T LOunge for September 2nd, 2022

Posted on September 02, 2022

La Sponda Restaurant – Positano, Italy

 

Can we just? Take a moment here? Deep breaths, everyone. It is FRIDAY, and for some of us, it’s a holiday weekend, so huzzah and hooray. Let’s all sit in the sun all day. In large hats, wearing the appropriate amount of sunscreen, of course.

 

When Frodo Met Bezos: How The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Got Made
What it took to bring Prime Video’s new series, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings and rumored to cost $1 billion, to the small screen.

When The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres on Prime Video on September 2, the series—which tells the story of the Second Age of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, several thousand years before the events of The Hobbit—might be the most expensive ever produced. The rumored $1 billion price tag for the project includes the $250 million Amazon laid out in 2017 to secure the rights to a selection of Tol­kien’s work and the eye-popping costs of production around the globe, with nearly two dozen stars over a planned five seasons.
But can you really put a price on something that lasts forever?
“The show asks, as Tolkien did, how far you would go to protect the people and the places that you love,” says Lindsey Weber, an executive producer on the series. “How far into the darkness would you step if those things were being taken from you? It’s a timeless question and a very high-stakes answer—and that makes for good storytelling.”

 

Regina Hall Is Not Your Average Church Lady in Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.
“I love things about the church … but it’s not an infallible institution,” Hall tells BAZAAR.com of her new mockumentary film.

“You see her out there trying to shake it for the Lord, but Trinitie can’t dance. Neither can Regina for that fact,” Hall tells BAAZAR.com over video chat, laughing as she remembers the stunts she portrayed as the dedicated first lady. Hall has worked for decades as a beloved comedic actress and underappreciated dramatic force, sides that come into perfect balance in the Ebo twins’ social satire about the showmanship, greed, and hypocrisy seen in megachurch culture. She masterfully handles Trinitie’s story as a woman who can both evoke and repel sympathy with her absolute need for control.

 

The 50 Best Netflix Original Films To Watch For Any Movie Night
From rom-coms like Someone Great to war films like Da 5 Bloods, these are our top picks on the famous streamer.

Netflix has no shortage of good TV shows. With drama hits like Bridgerton and The Crown to comedies like Sex Education and Never Have I Ever, your queue is bound to be filled with binge-worthy series for every genre. But the streamer has some gems in the film department as well, whether it’s a sweet YA romance like To All The Boys I Loved Before or award-worthy titles like The Power of the Dog and Dolemite is My Name.
Here are the 50 best Netflix original films, unranked.

 

Inside the Nation’s Only Abortion Fund For Native Americans
Founded by reproductive rights activist Rae Lorenzo, Indigenous Women Rising is a safe space for Indigenous people to tell their own stories—on their terms.

In Indigenous communities, the need for better reproductive healthcare services long predates the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade this summer. “Roe v. Wade has never been a reality for Native people since so many of us, whether we live on a reservation or in the city, rely on Indian Health Service,” Lorenzo says, referring to the much-criticized government agency that provides health services to tribal communities. “And because of the Hyde Amendment, it’s impossible for us to access abortion care.” Since 1976, the legislation has barred the use of federal funds for abortion, except in some narrowly specific instances—acting as a de facto ban for those who depend on IHS, Medicaid, or Medicare.

 

Jenifer Lewis Will Never Stop High-Kicking
The “entertainer’s entertainer” talks to friend and collaborator Lena Waithe about her groundbreaking career and her new book, Walking in My Joy.

At 65 years old, Jenifer Lewis is still kicking just as high and singing just as loudly as she did when she made her Broadway debut in Eubie in 1979. Over the past 43 years, the icon has immeasurably impacted the entertainment industry as a Black woman who, despite substantial personal and social obstacles, has mastered every medium and made a point of taking others with her along the way. In 1994, Lewis debuted an autobiographical one-woman cabaret act, The Diva Is Dismissed, which helped catapult her into groundbreaking onscreen roles, going on to appear in films like Sister Act and The Preacher’s Wife, and in television series including A Different World and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. More recently, Lewis starred as Ruby Johnson on ABC’s award-winning series Black-ish alongside Yara Shahidi and Tracee Ellis Ross.

 

Regina Hall Gives New Meaning to “Sunday Best” as a Subversive, Prada-Clad First Lady
The directors of Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. wanted a “Regina Hall type” for their debut film. They ended up with the real thing.

By the time Regina Hall walked into her first fitting for the mockumentary Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul., costume designer Lorraine Coppin knew what styles she would wear to captivate the sanctuary and the streets, the latter of which Hall’s character spends much of her time spreading the good word: Wander to Greater Paths Church was coming back bigger and better. Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul., a satirical commentary on Black church culture in theaters September 2, stars Hall and Sterling K. Brown as Trinitie and Lee-Curtis Childs, a Prada-or-nada couple whose fall from grace has them strategically plotting their resurgence through the looking glass of reality TV. Along the way, the cameras and boom mics expose the fissures in their marriage, church, and faith — and it’s in those cracks where the delectable Regina Hall blooms.
Exploring the complexities of the church is something Hall knows firsthand. “Growing up, I saw a lot of different ways of religious expression,” she says. “My grandmother went to a Baptist church where you had your hat on because you were going to catch a spirit. But my mother went to a very simple Charles Stanley-like church — there wasn’t the choir. And then I went to Catholic schools.”

 

How to Eat Like a Local in Venice
There are plenty of reasons to visit Venice—including this year’s film festival, which kicked off earlier this week—but if you ask the average tourist who hasn’t traveled far beyond St. Mark’s Square, the general consensus is that the food isn’t one of them. With its labyrinthine canals and alleyways, grand palazzos, and masterful art and architecture, it’s easy to lose yourself in this ethereal city, whether on your first visit or your twelfth. Chances are, though, you’ll come thudding back to earth at dinnertime.
You may have to work to find a bad meal in other parts of Italy, but in Venice, it’s easy to spend the equivalent cost of an entire day of spectacular eating in Rome on a single mediocre (at best) main course. Simple math can explain the abundance of tourist traps over the sort of high-quality, local spots you’re hoping for: Vacationers outnumber Venice’s 60,000 residents by a ratio of more than 330 to 1.

 

Struggling to Get Your Work Done? New Research Says Taking “Micro-Breaks” May Improve Productivity
Researchers found that pausing a task for 10 minutes or less resulted in higher levels of vigor and decreased fatigue in participants.

If you’ve found you can’t get through the workday without taking a quick walk or briefly stepping away from a task, you’re not alone. According to new research published in the journal, PLOS One, taking micro-breaks—or discontinuing a task for periods of 10 minutes or less—enhances your overall wellbeing and productivity.
There are currently a handful of studies that focus on recovery after the workday has ended, but there’s a limited amount of information about the process of recovery that happens during the workday or in between tasks. To help bridge this gap, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 22 studies from 19 manuscripts published within the last 30 years. Each study examined the benefits of taking micro-breaks during work hours.

 

‘Rings of Power’: Inside Owain Arthur’s 16-Piece Beard Transformation
It took a village — and several hours a day — to transform “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” actor Owain Arthur into Prince Durin IV for the Amazon Prime Video series launching Sept. 2.
The Peter Jackson films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” brought Middle Earth to life and established an elaborately detailed style for its inhabitants. The new series, which cost $462 million for the first season alone, brings a similar cinematic blockbuster quality to the small screen. Set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, it introduces a new world of characters, including Durin IV, who leads a clan of dwarves known as Longbeards.

 

Chef Anita Jaisinghani Wants You to Use More Spices in Your Cooking—Here’s How to Season Meals With Confidence
The cookbook author explains when and how to add spices while you cook—and why “popping” spices in oil imparts the most flavor.

Spices can add so much to a dish, but as anyone who has ever over-salted something knows, seasoning can also derail it when used incorrectly. And with so many different kinds of spices available, it can be hard to know which ones to use and when, how best to incorporate them, how much to add, and where to find (and store!) them. All in all, spices can be intimidating.

 

“We Have To Do What We Can To Bring Joy”: Ballet Star Oleg Ivenko On Representing Ukraine On The World Stage
In 2018, acclaimed Ukrainian ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko made the leap into movies. His debut role was as Rudolf Nureyev: the Russian legend considered the greatest dancer of his generation. Starring in The White Crow, which followed Nureyev’s defection to the West during the Cold War, Ivenko developed a special connection to his hero – and he now returns to the part, performing a famous pas de deux in a celebration of Nureyev’s work at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He spoke to Vogue about representing Ukraine on the world stage, his love for his “movie father” Ralph Fiennes, and why, after a new film with Diane Kruger, he might set his sights on Marvel.

 

Skip the Dry Cleaners: Here’s How to Wash and Care for Cashmere and Wool Sweaters
Follow these tips from Martha and other laundry experts, and you’ll be able to hand wash these items at home.

Let’s debunk this myth once and for all: You do not have to dry clean your sweaters. In fact, not even cashmere requires professional cleaning.
But if you’re like most, you’re reluctant to wash your sweaters at home; perhaps you’ve had some laundry disasters that have prevented you from trying again, like when one of your wooly favorites accidentally ended up in the dryer. But if you’re careful, there’s no reason to haul your beloved knits off to the cleaners.

 

How Hip-Hop Has Shaped The Jewellery Landscape
Hip-hop has forever changed how we look at jewellery. Now, the genre’s diamond-studded history is the subject of a new book, finds Janelle Okwodu.

The history of celebrity ornamentation can be split into two distinct eras: before and after bling. The phrase, first popularised by hip-hop stars in the late 1990s, has gained global notoriety. The calling card of rap, R&B and grime stars, hip-hop jewels – and their makers – receive shout-outs in hit songs and go viral on social media, such as fans arguing over Kanye West’s Jesus pieces or Cardi B’s Audemars Piguet collection. It’s taken decades for the mainstream to embrace the bold aesthetic of hip-hop jewellery and the shift it has caused within the wider industry – a subject fully explored in Taschen’s upcoming book Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History.

 

Every Question We’ve Ever Had About the Targaryens’s Very Blonde Hair
If nothing else, HBO’s Game of Thrones spin-off House of Dragons seems to have overtaken Selling Sunset as the blondest show currently on television. The series very well could have stolen the name of Bob Dylan’s album Blonde on Blonde if all the inter-towhead drama of its first episodes are any indication of what’s to come.
But there was something a little distracting (if not disturbing) about so many people with the same basic hairstyle (some of which seemed to be the result of some questionable wig work) trotting around. Some of the actors are clearly better suited to pull off this particular shade than others. Matt Smith, who made a handsome enough Dr. Who, is rendered nearly Hapsburgian by his all-blonde makeover (though, considering the Hapsburgs were an actually incest-happy royal line, it does make a certain amount of sense).

 

Fall Art Preview
Cubism tricks the eye at the Met, MOMA spotlights a famous fur teacup, New York City inspires Edward Hopper at the Whitney, and more.

Imagine a dynastic drama that opens with Henry VII seizing the English throne and ends with the death of his granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth I. No, it’s not Netflix’s prequel to “The Crown”—it’s the Met’s exhibition “The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England,” a gathering of magnificent paintings, sculptures, textiles, manuscripts, armor, and more from that turbulent period in British history, when the court flexed its power through its patronage of Europe’s finest artists and artisans. (Opens Oct. 10.)

 

Why movie tickets will be $3 across America this Saturday
See a movie for the price of a coffee on National Cinema Day and contemplate the future of theaters.

“National Cinema Day” sounds like another made-up holiday designed for meme-posting, like National Twin Day or National Dog Day or National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. But this one comes with a bonus: On Saturday, September 3, in 3,000 movie theaters across America, you can get a movie ticket for just $3. And with it comes a window into what’s going on with movie theaters.
Three dollars is a considerable bargain; the average movie ticket price in America has been hovering around $9 for about five years, and if you live in a major metropolitan area, you can pay double that. That does mean moviegoing is still just about the cheapest option for a night out, especially if you don’t succumb to the fragrance of slightly burned popcorn. But $3 is better than $9.

 

Maria Sibylla Merian, Trailblazing Artist-Scientist of the 17th Century
The artist, scientist, and adventurer comes to life in a new illustrated biography for young readers

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) was a woman far ahead of her time: a skilled, meticulous artist in an era when few women could participate in this profession; a self-taught entomologist, botanist, and ecologist before these fields were named or defined; a divorcée who raised two daughters largely on her own in a deeply religious society; an entrepreneur who supported her family through her publications and trade in the exotic specimens she studied; and a traveler who, at age 52, undertook the first-ever transatlantic journey for purely scientific purposes.

 

Lea Michele Is Well Aware That the Pressure Is On
She’s landed her dream role in “Funny Girl.” Now she’s tasked with rescuing the faltering Broadway show and proving that she is not the person she once was.

Fifteen years ago, Lea Michele was sulking in her “Spring Awakening” dressing room, heartbroken over a guy, when the Broadway show’s director offered her a bit of advice.
The director, Michael Mayer, suggested that she watch “Funny Girl,” which, he explained, was about a performer learning to not let a man drag her down.
“I gave it to her as a kind of comfort,” Mayer said in a phone interview last month. “You’ve got this great career, you’re the lead in this significant new musical, and you’re young still.”
Michele watched the movie that night. Dazzled, she watched it again the next night, resolving to one day land the lead role of Fanny Brice. A few weeks later, she gushed about “Funny Girl” and its star, Barbra Streisand, at dinner with a television producer, Ryan Murphy, who went on to create a new series, “Glee,” with Michele in mind.

 

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