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Vice Forms All-Female Advisory In Wake Of Exec’s Conduct Suspension

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem was among the women appointed today to a new Vice committee on conduct and inclusivity in the workplace. The committee was formed in the wake of a male Vice executive’s suspension for alleged inappropriate conduct and the start of an investigation into other allegations raised by a female former associate producer. Joining Steinem on the newly formed, all-female committee are attorney Roberta Kaplan, former Obama staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco
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Vice Forms All-Female Advisory In Wake Of Exec’s Conduct Suspension

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Feminist icon Gloria Steinem was among the women appointed today to a new Vice committee on conduct and inclusivity in the workplace. The committee was formed in the wake of a male Vice executive’s suspension for alleged inappropriate conduct and the start of an investigation into other allegations raised by a female former associate producer. Joining Steinem on the newly formed, all-female committee are attorney Roberta Kaplan, former Obama staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco
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Vice Brings in Glora Steinem as Company Investigates Sexual Harassment Accusations

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In a staff meeting Friday, Vice Media officials told employees that they would be forming an all-woman advisory council. The announcement comes as the company navigates allegations of sexual misconduct and broader issues of workplace culture, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to TheWrap. One of the people Vice has recruited for the effort is feminist icon and founder of the Women’s Media Center, Gloria Steinem. In addition to Steinem the council will also include, layer Roberta Kaplan and Vice COO Alyssa Mastromonaco. The individual said the advisory board was not connected to any current troubles at Vice and had been in.
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From ‘Mudbound’ to ‘Last Flag Flying’ and ‘Get Out,’ Directors Engage With Living History

From ‘Mudbound’ to ‘Last Flag Flying’ and ‘Get Out,’ Directors Engage With Living History
When Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” premiered at Sundance in January, and Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” stormed theaters late the following month, they seemed to have little in common. Rees had made a searing historical drama about the relationship between a white family and a black family in post-World War II Mississippi, and Peele had made a satirical horror film about a black man meeting his white girlfriend’s family in upstate New York. There’s a distance of 70 years between when their stories take place and a difference in milieu, too, between the rural Deep South, where Klansmen hold sway, and the suburban idyll of liberal Northerners in the present day.

And yet the two directors have made films that are in conversation with each other. Rees calls it “white currency” and Peele calls it “the post-racial lie,” but they’re each talking about racism and white supremacy as intractable problems in America, unsolved by seven
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Mary J. Blige Teases More Upcoming Movie Roles at AFI Fest’s ‘Mudbound’ Premiere

Mary J. Blige Teases More Upcoming Movie Roles at AFI Fest’s ‘Mudbound’ Premiere
Mud was the dominant theme as Dee Rees‘ “Mudbound” opened the 31st edition of the AFI Fest on Thursday night at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Mary J. Blige, who plays matriarch Florence Jackson, said she still has vivid recollections of last year’s 29-day film shoot in Louisiana, set in rural Mississippi in post-World War II.

“We were in real heavy conditions with heat, mosquitos, and mud everywhere and it was crazy, but there was a lot of respect and love among the cast,” she said. “Working with Dee was a joy because she really is like a gift from God. And being Florence helped me in my confidence.”

The R&B chart-topper also added that she has her sights set on more screen time. “What’s next for me is more movies,” she added.

Garrett Hedlund, who portrays a returning war veteran, said the film took him back to his roots.

“I grew up
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Gloria Steinem to be played by Carey Mulligan and Julianne Moore

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2018 might become the year of Gloria Steinem at the movies. We’ve already told you about Dee Rees’ plans to make a film about the feminist movement’s fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, An Uncivil War. The project has lead parts for Steinem, activist Flo Kennedy and fundamentalist organizer Phyllis Schlafly. Rees has decided to continue collaborating with her Mudbound star Carey Mulligan and cast her as Steinem.

Director Julie Taymor (Frida, Across the Universe) and Playwright Sarah Ruhl will adapt Steinem’s memoir My Life on The Road. Their choice for the lead part is Julianne Moore. It looks like the Rees/Mulligan project will go before the cameras first, in March 2018. The Taymor/Moore film is still at the writing stage.

There is no reason why both movies could not be successful as they're telling different stories. One is about a particular moment in
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Rainn Wilson And Arcade Fire Attend Mona Foundation's Seattle Gala

Over 175 people, more than ever before, attended the Mona Foundation's Seattle Gala on October 20th. Guests arrived at the Seattle World Trade Center beginning at three on the sunny Sunday afternoon.

Rain Wilson With Arcade Fire At Mona Foundation Seattle Gala

Rainn Wilson, longtime friend and board member of the Mona Foundation has served as emcee for the annual event every year. Caring deeply about educating girls and visiting many of the project sites, Rainn does whatever he can to support the Mona foundation.

This year, Rainn arrived at the Gala with friends Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, in tow. The duo stopped by to give attendees a private performance before heading to their show at Key Arena. Rainn Wilson played the drums while Win strummed his guitar and Régine serenaded everyone in the room.

Rainn first met Winn and Régine in Haiti, where Régine has family
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Malala Yousafzai, Spike Jonze Among Mentors For Vice’s Girl-Power Broadly Films Initiative

Vice's female-focused vertical is launching a new division that will provide opportunities for up-and-coming filmmakers. As first shared by The Hollywood Reporter, Broadly has launched Broadly Films, a unit that will finance 36 short films led by female creators.

The shorts, financed by a multi-million dollar commitment from Vice investor A&E, will cover topics like technology and women's issues. The featured creators will receive assistance from a powerful group of mentors that includes feminist icons like Malala Yousafzai and Gloria Steinem as well as film industry notables like Spike Jonze and Ana Lily Amirpour.

"We need to empower the next generation of filmmakers. Often they have fantastic ideas but they don't know how to execute them or they don't have access to funding," said filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who is one of the Broadly Films mentors. "The only way to have an impact is to tell your own stories, in your own words,
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Vice Media to Invest in Female Filmmakers with Newly Launched Broadly Films

Broadly Films’ Ariel Wengroff: Broadly/YouTube

Vice Media is expanding Broadly, its female-driven channel and website. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vice has introduced Broadly Films, a three-year program dedicated to funding and distributing women-helmed short films from all over the world. Broadly publisher and “Woman with Gloria Steinem” Ep Ariel Wengroff developed the idea for the program and will oversee it for Vice.

Set to launch by the end of the year, Broadly Films will support 36 filmmakers as they “develop and create short films focused on innovation, technology, youth, and women’s issues,” the source reports.

The program will spotlight Middle Eastern women’s voices. One-third of the projects will be from women living in the Middle East or from women of Middle Eastern descent, and Vice will open an office in Abu Dhabi in the next few months. “If we’re going to have boots on the ground in this region, we want to make sure that we’re covering stories about women there,” Wengroff told THR.

Broadly Films hopes to release some of its projects theatrically as well as screen them in the filmmakers’ home countries. “There are a lot of young female creators making content who don’t have the opportunity for people to see their stories,” Wengroff explained.

Gloria Steinem, Malala Yousafzai, directors Ana Lily Amirpour (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”) and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (“3 Bahadur: The Revenge of Baba Balaam”), visual artist Shirin Neshat, and Vice creative director and “Her” helmer Spike Jonze are set to serve as mentors at Broadly Films. They will assist Vice in selecting the program’s filmmakers and give notes and advice on the projects in development.

“We need to empower the next generation of filmmakers. Often they have fantastic ideas but they don’t know how to execute them or they don’t have access to funding,” explained Obaid-Chinoy. “The only way to have an impact is to tell your own stories, in your own words, in your own communities. That’s when you’ll start to see an impact.”

Wengroff’s other producing credits include “Vice News” and “Vice Special Report: A House Divided.” She also worked on the crew of Amirpour’s most recent film “The Bad Batch.” The first season of “Woman” concluded in June 2016. No word yet on whether it will receive another season.

Vice Media to Invest in Female Filmmakers with Newly Launched Broadly Films was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Carey Mulligan to Play Gloria Steinem in Dee Rees’ “An Uncivil War”

Mulligan on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Two years after Carey Mulligan played a burgeoning feminist activist in Sarah Gavron’s women’s rights drama “Suffragette” comes word that she’ll portray one of the most famous feminists of all time. Variety reports that the Oscar-nominated actress will play Gloria Steinem in “An Uncivil War,” a drama that re-teams her with “Mudbound” helmer Dee Rees. Julianne Moore is also portraying Steinem in an upcoming pic, Julie Taymor’s “My Life on the Road.” That’s right — we have two women-directed Steinem-inspired films to look forward to.

Slated for production in March 2018, “An Uncivil War” focuses on “efforts by feminist activist and journalist Steinem, lawyer and activist Florynce Kennedy, and others to ratify the Era, while conservative organizer Phyllis Schlafly advocates against it,” the source details. “The Era was written to guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex, and although it passed both houses of Congress in 1972 and was submitted to the state legislatures for ratification, it fell short of enactment after receiving 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications.” Rees has adapted the script, originally penned by David Kukoff (“Campus Confidential”).

FilmNation Entertainment is fully financing “An Uncivil War” and producing along with Peter Heller (“Dreamland”).

Mulligan and Rees’ previous collaboration, “Mudbound,” hits theaters and Netflix November 17. Rees’ critically acclaimed follow-up to “Bessie” scored the biggest deal out of Sundance this January. The multi-perspective Southern epic follows two men as they return home from WWII: Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) and Jamie (Garrett Hedlund). The former is black and the latter is white, and while they bond over their shared experiences abroad, they are welcomed back to very different circumstances in the United States. Mulligan plays Jamie’s sister-in-law.

Rees is signed on to direct an adaptation of Joan Didion’s 1996 best-seller “The Last Thing He Wanted,” a political thriller about a Washington Post journalist who becomes involved in the world of arms dealing.

In 2010 Mulligan received an Oscar nomination for Lone Scherfig’s “An Education.” Her upcoming projects include “On the Other Side,” a drama about the experiences of real-life Vietnam war correspondent Kate Webb, and “Collateral,” a BBC miniseries helmed by S.J. Clarkson (“Jessica Jones”) that’s being described as “a modern-day state of the nation project.”

“The hunger for female-driven stories is there,” Mulligan has told us. “You just have to make the films. This shock over how these films do so well is a bit tired now. Jennifer Lawrence can open movies like any male star.”

Carey Mulligan to Play Gloria Steinem in Dee Rees’ “An Uncivil War” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Carey Mulligan to Play Gloria Steinem in Dee Rees’ ‘An Uncivil War’ (Exclusive)

Carey Mulligan to Play Gloria Steinem in Dee Rees’ ‘An Uncivil War’ (Exclusive)
Carey Mulligan has been cast to play Gloria Steinem in FilmNation’s “An Uncivil War,” directed by Dee Rees.

Production will begin in March 2018. This marks the second Steinem-focused project in the works as of late, with Julianne Moore recently attaching herself to “My Life on the Road.” Julie Taymor is directing that pic, but sources say that script is still being written, while “An Uncivil War” is a greenlit film.

FilmNation Entertainment said Tuesday that casting on the film is underway with the goal of shooting in the first quarter of 2018.

The movie will focus on efforts by feminist activist and journalist Steinem, lawyer and activist Florynce Kennedy, and others to ratify the Era, while conservative organizer Phyllis Schlafly advocates against it. The Era was written to guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex, and although it passed both houses of Congress in 1972 and was submitted to the state legislatures for ratification, it fell short
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Equality Now Celebrates 25th Anniversary Make Equality Reality Gala

Equality Now hosted their annual Make Equality Reality Gala this week at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Haim Attends Make Equality Reality Gala

The evening marked the organization’s 25th Anniversary and honored Gucci America President and CEO Susan Chokachi and A Breeze of Hope Foundation Founder Brisa De Angulo. The 2017 gala was Equality Now’s most successful ever and it raised more than $825,000 . It brought together a diverse and dynamic group of change makers, activists, celebrities and philanthropists to celebrate women who are committed to making the world a better place for women and girls. The event was underwritten by Vanguard of Change sponsor, InMaat Foundation.

Creative Director Joss Whedon curated the evening’s program which tackled issues of gender equality, sexual violence, female genital mutilation (Fgm), and sex trafficking. The program featured performances by: Amir Arison, Nazanin Boniadi, Vinie Burrows, Amy Carlson, Nisha Ganatra, Ana Gasteyer, Lauren Mayberry,
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Oscar Contenders: Hot Tips for Award-Campaign First-Timers

Oscar Contenders: Hot Tips for Award-Campaign First-Timers
This is the honeymoon time for Oscar hopefuls, when every movie and every individual seem like a potential nominee. But it’s also a stressful period for first-timers, who’ve never been associated with an awards contender and have heard horror stories about the campaign trail.

To all of you hopefuls, congratulations on getting this far and stirring up positive buzz. And don’t worry: Campaigns can be fun. First, congratulations on doing great work. But awards season is long — four more months to go! — and you have some homework assignments:

1. Study the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences rules as if you’re studying for a Dmv driver’s test. Most of the rules are common sense, but be aware that there are some tricky areas. In the past 10 years, three individuals have been punished by the Academy. Two had their nominations revoked, for telephoning friends who are Oscar voters and soliciting their votes. A third was
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Film News Roundup: Julianne Moore to Star as Gloria Steinem in Biopic

Film News Roundup: Julianne Moore to Star as Gloria Steinem in Biopic
In today’s film news roundup, Julianne Moore will star as Gloria Steinem in “My Life On The Road,” Avi Lerner’s Millenium gets a new president and Octane buys sales rights to Darren Lynn Bousman’s “St. Agatha.”

Casting

Julianne Moore will star as Gloria Steinem in “My Life On The Road,” with Julie Taymor directing for June Pictures.

Sarah Ruhl is adapting Steinem’s memoir for the screen. June PicturesAndrew Duncan and Alex Saks are producing with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards will be executive producers.

Steinem became a leading spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Moore won an Academy Award for the 2014 drama “Still Alice.”

Moore is repped by CAA and Management 36o. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Executive News

Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media has named Jeffrey Greenstein as its new president, and Jonathan Yunger as co-president.

Lerner and chief
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Julianne Moore to Star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem Biopic

Moore in “Still Alice

Julie Taymor’s upcoming adaptation of Gloria Steinem’s memoir has found a leading lady. “My Life on the Road” — which already seemed too good to be true — just got even better. Julianne Moore has signed on to portray the iconic feminist in the June Pictures project. Deadline broke the news.

Described as a coming-of-age story chronicling Steinem’s “growth from a reluctant spokesperson of a movement, into a galvanizing symbol for equality, with a focus on the encounters along the road that helped shape her,” the film is being penned by Tony-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl.

“My Life on the Road” was published in 2015. Steinem’s other books include “Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,” “Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem,” and “Doing Sixty & Seventy.” Along with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan, Steinem co-founded the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works towards making women more visible in media. She also co-founded Ms. magazine.

“We can talk about glass ceilings, but we have to remember there was a time when there wasn’t even a door,” Moore has said. “I don’t take any of it for granted for a minute.” She emphasized that she’s “not of a generation who might have forgotten,” and explained, “for those of us who were born in the ‘60s and came of age in the ‘70s, and remember the women’s movement — I mean, my God, birth control wasn’t legal in the U.S. until 1965, I think. That’s insane! And there are girls today who don’t know that.”

Moore’s upcoming projects include “Bel Canto,” an adaptation of Ann Patchett’s novel about an opera singer who is held hostage in South America, and a re-imagining of Sebastian Lelio’s critically acclaimed 2013 drama “Gloria,” which will see her playing a lonely, free-spirited woman in her 50s. She won an Academy Award in 2015 for her portrayal of a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in “Still Alice.” She’s also earned nods for “Far from Heaven,” “The Hours,” “The End of the Affair,” and “Boogie Nights.” She took home an Emmy and Golden Globe for depicting Sarah Palin in HBO’s “Game Change.”

Julianne Moore to Star in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem Biopic was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Julianne Moore To Play Gloria Steinem In ‘My Life On The Road’

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At this particular moment, the cinema world could use a few more real-life, inspirational female heroes. And new biopic is on the way about one of the leading voices of modern feminism.

Deadline reports that Julianne Moore has signed up to play Gloria Steinem in “My Life On The Road.” Julie Taymor (“Frida“) will direct the script by Sarah Ruhl, which is based on Steinem’s memoir, and will chronicle her life as an activist and spokeswoman for a movement and her influence on an entire generation of women.

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Julianne Moore To Play Gloria Steinem In June Pictures’ ‘My Life On The Road’

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Julianne Moore To Play Gloria Steinem In June Pictures’ ‘My Life On The Road’
Exclusive: Julianne Moore will star as iconic feminist activist Gloria Steinem in My Life On The Road, the June Pictures film that Julie Taymor will direct. Playwright Sarah Ruhl is writing the coming of age story, based on Steinem's bestselling memoir. Deadline recently revealed the project and the attachment of Taymor, who directed Frida, Across the Universe and Titus for the screen and The Lion King and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. Now, the company has an…
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Lena Dunham Says She Felt Lost After Girls Ended

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Lena Dunham Says She Felt Lost After Girls Ended
Lena Dunham thought she was prepared for the end of her HBO series Girls.

Yet after the finale aired earlier this year after six seasons, the actress, 31, “found myself wandering around my house eating crackers at night and feeling confused about what my life meant,” she tells People in this week’s issue. “Then I thought, ‘Oh, maybe I’m a little more emotional about this than I thought!’ ”

Dunham is now channeling her energy into her work. Lenny Imprint, her company with Jenni Konner, just released its first non-fiction book, Courage Is Contagious, a collection of essays about Michelle Obama.
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Julie Taymor To Receive Sdcf’s 2018 Mr. Abbott Award

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Julie Taymor is set to add another award to her stacked résumé. The Tony-winning director of “The Lion King” will be honored with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s (Sdcf) 2018 Mr. Abbott Award, BroadwayWorld reports. Named after the late director George Abbott (“The Pajama Game”), the accolade is presented to a director or choreographer who has made “extraordinary contributions” to the profession.

Taymor will take home the award at the Sdcf’s annual gala on April 2, 2018 in New York City.

“I am so pleased that Sdc Foundation is honoring Julie Taymor with this year’s ‘Mr. Abbott’ Award,” said Stage Directors and Choreographers Society prez Pam MacKinnon. “Her inventive, imaginative, and daringly theatrical work across media has inspired and touched generations of artists and audiences. Her legacy continues to be written, and I always look forward to seeing what’s next from this incomparable and history-making artist.”

Abbott’s widow, Joy, recalled, “George and I met Julie about 25 years ago in Philadelphia, and even then he recognized her creative talent, her originality, and vision. I think that George would have been deeply moved to know Julie is being honored with his namesake award. She is truly a renaissance woman of the theater.”

Previous Mr. Abbott honorees include Graciela Daniele (“The Visit”), Agnes De Mille (“Brigadoon”), Lynne Meadow (“Linda”), and Susan Stroman (“The Producers”).

With her “Lion King” win, Taymor made history as the first woman to receive the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical. “Grounded,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass” are among her other theater credits. She’s also helmed feature films such as “Frida” and “Across the Universe.” Taymor is currently directing a Broadway revival of “M Butterfly.” Next, she’ll direct the screen adaptation of Gloria Steinem’s memoir, “My Life on the Road.”

Earlier this month Taymor was presented with one of the Trailblazer Awards at Women and Hollywood’s 10th anniversary celebration in New York. She was honored alongside directors Amma Asante (“Belle”) and Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust,” “Queen Sugar”), producer and GameChanger Films president Mynette Louie, and HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins.

Julie Taymor To Receive Sdcf’s 2018 Mr. Abbott Award was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Jane Fonda on Harvey Weinstein: People Care Because Victims Are ‘Famous and White’

Jane Fonda on Harvey Weinstein: People Care Because Victims Are ‘Famous and White’
Jane Fonda came out guns blazing on “All In With Chris Hayes,” opening with a powerful statement about the racial optics of the unfolding scandal. “It’s too bad that it’s probably because so many of the women that were assaulted by Harvey Weinstein are famous and white and everybody knows them. This has been going on a long time to black women and other women of color and doesn’t get out quite the same.” Fonda was optimistic about the watershed moment as a harbinger for change, adding “It feels different. It feels like something has shifted.”

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Fonda appeared on Hayes’ show alongside Gloria Steinem; the two feminist icons were representing the Women’s Media Center. “We have reached a tipping point,” said Steinem. “The important thing to remember is that it’s about power.
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