Saturday, February 13, 2016

Bette Midler – BWBB – Friends – The Bette Midler Show – 1976

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Do You Think You’ll Wind Up Burnt Out Like The Rose?

Do You Think You’ll Wind Up Burnt Out Like The Rose?: “I don’t do drugs a lot now. I think I’ll become a junkie when I’m eighty. Until then, it’s all very counterproductive. I don’t undergo therapy, either. But Mark Rydell wants to buy me a shrink. Or at least give me ten free lessons. He thinks I could use them.” (Lakeland Ledger – Dec 26, 1979)

Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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The Nine Best ‘Galentine’s’ Movies

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9 Best Galentine’s Movies
February 13, 2016

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We know what you’re thinking but we don’t have a typo in our headline. Move over Valentine’s Day, there’s a new holiday gathering momentum that’s especially for the ladies – Galentine’s Day.

It originated in the States back in 2010 thanks to Amy Poeler’s character Leslie Knope in the sitcom Parks and Recreation and we reckon it’s time Dubliners get on board and celebrate their friendship with their group of mates.

So, if you’re planning on having a night in this weekend with your girls and a few bottles of vino – Here’s our to 9 Galentine’s Day films:

How To Be Single

Calling all singles! There’s a right way to be single & a wrong way to be single. Find out which is which in the hilarious new comedy starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie. How To Be Single, will be released in Irish Cinemas on February 19th, with previews on St. Valentine’s Day.

Bridesmaids

Annie’s (Kristen Wiig) life unravels as she becomes the maid of honour for her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph). This hilarious film also stars Rose Byrne, Melissa McCartney, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper.

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Thelma & Louise

A waitress and a housewife decide to break out of their normal routines and go on the road trip of a lifetime. But when Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma, the two women decide to flee to Mexico as they are chased by American police.

The First Wives Club

Starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton, it tells the story of a group of women in their 40s dealing with their marriages ending. We ADORE the musical number in this movie!

The Sisterhood Of Travelling Pants

Based on the best-selling novel by Ann Brashares, the film tells a story of four friends that find a pair of thrift-shop jeans that fits each of them perfectly. They decide to use the jeans as a way of keeping in touch during a summer they are spending apart.

Beaches

When CC Bloom (Bette Midler) and Hillary (Marcie Leeds) meet at a holiday resort in Atlantic City, it marks the start of a lifelong friendship.

Sex And The City

We reckon you can’t go wrong with a bit of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. This is our favourite of the two films released after the iconic tv show.

After moving in together in a stunning New York apartment, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mr. Big (Chris Noth) decide to get married.

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Death Becomes Her

It’s not Galentine’s without a bit of Meryl.

In 1978, Madeline Ashton performs in a musical on Broadway and invites long-time rival Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) backstage along with her fiancé, plastic surgeon Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis). Ernest soon breaks off his engagement with Helen to marry Madeline.

Mamma Mia

Newly engaged Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) – who runs a hotel with her Mum Donna (Meryl Streep) on a small Greek island – wants her father to be present at her wedding but doesn’t know who he is. Sophie must figure out if he is one of three men she tracked down from her mother’s past.

You’ll be up singing and dancing to ABBA’s greatest hits in no time.

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Fifteen Movies for People Who Hate Valentine’s Day

Time Magazine
15 Movies for People Who Hate Valentine’s Day
Eliza Berman @lizabeaner Feb. 12, 2016

This year, Valentine’s Day is for haters

Valentine’s Day is as apt to dredge up feelings of bitterness and contempt as it is to inspire warmth and love. For every teddy bear clutching a heart-shaped box of chocolates, there is a cynic clutching a bottle of wine, for every dozen roses, a dozen haters who decry the holiday as a sham built on maudlin Hallmark clichés. It’s no coincidence that the new comedy How to Be Single lands in theaters smack-dab in the middle of February, joining a crop of other movies that—contrary to the suggestion of Netflix queues rife with romance—focus on friendship, empowerment in the absence of a partner and the kind of fun that just can’t be had while weighed down with a ball and chain.

How to Be Single (2016)

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As its title suggests, this new comedy is an instruction manual for going solo and loving it, offering several viable options for singledom, from treating every night like a one-night stand (Rebel Wilson) to making a Project Plan for landing your dream guy (Alison Brie) to simply marrying your job (Leslie Mann). Dakota Johnson stars, taking a break from the Fifty Shades trilogy—which debuted this weekend last year—to tout the benefits of going it alone.

Where to watch: How to Be Single hits theaters on Feb. 12.

Bachelorette (2013)

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KIRSTEN DUNST, ISLA FISHER, LIZZY CAPLAN
in Bachelorette (2012)
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This movie may revolve around a wedding, but it does not trade in the currency of love. Instead, the three bachelorettes in question—played by Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher—constitute perhaps the most mean-spirited, irresponsible, coke-snorting bridal party in movie history (for Rebel Wilson’s unusually straight-woman bride). Bachelorette is not for brides and grooms but for the scrooges who dream of ruining the wedding.

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

Waiting to Exhale (1995)

American singer and actress Whitney Houston (1963 - 2012) in a publicity still for the film 'Waiting to Exhale', 1995. (Photo by 20th Century Fox/Getty Images)

American singer and actress Whitney Houston (1963 – 2012) in a publicity still for the film ‘Waiting to Exhale’, 1995. (Photo by 20th Century Fox/Getty Images)

“Everyone falls in love sometimes. Sometimes it’s wrong, sometimes it’s right.” Yes, these are the words Whitney Houston sang on the soundtrack of Waiting to Exhale, but they are also a good summary of its plot. Four best friends (Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon) find that men often drool while lady-friends most definitely rule. It’s all right there in the song: “When you’ve got friends to wish you well, you’ll find a point when you will exhale.”

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

Thelma & Louise (1991)

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What do murder, armed robbery, the fugitive life and (spoiler alert) simultaneous suicide have in common? They are all hallmarks of best-friendship, at least as depicted in Thelma & Louise. For two friends played by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, men—yes, even a hot, young Brad Pitt—are the source of all their problems. Solutions don’t come easy, if at all, but that’s where the unconditional love comes in. If anything makes you want to grab hold of your best friend’s hand, it’s the last 30 seconds of this movie.

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN, Diane Lane, 2003, (c) Touchstone/courtesy Everett Collection

Under the Tuscan Sun is like Eat Pray Love if Julia Roberts had stayed in Italy and focused her energies less on spaghetti and more on home repairs. Diane Lane plays a newly divorced woman, still stinging from the pain of her ex-husband’s affair, who fulfills the age-old fantasy of dropping everything, buying a Tuscan villa and dating a hunky Italian dude—but still finding that inner peace comes from within.

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

The First Wives Club (1996)

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What better way to repudiate everything Valentine’s Day stands for than to sing “You Don’t Own Me” with Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn? The First Wives Club is a story of retaliation through resilience and choosing friendship over lovelorn despair. Revenge is sweetest when served with a side of attitude and Lesley Gore.

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

9 to 5 (1980)

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Surely there are more legal ways to pursue equality for women in the workplace—from equal pay to improved childcare—but they’d be much less fun to watch than the way Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton pursue these changes in 9 to 5. It is as much a testament to female friendship as it is a tale of sweet revenge and a reminder of all the good that can come from putting a woman in charge.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes

Baby Mama (2008)

(L to R) Single businesswoman Kate Holbrook (TINA FEY) attends Lamaze with her surrogate, working girl Angie Ostrowiski (AMY POEHLER), in the comic story of two women, one apartment and the nine months that will change their lives--?Baby Mama?.

(L to R) Single businesswoman Kate Holbrook (TINA FEY) attends Lamaze with her surrogate, working girl Angie Ostrowiski (AMY POEHLER), in the comic story of two women, one apartment and the nine months that will change their lives–?Baby Mama?.

Fans of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler don’t need many reasons, beyond their sheer existence in a movie, to watch the two comedians play out their crazy antics onscreen. But Baby Mama provides ample reason to queue it up if you’re not feeling Valentine’s Day: when it comes to baby-making, these sisters are doing it for themselves (mostly). From surrogacy snafus to baby-proofing mix-ups, Baby Mama gives us two funny ladies grabbing life by the ovaries, relationships be damned.

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

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This movie involves best friends who thwart an abusive husband’s evil intentions, intergenerational connections (between Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy, no less) and a murder mystery that revolves around a barbecue spit. And it scores a double whammy on the female empowerment scale: the chutzpah and moxie of the best friends in the olden-days story Tandy’s character narrates to Bates’ unhappy housewife gives the latter, in turn, the courage to face her own life with newfound strength.

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

Happy Go Lucky (2008)

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Cynics beware: Happy Go Lucky is a movie about the happiest woman on the planet, so if you can’t spend two hours with an unshakable glass-half-full type, proceed with caution. But the film’s protagonist, Sally Hawkins’ Poppy, is an example of the kind of contentment that comes from appreciating what one has (a wonderful job and friends, for example) rather than lamenting what one doesn’t (a life partner). For those who need a little reminder in this department, Hawkins delivers it with considerable charm.

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

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Romy und Michele / Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
USA 1997
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Rollen: Michele Weinberger, Romy White

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion is like Revenge of the Nerds, minus pocket protectors, plus hair gel and feathers. As Romy and Michele, Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow prove that friendship is stronger than the taunts of mean girls and platonic love trumps popularity. The ladies may not have everything, but they have each other, time after time.

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

Me Myself I (2000)

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368668 Rachel Griffiths and David Roberts. Stills from the movie “Me Myself and I” Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics/ Deliverd by: Online USA Inc.

In this Aussie comedy starring Rachel Griffiths, a single journalist who has dedicated her life to her career gets the chance to see how differently things might have turned out had she settled down and had a family. In an alternate-universe storyline reminiscent of Sliding Doors, Griffiths’ Pamela gets the opportunity to see that domestic bliss isn’t as blissful as she imagined it might be, and there’s much worthiness to be found in her, herself and she.

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

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Another quirky Aussie comedy featuring Rachel Griffiths (this time in a supporting role), the title of Muriel’s Wedding may refer to nuptials, but the movie is hardly a love story. Much like Romy and Michele, ABBA-loving Muriel (played by Toni Collette) is the target of ridicule by the popular women in her tiny seaside town. She believes an elaborate wedding to her dream guy will solve all her problems. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t. This movie acknowledges that nothing truly can. But you know what comes close? A best friend.

Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes

 

Frozen (2013)

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Frozen has receded from view just long enough for us to get “Let It Go” out of our heads, but no anti-V-Day list would be complete without its icy tale of sisterly love and redemption. The handsome prince is a jerk, after all! True love is just as powerful when it’s platonic and sisterly! It passes the Bechdel Test! If your vitriol for Valentine’s Day doesn’t extend to the entire Disney sensibility—or if you’re spending the night babysitting—this might just be the perfect little pick-me-up.

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

Auntie Mame (1958)

American actress Rosalind Russell (1911 - 1976) gestures at Argentinian-born actor Robin Hughes (1920 - 1989) in a scene from the film 'Aunite Mame,' directed by Morton DaCosta, Los Angeles, California, 1958. (Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images)

American actress Rosalind Russell (1911 – 1976) gestures at Argentinian-born actor Robin Hughes (1920 – 1989) in a scene from the film ‘Aunite Mame,’ directed by Morton DaCosta, Los Angeles, California, 1958. (Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images)

Few women make single look as good as Auntie Mame. Played by Rosalind Russell, the character, adapted from the protagonist in the 1955 novel of the same name, is a glamorous, party-going, live-life-to-the-fullest broad who assumes care of her orphaned nephew. She’s cultured and well-traveled and and happy to be alone. Auntie Mame reminds us to live exuberantly. “Life is a banquet,” she says, “and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

Where to watch: Rent from Amazon or iTunes

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Friday, February 12, 2016

The 7 Divas Who Shaped Adele’s Signature Beauty Look

Vogue
The 7 Divas Who Shaped Adele’s Signature Beauty Look
FEBRUARY 12, 2016 10:00 AM
by MACKENZIE WAGONER

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“It needs to be perfectly in between ‘done’ and ‘not done,’” Adele Adkins says in the March issue of Vogue, speaking of the beauty look she’s been perfecting since the release of her first album, 19. Nearly a decade later, at age 27, the British singer hasn’t felt the need to reinvent herself the way the pop star beauty chameleons of her generation do on a seemingly daily basis. “I don’t have it in me,” she explains.

Here, a look at seven icons who prove that when your look is unwaveringly gorgeous, you can keep the conversation on the music.

Instead, Adele openly borrows her song-writing cues and her looks from the legendary divas who have come before her, with their time-tested lasting power and their carefully cultivated hair and makeup signatures. See those Barbra Streisand–worthy flicks of eyeliner.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

 

Or the Dusty Springfield–esque blown-out bob.

Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield

 

Adele is quick to cite Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James as some of her first musical influences, but their reverberations also appear in her proclivity for a long, filled-in brow.

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

So, too, “The Spice Girls had a huge impact on my life,” she told Vogue in 2012. “I connected to Geri and I ended up finding myself at quite a young age.” It was here that she also may have discovered her appreciation for contour.

Geri from the Spice Girls

Geri from the Spice Girls

 

And when it comes to putting on an intimate performance no matter the size of her ever-growing audience, she admires the charming stage presence of Bette Midler, who shares her love for a dramatic false lash.

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And last, but not least, Lady Bunny!

Lady Bunny

Lady Bunny

 

 

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Bette Midler – The Glory Of Love – Experience The Divine Tour – 1993

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Why Don’t You Sing The Theme Song For Big Business Or For Your Other Movies?

Why Don’t You Sing The Theme Song For Big Business Or For Your Other Movies?: “It’s too much trouble. Typically, they only give you two to three hours to do the song. And if it’s not any good, you’re stuck with it forever. Like nuclear waste.” (Daily News – Jun 1, 1988)

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BetteBack December 5, 1993: Top 10 Concerts This Week

Lethbridge Herald
December 5, 1993

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TOP CONCERT GROSSES

1. Michael Jackson, 812,543,400, Mexico City, five days

2. Luther Vandross, $1,879,920. New York, four days

3. Madonna, $1,650.353. Montreal

4. Rod Stewart, $1,637.209. Philadelphia, three days

5. Sjmon_&Garfunkel, $1.387,156, Toronto

6. Bette Midler. S815.985. Miami, two days

7. Rod Stewart, $558,835. Montreal

8. Bette Midler, $484.460. Philadelphia

9. The Jerry Garcia Band, $451.475, New York

10. Bette Midler, $378.780, Charlotte. N.C.

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Bette Midler – Soph Jokes – In The Mood – Parkinson Show – 1979

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BetteBack December 11, 1993: Midler stars in CBS version of ‘Gypsy’

Burlington Hawk Eye
December 11, 1993

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It’s a solid recipe for holiday-season entertainment: a top entertainer in. a classic musical, and on television, no less.

Originally staged in New York. in 1959 with Ethel Merman as its star, then remounted on Broadway in the early 19708 (with Angela Lansbury) and in 1989 (with Tyne Daly), “Gypsy” — with its book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and original choreography by Jerome Robbins — also fueled a 1962 screen version with Rosalind Russell. It gets a new film treatment in a three-hour presentation Sunday on CBS, with Bette Midler making her TV-movie debut as Rose Hovick, the ultimate “stage mother” who p po pel led her daughters Louise (played by Cynthia ^Gibb) and June (Jen -‘nifer Beck) into show-business careers … with Louise eventually striking out on her own as stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, on whose memoirs the so-qalled “musical fable” is based.

Directed by the late Emile Ardolino. (“Sister Act,C“Dirty Dancing”), the production also features Peter Riegel! (“Middle Ages,” “Crossing Delancey”) as the girls’ agent and Rose’s love interest, and Edward Asner as Rose’s disapproving father; additional cast members include Michael Jeter (“Evening Shade”), Christine Ebersole (‘The Cavanaughs”) and Linda Hart. Among the score’s memorable songs are “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”
(which became a Merman standard after its debut), “Let Me Entertain You,” “Small World,” “All I Need Is the Girl” and ‘Together, Wherever We Go.”

“I’ve always wanted to play that character,” says the ever-lively Midler of her “Gypsy” role, which she filmed just before launching her latest concert tour, “but I’d never really thought about where I would play it. I would have played it in stock, if I’d had the chance. It’s just a
great part. The score is extraordinary, and the writing is just incomparable. This was treated like a feature film, with the full complement of actors and studio musicians.
We rehearsed for seven weeks before we even set foot on a sound stage, and we did it quickly, but that’s because everybody knew what they were doing, thanks to Emile
Ardolino.”

With tongue firmly in cheek, Midler reasons Nothing was skimped on, except my salary.”
Her own background in entertainment makes Midler sympathetic to the plights of all the
major figures rn “Gypsy,” since she says from experience, “It’s a very hard life, especially if
you’re not in the big, big, big time. *You’re tot! tall, you’re too short, you’re too thin, you’re too fat, you don’t sing high enough, you don’t sing low enough.’ It wears away at your soul after a while.” That’s why she claims she would advise her young daughter Sophie to steer clear of entering the same field, though Midler reports, “She does like show business. She came on the < “Gypsy’) set and had a wonderful time. She just loved the strippers, and she’s been on other productions with me, but this was the first one where she knew every single song.”
Acknowledging that television isn’t the flourishing venue for musical projects that it used to be, Midler reflects, “It wasn’t really until popular music itself took a turn toward rock-and-roll that musical-variety (on TV) really bit the dust, but I’ve always felt it was a viable formula.
Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra all had their own shows. They actually stood there and sang for a half hour, and people tuned in to watch them.” In addition to a Tony Award, four Grammys and three Golden Globes, Midler owns two Emmys; one was given
for her late-1970s special “OI’ Red Hair Is Back,” and the other for her farewell salute to
Johnny Carson on his next-tolast “Tonight Show” last year.
With “Gypsy,” she is particularly excited by the fact “that its live singing (recorded at the actual tim e of filming, and not redubbed later in postproduction).
That was a real step forward, something that’s hardly ever done anymore, and we felt we rose to the occasion.”
Co-executive producer Craig Zadan (“Footloose”) maintains that Sunday’s film is “the classic ‘Gypsy.’ We basically made no changes in the script of tile play, and I think it’s the first time anyone ever has shot that (original form of a stage work) as a movie.” Longtime Midler associate Bonnie Bruckheimer also has produced such screen vehicles for the performer as “For the Boys, “Beaches” and the recent “Hocus Pocus,” and she says she met with original “Gypsy” writer Laurents in helping to prepare the television edition:
“When I read a script, I am always looking for what the writer’s intention is. In this case, I spent many long hours at Arthur s house and at dinners, getting his point of view about
the material. It was extraordinarily helpful.

In the concert appearances she made during the latter hall of 1993, Midler integrated songs from “Gypsy” into her act, but she insists that wasn’t only to promote the movie. “I enjoy singing them,” she asserts, “and it’s something I’ve avoided doing throughout my career, singing show tunes, hut I really like them. With most people who are interested in popular music or rhythm-and-blues, they don’t want anyone to know th at they’re closet show-tune listeners.”
Midler may give them more reasons to declare them selves, though, since she now has designs on some other renowned musicals she might tackle.
“I’d like to do ‘Marne,’ ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ all those kinds of broad parts,” she muses. “Th scores are so wonderful, and I want my daughter to know all of that historically. I  don’t want her to hear just what’s on the radio, because I trust my taste more than I trust a (station program director’s taste. I play these things for her, and she just loves them. I feel bad that the whole nation doesn’t get t0 celebrate this tradition more often, because it is valuable an well-crafted and something we should be proud of … yet we seem to throw aside the magic things we’ve made, or tear them down and trample them Maybe it’s because we’re constantly reinventing ourselves, but personally I think it’s a real waste.”

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