Page Six is reporting that Dakota Johnson might be getting all up on The Hammaconda. Dakota and Jon Hamm were spotted slurping down wine last week at a hotel bar in NYC after he hosted the Brooklyn Black Tie Ball.
One of Page Six’s source says that “they seemed to really be enjoying each other’s company.” I always seem like I’m enjoying whomever I’m with if there’s a bottle of wine, so I don’t know how valid this is. And Jon Hamm finished up rehab in 2015. Until you see Dakota doing warm-up exercises like running lunges and thigh presses, how will we know that she’s prepping to take on the Hammaconda?
Dakota broke up with her long-term boyfriend last year, and Jon and his partner of 18 years, Jennifer Westfeldt, broke up in 2015.
Dakota and Jon were first spotted together at Elton John’s 70th birthday party in April. I’m now picturing Jon and Dakota dancing as Sir Elton performs “Rocket Hammm” (because Elton would naturally have rewritten “Rocket Man” in honor of the Hammaconda).
However, Gossip Cop is saying that Dakota and Jon are “just friends.” And People says she may be getting on Chris Martin. Dakota was spotted grabbing sushi with Chris on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. A witness says they werelooking all cozy, and I’m taking that to mean that Dakota was falling asleep in his arms from the boredom of it all. But I won’t really believe that Dakota and Chris are dating until Gwyneth Paltrow posts a passive aggressive story on Goop about the emotional dangers 50 Shades brings to a relationship.
Life comes at you fast, just ask Arizona Cardinals unemployed running back Chris Johnson.
Last month, he was like every football fan in America wondering why the hell Adrian Peterson carried the rock just six times against the Vikings. That was supposed to be Peterson’s revenge game — CJ certainly knows it judging from this aggressive all caps, pro-AP tweet he sent out:
Sean Payton disagreed with that sentiment, as Peterson got little work in with the Saints before getting shipped to the Cardinals today. The fit is an obvious one and AP will definitely be getting more carries going forward. The bad news? Johnson’s ass was cut in a corresponding move.
The Fast & Furious franchise is officially getting a spinoff — and no, it’s not a sequel to Tokyo Drift. It seems the chemistry between Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw characters in the last action film, Fate of the Furious, was enough to inspire Universal to center a new movie around the pair’s antics. Shaw, a former villain with a heart of gold, and Hobbs, a hardass U.S. Diplomatic Security Agent, will presumably team up without Dom Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) family of vehicle-savvy criminals to save the world from Charlize Theron’s zombie cars (just kidding, hopefully those are long gone).
No concrete deals have reportedly been made for the actors just yet, but a release date was recently solidified. The action-buddy comedy is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019, which caused a big delay in the premiere date for Fast 9, the upcoming addition to the Fast & Furious series. The move to push back Fast 9 to Easter weekend of 2020 immediately drew the ire of cast member Tyrese Gibson, who openly bashed Johnson’s decision to move forward with the spinoff at the detriment of the rest of the actors signed on to the ninth film. Johnson has yet to respond.
Universal has yet to name a director for the spinoff, but Variety reports that Shane Black is an early frontrunner. Black has plenty of experience directing big action properties, like Iron Man 3, Lethal Weapon 4, and the upcoming Predator reboot. He’s also in the process of working on Doc Savage, which follows an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer in the 1930s, with Johnson attached to play the titular role.
There’s a good chance that you, or someone you know, loves Dwayne Johnson, and with the holidays coming up, what better time to start crossing names off your list? From WWE memorabilia to DVDs to apparel, we’ve got something for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Get to shopping!
Just in case you need a refresher, Dwayne shocked fans back in November 2016 when he called his male costars «candy asses» in a scathing post on social media. Even though we never found out who Dwayne was talking about or why the feud began, something tells us this may have something to do with it. Here’s everything we know about the situation.
Almost immediately after, Tyrese commented on Dwayne’s photo, warning him not to move forward with the Hobbs spinoff project. Tyrese then explained that he only commented on Dwayne’s «timeline» because Dwayne hadn’t responded to any of his text messages.
Sept. 12, 2017: Tyrese Still Hasn’t Gotten a Text Back
After Universal Pictures announced that it is pushing the release date for Fast and Furious 9 to 2020 (it was originally scheduled for release in 2019), Tyrese put the blame on Dwayne, calling him out in yet another scathing Instagram post.
Oct. 5, 2017: Universal Announces Fast and Furious Spinoff
With Fast and Furious 9 moved back to 2020, Universal officially confirmed that a Fast and Furious spinoff is in the works. The film, which will star Dwayne and Jason, is set to hit theaters on July 26, 2019, and one person who probably won’t be watching it is Tyrese.
Following Universal’s announcement, Tyrese posted a photo of the «Fast Family» on Instagram, along with a message for Dwayne. «Diversity, love, multi ethnic worldwide multi generational, United Nations, One Race, Fast Family…… Until Dewayne showed up I guess this whole time he had a problem cause he wasn’t the ONLY ONE on the movie poster………..,» Tyrese wrote. «I guess dreams do come true congratulations to @hhgarcia41 and @therock you guys are just amazing you really broke up the #FastFamily I tried to warn you guys… You thought I was hating…… I was simply fighting to keep the family together what makes us great is when you see us all TOGETHER we don’t fly solo….. #MyLastPost today….. I got 3 years of venting on this clown — They offered but YOU didn’t have to agree with a solo #HobbsMovie #OriginalFastFamily we salute you and stand on your shoulders #VinDiesel #PaulWalker #RobCohen #RomanTej were offered a spin off we TURNED IT DOWN!!!»
Tyrese then reposted Vin’s snap on his page and changed the caption to read: «Never confuse determination with desperation….. What’s understood don’t have to be explained…… 44 million just got the memo…. Although it appears to be…. I’ve never been in this alone…….. #PerceptionVsReality #FastFamily like I said we don’t fly solo. President Obama’s integrity teachings is of a man who makes everyone feel like they MATTER…..»
At the start of September 1969, a contingent of the Libyan military known as the Free Officers enacted what they called ‘Operation Jerusalem’. Riding the tide of popular revolt and led by a young Muammar Gaddafi, their goal was to occupy the country’s main strategic points, to march on the capital, and to overthrow the corrupt regime of King Idris I.
In very little time, they succeeded. With minimal violence and little resistance offered Gaddafi’s forces swept away the old order. King Idris fled the country, the monarchical government was deposed, and the 27-year-old Gaddafi proclaimed the founding of the Libyan Arab Republic.
Following the successful and bloodless coup, Gaddafi addressed the Libyan people:
Listening to your incitement to rebel, your armed forces have undertaken the overthrow of the corrupt regime, the stench of which has sickened and horrified us all. […]
By a single stroke [your army] has lightened the long dark night in which the Turkish domination was followed first by Italian rule, then by this reactionary and decadent regime which was no more than a hotbed of extortion, faction, treachery and treason.
Gaddafi and his officers would term themselves the Revolutionary Command Council, and they would begin to enact the changes that they, and the people, saw as necessary and long overdue. King Idris had been an ally of Britain, sending his armed forces to be trained by the British military, and in general being permissive of exploitative Western interests. Gaddafi, on the other hand, was an avowed anti-colonialist and follower of Egypt’s Nasser’s self-determinative school of Arab nationalism. For him, the tentacles of Western colonialism would have to be cut if Libya was to breathe free.
His regime was by no means perfect, but at the time of Gaddafi’s coup, Libya was one of Africa’s poorest nations. During the course of his decades-long rule, Gaddafi would use Libya’s nationalised oil wealth to turn this around. He would institute free health-care and education for all, as well as free electricity and interest-free loans. Gender equality, too, became a focus. Unlike many of the neighbouring nations, women in Libya would have the right to education, a career, divorce, and property holdings. Women who gave birth were supported with cash grants. The United Nations Human Rights Council would come to issue a report praising Gaddafi for his promotion of women’s rights in Libya. By the time of Gaddafi’s assassination, Libya had prospered into Africa’s wealthiest nation; fewer of its people lived below the poverty line than some European countries. Its life expectancy topped the continent too.
Then, ‘We came, we saw, he died.’ In 2011, as bombs rained down on Libya, Muammar Gaddafi was hunted down by US-backed forces, found in a drainage pipe, sodomised with a bayonet, and murdered. His frozen corpse would later be displayed in a local market for several days. His country was reduced to rubble.
On a recent trip to the Libyan city of Sirte, Muammar Gaddafi’s home town, the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson had this to say:
I look at Libya, it’s an incredible country. Bone-white sands, beautiful sea, Caesar’s Palace, obviously, you know, the real one. Incredible place. It’s got a real potential and brilliant young people who want to do all sorts of tech. There’s a group of UK business people, actually, some wonderful guys who want to invest in Sirte on the coast, near where Gaddafi was captured and executed as some of you may have seen.
They have got a brilliant vision to turn Sirte into the next Dubai.
The only thing they have got to do is clear the dead bodies away.
There has been much outrage following this seemingly tone deaf and insensitive comment by a man who is famous for exactly that. And yet, in his own gaffe-prone way, the mop-haired aristocrat spoke a great and revealing bit of truth in Sirte. The words are all there: ‘Execute,’ ‘clear the dead bodies away,’ ‘invest.’
War is after all a great business opportunity, and it needs waging.
In 2016 a bipartisan House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee produced a report into the causes and motivations behind the US-led invasion of Libya. It concluded that the invasion was based on bogus intelligence, outright lies, and that it was motivated by geopolitcal manoeuvrings and had led to the near outright destruction of a previously stable state, creating a power vacuum in which terrorism could thrive. 2011, the same year that would bring Gaddafi’s death, saw then-President Obama seize over $ 30 billion in Libyan assets. Gaddafi had been planning for some time to use that money to found an African Central Bank and African IMF, with the dinar as a common currency, in order to reduce the continent’s dependence on the dollar. Israel too, with its vastly powerful lobby in Washington, has long been a proponent of regime change in the Middle East, preferring a network of destroyed and disorganised states surrounding it. Divide and conquer is easier that way; support for Palestinian liberation comes harder that way. Axes of power must be maintained.
President Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, thus enthusiastically followed their predecessors into the bloody quagmire of regime change. Their Libya was a follow-up to George W. Bush famously leading the United States and a ‘coalition of the willing’ into one of the most brutal crimes of the modern era. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were not, contrary to an attempted rewrite of history since then, ‘blunders’, but instead crimes of the highest magnitude and the worst savagery. Hundreds of thousands dead; millions displaced; the country in which one of the earliest civilisations sprung from reduced to a smoking ruin—so too, via a domino effect, its many neighbours, for generations. The destruction and agitation for more has continued apace since then. In 2016 alone, in the last year of President Obama’s tenure, the United States dropped over 26,000 bombs.
Republican, Democrat, it doesn’t really matter. The military-industrial complex and cross-party imperialist consensus present throughout America and the West doesn’t pick sides, as long as the project continues as it must. Retired General Wesley Clark once related a conversation he had with one of the generals in Washington shortly after 9/11:
So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, «Are we still going to war with Iraq?» And he said, «Oh, it’s worse than that.» He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, «I just got this down from upstairs» — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — «today.» And he said, «This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.» I said, «Is it classified?» He said, «Yes, sir.» I said, «Well, don’t show it to me.» And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, «You remember that?» He said, «Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!»
The destruction of Libya at the hands of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Barack Obama and capable, smart Hillary Clinton ranks alongside Iraq as a supreme affront to human morality and decency. Many of America’s most bloody interventions abroad have been initiated not by Republicans but by the Democratic Party, which in America functions often as a salve for the troubled souls of conscientious liberals. As long as it pays lip service to social issues and claims to stand on the right side of history when it comes to domestic policy, it may continue to project US power abroad, whatever the human cost. Liberal commentators in the press will always line up behind it and bang the drum of ‘humanitarian intervention’ and enlightened scholars and experts will give it academic credence.
The recent horrifying fever dream of an election in the United States brought to light a number of interesting issues when it comes to America’s foreign policy. As no one needs or wants reminding, in one of the most dramatic upsets in political history Hillary Clinton lost to an openly racist and misogynistic reality TV host with impulse control issues. This article is neither the time nor the place for a dissection of exactly What Went Wrong or a discussion of the relative weighting of multifarious factors, but one thing that was painfully obvious during the campaign trail was that Donald Trump’s non-interventionist slogans and promises struck a chord with many. They turned out to be lies of course, Trump has since fully committed to the warmongering streak that his office commands, but a public long since sick of their country’s projections of military might were desperate for any sort of crumb. See too Bernie Sanders’ (far more believable and backed up by history) opposition to waging war abroad.
There is a brazen callousness at the heart of Western foreign policy. A stark and selfish cold cruelty masquerading as benevolent internationalism. The professional business class politicians who carefully manage their message sell one of two varieties of truth about our wars. In trying to get us to follow them to war against a people, we are either told that it is for their own good, or that it is for our good. Those on the ‘left’ of our comically right-shifted mainstream spectrum of politics will claim altruism, those on the right will claim defence. Occasionally, because we are living in interesting times, there is a curious inversion or mixing of recipes. Hillary Clinton, with her professionalism and impressive track record, was the sensible and humane face of death—though one often displaying almost scarily hawkish foreign policy sensibilities. Donald Trump on the other hand positioned himself as representing a buffoonish ‘refreshing change’ from business-as-usual, an apparent chance for a break from international mass murder.
Boris Johnson sits somewhere in between those two poles. He has something in common with both Clinton and Trump. He is an unapologetic colonialist and cheerleader for interventionism, and he is also a dangerous wolf-in-sheep’s clothing that tries to hide regressive and hateful social policies behind a facade that is designed to fool you into thinking that he is something different. Just an ordinary bloke. An impenetrable wall of lies.
But sometimes that truth slips out. And in this case, it was daffy old Boris, giving a speech in Muammar Gaddafi’s home town, who let fly an unfortunate truth about war. Because war isn’t just about power and strength. War is profitable. It’s good business. ‘Clear the dead bodies away’ to make room for investment, cracked Boris in hubris, revealing a glimpse behind the curtain and reminding us of hidden motives and examples from recent history. Let us not forget after all just how much of a veritable gold rush was the destruction of Iraq for the American and other security, logistics, and reconstruction contractors that swooped in while the fires still burned. Untold billions of dollars were handed out in lucrative deals and contracts. KBR, formerly known as Kellog Brown and Root—the ex-subsidiary of Halliburton, which was once run by Dick Cheney—was awarded at least $ 39.5 billion worth of federal contracts in the decade following the Iraq war.
At the time of his death in June, 1940, Marine Corps major general Smedley Darlington Butler was the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. In the course of his career he received 16 medals. Five of those were for heroism.
As Wiki tells us:
He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal […] and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.
In the early 1930’s, after his retirement from the Marine Corps, Butler would go on a nationwide speaking tour of the United States. His purpose, also expanded upon later in a short book he adapted from his speeches, was to highlight the profiteering nature of warfare as he had seen it. A key part of his message went thus:
I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.
Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
Others tried to warn us, but still we didn’t listen:
‘Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.’
— Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address.
You cast your eye over the ever-growing list of Western interventions, ostensibly done in the name of democracy and humanitarianism, and you see the same story playing out again and again. Democrat, Republican, it makes no difference. As long as both are servants of capital, it will ever be thus, and millions more will pay the price in blood.
Dwayne Johnson had a pretty f*cking busy year in 2016, and it seems he had absolutely no plans of slowing down this year. In addition to starring in two films, Baywatch and the Fate of the Furious, Dwayne will also be appearing in the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and has signed on for a handful of other movies, including Rampage, Skyscraper, and San Andreas 2. And just in case that wasn’t enough, Dwayne also recently launched an ad agency company with ex-wife Dany Garcia called Seven Bucks Creative and is even considering running for president. Meanwhile, we can’t even make it through Monday without complaining. Keep reading for a look back at Dwayne’s busy year.
After what feels like an eternity of getting tidbits about Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, we now have two official trailers to obsess over. The sequel follows four high school students who stumble upon an old video-game console, which promptly sucks them inside the game’s jungle setting and literally transforms them into the adult avatars they initially chose (played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black). Although the references to Robin Williams’s Alan Parrish aren’t in the trailers, tons of pretty great one-liners from Hart and Johnson are, so check them out.
Dwayne Johnson is usually pretty private when it comes to his relationship with longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian, but on Monday, the actor penned a heartfelt tribute for Lauren in honor of her 33rd birthday. Along with an Instagram album of her birthday surprises, Dwayne wrote, «Surprise to my @laurenhashianofficial! 🎊🎉🎈👏🏾 HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a very special, beloved, one of a kind girl. I had my trailer decorated as a surprise when she walked in as we sang some happy birthday.. But why stop there when we can have mo fun… as she was getting this trailer surprise, I had a crew go to our house and decorate so when she got home she was surprised yet again. We celebrated all weekend and to cap it off our lovely mamas performed a beautiful Polynesian hula for the honored birthday girl. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE, family, friends and all who was involved in creating such a phenomenal birthday weekend for Lauren. Amazing and so cool to see all the endless love that everyone has for this girl. Myself included.»
Dwayne also couldn’t help but gush about his love for Lauren, adding, «Happy Birthday darlin’ darlin’! I love you and you already know, but it’s appropriate I say it again, I’m a grateful man you were born. Now excuse me while I go destroy the rest of your cake. (liwdyn;) YM aka the surprise 👑.» Dwayne and Lauren have been going strong for nearly a decade now, and back in December 2015, they welcomed a beautiful daughter named Jasmine.
Without a doubt, Fox Sports’ Gus Johnson is the most electric play-by-play man in the game. Most broadcasters utter nonsense that makes me roll my eyes, but that’s never the case with Gus — even when he butchers the name of a well known all-pro NFL safety.
As you can hear in the clip below, Gus had some issues pronouncing Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu’s name during the first quarter of the Texas A&M-UCLA game. The end result was a total disaster: