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Ludacris responds to VDOT’s ‘Fast and Furious’ sign



RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Actor and rapper Ludacris has responded the now-viral “Fast and Furious” sign on Interstate 95.

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s sign near exit 86 on I-95 stated “DRIVING FAST AND FURIOUS? THAT’S LUDACRIS.”

The Grammy-winning artist posted his response on Instagram, saying he can’t believe the signs are real.

“Virginia I Love You Back!” wrote the actor.

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is well know for his role as Tej Parker in the Fast and Furious film series.

“F9: The Final Saga,” the latest film in the franchise, debuted on Friday nearly 20 years after the first movie premiered.

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RSVP now for December 2: ‘Squid Game’ panel with cast and crew



One of the hottest shows worldwide in 2021 is “Squid Game” for Netflix! And now we are reuniting the cast and crew for a one-hour roundtable chat with our senior editors Marcus Dixon and Rob Licuria.

Enjoy creator, director, writer and showrunner Hwang Dong-hyuk along with stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-jun, Jung Ho-yeon, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi and Kim Joo-ryoung. We’ve also got key crafts talent Chae Kyoung-sun (production designer), Jung Jae-il (composer) and Jung Jai-hoon (visual effects supervisor).

RSVP today to this specific event by clicking here to book your free reservation. We’ll send you a reminder a few minutes before the start of the show.

Netflix dropped all nine episodes of the show on September 17 and it quickly became a word-of-mouth sensation. The series tells the story of down-on-their-luck people in dire need of money who receive mysterious invitations to join a dangerous life-or-death version of their childhood games in order to win a cash prize of 45.6 billion won (which is around a not-too-shabby 38 million bucks). Of the 456 participants from all walks of life who are locked into a secret location to play Game 1, only a handful are left to play Game 6.

The breakout South Korean hit is now the streaming giant’s most-watched show ever, viewed by over 142 million households globally. Last month, it was confirmed to be eligible for stateside awards like the SAG Awards and Emmys.

Multi-hyphenate Hwang Dong-hyuk created and produced “Squid Game,” writing and directing all nine episodes. Since his debut feature film “My Father” in 2007, Hwang has won numerous awards both internationally and at home in Korea, including for his period epic “The Fortress” (2017) and drama “Silenced” (2011).

Iconic leading man Lee Jung-jae plays Gi-hun, in desperate need of a large sum of cash to help his daughter overseas and his unwell mother. The actor is one of the most sought-after stars in Korea, most known for his work in “The Thieves,” “New World,” “The Face Reader,” “Assassination,” the “Along with the Gods” series and “Deliver Us from Evil.”

Park Hae-soo plays the calculating Sang-woo, one of Gi-hun’s neighborhood pals who is up to his neck in debt from a failed investment. Park is best known for his roles in drama series “Prison Playbook,” and films “By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Adventure” and “Time to Hunt.”

Wi Ha-jun plays undercover cop Jun-Ho who infiltrates the game looking for his missing brother. He’s best known as the love interest in “Something in the Rain” and “Romance Is a Bonus Book” to the two-faced serial killer in “Midnight.”

Jung Ho-yeon makes her acting debut as pickpocketing North Korean defector Sae-byeok. The breakthrough performer first rose to prominence as joint runner-up of “Korea’s Next Top Model” in 2013, sweeping international runways ever since.

Heo Sung-tae plays villainous gangster Deok-su is on the run after losing everything at a casino. The actor is one of the veterans of the cast, having featured in films like “Hitman: Agent Jun,” “Black Money” and “The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful” and TV series “Beyond Evil,” “Psychopath Diary,” “Watcher” and “Different Dreams.”

Indian expatriate Anupam Tripathi plays Pakistani migrant worker Ali, whose hopes for the “Korean Dream” turned into a nightmare at the hands of a manipulative and neglectful employer. This is Tripathi’s follow up to his breakthrough role in the Korean Netflix space opera “Space Sweepers.”

Kim Joo-ryoung plays the troubled and unpredictable Mi-nyeo, who has always done whatever it takes to survive in the real world. She is best known for her roles in “The Snob” and “Land of Happiness” and TV series “Kingmaker: The Change of Destiny” and “When My Love Blooms.”

Award-winning production designer Chae Kyoung-sun is best known for her work on Hwang’s “The Fortress” and films “A Melody to Remember” and “Twenty.”

“Squid Game” is composer Jung Jae-il’s first time working with Hwang and his first time composing for a TV series, after a successful career as a film composer, most notably for Oscar-winning Bong Joon-ho‘s “Okja” and “Parasite.”

Visual effects supervisor Jung Jai-hoon brought a wealth of experience to the intricate visual and practical effects on “Squid Game,” having worked in Korea on various film productions over the years.

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adidas Dame 8 “Dame Time” Release Date GY0383



On the court, Damian Lillard hasn’t been off to the start he might’ve hoped for in the 2021-22 NBA season, but that isn’t deterring him and his Three Stripes family from introducing the world to the adidas Dame 8.

First teased by the Portland Trail Blazers guard during an alumni exhibition game at Weber State held in August, the model is effectively the brand’s first basketball sneaker with sustainability in mind – 50% recycled materials are used across the top-half. A mix of synthetic overlays and mesh paneling make up the entirety of the upper, boasting a shape similar to the two previous adidas Dame shoes. Color-blocking, logo placement and material layout follow design cues laid out by preceding silhouettes, though the upcoming sneakers feature more padding and nods to the Olympic gold medal-winner at the heel. The Dame 8‘s most different detail from its predecessors is the cushioning solution found at the midsole; LIGHTSTRIKE is replaced with BOUNCE PRO foam. While the new solution promises similar qualities to the one its replacing, the dual-density foam delivers an ideal balance between energy return, cushioning and support, likely to address issues that arise during the end of the season, or in Lillard’s case, olympic efforts after the regular season and playoffs. Lastly, the outsole is slightly modified from the Dame 7, though the outermost areas maintain the same tread pattern.

Enjoy official images of the pair here below, and anticipate an and big-box retailer release around December 17th.

For more from under the Three Stripes umbrella, check out all YEEZY boots released from 2015 to present-day.

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adidas Dame 8 “Dame Time”
Release Date: Dec 17th, 2021 (Friday)
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Omicron variant ‘not a cause for panic’ Joe Biden says



Biden last week moved to restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in southern Africa, effective on Monday, in a bid to give scientists time to learn more about the new variant, and for more Americans to get vaccinated before it hits the US.


Some other nations are reinstating severe travel and business lockdowns to prevent the Omicron variant from spreading, but Biden indicated the US was not following suit.

“If people are vaccinated and wear their mask, there’s no need for lockdowns,” he said.

The move to limit most travel from the countries where Omicron was first identified was meant to provide time for the US to learn more about the variant and to “intensify” the domestic vaccination campaign, Fauci said earlier on Monday.

“It buys you a couple of weeks because if you can keep things out in force for a couple of weeks you can do a lot of things,” he told CBS Mornings.

Pharmaceutical companies are already adjusting their existing COVID-19 vaccines to better attack the Omicron variant, but Fauci said Americans should make it a priority to get either their first shots or a booster dose now, rather than waiting for a new formulation.

“I would strongly suggest you get boosted now,” he said.

He added that depending on what scientists learn about the Omicron variant in the coming weeks “we may not need” targeted boosters to contain that strain of the virus.

Biden said his administration was “sparing no effort at removing all roadblocks to keep the American people safe”, including working with drug manufacturers on potential new boosters and testing targeted specifically at the new variant.

Any Omicron-specific vaccine probably could not begin to be produced for another two or three months, so getting boosters now is a “very important initial line of defence,” Dr Paul Burton, chief medical officer for the vaccine-maker Moderna, said on Monday.

Burton said Moderna and other vaccine companies are testing existing COVID-19 vaccines to determine how effective they are against the Omicron variant.

“If we need to manufacture an Omicron-specific variant, it’s going to take some weeks, two to three months is probably what we’re looking at to be able to really begin to manufacture,” Burton told ABC.

Noting that the new variant, like earlier ones, sprang up overseas in areas with lower vaccination rates, Biden said it was both a moral imperative and in America’s self-interest to speed up global vaccinations.

He noted that the US had already donated more than 275 million doses — more than the rest of the world combined — and was on pace to deliver more than 1.1 billion doses globally by September 2022.

“Now we need the rest of the world to step up as well,” Biden said. “We can’t let up until the world is vaccinated.”


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