T LOunge for September 26th, 2022

Posted on September 26, 2022

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Today’s LOunge is cool and soothing, which is just what we all need on a MONDAY. Settle in, darlings. There will be plenty of time later to do responsible things of import.

 

 

The Deeper Meaning Behind Don’t Worry Darling’s Costumes
Costume designer Arianne Phillips on Olivia Wilde’s vision, collaborating with Harry Styles and Florence Pugh, and how clothing contributes to the film’s “cautionary tale.”

Early in Don’t Worry Darling, Alice (Florence Pugh) diligently cleans her picture-perfect suburban home in a stylish print frock protected by an equally chic floral apron. Every detail in Olivia Wilde’s much-discussed second feature, from the manicured lawns to the beautiful dresses hanging on the clothing line, is a snapshot of the idyllic Victory community.
But appearances are deceptive, and the psychological thriller starring Academy Award-nominee Pugh and global superstar Harry Styles as a happily married (and horny) couple has many secrets bubbling beneath the shiny Victory surface—on and off screen. At the recent Venice Film Festival, both made a splash on the red carpet in Valentino and Gucci, but they look equally suited to the late ‘50s backdrop.

 

Rihanna Tapped as 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show Performer
Apple Music will be the presenting sponsor of Super Bowl LVII, which will be played in Arizona on February 12.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage,” Seth Dudowsky, NFL Head of Music, added in his own statement. “Rihanna is a once-in-a-generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career. We look forward to collaborating with Rihanna, Roc Nation and Apple Music to bring fans another historic Halftime Show performance.”
The Super Bowl Halftime Show is one of the biggest musical events of the year, with performers typically going all-out for their performances, and guest appearances being a common occurrence. 2023 will also mark the first year that Apple Music will be the presenting sponsor of the event, taking over Pepsi, which had sponsored the show for the last decade. Apple is promising behind-the-scenes previews and other content ahead of the big game.

 

Inside Ana de Armas’s Stunning Transformation Into Marilyn Monroe
“I was obsessed with getting it right,” Blonde’s costume designer Jennifer Johnson tells BAZAAR. “Because there have been a lot of Marilyns over the years.”

Blonde presented an interesting challenge for its costume designer Jennifer Johnson (whose credits also include Kajillionaire and I, Tonya). How do you create a character that the world already knows in such a specific, iconic way? How do you relate and differentiate Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe, the two parts of one character’s psyche? And most importantly, how do you make the perfect blonde wig, for the world’s most famous bombshell blonde, in a movie literally entitled Blonde? We connected with Johnson to learn more about what went into the film’s ravishing costumes. There are, of course, the moments we know and love about Marilyn—the pink dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the white halter dress from Seven Year Itch—but the film also delves into the more cerebral, unexpected side of Marilyn Monroe. A simple black sweater, as it turns out, becomes one of the film’s most emotional pieces. As we came to understand from our chat with Johnson—in Blonde, as with Ms. Monroe herself, there is always more than meets the eye.

 

Bridgerton Is Getting a Prequel Series About Young Queen Charlotte
It will center around the early lives of the queen, Lady Danbury, and Violet Bridgerton.

After a popular Season 2, it is our pleasure to announce that the Bridgerton craze continues.
Netflix has officially announced the cast members set to play the younger versions of starring characters in Shonda Rhimes’s anticipated Bridgerton prequel. Actress India Amarteifio is confirmed to lead as the young Queen Charlotte in the spin-off centered around the monarch (officially titled Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story), the streamer confirmed.
The actress stars alongside Golda Rosheuvel, who reprises her role as the older queen from the original series. “Betrothed to the mysterious King of England against her will, Charlotte arrives in London only to realize she was not exactly what the royals were expecting. As she learns to navigate the palace, the ‘ton and her unpredictable husband, she grows into one of Europe’s most unforgettable monarchs,” young Charlotte’s character description reads on Netflix.

 

Who Has Held the Princess of Wales Title Throughout History?
From Catherine of Aragon through Diana Spencer, here are all the women who have held the Princess of Wales title throughout history.

Princess of Wales, or Tywysoges Cymru in Welsh, is a courtesy titled that has been used for centuries. Typically held by the wife of the heir apparent to the English (later British) throne, the title currently belongs to Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William.
Before the spouse of the heir to the British throne held the title, there were native Welsh princesses—yet there’s only one wife of a Welsh prince who definitively used the title “Princess of Wales”: Eleanor de Montfort, the wife of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (also known as Llywelyn the Last). Llywelyn ap Gruffydd was one of the last princes of Wales before its conquest by Edward I of England. Yet, for clarity, this list will only define those who use the title who were married to the British heir to the throne.
There’s a movement to get rid of the Prince and Princess of Wales titles; actor Michael Sheen said in 2020 that Charles should forfeit the title when he inherits the throne. If he gave up the title, Sheen said, it would be a “really meaningful and powerful gesture for that title to no longer be held in the same way as it has before, that would be an incredibly meaningful thing I think to happen.”

 

Samantha Morton on Her Bumper Year and Deliciously Twisted Turn in The Serpent Queen
As an actor, Morton has always had that captivating but impossible-to-describe quality that makes you sit up and take notice when she crosses your screen. Coming up—as so many British actors do—in a string of televised Jane Austen adaptations in the late ’90s, it was Morton’s stunning performance as the titular character in Lynne Ramsay’s Morvern Callar in 2002 that first made audiences take note of her astonishing talents, which hinge on her ability to balance an outward restraint with an intensity that bubbles just below the surface at all times.
The tantalizing prospect of a big break in Hollywood came after acclaimed performances in Minority Report, In America, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, but the preened A-lister life isn’t Morton’s style. Discussing The Serpent Queen, she’s warm, whip-smart, and endearingly unpretentious; we connect the morning after Liz Truss has been declared the new British prime minister, which coincided with biblical storms across the U.K., a fact that Morton—who has made no secret of her political leanings—is more than willing to joke about. “The heavens opened and it felt quite Serpent Queen-y,” she laughs. “Then, Liz Truss is the new prime minister—it all felt a little apocalyptic, no?”

 

17 of Our Favorite Paper Crafts for Adults
When it comes to crafting, originality in the materials we use can make all the difference. One item known for being versatile is paper—and the diverse options in color, texture, and size can allow for almost any type of project. Along with cutting and punching paper to a three-dimensional design, you can also use stamping, coloring, folding styles, dyeing, and other techniques to create beautiful results.
This gallery will guide you on your paper crafting journey with ideas ranging from paper stars to origami paper containers. These timeless projects encourage crafters young and old to think outside the box and pick up inexpensive, easy hobbies.
The crafts ahead are easy ways to spruce up ordinary décor and creating each one is a good way to mix up your crafting expertise.

 

Remembering the celebrated British author Hilary Mantel
We pay tribute to the two-time Booker Prize winner who died peacefully at home this week

Hilary Mantel thinks ahead. She knew that if she was going to write a novel about life in the court of Henry VIII, it would have to be published in 2009, the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne. And so she did: Wolf Hall went on to be a global bestseller, as did Bring Up the Bodies, the second volume of what is now, triumphantly, a trilogy. Both were awarded the Man Booker Prize, and Mantel became the first woman and the first British author to win twice. Yes, dozens of books have been set in the Tudor period; but Mantel’s genius lay in her ability to latch onto a hitherto unexploited angle of an oft-told tale, taking as her vantage point Thomas Cromwell, a man born a commoner who rose to be the King’s fixer-in-chief.

 

How Many Slices Will You Get From That Cake?
Our essential guide to cake sizes and servings will help you calculate which pan to use for every guest count.

There’s something about a beautiful homemade cake that screams celebration. Whether you’re simply elevating Tuesday night dinner, hosting your child’s birthday party, or bringing dessert to a backyard cookout, there’s never a wrong occasion for a no-bake cheesecake, a lemon Bundt, or some other delicious cake. But while imagining all the types of dessert you could make is a dream, staring at all your cake pans—and attempting to figure out the number of servings you’ll get from every type and size—can be a game of frustrating guesswork.
We spoke to baking experts to break down the different cake sizes and servings you can expect from the most popular pans. Keep in mind that the number of servings is subjective, dependent on the style of the cake, who is slicing it, and the size of the pieces guests request (wedding cake slices, for example, are smaller than standard sizes).

 

Jodie Turner-Smith: “Everything we wear is costume”
The actress talks to Bazaar about her latest projects, her passion for fashion and her approach to red-carpet style

Her fashion credentials are certainly not in doubt. She has championed designers like Wales Bonner and Thebe Magugu, while her work with Gucci even led to her directing a film for them – something which, she says, has ignited her passion to get behind the camera more. She has also been instrumental in the wardrobes of a lot of her characters; from the iconic outfits of Queen and the jewellery of Kyra (in her 2021 film After Yang) to the accents of her ground-breaking portrayal of Anne Boleyn, which made her the first woman of colour to play the ill-fated monarch. “I got to keep my Boleyn necklace. I wear that a lot,” she smiles.
“But at the end of the day everything we wear… it’s all costume, isn’t it?” she muses. “We use clothes to get into characters and, in real life, it’s the same. What we wear matters because, when the character we are inhabiting is our self, it’s a reflection of how we feel and who we are.”

 

Yes, You Can Eat Pumpkin Leaves—Learn About Their Health Benefits and How to Use Them in Your Cooking
If you grow pumpkins at home, don’t overlook these nutritious greens.

Known for its bright orange color and sweet earthy flavor, pumpkin is one of the most beloved fall-time ingredients in the United States. In fact, every autumn, many of us start collecting pumpkin recipes in celebration of the season. But what about their leaves?
As it turns out, pumpkin leaves, sometimes called pumpkin greens, are edible, nutritious, and delicious. Moreover, using them in your cooking will help you get the most out of your pumpkin plants. We asked a nutritionist and a cooking teacher to speak to their health benefits and learn how to use them in our go-to autumn recipes.

 

James Earl Jones Steps Back From Voicing Darth Vader, Signs Off on Using Archived Recordings to Recreate Voice With A.I.
James Earl Jones, who has voiced Darth Vader for nearly 50 years of “Star Wars” films, seems to be stepping away from the role.
According to Vanity Fair, the 91-year-old actor has signed off on archival voice recordings being used by young filmmakers, who plan to utilize artificial intelligence synthetic speech technology to recreate Jones’ younger voice from his previous films for future Lucasfilm projects.
“He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character,” Matthew Wood, a Lucasfilm veteran of 32 years, told the outlet. “So how do we move forward?”

 

Inside Hallyu!, The V&A’s Playful Exhibition Celebrating Korean Fashion & Culture
The V&A’s new blockbuster show Hallyu! is charged with a joyful energy and packed with little-known facts about a small Asian country which has taken over the world, writes Korean expat Fiona Bae, whose own celebration of K-culture, Make, Break, Remix: The Rise Of K-Style, is published this month.

As a teenager growing up in Korea, I wasn’t allowed to travel outside of the country for leisure until 1988. Japanese films and J-pop were banned until 1998, and Korea felt culturally deprived. I often wished I had been born in London or New York instead. So to see my favourite museum in London, the V&A, stage a first-of-its-kind exhibition celebrating the meteoric rise of Korean culture in the same month that I witnessed the remarkable success of Frieze Seoul is simply electrifying. With more than 200 objects and immersive experiences, Hallyu! The Korean Wave, lets you into the groovy, joyful and vibrant world of K-pop, K-film, K-beauty and beyond.

 

The Italy That’s Revealed by Italians on Social Media
A teacher in Tuscany collects the strange and beautiful images that capture what he calls “a marginal Italy.”

Italy is, in part, a photographic invention, a mirage of tourist snaps and magazine spreads of decadent Venetian palazzi, sauvage Sardinian beaches, and almost pornographic closeups of creamy Roman carbonara. “Pictures from Italian Profiles,” a project born on Facebook and recently published as a book with the same title, shows us something different: what its creator, Stefano Frosini, refers to as “a marginal Italy,” moving beyond “the glossy rhetoric of the Belpaese that ends up cannibalizing all other possible narratives.”

 

How James Cameron and Jon Landau Remastered ‘Avatar’ for Its Rerelease
“We drive the studio operations team crazy,” says Landau of the lengths to which he and Cameron go to deliver the best possible theatrical presentation.

When Avatar opened in December 2009 — en route to becoming the biggest movie of all time, topping $2.8 billion at the global box office — for many movie goers, it was the first time they experienced digital 3D. Now, filmmaker James Cameron and producer Jon Landau will reintroduce audiences to their groundbreaking movie with a stunning, newly-remastered version for today’s cinemas.
Starting Friday, audiences will return to a Pandora full of vivid details and colors that they didn’t see the last time the movie was in cinemas, back when many theaters were equipped with first generation digital cinema projectors paired with new 3D systems. And for younger movie goers, maybe this is the first opportunity to experience Pandora in 3D on a big screen. Cameron and Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment remastered the film in 4K in a high-dynamic range, with select scenes at 48-frames-per-second.

 

16 Facts to Learn for Native American Heritage Month
Also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, here are some fascinating tidbits, including when it started.

There are over 9 million Native Americans and Native Alaskans living in the United States today. And with over 500 federally recognized tribes, there are hundreds of different cultures that are as unique as the people they represent. From artwork and books and literature, to cuisine and music, there is much to appreciate and learn.
While many refer to Native people as Native American, the National Museum of the American Indian notes that it’s best to use the individual tribal name, when possible. In the United States, Native American is the most common term, but many Native people prefer the terms American Indian or Indigenous American instead. When in doubt, always ask people what they prefer to called.
Every November, we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. It’s a chance to recognize the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and stories and important contributions of Native American people, along with acknowledging the population’s hardship and struggles both throughout history and continuing today.

 

Do we ask too much of parents?
An expert argues that we make parenting so much harder than it needs to be by failing at policy.

Are we setting parents up to fail?
Setting children up for success in today’s world is incredibly hard. In our culture, it’s especially difficult because the job of giving kids everything they need largely falls to parents. And even if you’re the most attentive and loving parent in the world, it’s not enough.
If they’re going to succeed in this society, they need to learn certain kinds of skills. And they need certain kinds of people to teach them those skills. Schools are supposed to do this, but kids spend the vast majority of their time outside school — and the most crucial period of development for kids occurs before they even get to public school. The gaps that emerge during this time are one of the great drivers of inequality in our country.

 

Buckingham Palace reportedly ‘concerned’ by The Crown‘s fifth season
The Netflix show’s penultimate series will reimagine the separation and subsequent divorce between King Charles III and Diana, Princess of Wales

The much anticipated release of The Crown’s fifth and penultimate season is set for 9 November. Following the recent death of the late Queen Elizabeth II, Netflix has decided not to delay the release of the series, despite its coverage of a difficult decade for the Royal Family. Now, according to the Telegraph, Buckingham Palace is aiming to protect the reputation of King Charles III as the streaming platform prepares to dramatise the ‘all out war’ of his marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales.
As per the paper, royal sources stressed on Sunday that The Crown is ‘a drama not a documentary’ and that much of its content is fictionalised or exaggerated. Producers have revealed that the series was completed before the Queen’s death and that no subsequent changes have been made.

 

Buckingham Palace unveils new official photo of Charles III as King
Taken at the Palace last week, the image shows the new monarch carrying out government duties

In the days since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her son and heir, King Charles III, has been adjusting to his new role as monarch while grieving the loss of his late mother. As the period of Royal Mourning continues, Buckingham Palace has released a new official photograph of the King, unveiled on the evening of Friday 23 September.

 

How Much Would You Pay to Hear Great Music?
With ticket prices for performing arts rising, could fresh approaches like pay-what-you-can increase access and foster more adventurous programming?

“I’m a cellist, and I have played in orchestras my entire life,” Blake-Anthony Johnson, the president and chief executive of the Chicago Sinfonietta, said recently. “I used to ask the other musicians, ‘What is the most you would pay for your ideal concert?’ And it was nowhere near what our patrons actually pay.”
Johnson was describing a slow-moving crisis in the performing arts: Ticket prices have risen far more precipitously than most Americans’ earnings — to say nothing of the seductively low cost of streaming services at home.
This rise doesn’t just trouble short-term sales. It also affects the long-term health of arts organizations, which depend on the philanthropic support of patrons who have generally built close relationships with the objects of their giving.

 

Want to Be a Better Cook? Trust Your Senses.
Paying attention to sight, smell, sound and feel will steer you in ways that simply following a recipe cannot, Yewande Komolafe writes.

One of my favorite episodes of “This American Life” begins with a conversation between the host Ira Glass and the culinary griot and author Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor. In the episode, Mr. Glass decides to test Ms. Smart-Grosvenor’s claim that she can tell when chicken is done frying by simply listening to the oil. He plays recordings of hot grease: the initial sizzles of battered chicken nestling into the pan, the more vigorous bubbles as the oil heats back up, the final rumbles as the chicken transforms.
I recognized those distinct sounds immediately and could envision the chicken’s color deepening from floury white to amber. As Ms. Smart-Grosvenor listened, she was trusting her own senses — and what the ingredients revealed to her. That honing of the senses, I know, is how you become a great cook.

 

How Constance Wu Survived That Tweetstorm
In her memoir, “Making a Scene,” the actress reveals her isolation, racism in her career and how she’s moving on.

The book is a portrait of a young woman’s life and of a young artist, struggling to find her way.
It also tells the story of being the child of immigrants. Ms. Wu grew up in Richmond, Va. She was the third of four daughters (“I don’t really believe in astrology but I do believe in birth order because I’m very much a typical middle child”) to Taiwanese parents who had moved to the United States in the 1970s. Her mother initially stayed at home, raising the children, but later found a career in computer programming; her father, who received a doctorate in biology and genetics, was a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

We Traveled to Bhutan Before Its Reopening — Here’s What to Know Before You Go
With overhauled tourism policies (and new fees), Bhutan reopened today, Sept. 23. Here, our guide on how to visit the country, from two travel writers who visited ahead of the country’s reopening.

Today, Sept. 23, the country reopened to foreign travelers. Placing incredible value on their cultural heritage, happiness of their citizens, and sustainability of their carbon-negative country, Bhutan has always had a mindful approach to tourism. And in reopening, they’ve significantly raised the tourism tax, which now costs $200 daily (up from $65 a day); the tax is called a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) and is meant to fund social programs, infrastructure, and environmental protections. These protocols are meant to prevent overtourism, as visitation numbers have shot up in the last 20 years, increasing 4,052% since 2000, per the World Tourism Organization.

 

 

 

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