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‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards

‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards
“God’s Own Country” was the big winner at the British Indepdendent Film Awards on Sunday, winning best British independent film, best actor for Josh O’Connor, and best debut screenwiter for Francis Lee, who also directed the England-set gay romance.

Lady Macbeth” was another multiple prize-winner, taking home the awards for best screenplay for Alice Birch, best actress for Florence Pugh, and most promising newcomer for Naomie Ackie. Armando Iannucci’s “Death of Stalin” picked up four awards, which were handed out Sunday evening at a starry awards ceremony in London.

The British independent movie industry turned out in force, although the snow that had blanketed parts of Britain overnight kept double award-winner Rungano Nyoni from attending and had Lee telling the crowd he needed digging out of his home in Yorkshire, northern England, to make the bash.

Host Mark Gatiss opened proceedings by announcing “it’s been another dreadful year for planet Earth,” adding that “January
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Jennifer Lawrence Is The "Red Sparrow"

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Sneak Peek footage from the upcoming action 'spy thriller' "Red Sparrow", directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the book by author James Matthews, starring Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games"), Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling ("Zardoz") , Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons, opening March 2, 2018:

"...a Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) falls for a 'CIA' officer (Joel Edgerton) and considers becoming a double agent..."

Cast also includes Ciaran Hinds, Bill Camp, Sakina Jaffrey, Joely Richardson, Thekla Reuten, Douglas Hodge, Sasha Frolova and Kristof Konrad.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Red Sparrow"...
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Prince William Sounds Off on Social Media Pressures: 'There Is a Sense of Being on Call 24/7'

Prince William Sounds Off on Social Media Pressures: 'There Is a Sense of Being on Call 24/7'
Prince William is echoing his brother Prince Harry‘s sentiments on the pressures of social media on kids and young adults.

The royal dad gave a passionate speech at a circus-themed gala Monday night, celebrating the partnership between The Children’s Trust, an organization that helps children with brain injuries, and one of his key charities, Skillforce.

“The pressure on young people these days is considerable — almost certainly more than even for my generation not so long ago,” he said.

“Children are tested more than ever before and are being prepared to enter a highly competitive work market,” he continued.
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10 Horror Movies That Went to Space

10 Horror Movies That Went to Space
"In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream!" But can they hear Jason smash computer generated teenagers zipped up in virtual sleeping bags into each other? Can they hear the Leprechaun turn on his green lightsaber? What about Pinhead? Hear him? Everybody loves critically acclaimed sci-fi/horror mash-up fare like Alien, a stone cold cinema classic. But let's not overlook those guilty pleasure slasher franchises, either. What else can we do with the Leprechaun? I know! Leprechaun in Space! Today, we look at 10 times horror movies went to space.

Alien (1979)

First and foremost we must acknowledge Alien, the 1979 sci-fi horror film directed by Ridley Scott. Dan O'Bannon was ready to throw in the towel after a grueling preproduction on a proposed Dune movie went nowhere. As a last ditch effort, he came up with a story called Star Beast, together with Ronald Shusett, who later returned for 2004's Alien vs. Predator.
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Jennifer Lawrence Is at Her Most Raw and Visceral in Red Sparrow

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There's a good chance you haven't heard much about Jennifer Lawrence's next starring role. That's because the upcoming film is still in production and is set for a 2018 release, and it only just released its first trailer. Called Red Sparrow, it's an adaptation of the novel that shares the same name. In short, it's about a Russian prima ballerina, Dominika, whose career ends after she shatters her ankle. With her life in pieces, she lashes out at those who hurt her and winds up in the most unexpected place: a training academy for Russian spies. It only gets wilder from there. This past Spring, I was able to view some exclusive footage of the film and to get further insight from director Francis Lawrence. I don't want to jump the gun, but this has the potential to be Lawrence's most captivating role to date. Yes, even after seeing everything she goes through in Mother!
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Jennifer Lawrence Is a Deadly Seductress in First ‘Red Sparrow’ Trailer (Watch)

Jennifer Lawrence Is a Deadly Seductress in First ‘Red Sparrow’ Trailer (Watch)
Jennifer Lawrence is a deadly seductress in Fox’s first teaser trailer for spy thriller “Red Sparrow.”

The footage, unveiled Thursday, shows her in a brunette wig and a low-cut red dress on a bed with a drink, followed by a man placing a mobile phone and money clip on the table and a disembodied male voice commanding her: “Take off your dress.”

There’s a shot of curtains swirling, then a quick shot of a man being strangled, followed by Lawrence walking down stairs — now as a blonde in a low-cut black dress. She’s then seen in a black swimsuit following a CIA spy played by Joel Edgerton at a pool and then again as a blonde with a short wig, somewhat resembling Charlize Theron’s look in “Atomic Blonde.”

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Jennifer Lawrence on Why ‘Mother!’ Is a Feminist Movie

A voiceover explains, “When I was in Moscow, I
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Jennifer Lawrence New Red Sparrow Trailer: Russia Is Bad Guy Again (See!)

Jennifer Lawrence plays a femme fatale Russian spy in a new trailer for the upcoming movie “Red Sparrow.” It’s okay to make Russia the bad guy again in Hollywood movies now that the Kremlin is under investigation for hacking the U.S. election to boost Donald Trump. The film also stars Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Mary Louise Parker and Charlotte Rampling. ...Read More
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Watch an exclusive clip from Fallen

Ahead of its theatrical release this Friday, we’ve got an exclusive clip from Fallen, the feature adaptation of Lauren Kate’s #1 New York Times bestseller, which features a cast that includes Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson, Hermione Corfield and Joely Richardson. Check it out here or watch it on our YouTube channel…

Luce is just an ordinary teen girl until a shocking accident sends her to a mysterious reform school for misfit and eclectic teenagers. There, she meets two students, Daniel and Cam. Torn between the instant electrifying connection she feels with Daniel and the attracting force of Cam, Luce is quickly pulled into a passionate love triangle. As she tries to piece together deeply fragmented memories, she is left with a feeling of undeniable longing for her one true love and the revelation of a love story that has been going on for centuries, will shatter the boundaries between heaven and earth.
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins cast of 'The Aspern Papers'

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson in The Aspern Papers, an adaptation of Henry James’s novella of the same name.

Jon Kortajarena, Poppy Delevingne, Morgane Polanski, Alice Aufray and Barbara Meier have also joined the cast.

Set in Venice in 1885, Morton Vint (Rhys Meyers), a young writer and publisher fascinated by iconic romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern, strives to get his hands on the letters Aspern wrote to his beautiful mistress, Juliana Bordereau.

Now, decades later, Juliana lives in a Venetian palazzo with her niece, whom she dominates and Morton tries to seduce.

Julien Landais is directing from an adaptation he wrote with Jean Pavans and Hannah Bhuiya. Production is currently underway in Venice, Italy.

Meyers won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in Elvis and has since starred in The Tudors, Dracula, and Vikings. His film credits
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joins Vanessa Redgrave in Period Drama ‘The Aspern Papers’

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joins Vanessa Redgrave in Period Drama ‘The Aspern Papers’
Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson in the period drama “The Aspern Papers.”

Jon Kortajarena, Poppy Delevingne, Morgane Polanski, Alice Aufray, and Barbara Meier have also been added to the cast. Julien Landais is directing from an adaptation of the Henry James novel. Landais co-wrote the script with Jean Pavans and Hannah Bhuiya.

The film is set in Venice in 1885 with Rhys Meyers portraying Morton Vint, an ambiguous young writer and publisher fascinated by iconic romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern as he strives to get his hands on the letters Aspern wrote to his beautiful mistress, Juliana (Redgrave). Now, decades later, Juliana lives in a Venetian palazzo with her niece (Richardson), whom Morton tries to seduce.

Production is currently underway in Venice, Italy.

Gabriela Bacher is producing for Film House Germany’s Summerstorm Entertainment, alongside Landais for Princeps Films. The executive producers include Charles S. Cohen of Cohen Media Group, James Ivory,
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers To Star In ‘The Aspern Papers’

Jonathan Rhys Meyers To Star In ‘The Aspern Papers’
Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been tapped to star opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson in the Julien Landais-directed period drama The Aspern Papers, based on based on Henry James's novel. Jon Kortajarena, Poppy Delevingne, Morgane Polanski, Alice Aufray and Barbara Meier are also set to co-star in the film, which is shooting in Venice, Italy, where the film’s 19th century plot is set. It follows Morton Vint (Rhys Meyers), a young writer and publisher fascinated by…
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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now

Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose latest hit is Edgar Wright’s wheel-and-disc-spinning breakout “Baby Driver” (June 28, Sony), which has tracked $64 million worldwide to date.

Bottom Line: This brainy duo with plummy British accents have been turning out a consistent slate of smart global hits since the ’80s. The London-based co-chairmen of Working Title boast the best taste in the business. They chase mainstream quality fare. That’s their gig. But even so over the years, partnering with Universal Pictures, with freedom to greenlight movies up to $35 million, their films have grossed an impressive almost $7 billion dollars worldwide.

Career Peaks: From the start, Working Title founder Tim Bevan gravitated to local stories with global potential like “My Beautiful Laundrette,” Stephen Frears’ searing
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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now

Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose latest hit is Edgar Wright’s wheel-and-disc-spinning breakout “Baby Driver” (June 28, Sony), which has tracked $64 million worldwide to date.

Bottom Line: This brainy duo with plummy British accents have been turning out a consistent slate of smart global hits since the ’80s. The London-based co-chairmen of Working Title boast the best taste in the business. They chase mainstream quality fare. That’s their gig. But even so over the years, partnering with Universal Pictures, with freedom to greenlight movies up to $35 million, their films have grossed an impressive almost $7 billion dollars worldwide.

Career Peaks: From the start, Working Title founder Tim Bevan gravitated to local stories with global potential like “My Beautiful Laundrette,” Stephen Frears’ searing
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Exploring the deleted footage from Event Horizon

Padraig Cotter Jun 20, 2017

Just what's in the never-to-be-seen director's cut of Event Horizon? We take a look at what we know...

Big spoilers lie ahead for Event Horizon

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Paul W S Anderson wouldn’t be considered one of the all-time great auteurs. He’s a director heavily inspired by the genre output of John Carpenter, James Cameron, George Miller, Walter Hill and many others, but while those directors often infuse their work with recurring themes or subtext, Anderson is often just about B-movie thrills. His work is filled with exciting action and pretty visuals, but when the characters start talking it’s usually just to motivate the next setpiece.

That said, there’s something kind of pure about how ruthlessly he strips his movies to the bone. Take Resident Evil: Retribution, for example, the fifth entry in the movie franchise. It’s got arguably the best setpieces, the most creative production design and an assortment of pretty people firing machine guns, but it’s virtually plot-free and calling the characters one note would suggest they had a note to start with. If you surrender to his cinematic sensory overloads you’ll (usually) have a good time; if you stop and question anything that happens, you probably won’t.

Even filmmakers with a less than stellar reputation usually have one movie even their distracters will give them a pass for. Michael Bay has The Rock, Jan De Bont has Speed and Paul has Event Horizon, his nightmarish sci-fi horror movie. Like most of his output the plot is relatively straight forward; an experiential spaceship returns from a black hole after disappearing seven years earlier, and a rescue team are sent to investigate.

Hell literally breaks loose.

It’s not a perfect movie and has telltale signs of re-editing - more on this in a moment – but it remains a disturbing, visceral chiller loaded with a suffocating atmosphere of dread. It’s the rare big budget horror flick that actually gets under the skin and has a quality cast to boot, including Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill and Hello to Jason Isaacs. Despite being considered Anderson’s best work it was a bomb back in 1997, making back less than half its budget and receiving mediocre reviews.

While it didn’t bother the accounting department of Paramount on release, the cult of Event Horizon steadily grew over the years, and it started doing tidy business on DVD. Soon stories of the troubled post-production grew among the fanbase, including the near-legendary screening of a hastily edited rough cut that had executives running for the door. Due to the movie’s tight production schedule, Anderson was only left with four weeks to assemble the first cut, instead of the usual ten. This resulted in an edit that ran just over two hours, but the lack of time to finesse it resulted in slack pacing, unfinished effects sequences and a terrible sound edit.

Then there was the gore. Oh yes, the gore.

While Paramount had looked in on the production early on, they mostly left Anderson to his own devices during the shoot in England, so they weren’t expecting the high level of viscera he unleashed. This rough cut was loaded with stomach churning scenes and imagery, which apparently caused some of the test audience to faint. Needless to say, Paramount were not happy with their young director, demanding a sweeping re-edit to dial back the nastiness and the runtime be cut to around ninety minutes. While Anderson knew Event Horizon needed tightening, he felt the released version was too short and could have benefited from more character building scenes and reinserting some of the gore.

Sadly he probably won’t get the chance to release a director’s cut, since the film came out prior to the rise in special edition DVDs. The unused footage was packaged off to a Transylvanian salt mine for storage, so when he came looking for the footage it was in such poor shape it was no longer usable. Anderson himself has recently reaffirmed this, seemingly dashing any hope of the lost footage re-emerging from a black hole, like the titular ship itself.

So what hit the editing room floor? To start with, there were a few more scenes centred on the supporting characters and examining their fears. We learned Cooper’s biggest fear is losing someone he cares about, which is why he’s so upset when his chum Justin nearly kills himself. There was a backstory for DJ’s (Jason Isaacs) body scar, which was the result of childhood operations, and he would have revealed his big fear is being dissected alive; sadly, that one doesn’t work out well for him. There was also an extension of the scene where Peters hallucinates her son with horrible wounds on his legs, where she would have also seen maggots crawling all over them.

Justin featured prominently in a deleted jump scare too, where the crew are gathered around his cryo-pod after his suicide attempt. While the others discuss what happened, Sam Neill’s Dr Weir briefly hallucinated Justin turning into his late wife, who stares at him despite her notable lack of eyes. The flashback to her suicide was also bloodier and more harrowing, but it’s reduced to quick flashes in the final cut.

The special edition DVD managed to find a couple of deleted moments, including a briefing scene establishing the re-emergence of the Event Horizon. There was a disconcerting moment where Captain Miller initially explores the ship and finds a strange object floating around. He snatches it out of the air to finds it’s a tooth with bits of gum still attached.

The creepiest deletion comes from the finale, during the scene where a cryo-tank fills with blood and unleashes a torrent towards Joely Richardson’s Starck. A brief extension has Dr Weir – who has now gone full-blown demonic - crawling down the ladder like a spider, smiling at the fleeing crew members. It doesn’t add much, but the sight of a naked, blood-soaked Sam Neill is one that lingers in the mind. Neill’s body make-up in the finale was also quite elaborate and detailed, but in the final edit he’s mostly only seen in tight close-ups on his face.

The scene that haunts the nightmares of anyone who’s seen Event Horizon is the video revealing the fate of the original crew, who literally tear each other to pieces. The crew log is edited in quick cuts showcasing all manners of mutilation, with one chap pulling his own guts out through his mouth. Despite only running for twenty seconds a lot more footage was shot, which would have earned an Nc-17 without breaking a sweat.

Effects supervisor Dave Bonneywell has described his time shooting the sequence and some of the gruesome details that didn’t make it. Deleted shots include a female crew member who had her mouth held open by clamps, while a crazed guy performs amateur dentistry by drilling screws into her teeth. Another unlucky chap has his legs smashed apart by steel bars and crawls away leaving parts of them behind, while another crew member had her breasts torn off. The scene also included more cannibalism and sex, with adult performers being hired to simulate the errr, intensity of the scene. The director realised most of it probably wouldn't be used, but he filmed it regardless.

While it’s sad a director's cut likely won't happen, Event Horizon remains a solid big budget horror film with some memorable sequences, and its reputation is only likely to grow in the years ahead. Maybe hope isn’t entirely lost though. While chatting with the San Diego Reader about Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Anderson mentioned Event Horizon’s producer Lloyd Levin recovered an old VHS tape that possibly contained his original cut. Despite this the two men haven’t been in the same place at the same time to have a look, so neither of them know what’s on the tape.

Mr Levin, if you ever read this, maybe break out the old video machine and have a quick peek.
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Emerald City

Network: NBCEpisodes: 10 (hour)Seasons: OneTV show dates: January 6, 2017 -- March 3, 2017Series status: CancelledPerformers include: Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Gerran Howell, Jordan Loughran, Joely Richardson, and Vincent D'Onofrio.TV show description: A fantasy drama, this TV series is based on the Land of Oz book series written by L. Frank Baum. It's the tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity as she battles to bring a divided world together.While searching for her mother, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is swept up into the eye of a tornado and transported to a mystical world. It’s where an all-powerful ruler called the Wizard (Vincent D'Onofrio) governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic and faces a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force -- as well
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Emerald City: Cancelled by NBC; No Second Season

It seems Dorothy Gale will return to Kansas. NBC has cancelled the Emerald City TV show. There will be no season two. The fantasy drama starred Adria Arjona, Vincent D’Onofrio, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Gerran Howell, Jordan Loughran, and Joely Richardson. As usual, it comes down to the ratings. The first season of Emerald City on NBC averaged a 0.72 rating in the 18-49 demographic and an audience of 3.02 million viewers. When you compare its ratings to those of other NBC TV shows, the cancellation is understandable. Read More…
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Movie Review – The Hatton Garden Job (2017)

The Hatton Garden Job, 2017.

Directed by Ronnie Thompson

Starring Matthew Goode, Larry Lamb, Phil Daniels, David Calder, Joely Richardson, and Stephen Moyer.

Synopsis:

Over the Easter weekend in 2015, a small team of experienced burglars broke into the basement vaults at The Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company and stole millions of pounds in gold, cash and jewellery. Based on true events.

Since a group of what the media gleefully described as “diamond geezers” raided the contents of up to 70 safety deposit boxes at The Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company over Easter 2015, the rush has been on to bring one of the most audacious crimes in British history to the big screen. The first attempt, Hatton Garden The Heist, sank without trace last year. Signature Entertainment no doubt had a twinkle in its corporate eye when it decided to release the second one, Ronnie Thompson’s The Hatton Garden Job, this Easter weekend.
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The Hatton Garden Job Review

Author: Guest

An attempt at a super cool, stylish crime caper, a la Guy Ritchie, The Hatton Garden Job falls flat on its face because, well, Guy Ritchie didn’t make it. Imagine a Vauxhall Nova with a very expensive body kit, big noisy exhaust and go faster stripes down the sides. To the driver it might feel and sound like they’re driving a car from The Fast and the Furious franchise but to everyone else, it just looks like a Vauxhall Nova with some money thrown at it. And thrown in all the wrong places.

Based on the real life events that took place in April 2015 – Ronnie Thompson is the first, and unlikely to be the last, director to bring this remarkable story to the silver screen, of when four elderly men pulled off the heist of the century – stealing over £200m worth of items.

There are some
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HeyUGuys on set… We discuss the heist of the century with the cast & crew of The Hatton Garden Job

Author: Stefan Pape

When watching the news back in April 2015, to watch on as the events surrounding the Hatton Garden heist unravelled – where four elderly men pulled off one of the most ambitious robberies of all time – it was impossible to not envisage a movie. Lo and behold, barely two years on, and the first cinematic endeavour depicting this astonishing tale is set to hit our screens – and HeyUGuys were fortunate enough to be invited on to the film’s London set.

The set was notable for its commitment to authenticity, with real life equipment – such as a monumental drill – being used to reenact the break-in sequences, to not only enrich the experience for the actors, but for the viewers too. However director Ronnie Thompson told us that he’s blending realism with a more overtly cinematic approach, vying to find the humour within this ordeal, and play up to it accordingly.
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‘Snowden’ Review

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Nicholas Cage, Rhys Ifans, Tom Wilkinson, Joely Richardson | Written by Oliver Stone, Kieran Fitzgerald | Directed by Oliver Stone

It seems the perfect time to be releasing Snowden on DVD and Blu-ray, we are constantly hearing about how hacking has influenced events in America. With Oliver Stone directing, it seems he is a good choice because of his Anarchic choice of films he directs, but has he delivered a movie fitting of such a massive historical event?

When Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) decides to go down the Nsa/CIA route of fighting to protect his country he proves to be very adept at creating systems to spy on individuals of interest. When he learns of the true scale of surveillance though, he finds himself turning whistle-blower to wake people up to how governments are attacking people’s privacy.

We all know the
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