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Ex-Relativity Executive Adam Fields Accused of Sexual Harassment

Hollywood executive and producer Adam Fields has been accused of sexually harassing several women while he was working at Relativity Media from 2010 to 2016.

Through his attorney, Fields has denied the allegations and asserted that the accusations have surfaced as a result of a legal battle between Fields and Relativity Media. Fields was fired in September 2016 from his post as co-president of production at Relativity for alleged breach of contract.

Three women told the Hollywood Reporter that Fields allegedly touched them inappropriately, sexually propositioned them and subjected them to lewd behavior. Screenwriter-producer Leslie Dixon accused Fields of unsolicited touching and making a comment about a sex toy while on the set of “Limitless” in 2010.

Former Relatively executive Melissa Philipian accused Fields of promising a promotion if she had sex with him, which she refused to do. An unnamed attorney for Relativity also alleged that Fields made unwanted physical contact with her, adding, “It was
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The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program Announces This Year’s Participants

Marianna Amelinckx is among this year’s emerging filmmakers: Through Her Lens

The five participants of this year’s Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program have been announced. Launched to provide industry support, funding, and other resources to new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films, the three-day mentorship initiative is now in its third year. This year’s crop of filmmakers includes Marianna Amelinckx, whose short film “Salta” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and 2016 Independent Spirit Award nominee Myna Joseph (“The Mend”).

The emerging filmmakers will “take part in master classes, one-on-one mentorship, and peer-to-peer sessions,” a press release details. “At the end of the program, each of the five filmmakers will pitch her project to a jury of industry experts. One filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film, along with support of Tribeca Studios to make the project, and the four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue the development of their films.”

The five talents will gather in New York City from October 17–19 for an intense, intimate program focusing primarily on “script-to-screen development, casting, finding collaborators, and working with music composers, costume designers, and producers.” They’ll be improving their pitching skills and meeting with prominent women in the industry. Each filmmaker will get the chance to work with writing mentors during the summer.

Master class advisors include “A United Kingdom” director Amma Asante, “Twilight” actor Dakota Fanning, and “Hidden Figures” producer Donna Gigliotti. “Queen of Katwe” helmer Mira Nair and Oscar-winning actor Rachel Weisz are among the jurors. Mentors include writer-executive producer Ilene Chaiken (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), writer Leslie Dixon (“Hairspray”), and producer Celine Rattray (“American Honey”), with writing mentors such as writer-director Robin Swicord (“The Jane Austen Book Club”) and producer Effie T. Brown (“Dear White People”).

“We’re thrilled to give such a talented new class of filmmakers the opportunity to participate in Through Her Lens,” said Amy Hobby, Executive Director of Tribeca Film Institute. “The program, and advancing the careers of female filmmakers in general, is an important part of our year-round work elevating diverse storytellers in order to advance racial, gender, and economic equity.”

Check out all of the filmmakers selected to participate, their projects, and their bios below.

Vuela — Marianne Amelinckx (Writer/Director). Venezuela could have been one of the richest countries in the modern world, but ineffective government policies and corruption have made the country one of the most dangerous places to live. Vuela (Fly) tells the story of a chance encounter between Luisa and Monica just before they take off to different countries and leave everything behind them, including the opportunity to get to know each other.

Marianne Amelinckx is a Venezuelan writer/director whose passion for storytelling led her to write and direct Salta, a very personal short film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Vuela is the second short film of the trilogy: Salta, Vuela, Corre. She is also currently working on 39 bedrooms, a personal blog that might turn into her first feature film.

Wingmen — Nicole Emanuele (Writer/Director). Sarah’s bachelorette party is all cigarettes and penis shots, until she and her best friend Marie get the call to report for active duty the next day. They’ve been training for years to be deployed by the U.S. Navy, so they’ve got this, right?

Nicole Emanuele’s short film Love, Gina (2017) played at Cinequest and Rooftop Film Festival and was featured on The Playlist. She produced Not Waving But Drowning (2012) with Adam Driver, Lilli Reinhart, Megan Guinan, and Vanessa Ray and is currently a development executive at YouTube Red overseeing series and films including Step Up: High Water and Doug Liman’s Impulse.

No Fault — Myna Joseph (Writer/Director). Following a near-fatal car accident, Lu wrestles with creeping invisibility as she approaches the second half of her life. On this long winter day, she finds her physical identity fractured, ignored, misunderstood, and judged — but with wry humor and stubborn resilience, she’s determined to be seen.

Myna Joseph’s short film Man screened at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight, Sundance, SXSW, and New Directors/New Films Festival. She was nominated for a 2016 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for The Mend, which was also nominated for a Gotham Award. Myna attended the Sundance Directors’ and Screenwriters’ Labs with her feature Charlotte XVI and is a graduate of Wellesley College and Columbia University’s M.F.A film program.

Suicide By Sunlight — Nikyatu Jusu (Writer/Director). Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is brought around her estranged twin daughters.

Nikyatu Jusu is an award-winning Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker. Her screenplay Free the Town participated in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop and was selected for both the 2013 Durban Film Mart and Film Independent’s Fast Track. Her short film, Flowers, won the HBO short film award and is her third film acquired by HBO.

Girl Wants Magic — written by Anna Zlokovic (Writer/Director). Manny, an outcast and bullied high schooler, finds her only friend in music. When her teacher, Mr. Hornby, is possessed by a violent, alien insect, Manny is forced to fight her biggest demon yet and discover her magic within.

Anna is an award-winning writer/director based in Los Angeles and an alumna of the USC Film & TV Production program. Her films and music videos have screened internationally at festivals including SXSW, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Fantasia Int’l Film Festival, and Oberhausen Int’l Film Festival. She is a founding member of the Aporkalypse filmmaking collective.

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Chapman’s 18th Annual Women In Focus Coming on April 7th

Directors Niki Caro, Sydney Freeland, Kelly Fremon Craig, Catherine Hardwicke and Haifaa Al-Mansour Headline; Susan Cartsonis Moderates

Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States, will focus on Hollywood directors with the theme ‘In the Director’s Chair’ at the 18th Annual Women in Focus Conference.

The Women in Focus Conference will feature Academy Award®-nominated director Niki Caro (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”, “Whale Rider”, “North Country”); acclaimed director Sydney Freeland (“Deidra & Laney Rob a Train”, “Drunktown’s Finest”, “Her Story”); award-winning screenwriter and film director, Kelly Fremon Craig (“The Edge of Seventeen”, “Post Grad”, “Streak”); critically-acclaimed director, Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”, “The Twilight Saga”, “Thirteen”); and the first female Saudi Arabian filmmaker, Haifaa Al-Mansour (“Mary Shelley”, “Wadjda”).

The panel will be moderated by producing veteran Susan Cartsonis (“Carrie Pilby”, “What Women Want”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Overboard Remake Happening with Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez

Overboard Remake Happening with Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez
MGM has brought on Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez to star in the studio's remake of the 1987 comedy classic Overboard, which starred Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Pantelion Films is also producing this comedy remake, which is already aiming to start production this May in Vancouver. This new comedy takes the conceit from the original classic, though and turns it on its ear.

The original movie followed Goldie Hawn as a snobby, wealthy woman who suffers a head injury when she falls off of her yacht, and is taken to the hospital by a working-class carpenter, played by Kurt Russell. When she wakes up in the hospital, she has amnesia, with the carpenter convincing the woman that she is his wife. This reboot flips the script, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Eugenio Derbez playing a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico's wealthiest families, who falls off his yacht and becomes convinced by a single,
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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members
Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run,
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Relativity Bankruptcy: ‘Limitless’ Team & Fox Say They May Challenge A Sale

Relativity Bankruptcy: ‘Limitless’ Team & Fox Say They May Challenge A Sale
The parade grows longer of entities that say they may object to terms of Relativity Media’s planned sale to escape Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Today, Limitless writer Leslie Dixon and producer Scott Kroopf joined in a filing at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and FX filed a separate, but similar, complaint. Limitless is “one of Relativity’s most successful motion picture films,” and provided the basis for a new series on CBS…
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Relativity Bankruptcy: ‘Limitless’ Team & Fox Say They May Challenge A Sale

The parade grows longer of entities that say they may object to terms of Relativity Media’s planned sale to escape Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Today, Limitless writer Leslie Dixon and producer Scott Kroopf joined in a filing at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and FX filed a separate, but similar, complaint. Limitless is “one of Relativity’s most successful motion picture films,” and provided the basis for a new series on CBS…
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What Does it Take to Be a Successful Woman in Film?

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What Does it Take to Be a Successful Woman in Film?
The Portland Film Festival has partnered with the local chapter of Women in Film and the global event #directedbyWomen, the 15-day worldwide film viewing party highlighting female directors and their work from September 1-15. The third annual Portland Film Festival, which runs from September 1-7, showcased some of the films from #directedbywomen, including Heather de Michele's "As Good As You," Dana Nachman's "Batkid Begins," Lauren Shaw's "Angkor's Children" and Gabrielle Demeestere's "Yosemite." Local Portland producer Lara Cuddy has three films in the festival, including opening night film "Birds of Neptune," directed by Steven Richter. Cuddy was represented on the Women in Film panel at the festival, which also included veteran screenwriter Leslie Dixon ("Freaky Friday," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Limitless"), director Megan Griffiths ("Lucky Them," "Eden," "The Off...
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'Limitless' TV Show Heads to CBS with Producer Bradley Cooper

'Limitless' TV Show Heads to CBS with Producer Bradley Cooper
CBS has handed out a pilot production commitment for a new TV show based on the 2011 Relativity Media film Limitless, with Bradley Cooper and Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh executive producing.

Bradley Cooper starred in the feature film Limitless as a struggling writer who takes a mysterious drug that allows him to utilize 100% of his brain's capabilities. He uses his new abilities to become a financial wizard, although it puts him in a very dangerous world. The TV show will pick up after the movie, telling the story of a man who uses this drug to become a force for good in this world.

Elementary executive producer Craig Sweeny is writing the pilot script, with Limitless feature director Neil Burger set to direct the pilot and executive produce. Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin of K/O Paper Products are also executive producing alongside Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips through
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Bradley Cooper to produce Limitless TV sequel

Bradley Cooper to produce Limitless TV sequel
Bradley Cooper is working on a television sequel to Limitless.

Written by Craig Sweeny (Elementary, Medium), the pilot has been commissioned by CBS in the Us. It will not feature Cooper in a starring role.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cooper will executive produce the project alongside production company partner Todd Phillips, Sweeny, Heather Kadin, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and original film co-writer Leslie Dixon.

The series will be the first television project for Cooper and Phillips's company. Neil Burger, who directed the original movie, is slated to oversee the pilot.

The plot of the Limitless pilot is thought to continue on from the film's ending, following Brian Sinclair as he is persuaded to use the power of mind-enhancing drug Nzt for good.

The big screen feature topped box office charts when it debuted in 2011, and has since made more than $160 million worldwide.
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Gone Girl Review

Director: David Fincher

Produced by: Leslie Dixon, Reese Witherspoon, Ceán Chaffin

Screenplay: Gillian Flynn

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Certificate: 18

Running Time: 149 minutes

Synopsis: Nick Dunne is accused of murdering his wife Amy when she goes missing after a burglary at the couple’s home.

I found Gone Girl rather intriguing. It is a mystery film based on Gillian Fynn’s bestselling 2012 novel of the same name. Like the novel, the film explores the complex relationship between husband-and-wife protagonists Nick (Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Pike). The crux of the novel is the disappearance of Amy Dunne and Nick’s efforts to prove that he did not murder her when he becomes a suspect. Speaking about her novel, Flynn said that she aimed to explore the dynamics of the husband-wife relationship. The story portrays the couple as perfect, but
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Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea Push for Female-Driven Material With Pacific Standard

Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea Push for Female-Driven Material With Pacific Standard
In a series of top-level meetings Reese Witherspoon had with studio executives in 2012, she grew increasingly frustrated by the answers she got to her question, ‘What are you developing for women?’”

As one might imagine, it was slim pickings. “I think it was literally one studio that had a project for a female lead over 30,” the actress recalls. “And I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to get busy.’ ”

Busy indeed. Two years after launching Pacific Standard with Australian producer Bruna Papandrea, the company boasts two high-profile films being released within weeks of each other. First up was “Gone Girl,” based on the blockbuster Gillian Flynn novel, which debuted Oct. 3. Hitting theaters Dec. 5 is “Wild,” an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, which stars Witherspoon as a woman seeking to reinvent herself by hiking the Pacific Coast Trail alone. The actress’s raw, fearless performance is stirring early raves and Oscar buzz.
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Ben Affleck Reveals How Tabloid Past Helped His "Gone Girl" Performance

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Ben Affleck is using his personal experiences to perfect his performance in "Gone Girl."The actor and his onscreen wife, Rosamund Pike, are gracing the cover of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly as Nick and Amy Dunne, the troubled couple in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling crime thriller.In the pic, the pair is posing on their wedding day, with the blushing bride all smiles as her husband looks nervous and mysterious. The "Batman v. Superman" star opened up about preparing for the role, saying, "It wasn't something I had to do a lot of research for." "I knew what it was like to have the tabloid world paying attention to me and ascribing negative motivations to whatever I might be engaging in," he told the mag (referring to his very public relationship with Jennifer Lopez). "I knew what it was like to be cast in a
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Mrs Doubtfire Set To Return

It’s beginning to look like some anonymous Hollywood executive – in a misguided attempt at ingenuity – may have sent an email around the town saying, ‘Hey you guys! Remember the 90s? Let’s do that again!” With Jurassic Park, Point Break, Dumb And Dumber among stories now being revisited, it was only a matter of time before Mrs Doubtfire appeared in the creative crosshairs again.

On its release in 1993, Mrs Doubtfire raked in over $441 million in international box office, on a budget of just $25 million, and added Golden Globes to its trophy cabinet to boot. Based on Anne Fine’s novel ‘Alias Mrs Doubtfire’, the film adaptation was penned by Leslie Dixon and Randi Mayer Singer, and gave Robin Williams the perfect showcase for his chaotic kind of comedy. Starring as Daniel Hillard – a father facing divorce – Williams portrayed a man so desperate to maintain contact with his beloved children
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Gone Girl trailer: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike in David Fincher thriller

Gone Girl trailer: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike in David Fincher thriller
David Fincher: Gone Girl director's career in trailers

Gone Girl, the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel, has premiered its first trailer.

David Fincher's film stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy Dunne, whose marriage is rocked when the latter disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.

The teaser is soundtracked by a chilling cover of Charles Aznavour's 'She' from Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler.

Flynn, who previously described Fincher as her "all-time favourite director", has written the script for the movie. Reese Witherspoon is producing the thriller alongside Bruna Papandrea and Leslie Dixon.

The film version will deviate from the alternating chapters of the book - Nick and Amy takes turns narrating in the first person - and also feature a reworked ending.

"Ben was so shocked by it," Flynn said of the revised third act. "He would say, 'This is a whole new third act!
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Gone Girl poster - first look at Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike thriller

Gone Girl poster - first look at Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike thriller
Gone Girl has released its first poster exclusively through Digital Spy.

Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike lead the cast of the film as Nick and Amy Dunne, whose marriage is rocked after the latter disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher is behind the camera for the dark thriller, which is based on the best-selling novel from Gillian Flynn.

Flynn, who previously described Fincher as her "all-time favourite director", has written the script for the movie. Reese Witherspoon is producing the thriller alongside Bruna Papandrea and Leslie Dixon.

The film version will deviate from the alternating chapters of the book - Nick and Amy takes turns narrating in the first person - and also feature a reworked ending.

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Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Emily Ratajkowski feature among the supporting cast for Gone Girl.
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'The Birds' Remake Gets Director Diederik Van Rooijen

'The Birds' Remake Gets Director Diederik Van Rooijen
After languishing in development for years, Universal Pictures and Platinum Dunes are finally moving forward on their remake of The Birds, bringing aboard director Diederik Van Rooijen.

The 1963 original classic The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, centered on a socialite who moves from San Francisco to a small town in Northern California, which comes under attack by a number of different bird species. Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Rod Taylor and Suzanne Pleshette starred in the thriller.

The script has been worked on by a number of writers, including Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White and Leslie Dixon, although it isn't known which draft is being used.

Michael Bay is producing alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form, and Mandalay Films' Peter Guber and David Zelonalso. No production schedule was given.

Diederik Van Rooijen is best known for directing foreign films such as Taped, Daylight,
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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #66. David Fincher’s Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Director: David Fincher

Writer: Gillian Flynn

Producers: Leslie Dixon, Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon

U.S. Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Scoot McNairy, Sela Ward, Kim Dickens, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, Boyd Holbrook

Our interest might have spiked at the idea of a Zodiac-like connection of vanishing folks, but the inclusion of Ben Affleck, Scoot McNairy and odd supporting cast fittings means our interest has spiked for good. Add regulars in dp Jeff Cronenweth along with composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to the package and we’ve got premium item. Count on David Fincher to deliver solid studio fare once again with this official 10th feature film (excluding docs).

Gist: Based on the novel, this is about a woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary.

Release Date: Fox
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Limitless TV Series Moves Forward with Executive Producer Bradley Cooper

Limitless TV Series Moves Forward with Executive Producer Bradley Cooper
Relativity Media is continuing its push into television by teaming up with Georgeville Television and Bradley Cooper for a drama series based on the 2011 movie Limitless. No writer has been attached at this time.

Bradley Cooper will executive produce alongside Limitless producers Leslie Dixon and Scott Kroopf. Here's what Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh had to say in a brief statement.

"Limitless is the perfect example of Relativity's multiplatform approach to creating quality content."

Georgeville CEO Marc Rosen also added the following statement.

"The film has an organic natural extension into a compelling and sophisticated one-hour drama that is both a thrill-ride and a social commentary."

Bradley Cooper starred in Limitless as a struggling writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain, which causes his meteoric rise to fame and fortune. Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish co-starred. The movie, directed by Neil Burger,
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Bradley Cooper Producing "Limitless" TV Series

Relativity Television, Georgeville Television and "The Hangover" actor Bradley Cooper are teaming to produce a TV series based on the 2011 psychological thriller "Limitless".

The film followed an unsuccessful writer who takes a secretive 'smart drug' that allows him to use his full mental capacities. Becoming a perfect version of himself, his abilities soon attract shadowy forces that want to exploit his ability.

Cooper, Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish starred in the feature which earned an impressive $160 million worldwide on a budget of $27 million.

Cooper starred in and executive produced the film, and will executive produce the one hour drama series alongside Leslie Dixon and Scott Kroopf.

Source: Business Standard
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