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‘The Only Living Boy In New York’ Is A Lacklustre Coming-Of-Age Dramedy [Review]

Allan Loeb certainly isn’t a household name, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ve might’ve seen one or two of his credited movies. Whether it’s “21,” “The Switch,” “The Dilemma,” “Just Go With It,” “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” “Rock of Ages” or last year’s regrettable “Collateral Beauty,” just to name a handful, Loeb is one of those screenwriters who’s quick to diversify his resume but never able to prove his skills.

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All 25 Ron Howard Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

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All 25 Ron Howard Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)
Ron Howard grew up in front of the camera, but he came of age as an artist behind it. The actor-turned-filmmaker has directed well over 20 movies throughout his career, taking an unostentatious approach to popcorn flicks and prestige pictures alike. With Inferno out this week, here’s a look back at the good, the bad, and The Dilemma. 24.) The Dilemma: What at first appears to be Howard’ attempt at a Woody Allen-style film about crisscrossing relationships gradually instead turns out to be an inert romantic dramedy. Vince Vaughn and especially Kevin James are taken well beyond their comfort zones,
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Ron Howard on ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Directing Gig: ‘I’ve Been a Fan Forever’

Ron Howard on ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Directing Gig: ‘I’ve Been a Fan Forever’
Ron Howard, freshly tasked with taking over directing the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff movie, said he’s been around the space-epic franchise from the very beginning — and that he’s ready to immerse himself deeply into studying “Star Wars” lore.

“I’ve been a fan forever,” said Howard, speaking Friday at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference. “It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe.”

Disney’s Lucasfilm on Thursday officially tapped Howard to finish making the movie, after studio president Kathleen Kennedy fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller this week because the duo were seen as overstepping their remit by going off-script with comedic touches.

“It’s a little opportunity that came my way,” Howard said when initially asked about the “Star Wars” job by panel moderator Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of Wpp.

Howard recalled that in 1972, George Lucas told him about his plans for a “fun” sci-fi film, incorporating special effects like those used in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” when Howard was appearing as an actor in Lucas’ “American Graffiti” (which also featured Harrison Ford, who went on to play Han Solo).

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When “Star Wars” came out, on opening day Howard said he and his wife, Cheryl, went to go see it — and they stood in line for two hours to get in. “I was so moved by the movie,” he said. “I was transported by the movie… We literally left almost speechless.” They decided to see it again, and waited another 90 minutes in line.

Shooting on the “Star Wars” Han Solo movie was three-fourths completed when Lord and Miller were given the boot. Howard has already begun work on the project, with shooting set to resume July 10. The movie was already scheduled for five weeks of re-shoots later in 2017.

“So many people involved in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise are friends,” Howard said. “It’s already been in production, and there’s a lot of really great work there.”

Howard appeared on stage at the Palais des Festivals’ Lumiere Theatre here with Wpp’s Sorrell and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. (Howard and Kraft were previously scheduled to appear at a post-panel press conference but only Sorrell showed up.)

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Sorrell’s Wpp is an investor in Imagine Entertainment, the production company co-founded and run by Howard and Brian Grazer. With the infusion of $100 million from Raine Group last year, Howard said the company is planning to expand beyond TV and film into branded-content work.

“That’s one of the reasons I’m here [at Cannes Lions],” Howard said. “The next iteration of Imagine, the one we hope goes forward and beyond us, is all about storytelling.”

Asked by Sorrell about their thoughts on President Trump, Kraft declined to comment while Howard chimed in with this: “I’m really hopeful that when this presidency is dramatized years from now, it is as a lovely, hilarious Broadway musical called ‘Trumped.'”

Also on the panel, Kraft commented on the process of picking high-quality talent while looking for people who can check their ego at the door.

“We’re in an ego-driven business — and when we’re doing well, the question is, who gets the credit?” Kraft said. He added, however, “You have to put up with a certain amount of nonsense… People who are really talented, off the charts, are different.”

Sorrell quipped: “We have no egos in the advertising business. We don’t even know how to spell ‘ego.'”

Howard, in his 30-plus years as a filmmaker, has made more than 50 movies including “Night Shift,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Parenthood,” “Backdraft,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which won four Academy Awards including for best director and best picture. However, his more recent films, including “Inferno,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush” and “The Dilemma,” have fared poorly at the box office.

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Ron Howard to Take Over as Director of ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff

Ron Howard to Take Over as Director of ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff
Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will take over as director of the “Star WarsHan Solo spinoff, Lucasfilm announced.

His hire comes after the movie’s original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired Tuesday, while in the middle of production after clashing with producer and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan. The duo, who had previously overseen “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” wanted to inject more humor into the storyline and encouraged improvisation, something Kasdan did not appreciate.

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Howard will begin work immediately. The picture still has several weeks left on its shooting schedule, and five additional weeks of pre-scheduled reshoots that were planned for later this year. The exact amount of time and money that it will take to actually complete the production (which was about three-quarters finished when the directors were fired), will vary depending on how much rewriting and reshooting Howard deems is necessary after reviewing the script and shot footage.

It is unclear just how Howard will be credited and whether he will share directing credit with Lord and Miller, or potentially take no credit at all (though that seems unlikely). Lord and Miller have the right to appeal any decision, but ultimately, the Directors Guild of America will make the call.

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Howard previously worked with Lucasfilm on 1988’s “Willow,” a fantasy adventure that garnered two technical Ocscar nominations (visual effects and sound editing) but was a box office disappointment. Howard’s credits also include hits such as “Parenthood,” “Splash,” “Backdraft,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Apollo 13” and 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” about the brilliant, anti-social mathematician John Nash, which won four top Academy Awards including best director and best picture.

These days, however, the former child actor is in need of a big hit. He’s had a string of duds that include “Inferno,” “In the Heart of the Sea,” “Rush,” and “The Dilemma.” His last significant success was 2009’s “Angels & Demons.”

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5 Directors Who Could Replace Lord & Miller On The Han Solo Movie

Han Solo movie director? Who could replace the departed Lord & Miller? We throw some options into the ring.

We reported very early this morning that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had sadly left the in-production Star Wars spin-off movie based around the character of Han Solo. It’s a great shame as the work that the duo have done on the likes of The Lego Movie and the ‘Jump Street’ films seemed to fit the world of Han Solo perfectly. Our Han Solo movie director choices are below.

Lord & Miller’s leaving of the project as it was shooting here in London was a surprise, and supposedly due to those dastardly creative differences that dog many productions as creatives and execs butt heads. While this is clearly nobody’s fault in particular, it’s a big problem for the studio as production delays lead to big costs, and a new director will need to be found pretty darned quickly.

The film is actually months into production in London, and we’re already hearing rumblings that Ron Howard is being closely tied with the project. While his involvement could be confirmed (or denied) any minute, we thought we’d take a look at who could possibly replace Lord and Miller on the Han Solo movie and fit the mould that this particular kind of film craves.

Ron Howard Han Solo movie director: Ron Howard?

Let’s kick off with the name that is already being associated with the movie. Ron Howard seems like a very safe choice to take the directing reigns on the project, and he’s obviously an accomplished filmmaker more than capable of guiding a film that is part-way through production home. Howard has many big-scale projects in his back catalogue; from the likes of the Robert Langdon trilogy; The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and last year’s Inferno, 2015’s In The Heart Of The Sea and How The Grinch Stole Christmas, to more intimate affairs such as A Beautiful Mind. Let’s not forget, he has a huge history of comedic movies too, hailing all the way back to Parenthood in the 1990s, Matthew McConaughey-led EdTV, and more recently The Dilemma.

Of course, Howard’s biggest asset from his back-catalogue is his ties with George Lucas with the fantastical cult hit Willow. With his affiliation and previous history with the studio, the fact that he is currently free (despite having some commitments to a biopic on opera star Luciano Pavarotti) and his amazing film-making skill, his involvement is a dead cert – as long as the terms are right, of course.

Lawrence Kasdan Han Solo movie director: Lawrence Kasdan?

With the project many months into production and development having kicked off well over twelve months ago, it may be important to bring someone in who knows the film inside out, and there’s nobody who knows it more that its screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan also wrote Star Wars movies The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, The Force Awakens, so his familiarity with the franchise is unparalleled. With eleven credits to his name as director, Kasdan is also an accomplished filmmaker with a steep history in the western genre over the years, so he could be a good fit.

Kasdan has already proved he can direct grand scale movies (Wyatt Earp) as well as comedies (The Big Chill), and although he hasn’t helmed a film since 2012, he could step out of the gates and own this one completely.

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First Trailer For Marc Webb’s ‘The Only Living Boy In New York’

While “The Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb is watching the franchise get rebooted, he’s not sweating it one bit. The filmmaker has returned to his indie roots in a big way, having already released “Gifted” this spring. While you weren’t looking, the Chris Evans starring dramedy has racked up an impressive $28 million worldwide, and now the filmmaker has another movie swinging into cinemas this summer, with “The Only Living Boy In New York.”

Read More: Marc Webb’s ‘Gifted’ Starring Chris Evans, Jenny Slate & Octavia Spencer Doesn’t Quite Add Up [Review]

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Kiersey Clemons, Cynthia Nixon, Callum Turner and Jeff Bridges the long-in-the-works movie (which at one time was going to star Logan Lerman, and be directed by Seth Gordon), is worryingly penned by Allan Loeb (“21,” “The Switch,” “The Dilemma,” “Just Go With It”) and follows a recent college graduate who seeks the guidance
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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Vince Vaughn (‘Hacksaw Ridge’)

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By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“I think what happened to me after The Break-Up was I was kind of more ‘booking jobs’ and not working from that same catalyst of, ‘I really believe in this and we all want to make the same movie,'” acknowledges the actor Vince Vaughn as we sit down at the London West Hollywood hotel to discuss his career on The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. Following a remarkable run of hit comedies in the early 2000s — among them, 2003’s Old School, 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Starsky & Hutch and 2005’s Wedding Crashers — Vaughn had deliberately pivoted towards drama with the 2006 dramedy.

“But I didn’t follow through on it,” the 46-year-old says with unmistakable regret. Instead, he lost his way for a decade, during which he was humbled by critical and commercial disappointments — see Fred Claus
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When Did Channing Tatum Start To Rock?

 At some point Channing Tatum went from man-candy (what? It's been said) to movie star. His star rose when Step Up stole the hearts of romantic comedy lovers that had waited too long for a new dance film. Seemed like Save The Last Dance had been decades before, despite the fact it actually released only five years prior. But, let's take a look back at Channing's filmography and see exactly where Tatum became something more.

CSI: Miami - Bob Davenport (2004) Never saw it, lets assume he was "okay."Coach Carter - Jason Lyle (2005) Same as CSI: Miami, watching Samuel L. Jackson as a coach just seemed too easy. Yell. Throw Notebook. Win baby, win.War of the Worlds - Boy in Church (uncredited, 2005) Wuh? Did they know he was just in Coach Carter?Havoc - Nick (2005) Is this the Havoc with Anne Hatheway's nude scene? Must go back and pay
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Collateral Beauty movie review: there is no beauty in this

MaryAnn’s quick take… Appalling and sadistic. How can anyone who is not a sociopath look at this horrible attempt at feel-good fantasy and say, “This is fine, this is healthy”? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

My god, it’s like we’re living not only in the darkest timeline but in the mirror universe, the one where there is no pity or mercy and the central driving human emotion is self-serving cruelty. This holiday season, Hollywood has given us the creepy, rapey Passengers to serve as a grand romance, and it has given us the sadistic Collateral Beauty to serve as a feel-good fantasy. What has become of us? It cannot bode any good thing about the current state of humanity that the manufacturer and reflector of our sweeping cultural hopes and dreams
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Review: ‘Collateral Beauty’ is a Clumsy, Misguided Drama

Collateral Beauty is soggy garbage intended to make you cry, but it’s so clumsy in its manipulations that you almost feel sorry for it, the way you would if you realized the mugger trying to take your money was holding a fake knife and was actually two kids in a trench coat. You thought this would work? You would think. Bless your dumb heart.

It’s the story of Howard (Will Smith), the head of an advertising agency, who has been a depressed zombie since the death of his daughter two years ago. His business partners — who are also his best friends; it’s important for you to remember that — can’t get him to engage in the business anymore, and they’re losing clients. They want him to sell the company before it goes under, but he refuses to discuss it, or anything else. He just stands in his office all day,
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Box Office: ‘Inferno’ Fizzles With $15 Million as ‘Madea’ Pulls Off Victory

Box Office: ‘Inferno’ Fizzles With $15 Million as ‘Madea’ Pulls Off Victory
This is how a franchise ends.

Inferno,” the latest big screen tour through Dan Brown’s historical conspiracy theories, flamed out at the weekend box office, earning a frosty $15 million. That’s a fraction of the $46.2 million that “Angels & Demons,” the previous film version of Brown’s novels, earned when it debuted in 2009, and it pales in relation to “The Da Vinci Code’s” $77.1 million opening way back in 2006.

“This was a serious meltdown,” said Jeff Bock, box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “It shows how fickle audiences can be. When studios release a sequel they don’t want, they just turn their shoulder.”

Inferno” couldn’t muster a strong enough debut to capture the top spot on the domestic box office chart. Lionsgate’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween” nabbed first place for the second consecutive weekend, picking up $16.7 million to bring its stateside total to $52 million. The Tyler Perry
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The Weekend Warrior 10/28/16: Inferno, Gimme Danger and More

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

In one of the busier weekends of the month, two of the movies did better than I predicted and two did worse. The real winner of the weekend was Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, which did far better than anyone thought with an opening weekend of $28.5 million in just 2,260 theaters or $12,611 per theater. It ended up completely demolishing Tom Cruise’s action sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, which opened in almost 1,500 more theaters, but at least that ended up around where I predicted with $22.9 million. Ouija: Origin of Evil came out slightly below my prediction to take third place with $14 million, while the Fox comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses bombed even worse than I expected with $5.5 million in 3,000 theaters.
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Zelda Fitzgerald Biopic In The Works From Director Ron Howard Starring Jennifer Lawrence

If you’re a book whore like me, one of the most prominent names in literature is Zelda Fitzgerald. No, she’s not a character in a book, nor was she an author of a generally accepted “great American novel” (her work was largely overshadowed by that of her husband), but she was the wife of novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, the man behind such classic books as The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise.

She was often cited as Fitzgerald’s muse, though history has proven that their love affair wasn’t as picturesque one would think. Writer Ernest Hemingway thought Zelda interfered too much with F. Scott’s work, and Zelda in turn disliked Hemingway right back, but this wasn’t the only wrench in their relationship. F. Scott was a textbook alcoholic, and Zelda was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and as such, spent a decent amount of time in mental facilities.
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Vince Vaughn Teaming With Bone Tomahawk Director For Brawl In Cell Block 99

Writer/director S. Craig Zahler's Bone Tomahawk was my favorite movie of last year, and I've been eagerly awaiting word about his next movie ever since I walked out of that screening. Now it appears we know what his next film project will be, and it'll see him team up with an unlikely actor: Vince Vaughn.

THR reports that Vaughn will star in Brawl in Cell Block 99, which is being described as a "brutal action thriller" that Zahler wrote and will direct. Here's the breakdown of the story:

Zahler's script centers on a former boxer (Vaughn) whose life is crumbling: He loses his job as an auto mechanic and his troubled marriage is about to expire. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This vocation improves his situation until the day
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The Charming Potato and 'Kingsman 2' seem to be a match made in Heaven

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The Charming Potato and 'Kingsman 2' seem to be a match made in Heaven
The Charming Potato is joining the cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle! I remember the moment Channing Tatum clicked for me. It certainly wasn’t on first exposure. Sometimes I see an actor and immediately like what they’re doing, and when I saw A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, it was with some early hype about both the director, Dito Montiel, and this amazing new young star, Channing Tatum. Didn’t work for me at all. He was fine in the Step Up films, but that’s because the dancing was front and center. Films like Dear John or Stop-Loss did nothing to change my opinion of Tatum, and in a few cases, like G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra or The Eagle, I thought his presence actually damaged the overall movie. For me, the first sign that he might actually be worth paying attention to was The Dilemma,
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Ron Howard Set to Direct Robert Downey Jr. in 'Pinocchio'

It's been more than 15 years since filmmaker Ron Howard made a movie that was specifically targeted at a family audience, namely, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He won two Academy Awards right after that for the terrific drama A Beautiful Mind and since then has concentrated on fare that's more appealing to somewhat older audiences, like The Dilemma, Rush and In the Heart of the Sea. Howard is now sailing back toward a family-friendly adventure. He is attached to direct a new live-action Pinocchio, according to Tracking Board. As you might expect, it's based on The Adventure of Pinocchio, a classic 19th century book by Carlo Collodi about a wooden puppet that comes to life. Robert Downey Jr. will star as Geppetto, the puppet's creator, and is also serving as a...

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Review: Chris Hemsworth seems beached by the phony 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

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Review: Chris Hemsworth seems beached by the phony 'In The Heart Of The Sea'
One of my favorite films in Ron Howard's long career as a director was "Rush," and part of what I loved about it was how it didn't really feel like a Ron Howard film. There was something audacious and rude and hilarious about the film's unlikable set of main characters. Howard is the perfect studio filmmaker because his work is rarely dangerous or challenging. He makes professional movies with good casts that tend to be good but rarely great. There are a number of Ron Howard films that I like, and a I few that I really like. "Apollo 13." "Frost/Nixon." "Parenthood." "Rush." "Night Shift." "Splash." I like that he's spent his career trying different things. He's capable of putting some of the best technical artists in the business together, and he always seems to give himself to his movies 100%. When I'm not a fan of a film he's made,
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The 14 Best Ron Howard Movies, Ranked

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Do audiences take Ron Howard for granted?

He's been an A-list director for more than 30 years now, a status that even recent flops like "The Dilemma" haven't tarnished. Maybe we're just used to him routinely turning out glossy blockbuster fare like "The Da Vinci Code," movies that are competent and well-made but that could have been shot by anyone.

Where Howard really shines, however, is in far-flung adventures and triumph-over-long-odds dramas. His new movie, "In the Heart of the Sea" (opening December 11), an account of the 19th-century whaling-ship disaster that inspired "Moby-Dick," ought to fill the bill. Meanwhile, here's a look back at the highlights of Howard's directing career.
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In the Heart of the Sea movie review: here be monsters (and whales)

Solid, old-school man-versus-nature adventure melodrama, with a simmering green awareness; rollicking, smart, breathtaking, and sobering. I’m “biast” (pro): generally really like Ron Howard’s films; love Chris Hemsworth and Ben Whishaw

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

In the Heart of the Sea is no Moby Dick. But then, it isn’t trying to be, even if it is based on one real incident that inspired, in part, Herman Melville’s classic American novel. Instead, director Ron Howard has made a film that is solid, old-school man-versus-nature adventure melodrama, as much Mutiny on the Bounty as Cast Away, as much Jaws (and well, wasn’t Moby Dick the original Jaws?) as The Perfect Storm. But The Perfect Storm was underlain with hints of a larger hubris that all of humanity, not just individual people,
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‘In the Heart of the Sea’ to Take a Dive at the Box Office

‘In the Heart of the Sea’ to Take a Dive at the Box Office
It’s going to be rough sailing for “In the Heart of the Sea.” The whaling drama is on track to be one of the biggest flops of director Ron Howard’s career and will serve as a painful coda to what has been a devastating year for Warner Bros., the studio behind the picture.

The story of the Essex, a whaleship that had a nasty encounter with a sperm whale, inspiring Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick,” is projected to bring in between $12 million and $14 million when it unspools across 3,103 theaters. That’s a disastrous launch for a drama that carries a production budget that hovers around $100 million.

The picture debuted overseas last weekend, earning a mediocre $18.5 million from 38 markets. If it has a prayer of clawing into the black, it will need foreign audiences to warm to the survival story — and quickly. “In the Heart of the Sea’s
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