T LOunge for June 21st 2024

Posted on June 21, 2024




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Donald Sutherland, Versatile Star of ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘Ordinary People’ and ‘The Hunger Games,’ Dies at 88
His celebrated career also included turns in ‘The Dirty Dozen,’ ‘Klute,’ ‘Don’t Look Now,’ ‘Animal House’ and ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers.’

Donald Sutherland, whose performances in such films as M*A*S*H, Ordinary People and The Hunger Games proved he could portray sinister, sympathetic, comedic or tragic with equal aplomb, has died. He was 88.
Sutherland died Thursday in Miami after a long illness, CAA’s Missy Davy told The Hollywood Reporter.
Remarkably, Sutherland was never even nominated for a competitive Oscar, though the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made up for the oversight by giving him an honorary statuette in November 2017 at the Governors Awards.


Remembering Donald Sutherland: A Career In Photos
Canadian actor Donald Sutherland has died. Father to actor Kiefer Sutherland, the veteran actor was known for roles like Mr. Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005), the older version of President Snow in The Hunger Games films and John Klute in Klute (1971). A younger version of his Hunger Games character President Coriolanus Snow was portrayed recently in a prequel film The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Tom Blythe. Sutherland’s voice contributes to the film.


The Night Manager season 2 is finally happening! Here’s what we know
Olivia Colman and Tom Hiddleston will reprise their roles in the hit drama.

Our queen Olivia Coleman can do no wrong in our eyes – and she’s officially rejoining season two of BBC drama The Night Manager, meaning we couldn’t be more excited.
She will return to our screens as Angela Burr, alongside Marvel star Tom Hiddleston who will reprise his role as former military officer Jonathan Pine.
Adapted from John le Carré novel of the same name, the first season was a massive hit, scoring Golden Globe wins for Olivia, Tom and Hugh Laurie (who will executive produce for season two).


America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: These cheerleaders go through hell — to them, it’s worth it
They put up with long hours and low wages, but America’s Sweethearts director Greg Whiteley says they “know the price of poker.”

Even if you’re not a football fan, it’s hard not to get hooked on America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The latest Netflix docuseries, which premiered on June 20, follows the Cowboys’ cheer squad — known colloquially as the DCC — from tryouts to training camp, all the way through to the end of the football season.
The seven-episode series comes on the heels of CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, a reality show starring many of the same characters, including DCC director Kelli Finglass, which ended in 2021 after 16 seasons. By comparison, America’s Sweethearts has a more professional sheen, which comes courtesy of director and executive producer Greg Whiteley, the man behind Netflix docuseries hits like Cheer and Last Chance U.


How much do the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders make?
The salary for an NFL cheerleader may surprise you.

If you’ve recently binged America’s Sweethearts, the new seven-episode docuseries on Netflix, you might be wondering: How much does a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader make? The answer is…not much.
If you’ve dreamt of being a professional cheerleader, be ready to pinch your pennies. While NFL players can make millions, the cheerleaders who perform at games have no base salary, and some teams pay only minimum wage. Lack of pay and other issues have led to a number of lawsuits against NFL teams in recent years. With the premiere of America’s Sweethearts: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the question of how much an NFL cheerleader is paid is once again on the tips of our tongues.


Bridgerton fans can’t get over Claudia Jessie’s dancing skills in these BTS videos
“Miss Eloise Bridgerton ATE and left NO crumbs!!!”

Shortly after the premiere of Part 2, Naomi took to Instagram to share a video of herself and her castmates doing the TikTok-viral dance of Beyoncé’s “Cuff It,” which took over the social app around a year ago — likely when Bridgerton season 3 was being filmed.
Noami’s video immediately blew up among Bridgerton fans, with many praising Claudia Jessie for her moves. By popular demand, Naomi made the executive decision to upload the clip to her reels so fans could rewatch it to their hearts’ content and gave a little shout out to the people’s dance princess in her caption, writing, “Yes, Eloise.”


Kylie Jenner responds to comments calling her face ‘f-cked up’
“Even if I did get so much surgery, I still don’t think it’s okay to talk about someone’s looks.”

“It’s a miracle that I still have confidence, and I could still look in the mirror and think that I’m pretty,” she tells sister Kendall Jenner, per E!. She goes on to explain a lose-lose situation where she’s judged for getting enhancements, like her famous lip filler, and also judged for not getting them. After dissolving half of her filler last year, for example, she says she now receives comments saying she looks “old” without them.
“Before I even got lip filler, people talked about my looks,” she says. “It’s so hurtful.”


My Lady Jane is your next period drama obsession, with serious sexy Bridgerton vibes
It’s based on a real monarch, who was beheaded nine days into her reign.

Anyone else finished Bridgerton season three and craving more period drama sexiness? My Lady Jane is out next week, and has everything we need for such cravings.
The Amazon Prime series is based on the series of popular novels co-authored by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton and Jodie Meadows, reimagining the real-life story of Lady Jane Grey, who spent nine days as Queen of England back in 1553.
While history cut her reign short (due to the fact she was beheaded) the series looks at what could’ve happened if Lady Jane continued in power. It’s quite cool actually, empowering a woman from history to live on.


A documentary on Taylor Swift’s controversial feud with Scooter Braun is dropping this week
Give us all the goss.

Featuring commentary from legal experts, journalists and those close to both Swift and Braun, the documentary will be split into two one-hour segments, each tackling claims made from both sides.
Swift has argued that her recordings were sold without her being consulted, with her being cut of the sale itself so she didn’t have a chance to bid, and without the offer for her to buy them back. There have been arguments that her father knew about the purchase before she did, which have been refuted.
Scooter claims to have received death threats from Taylor Swift fans because of the issue and, according to a synopsis for the documentary, insists that Taylor “refused to negotiate and instead incited a public feud by pitting her fan base against him”.


Why Everyone Is Suddenly Wearing Hats Again
The somewhat forgotten accessory is making a bold return to the runways and the streets

Hats have certainly had their time in the sun. “For centuries—millennia, in fact—people have been wearing hats,” says Janet Linville, former head milliner at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the senior millinery instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Historically, they’ve offered protection from the elements and signified social status and/or faith. “They were a daily accessory worn across the board and social strata,” Linville says. “And this pretty much remained true until the 20th century.”


This Italian Cocktail Is a Modern Classic Everyone Should Know How to Make
The Hugo, or Hugo Spritz, is a modern classic cocktail that features St-Germain elderflower liqueur, Prosecco, seltzer, and mint.
Invented around 2005, the drink first appeared as a creation of bartender Roland Gruber in the Northern Italian town of Naturno, near the Austrian border.
Starting out as a regional cocktail, the Hugo went through a few iterations before reaching its current form. Originally called the Otto, Gruber created the drink with a base of lemon balm cordial rather than the current elderflower liqueur, telling weekly German news magazine Der Spiegel that he eventually changed the name to what he thought was the better-sounding “Hugo,” and swapped the cordial for an elderflower base.


Gramercy Tavern Has One of the Best Wine Cellars in New York — We Got an Inside Look
How to drink like a sommelier at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

On the bar at Gramercy Tavern, there’s a shelf of tiny objects—an action figure, grapes made from glass beads, a drum, a plastic ham smoking a cigarette. They’re a marked departure from the aesthetics of the antique-filled room, but their purpose is entirely in keeping with the restaurant’s ethos of seamless, attentive hospitality.
When beverage director Randall Restiano runs down two flights of stairs to fetch a bottle from the cellar, he places the one-inch white plastic drum on the bar, a message to the rest of the staff to stay on the floor. Many restaurants of this size opt for in-ear walkie talkies, but this system — quirky, functional and utterly individual — is quintessentially Gramercy Tavern.


If You Love Strawberry Shortcake, You Have to Try British Summer Pudding
Here’s an intriguing, refreshing way to cap off a summer dinner party. This centerpiece-worthy pudding gets better the longer it sits, so it’s a great make-ahead dessert. Using white sandwich bread might sound odd, but with time, the berry juices transform the bread slices into a sweet treat that’s somewhat shortcake-like. A pouf of lightly sweetened whipped cream adds richness to balance out the sweet-tart berry situation.
You can set the bread slices out to get stale for about a day, but avoid allowing them to become completely dry — the bread should still be pliable. To achieve the tall dome shape, use a deep, narrow bowl.


A Journey Through Time in Fragrance
Whether a throwback or a modern mainstay, certain scents—their notes, their faces, their campaigns—have defined the moment.

Over the decades, iconic fragrances have captured the mood and spirit of our times. Sparkling citrus notes marked the changing times in the ‘60s; spicy, sensual scents ushered in the days of disco; powdery violets were the perfect accouterment to the age of ‘80s excess; and beginning in the ‘90s and continuing today, technology and the power of celebrity took fragrances of all olfactory families to new heights.


I’ll Let My Young Daughter Wear Red Lipstick Before I Ever Get Her a Phone
The surgeon general has never called for a warning on makeup.

Tweens and teens engaging with beauty products is, of course, nothing new. I too had beauty items that I coveted in my junior high years—those fruity lip glow rollerballs, The Body Shop’s mango body butter, cK One, the circular Flicker razors. But the beauty rules of engagement have changed dramatically in the past three decades. Consider the difference in our points of discovery.


Pharrell’s First Louis Vuitton Fragrance Bottled Up The Sun
The men’s creative director teamed up with master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud on a perfume that smells like sunlight

What does sunlight smell like? Louis Vuitton’s creative director Pharrell Williams and master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud collaborated on the brand’s latest fragrance, which has a poetic response to the question. Coined LVERS, landing in stores today, it marries the metaphorical scent of photosynthesis with the summer sun.


Royal Ascot fashion: the evolution of racing’s most glamorous spectacle as it returns
No matter who is tipped to win on the track, Royal Ascot fashion always comes out on top in the style stakes

Royal Ascot fashion has entered a new era. Women are being encouraged to swap their traditional race-day dresses and head-turning hats for sharply-tailored suits at the 2024 meet which remains a highlight of the British social season. The sleek ensembles, which could be seen on royal guests like the Princess of Wales (known for her love of suits) would have been inconceivable to the first well-heeled women who descended upon Ascot Racecourse after it was founded by Queen Anne in 1711. But Royal Ascot fashion has long moved with the times. From the opulence of the Victorian era to the Swinging Sixties, Tatler sifts through the archives to uncover the biggest trends – and standout ensembles.


Dutch Fashion Designer Iris van Herpen Moves Into Art
“There’s more to me than only couture,” she said, previewing her first exhibition of sculpture. Catch it while you can: The show will last only 45 minutes.

The Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, who counts Beyoncé, Björk and Tilda Swinton among her regular clients, is known for dazzling haute couture pieces that resemble sculpture.
Now she’s aiming to show that the equation also works the other way around: She’s not a fashion designer but an artist who happens to make pieces for the body.
Van Herpen is planning an art exhibition, called “Hybrid,” that took a year to plan but will run for just 45 minutes on June 24, as part of Paris Haute Couture Week.


Grace Coddington on the Secrets of Reinventing Yourself
At 83, the longtime Vogue editor, stylist and artist says that “listening” is one of the most important things you can do.

“I do have nostalgia for having lived through the very best times doing fashion pictures for Vogue; it was a period when I could be very creative. I got so much enjoyment out of collaborating, out of having all those talented people around me. I miss that terribly.
But some of those people have become my closest friends. A lot of them are young. They are usually my old assistants. We often stay in touch by phone. You get to know if they’re happy or if their boyfriend left them. The calls can go on for hours, but that’s OK. It’s part of getting older, to listen. I don’t think you should cut all that out of your life.
Of course there are things that you might regret, but I don’t really want to dwell on them. It’s better to be more forward-driven.”


Is It Storage or Art? If It’s Hard to Tell, You’re Doing It Right.
The best open storage adds personality to a room. Here’s how it’s done.

What to do when you have too much stuff and not enough storage space? Celebrate it. Storing some of that overflow out in the open can be a good solution when you’ve got a small space with few closets.
Well-planned open storage — with wall shelves, pegs, hooks and other accessories — does two important things. “It’s provides functionality,” said Natalie Papier, the founder of Home Ec., an interior design firm in Charlotte, N.C., and a host of the reality TV show “Artfully Designed.” And “it can look like art on your walls.”
Here’s how she and other designers turn what you may think of as clutter — that athletic gear, those personal mementos, your out-of-season coats and boots, old books and records — into something you want to show off.


Remembering Donald Sutherland: From Cool in ‘MASH’ to Sexy in ‘Don’t Look Now’ to Tragic in ‘Ordinary People,’ He Was a Chameleon, and the Most Human of Movie Stars
It may now be hard to imagine, but in 1970, Donald Sutherland, who died Thursday at 88, was the coolest movie star on the planet. The moment I saw him in “MASH,” I knew he was the person I wanted to be, the same way that I wanted to be Mick Jagger or Steve McQueen. In 1970, Pacino and De Niro hadn’t happened yet. You could say that Robert Redford and Paul Newman, in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969), had achieved the quintessence of a kind of studio-system cool, inventing the buddy movie.


Donald Sutherland, Shape-Shifting Movie Star, Dies at 88
In a wide-ranging career (from “M*A*S*H” to “Ordinary People” to “The Hunger Games”), he could be endearing in one role, menacing in another and just plain odd in a third.

With his long face, droopy eyes, protruding ears and wolfish smile, the 6-foot-4 Mr. Sutherland was never anyone’s idea of a movie heartthrob. He often recalled that while growing up in eastern Canada, he once asked his mother if he was good-looking, only to be told, “No, but your face has a lot of character.” He recounted how he was once rejected for a film role by a producer who said: “This part calls for a guy-next-door type. You don’t look like you’ve lived next door to anyone.”
Yet across six decades, starting in the early 1960s, he appeared in nearly 200 films and television shows — some years he was in as many as half a dozen movies. “Klute,” “Six Degrees of Separation” and a 1978 remake of “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers” were just a few of his other showcases.

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