T LOunge for September 22nd, 2022

Posted on September 22, 2022

Rich Bar – Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China


Cool, modern, and fabulous. Three words we constantly use to describe ourselves but also a pretty good description of today’s LOunge, if we do say so ourselves. Let’s be inscrutable today, shall we? Drape yourself somewhere and catch the light exquisitely while revealing nothing about your inner life. It’s THURSDAY. Give them nothing.


Ana de Armas’ ‘Blonde’ Ambition: How She Channeled Marilyn Monroe’s Body and Soul for Netflix’s NC-17 Gamble
A few years back, Ana de Armas needed to convince Netflix that she could be Marilyn Monroe.
She was already the first choice of director Andrew Dominik, whose film “Blonde,” a surrealist vision of the life and death of the screen legend, had been reportedly cast with various leading ladies before alighting on de Armas, but “Knives Out” — the hit film in which the previously little-known performer sat at the center of the mystery — hadn’t yet come out. In 2019, few knew her name.
De Armas brought her accent coach to the in-person screen test with Netflix. “I hadn’t had the training and the voice and everything,” says de Armas, who was born and raised in Cuba. “So my coach was crouching on the floor, under the table.” The stakes were high. “I just knew that everything we did that day was going to be the definitive test of the movie to be greenlit or not.” The scene was one in which Monroe pleads with husband Joe DiMaggio to let her move to New York so that she can “start from zero, away from Hollywood,” de Armas recalls; passion had to enter Monroe’s voice, all as the woman under the table fed de Armas the proper pronunciations of the lines.


Matt Smith says Prince Harry called him ‘Granddad’ after playing Prince Philip in The Crown
During an interview on Today, Smith was talking about playing Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon – which is currently airing on Sky Atlantic – when his former regal role came up in conversation. He revealed that after playing Prince Philip in The Crown, he happened to meet Harry at a polo match.
He told the hosts: ‘I met Harry once, at polo, which sounds a bit grand, but it wasn’t that grand. ‘And he walked up to me and went, “Granddad.”’
Smith continued: ‘He watched the show! Well, I can’t claim to know if he watches it currently, but he watched a bit of it then.’


Inside the Mind of Harper, Industry‘s Very Complicated Leading Woman
Series creators Mickey Down and Konrad Kay on capturing the world of finance through a different perspective

College friends Mickey Down and Konrad Kay toiled in the world of London banking before transitioning to writing and bringing the frustration, competition, and excess they experienced in finance to the screen in HBO’s Industry. Focused on four junior analysts working at the fictional company Pierpoint, the show finds its lead in Harper Stern, who, as a Black American, finds herself on a singular path through the industry.


Magpie Murders Is Being Made into a TV Show
Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling novel is coming to Masterpiece PBS this October.

Anthony Horowitz’s The Magpie Murders is heading to the small screen. Masterpiece PBS confirmed the long-running anthology series will be adapting the bestselling mystery novel, which follows an editor, Susan Ryeland, who’s drawn into a web of intrigue and danger after being handed an unfinished manuscript.
Masterpiece PBS released the first footage from the new adaptation in July, highlighting Lesley Manville in the starring role of Susan. In the footage, Susan is frustrated to discover that the juicy manuscript she’s been reading is missing its last chapter—it’s “a whodunit without the ending.” But as you might have guessed, this is only the beginning of her entanglement with this mysterious text.


A League of Their Own Is Exactly As Fun to Make As It Looks—Just Ask D’Arcy Carden
While The Good Place fans will recognize D’Arcy Carden as the always-upbeat, decidedly nonhuman personal assistant Janet, the actor has taken on some exciting new roles in recent years, including a recurring gig as aspiring actress Natalie Greer on Barry and a stint as Greta Gill, 1940s-era professional baseball player and iconic lipstick lesbian, on Amazon’s new reboot of A League of Their Own.
Carden is a particularly bright spot in the latter show, which has many LGBTQ+ viewers whipped into a frenzy over whether Greta and Carson Shaw—a character played by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson—will make it. (You’ll have to watch the first season to see how that one plays out.)


What Is the Fifty Shades Effect?
Alyssa Shelasky explores how the taboo-breaking book and movie actually made America sexier.

It’s been 10 years since the birth of the erotic, hypnotic culture shock that was Fifty Shades of Grey, the reportedly over a billion-dollar book-to-film enterprise that yielded a collective orgasm heard around the world. While the first Fifty Shades book by Erika Mitchell (aka E. L. James) was hardly the first sex-focused splash in mainstream pop culture (for one, Sex and the City, and its films, had already hit), many people got off on it. Some laughed at it. The kink community found much of the content problematic. And others, like me, were too pretentious to pay attention to any of it. Whatever the perspective was, nobody can deny that Fifty Shades did help usher in not only sequels, but a legit sexual awakening in America. It made people want to read, talk, shtup…and spend.


Everything We Know About the Armie Hammer Docuseries House of Hammer
“Every generation of my family has been involved in dark misdeeds,” Casey Hammer says in the new trailer.

According to a statement from Discovery+, the show will dive into the Hammer family history. The description is as follows: “Over the course of five generations, the men in the Hammer family have more secrets and scandals than any vault can contain. Armie Hammer’s alleged crimes are only the tip of the iceberg. Through a trove of archive and interviews from survivors and family members, the dark and twisted secrets of the Hammer family come to light. Behind the money and power lies a dysfunctional dynasty with its male characters exhibiting all the devastating consequences of privilege gone wild.”


Brad Pitt Debuts a Wine-Inspired Skincare Line, Le Domaine
Antioxidants from grapes power the actor’s serum, cream, and cleansing emulsion.

Brad Pitt just combined two of life’s greatest pleasures: Wine and skincare.
While the actor doesn’t come to mind first when thinking of celebrities who would set out to enter the beauty world, Pitt does have expertise in creating fine wine—which he is now applying to his brand Le Domaine. It’s anything but another Hollywood-centric line.
“Le Domaine is not meant to be a celebrity brand,” Pitt says in a press release. “It is an anti-aging cosmetics range for every man and woman. I love the idea of a genderless line.”
The actor, who owns Chateau Miraval winery in Provence, aims to bring skincare back to the basics of nature (think grapes).


This 7-Eleven x Crocs Collaboration Brings Convenience Store Style to Your Feet
The convenience chain’s distinct color palette actually makes for some pretty stunning footwear.

Food and shoe brand collabs are nothing new, especially with sneaker collectors especially always happy to snatch up limited-edition kicks. And so we’ve seen the likes of White Castle-inspired Pumas, Jelly Belly-inspired Reeboks, and Ben & Jerry’s-inspired Nikes. But in recent years, one footwear company has, maybe surprisingly, become especially popular for partnerships… Crocs.
Dating back to 2020, we’ve written about Crocs working with everyone from KFC to Sweetheart Conversation Hearts to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. So who’s the latest brand hoping to ride the clog train to viral fame? None other than the world’s largest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven.


What happened to Mahsa Amini?
Everything you need to know about 22-year-old Iranian woman, whose shocking death has sparked global outrage

For four days in Iran, and this week in New York and Berlin, there have been mass protests against the Iranian government, and the presence of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi at the UN. Across Tehran and cities in the Kurdistan province, people have taken to the streets, in violent scuffles which have resulted in an estimated 221 wounded people, 250 arrests and three alleged deaths.
The cause is the death, on Friday, of 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini.


The very best beauty advent calendars for 2022
It might only be September, but now’s the time to pick your favourite

So, what’s the appeal? Really, the draw of the beauty calendar is two-fold. Firstly, there’s the complete joy of unwrapping a hair, skin or make-up surprise every day throughout December: trust us, an unexpected bath oil is the perfect tonic to a manic festive schedule. Then, there’s the savings: the best beauty calendars come packed with premium products, often at a tiny fraction of the usual cost. They really are the best way to discover a wealth of buzzy new launches and iconic classics, without having to invest in the full-size products.


Every Tribute To The Queen At London Fashion Week
This season, London Fashion Week got underway as Britain was still absorbing the news of the Queen’s death aged 96 on 8 September. The usual merry-go-around of parties was cancelled in light of the period of mourning, but – for the most part – shows went ahead, with several designers choosing to honour the monarch in their presentations.
Richard Quinn, who has a particularly special connection to the Queen as the first recipient of her Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, closed out London Fashion Week by dedicating his collection to her. The show notes read: “Richard Quinn dedicates his spring/summer 2023 collection to Her Majesty the Queen, who touched him among so many others with her grace and kindness.” See all the tributes to the Queen at London Fashion Week.


I Lost 100 Pounds In Less Than A Year. That Doesn’t Mean My Body Is Up For Discussion
As a full-time activist and a cofounder of Reclaim These Streets, Jamie Klingler spends her life working to promote women’s safety. When she began a weight loss journey during the pandemic, her decision to shed more than 100 pounds triggered wildly varied responses from friends and strangers alike. Here, she shares what she’s learned from her experience.


Behind Disney’s Jules Verne-Inspired ‘Strange World’
The movie, which released the full trailer and new concept art Wednesday, follows a family of explorers and introduces a sentient being named Splat.

Disney Animation’s Strange World — for which a new trailer dropped Wednesday — was created to capture the adventure of pulp novels, with inspiration from stories such as Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth as well as King Kong.
But it’s ultimately a story about family, director Don Hall (an Oscar winner for Big Hero 6) explained during a press event. Co-directed and written by Qui Nguyen, Strange World follows a family of explorers who find themselves in an uncharted land. Searcher Clade, voiced by Jake Gyllenhaal, is described as a brilliant family man — who, as a teenager, discovered a plant-based power source that changed the world. Searcher’s dad, Jaeger, voiced by Dennis Quaid, disappeared decades ago during an expedition; and Searcher’s son Ethan, played by Jaboukie Young-White, is a happy 16-year-old who helps on the family’s farm.


9 Ingredients You Didn’t Know You Could Store in Your Freezer—Including Eggs and Leftover Wine
Who knew you could stash these items in your ice box? Doing so will save you time and money—and limit food waste.

Shopping for an array of fruits, vegetables, meats, and more will help you craft delicious meals for the week ahead. Before you get to cooking, however, it’s important to identify where to best store these ingredients when you bring them back from the grocery store—especially if you won’t be using them immediately.
Luckily, deciding which items you can safely freeze is easy: “This refrigerator and freezer storage chart, provided by the Food and Drug Administration, includes safe storage times for many widely used foods,” says Tamika Sims, PhD, senior director of food technology communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC). “Many different foods can be stored in airtight containers or freezer bags for extended amounts of time in the freezer.”


Lashana Lynch Feels “Fantastic” About Aging
She was the first-ever woman 007 in No Time to Die and this year she appears as a fearsome warrior in The Woman King. Off-screen, her MO is less “shaken, not stirred” and more “glow, not glitter.” In her own words, the actor discusses serum seduction, lip balm love, and her purple aura.

I’ve been playing with my hair being the length it is — shaving it, different colors. Bronze for a red carpet just felt right. What’s next? Blue? I’m so ready to try whatever. I don’t [do] permanent [dye] because I like my grays. Young people think you go gray at 75. So wrong! I found my first gray at 14. I feel fantastic about aging. Every landmark age, you get to be bigger and bolder and throw away all of the unnecessary baggage from childhood. I want to know that every time I reach a landmark age I’m appreciating what I’ve learned, what I’ve accomplished, what I’ve been able to bring forward, and what I’ve been able to let go of. Your skin and body are like homes for that. They’re homes of your stories and I want my stories to be as big and bold and apparent as possible.


Notre Dame set for ‘dazzling’ makeover following fire
Four years on from the fire that destroyed vast sections of the historic landmark, the cathedral is set to get the revamp it deserves

After the cathedral’s roof and upper walls were destroyed, the initial fire damage became a priority. The rebuilding of the structure was soon underway, but project managers then also noticed the extent of dirt covering its interior. Indeed, Jean-Michel Guilment, the French culture minister, describes seeing a statue inside being returned to its former whiteness as ‘quite spectacular’. In much the same way as one might be inspired to clean their house after fixing a kitchen cabinet, a domino effect of revamping is apparently underway at Notre Dame.


‘Nothing Compares’ Review: Sinead O’Connor’s Rise and Fall
This new documentary shows many faces of Sinead O’Connor and highlights her genuinely incomparable voice.

The ascent of singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor’s star was arguably matched by its implosion, which began when, with the longtime abuses of the Catholic Church in Ireland and around the world in mind, she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live,” exclaiming, “Fight the real enemy.”
The Irish artist’s sense of rebellion stems from many sources, the first of which is her Irishness. A couple of other factors are the Bobs — Dylan and Marley, both major influences on her thinking and her music. This documentary, directed by Kathryn Ferguson, doesn’t have any contemporary talking-head interviews; instead, it relies on O’Connor’s own speaking voice, both today — it is husky and slightly weary, sounding older than her 55 years — and on archival footage, in which she is quiet, shy, and remarkably tolerant of interviewers harping on her shaved head.


Sheryl Lee Ralph Is Glowing
The “Abbott Elementary” star is fresh off an Emmy win that was a long time coming.

Sheryl Lee Ralph has a tendency to break into song.
The “Abbott Elementary” star teems with energy, often vacillating between channeling her inner Broadway diva — occasionally belting a sentence to drive home a point — and her inner church girl, emphasizing her words with that sing-songy whooping tone that many Black preachers love to use. It’s as if she’s addressing an invisible 200-person congregation.
And Reverend Ralph had some advice: “You have to go for it!” she said, punctuating each word. “Imagine if you have a map? Ask yourself: ‘How do I get from Point A to Z?’”
There was a dramatic pause — she seems to love those — before she drove home the point: “You have to know exactly where it is you’re going so you can see your trajectory.”
It was a month before the Emmys, and Ms. Ralph had been nominated for her first major award in 40 years.


This 46-night River Cruise Takes You to 9 Countries — on 5 Different Ships
Pack your bags — the trip departs on May 20, 2023.

Ocean cruisers get to go on months-long around-the-world cruises, but river cruises? Well, they’re usually limited to sailings that last a week or two.
But not anymore. River cruise lines have been devising new itineraries that river hop across countries and sometimes even continents. Case in point: Uniworld’s new “Rivers of the World” cruise.
Setting sail on May 20, 2023, the 46-night journey brings passengers to nine countries aboard five different ships.




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