Instead of reviewing movies, the morning news shows now tend to cross-promote the attached movie studio's product. Think of how often we heard "Let It Go" from Frozen played on GMA. Think of how often we saw females on GMA dressed like platinum blonde Elsa from that animated Disney feature. On NBC, the Today Show gave some nice exposure to two Universal summertime releases. Go to Google and search "Jurassic World The Today Show" and about six segment feature items pop up. Google "Minions The Today Show" and about six segment feature items pop up. Now google "Straight Outta Compton The Today Show." There are only two mentions of box office news (as of Sunday night, Aug. 23rd). No segments. In my current living situation, I don't get to watch the network morning shows as frequently as I once did. But I wondered if Today would have features on Straight Outta Compton after its hit opening weekend. I saw that actor/pro wrestler Jon Cena was on last week as a guest co-host. He's currently seen as one of Amy Schumer's boyfriends in the hit comedy, Trainwreck. That's also a Universal release. Google "Trainwreck The Today Show." About ten segment features pop up -- on the first page alone. I didn't seen any mention on Twitter of a Today Show feature on Straight Outta Compton. Matt Lauer, Carson Daly, Willie Geist and Al Roker didn't dress up like members of N.W.A. The show didn't broadcast live from Compton. Jenna Bush Hager didn't do an exclusive interview with Ice Cube. If you've been watching Today, has it given some love to Straight Outta Compton? I'm curious. Here's a trailer.
This could be a good time for Today to interview Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.
With the success of Straight Outta Compton, what major offers -- if any -- has he received from Hollywood? What kind of respect has he received from Hollywood? Did he see the major praise Selma director Ava DuVernay had for him on Twitter? Would he like to be a member of the directors branch of the Academy? Does Hollywood see Universal's Straight Outta Compton as "a black film" even though several good reviews came from white critics and, obviously, white moviegoers have paid to help make the film a hit?
Those questions could make for an interesting interview. Let me know if you've seen Straight Outta Compton features and/or references on the Today Show like viewers did for Universal's Jurassic World and Minions.