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Pop Culture Countdown: “Gone Girl” trailer and Biden joins Instagram

By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer
@thedanosaurus

Hey there! How was your week? Did you do that thing? You didn’t? I can’t believe you, this is so typical. You always overcommit and then never fulfill anything. Well, I guess there is one thing you can do to redeem yourself. You can keep reading and find out what happened this week in pop culture!

7. Emma Stone got pranked over the Spice Girls:

Emma Stone loves the Spice Girls, and I love that Emma Stone loves the Spice Girls. In fact, it’s such common knowledge that when Emma appeared on “The Graham Norton Show,” the host couldn’t help but prank her. Although the Spice Girls have been mentioned quite a lot on the “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ press tour, like when she told Jimmy Kimmel she could forge all their signatures, Stone hasn’t met one in the flesh. “As you know Stone, it’s very rare for more than one Spice Girl to appear together for any reason at all,” teased Norton to the flair of a drum roll. “So, they’re not here.” And safe to say, Stone was heartbroken.

6. Gone Girl” movie trailer:

The trailer for the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s psychological thriller “Gone Girl” hit the internet this week. Now, I watched the trailer, and found myself wanting more. Obviously the trailer can’t give away the plot twists that gave “Gone Girl” its cult-ish, fervent following, but I still felt like it didn’t pack a punch in the way it needed to. What do you think? How do you set up the movie trailer for a psychological thriller without revealing the big twist? Are you going to see “Gone Girl”? Can we go together? (Disclaimer, I talk throughout movies).

5. Taylor Swift surprises a fan at her bridal shower:

Sometimes, Taylor Swift amazes even cynical old me. The Red singer showed up at the wedding shower of longtime fan Gena Gabrielle in Ohio. Gabrielle mailed Swift an invitation to her wedding as a long shot. Swift couldn’t make the wedding, but that didn’t stop her from stopping by the shower. Gabrielle had no idea, and I can’t imagine the shock and happiness the bride-to-be was feeling when her favorite singer walked in with presents. Swift has been stopping by to visit fans a lot recently. In March, she visited 17-year-old Shelby Huff, who has cancer. Swift spent 4.5 hours at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and 20 minutes with Huff. Thank you, Swift, for being a grade-A good person. I appreciate it.

4. Joe Biden joins Instagram:

Vice President Joe Biden has joined Instagram and immediately slayed all the competition. His first picture was effortlessly artsy, with a pair of Ray-Ban aviators front and center and himself blurred in the background. He also posted a selfie with President Barack Obama, and the world fell to pieces at the awesomeness of the moment. Biden already has almost 120,000 followers on the social media outlet, with no doubt of the number growing. And you know what? I’m not even mad. Rock on, Joe Biden. Rock on.

3. Lana Dey Rey’s new song “West Coast”:

Lana Del Rey debuted her new song “West Coast” at Coachella this year. The song will be on her upcoming album Ultraviolence, which was announced in December. “West Coast” is the second new original song for Del Rey to release. Her first, “Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight,” has since been taken offline. The new song is expected to debut in the upper half of Billboard’s Hot 100. Lana has been rapidly gaining followers, and her appearance at Coachella and anticipation for her new music whipping people into a frenzy for her.

2. Miley Cyrus gets hospitalized for allergic reaction:

Miley Cyrus has been hospitalized after a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Cyrus has taken to Twitter to express her displeasure over canceling Bangerz shows, but the star has rescheduled some of her canceled shows. The European tour is scheduled to go on as planned, but the U.S. tours are a little more touch and go. Cyrus is trying to keep in good spirits despite being hospitalized, posting tweets, hospital selfies and making jokes. The past month has been tough on Cyrus, and I hope she gets better soon!

1. Jay-Z and Beyoncé on a summer tour:

Could it be true? According to various sources, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are planning a summer stadium tour! The tour will go from June to August, taking them from Atlanta to San Francisco, with a few stops in Paris next September. Although not officially confirmed, the timing works out: Jay-Z finished his Magna Carta tour in January, and Beyoncé wrapped up her Mrs. Carter tour in March. The summer stadium tour could be the perfect thing to get them back into the tour-game. For the sake of all humanity, I hope this summer tour turns out to be true!

That’s all I’ve got! Tell me down below if I missed anything. What do you think? Will Emma Stone ever meet the Spice Girls? Will Taylor Swift and I become best friends? Will Cyrus ever get better? Will Beyonce and Jay-Z go on tour? Only time will tell!

MUSE: Green Monsters: A Love Letter to Avocados

By Danielle Focarile, Staff Writer

Large Avocados

I like you in any shape or form, Avocado./PHOTO VIA Flickr user Communications Mann

Dear Avocados,

Let me ask you a rhetorical question: why are you so delicious? I know I’ll never receive an answer from you, so let me tell you my theory. You are the perfect balance of creamy, fresh and bright. You are good on a sandwich, on salad or as a dip. You are as versatile as you are tasty. With you, I can make flavorful guacamole or a healthy and smooth pesto. Whether a Haas, Reed or Fuerte, your smooth green goodness makes any dish better.

It saddens me that your silky and rich flesh is only in-season during the spring (so I will have to stock up now). It makes no difference to me if you are from the East Coast (Florida) or the West Coast (California); any coast that has you is the best coast.

Are you a fruit or a vegetable? Does it really matter? Avocado and bacon, avocado and crab, avocado and corn are some of my favorite ways to eat you. Not only are you yummy and good for my health – as you are filled with Omega-3’s – but you also have magical effects to make hair shiny and face smooth.

So, even as the spring comes to an end and the warm temperatures of summer rolls in, just know that I am waiting to see you at Shaw’s next year.

Always,

An Avocado Enthusiast

Not all of America runs on Dunkin’

By Heather Goldin, Staff Writer
@HeatherGoldin

A classic DD breakfast/ PHOTO BY Heather Goldin

A classic DD breakfast/ PHOTO BY Heather Goldin

Dunkin’ Donuts is packing up its shorts and RayBans and moving to California. The famously affordable coffee and donut chain recently announced their plans to expand to the West.

When I heard the announcement, I didn’t exactly raise my hands up and jump for joy. As a native Californian I had never really heard about Dunkin’ Donuts before moving to Boston. DD had a short stint in the 1990’s but the location closed back in 2002, way before I would experience the joy of coffee for the first time.

So when I had Dunkin’ Donuts for the first time I guess you could say I had high expectations.

What a let down.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the coffee is decent, and I also like the donuts. However, with a name that includes “Donuts” in the title, I think their donuts should be a little more epic. I don’t see what makes it so special. Yea I get it, Dunkin’ is cheaper, but I believe the phrase “you get what you pay for” applies here.

DD’s biggest competition on the west is most likely Starbucks, and while Dunkin’ dominates here on the east with practically 10 DD shops for every Starbucks location, Starbucks reigns supreme on the Pacific side of the U.S. Besides the large variety in drinks and food items, Starbucks draws in customers with their reloadable gift cards. Starbucks offers fancy incentives. Dunkin’ offers…cheap coffee.

I’m sure there are a lot of people who are excited about having DD on the West Coast. The CEO of Dunkin’ definitely is. But as for me, not so much.