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To get into character, actor Andy Serkis, a.k.a. King Kong, sought out some ideal coaches: the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.
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Gear Gift Ideas: Havaianas Sandals
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Havaianas Sandals

Illustration: Best Gear SealFlip-flops are scorchingly hot in the fashion world, but that's not why we like Havaianas ($10; These Brazilian sandals—2.2 billion have been made since 1962—resemble dime-store slaps but have a fatter, cushier rubber bottom to protect your dogs. They're cheap and come in eight styles for men and 21 for women.

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