T LOunge for January 5th, 2023

Posted on January 05, 2023

Lona Misa Bar and Restaurant – South Yarra, Melbourne, Australia


Darlings, we’ve all made it to THURSDAY of the worst work week of the year. Yay to us. Let’s commit to doing nothing today, shall we? Grab a plush seat, plant your heinie, and peruse our Menu of Distractions and Ice-Breakers before telling us all about your day.


How ‘The Bear’ Duo Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri Mastered the Platonic Partnership — and Why It’ll Stay That Way in Season 2
As they began reading scripts together, “it felt great instantly,” says creator Chris Storer. Co-showrunner Joanna Calo adds that they could never have predicted the chemistry of the entire cast (including Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Lionel Boyce and Liza Colón-Zayas) and how everyone really came together.
“The relationship that Ayo and Jeremy have is so special and really different from the relationship that she has with Ebon and the relationship that she has with Lionel,” she says. “There is this really special thing where they all took the assignment really seriously and became friends in different ways.”


The Duke Of Sussex Alleges The Prince Of Wales Assaulted Him In Spare
In the wake of Netflix’s Harry & Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are gearing up for the publication of the former’s memoir, which looks set to be far more explosive than Liz Garbus’s docuseries. According to The Guardian, who obtained an advance copy of the much-guarded book, Harry’s account of his years in the royal family is both shockingly candid and detailed, ranging from King Charles’s alleged comment to Diana upon his second son’s birth (“Wonderful! Now you’ve given me an heir and a spare – my work is done”) to a physical argument with the Duke of Cambridge in 2019, in which William allegedly called the Duchess of Sussex “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive” before growing violent.


How Luxury Rental Services Are Changing Our Relationship With Fashion
Fashion fiends and commitment-phobes: this one’s for you.

I first learned about fashion rental services through the classic yet divisive 2008 film, Sex and the City: The Movie. Jennifer Hudson’s Louise (from St. Louis) dropped the deets on her designer bag with the oft-quoted line, “It’s rented; Bag Borrow or Steal—it’s like Netflix for purses.” Nearly 15 years have passed since the movie first debuted, and a lot has changed in the fashion industry, especially the world of luxury rental companies.
In 2023, there are a lot of reasons to consider renting your clothes. I could wax poetic about the benefits of a circular economy, especially in an era where fast fashion continues to reign in the retail space. However, if you—like me—consider yourself a fashion enthusiast, there’s another huge factor: a virtually endless (and rotating) closet. And when said closet can include rare designer handbags from major fashion houses, trending pieces from buzzy labels, timeless fine jewelry, and more, you can bet it’s worth a look. Of course, it wasn’t always this way, but more and more rental services are specializing in different areas of luxury fashion, and I’m willing to bet this is only the beginning.


The Deeper Meaning Behind Margot Robbie’s Jewelry in Babylon
Turns out, the glittering diamonds reflect her character Nellie’s story, costume designer Mary Zophres explains.

Through a partnership with the luxury house, costume designer Mary Zophres carefully selected the white gold earrings—radiant with 26 carats of sapphires and 5 carats of diamonds—to perfectly accent Nellie’s sparkling milestone event ensemble: a blue hand-beaded halter top and tap pants set.
“Now she has some money and she’s gonna spend a little bit more,” says Zophres, who received one of her three Oscar nominations for Chazelle’s 2017 hit La La Land. “She wants something that’s glittery because she’s still Nellie.”


Can We Resolve to Let New Year’s Resolutions Go?
What are your resolutions, Raven? I hear you beg. I’m inching slowly towards New Me; this is my first day eating something that isn’t technically a pudding for breakfast, and wearing something not specifically designed for sports. Last year my resolution was more palm trees—something of a lifestyle mantra, rather than a trip to the garden center—but my husband offered to take me to the botanical house at Kew Gardens instead of visiting the Sphinxes. This year, I’m once again trying to phase out sweatpants, a lockdown hangover I’ve not been able to sober up from because sweatpants are so damn snuggly. I have a sense that the Raven I want to be wears slacks, wears more tailoring, might he even be partial to a necktie? But right now I’m still irritated by the cotton-y prison of real trousers. I’m also learning to drive, which will not only grant me access to farther-flung palms, but also feels a bit Kenickie. Double win.


What Is an Acceptable Age Gap Between Partners?
It’s an age-old question. It’s a debate that I’ve seen divide dinner tables of beautiful left-wing sex-positive smokers. It’s a question—not surprising, given the general premise of this column— taken up by Carrie and company as they investigate the latest drug of choice in the New York dating scene in season one of Sex and the City: younger men. Indeed, the age-gap relationship is a scenario we’ve all seen play out terribly, seen work beautifully, and judged harshly from afar. And the thing that divides, creates disaster, and inspires judgment is not simply a difference in number—it’s a difference in power.
Now there’s a general rule that always starts this game. The equation, of course: Half your age then add seven to work out if someone is too young for you to date; take seven off your age then double it to work out if someone is too old for you to date. The problem is that where love, sex, and romance are concerned, an equation can’t always provide you with the answer. Desire and attraction are not the same as basic math.


How to Organize Your Kitchen Like a Pro
Smart and efficient organization will make you a better, faster cook.

When it comes to cooking, two major qualities separate the pros from the amateurs. The first is seasoning; pro cooks season assertively while many home cooks are sodium shy. The second differentiator: kitchen organization. Spend a few minutes in a well-run professional kitchen and you’ll notice how every workstation has a purpose. Every tool and appliance is stored neatly. Every surface is spotless.
This is because a well-organized kitchen is a more efficient kitchen. Good flow and organization empowers a cook to take fewer steps and make fewer moves while prepping and cooking. This saves time, helps get orders to the table faster, and makes cleanup easier.
The same principles apply at home. Here are some organizing ideas to get you started.


Sydney Sweeney on what she’s learnt about beauty
And why her identity remains “true to Syd”

This year, the rise and rise of Sydney Sweeney continues. While we await her Marvel debut in Madame Web, the 25-year-old actress will reprise her captivating role as Cassie Howard in angsty teen drama Euphoria, and stars in Reality – an American whistleblower drama premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival next month. With equally attention-grabbing moments off screen and on red carpets, the formidable star has become a darling of the fashion and beauty worlds, too. Her latest partnership here is with Giorgio Armani, having become the luxury house’s face of its forthcoming My Way Parfum – a free-spirited-feeling feminine fragrance that chimes well with the LA local.


Prince Harry Says ‘I Don’t Know How Staying Silent is Ever Going to Make Things Better’: Watch Trailer for CBS/ITV Interview
Hours after explosive revelations in a leaked extract from his autobiography “Spare,” Prince Harry makes several statements in the trailer for an upcoming interview due to air on CBS and ITV.
In the interview, Tom Bradby asks Harry about his decision to discuss his relationships with family members in “Spare.” Harry says: “I don’t know how staying silent is ever going to make things better.”
When Bradby asks: “Wouldn’t your brother say to you, ‘Harry, how could you do this to me after everything? After everything we went through?’ Wouldn’t that be what he would say?,” Harry responds: “He would probably say all sorts of different things.”


Romeo and Juliet Stars, 71 and 72, Are Suing Paramount Pictures Over Nude Scene 54 Years Later
In the lawsuit, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting—who were underage when they portrayed the star-crossed lovers and filmed the 1968 film’s nude scene—allege that they experienced sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and fraud while filming Romeo and Juliet.

Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, the teenage stars of 1968’s Romeo and Juliet, have submitted a joint lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Paramount Pictures, due to a nude scene they shot for the film when they were both underage.
Hussey, now 71, was just 15 years old when she starred as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, while Whiting, now 72, was only 16 when he portrayed Romeo in director Franco Zeffirelli’s now classic adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy. According to a copy of the complaint shared by Deadline, Hussey and Whiting are suing the studio for sexual harassment, negligence, intentional tort, fraud, appropriation of name and likeness, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unfair business practices, and child sexual abuse.


In Conversation: Sadie Sink
A dark new role in Oscar-tipped The Whale shows exactly what TV star Sadie Sink can do when let loose on the big screen

The first time Sadie Sink appears in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, she is a foul-mouthed, shouty hurricane of an angry teenager. Stomping around the room, she takes her rage out on everything in her way – her father Charlie included. Played by Brendan Fraser, Charlie is a morbidly obese, reclusive English teacher attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter during what seem to be the final days of his life. And Ellie – who is played by Sink – is there to ensure the process is as painful (and engrossing) as possible.
‘Ellie is certainly not like me in anyway,’ Sink is keen to clarify when we talk. The 20-year-old is softly spoken, kind-hearted, ambitious, wise beyond her years – and incredibly close to her family, who uprooted from Texas to New Jersey to support her career.


Rooney Mara’s Audrey Hepburn Biopic Is On Its Way
For over a decade, Rooney Mara has entranced audiences with her quietly assured, deeply moving performances in everything from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol and A Ghost Story to Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley and Sarah Polley’s Women Talking, which seems poised to take awards season by storm. However, the twice-Oscar-nominated actor’s next film will be her most high-profile to date: she is set to play Audrey Hepburn in an upcoming drama from Apple that will delve into the actor, humanitarian and fashion icon’s life and work.


How ‘The Last of Us’ Plans to Bring the Zombie Genre Back to Life
Inside HBO’s zombie apocalypse plan: A new drama starring ‘Game of Thrones’ veterans Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey from ‘Chernobyl’ creator Craig Mazin that aims to overcome Hollywood’s legacy of weak video game adaptations and become a monster hit. “We put all of ourselves into this.”

The Last of Us’ complex, emotionally wrenching storyline seems ideal for a debut season of television. The series, co-produced by Sony and premiering Jan. 15, is toplined by two Game of Thrones veterans — Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey — and could very well become HBO’s Next Big Thing at a time when competition for the prestige TV streaming crown is fiercer than ever and belt-tightening cuts have made every major series launch really count. But it was a minor miracle the game was made in the first place, and now it’s become a show that somehow must get everything right — or risk becoming the gaming industry’s biggest Hollywood disappointment yet.


Here’s How Long Cooked Foods Can Stay Unrefrigerated, According to Food Safety Experts
Plus, how to know when your food is in the temperature danger zone.

After prepping meals or cooking for guests, it can be tempting to leave food out and take a break from the kitchen. Or sometimes, you might simply forget or get distracted by other tasks (it happens to the best of us). Regardless of the situation, it’s important to avoid letting food sit out on the countertop for too long—you might be left with a food safety hazard, along with a spoiled dish.
But how long is too long, exactly? To find out, we consulted food safety experts to determine how soon you should refrigerate food before it goes bad.


Michelle Williams on The Fabelmans, motherhood, and finding her muse
As the matriarch who shaped a movie-making legend, the actress takes on the role of a lifetime in Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film.

You’ve portrayed real women before, going back to Marilyn Monroe and Gwen Verdon, so pulling a character from life isn’t new to you, but they of course were also so well known and documented. You’ve spoken about being given a full dossier of Mitzi Fabelman materials at the start of this project — home movies and photographs and music. How much was Steven looking for a total embodiment of his mother versus forging your own path with it?
“You’re trying to get as close as possible, but I don’t think anybody’s ever looking for a photocopy of the thing. Otherwise, why make it? It’s already been made. To recreate something exactly might not be as interesting as it is to gather the essence and see how that moves you and how that works through these given circumstances — this dialogue, this interaction with other characters and other actors. So it’s as close as it can be, but it also isn’t a documentary.”


Your stuff is actually worse now
How the cult of consumerism ushered in an era of badly made products.

My beloved 10-year-old black bra finally broke last Christmas. The elastic had some slack and it’d been fraying for a while, but its death sentence came when the underwire popped out the side. While it wasn’t particularly special — just a normal T-shirt bra — it was comfortable and had clearly lasted a long time. So, I did what any sensible person who is afraid of change would do: bought the exact same thing, from the same brand, again.
I eagerly waited for my shipment of my new bras (in two trendy colorways!) to come in. When they arrived, I noticed that there were a few key differences: there was a new fourth clasp, the band was tighter, and the material was a whole lot softer. Certainly, these were improvements, I thought.


Fans of Bridgerton rejoice: opulent star-studded series chronicling the life of Lady Jane Grey is coming to screens
My Lady Jane will see the life of the ‘Nine Days’ Queen’ extended beyond her tragically short 17 years

From The Empress and The Crown to Bridgerton, Netflix has garnered a reputation for sumptuous dramatisations of some of the most tantalising scandals and stories of royal courts of old. Now, Amazon is looking to challenge the title for the ultimate period drama producer with a new big-budget adaptation featuring an unlikely subject: Lady Jane Grey, also known as the Nine Days’ Queen, who briefly ruled England and Ireland from 10 July until 19 July 1553.


How a painting forgotten behind a cottage door turned out to be a 17th century treasure worth £20,000
The 400-year-old hidden treasure will be auctioned this month

Valuable works of art steeped in history are often hung in pride of place above a mantlepiece or on the walls of a grand entrance hall. But not so this 400-year-old hidden treasure, which spent decades out of sight, behind the door of a Surrey cottage, before being stumbled upon by an antiques expert during a house clearance of a late collector.
Now the piece, which depicts a toddler in the 17th century, is expected to sell for around £20,000 when it is auctioned in London later this month.


A Black Composer’s Legacy Flourishes 500 Years After His Birth
The reputation of Vicente Lusitano, one of the earliest known composers of African descent active in Europe, was thwarted for centuries.

On a day in June 2020, Alice Jones was in her Brooklyn apartment getting ready to attend a Black Lives Matter rally. Dr. Jones, a flutist and composer who serves as an assistant dean and faculty member at the Juilliard School, was adamant about expressing herself as a Black classical musician.
“I felt like it was my obligation to make sure in this moment, when we’re talking about Black lives mattering,” she said, “that we also talk about Black art and music.”
So, Dr. Jones designed a sign that listed Black composers throughout history. After adding Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the 18th-century subject of the upcoming film “Chevalier,” she faintly remembered another, older name: Vicente Lusitano.




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