Two pop stars with fake names, overdyed locks and outsize drives for courting controversy face off this month. Who will take home the crown of scorn?
Courting controversy at the Sydney Opera House
Doomed, Chuck Palahniuk’s ribald sequel to Damned, seeks to reinvent Dante’s Purgatorio for teenagers. Dang
The uncanny similarities between two frightening females
Two movies offer up true-life stories this month: The Fifth Estate (Oct. 18), with Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and Captain Phillips (Oct. 11), starring Tom Hanks as a guy whose ship is hijacked by Somali pirates. Here, we explore which film is most likely to float audiences’ boats.
Piers Morgan’s new memoir reflects on the CNN host’s American adventure
Photographer Tod Seelie captures New York’s wild side
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights offer up the best haunted house ever
What to read this month
Everyone understands that movies require audiences to suspend disbelief, but, as a few of this month’s offerings demonstrate, that can sometimes be a big ask.
Thomas Pynchon’s latest novel, Bleeding Edge, set in pre-9/11 New York
“The Office” co-creator Stephen Merchant takes his unlucky-in-love shtick to Hollywood
Old dogs learn some new tricks
David Choe gives his “stamp of approval” to a Norwegian street art festival
An exhibit of Bulgari masterpieces leaves no stone unturned
Queen Latifah takes a gamble on a new daytime TV show
This month, three Scandinavian fashion weeks tell you what to wear up there
What we can learn from the man behind the hockey mask
A guide to America’s must-scream karaoke venues
Musical theater diva Sarah Brightman gets ready for her next star turn