T LOunge for June 6th, 2022

Posted on June 06, 2022

The Aubrey Bar and Restaurant – Hong Kong, China

 

Every sort of seating, dining and drinking option is available in today’s LOunge. Why? You know why. It is MONDAY. Today is a day for being capricious and unproductive. Pick a seat. Then pick another one a couple of hours later. Take in the view or hide in the corner. Belly up to the bar or slide into a banquette.

 

Rose Leslie on The Time Traveler’s Wife and the Mysteries of Memory
The actress stars in an HBO adaptation of the hit novel, airing now.

It’s fitting that in the nearly two decades since its release, The Time Traveler’s Wife has had multiple lives. First was Audrey Niffenegger’s hit novel—about a man, Henry, with a condition that allows him to leap, not always conveniently, through time and space and the woman, Clare, attempting to maintain a relationship with him—in 2003.
“For most projects, you never film chronologically. There’s always bouncing back and forth because of locations and what you’re able to do when. This was complicated because there was chaos in my own head about the age my character was and where she was at in her relationship—I was checking a lot with the script supervisor to stay on top of things. But that mean embracing the mania of their lives also.”

 

Everything We Know About the Red, White & Royal Blue Movie
Casey McQuiston’s delightful bestseller is finally getting the big screen treatment.

Casey McQuiston’s 2019 novel Red, White & Royal Blue is a delightful and much-needed dose of pure escapism. The book depicts a secret romance between a fictional First Son and a fictional British prince, crafting its gorgeous LGBTQ+ love story within an alternate reality that’s extremely preferable to our own.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the adaptation for years, and Amazon Prime has finally announced casting information for the Red, White & Royal Blue movie. Here’s what we know so far.

 

What Top Gun: Maverick’s Monica Barbaro Learned From Working With Real Women In Aviation
The actress on the hardworking women she flew with, training under Tom Cruise, and challenging the boys’ club stereotypes.

The first time Monica Barbaro watched Top Gun, she was in San Diego with a couple of “very bro-y dudes,” she recalls. “What do you mean you haven’t seen Top Gun?” they asked her when she wasn’t understanding their references to Miramar, the Marine Corps Air Station in which the film is set. “I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’”
Naturally, the group eased her confusion by watching the cult 1986 aviation flick, starring Tom Cruise in one of his most famous roles. And college-aged Barbaro, a trained dancer who was deciding whether to make the transition into acting at the time, was impressed. “I remember watching it and being like, ‘Oh man, it’d be cool to do something like that.’” But she wasn’t sure it was possible. “I just never really even put myself in it, because I never thought that there would be that space for me as a pilot.”

 

As A Survivor Of Gun Violence, I Know Change Is Possible
Lawmakers must now act to end the epidemic that claimed the lives of my sister-in-law and my nieces.

For a long time, I didn’t tell our story because I thought it was just that—our story. I know what it’s like to be ridiculed or not believed, and even people within Laura’s evangelical community, including pastors, dismissed her concerns about the dangerous dynamic she was in. I have come to learn, however, that our story is America’s story, and I must tell it so that people do not turn away from the versions of it that exist in their own communities.

 

The 38 Best Queer Films of All Time
The history of LGBTQ+ cinema is one that remains hotly debated—in part given the slow and still-evolving journey that stories of queer life have taken from the margins to the mainstream over the decades. Still, few subgenres within the world of film have offered the same poignant visions of the meaning of love and the importance of living life to its fullest.
But what makes a queer film? Is it the pioneering meditations on forbidden love explored in films like Tea and Sympathy or Maurice? Is it the scrappy, DIY spirit of Derek Jarman in the 1980s, or the New Queer Cinema movement in the 1990s, courtesy of directors like Gregg Araki and Gus Van Sant? Or is it the new age of queer cinema we’re currently witnessing, as major studios finally begin throwing their weight behind telling LGBTQ+ stories on screen, and films like Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight take home the best-picture Oscar?

 

The Majestic History of the Grand Gold State Coach
Leading the Platinum Jubilee Pageant—the final, and perhaps pinnacle, event of Queen Elizabeth’s history-making Platinum Jubilee—was a hulking, gilded object, spectacular in its grandeur. Crowds cheered and craned to take pictures of their iPhones as it slowly made its way down its wall, drawn by eight horses. The identity of the object was unmistakable: The Gold State Coach.
While today it featured the unexpected touch of a hologram of the Queen from her coronation in 1953, the coach was last in use during 2002’s Golden Jubilee. The Gold State Coach is a majestic and archaic object that’s belonged to the monarchy for over 260 years. (For those who might need a history refresher: three centuries ago, the Windsors—or the current line of royals who all stem directly from Queen Victoria—weren’t even on the throne yet, making this truly a unique passed on piece.)

 

13 Tips and Tricks for Making Chocolate Confections at Home
Everything you need to know before you start chocolate-making in your home kitchen.

It’s no wonder that chocolate and candy sales hit a record high in 2021—we all deserved a treat. According to the National Confectioners Association’s 2022 State of Treating Report, sales of chocolate grew 9.2% over the previous year.
While there are plenty of top-notch places to buy chewy salted caramels and glossy, ganache-filled hearts, making chocolate confections at home is also a treat. Before trying to emulate the perfect, airbrushed bonbons you see in store windows, though, it pays to learn the principles of chocolate-making, says Justine MacNeil, pastry chef and owner of Fiore Fine Foods in Philadelphia. “It’s really a science first and art second, and the science needs to be understood.”

 

The Queen finally shares what’s in her handbag during short Jubilee film with Paddington Bear
Two British icons sharing a screen (and sandwiches)

The Queen wasn’t expected to appear in person at the Platinum Party at the Palace — a special concert that took place outside Buckingham Palace in honour of her 70th year on the throne — but that doesn’t mean she didn’t make her presence known at the event.
Ahead of the performances, a special clip premiered, featuring the Queen having tea with British icon Paddington Bear.
In the sweet clip (which can be viewed above), Paddington — voiced by Ben Whishaw — is having tea with the Queen, and he offers her a marmalade sandwich, which he had stored in his signature red hat.

 

Marvel Explores a Rich Musical Universe With Scores for ‘Loki,’ ‘Moon Knight’ and ‘What If…?’
Natalie Holt, Hesham Nazih and Laura Karpman talk about composing music for Marvel’s growing footprint in television.

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded into television, its musical reach has also grown, embracing diversity both in terms of its composers and the music they make.
English composer Natalie Holt (pictured above) brought unexpected sonorities to “Loki”; Cairo-based Hesham Nazih added specific Egyptian sounds to “Moon Knight”; and American composer Laura Karpman employed a traditional orchestra and choir on the animated “What If…?”
“Loki is sort of a likable baddie,” says Holt, “a grand, Machiavellian, Shakespearean character, so I wanted some kind of gravitas, classical weight, to his theme.”

 

Krispy Kreme Is Giving Away Free Doughnuts Every Day, All Summer Long
Anytime a Krispy Kreme store has its “Hot Light” on, you can grab a free glazed doughnut.

From now until Labor Day, the brand is offering what they’re calling their “Sweet New Deal,” a chance to score free doughnuts literally every day this summer. Anytime a shop has turned on its Hot Light — which signals that fresh doughnuts are rolling off the glazer — anyone can score a free Original Glazed doughnut, again, with no purchase necessary.
Krispy Kreme even gives you the scoop on when these Hot Lights are on: The info is posted on the chain’s website. Granted, hours vary by location and not all locations have Hot Light hours posted, but many have their Hot Light turned on for several hours twice a day. And the chain says customers can download the Krispy Kreme app for Hot Light alerts.

 

12 Books To Help You Reconnect With Nature
We all know that spending time in nature is good for us – it can help boost our mood, as well as lower our stress levels. But with the fast pace of modern-day life (and our addiction to our smartphones), many of us don’t prioritise being outside as much as we should.
Wilding by Isabella Tree – When Isabella Tree and her husband inherited a 3,000-acre farm in West Sussex, it wasn’t long before they had to rethink the unsustainable farming practices that were running the health of their land, quite literally, into the ground – along with their finances. It was only when they decided to radically rethink traditions and “rewild” their land that something wonderful happened: not only did the wildlife come back, but biodiversity and soil health flourished. The aptly named Tree sees rewilding as the missing link that will guarantee the future of our ecosystems – a fascinating read.

 

The Institutionalist Dianne Feinstein fought for gun control, civil rights, and abortion access for half a century. Where did it all go wrong?
On election night in San Francisco in 1969, a 36-year-old woman who had run a campaign for the Board of Supervisors that featured the unconventional use of just her first name, Dianne, was waiting anxiously for results in a race she was not expected to win. The local media had barely covered her. She had earned the endorsement of only one elected official, the state assemblyman Willie Brown. She had initially run the race out of her own house and had taken a risky, forward-looking tactical approach: cultivating support from the city’s growing population of gay voters and environmental conservationists.
As the returns began to trickle in, “it soon became clear that a big local story was unfolding,” Jerry Roberts later wrote in his 1994 book, Dianne Feinstein: Never Let Them See You Cry. “Dianne was not only winning, she was topping the ticket, an unheard-of showing for a nonincumbent, let alone a woman.”

 

Sydney Sweeney on Building Her Dream Career and How She Convinced Viewers to Love ‘Euphoria’s’ Cassie
The actress discusses her major television credits ahead of receiving her ATX TV Festival breakthrough award.

Before she heads into a grueling six-month production of Marvel’s Madame Web — she’ll co-star opposite Dakota Johnson in the top-secret Sony Pictures action flick — Sydney Sweeney will head to Texas to receive the Breakthrough Award at the ATX TV Festival, an honor that caps off a year marked by showstopping turns in The White Lotus and Euphoria. Ahead of the fest, she rang up THR to reflect on her rise to fame — and the childhood imaginary friends that helped her get there.

 

The case for fewer friends
When it comes to friendship, quality is better than quantity.

After two years of pandemic life, you could find yourself at a fork in the friendship road, choosing between a whittled-down social circle and becoming overextended trying to make up for lost time with everyone on the outer reaches of your network. Amid an ongoing loneliness epidemic, people may feel renewed in their efforts to revive their networks due to the anxiety-inducing realization that their friend group has shrunk to an all-time minimum. Realizing the potential of fostering just a few intimate relationships, however, can be empowering.

 

160 Square Feet of Jackson Pollock’s Paint
A look back at the 2012 conservation of Jackson Pollock’s Mural

Few pieces attracted more interest at the Getty Center than Jackson Pollock’s Mural. Massive, at about 8 feet tall by 20 feet wide, the picture is considered one of his most important and transformational works. Walk along its length, and you can see in its kaleidoscopic swirls and drips across the canvas Pollock’s evolution from Surrealism toward Abstract Expressionism. Rumors endure that he created it in a single wild session—but more about that later.

 

How Vermont Became New England’s Natural Wine Destination
Ever tried a glass of la crescent? What about marquette? In Vermont, lesser-known varietals are the wines of the future.

“‘How’s the frontenac noir his year?’ asked no one, ever,” jokes Kendra Knapik, the owner-grower-winemaker at Vermont’s Ellison Estate Vineyard. But she certainly knows the answer — Knapik and her husband, Rob, grow this little-known hybrid on their 50-acre plot, which they purchased four years ago on an island near Burlington.
As climate change redraws the wine-making map, many believe the industry’s future will be in cooler regions like this, where a “use what you have” ethos is producing exquisite results. The Knapiks are part of a new crop of Vermont vintners who have taken over vineyard sites planted with previously underappreciated American grapes: hardy, disease-resistant, and an obvious fit for low-intervention agriculture and natural wine making.

 

 

 

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