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The Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes of 2013

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

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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.
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