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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Loreena McKennitt - The Bonny Swans

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U.S Box Office: March 26-28, 2010

# Title Mar 26 - 28
% Chg. Theaters Weeks AVG Cumulative

1 How To Train Your Dragon $ 43,732,319

4,055 1 $ 10,785 $ 43,732,319
2 Alice in Wonderland 17,707,858
-48.2 3,384 4 5,233 293,534,935
3 Hot Tub Time Machine 14,020,502

2,754 1 5,091 14,020,502
4 The Bounty Hunter 12,006,731
-42.0 3,074 2 3,906 38,418,433
5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10,121,961
-54.3 3,083 2 3,283 35,898,390
6 She's Out of My League 3,512,218
-39.5 2,432 3 1,444 25,586,560
7 Green Zone 3,384,480
-44.6 2,564 3 1,320 30,475,005
8 Shutter Island 3,187,487
-32.7 2,123 6 1,501 120,612,552
9 Repo Men 3,010,515
-50.9 2,519 2 1,195 11,304,730
10 Our Family Wedding 2,352,539
-37.1 1,132 3 2,078 16,938,462

Source: Box Office Guru Read more!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tv Schedule: March 29-April 4, 2010

Monday March 29

Day 8 5:00 AM - 6:00 AM (S08E14)

Life Unexpected S01E11 "Storm Weathered"

Damages S03E10 "Tell me I’m not Racist"

Gossip Girl S03E16 "The Empire Strikes Jack"

Tuesday March 30

Lost S06E10 "The Package"

Melrose Place S01E16 "Santa Fe"

Justified S01E03 "Fixer"

V S01E05 "Welcome to the War"

Law & Order: Criminal Intent S09E01 "Loyalty" (part one)

Wednesday March 31

Human Target S01E10 "Tanarak"

Thursday April 1

FlashForward S01E14 "Better Angels"

The Vampire Diaries S01E16 "There Goes the Neighborhood"

Supernatural S05E16 "Dark Side of the Moon"

Fringe S02E16 "Peter"

Friday April 2

Spartacus: Blood and Sand
S01E11 "Old Wounds"

Smallville S09E15 "Escape"

Stargate Universe S01E11 "Space"

Sunday April 4

The Pacific Episode 4 "Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika" Read more!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Michael Bay And James Cameron Skeptical Of 3D Conversions

By MIKE FLEMING | Tuesday March 23, 2010

The chance to charge higher ticket prices has every Hollywood studio rushing to retrofit their 2D spectacles into 3D. Some directors are pushing back, concerned there's an imminent future of cheesy-looking 3D that will stunt the momentum created by Avatar.

“After Toy Story, there were 10 really bad CG movies because everybody thought the success of that film was CG and not great characters that were beautifully designed and heartwarming,” Avatar’s James Cameron told me recently. "Now, you’ve got people quickly converting movies from 2D to 3D, which is not what we did. They’re expecting the same result, when in fact they will probably work against the adoption of 3D because they’ll be putting out an inferior product.”

That certainly didn't happen with Alice in Wonderland, which is grossed huge and gave Disney leverage to shorten the window between theatrical and DVD. The next big test for retro-fit 3D comes with the April 2 opening of Clash of the Titans. The film is tracking well, but also building a buzz that it is an imperfect movie that will greatly benefit at the box office because of its last minute 3D conversion.james-cameron-talking

Hard conversion conversations are being had now at studios on films that include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Gulliver’s Travels and The Hobbit. Executives are weighing competitive issues and the potential benefits of higher ticket prices against the $100,000 per running time minute that is being used as a rule-of-thumb conversion cost.

Michael Bay And James Cameron Skeptical Of 3D Conversions: "The Jury Is Out"
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

U.S Box Office: March 19 - 21, 2010

# Title Mar 19 - 21
% Chg. Theaters Weeks AVG Cumulative

1 Alice in Wonderland $ 34,189,969
-45.5 3,739 3 $ 9,144 $ 265,433,637
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 22,126,166

3,077 1 7,191 22,126,166
3 The Bounty Hunter 20,686,423

3,074 1 6,729 20,686,423
4 Repo Men 6,126,170

2,521 1 2,430 6,126,170
5 Green Zone 6,113,105
-57.3 3,004 2 2,035 24,852,135
6 She's Out of My League 5,802,363
-40.6 2,958 2 1,962 19,741,174
7 Shutter Island 4,735,834
-41.8 2,704 5 1,751 115,750,466
8 Avatar 4,027,005
-38.3 1,236 14 3,258 736,907,957
9 Our Family Wedding 3,739,600
-51.0 1,609 2 2,324 13,608,107
10 Remember Me 3,252,494
-59.8 2,215 2 1,468 13,918,922

Source: Box Office Guru Read more!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tv Schedule: March 22-28, 2010

Monday March 22

Day 8 4:00 AM - 5:00 AM (S08E13)

Life Unexpected S01E10 "Family Therapized"

Damages S03E09 "Drive it through Hardcore"

Gossip Girl S03E15 "The Sixteen Year Old Virgin"

How I Met Your Mother S05E18 "Say Cheese"

The Big Bang Theory S03E18 "The Pants Alternative"

Tuesday March 23

Lost S06E09 "Ab Aeterno"

Melrose Place S01E15 "Mulholland"

Justified S01E02 "Riverbrook"

Wednesday March 24

Human Target S01E09 "Corner Man"

Thursday March 25

30 Rock S04E16 "Floyd"

FlashForward S01E13 "Blowback"

The Vampire Diaries S01E15 "A Few Good Men"

Supernatural S05E15 "Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid"

Friday March 26

Spartacus: Blood and Sand
S01E10 "Party Favours"

Caprica S01E09 "End of Line" (mid-season finale)

Sunday March 28

The Pacific Episode 3 "Melbourne" Read more!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

U.S Box Office: March 12 - 14, 2010

# Title Mar 12 - 14
% Chg. Theaters Weeks AVG Cumulative

1 Alice in Wonderland $ 62,714,076
-46.0 3,728 2 $ 16,822 $ 209,339,432
2 Green Zone 14,309,295

3,003 1 4,765 14,309,295
3 She's Out of My League 9,775,278

2,956 1 3,307 9,775,278
4 Shutter Island 8,144,133
-38.4 3,356 4 2,427 108,011,645
5 Remember Me 8,089,139

2,212 1 3,657 8,089,139
6 Our Family Wedding 7,629,862

1,605 1 4,754 7,629,862
7 Avatar 6,526,421
-19.6 1,718 13 3,799 730,270,443
8 Brooklyn's Finest 4,471,932
-66.5 1,939 2 2,306 21,533,404
9 Cop Out 4,268,068
-54.1 2,882 3 1,481 39,480,734
10 The Crazies 3,680,940
-48.0 2,359 3 1,560 33,389,308

Source: Box Office Guru Read more!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

'Predators' First Look

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Tv Schedule: March 15-21, 2010

Monday March 15

Day 8 3:00 AM - 4:00 AM (S08E12)

Life Unexpected S01E09 "Formal Reformed"

Damages S03E08 "I Look Like Frankenstein"

House S06E15 "Black Hole"

Gossip Girl S03E14 "The Lady Vanished"

Tuesday March 16

Lost S06E08 "Recon"

Melrose Place S01E14 "Stoner Canyon"

Justified S01E01 "Fire In The Hole"

Wednesday March 17

Human Target S01E08 "Baptiste"

Thursday March 18

30 Rock S04E15 "Don Geiss, America and Hope"

FlashForward S01E11-12 "Revelation Zero"

Friday March 19

Spartacus: Blood and Sand
S01E09 "Whore"

Caprica S01E08 "Ghosts in the Machine"

Sunday March 21

The Pacific Episode 2 "Basilone" Read more!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

U.S Box Office: March 5-7, 2010

# Title Mar 5 - 7
% Chg. Theaters Weeks AVG Cumulative

1 Alice in Wonderland $ 116,101,023

3,728 1 $ 31,143 $ 116,101,023
2 Brooklyn's Finest 13,350,299

1,936 1 6,896 13,350,299
3 Shutter Island 13,225,411
-41.6 3,178 3 4,162 95,750,005
4 Cop Out 9,289,311
-49.0 3,150 2 2,949 32,504,610
5 Avatar 8,118,102
-40.5 2,163 12 3,753 720,607,444
6 The Crazies 7,078,851
-55.9 2,479 2 2,856 27,472,164
7 Percy Jackson & The Olympians 5,124,623
-46.5 2,994 4 1,712 78,057,749
8 Valentine's Day 4,154,110
-54.2 3,040 4 1,366 106,303,870
9 Crazy Heart 3,312,591
34.5 1,274 12 2,600 29,532,002
10 Dear John 2,782,079
-42.1 2,496 5 1,115 76,626,086

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Monday, March 8, 2010

'Iron Man 2' Trailer 2

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82nd Academy Awards Winners

Best Motion Picture of the Year


The Hurt Locker (2008): Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro

Other Nominees:

Avatar (2009): James Cameron, Jon Landau

The Blind Side (2009): Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson

District 9 (2009): Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham

An Education (2009): Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey

Inglourious Basterds (2009): Lawrence Bender

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness

A Serious Man (2009): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Up (2009): Jonas Rivera

Up in the Air (2009/I): Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role


Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)

Other Nominees:

George Clooney for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Colin Firth for A Single Man (2009)

Morgan Freeman for Invictus (2009)

Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker (2008)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role


Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (2009)

Other Nominees:

Helen Mirren for The Last Station (2009)

Carey Mulligan for An Education (2009)

Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role


Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Other Nominees:

Matt Damon for Invictus (2009)

Woody Harrelson for The Messenger (2009/I)

Christopher Plummer for The Last Station (2009)

Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role


Mo'Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Other Nominees:

Penélope Cruz for Nine (2009)

Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart (2009)

Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Best Achievement in Directing


Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008)

Other Nominees:

James Cameron for Avatar (2009)

Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Jason Reitman for Up in the Air (2009/I)

Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen


The Hurt Locker (2008): Mark Boal

Other Nominees:

Inglourious Basterds (2009): Quentin Tarantino

The Messenger (2009/I): Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman

A Serious Man (2009): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Up (2009): Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Thomas McCarthy

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published


Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Geoffrey Fletcher

Other Nominees:

District 9 (2009): Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

An Education (2009): Nick Hornby

In the Loop (2009): Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche

Up in the Air (2009/I): Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Best Achievement in Cinematography


Avatar (2009): Mauro Fiore

Other Nominees:

Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009): Christian Berger

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009): Bruno Delbonnel

The Hurt Locker (2008): Barry Ackroyd

Inglourious Basterds (2009): Robert Richardson

Best Achievement in Editing


The Hurt Locker (2008): Bob Murawski, Chris Innis

Other Nominees:

Avatar (2009): Stephen E. Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron

District 9 (2009): Julian Clarke

Inglourious Basterds (2009): Sally Menke

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009): Joe Klotz

Best Achievement in Art Direction


Avatar (2009): Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair

Other Nominees:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009): David Warren, Anastasia Masaro, Caroline Smith

Nine (2009): John Myhre, Gordon Sim

Sherlock Holmes (2009): Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

The Young Victoria (2009): Patrice Vermette, Maggie Gray

Best Achievement in Costume Design


The Young Victoria (2009): Sandy Powell

Other Nominees:

Bright Star (2009): Janet Patterson

Coco avant Chanel (2009): Catherine Leterrier

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009): Monique Prudhomme

Nine (2009): Colleen Atwood

Best Achievement in Makeup


Star Trek (2009): Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, Joel Harlow

Other Nominees:

Il divo (2008): Aldo Signoretti, Vittorio Sodano

The Young Victoria (2009): John Henry Gordon, Jenny Shircore

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score


Up (2009): Michael Giacchino

Other Nominees:

Avatar (2009): James Horner

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Alexandre Desplat

The Hurt Locker (2008): Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders

Sherlock Holmes (2009): Hans Zimmer

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song


Crazy Heart (2009): T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham("The Weary Kind")

Other Nominees:

Faubourg 36 (2008): Reinhardt Wagner, Frank Thomas("Loin de Paname")

Nine (2009): Maury Yeston("Take It All")

The Princess and the Frog (2009): Randy Newman("Almost There")

The Princess and the Frog (2009): Randy Newman("Down in New Orleans")

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing


The Hurt Locker (2008): Paul N.J. Ottosson, Ray Beckett

Other Nominees:

Avatar (2009): Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson

Inglourious Basterds (2009): Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Mark Ulano

Star Trek (2009): Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson, Peter J. Devlin

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Geoffrey Patterson

Best Achievement in Sound Editing


The Hurt Locker (2008): Paul N.J. Ottosson

Other Nominees:

Avatar (2009): Christopher Boyes, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle

Inglourious Basterds (2009): Wylie Stateman

Star Trek (2009): Mark P. Stoeckinger, Alan Rankin

Up (2009): Michael Silvers, Tom Myers

Best Achievement in Visual Effects


Avatar (2009): Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andy Jones

Other Nominees:

District 9 (2009): Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken

Star Trek (2009): Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year


Up (2009): Pete Docter

Other Nominees:

Coraline (2009): Henry Selick

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Wes Anderson

The Princess and the Frog (2009): John Musker, Ron Clements

The Secret of Kells (2009): Tomm Moore

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year


El secreto de sus ojos (2009)(Argentina)

Other Nominees:

Ajami (2009)(Israel)

Das weisse Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009)(Germany)

Un prophète (2009)(France)

La teta asustada (2009)(Peru)

Best Documentary, Features


The Cove (2009): Louie Psihoyos, Fisher Stevens

Other Nominees:

Burma VJ: Reporter i et lukket land (2008): Anders Østergaard, Lise Lense-Møller

Food, Inc. (2008): Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009): Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith

Which Way Home (2009): Rebecca Cammisa

Best Documentary, Short Subjects


Music by Prudence (2010): Roger Ross Williams, Elinor Burkett

Other Nominees:

China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province (2009) (TV): Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill

The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner (2009): Daniel Junge, Henry Ansbacher

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (2009) (TV): Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Królik po berlinsku (2009): Bartosz Konopka, Anna Wydra

Best Short Film, Animated


Logorama (2009): Nicolas Schmerkin

Other Nominees:

French Roast (2008): Fabrice Joubert

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (2008): Nicky Phelan, Darragh O'Connell

La dama y la muerte (2009): Javier Recio Gracia

Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' (2008) (TV): Nick Park

Best Short Film, Live Action


The New Tenants (2009): Joachim Back, Tivi Magnusson
Other Nominees:

The Door (2008): Juanita Wilson, James Flynn

Istället för abrakadabra (2008): Patrik Eklund, Mathias Fjällström

Kavi (2009): Gregg Helvey

Miracle Fish (2009): Luke Doolan, Drew Bailey
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tv Schedule: March 8-14, 2010

Monday March 8

Day 8 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM (S08E11)

Life Unexpected S01E08 "Bride Unbridled"

Damages S03E07 "You Haven’t Replaced Me"

How I Met Your Mother S05E17 "Of Course"

The Big Bang Theory S03E17 "The Precious Fragmentation"

House S06E14 "Private Lives"

Gossip Girl S03E13 "The Hurt Locker"

Tuesday March 9

Lost S06E07 "Dr. Linus"

Melrose Place S01E13 "Oriole"

Wednesday March 10

Human Target S01E07 "Salvage & Reclamation"

Thursday March 11

30 Rock S04E14 "Future Husband"

Friday March 12

Spartacus: Blood and Sand
S01E08 "Mark of the Brotherhood"

Caprica S01E07 "Imperfections of Memory" Read more!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Trailers: Legend of the Guardians, Prince of Persia

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Editing for 3D on Alice in Wonderland: JC Bond, Additional Editor, on Wrangling 10,000 VFX Shots for 2D, 3D and IMAX

Working in the editorial department on Alice in Wonderland, JC Bond was the point of first contact for principal photography, assembling scenes as quickly as director Tim Burton could shoot them. He was also the gatekeeper for the film's extensive visual-effects content, which he received and analyzed before it was cut into the movie. Working on a team led by film editor Chris Lebenzon, ACE, Bond made sure thousands of pieces of content fell into place as expected in the editorial pipeline — in stereo 3D, no less. Film & Video asked him about the challenge of managing massive quantities of footage, and found out why Alice might look ever so slightly different depending on where you see it.

FILM & VIDEO: You’re credited as an “additional editor” on Alice in Wonderland. What were your responsibilities?

JC Bond: On a project this long, my responsibilities changed during the project. During the shooting phase, my initial responsibility was to assemble the scenes as they were being shot. One of the advantages we had on this project was that the movie was shot digitally for the most part. The bookends, which take place in “the real world,” were shot on film. The stuff in Underland, or Wonderland, was all shot digitally. We were connected directly to the shooting stage through servers, and we were working about 20 minutes behind camera. Right after they wrapped a particular set-up, we would load it into our [Avid] Media Composers and start cutting. My main responsibility during that phase was to assemble the dailies as they came in and have a version of the scene for Tim Burton to look at.

So you were making a rough assembly.

Sometimes that became the assembly. It depends on what happens. Some scenes got worked quite a bit more afterward, and for other scenes, what we got on day one was it.

How did your job change during post-production?

During post, my main responsibility was to receive the VFX shots from our facilities, analyze them, see if the artists were doing what we asked them to do, and cut them into the movie and have them ready to present to Tim Burton. That’s basically the breakdown between our two phases. On a project this long – for me, the job was 17 months, but the shooting was only two and a half months. The rest was all post-production.

So it was an extended process.

In reality, on a project of this size, that was short. We would have liked another year. We would have settled for another six months. We got neither.

How did shooting the film in 3D affect your work?

The reality is that our movie is not shot in stereo 3D. It was shot in 2D and then converted during the VFX process. The majority of our movie happens in Wonderland. In Wonderland, we used computer-generated backgrounds and computer-generated environments so all we were shooting was elements. Our entire main shoot was a gigantic green-screen shoot. The stereo process happened in post-production. We converted every single shot. Because the environment was computer-generated, it was created in 3D, and the elements that were [shot in] 2D were post-converted. We did have to manage stereo media from the moment we started getting VFX back from the facilities, and that was a little over a year of handling. But not during the actual shoot.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

U.S Box Office February 26-28, 2010

# Title Feb 26 - 28
% Chg. Theaters Weeks AVG Cumulative

1 Shutter Island $ 22,665,205
-44.8 3,003 2 $ 7,548 $ 75,541,271
2 Cop Out 18,211,126

3,150 1 5,781 18,211,126
3 The Crazies 16,067,552

2,477 1 6,487 16,067,552
4 Avatar 13,655,274
-15.9 2,456 11 5,560 706,560,068
5 Percy Jackson & The Olympians 9,583,421
-37.2 3,302 3 2,902 70,998,280
6 Valentine's Day 9,063,036
-45.6 3,578 3 2,533 99,916,240
7 Dear John 4,808,498
-32.6 3,006 4 1,600 72,432,096
8 The Wolfman 4,259,865
-56.9 3,043 3 1,400 57,380,125
9 The Tooth Fairy 3,425,333
-21.3 2,249 6 1,523 53,841,454
10 Crazy Heart 2,462,384
-16.9 1,148 11 2,145 25,009,496

Source: Box Office Guru Read more!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Tv Schedule: March 1-7, 2010

Monday March 1

Day 8 1:00 AM - 2:00 AM (S08E10)

Life Unexpected S01E07 "Crisis Unaverted"

Damages S03E06 "Don’t Forget to Thank Mr. Zedeck"

How I Met Your Mother S05E16 "Hooked"

The Big Bang Theory S03E16 "The Excelsior Acquisition"

Tuesday March 2

Lost S06E06 "Sundown"

Wednesday March 3

S07E09 "Hiro Yoshimura" (Series Finale)

Thursday March 4

Burn Notice S03E16 "Devil You Know" (Season Finale)

Friday March 5

Spartacus: Blood and Sand
S01E07 "Great and unfortunate things"

Caprica S01E06 "Know the enemy" Read more!

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