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NEWS: 89th Academy Awards Nominations Announced

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

This morning, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for [t.46838]The 89th Academy Awards[]. The nominees are as follows:

Best Original Score
[m.47075]Jackie[], [c.9466]Mica Levi[]
[m.43740]La La Land[], [c.2205]Justin Hurwitz[]
[m.45859]Lion[], [c.1784]Dustin O'Halloran[] & [c.15056]Hauschka[]
[m.46878]Moonlight[], [c.4631]Nicholas Britell[]
[m.44388]Passengers[], [c.149]Thomas Newman[]

Best Original Song
"Audition" from [m.43740]La La Land[]
"Can't Stop the Feeling" from [m.35217]Trolls[]
"City of Stars" from [m.43740]La La Land[]
"The Empty Chair from [m.45400]Jim: The James Foley Story[]
"How Far I'll Go" from [m.42413]Moana[]

The Oscars will be held on February...

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NEWS: Varese Sarabande to Release Brian Tyler's & Robert Lydecker's 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' Score

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Varèse Sarabande will release the soundtrack for [m.45724]xXx: Return of Xander Cage[] digitally on January 27 and on CD February 17, 2017. The film features original music composed by [c.361]Brian Tyler[] ([m.34056]Avengers: Age of Ultron[], [m.37596]Furious 7[]) and [c.10106]Robert Lydecker[] ([m.46285]Designated Survivor[], TV's [m.23816]Sleepy Hollow[]). "[m.45724]xXx: Return of Xander Cage[] is a wild movie and it needed a score to reflect the vibe that Xander Cage and his team has: attitude, skill, and a sense of humor about oneself." said Tyler. "The music features an amazing orchestra which captures the emotion and epic qualities while the rock elements of the score reflect his hardcore attitude of the entire team in the film." "The director [DJ Caruso] and I have worked...

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NEWS: Weekly Roundup: January 20

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

This week, the nominations for the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards were announced. Check out the nominees here [url./news/article/?id=2314]here[]. Announced this week were new composer assignments for [c.1154]John Paesano[] ([m.41538]Pacific Rim 2[]), [c.2269]Ludwig Goransson[] ([m.47760]Everything, Everything[]), [c.1318]Daniel Pemberton[] ([m.48366]Felt[]), among many others. For the full list of composer and music supervisor assignments from this week, [url./composers/]click here[]. Over 20 new soundtrack albums were released this week. [da.2017-01-16]Click here for the full schedule[]. Opening nationwide this week is (with music by): [m.44986]Split[] ([c.13730]West Dylan Thordson[]), [m.45724]xXx: Return of Xander Cage[] ([c.361]Brian Tyler[] &...

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NEWS: 7th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Nominations Announced

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

The Guild of Music Supervisors announced its seventh annual awards event taking place on February 16, 2017 at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards will recognize outstanding Music Supervisors in 15 categories representing Motion Picture, Television, Games, Trailers and Advertising. Here are film-related nominations: BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILMS BUDGETED OVER 25 MILLION DOLLARS [c.5502]John Houlihan[] for [m.42040]Deadpool[] [c.14997]Steven Gizicki[] for [m.43740]La La Land[] [c.8616]Jojo Villanueva[] for [m.45087]Sing[] [c.3940]Becky Bentham[] for [m.45521]Sing Street[] [c.3969]Julia Michels[] and [c.4291]Julianne Jordan[] for [m.35217]Trolls[] BEST MUSIC SUPERVISION FOR FILMS BUDGETED UNDER 25 MILLION DOLLARS [c.3969]Julia Michels[] for [m.45982]Bad...

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NEWS: Weekly Roundup: January 13

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

[c.2205]Justin Hurwitz[] took home two Golden Globes last Sunday for his music to [m.43740]La La Land[], for both his score and the original song 'City of Stars'. For the full story, [url./news/article/?id=2307]click here[]. This week, the nominations for the British Film Academy Awards (BAFTA) were announced. Check out the nominees in the category "Original Music" [url./news/article/?id=2303]here[]. Congratulations to all the nominees. Announced this week were new composer assignments for [c.1061]Marcelo Zarvos[] ([m.46723]Wonder[]), [c.1748]Fernando Velazquez[] ([m.48309]Marrowbone[]), [c.139]Mark Mothersbaugh[] ([m.48310]Beatriz at Dinner[]), among many others. For the full list of composer and music supervisor assignments from this week, [url./composers/]click...

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NEWS: Ariana Grande and John Legend to Record 'Beauty And The Beast' Title Song

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time Grammy-, Oscar®-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/musician John Legend are set to perform the Oscar and Grammy-winning duet "Beauty and the Beast" as the title track for Disney's upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation [m.43383]Beauty and the Beast[]. The song will also be featured in the film.

The enchanting ballad, originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson featuring eight-time Oscar-winning composer [c.294]Alan Menken[]'s beautiful melody and two-time Oscar-winner [c.3635]Howard Ashman[]'s unforgettable lyrics, received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY Award, among other accolades, upon its release in 1991.

The new rendition of the...

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NEWS: Gravitas Ventures to Release 'SCORE' Documentary in May

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Gravitas Ventures has acquired first-of-its-kind documentary [m.43853]SCORE: A Film Music Documentary[] for North American rights. The film takes an unprecedented look at the creative process of film score composition with some of the best-known artists in the field including [c.237]Hans Zimmer[], [c.231]John Williams[], [c.58]Danny Elfman[], [c.1745]Trent Reznor[], [c.150]Randy Newman[], [c.200]Howard Shore[], [c.168]Rachel Portman[], [c.77]Jerry Goldsmith[], [c.282]Quincy Jones[], the late [c.89]James Horner[], and more.

Additionally, viewers will get to hear from iconic filmmakers like James Cameron and the late Garry Marshall. Among the many diverse and treasured film themes included in the film are the James Bond theme, [m.24564]Star Wars[], [m.21184]Indiana Jones[],...

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NEWS: BAFTA Nominations Announced

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

The nominations for the 70th British Academy Film Awards were announced today. The nominees in the film music related category are as follows:

Original Music:
[m.44592]Arrival[] - [c.3198]Johann Johannsson[]
[m.47075]Jackie[] - [c.9466]Mica Levi[]
[m.43740]La La Land[] - [c.2205]Justin Hurwitz[]
[m.45859]Lion[] - [c.1784]Dustin O'Halloran[] & [c.15056]Hauschka[]
[m.46203]Nocturnal Animals[] - [c.1294]Abel Korzeniowski[]

The British Academy Film Awards will be given out on February 12, 2017. For further details on all of the nominees in each category, visit...

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NEWS: 'La La Land' Dominates Golden Globe Awards Music Categories

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Earlier tonight, the 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. The nominees and winners in the music categories were as follows:

Best Original Score - Motion Picture:
Winner: [m.43740]La La Land[] - [c.2205]Justin Hurwitz[]
[m.46878]Moonlight[] - [c.4631]Nicholas Britell[]
[m.44592]Arrival[] - [c.3198]Johann Johannsson[]
[m.45859]Lion[] - [c.1784]Dustin O'Halloran[] & [c.15056]Hauschka[]
[m.44626]Hidden Figures[] - [c.237]Hans Zimmer[], [c.4506]Pharrell Williams[] & [c.1354]Benjamin Wallfisch[]

Best Orginal Song - Motion Picture:
Winner: "City of Stars" - [m.43740]La La Land[] Songwriters: [c.2205]Justin Hurwitz[], [c.3472]Benj Pasek[] & [c.3473]Justin...

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NEWS: Weekly Roundup: January 6

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Announced this week were new composer assignments for [c.14]Marco Beltrami[] ([m.40705]Logan[]), [c.825]Marcus Miller[] ([m.48246]Marshall[]), [c.401]Rolfe Kent[] ([m.48228]The Philosophy of Phil[]), among many others. For the full list of composer and music supervisor assignments from this week, [url./composers/]click here[].

Over 20 new soundtrack albums were released this week. [da.2017-01-03]Click here for the full schedule[].

Opening nationwide this week is (with music by): [m.44387]Underworld: Blood Wars[] ([c.1140]Michael Wandmacher[]).. [m.44626]Hidden Figures[] ([c.237]Hans Zimmer[], [c.4506]Pharrell Williams[] & [c.1354]Benjamin Wallfisch[]) and [m.40893]A Monster Calls[] ([c.1748]Fernando Velazquez[]) are expanding nationwide from their limited...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Aladdin (Diamond Edition Blu-ray)

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:33:35 -0800

In 1992, coming on the heels of a one-two punch with [m.15401]The Little Mermaid[] and [m.2075]Beauty and the Beast[], Walt Disney Feature Animation released [m.607]Aladdin[]. Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, the film was an award-winning box office smash, in no small part to the manic vocal performance by Robin Williams in the role of "Genie" and [c.294]Alan Menken[]/[c.3635]Howard Ashman[]/[c.2840]Tim Rice[]'s songs. The plot is straight-forward enough: the Sultan's Grand Vizier, Jafar (voiced by Jonathan Freeman) is seeking a magical lamp containing a genie in the mythical Cave of Wonders--which can only be accessed by someone who...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dallas Buyers Club

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:33:34 -0800

As a man-fights-the-system film, [m.37710]Dallas Buyers Club[] works wonderfully. Matthew McConauhey's Oscar winning performance is worthy, as is supporting actor Jared Leto (who also won an Oscar). There is a lot to cheer for, and McConauhey's performance as Ron Woodroof portraying an unlikable rodeo-riding, gambling, sex addicted homophobe turned hero, is convincing. We don't actually start to root and care for him until he is in the fight for his life, obstructed by the FDA and other government agencies who want to prevent him from obtaining and distributing drugs that will help him in his fight against AIDS.

When first diagnosed with...

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Mon, 05 May 2014 16:33:34 -0800

[m.39435]Draft Day[], starring Kevin Costner as a draft picker for an NFL football team, is an exciting sports drama that is sure to satisfy football lovers as well as those who know very little about the game (I fall the later category).

What makes the film work is its high stakes and time sensitive negotiations and deal making that transpire throughout the film. Each year in the NFL, teams draft new players and, somehow, some teams get to pick their favorite new players sooner than others (they are mostly players from college football, I gather). I'm sure sports fans know the details. I certainly don't, but even a neophyte like me...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Blu-ray), The

Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:33:34 -0800

2012's [m.31271]The Hunger Games[] was a huge hit, propelling actress Jennifer Lawrence into an even higher stratosphere, if that were even possible. Based on the hit novel by Suzanne Collins, the book (the first in a trilogy) told the story about Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), who volunteers for the annual "Hunger Games" in which two tributes (one male, one female) from each of the 12 Districts have to fight to the death as part of the punishment for the uprising against the Capitol, which controls the Districts.

Continuing where the first film left off, [m.32683]The Hunger Games: Catching Fire[] follows Katniss as she tries to cope with...

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Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:33:34 -0800

The best things about the quickly made [m.35826]Jobs[], starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, is its original score by [c.45]John Debney[]. The music is romantic, epic and inspiring -- everything a movie about Steve Jobs should be. Unfortunately, the movie itself sets a low bar and strives for mere mediocrity.

Kutcher's isn't all that bad as Jobs, but he isn't great. When it comes to acting, his performance epitomizes the difference between impersonation and acting. As an impersonation of Steve Jobs, Kutcher is good. But, somehow, Jobs' presence is missing. We don't have a sense of greatness.

Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak flat out...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Afternoon Delight

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:33:34 -0800

[m.36238]Afternoon Delight[] is a comedy with a message about sex that falls embarrassingly short in its execution. The story follows a stay at home mom, Rachel (played by Kathryn Hahn) who becomes strangely fascinated by a young stripper and prostitute (Juno Temple). She befriends the girl and offers her a place to stay when her luck runs dry.

And thus begins a series of cringe worthy series of inappropriate, child-endangering behaviors that make you want to look away from the screen in embarrassment for the film makers. It's not all bad, though.

Issues of shame around sex are explored in an interesting way that may make you think...

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Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:33:34 -0800

Some of my favorite movies are in a genre I call "simple science-fiction," which means that most of the movie is realistic except for one or two aspects of reality which are altered by some made-up technology or otherwise mystical power. Usually the premise can be summed up in a single "what if?" statement. For example: "What if you could erase specific events from someone's memory" ([m.7839]Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind[]); "What if we could choose the genetic makeup of our children and lived in a society that over actual skill and ability?" ([m.9507]Gattaca[]); "What if somebody were forced to always speak the truth, and that someone...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary (Blu-ray)

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:33:33 -0800

[m.16638]Mary Poppins[] is a family classic, one that has entertained and delighted for half a century. British banker George Banks (David Tomlinson) and his suffragette wife Winifred (Glynis Johns) need to find a new nanny for his rebellious and difficult-to-handle children, Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber). The kids want someone kind and caring, but the parents will have none of it. And yet, so enters Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), a nanny with some peculiar--and magical--skills. Along with her good friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke), an artist and chimney sweep, they help the children open their minds (through songs, of course, as...

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MOVIE REVIEW: All the President's Men (Blu-ray)

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:33:33 -0800

You can't think of President Richard Nixon without thinking of the Watergate scandal and you can't think of Watergate without two names immediately coming to mind: Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. These two enterprising Washington Post reporters were the ones who started digging into what seemed like a rather straightforward burglary and ended up sparking the chain of events that took down a presidency. Their journey of discovery was chronicled in their 1974 book All the President's Men, which caught the eye of actor/producer Robert Redford. William Goldman penned the adaptation, and the resulting film was less about Watergate and more...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Stuck in Love

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:33:33 -0800

First time writer/director Josh Boone brings us a charming, not-so-rosy but emotionally rewarding drama, [m.34718]Stuck in Love[], about a family of writers. Thematically, the movie manages to cover the gamut of love in its various states and stages -- and with a refreshing dose of authenticity.

Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly play a divorced couple, and Kinnear's character is vying to win back his ex-wife's affection while also having an affair with a married woman (Kristen Bell). This is accomplished, not with cynicism, but grace and understanding. This situation is crazy enough that it is funny but believable, thanks in part to...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Men at Lunch

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:33:33 -0800

The one-hour fifteen minute documentary [m.38465]Men at Lunch[] pretty much delivers on its promise: to explore the many facets of the famous 1932 photograph of eleven iron workers eating lunch atop the skyscraper at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York while it was under construction.

Corbis, which bought the photo some years ago and collects its licensing fees, says it is the best selling image in its archive.

The documentary creates some mystery around the photo, enough to maintain a compelling narrative for most of the film, although the last act does drag as it explores who some of the individual 11 men in the photo...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Thanks for Sharing

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:33:33 -0800

[m.33117]Thanks for Sharing[] is first and foremost a movie about addiction. It does not moralize, demonize or glorify it. Instead, it shows us what addiction is, plain and simple.

The story follows several sex addicts in various phases of their lives: from a the recovered turned mentor who is still married to his wife, to the newbie addict who is forced to deal with his addiction because of a court order. As we follow these characters' lives, one thing becomes clear: there is absolutely nothing sexy about about sex addiction.

For anyone who has struggled with addiction or know someone who has, [m.33117]Thanks for Sharing[] is...

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Sat, 14 Sep 2013 16:33:33 -0800

The first rule of magic, according to [m.32329]Now You See Me[], is to always be the smartest person in the room. However, the first rule of making a movie about the art of magic should be: make sure all your tricks are actually real magic tricks.

Many tricks depicted in the picture are pulled off courtesy of special effects -- and obviously so -- and they could never be pulled off in real life. The reason such realism is so important in a story about deception and the art of magic is simple: credibility. Without credibility you cannot have believability and without believability, you have a really boring movie.

Fortunately, most...

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PODCAST: May 13, 2007 - Hans Zimmer talks Pirates!

Sun, 13 May 2007 21:11:00 -0700

At World's End / The Simpsons Movie

In our longest podcast to date, SoundtrackNet talks with Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer to discuss his latest soundtrack, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END. He talks about the new themes, the evolution of the PIRATES scores, and even gives us a little insight into his approach for THE SIMPSONS MOVIE!

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PODCAST: April 16, 2007: Mea Culpa!

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 22:20:00 -0700

Where Have We Been?

In this podcast we apologize for our absence, but with some good explanations! We also talk about some upcoming features for the site, as well as feature some new David Arnold music, so come take a listen - it's short, and won't take up too much of your time.

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PODCAST: February 25, 2007: SCL Oscar Reception Special

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 16:50:00 -0800

The Oscar Nominees Speak Up!

In this exclusive podcast, we talk with all of the Oscar nominees for Best Score (and a few from Best Song) at the Society of Composers and Lyricsts annual Oscar reception. Hear from GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA, JAVIER NAVARRETE, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT, PHILIP GLASS, THOMAS NEWMAN, RANDY NEWMAN, HENRY KREIGER and more!

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PODCAST: February 6, 2007: Oscar Fever!

Tue, 06 Feb 2007 22:15:00 -0800

300 / Oscar Nominations

A few website updates, including scoring session coverage and Tyler Bates' score to 300. We also dig into the Academy Award Nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

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PODCAST: January 18, 2007: The Best of 2006

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 14:30:00 -0800

Top 10 Soundtracks

Desplat wins the Golden Globe, and we dig into SoundtrackNet's Best of 2006 with our look at the Top 10 Soundtracks (plus three Honorable Mentions).

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PODCAST: December 28, 2006: Nomination Frenzy

Thu, 28 Dec 2006 19:52:00 -0800

BFCA / Golden Globe Nominations

We acknowledge Shirley Walker's passing, and take a look at the Best Score nominees from the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes). Will BABEL win? Or will it be THE DA VINCI CODE? Or maybe something out of left field, like NOMAD?

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PODCAST: November 9, 2006: Farewell to the King - Basil Poledouris, RIP

Thu, 09 Nov 2006 13:07:00 -0800

Basil Poledouris, Dead at 61

Famed composer Basil Poledouris has passed away of cancer at the age of 61. In this podcast, I reflect on Basil, his work, and my friendship with him.

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PODCAST: September 28, 2006: Danny Elfman's Serenada Schizophrana

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 17:10:00 -0700

Elfman talks about his Concert Work

In our latest podcast, composer Danny Elfman talks about his concert work, SERENADA SCHIZOPHRANA (releasing on Oct 3, 2006 from Sony Classical). He discusses the origins of the compositions, how to find inspiration, adapting it for DEEP SEA 3D IMAX, as well as his latest concert work, THE OVEREAGER OVERTURE.

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PODCAST: September 26, 2006: Outspoken Composers

Tue, 26 Sep 2006 22:40:00 -0700

James Horner and Hans Zimmer speak out!

In this podcast, we recognize SIR MALCOLM ARNOLD who passed away this past weekend, and showcase the Film Music Radio interview with JAMES HORNER - who has some blunt things to say about GABRIEL YARED, WOLFGANG PETERSEN and TERRENCE MALICK. We also give you a little bit of our HANS ZIMMER interview, so check it out!

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PODCAST: August 31, 2006: Labor Day

Thu, 31 Aug 2006 14:30:00 -0700

Emmy Awards / Hollywood Bowl

This podcast covers the contest winners from last time, the EMMY AWARDS, some scoring sessions, an upcoming FIRST LISTEN, a new John Williams theme, two Hollywood Bowl concerts, and some exciting Alan Silvestri news!

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