Monthly Archives: August 2010

is this the new Showgirls?

I certainly hope so 🙂

I love a bad camp movie. This looks like a prime example. Can’t wait!

Check out the trailer.

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Casting News – Marilyn & Laurence, along with Sybil

A new film about to go into production is one of interest. A biopic telling the story of the making of the film “The Prince And The Showgirl“.

The movie was an American production made in 1957 staring Marilyn Monroe & Laurence Olivier (who also directed), it also featured in a supporting role, veteran British stage actress, Sybil Thorndike.

Based on the memoir by Colin Clark, who was a PA on the film. Olivier became involved because he wanted to nurture a successful film career, Monroe wanted to be taken seriously, and working alongside Olivier gave her cred. According to the tome, Olivier loathed Monroe and her hangers on, which included her husband of the time, playwrite Arthur Miller, and her drama coach. The only one who seemed to understand Monroe was Sybil Thorndike.

Cast as Marilyn is Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain, Shutter Island). Playing Olivier is Kenneth Branagh (Henry V). In the role of Sybil Thorndike is Judi Dench. I like the casting of the two female roles, but as for Branagh as Olivier, I am not impressed. Branagh has always seen himself as a worthy predecessor to Sir Laurence, maybe as a Shakespearean director, but as an actor – forget it. Anyway we shall see.

The film is being directed by TV stalwart Simon Curtis (Cranford).

Laurence Olivier & Marilyn Monroe

Michelle Williams

Kenneth Branagh

Sybil Thondike

Judi Dench

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My Emmy scorecard.

Breaking news:

This is how I went at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards (in the catergories I tried to predict or wished to win) Winners in red.

Comedy – GLEE , or Nurse Jackie.  (predict – Modern Family)

Drama – TRUE BLOOD (unlikely) (predict – Mad Men or Lost)

Actor in comedy – LARRY DAVID (CURB YOU ENTHUSIASM), predict – ALEC BALDWIN (30 Rock)

Winner Jim Parsons – Big Bang Theory

Actress in comedyEDIE FALCO (NURSE JACKIE), soft spot for Lea Michele (Glee). Hard to predict, also has Toni Collette in the running

Supporting Actor in comedyERIC STONESTREET (MODERN FAMILY), soft spot for Chris Colfer (Glee). Predict – Eric Stonestreet.

Supporting Actress in comedy JANE LYNCH (GLEE), will win

Actor in drama – MICHAEL C. HALL (DEXTER) should win.

Winner , Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

Actress in drama – JULIANNA MARGULIES (THE GOOD WIFE), close call with Glenn Close (Damages)

WOW real surprise winner – Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer.

Supporting Actor in drama – MARTIN SHORT (DAMAGES), hard to predict, not aware of other performers. Default as he is Jiminy Glick :)

Winner – Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress in dramaARCHIE PUNJABI (THE GOOD WIFE), predict.

Made for TV Movie – YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, predict – That Special Relationship

Winner – TEMPLE GRANDIN.

Miniseries – RETURN TO CRANFORD, predict – The Pacific

Actor in mini-series or tv movie AL PACINO (YOU DON’T KNOW JACK), should win

Actress in a mini-series or tv movie – MAGGIE SMITH (CAPTURING MARY), predict Joan Allen  -Georgia O’Keeffe.

Winner – Claire Danes, Temple Grandin.

Supporting Actor in a miniseries or tv movie – MICHAEL GAMBON (EMMA), predict Patrick Stewart – Hamlet

Winner – David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

Supporting Actress in a miniseries or tv movie – CATHERINE O’HARA (TEMPLE GRANDIN), predict Susan Sarandon – You Don’t Know Jack

Winner – Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin.

My score out of 16:

Wish – 5

Predict – 8

Bummed out – 8

other winners:

Writing for a Comedy Series –  Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd – MODERN FAMILY (Pilot).

Directing for a Comedy Series – Ryan Murphy – GLEE, Director’s Cut (Pilot).

Reality – Competion Program – TOP CHEF.

Writing for a Drama Series – Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy – MAD MEN – Shut the Door.

Directing for a Drama Series –  Steve Shill – DEXTER – The Getaway.

Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special – 63rd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS.

Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy SpecialBucky Gunts – VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES OPENING CEREMONY.

Variety, Music or Comedy Special – THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART.

Writing for a Mini-series,Movie or Drama Special – Adam Mazer – YOU DON’T KNOW JACK.

Directing for a Mini-series, Movie or Drama Special – Mick Jackson – TEMPLE GRANDIN.

Congratulations to all the winners, well done.

Here are some pics of red carpet arrivals.Loser Toni Collette (smile Toni) “Tara” in The United States Of Tara.

Winner – Jane Lynch “Sue Sylvester” in Glee (Ali Rahimi frock).

Winner – Edie Falco “Jackie Peyton” in Nurse Jackie

Nominee Susan Sarandon with daughter Eva Amurri looking stunning as per usual.

Gleek Amber Riley “Mercedes Jones” in Glee. (Melissa Masse frock)

Nominee Lea Michele “Rachel Berry” in Glee. (Oscar de la Renta frock)

Anna Paquin “Sookie Stackhouse” in True Blood




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Meryl plays Maggie.

I chanced upon a piece of casting news only today. It was first rumoured in July, so perhaps a bit old hat. Even so, I find it intriguing.

Apparently the fabulous Meryl Streep is in negotiations to play the hideous Iron Lady, former England Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in a Film4 biopic. Possibly starring alongside her will be another major talent, Jim Broadbent, as Dennis Thatcher. Such great casting, in my own opinion.

Not so great is the news that it will be directed by Streep’s “Mamma Mia” helmer, Phylidda Lloyd. Personally, I thought that Mamma Mia was one of the most appallingly  directed films I have seen in many years. Mind you it was one of the most successful musical films ever. So who am I to speak?

If, and when it happens, expect another nomination for La Streep.

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well hello Dolly!

A very obscure continuation of my doll posts……

Another dolly, this time Dolly Levi.

Well actually a really bad mural with a depiction of Carol Channing  in the musical “Hello Dolly”.

I chanced upon the mural when on an a(muse)ing holiday road trip last Christmas. It was the backdrop for an outdoor stage. I think it was located in Rosebud, in Victoria.

Dolly is not alone on the mural, if you look on her shoulders, it is Jane Russell & Marilyn Monroe in “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” (in silhouette)!!!

Weird!

Trivia Alert:

The original stage version of the musical “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” introduced Carol Channing in the role of Lorelei, the role Marilyn Monroe played in the film. Perhaps the “artist” who painted the mural was a big fan. 🙂

Carol Channing won the Tony back in 1964 for “Hello Dolly”, winning over Barbra Striesand in “Funny Girl”. Therefore Babs (the other one), is unable to be being a 100% EGOT recipient. Funnily enough, Babs (the other one),  went on to play Dolly Levi in the film version.

But wait right there.

Dolly has even more friends in the mural.

Click to enlarge.

including Madge!

and a new friend, JMB.

Just for a bit of fun, here are some reference points to share.

Carol Channing as Dolly Levi.

Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell

Carol Channing as Lorelei

Babs (the other one) as cinema’s Dolly.

Look! a Dolly doll, I want one.

There is even a chatty Carol doll.  HEAVEN!

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Emmy wish list

The Emmy’s are on Sunday night in the US, Monday arvo here.  I thought I would give you my wish list for the winners.

Who I would like to see win, and a punt at predicitng some winners.

Comedy – GLEE , or Nurse Jackie.  (predict – Modern Family)

Drama – TRUE BLOOD (unlikely) (predict – Mad Men or Lost)

Actor in comedy – LARRY DAVID (CURB YOU ENTHUSIASM), predict – ALEC BALDWIN (30 Rock)

Actress in comedy – EDIE FALCO (NURSE JACKIE), soft spot for Lea Michele (Glee). Hard to predict, also has Toni Collette in the running

Supporting Actor in comedy – ERIC STONESTREET (MODERN FAMILY), soft spot for Chris Colfer (Glee). Predict – Eric Stonestreet.

Supporting Actress in comedy – JANE LYNCH (GLEE), will win

Actor in drama – MICHAEL C. HALL (DEXTER) should win.

Actress in drama – JULIANNA MARGULIES (THE GOOD WIFE), close call with Glenn Close (Damages)

Supporting Actor in drama – MARTIN SHORT (DAMAGES), hard to predict, not aware of other performers. Default as he is Jiminy Glick 🙂

Supporting Actress in drama – ARCHIE PUNJABI (THE GOOD WIFE), predict – same as above

Made for TV Movie – YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, predict – That Special Relationship

Miniseries – RETURN TO CRANFORD, predict – The Pacific

Actor in mini-series or tv movie – AL PACINO (YOU DON’T KNOW JACK), should win

Actress in a mini-series or tv movie – MAGGIE SMITH (CAPTURING MARY), predict Joan Allen  -Georgia O’Keeffe.

Supporting Actor in a miniseries or tv movie – MICHAEL GAMBON (EMMA), predict Patrick Stewart – Hamlet

Supporting Actress in a miniseries or tv movie – CATHERINE O’HARA (TEMPLE GRANDIN), predict Susan Sarandon – You Don’t Know Jack

Let’s see how I fare, after the affair.

Of all the nominees, my fave shows this year have been – GLEE, NURSE JACKIE, TRUE BLOOD & MODERN FAMILY.

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Oh you beautiful doll (head)

I posted a while ago about my Carol Burnett doll.

Well I have another doll to blab about. Well actually it is only a doll head, I lost the torso years ago.

This one comes with a personal story.

The Brooke Shields Doll (1982)

Years ago (1994), I was asked by a work colleague if I could help out on a telemovie being filmed in Sydney. I was unemployed at the time, and they needed someone to run for them. It was only for a day, & it payed money, so I said yes. The telemovie was called “The Seventh Floor”. It was a dreadful show, hardly redeeming, but it did import, as it’s “star”, Brooke Shields. At the time, I stumbled across a Brooke Shield’s doll, at an auction house. I put in an absentee bid for $30, and won the doll for $20, a bargain. It was in it’s original box as above, but not for long.

I was always a fan of Brooke, I loved the film “Pretty Baby“, directed by the great director Louis Malle, it created quite a controversy as Miss Shields played a child prostitute offered on a platter as a virgin, at a very young age, then of course came “The Blue Lagoon” & “Endless Love“, making her, as the doll box says, the world’s most glamourous teenager. And quite a nudie!

But I digress……

So I bought the doll, gave it to my colleague, asking for it to be signed.

I had it signed, but Brooke’s mum Teri, well she thought she had a Brooke fan in hand. I was only interested in having a signed doll. Brooke’s mum had a reputation of being the ultimate stage mum.

Actually before I go on, if you are interested, just go to Wikipedia, click on the link above.

My flatmate at the time was an assistant director on the telemovie, during that time she had a birthday celebration (Bondi Icebergs, I recall), Brooke came along, she was a lovely person, I had a good old chin wag with her, one of the most unaffected “stars” that I have met, despite her interesting history. She seemed very down to earth. We talked about the drag balls represented in the great doco “Paris Is Burning“, she had attended a few. I am sure Brooke has so many tales to tell. She was a stalwart of Studio 54. She needs to write a bio (if she hasn’t already).

She has been a teen model, child actor,movie star,  tv star, and even done well on Broadway.She has appeared with the Muppets, and is Hanna Montana’s mother. Not that easy to achieve all that 🙂

But I digress….

so I had the signed Brooke doll, in it’s original package. Well it came out of it’s package for show ‘n’ tell quite often. After a few wines, and whatever, out would trot Brooke in her pink sweater and grey wollen pants with the white boots. Much to the merriment of the moment.

One night after a Brooke appearance, we all went out to a bar for a drink. As I went to pay for a drink, I noticed a white thingy bounce out of my pocket and onto the grimy bar room floor, it was Brooke’s boot, I scurried across and picked it up, unnoticed.

So after years of merriment, eventually Brooke’s head departed from her torso, and I lost a boot, and decided I preferred the signed head, and dumped the torso.

I had an old cheese box that was a perfect fit, and Brooke has lived there ever since.

Brooke in her cheese box.

The unmistakable Brooke hair

The signed head. “To Glen, from Brooke Shields”



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EGOT by default

Further to my post about the EGOT, I should add 2 people to the list. The reason they weren’t included in the original list was because one of their awards was a special award, and not a competitive win. They still have the 4 trophies (more because of multiple wins) in their cabinet, so should be included.

BARBRA STRIESAND (actress, singer)

Oscar

1968 : Best Actress in a Leading Role – Funny Girl

1977 : Best Music, Song – A Star Is Born

Emmy

1965 : Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment – Actors and Performers – My Name is Barbra

1995 : Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program – Barbra Streisand: The Concert

1995 : Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special – Barbra Streisand: The Concert

2001 : Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program – Timeless: Live In Concert

Grammy

1963 : Best Vocal Performance, Female – The Barbra Striesand Album

1963 : Album Of The Year (Other Than Classical) – The Barbra Striesand Album

1964 : Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album – Funny Girl

1964 : Best Vocal Performance, Female – People from  Funny Girl

1965 : Best Vocal Performance, Female – My Name Is Barbra

1977 : Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female – Love Theme From A Star Is Born (Evergreen)

1977 : Song Of The Year, Love Theme From A Star Is Born (Evergreen)

1980 : Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal – Guilty with Barry Gibb.

1986 : Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female – The Broadway Album.

Tony

No competitive award

1970 : Special Tony Award

Streisand has also won a Golden Globe, and 2 special Grammys.

LIZA MINNELLI (actress, singer)

Oscar

1972 : Best Actress in a Leading Role for Cabaret

Emmy

1973 : Outstanding Single Program − Variety and Popular Music for Liza With A Z

Grammy

No competitive awards

1990 : Special Grammy Award: Grammy Legend Award

Tony

1965 : Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Flora The Red Menace

1978 : Best Leading Actress in a Musical  for The Act.

Liza has also won a special Tony, a Golden Globe and a Raspberry award.

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upcoming Almodovar.

I am happy to report that filming has commenced in Spain on a new Pedro Almodovar film. Although, apparently on the first day of filming, the rain in Spain fell on the plain, filming was interrupted due to a downpour, causing temporary production chaos.

La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In).

Reuniting with Almodovar after 20 years is Antonio Banderas in the lead role. He plays a plastic surgeon bent on revenge against the men who raped his daughter. It is based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel “Tarantula”.

Joining him in the cast is Elena Aneya (Sex & Lucia), Marisa Paredes (so good in All About My Mother), Jan Cornet, Roberto Alamo, Blanca Suárez, Eduard Fernández, José Luis Gómez, Bárbara Lennie, Susi Sánchez, Fernando Cayo and Teresa Manresa.  Almodovar’s longtime collaborators Alberto Iglesias (composer)and José Luis Alcaine (director of photography) will return.

The three month shoot will take place first in Santiago de Compostela, in the north of Spain, then move on to Pazo de Oca and finish up in Madrid and Toledo. The film has a release date in Spain of March next year, so expect it to hit Australia in December which has been the norm for an Almodovar film.

Almodovar has described his feature as bordering on an outright horror film. He  told Spanish newspaper El Pais that the film is the “harshest” he’s ever done and while it “comes close to the terror genre, something that appeals to me that I’ve never done, I won’t respect any of its rules”.

I can’t wait for this film. He is truly my favorite living film director.

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the Grand Slam or EGOT

With the Primetime Emmy awards being handed out this weekend I thought I might blab about the American entertainment award grand slam – the EGOT.

Individuals who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony for excellence in TV, music, film and theatre.

Only 10 people have won the distinction for competive awards.

and here they are…..

1. RICHARD RODGERS (composer)

Oscar

1945 : Best Song – “It Might As Well Be Spring” from State Fair.

Emmy

1962 : Outstanding Achievement in Original Music – Winston Churchill-The Valiant Years

Grammy

1960 : Best Show Album – The Sound Of Music

1962 : Best  Show Album – No Strings

Tony

1950 : Best Musical – South Pacific

1950 : Best Producers, Musical – South Pacific

1950 : Best Score – South Pacific

1952 : Best Musical – The King And I

1960 : Best Musical – The Sound of Music

1962 : Best Composer – No Strings

Rodgers has also received 3 special achievement Tony awards, and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for South Pacific (1950).

2.  HELEN HAYES (actress)

Oscar

1932 : Best Actress in a Leading Role – The Sin Of Madelon Claudet.

1970 : Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Airport.

Emmy

1953 : Best Actress – Schiltz Playhouse Of Stars episode “Not a Chance”.

Grammy

1976 : Best Spoken Word Recording – Great American Documents.

Tony

1947 : Best Actress, Dramatic – Happy Birthday

1958 : Best Actress, Dramatic – Time Remembered

Helen Hayes has also received a special Tony award.

3.  RITA MORENO (actress)

Oscar

1961 : Best Actress in a Supporting Role – West Side Story

Emmy

1977 : Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music – The Muppet Show

1978 : Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series – The Rockford Files episode The Paper Palace.

Grammy

1972 : Best Recording For Children – The Electric Company.

Tony

1975 : Best Featured Actress in a Play – The Ritz

Rita Moreno has also won a Golden Globe.

4.  JOHN GIELGUD (actor)

Oscar

1981 :  Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Arthur

Emmy

1991 : Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special – Summer’s Lease

Grammy

1979 : Best Spoken Word Documentary or Drama – Ages Of Man

Tony

1961 : Best Director of a Drama – Big Fish, Little Fish

John Gielgud has also won a special Tony award, and won 2 Golden Globes.

5. AUDREY HEPBURN (actress)

Oscar

1953 : Best Actress in a Leading Role – Roman Holiday

Emmy

1993 : Outstanding Individual Achievement, Informational Programming – Gardens Of The World With Audrey Hepburn

Grammy

1994 : Best Spoken Word Album for Children – Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales

Tony

1954 : Best Actress in a Drama – Ondine

Audrey Hepburn has also won a special Oscar & Tony, and a Golden Globe.

6. MARVIN HAMLISCH (composer)

Oscar

1973: Best Music, Original Dramatic Score – The Way We Were

1973: Best Music, Original Song – The Way We Were

1973: Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation – The Sting

Emmy

1995 : Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction – Barbra Streisand: The Concert

1995 : Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics – Barbra Streisand: The Concert

1999 : Outstanding Music and Lyrics – AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies

2001 : Outstanding Music Direction – Timeless: Live In Concert

Grammy

1974: Song Of The Year – The Way We Wee

1974: Best New Artist Of The Year

1974: Best Pop Instrumental Performance – The Entertainer

1974: Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special – The Way We Were

Tony

1976 : Best Musical Score – A Chorus Line

Marvin Hamlisch has also won a Pulitzer prize for drama (A Chorus Line), and 2 Golden Globes.

7. JONATHAN TUNICK (orchestrator, composer)

Oscar

1977 : Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score – A Little Night Music

Emmy

1982 : Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction – Night of 100 Stars

Grammy

1988 : Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals – “No One Is Alone”, Cleo Laine

Tony

1997 : Best Orchestrations -Titanic

8. MEL BROOKS (actor, writer, director)

Oscar

1968 : Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen – The Producers.

Emmy

1967 : Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety – The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Cal Reiner, Howard Morris Special

1997 : Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Mad About You

1998 : Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Mad About You

1999 : Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Mad About You

Grammy

1998 : Best Spoken Comedy Album – The 2000 Year Old Man In The Year 2000

2002 : Best Long Form Music Video – Recording ‘The Producers’: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks

2002 : Best Musical Show Album – The Producers

Tony

2001 : Best Book of a Musical – The Producers

2001 : Best Original Score – The Producers

2001 : Best Musical – The Producers

9. WHOOPI GOLDBERG (actress)

Oscar

1990 : Best Supporting Actress, Ghost

Emmy (daytime)

2002 : Outstanding Special Class Special – Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (Host)

2009 : Outstanding Talk Show Host – The View  (Co-Host)

Grammy

1985 : Best Comedy Recording – Whoopi Goldberg—Original Broadway Show Recording

Tony

2002 : Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Co-Producer)

Whoopi Goldberg is also two-time Golden Globe winner, and has won a special Emmy award.

10. MIKE NICHOLS  (director)

Oscar

1967 : Best Director – The Graduate

Emmy

2001 : Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special – Wit

2001 : Outstanding Made for Television Movie – Wit as Executive Producer

2004 : Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special – Angels In America

2004 : Outstanding Miniseries – Angels in America as Executive Producer

Grammy

1961 : Best Comedy Performance – An Evening With Mike Nichols And Elaine May

Tony

1964 : Best Director, Dramatic – Barefoot in the Park

1965 : Best Director, Dramatic – Luv and The Odd Couple

1968 : Best Director, Dramatic – Plaza Suite

1972 : Best Director, Dramatic – The Prisoner of Second Avenue

1977 : Best Musical – Annie as Producer

1984 : Best Director, Play – The Real Thing

1984 : Best Play – The Real Thing as Producer

2005 : Best Director, Musical – Monty Python’s Spamalot

Mike Nichols has also won a Golden Globe.

ALMOST THERE

Awaiting an Oscar

Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Marc Shaiman, Lily Tomlin, Martin Charnin, Charles Strouse, Julie Harris, Dick Van Dyke.

Awaiting an Emmy.

Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice.

Awaiting a Grammy.

Ellen Burstyn, Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Scott Rudin, Geoffrey Rush, Maggie Smith, Tony Walton (highly unlikely as he is a designer)

Awaiting a Tony.

Julie Andrews, Burt Bacharach, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Cher, Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Robin Williams.









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