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Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Takes the Crown on Royal Wedding Weekend

As expected, Deadpool 2 opened number one this weekend earning an estimated $125 million. Deadpool 2 knocked off three-time box office champ Avengers: Infinity War while pulling in over $300 million worldwide. While the sequel didn’t break box office records or top the 2016 originals $132 million opening weekend, the movie is doing pretty great.

Despite getting bumped from the top spot, Infinity War brought in another $28 million for a current domestic total of $595 million. Avengers has now earned $1.8 billion worldwide.

Book Club opened with a solid $12.5 million. The Paramount produced film was able o carve out some box office money for itself in a crowded superhero weekend.

Rounding out the top five was Life of the Party and Breaking In with $7.7 million and $6.4 million respectively.

Here’s the top five from this weekend:

Rank Title Weekend Total 1. Deadpool 2

$125,000,000 $125,000,000 2. Avengers: Infinity War

$28,672,000 $595,032,959 3. Book Club

$12,500,000 $12,500,000 4. Life of the Party

$7,725,000 $31,036,507 5. Breaking In

$6,470,000 $28,750,710

Here’s the
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‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and When Cliffhangers Fail

Spoilers ahead for The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and Avengers: Infinity War. When I saw The Matrix Reloaded in May 2003, I was blown away. I was all in on the bigger world the Wachowskis were setting up, and spent the summer and fall endlessly theorizing online about what the conclusion, The Matrix Revolutions, could hold. Then the sequel came out, was the cinematic equivalent of a big, wet fart, and my high opinion of Reloaded faded away. The Matrix Reloaded turns 15 this week, and so I revisited it along with Revolutions (you can hear a longer discussion …
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The Unpopular Opinion: ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ is the Great Misunderstood Sequel of the 2000s

The Unpopular Opinion: ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ is the Great Misunderstood Sequel of the 2000s
(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: we go to bat for The Matrix Reloaded on its 15th anniversary.) If the burden of a sequel is to equal or better its […]

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The Collider.com Podcast: Episode 141 – ‘The Matrix’ Sequels, 15 Years Later

This week on The Collider.com Podcast, we're doing a bit of a flashback episode. The Matrix Reloaded opened 15 years ago this week, so we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the film and its sequel, The Matrix Revolutions. We discuss why the original The Matrix was such a success, why the sequels fall so short, the occasional bright spots, the elements that don't work (*cough*Zion*cough*) and much more. We then finish up with a new installment of Recently Watched. Listen to the latest episode of The Collider Podcast below; click here …
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Box Office: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Three-peats

For a third straight weekend – and to nobody’s surprise – Avengers: Infinity war has finished atop the weekend box office. Infinity War brought in an estimated $61.8 million.

Avengers continues to set records and hit milestones. The film has now crossed the $500 million domestic mark in just 15 days. Infinity War has also become the fifth highest-grossing weekend of all-time. With Deadpool 2 dropping next week, it will be interesting to see what Infinity War will continues to make globally.

Finishing second was the Melissa McCarthy comedy Life of the Party debuting with an estimated $18.5 million. The film falls in line with typical McCarthy opening weekends.

Mother’s Day weekend saw the release of the Gabrielle Union thriller Breaking In, which opened with an estimated $16.5 million.

Rounding out the top five is Overboard with $10.1 million and A Quiet Place with $6.4 million.

Here’s the top five weekend box office:

Rank Title Weekend
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Charlotte Rampling joins Paul Verhoeven’s religious erotic thriller Blessed Virgin

Deadline is reporting that Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling has signed on to appear in Blessed Virgin, a religious erotic thriller from director Paul Verhoeven.

Based on Judith C. Brown’s Immodest Acts: The Life Of A Lesbian Nun In Renaissance Italy and scripted by Verhoeven and his Elle co-writer David Birke, Blessed Virgin follows Benedetta Carlini, a novice nun who joins an Italian convent in the late 17th century and begins a love affair with another woman.

Virginie Efira (Elle) is set to portray Carlini, while the cast also includes Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded) and Daphne Patakia (Djam). Filming is set to get underway later this year, with Pathé producing the film after previously collaborating with Verhoeven on Showgirls and Black Book.

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A Look Back At The Matrix Sequels

It’s been fifteen years since the release of The Matrix Reloaded, the sequel to one of the most successful, beloved and influential sci-fi/action films of all time. Eric Bay-Andersen discusses whether time has done anything to improve the less-than-stellar reputation that Reloaded and trilogy-capper Revolutions have received since then…

The first Matrix was a game-changer for me – I was thirteen when it was released, and it came along at a time when I was just starting to view movies as something more than distractions or passing amusements. It’s not an understatement to say it blew my mind – here was a film that was not only exciting, intelligent and off-the-charts cool, but which was also sparking discussions about technology, philosophy and religion amongst the movie-going public and in the media as well. Given my love of the first film, I was as hyped as anyone when the sequels were announced,
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Charlotte Rampling Set To Join Paul Verhoeven’s Erotic Thriller ‘Blessed Virgin’

Charlotte Rampling Set To Join Paul Verhoeven’s Erotic Thriller ‘Blessed Virgin’
Exclusive: Oscar-nominee Charlotte Rampling is attached to join the cast of Elle and Basic Instinct director Paul Verhoeven’s upcoming steamy thriller Blessed Virgin, I can reveal. Rampling is being lined up for a key supporting role alongside Virginie Efira (Elle), Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded) and rising Belgian-Greek actress Daphne Patakia (Djam). Pathé handles international sales and French distribution on the anticipated French-language drama, which reteams Ell…
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in May 2018

Literary adaptions and beloved franchises abound in the incoming May arrivals to Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix. Amazon alone has acquired the screen revivals of multiple classic novels, including renditions of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” and Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Also coming to Amazon and Hulu this May is the entire “Rocky” franchise, while Hulu has clinched all six “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies. Netflix, meanwhile, will add scattered saga installments, including the original “Shrek,” “Scream 2,” and “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.”

A mix of original and acquired
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Deadpool 2 Now on Track for Massive $150M Box Office Debut

Deadpool 2 Now on Track for Massive $150M Box Office Debut
The summer movie season kicks off early this year with Avengers: Infinity War arriving tonight for sneak previews, but another superhero sequel, 20th Century Fox's Deadpool 2, is poised to open huge just a few weeks later. The first box office projections for Deadpool 2 are in, putting the sequel at $150 million for its opening weekend. This current estimate puts it roughly $18 million ahead of the $132.4 million debut for 2016's Deapdool, which shattered the 13-year record for the highest opening for an R-rated film of $91.7 million, held by The Matrix Reloaded.

There are no estimates for its domestic total at this time, but the original Deadpool ended up earning $363 million domestic, the second highest domestic tally for an R-rated movie ever, behind Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ ($370.7 million) but it became the highest-grossing R-rated movie worldwide, breaking The Matrix Reloaded's record tally of $742.1 million. While
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Here’s Everything That’s Coming to and Leaving Hulu in May

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Here’s Everything That’s Coming to and Leaving Hulu in May
Next month, enjoy plenty of sports-related flicks with the addition of the Oscar-nominated “I, Tonya,” on May 31 and all the “Rocky” movies on May 1.

Other highlights include the Hulu original series “All Night,” out May 11, which chronicles teens trying to make their high school dreams come true during an all-night grad party, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s 2017 remake of “Baywatch,” available May 12.

Catch Season 4 of FX’s “The Strain” on May 16 and the complete first season of TNT’s “Claws” on May 11.

Also Read: Kyle Chandler Replaces George Clooney as Lead in Hulu's 'Catch-22'

See everything that’s coming and leaving below:

Available May 1

3 Ways to Get a Husband (2010)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

Baby Boom (1987)

Back to School (1986)

Barefoot (2014)

201 (2017)

The Box (2009)

Booty Call (1997)

Breakable You (2018)

Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Bull Durham (1988)

The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

The Crow (1994)

The Crow II: City of Angels (1996)

The Crow III: Salvation (2000)

The Crow IV: Wicked Prayer (2005)

Demolition Man (1993)

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Eight Men Out (1988)

Elizabethtown (2005)

Emperor (2012)

Executive Decision (1996)

Foxfire (1996)

Gator (1976)

Godzilla (1998)

The Hangman (2017)

Also Read: Hulu, Spotify Launch $13 Bundled Subscriptions

Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits (2017)

Hot Boyz (2000)

The House I Live In (2012)

Immigration Tango (2010)

Iron Eagle IV: On the Attack (1995)

Kalifornia (1993)

Lost in Vagueness (2017)

Love is a Gun (1994)

Malena (2000)

Man of the House (2005)

Manhunter (1986)

Mansfield Park (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Men in Black II (2002)

Men with Brooms (2002)

Never Back Down (2008)

New Guy (2002)

New Rose Hotel (1998)

Ninja Masters (2009)

No Greater Love (2015)

The Pallbearer (1996)

Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Pret-a-Porter (1994)

Priest (2011)

Race for your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)

Rocky (1976)

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky III (1982)

Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky V (1990)

School Ties (1992)

Set Up (2011)

She’s All That (1999)

Starting out the Evening (2007)

Strategic Air Command (1955)

The Swan Princess Christmas (2012)

Also Read: Hugh Laurie Joins Hulu 'Catch-22' Adaptation With George Clooney

The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure (1998)

Thief (1981)

To Rome with Love (2012)

Traffic (2000)

Untamed Heart (1993)

Valkyrie (2008)

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Available May 5

Drunk History: Complete Season 5A (Comedy Central)

Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin: Complete Season 1 (Sunrise)

The Longest Week (2014)

Warrior (2011)

Available May 6

I’m Dying Up Here: Season 2 Premiere (*Showtime)

Available May 7

Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Complete Season 3 (Disney Xd)

Available May 8

Running Wild with Bear Grylls: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)

Available May 9

T@gged: Complete Season 2 (AwesomenessTV)

Available May 11

All Night: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)

Claws: Complete Season 1 (TNT)

Bleeding Heart (2015)

Into the Fade (2018)

Available May 12

Patrick Melrose: Series Premiere (*Showtime)

Baywatch (2017)

Frank Serpico (2017)

Jane (2017)

Still Mine (2012)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Available May 13

Tonight She Comes (2016)

Available May 15

Animals (2015)

How to be a Latin Lover (2017)

It’s A Disaster (2012)

Periods. (2012)

Soul of a Banquet (2014)

Take Every Wave (2017)

The Other F Word (2011)

The Snapper (1993)

The Strange Ones (2018)

Available May 16

12 Monkeys: Complete Season 3 (Syfy)

The Strain: Complete Season 4 (FX)

Knights of the Damned (2018)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

Available May 19

Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

Shooters (2002)

Available May 21

American Folk (2017)

Neat (2017)

Available May 23

Half Magic (2018)

Available May 24

Curvature (2017)

Available May 25

Hollywood Game Night: Red Nose Dat Special (NBC)

Mad to be Normal (2017)

Available May 27

The Wedding Plan (2016)

Available May 30

America’s Got Talent: Season 13 Premiere (NBC)

World of Dance: Season 2 Premiere (NBC)

Available May 31

American Ninja Warrior: Season 10 Premiere (NBC)

I, Tonya (2017)

Please Stand By (2018)

Rain Man (1988)

And here’s everything that’s leaving:

May 31

1984 (1985)

The Accused (1988)

A Feast at Midnight (1997)

Antitrust (2001)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Boulevard (2015)

Branded (2012)

Breakdown (1997)

Captivity (2007)

Chaplin (1992)

Diablo (2016)

The Doors (1991)

Earth Girls are Easy (1988)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Finder’s Fee (2003)

Fluke (1995)

Forces of Nature (1999)

Fred: The Movie (2010)

Fred: Night of the Living Fred (2011)

Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012)

The Glass Shield (1994)

Glitter (2001)

Gordy (1995)

Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

Harriot the Spy (1996)

Hart’s War (2002)

He Named Me Malala (2015)

Hesher (2010)

High School (2010)

Honey (2003)

Honey 2 (2011)

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

Jennifer 8 (1992)

John Q (2002)

Kingpin (1996)

Love Crimes (1992)

Show of Force (1990)

Manhattan (1979)

Manny (2015)

The Million Dollar Hotel (2001)

National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie (2011)

National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea (2006)

No Stranger Than Love (2016)

Outlaws and Angels (2016)

The Pick-up Artist (1987)

Regarding Henry (1991)

The Secret of N.I.M.H. (1982)

Southie (1998)

Sprung (1997)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

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Writer Zak Penn ‘Desperately’ Wants To Bring Back ‘The Matrix’

It’s fair to say that “The Matrix” franchise didn’t exactly end on a high note. When “The Matrix” blew minds in 1999, fans were dying to see what The Wachowskis would do next with the franchise. Then “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” were released and most fans just asked, “Why?”

The truth is, the filmmaking duo should have left “The Matrix” alone after their first film.
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Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida to Be Honored at L.A. Italian Culture Festival

Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida to Be Honored at L.A. Italian Culture Festival
Iconic Italian actresses Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida will be honored at a three-day cultural event by Tiziana Rocc from Filming on Italy and Valeria Rumori from the Italian Institute of Culture Los Angeles.

Bellucci has starred in 67 films including “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Passion of the Christ.” She recently appeared alongside Gael García Bernal in Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle.” Her upcoming project “Nekromancer” is currently in post-production. Bellucci became an international star after her role in Giuseppe Tornatore’s film “Malèna,” which will be screened at Filming on Italy.

Lollobrigida achieved international and U.S. success with films such as 1956’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and John Huston’s “Beat the Devil” starring Humphrey Bogart. She was nominated for two Golden Globes for her work in “Falcon Crest” and “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell,” and she won the Henrietta Award for world film favorite female.

Iic Los Angeles Creativity and Filming on Italy
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Fox Moves ‘Deadpool 2’ Forward Two Weeks, Pushes Back ‘New Mutants’ and ‘Gambit’

Fox Moves ‘Deadpool 2’ Forward Two Weeks, Pushes Back ‘New Mutants’ and ‘Gambit’
Fox has moved the release of Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” forward by two weeks to May 18, when it will open a week ahead of Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

The action-comedy sequel will open against against Sony’s horror film “Slender Man.” Fox’s move leaves the June 1 date without a film opening.

The move comes less than a month after Disney agreed to buy Fox’s entertainment assets, including the movie studio. “Solo” stars Alden Ehrenreich in an origin story that’s been directed first by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were replaced last summer by Ron Howard.

Fox also announced Thursday that it’s moving its X-Men movie “New Mutants” back by 10 months from April 13 to Feb. 22, 2019. “Mutants” stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton,

Additionally, Fox has decided to move Channing Tatum’s “Gambit” back by four months from Feb. 14, 2019, to June 7, 2019. Gore Verbinski exited Thursday and has not
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What We Learned from the 2017 Box Office

What We Learned from the 2017 Box Office
The end of each year is often a time for reflection, as we look back on the year that was before we get ready to turn the page on a brand new year. When it comes to the movies, there's more than enough to reflect on, with countless amounts of "hot takes" starting to surface, including lists of the top 10 movies, but this year, we thought we'd try a different approach as well. Given how unique a year 2017 was at the box office, we decided to delve back through the year that was, and pick out the top 10 most interesting trends that developed among audiences this year, some of which could have quite the big impact on the movie industry for many years to come.

While the top 10 for this year isn't officially set in stone yet, since it's only a matter of time before Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rules Social Media Buzz Ahead of Premiere

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rules Social Media Buzz Ahead of Premiere
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated social media again last week with 185,000 new conversations as anticipation grows for the ninth film in the franchise, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has pulled in more than 3.97 million new conversations four weeks before its Dec. 15 launch. Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. It stars returning cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis.

New cast members include Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro. It’s the final film role for Fisher, who died last December.

Disney-Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” generated 80,000 new conversations last week following the Nov. 18 release of its first teaser trailer. The animated comedy is the sequel to the 2004 original with Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, and [link=nm
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‘Deadpool 2’ Teaser Trailer Offers First Footage and Bob Ross-Style Painting Lesson

‘Deadpool 2’ Teaser Trailer Offers First Footage and Bob Ross-Style Painting Lesson
Ryan Reynolds takes a turn into the surreal in a teaser trailer for “Deadpool 2,” offering mostly tips on how to paint — intercut with a few brief action scenes.

Deadpool imitates Bob Ross, the late artist from PBS’ instructional show “The Joy of Painting” who provided extensive detail about what he was painting, in a video titled “Wet on Wet.” At one point, Deadpool explains that he’s painting trees, then adds, “What you don’t want to do is eat these — trust me on this.”

About halfway through, however, several characters appear briefly in a violence-laden montage from the actual movie — Josh Brolin’s Cable, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by Brianna Hildebrand), and Blind Al (Leslie Uggams). Then the trailer returns to the painting instructional with Reynolds concluding, “Hugs not drugs.”

Reynolds is also a producer on the films with “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returning, along with Drew Goddard assisting. “John Wick” co-director
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Secret Behind The Matrix Code Finally Revealed

Secret Behind The Matrix Code Finally Revealed
The Wachowski siblings' 1999 breakthrough film The Matrix was not only a huge critical and commercial hit, but it also helped revolutionize the way movies are made, in a number of different ways. One of the most unique elements of the movie is The Matrix code itself, which is basically comprised of a perpetual stream of neon green icons running down vertically over a black screen. While we wait for more on the controversial and impending Matrix reboot, the creator of the actual Matrix code reveals that it was based on Japanese food recipes.

The franchise has been in the news this year after Warner Bros. announced a new project which was described as a Matrix prequel. Simon Whiteley was the man who designed and created The Matrix code, who got his start in the movie business designing the opening title sequence for the 1995 smash hit Babe. While his role as
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You Have Less Than a Month to Watch How I Met Your Mother Before It Leaves Netflix

Once again, the time has come to say goodbye to some of our favorite movies and shows on Netflix. While there are some exciting new additions coming in November, such as Marvel's The Punisher, the streaming service is getting rid of some gems including the entire Matrix franchise and some beloved sitcoms. Needless to say, if you haven't watched How I Met Your Mother all the way through, we suggest starting now. Nov. 1 Back to the Secret Garden Black Books, series one-three Christmas with the Kranks Get Rich or Die Tryin' Hard Candy Hugo Ravenous The Brothers The Legend of Hell House The Matrix The Matrix Reloaded The Matrix Revolutions The Newton Boys Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas Twilight V for Vendetta Nov. 3 Do I Sound Gay? Nov. 5 Hannah Montana: The Movie Heavyweights Sky High Nov.
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Avengers: Infinity War Puts Out Casting Call For Military Types

Even with the possibility of the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War debuting tomorrow night being a reality, I think you may agree with me in saying that it doesn’t hurt to occupy the interim with other bits of news related to the monumental film that’s serving as the culmination of everything Marvel Studios have been building to since the release of 2008’s Iron Man.

Granted, principal photography for 2019’s as-yet-untitled follow-up may have already commenced, but that doesn’t mean everything regarding Infinity War itself is finished. After all, there’s a lot of time separating now from next spring, so it stands to reason that the second unit or other members of the crew will be filling in a few blanks. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise us if the approach the Russo Brothers are taking is somewhat nonlinear like other films that have shot back to back,
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