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Nikola Jokic Despicable Me 4 Ad Campaign Sees NBA Star Dress Like Gru

Nikola Jokic Despicable Me 4 Ad Campaign Sees NBA Star Dress Like Gru

In 2022, flocks of teenagers flocked to cinemas dressed in suits and tuxedos, there to see and celebrate the Illumination film Minions: The Rise of Gru. It was part of a trend, apparently developed organically, called #GentleMinions, of young fans celebrating (some, perhaps ironically) the film franchise they grew up with. Universal, which distributed the film, was, suffice it to say, thrilled, and the film ultimately delivered more than $939 million at the box office. This year, Illumination has another film in the franchise hitting theaters, Despicable Me 4, and the studio is once again betting on a dose of social media virality to kickstart its campaign, turning to an athlete known as “The Joker.” On Saturday, Nikola Jokić, the star NBA center for the Denver Nuggets, arrived for the team’s playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers dressed suspiciously like Gru, the franchise’s protagonist. It quickly went viral, with memes and jokes all over TikTok, X, Instagram and other platforms. “I love the guy and I love the cartoon,” Jokić told reporters after the …

Havana Syndrome linked to Russian military agency GRU, investigation indicates – POLITICO

Havana Syndrome linked to Russian military agency GRU, investigation indicates – POLITICO

Now, evidence gathered by the three media outlets present links to GRU’s Unit 29155, an entity entirely dedicated to assassination and political destabilization. “Their mission is to find, fix, and finish, all in support of Vladimir Putin’s imperial dreams,” a former high-ranking CIA officer told Insider. Clues include geolocation of Russian operatives in places across the globe before or during the appearance of Havana Syndrome — known formally within the United States government as anomalous health incidents, or AHIs. Patients also identified Russian agents known to have worked in the unit from photos, the investigation outlines. Causing Havana Syndrome is reportedly the use of directed energy weapons — and senior members of Unit 29155 have received awards for developing “non-lethal acoustic weapons,” the investigation reports. Additionally, health incidents might not have started in the Cuban capital in 2016, as originally thought — but rather at the U.S. consulate in Frankfurt in 2014 a few months after Putin illegally annexed Crimea. More recently, nearly a dozen U.S. officials suffered from an attack involving Havana Syndrome symptoms …