STARSHIP TROOPERS: INVASION Trailers & Interview

STARSHIP TROOPERS the 1959 political sci-fi novel turned cult/blockbuster film is about to get a fourth film installment.

STARSHIP TROOPERS: INVASION is a “direct” sequel to Paul Verhoeven‘s 1997 film, completely ignoring SST2: Hero of the Federation and SST3: Marauder. INVASION is a fully computer animated film from Sola Digital Arts and is set to be released in North America August 28 2012.

SYNOPSIS
A distant Federation outpost Fort Casey comes under attack by bugs. The team on the fast attack ship Alesia is assigned to help the Starship John A. Warden stationed in Fort Casey evacuate along with the survivors and bring military intelligence safely back to Earth. Carl Jenkins, now ministry of Paranormal Warfare, takes the starship on a clandestine mission before its rendezvous with the Alesia and goes missing in the nebula. Now, the battle-hardened troopers are charged with a rescue mission that may lead to a much more sinister consequence than they ever could have imagined….

I’m a huge Starship Troopers fan and I’m pretty damn excited to see this thing. 

So without further ado…
TEASER

FULL TRAILER

COMIC-CON INTERVIEW


-Eric Chacón
Follow me on Twitter @CaptxCrunch

*New "Cloud Atlas" Trailer

A First Look Trailer has been released for the upcoming epic Sci-Fi Film from the creators of the Matrix Trilogy “Cloud Atlas” starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

Cloud Atlas is an upcoming science fiction film written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. The film is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell. With an ensemble cast to cover the film’s multiple storylines, production began in September 2011 at Studio Babelsberg in Germany. The film is scheduled to be released the 26th of October 2012.


The official synopsis for Cloud Atlas says, “[It is] an epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.

-Brian Lansangan
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╬D Recommendation: "The Room"

“The Room” is our ╬D Recommendation of the week, Be Warn…this movie is so bad, its sooo good. We watch it so you don’t have to…but I recommend you should watch it at least once in your life.

LOWDOWN:
An American black comedy about love and passion, betrayal and lies. It depicts the depths of friendship and relationships in one’s life and raises life’s real and most asked question: “Can you ever really trust anyone?…Are you ready to see reflections of your life? A successful banker, Johnny, is madly in love with his fiancé, Lisa, and plans to be married next month. His plans take a horrid turn when he finds the truth about Lisa and the people surrounding him.

REVIEW:
Multiple drop off plots, awful diaolague, Horrific acting, but overal immensly entertaining. A massive bust at a dark drama that is terribly done, so bad that it was advertised as a black comedy when Wiseau never intended or wanted to market it as a black comedy. But really, it’s worth a view.

The Room is amazing! Not because of great acting, a great script, and a great director, but because of how awful it is! Tommy Wiesau wrote, directed, produced, and stars in this big beautiful mess of a movie. It is the ultimate “so bad, its good” movie. Go see for yourself especially with the RIFFTRAX track.

OVERALL: It’s not so much the bad acting, it’s the bizarre script, quirky characters, subplots that are mentioned, then never discussed again, an Incredibly odd and distracting soundtrack, Characters that are never seen again, football being played 3 feet away from each-other, And who can forget the chicken noises? Its a pretty damn hilarious movie, and even if you don’t find it funny, its still undoubtedly 10X more interesting than most films out there today

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5 templar crosses out of 5
IT’S SO BAD, IT’S GOOD AND IT’S TEARING ME APART!!!!!!


TRAILER:
CREDITS:

Tommy Wiseau as Johnny the man with the silver tongue
Juliette Danielle as Lisa
Greg Sestero as Mark
Philip Haldiman as Denny
Carolyn Minnott as Claudette
Robyn Paris as Michelle
Mike Holmes as Mike
Dan Janjigian as Chris-R
Kyle Vogt as Peter
Greg Ellery as Steven

-Brian Lansangan
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Jurassic Park 4 to be released in 2012

A fourth entry in the Jurassic Park franchise has been in various stages of development for quite some time now. While the prospect of the film moving forward seemed to dwindle as time went on, there have been some major developments on the Jurassic Park 4 front as of late.

During last year’s Comic-Con, Steven Spielberg announced that he already worked out the story for “Jurassic Park 4” and was hoping to make the film in two or three years. Then last month, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were hired to write the script.

Steve got the chance to speak with producer Frank Marshall in anticipation of the release of The Bourne Legacy, and the producer talked a bit about Jurassic Park 4, revealing that they plan on having it in theaters within two years.

He went on to say that it’s definitely a sequel, and even though Spielberg won’t be directing, he’ll be heavily involved in the development. And the reason why Marshall and Spielberg are so interested in the fourth film, is because there’s an opportunity to take advantage of all the technological advancements that have been made in recent years.

“That’s what’s gonna be great about it, technology hass taken a leap now that we can really do some great things,” he said, adding that the dinosaurs won’t all be CGI because practical effects feel more realistic to audiences.

-Brian Lansangan

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Movie Review: "TED"

Seth Macfarlene’s “TED” is our next selection for our latest movie review.

LOWDOWN:
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of “Ted.” In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett, a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish… and has refused to leave his side ever since.

Ted is a 2012 American comedy film, co-written, produced and directed by Seth MacFarlane, who stars in it along with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. The supporting cast includes Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Jessica Stroup, and Patrick Warburton. The film is the feature-length directorial debut of MacFarlane, produced by Media Rights Capital, and distributed by Universal Pictures.


REVIEW:
The film delivers a laugh a minute. Filled with 80’s references and a side splitting ongoing Flash Gordon joke that’s nostalgic and reliably funny, especially for 30 somethings like me. Ted is the friend I wish I had, funny, perverted and oh so huggable.

The movie is truly about friendship and coming of age and despite it’s shallow plot it executes it’s goal (making you laugh) with a comedic pace that definitely merits the time you’ll spend watching it. It will require some suspension of all reality on your part but then again what did you expect from a movie about a living, walking, talking, beer drinking, pot smoking, cursing, fighting and lady loving teddy bear?

The acting is good and Mark W. is amazing. (This film is definitely not for sheltered kids) and Mila Kunis gets prettier with age and did great as the girlfriend. I had a fun time. No boring parts. Great guest star “Flash Gordon”, (Sam J Jones) still knows how to party. Giovanni Ribisi does a super job as the creepy dad character. Even the narrater (Patrick Stewart) was funny!


OVERALL:
If I had to define this movie in two words, they would be hilariously awesome. Ted was just plain great, great story, great acting, hilarious jokes, and just an overally great feel to the film. Unlike many comedies nowadays this one actually gets you to care for the characters. Ted was just a great film. If you don’t enjoy crude humour then you won’t enjoy this at all. Every joke involved is crude, from rascist jokes, to smoking and drinking, to fat jokes, to every kind of crudeness you can think of, but what you have to realize though, is its a joke, nothing more, and frankly i found it absolutely freaking hilarious.

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4 templar crosses out of 5 
if you don’t like crude then stay away, if you don’t mind crude then you’re sure to have a damn good time

TRAILER:



CREDITS:
Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett
Mila Kunis as Lori Collins
Seth MacFarlane as Ted (voice and motion capture)
Giovanni Ribisi as Donny
Joel McHale as Rex
Patrick Warburton as Guy
Matt Walsh as Thomas, John’s boss
Jessica Barth as Tami-Lynn
Bill Smitrovich as Frank, Ted’s boss
Ralph Garman as Joe Bennett, John’s Dad
Alex Borstein as Gina Bennett, John’s Mom
Laura Vandervoort as Tanya Terry


-Brian Lansangan
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FanFilm Corner "ComicCon Edition": #DIRTYLAUNDRY

QUESTION: What’s the difference between justice and punishment? #DIRTYLAUNDRY

At Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, the actor Thomas Jane unveiled a short-film called “#DIRTYLAUNDRY”. Besides Jane, the movie also stars Ron Pearlman which is unusual to have 2 popular Actors starring in a short-fan-film but stranger things have happened I guess. 
LOWDOWN:
Thomas Jane plays a hardened and seemingly tortured individual living out of his rusty old van and all he wants to do is mind his own business and do his dirty laundry. Problem is he’s in the worst part of the wrong side of town. On his way to the coin laundry, he runs into a gang of thugs getting off on terrorizing the “working girls” and innocent bystanders. Can he avoid intervening? Has he done this before? Only one way to find out and so without further ado…
Warning: Violence. Gore, Strong Adult Content

REVIEW:
The 10 minute short does a fantastic job in conveying unspoken emotion. You can feel what Thomas Jane’s character is going through without the need of dialogue and what little dialogue is in the film propels the story forward towards the climax. Well executed story, perfect build up, the violence in the film equaled the atrocities of the criminals and an ending worthy of the prior 9 minutes. #DIRTYLAUNDRY satisfies and at the last minute leaves you excited and wanting more.

Obviously the character Thomas Jane is playing is Frank Castle aka “The Punisher” but the filmmakers were really careful not to break copyright law as to avoid any potential lawsuits from Marvel/Disney. Just recently, Marvel acquired the rights to The Punisher which I’m sure means a proper Punisher reboot is in order. And who knows, maybe this little film could be the catalyst that convinces Marvel Studios to hire Jane for the role of The Punisher once more.
I’m a huge Punisher fan, I love his gritty, dark, real-world, ultra violent attitude he brings to the Marvel ‘verse. He’s definitely my favorite anti-hero. But unfortunately both The Punisher (2004) with Thomas Jane and Punisher: Warzone (2008) with Ray Stevenson movies were not worthy of the classic character. The Punisher (1989) a little known but great film with Dolph Lundgren was a much closer depiction of the violent Marvel character than the newer films. But with much respect to Jane and Stevenson, it was the stories that fell short. I think they did the best job they could with what was handed to them. 
I remember a while ago on Fanboy Radio, they interviewed Thomas Jane and I was pleased to hear that he’s a big pulp/sci-fi comic fan (like myself) and even produces his own comics (RAW STUDIOS) and  explained how hard it was trying to make the Punsher sequel TRUE to the Punisher character, but unfortunately Jane and LionsGate couldn’t see eye-to-eye and went their separate ways. However, I think this short proves who had the right idea. As an Indy filmmaker I’m a fan of Thomas Jane, he’s a hero of sorts, he’s a real rags to riches story (he was homeless in his 20’s). He’s a director, comic book creator, voice-actor, actor and just an all around amazing, not to mention, accomplished geek. I was happy to have met him at ComicCon 2010.

 There’s a quote by Thomas Jane on the movies description section that I think says it all…

“I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It’s been a blast to be a part of from start to finish — we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.”
   -Thomas Jane

ComicCon 2010, my brother Dennis Chacón handing in his portfolio to Thomas Jane at the RAW STUDIOS booth.
-Photographed by Eric Chacón







OVERALL:
††††† 5 templar crosses out of 5
MUST WATCH!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! (We hope Marvel/Disney is watching!)


CAST/CREW

Thomas Jane as Vigilante (Frank Castle/The Punisher)
Ron Pearlman as Liquor Store Clerk
Sammi Rotibi as GOLDTOOTH
Karlin Walker as the kid ‘DESHAWN’

Directed by Phil Joanou
Produced by Adi Shankar
Written by Chad St. John
In collaboration with 

-Eric Chacón

ComicCon 2012: Capcom Announces Live Action ‘Street Fighter’ Series

“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist” has been announced via Comic Con press release from Capcom and Assassin’s Fist Limited, a live action show based on the video game publisher’s seminal fighting franchise. 


Debuting sometime in 2013, the show comes from the minds behind the successful fan project “Street Fighter: Legacy” (screencap above), and will tell an origin story of sorts featuring the series’ iconic rivals Ryu and Ken. The show will revolve around the near-forsaken art of ‘Ansatsuken’ (“Assassin’s Fist”) practiced by the two, and its dark legacy as epitomized by its earlier practitioners Gouken and Akuma.


“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist”will be what fans have been waiting for. ‘Legacy’ was a taster; a glimpse of what a live-action Street Fighter should be,” espoused Joey Ansah, co-writer of the new series and the actor behind Ken in ‘Legacy’, “This takes the story right back to the start – the origins and motivations of Ryu, Ken, Gouken and Akuma. This will become the definitive back-story from which further epic adventures will follow.”


Ansah continued, “Our priority is to stay true to the appearance, fighting techniques and canon of the Street Fighter game. At the same time we’ve managed to make this an emotion and character driven story, which will surprise viewers who might just be expecting a super faithful fight fest!.”

“Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist” is being produced by Jacqueline Quella, of “Tobe Hooper’s The Toolbox Murders” fame. No word yet on a release plan or expected episode run-time (beyond being a “feature length” series).

Street Fighter: Legacy
Announcement!!
-Brian Lansangan
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ComicCon 2012: Firefly 10 year Anniversary Panel!!!

If you were like “Me”, and couldn’t make it to ComicCon this year to see the EPIC Firefly 10 year Anniversary Panel. Your in LUCK, thanks to all the “BROWNCOATS”, GEEKS, FANS, YOUTUBE, There is a TON-Load of footage and information out now and we have posted some of it below.

From big laughs to soft tears, there was a lot of emotion for this panel as big fans of the cult sci-fi TV series and movie joined in celebrating one of the best television shows ever made. Most of the cast and crew were there for the big event minus Jewel Staite, Monica Baccarin and some others but it was still an extremely solid appearance. There is a number of clips of the panel and pictures thanks exclusively from JOBLO, CINEMABLEND, The Cinema Source and a group of awesome people from youtube. We also included the press conference that was done after the panel as well. ENJOY!!! and KEEP FLYING!!!



FIREFLY PANEL MONTAGE VIDEO

FULL FIREFLY PANEL!!!




Firefly 10th Anniversary Reunion Press Conference SDCC 2012 Part 1 TheCinemaSource

Firefly 10th Anniversary Reuinion Press Conference SDCC 2012 Part 2 TheCinemaSource

Firefly 10th Anniversary Reuinion Press Conference SDCC 2012 Part 3 TheCinemaSource

Below is 10 things learned from the Firefly Panel brought to you by CinemaBlend





1. They Love You About As Much As You Love Them
In one of the most emotion moments I’d ever seen shared with some 5,000 people, Joss Whedon held back tears trying to come up with something to say when he was asked how he felt about fandom. As the camera pushed in and the director of the highest grossing movie of the year choked up, someone yelled “We Love You” and the fans slowly built a supportive cheer that grew into a standing ovation. Then the cast stood as well. And after a moment of group cheering, Joss spoke: “When you come out of a great movie, you feel like you’re in that world. When you’re telling a story, you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way. It’s about inviting them into a world. The way you’ve inhabited this world, this universe, you have become part of it. When I see you guys, I don’t think the show is off the air. I think there’s spaceships and horses — the story is alive.”

2. There Will Be More Dark Horse Comics That Will Continue the Story Into The Future

Joss revealed that A Shepherd’s Tale, the 3rd Volume of the Dark Horse Serenity line was one of their top selling books ever. So he started talking to his brother, Zak Whedon, about maybe filling in the Inara story, then it snowballed into ideas of where the story goes after Serenity. The ideas seem to excite the Whedons, therefore you too should be excited.

3. Joss Whedon is Beyond Vindication with Firefly
Whedon:”We always knew from the very beginning we were doing for the right reasons, in the right way, the right way … and had the best cast I ever worked with — and we also have Alan. Vindication came a long time ago. It goes to a place of transcendence that I cannot describe without becoming a girly-man.”

4. How Firefly Would Have Ended If There Was No Serenity
It would have been a smaller thing, because Firefly had just a tiny budget, but he also reveled he probably wouldn’t have killed anyone (Alan Tudyk was way into that) he would have explained the whole Blue Sun conspiracy (which got cut out of the movie), told Book’s backstory and Inara’s full story.

5. There will NOT be an Animated Firefly
They were asked at the panel and Joss joked he’d rather have a radio drama. Then they were asked at the press conference and Joss made a joke about Nathan Fillion’s body odor. Not happening, animation fans.

6. You know who loves Firefly? The Military and Astronauts
Whedon: “The show has been very popular with the military, and also astronauts. This is an extraordinary thing for me. Obviously there’s a war element, and people have suffered greatly because of it. But they are a platoon. Everything is them bonding in the trenches – that’s the nature of the show. There’s an isolate and comrade feel. In terms of space element, I hear there isn’t a lot of stuff out there that inspires people to want to build rockets – literally. Or go into space. That same feeling of going into the black and becoming more of a person has hit them as well. There could not be a better tribute.”

7. Joss Whedon Would Love a Firefly RPG
Whedon: “There was a lot of talk about a multiplayer thing and a couple companies were vying for it. And it fell apart but I’m not sure why. I always felt that Firefly absolutely lends itself to being a game. There’d be so many planets, agendas, etc besides shooting things. I think it’s absolutely a perfect fit.”

8. Alan Tudyk’s Sister Is An Artist, Created Best Firefly Fan Art
When asked about their favorite piece of fan art, Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and Joss Whedon all agreed that the one that has grown on them the most as a piece of art is a painting Alan’s sister did for Joss of Whedon protecting a firefly in a jar from “Fox suits.” Now, I really want to see that paining.

9. Jayne’s Hat Was Something Adam Baldwin insisted on.
Apparently Jayne’s famous hat was knit by someone in the Firefly offices and Adam Baldwin told Tim Minear he wanted to wear it for the whole episode. Tim didn’t get it and Joss wasn’t around, so it got written in and history was made. Man wears a hat like that ain’t afraid of anything.

10. There will be a new Firefly TV Special
Fear not, those not at Con! The Science Channel is recording a 10th Anniversary Special:

The special — titled Browncoats Unite — will include footage from Friday’s reunion panel, featuring several members of the original team including star Nathan Fillion and creator Joss Whedon. Plus, the cast is shooting an in-depth behind-the-scenes roundtable interview that will dive deeper into burning fan questions about the beloved series. Both the panel and the roundtable will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s own Jeff Jensen.

SOURCE: JOBLO, CINEMABLEND, THE CINEMA SOURCE, YOUTUBE

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╬D RECOMMENDATION: FIREFLY/SERENITY
FIREFLY 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY COMING TO COMICCON

-Brian Lansangan

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Friday the 13th Special – Fan Film Corner: The Nightmare ends on Halloween 2

Now that Comic-Con is in FULL swing and Friday the 13th has dawn upon us, I thought it would be really cool to do a review on a Horror Fan Film featuring 5 of the greatest horror icons in film history. Fan Film Corner presents: “The Nightmare Ends on Halloween 2”.

HAPPY FRIDAY the 13th!!!! everyone from all of us here at Templar Digital




LOWDOWN:

The Nightmare Ends on Halloween II, A direct sequel to the 2004 horror mash up, “The Nightmare Ends on Halloween II” recaps the very last scene of the first film and reveals the outcome of Freddy Krueger’s fate. Will he survive a battle royale against Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface, or will Pinhead reclaim Freddy’s demonic soul?

REVIEW:

I chose to do the review on the sequel then its predecessor because the sequel had more characters and more intense action while still keeping the horror theme going. Picking up directly where the first one left off, Chris R. Notarile’s eagerly awaited sequel to his much admired original horror short gets right down to stirring brass tacks and delivers exactly what it promises with Freddy Krueger facing off against his formidable peers Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Leatherface in a battle for his very soul. Notarile stages the wall-to-wall fast’n’furious fight set pieces with his trademark lean’n’mean skill and brio; it’s a total treat to see these major horror icons vigorously mix it up in an extremely brutal no-holds-barred manner (for example, Freddy kicks Leatherface right where it hurts most). Roberto Lombardi portrays Freddy with a burning rage and vitality that’s impressive and entertaining in equal measure. Of course, Freddy gets to spit out a few choice terse one-liners amid all the fierce butt-stomping (all-time favorite line; Krueger to Jason: “They should have drowned you at birth!”). Hector De La Rosa as Jason, Josh Rothman as Michael Myers, Anthony Palmisano as Leatherface, and Kevin Lennon as Pinhead (the latter is voiced by Notarile with appropriate deep and sinister relish) are all likewise sturdy in their roles.

OVERALL:
Super Kudos are in order for Notarile’s polished cinematography and snappy editing as well as the cool rocking soundtrack. But it’s ultimately the sheer go-for-it verve of the whole enterprise that makes it such a blast to watch. Highly recommended.

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4 templar crosses out of 5

If you haven’t seen it already it, check it out! It’s good horrific fun and one of my favorite films of Blinky Productions. “The Nightmare Ends on Halloween” is one hell of a ride!!



FILM:




CREDITS:
Roberto Lombardo … Freddy Krueger

Kevin Lennon … Pinhead

Chris R. Notarile … Pinhead (voice)
Josh Rothman … Michael Myers
Jerry Todisco … Jason Voorhees

Hector De La Rosa … Jason Voorhees

Anthony Palmisano… Leatherface / Michael Myers

Produced by Chris R. Notarile
Cinematography by Chris R. Notarile (director of photography) 
Film Editing by Chris R. Notarile 
Casting by Chris R. Notarile 
 Art Direction by Chris R. Notarile
Makeup Department
Chris R. Notarile …. special makeup effects artist 

Special Effects by Shay Fogg ….
Prop builder: Freddy’s Glove by Chris R. Notarile
Special photographic effects Costume and Wardrobe Department by Chris R. Notarile

Blinky Productions

-Brian Lansangan
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ComicCon 2012: OZ the Great and Powerful Trailer debuted at Panel

Director Sam Raimi, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis were all on hand at San Diego Comic Con where they revealed the first trailer for “OZ the Great and Powerful”.

Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis and director Sam Raimi at the panel for their film Oz the Great and Powerful during day one of 2012 Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday (July 12) in California.

During the panel, the ladies debuted the first trailer from the film, which also stars James Franco and Rachel Weisz. In case you missed it, check it out now below!!!

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot: fame and fortune are his for the taking, that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity and even a bit of wizardry. Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.


-Brian Lansangan
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