We Just Got Our First Look At Dwayne Johnson In “Black Adam,” So Buckle The Heck Up

“The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change…”

ICYMI, DC Comics is holding their yearly fan event — DC FanDome — this weekend, and, as a result, fans are being blessed with all kinds of awesome new content!

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Still, one of the coolest things to come out of the event (so far) was our first official look at Dwayne “The Scorpion King of My Heart” Johnson in the highly-anticipated movie, Black Adam. When I say “y’all aren’t ready,” I mean it this time. Just watch:

Ladies & gents…
Enjoy your WORLD EXCLUSIVE first look⚡️

He is ruthless.
He is unstoppable.
He is the reason the hierarchy of power in the DC UNIVERSE is about to change.


The Man in Black has come around…

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Also, don’t think I missed the subtle reference to Becky “The Man” Lynch with the whole “The Man in Black has come around…” bit, Dwayne! I see you! I smell what you’re cookin’!

For those not in the know, Black Adam is a supervillain, most often seen in the comics as the archnemesis of Captain Marvel (no, not THAT one, the Shazam! one).

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In his most basic possible description, he’s “Evil Shazam.”

The exclusive clip begins by showing off some key art, setting up the massive world in which the movie takes place:

Then, we get a few quick introductions to our cast of characters, including some familiar faces! We have Noah Centineo as “Atom Smasher”:

Aldis Hodge as “Hawkman”:

Quintessa Swindell as “Cyclone”:

And Pierce Brosnan as “Doctor Fate”:

After that, we get a lil’ sneaky-peeky at Dwayne all geared up and ready to go as the iconic supervillain before he introduces a short teaser clip from the film itself!

WHEW Y’ALL, this clip — while only about a minute long — is already promising! Basically, we see a group of people who’ve clearly never seen a horror film in their lives reading from an ancient-looking stone, before summoning our titular main man:

And he does not seem very excited to be there, which…relatable. He immediately turns one guy to dust:

Then, he proceeds to catch a bullet like it’s nothing. For real, Ozymandias WHO?!

So, there ya have it! What’d you think of our first look at Black Adam? Share all of your thoughts in the comments below!

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Victoria Pedretti: 5 Things To Know About The Actress Playing Love In ‘You’ Season 3

‘You’ has returned for its highly-anticipated third season, starring Victoria Pedretti. Here are 5 key things to know about the actress!

There’s a new apple of Joe Goldberg’s eye and her name is Love. Victoria Pedretti, 25, is reprising her role as Love Quinn in You season three, which has premiered on Netflix. If you’re an avid TV watcher, you’ve definitely seen Victoria before. She’s one of the most talented rising stars in Hollywood and she’s going to continue knocking Penn Badgley’s Joe off his feet. So, who is Victoria Pedretti? Here’s what to know before You returns.

Victoria Pedretti. Image: Broadimage/Shutterstock

1. Victoria is playing Love Quinn. 

Love is a main character from Caroline Kepnes’ novel Hidden Bodies. Joe meets Love when he moves to Los Angeles after killing Beck. However, Love has secrets of her own as well, and has a brother named Forty Quinn, played by James Scully, who was central to the plot of season two. When she returns to our screens for the third season, Love and Joe will try to make their marriage work while attempting to leave their murderous pasts behind.

2. Victoria’s breakthrough role was playing Neil Crain on ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’. 

Her performance was absolutely devastating as Nell tried to fight demons from her childhood. Nell was the twin sister of Luke Crain. Violet McGraw played the younger version of Nell.

3. She also starred on ‘The Hunting Of Bly Manor’.

Victoria already had a role lined up after her You season two debut. She reunited with her Haunting of Hill House co-stars for the next installment of the Haunting anthology series, The Haunting of Bly Manor. She played play Dani alongside Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Henry Thomas.

Victoria Pedretti. Image: David Fisher/Shutterstock

4. She appeared in the Oscar-winning film ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’.

Victoria played Leslie “Lulu” Van Houten, a former member of the Manson Family who was convicted of the 1969 murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. The Oscar winning film also starred Margot RobbieLeonardo DiCaprio, and Brad Pitt.

5. She made her film debut in 2014.

She appeared in the short films Sole and Eden. Four years later she got her big break with The Haunting of Hill House.

Neglect of Palestinians in Israel fuels killing spree

The deadly crime wave engulfing the Palestinian community in Israel must be urgently addressed after years of being ignored by Israeli authorities, analysts say.

Until now, the Israeli government has neglected the Palestinian sector and, for example, barely set up police stations in the predominantly Palestinian villages and towns. Financial bottlenecks in the police force were often cited as an excuse. Illegal weapons, gangs and an extremely high crime rate are the results.

The violence is an extremely severe problem, Ian Lustick, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, told Al Jazeera.

“Murder is rampant with systematic failures to investigate properly and extremely rare instances of arrests and convictions of perpetrators,” he said.

While Israel’s police solve 71 percent of murders in Jewish communities, only 23 percent are solved in Palestinian areas.

The Palestinian community, which makes up one-fifth of the total population, has fallen victim to a murder rate two times higher than Jewish Israelis face.

According to statistics, a 17 to 24-year-old Palestinian is 21 times more likely to be shot than a Jewish person in the same age group. For Palestinians aged above 25, the risk is 36 times higher than for Jewish Israelis.

Yaniv Voller, senior lecturer in the politics of the Middle East at the University of Kent, said the problem of violence in Palestinian society has been a long-term one that predated former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 years in power.

“And all governments have ignored it, mainly because dealing with violence in Arab [Palestinian]  society has required great resources, but also posed another potential for clashes between the authorities and the Arab citizens,” Voller told Al Jazeera.

“Although Arab leaders have often called upon the government to tackle the issue, they have not been keen on cooperating with the authorities, especially the police.”

As a result, 2020 marked a record year with 96 Palestinian citizens of Israel killed.

However, 2021 has pulverised the previous benchmark already. About 100 Palestinians have been murdered since the beginning of the year, often as part of gang wars.

One of the problems is Israeli authorities viewing violence in the Palestinian sector as a security problem, one for the Shin Bet intelligence service, and not the police, Lustick said.

“Just as all public services are underprovided in the Arab sector – education, sewage, recreation, infrastructure, housing, etc – so has been policing,” he said.

However, the problem is not only one of a lack of resources and neglect, but “most fundamentally, the segregation of Israeli society and the exclusion of Arabs from the real concerns of most government bodies and most Israeli Jews”, Lustick noted.

“On top of that, but related to it, is the confiscation of enormous amounts of land from Palestinians and Palestinian villages and refusals to approve master plans for building. These circumstances produce severe overcrowding and very high stakes conflicts between families and clans over tiny bits of property.

“Add to that thousands of collaborators and informers, protected from prosecution, and the weapons they and contending gangs and clans can gain access to, and you have a recipe for the bloodshed we are witnessing,” he added.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said a new plan to combat crime in Palestinian communities is being put into effect.

“My government is determined to take action and wage an unceasing, constant and persistent fight, with full force, against crime and violence in the Arab sector,” Bennett said in a statement earlier this month.

Calls to involve Israel’s domestic security agency Shin Bet, which operates primarily in the West Bank, in addressing the problem “is probably not very helpful”, Voller warned.

“The most immediate solution is to funnel more money into crime-prevention programmes, strengthening the police and trying to collect arms, which are rife in Arab society. However, this programme cannot succeed in the long-term without building up trust between the authorities and the Arab society. No solution is possible without the cooperation with the population with the authorities, either in enforcement or education,” he said.

What could help is the new government in Israel having a shared interest in solving the issue.

“The coalition, on all of its components, is keen to solve the problem. This includes right-wing elements who understand that the violence in the Arab society does not remain confined to Arab villages and towns. The difference is mainly in the approach, with right-wing elements pushing for more use of law enforcement, including the Shabak and the police, at the expense of other measures,” Voller noted.

One of these coalition members is the United Arab List (Ra’am), which is committed to the rights of the Palestinian minority.

“Ra’am is the key to trying to solve the problem of criminal violence in Arab society. Through negotiations to join the coalition, it has earmarked budget and its leadership expresses vocal support for government intervention,” Voller noted.

However, Ra’am, on its own, cannot bring about a change, which requires greater collaboration with local Palestinian authorities, and many do not support Ra’am, said Voller.

What is also likely to be problematic is that the police, like the military, symbolise the Zionist state power, which many Palestinians do not want to identify with for political and ethnic reasons.

“The level of mutual trust is low at this moment. However, the fact is that Arab citizens and political leaders protest against the government inaction, which means that they still have some expectations and hope that the situation can change. It is here, in rebuilding trust, that Ra’am can come into the picture,” Voller said.

Minnesota’s governor calls up the National Guard to ease crowding in hospitals.

Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota said on Friday that he would call upon the state’s National Guard to help ease staffing shortages that have kept hospitals from transferring Covid-19 patients for stepped-down care at long-term care facilities.

Mr. Walz called the transfers a “very typical thing in our medical system” and said they had been bottlenecked by capacity at those facilities. He said the National Guard will be given the training necessary to provide long-term care. He did not say how many soldiers will provide that relief, but said it will be “a fairly large contingent.”

The governor traveled to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale, just outside Minneapolis, to announce the plan.

North Memorial’s chief executive, Dr. Kevin Croston, said his organization was struggling with staff shortages it did not have a year ago. “Our teams are now more stressed than they’ve ever been,” he said, adding that the “roller coaster” his employees are experiencing is happening all over Minnesota.

Last week, the state’s health commissioner, Jan Malcolm, said the staffing shortages among health care workers stemmed from “the extreme stress and burnout that they have faced for over 18 months now.”

The state is facing another surge of cases. Patients infected with coronavirus are nearing 1,000 in the state’s hospitals, according to state data. Cases in Minnesota are up 20 percent in the last two weeks, as are hospitalizations, according to a New York Times database.

Mr. Walz said that 400 of the patients currently hospitalized for Covid-19 should be transferred to lower-level care but beds at those facilities are not available — and those 400 hospital patients are taking up space needed for incoming patients.

LeadingAge Minnesota, the largest association of organizations caring for the state’s seniors, said in a statement that the governor’s plan will not solve the root causes of the staffing shortages. The trade group called on lawmakers to make immediate wage increases to support retention during a time when the industry is seeing record levels of burnout and turnover.

The state also announced that an emergency staffing pool would be reactivated, a measure used earlier in the pandemic.

State Representative Anne Neu Brindley, a Republican, issued a statement Friday saying Walz’s plan was “merely a band-aid that won’t outweigh destructive government policies,” according to the Star Tribune. She said policies like vaccine mandates are “driving health care worker resignations and layoffs.”

Andy Cochrane, chief hospital officer at North Memorial Health, said at the conference that 96 percent of intensive care patients at the system’s hospitals in Robbinsdale and Maple Grove who tested positive for coronavirus are unvaccinated.

Nearly 60 percent of Minnesotans are fully vaccinated, according to a New York Times database, and Mr. Walz is urging a push for more. “Don’t end up in the hospital if you can help it,” he said. “One of the ways you can do that is: Get vaccinated.”

UK PM Johnson visits scene where MP was fatally stabbed in terrorist incident

The murder has shocked the nation and prompted calls for a review of security measures for lawmakers carrying out constituency work.

Amess, 69 and a member of Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party, died after being stabbed several times at around midday Friday at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered, police said. He is believed to have acted alone.

“The early investigation has revealed a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement overnight. Two addresses in the London area are being searched, the force said.

The man arrested is believed to be a British national with Somali heritage, official sources have told UK news agency PA Media. The UK’s Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the killing, police said Friday.

A somber-looking Johnson carried a wreath of pale roses Saturday morning to leave in front of the church where Amess was attacked.

He and Starmer were accompanied by Home Secretary Priti Patel, whose government department is responsible for policing and counter-terrorism efforts in the UK. Chief Constable of Essex Police Ben-Julian Harrington and Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle also carried flowers to the scene.

Speaking shortly afterward, Patel paid tribute to Amess as “a man of the people” and passionate advocate for the people he represented.

“He was killed doing a job that he loved, serving his own constituents as an elected democratic member,” she said. “And of course, acts of this (kind) are absolutely wrong and we cannot let that get in the way of our functioning democracy.”

Patel said she had been in discussions with the Commons speaker, police and security services to “make sure measures are being put in place for the security of MPs, so that they can carry on with their duties as elected democratic members.”

MPs in Britain typically meet with residents in their constituencies face to face during “surgeries,” and it is uncommon for them to have a security detail.

Measures to safeguard MPs are always being looked at and have been under review in the past 24 hours, Patel said.

She insisted that the democratic need for parliamentarians to be accessible to the people “can absolutely be balanced” with the need to ensure their safety, and that lawmakers “cannot be cowed by any individual” as they serve.

Veteran UK Labour lawmaker Harriet Harman called Saturday for a Speaker’s Conference in Parliament to discuss and review the safety of MPs.

“We cannot have the death of an MP being a price worth paying for our democracy,” Harman said on BBC Radio 4’s Today program. “I don’t think anybody wants to go to a situation where the police are vetting individual constituents who come and see us, but I’m sure there is a safer way to go about our business.”

‘Huge anxiety’ among lawmakers

This was the second murder of a sitting British lawmaker in five years, after Labour MP Jo Cox was killed in her constituency in 2016 by a man with extreme right-wing views, and has reignited discussions about the safety of the UK’s elected officials.
Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, who tried to save the life of a wounded police officer during a terror attack on Westminster in 2017, tweeted Saturday that MPs’ engagement with the public was a “vital part of our work” but that there was now, understandably, “huge anxiety” among his colleagues.

“Until the Home Secretary’s review of MP security is complete I would recommend a temporary PAUSE in face to face meetings,” he said.

Police officers from local forces will be contacting every UK lawmaker to discuss their security arrangements following Amess’ murder, a National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman told CNN on Saturday.

“They will also speak to MPs about security arrangements for any events they are planning to attend in the coming days, so the appropriate advice can be provided,” the spokesman said in a statement.

This will be done under Operation Bridger, a national police operation which provides advice to all Members of Parliament and their constituency teams on request.

“We encourage MPs to immediately report any security concerns to their local police force in order to keep themselves, their staff and members of the public attending surgeries safe,” the spokesman said.

Johnson: ‘We lost a fine public servant’

The country’s political, religious and societal leaders, and its royal family, all condemned Friday’s attack and paid tribute to Amess.

Those who knew him described Amess — who was married with five children — as a dedicated local representative, deeply embedded within his community and uninterested in the careerism of national politics.

Mosques in Southend-on-Sea, the larger resort town bordering Leigh-on-Sea, on Saturday condemned Amess’ killing as an “indefensible atrocity.”

“As members of Southend-on-Sea’s Muslim community, we mourn the brutal and senseless killing of Sir David Amess MP. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sir David’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time. We share their grief at his loss, for Sir David was not only our Member of Parliament, but an upstanding friend to our Muslim community,” a joint statement published Saturday on the Essex Jamme Masjid website reads.

A vigil was held Friday evening at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Leigh-on-Sea for local people to pay tribute to Amess.

“Everyone was just speechless. It was just awful. He was just such a kind, gentle soul, really witty, quite quirky and liked by a lot of people, and it was just shocking. Absolutely shocking,” local resident Melanie Harris told CNN.

Amess entered Parliament in 1983, initially representing the Basildon constituency, and had served continuously in the House of Commons since then, making him one of the longest-serving lawmakers in the chamber.

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum spoke Friday of their sadness, concern, and anger that another of their colleagues was killed while meeting with constituents.

In a statement Friday from Downing Street, Johnson said the MP “was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics.”

“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future,” Johnson said. “We lost today a fine public servant.”

Starmer wrote on Twitter: “Horrific and deeply shocking news. Thinking of David, his family and his staff.”

Flags outside Parliament were lowered to half staff after Amess’ death.

Amess was knighted in 2015 for his political service. He supported Britain’s departure from the European Union, and his main areas of expertise were animal welfare and pro-life issues, according to a biography on his website.

He was not considered a controversial politician, and despite the length of his tenure, he was not a widely known political figure in the UK.

In a book he wrote last year about being an MP, Amess said Cox’s murder was “totally unexpected” and the event had changed the way MPs interact with members of the public, particularly in relation to constituency surgeries.

“These increasing attacks have rather spoilt the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians,” he wrote. “I myself have over the years experienced nuisance from the odd member of the general public at my own property. We regularly check our locks.”

CNN’s Nada Bashir reported from Leigh-on-Sea and Sharon Braithwaite from London, while Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London. CNN’s Nic Robertson and Rob Picheta contributed to this report.

Jon Gruden’s email comment about Colin Kaepernick draws attention

Jon Gruden was forced to resign as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders this week after numerous offensive remarks he made in private emails were leaked to the media. A strong opinion Gruden expressed about Colin Kaepernick has also drawn attention.

The topic of Kaepernick’s national anthem protest came up in the emails Gruden exchanged with former Washington team executive Bruce Allen. Both expressed anger over Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem to call attention to police brutality. In an email that was sent on Aug. 28, 2016, Gruden said Kaepernick should be cut.

“They suspend people for taking amino acids they should cut this f—,” Gruden wrote to Allen, via Henry Bushnell and Jason Owens of Yahoo Sports.

Allen responded that he had already “expressed my OUTRAGE” over the Kaepernick protests. Gruden then sent back, “Good for you.”

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following the 2016 season and has not played since. Most people believe that the protests played a role in him not finding another job in the NFL, though his overall on-field performance was mediocre at best.

Kaepernick reached a confidential settlement with the NFL in 2019 after accusing the league of collusion in a lawsuit.

You can read more about the Gruden email leaks here.

Princess Anne Tells Camilla Parker Bowles That She’ll ‘Never Be My Queen’?

Did Princess Anne tell Camilla Parker Bowles that she’d “never be my queen”? One tabloid claims tensions are growing over Bowles’ pending ascension to the throne. Here’s what we know about the in-laws’ feud.

Camilla Parker Bowles And Princess Anne ‘Butting Heads’?

The most recent edition of New Idea reports Princess Anne and Camilla Parker Bowles are at each other’s throats over titles. Apparently, Prince Charles has plans to override royal protocol and make it to where Bowles will be known as “queen consort” instead of “princess consort.” An insider explains, “The official line has always been that Camilla will be known as Princess Consort. My feeling is that Charles would very much want Camilla to be known as Queen [Consort], which is after all, the correct title for the wife of a king. So my guess is she will be Queen Camilla.”

But Charles’ decision isn’t going to fly with Anne. “Rumors that Charles may walk back on his promise that Camilla would no be queen has riled Anne to no end, and she’s told both Charles and Camilla As much. Anne has made it plain that Camilla will never be a true queen in the eyes of British subjects. Anne wields a lot of power and has a lot of respect in that family, so you will find that the Wessexes, and maybe even the Cambridges, will back her on this. Charles and Camilla will face a lot of pushback.”

The outlet notes that Bowles and Anne’s feud goes back decades when Anne had an on-again-off-again relationship with Bowles’ ex-husband, Andrew Parker Bowles. “In the past, Camilla was always rather frighted of Anne — she can be very haughty — but I think she has mellowed a little with age, and the relationship is much warmer than it was,” dishes the royal tipster.

Camilla Parker Bowles Will Be ‘Princess Consort’

If Prince Charles really did plan to make Camilla Parker Bowles “queen consort,” it would cause a major stir. However, Anne isn’t cursing Bowles’ name because there are no such plans in place. Royal titles aren’t arbitrary — they’re the law. Unless Charles and Bowles want to take on parliament, they will have to settle for the title of “princess consort.” Besides, we have no evidence that either Charles or Bowles have any issue with the wording. In fact, Bowles even kept her “Duchess of Cornwall” title when marrying Charles instead of taking the traditional “Princess of Wales” title out of respect for Princess Diana. Clearly, the couple isn’t trying to make a power grab over titles.

Besides, there’s no substantial evidence to suggest Anne was ever a romantic competition to Bowles. While it was rumored that Anne had a brief relationship with Andrew Parker Bowles, no party ever confirmed it. It’s not impossible, but it would be incredibly misleading to treat this detail as fact. In their decades as family, Bowles and Anne have never given any indication that they disliked one another. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that this story is speculative nonsense.

The Tabloid On The Royals

Besides, New Idea has proved unreliable in the past when it comes to the British Royal Family. Earlier this year, the magazine claimed Princess Beatrice was moving to Italy. Then the outlet alleged Prince Harry incited Prince William’s wrath over a supposed Princess Diana Netflix project. And the tabloid even claimed Kate Middleton was pregnant with her fourth child back in June. Obviously, New Idea can’t be trusted when it comes to the royals.

Pop Smoke’s Killer Says He Wanted To Hit Rapper With A Vase Instead Of Shooting Him

The suspect charged in the murder of Pop Smoke insists he only wanted to hit the rapper with a vase, not shoot him.

Corey Walker and famed attorney Christopher Darden filed a motion on Friday to have his murder and robbery charges dismissed. Darden claims that the 20-year-old was not at Pop Smoke’s home to hurt him and told those he was with not to shoot the rising rap star during the February 19th, 2020, home invasion.

In the filing, Darden wrote that the evidence shows Walker never entered the home with a weapon and was not the trigger man. Walker claims he told the other suspects to pick up a flower vase if they needed to defend themselves against the victim or anyone else in the house.

Walker and four other suspects entered Pop Smoke’s home with the intent of stealing his diamond Rolex watch, money, and a gold chain that they saw on social media. As the “Dior” rapper showered in his Hollywood Hills residence, the masked intruders confronted him, and he was ultimately shot and killed by a 15-year-old. Walker told authorities he “assaulted” the gunman when learning that he shot Pop Smoke.

The next hearing is scheduled for December 3rd.

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