New Brooklyn Nets promotional commercial.
Think Like A Man earned $17.6 million this weekend at the top of the domestic box office chart. Through the first 10 days in theaters, the movie has already made $60 million, which makes it the highest grossing movie of April 2012.
Title / Weekend Gross (in millions usd)
1. Think Like A Man $17.6 m
2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits $11.1 m
3. The Lucky One $10.8m
4. The Hunger Games $10.8 m
5. The Five Year Engagement $10.6 m
40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks presents a special early sneak peek at Red Hook Summer, the new Spike Lee Joint. In theaters everywhere this August.
Red Hook Summer is the latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn (which also include SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT, DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN, CLOCKERS, and HE GOT GAME), RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.
directed by Aristotle
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20 years ago this week began one of the most destructive riots in US History.
A jury verdict in the infamous beating of Rodney King set off the Los Angeles riots in which 53 people died, more than 2,000 were injured and property damage totaled $1 billion.
For more than a year, the people of Los Angeles had been watching the video of four police officers beating King at the end of a pursuit in Lakeview Terrace. On April 29, 1992, the world was watching when the verdict came in for officers Timothy Wind, Laurence Powell, Theodore Briseno and Sgt. Stacy Koon. All of the defendants were acquitted, except for one count against Powell in which the jury could not decide.
Young adults from affluent families are more likely to live at home than their poorer counterparts, a new study from Australia’s Melbourne Institute has found (via the Wall Street Journal). Three quarters of 20-year-olds from wealthy backgrounds live at home, while less than two-thirds of young adults whose families used welfare still rely on them for financial support, the report finds.
Jay-Z and Will Smith are putting their money where your camera is — and are backing a new video-sharing application Viddy. Viddy is to video what Instagram is to photos and there are already 10 million registered users with 300,000 new members joining daily.
Brett O’Brian, the app’s founder, says Jay, Will, Shakira and Twitter founder Biz Stone have bought undisclosed shares in the company and will use their influence to expand its reach.
Follow GWOP Mag founder on Viddy @BeezyTarantino
Jay-Z has released a new Facebook game dubbed Empire. The hustler-turned-entrepreneur wants you to follow his steps in becoming a business mogul. Empire closely mimics the hip-hop star’s life from his time in the housing projects in Brooklyn to his eventual rise as global businessman.
“Make the right choices and the World belongs to you. Live the dream,” the game’s prompt reads.
In terms of gameplay, Empire follows the same routine and mechanics of most Facebook games. You have an energy bar in which you can perform tasks like engaging in rap battles, making a mix tape for street cred, getting a job for money, etc. In turn, these actions earn you experience, money, or fame which you can use to level up. Do it all right and you can end up living the high life in sunny Miami.
The game features several mini-games inside of it like rap battles or Cee-Lo, a dice game, but for the most part you’ll be using your energy to perform the goals given to you. As with most Facebook games, Empire encourages you to spend money on Facebook credits to complete goals quicker or gain more energy.
If you’re a fan of Jay-Z, inspired by his remarkable life journey, you may want to check out Empire, now available on Facebook. Read More