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HOLLYWOOD WILL LEARN THE WRONG LESSONS, ‘STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON’ EDITION
This past weekend, director F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton defied box office expectations and grossed $60.1 million, setting the record for the biggest biopic debut ever and the fifth largest August opening of all time. There will likely be lots of back-patting at Universal, which mounted an incredibly successful marketing campaign that transformed Compton from a “black film” into a “cultural event,” and at Legendary Pictures, which largely financed the $29 million budget.
GAME DEVELOPERS FACE NEW CHALLENGES IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Virtual Reality is edging closer to being a tangible way for people to experience video games differently. By next year gamers will finally have the chance to purchase consumer-grade virtual reality headsets, from the Oculus Rift to Sony’s Project Morpheus. In preparation, a plethora of game development studios have announced in recent months that they’re developing their own VR games from the ground up.
TEST THE WATERS WITH SURFER BABE TIA BLANCO
In this month’s Becoming Attraction feature, we headed to where the waves are with surfer Tia Blanco. All in one summer, she took home gold at the World Surfing Games in Nicaragua, and is moving on to new competitions lined up from Tahiti to Cabo.
HOW DO AMERICA’S HIGHEST GROSSING MOVIES RANK WHEN ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION?
With the great box office success of Straight Outta Compton we thought it’s high time we do a really deep dive into domestic movie money. We all know that Avatar is the most successful movie in the United States of all time, but how does that money translate when it’s adjusted for inflation?
WHAT WOMEN THINK ABOUT YOUR DOWNTOWN MANSCAPING (OR LACK THEREOF)
Should I part with my pubes or not? It’s a question men are pondering with increased frequency.
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