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Pop Culture Countdown: Kimye Vogue cover and 1D fan double date

By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer

6. Amanda Bynes at the FIDM runway show:

2014 is starting to look like a year of redemption for wayward former child stars, and I love it! Amanda Bynes, who went through a series of unbelievable personal problems, was spotted at the FIDM — Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising — Debut Runway Show. She has dropped the fake wigs and cheek piercings and looked happy and healthy in glowing blonde locks alongside her parents, Rick and Lynn. Amanda seems to be doing well at FIDM, and I couldn’t be happier for her. Hopefully 2014 will help Amanda on her road to recovery!

5. Kimye’s Vogue cover:

Screenshot of James Franco's official Instagram spoof of the Kimye Vogue cover, taken on March 23, 2014.

James Franco’s official Instagram spoof of the Kimye Vogue cover. / SCREENSHOT BY Danny McCarthy

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West appeared together on the cover of Vogue, because they are taking over the world and I can’t stop it. Apparently Kardashian has finally garnered the approval of Anna Wintour, because there is no way that she would ever step foot into the Vogue office without Wintour giving her explicit permission. I think Wintour is the only one who can stand up to Kardashian, the Joker to her Batman. The photoshoot was shot by Annie Leibovitz, and featured a very matrimonial-looking Kim in the arms of a suited Kanye, which led to tons of spoofs, like James Franco and Seth Rogen. Of course, Twitter hated it and erupted into a million angry Tweets, but really, Kimye got the last laugh because Vogue. Vogue always wins.

4. One Direction fan double date:

One Direction’s Liam Payne and Harry Styles went on a double date with two lucky (understatement of the century) fans. The girls won a contest and were flown to London, where they got vouchers — worth $750 — to spend on the famous Carnaby Street before having a dinner date with the 1D members. The girls haven’t commented publicly on it, but literally what could they say other than, “It was amazing.” There are no other outcomes. The fan date was a first for One Direction, and hopefully it wasn’t the last.

3. Chris Hemsworth welcomes twin sons:

Well, the world just got a little cuter! Chris Hemsworth and wife Elsa Pataky are the proud parents of twin sons. The Thor actor is over the moon, and the boys join big sister India Rose, 22 months. There is no word yet on names, but mom and babies are doing well. Hemsworth is not shy about loving fatherhood, and says that when he’s at work, all he thinks of is India, and when he’s at home, all he does is play with her! Congratulations to the Hemsworth family and its newest members!

2. Prince George’s nanny is revealed:

The baby prince has a new woman in his life, and she is a certified badass. His nanny, Maria Theresa Turrion Borrallo, was trained at Norland College, where she became certified in taekwondo and escape driving. Her appointment to the prestigious position has gathered some friction as she is not British but a native Spaniard, but William and Kate are not known for their adherence to tradition. The need for a nanny is coming off the heels of the announcement that Will and Kate will be going on a month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand.

1. Divergent movie release:

Okay, so I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I am super excited about it! The book was awesome and Shailene Woodley is my queen. Oh, you don’t know what I’m talking about? Divergent was released this past Friday, to both much laudation and much criticism. Let’s face it, Divergent is no Hunger Games, but frankly I don’t see why that should matter. The Washington Post argued that the movie was better than the book — a bold claim — and backed up its position by saying that the movie trimmed some of the lethargic fat of the book. While I can’t personally comment on the movie, I will say that the book did have moments that don’t translate as well on the big screen, so I’ll be interested to see which scenes made it and which got the ax. If you saw the movie let me know what you thought!


Pop Culture Countdown: “Fantastic Four” Remake and “Camp Takota” on iTunes

By Danny McCarthy, Staff Writer

I can’t believe it’s a new week already. But forget about those Monday blues, and focus on all the jazzy, exciting things that happened last week! Seriously, so jazzy!

7. Luna the rescued cat:

We’re starting off this countdown with an ‘awww,’ because I’m talking about an adorable little kitten and man who became her savior. The man, only known by his imgur username hiblue, found the “skin and bones” kitten, now named “Luna,” in an industrial area and decided to feed her. Before long, Luna had snuggled up to him and, in a split decision, he decided to take her home. After a lot of food, a flea bath and a melted heart, hiblue and Luna became inseparable. This good Samaritan and his adorable cat prove that there is still some good in the world.

6. “Fantastic Four” cast revealed:

The cast for “The Fantastic Four” reboot has been released, and they are looking reboot-iful (nailed that pun, am I right?). Michael B. Jordan is slated to appear as the Human Torch, alongside Kate Mara as the Invisible Woman, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic and Jamie Bell as the Thing.

All the actors are relatively new to the young Hollywood scene. Teller is a  recent rising star in “Divergent” and “The Spectacular Now,” and Kate Mara, sister of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” actress Rooney Mara, is a familiar, albeit at times underappreciated face. The young actors are taking up the mantle of a major franchise, so hopefully this reboot doesn’t fall flat. Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think of the cast!

5. New “Divergent” trailer:

I’m doing a little happy dance, because I love the “Divergent” trilogy, and I’m completely jazzed for the movie, set to release on March 21st. The latest trailer sent chills up my spine, watching Kate Winslet and Shailene Woodley go head to head as Jeanine Matthews and Tris Prior. Woodley has been tearing up the news lately, and will also appear in the film adaption of “The Fault In Our Stars” as Hazel Grace Lancaster. But before she graces the silver screen as the “V for Vendetta” lookalike in the John Green bestseller, she’s gonna kick some ass as Tris Prior, the “Divergent” hero.

4. “Dark Horse” music video:

Katy Perry’s sleeper hit “Dark Horse,” released as a single off her fourth album Prism, is a bit of a dark horse itself. Originally overlooked as bigger songs—“Unconditionally” and “Roar”—took the spotlight, “Dark Horse” has bided its time and risen to the top.

The music video was released on Feb. 20th and it’s…interesting, to say the least. The video is set in “Memphis, Egypt, a crazy long time ago,” and showcases Perry as a stunning reimagining of Cleopatra. Although the music video departs from the mature vibe Prism has been taking, it is classic Katy in its cotton-candy color and eccentric feel.

3. Leighton Meester and Adam Brody get married:

Two beautiful people got married to each other, and the rest of us peasants are still single! Leighton Meester (of “Gossip Girl” and “The Roommate”) and Adam Brody (of “The O.C.,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “The Romantics”) were married in a private, northern California wedding earlier this month.

The pair, who never confirmed they were even a couple, managed to keep the wedding a secret by staying off social media and venturing away from Los Angeles. It’s so refreshing to see a Hollywood couple actually get to enjoy their special day without the buzzing of the paparazzi from behind the wedding cake. Hopefully Leighton and Adam have a long, fruitful marriage, because Lord knows Blair Waldorf deserves a little peace.

2. “Camp Takota” released on iTunes:

Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! “Camp Takota,” the movie brainchild of YouTube’s ‘Holy Trinity’—Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart and Hannah Hart—was released online on Valentine’s Day and has found a new home on iTunes. The film is a new venture, both for the women and the world, as it marks the beginning of nontraditional media (YouTube) mixing with traditional media like cinema.

Due to the fandoms of the three stars, the film had a built-in fan base. Together, the Holy Trinity boasts at least 2.5 million subscribers, and if even half of that fan base bought the movie—$14.99 for the movie and a documentary on camptakota.com—that’s around $18 million already. The film is already on iTunes “Bestseller Chart,” alongside blockbusters  “12 Years a Slave” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”

1. Michelle Obama on “The Tonight Show”:

If there wasn’t reason enough to want the First Lady of the United States as your best friend, her appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” might convince you. She took part in a skit alongside Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon, who were both in drag as little girls.

Once you get over the potentially scarring experience of Ferrell dressed as a small child, you find yourself falling into friendship with the glamorous First Lady. She manage to slip in little plugs about her various charities, and you can’t help but admire someone who can go up against comedy legends like Ferrell and Fallon. Later, Michelle was interviewed by Fallon and wore a stunning black jumpsuit. Well done, Michelle, well done — she deserves a round of applause.