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  • Warm Bodies Nicholas Hoult Rain - H 2012
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The Bottom Line

This character-driven genre meld could have used more edge and energy, and less obvious message-mongering, but it scores in terms of atmosphere, humor and charm.

Opens: Friday, Feb. 1 (Summit Entertainment)

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Rob CorddryAnaleigh Tipton

Screenwriter-director: Jonathan Levine

The zom-rom-com arrives, with Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer as the star-crossed duo in a lighthearted postapocalyptic spin on Romeo and Juliet.

Warm Bodies, the latest permutation of the zombie screen phenomenon, places heart over horror and romantic teen angst over sharp social commentary. The low gore quotient and emphasis on young love might disappoint genre purists, but for those open to the idea of a gently goofy mash-up, the film is strong on atmosphere and offers likably low-key, if somewhat bland, charms. As a date movie for teens and twentysomethings that nods toward edgy fantasy while favoring down-to-earth mellowness, the Summit release is primed to hit the box-office sweet spot.

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The story’s dystopian versions of Romeo and Juliet are Nicholas Hoult’s R — he can’t remember his full name, or anything else about his pre-apocalypse existence — and Teresa Palmer’s Julie, whose meet-cute involves a shoot-’em-up that ends badly for Julie’s duty-bound boyfriend (Dave Franco). As R’s voice-over narration explains, it’s been eight years since an unspecified plague devastated humankind. Corpses, as the slacker-ish zombies are called and of which he’s one, feed on what’s left of the living. A more extreme mutation called Boneys — skeletal creatures that are an effective but not quite menacing combination of stunt work and CGI — will eat anything, including corpses.

by sheri linden for hollywoodreporter.com

The director on his all-time favourites from the genre

1, 2 & 3. The Dollars Trilogy

Clint Eastwood was laconically iconic as mysterious gunslinger The Man With No Name in mid-Sixties epics A Fistful Of DollarsFor A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

QT says: “Right at the top, it’s got to be Sergio Leone’s trilogy, especially The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – my absolute favourite movie and the greatest achievement in the history of cinema.”

4. Day Of Anger

Also known as Gunlaw and directed by Leone protégé Tonino Valerii, this drum-tight 1967 thriller sees a bullied street sweeper become a gunfighter.

QT says: “Another one of my favourite spaghetti westerns, it stars Lee Van Cleef, who I love. What a face. A real man. I dedicated Kill Bill: Volume 2 to him.”

5. One-Eyed Jacks

Also a favourite of Martin Scorsese and David Lynch, this 1961 gem sees a bank robber hunting down his double-crossing partner.

QT says: “This underrated movie both stars and is directed by Marlon Brando – the only film he ever directed.”

6. Navajo Joe

Filmed in Spain and starring a 30-year-old Burt Reynolds in his second leading role, as a lone rider on the trail of bandits who massacred his tribe.

QT says: “Directed by Sergio Corbucci, who did the original Django, this is one of the greatest revenge movies and has one of Morricone’s most memorable scores.”

7. The Hellbenders

Another Corbucci film, also known as The Cruel Ones, this stars Joseph Cotten as a Confederate officer planning to restart the Civil War with a coffin full of stolen money.

QT says: “The great thing is, this a western with no heroes in it. Everybody is the bad guy. There’s a gal in it who’s more of a victim, but everybody is f*cked-up.”

8. Winchester ’73

James Stewart reinvented himself as a tough guy by starring in this 1950 tale of a prized rifle, passed from one ill-fated owner to another.

QT says: “Anthony Mann is one of my favourite western directors and this is his best movie by far.”

9. Little Big Man

Neglected 1970 classic starring Dustin Hoffman as 121-year-old retired gunslinger looking back on his life being raised by Indians and fighting with General Custer.

QT says: “I’m a big fan. This has a kind of a sister kinship to Django Unchained.”

10. Dances With Wolves

Kevin Costner’s Oscar-gobbling epic about an exiled Civil War lieutenant who befriends wolves and Indians.

QT says: “Yeah, really. I think it’s the best western made in the past 30 years.”


–compiled by andrew burnett for shortlist.com



Kim Kardashian Talks Kanye West Baby: “We Feel So Blessed and Lucky”

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Kim Kardashian is pregnant with Kanye West‘s baby: That’s one way to end 2012 on a high.

Early this morning, the mama-to-be broke her silence on the happy news, and took to her official blog to share her feelings with her fans in a post titled, appropriately enough, “New Year, New Beginnings.”

See Kanye announce Kim’s pregnancy onstage!

“It’s true!” she wrote. “Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us.”

Kim’s father, lawyer Robert Kardashian, died in 2003, while Kanye’s own beloved mother, Donda Westpassed away after undergoing plastic surgery in 2007.

Check out Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Road to Baby

“Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and starting a family,” Kim went on in the short and sweet post. “Happy New Year!!! Xo.”

Oh, we think it will be.


–by gina serpe for eonline.com. image from fxexaminer.com


STAN LEE TURNS 90: Colleagues salute the Marvel legend and ‘goodwill ambassador for comics’

STAN LEE — the man, the mastermind, the seemingly tireless global goodwill ambassador for comics — is spinning his way toward a milestone: On Friday, he turns 90.

So how does Stan the Man feel about becoming a nonagenarian?

“One bit of philosophy I made up some time ago,” Lee tells Comic Riffs this week, “[it’s] a bit of a paradox: Everyone wants to live to a ripe old age — but no one wants to be old!”

Although he had pacemaker surgery this past fall, Lee defies a sense of seeming “old.,” forever moving like a human torch of kinetic energy. He even wrote in September upon his return: “In an effort to be more like my fellow Avenger, Tony Stark, I have had an electronic pace-maker placed near my heart to insure that I’ll be able to lead thee for another 90 years!”

The 1961 debut of the Fantastic Four: Lee calls it “the turning point of my life.” (STAN LEE & JACK KIRBY – Marvel Comics)Stanley Lieber has been in comics since his teen years — the first Timely/Marvel editor, “Captain America” co-creator Joe Simon, hired Lee as an office boy during the World War II era — and his career arc began to bend toward greatness about two decades later, when he created the flawed superheroes who make up the Fantastic Four (what he calls “the turning point of my life”). As all fans know, editor-writer Lee — working with such greats as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Gene Colan and John Buscema — helped transform the comics industry as Marvel soon unspooled Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man and X-Men.

[THE STAN LEE PROFILEA sit-down with the legend]

Today, even as that same industry still wrestles with creators’ rights and compensation, Lee is the biggest living name in comics — the face of the superhero business to millions, both ebullient convention-hopping ambassador and Hollywood’s Marvel cameo king.

Wherever there are masses of comics fans, there seems to be smiling Stan Lee (who has been a special guest at Baltimore Comic-Con each of the past two years). When he warms to a spotlight, the throngs, in turn, heat up. And what is a star, ultimately, but a shining presence in its universe that gives off heat?

[THE STAN LEE INTERVIEWThe co-creator upon Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary]

At 90, this is how Stan Lee sums it up to Comic Riffs:

“I‘ve enjoyed every minute of my work all these years, and especially dealing with all the great fans.”

Upon his birthday, Comic Riffs asked several fellow creators and editors to share their thoughts on Stan. Fans of his themselves, here’s what they say:

STAN THE MAN (PLUS ONE): Lee — who co-created such Marvel characters as the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man and Spider-Man — in his office. (Reed Saxon / ASSOCIATED PRESS).

MARVEL RISES: A vintage photo of then-Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. (Gerald Martineau / THE WASHINGTON POST).

“Stan’s that rare figure who, while he’s adopted a larger-than-life persona in the eyes of the world, is the same person off-camera that he is on screen — he’s just as energetic, enthusiastic, bombastic, a touch corny, and charming even when he’s just picking up the mail or buying groceries. Because that’s not a persona — that’s the real deal.”

— Veteran Marvel editor TOM BREVOORT.

IN HIS ELEMENT: Stan Lee on the red carpet for the April 2012 premiere of “The Avengers” in Los Angeles. (Matt Sayles / ASSOCIATED PRESS).

“He’s still a big kid. He’s got a great sense of humor.. I mailed my ’Spider-Man’ Sunday [strip last week] and I always write him a little note. I must have 500 notes from him [that] I’ve kept through the years — every one funnier than the previous. … I enjoy so much talking to him. Sometimes he’s not feeling well, but you’d never know it. He’s always so joyful. He’s a fun guy to be around.”

— Top Marvel inker JOE SINNOTT, 86, who says he has worked with Stan, off and on, for six decades

“Stan should be remembered as the man who brought increasing humanity and realism to the comic-book superhero, and thus began to attract the older readers who otherwise would mostly have quit reading comics, never to return, by the time of puberty or thereabouts.

Lee in his Beverly Hills office, in 2011. (Jonathan Alcorn / for The Washington Post)“Of course, along with having the initial ideas for superheroes like the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk et al., he also became one of the most influential writers in the history of the field — and, as editor, he kept ever in mind the idea of an interrelated ‘Marvel universe’ even before the term was created [by fans]. His greatest gift to comics is the concept of the Marvel Universe — and the idea that superhero comics need not appeal only to sub-teen readers. Readers should understand that

“Stan Lee did this all as a professional, to make a living, not as a fan — but that he’s as big a fan as anyone could be of [the talents of] artists-creators like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, Bill Everett and others.”

— ROY THOMAS, the Hall of Fame writer-editor who immediately succeeded Stan as editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics

“Co-creating Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and so many other iconic characters is an incredible legacy all on its own. Ditto for creating a personal bond with his readers through the letters pages and the bullpen bulletins, and for creating and building the Marvel brand identity. And becoming the goodwill ambassador for comics as whole is an amazing accomplishment. Stan informed and reminded people that comics as a medium is a valid and valuable part of our cultural smorgasbord.

IN HIS WEB: Stan Lee at the 2011 ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (VALERIE MACON – AFP/GETTY IMAGES)“Stan’s combination of creative genius, promotional savvy and a work ethic that won’t quit are an impressive array of talents with which to engage the world. … Somehow, together with his collaborators, Stan initiated ideas and developed them in ways that resonated with countless numbers of people across multiple generations. Who did exactly what? No one was in the room or in their heads when Lee and Kirby created their characters and stories together, and my impression is they worked together in different ways at different times. They had a synergy that resulted in elegant concepts, brilliantly developed and executed. …

“It’s amazing that [Stan] is so active and available. Considering how tiring it can be, and the fact that there are those elements of controversy that trail him, it would in many ways be easier for him to spend his time at his home or office. It was pretty impressive that, less than a week after having a pacemaker put in, he was spending long days at the recent New York Comic-Con. …

“He’s … one of those people without whom we might have no comics industry — and therefore none of the media spinoffs — today.

— DANNY FINGEROTH, the veteran writer-editor (notaby edited Marvel’s Spider-Man books), educator and co-author of the 2011 treasure-trove that is “The Stan Lee Universe”

Happy Holiday From Stan Lee – World of Heroes

–all article compiled by michael kavna for washingtonpost.com

Moments of serendipity and just plain awesomeness (if there is such a thing) are what we call #onlyontwitter. These are examples of Tweets that came to life organically on Twitter, and can be appreciated in an instant.

Exploring new worlds

The deepest Tweet

Blockbuster movie director James Cameron took the second-ever dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, and became the first person to send a Tweet from 35,755 feet beneath the sea.
The deepest Tweet
Credit: © Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic. The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible begins its first 2.5-mile (4-km) test dive off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The sub is the centerpiece of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, a joint scientific project by explorer and filmmaker James Cameron, the National Geographic Society and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research.

Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you@DeepChallenge

Getting closer

Indoor, outdoor sports converge

During the State of the Union address in January, NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco tweeted an observation to House Speaker John Boehner. Their friendly exchange traversed their respective worlds.
Indoor, outdoor sports converge
Credit: By Speaker John Boehner, on Twitter

@SpeakerBoehner Just read some of your tweets and you seem pretty angry kind sir. I can see you on tv but you’re not smiling. Hope you’re ok

@ochocinco: Thanks & good luck in the @SuperBowl; we’ll see you in the playoffs next year. Go  

A grateful POTUS tweets

After being re-elected President, Barack Obama took to Twitter to thank voters, even before he took the stage for his post-election speech.
A grateful POTUS tweets
Credit: By Barack Obama, on Twitter

We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. -bo

Licensed to tweet

When “Skyfall,” the latest Bond movie, premiered, author and comedian Charlie Higson translated the original 12 Bond novels into 140 character Tweets. When you’re short of characters, 007 is one less than Bond.
Licensed to tweet
Credit: By Twitter UK, on Twitter

Today I will be mostly tweeting all 12 Fleming Bond novels in 140 characters or less 

Primetime prank

During the Emmys broadcast, host Jimmy Kimmel set up a live joke, encouraging the audience to tweet, “OMG Tracy Morgan passed out on stage.” The line instantly sparked Twitter conversation, and as people tuned in, they saw Kimmel and Morgan play it to the hilt.
Primetime prank

Oh my God – Tracy Morgan just passed out onstage at the Emmys – turn ABC on NOW!”

Fiction flourishes

Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan tried her hand at a new form: a short story on Twitter. The New Yorker’s fiction desk serialized her story “Black Box” using the 140-character limit as a creative filter, to let the tale unfold in a compelling new way.
Fiction flourishes

“You will be in constant danger.

For a cause

A plea for medical insurance

Just back from vacation, Arijit Guha started to feel sick. What he thought might be a virus turned out to be much worse: a malignant growth that turned out to be Stage IV colon cancer. After hitting the limit on his insurance, he reached out to his insurer on Twitter to plead his case. Company’s CEO Mark Bertolini responded directly to Arijit, and personally directed the company to help cover the gap.
A plea for medical insurance

@Poop_Strong @I_Am_Arijit@AetnaHelp has been trying to reach you and we want to help. Can we please connect?

Politics of breast cancer

Breast cancer charity Komen for the Cure sparked a massive protest on Twitter after the group announced in January it would no longer make cancer-screening grants to Planned Parenthood. The outpouring of comments generally supportive of Planned Parenthood filled Twitter streams and sparked a much larger national debate on the issues surrounding the decision.
Politics of breast cancer
Credit: By Farrah Udell, on Twitter

Komen’s decision hurts women – it puts politics before women’s health. @KomenfortheCure should be ashamed.tinyurl.com/77xhkoy

Protest on protest

After a documentary highlighted the deeds of notorious Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony and his group LRA, Twitter users voiced their opposition: #StopKony trended worldwide. The documentary was made by the charity Invisible Children (IC). Besides #StopKony, people expressed their concern about the motives of the filmmaker and IC’s founder.
Protest on protest
Credit: March 8 by ra_coons, on Flickr

The worst living criminal remains at large b/c he’s invisible to the world. On March 5th  goes viral.bit.ly/WATCHKONY2012

2- The white savior supports brutal policies in the morning, founds charities in the afternoon, and receives awards in the evening.

City Hall calling

Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker is known for communicating with residents on Twitter, and even better known for responding quickly. During superstorm Sandy, Booker not only let victims stay at his home; he arranged for a steady supply of a favorite local snack: Hot Pockets.
City Hall calling
Credit: Mayor @CoryBooker by @Twitter, on Flickr

1 Nov 12

@CoryBooker a my nigga i m running out of hotpockets to put in the oven

I believe in you. I know this is a problem you can handle. RT@DAT_NIGGA_REEE a my nigga i m running out of hotpockets to put in the oven

Full letter from @hotpockets donating 100s of coupons for free Hot Pockets to Newarkers (PHOTO)pic.twitter.com/oVO2eYZk

The world of Ai Weiwei

Known for his public stands against Chinese government repression, artist Ai Weiwei has been placed under house arrest and is not allowed to travel outside China. He has turned to the Internet, and in particular to Twitter, to engage with the world. As he often says, “Twitter is [my] favorite city.”
The world of Ai Weiwei
Credit: Free Ai weiwei! by DeluCarloe, on Flickr

RT @ponwawa@aiww like it or not, revolution will come. coooool pic.twitter.com/qIjAJ21J

Reprise: Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down after 28 years of dividing the city. On November 9, 2012,@9Nov89live captured the historic anniversary via Tweets. German citizens and many others joined the conversation using the hashtag #TwitternWie1989 (“tweeting like in 1989”) to share their very personal memories.
Reprise: Berlin Wall
Credit: Berlin Wall by NatalieMaynor, on Flickr

 Bei der @tagesschau machen sie auf mit “DDR öffnet Grenze”. youtube.com/watch?v=llE7tC…

On the ground in Syria

Stationed in Qubair, a small Muslim village in Syria, BBC Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar frequently investigated reports of area uprisings and killings. At one point he didn’t have access to a broadcast camera — just his mobile phone. His compelling reportage took shape via his Tweets.
On the ground in Syria
Credit: By Paul Danahar, on Twitter

The following is what I understand are the accurate details of  from various conversation with knowledgable dip’s in  (1/3)

 : Killings by locals on locals, unclear if under instruction. Nobody’s throat was cut. Mainly women & kids as men away.  (2/3)

 : Most died by rooms being sprayed with bullets, not execution style gun to the head. One person had eye gouged out  (3/3)

Get in the game

Tweeting for the Gold

Tyler Clary gave us a glimpse inside the mind of an Olympian as he live-tweeted the 200m backstroke at the London Games. Given the tape delay from the UK to the U.S., he could tweet his innermost thoughts as they occurred to him during the race.
Tweeting for the Gold
Credit: By L2012 Pool Camera, on Twitter

Who wants to hear my narrative of what was happening leading up to my race and even after the race???

I’m back in the ready room dancing and listening to a little dubstep, but right before I came out I switched on “The Motto” by Drake 🙂

I see that I’m behind Ryan at the 100 but I am only thinking about building into the last 75

All I could think about after I saw that result was my high school coach Kevin Perry who passed away during my freshman year of college

Swimmer makes the cut

It was a Tweet from Michael Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman that informed Olympic hopeful Ricky Berens he qualified for the 2012 team, because Phelps would not be competing in the 200m freestyle. The coach’s Tweet gave Berens the nod to replace Phelps.
Swimmer makes the cut
Credit: By Tori Houk, on Twitter

Words can’t describe how I am feeling right now. If Twitter is right, I am swimming the 200 free at the Olympics!!!!! This is nuts!!!

MLB player meets a friend

Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeremy Guthrie* tweeted to find somebody for a game of catch at Coors Field. He connected with his Twitter follower Woody Roseland, and the pair played catch. Guthrie tweeted that Roseland, a five-time cancer survivor and amputee, is not only an inspiration to him — but a new friend.
— *He later joined the Kansas City Royals
MLB player meets a friend
Credit: Coors Field Autostitch 2 by compujeramey, on Flickr

I was trying to find a catch partner (thanks for bailing Chatwood) & found a FRIEND & example of courage.@WoodyRoseland You are inspiring!

Only hurts when he laughs

Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive during a game, suffering an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and a skull fracture. Concerned fans were relieved to see that after surgery, McCarthy was back on Twitter — and more hilarious than ever. So was his wife, Amanda.
Only hurts when he laughs
Credit: By Joe Farris, on Twitter

11 Sep 12


@BMcCarthy32 I WILL strike someone with a brain injury

Fire on the track

When the car ahead of him burst into flames at the Daytona 500, NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski brought the action to us by live-tweeting from his car. Luckily, the huge ball of fire didn’t harm the other driver.
Fire on the track

Talk to Pelé

Just before Euro 2012 got underway in July, international soccer legend Pelé joined Twitter in June, taking questions from his legions of fans.
Talk to Pelé
Credit: By Pelé, on Twitter

27 Jun 12

@Pele do you think that Brazil can make a good job in Brazil 2014 

.@erikgm98 I sure hope so! We have good individual players but we have to prepare as a team.

27 Jun 12

@Pele who was the best player you ever played with and the best you played against 

.@matthammie1984 Best I played against was @beckenbauer and Bob Moore.

27 Jun 12

@Pele out of all the world cup finals you played, which one was your favorite 

.@GusOrdaz World Cup Sweden at 17 years old. Youngest player to win . This you cannot forget.

No longer rivals

Fifteen years ago, boxing champion Mike Tyson fought Evander Holyfield. What made headlines wasn’t who won — it was that Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear. At long last, this year, they have made peace.
No longer rivals
Credit: Mike Tyson, on Twitter

28 Jun 12

.@WBCBoxing just reminded me today is the anniversary of the ear biting incident. Love you@holyfield. You are a true champion.

@MikeTyson @WBCBoxing as I recall u bit both of my ears….other 1 wasn’t marinated n my RealDealBBQ sauce. LOL! It’s all good bro!

Premier League fires, hires

Even after a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Juventus, Chelsea parting company with manager Roberto di Matteo came out of the blue for most fans. The news broke on Twitter with @ChelseaFC’s tweet. Later in the day Chelsea announced its new manager, Rafael Benítez via Twitter.
Premier League fires, hires
Credit: Chelsea FC

Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with manager Roberto Di Matteo. More to follow… 

Trading is part of the game

After being traded to the Houston Rockets, NBA guard James Harden made headlines, and got Twitter buzz. The fans weren’t the only ones caught off guard; players around the league weighed in on the trade as well.
Trading is part of the game
Credit: By NBA on Twitpic


taken from 2012.twitter.com


British man dies after dancing ‘Gangnam Style’


Death leads to warning against vigorous dancing for middle-aged men

Middle-aged men have been warned not to attempt the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance too vigorously after a father of three collapsed and died while copying the moves from the hit video.

Eamonn Kilbride, 46, collapsed with chest pains at his office party in Blackburn last weekend. He had been performing the dance moves made famous by South Korean rapper Psy, who mimics riding a horse.

Professor Bernard Keavney, a consultant cardiologist at Newcastle University, told The Daily Telegraph that older men should not “stray outside your comfort zone” at Christmas parties this year. “The chance that you’ll come to grief is very small. But as with any form of untypical exercise… be somewhat measured. Let the lady dance around you,” he added.
Mr Kilbride, an IT manager, had been with his wife, Julie, who was celebrating her birthday. She paid tribute to her “loving husband” of 23 years, calling him “the life of the party”. He had three children – Laurajade, 22, Jack, 21, and Conor, 18 – all of whom are at university.

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ recently became the most-watched video ever on YouTube. The K-Pop star‘s hit has racked up a record-breaking 815million views since it was posted on July 15, 2012. Justin Bieber‘s track ‘Baby’, posted in February 2010, has 803million views. Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, has had worldwide success with ‘Gangnam Style’ and has sold more than four million copies around the globe. He also bagged the first UK Number One by a Korean artist. ‘Gangnam Style’ attracts around 11million viewers a day.


(article taken from NME.com)

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