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Mischa Barton Heads for ‘The Hills’ and More: Your Thursday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet

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Hello! Welcome to your daily roundup of what’s going on in pop culture,

In the last couple of days, a significant quota of my mental energy has been taken up thinking about a surreal and fake-seeming Drew Barrymore interview, published in the Egypt Air in-flight magazine. Barrymore's people told Buzzfeed they don’t know what’s going on either, but the interviewer claims it’s real, or at least that she interviewed a “Drew Barrimoor.” If you’re in the market for an innocuous internet rabbit hole to go down today, you could do worse. Send your theories to popculture@nytimes.com.

• The clothes on “Insecure” are really excellent, and come from Shiona Turini, the stylist behind Beyoncé’s “Formation” video. Her breakdown of how the characters dress and why is some solace now that Season 3 is over. And Aisha Harris’s Bad Decision Index for the finale comes up with one clear winner/loser: Molly, Molly, Molly.

• How are TV shows handling the #MeToo moment? With varying degrees of success, Amanda Hess finds. But none dealt with it as well as the new season of “BoJack Horseman.”

• I cannot argue with the assertion in this Times Magazine deep dive that “The Good Place” is the best sitcom on TV. And yet it shouldn’t really work: As Sam Anderson notes, making a 22-minute show about goodness is like trying to hammer a nail with a banana peel.

Mischa Barton is joining MTV’s revival of “The Hills,” and she confirmed the news in a truly glorious Instagram video with Natasha Bedingfield playing in the background. Vive the mid-’00s.

“A disagreement over one piece of culture points to where our discourse has arrived when it comes to talking about all culture — at a roiling impasse,” writes Wesley Morris in the Times Magazine. “The conversations are exasperated, the verdicts swift, conclusive and seemingly absolute. The goal is to protect and condemn work, not for its quality, per se, but for its values.”

Erthlings, a band of four 16-year-old women from Sydney, are both minimal and sophisticated in ‘Bridges,’ a 1960s-new wave-indie concoction,” writes the Times critic Jon Pareles.

Or maybe you’d prefer a simmering costume drama? The lusciousness of “The Age of Innocence” is enough to make you giddy, writes Josephine Sedgwick. Stream the movie on Amazon.


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