T LOunge for June 14th 2024

Posted on June 14, 2024



PinTerrazza Celè Restaurant and Bar – Positano, Italy

We trust that this will suffice for your needs today. It is FRIDAY. The sky is yours for the day. We have a few things to show you and then we’re dashing off to New York for our talk tonight, which means the podcast has to be pushed back. Hope to see you there! And stay tuned for our pod early next week.


Brie Larson and Andrew Scott Get Honest About Playing Iconic Characters and Struggling Through ‘Lessons of Chemistry’: ‘I Felt Very Lost With It’
Halfway through their Actors on Actors conversation, Brie Larson and Andrew Scott discover something they have in common: Neither of them is a trained actor. Larson brings up the subject almost hesitantly, to explain why she has difficulty talking about her craft. “I didn’t go to school for it,” she says. “No! I didn’t either!” Scott replies. Excitedly, Larson says: “I knew I liked you!” Despite any self-professed deficiencies about discussing acting, Larson and Scott insightfully talk about how they each got their start at a young age, and then dive into their current television projects: his remake of “Ripley” on Netflix and her Apple TV+ limited series “Lessons in Chemistry,” which Larson also developed as an executive producer.


Kate Winslet on Going Big With ‘The Regime,’ Those ‘Stupid’ James Cameron Feud Rumors and Getting ‘Beaten Up’ by Body-Shamers: ‘This S— Went on for Years’
In 2022, Kate Winslet went to the London home of director Stephen Frears to discuss HBO’s political satire “The Regime.”
She’d been cast in the role of Elena Vernham, a narcissistic European autocrat, and Frears had been pinpointed by the production as a potential director.
“I was offered a cup of tea, which I then ended up making myself because he clearly had no intention of making the tea for me at all,” Winslet says. “In fact, he didn’t even seem to know where the cups were.” (The British use the phrase “Shall I be mother?” when offering to be in charge of the kettle at teatime, and Winslet, a mother of three, has some experience there.) Over the tea and some chocolate biscuits, she asked the director how he believed Elena should be played.


Is Diane Lane writing a book? How Slim Keith inspired the Swans star to tell her own story
Consider your prayers answered: Hollywood icon Diane Lane has hinted that she might soon add author to her illustrious resumé after reading the memoirs of socialite Slim Keith to prepare for Feud: Capote vs The Swans

Transatlantic socialite Slim Keith once wrote that ‘the secret of being boring is to say everything.’ Okay, it wasn’t Slim Keith, it was Voltaire. But the legendary American it-girl-turned-aristo certainly opened her memoir with the immortal words of the French intellectual. Can you blame her for being a little reticent with the truth? When she told society writer Truman Capote the ins and outs of her private life, he turned her into ‘Lady Coolbirth’ and wrote it up in the unpublished novel Answered Prayers – as documented in the recent tragicomedy of (bad) manners Capote vs The Swans.


Going to the movies isn’t dead — yet
The post-strike summer was always going to be tough. There are lots of reasons not to panic.

Have you heard? The movies are dead. Or they are dying. Depends on who you ask. And it is true: It’s been a rough summer at the box office so far. But when every new bit of news seems to portend doom for this most beloved pastime, there’s still reason not to be a complete pessimist about the future of moviegoing.
While it’s not technically summer yet — that will happen on June 20 — summer movie season typically gets underway the first weekend in May.


Will Julie Andrews be in season 4 of Bridgerton? Here’s what the executive producer says
Nicola Coughlan takes over as narrator at the end of the season, but all is not as it seems…

Julie Andrews has never been seen on Bridgerton, but her role as the narrator a.k.a. Lady Whistledown is one of the most essential players in the series. Aside from the fact that Dame Andrews is a national treasure, it would be strange to lose her voice as our North Star, but that’s exactly what seems to happen at the end of episode 308 (titled “Into the Light”). Spoilers ahead.


We’re calling it: jelly sandals will be everywhere this summer
The squishy shoes are back in the zeitgeist.

Whatever your first brush with jelly sandals was, it’s probably tinged with nostalgia. Maybe it was asking your parents for a pair after seeing them advertised on TV (Lelli Kelly, we’re looking at you); maybe it was seeing them in the Argos catalogue; perhaps it was discovering that all Melissa shoes smell like bubble gum. Fashion’s in a wistful mood right now — see: capri pants, the boho revival, and ’00s style in general — so of course it was only a matter of time before jelly shoes got the same treatment.


Missouri Restaurant’s Age Restriction Means No Women Under 30 or Men Under 35 Are Allowed
“We have been getting a little backlash because of our policy, but that’s okay, we’re sticking to our code,” said Marvin Pate, who owns Bliss, a Caribbean restaurant in St. Louis County

A restaurant in Missouri is making headlines after it set a rather unusual age policy for its clientele — most under 30s won’t be allowed.
Bliss Restaurant in Florissant, Mo., near St. Louis, opened in May and has already garnered national attention for its age limitations. Owner Marvin Pate, 36, and assistant manager Erica Rhodes told KSDK that they intend on Bliss being an upscale destination in the suburban Missouri town for Caribbean cuisine — and that atmosphere won’t include men under 35 and women under 30.
“The restaurant is just something for the older people to come do, have a happy hour, come get some good food and not have to worry about some of the young folks who bring some of that drama,” Rhodes told the outlet.


Cowgirl nails are about to be everywhere
So saddle up.

Americana is having a moment. Cowgirl hats and western boots have infiltrated our wardrobes and now cowgirl nails are shaping up to be a big olllll’ trend for summer.
Beyonce has a little something to do with it. Her Cowboy Carter album hard-launched our obsession with all things cowgirl and put ultra voluminous Texan hair on the international map, but even before then, she was teasing us by making silver cowboy hats a signature of her Renaissance tour.


The Queer Awakening of Bridgerton
In the current climate, seeing queer life depicted in a hugely popular Netflix drama feels like a win

“A feeling between two people, whatever their sex, is the most natural thing in the world,” says aristocrat Tilley Arnold in the third season of Bridgerton. She’s having a tender heart-to-heart with Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson), one of the protagonists of the Netflix period drama, which follows various scandals in a faux-Regency fantasy world. After encountering a mysterious and handsome man with whom he shared a spark, Benedict feels tempted by the unknown.
This queer turn—which, spoiler alert, leads to several naked bodies entangled together—marks new territory for the Netflix show, which is based on the book series by Julia Quinn and was brought to our screens by Shonda Rhimes.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Had a Secret Home in the U.K.
They “gave up” the £2.5 million property.

Yesterday, sources close to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed that the Sussexes were hoping to find a “permanent” home in the U.K., since Harry missed his London life. But today, the Mirror reports that they actually had a property in the Cotswolds. Reports suggest that Harry and Meghan had a two-year lease on a property and “signed the lease shortly before they walked down the aisle in May 2018.” After the two of them got married, they moved into Frogmore Cottage, but had to renovate it before settling in. While all the construction was going on, they stayed in the Cotswolds property (more specifically, it was in Oxfordshire), which was worth £2.5 million in 2018.


Kate Winslet Said Kissing Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Titanic’ Wasn’t “All It’s Cracked Up To Be”
My heart will not go on.

“We kept doing this kiss, and I have a lot of pale makeup on and I would have to do our makeup checks—me, on both of us, between takes—and I would end up looking as though I had been sucking a caramel chocolate bar after each take, because his makeup would come off on me,” she said. […] “This was a nightmare, shooting this,” Winslet recalled. “Because Leo couldn’t stop laughing, and we had to reshoot this about four times because [director James Cameron] wanted a very specific light for this, obviously, and the sunsets kept changing where we were.”


5 Pro Tips for Hosting a Mystery Wine Tasting
If you’re looking for your next party game, try hosting a mystery wine tasting.

The format of a label-free wine tasting is easy to organize, breaks the ice with strangers, turns friends into competitors, and ensures everyone wins. You’ll spend time together drinking wine, after all. As a longtime wine writer and Master of Wine candidate, I’ve spent much of my education participating in unlabeled wine tastings. While they can be fun for both novice and professionals, tasting without bias is also one of the best methods for learning the differences in texture, tannin, flavor, and complexity between grapes, regions, and styles through sensory analysis.


There’s Only One Time It’s OK to Leave a Handwritten Note for Your Server
That feedback make not have the effect that you think.

In these days of texting, emails and communicating via GIFs, the act of creating a handwritten letter is a lost art. Hardly anyone takes the time to put pen to paper anymore and some school curriculums don’t even bother teaching cursive to their students. For most people, it’s easier to type or voice text when they want to express something. Even so, there are times that the handwritten note still finds its place in our culture. A thank you card for a birthday gift? Perfectly acceptable. Scribbling out on a napkin that the service at a restaurant was too slow? Not so much.


This Private Dinner Costs $3,000 and Takes Place 1,250 Feet in the Sky
Talk about an ‘elevated’ dining experience.

One of the most upscale dining experiences to ever exist in New York City has arrived: It costs $3,000 and is 1,250 feet in the sky.
Since 2015, One World Observatory has offered striking, 360-degree views of New York City from the 102nd floor of the One World Trade Center. Millions of tourists have peered out those windows, but only a lucky few have been able to take in the views from One World’s private event space, Aspire. The 9,000-square-foot room, offering an entirely different angle on the city’s iconic skyline, has been historically used for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and corporate events. But now, you can book it for dinner for two.

The Woman Who Created the Modern Cookbook
From her work with Julia Child, Madhur Jaffrey and Edna Lewis, Judith Jones revolutionized American cookbook publishing.

Judith Jones edited many literary luminaries — Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath and John Updike — during her 54 years as editor at the publishing house Alfred A. Knopf. Yet she’s far more famous for discovering an obscure cook named Julia Child. And in the process, she started a cookbook revolution.
Sara B. Franklin’s new biography “The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America,” chronicles Ms. Jones’s journey from eager, poetry-loving Bennington graduate to one of the most influential cookbook editors in American publishing.


“You Did This to Me”: Billie Eilish by Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey graced our cover last year to promote her album Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd and Billie Eilish conducted the interview. Now with Billie poised to dominate pop girl summer with her new album, Hit Me Hard and Soft, we got Lana back to return the favor.


The art of being Alan Cumming: The Traitors host on bisexual pride and season 3 being Peacock hit’s queerest
EW’s 2024 Pride cover star has no patience for stars who blame career woes on coming out — or for “assimilating to heteronormativity.”

The legendary actor and The Traitors host is all made up and looking muuuurderous. But he’s not waiting for anyone — at least not in the traditional sense. Sitting down for a chat with Entertainment Weekly at a West Hollywood studio in early May, he’s just learned he’s the first openly bisexual person to pose for EW’s annual LGBTQ+ Pride cover.
Not that he’s shocked. If the 59-year-old has been waiting for anything, it’s for society to accept sexual orientation is not binary: “I think bisexuals, out of all the acronyms of LGBTQ+, are the ones that have had, not the hardest time, but it’s never really changed,” he says. “This sort of thing of, ‘Oh, it doesn’t really exist’ or ‘It’s just a sort of stopgap before you go fully gay.’ All that stuff is still prevalent. And so, even though I’ve been married to a man forever, I purposely define myself as bisexual because I have had relationships with women. I’ve been married to people of two genders.”


How to Do Laundry, From Start to Finish
From sorting to folding, this easy-to-follow guide will make laundry day a breeze.

Even if you’ve been doing your laundry for years, it’s still easy to mess up this household chore. Not only does knowing how to do your laundry help prevent common pitfalls—like shrinking your favorite sweater or turning white clothes pink—it also ensures your garments get a proper deep clean.

ut with so many things to consider—sorting, choosing a cycle, selecting a temperature, etc.—doing laundry can feel more overwhelming than it actually is. To help, we’re sharing a step-by-step, expert-approved guide to doing laundry. Whether you’re a novice or a self-proclaimed laundry expert, there is something here that everyone can benefit from.


18 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for a Delicious Start to Busy Mornings
From savory egg-based dishes to sweet, crumbly muffins, our make-ahead breakfast ideas will help you get the first meal of the day sorted.

Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but we don’t always have the time or energy to make a proper meal in the morning. Whether you’re just cooking for yourself or feeding the whole family, it’s important to have a handful of recipes for make-ahead breakfasts. There are the obvious contenders, like grab-and-go muffins and oatmeal, but even savory dishes like quiche and breakfast burritos can be made in advance and rewarmed when you need a quick meal to start your day. Casseroles and baked French toast can be prepped ahead and baked in the morning, or baked ahead and reheated portion by portion. Set aside some time this weekend and use our recipes to get your breakfasts sorted for the week to come.


How to Wash a Bath Mat—and How Often You Should
If you can’t remember the last time you tossed your bath mat in the wash, it’s probably time to do so.

If there’s one thing in your bathroom that probably needs cleaning, it’s your bath mat. Easy to overlook but frequently used, bath mats can get very dirty. After all, you use them every single day, so it’s not surprising they can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Fortunately, most bath mats can be cleaned easily in the washing machine, so keeping them fresh isn’t a labor-intensive chore. We turned to a fabric care specialist to find out how often you should be cleaning your bath mat and how to ensure a deep, effective clean.
This Coastal City Is Called the ‘Venice of Portugal’ — With Gorgeous Canals and Colorful Boats
Aveiro, Portugal, is worth a day trip and more.

If you ever find yourself in Porto, Portugal’s major city to the north, do yourself a favor and get out of town for a day. Specifically, take a trip to Aveiro, known as the “Venice of Portugal.”
Aveiro, located along Portugal’s Silver Coast, is a charming destination beloved for its colorful boats, azulejo-adorned buildings, and, of course, gorgeous canals, which travelers can walk along or ride through on a leisurely afternoon.


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