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Hello! Welcome to your daily roundup of what’s going on in pop culture.
The final celebrity Halloween costumes have sashayed onto social media and there are some noteworthy efforts: Heidi Klum, of course, went all out and was unrecognizable as Princess Fiona from “Shrek,” Kylie Jenner’s Instagram now features 6 (six!) different costumes and Beyoncé and Jay-Z both dipped into the sports world. My personal favorite was Diddy, who dressed as Pennywise from “It” dancing in a Diddy video:
1. Carly’s partying alone
Although a colleague who shall remain nameless recently told me that liking Carly Rae Jepsen is not a personality, I am still here to tell you the Canadian pop star released a new song today. “Party for One” is about making the best of a disappointing situation: “If you don’t care about me/I’ll just dance by myself/back on my beat.”
2. Searching for Elena Ferrante
The literary queen of playing hard to get gave an interview of sorts to The New York Times Magazine over email, where she declined to answer most of the questions. What results is a sort of “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” essay, with an interesting early look at the upcoming HBO adaptation of “My Brilliant Friend.” “Sometimes the glances or grimaces intended to convey disorder simply make the actresses look confused or vacant,” writes Merve Emre. But when they get it right, she adds, “it is electrifying.”
3. Timothée Chalamet chats with Harry Styles
There is a lot to unpack in this i-D conversation between what they bill as “the hottest actor on the planet” and “music’s most charismatic pop star.” Yes, yes, they talked about eating peaches, but also about the importance of journaling, the masochism of social media and how “it’s almost a high to be vulnerable.” Cuties!
4. A layered tale of art intrigue
I fell straight down the rabbit hole of this strange and twisty tale from Hyperallergic. It starts with a request for graffiti artists to work on the show “Homeland,” takes a trip past sabotage to the Berlin Art Fair and brings us up to date, where accusations of plagiarism and “cultural entitlement” are still unresolved.
5. Oprah goes door to door
With the midterm elections next week, Oprah Winfrey is heading to Georgia and will join Stacey Abrams, the state’s Democratic candidate for governor, in “knocking on voters’ doors,” NBC reports. (Will Ferrell did the same for Abrams last week.) According to Variety, Natalie Portman and Rachel Comey are among the celebrities going door-to-door with the group Swing Left.