T LOunge for September 28th, 2022

Posted on September 28, 2022

Arengario Cocktail Bar and Restaurant – Milan, Italy


GLORIOUS grandeur, darlings! It’s WEDNESDAY and if that doesn’t call for a little bit of la dolce vita, then we don’t know what the hell does. Sit anywhere. Move your seat constantly as the mood or the sunlight strikes you. Indulge. Do nothing for as long as possible.


Gwyneth Paltrow On Turning 50: “I’ve Earned My Wrinkles”
In celebration of her 50th birthday, Gwyneth Paltrow sat down with Vogue to reflect on this milestone. Ahead of the celebration, the actor turned wellness mogul was feeling calm, which she explained was a change from how she had felt in previous decades. Paltrow discussed how her sense of style has — and has not — changed over the years, what it’s like to see images of her younger self canonised in fashion history, and what she’s most grateful for that she did in her 20s.
“I feel great. I feel very happy and fulfilled and not scared and weirdly not freaked out about it. I remember turning 30 and feeling like there was so much pressure to be married and have a baby. I was not in a serious relationship when I turned 30, and I remember just thinking, I’m disappointing my parents. I haven’t married my stockbroker or a lawyer, and I’m this weird artist. When you’re in your 20s, you’re really a kid, and I think there’s this expectation that when you’re 30, you are going to really start to have a handle on your life. And then when I turned 40, I really freaked out.”


Mrs. Prada Muses on Miu Miu
Nearly three decades after founding Miu Miu, Miuccia Prada is at the peak of her artistic powers, even making one very tiny miniskirt go very viral. In a rare interview about the brand, the designer discusses her pleated revolution.

Miuccia Prada is not strictly a self-made woman. The company she revolutionized from a dusty luggage business to a paragon of luxury fashion was started by her grandfather. But she is certainly a self-fashioned one. She dyes her own hair honey blond. She cuts it herself too (though she might let hairstylist Guido Palau give her a snip backstage before a show). She is a woman who takes things into her own hands, whether that means ideas, projects, or skirt lengths. Posing for Tyler Mitchell for this photo shoot, she took out a pair of scissors and lopped off her hemline, right then and there. “There is a pleasure in cutting,” she tells me.
The pleasure of cutting is what has propelled Miu Miu, Mrs. Prada’s other fashion line, to be a viral phenomenon over the past year.


The explosive real story behind Blonde
The new Marilyn Monroe biopic, starring Ana de Armas, is out now – but what’s the truth behind the tale?

Marilyn Monroe. She was the ultimate blonde bombshell and, in many ways, even 60 years after her death, she still is. Hollywood’s pin-up and its most enduring sex symbol remains a source of fascination and the subject of countless documentaries and films. This week, the latest, Blonde, based on the 2000 Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted novel by Joyce Carol Oates, is released, starring Ana de Armas.
So why is it, all these years later, that we are still unpicking this woman’s life, still looking for new ways to understand her? It is perhaps because Monroe’s story has become one of Hollywood’s most engaging cautionary tales. Her premature, and arguably mysterious death, aged 36, established Monroe as a tragic figure; a symbol of the exploitative studio system and its ingrained misogyny. As our mores change, so our preoccupation with her evolves. Post #MeToo, we see her as yet another woman abused by powerful men. In a more outwardly and nuanced feminist landscape, we also see an actress trying desperately hard to be taken seriously, and not judged solely on her looks.


King Charles Inherits Queen Elizabeth’s Racehorses
The King is set to have his first runner this week in the famous royal racing silks.

When Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952 she inherited racehorses from her father King George VI. And now, King Charles III has taken over the mantle and will have his first runner later this week.
The famous racing silks that were associated with the Queen for more than 70 years—a scarlet and purple jacket with a black cap and gold braiding—will now be worn by jockeys racing in King Charles’s name. His first runner will be Educator, who is set to compete at Salisbury Racecourse in the southwest of England on Thursday.


Batch Cooking Is a Smart Way to Save Time and Money—Here’s How to Make It Work for You
Plus, discover which dishes are best suited for this economical strategy.

When you hear the phrase “batch cooking,” cookies might be the first thing that come to mind—but this technique goes far beyond desserts. The method ultimately saves money and time for a wide variety of situations and people.
While it’s a natural choice for large families, parties, and shared meals, Leslie Jonath, a food editor and the author of Feed Your People: Big-Batch, Big-Hearted Cooking and Recipes to Gather Around, explains that it’s really “for people who are planners, but also for unexpected occasions.”
Cooking in batches might seem daunting, but it’s the exact kind of planning that allows you to be spontaneous. Just as a batch of cookies works for a party, a batch of a favorite dessert might make a good gift or a convenient treat to pair with coffee if someone drops by unexpectedly. Learning the basics of batch cooking gives you options and the comfort of something home cooked—for yourself or for others.


71 Must-Watch Movies Based on True Stories
Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

While compelling storylines come in many forms, there’s something distinctly satisfying about a movie based on a real life story. Not only can you continually remind yourself that what you’re watching on screen really did happen (even when the likes of Brad Pitt or Meryl Streep are the stars), you can also find joy in learning about a captivating tale based on true events. Netflix even has an entire category on its platform dedicated to movies based on true stories.
Whether you’re looking for a biopic, a serial killer mystery, a feel good tale of finding oneself, or a classic underdog story, these films take all of the facts and spin them into a drama that will inspire, astound, and haunt long after you’ve finished watching—because the best kind of movie is the one that makes you want to learn everything you can about the real story. From The Woman in Gold to The Theory of Everything, here are some of the greatest films of all time based on true stories.


How to Make Natural Ink at Home
Once you start making ink, the world never quite looks the same. Here’s how to make your own colored inks to use in arts and crafts projects. Learn how to gather natural materials—leaves, berries, bark, moss—and transform them into rich, kid-friendly hues.

The base recipe comes from our friend, Jason Logan, who showed us how he makes and uses natural inks. Pictured pigments from left to right use the following main ingredients: coffee, black bean, sumac, black walnut, spinach, red cabbage, iris petal, elderberry, turmeric, grape juice, pokeweed berry, buckthorn berry, jicama, onion skin, wild grape, and goldenrod.


How ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Gave Harry Styles a Shocking Makeover in Key Scenes
Hair department head Jaime Leigh McIntosh and makeup head Heba Thorisdottir spent two hours working on giving Styles the look that has the internet abuzz.
The key, McIntosh says, was not to push Styles to the point where his new appearance would be a joke. “It was about finding that balance and a fine line of pushing him in a different direction, but not so far,” says McIntosh.


Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on Their ‘Gutsy’ Star Turn, Fox News and Whether a Woman Can Be President
HiddenLight Prods., which the pair launched with Sam Branson (son of Richard Branson, of the Virgin brand), has launched its first series, “Gutsy.” The Apple TV+ documentary series is based on the Clintons’ 2019 “Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience,” and in it, the former secretary of state and the Oxford Ph.D. kibitz with Kim Kardashian and Megan Thee Stallion, as well as feminist icon Gloria Steinem and labor activist Dolores Huerta.
In this conversation, which takes place in New York City, Hillary Clinton addresses the aftermath of the 2016 election, the threats against women in politics, and whether she believes a woman could ever become president. Chelsea Clinton speaks out about what it felt like to be the subject of “relentless” scrutiny on the campaign trail and to see her family covered on Fox News. Together, they share their vision for what they hope to accomplish with “Gutsy” in this new and unexpected pivot into entertainment.


It Was Elizabeth Olsen All Along! How She Struck Marvel Magic and Cemented Wanda as the MCU’s Most Powerful Character
For Olsen, 33, who burst into the movie world with 2011’s Sundance Film Festival sensation “Martha Marcy May Marlene” — and saw her profile skyrocket as Wanda (aka the Scarlet Witch) in six Marvel movies, starting with a mid-credits cameo in 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and later the hit 2021 Disney+ TV series “WandaVision” — the character’s heel-turn into darkness took some adjustment. “Well, this is quite a leap from the woman that I’ve been playing!” she remembers thinking after learning she was to go malevolent in the Sam Raimi-directed sequel to “Doctor Strange.”


In Bros, Billy Eichner Subverts the Hollywood Status Quo
“We haven’t gotten the chance to make many movies like this,” the gay rom-com’s star and screenwriter says. “And it turns out that I had a lot to say.”

Both accessible and entirely fresh, Bros seems likely to make a dent on Friday at the box office, which has seen successful bows for The Woman King and Don’t Worry Darling over the past two weeks. In our interview, Eichner goes deep on the making and rollout of the Nicholas Stoller–directed movie, and striking that careful balance between a timeless story and a historic breakthrough. Eichner is right in arguing Bros is for everyone, not just the LGBTQ+ viewers understandably very excited about the film, and has made that a core part of his pitch: “I really hope straight people get out there to see this movie, the way they would see any other big hilarious comedy in a movie theater that Judd Apatow made, or anyone else—because it’s really no different.”


Abbott Elementary’s Emmy Wins Are “Tattooed” on Chris Perfetti’s Brain
The star of the hit ABC series discusses season two, along with his fondest memories from the awards show, when costars Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph both took home their first statuettes.
Chris Perfetti has two litmus tests when reading a new project: The script should make him laugh out loud in a public place, and the thought of another actor playing the character should fill him with jealousy. Abbott Elementary, the hit mockumentary-style sitcom about a group of passionate educators—and a slightly tone-deaf principal—at an underfunded Philadelphia public school, passed both of those tests with flying colors.


How a British Socialist Rewrote the World for Children
E. Nesbit used her grief, her politics, and her imagination to make a new kind of book for kids.

There was a time, not so long ago, when things were perfect for the children up at the bright-faced house, at the edge of London. Heaps of toys in the nursery, an enchanted garden that rolled on for ages, and there were always buns for tea. Mother forever merry, forever there. But then Father died, or was imprisoned for treason, or his business partner absconded to Spain with their money, and the family had to abandon all the best old things and perhaps even the beloved house altogether, being reduced to a dank, crumbling cottage. Mother, too, was soon indisposed—dead or shut up in a room writing stories for pay—which left the children to a crotchety aunt or a kindly old gentleman friend. Mostly it left them to their own devices, unsupervised and largely unschooled, to seek their lost fortune together, with the aid of a time-travelling mole, say, or a sand-fairy who granted wishes. A form of reclamation awaited at story’s end: the return of the family’s comfort and prospects, perhaps even the return of Father.


Blonde director Andrew Dominik calls Gentlemen Prefer Blondes a film about ‘well-dressed whores’
The filmmaker also says Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend is “romanticized whoredom.”

Filmmaker Andrew Dominik’s new movie Blonde is all about Marilyn Monroe, but apparently that doesn’t mean he respects her work as an actress.
In an interview with Dominik for the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound magazine published Tuesday, film critic Christina Newland describes Dominik as seeming “genuinely gobsmacked” when she tells him that many of her friends and colleagues enjoy 1953 Monroe’s film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which she says he regards, like most of Monroe’s films, as little more than “cultural artefacts.”
Later Tuesday, Newland posted an excerpt from her conversation with Dominik that did not appear in the published story, calling it “an outtake.” In a brief back-and-forth, the director elaborates on his feelings toward Monroe’s filmography. “She’s somebody who’s become this huge cultural thing in a whole load of movies that nobody really watches, right?” he asks. “Does anyone watch Marilyn Monroe movies?”


Special portraits of the Queen to be released on one-of-a-kind stamps
Photographs of the former monarch throughout decades of her life will appear on the new stamps

Collectors and royal fans alike will be pleased to hear that the Royal Mail has announced that come November, four new stamps featuring portraits of Queen Elizabeth II will be released in her memory. The stamps, which have reportedly been ‘approved’ by King Charles III, will go on sale from 10 November and include images of the late monarch through the years, from 1952 to 1996.
The first class stamp of Her Majesty will feature a photograph of the late Queen by Cecil Beaton in 1968; the second class stamp will include a photograph taken by Dorothy Wilding in 1952, while two other stamps will represent portraits of the sovereign taken in 1984 by Yousuf Karsh and 1996 by Tim Graham, respectively. The stamps will all appear in black and white, with the dates of her life appearing in print in the top corners.


A Vanishing Craft Reappears
The practice of making pajaki, the Polish folk art created to honor the earth, finds an unexpected revival.

“They were almost completely forgotten about in Poland,” Karolina Merska said.
An artist based in London, Ms. Merska refers to pajaki, the craft often regarded as the preserve of older women in the countryside of Poland, where she is from. In an age of instant gratification, some attribute the art form’s slow demise to its time-consuming processes.
Pajaki (pronounced pah-yonk-ee), the Polish word for spider, are decorative folk mobiles comparable in shape to chandeliers, typically suspended from ceilings in striking webs of rye straw and paper. Known for their vivid colors — magenta, lime, turquoise — the mobiles were historically used to brighten up homes during the dark winter months. But while variations of these lattice designs have been featured in homes throughout Poland since the 18th century — used as tokens of health and happiness, as well as gifts and decorations for weddings and Christenings — pajaki were, by the mid-2010s, fading rapidly from cultural memory. Ms. Merska now makes and sells pajaki for about $600 each and has been running pajaki workshops from her art studio in East London for the past five years.






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