T LOunge for May 21st 2024

Posted on May 21, 2024



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Let’s spread out and make some noise today, kittens. It is TUESDAY and that practically requires bouts of long and sustained screaming. Let it out! Scare people!


The Bear Made Ayo Edebiri a Hollywood Darling. Now She’s Making Hollywood Her Playground.
The Bottoms star talks acting with Jeremy Allen White, big Emmy moments with her friends, what really happened at SNL, and much more.

Earlier this year, Edebiri pulled off an awards season hat trick, taking home a Golden Globe, a prime-time Emmy, and a SAG Award for her role as chef Sydney Adamu, a striver and budding genius on the FX Hulu comedy drama The Bear. Amid the awards run, she hosted Saturday Night Live, a return to form as Edebiri came up as a comic. “I feel very fortunate and still I don’t really totally believe it or understand it,” she says. And now we are back to her existential notions. “It’s special but strange; both a really intense experience but also something that I’m very grateful for. People have processed my life as having changed and have processed change in me that I have not processed myself. Does that make sense?”


Kate Winslet plays a model turned WW2 war correspondent in upcoming star-studded movie Lee
It looks seriously epic.

Kate Winslet continues to serve us the most incredible characters. She wowed us with TV series The Regime as an autocrat, now she’s returning to our screens in a very important biopic.
Lee follows the story of an important figure in WW2 history, and most importantly from a female perspective. It is also directed by Ellen Kuras, who was a cinematographer on Winslet’s earlier film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


59 of the best movies on Disney+ that will keep you busy all year round
From Oscar-winning movies to comedies.

Disney+ is a streaming service that you simply cannot go wrong with.
Sometimes all we want to do is curl up under the covers and watch a great movie – and that is where Disney+ comes in handy because you can access the streaming service’s entire programme of films from just £4.99 per month. What a bargain!
So why not get down to business and indulge in some nostalgia with some old favourites while also making new cinematic memories with incredible new releases?


I’ve asked the experts—these 7 pedicure shades are the best colours to wear on your toes this summer
Take note for your next nail appointment

Whether you’re heading away on holiday sometime soon or just want to get your toes prepped and ready for sandal season, you’ll most likely be looking for nail trend inspo to take to your next pedicure appointment. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place, as I’ve quizzed some of the biggest names in the nail business, to share what they think will be the most popular pedicure looks for the season ahead.
From the French-tipped pedicures to trending glazed designs that are perfect for posing poolside, the experts spilled their secrets so we can get our toes in tip-top condition in time for summer.


I was fully prepared to call the trending TikTok walking pad a fad, but it’s seriously improved my fitness
Seen them doing the rounds on your social media?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll love workout hacks and healthy living tips that are not only effective but time-efficient, too. Staying healthy is important, sure, but so is making sure you have plenty of time to relax and unwind. That’s why, when I saw a walking pad review on my TikTok feed earlier this year, I was intrigued.
With a casual 5.1 million views on the #walkingtreadmill hashtag TikTok alone, it’s fair to say the pads – most of which fold up and can fit in a cupboard or behind your desk when you’re not using them – are having a bit of a moment.


The Bear season 3 has a release date – here’s everything we know so far
Yes, chef!

Good news for all who are desperate for word of a new season of The Bear – it’s back next month.
The series certainly left us with a lot of questions after the sophomore season’s finale. Namely, is Claire OK? Matter of fact, is Sydney OK? How does Carmy seemingly not have hypothermia? Is Richie on the brink of an existential crisis? When will Marcus get a chance to return those missed calls? We could go on.


18 Best Period Dramas To Watch For ‘Bridgerton’ And ‘The Crown’ Fans
‘The Crown?’ ‘Downton Abbey?’ Bring them on… Here’s a list of the best period dramas to watch.

Period dramas offer a sense of comfort unparalleled when compared to other television show genres like comedies and rom-coms.
Giving viewers the chance to escape the humdrum of their day-to-day lives, period dramas invite us to explore and learn about the lavish lifestyles and homes of those living in 18th and 19th century England through Bridgerton and Downton Abbey, respectively, and become enthralled by dramatic and compelling stories relating to family obligation and forbidden love.


A New Book Details the Everlasting Allure of Carolyn Bessette and John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Love Story
Once Upon a Time: The Captivating Life of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy uncovers who the late fashion icon was, inside and—more importantly—outside of her very famous marriage

Few real-life love stories maintain such a chokehold on pop culture as Carolyn Bessette and John F. Kennedy Jr.’s has. Their union, which began in 1992 (albeit with a few breakups early on) and lasted until their untimely deaths in a plane crash in 1999, boasted the type of societal allure even the most powerful publicists wouldn’t be able to orchestrate.
Even 25 years after their passing, the world still wants to know more about the intensely private (and powerful) couple that reigned over ’90s society. In her new book, Once Upon a Time: The Captivating Life of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Elizabeth Beller paints a more intimate portrait of the late fashion icon and dares to uncover who she was inside and—more importantly—outside her marriage to the prince of Camelot.


Kate Middleton Is “Excited” About a New Development in Her Early Years Work
The Princess is away from public duties receiving cancer treatment, and there remains no indication of when she may return.

Today, the Royal Foundation Business Taskforce for early childhood outlined an action plan and recommendations for businesses to play a bigger role in supporting family life. The Princess of Wales has been kept up to date with the announcement as she remains out of the public eye receiving treatment for a cancer.
Kate is said to be “excited” by the developments; however, a Kensington Palace spokesperson was quick to point out to journalists that the milestone was not an indication that the Princess was returning to work. There was no update on her health.


Jackie Kennedy Lived on Her Own Terms, We Should Remember Her That Way
The author of the new novel Jackie remembers the late First Lady, 30 years after her death.

Thirty years ago, shortly after the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis on May 19, her son stood outside and shared his gratitude that his mother had had the chance to pass away “surrounded by her family, her friends and her books—the people and things that she loved. She did it in her own way and on her own terms.”
I’ve always been captivated by those words. Their simplicity and integrity echoed words Jackie herself had once said: “Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage, and death.”


A Judge Ruled Tacos Are Sandwiches — Here’s Why That Matters
Though this ruling can feel deeply unserious, it has major consequences for one small business.

What, exactly, defines a sandwich? It’s a question people have been arguing over since the dawn of time. But, at least according to one Indiana judge, tacos fall into whatever that definition may be.
In May, Allen County Superior Court Judge Craig Bobay ruled that “tacos and burritos are Mexican-style sandwiches.” Though this ruling can feel deeply unserious, it has major consequences for one small business that was hoping to open a restaurant in the city of Fort Wayne.


France’s New Scractch-and-Sniff Stamps Smell Like One of Your Favorite Foods
Want your mail to smell great? These French stamps can help.

France is really going all out for the Olympics, ensuring every tiny detail is perfect for the occasion. Right down to the stamps visitors will be using to send postcards home to loved ones.
On May 16, which happens to also be the feast of Saint-Honoré, the patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs, La Poste, the nation’s national postal service, put a brand-new stamp in circulation that features a lovely drawing of a baguette, a piece of bread so central to French culture that it made its way onto UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.


‘Baby Reindeer’ Star Jessica Gunning Not Engaging With Fiona Harvey Interviews Because She Feels “Fiercely Protective” Of Richard Gadd
Gunning said she was concerned about the impact Harvey’s interviews might be having on Gadd, whom she described as a “survivor” of sexual assault and stalking.
“I think he was incredibly brave to bare all. He really did put everything in that show, warts and all, errors, mistakes that were made,” Gunning said.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. I’m always fiercely protective of him and I want to make sure that none of this is upsetting for him, really, so I try and keep out of any of that stuff.”


Anya Taylor-Joy Revs Up Method Dressing Trend With ‘Furiosa’-Approved Style on Recent Press Tour
From Margot Robbie’s ‘Barbie’ run to Zendaya’s ‘Dune’ and ‘Challengers’ cosplay, actresses and their stylists are continuing to pull from the page as inspiration for the red carpet.

With her appearance, Taylor-Joy became the latest star to fashionably fuel a trend that has been described as method dressing or character cosplay. It has felt omnipresent as of late, thanks to style stars like Zendaya, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone, Kristen Stewart and Florence Pugh. Though they have only made a handful of outings together to pump their highly anticipated two- part Wicked musical, Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo have leaned heavily into the pink and green influences (pink for Grande’s Glinda and emerald for Erivo’s gravity-defying Elphaba) that telegraphed much more cosplay to come ahead of the first film’s November debut.


Not Your Grandparents’ Mahjong Table
Green Tile Social Club hosted its first tournament, where a younger generation gathered to play an old game and meet new friends.

Although many young Asian Americans grew up with mahjong at home, the game is frequently associated with watching older generations play rather than participating themselves. Now, the Green Tile community is hoping to rejuvenate the table with a younger crowd.
The group is not alone, and the game is finding a new generation of fans. Baba’s House, a restaurant in Oakland, Calif., has regular mahjong nights, and DFW Mahjong has hosted games across the Dallas area.


Cooking for One Can Be Fun, Easy and Delicious. Here’s How.
Making food for just yourself can feel like a burden night after night, but there are ways to make it less of a chore.

The new season of “The Bear” is coming soon, and one memorable scene from the last season starts with the chef Sydney Adamu, played by Ayo Edebiri, cracking a few eggs into a bowl. She then enters the meditative bliss that is making a perfect omelet. Watching her nudge the golden disk over and around a line of creamy cheese brings to mind the sandwich scene from the 2004 movie “Spanglish,” where Adam Sandler, playing a chef alone in his home kitchen after a long night at the restaurant, slides a fried egg over bacon and tomatoes shingled on a thick slice of toast.
What they have in common is how well they capture the culinary ecstasy of making dishes best prepared as single servings in the quiet of the kitchen. In those moments, all of your senses are attuned to creating this small, simple, beautiful thing. It works only when cooking for one.


Life after Taylor: Former Swifties reveal why they left the ‘toxic’ fandom
Fans of Taylor Swift are notoriously diehard – but growing numbers are reevaluating their relationship with the singer and distancing themselves from the toxic side of the fandom

As Swift’s star continues to rise – or skyrocket – many like Rayane are growing increasingly exasperated by the singer’s most ardent devotees who insist on viewing the singer through an entirely uncritical lens. The r/travisandtaylor subreddit is dedicated to “calling Taylor Swift out on her bullshit” and has amassed over 21,000 members. Threads in the sub discuss topics ranging from Swift’s incessant cash-grabbing, the quality of her latest album The Tortured Poets Department, and whether her relationship with Travis Kelce is a PR stunt.


Dolly Parton pays tribute to late 9 to 5 costar Dabney Coleman: ‘He taught me so much’
Coleman died May 16 at 92

Dolly Parton has a lot of love for the late Dabney Coleman.
Coleman, who died May 16 at 92, played Parton’s sexist boss, Franklin Hart, in the in the 1980s classic 9 to 5, one of his best known movies. She explained in a sweet message that the two were actually close.
“Dabney was a great actor and became a dear friend,” Parton wrote on social media. “He taught me so much when I was doing my first movie, 9 to 5. He was funny, deep and smart. We remained friends through the years and I will miss him greatly as many people will.”


Scarlett Johansson says OpenAI copied her voice after she declined ChatGPT offer: ‘I was shocked’
The “Her” actress maintains that she was “forced to hire legal counsel” to address an AI soundalike.

On Monday the Her actress accused the tech company OpenAI of featuring a voice “eerily similar” to her own in the latest version of its ChatGPT bot after Johansson expressly declined to lend her voice to the system, leaving her “shocked” and “forced to hire legal counsel” to address the situation.
OpenAI denies that the voice in question, named Sky, was intended to resemble Johansson.
Johansson said in a statement provided to Entertainment Weekly that OpenAI CEO Sam Altman contacted her in September and asked her to voice ChatGPT 4.0 because he felt her voice would be “comforting to people.” Citing personal reasons, she declined.


This European City Was Just Named the World’s ‘Smartest’ — Here’s Why
For the fifth straight year, Zurich tops the list as the world’s smartest city.

The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) recently released its Smart Cities Index, examining 142 global cities based on economic and technological advancements and factors such as sustainability, inclusiveness, and livability. For the fifth straight year, Zurich tops the list as the world’s smartest city, with Oslo and Canberra, Australia, following closely behind.

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