T LOunge for December 15th, 2022

Posted on December 15, 2022

Bar 83 at Sydney Tower – Sydney, Australia


Who’s in the mood for some space age Christmas cocktails? WE ARE, kittens. And we hope you are too, because that’s exactly the vibe this THURSDAY LOunge is giving. Grab a seat and get down to the business of procrastinating.



John Waters on His Life in Art
The filmmaker, author, and cultural renegade talks to artist Jack Pierson about the new exhibition of art from his private collection and why he’ll always be drawn to work that makes people angry

For almost six decades, John Waters—the filmmaker behind subversive touchstones like Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981), and Hairspray (1988); the author of nonfiction tomes like Shock Value and Role Models and the novel Liarmouth; a stand-up comic, spoken-word performer, and prolific photographer, sculptor, and mixed-media polymath—has been not just making art but also collecting it. Waters’s collection, which he has been amassing since he was in his teens and has installed throughout his residences in New York, San Francisco, and Baltimore, includes some of the most important visual artists of the postwar period—people like Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, and Diane Arbus—alongside boundary pushers like Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Mike Kelley, Richard Tuttle, and the Swiss duo of Peter Fischli and Eric Weiss.
The works in Waters’s collection reflect many of his own interests as an artist—in shock, humor, provocation, and pop culture. But like his movies, they have a beating heart beneath them all: an understanding of what it means to be an outsider or feel different, a yearning for an approval that will never come, and a glimpse of the strength that can be gathered from finding community by being gleefully out of step with the world.


King Charles III Unveils a Plaque Honoring His Late Mother, Queen Elizabeth II
He also debuted two sculptures celebrating the monarch’s 70-year reign.

King Charles III has ensured that Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy is honored, and her presence always remains in England.
Today, the sovereign unveiled a plaque at Westminster Hall in London commemorating the late queen. The plaque marks the place of the lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth, who died this September 8 at the age of 96.
The installation of the plaque continues a royal tradition that stretches back to King Edward VII in 1910, per the royal family.
The queen’s coffin lied in state at Westminster Hall for four days after her passing so mourners were able to visit it and pay their respects. Afterward, she was laid to rest in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her husband, Prince Philip, was buried following his death last year, and where her father, King George VI; mother, Queen Elizabeth; and sister, Princess Margaret, also lie.


Brittney Griner’s Return Is Just the Beginning
The WNBA star’s case serves as a reminder of what wrongfully detained Americans continue to experience overseas.

After her release, Griner’s former coach Sandy Brondello held back tears while speaking to MSNBC about the news. And Terri Jackson, the executive director of the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), told CNN that she “sobbed like I haven’t sobbed in quite a long time, but it was all tears of joy, pure joy” upon Griner’s return.
But while the events of December 8 represented joy and relief for many, Griner’s case has also since served as a reminder of what wrongfully detained Americans—people who remain as hostages all around the world, including in Russia—continue to experience, as well as of the potentially dangerous consequences of the WNBA’s pay disparity.


Kendrick Sampson Is a Southern Delight
We discuss love, power, and freedom over a bowl of pasta with the star of Something From Tiffany’s.

Coming up in the industry, Kendrick saw the huge disparity in attention and care given to Black actors and actresses when it came to hair and makeup. On a Hello Sunshine set, he says there was a willingness to listen and make necessary adjustments.
“There’s a long, long, long, long, long list of hair problems,” Sampson says of his experiences on sets throughout his career. “And then the really frustrating part is when people are not culturally competent and have an all-white hair team or makeup, and will ask you if you’re OK with going on your own time to get your hair done not knowing how long it takes. Even if it’s just me going to a barber and getting a 25-minute, 40-minute haircut, I shouldn’t have to do that on my day off. I got other things I got to do on my day off, like studying my lines. And the other actors are not burdened with that.”


How This Elementary School Teacher Channeled Her Survivor’s Guilt Into Advocacy After Sandy Hook
Ten years later, Clements talks about the “overwhelming sense of shame and desire” she feels to protect students from the lasting trauma of school shootings.

Ten years ago, on Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, with two rifles and a handgun and killed 20 students between the ages of six and seven and six adults. It is the deadliest mass shooting at an elementary school in American history and the fourth deadliest overall. The attack renewed calls for stricter gun laws and universal background checks. Still navigating the lasting effects from that day, Abbey Clements has dedicated her life to gun control advocacy and founded Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence last year to raise awareness of the impact gun violence has on educators.


Inside the Royal Family’s Private Home at Sandringham
Famously, the royal family traditionally celebrates Christmas on the estate.

Sandringham House was the beloved private country home of the late Queen Elizabeth. From its tidal mudflats and fruit farms to the the famous museum and gardens, it’s an estate that has seen many a royal occasion, but it’s perhaps best known as the home where the Windsors spend their Christmases. And, it’s likely that King Charles will keep the tradition going. Ahead of this holiday season, here, a look at the history of this ancient English estate—and how to visit the landmark.
Located in Norfolk, England, just over 100 miles north of London, the Sandringham Estate covers 20,000 acres of land. The British royal family acquired the estate in 1862, when it was purchased as a country home for Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, and his soon-to-be wife, Alexandra of Denmark.


Peplums Are Creeping Their Way Back Into Fashion (Yes, Really)
Best described as a flared, gathered, or pleated piece of fabric at the waist of a garment, the adornment really took off in the early 2010s. Lanvin’s spring 2010 collection had ruffled cocktail dresses with exaggerated peplums; Jil Sander’s spring 2011 show had colorful looks with peplum on tees and floor-length skirts; Alexander McQueen’s spring 2012 collection even had peplum waists on structural suits. The look gained further momentum when it started being worn by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Rihanna, and Nicole Kidman on the red carpets. It almost became a competition—who could sport the biggest and boldest of all them.


Valentino Launches a New Sustainable Fashion Initiative, “Valentino Sleeping Stock”
The initiative promotes a creative and responsible use of leftover fabrics from Valentino’s Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear collection together with the Parisian fabric reseller. “At the origin of this initiative there is a profound personal and shared conviction: the importance of upcycling as an engine of change that we intend to establish in the fashion sector,” says Tissu Market founder Franck Lellouche. “The pursuit of excellence, inclusiveness and engagement through the creative process are some of the core values we share and will guide the next steps of this unique partnership.”


This Company Is Selling a Single Giant Froot Loop for $19 — Here’s How to Get One
Breakfast time just got bigger.

A single serving of Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal clocks in at one and one-third cups, weighs 39 grams, and contains 150 calories, according to the nutrition facts printed on the side of the box. Though we’ve never actually counted how many loops are in that single serving, we assume it’s more than one. Oh, you only want one? OK then. Big Fruit Loop is here to deliver.
The Big Fruit Loop is just as the name implies: a single massive loop. It’s also a very much unauthorized version of the longtime breakfast cereal, and it’s the latest drop from Brooklyn-based art collective MSCHF.


How to Make Snow Globes
Snowfall is always transfixing, whether it’s outside your window or inside this classic toy. Follow these steps to make homemade globes and create a wintry scene straight out of your imagination.

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Create your own little winter wonderland this year by making a snow globe. This simple DIY is perfect for the season and its materials are easy to source: Almost any jar (storage, jam, or jelly) works, but a wide-mouth iteration is ideal (it gives you more room to position the details of your wintry vignette). Glycerin can found in your pharmacy’s health and beauty aisle, while epoxy and glitter are likely in your craft room.


The Etiquette of Giving a Housewarming Gift
Visiting a loved one’s new space for the first time? Bringing along a present is always good form.

Unlike being invited to a birthday party or bridal shower—when bringing a present is customary—the rules surrounding housewarming gifts are less obvious. Is it always necessary to bring something with you? And if so, what should that something be?
Whether you’re welcoming your new neighbors or celebrating your best friend’s first home, offering a housewarming gift is a thoughtful way to say congratulations. Consider bringing a present that will make their space feel more like home, such as a picture frame or personalized hand towels.

Vera Wang on a new era of weddings, and how she was inspired by Hailey Bieber’s bridal trainers
The designer reflects on changing traditions, and shares her tips for finding a wedding gown that won’t date

When you think of designers who have mastered the art of the wedding gown, Vera Wang will probably be the first name that comes to your mind. Perhaps the most well-known designer in the bridal industry, she has spent more than three decades delivering what brides want, and has developed a unique viewpoint that reflects the changes that have taken place in wedding traditions since she started out.
“We are in a new era of weddings now,” she tells me. “Being a fashion designer – and I really don’t consider myself a bridal designer, but a fashion designer who focuses on bridal – we always want our collections to reflect what is happening in the world, on the street.”


Margot Robbie and Carey Mulligan on ‘Babylon’ Orgies and Why ‘Barbie’ Will Be ‘Everything You Dreamed Of’
Carey Mulligan and Margot Robbie know each other, having worked together on Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman,” which Mulligan starred in and Robbie produced through her company, LuckyChap Entertainment. So when they sit down to discuss their recent projects — Mulligan’s turn in “She Said” as Megan Twohey, the New York Times reporter whose investigative work with Jodi Kantor helped bring down Harvey Weinstein, and Robbie’s portrayal in “Babylon” of Nellie LaRoy, a self-destructive silent film star — it’s like watching two old friends chatting. During the conversation, Mulligan talks about getting to know Twohey, and Robbie gives insight into working with Damien Chazelle on the wild provocation that is “Babylon.” Naturally, Robbie’s upcoming summer film, “Barbie,” by way of Greta Gerwig, also comes up.


Shooting Shakespeare with Jean-Luc Godard
The actress and writer recalls working with French cinema’s enfant terrible.

The year was 1986, and I had just graduated from high school—both in real life and in the films of John Hughes. Onscreen, the high schools I attended were big and Midwestern, mostly situated in the suburbs of Chicago. In reality, if I wasn’t filming or ditching class, I went to a small French school on the west side of Los Angeles called the Lycée Français, an institution I had so rarely attended in person that when I flew back from New York for one day to accept my diploma my mother referred to it as my “honorary degree.” At the time, I was arguably one of the most recognizable high schoolers in America, but it had been a while since I had felt my age. When I left school a few weeks early to star in “The Pick-up Artist” with Robert Downey, Jr., in New York, I was already incorporated—and yet I still couldn’t legally order a drink in a restaurant.
During that film shoot, I got a call from my agent telling me that the Franco-Swiss film director Jean-Luc Godard—who died this past September, at the age of ninety-one—wanted to meet with me to discuss the possibility of my playing the role of Cordelia in an adaptation of “King Lear.”


Henry Cavill on Not Returning as Superman: “This News Isn’t the Easiest”
The actor reacted to James Gunn’s plan to write a film focusing on the DC superhero’s younger years.

“I just had a meeting with James Gunn and Peter Safran, and it’s sad news, everyone,” the actor posted to Instagram on Wednesday. “I will, after all, not be returning as Superman. After being told by the studio to announce my return back in October, prior to their hire, this news isn’t the easiest, but that’s life. The changing of the guard is something that happens. I respect that. James and Peter have a universe to build. I wish them and all involved with the new universe the best of luck, and the happiest of fortunes.”
Cavill, who announced shortly after the release of Black Adam that he would be exiting Netflix series The Witcher, went on to say that he understands if his supporters want to “mourn for a bit” but that the focus should be on the Man of Steel’s future.


The 40 Best Hallmark Christmas Movies of All Time to Watch ASAP This Holiday Season
Looks like you just found out what you’ll be watching through December.

Throughout the years, watching Hallmark Christmas movies has become a yearly tradition for many. In between decorating a Christmas tree and snagging the most popular gifts, there’s something nostalgic about stepping into a world where the biggest drama usually involves a pageant or good-looking strangers bringing an air of mystery to the quintessential small town. Yes, there may be predictable storylines and your favorite Hallmark actors may be in more than a few movies. But dedicated viewers can agree that there’s nothing quite like watching one of these perfectly scripted films.


A Fast-Growing Network of Conservative Groups Is Fueling a Surge in Book Bans
Some groups are new, some are longstanding. Some are local, others national. Over the past two years, they have become vastly more organized, well funded, effective — and criticized.

The Keller Independent School District, just outside of Dallas, passed a new rule in November: It banned books from its libraries that include the concept of gender fluidity.
The change was pushed by three new school board members, elected in May with support from Patriot Mobile, a self-described Christian cellphone carrier. Through its political action committee, Patriot Mobile poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into Texas school board races to promote candidates with conservative views on race, gender and sexuality — including on which books children can access at school.
Traditionally, debates over what books are appropriate for school libraries have taken place between a concerned parent and a librarian or administrator, and resulted in a single title or a few books being re-evaluated, and either removed or returned to shelves.


How Disney reinvents and celebrates Beauty and the Beast with an anniversary special
It may be a tale as old as time, but ABC has a bewitching new take on the beloved fairy tale. Inside the star-studded 30th Celebration of Disney’s animated classic.

“It is a tribute and a celebration,” says executive producer Katy Mullan. “It’s about celebrating all those original artists who brought this story life in the first place and trying to further that legacy. When you peel back the layers and see what it took to create this movie in the first place, it makes you even more excited about being part of this show.”
With lavish set dressings that borrow heavily from the Disney team’s original animation sketches (including life-size renderings of the black-and-white drawings, which you can see in our full gallery of exclusive images), updated costumes, and the ability to redress the space at will via projections, the proceedings feel as ensorcelled as a singing teapot. But this time, the enchantment also strives to make room for everyone watching.





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