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French Producers, Vet Industry Players Partner Up to Form Zorg Studios (Exclusive)

Paris – Gaspard de Chavagnac, the former boss of Zodiak Media France and FremantleMedia, has come on board Zorg Studios, a Paris-based production banner recently launched by a pair of independent producers, Erwan Marinopoulos (“Les Geeks”) and Edouard Duprey (“I Kissed a Girl”).

With offices in Paris and London, Zorg Studios also counts Romain Bessi, the former COO of Studiocanal, as a member of its strategic board.

Zorg Studios is currently developing five to six high-concept genre projects, all of which will be shot in English.

The company’s mandate is to emulate the model of Blumhouse, focusing on “tightly budgeted, concept-driven movies which can click with young audiences,” said Marinopoulos, who launched his own banner Skits in 2009 and produced the hit series “Les Geeks,” among other series aimed at teen audiences.

“We want to create a European-style Blumhouse, focusing on original stories set against European backdrops which range from the Versailles Palace to black sand beaches in
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First Trailer for Twisty Indie Horror 'Midnighters' from Julius Ramsay

"Look around, this isn't what we planned." A full-length trailer has debuted for a horror thriller premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival this month, titled Midnighters, from director Julius Ramsay. Ramsay is making his feature directorial debut after working as an editor on TV shows like "Battlestar Galactica" and "Flashforward". The film is set around New Year’s Eve following a couple that accidentally kills someone on their way home. But there's a twist when they realize this might have been a setup, while other mysterious things start to happen. Starring Alex Essoe, Perla Haney-Jardine & Ward Horton. It's described as a "taught noir thriller in the vein of Blood Simple, Shallow Grave, and Blue Ruin." Looks like it could be good. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Julius Ramsay's Midnighters, direct from YouTube (via SlashFilm): Midnight, New Year's Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings
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Laff 2017 Interview: Midnighters Director Julius Ramsay on Crafting His First Feature-Length Thriller

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Premiering on Monday, June 19th as part of the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival lineup is director Julius Ramsay’s intense and masterfully constructed thriller, Midnighters, which was penned by Julius’ brother, Alston Ramsay. The story follows a young couple, Lindsey (Alex Essoe) and Jeff (Dylan McTee), who accidentally hit a strange man on their way home from a New Year’s Eve party, only to discover their victim was headed to their abode. As it turns out, Lindsey’s sister Hannah (Perla Haney-Jardine), who recently came to stay with her family, had been mixed up in a rather serious predicament, and Hannah’s past is about to come crashing down on the trio in some rather horrendous ways.

Daily Dead recently spoke with Ramsay about his first time at the helm of a feature, how his prior industry experiences helped prepare him to take on directing Midnighters, working with his
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Directors' Trademarks: Danny Boyle

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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, with the release of T2 Trainspotting, we’re looking at the trademark style and calling signs of Danny Boyle as director.

After almost deciding to become a priest early in his teens, Boyle instead found something else that sparked his interest; drama. He studied English and drama in college, and upon graduating worked for several theatre companies. Eventually, he began to direct productions, something he still does to this day between film projects. In 1987 he left theater to work for BBC in Ireland and became a producer and director of television shows. He directed several TV movies before making his first feature film in 1994, Shallow Grave. That film found widespread appeal in audiences and critics alike, and became the highest grossing British film in 1995. The success of that film allowed
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A Complete Guide to Every Song Written By Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello During Their Partnership

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A Complete Guide to Every Song Written By Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello During Their Partnership
Though his music can be heard in all corners of the globe, Paul McCartney’s songwriting process is impressively homegrown. When he teamed with Elvis Costello for sessions that would ultimately yield his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, the pair met at McCartney’s personal studio: a converted corn mill dubbed Hog Hill Mill, a short drive from his farm in rural southern England. Armed with nothing more high-tech than a pencil, paper and acoustic guitar, two of the world’s most influential composers climbed the steps to a small office tucked above the studio and pulled tunes out of thin air.
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T2 Trainspotting movie review: GenX running out of steam but chugging on

MaryAnn’s quick take… The sparse, cold satisfaction that could be wrung from Trainspotting’s punk insolence has been replaced by an exhausted cynicism. Which is exactly right. I’m “biast” (pro): love the 1996 film

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

Choose life,” Mark Renton suggested back in 1996, when he was a heroin addict in Edinburgh. Mark’s advice was ironic, of course, because he “chose not to choose life” and was courting death by overdose or death by AIDS-acquired-via-a-shared-needle. But the life he was rebelling against was one of conformity and consumerism — “choose a fucking big television; choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers” — a life in which no one actually has much choice anyway. So, while Trainspotting hardly romanticizes drug addiction — the film’s depictions of the
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Movie Review – Road to the Well (2016)

Road to the Well, 2016.

Written and directed by Jon Cvack.

Starring Marshall R. Teague, Micah Parker, Rosalie McIntire, Barak Hardley, Michelle Lafrance, and Laurence Fuller.

Synopsis:

Jack (Micah Parker), rolls into town to visit his old friend Frank (Laurence Fuller). Risk averse, free-spirited and bohemian as oppose to repressed, trapped and hemmed in. Jack’s arrival signifies an emotional, psychological and literal upheaval, ensuring things go rapidly south for Frank in a spectacular fashion. School yard memories, bodily dismemberment and fear of mediocrity all help shape this film into a uniquely bold and original thriller.

There are plenty of filmic comparisons worth making in John Cvack’s Road to the Well. Nods to Shallow Grave, tips of the hat for Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, as well as sly winks towards Soderbergh’s first feature Sex, Lies and Videotape. Atmospheric homage can be attributed to the former and latter, while that
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Hollywood Flashback: When Leonardo DiCaprio Hit 'The Beach' in Berlin

Hollywood Flashback: When Leonardo DiCaprio Hit 'The Beach' in Berlin
Director Danny Boyle returns to the Berlin Film Festival with T2 Trainspotting, the sequel to the 1997 cult hit that peacefully reunites the director with his early discovery, Ewan McGregor. The two had a falling out after McGregor, who starred in Boyle’s first three films (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and A Life Less Ordinary), was led to believe that he’d also lead the buzzy adaptation of Alex Garland’s The Beach. The role instead went to Leonardo DiCaprio, triggering a 10-year feud between Boyle and McGregor.

The Beach — about an explorer’s dangerous search for an idyllic, isolated paradise — bowed in 2000...
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Danny Boyle: where The Beach movie went wrong

Simon Brew Feb 1, 2017

Director Danny Boyle reflects on 2000’s The Beach, and his mended relationship with Ewan McGregor.

Following Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, Danny Boyle chose a couple – as he always seems to do – of interesting projects to tackle next. He moved onto the underrated A Life Less Ordinary, before being fully lured to Hollywood to adapt Alex Garland’s The Beach.

Bits of the story here you probably know. This was a big studio film, and after the lead role was originally earmarked for Ewan McGregor, Leonardo DiCaprio ended up taking it. It caused a rift between Boyle and McGregor that was ultimately resolved, but also cost us all seeing them make films together, until the newly released T2 Trainspotting.

Boyle was in fine form on the Kermode & Mayo Film Review programme last Friday, promoting the new movie. And he was asked about The Beach, by a listener who
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The Danny Boyle sci-fi short film we never got to see

Ryan Lambie Jan 31, 2017

Shot well over 18 years ago, Danny Boyle's sci-fi short film Alien Love Triangle has never been released - despite a starry cast...

In the late 90s, two very different filmmakers were still in the (relatively) early stages of their careers. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro had released his first feature, Cronos (1993) to widespread acclaim. The UK's Danny Boyle had captured the zeitgeist with his second movie, Trainspotting, and was about to embark on his next film, A Life Less Ordinary (1997).

See related A closer look at Jodorowsky's Dune The fall and rise of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune Looking back at David Lynch’s Blue Velvet

Had everything gone to plan, del Toro and Boyle could have wound up directing their own chapters of a three-part anthology movie - the sci-fi equivalent of, say, Amicus Productions' portmanteau horror films of the 60s and 70s, such as The House That Dripped Blood
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Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle Reveal Why They Didn’t Speak for Years

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Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle Reveal Why They Didn’t Speak for Years
Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle were a ‘90s indie film dynamic duo, with the actor starring in the director’s first three films: “Shallow Grave,” “Trainspotting” and “A Life Less Ordinary.” McGregor, who prided himself as being “Danny Boyle’s actor,” then had a dramatic breakup and parted ways with the filmmaker after Leonardo DiCaprio, coming from his “Titanic” stardom, was chosen as the lead in 2000’s “The Beach” and not him. The two didn’t speak to each other until nine years later in 2009.

Now, McGregor and Boyle have reunited in the upcoming “Trainspotting” sequel “T2,” and while on “The Graham Norton Show” the host brought up the decade-long feud.

“It was over a film, a misunderstanding,” McGregor explained. “It’s a big regret of mine that it went on for so long, and a real shame we didn’t work together all those years. Not because of any particular film,
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Movie Review – Blood Brothers (2015)

Blood Brothers, 2015.

Directed by Jose Prendes.

Starring: Graham Denman, Hannah Levien, Krystal Beyer and Barbara Crampton.

Synopsis:

Based on the Leopold and Leob murders, Blood Brothers closely follows the fictional relationship these psychopathic men have with those that encounter them, exploring their obsessions, vanity and arrogance in their pursuit for performing the ‘perfect murder crime.’

A bold, albeit slightly inconsistent look at the story of Leopold and Leob, Prendes’ efforts to evoke a stylised psychoanalytical insight into the lives of these disturbed individuals falls short of the expectations that arise in the first 10 minutes of the film. Despite possessing a strong writing style, Blood Brothers ultimately exposes its weakness in its editing and acting. Using imposed imagery that lies on top of the central action and actors that over play their characters to comic effect, subtracts more from the narrative than adding any directorial style. Blood Brothers without a doubt
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‘The Ghoul’ review [Lff 2016]

The Ghoul review: Gareth Tunley directs an intense and visceral vision that’s both complex and exceptional.

The Ghoul review by Dan Bullock, Lff 2016.

The Ghoul is the debut feature of actor-turned-director Gareth Tunley, who’s starred in the likes of Down Terrace and Kill List both by Ben Wheatley, and there are impressive and notable sparks of Wheatley’s unique darkness piercing through the narrative of this unsettling but intensely curious thriller.

The film stars Tom Meeten as homicide detective Chris, a man who appears to be slightly out of the loop of everyday policing but has suggestively a keen eye for obscure cases. After a strange double murder case, where the victims appear to have kept moving after being repeatedly shot, Chris goes deep undercover to investigate a psychotherapist who may be linked to events. After tracking down the only connection they can connect, the property manager of the house,
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Ewan McGregor's 'American Pastoral' to compete at San Sebastian

Ewan McGregor's 'American Pastoral' to compete at San Sebastian
The film will have its European premiere in competition at the September festival.

This year’s San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) will host the European premiere of Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral following its world premiere at Toronto.

An adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel about an American family being torn apart by political and social upheaval in the 1960s, McGregor also stars alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.

The Lincoln Lawyer scribe John Romano adapted Roth’s novel. Producers are Andre Lamal, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg of Lakeshore Entertainment. Oscar-winning Alexandre Desplat composed the film’s score.

Lakeshore are handling international sales. Lionsgate has Us rights and Entertainment One will distribute in Canada.

The film will play in competition in San Sebastian’s official selection, with further titles yet to be revealed. As previously announced, the European premiere of Oliver Stone’s Snowden will play out of competition.

McGregor attended
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Wayward Pines Season 2 Episode 9 Review – ‘Walcott Prep’

Martin Carr review the ninth episode of Wayward Pines season 2…

Before anyone says anything I know this is late. Things happened beyond my control and that’s an end to it. Suffice to say there have been steps taken to rectify this oversight and now we are back on track. And typically this would be the one episode which turned out to work on all levels, exceeding expectations, creating intrigue, tension and a seedy little twist.

So what did we get? Flashbacks intercut with present day shenanigans, a whole boatload of Abby threat from outside the fence, as well as some angry men with large guns staring each other out. Finally as we near the end of this season Yedlin has manned up, armed up and is taking matters into his own hands. Patric does threatening and domineering very well alongside the requisite mind games necessary to instigate rebellion.

With
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Horror Highlights: Intruder, Traders, The Dooms Chapel Horror, Rise Of The Black Flame #1

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A quiet night at home turns into a frightening game of cat-and-mouse in the official trailer for IFC Midnight’s Intruder. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: a trailer and release details for the John Bradley-starring film Traders, teaser videos and release information for The Dooms Chapel Horror, and the cover art and details for the first issue of Dark Horse’s Rise of the Black Flame comic book series.

Watch the Trailer for Intruder: “A young woman’s quiet night in becomes a free-fall into fear in this disturbing home invasion thriller. After she lands her dream job, a young cellist (Louise Linton) settles in for a relaxing few days holed up in her apartment but as a violent storm rages outside, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her every move. Cleverly toying with the rules of suspense, director Travis Z wrings maximum terror from everyone’s worst nightmare: you may not be alone.”

Written and directed by Travis Zariwny, Intruder stars Louise Linton, John Robinson, and Moby. The film will be released theatrically in New York and on VOD nationwide on June 24th courtesy of IFC Midnight.”

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Traders Trailer, Poster, and Release Details: Press Release: “Desperate times call for desperate measures, but the scheme at the center of Traders may be the most desperate of all. The twist-filled suspense drama in which young men risk their lives to get ahead stars John Bradley (Samwell from Game of Thrones) and Killian Scott. Traders will be available on Digital Platforms and Cable VOD on July 11, 2016.

Jobs are gone. Homes are being repossessed. Suicide rates are soaring. But newly unemployed Vernon Stynes (John Bradley, Game of Thrones) might have the solution to the despair brought on by recession. He masterminds a diabolical, all-or-nothing plan he calls Trading. Through an underground online network of similarly displaced individuals, two people agree to “trade” by emptying their bank accounts, selling everything they own and putting the cash in nondescript green bags. They then travel to a remote location, dig a grave and fight to the death. Winner buries the loser and takes the two bags.

Then you find someone else and do it again, and again, and again, until you are rich enough or dead, whichever comes first. Like Vernon, Harry Fox (Killian Scott, Calvary, Love/Hate) has lost his job and his dignity. What else has he got to lose? Why not become a Trader? But when Trading becomes an alarmingly popular underground phenomenon, Vernon becomes a participant in the very game he created. Featuring an exciting young cast and sure to appeal to fans of such classics as Shallow Grave and Fight Club, Traders is a daring and troubling look at the depths to which ordinary people can be driven.

iTunes pre-order link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/traders/id1104505114”

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The Dooms Chapel Horror Teaser Videos & Release Details: Press Release: “Paducah, Kentucky – The indie horror title The Dooms Chapel Horror is set for a wide release. This title, from director John William Holt and writer Jason Turner, will be available on DVD and through Video-on-demand formats this week. This feature focuses on the character Kyle Cole, his return to a small town and a strange group – with nefarious plans. As well, the film stars Bill Oberst Jr., Joshua Mark Robinson, Shaun Gerardo and Wendy Kneeling. A preview of the film’s home entertainment launch is hosted here.

The film will be available on a number of platforms. On cable, The Dooms Chapel Horror will be showing on DirectTV, the Dish Network and Charter. Through Video-on-demand, this title will be on Netflix, Vimeo-on-demand, iTunes and Amazon Video. Also, this horror title will be available on DVD at: Best Buy, Walmart, Target and Barnes & Noble. Being distributed by Brain Damage Films, a sub-division of Midnight Releasing, this title will be available across North America, beginning this June 14th!

The film’s official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=930OIpMagFw

The official synopsis: Kyle Cole returns to home for the first time in nearly 10 years with the hopes of healing the emotional wounds caused by a family tragedy. What he finds is that his family and the town are not ready for the same. However, a mysterious man, Jordan, has been waiting for him with an evil plan.

More info: http://braindamagefilms.com/dvd/horror/suspense-thriller/dooms-chapel-horror/

Social media links: https://www.facebook.com/TheDoomsChapelHorror/

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/theDCHmovie”

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Rise of the Black Flame #1 (of 5) Release Details & Cover Art: “Press Release: “Milwaukie, Or— This September, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola,iZOMBIE co-creator Chris Roberson, Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of Night artist Christopher Mitten, award winning colorist Dave Stewart and cover artist Laurence Campbell will present Rise Of The Black Flame. This five issue miniseries from Dark Horse Comics will present a dark horror story about an ancient, evil power. In Rise Of The Black Flame, young girls are going missing from the cities of Siam, and the trail leads to the jungle hideout of a bloodthirsty cult– the Cult of the Black Flame.

“There have been several villains in Hellboy’s world who’ve been called the Black Flame, and the striking visual of a skeleton burning with dark flames is pretty hard to beat,” said co-writer Chris Roberson. “In Rise Of The Black Flame, we reveal that before there was a man called the Black Flame, there was an ancient cult hidden deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia known by that name. We plumb the depths of cruelty and ruthlessness that groups of people are capable of reaching, and explore how this cult which reaches back to prehistoric times is connected to the most dangerous villain in the history of the Hellboy books.”

“After all these years it’s still so exciting to find new corners (or in this case a giant shadowy, uncharted abyss of horror) of the Hellboy world left to explore,” said Mike Mignola.

In addition to Rise Of The Black Flame, Roberson and Mignola will be co-writing Hellboy & The Bprd: 1954 and Witchfinder: City Of The Dead. Rise Of The Black Flame will mark the Mignolaverse debut of artist Christopher Mitten.

“It is tremendous fun–and a little surreal–to be given the chance to dive into this fantastic universe,” said Christopher Mitten. “Mike and Chris (with whom I’ve long wanted to work) have concocted a fantastic story, and then there’s Dave Stewart…I mean, Knowing Dave would be coloring and then actually Seeing his artistry in action are two wholly different things. Getting a chance to dip my toe into this expansive world has made me want to dig in and explore more of it, to go off into little corners and find what strangeness, what beauty, lurks there.”

Rise Of The Black Flame #1 (of 5) goes on sale from Dark Horse Comics on September 7. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop!”

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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years

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From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar.

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy
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Ewan McGregor Joins ‘Fargo’ Season 3 In Dual Roles

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Ewan McGregor‘s career has been a fascinating one. He broke out thanks to the double whammy of “Shallow Grave” and “Trainspotting,” the latter of which is now filming a sequel, two decades later. And the actor has moved between tiny, arthouse movies and big blockbusters, most famously playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the “Star Wars” prequels. […]

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Kill Your Friends DVD Review

“How far are you willing to go?” – Steven Stelfox

Kill Your Friends follows Nicholas Hoult as Steven Stelfox, an A&R man who works for Unigram (a London-based record label) and is out to sell whatever music product comes his way in order to process his career. Directed by Owen Harris, best known for Black Mirror episode ‘Be Right Back’ starring Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson, the screenplay is written by John Niven which, in turn, is based on his debut novel of the same name. Starting out in 1997 with Blur’s ‘Beetlebum’, Kill Your Friends offers up a twisted insight into the music industry. What’s particularly interesting, as the story develops, is that it’s based on Niven’s own experiences of his music career – presumably without all the murder.

Hoult’s Stelfox is your archetypal anti-hero, a man who doesn’t give a shit about who he
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Trainspotting: 20 years on

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What made Trainspotting so special? We take a look back at Danny Boyle's classic, as it heads towards its 20th birthday...

Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh, was first published in 1993. The novel grew from a series of short stories into a collection of non-linear connected vignettes based around a group of heroin addicts from Leith and their acquaintances. Parts of the novel – which grew from Welsh's diaries after being inspired by the early Nineties rave scene – were published in a variety of journals and pamphlets across Scotland, including New Writing Scotland and Rebel Inc. One of these publishers passed on the work to Secker & Warburg, who published it despite not feeling it had much commercial value (though they had previously put out works by Orwell, Kafka, and Simone de Beauvoir).

Written from multiple characters' perspectives in a variety of accents, it was longlisted for the Booker Prize
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