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Star Trek Composer Gets Strange

7 May 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | AirlockAlpha.com | See recent Airlock Alpha news »

Michael Giacchino is getting a chance to work with Benedict Cumberbatch again. And no, its not a sequel to Star Trek: Into Darkness.Giacchino, the composer behind 2013s Into Darkness as well as 2009s Star Trek, is creating the score for Marvel's Doctor Strange, starring none other than Khan himself, Benedict Cumberbatch.A frequent collaborator with J.J. Abrams, Giacchino worked on Alias and Lost, as well as providing the score for Mission: Impossible III in 2006 and Super 8 in 2011.He has also composed the music for the upcoming Star Trek: Beyond, directed by Justin Lin. Beyond will premiere July 22.Read The Full Story on our sister site, 1701News. »

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Ron Howard's Beatles Film to Launch Hulu Documentary Division

4 May 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Ron Howard's upcoming Beatles film will be featured in Hulu Documentary Films, the streaming service's newest division. Howard's movie – working title The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – will debut in theaters and on Hulu this fall, Variety reports. The deal marks Hulu's first exclusive documentary premiere following a theatrical run.

Eight Days a Week focuses on the Beatles' iconic early years between 1962 and 1966. It will feature rare and previously unseen footage. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and the late George Harrison's wife Olivia Harrison are involved in the production. »

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The Bourne Identity: the battle to make the first film

26 April 2016 9:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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It was the spy thriller that revitalised the genre. But the production of 2002’s The Bourne Identity was far from an easy one...

Like so many budding filmmakers of his generation, Doug Liman got his start in movies by fiddling with his father's Super 8 camera. Then aged eight, Liman "Picked it up, started making movies with it, and never stopped."

By the time he'd reached his early 30s, Liman's ambitions had finally paid off. His films Swingers and Go, released in 1996 and 1999, were made cheaply and recouped healthy profits. Urgent and effervescently told, they were the product of a young, talented filmmaker on the rise. Liman's rising profile soon saw him land the kind of deal that a few dozen other hopefuls would have sold their souls for - Universal signed him up to make a film based on Robert Ludlum's spy thriller, The Bourne Identity. »

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Noah Hawley Signs First-Look Deal With Fox

25 April 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Noah Hawley’s 26 Keys Productions has signed an overall film deal at 20th Century Fox.

The company, which also has a deal with FX Productions, is run by Hawley and partner John Cameron. Hawley is best known for creating and writing the FX anthology series “Fargo” and was also a writer and producer on the first three seasons of Fox’s “Bones.”

As part of the feature deal, 26 Keys announced Leigh Kittay has been hired as head of film.

The company’s first feature under the new Fox deal is the recently announced “Man Alive,” which will be produced by Hawley and Cameron, with Kittay serving as an executive producer. BenderSpink is also producing.

“There’s a phrase you hear a lot in the movie business: ‘execution dependent,'” Hawley said. “It refers to a property or an idea that is more nuanced than high concept, more layered in tone »

- Dave McNary

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Logan Lerman and Elle Fanning to Star in Shawn Christensen’s ‘Sidney Hall’ (Exclusive)

21 April 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Kyle Chandler and Nathan Lane are set to star in Shawn Christensen’s indie drama “Sidney Hall.”

Christensen is on board to direct from a script he co-wrote with Jason Dolan. “Like Crazy” producer Jonathan Schwartz is on board to produce through his Super Crispy Entertainment banner with Christensen and Lerman exec producing.

Story follows three stages in the life of the title character, who writes the book of his generation before disappearing without a trace. The film begins production next week in New York City.

Sources say almost every young actor met with Christensen and Schwartz for the part after the script hit the market, but Lerman was particularly believable at playing all three stages of Hall’s life — he plays a 19, 24 and 30 year old in various parts of the film.

Fanning, who recently turned 18, has already gained recognition in box office successes like “Super 8” and “Maleficent. »

- Justin Kroll

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Interview: Director Jude Klassen Rocks CIMMfest with ‘Love in the Sixth’ on April 17, 2016

16 April 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The “Canuck Girls” have hit town, and they brought a lively, passionate and super fun musical about relationships and the environment to CIMMFest! Toronto-based writer/musician/actor/director Jude Klassen created “Love in the Sixth,” and it plays out at the 2016 festival on Sunday, April 17th (3:45p) at the Logan Theatre in Chicago. Click here for complete details.

The film explores relationships, in the post modern mode of Woody Allen, plus has amazing song breaks in the style of Motown, Punk, The Beatles and even “Grease” (if Grease would have had a song called “F**king Love”). The cinematic freedom of Jude Klassen’s director influence is woven throughout the work, as she portrays a rocker Mom named Dani, who is raising a Hunger-Games-loving-environmentally-conscious 12 year-old named Kat (Mika Kay, in a memorable performance).

Dani’s relationship with Sid (T.C. Folkpunk) is complicated, and gets in the way of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Los Angeles Filmforum presents David Domingo: A Super 8 Odyssey, on April 24, 2016

14 April 2016 4:14 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

This spring, David Domingo, one of Spain’s most important underground filmmakers, embarks on his first U.S. tour, organized by Los Angeles Filmforum.  He is presenting his unique super-8 films in super-8mm. Domingo, aka Stanley Sunday lets his imagination run wild and exposes his own fantastic universe through a highly iconoclast and hilarious associative cascade. His personal imagery includes a series of popular artifacts and icons such as Disney films, Michael Jackson, picture-card albums, comic-book superheroes, and cassette. 

There is also a homoerotic imagery and a series of recurring motifs with an explicit sexual symbology, such as the phallic Frankfurt Weiner, which has become his trademark.  By combining footage taken from classic films or B-movies with his own shootings, and abstract moments with life-action scenes played by his own “star-system”, David Domingo deconstructs normal hierarchies and cause-effect approaches in order to generate a continuous flow of images which create surprising and enigmatic associations.  

Here are the details: 

What: David Domingo: A Super 8 Odyssey.  David Domingo in person from Spain!

When: Sunday April 24, 2016, 7:30 pm.

Where: At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90028

Tickets: $10 general; $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.

Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at http://daviddomingo.bpt.me or at the door.

 Screening:

A Super 8 Odyssey: A program of David Domingo’s splendorous Super 8 films

- "Súper 8" (Super 8) (1996, color, sound, 7:44)

-"La mansión acelerada" (The Speedy Mansion) (1997, b&w, sound, 10 min.)

-"Desayunos y meriendas" (Breakfast and Snacks) (2002, color, sound, 7 min.)

-"Rayos y centellas" (What the…!) (2004, color, sound, 3:52)

-"Película sudorosa" (Sweaty Movie) (2009, color/b&w, sound, 18 min.)

-"A Movie that Portrays the Wonders of the World as Seen Through the Eyes of a Cat" (Disney Attraction Highlights Nº 1) (2009, color/b&w, sound, 5 min.)

David Domingo (aka Stanley Sunday, aka Davidson) was born in Valencia in 1973. He is currently based in Barcelona. Through 18 short films, 3 feature-length videos (including his personal vision of Disney´s "Bambi and The Exorcist. The Musical"), plenty of music videos for independent bands, crazy live performances of Super 8 and 16 mm screenings, and his quinquennial fanzine “One day in the life of Jonas Mekas”, he has become one of the main underground film makers in Spain.  In his early days he just used a VHS camera and player to make remakes, found footage films and homemade short films starred by his sister and grandmother. However, he soon turned to Super8, the format most of his work is filmed on.  He shows a deep knowledge of avant-garde and experimental film tradition, paying homage to the films by Bruce Conner, Andy Warhol, Iván Zulueta, Kenneth Anger or the Kuchar Brothers through quotations and references.

After broadening his horizons through the incursion in 16 mm filmmaking, more recently he has started to use digital technology, which has enabled him to go beyond by finding new textures and possibilities.

David Domingo’s films have been screened and exhibited in some of the main museums, art centers and film festivals in Spain, such as Xcèntric (the cinema of the Center for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo and La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe and S(8) Mostra de cine periférico in Coruña, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia or Valencia´s Festival Cinema Jove.

The program “A Super 8 Odyssey” shows his most emblematic Super 8 films, starting with his acclaimed first short film, Super 8 (1996), which was chosen as part of the traveling film program “From ecstasy to rapture. 50 years of the other Spanish cinema”, curated by the Contemporary Culture Center from Barcelona (Cccb), and screened at the Acmi (Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia), Anthology Film Archives (NYC, USA), National Gallery of Art (Washington DC, USA), Tiff Cinematheque (Toronto, Canada), Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver, Canada), Národní filmový archiv in Prague (Czech Republic), Jeu de Paume (Paris, France), Tate Modern (London, UK), Wro Art Center (Wroclaw, Poland), or National Gallery of Art (Vilnius, Lituania), amongst many other venues.

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- Sydney Levine

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‘The Neon Demon’ Trailer: Elle Fanning Unleashes Her Dark Side for Nicolas Winding Refn

14 April 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Elle Fanning does “sweet and innocent” really well, as we’ve seen in films like Maleficent and Super 8. But her next film, The Neon Demon, will let her show off a darker edge. Fanning plays a young aspiring model named Jesse, who gets caught up in the thrill and the horror of the La scene. And Nicolas Winding Refn directed it, so […]

The post ‘The Neon Demon’ Trailer: Elle Fanning Unleashes Her Dark Side for Nicolas Winding Refn appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Paramount Pictures Unveils Upcoming Movie Slate at CinemaCon 2016

12 April 2016 12:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures launched CinemaCon's studio presentations Monday night to a near capacity crowd at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with a look at their upcoming slate of films. Among the teasers featured were Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Rings. Both see Paramount releasing follow-ups to successful franchises with something a little different. Additionally, the Denis Villeneuve helmed sci-fi pic Story of Your Life was previewed, winning much praise from the audience. And the big screen re-imagining of Baywatch showed off its first R-rated footage, which was decidedly more vulgar than it was funny.

Opening the presentation was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett reunited to introduce an extended cut of the previously released trailer. The CinemaCon version brought an extended take on the turtles' skydiving prowess with a lot of action and a lot of fun. The opening skit shared between »

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A Dead Girl Rises from the Gloom in Hallucinogen

5 April 2016 3:44 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Tagline: "Take the Pill. See What is Haunting You." A few details are emerging for the upcoming indie horror feature Hallucinogen. This film, from Sahara Vision Productions, has recently completed production. The film involves a pill, which allows people to see ghosts. However, once you take this tablet you cannot forget the horrors you see. Starring Mindy Robinson (V/H/S 2), David Gallagher (Super 8), Harry Hains and Andrea Nelson, a number of stills are now available for Hallucinogen, for viewing. The official synopsis talks about a party. Here, four friends here rumours of a dark haired, dead girl. She can only be seen in a haunted home, after a strange pill is ingested. Once taken, this dead girl will not let these friends leave, ever! Other details remain in mystery. However, now that production has been completed, a trailer is likely to come this way soon, along with a release date. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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YouTube’s Fine Brothers Announce First Film, Comedy ‘F*&% the Prom’

4 April 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fine Brothers Entertainment, the team behind the popular YouTube “React” series, together with Big Block have kicked off production of feature-length teen comedy “F*&% the Prom.”

The film stars Danielle Campbell (“The Originals,” Disney Channel’s “StarStruck”), Joel Courtney (“Super 8”), Ian Ziering (“Sharknado”) and Cheri Oteri (“Saturday Night Live”). Cast also includes Meg DeLacy (“Side Effects”), Cameron Palatas (“Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous”), Madelaine Petsch (“Riverdale”), Luke Bilyk (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and YouTube lifestyle v-logger Jill Cimorelli.

Fine Brothers Entertainment’s Benny Fine is set to direct from a script he co-wrote with his brother, Rafi, and Molly Prather. Production on the film, expected to last a month, began in Los Angeles on April 1.

“I’m excited to bring to life Fbe’s first feature, going back to my roots as a filmmaker and diving into a film that is funny with a beating heart,” Benny Fine said in a statement. »

- Todd Spangler

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Triple H Announces First 7 Participants For WWE Global Cruiserweight Series

1 April 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

During yesterday’s Nxt conference call, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative Triple H announced the first seven men confirmed to compete in the 32-man Global Cruiserweight Series this summer. 

The men represent Nxt, U.S. independent wrestling, and the pro scene from around the world:

Rich Swann – The 25-year-old Swann signed with WWE last year and has since made a pair of appearances on Nxt TV. Prior to joining Nxt, the high-flyer competed for Evolve, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Full Impact Pro, and Japan’s Dragon Gate promotion.

Johnny Gargano – “Johnny Wrestling” has already made several appearances with Nxt, but he’s continued to dominate the indies in the meantime. Along with former WWE star Drew Galloway, Gargano holds the Evolve Tag Team Championship.

Tommaso Ciampa – Like Gargano, Ciampa has wrestled for Nxt extensively despite not being signed to WWE. He’s also competed for Ring of Honor in the past, »

- Scott Fried

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Blockbuster movies and the continued trouble with stakes

29 March 2016 12:42 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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When was the last time you went into the final act of a big blockbuster and didn't have any idea how things would turn out?

This article contains spoilers for:

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (major)

Super 8 (middling)

Back To The Future (mild)

Next week’s National Lottery numbers * (mild)

Toy Story 3 (mild)

Skyfall (mildish)

The Fugitive (middling)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (middling)

* Just seeing if anyone reads this bit

It’s an oft-quoted example, granted, but in the midst of Back To The Future’s time travel, and the rush to get the DeLorean up to 88mph and to put the world right, the motivation of the lead character was a simple one: to make sure his parents stayed together.

No matter what Doc Brown said, it wasn’t about the end of the world or a paradox bringing everything crashing down. »

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Bloodline Season 1 Out On DVD Now

29 March 2016 1:32 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

March 21st sees the home release of the critically acclaimed American thriller Bloodline – Season 1. Produced by Sony Pictures as a 13 episode Netflix Original series, the story centres on the Rayburn family who own and manage a beachside hotel in the Florida Keys. To mark the 45th anniversary of their reputable and well-respected business, the Rayburns are being celebrated with the dedication of a local pier being given in their honour.

A seemingly respectable and upstanding family within the community, the return of the Rayburn’s oldest son, Danny, to take part in the festivities doesn’t raise any eyebrows. However Danny’s return isn’t so welcome among the family, who see him as a threat to their carefully constructed facade; a facade which hides a dark and murky past.

Debuting at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in 2015 the series instantly gained rave reviews for it’s tense and gripping overtones, »

- Dan Powell

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Harker’s Hits: Hollywood Round-up

22 March 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Lots happening in Hollywood this week. Here’s a quick primer on stories you might have missed!

Harry Potter Meets The Others Meets The Purge. Alejandro Amenábar (The Others, Thesis, Open Your Eyes) drops his latest psychological thriller, Regression, May 10 on Blu-ray and DVD as well as on demand through Starz Digital. With a script by Amenábar and a cast that includes Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, Harry Potter alums Emma Watson (Hermione) and David Thewlis (Lupin), and veteran Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3, Super 8, The Yellow Wallpaper, True Blood), this satanic-cult thriller has a lot of potential. I know what I’ll be doing May 10!

• Everything Old Is New Again. CBS has found the lead for its reboot of the Richard Dean Anderson action-fantasy series MacGyver. Deadline reports that Lucas Till (X-men: Days Of Future Past, Stoker, Kristy) has signed on to play the innovative secret agent known for »

- Harker Jones

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Movie Review – 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

22 March 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

10 Cloverfield Lane, 2016.

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg.

Starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr.

Synopsis:

A woman awakes in an underground bunker after being knocked unconscious in a car accident. Two men are with her, claiming the world up above has been devastated by a chemical attack.

Back in 2007, a mysterious trailer appeared before the first Transformers movie featuring a party in Manhattan that was interrupted by a downtown explosion, and it ended with the Statue of Liberty’s head being thrown down the street – no title was shown, only a release date. It remains, to this day, one of the most effective ‘teaser’ trailers of all time. In the years since, rumours of a sequel to 2008’s found-footage monster movie Cloverfield have been just that – rumours. Then two months ago, out of the blue, producer J.J. Abrams did it again – another mysterious teaser trailer hit the internet, »

- Amie Cranswick

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"Outlander" - Caitriona Balfe "InStyle"

21 March 2016 7:16 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ new images of 'Golden Globe' nominated actress Caitriona Balfe, aka 'Claire Randall' in the Starz action fantasy series "Outlander", posing for the April 2016 issue of "InStyle" magazine:

In 1999, while studying drama at the 'Dit Conservatory of Music and Drama', Balfe was appoached to work as a fashion model in Paris.

She was then featured both in advertising campaigns and on runways for brands including...

...'Dolce & Gabbana', 'Moschino', 'Roberto Cavalli', 'Max Mara', 'Bottega Veneta', 'H&M' and 'Oscar de la Renta'.

Prior to "Outlander", Balfe appeared in films including "Super 8", "Now You See Me" and "Escape Plan".

She also had leading roles in "The Beauty Inside", "Crush" and "H+: The Digital Series".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Caitriona Balfe...

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- Michael Stevens

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Midnight Special | Review

14 March 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Power of One: Nichols’ Sci-Fi Studio Film a Wispy Homage

Indie director Jeff Nichols makes his first crossover to studio fare with Midnight Special, his auteur clout securing the film a competition slot in the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival just prior to a stateside release. Returning once more with his frequent collaborator, actor Michael Shannon, who has appeared in all three of his previous films, it is a particularly specific homage to popularized names like Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, particularly from their early, celebrated period of genre infused event filmmaking in the early 1980s. But this highly uneven and distressingly cold narrative never manages to finds its stride, complete with a cast of anemic characters who never come to life behind the notable visage of well-known actors.

Roy Tomlin (Shannon) has abducted his biological son Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) from the religious cult he grew up in. »

- Nicholas Bell

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6 Reasons '10 Cloverfield Lane' Took the Box Office by Surprise

13 March 2016 4:29 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Two months ago, no one had heard of "10 Cloverfield Lane." Today, it's a smash hit.

The low-budget thriller, made by a first-time director and featuring no big box office draws, opened with an estimated $25.2 million. It beat three other new wide releases, none of which even managed to open in the top five. The only movie that could beat it was Disney's unstoppable cartoon "Zootopia," which lost a third of last weekend's business and still earned an estimated $50.0 million in its second weekend.

How did the "Cloverfield Lane" filmmakers and distributor Paramount pull off such a feat? Here are six ways the film became a stealth hit.

1. J.J. Abrams

By now, the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director is a one-man brand, even if, as in this case, he merely produced the film and didn't write or direct it. Fans know him for quality genre material, especially sci-fi action thrillers. »

- Gary Susman

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Midnight Special Review [SXSW 2016]

12 March 2016 9:45 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Jeff Nichols introduced Midnight Special at this year’s SXSW, he commented on the Spielberg-like posters hanging all around Austin. People chuckled, acknowledging the fact that this was Nichols’ take on old-school Amblin, but after watching his “homage,” part of me doubts that Amblin lovers alike will appreciate Nichols’ signature slow-burn pacing.

Super 8, to me, is a hallmark Spielbergian throwback – Midnight Special is simply Nichols’ take on science fiction. One that drags and languishes, and never answers posed questions or clarifies an overall meaning. As viewers, we’re left to interpret a goggle-wearing child’s brightly lit adventure, but not everyone will enjoy the collective “Why?” when Nichols’ curtain draws closed.

The young Jaeden Lieberher stars as a special boy named Alton, who can intercept radio transmissions, and shoot beams of light from his eyes. His father, Roy (Michael Shannon), originally took him to a cult-like ranch, »

- Matt Donato

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