T LOunge for October 14th, 2022

Posted on October 14, 2022

Moon Bar and Restaurant – Capri

 

Congratulations, kittens. It’s FRIDAY. We made it. Let’s do nothing of import for the rest of the day.

 

Danielle Deadwyler on the ‘Trepidatious Undertaking’ of Telling Mamie Till-Mobley’s Story
In Chinonye Chukwu’s Till, she gives a heart-wrenching and layered portrayal of Emmett Till’s mother as she fights for justice.

At its core, Till is an intimate portrait of a mother’s love shattered by hatred. Danielle Deadwyler’s portrayal of Mamie Till-Mobley is cerebral and handled with masterful care. She shines, delivering a transformative performance that skillfully showcases the palpable pain Till-Mobley channeled into a historic fight against racial injustice. “To step into the role of Mamie was an extremely nervous and trepidatious undertaking,” Deadwyler says. “She was doing things in an extraordinary way before having to deal with the very public mourning that dropped her onto the national and global scene.”

 


The Scariest Thing About The Watcher Is That It’s a True Story
The series is inspired by one real family’s experience of a dream home becoming a nightmare.
Netflix’s The Watcher tells the story of the Brannock family, who move into their new home in a well-to-do neighborhood only to receive ominous letters in the mail. The missives are from someone calling themselves “The Watcher,” who claims to be watching the Brannock’s house specifically.
Created by Ryan Murphy, the creepy thriller follows father Dean Brannock (Bobby Cannavale), his wife Nora (Naomi Watts), and their two children as they’re terrorized by a shadowy figure. As more letters arrive at the house from The Watcher asking about their kids and the “young blood,” the couple tries to sell their home to escape their stalker. But, based on the trailer above, their attempts to escape only seem to upset their neighbors, who are all suspects.

 

Why Outlander Is Recasting Jenny Murray For Season 7
Laura Donnelly won’t be returning in the role of Jenny Murray.

Jamie Fraser’s older sister Jenny Murray will be returning this season, but actress Laura Donnelly will not. Donnelly played Jenny in seasons 1 through 3, while Kristin Atherton will be taking over the role in season 7, TVLine confirms.
Donnelly was a core part of the show’s cast during its early years, so it’s no surprise that fans have been surprised by this news. The exact reasons for Donnelly’s recasting haven’t been made public, but the actress has been busy with a number of other projects since wrapping up her first stint on Outlander, so it’s entirely possible that scheduling conflicts are to blame. Most recently, she played the leading role in HBO’s period sci-fi The Nevers, but the show wasn’t renewed for a second season.

 

How Paul Newman Really Felt About His Famous Baby-Blue Eyes
Paul Newman’s daughter Clea tells PEOPLE that her father was “incredibly shy” and “very private” ahead of the release of his upcoming memoir

“Culled from thousands of pages of transcripts” from an oral history about his life, told from both Newman and others’ points of view, the upcoming memoir includes quotes from the late Cool Hand Luke star about how he felt regarding his signature piercing eyes.
“You work what you consider pretty hard at your craft, and you’re getting to the point where you’re just starting to feel kind of good about yourself, and then somebody says, ‘Oh, God, take off your sunglasses so I can see your baby-blue eyes!’ ” Newman says in an excerpt from the book, shared exclusively in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.
But according to the legendary actor, who died in 2008 at age 83, he wore dark sunglasses “not just because I want to hide myself.”
“I really have no tolerance for light,” Newman says. “There’s also an accumulation of Budweiser as well as dam-age from my early days making movies, [when] the slower film exposures often required an actor to keep looking straight into an arc light.”
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The 11 Best Tom Hanks Movies of All Time
If ever we, as a species, needed to prove the inherent worthiness of man to alien overlords, I think it’s pretty clear who we would show them: one Tom Hanks. The 66-year-old actor has been in Hollywood for decades, yet his charm hasn’t faded, and indeed, his essential niceness has turned into award-show joke fodder—and let’s not forget how Daddy Hanks took care of us all during quarantine.
It’s difficult to know how to appropriately appreciate Hanks, but we’re taking a stab at it with a roundup of his 11 most iconic and re-watchable film roles. If any of these are still on your watchlist, break out the popcorn and cozy blanket, because Hanks is guaranteed to soothe whatever ails you.

 

What Was the Point of Mexican Week on ‘The Great British Baking Show?’
The beloved baking competition made some major missteps in its presentation of Mexican cuisine and culture.

The food is mispronounced (“glockymolo” for guacamole) and misinterpreted (among other things, beans, a traditional side for tacos, are used as a taco topping). Jokes are made at the expense of Mexican identifiers including names and history (Kevin calls his pyramid cake “Aztec,” then uses “Mayan” as an interchangeably, conflating two distinct empires). There isn’t an attempt by the show or majority of the contestants to explore the culture they’re focusing on for three different challenges over the course of several days. They openly admit to knowing little or nothing about Mexican food. Their ignorance is practically worn with pride, is hardly challenged, and there doesn’t seem to be any desire to change it.
Which begs the question: What is the point of GBBS exploring cultural weeks if they’re not actually encouraging learning and appreciation among their contestants and viewers?

 

How ‘Survivor’ Has Outplayed Its Competition for 25 Years
As the reality behemoth celebrates its 25th anniversary, Parsons, who reinvented early morning TV in the U.K. by ditching the format’s staid conventions for the anarchic “The Big Breakfast,” reckons there are several reasons why “Survivor” has defied the odds and, well, survived for so long.
“Ordinary people’s stories are interesting. How they cope with the situations they find themselves in is interesting. Our big thing about ‘Survivor’ was that it was almost like a sport,” he says. “The show is extremely careful about its contestants, all of whom are heroes. It’s not exploitative and not watching and sneering.”
He adds that on this show, the cast aren’t looking to be famous but instead are “obsessed by the strategy and tactics in the game.

 

A Vogue Tradition: The Story Behind The Royal Purple Cover For The November 2022 Issue
British Vogue has registered the passing of three monarchs in its 106-year history, commemorating the loss of George V, George VI and now Elizabeth II with a royal purple cover free from any adornment. The hue has famously been associated with royalty since ancient times, with natural purple dye historically among the most expensive. In the 16th century, Elizabeth I refused to allow anyone except her innermost circle to wear purple, while Elizabeth II made her way through Westminster Abbey during her Coronation in a Robe of Estate composed of more than 22 metres of purple velvet. See, too, the Imperial State Crown that rested on Her Majesty’s coffin during her funeral, which features a purple cap lined with ermine.

 

Joan Didion Gets Her Own Museum Retrospective
Curator Hilton Als describes Joan Didion: What She Means as an “exhibition as portrait.”

She is the subject of a new museum retrospective, Joan Didion: What She Means, on display through January at UCLA’s Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Described as an “exhibition as portrait,” the show, spread out over 10,000 square feet of toothpaste-white walls and hardwood floors and adroitly curated by New Yorker contributor Hilton Als, features a crafty mix of 215 exhibits ranging from the author’s personal possessions (the sign from her father’s real estate brokerage, her great-grandmother’s shawl) to works of sculpture, painting, photography (and, oddly, a looping film clip of a close-up of John Wayne) presented to contextualize her life and work.

 

Angela Lansbury Shimmered Through the Decades
The actress, who died this week at ninety-six, revealed every facet of her talents.

Unless you are hovering around a hundred, you probably can’t remember a time when Angela Lansbury wasn’t famous. Like the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, her career spanned so many decades and cultural upheavals that she seemed as constant and as comforting as the blue sky above. Both Lansbury and the Queen were hardy British matrons who elicited the affection given to a grandmother, and both were as likely to be found in glitzy regalia as in a simple wool cardigan. And both lived into their nineties, dying just over a month apart, leaving behind a public that believed, on some level, that they would be around forever. But, let’s face it, only one of them could solve a murder in an hour or less. Because Lansbury worked so long and so well, there isn’t a generation that missed out on her.

 

Your Cosmopolitan Should Be Tart, Not Sweet, Says Its Inventor—Here’s How to Make the Iconic Pink Drink the Right Way
This classic cocktail was created by bartender Toby Cecchini in the ’80s, and a decade later, it became a sophisticated symbol of New York City thanks to Ms. Carrie Bradshaw.

Whether you came into adulthood during the Sex and the City era, or found author Candice Bushnell’s four fiercely independent female compatriots in reruns and reboots, you know that the Cosmopolitan cocktail was nearly the fifth friend to Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda. But the drink’s origins didn’t begin with the Patricia Field-styled fab four—it was inspired by a classic sour.

 

You and Your Dog Probably Have the Same Personality, New Research Shows
Are you an unwavering optimist? Chances are, you have a golden retriever (who is just as happy as you!).

Would you consider yourself extroverted, agreeable, open, conscientious, or neurotic? Whatever personality type you have, if you have a dog, then your beloved canine probably has the same one. According to a new study performed by the Kennel Club, which ranked over 1,500 past and present dog owners, people are most likely to pick a pet with personality traits that mirror their own, Earth.com reports.
After assessing 16 popular dog breeds in relation to the five main personality types, the team found that pet parents’ character traits often matched up with those of their chosen dog breed.

 

Benjamin Moore’s 2023 Color of the Year Is Raspberry Blush—Discover the Charismatic Coral Hue Here
The vivacious and saturated red-orange hue will bring punchy personality into every room.

One of the most anticipated color of the year announcements has finally been released: Benjamin Moore has selected Raspberry Blush as its 2023 shade. According to the brand, the hue is a saturated red-orange that was inspired by an artist’s desire to communicate through color, shape, and sound.
With pink undertones, the vivacious coral shade will add an air of boldness to any space. “People are ready to bring color back into the home, taking a step outside their color comfort zones,” said Andrea Magno, color marketing and development director at Benjamin Moore in a press release. “Raspberry Blush 2008-30 and the Color Trends 2023 palette empower the use of statement colors that deliver delight and personality, while transforming rooms for incredible results.”

 

American Culture Is Trash Culture
It’s not just that trash is what Americans want from movies; it’s who we are. So where did it go?
In the past 20 years, our pop art has lost some crucial pleasure node. It has popped less often, less brightly. The trash urge is now the superhero urge, and the crusades don’t necessarily entail a cape. They’re moral. A meaningful swath of American movies has turned itself over to justice, commenting on real-world debates not as entertainment but as discourse: cancellation, abuse of power, civil rights-era tragedy in new movies like “Tár,” “She Said” and “Till,” movies with women at their core and — in the case of the latter two, anyway — dignity for a spine. I get it. How long have the movies exploited, ignored, mocked all kinds of groups? Now we’re in the grip of a corrective spirit. The gutters are getting a power wash.

 

Alice Gerrard Didn’t Plan a Bluegrass Career. She Broke Its Glass Ceiling.
Six decades ago, the singer’s duo with Hazel Dickens revolutionized the genre. As their albums are reissued, she reflected on her unexpected life in folk music and what’s next.

For almost 60 years, death has rarely spurned Alice Gerrard. Instead, it has spurred the work of the consummate folk singer and inveterate archivist. During a series of discursive phone calls last month from her home in Durham, N.C., she was eager to remember the people she’s lost.
First there was her father, Jerry, a British sailor who settled in Seattle and died from heart disease when Gerrard was 7. Then there was her first husband, Jeremy Foster, an avid old-time musician who was killed in a car crash in 1964, just before Gerrard recorded her debut. Suddenly a single mother of four, she made an album that became a bluegrass landmark. And then there was Hazel Dickens, the sharp tenor to Gerrard’s keening lead for nearly two decades, who died in 2011 from pneumonia after years of ailments. The sole survivor of a duo that revolutionized a genre, Gerrard soon made the album “Follow the Music,” netting her first Grammy nomination at 80.

 

How to Make the Best Soufflé (It’s Much Easier Than You Think)
And yes, it’s supposed to fall, Claire Saffitz writes.

When it comes to making soufflés, there’s a lot of fear-mongering: “Don’t overmix the batter, or they won’t rise.” “Don’t open or slam the oven door, or they’ll fall.” “Don’t overbake, or they’ll be dry.” “Eat them right away, or they’ll be ruined!”
All of it could make a home baker shy away from soufflés, but that would be a shame. Lofty, voluminous soufflés are one of the most elegant, high-reward desserts, and they’re actually quicker and less complicated than those warnings would have you believe.

 

Why food keeps getting more expensive
Food prices continued to rise in September as consumers spent more on everything from meat and cereal to fruits and vegetables.

Rising inflation continues to strain American households, and stubbornly high prices have been especially evident for shoppers at the grocery store.
A jump in inflation in September was partly fueled by rising food prices, according to a Consumer Price Index report released on Thursday. Overall inflation rose 8.2 percent from a year ago, driven by gains in food, rent, and medical care costs.
In September, food prices rose 11.2 percent compared to a year ago and 0.8 percent from the month before. Everything from meat and cereal to fruits and vegetables grew more expensive. Food prices at restaurants also climbed 0.9 percent from the month before, while food at home increased 0.7 percent.

 

Michelle Phillips Finally Reveals the Secret History of the Mamas and the Papas
She spent her youth redefining the sound of pop — and the next 50 years looking for something she could call her own

John Phillips — the cruel and domineering yet charismatic and gifted figure who dubbed himself L.A.’s “Wolf King” — has loomed large in her life ever since they met in the early months of the Kennedy administration, when Michelle was still a teenager. In the years that followed, they had a whirlwind romance and formed the Mamas and the Papas, scoring six Top 10 hits and redefining pop with their sunny, tight harmonies. When average Americans pictured hippies, these were the four people they saw, thanks to their frequent TV appearances.

 

Climate Activists Just Threw a Can of Tomato Soup on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ at London’s National Gallery
The work is unharmed with only minor damage to the frame, according to the museum.

Two climate activists from the group Just Stop Oil threw a can of tomato soup onto Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1888) at the National Gallery in London on Friday, the museum confirmed in a statement.
The attack happened just after 11 a.m. this morning. According to the museum, it caused only minor damage to the frame of the painting, which was protected by glass and is unharmed.

 

 

 

 

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