The Cricket’s Daily 3: Dark magic makes ‘Potter’ profits disappear
Published: October 26, 2012 09:40AM
Updated: October 29, 2012 09:09AM
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth film in the series.

Here’s what’s happening today in pop culture:

• Even though it made nearly a billion dollars worldwide, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” is still more than $167 million in the red — because of Hollywood’s special brand of accounting. []

• Actress-writer Lena Dunham appears in an ad for Barack Obama aimed at young female voters, engaging in wordplay that compares voting to losing one’s virginity. (“Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody — you want to do it with a really great guy.”) Naturally, some people’s heads have exploded over this, which really says more about them than about Obama. [Slate]

• In contrast, rocker Meat Loaf has endorsed Mitt Romney. Any Democrats attending “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this weekend can now contend that Eddie had it coming. [The Huffington Post]