T LOunge for June 30th, 2022

Posted on June 30, 2022

Man Wah Bar and Restaurant – Hong Kong, China


We’re in the home stretch of the week, so let’s go for elegance and amazing views today, yes? We feel like this is what everyone needs today, but that may be because we’re a weensy bit solipsistic and just assume everyone needs what we need at the same time that we need it. Anyway, enjoy our version of self-care, darlings! Hope it’s your version too. We’ve put out a buffet of distractions and we’ll be serving several celebrities on platters for you today, ripe for your judgment. Off to the kitchen to prepare!


Behind the Glistening, Shirtless Scenes of ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘Fire Island’ and More: “It Was Definitely a Lot of Oil”
Stars and makeup artists from ‘Winning Time,’ ‘Minx’ and ‘Physical’ also break down the elaborate process that goes into showing skin onscreen.

Beyond scoring big at the box office, breaking streaming viewership records or enchanting critics, several of this summer’s hottest projects have one thing in common: oiled-up, skin-baring scenes.
Top Gun: Maverick took its own approach to the famous beach volleyball scene of the original, staging an oil-heavy game of beach football with Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Glen Powell and the rest of the pilot team — which Teller’s close friend Shailene Woodley even gushed about on Instagram. Fire Island featured throngs of gay men shimmering in the clubs, while Minx’s cover models got camera ready. Physical and Winning Time took more active, sweaty approaches to their shirtless moments. And just what went into making these half (or in some cases, fully) nude stars glow onscreen? Turns out it’s a lot more than meets the eye.


Julia Roberts And Cameron Diaz Are Kicking Off The Rom-Com Renaissance
Our high priestess Cameron Diaz recently announced that she would be “un-retiring” – and, what’s more, making her triumphant return to the big screen in a Netflix movie titled Back in Action that also stars Jamie Foxx. Now, I don’t know if these two crazy kids will end up getting together, but I do know it’s been too long since I watched Diaz in a comedic role, and that’s enough for me.
As though the Diaz-aissance wasn’t enough, no less a rom-com authority than Julia Roberts will also be returning to the genre that launched her career, co-starring in the new film Ticket to Paradise with another rom-com stalwart, George Clooney. Yes, you read that right: Julia Roberts and George Clooney will be appearing in a film together as “two long-divorced parents who impulsively married each other.” Oscar! Oscar now, or I mutiny!


Buckingham Palace Says It Has Improved Employee Diversity But Can Still Do Better
The royal household has published its statistics on employee diversity for the second year running and pledged that plans to improve them was a “real focus.”

“Last year we also disclosed for the first time the proportion of ethnic minority employees in the royal household at 8.5%,” The Keeper of the Privy Purse and treasurer to the Queen, Sir Michael Stevens, told reporters during the annual royal finances briefing. “We set a target to get that to 10% by the end of 2022 and at the end of March we were at 9.6%. While good to see some improvement we are very conscious that the results are not quite where we want them to be, but it remains a real focus for everyone in the household.”


The Best British TV Shows Every Anglophile Should Know About
From hilarious sitcoms to classic adaptations, there’s no shortage of British TV shows streaming right now.

Following the immense success of Netflix shows like The Crown and Bridgerton, it’s clear that many of us are self-proclaimed Anglophiles that can’t get enough of British culture—on-screen, that is. While Brits are regularly making it big in Hollywood, audiences don’t always realize how their favorite stars started out across the pond. Here, we round up 30 of the best British TV shows, for anyone hoping to channel their inner Kate Middleton.


Cara Delevingne Doesn’t Listen to the Critics
The model and actress talks joining Only Murders in the Building, working with Selena Gomez, and taking creative career risks.

“I didn’t have time to be intimidated, because I was so just taken aback by even being asked to do it,” Cara Delevingne tells BAZAAR.com over Zoom from London. “I think they kind of had the character in mind. I honestly didn’t even ask any questions about the character. I mean, what an incredible cast, what an incredible show—it was just a complete honor. I’ve always wanted to do comedy as well, so it’s just such an amazing mixture of all of those things. So even if it was a cameo, even if I was an extra in the back, I would have said yes, to be honest.”


The Last Free Woman
Nan McTeer lived and loved in queer 1950s New York and Texas, marrying a gay man and later a woman along the way. Hugh Ryan finds liberation in her extraordinary life.

The first words Nan McTeer ever said to me were, “I’m currently in hospice care. I have lung cancer, it has metastasized to my brain, but my mind is still okay! You’ve got a while to pump me for information.”
Back in the ’50s, Nan had been the girlfriend of a woman named Virginia McManus—a substitute teacher, sex worker, and celebrity, who’d written a tell-all about her life called Not for Love in 1960. Not for Love was the reason I’d called Nan. I’d suspected that Virginia (“Ginny,” as Nan called her) was a lesbian the moment I read her book, but it was a thing I thought I’d never be able to pin down, a message sent in code words and pseudonyms, received 60 years too late.
Ginny had been incarcerated in the Women’s House of Detention, an infamous prison in Greenwich Village and the subject of a new book I was working on. I hoped Nan could tell me the gay side of the straightened story Ginny had written in Not for Love.


How to Make Mind Blowing Kebabs at Home
Tips from a pro.

“Everyone seems to think that Indian food is just saucy curries like butter chicken,” explained restaurateur Roni Mazumdar on stage at the 39th Food & Wine Classic in Aspen earlier this month. But to think that, he says, is to skip over the beauty and the vastness that is the reality of the cuisine. That includes the great Indian tradition of grilling — most notably kebabs. While they are typically cooked in a tandoor, a cylindrical oven, chef Chintan Pandya, who alongside Mazumdar is a 2022 Food & Wine Game Changer, has a number of tricks for achieving perfect boti kebabs using a standard home kitchen. (Boti simply refers to the style of kebab, which in this case is chunks of meat on a skewer.)


13 Flattering Haircuts to Try If You Have a Round Face
If you’ve searched “best haircuts for round faces,” you’re certainly not alone. Those with round faces—where width at cheekbone level is about the same as the face’s length—will know that getting your hairstyle right is key to balancing out and flattering the proportions of the face.
“With round face shapes, you need to create interest and angles in the haircut to elongate the face,” says Dom Seeley, Color Wow’s international creative director. “Longer lengths are more suited to this face shape for that reason too, and it’s always better to style it in soft waves, adding body and volume. This can help open up the cheekbone and jawline area and add width and angles to help offset roundness.”


Everything You Need to Know About Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most widely planted and beloved grape varieties in the world, providing the backbone for wines from Bordeaux, Napa Valley, and beyond.

When considering the great grape varieties of the world, Cabernet Sauvignon is, to misquote the old cliché, the elephant in the winery. Virtually no other red grape is as familiar or widely known. Indeed, Cabernet Sauvignon is so famous that it’s more than sufficient to simply utter a single syllable — Cab — to convey what you’re referencing. It makes sense: In Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Washington State, and beyond, Cabernet Sauvignon forms the backbone of some of the 
most familiar and exciting wines in the world.


Men Should Be Just As Vocal About Roe V Wade
Men, what’s stopping you from talking about abortion rights? I don’t mean to be rude, but in the wake of the US Supreme Court ending the constitutionally-protected right to abortion, those leading the conversation have been disproportionately female, as if getting impregnated is some sort of one-handed clap. Women are talking about this, whether quietly between courses at dinner, or loudly on the streets in protest. Women are, quite rightly, questioning the very foundations of autonomy and equality the Roe v Wade ruling is overturning after 50 years. So it’s odd to me that men (mostly cis, straight men, mind you) aren’t as vocal about this blatant desecration of basic human choice as everybody else.


Tropical Jackfruit–Ginger Ale Sorbet with Charred Pineapple
Chef Sam Fore of the pop up Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites in Lexington, Kentucky, created this summer fruit dessert recipe for an icy, quenching sorbet of jackfruit, pineapple, and ginger ale. The sorbet has become an ever-present treat at her summer pop-up dinners, combining pineapple and jackfruit, both popular in Sri Lanka, with the spicy flavors of Ale-8-One, a Kentucky ginger ale.


In New York, The Pride March Returned With A Renewed Sense Of Purpose
Last Sunday, the annual NYC Pride March returned after a two-year, Covid-induced hiatus with what at first appeared to be all the usual trappings: fluttering rainbow flags, explosions of kaleidoscopic confetti, theatrical carnival outfits and blasting music. But in the shadow of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade, the celebrations were underpinned by a newfound sense of urgency too – not just around the ongoing battle for women’s reproductive freedom, but what that decision may augur for the LGBTQ+ community too in the upcoming months.
And while the NYC Pride March has been critiqued in the past for its corporate floats and heavy police presence, this year, the roots of Pride as protest felt more palpable than ever. In a last-minute decision by the organisers, the first group to march at the event was Planned Parenthood, kicking off proceedings with a mandate to protect safe and legal abortions.


The Bride and Groom Formally Request That You Dress Up
This summer, Rebecca Davis is getting married at the Picnic House in Prospect Park, a location she thought might lead to some confusion about what to wear. “If you see ‘Picnic House,’ you might think we’re having a picnic as our wedding,” she says. “I’ve been to those, where the bride’s barefoot, the groom’s in shorts, but that’s not our wedding. We didn’t want anyone showing up like they didn’t understand the assignment.”
In the past, this kind of dictation about how to dress for a wedding might have elicited eye-rolling and earned the betrothed the label of “bridezilla,” but it’s been a long two years of ceremonies on Zoom with guests in loungewear. The couples who’ve been waiting for their big days are ready to go all out, as are the people they’ve invited to party with them. And for the most part, these guests aren’t minding being told — and, in many cases, shown — what to wear.


How Fans Created the Voice of the Internet
A new book, diving deep into the world of One Direction, argues that fandom is the force of our time.

One Direction makes for a good case study. The five heartthrobs came together on a reality show, in 2010—the height of Tumblr’s popularity, and a time when teen-agers were beginning to sign up for Twitter en masse. The girls who worshipped the band, called Directioners, were fluent in the tropes of the social Internet: irony, surrealism, in-group humor. Interviewing and describing these girls, Tiffany revisits the teenybopper stereotype, a punching bag for critics since Adorno. “Nobody is primed to see self-critique or sarcasm in fans,” she writes. But her subjects, far from frantic or mindless, are productive, even disruptive, obscuring the objects of their affection with a mannered strangeness. The book distinguishes between “mimetic” fandom—the passive variety, which “celebrates the ‘canon’ exactly as is”—and “transformational” fandom, which often looks like “playful disrespect,” and can deface or overwrite its source material.


‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical’ World Premiere to Open London Film Festival
The movie, starring Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, Sindhu Vee and Alisha Weir, will be released in the U.K. and Ireland by Sony and by Netflix across the rest of the world.

The film is described as an “inspirational musical tale of an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons the remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories, whilst also taking charge of her own destiny.”
Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival director, added: “Like so many people who have been lucky enough to see it, I am a massive fan of this original stage musical, with Tim Minchin’s infectiously brilliant songs bringing new depth to a classic of children’s literature. With screenwriter Dennis Kelly, Matthew Warchus has smartly adapted his own production for the screen with absolute verve and gusto. And what a cast: Alisha Weir is a revelation as Matilda; Emma Thompson is a chillingly nasty Trunchbull, and Lashana Lynch’s Miss Honey will melt your heart. It’s a delight to host the world premiere of this exceptional all-ages musical film in our opening night spot and take it out to audiences across the U.K. with Sony Pictures. This is a rollicking, rousing story about sticking together and fighting back against the bullies of the world, even when that seems scary.”


Joey Mills Paved the Way for Black Makeup Artists
In the ’70s and ’80s, top makeup artist Joey Mills was a model’s best friend. He was also a Black man in an overwhelmingly white business.

Joey Mills liked to tell people he was a blonde. Of course, he wasn’t. The makeup artist, who died last year, was a tall Black man who usually showed up to set wearing his trademark red baseball cap. Miss Mills, as he was affectionately known to friends, was quite the anomaly during his reign as one of the biggest makeup artists of the 1970s and ’80s. He never seemed to stop working during that period, racking up more than 1,600 major magazine covers.
Those bushy brows and piercing eyes you see in Brooke Shields’s Calvin Klein Jeans ads were a Joey Mills special. So were the glossy lips and bronzed cheekbones of model Darnella Thomas when she appeared in Revlon’s Charlie ads in the 1970s. He painted the faces of Beverly Johnson, Princess Caroline of Monaco, and Mariel Hemingway.


Anyone can fall for online scams — even you. Here’s how to avoid them.
From spam texts to payment app fraud to crypto tricks.

Alison Giordano just wanted to help out a friend, but instead, she almost lost her Instagram account.
The scam was pretty sneaky: A friend messaged Giordano (who, full disclosure, is a friend of mine) on Instagram asking if she could help her win a contest. The friend would send her a text with a link, and all Giordano had to do was take a screenshot of the text and send it back to her friend. Giordano did as instructed. Moments later, she got an email from Instagram saying someone logged into her account from a different location on a different device.
A screenshot that causes your account to be hacked sounds like a lower-stakes but higher-tech version of The Ring, but what happened to Giordano is actually quite simple. There was no contest, and the text didn’t come from her friend.





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