T LOunge for December 9th, 2022

Posted on December 09, 2022

Beefbar Bar and Restaurant – Mykonos, Greece

 

Huzzah and hooray, darlings. It’s FRIDAY. Come and claim your view.

 

Michelle Yeoh to Star in ‘Wicked’ Movies as Madame Morrible
Michelle Yeoh has joined the star-studded cast of Jon M. Chu’s “Wicked” movies, Variety can exclusively reveal.
The “Everything Everywhere All At Once” star will play Madame Morrible, the headmistress of Crage Hall at Shiz University.
Chu’s two-part feature adaptation is headlined by Ariana Grande as Glinda and Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba. The Universal Pictures films are set for release on Christmas in 2024 and 2025.
“Wicked” is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” telling the story of how Elphaba turned into the Wicked Witch of the West and how Glinda became the Good Witch.

 

How Do You Tell Elizabeth Taylor’s Life Story? With Family, Friends, and Friday Emeralds
Kate Andersen Brower’s latest book is the first-ever authorized biography of the legendary star—and it was worth the wait.

Books about Elizabeth Taylor have covered her legendary (and rocky) romance with Richard Burton, her love of jewelry, and her work on screen, but Kate Andersen Brower’s new biography, Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon, is the first to include it all—or at least to do so with the blessing of Taylor’s family.
The first-ever authorized biography of the late actress and philanthropist makes fine use of incredible access to Taylor’s papers—including never-before-published letters and diary entries—as well as her closest friends and family members to tell a haunting, funny, charming, and truly human story about an extraordinary woman who led an incredible life.

 

‘Election’ Sequel ‘Tracy Flick Can’t Win’ In Works For Paramount+; Reese Witherspoon To Produce And Return As Title Character, With Alexander Payne Directing
The Election sequel is based on a follow-up novel by Perrotta, which was published by Scribner in June. It’s another satirical dark comedy that finds the eponymous Tracy in adulthood and still struggling to fight her way to the top. Payne is once again adapting the screenplay with Jim Taylor. Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will produce the film for Hello Sunshine, a Candle Media company, alongside Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions (Election, Little Miss Sunshine), with Perrotta serving as executive producer.

 

How Many Clothes Should We Own, Exactly?
“Buy less and buy better” has become a common refrain in fashion’s sustainability movement. But how much should we actually be buying? If a new report is anything to go by, it’s likely a lot less than you think. Researchers from Berlin’s Hot Or Cool Institute found that we should only be purchasing five new garments a year in order to stay in line with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius, if nothing else changes. That would mean shoppers in the U.K. alone would need to reduce their consumption by up to 80 percent in some cases.
“It’s now normal to consume fashion [in a way] that’s really excessive and out of scale with what we need,” Luca Coscieme, the Hot Or Cool Institute’s research program manager and one of the report’s lead authors, tells Vogue. “We’re consuming more and more fashion at cheaper prices, and with a shorter [usage] time per item—and it doesn’t add up in terms of climate,” Lewis Akenji, managing director at the institute and the report’s fellow lead author, adds.

 

Céline Dion Reveals Her ‘One-in-a-Million’ Neurological Disorder Diagnosis
Céline Dion announced that she’s been diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome (SPS), a neurological disease that’s said to affect as few as one in a million people. To share the news, the 54-year-old Québécoise singer and mother of three took to Instagram in a candid and emotional video.
“As you know, I’ve always been an open book,” said Dion. “I wasn’t ready to say anything before, but I’m ready now. I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time, and it’s been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through.” She went on to reveal that stiff-person syndrome is the health hurdle she’s been facing, elaborating on how the condition impacts her day to day.

 

How to Clean Every Type of Rug the Right Way
Follow these expert-approved tips to refresh and preserve your floor coverings.

When you begin cleaning, you probably start by tackling the areas of your home that see the most action, like your bathroom sink or kitchen countertops. But the most highly-trafficked spot in your house is right under your nose—actually, it’s right below your feet. Your rugs gather dirt and debris with every step you take, and require routine care to keep them clean. But how you clean your rug depends on its material, which prompt all kinds of questions about the right methods and ingredients to use. To help, we tapped several experts who shared how to properly clean every type of rug in your home.

 

20 New Year’s Eve Cocktails That Are Perfect for Celebrating
Ring in the new year with one of these drinks in hand. Sure, a glass of Champagne makes a festive toast, but we think these New Year’s Eve cocktails are the ultimate libations for the last night of the year.
Our collection of celebratory sips includes subtle spins on classics like the martini and the cosmo, as well as drinks that are lighter on the booze—to help you and your guests make it to midnight. There are cocktails you can batch ahead, because who wants to be shaking drinks one by one for a crowd on the biggest party night of the year? We’ve also snuck in some sweeter options for everyone who likes a dessert cocktail—including a not-to-be-missed recipe that pairs sparkling wine with sorbet.

 

Lady Chatterley’s Lover: Emma Corrin and Joely Richardson on playing Connie, paganism, and female pleasure
The female stars of Netflix’s sensual new adaption discuss the story’s ever-modern themes and enduring appeal

“I’ve never been more scared in my life,” Emma Corrin says, their piercing blue eyes wide. “Or…more cold.” The actor is describing one of the most magnificent and memorable scenes in Netflix’s luminous new film adaption of DH Lawrence’s transgressive 1932 novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, in which Corrin plays the titular character.
“I was excited to see a new take on Connie,” Richardson says now, glancing at her co-star with a kind, and rather conspiratorial, smile. “Your Lady Chatterley is utterly modern, Emma – which you are yourself, in the best sense – you’re an activist, you’re redefining culture – and to have that represented in this lead character is wonderful. I’m so pleased we’re bringing it to a whole new generation.”

 

Women Do It Better: Cate Blanchett and Michelle Yeoh on Creating Iconic Characters From Roles Written for Men
In their very distinct movies “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “Tár,” Michelle Yeoh and Cate Blanchett play characters whose worlds implode. In the case of Yeoh’s character, Evelyn Wang — a Chinese American immigrant who runs a family-owned laundromat — her life is turned inside out (quite literally) when she discovers during a tax audit with vindictive IRS agent Deirdre Beaubeirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis) that she must save her family by hopping through the multiverse, using powers she didn’t know she had. With Blanchett’s Lydia Tár, after her abuses of power are exposed, the famous conductor’s carefully constructed life falls apart.
Blanchett and Yeoh discuss playing roles originally meant for men, working with auteur directors (Todd Field on “Tár,” and Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, better known as the Daniels, on “Everything Everywhere All at Once”), and that “Carol” meme, as enacted by Yeoh and Curtis.

 

The Delight of Edward Hopper’s Solitude
A new show at the Whitney reveals what we’ve been missing during the pandemic.

Never “dramatic” in the normal sense, unspooling some story, Hopper’s pictures are, as John Updike once said, “models of therapeutic reserve,” deferential to their subjects even as the painter scans their psyches. In the beautiful, early “Night Windows,” of 1928, a woman, headless and seen in half form, bends in her red slip in her brightly lit apartment as we look inside. It is not a provocative but a functional gesture, made sexy only by our fleeting view of it. The opposite of voyeuristic, it is intimate, if only for a second—we are briefly inside the room as we pass by outside.

 

That’s Entertainment! Here’s a Dishy History of Hollywood.
Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson’s new book is a fat, teeming, showbiz-nerd-satisfying tome with something for every showbiz-nerd taste.

It’s not quite “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” But “Hollywood: The Oral History” swings equally big in ambition and marketing approach. Which Hollywood history is this, you ask, and whose? The! This is it!
OK! Don’t break stride for killjoy contemporary questions of race, gender, socioeconomics and unconscious editorial bias in the shaping of historical narrative and maybe it is. At the very least, here is testimony by over 300 industry professionals, some of whom made silent movies and are now dead, others of whom are Steven Spielberg and Jordan Peele. And the result is a fat, showbiz-nerd-satisfying tome with something for every showbiz-nerd taste: on-set stories, technical details, funny anecdotes about actors, the echoes of studio executives kvetching and various people complaining about critics. Hooray for Hollywood!

 

The Most Memorable Wines of 2022
Great wines create indelible images, of the place they were produced and the time they were consumed.

Drinking wine is a fleeting pleasure. You sniff, sip, savor it in your mouth, swallow and move onward. Soon enough, the wine is gone.
What sets wine apart are the memories after consumption. Wine’s power to conjure up a moment, an emotion and a sense of time and place is uncanny.
I had the privilege of tasting or drinking hundreds of wines in 2022. Of all of them, these 12 were not necessarily the best bottles, but they were the most memorable, which in many ways is more important. Here they are, from youngest to oldest.

 

Drawing Female Nudes
Inside the 17th-century studios of Rembrandt and Ferdinand Bol

Beginning in the late 1640s and 1650s, artists in Amsterdam broke with convention by commissioning sex workers to pose nude.
Ferdinand Bol’s Reclining Female Nude Seen from Behind, currently on view at the Getty Center, is a prime example of this new artistic practice. This work was part of a group of 20 drawings that were bound together in one album dating from the late 17th century. They all seem to have originated from live drawing sessions during which artists sketched the same naked model from different angles. (Interestingly, almost all of these artists favored black and white chalk on blue paper or red chalk on white paper.)

 

 

 

 

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