T LOunge for October 12th, 2022

Posted on October 12, 2022

Wilshire Senopati Bar and Restaurant – Indonesia, Jakarta

 

It’s WEDNESDAY and we all deserve some ELEGANZA, yes? Dive into luxury and stay there all day, kittens.

 

 

Dame Angela Lansbury Has Died
The British actress passed away just days before her 97th birthday.

It’s a sad die for lovers of mysteries and musicals alike. Angela Lansbury, the acclaimed actress perhaps best known for her long-running television series Murder, She Wrote, has passed away at the age of 96. Her death was announced via a statement from her family. She is survived by her brother, her three children, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, according to the BBC
Born in London on October 16, 1925, Lansbury was the daughter of Irish actress Moyna MacGill, and Edgar Lansbury, a timber merchant. The actress was only 18 when she landed her first film role in 1944’s Gaslight—a role which also brought her the first of three Academy Award nominations. Over the course of her more seven-decade career, she would add another eighteen Emmy nominations, and five Tony award wins to her accolades, her latest in 2009 at the age of 83.

 

The 25 Best Christmas Movies to Watch on Hulu
Stream-able holiday cheer, right this way.

No holiday inspires screenwriters quite like Christmas. Over the years, holiday movies have become an essential part of how we celebrate the season—be in in the form of easy-watching rom-coms, heartwarming family tales, hilarious comedies, or all around seasonal classics, there’s plenty to keep your screen busy this season, especially with streaming services like Hulu at your disposal. Whatever flavor of holiday film you’re looking for, here are the top options on Hulu right now.

 

The Mysterious Stone at the Center of the British Imperial State Crown
The Black Prince’s Ruby has a legendary royal history.

King Charles III’s coronation in May 2023 will be a slight departure from the coronations of the past, including elements of the ancient ceremony but also reflecting modern sensibilities. While it’s not yet clear precisely what that will mean, the monarch will be crowned, as per tradition, with the St Edward’s Crown. However, it’s likely that that crown’s appearance will be short-lived, as it’s typically only used for the moment of crowning itself. Instead, when (and if) Charles appears on Buckingham Palace’s balcony after the ceremony, it’s expected that he’ll be wearing the Imperial State Crown.
Last seen alongside some of the other crown jewels when they made the final journey with Queen Elizabeth II during her state funeral, the Imperial State Crown remains a glittering symbol of the sovereign. It was worn by the late Queen for her coronation in 1953, and for many occasions over the course of her reign. But in 2016, and for every State Opening of Parliament thereafter, it was placed a velvet pillow right next to Her Majesty. It had become—at almost three pounds and laden with 2,901 stones—simply too heavy a burden to bear.

 

Angela Lansbury, Legendary Broadway Performer and Murder She Wrote Star, Dies at Age 96
Angela Lansbury, the London-born actress who created memorably sinister characters in the Hollywood films Gaslight and The Manchurian Candidate, died on Tuesday, just five days short of her 97th birthday. In her later years, Lansbury went on to conquer the stages of Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, as well as star in a prime-time television series that ran for 12 seasons.
“The children of Dame Angela Lansbury are sad to announce that their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 a.m. today,” her family revealed in a statement. “In addition to her three children, Anthony, Deirdre, and David, she is survived by three grandchildren, Peter, Katherine and Ian, plus five great grandchildren and her brother, producer Edgar Lansbury. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Peter Shaw. A private family ceremony will be held at a date to be determined.”

 

In My Mind & Me, Selena Gomez Opens Up
Due to premiere globally on the streaming service on November 4, it’s billed as a “uniquely raw and intimate documentary” which tracks the Grammy and Emmy-nominated Only Murders in the Building star’s six-year journey “into a new light” after a particularly difficult period in which she was diagnosed with lupus, depression, and anxiety, and still reeling from a kidney transplant which had caused one of her arteries to break and required emergency surgery. In the director’s chair, supporting the musician and actor as she reflects on her recent past, is Alek Keshishian, who previously helmed Madonna: Truth or Dare, the sweeping critical hit which attempted to demythologize the pop icon.

 

The Briefcase Is Back–and I Want One
I’ve been in search of a briefcase. No, I’m not a C-suite advertising exec, a divorce lawyer, or a prominent lobbyist. I’m just a fashion writer who covers the return of knee-high tights and ballet flats. My bag is lighthearted as well: I come to work every day with a Louis Vuitton bag from the early ’00s with a noughties cell phone pocket on the side. But lately, I’ve really been lusting after structure. Fun fashion, be gone. I want something more serious, more long-term.
But these carryalls have gotten a bad rap in women’s fashion for being the antithesis of fun and sexiness. They’re almost always a 9-to-5 eyesore thanks to their often rounded square shape and drab coloring. Look at Ally McBeal: The Boston lawyer seems to be perpetually weighed down by her hulking bag. In Working Girl, dealmaker Jack (Harrison Ford) presents secretary-businesswoman Tess (Melanie Griffith) with an ugly brown briefcase as a gift as if it were the negotiation version of a proposal.

 

Guo Pei’s New Rug Collection “Opulent Nature” Is an Ode to Chinese Craftmanship
Guo Pei, the renowned Chinese couturier, has always believed in sharing her country’s rich artistic heritage through style—an ethos she firmly upheld when creating her first collection with the Rug Company.
Titled “Opulent Nature,” the pieces all feature decorative textiles adorned with majestic Eastern patterns like dragons amid clouds, swirling waves, lion faces, and lotus-like flowers in bloom. “My work has always been about bringing about a wider international awareness of Chinese culture and traditions,” Pei says. “It was important to reflect its beauty through the carefully curated application of motifs, symbols, and ideas and develop them into a visually engaging manner.”
Fashion aficionados will recognize the aesthetics of one rug, “Empress Gold,” as a nod to her iconic fur-lined cape worn by Rihanna for the 2015 Met Gala. Both are the same shade of yellow, which symbolizes power in Chinese culture and was often worn by royalty.

 

Why Fall Is the Perfect Time to Visit Zürich—And Discover the World of Swiss Wine
Once, however, you’ve laid waste to the massive Burgundy (and Champagne and Barolo) selection at Isebähnli, your focus must shift to the incredible Swiss wineries nearby. There are six wine regions in Switzerland, most easily divided into three groups: French, German and Italian Switzerland. Some of the most serious—and my favorite—Swiss wines come from the impossibly steep, south-facing slopes of the Valais, wedged in the southwestern corner of the country in the heart of the Alps, a three-hour drive or train ride from Zürich.
It is home to the famed pyramid-shaped Matterhorn mountain, countless Alpine ski resorts, and a small and serious group of winegrowers making characterful and concentrated white wines: from Petite Arvine, Amigne, Humagne, Fendant (Chasselas), Johannisberg (Sylvaner), Ermitage (Marsanne), Malvoisie (Pinot Gris) and deep, detailed reds of Pinot Noir and Syrah. Four women, and their families, are among my favorites—meet them all here.

 

Artist Amy Sherald on her mission to challenge ideas of the Black American experience
Raised in Georgia and based in New York, Sherald rose to fame with her portrait of Michelle Obama. She speaks to Helena Lee ahead of her first solo show in Europe

The idea of possibility pervades Sherald’s work – portraits of Black Americans at leisure against flat planes of colour, freed from social context and labels. Perhaps the reason for this stems from an event that set her on her own artistic path. On a school trip to Ohio’s Columbus Museum of Art, aged 11, she saw the American Realist Bo Bartlett’s Object Permanence, in which he imagined himself as a Black man. “I was in shock,” she says. “I’d never seen a Black person in a painting before. I’d never seen a painting that big before. That moment allowed me the opportunity to dream and to aspire.”

 

Lizzo Is Here to Talk About All of It—That Flute, That Lyric, Her Man, and More
The Emmy- and Grammy-winning superstar flautist gives Vanity Fair insight into her art, and the nuances of positivity.

She grew up in a household with her mother’s love for gospel music and her father listening to Elton John and Billy Joel. She was famously classically trained and may be the most notable flautist in popular music since Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. But, she tells me, she doesn’t think she plays the flute enough in her songs. (Two months after this interview, she played the 200-year-old crystal flute that had been owned by President James Madison. She played it at the Library of Congress and onstage at her Washington, DC, concert, and was thrilled that she made history. “When people look back at the crystal flute, they’re going to see me playing it,” Lizzo tells me. “They’re going to see that it was owned by James Madison, but they’re going to see how far we’ve had to come for someone like me to be playing it in the nation’s capital, and I think that that’s a cool thing. I don’t want to leave history in the hands of people who uphold oppression and racism. My job as someone who has a platform is to reshape history.”)

 

Super Styling: The Return Of Big Bouncy Hair
Time to bring back Big Hair Energy.

Farewell poker straight Y2K hair, because according to this season’s catwalks we’re set to be styling ourselves bigger, bouncier and back a decade, channelling the original Supermodels of the 1990s. As usual TikTok is all over it, with hot rollers replacing hair straighteners as the must-have tool of the season, and thickening, volume-boosting layers being chopped into previously razor straight bobs.

 

Sydney Sweeney Will Slip Into A Chainmail Minidress For A Barbarella Remake
Who would dare to step into a role previously held by Jane Fonda? Sydney Sweeney, that’s who.
The Euphoria breakout is reportedly gearing up to star in a campy Barbarella reboot. Inspired by a comic book series written by French author Jean-Claude Forest in the early ’60s, the original movie, directed by Fonda’s then-husband Roger Vadim, has developed a cult following since flopping at the box office in 1968, with whispers of a reimagining first circulating in 2018 after Dynamite Entertainment reissued the comic.

 

Critic’s Appreciation: Angela Lansbury, a Class Act From a Vanishing Breed
The beloved star of stage and screen made a graceful exit in her sleep at 96 — the only kind of exit this lifelong trouper could make.

Descriptors like “Broadway royalty” tend to get tossed around all too freely. But there’s no disputing the claim to that title of Angela Lansbury, who died Tuesday, just five days before her 97th birthday. She was a grande dame of the theater of a kind that has largely gone the way of the dinosaur. It’s tempting to imagine a reverent hush passing over New York’s most hallowed stages tonight, along with those of London, as they welcome another fabulous ghost.
Lansbury was a class act, the rare public figure whose elegant sophistication was matched by her approachability. When she wasn’t on the actual stage, performing tirelessly in plays and musicals through her eighth decade, I saw her many times at the theater as a regular attendee.

 

The best wildlife photos of 2022 include a ball of bees, a snake eating a bat, and polar bears raiding an abandoned town
As a ball of swarming cactus bees rolled across the hot Texas sand, Karine Aigner trained her camera on the spectacle.
The cactus bees, like most other bees, are endangered by habitat loss, pesticides, and the changing climate. But that didn’t stop this cluster of buzzing insects from trying to multiply. All but one of the bees in that ball were male, swarming around a single female. As they clamored for an opportunity to mate, Aigner’s camera lens clicked.
The resulting photo, above, won the Grand Title in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London each year.
From more than 38,000 entries, Aigner’s photo and 19 other category winners stood out.

 

Ciara’s Lasting Career Is a Testament to Her Community
Ciara — 37-year-old, triple-platinum recording artist, dancer, entrepreneur, mom, and wife — is a veteran It Girl (or That Girl, as they are more frequently called today). She hails from the South. Atlanta. Or Decatur, Georgia, to be more exact. Defining the geography of Atlanta does no good when talking about the city’s reputation as a mecca of hip-hop and beauty. “As a collective,” says Ciara, “we all come from different locations within Georgia, but still, it’s just Atlanta. It’s just how it kind of happened naturally.”
Ciara’s career is a testament to that world, that community. She has not only grown up in an area that has had a seismic impact on music, dance, and beauty — she’s been part of shaping these arenas. After lunch, she wants to play music from her upcoming album, the eighth in her catalog, as yet untitled. (The first single, “Jump,” which was released in July, is a twerking extravaganza that pays homage to cheerleaders, her 2022 Sports Illustrated swimsuit-edition cover, and, of course, Black hair.)

 

History of the Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood Sign has become a shining beacon of hope for those who venture to seek fame and wealth in the entertainment mecca of the world. Originally erected as “Hollywoodland”, as an advertisement to lure real estate investors in 1923 has now become a major symbol of Los Angeles that has seen tragedy, many facelifts, and even pranks over the decades.
Scroll through the gallery to read about its historic beginnings and regeneration as the iconic landmark is set to celebrate its centenary in 2023.

 

Halloween Pumpkin Ideas
This Halloween, turn a plain pumpkin into a spellbinding witch, glow-in-the-dark cat, googly-eyed zombie, hooting owl, or a traditional toothy-grinned jack-o-lantern. Learn techniques like etching, painting, decoupaging, or our own easy-to-follow carve-by-the-number approach.

 

Queen Elizabeth’s Favorite Scottish Pancake Recipe Has Resurfaced—Here’s How to Make the Royal Tea-Time Treat
Known as drop scones in the U.K., these silver-dollar sized cakes were once served to a former U.S. president.

Over the course of her life, Queen Elizabeth was known for her sweet tooth (she loved indulging in the royal family’s famous Christmas cookies!). She also enjoyed one particular tea-time treat: Scottish pancakes. According to Simplemost, Queen Elizabeth’s personal recipe for the dish, also known as drop scones, has surfaced on Reddit in the weeks following her passing. It’s the very same one she used when hosting President Dwight Eisenhower during his trip to Balmoral Castle in Scotland back in 1959.
The drop cakes were apparently so delicious, the former president requested the recipe during his stay, and Queen Elizabeth shared it in a letter five months later: “Dear Mr. President. Seeing a picture of you in today’s newspaper, standing in front of a barbecue grilling quail, reminded me that I had never sent you the recipe of the drop scones which I promised you at Balmoral,” the Queen wrote. “I now hasten to do so, and I hope you will find them successful.”

 

What Even Is a Nerd Anymore?
In a new book, the cultural critic Maya Phillips explores the impact and evolution of nerd culture, especially in her own life.

Who wants to be a nerd? Fifty years ago the word was a schoolyard insult; 25 years ago it connoted job opportunities in the dot-com boom. Today the word has come to imply a devotion to things found at comic book and science fiction conventions, from niche works (Joanna Russ’s fiction) to the absolutely mainstream (“The Avengers”). Journalists and scholars now study the origins and the nature of the nerd: You can read histories of the nerd as a cultural figure (Benjamin Nugent’s fine “American Nerd”) as well as sociological studies of nerdy practices (Camille Bacon-Smith’s underrated “Science Fiction Culture”).
The poet and New York Times critic Maya Phillips’s breezy, personal, engaging first book of prose is not a study of nerds, nor a look at their history. Instead, it’s a look at what millennial nerds read and watch, which together create what we call nerd culture. In “Nerd,” Phillips collects nine essays about her favorite nerd media, mostly American and Japanese TV and film from the 1990s forward, and discusses their impact on her life and the lessons they’ve taught her.

 

The Purple Drink That Has the Heart of Peruvians
Hugely popular in its home country, chicha morada has been a source of inspiration for chefs in New York City for cocktails, savory dishes and desserts.

In Peru, chicha morada is as popular as sweet iced tea is in the American South, and as Peruvian chefs have opened restaurants here in New York, it’s a must on the menus. Chefs often dedicate more than two hours a day to simmer the corn with pineapple, apples, lime, sugar and spices like cinnamon and clove, and use the chicha morada in cocktails, savory dishes and desserts.
“It has those warming Christmas spices, but it’s so refreshing,” said Erik Ramirez, the chef and partner at Llama Inn in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, who likens the drink to “Christmas on the beach.” Mr. Ramirez simmers the drink for 45 minutes, lets the ingredients sit in the beverage as it cools overnight, and later adds sugar, then fresh squeezed lime to order. The restaurant’s most popular cocktail, the Llama Del Rey, has a chicha morada base.

 

California’s New Generation of Female Winemakers Is Changing How We Drink
Meet seven women working to make space for themselves in California’s male-dominated wine industry.

LAST NOVEMBER, I stopped in at The Matheson, a farm-to-table restaurant in the heart of Healdsburg. I had headed north to Sonoma County from my home in Los Angeles — one of several trips in a quest to meet the women changing California wine. I already knew there were far more than I could possibly feature in this article, and when I told the bartender at the rooftop lounge about my mission, he added another local name to my list.

 

Angela Lansbury, Star of Film, Stage and ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ Dies at 96
She was a Hollywood and Broadway sensation, but she captured the biggest audience of her career as the TV sleuth Jessica Fletcher

It was a giddy start for a young woman who at 14 had fled wartime London with her mother and had only recently graduated from New York’s Feagin School of Dramatic Art. Ms. Lansbury imagined she might have a future as a leading lady, but, she said in a New York Times interview in 2009, she was not comfortable trying to climb that ladder.
“I wasn’t very good at being a starlet,” she said. “I didn’t want to pose for cheesecake photos and that kind of thing.”
It might also have been a matter of bones. Her full, round face was not well suited for the dramatic lighting of the time, which favored the more angular looks of stars like Lauren Bacall and Katharine Hepburn. In any event, she appeared in many a forgettable film before breaking out as the glamorous, madcap aunt in “Mame” on Broadway.

 

Angela Lansbury’s Greatest Roles: A Streaming Guide
From appearances in films as varied as “The Manchurian Candidate” to “Beauty and the Beast” to her long run on “Murder, She Wrote” on television, she entertained for decades.

An all-purpose performer with a golden voice and extraordinary versatility, Angela Lansbury, who died Tuesday at 96, could be affectionate and menacing — and sometimes both at once — in films as varied as “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Her accent could travel from the Cockney of “Gaslight” to the Mississippi twang of “The Long, Hot Summer” and many destinations in between. Over a durable half-century career, Lansbury cycled through Disney and Agatha Christie, but also played down-to-earth character roles and could hold her own romping through splashy musical numbers, as these 15 movies and her biggest television hit demonstrate.

 

 

 

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