T LOunge for July 28th, 2022

Posted on July 28, 2022

Umami Bar and Restaurant – Växjö, Sweden


It’s THURSDAY. How about a darkly whimsical sort of LOunge for the day? Reality’s just so disappointing, don’t you find? Best to pull up a seat and stay clear of it for as long as possible. We got you.


Sydney Sweeney on Fame, Hollywood Fakery and the Pressure of Paying the Bills
Even with Emmy nods for prestige hits ‘The White Lotus’ and ‘Euphoria’ (which nearly didn’t cast her), the actress says she feels an intense need to keep her momentum going: “I don’t sleep.”

Sweeney is frank about what she went through — and what she says she’s still going through — to make it in this business. “The rejection you get while you’re trying to learn to be yourself is insane,” she says. “It’s insane how adults look at you.” Even with two Emmy noms, she says her sense of being a Hollywood outsider remains. “I had no idea getting into this industry how many people have connections. I started from ground zero, and I know how fucking hard it is. Now I see how someone can just walk in a door, and I’m like, ‘I worked my fucking ass off for 10 years for this.’ ”


How a Middle School Violin Teacher Became the Secret Sauce for the Music to HBO’s ‘Last Movie Stars’
Singer, songwriter, former frontman of indie rock’s “The Walkmen” and now composer, Hamilton Leithauser can’t play the horns, but that didn’t deter him from accepting a gig to put music to the HBO six-part series “The Last Movie Stars.”-
Helmed by Ethan Hawke and executive-produced by Martin Scorses, the docu-series chronicles the love story of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward alongside their simultaneously flourishing Hollywood careers. Hawke enlisted a host of well-known voices — including Karen Allen, George Clooney, Oscar Isaac, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Zoe Kazan, Laura Linney and Sam Rockwell — to narrate the tale. It was also Hawke who called on Leithauser to compose both score music and songs for “Last Movie Stars.”
“1000 Times,” “Rough Going” (I Won’t Let Up) and “Here They Come” were among the songs Leithauser chose to include. In a conversation with Variety, he shares his process in scoring the series — with extra credit to the guitar and his eight-year-old daughter’s violin teacher.


When the Doctor Is In Your DNA
Fertility specialists across the country have been accused of fraudulently using their own sperm. Their biological daughters are all grown up and fighting back.

Ten years ago, when Morgan Hellquist, a married art teacher with two kids, was having some issues with her period and needed a new gynecologist, Morris Wortman, MD, seemed like the obvious choice. Wortman ran a Rochester, New York, clinic treating menstrual disorders, and posted YouTube videos in which he would opine on treating endometrial ablation failures while dressed in royal-blue scrubs, his bald head reflecting the overhead lighting.
Curious about her biological origins, Hellquist connected with some half siblings online, who she presumed were fathered by the same donor. And, to her surprise, a genetic test indicated she was 50 percent Ashkenazi Jewish, even though her parents had requested that the donor not be from any one specific ethnic heritage so the child could match their own mixed backgrounds. As these new discoveries emerged, she shared them with Wortman. According to the complaint, Wortman, himself Jewish, told her that her challenging PMS was all in her head, the result of being a “Jewish American Princess.”


The Play’s The Thing
Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been endlessly adapted. Playwright James Ijames’s Fat Ham turns the chilling tragedy into a riotous exploration of queerness.

In May of this year, James Ijames won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Fat Ham, a bawdy, Black, funny, and unabashedly queer adaptation (of sorts) of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Set on a North Carolina pig farm, the play closely follows the beats of the famous tragedy but remixes them into a meditation on masculinity, sexuality, mourning, and joy. Juicy, the play’s protagonist and Hamlet stand-in, is a fat Black queer boy who has just seen the ghost of his father, Pap. Pap has returned to earth for revenge: He claims that his brother, Juicy’s uncle Rev, murdered him in order to marry his wife, Tedra, and visits Juicy on the afternoon of a cookout celebrating their union to demand Juicy kill Rev. Early in the play, Juicy turns to the audience and soliloquies, “Fathers and sons. That shit can get dark. / You know. / When the chemistry ain’t right. When the father / Is too heavy and the son is too light. / When the father thinks the son is too light / When the son is too heavy. / That fucks shit up.” It’s a virtuoso moment that announces Ijames as not only a major talent but also, rarest of things, a writer who surprises his audience.


Prince Charles and Camilla Attend Sandringham Flower Show
The annual flower show at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate hasn’t been held since 2019.

The Sandringham Flower Show made its grand return this month, after missing the last two years due to the pandemic. The one-day display takes place on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, a royal residence perhaps best known as the home where the family spends their Christmas holiday.
“The buzz up here has been incredible up here for the last 10 days. The atmosphere has been amazing. It makes you realize what we’ve been missing for the last couple of years,” Sandringham Flower Show chairman David Reeve said.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are regulars at the flower show, and have attended every year since 2005. It was also a favorite event of the Queen Mother before she passed away, and she often accompanied her grandson Prince Charles. Queen Elizabeth herself has only attended once, in 1987; she usually spends her summers at Balmoral Castle, and therefore is not around for the festivities.


Why I’m Not Having Bridesmaids
By and large, I’m having a fairly traditional Protestant wedding: My sister-in-law who is a priest will officiate, I’ll wear white, and after dinner my guests will groove to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” But one area where I’ve diverged from tradition is in my decision not to have bridesmaids.
I don’t have a grand reason behind this choice. I don’t think it’s somehow sexist to ask my friends to stand up there with me as an homage to the ancient Roman tradition of protecting the bride from kidnappers.


25 of the Best Revenge Movies of All Time
Horror, romance, and thrillers all get their due in the cultural canon—but the best revenge movies of all time are a genre unto themselves. Revenge movies capture a deep cut of emotions: the painfully human desire for payback, and the extreme, crazy, and sometimes obsessive lengths a character will go to to get it.
Forget about forgiveness and healing: Hell hath no fury like a woman (or man) scorned—or something along those lines. The best revenge movies ever may be wholly dominated by a quest to take others down, or just contain a strong vengeful vibe. Whether you’re just trying to buy a nice dress on Rodeo Drive (Pretty Woman) or looking to finally beat the Toros at Nationals (Bring It On), it’s all about prevailing over those who underestimated you. It isn’t always healthy or sane, but watching revenge is sweet. Read on for the 23 best revenge movies of all time.


We Now Live in a World with Spicy Hot Cinnamon Toast Crunch
But the new flavor isn’t meant to be eaten for breakfast.

Spice has proven to be a reliable way to breathe new life into existing products: Look no further than the “Flamin’ Hot” phenomenon that was able to help revitalize brands like Cheetos and Doritos. But spicy cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch is hoping to have a new hit on their hands by adding some “fuego” to their usual cinnamon flavor.
Billed as “General Mills’ first hot cinnamon cereal” (I would think so!) the new, limited-edition CinnaFuego Toast Crunch combines “sweet cinnamon and fiery spice” in an attempt to give the popular cereal snack time appeal. Granted, cinnamon itself can prove to be a spicy flavor, but this new crossover product gets its additional spice not from cinnamon but from hot peppers.


From a 50-year ban to sold-out stadiums: here’s how far women’s football has come
As England’s Lionesses get ready for the semi-final of the Euros 2022, Features Editor Jenny Proudfoot looks back at the long history of adversity in “the Women’s Game” and how far we have come…

Understanding the adversity behind women’s football and its struggle for acceptance and survival only makes it clearer that this Women’s Euros 2022 has the potential to be a real watershed moment.
Women’s football was established at the same time as men’s football, but it wasn’t until World War One that it really took off – people wanted to watch the sport and the men were away fighting. So while women were taking to factories, they were also taking to the pitches, reportedly bringing in crowds of 53,000.


How To Energetically Clear Your Space With Sage
One good way to clear and clean out bad energy is by burning sage, or in some cases, spraying it. As with a lot of holistic healing methods that have gone mass in recent years, sage is a common household tool. But many burners don’t exactly know what they’re doing with it, or what it’s really doing for them and their space.
“Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people, or space and of getting rid of unwanted spirits. The practice dates back to prehistoric times and it’s been documented as having been used in every corner of the world by our ancestors.”


Why Sprite Is Getting Rid of Green Bottles
Coca-Cola’s Dasani water has also announced a major change to its packaging.

The days of green Sprite bottles have been numbered for some time. Though green plastic bottles can be recycled, clear ones are a more useful recyclable material. And so The Coca-Cola Company, the owner of the brand, had already started transitioning from Sprite’s iconic green bottles to more environmentally-friendly clear bottles in places like the United Kingdom. By last year, clear Sprite bottles began popping up in parts of the United States, according to Fast Company, but today, the other shoe has dropped: Coca-Cola has announced that, starting August 1, all Sprite bottles across the U.S. and Canada will transition to clear packaging.


Climate fixes are all aimed at property owners. What about renters?
You don’t have to own a home to be a part of the climate solution.

Buildings in the United States make up 40 percent of the country’s total energy consumption every year, which means making them more climate-friendly would go a long way. When a homeowner — especially one with a single-family home and maybe even a bit of land — decides to reduce their building’s impact on the environment, they have plenty of options. They can install solar panels on their roofs, replace their old HVAC systems with heat pumps, or rip open their walls to better insulate their homes. And they can take advantage of funding programs from the government or their utility companies to help pay for those changes.
Renters, by contrast, can do very little. Most leases tend to prohibit all but the most minor adjustments to an apartment or house; federal programs for both climate preparedness and disaster relief tend to prioritize homeowners; and landlords often don’t have any incentive to invest in improvements to profitable properties, especially if they don’t live in the building or pay any utility bills.


The Top 1,000 Baby Girl Names, From the Sweet to the Stylish
We’ve gathered unique, beautiful and modern names to pick from.

There are so many factors that go into choosing a baby name. You want to find something that represents you as a family, something that sounds good from the baby years all the way up through your child’s adulthood and something that has meaning to you. Popularity may not be the deciding factor when it comes to choosing your baby girl’s name, but it probably ranks somewhere in there. You might want to go with the trends, or try to find a name that’s rare and unique. After all, choosing a name that’s too popular is a No. 1 source of baby name regret, Nameberry’s Pamela Redmond tells us.
The good news is the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it easy to keep track of which baby names are trendy and which ones are timeless. The SSA publishes a list each year of the latest 1,000 top popular baby girl names, along with names that are rising through the ranks.


Have US officials found one of the missing Fabergé eggs on board a seized Russian yacht?
The master jeweller made an estimated 50 exquisite Imperial eggs, but not all are accounted for.

US authorities believe they may have found a missing Fabergé egg on board a seized yacht owned by sanctioned Russian billionaire, Suleiman Kerimov. Last week, US Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco revealed that she and her team had discovered some ‘really interesting things’ abroad a number of luxury vessels, sharing: ‘We recovered a Fabergé – or alleged Fabergé egg – on one of these [yachts] so it just gets more and more interesting.’ Although Monaco did not specify the name of the boat, she did divulge that it is currently being held at a docking site in San Diego, the location of Kerimov’s $300 million yacht known as the Amadea. No photographs of the egg have since been released, adding to speculation over its authenticity.


Inside the grand estates cast as Russia’s Winter Palace in The Great
Hulu’s ‘occasionally true’ series about Catherine the Great, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, is as regal as it is bonkers – and, importantly, well worth seeing for its locations alone. As Season 2 debuts on Channel 4, Tatler rounds up the lavish settings used to bring the TV sensation to life on screen.

The Great is a series as mad as they come, never lacking in drama, hilarity and acts of savage brutality. It’s as slapstick as it is clever; a theatre of words, costumes and some truly resplendent sets. It effortlessly conjures icy, barren – but mind-bogglingly lavish (at least at the heart of the Royal Court) – Russia. Interestingly, none of the series is actually filmed in Russia, instead at a mix of of some of Britain’s grandest stately homes – spanning Yorkshire, Hertfordshire and Leicestershire – and the frankly humongous Royal Palace of Caserta in Southern Italy (that accurately reflects the scale of the lofty Winter Palace of St Petersburg, the official residence of Russian Emperors from 1732 to 1917). All these places, as well as Three Mills Studio in East London which was designed into a living and breathing 18th century Russian Court (by Tanya Bowd) are what contribute to The Great being so utterly magnificent. With Season 2 now being broadcast on Channel 4, read on to find out where Hulu’s The Great is filmed.


The Role of Art in a Time of War
Painting will not stop missiles. Music will not end suffering. But culture is not powerless — and a visit to Ukraine reaffirmed what it can do at its best.

You do not have to go far outside of Kyiv to see how the massacre of civilians and the trampling of culture still come one after the other. In Borodianka, a nucleus of Russian atrocities about 45 minutes north of here — the drive is slower now that the bridges have been demolished — the Palace of Culture has had its windows blown out; its concert hall is dust-caked, and the ticket booths have been ripped asunder. Halfway between the capital and the Belarusian border, I had to contort my body through twisted studs to enter the leveled Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum, its statuary now pitted, its embroideries scorched. It is far worse further east.
Here in Kyiv the masterpieces have, like many of its citizens earlier, gone underground. The Khanenko National Museum of Arts, in an old mansion on Tereshchenkivska Street, owns a smaller Rubens: a little oil sketch of a river god, normally on a blue wall beneath a Beaux-Arts skylight. I couldn’t see it when I walked over there; the whole collection is in hiding.


Museums Across the U.S. Will be Free to Enter on This Day in September — Here’s Why
Tickets can be reserved starting Aug. 15.

Travelers will be able to access scores of free museums across the country in September thanks to Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day.
The free day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, with museums, zoos, and cultural centers across the United States opening their doors for free, Smithsonian Magazine shared with Travel + Leisure. This is the 18th time the magazine has hosted Museum Day, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“We are so thrilled to be able to bring Museum Day to the public for the 18th year and to once again be able to highlight many of the museums and cultural institutions that make America so special,” Amy Wilkins, the chief revenue officer at Smithsonian Media, said in a statement provided to T+L. “Through the support of our incredible sponsors… we are able to enhance this initiative and continue to foster a sense of boundless curiosity for knowledge and culture across the country.”




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