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Team USA is stylish. From those all white medal stand jackets to their heated Ralph Lauren opening ceremony attire, they’ve got some serious fashion. But who designed the Team USA uniforms? From figure skating to curling, there are a lot of winter sports which means there are a lot of Team USA uniforms. They’ve all got to look good, right? Sure, athleticism is the reigning monarch of the Olympic Games, but it’s hard to deny that these athletes are carting around some serious style alongside that mind blowing talent.

Of course, some sports don’t require all teammates to have matching uniforms — here’s looking at your figure skating and ice dancing. Others, however, have their Olympic gear designed for them. Each team from each sport will be wearing a different uniform, and they’re special. Every single sport will have a different uniform designed by a different designer because let’s be honest they all deserve special treatment for their accomplishments, right?

From astronaut-themed suits to some seriously cool details hidden inside jackets, the Team USA athletes are all going to look killer once their hit their respective ice or snow.

At first glance, speedskating couldn’t be more boring. Two participants on metal blades glide round and around an oval ice track, and no sooner do they cross the finish line then a new pair is sent off to repeat the performance. All of their movements are nearly identical, making it impossible for the casual observer to tell the skillful skaters from the average ones. But if you keep looking, you’ll gradually enter the inner world of speedskating, and from there, from within, speedskating is among the most thrilling of sports.

In the country I come from, Norway, speedskating was once a national obsession. When I was growing up, I knew the names of skaters from the end of the 19th century to our modern times. Oscar Mathisen, Ivar Ballangrud, Hjalmar Andersen, Knut Johannesen, Fred Anton Maier — I never saw any of these legends skate, yet their names resonated like a list of kings. The media covered skating in detail, but novelists and poets wrote about it, too. One of the best-known works by Norway’s great postwar poet Olav H. Hauge is called “Kuppern Skates in Squaw Valley” and concerns the radio broadcast of a 1960 Olympic race, while Norway’s most important postwar novelist, Dag Solstad, has filled page upon page of his novels with race results.

What is it about speedskating that could bring an entire people together around the radio or television, women and men, young and old, rich and poor? What was it that compelled children to scribble down skate times and collect them in books? Why are the names of Kay Stenshjemmet, Jan Egil Storholt, Sten Stensen and Amund Sjoebrend etched in my memory 40 years after they hung up their skates for good, whereas I have long since forgotten the names of prominent politicians of the day or the teachers I had at school?The oldest ice skates that anyone has found so far were made in Finland 2,000 years before the birth of Christ, which is to say 800 years before the Trojan War depicted by Homer in the “Iliad.” These primitive devices were made from the sharpened shinbones or jawbones of cattle. Metal skates first appeared in the Netherlands during the 13th or 14th century, when Dante was writing his “Divine Comedy,” and the first speedskating competition we know of took place in England in 1763, the same year Immanuel Kant presented his proof of the existence of God. The first unofficial world championships took place in 1889, when Nietschze published “Twilight of the Idols.” It is hard to know what the ancient skaters looked like as they raced across the ice, but film footage from 1911, before the Great War, shows skaters competing at the world championships in Trondheim, Norway. We see them flashing by like strange birds beating their wings. And although much has changed in the sport since then, the basic moves look more or less the same, for there is really only one way in which to propel oneself forward at a reasonable speed on ice with metal blades under one’s feet.

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Pyeongchang takes center stage of the sporting world on Friday, hosting elite athletes for the Winter Olympics and hoping to raise its profile as a winter resort destination. But if you had never heard of Pyeongchang before now, you’re not alone.

Pyeongchang is a county, not a city, and and up to now it has been known primarily as a rural mountain retreat, with a population of just over 40,000 people, located about 40 miles from the demilitarized zone and North Korea. It has Buddhist temples and a reputation for a healthful climate. But it wants a reputation as a sports mecca. And so now, 30 years after Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics, Pyeongchang is seizing the spotlight.

Here’s a rundown of more things to know about this place that finds itself welcoming tens of thousands of athletes, media and spectators.

“Happy 700” in Pyeongchang

Hosting the Winter Olympics has been a longtime pursuit for officials in Pyeongchang and its home province of Gangwon: It took three tries for the county to finally win the right to host the games.Pyeongchang promotes itself as having an ideal climate – in part because a phalanx of mountains help block air pollution from the northwest, and in part because of the “Happy 700” — the 700-meter altitude (about 2,300 feet) that Pyeongchang’s boosters say is optimal for the health of people and animals.

Not long now before the cowbells start ringing and the PyeongChang hills echo to the sound of alpenhorn.

Yes the 23rd Winter Olympiad is slaloming toward us at pace. The mixed doubles curlers have the honour of sweeping us into the action on Thursday morning local time, followed by the men’s ski-jumping qualification in the afternoon.

The low impact intro continues on the rink on Friday, a day dominated by the opening ceremony in a $110 million pop-up stadium with a capacity of 35,000. The structure has a four-gig run, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the winter and Paralympic games before being torn down. Sorry West Ham United, you can’t have it.

Fears of inhospitable temperatures low enough at -20 degrees centigrade to freeze nasal cavities have eased, although at -10 and without a roof the 243-strong American team might still have to activate their heated parkas, shot through with heat-conducting ink.

Winter Olympic Games

The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where athletes from 92 countries around the world will compete in over a hundred separate events for the gold. There’s more to it than just the games though: there’s the technology that brings the event to viewers across the world.

The games run from February 9th through February 25th; follow along for all of our coverage.

The Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony was hit with a cyber attack, officials for the PyeongChang games confirmed — but stopped short of blaming Russia for the breach.

The PyeongChang 2018 website wasn’t working before the Friday night games, making it impossible to access event tickets and crucial information.

WiFi at the games also stopped working before the official kickoff.

Order wasn’t fully restored to the system for 12 hours, at about 8 a.m. Saturday, the Guardian reported.

There was a cyber attack and the server was updated yesterday during the day and we have the cause of the problem,” Sung Baik-you, a spokesperson for the games, told the Guardian on Sunday.

“We are taking secure operations and, in line with best practice, we’re not going to comment on the issue because it is an issue that we are dealing with,” Sung continued.

The representative declined to say what nation or entity was behind the attack.

The games are considered a hot bed for hacking attempts because of the massive number of people attending, according to security experts.

Winter Olympics 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Chris Mazdzer threw a fist in the air, grabbed an American flag from the stands and let out a scream of absolute jubilation.

Not even a month ago, he was at rock bottom. On Sunday night, he made history for USA Luge.

For the first time, the United States has a men’s singles Olympic luge medalist. Mazdzer won silver at the Pyeongchang Games, matching the best finish ever for USA Luge in any luge event at the Olympics — Americans have been second in doubles twice — and giving the native of Saranac Lake, New York, the sort of moment he’s spent half a lifetime chasing.

“It’s 16 years in the making, what you dream about as a young child and 20 years later you’re finally on the podium,” Mazdzer said. “I still don’t know how to describe it. All I know is that I have my friends and family here celebrating with me, and this is validation. Everything I’ve done, all the sacrifices, it’s worth it.”

And how.

For the rest of his life, he’ll be introduced as an Olympic medalist. For the rest of his career, he’ll know he can come up big at the biggest moments. For the next few days, he’ll get to bask in this medal while seeking another in the team relay.

A career that seemed to be going sideways just a few weeks ago is now right back on track.

“I trained with this kid every single day,” said USA Luge teammate Taylor Morris, who was 18th in his Olympic debut. “Day in, day out, he is an animal. And it is paying off. A silver medal, just a few hundreths out from being an Olympic champion. That’s just the mental and physical resiliency that he has and it just shows that hard work does pay off and dreaming big and never setting a ceiling for yourself, it pays off.”

Winter Olympics

Jamie Anderson was in the best position a snowboarder could be in: lining up for her second slopestyle run with the gold medal already clinched.

On an afternoon when high winds played havoc with nearly every rider’s runs, Anderson fell too.

But it didn’t matter.

Her outstanding first run was good enough for the gold, her second straight in the event. Laurie Blouin of Canada was second, and Enni Rukajarvi of Finland third.

Canada employed its top skaters and breezed to a gold medal in the team figure skating finals. Russia (silver) and the U.S. (bronze), kept their big names out of the free skate. Go here for our coverage.

High winds put off the men’s downhill, and now the women’s giant slalom has also been postponed. The race has been rescheduled for Thursday, the same day as the rescheduled men’s downhill.

The race is highly anticipated because it will be a key test for Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States, the slalom specialist who has expanded her repertoire to the giant slalom and could very well win it.

“It’s a bummer that we’re not able to race today,” Shiffrin said. “But with the training block I’ve had, I’m prepared and feeling good. I’ll use this time to continue to train and refocus on Wednesday’s slalom race.”

Here’s what you missed:

  • Felix Loch of Germany lost a bid for his third straight men’s luge gold medal when he hit the wall on his fourth and final run. That gave the gold to David Gleirscher of Austria and opened the door for the American Chris Mazdzer to win a surprise silver medal.

  • Sven Kramer of the Netherlands won his third straight men’s 5,000-meter speedskating gold medal. Kramer poured it on over the second half of the race to beat the rest of the field by nearly two seconds.

  • The U.S. women’s hockey team eked out a 3-1 win over a gritty Finland team Sunday at Kwandong Hockey Center. The Americans, who are favored to battle Canada for the gold medal, had some nervous moments and were down, 1-0, at the end of the first period. But Monique Lamoureux-Morando evened the score near the midway point of the second period, and Kendall Coyne scored the game-winner two and a half minutes later on a power play. Dani Cameranesi added an empty-netter with 13 seconds to play. — MATTHEW FUTTERMAN

  • Red Gerard fell on his first two runs, but only the best run counts, and his third was about as good as it could be. He won the snowboarding slopestyle men’s gold medal, with Max Parrot and Mark McMorris of Canada second and third. Read more about Gerard’s run here.

  • Norway dominated the men’s skiathlon, taking all three medals, with Simen Krueger the gold medalist. Krueger crashed with other skiers just after the start and fell but worked his way back up through the pack.

Switzerland vs Olympic Athlete from Russia

The United States rules the world in snowboard slopestyle. Jamie Anderson punctuated thatpoint on Sunday night — Monday in South Korea — when she stomped her first run in a shortened women’s slopestyle final where winds had their way with the women’s field on a bitterly cold day.  

Anderson’s win comes after 17-year-old snowboarding hero Red Gerard spun to gold in men’s slopestyle and Chris Mazdzer’s shocking silver in luge. And here’s a clue for Monday’s NBC coverage: Team USA is expected to add to its medal haul when 17-year-old phenom Chloe Kim drops into the halfpipe. We’ve got everything you need to check out all the action from NBC’s coverage of the Pyeongchang Games, whether you want to binge on NBC’s live TV coverage or stream live coverage online through the NBC Sports App or via fuboTV (try for free) or at NBCOlympics.com.

Since South Korea is 14 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone, if you feel like watching events live and staying up late, the app and the stream at NBCOlympics.com will certainly come in very handy — especially on the go.

The action opens with a round-robin stage where the eight teams are divided into groups of four. The top six teams from that stage advance to the playoff round, which begins Feb. 17. The gold medal game is set for Feb. 21.

It’s important to note that the schedule for this event gets a bit wonky given the time difference from Pyeongchang. For example, the gold medal game is on Thursday, Feb. 22 local time in South Korea, but it’ll still be Wednesday night in the United States. The schedule below takes that into account, so games are listed based on when they’ll be played on Eastern time.

The Americans have dominated the international hockey scene recently, winning four consecutive World Championships, but they haven’t won Olympic gold since the first women’s tournament in 1998. Canada beat the U.S. in the gold medal games in 2010 and 2014, which has led to a fierce rivalry between the two countries.

A potential USA-Canada rematch for gold is the big thing to root for, but this is also a unique opportunity to watch players who often don’t get to play under the bright lights. Make sure to stay glued to The Ice Garden, SB Nation’s women’s hockey website, all month for the most detailed coverage around.

How the tournament works

The tournament starts with the eight teams divided into groups of four for the preliminary stage. The United States, Canada, Finland, and Olympic Athletes from Russia are in Group A. Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, and Korea are in Group B.

All four teams from Group A will automatically advance to the playoff stage, with the top two teams automatically advancing to the semifinals. The other two teams play in the quarterfinals against the top two finishers from Group B.

The playoff stage plays out as a standard single-elimination bracket. There’s also a losers’ bracket to determine the complete order of all eight teams.

Schedule

All times ET

Saturday, Feb. 10

Group B: Sweden 2, Japan 1
Group B: Switzerland 8, Korea 0

Sunday, Feb. 11

Group A: United States 3, Finland 1
Group A: Canada 5, Olympic Athletes from Russia 0

Monday, Feb. 12

Group B: Switzerland vs. Japan, 2:40 a.m. (NBCSN)
Group B: Sweden vs. Korea, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Group A: Canada vs. Finland, 2:40 a.m. (NBCSN)
Group A: United States vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Group B: Sweden vs. Switzerland, 10:10 p.m. (NBCSN)

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Group B: Korea vs. Japan, 2:40 a.m. (USA Network)
Group A: United States vs. Canada, 10:10 p.m. (NBCSN)

Thursday, Feb. 15

Group A: Olympic Athletes from Russia vs. Finland, 2:40 a.m. (USA Network)

Friday, Feb. 16

Quarterfinals, 10:10 p.m. (CNBC)

Saturday, Feb. 17

Quarterfinals, 2:40 a.m. (USA Network)
5th-8th place game, 10:10 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 18

5th-8th place game, 2:40 a.m.
Semifinals, 11:10 p.m. (NBCSN)

Monday, Feb. 19

Semifinals, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)
5th-8th place game, 10:10 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

5th-8th place game, 2:40 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Bronze medal game, 2:40 a.m. (USA Network)
Gold medal game, 11:10 p.m. (NBCSN)

Six Nations

Wales had a similar result after beating Scotland 34-7 and they currently sit level with England at the top of the table. When the two sides clashed last year, England managed to edge out a win 21-16 on their way to the championship. The Wales national team is currently seventh in the world rankings, whilst England sits in second.

“This time last week Wales had zero chance. Now, they have a chance.”Ex-Wales captain Martyn Williams says Saturday’s Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham is “as big as it can be” after both sides enjoyed comprehensive winning starts.

Champions England hammered Italy on Sunday and have won 14 home games in a row, but Williams believes Wales’ scintillating win over Scotlandlast weekend shows they can cause an upset.

“Last week all the talk was Scotland, with everybody putting Wales down, but they sent them home packing,” Williams told BBC Radio 5 live.”It’s a totally different game going to Twickenham and the expectation is now on Wales. No doubt they’ll have respect for England, they’re a different animal, but Wales will be confident.”They have got their swagger back and Wales are dangerous team when they’re confident.”

England, who have a 100% record at Twickenham under Eddie Jones, have made two changes from their opening victory against Italy and will line up against an unchanged Wales side.

Danny Care will become England’s most capped scrum-half when he wins his 78th cap and overtakes World Cup winner Matt Dawson, while Jonathan Joseph replaces Ben Te’o in the centre.

When is England vs Wales? The match between the two sides will be on Saturday 10th February 2018 at 16.45 GMT. It will will take place at the Twickenham Stadium in London. What TV channel will it be on? England v Wales will be shown live on ITV from 16:20 and it will be presented by Mark Pougatch, with commentary provided by Nick Mullins, Lawrence Dallaglio and Shane Williams.

But the build-up to the game has been dominated by England head coach Jones’ criticism of various Welsh players including fly-half Rhys Patchell.

Jones said Patchell’s own team-mates will have doubts over his “bottle” for Saturday’s meeting, comments which were laughed off by the Wales camp.Jones also questioned Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones’ conduct towards referee Pascal Gauzere in Cardiff, prompting the Welshman to joke he was “ready for a chat with Uncle Eddie”.”I don’t know if there’s an element of deflection or anything like that,” Jones said on Friday.”But ultimately as players, that kind of stuff goes on outside the tent. We are inside the tent and we need to deal with what goes on inside the white lines.”

Wales centre Jamie Roberts, a guest on the Rugby Union Weekly podcast, believes Saturday’s battle at Twickenham will be “like a game of chess”.

England have won the last three encounters against Wales, including a last-gasp victory in Cardiff in the 2017 Six Nations, but in the past decade under Warren Gatland, Wales have secured three victories at Twickenham.

“I think the players believe they can win there,” said Roberts, who expects the influence of “Test-match players”, full-backs Leigh Halfpenny and Mike Brown, to be pivotal.

“We talk about the difference between club players and international players. Brown and Halfpenny are guys who can handle pressure and deliver basic skills repeatedly, time after time, at the highest level,” he added.

12 Strong

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Watch 12 Strong Full Movie online Free HD, in 12 Extraordinary Stars, One Momentous Year, Towards the start of their coordinated effort in “12 Strong,” General Abdul Rashid Dostum (played by Navid Negahban), pioneer of the Afghan Northern Alliance, discloses to American Captain Cal Spencer (Chris Hemsworth) some hard facts. Spencer needs to quickly draw in with the harsh religious Taliban, riding his steed dauntlessly through the mountains to retaliate for the current September 11 assaults.

In any case, Dostum discloses to Spencer that he and his 11 other American troopers are excessively profitable, making it impossible to be put at such hazard. In the event that 50 Afghans kick the bucket, Dostum says, it’s no major ordeal. On the off chance that one American is executed, the United States will haul out of the war, and the Taliban will win. Indeed, even the Afghan warlord perceives that American lives are exponentially more essential than the lives of his own kin.

Dostum isn’t simply bringing up a reality of the Afghan war; he’s calling attention to a fact of most American war films. Hollywood films like “12 Strong” — whether set in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan — are constantly centered around American chivalry and American enduring, notwithstanding when Americans are truly bit players in abroad affable clashes. Subsequently, Americans in film are displayed as the main individuals on earth who have stories worth telling, and the main individuals on earth whose lives are of genuine result.

Not unintentionally, this is likewise the rationale of expansionism: America’s objectives and interests are what makes a difference, and individuals on the contrary side of the world who act as a burden are simply gun grub or, in the event that they’re fortunate, supporting characters.The mechanics of pioneer promulgation are especially evident in “12 Strong,” which is audaciously enthusiastic and aggressive. The film depends on the encounters of Alpha 595, a genuine group of Green Berets sent to Afghanistan after 9/11 to help nearby Afghan powers — the Northern Alliance — overcome the Taliban.

The story is introduced as a clear (and verifiably precise) ethical quality play. It is an irrefutable truth, from the film’s point of view, that the war is important to forestall encourage psychological militant assaults on the American country. The way that in the 1980s the United States supported the Taliban, and remote mujahedeen warriors like Osama receptacle Ladin, keeping in mind the end goal to undermine the Soviet Union is never specified.

Dostum, in the mean time, is introduced as an edified campaigner for ladies’ rights and an upright man; his part in the killing of what may have been a huge number of Taliban POWs not long after his joint effort with Spencer doesn’t make it into the film. Then again, the Taliban pioneer is introduced as a run of the mill Hollywood supervillain, finish with an emotional murder setpiece in which he kills a town teacher without hesitating intended to set up his savage bona fides.

The Taliban truly did execute, and keeps on executing, abominations. Regardless of whether the film really thinks about those abominations is another inquiry. The primary focal point of the film, shockingly, is on the Americans and their families. The worry of three or four American spouses is given considerably more space in the motion picture than the passings of handfuls or several Afghans.

Hemsworth as Spencer frowns when the Taliban administration shoots the agriculturists and herders they’ve recruited when the poor men attempt to surrender on the combat zone. The film obviously doesn’t remove from the activity to demonstrate the lamenting dowagers or offspring of these men the way it every so often removes to demonstrate the American homefront.

The passings of Taliban warriors are for the most part imperative since they weigh (marginally) on Spencer’s still, small voice. The battle in Afghanistan is his first battle involvement, and the way that he needs to shoot many individuals away miracles him. Yet, a battle solidified veteran consoles Spencer that inclination terrible about other individuals is the thing that “keeps us human.

” So Spencer is a superior individual since he feels awful about shooting Afghans. As such, the slaughter serves basically as an important development encounter for the Americans.All of this is obvious in an American film committed to praising the American military. Be that as it may, putatively hostile to war films likewise center only around American stories and American characters. Great Vietnam films like “End of the world Now” (1979), and “Full Metal Jacket” (1987) censure the contention on account of the undermining impact it has on officers and veterans, not in light of the harm it did to the Vietnamese.

Truth be told, one of the story curves in “Jacob’s Ladder” (1990) is the disclosure that, dosed with an unlawful test sedate, American fighters in an (anecdotal) American company killed each other. More than 1 million Vietnamese contenders, and untold regular people, kicked the bucket in the Vietnam war, yet Jacob’s Ladder (re)imagines it as an inner American clash. The Vietnamese in the film are, actually, incredible.

War films about late American magnificent undertakings take after a comparative content. Press Man (2008), the most fiscally fruitful movies attached to the Afghanistan struggle, isn’t generally about Afghanistan by any stretch of the imagination. It’s about the interior governmental issues of a US weapon organization, the CEO of which at times excursions off to Afghanistan to kill fear based oppressors and spare cheering innocents.

Ang Lee’s against Iraq-war killjoy “Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk” (2016) is set completely in the United States, as a cluster of Iraq War legends are jogged out at a football game as a publicity work out. The film demonstrates the officers’ bafflement and PTSD, and delineates the war itself as fierce, severe, and futile. However, once more, the savagery, the severity, and the pointlessness are represented only through the war’s effect on Americans, despite the fact that exponentially more Iraqis were murdered and threatened in the contention.

In “12 Strong,” Spencer chides Dostum and the Afghan powers for not seeing the “comprehensive view.” Dostum is, apparently, effectively occupied; he has political objectives other than battling the Taliban. The Americans, however, comprehend the genuine needs. They control the skies, the film guarantees us, and can see the scene all the more plainly in all its multifaceted nature. Reality, however, is that in the greater part of Hollywood war films, Americans see just themselves. Whatever is left of the world is only a setting for our stories. Every other person’s dead bodies simply add to the radiance or emotion of some American star.

Den of Thieves Full Movie

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Make like Lot’s wife. Don’t think. Eyes in front. Don’t falter. Even the slightest twitch of cranial activity will ruin Christian Gudegast’s silly caper.

Den of Thieves desperately wants to be Heat or The Killer when it grows up. Instead it’s a daft, distant, drunken cousin to those pictures, but if you studiously avoid thinking about it, you can at least enjoy its moronic antics.

The action unfolds as an Anchorman news team battle between cops and robbers. The cops are – wait for it – even more lawless than their targets. They are a hard-drinking, hard-partying, hard-bodied crew led by a growling Gerard Butler, who stands one eye-patch and wooden leg shy of being a full-blown Pirates of the Caribbean. “Do we look like the types that’ll arrest you?” aaaarghs Butler. “We’ll just shoot you.”

They’re lone wolves. Except in a group. Which one of his guys is Brick? We never find out: the equivalent teams idea gets lost when Gudegast’s screenplay fails to differentiate the players.

We do know that the bad guys are led by Orange is the New Black’s Pablo Schreiber, and include 50 Cent and O’Shea Jackson Jr. The bad guys may rob banks, but, in a non-shock twist, otherwise look to be far more upstanding citizens than the crooks.

“You’re not the bad guys,” stomps Butler: “We are.” Got it.To paraphrase mammies everywhere, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t bother including the nothing female characters, which here run to three minutes of nagging wife, obedient call girls, a shared lap-dancer, and 10 seconds of teenage daughter.

The latter is going to prom, but not until her dad (50 Cent, who is a good deal more convincing than he was while playing 50 Cent in Get Rich or Die Tryin’) and his steroidal buddies surround her unfortunate date in an assertion of their sexual propriety.

Anyways, these bank robbers are, like, the best ever bank robbers; it’s almost as if they’ve taken over the warren of underground tunnels that allowed Gerard Butler to disappear and reappear in jail, court, the mayor’s office, and the zoo (probably) and are now using them against the Scottish star.

The titular thieves (Or are they? Huh? Huh?) have hatched the plan of plans to rob the bank of banks. Their heist and capering is appealingly spliced together by Clint Eastwood’s regular editor, Joel Cox. But you’ll need pixie dust, a stable of suspended disbelief, and a high tolerance of meat-headedness to get along with the rest. Watch out for the dim and wholly unnecessary twist. Eyes in front.

Note to action movie directors: you probably don’t need to tell Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson — juvenile crack dealer turned multi-millionnaire rapper and movie star – how to take a bullet.It was a liberty first-time filmmaker Christian Gudegast felt comfortable taking, however, during the filming of Jackson’s latest movie, gritty heist thriller Den of Thieves.

“There’s a point where I get shot in the film, and I did it and Christian was like, ‘No, you didn’t do that the right way,” Jackson recalled at a press event for the movie in Beverly Hills.“I was like, ‘Trust me, I know what I’m doing.’”

Jackson, raised on the mean streets of Queens by his grandmother after his drug dealer mother’s death in a mystery fire, knows all about how it feels to get shot, of course.On a May evening 18 years ago, he was hit nine times at close range by a drive-by gunman wielding a semi-automatic pistol in the South Jamaica area of Queens.

Shot in the hand, arm, legs, chest, hip and left cheek, he eventually made an unlikely full recovery while the alleged assailant was killed three weeks later.
“After I got shot nine times at close range and didn’t die, I started to think that I must have a purpose in life,” Jackson would later reflect in his autobiography.
Empowered and newly motivated, he left his criminal past behind, started pumping iron seriously and became the health-conscious, entertainment tycoon we know today. Most famous for hit hip hop tracks In Da Club and Candy Shop, the soft-spoken Jackson has become as much a worldwide brand as an actor and musician.

Den of Thieves, his 24th movie, follows the intersecting lives of the major crimes unit of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the “Outlaws,” an elite band of robbers.The 42-year-old gives a laconic, brooding performance as a disciplined father-of-five who has managed to demarcate his family life and criminal career as the Outlaws’ second-in-command.In real life, Jackson has been frank about his complicated family situation, reportedly paying $12,000 (Dh44,063) a month on child support for his two younger children.

He is estranged from his older son Marquise, publicly disowning him via an Instagram post in October last year, and the pair have sparred on social media.
In Den of Thieves, Jackson gets to deliver one of the movie’s rare humorous moments as the overprotective father who uses the Outlaws to intimidate the boy taking his teenage daughter to the prom.

“Whether you have a female child or not, you can use your imagination and say if that was my daughter, she’d be my little princess,” Jackson said, asked if the scene made him reflect on his own role as a father.

Every member of the main cast were put through a grueling two-week boot camp before filming began in Atlanta to give them a comprehensive understanding of the weapons and how to move with them.

This, of course, would have been a cinch for Jackson, famed for his granite-hard six-pack, and a punishing gym regimen that includes going twice on Sundays.

He is famous for shedding a quarter of his fighting weight of 214 pounds via a nine-week liquid diet to play an athlete who battles cancer in All Things Fall Apart (2011).

Thor Ragnarok

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Movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe often come chock full of cameos and Easter eggs, and Thor: Ragnarok was no different in that regard. Director Taika Waititi stole several scenes with his performance as the lovable Korg, but it turns out that he actually teamed up with Thor actor Chris Hemsworth for another cameo that quite literally involved putting their heads together. Check out the newly-discovered cameo, below.We knew Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi had grown close over Ragnarok’s production, but this cameo literally joins them at the neck. The first face to pop out on this three-headed is Waiti (the head on the far right), who can be seen staring directly at the back of Korg (also played by Waititi). Then, on the far left side of the creature’s head, the face seems to resemble that of Thor: Ragnarok star Chris Hemsworth — though what he’s looking at isn’t exactly clear.

The head in the middle is the one that fans on Reddit, who initially discovered the image, can’t quite seem to come to an overall consensus on. Some have suggested that the middle head is meant to look like The Wall star John Cena, while others have posited the possibility that it’s actually Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

And to think, that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of cameos featured in Thor: Ragnarok. In addition to Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth, the third entry in the Thor saga also featured cameos by actors like Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Sam Neil, and Chris Hemsworth’s brother Luke Hemsworth. Then, there was also the widely talked-about cameo by Downsizing’s Matt Damon.

Although the home entertainment release of the flick is coming soon, audiences will have to wait and see if we ever get another Taika Waititi-directed Thor movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The filmmaker joked to CinemaBlend about a possible opening for Thor 4 that would involve a Jurassic Park reunion between Sam Neil, Jeff Goldblum, and Laura Dern, but whether or not Marvel would ultimately go for that much less another Thor-oriented movie remains to be seen. If nothing else, we can presume Thor 4 would feature some fun cameos if it ever comes together.

With yet another Thor: Ragnarok cameo discovered, now is the time to look ahead to guess as to what other cameos may be on the horizon for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3 slate. We won’t have to wait too much longer to know for sure, as Black Panther will debut in theaters later this month on February 16, and Thor Odinson will reunite with the rest of the MCU heroes in the battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin) and The Black Order when Avengers: Infinity War premieres on May 4.

It won’t be long before Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok becomes available for everyone to own. With the film’s home release arriving in only a few weeks, we can expect the studio to parcel out snippets of the bonus features, including director Taika Waititi’s introduction to the film.

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The clip, which debuted on io9, is just … the most Taika Waititi thing ever. If you’ve seen the filmmaker’s previous work, like What We Do in the Shadows or Hunt for the Wilderpeople, you’ll watch this with the biggest smile on your face.

In the video, Waititi throws shade at his parents, and at director J.J. Abrams, admit he made the film just for social media fame, and talks about his ambitions for Ragnarok. “There’s monsters, explosions, pretty ladies, handsome men, there’s a Hulk … that’s what we tried to do, and I think we did it,” he says at the end. It is … a lot, which frankly shows why he’s such a perfect fit for Thor in the first place. When you get the home release version of the film, it’s best to play this introduction before you play the new Marvel Studios intro Waititi came up with.

Thor: Ragnarok arrives Feb. 20 on digital, followed March 6 by the Blu-ray and DVD. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Its laughs from the start, as Waititi describes that “ultimately [Thor: Ragnarok] is about Thor… Ragnarok… and his journey… to some outer space places.”

The director behind What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople keeps up his classic Kiwi humour, as he explains “people often ask me, ‘why did you become a filmmaker?’. Well the main reason – I just wanted to impress my mum and dad and to show them I’m not a loser.”

“I can get close to being J.J Abrams – I know you wanted him as a son, I’m sorry I’m not J.J Abrams.”

He goes on to cite Abrams directing some of the Star Wars franchise as a reason for wanting to emulate him, interesting as rumours swirl around Hollywood that Waititi himself might have been offered that very role.

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Waititi had some unusual reasons for making the smash-hit superhero film. Photo credit: Getty
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Its laughs from the start, as Waititi describes that “ultimately [Thor: Ragnarok] is about Thor… Ragnarok… and his journey… to some outer space places.”

The director behind What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople keeps up his classic Kiwi humour, as he explains “people often ask me, ‘why did you become a filmmaker?’. Well the main reason – I just wanted to impress my mum and dad and to show them I’m not a loser.”

“I can get close to being J.J Abrams – I know you wanted him as a son, I’m sorry I’m not J.J Abrams.”

He goes on to cite Abrams directing some of the Star Wars franchise as a reason for wanting to emulate him, interesting as rumours swirl around Hollywood that Waititi himself might have been offered that very role.

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“Why did I make this film? For kudos. And followers on Twitter,” Waititi adds, also describing the unlikely influence that On Golden Pond and Independence Day had on his smash hit film.
It’s not the first hilarious glimpse at behind-the-scenes of Thor we’ve seen from Waititi. His clowning around was also showcased in an earlier clip Marvel released to tease the film’s upcoming release on DVD and Blu-ray.