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Why Sequels Matter

Earlier this year, American Sniper’s US box office haul pushed past the $337 million mark, making it the highest-grossing film released in 2014. To understand what an anomaly that is, you can round out to top 15 highest-grossing films of last year: all but one is a sequel or a potential sequel with a follow-up already in the works. We find out why.

Daily 5: May 22nd, 2015

1) Letterman says farewell—and 10 celebrities take the opp to give him a piece of their mind

2) Guys and grills go hand-in-hand, so get your hands on this awesome BBQ for Father’s Day

3) Fall asleep in less than a minute? It’s possible if you try this technique

4) China is about to unveil a see-through bridge that puts any glass floor you’ve stood on to shame

5) You call that a “smart” car? Watch this one park itself sideways, then decide which one is smart

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A Woman You Should Meet: Aliya-Jasmine Sovani

Canadian expat Aliya-Jasmine Sovani now lives in LA and hosts a handful of shows on E! and Bravo. But before she crossed the border, the host/producer/writer was known for her work on MTV in a multitude of shows like MTV News, Play With AJ and 1 Girl 5 Gays. Now, she’s taking part in yet another endeavour with Yeplive, a tech company she helped found, and its newly released (seriously, it launched today) live-streaming app. We’d try to explain it, but it’s best left to the pro.

Daily 5: May 21st, 2015

1) Swimsuit model Genevieve Morton makes a splash in Maserati’s latest campaign

2) The home that built (or at least inspired) The Great Gatsby is up for sale

3) Bookmark this edgy, NSFW X-rated lingerie ad/art film because you really need to see it… later

4) Powdered alcohol? It’s not as scary as it sounds, but we’d still prefer a nice Oban 14

5) Cutting-edge Bionic lenses could mean better-than-perfect eyesight for everyone in less than 2 short years

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A Man Worth Listening to: Chuck Palahniuk

He’s penned both a Fight Club prequel — a short story, “Expedition,” in his new book Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread — and an upcoming sequel, Fight Club 2, in the form of a graphic novel. If it ain’t broke, keep beating it into a bloody pulp.

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