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What Was The Best Film Of Summer 2016? — IndieWire Critics Survey

22 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, the CriticWire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What was the best film of summer 2016?

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Rolling Stone

Gosh, where to start! It’s been a banner summer if, like me, you enjoy submerging yourself in vast unending ocean of incomprehensible bullshit at the movies. There was “Suicide Squad,” which is to plot structure what the Elephant Man is to facial bone structure. Loved me some “X-Men: Apocalypse,” an epic battle between an uncomfortable-looking ensemble of interesting-to-talented actors and a script intent on turning them all into cardboard cutouts. “The Shallows” was fun in the way that completing the maze on the back of a cereal box is fun, »

- David Ehrlich

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Pete’s Dragon Review

10 August 2016 8:21 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When 2016 is said and done, Pete’s Dragon will be a pleasant surprise in an otherwise bust-worthy year for blockbusters. With no affinity felt towards Don Chaffey’s 1977 live-action cartoon, Disney had a clean slate with this critic, and boy did they capitalize. Gone are the musical numbers and more unrealistic aspects, in favor of a touching familial dramedy about a boy, his dragon and their tremendous bond.

This has been a year where critics and viewers seem to really be lapping up Disney’s Kool-Aid, but when it tastes this good (think Strawberry Kiwi laced with kid-friendly cocaine), there’s a damn fine reason why. Quiet your conspiracy talk – Disney is riding one of the craziest studio hot-streaks in cinema history (Shhh, Tomorrowland never happened), and that’s not because of bribery or bias.

Director David Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks stay true to Disney’s original dragon tale, »

- Matt Donato

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‘Pete’s Dragon’ Premiere Is ‘Full Circle Moment’ for Bryce Dallas Howard

9 August 2016 7:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nostalgia for the 1977 original movie dominated at Disney’s world premiere of “Pete’s Dragon” at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

“It was one of my favorite movies growing up as a kid,” Bryce Dallas Howard said on the green carpet. “We got to shoot it in New Zealand. I went to New Zealand when I was five with my parents because my dad (Ron Howard) was shooting a movie called ‘Willow’ and to be able to return 30 year later to shoot a movie that I loved as a kid with my young family — it’s kind of one of those full circle moments.”

Director David Lowery, who began working on the live action-cgi film in 2013, allowed that he was stunned at the outcome.

Bryce Dallas Howard was my first choice for Grace,” he mused. “The film is shockingly close to my original vision, which hardly ever happens. It »

- Dave McNary

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Pete’s Dragon movie review: big friendly dragon

8 August 2016 12:51 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

More like a pleasant walk in a redwood forest with a boy and his dragon than a rollicking adventure, but its serenity and warm heart are infectious. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I suppose this new Pete’s Dragon falls under the umbrella of Disney’s ongoing project to produce live-action remakes of all of its animated features. The 1977 film was mostly live-action, of course, except for the key element of the mischievous giant reptile itself, which was really cartoonish visually. The opportunity for a dragon do-over in the era of lifelike CGI must have been irresistible.

And this new dragon — again called Elliot — is a delight and a marvel: a sweet-faced creature of green fur and exuberant spirit, he may be monstrously enormous, but there’s little of the monster about him. He »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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David Lowery talks about his planned live action Disney film ‘Peter Pan’

8 August 2016 2:19 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

He’s delivered the goods with his upcoming version of Disney’s 1977 movie Pete’s Dragon, and director David Lowery will next set to work on rejigging the Mouse House’s fantastic Peter Pan movie into a live-action epic. The director spoke with the U.S. website Collider about his plans.

“It’s going to be very similar to the original,” he said. “We went back and looked at the original animated film, which I hadn’t seen in quite a few years. I had forgotten how short it was. It’s 76 minutes, or something. And then, we read J.M. Barrie’s story, which I also hadn’t read in a long time. And we looked at the play that he also wrote. They’re quite similar. The Disney movie was a very clear adaptation of the original.”

“So, I think we can do justice to both by just telling the original story. »

- Paul Heath

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James Ponsoldt Teaming With Disney For Ambitious First Studio Film ‘Wild City’

4 August 2016 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Acclaimed indie director James Ponsoldt is being called up to the big leagues. Disney has announced it is in early development on “Wild City,” an ambitious CGI/live-action hybrid adventure that comes from an original idea by Ponsoldt. The movie will be the first studio film in the director’s career, and he’ll also tackle writing duties. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.

Read More: James Ponsoldt on Why ‘The End of the Tour’ Is Not a David Foster Wallace Biopic

Ponsoldt first broke out with his 2012 drama “Smashed,” which starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul and ended up winning the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing at the Sundance Film Festival. He earned rave reviews for coming-of-age romance “The Spectacular Now” and last year’s David Foster Wallace drama “The End Of The Tour,” which many had hoped would find »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Pete’s Dragon’ Early Buzz: David Lowery’s Sweet, Sincere Remake Improves on the Original

27 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In some ways, Pete’s Dragon seemed like an unlikely candidate for a remake. The original was seen by plenty of people, but wasn’t exactly an acclaimed classic on par with Cinderella or The Jungle Book (both of which have also recently gotten remakes from Disney). And even once we knew a Pete’s Dragon remake was coming, David Lowery seemed like […]

The post ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Early Buzz: David Lowery’s Sweet, Sincere Remake Improves on the Original appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Pete’s Dragon review: “Put simply, the best family movie of the summer”

27 July 2016 10:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Petes Dragon review: Disney brings a classic story to screen with a distinct indie vibe with this instant classic.

Petes Dragon review by Paul Heath, July 2016.

This year, and particularly this summer, has been awash with disappointment after disappointment. I suppose it all kicked off with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice back in March, the first big blockbuster of the year which pretty much set the tone for what followed. Despite peaks (Captain America: Civil War) and deep, deep troughs (Warcraft), this season proceedings have been distinctly average. The same could be said for the family movies that have been presented to us this year. For every Zootropolis there’s been an Ice Age: Collision Course, and even Spielberg couldn’t capture audiences Stateside with his version of The Bfg (despite us loving it over in Cannes, and the UK cinema-going public embracing it).

Pete’s Dragon is the »

- Paul Heath

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Film Review: ‘Pete’s Dragon’

27 July 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The original “Pete's Dragon” is, without a doubt, one of the most eccentric entries in the Disney canon — an almost hallucinatory live-action/animation hybrid, crammed wall-to-wall with singing, about a 9-year-old orphan and his magical pink-and-green sidekick, whom practically nobody else can see. One had to be either Pete’s age or a puff-draggin’ enthusiast to appreciate the trippy film when it came out, and time has only rendered the movie that much weirder — which makes it a far better candidate for a Mouse House remake than many of the studio’s more universally beloved classics.

Reimagined nearly four decades later, Disney’s in-name-only “Pete’s Dragon” reboot trades the earlier version’s goofy cartoony sensibility for a sort of stylized realism, one in which everything looks a bit too good to be true (including the stunning Weta Digital-animated dragon himself), and yet the story is geared in »

- Peter Debruge

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First Pete’s Dragon Clip Showcases The Human Side Of David Lowery’s Magical Reboot

11 July 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Elliot and Pete may be the beating heart of David Lowery’s magical reboot, but in today’s first clip for Pete’s Dragon, the House of Mouse shifts gears to shine the spotlight on Mr. Meacham and Grace’s relationship.

Played by Robert Redford and Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard, respectively, the father-daughter dynamic underpinning Disney’s live-action reimagining appears to harbor some old wounds, with Howard’s character subtly referring to her own childhood spent under the monstrous shadow of a mystical dragon — and her father’s obsession with said reptile.

How much screentime Pete’s Dragon will devote to Redford and Howard is up for question but at least based on this clip, we’re intrigued to see how their relationship pans out throughout the course of Disney’s adventure. Taking point as the wide-eyed Pete is newcomer Oakes Fegley, flanked by a cast that includes Howard, »

- Michael Briers

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Pete’s Dragon TV Spot Tees Up A Dance With Dragons

4 July 2016 11:25 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Meet Elliot. He’s not your traditional friend. Rather than dreaming up trivial games and generally revelling in childhood innocence, Elliot spends much of his existence cowering in a lush forest far, far away from any human settlement. That’s largely because Elliot is a dragon – Pete’s Dragon, to be specific – and you can see him take flight in today’s latest TV spot for David Lowery’s feature film.

Lowery, best known for his work on Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, has pitched the movie as a fully-fledged remake of the 1977 flick, this time lending a sense of realism to the titular beast by blending CGI and live-action sequences. After rendering much of Middle-earth and, crucially, Smaug, it’s understood Weta Digital is the company bringing Pete’s Dragon to life.

Relative newcomer Oakes Fegley will anchor the action as Pete, a wide-eyed boy who befriends Elliot and, »

- Michael Briers

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New Pete’s Dragon TV spot takes us deep in the forest

3 July 2016 7:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the latest extended TV spot for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, released by Moviefone, the titular Pete sings a song about his friend, a dragon named Elliott. Much like previous promotional material for the upcoming live-action adaptation, the footage focuses on the relationship between the two characters, who had both lived deep in the forest together for quite some time. Check out the beautiful TV spot, entitled “North,” below…

Going off of the one-minute teaser alone, the film sure does look like it will tug at the heartstrings of audiences everywhere, something Disney certainly hasn’t failed to accomplish in the past. Such recent offerings from the studio as Zootopia, The Jungle Book and The Bfg have all had their fair share of touching and tear-inducing moments, for example.

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon »

- Justin Cook

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Bryce Dallas Howard Stars In New Trailer For Disney’s Pete’S Dragon

14 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Watch the brand new trailer for Disney’s Pete’S Dragon, featuring spectacular never-before-seen footage of Pete’s dragon, Elliot.

See the film when it flies onto the big screen in 3D August 12.

A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, Pete’S Dragon is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.

The movie stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“Cedar Rapids”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley).

Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

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- Michelle McCue

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Full Pete’s Dragon trailer and new poster lands

14 June 2016 9:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Petes Dragon trailer: Disney release the new promo for their big summer live-action movie.

The Petes Dragon trailer lands ahead of the film’s August release.

Petes Dragon trailer

Disney have posted a brand new, full poster for their upcoming release, Pete’s Dragon. The film enters cinemas later this summer, and is looking more and more intriguing.

A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, Pete’s Dragon is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. Pete’s Dragon stars Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Oakes Fegley (This is Where I Leave You), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Karl Urban (Star Trek), Oona Laurence (Southpaw) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (The Finest HoursFriday Night Lights), with Barrie M. Osborne (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Great Gatsby) serving as executive producer.

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For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in UK cinemas on 12th August 2016.

Watch the brand new Petes Dragon trailer below.

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- Paul Heath

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Meet ‘Pete’s Dragon’ in New Trailer For David Lowery’s Disney Remake

14 June 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While some may already feel burned-out by the summer movie season, there are more promising films to come. One of our most-anticipated features will arrive in mid-August. It’s David Lowery‘s follow-up to his sublime drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: a reboot of Disney’s 1977 Pete’s Dragon. If you’ve never seen the original, it follows a orphan kid who brings his magical dragon to a new town. With a cast featuring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Karl Urban, and Wes Bentley, a new trailer has now arrived.

“We explored pink, just to see what would happen,” Lowery tells EW, commenting on his title character’s design. “From the get-go, the aesthetic was always to make everything feel as handmade as possible, including effects. To really have it feel like a blur between a very grounded realistic world and a world in which a big green dragon that can turn invisible can exist.” Check out the new trailer and poster below.

A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

Pete’s Dragon opens on August 12th.

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- Jordan Raup

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Peter In Wonderland?

12 May 2016 5:49 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

In Disney’s attempt to cash in on both newly acquired properties (Marvel, Lucasfilm) and its classic catalog (Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland series, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book), it’s now looking to create a mash-up of two of its beloved animated films from the 1950s, both of which are based on classic literature: Lewis Carroll’s Alice’S Adventures In Wonderland and J.M. Barrie’s play and novel Peter Pan; Or, The Boy Who Wouldn’T Grow Up.

The twist? In the newly announced live-action film — titled Come Away — to be directed by Brenda Chapman (codirector of the Mouse House’s successful Brave), Alice and Peter are siblings. Taking place before either of their adventures, the script by Marissa Kate Goodhill has the children mourning the death of an older brother and dealing with their parents’ anguish, prompting them to find solace in fantasy worlds. (Sounds dark! »

- Harker Jones

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Our First Proper Look At Pete’s Dragon’s Dragon

16 April 2016 4:02 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

All promo material for Disney's Pete’s Dragon has kept the titular mythical creature out of the lime light so far, offering teasing glimpses in the first trailer or the poster placing him just out of sight behind a tree. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly’s big Summer preview, we now have our first real look at Elliott in all his gigantic, furry green glory. If the the first trailer wasn’t enough indication for you, bringing a slightly darker edge to the classic tale, David Lowrey’s (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) remake is a lot different from the 1977 original. Elliott this time round is more full on dragon (with a bit of dog maybe mixed in there too) than the original’s clumsy, anthropomorphised oaf, though the magic and wonder of the original is there in his wonderfully expressive face. This movie just keeps becoming more and more »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Pete’s Dragon Stands Tall In Latest Still As Director Talks Reimagining A Classic

15 April 2016 2:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Making it three for three with Entertainment Weekly scoops – following hot on the heels of new images for both Jason Bourne and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters – the outlet has unveiled a new still for David Lowery’s (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) live-action fairytale, Pete’s Dragon.

Yes, Pete’s reptilian ally may have been camera shy up until now, but today’s all-new shot showcases the beast – bearing the name Elliot – in all its furry glory. Emerging from a 40-year hibernation, Pete’s Dragon is a total reimagining of the Disney classic, introducing newcomer Oakes Fegley in the role of Pete, a lonesome 10-year-old that takes solace in the company of a rather unusual friend.

In breathing new life into the motion picture, the House of Mouse was conscious to retain much of the creature design glimpsed in the 1977 original. According to Lowery, there were “certain things about the »

- Michael Briers

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Harker’s Hits: Hollywood

14 April 2016 5:22 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

There’s no such thing as quiet days in Hollywood. There’s always something happening and today is no exception, so let’s jump right into the fray!

• Oscar-winning legend Warren Beatty’s been keeping a fairly low profile since his wildly expensive Town & Country bombed 15 years ago. But apparently the lothario (long-rumored to be the subject of Carly Simon’s enduring hit “You’re So Vain”) is coming out of semi-retirement as news broke that his pet project based on the life of famed millionaire/movie producer/shut-in Howard Hughes will be released this fall. (He’s been working on this since the ’70s as writer, director, producer, and star.) What’s of more interest to me/us is that he also said he’s working on a sequel to his uber-stylish, three-time Oscar-winning comic-book adaptation Dick Tracy. No word on whether bold-name costars like Annette Bening, Al Pacino, »

- Harker Jones

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Disney developing live-action Peter Pan movie

14 April 2016 5:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Walt Disney Pictures has set another of its animated classics for the live-action treatment, with David Lowery set to direct a new Peter Pan movie from a script that he’ll write with Toby Halbrooks. The duo have previously teamed on Disney’s Pete’s Dragon remake, which is set to open in cinemas this August.

Peter Pan is not the only J.M. Barrie-related project in the works at Disney, with Reese Witherspoon attached to the lead role of Tinker Bell in Tink. As yet, there’s no timescale for either project, although it’s thought that Tink could go into production first, and their may be some crossover in terms of the cast.

The announcement follows the news from earlier this week that Jon Favreau has been set for a sequel to The Jungle Book, with the first movie set to open this Friday.

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- Gary Collinson

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