He’s directed four movies, written three books, and, from 1993 to 2005, hosted PBS’s “Scientific American Frontiers,” becoming a kind of pop-culture science teacher. In 2009, he helped create the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, at Stony Brook University.


‘Emily in Paris’ Official Cookbook Highlights French Cuisine and Show-Inspired Favorites
Check out two exclusive recipes from the Netflix series-inspired book, which is set to be released Aug. 16.

With the release of Emily in Paris: The Official Cookbook, fans of the Netflix hit show can fully immerse their tastebuds in French city living.
Set to be released Aug. 16, the 224-page cookbook ($33) lets Francophiles and Emily in Paris fans experience the glamorous lifestyle of Emily Cooper (played by Lily Collins) from the comfort of their very own kitchen with a variety of classic and unique recipes inspired by the show.
Taste your way through a day in Emily’s life in the City of Lights with items like Gabriel’s Omelette and Pierre’s Cracked Crème Brûlées. Fans will also find French staples like ratatouille and pain au chocolat, along with American favorites such as Quiche au Ciment (also known as Chicago deep-dish pizza) and bacon cheeseburgers.


The best $2,618 I ever spent: A second wedding ceremony
Six months after I nearly destroyed our first $26,112 day.

The first wedding, we were trying to impress people, but this second wedding, we weren’t trying to show off — we just wanted to feed friends and family yummy food and spin in circles of joy. We didn’t even send invites. Instead, we handed out flyers and plastered them online, keeping the ceremony open to anyone who wanted to join.


After a Political Storm, Gay Days Return to Disney
An L.G.B.T.Q. tradition at Disney World took on new significance this year, when Disney was ensnared in a heated cultural debate.

It started in 1991, when a smattering of gay adults — Disney obsessives all — used internet message boards to plan a gathering: Let’s buy tickets to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park on the first Saturday in June and wear red shirts in a display of unity. The idea was to be unabashedly themselves (safety in numbers) amid the Disney masses and to send the message that they, too, belonged in the realm. And, of course, ride Space Mountain and pose for photos with Aladdin.


13 Potluck Desserts You Can Make in a 9-by-13 Pan
That unsung hero of the kitchen gets its star turn.

Hand-carved wooden spoons and millennial pink all-purpose pans may get all the attention on Instagram, but the real unsung hero of the kitchen is the 9-by-13 baking dish. They’re inexpensive, easy to transport (just cover the top with aluminum foil), and you can serve right from the dish, whether you’re sitting around a table or on a picnic blanket. They’re particularly good for desserts that serve a crowd, like sheet cakes, cobblers, brownies and bars. Just in time for summer cookouts, here are 13 of our best 9-by-13 desserts.


Eternity rings for the modern couple
Eternity rings, whether sleekly minimalist or sprinkled in diamonds, can be a chic and contemporary love token

Eternity rings, traditionally markers of lasting relationships, can make for romantic anniversary gifts or act as precious promise rings in place of an engagement ring. As their purpose can be suited to each couple, so should their style, and jewellers are creating a wealth of tantalising options. Conventional eternity rings may subscribe to the simple band studded in diamonds, which, while beautiful in its simplicity, may not be the right choice for those looking for more offbeat, design-led options. In our edit below, find an eternity ring as personal as your relationship.


This Museum of American Jewish History Just Reopened in Philadelphia After 2 Years — Here’s What’s New
Inside Philadelphia’s new-and-improved Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.

When Philadelphia’s Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History reopened last month after being closed for more than two years, they decided to do things a little differently.
The museum, which reopened its physical building with a new slate of art and artifacts and with free admission through at least the end of the summer, hopes to redefine what it means to be a history museum, Josh Perelman, the chief curator and director of exhibitions and interpretation, told Travel + Leisure. It’s that vision, honed and influenced by two years of real-world events, that has allowed the museum to examine questions of identity — American identity, ethnic identity, and religious identity — as well as the responsibilities people have to themselves and their communities.




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