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Nick Hornby adaptation 'Juliet, Naked' adds new cast

17 July 2017 5:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke begins UK shoot.

Four new cast members have been announced for the upcoming Nick Hornby adaptation Juliet, Naked.

Joining Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd in the cast are Azhy Robertson (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, pictured top, far left), Lily Brazier (People Just Do Nothing, middle right), Ayoola Smart (Vera, middle left) and stand-up comedian and Silicon Valley star Jimmy O. Yang (far right).

The project, directed by Jesse Peretz, has started filming on location in London and the south-east coast of the UK.

International sales are being handled by London based sales company Rocket Science.

Byrne plays Annie, who is stuck in long-term relationship with Duncan (O’Dowd) - an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself.

Robertson plays Tucker »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Laff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Elizabeth Rohrbaugh— “Becks”

13 June 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Becks

Elizabeth Rohrbaugh is writer and director based in NYC. Her documentary, “The Perfect Victim,” was on the PBS series “America Reframed” after premiering at the Hot Springs International Film Festival. The film won a Telly Award and was nominated for a Silver Gavel Award. Rohrbaugh previously worked as a writer and director at MTV, where she won an Emmy Award and multiple Ctam Awards.

Becks” will premiere at the 2017 La Film Festival on June 15. The film is co-directed by Daniel Powell.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

ER: “Becks” is the story of an aimless singer-songwriter who moves back in with her mom, a former nun, after her cross-country move to be with her long-distance girlfriend ends in disaster. After weeks of moping, Becks begins exploring her hometown of St. Louis in a half-baked attempt to put her life back together.

She begins singing and playing music at her friend’s bar where she finds catharsis in playing her breakup music. She meets and befriends the wife of the guy who outed her at prom and starts giving her guitar lessons.

As she struggles to put the pieces of her life together she learns to look at her past from a new perspective and works to let go of co-dependent relationships.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

ER: This story is loosely inspired by a very good friend of mine, Alyssa Robbins, whose music is used throughout the film. She is a singer-songwriter and teacher who was going through a difficult breakup during a time that I was back in my hometown of St. Louis.

She found herself back home with her mom and began touring through the Midwest performing her music at local bars and clubs. She came through St. Louis and played at a tiny retro 24-hour diner on a Sunday night and the show was bizarre and beautiful, and filled with an odd but enthusiastic crowd.

The cathartic and honest nature of her performance even left the owner — a gruff man likely in his mid 70s — in tears as he reflected on his relationship with his own daughter. I left that evening feeling like I had lived a scene from a movie, and became drawn in as I reflected on my own place in life.

Despite the fact that from an outside perspective it would seem that Alyssa and I lived very different lives, we were actually in the exact same place — too old to not have our shit together and too young to be having our respective midlife crises.

Dan Powell and I had been working to collaborate on a feature narrative together and were throwing ideas around when I told him about this experience. We became very inspired by the idea of using a real person as the basis for a character — finding a way to practically incorporate her music, and creating a modern musical.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

ER: I would like for the audience to leave the theater feeling inspired and moved to make an active change in their lives. I know — that’s a tall order.

I hope that people will love the music and the incredible performances from Lena Hall, Mena Suvari, Christine Lahti, and Dan Fogler, and will feel touched by the film’s ending.

I hope that the characters feel like real to life, complex, and fully formed people. I would like to send the message that people are messy and imperfect beings, and that nobody really has it figured out.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

ER: Honestly, as far as production goes I had a glorious, amazing, life-changing experience. I had so much fun and Dan and I work splendidly together. It was my first time co-directing and it was wonderful. The entire shoot came together very quickly and having two directors allowed us to give attention to details that could have otherwise gone ignored had we not had the bandwidth.

Finding our key location was very difficult as we needed to be able to find a spot in the NYC area that could pass for suburban St. Louis and had no time and no money. Ultimately I found a place on Airbnb that was perfect and that we could afford.

For me personally, I was in the middle of moving two children and a household from St. Louis to Brooklyn and basically had to ignore living in squalor out of boxes for a couple of months. My parents and husband were incredibly supportive taking me off mom-duty entirely during prep and shooting.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

ER: Our funding came from Dan and my’s production companies, Irony Point and Outer Borough Pictures respectively, along with an investment from Tony Hernandez at Jax Media. Jax also provided us with all of our office space for pre-production and production.

We have a stellar beast of a producer, Alex Bach, who was masterful at making this film happen. I still don’t know quite how she pulled it off with our budget.

Dan and I have also been working in the industry for a decade each and called in all of the favors we had waiting for us.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Laff?

ER: I am thrilled and excited and also a nervous wreck! But that is just who I am. I actually love observing an audience watch my work to gauge their reactions to lines, jokes, emotional scenes, and so forth.

To be able to premiere our first feature at one of the top indie film festivals in the country is a dream for me — probably in the way that some people dream about their wedding. I fantasize about film festivals.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

ER: The worst advice I have received — I will not mention who gave it — is that in a relationship only one person can have a focused career, particularly when kids come around. I very briefly followed that advice and was very depressed and unfulfilled. I have since discovered that my professional passions are a large part of my relationship and my family as a whole, and have become a much happier person as a result.

The best advice I have received, from my husband, was to start career and life coaching, which I have done with Betsy Capes at Capes Coaching. It has helped me remove the clutter of insecurity and distraction and helped me focus on getting what I want. It has been a phenomenal way to find my career path.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

ER: My advice is generic but true, which is that this is quite hard and takes a long time. Do this if you love it and if you love it then do it all the way. Make stuff as much as you can. Save up and make a short. But make sure that the script is on point and the casting is the best that it possibly can be — that you have prepared everything.

Hire the best people you can possibly afford, trust them to be professionals, and know what they are talking about. Develop friendships with talented people who you can collaborate with for years to come. Look at your peers — these are the people you will come up with so begin working together now. Develop a shorthand. And trust your vision above all else.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

ER: “Slums of Beverly Hills” by Tamara Jenkins. I haven’t seen it for years and have no idea if it holds up. “The Savages” is probably technically a better movie as I think her style became more nuanced and sophisticated, but I still love “Slums” more.

I was shown her shorts at Nyu in a film class and was immediately obsessed. She spoke the female coming-of-age language in such a fresh and different way and I adored it. I love Kevin Corrigan as the romantic interest in “Slums” and Natasha Lyonne is amazing.

After I saw the shorts I requested an interview with her for a class. She let me come to her apartment and interview her, which devolved into me professing my admiration and asking if I could work for her for free. She politely declined.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

ER: I deeply hope that more female filmmakers are recognized by the film community. From my time as a film student at Nyu I have always been aware that this is a male-driven industry and it takes chutzpah to persist in a field where you may not always be taken seriously.

That said, I have had tremendous mentors, male and female, who have supported me wholeheartedly throughout my career. I love working with female crew members on set and feel that it lends itself to a very collaborative process.

When we wrapped “Becks” I said that my life goal is just to get to do this again and again and again. I can only hope that the work resonates with a wide audience because that will ultimately prove our worth.

Unfortunately, getting a movie made is difficult and there is no rule book. I think we need to just keep pushing, and making stuff and moving forward. I’m writing another screenplay right now and will crawl through the mud to get it made.

Laff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Elizabeth Rohrbaugh— “Becks” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Joseph Allen

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‘American Horror Story’s Denis O’Hare Boards ‘Private Life’

19 April 2017 4:49 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Denis O’Hare has been cast in the Netflix drama film Private Life, joining Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, and Molly Shannon. Tamara Jenkins is directing the pic from her own screenplay, which is about an author (Hahn) who is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge. O’Hare will co-star as fertility specialist Dr. Dordick. Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu are producing. O’Hare, a recurring… »

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Amazon vs. Netflix: An Itemized Guide to What You Should Be Streaming This Year

4 April 2017 1:26 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

You time is valuable, and so are both services for different reasons.War Machine (Netflix)

Although there may be a competition going on between Amazon and Netflix for subscribers, the truth is that both company’s streaming services are essential for anyone who watches a lot of movies and TV and who wants to be part of the pop culture conversations as they happen.

There’s no denying that Amazon Prime is worth the $99/year, which not only gives you access to many movies but also a good amount of music streaming and digital media access, plus faster shipping for when you actually want some sort of physical product (you can also just get video content for $8.99/month, which oddly means paying more for less).

And Netflix is still a must-have for both its exclusive and nonexclusive content, though depending on one’s usage could be best for sporadic membership rather than continued subscription — now at $120/year »

- Christopher Campbell

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Tamara Jenkins to Direct “Private Life,” Starring Kathryn Hahn and Molly Shannon

20 March 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Tamara Jenkins: Nyu Tisch School of the Arts

It’s been a decade since Tamara Jenkins released her last film, but the writer-director has a project on the way, and it sounds amazing: “Private Life,” a Netflix original film, will star Kathryn Hahn (“Bad Moms”), Paul Giamatti (“Billions”), and Molly Shannon (“Divorce).

Variety reports that the drama centers on a couple (Hahn and Giamatti) “in the throes of infertility, trying to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption.” Shannon, who recently won an Independent Spirit Award for her supporting turn in “Other People,” plays a friend of the couple.

Stefanie Azpiazu (“Enough Said”) and Anthony Bregman (“Foxcatcher”) are producing, and filming is slated to kick off next month.

Jenkins most recently directed “The Savages.” The critically-acclaimed 2007 dramedy centers on adult siblings (Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman) dealing with their father’s ailing health. The film earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Jenkins also wrote and directed the 1998 cult classic “Slums of Beverly Hills,” starring Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”).

“Writing is weird and lonely and makes you grumpy and strange,” Jenkins has said of the writing process. She emphasized, “To write you really should be writing every single day to keep the muscle going. But then if you write and make a movie, the year of working on the movie goes by and then you’re supposed to start writing again and you have kind of forgotten how.”

Tamara Jenkins to Direct “Private Life,” Starring Kathryn Hahn and Molly Shannon was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Robin O’Hara, Longtime Indie Film Producer, Dies: Friends and Family Remember an Influential Figure

20 March 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fierce, committed and above all, tough — these are the words that collaborators use to describe producer Robin O’Hara, a longtime fixture of the New York independent film scene, who died suddenly last week after complications from cancer treatment.

When O’Hara’s business and life partner Scott Macaulay of Forensic Films posted the sad news on Facebook last Wednesday, hundreds of prominent filmmakers, former crewmembers, and friends from across the independent film world offered an outpouring of condolences, remembrances, and testimonies about O’Hara’s importance in nurturing their art and their careers.

As “Saving Face” director Alice Wu wrote, “She was brilliant and mercurial and hilarious and terrifying. She gave no fucks — unless she did give a fuck — and then she gave everything. Anyone who has been lucky enough to be in her orbit never lets go. She pushed us all … and we became better people.”

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- Anthony Kaufman

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‘The Savages’ Director Tamara Jenkins Returns With New Netflix Drama ‘Private Life’

18 March 2017 2:12 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After nearly a decade-long absence, director Tamara Jenkins is finally returning with a long-overdue new feature called “Private Life.” The acclaimed director will write and direct the Netflix drama. “The Circle” producers Anthony Bregman (“Synecdoche, New York“) and Stefanie Azpiazu (Nicole Holofcener‘s “Enough Said“) are on board to produce.

Continue reading ‘The Savages’ Director Tamara Jenkins Returns With New Netflix Drama ‘Private Life’ at The Playlist. »

- Tess Bonn

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Netflix May Pan and Scan Its Original Movies and TV Series to Better Accommodate Mobile Watchers

17 March 2017 1:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix plans to explore delivering mobile-specific cuts of its original titles. Earlier in the week, the company’s chief product officer Neil Hunt said during a press briefing that the streaming giant is looking into this possibility as a way to better accommodate the growing number of people watching films and TV shows on their smart phones and iPads.

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“It’s not inconceivable that you could take a master [copy] and make a different cut for mobile,” Hunt said, as reported by The Verge.

Although Netflix currently doesn’t have different cuts for the various viewing platforms, “it’s something we will explore over the next few years,” Hunt added. The executive shared the news during a two-day event with journalists at Dolby Laboratories and Netflix’s headquarters in San Francisco, ahead »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Netflix May Pan and Scan Its Original Movies and TV Series to Better Accommodate Mobile Watchers

17 March 2017 1:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix plans to explore delivering mobile-specific cuts of its original titles. Earlier in the week, the company’s chief product officer Neil Hunt said during a press briefing that the streaming giant is looking into this possibility as a way to better accommodate the growing number of people watching films and TV shows on their smart phones and iPads.

Read More: St. Patrick’s Day: 7 TV Episodes on Netflix That Are Even Better Than a Pot of Gold

“It’s not inconceivable that you could take a master [copy] and make a different cut for mobile,” Hunt said, as reported by The Verge.

Although Netflix currently doesn’t have different cuts for the various viewing platforms, “it’s something we will explore over the next few years,” Hunt added. The executive shared the news during a two-day event with journalists at Dolby Laboratories and Netflix’s headquarters in San Francisco, ahead »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Andrew Dominik to Direct Tom Hardy in Navy Seal Drama ‘War Party’

16 March 2017 12:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Andrew Dominik hasn’t made a feature film since 2012’s “Killing Them Softly,” but that’s all about to change in a very big way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dominik is set to direct Tom Hardy in a Navy Seal drama called “War Party,” which is expected to be based on a true story. Further plot details are being kept under wraps.

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Netflix reportedly made a seven-figure deal for the movie based on a pitch. It’s the latest high profile film to find a home with the streaming service, which is increasingly attracting some of the most well known directors in the business. This summer, David Michod and Bong Joon-ho have new films debuting on Netflix (“War Machine” and “Okja,” respectively), while Martin Scorsese has joined the streaming bandwagon for his $100-million gangster movie “The Irishman. »

- Zack Sharf

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‘The Savages’ Director Tamara Jenkins to Helm Molly Shannon-Starring Netflix Drama ‘Private Life’

16 March 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s been exactly 10 years since Tamara Jenkins made her last feature film, “The Savages.” Now, the director returns with “Private Life,” as reported by Variety. The Netflix drama stars Molly Shannon, who just won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her role in “Other People,” where she plays a mother dying of cancer.

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Per the film’s official plot synopsis, the film follows “Richard and Rachel, a couple in the throes of infertility, [who] try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. When their doctor suggests third party reproduction, they bristle. But when Sadie, a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, they reconsider.” Read More: Jennifer Aniston Joins Cast of Anne Fletcher’s ‘Pitch Perfect’-Esque Indie Teen Comedy

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- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘The Savages’ Director Tamara Jenkins Returns with ‘Private Life’

15 March 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This year will mark a decade since the release of The Savages, the second feature from Slums of Beverly Hills director Tamara Jenkins. Starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman, it was a powerfully-acted, perceptive look at familial struggle, and we’ve been waiting ever since for her follow-up. 10 years later, it is finally coming and a cast has already been set.

Financed and distributed by Netflix, Private Life stars Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Shannon, and John Carroll Lynch. Jenkins’ script follows a married couple (Giamatti and Hahn) who are struggling with infertility and its damaging effect on their relationship, but when their niece offers up her eggs, things change. Shannon, who picked up an Indie Spirit award for Other People this year, will play the niece’s mother, while Lynch plays Giamatti’s brother and Shannon’s husband.

Produced by Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu (Enough Said, Indignation »

- Jordan Raup

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Molly Shannon to Star With Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn in Netflix Film ‘Private Life’ (Exclusive)

14 March 2017 11:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fresh off her Independent Spirit Awards win for “Other People,” Molly Shannon is set to co-star with Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn in the Netflix original movie “Private Life.”

Tamara Jenkins is writing and directing the movie. The drama follows a couple (Hahn and Giamatti) in the throes of infertility, trying to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. Shannon plays a friend of the couple.

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Anthony Bregman (“The Circle,” “Collateral Beauty,” “Foxcatcher”) and Stefanie Azpiazu (“Enough Said,” “The Circle”) are producing the pic. Production is expected to start in the next month.

Shannon earned rave reviews for her performance in the Sundance darling “Other People,” in which she played a woman dying of cancer. The “Saturday Night Live »

- Justin Kroll

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Paul Giamatti Joining Kathryn Hahn In ‘Private Life’ For Netflix

31 January 2017 9:29 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Paul Giamatti is set to join Kathryn Hahn in Netflix’s Private Life, Tamara Jenkins’ feature drama about fertility and the pursuit of happiness. Private Life is about an author (Hahn) who is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting the relationship between she and her husband on edge. Giamatti will star as her husband, who is a theater producer and owner of The Pickle Guy who has been struggling with his wife for years to start a family… »

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Kathryn Hahn In Negotiations On Tamara Jenkins’ Feature ‘Private Life’ At Netflix

4 January 2017 8:47 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Kathryn Hahn, the scene-stealer from the STX comedy Bad Moms who will be in the sequel to the raucous R-rated film, is in negotiations to star in the Netflix feature drama Private Life. Hahn will star as an author who is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, driving her husband crazy and putting their relationship on edge.

The story is from writer/director Tamara Jenkins who wrote and directed the Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman dramedy S… »

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‘Killing Fields’ Season 2 Exclusive Clip: Discovery Channel’s True Crime Series Returns to the Louisiana Swamplands

3 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

True crime stories have been all the rage for the past few years, with shows like HBO’s miniseries “The Jinx” and Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” garnering critical and commercial acclaim. Now, the Discovery Channel’s series “Killing Fields” returns for a second season with new leads and new crimes to investigate in the swamplands of Louisiana.

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Co-executive produced by Emmy-winning producer Tom Fontana (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) and Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (“Diner”), the series follows Sheriff Brett Stassi and Major Ronnie Hebert, and their roster of detectives as they investigate real crimes in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, located just 15 miles from Baton Rouge.

Shot in real time, the series picks up from last season as Rodie Sanchez, Aubrey St. Angelo and the team close in on the »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Killing Fields’ Season 2 Exclusive Clip: Discovery Channel’s True Crime Series Returns to the Louisiana Swamplands

3 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

True crime stories have been all the rage for the past few years, with shows like HBO’s miniseries “The Jinx” and Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” garnering critical and commercial acclaim. Now, the Discovery Channel’s series “Killing Fields” returns for a second season with new leads and new crimes to investigate in the swamplands of Louisiana.

Read More: ‘Killing The Colorado’ Exclusive Clip: A Hard Look At The Man-Made Water Shortage That Threatens The American West

Co-executive produced by Emmy-winning producer Tom Fontana (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) and Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (“Diner”), the series follows Sheriff Brett Stassi and Major Ronnie Hebert, and their roster of detectives as they investigate real crimes in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, located just 15 miles from Baton Rouge.

Shot in real time, the series picks up from last season as Rodie Sanchez, Aubrey St. Angelo and the team close in on the »

- Vikram Murthi

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