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The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2013

Who better to pull out all the stops on Halloween than people with tons of money to spend on costumes and people to help with hair and makeup? Though there were some notable exceptions, 2013 had a fairly well-outfitted crop of celebrity revelers. We’ve assembled a highlight reel of famous people dressed up as lots of other famous people — topped, of course, by the Honey Boo Boo clan. Click through for a look at the various reality stars, musicians, and crustaceans the rich and famous choose to be when they’re not being themselves. If nothing else, we now know a certain ex-boy band member is a big fan of Wayne’s World. … Read More

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‘The Bling Ring’s’ Scathing Indictment of Rich Entitlement

In the opening sequence of Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, the titular crew of young, hot, rich-ish, mostly female thieves scale a fence, enter a Hollywood home through an unlocked sliding glass door, and — as loud, pulsing rock music plays — one turns to the other and giggles, “Let’s go shopping.” The credit sequence that follows is framed by conspicuous consumption: not just fetishistic product shots of the shoes, purses, and jewelry that they lift, but how those items are immediately incorporated into their online personae. A closet is opened, a loving close-up is delivered, and Coppola immediately cuts to the Facebook photo of the thief sporting said item. The members of the Bling Ring don’t rob for the pulse-quickening thrill of petty crime. They rob out of a sense of wealthy entitlement: go where you want, grab what you want, take and post a picture of yourself doing or wearing or waving it. … Read More

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Bret Easton Ellis' Worst Tweets of 2012

It’s year’s end, which means we’re doing a lot of roundups of our cultural touchstones from 2012. But not all roundups have to be of the things we liked, right? Enter American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, whose Twitter feed, as much as we hate to admit it, definitely ranked on our cultural radar this year. To be honest, a lot of what he says is truly hilarious, he recommends good books (he’s been on about Skippy Dies recently, which we also loved), and we actually find his insistence that Magic Mike was the best movie of 2012 kind of refreshing. But at this point, he’s much more famous for the pretty awful things he says than he is for the clever ones. And he can be an enormous jerk. Remember when he said bullying victims should “man up“? Or how about the time he compared watching Glee to stepping into a puddle of HIV? Or the time he celebrated J.D. Salinger’s death? Well, he’s only stepped up his game this year. After the jump, we present BEE’s most offensive, most left-field, and flat-out worst tweets of 2012. Feel free to argue with us in the comments. … Read More

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A Selection of Books “Written” by Celebrity Animals

When we found out that Uggie, the lovable terrier from the Oscar-winning film The Artist, has landed a deal with Gallery Books and will be releasing a memoir in October, we were excited. Who wouldn’t love a book by an adorable puppy who does awesome tricks — even if said animal can’t even speak English, much less write in it?

Uggie’s not the only animal to get into the book publishing business, though: the fake pet memoir has become a big fad in the past couple of years, and you wouldn’t believe some of the dogs, cats, and even chimpanzees that have gotten their life stories put into print. Check out this list of successful animal-penned books, some of which offer insight into your favorite celebrities’ lives and some of which are just plain, old cute. … Read More

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This Week in Buzz

Editor’s note: Each Friday, our internet-savvy friends over at BuzzFeed curate a post for us that’s filled with links to some of their favorite items on the web that week. Enjoy!

Donald Trump’s bizarre birther publicity stunt came to a head this week when the White House publicly released the president’s long-form birth certificate. We have the Top 20 Crazy Tea Party Reactions and the Top 20 Conspiracy Theories that have sprung up in its wake.

Last Sunday was Easter, so we took to Facebook to find out what people like about chocolate bunnies.

Prince William and Kate Middleton were married only days after the premiere of the new season of Dr. Who, which begged the question: What do you get when you mash them together? … Read More

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The 10 Most Unlikely Songs About Celebrities

DJ team Duck Sauce appear to have achieved global dance floor dominance thanks to their hit “Barbra Streisand,” earning chart slots everywhere from the UK to Australia to South Africa. It’s a catchy, bouncy, feverish track, but it’s certainly not one that Barbra Streisand would release. It seems like an odd match: a club track about your grandma’s favorite vocalist? So it got us thinking about other unlikely celebrity-inspired songs, from Mu’s electro-freakout “Paris Hilton,” to Woody Guthrie’s musings on Ingrid Bergman. Check out our top ten after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. That’s awkward: Because of her recent drug conviction, Paris Hilton was refused entry into Japan, where she was traveling on business. So she turned around and went back home. [via CNN]
2. OK Go had another one of their videos go viral — even though no one we know really likes… Read More

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The Best Banksy Controversies… So Far

[Editor’s note: This post was originally published April 14, 2010.] Whether you consider him an overrated prankster or an innovative artiste, Banksy has managed to leave his (literal) mark around the world. Best recognized for his stenciled graffiti, which makes use of existing architecture, urban decay, or political canvases, the anonymous street artist has become a globally recognized phenomenon for his subversive satire and Carmen Sandiego-esque mysteriousness. Ahead of Banksy’s film debut, Exit Through the Gift Shop — described as “the world’s first street art disaster movie” — which hits select theaters this Friday, here’s a look at the controversial marksman’s most notorious and amusing stunts. … Read More

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Beauty and the Beast: The Photography of Martin Schoeller

Questioning the notion of beauty, German photographer Martin Schoeller takes pictures of female bodybuilders, whose feminine heads seem grafted to muscular bodies, and close-up portraits of celebrities that show every pore and wrinkle on their famous faces. Following in the tradition of August Sander, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Thomas Ruff, Schoeller prefers a stark reality to the realm of fiction. The bulging muscles and sculptural forms of his female bodybuilders are surreal, while the sagging chins and flawed skin of Clint Eastwood, Chris Rock, Paris Hilton, Kobe Bryant, Sarah Palin, Dennis Hopper, and other boldface names show that even the stars are less than perfect. … Read More

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