T LOunge for January 9th, 2023

Posted on January 09, 2023

The Libertine Bar and Restaurant – London, England

 

It’s MONDAY, which means that today is the perfect day for a LOunge that doubles as a bunker. Hunker down with us for the day and commit yourselves to getting nothing of import done.

 

An Exclusive First Look at the Emily Trailer
The new film, starring Emma Mackey as Emily Brontë, opens in theaters February 17.

Get ready to see a whole new side of Emily Brontë. On February 17, Emily, a new film from writer-director Frances O’Connor and starring Emma Mackey as Brontë will be released by Bleecker Street in the U.S.—and it isn’t what you might expect.
Instead of being a traditional biopic, Emily —which features a cast including Olivier Jackson-Cohen and Fionn Whitehead—tells an imaginative, magical, and eccentric story about the writer before she became a legend.

 

The Biggest Revelations from Prince Harry’s Sit-Down Interviews
The Duke of Sussex accuses Queen Camilla of leaking stories, and speaks of the tensions between Prince William, Kate, and Meghan.

Prince Harry sat down for several explosive interviews ahead of the release of his memoir, Spare, two of which aired today.
The first is a 90-minute talk with ITV, and the second a tell-all with CBS’ 60 Minutes. During the chats, the Duke of Sussex speaks further about the tensions that arose between himself, Prince William, and Princess Kate when Duchess Meghan joined the family. He also accuses step-mother Queen Camilla of having an agenda to better her image, and addresses his hopes for his future relationship with the royals.

 

The 31 Best TV Shows To Binge-Watch In 2023
Translation: 31 new reasons to never leave your couch this year.

How do you follow a year in TV that gave us Severance, Wednesday, more White Lotus? According to 2023’s slate, a Bridgerton prequel, the return of Succession and Yellowjackets, and some big bestselling book adaptations just might do the trick. While the year ahead promises new seasons from hit series like The Mandalorian, You, and And Just Like That…, it’ll also mark some exciting, highly anticipated premieres, like Daisy Jones and the Six and The Last of Us, to name just a couple.

 

Everything You Need to Know About the Prince of Wales Check
From dapper dandies to English royalty, the Prince of Wales check pattern remains an emblem of elegance.

There are not many patterns that boast the level of sophistication the way the Prince of Wales check does. Characterized by a woven design of small and large checks that create a crossing pattern, the Prince of Wales check offers a fashionable statement without sacrificing an ounce of elegance. Also known as the Glen check, Glen plaid, and Glen
Glen Urquhart plaid, the pattern has been seen throughout notable figureheads and celebrities both recently and not-so-recently: King Charles, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Daniel Craig, and members of The Beatles are just a few names that have donned the pattern. The pattern is so desirable that even high-fashion brands like Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Prada consistently utilize the pattern within their own collections.

 

This Easy Non-Alcoholic Drink Will Make Your January Blues Disappear
Whether you’re a mocktail person or not, there’s one non-alcoholic drink you should be making — and it only calls for two ingredients.

Similar to making coffee in the morning, I think a large part of the joy in drinking a cocktail comes from the sense of self-care you get when crafting a beverage for yourself. Regardless of what kind of person you are — capable of fully committing to a month without booze, someone who prefers to pick and choose the evenings that they don’t drink, or a firm believer that mocktails are just juice — there is one non-alcoholic cocktail that anyone will enjoy sipping on: bitters and soda.

 

Prince Harry Says the Royal Family Was Not Racist Over Archie’s Skin Color
The Prince was speaking during a discussion with ITV’s Tom Bradby which aired this evening in the UK.

One of the biggest revelations from Harry and Meghan’s sit-down interview with Oprah in February 2021 was the accusation of racism towards the royal family after the couple spoke about how there were “concerns and conversations” about Archie’s potential skin color. The Sussexes refused to say who made the comment—although they did clarify it was not the Queen or Prince Philip—prompting months of speculation over who made the remarks and exactly what was said.
However, now Harry has spoken of the incident once again in an interview to promote his memoir Spare and said that he would not describe it as racist.

 

Watch a 17-Year-Old David Bowie Give a Rare Interview on Long Hair and Gender
“The rebellion of the longhairs is getting underway,” cautions presenter Cliff Michelmore, wearing thick-rimmed glasses, wisps of hair side-parted and slicked upon his balding head. The year is 1964 and he’s hosting a special BBC Tonight segment dedicated to the burgeoning social phenomenon of men growing out their lengths. And there to speak on behalf of the newly formed Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men is 17-year-old David “Davy” Jones of Plaistow Grove, Bromley, otherwise known as David Bowie.

 

The Story Behind Princess Diana’s Beloved Victor Edelstein Dress
In 1997—a tragic several months before her death—Princess Diana sat for Mario Testino as he took several portraits for Vanity Fair. Among her outfits? A tulip-shaped dress by Victor Edelstein in a deep aubergine silk velvet, with three gold buttons on the back.
It was one of the Princess’s most recognizable looks: she wore it during an official 1991 portrait with Prince Charles, taken by Lord Snowdon. Later that year, artist Douglas Hardinge Anderson painted her in the gown for a work hung at the Royal Marsden Hospital, one of Diana’s patronages. Finally, in 1998, Franklin Mint recreated the dress for their limited edition doll of the princess.

 

New ‘Friends’-Themed Coffee Creamer Will Taste Like a Central Perk Favorite
Could this news *be* any better?

Friends may have aired its final episode almost two decades ago, but the love for this show remains as strong as ever. It’s so strong that people still watch the reruns and reunions, buy the swag, and now, even drink coffee like their favorite friend, too.
On Tuesday, International Delight, in partnership with Warner Bros., announced it’s releasing a limited-edition Friends Manhattan Hazelnut Mocha creamer, which the company says is inspired by Central Perk’s Manhattan Mocha coffee. Not familiar with the Manhattan Mocha coffee? This is a little “IYKYK” moment for the truest of Friends fans, as the drink was written on the coffee shop’s chalkboard menu throughout the run of the show.

 

The Pale Blue Eye actor’s journey from Harry Potter to the most heartbreaking and disturbing roles imaginable.
It’s sometimes difficult to watch Harry Melling, but always impossible to turn away. The actor so often seems like he might rupture and break apart onscreen at any moment. In role after harrowing role, the 33-year-old British actor creates a combustion within the men he plays that eats away at them, hollowing them out, and threatening to explode forth to devour others around him.
That intensity is undeniably part of his young Edgar Allan Poe in the new Netflix mystery thriller The Pale Blue Eye, in which he plays the macabre author years before he began setting pen to paper, back when he was still a gentle, perhaps naive cadet at West Point in 1830. His Poe helps Christian Bale’s forensic investigator Augustus Landor solve a series of grotesque murders at the US military academy, and at first he can’t fathom how a human being could commit such atrocities. But he soon learns, and he gets more than one lesson.

 

Reese’s Is Launching an All-New Dessert Line — Here’s What’s Inside
Hint: A lot of peanut butter.

“At Reese’s, we are always inventing new ways for fans to enjoy our iconic combination of chocolate and peanut butter,” Ian Norton, senior director of Reese’s brand, shared in a statement. “The new Reese’s frozen treats are the ultimate sweet and salty, chocolate and peanut butter experience that will quite literally give you chills – not only because they’re frozen but because they’re just that good.”
The new products include the Reese’s Peanut Butter Sandwich, which comes with peanut butter filling between two chocolate wafers; Reese’s Peanut Butter Light Ice Cream, with peanut butter ice cream and chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups; and Reese’s Chocolate Frozen Dairy Dessert, made with a chocolate base with chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a Reese’s peanut butter swirl thrown in for good measure.

 

What Harry Said Next: The Biggest Talking Points From The Duke Of Sussex’s No-Holds-Barred TV Interview
Ahead of the publication of his memoir, Spare, the Duke of Sussex sat down with ITV journalist Tom Bradby to discuss the shattering revelations it contains, and what drove him to commit his story to paper. Below, the biggest talking points from Prince Harry’s no-holds-barred ITV interview, which aired on Sunday 8 January.

Prince Harry reiterated his love for his father and his brother multiple times during the interview, as well as his love for his sister-in-law, Kate. “I love my father, I love my brother, I love my family,” he said. “Nothing of what I’ve done in this book or otherwise has ever been with any intention of harm to them.” But, he went on, “Certain members of the family got into bed with the devil to rehabilitate their image. [The] moment that comes at the detriment of others – me, or other members of my family, that’s where I draw the line.”

 

What To Read & Watch If You’ve Got The January Blues
January got you down? Consult Vogue’s list of great books, series and films to get you through the first – and hardest – month of the year.

Marie Antoinette
If you think you’ve had enough of royals railing against their gilded cages, Marie Antoinette, an eight-part period drama now available on BBC iPlayer, might just change your mind. Penned by The Favourite scribe Deborah Davis, the series is less arch and more earnest than 2019’s Queen Anne biopic, opening with “Toinette” (Emilia Schüle) leaving her severe Habsburg mother behind in Austria and travelling to France to meet her betrothed: the future Louis XVI (Louis Cunningham), then a cripplingly shy teenager, who can barely meet her eye and prefers to spend his free time hunting rather than bedding his fiancée, much to everyone’s chagrin. So far, so Sofia Coppola, but over the course of eight hours, the Canal+ programme develops the nuances of Marie Antoinette’s character in a way that’s never been done before – reframing her as a feminist, and taking more than a few liberties with history. (Take the storyline that sees Louis XV, played by a carousing James Purefoy, attempt to sleep with “the little Dauphine” when his son refuses to.) The political intrigue and sexual tensions that dominate the rigidly hierarchical French court are, of course, gripping, but it’s worth watching Marie Antoinette for the production and costume design alone. A veritable army of craftspeople, from locksmiths to upholsterers, were assembled to recreate the royal apartments of Versailles in Bry-sur-Marne studios, while more than 140 haute couture costumes were made for the cast, with the House of Dior even contributing a number of gowns.

 

Janelle Monáe Peels the Onion
The musician and actress talks “Glass Onion” spoilers, growing up in Kansas, becoming an android, and the inspirational notes she keeps on her phone.

So who is Janelle Monáe? Since she emerged on the music scene, she’s been less a pop star than a world-builder, refracting herself through sci-fi and Afrofuturist imagery. Her first EP, “Metropolis: The Chase Suite,” from 2007, drew on Fritz Lang’s German Expressionist classic and cast Monáe as her android alter ego, Cindi Mayweather. With her tuxedos and protruding pompadours, she was a glam retro-futurist androgyne, and her three studio albums—“The ArchAndroid” (2010), “The Electric Lady” (2013), and “Dirty Computer” (2018)—leaned into her funk-robot persona. “I’m a cyber-girl without a face, a heart, or a mind,” she sang on one track. Monáe used Mayweather and other spinoff characters as metaphors for her sense of otherness, as a queer Black woman from Kansas City, Kansas. (In 2018, she came out as pansexual, and last April revealed herself to be nonbinary; she uses she/her or they/them pronouns but says that her preferred pronoun is “freeassmuthafucka.”) Monaé’s forty-eight-minute visual album—or “emotion picture”—for “Dirty Computer” featured her as Jane 57821, a Sapphic android in a “Blade Runner”-esque dystopia, and in 2022 she expanded the “Dirty Computer” universe into a sci-fi story collection, “The Memory Librarian.”

 

85 Surprising Flower Meanings Behind Some of the Most Popular Blooms
Learn the language of flowers before you gift your next bouquet.

Flowers are thoughtful gifts for just about anyone in your life — family, friends, coworkers and, of course, your significant other. But just as various rose colors have different meanings, so do many other blooms. That’s why it’s important to know the wide range of flower meanings so you pick the right one for any occasion.
This helpful roundup features more than 70 flowers and what they represent (think pink lilies for prosperity and blue asters for strength). For a special family affair, like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, show your appreciation with pink tulips and begonias. Some flowers, such as bleeding hearts, snapdragons and red camellias, specifically cater to Valentine’s Day, as they symbolize a deep love or desire for your partner (try adding these perfectly arranged bouquets to your Valentine’s Day list, too!).
While most of the flowers on this list are associated with a positive message, a few do have a negative connotation. Take yellow roses and marigolds, for example, which can both symbolize jealousy. Even common bouquet additions, tansies, can denote a secret declaration of war!
So, before you go shopping at your local flower shop (or have blooms delivered), check out our guide for pointers. We’ve included details from A Victorian Flower Dictionary, The Farmer’s Almanac and more, so any floral arrangement you choose shows exactly how you feel.

 

Mayfair townhouse where Handel and Hendrix both lived will become a museum of musical greatness
It is made possible thanks to a generous £1 million donation

A Mayfair townhouse which was home to not one, but two, musical greats is poised to be transformed into a ‘major British attraction’, thanks to a £1 million donation. The house, on Brook Street, was home to 18th-century composer of the Messiah, George Frideric Handel, who lived there for 36 years. Some 200 years later, it became the home to legendary American guitarist, singer and songwriter Jim Hendrix. The combination of Handel and Hendrix makes the address a potential site of musical pilgrimage.

 

Making M3GAN: How everyone’s favorite killer robot was brought to life
The movie’s behind-the-scenes team details the challenging creation of the murderous droid.

It’s one thing to program a movie robot to talk and even kill. But how do you get that sucker to dance? That was one of many problems facing filmmaker Gerard Johnstone after he signed on to direct the just-released horror hit M3GAN, about an android who becomes homicidally protective of her young charge Cady (Violet McGraw).
“It was really challenging,” says Johnstone, of the M3GAN shoot, which took place in the director’s homeland of New Zealand. “They talk about working with children and animals, and we did all of that plus, you know, animatronic puppets and god knows what else. So, it was quite grueling, but ultimately those really tricky films produce good results. It was a testament to the work that everyone had done that M3GAN is just such a strong presence onscreen.”

 

The Best Oils for Frying, According to a Food Scientist
It depends on whether you’re sautéing, stir-frying, or making French fries.

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed in the oil aisle of the supermarket, you’re not alone. With so many options, buying oil to fry food can turn into a confusing affair. And while it may be tempting to use your go-to oil for everything and hope for the best, that’s not the best approach. It’s important to choose the right oil for the job. Not all oils or frying methods are equal—and if you’re not careful, using the wrong oil can produce a smoky kitchen and a burnt mess.
To find out which are the best oils for frying, we consulted Eric Decker, Ph.D., a professor of food science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 

 

 

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