Ariana Grande’s Mean Girls and More: 5 Things to Know in Pop Culture Today

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

I am often intimidated by the cool teens I pass in New York City, and they’re out in force in this New York Times Magazine photo essay. There are lots of excellent outfits, as well as some refreshingly un-self-conscious fashion commentary: When asked what inspired his look, 9-year-old Carl Lindman said “a person in seventh grade.”

1. Ariana’s nostalgia

We have reached the point where even music videos get teasers, and the upcoming video for Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” is generating a lot of chatter. Grande has been posting about the many cult teen comedies the video will reference (“Legally Blonde,” “Mean Girls,” “13 Going on 30,” “Bring It On”), and the teaser makes direct comparisons between high school gossip and the public’s breathless attention to her personal life.

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan were similarly nostalgic for an age before their time in the video for “1999,” riffing on “Titanic,” ’NSync and more, while Iggy Azalea re-enacted “Clueless” in her video for “Fancy.”

2. ASAP goes surfer

The upbeat, psychedelic surf-rock foundation of ASAP Rocky’s “Sundress” comes from Tame Impala’s 2010 song “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind,” writes Jon Pareles. Add some falsetto and the resulting track has definite Beach Boys vibes.

3. Kyle MacLachlan’s new part

In casting news I didn’t realize I needed, Kyle MacLachlan will play President Franklin D. Roosevelt in “Atlantic Crossing,” a Norwegian-made World War II drama series. The show is “based on the true story of Norwegian Crown Princess Martha, who fled the Nazis and lived in the White House,” writes Variety.

4. Nancy gets hip

Since taking over the “Nancy” comic a few months ago, Olivia Jaimes (a pseudonym) has transformed the venerable strip into a highly meme-able satirical masterpiece. She gave a phone interview to Vulture, in which she promised that, ultimately, “‘Nancy’ is going to become ‘Black Mirror.’”

5. A personal profile

Allison P. Davis’s profile of Lena Dunham for The Cut is impressively balanced, thoughtful and thorough, even if you already feel like you’re at capacity for paying attention to the details of Dunham’s life. (If you’re not, you can now also browse the listing for her $3 million Williamsburg condo.)

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