T LOunge for May 30th 2024

Posted on May 30, 2024

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It is THURSDAY and that calls for some SUPER grandiosity, wouldn’t you say. Let’s all shout our opinions to the ceiling, just to see how long the echoes last. Let’s spread out and be loud. Who cares what anyone else thinks of it. This is our LOunge, dammit.

 

“F*** This, Let’s Just Talk About It”: Jodie Foster, Jennifer Aniston, Sofía Vergara Let Loose on THR’s Drama Actress Roundtable
Nicole Kidman, Brie Larson, Anna Sawai and Naomi Watts weigh on everything from method acting to menopause to snorting coke (on screen).

“I don’t know if anybody told you, but none of us knows what we’re doing,” announces two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster halfway through the Drama Actress Emmy Roundtable. She’s surrounded by two more Oscar winners — Expats’ Nicole Kidman and Lessons in Chemistry’s Brie Larson — who nod in agreement. The True Detective star continues, “and that’s the real beauty of it, having that freshness of doubting yourself.” Over the course of an hour at The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica, that trio, along with The Morning Show’s Jennifer Aniston, Shogun’s Anna Sawai, Griselda’s Sofía Vergara and Feud’s Naomi Watts, discuss everything from mentorship to menopause.

 

Molly Ringwald Says “Predators” Took Advantage of Her During Her Early Career
The ‘Breakfast Club’ actress had to “figure out a way to protect [herself].”

Molly Ringwald is an ‘80s icon known for her roles in coming-of-age films like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. However, despite her early career success, the former child star is opening up about how “harrowing” it was being a young actress in Hollywood. In a new interview with Marc Maron, Ringwald revealed that she was “taken advantage of” by predatory people in the industry, and had to figure out a way to protect herself.

 

On TV, Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder Are Often at Odds. In Real Life? They Couldn’t Be Closer.
After three seasons, the stars of Hacks have become comedy’s most dynamic duo

Jean—you seem to have been part of a lot of close-knit casts. You were on Designing Women for five seasons. You began guest-starring on Frasier seven seasons in and have talked about how much fun the cast was having even after so many years. Have you ever experienced the opposite?
JS: Knock on wood, I’ve never been on one of those sets where it’s just a nightmare. I have people close to me who had to work on shows where it just sounded intolerable, and I don’t know how they went to work every day. I have never had that experience. But yes, there are some shows that are just very different, Frasier being being one of them.

 

17 best sunscreens for face with broad spectrum protection
Face SPF is your skin’s best friend.

As a skincare obsessive, I will never stop waxing lyrical about the importance of sunscreens for face in the long term. Any dermatologist will tell you that applying SPF should be a non-negotiable step in anyone’s skincare routine, regardless of your skin type.
The tricky part is that you can’t actually notice the consequences of prolonged sun exposure right away (except for the occasional sun burn), especially since skin concerns like loss of elasticity and hyperpigmentation aren’t immediately noticeable.

 

What to know about POTS, a condition marked by dizziness and fatigue that’s often misdiagnosed
It can be super debilitating, experts say, and is more likely to show up in women.

The causes of POTS are unknown, but it can happen suddenly after a major health event, like surgery (as in Hudson’s case), pregnancy, puberty, or a bacterial or viral infection. That last one is a biggie given that research suggests some people can develop POTS after COVID-19. […] It can be debilitating, and it has no cure, although a combo of lifestyle modifications and medications can help. But all too often, healthcare professionals mistake the symptoms for other issues. Here’s everything you need to know about POTS, including how to spot its symptoms and when to seek help.

 

Is matcha good for you?
TikTok is obsessed with matcha lattes, but how healthy are they really?

In case you’re not familiar with the latest wellness must-have, matcha is a concentrated form of green tea that dates back to 8th century China, although it is now mostly produced in Kyoto, Japan.
While it’s made from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) as standard green tea, matcha is grown in the shade to increase the production of chlorophyll that gives the leaves their fluro green colour.
These leaves are then harvested and dried to minimise oxidation before the stems and veins are removed and the leaves ground into a finely-milled powder.

 

5 anti-inflammatory foods we should all be eating regularly, according to a nutritionist
For better digestive health, energy levels, skin – and so much more.

What anti-inflammatory foods should you add to your plate for better health?
Dietician-nutritionist and health columnist Sophie Janvier wants everybody to know about the anti-inflammatory diet. Among its scientifically proven benefits? “More vitality, better digestive comfort, less joint pain, more stable blood sugar levels, and maintaining a healthy weight. It’s ideal for health prevention, but also when you suffer from endometriosis, eczema, or acne.” Chronic inflammation is indeed a source of various diseases and health problems.

 

17 rattan bed frames for a bohemian furniture overhaul
Easy, breezy, and beautifully layered with throws, rattan bed frames are all the rage right now. This nature-centric material has graced our homes since the 1970s and continues to be an interior design mainstay, proving that the hard-wearing material doesn’t have to be limited to outdoor furniture.
While rattan bed frames are often associated with Bohemian schemes, multiple interior designers and influencers have shown that they can work with almost any decor. Regardless of whether you want to layer them in symmetrical, Scandi-style pillows, or coordinate them with your ever-burgeoning house plant collection, our list of rattan bed frames will have you spoilt for choice.

 

The Real Reason Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Didn’t Wear Princess Diana’s Spencer Tiara at Their Weddings
The Spencer Tiara goes all the way back to 1919.

Back in 1981, Princess Diana’s wedding dress inspired an entire generation of bridal gowns, but it was nearly impossible to steal the spotlight from her Spencer Tiara, the shimmering headpiece that acted as the perfect finishing touch to her history-making outfit. However, some royal fans have been wondering why Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, who married Diana’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, opted not to wear the same tiara. According to Lauren Kiehna of The Court Jeweller, it’s because the Spencer Tiara is not an official part of the royal collection.

 

These Kids’ Movies Are So Good, You Won’t Mind Watching Too
When it comes to finding the best kids’ movies, there is certainly no shortage of options to choose from. Paradoxically, the streaming era has not simplified things for parents; the endless assortment means that we often find ourselves asking, How did we end up watching this? There is simply too much, and—let’s face it—too of much of it is junk. […] To that end, here is our list of the best kids’ movies, curated by Vogue editors and writers who are parents, as well as by staffers who remember their favorite youthful viewing with perhaps a little more clarity than the parents. These are generally conceived as guidelines for the under-10 set, but of course check Common Sense Media or another resource to figure out if a film is right for your family. Best of all, these classics—and soon-to-be classics—are so good, you won’t mind watching them, too. Quality time and quality viewing? Now that’s a win-win.

 

A New American Cheese Is on the Market
New School American cheese skips the processed ingredients but retains the nostalgia of this extra-melty cheese.

Chef Eric Greenspan’s favorite food of all time is American cheese. “I’ve used American cheese my entire career,” he says. “But most cheese is really more about texture than taste, and we thought it could be more than that.”
When Greenspan was writing The Great Grilled Cheese Book in 2017, he started wondering why American cheese didn’t get more attention from chefs. “They make burger buns from scratch, and they grind their own meat … I feel like there should be a way to close that circle of quality,” he says. He mentioned the idea of an artisanal American cheese to his friend Alan Leavitt, a consumer packaged goods investor. Leavitt was immediately intrigued. In 2022, after five years of research and development, Greenspan and Leavitt launched New School American cheese, initially selling exclusively to restaurants.

 

M&M’s Just Announced a Brand-New Flavor Fit for the Fall
Halloween treats are in the near horizon.

M&M’s just announced a new flavor. And while it sounds delicious, the timing is surprising.
Early summer may have you craving fruity, citrusy, and ice-cream-inspired treats. But Mars has something else in store for the hottest months of the year: pumpkin pie.
This week, the company that owns M&M’s announced a brand new flavor of the beloved bite-sized candy: Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, which will combine pumpkin spice flavors (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice) with a milk chocolate shell for that cozy autumnal feel-good taste. We thought we had until at least Labor Day before pumpkin spice everything hit, but well, big twist: This pumpkin pie will melt in your mouth, not your hands on the beach.

 

The New Generation of Online Culture Curators
In a digital landscape overrun by algorithms and A.I., we need human guides to help us decide what’s worth paying attention

The current Internet landscape sometimes feels like the Zone in Andrei Tarkovsky’s film “Stalker”: directionless, inexplicable, bound to change in confusing ways. Our social-media feeds don’t offer much except the forward acceleration of algorithmic recommendations. Google and other forms of search are becoming clogged with content generated by artificial intelligence. Knowing what you’re looking for doesn’t always help you chart a path, because niche communities can be difficult to locate and to keep up with. We are in a transitional phase of digital culture, and thus more in need than ever of friendly faces, personable human guides (not unlike a “stalker” in the Zone), to help us navigate this treacherous ground.

 

Your favorite brand no longer cares about being woke
Following the Bud Light backlash and inflation fears, the revolution will not be advertised.

Amid all that political tumult, this year’s Super Bowl ads were a holiday from history: pickleball-playing babies and apartment-needing aliens and human couch-potato farms. That’s normal, in terms of tradition, yet still a departure from Trump-era antagonisms.
Again, commercial communication follows, not leads. Advertising’s activist retreat mirrors a reversal in public sentiment, perhaps a post-pandemic fatigue. One poll finds just 20 percent of Americans are now interested in corporations taking a stand on political issues or current events, and fewer than 30 percent want to hear brands opine on international conflict.

 

How to care for people in your life with intellectual disabilities
In the US, many people struggle to opt in to a confusing labyrinth of services. Many states ration them, which just makes matters worse. Additionally, because states have developed their own processes for granting people benefits, the US has a patchwork of different IDD support and care systems that profoundly complicates interstate moves.
After the encounters I’ve had with this system so far, I can confidently say it’s a thicket of logistical and emotional challenges that often seems designed to fail families

 

Leaked video reveals the lie of Miss Universe’s empowerment promise
“The trans women, the women with husbands, divorced women … They can compete but they cannot win.”

In the leaked video of a board meeting from last November, Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip, part owner of the Miss Universe organization, can be heard offering her unvarnished views on the real value of diversity for the pageant she’s charged with overseeing. She muses that it will be good for the pageant’s image to allow women from nontraditional backgrounds to compete in a potential Miss Universe reality show, but ultimately, “they cannot win.”

 

John Lennon’s Guitar From ‘Help!’ Is Sold for $2.9 Million at Auction
After appearing in multiple albums by the Beatles, the instrument was forgotten for more than 50 years before it turned up in the attic of a British countryside home.

A recently discovered guitar that John Lennon used to record multiple Beatles songs in the 1960s before it went missing for 50 years has sold at auction for $2.9 million, becoming one of the most valuable pieces of memorabilia from the band.
The 12-string acoustic guitar, called the Hootenanny, was believed to be lost after Mr. Lennon and his bandmate George Harrison used it to record the 1965 Beatles albums “Rubber Soul” and “Help!” and the soundtrack to the band’s film of the same name, said Julien’s Auctions, the Los Angeles-based auction house that handled the sale on Wednesday.

 

36 Hours in Porto, Portugal
First Lisbon; now Porto. The whole world seems to have fallen in love lately with the nearby beaches, old churches, seafood-heavy cuisine and historical UNESCO-listed streets of Portugal’s second-largest city, where the number of tourists has doubled in a decade. (The circus-like atmosphere along the Douro riverfront and outside Livraria Lello, a neo-Gothic 19th-century bookstore, are only the most obvious signs.) And the home of port wine is keeping pace with a slew of new offerings. Recent years have seen the opening, upgrading or expansion of museums, art centers, food markets, food halls and hotels aplenty — along with the inauguration of World of Wine, a dining and entertainment district.

 

Audra McDonald to Star in ‘Gypsy’ Revival on Broadway This Fall
The six-time Tony-winning actress will play musical theater’s most famous stage mother in a production directed by George C. Wolfe.

Audra McDonald has been dreaming of “Gypsy” since she was a 10-year-old in Fresno, Calif., with a small part in a dinner theater production of the musical. She played one of the children in a vaudeville act called “Uncle Jocko’s Kiddie Show,” and ever since, she said, “Gypsy” has remained “very much alive in my brain.”
McDonald, who has won more competitive Tony Awards than any other performer in history, has for years been thinking about the show’s main character, a domineering stage mother named Rose. She has even sung from the musical’s score at some of her concerts.
Now, McDonald, 53, will play Rose in a Broadway revival of “Gypsy” opening later this year.

 

21 Summer Cocktails to Sip All Season
Stay cool on hot days with these refreshing drinks.

Sunny days and warm evenings, cookouts and pool parties, and refreshing summer cocktails—these are the things we look forward to most during the summer. For warm-weather drinks, the ideal quaff is refreshing, fruity, and well-balanced. You can enjoy it while soaking up the sun by the pool, in a hammock, or at an outdoor dinner party—it’s cool enough to counteract the hottest afternoons and easy to make.
Add the ingredients for these sweet and spicy margaritas, beach-ready rum drinks, bubbly spritzes, and fruity frozen cocktails to your home bar, and you’ll be ready to mix up all our favorite summer drinks.

 

How Often Should You Mow Your Lawn? Experts Weigh In
Our pros get to the bottom of how often you should be cutting your grass.

Having a lawn that is the envy of the neighborhood is many a homeowner’s dream. To secure that coveted position, you need to ensure that you’re keeping your lawn in tip-top shape, which means performing routine maintenance that can include fertilizing, weeding, and mowing. But, knowing just how often you should mow your lawn to ensure that the grass is always greener on your side of the fence can be tricky because there are a lot of things to consider—like the type of grass you have and how often you fertilize. That’s why we took this question to the pros and asked two lawn and turf experts for their thoughts.

 

20 Best Things to Do in Rome, According to Locals
From picnicking in the shadow of ancient aqueducts to sipping cocktails at the hottest new rooftop bar, these are the best things to do in Rome.

Of course, Romans are passionate about food and wine, and everyone has their favorite places for pizza, pasta, gelato, coffee, wine, and cocktails. In fact, it would be easy to plan a whole trip to Rome around meals and aperitivos. You could start your day with a cappuccino at an old-school café, twirl spaghetti carbonara, sip an Aperol spritz at a rooftop bar, eat award-winning pizza, and sample some of the city’s most unusual gelato flavors all in a day.
Having lived in Rome for nearly five years and having visited many times before that, I’ve tried to take advantage of every chance I can get to visit the best museums and archeological sites, explore under-the-radar neighborhoods, peek inside aristocratic palaces, see masterpieces inside churches, and eat my way across the city. But don’t take it from me — I’ve also tapped a couple of in-the-know locals who run some of Rome’s best tour companies for their recommendations. Read on for the 20 best things to do in Rome.

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