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Apr162018

Carol Burnett gets a little help from Lisa Kudrow, Julie Bowen, Taraji P. Henson and more in new Netflix series 

Tyler Golden for Netflix(HOLLYWOOD) -- Comedy legend Carol Burnett returns -- along with a bunch of celebrity pals -- on May 4 with the Netflix series A Little Help with Carol Burnett.

All 12 half-hour episodes of the new series will be released simultaneously.  Burnett, who obviously has never heard the old showbiz adage "Never work with animals or children," will be joined in each episode by a bunch of kids aged five to nine years old.  The kids will serve as "experts" who'll give their opinions on various dilemmas and problems presented to them by adults. 

Each episode will feature a celebrity who'll bring their own issue to the table for the kids to comment on -- in front of a live audience. Among the guest stars: Julie Bowen, Candace Cameron Bure, Mark Cuban, Billy Eichner, Taraji P. Henson, Derek Hough, DJ Khaled,  Lisa Kudrow, Brittany Snow, Wanda Sykes, and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard.

While Burnett has appeared steadily on TV for decades, the Netflix show marks her first actual series for the small screen since 1991's revival of The Carol Burnett Show.


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Monday
Apr162018

Why did John Oliver buy Russell Crowe’s "Cinderella Man" jockstrap?

Eric Liebowitz/HBO(NEW YORK) -- If you were wondering who actually shelled out $7,000 at a recent auction for the leather jockstrap Russell Crowe wore in Cinderella Man, wonder no more: It was none other than John Oliver.

The Last Week Tonight host revealed he – or rather, his HBO show -- was the mystery jockstrap buyer. People had been speculating that Oliver and the show had bid on several of Crowe’s items at the actor’s Art of Divorce auction last week.

Oliver first tried to play coy about the jockstrap purchase, telling his audience last night, “The bad news is, we didn’t buy it...we did, though. We absolutely did.”

He then pulled out a display case with the jockstrap in it, and quoted Crowe’s famous line from Gladiator: “Are you not entertained?”

The show also bought the named seat backs used by Crowe and Denzel Washington on the set of American Gangster, the vest Crowe wore in Les Miserables, the hood he wore in Robin Hood, and a satin robe and shorts also worn in Cinderella Man.

Why, you ask? Oliver plans to donate the memorabilia to one of the last surviving Blockbuster video rental stores in the country -- located in Anchorage, Alaska -- as a “fun, movie-themed way to draw people in.”

“The point here is, to the manager of the only remaining Blockbuster in Anchorage, Alaska, all this s*** is yours. Just call us in the next 48 hours and we will send it to you,” Oliver said.

Last Week Tonight airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO.

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Monday
Apr162018

"Full House" star John Stamos welcomes first child, Billy, named after his late father 

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Full House star John Stamos and his wife, Caitlin McHugh, have welcomed their first child together, a son named Billy after Stamos' late father.

The 54-year-old Stamos posted a pic of him and his new baby boy on Instagram early Monday, with the caption, "From now on, the best part of me will always be my wife and my son."

He continued, "Welcome Billy Stamos (named after my father) #NotJustanUncleAnymore #Overjoyed."

The "uncle" part of his post was obviously a joke about his time as Uncle Jesse on his hit show Full House.

Stamos and McHugh tied the knot in February.  "From now on, the best part of me will always be you.” #HappyValentinesDay," Stamos wrote then, next to a pic of the duo wearing shoes with 'Mr. Stamos' and 'Mrs. Stamos" printed on them.

Stamos first announced he was going to be a father this past December, telling People magazine, "I will be a fun dad. I've been practicing for a long time."  That came after the duo announced their engagement in October via Instagram.

"I asked...she said yes! ...And we lived happily ever after," the actor posted then.

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Monday
Apr162018

John Cena, Nikki Bella end long-term relationship one year after getting engaged

ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor/wrestler John Cena and his fellow WWE superstar Nikki Bella are calling it quits after six years -- just one year after getting engaged in front of tens of thousands of fans at Wrestlemania 33.

"While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives," reads a statement shared on the Instagram account of Bella, whose real name is Nicole Garcia-Colace.

The pair, who met as wrestlers for WWE, have had their relationship chronicled for years on the E! reality series Total Divas and spinoff Total Bellas. They gave no reason for the separation.

Throughout the series, Blockers star Cena long held he would never get married again. He was previously married to Elizabeth Huberdeau from 2009 to 2012.

Cena spoke of his "lovely bride-to-be" to ABC's Peter Travers on his show Popcorn just a couple weeks ago. "...Nicole and I have been through ups and downs," he said at the time. "Relationships are hard, especially when your relationship is in the public. Nicole had to deal with a lot of misconceptions about our relationship. ...I wanted a global stage to tell the woman of my dreams that I wanted to marry her."

Cena even told Travers the planning for their wedding was "going great." 

Cena's movie career has exploded in recent years. He received rave reviews for his performance in the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck in 2015, and starred in Daddy's Home in 2015 and Daddy's Home 2 in 2017. He  also voiced the lead character in the animated comedy Ferdinand.

Cena's new film Blockers was released to positive reviews. Both he and Bella attended the April 3 premiere together.

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Monday
Apr162018

"The Walking Dead" recap - "Wrath"

AMC/Gene Page(LOS ANGELES) -- (SPOILER ALERT) The final episode of the eighth season of The Walking Dead opens with Rick remembering walking with a young Carl, before we open in the present.

At Hilltop, Rick tends to baby Grace before being interrupted by Sadiq. "How'd it happen?" Rick asks him of Carl's fatal bite. He tells Rick.

At Hilltop, the resistance gets ready to fight. Daryl still doubts Dwight's map. Morgan, meanwhile, gets spooked; he hears activity and nearly brains young Henry by accident.

The sounds Morgan heard turns out to be the former Saviors, led by Al. They volunteered to clear off walkers.

Morgan insists he go to fight, despite his mental state. 

Back at Sanctuary, Eugene returns to find Dwight is now wearing the yellow "A" of a prisoner. Negan gloats to his turncoat. Eugene tells Negan the bullet order has been filled, and offers to witness the final battle himself.

Negan also takes Father Gabriel along to "take his confession." He admits he sent a handful of his men into an unwilling feint to be sacrificed by Rick, as his gang undertakes what they think is an assault on Negan's position.  

Negan tells Gabriel the real plan: that new fake plans were planted on one of the sacrificial lambs, and Rick takes the bait. When he gets a second, Gabriel bails out of the moving car. The Saviors stop their caravan to look for him, noting he can't get far with his compromised eyesight. It doesn't take long for Saviors to catch him and Eugene puts a gun to his head questioning where his faith has gone. 

Negan appears he's going to tee off on the priest with Lucille, but doesn't.

Elsewhere, Carol, Rick and the rest walk in a valley up a hill towards what they think is the next map point.

Meanwhile, other Saviors approach the relatively undefended Hilltop. 

Just then, Rick's gang is surrounded by the sound of the Saviors' trademark whistling -- and Negan's voice over a loudspeaker. "I am everywhere, Rick" he teases. 

Negan has Fr. Gabriel and Dwight at gunpoint, and counts down. At "Two," the ridge comes alive with hundreds of Saviors, guns pointed down at Rick's people. It will be a slaughter.

"One!" They fire, and each of the firearms blow off, including the one Negan has pointed at Gabriel. The malfunction nearly blows off Negan's finger, and scores of Saviors are struck down with similarly explosive ammo failures.

"Now!" Rick commands, and his people charge. "EUGENE!" Negan screams, realizing he's been had. Gabriel socks Negan. He gets to his feet, and Dwight tries getting his licks in. Negan gets free as Rick's people pursue him.

Meanwhile, the Hilltop has evacuated, leaving it to the Saviors. Tara offers to stay behind to slow the baddies down. Al agrees, as do the former Saviors, who Tara doesn't trust. She relents, giving them weapons.

Back on the ridge, Saviors charge Eugene, who has saved for himself a functioning pistol. He sloppily shoots a couple before Rosita, of all people, comes to his defense, shooting down others.

Outside Hilltop, Tara et al attempt to shoot down the Savior stragglers, when the enemies erupt in fireballs. The Oceanside ladies have joined the fight, bringing Molotov cocktails.

At the ridge, after taking heavy losses, Saviors surrender to Rick's people.

Rick pursues Negan alone, and again misses him with his trusty revolver. Once again, they go man-to-man. They trade blows. Negan tees up Lucille, explaining the "Eeny Meeny" that ended Eugene was meant to spare Carl from watching his dad die. Negan said if he hadn't, Carl could still be alive.

Rick begs for 10 seconds for Negan to hear out Carl's call for peace. In doing so, it gives Rick a second to slash Negan's throat.

Rick's men and the captured Saviors have assembled behind him to see Negan fall. Rick orders Sadiq to save Negan. Maggie, Glenn's widow flips out.

Rick tells everyone to go to their respective homes. If they live in peace, they all will live. If not, they'll have to answer to him. He points to the approaching walker horde, explaining THAT is the true enemy. The factions disperse. 

Rosita questions Eugene, who confirms he sabotaged all the guns. He explained that puking on her was part of his ruse to sell the deception. She admires the gambit, then socks him in the face. "That was for the puke." "Fair game," he muses. 

We see a bloodied Rick where we saw him in the episode in which he buried Carl. "Let mercy prevail over my wrath," he says, crying.

Back at Hilltop, Al makes his peace with Maggie, and promises to use that "Key to the Future" book to help built society back. 

Hilltop folk including Tara get to the Sanctuary to trade resources; food for manpower to help rebuild.

Elsewhere, Daryl and Dwight finally face off for his reckoning. "I'm ready. I saw Negan taken down and that's enough." He falls to his knees crying in apology and begs for mercy. Daryl tells him to shut up and throws him car keys. "Go and keep going. If I see your face again, I'll kill you," he says, telling him to find his lost wife Sherry. 

At the Scavenger compound, Morgan shows up to pass along to Jadis that Rick has invited her back. Morgan instead opts to stay alone. Viewers know his adventures continued tonight on Fear the Walking Dead.

Dwight returns to his marital home, and spots a note left for him by the now-drained beers he left for Sherry. Obviously, she's still alive. The note has the symbol for infinity, and the word "Honeymoon."

Back at the Hilltop, Maggie tells Jesus that Rick was right about everything...Except keeping Negan alive. "Rick was wrong. Michonne, too..We're gonna show them."

"Yeah, we will," Daryl agrees.

In the infirmary, Rick and Michonne question Negan, whose throat is bandaged. They vow he'll rot in a cell for his sins, and to show people that things can change.

Back at the burned out church, Fr. Gabriel is in his full priest's frock. He kneels and thanks God for his life and his returned sight. 

The season ends with Rick reading his own message to Carl, thanking him for showing him the way to "the new world."

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Monday
Apr162018

Ada Vox brings Katy to her knees, Marcio gets three-way judges' hug on "American Idol"

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- The remaining 12 contestants on American Idol each performed solo showcases on Sunday night's episode, but just a few managed to completely wow judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.

One was Ada Vox, aka Adam Sanders, who revealed on Sunday night that all told, he'd auditioned for the show 13 times.  As Ada, he performed a roof-raising version of "Feeling Good" by the late Nina Simone, who was just officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night.  When she was done, Katy was literally on her knees, and said, "Wig flew!  You are here to win!"  Luke commended Adam for "bringing the house down" every time she sings, while Lionel said, "You are a force to be reckoned with."

Another was Marcio Donaldson, who performed Natalie Cole's "Inseparable."  The judges gave him a standing ovation, and Lionel, who knew Cole, said that the late singer was "watching him."  Luke called the performance "world-class," while Katy gushed, "I love you so much, and I see you, and I'm so proud and impressed...you can do no wrong."  All three judges then spontaneously walked over to a crying Marcio and gave him a group hug.

Ron Bultongez, the singer from the Congo who was originally rejected at his audition and then brought back, similarly impressed the judges with his passionate take on Robyn's "Dancing On My Own."  "I felt you," said Luke, while Lionel said, "You are proving to us all that you want it that badly."  Katy called him "super-special."

Here's how the rest of the performances shook out:

Amelia Hammer Harris kicked off the show with a take on "Believer" by Imagine Dragons, which the judges seemed to agree wasn't her best, but they still praised her as an experienced and versatile performer.

Garrett Jacobs was just O.K. with his performance of Shawn Mendes' "Treat You Better."  Luke gave him a backhanded compliment by saying, "You're not the best singer but you're such a dadgum heartthrob." But Katy called his performance "a rocky road," and Lionel said he wasn't concentrating on his vocals.

Maddie Poppe's surprising song choice was Melanie's #1 hit from 1971, "Brand New Key," the lyrics of which are often considered to be an extended sexual metaphor.  Luke, who had never heard the jaunty, folky tune, said it made him want to "skip down the beach."  Katy called her "infectious," while Lionel said she was giving "look, sound and attitude, all three in one package."

Caleb Lee Hutchinson got to meet his favorite American Idol alum, Scotty McCreery, before his performance, who advised him, "In country music, it's all about the song." Caleb, who revealed that he'd lost 70 pounds, sang Thomas Rhett's smash hit "Die a Happy Man." Luke didn't think it was the best song choice, but Katy said his voice had "wisdom and power," and Lionel said it gave him a "crystal clear identity."

Effie Passero slayed Heart's "Barracuda," impressing the judges with her "flawless" vocals. Luke called her, "one of the best singers we have," while Katy advised her to own her talent and, "jump into the stardust."

Alyssa Raghu was advised by mentor Bobby Bones to work on her stage movements and she did so while singing Rihanna's "Stay."  Luke admitted, "You didn't have me, until tonight."  He also revealed that Katy told him every day, "Don't you touch my Raghu!" noting that Katy was Alyssa's "champion."

Mara Justine was advised by Bobby Bones to stop flipping her hair so much, and she did so, as she stood relatively still and belted out a perfect version of Whitney Houston's "Run to You."  Lionel praised her for standing still. Luke said she left them "spellbound," while Katy gushed, "This sounds so good on you."

Jurnee sang Jessie J's "Flashlight," but the judges said her performance was so effortless that they'd prefer her to make it look as though she was actually doing some work. "Don't make it look so easy," Luke advised. Katy asked Jurnee to sing something that would "bring me to my knees."

Shannon O'Hara belted out an emotional rendition of  Adele's "All I Ask."  Lionel and Luke praised her for doing a great job, and while Katy praised Shannon's skills on the piano and the guitar, the 17-year-old laughed, "You sound like my mom!"  Katy replied, "They're all my children."

Tune in Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, as the contestants sing with stars like Colbie Caillat, Bebe Rexha, Cam and Lea Michele, and only seven will survive the next cut.

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Monday
Apr162018

"Rampage" edges out "A Quiet Place" at the box office with $34.5 million weekend

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Rampage muscled its way past last week's champ, A Quiet Place, with an estimated $34.5 million weekend at the box office. The film, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, added an estimated $114.1 million overseas.

A Quiet Place finished a close second, delivering an estimated $32.6 million, bringing its earnings stateside to just under $100 million, putting it on a track to become Paramount's highest grossing film since 2016's Star Trek Beyond.

Another of this week's debuts, the horror film Truth or Dare, landed in third place, earning an estimated $19 million, followed by Ready Player One finishing in fourth place with an estimated $11.2 million.

The R-rated comedy Blockers rounded out the top five, raking in an estimated $10.3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Rampage, $34.5 million
2. A Quiet Place, $32.6 million
3. Truth or Dare, $19 million
4. Ready Player One, $11.2 million
5. Blockers, $10.3 million
6. Black Panther, $5.3 million
7. Isle of Dogs, $5 million
8. I Can Only Imagine, $3.8 million
9. Acrimony, $3.7 million
10. Chappaquiddick, $3 million

 

 

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Monday
Apr162018

Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller spoof "Meet the Parents" on "SNL" as Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen

NBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) -- Hollywood A-listers Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller made cameos on the cold open of this weekend's Saturday Night Live, spoofing one of their hits as they took on the chaos surrounding the Robert Mueller investigation.

The episode opened with Kate McKinnon's Jeff Sessions and Beck Bennett's Mike Pence worrying about the raid on President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's office.

They welcomed Cohen, played by Stiller, to their office.

"Michael Cohen, attorney at law -- and also sometimes not at law," he introduced himself.

De Niro would then give Stiller's Cohen a lie detector test, which he failed when asked if Trump knew about the payment of $130,000 to Stormy Daniels.

The show even got a chance to make a callout to De Niro and Stiller's famous "Can you milk me?" scene in the duo's 2000 comedy Meet the Parents.

"I just tried to milk some information out of people," Stiller said. "So what?"

"Did you say 'milk?"

"Yeah, like with a cow, or a goat ... or a cat," Stiller responded. "You can milk anything with nipples."

"Really? I have nipples, can you milk me, Mr. Cohen?"

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Sunday
Apr152018

"Full Metal Jacket" star R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74

L. Busacca/WireImage for History Channel(LOS ANGELES) -- R. Lee Ermey, best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, has died at the age of 74.

The actor's longtime manager, Bill Rogin, confirmed the news on Ermey’s Facebook page Sunday, writing, “It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us… It is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform."

He added, “He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.”

Ermey’s Full Metal Jacket co-stars paid tribute to the veteran actor, as well, with Vincent D'Onofrio tweeting, “Ermey was the real deal. The knowledge of him passing brings back wonderful memories of our time together.”

Matthew Modine wrote, "#SemperFidelis Always faithful. Always loyal. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. RIP amigo. PVT. Joker."

Along with his Golden Globe-nominated role in Full Metal Jacket, Ermey starred in such movies as Mississippi BurningPrefontaine and Se7en. He also voiced Sarge, the leader of the toy soldiers in the Toy Story movies.

Ermey was a member of the military in real life, having served the Marines as a staff sergeant and a drill instructor, including 14 months in Vietnam.

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Sunday
Apr152018

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, The Cars and more

L-R: Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi; Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame(CLEVELAND) -- The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place Saturday night at Cleveland's Public Hall, a night that included tributes to some rockers we lost, as well as those being inducted.

The ceremony opened with The Killers performing Tom Petty's "American Girl" in honor of the late Heartbreakers leader, who died last year.  Later on, Ann Wilson of Heart teamed up with Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell to perform Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" as an homage to another rocker who died in 2017, Chris Cornell.

The first induction of the night was the one that many fans had traveled to Cleveland just to witness: Bon Jovi.  The band's longtime friend Howard Stern ushered them in by making jokes about their "hair metal" days and even sang a bit of "Wanted Dead or Alive." 

When Jon Bon Jovi took the stage, his 20-minute speech acknowledged how many years the band had been waiting for the honor.  "I’ve written [this speech] it many ways and many times," he said. "Some days, I write the ‘Thank you’ speech. Other days, I write the ‘F***k you’ speech. Writing it has been therapeutic in a lot of ways."  He also thanked the individual members of the band, and all the fans for their support.

"To all the fans who supported this band, we share this honor with you," he said. "Because this life is a gift."

Bon Jovi then performed "You Give Love a Bad Name," "It's My Life," "Livin' on a Prayer" and their new single, "When We Were Us."

Dire Straits were next, and they inducted themselves, with bass player John Illsley doing the honors. There no performance, owing to the absence of the band's frontman Mark Knopfler and his brother, rhythm guitarist Dave Knopfler.  John Illsley said of Mark Knopfler's failure to show, “I can assure you, it’s for personal reasons, let’s just leave it at that."

Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard then paid tribute to inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the late gospel and electric blues guitar pioneer who was an influence on what later became rock and roll.  Howard performed "That's All" and "Strange Things Happen Every Day," with Paul Shaffer on piano.

The Cars were up next, inducted by The Killers' Brandon Flowers.  "The Cars had it all: the looks, the hooks, beat-romance lyrics, killer choruses, guitar solos that p***ed off your parents, dazzling music videos," Flowers said.  Then, referring to the band's song "Moving in Stereo," used in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Flowers added, "Not to mention the best song in any movie scene that featured a girl slowly getting out of a pool and taking her top off."

Cars frontman Ric Ocasek in his speech thanked his grandmother for making him sing when he was five years old.  The band then performed “Moving in Stereo," "My Best Friend's Girl," "You Might Think" and "Just What I Needed," with Ocasek singing lead on the latter song in place of the band's late bass player,Benjamin Orr.  Weezer's Scott Shriner joined the band on bass for the set.

The late Nina Simone was inducted by Mary J. Blige, who called the pioneering R&B singer "bold, strong, feisty and fearless."  Simone's brother, Dr. Samuel Wayon, accepted the honor on her behalf, but then warned that any artist who wanted to pay tribute to Simone by sampling her songs had better pay for the privilege.

R&B star Andra Day, backed by The Roots, then performed "I Put a Spell on You" and "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free," while Lauryn Hill sang "I Ain't Got No Life" and one of Simone's best-known songs, "Feeling Good."

The E Street Band's Little Steven Van Zandt took the stage to introduce a new Rock Hall category called The Hall of Fame Singles, which serves to honor influential individual tracks.  Among the first inductees into this category were  “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, actually a pseudonym for Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm.  The track is often cited as the first rock and roll song.  Also inducted: Link Wray's “Rumble,” The Kingsmen's “Louie Louie," Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” and Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild.”

The evening concluded with the induction of the Moody Blues by Heart's Ann Wilson. "The Moody Blues are not 'cool' or 'ironic.' They are not a construct," she said. "There is a beautiful, approachable honesty about the poetry, and a natural intelligence in the music."

The Moody Blues then performed "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)," "Your Wildest Dreams," "Nights in White Satin," and "Ride My See-Saw."

Unlike previous induction ceremonies, there was no all-star jam at the end.  If you couldn't make it to Cleveland, you can watch an edited version of the festivities on HBO May 5.

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