T LOunge for July 29th, 2022

Posted on July 29, 2022

Aiyanna Bar and Restaurant – San Carlos, Ibiza, Spain

 

Huzzah and hooray, darlings. It’s FRIDAY. Come find a spot under a palm tree and spend the day sipping concoctions and feeling the sun on your face. Nothing else will be asked or required of you today. We’re off to the content orchards, so chat amongst yourselves until we get back.

 

Hugh Jackman on The Music Man, Deadpool 3 Rumors, and K-Pop
Hugh Jackman has quite a daunting schedule, starring in the choreography-heavy revival of The Music Man on Broadway eight times a week. Amazingly, however, the acclaimed actor still found time to stop by the Condé Nast offices and speak to a group of editors and writers. “I know how busy you [all] are. I’m not! Not till 7 o’clock tonight, anyway,” Jackman joked at the start of the conversation, flashing his movie-star smile.

 

Beyoncé Wears a Cone Bra and Smokes a Bedazzled Cigarette in New Renaissance Album Art
See all the flaming-hot looks.

Beyoncé’s Renaissance is set to drop tomorrow, July 29, but to further heighten the anticipation, today the singer shared new album art that features stunning images of her in a series of flaming-hot outfits.
In one shot, Bey channels Madonna in a black-and-gold spandex bodysuit with a built-in cone bra, which she styled with sheer black polka-dot tights and oversized gold-and-diamond drop earrings.
In another, she wears an oversized cherry-red puffer jacket while sitting on a desk with an “On Air” sign—seemingly representing a media moment—and clasping her gold-manicured hands together.

 

How Does the Art World Really Work?
The documentary The Art of Making It sheds a surprising new light on the commerce of culture.

The art world, Debi Wisch explains, is “a wonderful combination of magical and maddening.” That’s abundantly clear watching the new documentary The Art of Making It, directed by Kelcey Edwards and produced by Wisch (and streaming now on Amazon Prime), which looks at the ways up and coming artists navigate the field’s uncharted waters—and why some find success and others never quite make it.

 

The Crown Producers Have a Plan in Case the Queen Dies During Filming
Peter Morgan & co reportedly have their own version of “Operation London Bridge.”

Any royal fan worth their salt knows what Operation London Bridge is. First put into place way back in the 1960s, this is the sprawling and intricate plan for what will happen in the United Kingdom on the day Queen Elizabeth II dies. The phrase “London Bridge is down” will be used to communicate the news over secure lines, and once the monarch’s passing is confirmed, a huge web of institutions will spring into action, from parliament to the London Metropolitan Police to the British press.
Given that the queen is now 96 years old, and the second longest reigning monarch in world history, it’s no surprise that these plans are in place. But what’s somewhat more surprising is the revelation that the producers of The Crown have their own version of Operation London Bridge.

 

The Best Puzzles for Adults to Order Right Now
From trendy to artsy to fun, here are the best puzzles for every level.

Puzzles are for everyone. Over the course of the pandemic, when indoor activities reigned supreme, the hobby of puzzling definitely grew in popularity, and stylish options now abound. Whether you are looking for a beautiful puzzle that you can work on with the whole family (and frame after) or are seeking out a challenge, like a puzzle with more than 500 pieces, there’s something for every taste. Read on to shop!

 

20 Vintage Pictures of Jackie Kennedy in Honor of Her Birthday
On July 28, 1929, in Southampton, NY, Jackie Kennedy Onassis—née Jacqueline Bouvier—was born. As the wife of President John F. Kennedy, she will forever be remembered as part of that political dynasty and its history of both victory and tragedy—but equally so for her iconic style. With her pastel suits, oversized glasses, and endlessly inspiring ’70s wardrobe, Kennedy remains an example of sartorial freedom and allure.
To mark what would have been her 92nd birthday—and to celebrate her timeless appeal as a fashion icon—here, Vogue pays tribute to the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

 

Which Hard Seltzers Are the Best?
The hard seltzer aisle is overflowing, but not every can deserves a spot in your cooler.

If you’ve spent time with another human over the course of the past few summers, you’ve probably come into contact with a hard seltzer. The appeal has layers: They tend to be relatively low in alcohol, live in park, picnic, and boat-friendly canned packaging, and perhaps most importantly, come in flavors and carbonation levels that easily cater to cider, beer, and soda lovers alike. While there’s constant innovation in the hard seltzer space, there are also cans that haven’t earned the right to live in your cooler—we tasted as many as we could get our hands on. Here are eight brands we recommend.

 

‘Stranger Things’ Hair Stylist on Millie Bobby Brown’s Buzz Cut and Shaving David Harbour’s Head in One Take
“Stranger Things” hair department head Sarah Hindsgaul, along with wig maker Rob Pickens and the hair team, introduced some major volume and frizz to the fourth season of the hit Netflix series.
From Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Karen Wheeler’s (Cara Buono) matching perms to Eddie Munson’s dusty rocker look, Hindsgaul — who recently earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding period and/or character hairstyling — estimated that there were over 250 wigs this season.
“The ’80s is all about movement,” Hindsgaul said. “I find [the ’80s] so interesting and so freeing, but it’s also very difficult to not make it [look] stuffy.”

 

The Fine Art of Finding a Public Bathroom
When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go, but now Starbucks’ CEO is saying no to their open-bathroom policy and some people are see a public health crisis brewing.

Recently, I was working from a Starbucks in New York City’s Greenwich Village (I am a remote worker and they have great free Wi-Fi, so don’t judge me), and I noticed the door that previously housed a public restroom had a new sign that read: “Employees Only.” At this moment, I knew the stress of ever finding clean public restrooms was only getting worse. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently announced that he plans to eliminate the open-bathroom policy across stores. This comes as a blow to everyone who just wishes to relieve themselves while running errands. Remember when Charlotte in the Sex and the City film couldn’t find a bathroom and she soiled her pants? Yeah, you don’t want a Charlotte moment, trust me. The lack of public restrooms in cities across the nation has been a point of discussion for years. The need for more federal, or city funded clean public restrooms is more dire than ever. It is a public health crisis at this point.

 

The Surprising Stories Behind TV’s Most Beloved Casts
Emmy-winning casting director Avy Kaufman looks back at two decades of assembling unforgettable TV ensembles, from A-list limited series to the starry guest cast of Succession.

In Highlight Reel, Awards Insider speaks with some of this year’s most notable Emmy nominees about their entire body of nominated work. In this entry, we speak with Dopesick and Succession casting director Avy Kaufman, a two-time Emmy winner responsible for some of prestige TV’s most acclaimed ensembles.
“This is almost like my relatives are all walking into the room,” says Avy Kaufman deep into our interview. “I actually have goosebumps.”
One of the most accomplished casting directors in Hollywood, Kaufman has been actively working in TV for almost two decades now and has an impressive Emmy résumé to show for it: eight nominations, including two wins for the inspired first season of Damages and the stacked second season of Succession. Between those, she’s worked on some of TV’s buzziest shows—quietly elevating a range of character actors from relative obscurity to beloved presences—as well as Oscar contenders like King Richard and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

 

A Beer-Drinking Pony Is the Mayor of This English Village
The support animal’s owner said he believes Patrick is “the first pony mayor in the U.K.”

The United States was founded in 1776 — a relatively new country all things considered — and our approach for choosing officials is pretty straightforward. If a city needs a mayor, the people elect a human to do the job (aside from a few dogs who have gotten the job). But England’s been around since 927 and doesn’t always feel the need to follow modern rules: an island can have its own king, a town can have an official ale taster, and a village can name a beer-drinking pony as its mayor.
The village of Cockington, located in the southwestern English county of Devon, has appointed a miniature Shetland pony named Patrick as its unofficial mayor after he became a local celebrity in part thanks to his stout-drinking trips to the local pub where he has his own special space set aside to sip on Guinness.

 

Beyond The Girlboss: What Comes Next?
The era that gave the career woman a cool-girl, empowered millennial spin is over. In its wake, there are signs of a new, female-led company culture where work/life balance is more than an empty promise.

That girlboss culture has aged so badly is a sign that the world has moved on, aided by the cultural shift in the workplace due to the pandemic. The move away from the trope also represents a generational handover: most of those leaders were older millennials, while much of Generation Z wants to challenge corporate structures, rather than feel stuck in them. So what is emerging in its place? ‘What’s being ushered in next is far more community-driven, far more collaborative and far more regenerative,’ says Reid. ‘For someone like me, who exemplified that girlboss image – how it galvanised a generation of young women who were desperate to become makers and not just consumers – these are the ideals of the new era.’

 

How to Properly Saber Champagne
Avoiding shattered glass and wasted liquid gold is easier than you think.

In the age of Instagram and TikTok, content-savvy epicureans love a bit of showmanship. It is, after all, some diner who captured a glorified butcher’s sprinkle of salt atop some nimbly sliced steak that created the personality we now all know as “Salt Bae.”
For sommeliers and bartenders, the art of sabrage — i.e using a saber, knife or, in some cases, the base of a champagne flute to forcefully open a bottle of bubbly — has become a foolproof extravagant display to captivate their guests with an Instagrammable moment. And while home enthusiasts who accidentally smash bottles of champagne trying to saber them with improper technique is entertaining comedy, the elegance of the traditional sabrage cannot be overstated. For some pro-tips on how to safely and effectively saber a bottle of champagne, we’ve tapped head butler Eugene Ball of the St. Regis Bermuda Resort, which is famous for its evening sabrage ritual as the sun sets each day.

 

TikTok and the Fall of the Social-Media Giants
Facebook is trying to copy TikTok, but this strategy may well signal the end of these legacy platforms.

Facebook, it seems, is moving away from its traditional focus on text and images, spread among people who know one another, to instead adopt TikTok’s emphasis on pure distraction. This shift is not surprising given TikTok’s phenomenal popularity, but it’s also shortsighted: platforms like Facebook could be doomed if they fail to maintain the social graphs upon which they built their kingdoms.

 

Fancy Feast Will Serve Humans Cat Food-Inspired Dishes at an Exclusive NYC Pop-up Restaurant
Limited reservations for Gatto Bianco’s four tables are only available for two evenings.

Canned cat food brand Fancy Feast is opening an ultra-limited edition pop up restaurant that answers the questions “What if our cat food was more like Italian cuisine?” and “What if we tried to feed humans?” For two days in August, the Gatto Bianco — yes, White Cat — restaurant in New York City will explore both of those ideas.
According to a release from the Nestlé Purina-owned company, the “limited time, Italian style trattoria” will celebrate the release of Fancy Feast’s new Medleys line (for cats) by serving a menu developed by Fancy Feast’s in-house chef Amanda Hassner and restaurateur Casare Casella (for humans).

 

The hollowness of Tom Cruise
How Tom Cruise went from superstar to laughingstock and back again.

Tom Cruise has spent this year flying high, literally.
At CinemaCon in April, when Mission: Impossible 7 screened its first trailer for theater owners, Cruise sent along a video intro that he’d filmed while standing on top of a biplane flying over a canyon in South Africa. It ended with him launching into a barrel roll. When he arrived at the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in San Diego in May, he flew there in a helicopter he piloted himself, emblazoned with his own name and the title of his film.
He’s also flying high on a metaphorical level. Cruise turned 60 on July 3, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Top Gun: Maverick has made over $1 billion since it came out in May, the first film of Cruise’s career to do so and just the second film to manage the feat since the pandemic began in 2020. (The first was Spider-Man: No Way Home.)

 

The rise of land acknowledgments — and their limitations
More institutions are making note of indigenous rights to land. Does it make a difference?

If you listen to a lot of podcasts, visit a lot of museums, attend a lot of academic conferences, or just exist somewhere in the Americas or Oceania, you may have noticed the growing prevalence of land acknowledgements.
These statements acknowledge the Indigenous people who lived on the land before European colonizers arrived and can take the form of anything from a full ceremony to a quiet, written nod tucked away in a cobwebbed corner of a website.
Yet too often, critics say, these land acknowledgements take the form of a simplistic, “This establishment exists on the land of this tribe.” That doesn’t make them bad, necessarily, but can make them seem like hollow gestures. As Graeme Wood wrote in the Atlantic, “The acknowledgment relieves the speaker and the audience of the responsibility to think about Indigenous peoples, at least until the next public event.”

 

Golden Eye: New coffee table tome explores humanity’s enduring fascination with the precious metal
Gold has forever served as the ultimate status symbol, since the dawn of civilisation.

Gold has remained an eternal symbol of wealth and glory since the dawn of civilisation. Synonymous with power and influence, the precious metal has paved the halls of palaces and graced the altars of cathedrals and temples. In modern times, gold continues to gleam from couture runways, line the ears, wrists and fingers of the rich and glamorous, and glitter from rapper’s necks as chains or from their mouths in the form of grills. Now, in a new book titled, Gold: The Impossible Collection, art historian Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter delves into our long-lasting and universal fascination with the precious metal. From the Ancient Egyptian’s view of gold as ‘the flesh of the gods,’ to artists Gustav Klimt, Andy Warhol and Yves Klein’s exploration of its metaphysical nature in their work, and finally to its modern-day use in fashion and jewellery design. Expect a visual feast of opulence from this coffee table tome.

 

Take Your Cakes to the Upside Down
You can’t beat a classic pineapple upside-down cake, but juicy peaches, plums, berries and even bananas are just waiting to step in, Melissa Clark writes.

With glossy yellow rings bull’s-eyed by neon red cherries, pineapple upside-down cake is a beloved American dessert: homey, nostalgic, boldly geometric. Ever since the recipe was popularized in the 1920s, it’s become so entrenched in our confectionary consciousness that an upside-down cake made with anything else seems like a mere afterthought.
But other fruit — juicy summer peaches, apricots, plums and nectarines; mounds of purple berries; velvety bananas — can make upside-down cakes as good or even better than the usual pineapple. And they’re exactly the thing to bake right now, especially if you’re wondering what to do with that surfeit of stone fruits and berries leaking sticky nectar all over your kitchen island.

 

Why a Vogue Cover Created a Controversy for Olena Zelenska
Is the magazine romanticizing war, or is the first lady weaponizing glossies?

Unlike Ms. Zelenska’s first Ukrainian Vogue cover, which appeared in November 2019 not long after Mr. Zelensky was elected, and which showed the first lady romping with her family and styled in Celine, Prada, Lemaire and Jimmy Choo, the new feature eschews fashion credits. Ms. Zelenska appears polished, but the story focuses on the pain and trauma of her country and its people, as well as the couple’s relationship. None of the subjects are smiling.
A single line under one photograph notes that Ms. Zelenska is wearing entirely Ukrainian designers and lists their names. This may seem like a small thing to most viewers, but it takes the commercial element out of the shoot. Whatever it’s selling — and it’s definitely selling something — it isn’t clothes.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Train Travel in Europe This Summer
Travelers can choose between inter-city trains or larger lines to visit a different country, minus the airport struggles.

As airports throughout Europe have suffered staffing shortages amid high demand this summer, train travel is waiting in wings to whisk you off on your next excursion around the continent — long lines most likely not included.
Europe is connected by an intricate rail system that links nearly every major city and allows for easy and inexpensive travel between them. Travelers can choose between inter-city trains and larger lines like the Eurostar, which crosses the channel from London to Paris so quickly it can even be used for a day trip.
Travelers can head from Amsterdam to Munich on a bar hopping trip filled with great local beers, or even for a skiing escape from Milan to the Swiss alps.

 

 

 

 

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