T LOunge for January 13th, 2023

Posted on January 13, 2023

Al Mare Restaurant and Il Grottino Bar – Amalfi, Salerno, Italy


Go ahead and breathe that massive sigh of relief, darlings. Yes, it’s true. Today is FRIDAY. Huzzah, hooray, and hallelujah. We’re all waiting for you in Italy. We even saved you a seat with the best view. Oh, and one little bit of business, for those who care: we’re pushing off today’s podcast to Monday, partially because we’re exhausted after all this Golden Globes coverage and partially because we really want to talk about The Last of Us, which drops on HBO Max on Sunday.


Why Grace Kelly’s Wedding Dress Embodies a Made-for-Hollywood Fairy Tale
Widely considered one of the most iconic gowns in fashion history, Grace Kelly’s wedding dress continues to be interpreted—even by royals and celebrities—over six decades later.

“The reason Princess Grace’s wedding gown still resonates today with so many brides has at least as much to do with who wore it, as the dress itself. The design is lovely and timeless, but the way the dress sits at an intersection of Hollywood and royalty makes it particularly evocative and very much an aspirational fantasy piece for many brides,” says Lorenzo Marquez, author, podcaster, and cofounder of fashion and culture website, Tom + Lorenzo. “Kate Middleton was particularly smart to evoke the dress without copying it, underlining her own status as a commoner marrying a prince, but also avoiding any comparisons to previous brides in the British royal family.”


Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph on the Joy of Dreaming Big
The stars of Abbott Elementary discuss reinventing the sitcom and the delight of watching each other succeed.

New contemporary sitcoms have captured the hearts of viewers—and the attention of critics—quite like Abbott Elementary.
Set at an underfunded public school in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Philadelphia, the mockumentary-style comedy follows a scrappy group of teachers who are doing their best to serve their students despite a lack of supplies (history books have the last three presidents taped in), busted facilities (one toilet sprays water instead of flushing), and egregious mismanagement (a hilariously inept principal who side-hustles in the school parking lot).
The characters are richly wrought, with nuanced backstories that allow for depth of character and emotional resonance. In the span of an episode, you’re just as likely to tear up as you are to laugh out loud.


Lisa Marie Presley, Daughter of Elvis and Priscilla, Dead at 54: ‘The Most Strong and Loving Woman’
Priscilla Presley confirmed her daughter’s death on Thursday evening

Lisa Marie Presley, singer-songwriter and daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, has died. She was 54.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” Priscilla confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE Thursday evening.
“She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment.”


The 16 Best Aluminum-Free Deodorants That Actually Work
Nothing smells as good as clean feels.

Is there anything worse than leaving the house, going about your activities, and then realizing that you forgot to apply deodorant? Now for the rest of the day, you have to clamp your arms down by your side in case your body odor reaches any poor, unsuspecting victim. And if someone unexpectedly goes in for a hug? Game over.
Using a natural, aluminum-free deodorant will not only prevent unwanted B.O., but it’s also a healthier option for your entire body. Brian Nourian, co-founder of Le Jolie Medi Spa, tells us that “aluminum gets into your lymphatic system and can disrupt hormone regulation and potentially lead to unwanted health issues.” Your underarms go through a lot – shaving, waxing, chafing, sweating – the list goes on. Treating it as gently as you can (like by using a natural deodorant) is key to preventing any rashes, irritation, or ingrown hairs.


Experts Say This 1,700-Year-Old Bottle of Wine Is Probably Still Drinkable
Can you drink it? Maybe. Will you want to? Probably not.

Visitors to the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in the southwest German city of Speyer can see and do a lot. They can travel back to the Middle Ages to learn the history of the Habsburg dynasty, eyeball a jewel-studded golden chalice that belonged to an 18th-century bishop, or, perhaps most interesting of all, wonder whether they could (or would) take a sip from an almost 1,700-year-old bottle of wine.


Are Gas Stoves Getting Banned? Here’s What You Need to Know
Confused? We’re breaking down what’s really happening.

If you’ve perused social media over the last few days, odds are you’ve come across a post or two from someone proudly announcing to the world that they own a gas stove and will never, ever, get rid of it. Confused? So are a lot of people. There’s even an entire Reddit Out of the Loop thread about it. Here’s what you need to know about why the internet is up in arms over gas stoves right now.


M3GAN and the History of the Creepy Killer Doll Phenomenon
Thirty-five years after Chucky was introduced in the killer doll genre, M3GAN takes the realism of these perverted playthings up a notch.

Last weekend, M3GAN—the Blumhouse horror film featuring a TikTok-ready killer doll—slayed box office expectations with a $30 million opening. Buoyed by enough camp to qualify her as a Drag Race guest judge and a haunting marketing campaign that involved life-size M3GAN dolls taking over NFL halftime shows, subway cars, and movie-theater escalators, M3GAN has been hailed a cult and queer icon and has already inspired sequel talks.


Stella McCartney Uses Her New Skincare Platform To Team Up With Five Climate Activists
Backstage at Vogue’s annual Forces of Fashion event last Fall, Stella McCartney arrived for her panel on the changing beauty landscape just as Xiye Bastida, the charismatic climate activist, was finishing hers. Bastida headed to the green room, which is where the two women crossed paths. They hugged. “I’m so excited to work with you,” McCartney said to the 20-year-old, ahead of an as-yet-unannounced initiative tied to her new, sustainable STELLA skincare launch. The interaction was brief, and McCartney was mum on any further collaboration details. But today, she’s ready to do some talking.
“I’ve never not approached things differently in my entire career, so this was never going to be any different,” McCartney says of Stella Voices, her responsible beauty brand’s new initiative that unites eco-conscious campaigners with her three-piece line of skincare essentials, offering a platform for them to amplify their messages while building a like-minded community.


See The First Trailer For Pamela Anderson’s Moving New Netflix Documentary
After making a splash with Harry & Meghan, Netflix is returning with another explosive documentary featuring yet another public figure who is keen to set the record straight: Pamela, A Love Story, in which Pamela Anderson opens up about her marriages, relationship with the media, the stolen tape that upended her life, and what she really thought of the raucous and divisive Pam & Tommy.
Back in March 2022, the Baywatch star confirmed that the project was going ahead via Instagram, where she posted a note written on the streaming giant’s letterhead in which she described herself as “not a victim, but a survivor” who is “alive to tell the real story”.


John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Billy Corgan Remember Lisa Marie Presley: “There Is Heartbreak, and Then There Is Sorrow”
The singer and songwriter diedThursday after experiencing an episode of cardiac arrest.

LeAnn Rimes, Octavia Spencer, Cary Elwes, Nicolas Cage and more took to social media to pay tribute to Lisa Marie Presley, who died at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center on Thursday at 54.
Presley was rushed to the hospital earlier in the day after she experienced cardiac arrest in her Calabasas, California, home.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us,” her mother, Priscilla, said in a statement. “She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for privacy as we try to deal with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time there will be no further comment.”


30 Vegetable Casserole Recipes That Are Guaranteed Crowd-Pleasers
These cozy casseroles feature a colorful mix of vegetables. They’re comfort food, for sure, but they’re also a great way to get your family to eat—and enjoy—a variety of produce, from broccoli and winter squash to asparagus and more. Some can be dinner, but all make stellar sides; some lean healthy, while others are rich with plenty of cheese and cream. Best of all, many of these vegetable casserole recipes can be prepped ahead and baked when you need them—a boon for the time-pressed cook.


33 Super Bowl Desserts That (Almost) Taste Sweeter Than Winning
Things can get tense during the Super Bowl—so why not add some sweetness to game day with these irresistible desserts? From blondies and cheesecake bars to football cupcakes, sugar cookies, and sheet cakes (and fresh fruit and chocolate sauce for dipping and mango sorbet for scooping!), we have the winning treats that will appeal to everyone, no matter which team they’re rooting for.


9 Garden Trends to Try in Your Backyard This Year
We’re planting the seed now, ahead of the growing season: Experts say everything from plant maximalism to xeriscaping will dominate landscapes across the country in 2023.

There may still be snow on the ground in many parts of the United States, but that isn’t stopping garden professionals and plant aficionados from planning their 2023 gardens. According to some of our experts, there are a few new ideas in the world of horticulture—and so many of them are worth trying out in your yard. These are the booming (or should we say blooming?) garden trends to dig into this year.


The old man-ification of TV is here
Yellowstone has lured a litany of movie legends to take over television in shows like Tulsa King and 1923.

Individually, each of these shows evinces a markedly different tone and style — mob dramedy, spy thriller, western — but together, they form variations on a theme. All deliver a nostalgic machismo across rugged landscapes, testosterone-fueled genres in gritty environments, with themes of the American West. They’re part of a striking television trend ushered in by the massive success of Taylor Sheridan’s brutal Yellowstone, and they have one more thing in common with that show, which stars Kevin Costner. They’re headed up by the biggest silver-screen stars of the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s, and, thanks to our baby boomer-infused culture, arguably today.


Why Do Some Films Get Restored and Others Languish? A MoMA Series Holds Clues.
History, finances and practical concerns all played a role in preserving the movies being shown at To Save and Project.

A frothy musical comedy from Weimar Germany, starring an actress whose unexpected death at 31 may have been a Gestapo murder. The first known Irish feature to be directed by a woman. An American drama from 1939 distributed to largely Black audiences, starring Louise Beavers as the progressive warden of a reform school.
All these films might have disappeared forever, at least in their complete forms. But all are showing beginning Thursday in To Save and Project, the Museum of Modern Art’s annual series highlighting recent preservation work. Some titles, like the opening-night selection, “The Cat and the Canary,” a popular silent from 1927, were preserved by MoMA itself. Others have been flown in from archives around the globe. ‌


17 Foods You Should Buy When They’re on Sale
And inflation-friendly recipes for how to make the most of them once you have them.

Ten-dollar cartons of eggs. Seven-dollar gallons of milk. Two-dollar apples. Everyone — even Cardi B — is feeling the pain of jaw-droppingly high food costs driven by inflation and a flurry of other factors. It’s scary to see your grocery bill skyrocket, but while no one can predict what’s going to happen to food prices in the coming year, stocking up on certain ingredients when you spot them at a lower price can help you save significantly. We talked to a few budget experts and several New York Times editors and writers about what items they buy and how they make the most of them.


Bill Nighy, Master of Misdirection
Though his turn in the drama “Living” is the subject of Oscar chatter, just try getting him to talk about his art. He prefers self-deprecation instead.

“I never know how to talk about it,” he went on, speaking of his profession. “When people talk about the mechanics of acting, I’m wary of it. Not because it’s anything fancy or mysterious or complicated or ethereal. It’s all practical stuff. Acting is. …” Here he trailed off. You could hear the humor in his voice, even from 3,000 miles away. “I started a sentence with ‘acting is,’ and that’s a bad sign,” he said.
Nighy, who is 73 and who has appeared in more than 70 movies, is a kind of stealth weapon as an actor, in that his performances are exquisitely calibrated and always memorable, though rarely showy.


5 Things You Do That Annoy Hotel Staff — and How to Avoid Them
Avoid these mistakes and become the best guest ever.
As travelers, we should be able to enjoy our hotel stays to the fullest. That means cozying up in the oversized robes, relaxing in the soaking tubs, digging into the mini bar, and heck, even jumping on the beds a little. But we should take things too far, either. You may have read the horror stories of rock stars wrecking hotel rooms and people stealing items before checkout.
But what else do guests do that get on hotel staffers’ very last nerve? Here are five things that annoy hotel employees so you can avoid them and remain a pleasant guest.




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