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'Lucy' Merges Bessons' Obsessions: Action, And Beautiful Women

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Luc Besson is clearly a cinematic force to reckon with, invading our cinemas this year as a producer (The Homesman) and writer (3 Days to Kill and Brick Mansions). And as a writer-director, his action romp Lucy has already topped the US box office and is expanding globally over the next two weeks to Europe, South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.

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Besson hasn't made many films that didn't have some element of action in them. But he never blows things up just for the spectacle. "If the action doesn't have a soul or purpose, I'm not interested," he says. "If it's pure action for its own sake, I enjoy it like a cheeseburger: you eat it, then you're hungry."

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'Lucy' Is Fantastic, But There Will Be No Sequel, Says Besson

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Director Luc Besson has generated modest acclaim for his action-thriller Lucy, though the Frenchman says it is unlikely there will be a sequel. Fans of the movie have been clamouring for news of a second movie - as have representatives of Universal Pictures - but Besson told reporters in Taiwan: "I don't see how we can do one."

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"It's not made for that," he said in an interview with the local press. "If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don't even think about it."

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Lucy Review

Very Good

Luc Besson gleefully combines two of his favourite movie elements - fit women and wildly insane action - in this raucous guilty pleasure. It's almost as if he's trying to make his own version of Inception, but this is one of those films that only pretends to be brainy and existential. It's actually a slick, silly, improbable action romp. And it's a lot of fun.

The title refers both to the very first female and an American student (Scarlett Johansson) living in Taipei whose loser boyfriend (A Hijacking's Pilou Asbaek) ropes her into making a delivery to notoriously vicious crime boss Jang (Oldboy's Choi Min-sik). Grabbed by Jang's goons, she's forced to become a mule, with a kilo of experimental drugs implanted in her abdomen. When it bursts, the drug allows her to access much more than the 10 percent of the brain humans normally use. By the time she hits 20%, she can already control people and objects around her. And the percentage keeps climbing. So she heads to Paris to meet mental capacity expert Norman (Morgan Freeman) and figure out what to do. But Jang and his army of thugs are in hot pursuit, so she enlists a local cop (Syriana's Amr Waked) to help.

Besson doesn't like to hang around, so the film takes off like a shot, only barely pausing for breath in its brisk 89-minute running time. On-screen captions keep us updated on Lucy's brain capacity, and it's great fun seeing every advancement she makes on her way to 100%. This allows Besson to indulge in deliriously enjoyable mind-bending action sequences that play out like he's a kid with a giant set of very cool toys. Outrageous car chases, giant explosions and random epic shootouts fill the screen as Lucy expands her mind, begins to bend reality around her and transcends the limits of numbers and letters.

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Bill Murray Signs On To Voice Baloo In Jon Favreau’s Star Studded ‘Jungle Book’ Remake

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Bill Murray has become the latest addition to the already star studded voice cast of Disney's upcoming Jungle Book remake. Murray will reportedly be lending his voice to Baloo, the fun loving bear who befriends Mowgli and teaches him the ways of the jungle.

Bill MurrayBill Murray soon to be the voice of Baloo

Murray will be joining an already impressive cast, which just last week added Christopher Walken, who was announced as voicing King Louie. Scarlett Johansson has also signed on as the python Kaa, while Lupita Nyong'o will be heard as Raksha.

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"Hercules" Falters, While "Lucy" Shines At The Box Office With $44 Million

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This week at the box office, the sci-fi thriller Lucy won out over slim competition – Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson and the holdover hit from last week Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took second and third, respectively. Deservingly or not – the reviewers have questioned everything about Lucy from the plot, to the execution, to most of the action. Even Scarlett Johansson’s acting barely gets a pass, thanks to the godawful material she’s working with, according to The Atlantic. Humans only use 10% of their brain? This Luc Besson sci-fi thriller uses even less. Regardless, whatever limited brain capacity Lucy was working with, propelled it to a $44 million weekend, well beyond critical predictions, which put it somewhere around $40 million.

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Only an intense love for Johansson's screen presence can save viewers from scoffing their way through this one.


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Brainy "Lucy" Outsmarts Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" At The Box Office

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Despite lukewarm reviews, the Scarlet Johansson starrer Lucy has gone on to best Dwayne Johnson’s latest crack at a franchise starter, Hercules. Lucy, a sci-fi flick about a woman with unlimited mental capacities is on track to finish the weekend past its projected $35 million. The movie registered $17,1 million on Friday and has seen Johansson’s star rise even higher. With films like 2013’s Under the Skin and Her, her Avengers role as Black Widow (the character is soon to have her own film) and now Lucy, the savvy actress has flexed both her acting brains and brawn in the sci-fi genre.

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Scarlett Johansson is only going up.

Though he definitely has a lot of power in his own way, Dwayne Johnson didn’t have enough strength as Hercules at the box office. The eponymous flick, based on a 2011 graphic novel and directed by Brett Ratner took in a disappointing $11 million on Friday. However, as these types of film often do, Hercules fared much better internationally. It was released in 19 markets this week and still may do better than originally projected. Lucy won’t open internationally until next week.

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Lucy - Luc Besson Featurette

The cast and crew of 'Lucy' - actors Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Amr Waked, and producer Virginie Besson-Silla - talk about their experiences working with director Luc Besson in a short featurette ahead of the release of the new sci-fi movie.

'The most interesting thing about working with Luc is that he's the cameraman', Amr reveals. 'He's a director that knows precisely every little atom on his frame.'

'He's a formidable type of character because he knows what he sees in his mind and wants that vision to be executed perfectly', Scarlett adds, as Luc admits that he thinks his technique works so well because he doesn't cut. '[The actors] appreciate that a lot because all this part before action is where they have to prep and if they have to do that every thirty seconds, it's just exhausting for them', he says.

On Set Pictures From The Filming Of 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' [Photos]

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As the production for 2015’s most anticipated movie, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ rumbles on, some on set pictures have arrived from the North London leg of filming. 

The film was written and is being directed by Joss Whedon and features an all star cast, including: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader.

The film has big boots to fill: Marvel’s Avengers was a breakthrough success for the franchise’s move to cinema, culminating in brilliant reviews and an even better box office gross, pulling in $1.5b from the worldwide market. 

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Chef Review

Very Good

Like comfort food, this movie has very little nutritional value, but it sure goes down smoothly. This is one of those shamelessly delicious-looking films that makes our mouths water at the tasty dishes that are lovingly created on-camera. And it also has an array of deeply likeable characters, witty cameos and sparkling dialogue to keep us smiling. So who cares that nothing unexpected happens from start to finish? This is a movie we sit back and enjoy without worrying about the appearance of a plot twist.

The title character is Carl (played by writer-director Jon Favreau), the chef at a top Los Angeles restaurant that is stuck in a rut because the owner (Dustin Hoffman) refuses to change anything on the menu. When a snooty food critic (Oliver Platt) criticises Carl for his tired and predictable cuisine, Carl's reaction sparks an angry Twitter war. In a fit of anger, Carl quits his job then hatches a plan to get back to his roots while bonding with Percy (Emjay Anthony), his pre-teen son with spicy ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara). So Carl and his sidekick Martin (John Leguizamo) take Percy to Miami to refurbish food truck and drive back to California, along the way building a reputation and perfecting their Latin-infused menu.

Since a complex plot would just be distracting, this film coasts on the charisma of its likeable cast, throwing in lively side roles for the likes of Scarlett Johansson as a restaurant colleague, Bobby Cannavale as a fellow chef and most memorably Robert Downey Jr. as Inez's hilariously nutty ex. Everyone is relaxed and effortlessly funny, which makes the interaction feel amusing and never remotely forced. While this is easily Favreau's most assured work as a director (that's including the first two Iron Man movies), this is also his most generous performance too. He infuses the whole film with easy-going charm.

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Jon Favreau Donates Tribeca Film Festival Prize Money To Food Rescue Charity

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Jon Favreau is planning to donate his $26,000 cash prize from the Tribeca Film Festival to a New York City food rescue charity. The actor-director won the Heineken Audience Award for Best Narrative Film on Saturday (April 26, 2014), for his food truck movie Chef.

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We thought Chef would turn out to be really, really good on the strength of the excellent trailer and the critics piled in with the positive reviews.

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Scarlett Johansson Finds Nickname 'Insulting', These Other Celebs Don't Seem To Mind

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These days it seems as though fame is cemented when the world refers to you by your very own portmanteau. Over the past few years it’s become a way of referring to our favourite celebs, because in the texting generation don’t nobody gots time to say their full names. Think J-Lo, K-Stew, J-Law, ScarJo, the list goes on. Except ScarJo wants her name taken off the list, because, well, she’s apparently above all that. Apparently starring in a Marvel movie franchise qualifies you as a serious actress, Meryl Streep style. Or MezStree as we like to call her. And she freaking loves it.

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Scarlett Johansson, or ScarJo as we like to call her (and which is how she shall forever forth be referred) explained to Glamour magazine, “I associate that name with, like, pop stars. It sounds tacky. It’s lazy and flippant…There’s something insulting about it.”  Well, that's certainly very diplomatic and won't potentially insult anybody.  Nice work, ScarJo!  ScarJo ScarJo ScarJo.

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Scarlett Johansson Reflects On What Divorcing From Ryan Reynolds Taught Her

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Scarlett Johansson is one of Hollywood's most desired women, and for a short time she was married to one of Hollywood's most desired men.

In 2008 the 29 year-old actress married fellow actor Ryan Reynolds, but this was short lived as the pair filed for divorce which was finalized in 2011.

Since then, Johansson has kept relatively quiet about their split, but in two new recent interviews she explained what going through a divorce has taught her.

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'Chef' Trailer: Do Not Watch While Hungry [Trailer + Pictures]

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You know the supermarket rule – don’t go food shopping when you’re hungry? Well the same applies to watching the trailer for Jon Favreau’s Chef. The beautifully shot, beautifully prepared food will have you attempting a rare venison sandwich with horseradish foam and wild rocket puree, and we all know that can’t happen.

Chef movieIt's all about the food in 'Chef'

The story for ‘Chef’ sees Carl Casper (Favreau) given an ultimatum: cook Dustin Hoffman’s menu or don’t cook in his restaurant. Of course, the film would be pretty boring if he went ahead gave in to his mean boss, so instead he decides to fall off the wagon somewhat, become the laughing stock of an already snobbish culinary zeitgeist, and win back his respect and friends through an intrepid street food venture. 

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Chef Trailer

Carl Casper is a chef working at one of the top restaurants of Miami. Food is his ultimate passion in life and so he is utterly heartbroken when his boss forces him to cook a 'safer' menu, bypassing his usually ambitious creations. The change came about when it was found that a formidable food critic would be visiting the establishment, but, as it turns out, the menu switch was a bad idea and Carl doesn't take his subsequent criticism very well at all. After reading his bad review and going viral, he sends out a badly judged post over Twitter and is thus forced to leave his post at the eatery. Instead, he sets up his own food truck, delivering his food on wheels to anyone willing to try a new culinary experience, and along the way uses it to reconnect with his young son and ex-wife. 

'Chef' is brilliant comedy about self-discovery, passion and drive. The movie's main star, Primetime Emmy nominated Jon Favreau ('Cowboys & Aliens', 'Iron Man', 'Elf', 'Zathura: A Space Adventure'), was also responsible for the direction, production and screenplay and it made its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March. It is due for UK release on June 18th 2014.

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These Celebrity Doppelgängers Prove The Existence Of A Celebrity Factory

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We’re starting to suspect that there’s only a handful of famous people, but that they each just have a few different aliases. We’ve never been able to put our finger on it until recently, but some of these celebs look far too similar to be different people. We’re considering a theory that there is a celebrity factory and they only have a few different molds to work with.

Paz Vega doppelganger Paz Vega or Penelope Cruz?  We just can't work it out!

Take Penelope Cruz and Paz Vega for example. It’s hard to believe that these two aren’t at least a little bit related. We only realised recently that it’s Paz starring alongside Adam Sandler in Spanglish and not Penelope. 

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Sets April Box Office Record, Topping $300m Worldwide

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier has far exceeded opening weekend box office expectations by pulling off the awesome feat of becoming the biggest April movie of all time. The blockbuster sequel outstripped the sales of its predecessor, Captain America: The First Avenger, by 47% with $96.2 million taken domestically and over $300 million worldwide during its weekend debut, according to Box Office Mojo.

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Chris Evans Reprises His Role As The Titular Hero In Marvel's Stunningly Successful Sequel.

Chris Evans reprises his role as Steve Rogers and his titular superhero alter-ego in the Marvel/Disney sequel. Having been forcibly enlisted in the superhero group S.H.I.E.L.D., he is tasked with battling a new and formidable foe, The Winter Soldier, alongside Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow.

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'Captain America: The Winter Solider' Breaks April Box Office Record With $96.2 Million Weekend

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Marvel Studios' latest instalment, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', is proving to be hugely popular, not just among comic book fans, but all cinemagoers as it reigns No.1 at this week's North American box office, breaking the April earnings' record.

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Chris Evans reprises his role as the 'Captain' in the sequel

The sequel to 2011's 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' and the ninth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe earned an impressive $96.2 million, which beat the previous highest-grossing movie in the month of April (2011's 'Fast Five') by $10 million.

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How The 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Helicarriers Were Created: Awesome Visual Effect Scenes Shared [Video]

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Prepare to step behind the scenes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and delve in to the film's astounding visual effects, thanks to company Industrial Light & Magic and Wired magazine. ILM was tasked with updating the helicarriers in the superhero sequel. The helicarriers? You know, those gigantic airborne ocean liners with the neat propellers seen in The Avengers? Well, Winter Soldier has three of these babies, which took some serious effort to create.

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' - It's Not All About The Dashing Chris Evans, You Know.

FXguide's Mike Seymour spoke to the visual effects company to find out what new details were added to the S.H.I.E.L.D. aircrafts, and how the effects team created a digital modeling environment for the epic helicarrier crash scene seen in the new Marvel blockbuster. As in most CGI-heavy movies, the special effects are best when you barely notice them, which involves hundreds of effects geniuses working tirelessly behind the scenes to make that explosion look as real as possible.

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Lucy Trailer

Lucy was just a regular girl living in Taipei, Taiwan before she was brutally kidnapped by a gang while out partying. She wakes up after some hours in a strange room feeling groggy and is informed by a crime boss that she has had drugs implanted into her abdomen for transportation. She is held hostage and chained up, but during a particularly heated confrontation with one of her captors, she takes a blow to the stomach causing the parcel of drugs to leak into her system. As the drugs take hold of her, she starts to feel alert, agile and strongly tolerant of pain. She has the drugs removed from her stomach at the hospital but she has already absorbed enough that she can somewhere take in all information around her and remember it, as well as instantly change her appearance and move objects and people with mind control. With her brain already at the superhuman stage, Lucy starts to worry that she has no humanity left.

BAFTA nominated Luc Besson ('The Fifth Element', 'The Transporter', 'Taken', 'District 13') has directed and written this thrilling sci-fi flick about the hypothetical limitlessness of the human mind. 'Lucy' will be released in the UK on August 22nd 2014. 

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'Lucy': Scarlett Johansson Becomes Superpowered Genius In New Luc Besson Thriller [Trailer]

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The first trailer has been released for Lucy, the brand new thriller from French director Luc Besson and actress Scarlett Johansson. The Avengers star takes centre stage as the titular character in this gritty, futuristic, sci-fi adventure and plays a drug mule who finds herself accidentally given extraordinary superpowers by the bag she's transporting.

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Scarlett Johansson Plays A Drug Mule Who Finds Herself With Superhuman Powers In 'Lucy.'

After being kidnapped in the Taiwanese city of Taipei, Lucy finds herself in a dangerous situation where a bag of mysterious chemicals has been placed in her stomach. As the drug leaks out she is gifted with superhuman strength and a massive intelligence boost, which enables her to defeat her captors.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Very Good

This is the Marvel movie that divides the fans from the casual filmgoers, as the movies become more like a TV series in which the world is saved from disaster every week. While it's shot and acted to an unusually high standard, the script treats the characters like pawns to throw at each other rather than real human beings. So while it's hugely entertaining, there isn't a hint of actual tension or suspense.

Now settling into life in the 21st century, super-powered soldier Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his cohort Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) are horrified when the mysterious, seemingly indestructible Winter Soldier launches an attack on Shield Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) on the streets of Washington DC. Suspected of being on the wrong side, Steve and Natasha set out to find out what's up, drafting in angry veteran Sam (Anthony Mackie) and his whizzy flying-wings accessory. Meanwhile, Shield boss Pierce (Robert Redford) is carrying on with launching a wildly heavy-handed security system for America.

Marvel show-runner Kevin Feige works hard to make these movies fit loosely into the overarching mythology while standing on their own. But this is the ninth time these superheroes have had to save the world since 2008's Iron Man, and it's getting a bit tired. This chapter introduces a perviously unseen darkness in the evil agency Hydra, but the real innovation here is the use of gritty Bourne-style direction for the lucid action sequences.

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First Look At 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron': Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, And Hawkeye

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Last week we saw the Avengers: Age of Ultron brother-sister duo Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Marvel's concept art but thanks to newly released on-set photos, we have been able to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor Johnson as their superhero alter-egos filming an action scene in Italy, via Getty Images/Comic Book Resources.

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Elizabeth Olsen Settles Into Her Super New Role In Italy.

The brand new snaps also afford us the opportunity to have a gander at the sequel's main villain, Ultron, who appeared in pre-CGI form as a sinister looking silver robot. Hilariously, the actor performing the movements of the baddie was photographed wearing a thick puffer jacker underneath his high tech silver scales and helmet; a feature that will be digitally erased when it comes to editing.

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Scarlett Johansson Urges Marvel To Develop 'Black Widow' Movie

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Scarlett Johansson has added her name to the list of those wanting a Black Widow spin-off movie. Considering the actress has starred as Natasha Romanoff and her alter ego in Iron Man 2, The Avengers and most recently Captain America: The Winter Soldier - we'd consider that a pretty strong recommendation.

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President Kevin Feige recently revealed that Marvel Studios is developing early ideas for a Black Widow spinoff and Johansson backed those plans at the UK premiere of the Captain America sequel on Thursday (March 20, 2014).

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Scarlett Johansson Urges Marvel For 'Black Widow' Film

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Scarlett Johansson urges Marvel to create a 'Black Widow' spin-off film.

The 29 year-old stars as the Russian 'S.H.I.E.L.D' agent in several of Marvel's biggest film's including 'The Iron Man' sequels, 'The Avengers' and most recently 'Captain America: The Winter Solid'.

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Johansson returns as 'Black Widow' in 'Captain America: The Winter Solider'

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A 'Black Widow' Spin-Off? "I Want To See It," Says Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett Johansson has openly addressed the rumour of a standalone movie for her Marvel character, Black Widow. The 29-year-old told reporters at last night's Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiere: "If you want to see a Black Widow spin-off movie, then I want to see it. We'll see. We will put the request in to Marvel tomorrow," via Digital Spy.

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Scarlett Johansson Has Openly Embraced The Notion Of A Black Widow Spin-Off Movie.

Scarlett's embrace of her many fans' wish for her to take centre-stage in her own superhero movie echoes Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige's announcement that Johansson's character is to be explored further in Captain America and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and that a standalone movie may also be in the works.

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Is 'Captain America: The Winter Solder' The Best Comic Book Movie Of All Time?

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Chris Evans is back as Steve Rogers for another Captain America fix and Marvel's sequel to the 2011 movie, The Winter Soldier, has scored strong reviews ahead of its release next week. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo's movie - also starring Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson and Anthony Mackie - left a couple of critics dishing out some huge, huge kudos. 

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"Takes the bold (for Marvel) step of reducing CGI spectacle to a relative minimum in favor of reviving the pleasures of hard-driving old-school action, surprising character development and intriguing suspense," said Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter.

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'Under The Skin' Is Remarkable, So Why Was It Booed At The Premiere?

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At the peak of her success, Scarlett Johansson made the startling decision to play a man-eating alien in the tiny Scottish thriller Under the Skin. Hot off Marvel blockbusters like Iron Man and The Avengers, she played a prowling killer roaming the streets of Glasgow. Shot with hidden cameras and extras who didn't know they were in the movie, the film also required her to get naked on-screen for the first time.

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Notoriously private, Johansson knew that this film was something special. "It's not like I want to be displaying myself all over the place, but I think I that through the process of just letting go I realised what kind of judgment I place on myself," she says. "That wasn't just the nudity, but many different situations where I wasn't totally free of myself. So it was very liberating."

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Under The Skin Review


Scarlett Johansson goes off the radar in this low-budget Scottish thriller, which is far more offbeat than anything she's ever done before. Her fans are likely to be perplexed by the film's lack of any meaningful dialog, its ambiguous plot and relentlessly artful imagery. But inventive filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) has created one of the most atmospheric sci-fi horror movies in recent memory.

Just outside Glasgow, an alien creature assumes the shape of a woman (Johansson) and starts prowling the city streets in search of men. With disarming flirtation, she sparks the sexual appetites of a series of guys, luring them into her inky lair, where they're trapped like bugs in a roach motel. But some unexpected events get her thinking about human sexuality, so she decides to explore it herself. With the next guy, she has a go at romance, and then later she puts herself into a startlingly vulnerable situation. But by going off the grid, she alerts her alien cohorts that something isn't quite right.

By refusing to use standard storytelling or filmmaking techniques, Glazer has made a movie that feels like it comes from outer space. But while we never get a grip on any of the characters, we can easily identify with the yearning emotions they're feeling. Which draws us in on a deeper level than we expect. In this respect, Johansson's performance is unusually subdued. Setting her glamorous Hollywood image aside, she becomes a lost soul who almost looks frumpy (she's still gorgeous enough to get any man she wants), and her search for meaning in human sexuality is fascinating.

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What To Expect From Jon Favreau's New Movie 'Chef'

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Jon Favreau has gone back to his comedy roots with new movie ‘Chef’ which premiered at SXSW this weekend. Mixing the world’s growing obsession with food and rockstar chefs with an all-star cast, Favreau has already won rave reviews for the film and his return to comedy. So what can we expect from a movie that features food trucks and Scarlett Johansson?

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Jon Favreau has gone from comedy actor and writer, to being the director of one of the biggest comic book franchise films of all time, ‘Iron Man’, to walking away from it to direct a movie about a food truck chef. Reckless career move? You might have though so, but Favreau’s latest offering has earned him the favour of critics after its SXSW premiere.

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Captain America: The Winter Solider Trailer

Steve Rogers has awoken after a deep sleep lasting 70 years following his fight with Nazi adversary the Red Skull during World War II. Things are a lot different now, however, which is more than enough for him to contend with, but when he is forcibly enlisted in the superhero group S.H.I.E.L.D. by the morally questionable Nick Fury, he soon finds himself in immediate danger once again. Unable to trust most of the people around him, he finds comfort in his S.H.I.E.L.D. cohorts, namely Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow and Sam Wilson AKA Falcon. Together, the group set out to tackle the world's latest threat, but when one member of S.H.I.E.L.D. is targeted and attacked in mysterious circumstances, they start to wonder if they are getting the whole picture. With assassins on Rogers' tail incessantly, he starts to uncover the planet's real menace in the form of the legendary Winter Soldier.

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Chef - Clip

Carl Casper is a well-known chef from Miami who works in a trendy LA restaurant much lauded by critics. However, when one particularly formidable critic shows up to taste Casper's food, his culinary creativity is thrown into question when his boss requests he make something a little more 'safe' than his usual creations. Unfortunately for Casper, he doesn't take criticism too well and loses his cool in a tirade which is captured on film and subsequently goes viral across all social mediums. Now jobless and unsure of his own passions, he returns to Miami to set up a food truck by the name of El Jefe Cubanos in a bid to regain some of his ingenuity and, of course, respect. The journey also sees him reconnect with his wealthy ex-wife and young son as the family attempt to rebuild the bonds between them.

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Scarlett Johansson And Fiance Romain Dauriac Announce Pregnancy

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Congratulations to Scarlett Johansson, who has apparently managed to sneak this one past all the gossip mags and is… pregnant. Not just that, according to TMZ, the Avengers actress is pretty far along – five months, if the report is correct. The Avengers actress doesn't seem keen on taking a break, however. Johansson is currently filming Avengers: Age of Ultron and has another Marvel project - the just announced Black Widow - lined up after that.

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Johansson isn't going on maternity leave anytime soon.

Her fiancé, Romain Dauriac, with whom Johansson is having said progeny, reportedly told TMZ about it himself. Often referred to as a journalist, Dauriac is also the owner of an independent ad agency – apparently those creative types tend to find each other. The couple’s engagement back in September 2013 became a highly public affair. However, as of yet, no wedding plans have been announced. Johansson has previously dated Ryan Reynolds.

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Under The Skin - UK Trailer

The world just isn't safe with the likes of Laura interspersed across the human race. An alien transformed to look like a dazzlingly attractive human woman, she is ordered by her own world to travel to Earth to target unsuspecting wanderers and hitchhikers in a twisted scheme set up by her planet to harvest human bodies for meat. But adapting to a new planetary lifestyle has its difficulties and Laura finds herself struggling with the vast day-to-day changes. She soon begins to realise the power in her beautiful appearance, however, and takes to the roads of Scotland to seduce and drug her usually male targets, offer them to her leaders and thus complete her dastardly assignment.

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Her Review


With only a hint of a futuristic setting, Spike Jonze takes a remarkably honest look at human emotions as a man and his computer's intelligent operating system fall madly in love with each other. Utterly grounded in believable characters and situations, this is a boldly inventive exploration of how we connect with each other. It's also one of the most involving, witty and evocative movies of the year.

It's set just a few years into the future, when we've essentially done away with keyboards and talk to our phones and computers. So Theodore (Phoenix) works in a company that writes letters for people who want a more tactile way of communicating. While trying not to let his recent divorce from Caroline (Mara) influence his work, his friends (Adams and Letscher) set him up on a blind date with a sexy woman (Wilde). But he's not quite ready to move on until he begins opening up to his new interactive operative system, which calls herself Samantha (voiced by Johansson). And she has such an open-hearted personality that Theodore can't help but fall for her.

The film has a breezy, fable-like tone that allows heavy themes to emerge without weighing us down. Indeed, the central idea is that relationships are difficult because we can't help but evolve individually, which sometimes means drifting apart. Obviously, this has huge ramifications when your partner is a limitless computer mind that will never stop expanding. But Theodore doesn't want to think about this; he is frightened by the idea that Samantha is changing. Yes, despite the vaguely surreal premise, the film is packed with things we readily identify with.

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Forget 'The Notebook', 10 Alternative Valentine's Day Movies

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Valentine's Day movies don't have to be so formulaic you know. Whether you love it or hate it there's no escaping the fact that most of you are going to have to sit down and watch a bad movie on the most romantic day of the year. If your one of the people who's lucky enough to suggest defying romantic convention and be spared from 'The Notebook' once and for all, then how about opting for one of our more unconventional choices.

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Silver Linings Playbook

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What You Need To Know Before Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The full trailer for Marvel's 'Captain America: the Winter Solider' has finally been revealed letting us in to more than a few of the major plot points for the upcoming movie. The trailer shows Chris Evans back in his role as Steve Rogers who is now time teaming up with Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. We also get a look at Samuel L Jackson reprising his role as Nick Fury, Robert Redford appearing as a a senior SHIELD official and Anthony Mackie as a new superhero called the Falcon who has the ability to fly. With the release of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' just over two months away, it may be worth using this time time to brush up on your Captain America knowledge before enjoying this installment.

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Who is Captain America?
Ok you really should know this one, but just incase: Captain America aka Steve Rogers is a solider who is enhanced by the US government and turned into a 'super solider'. After crashing his plane in the Arctic, he wakes up in a fake 1940s hospital and after running out into Times Square he realises he's awoken some 70 years later.

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Scarlett Johansson Gets The Open Letter Treatment From Roger Waters

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An open letter seems to be the go-to thing to do when a celebrity misbehaves, and that’s what Roger Waters has employed to take Scarlett Johansson to task for going into cohorts with Sodastream, the controversial ‘let’s-make-that-drink-fizzy’ company operating out of Isreal’s West Bank.

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Waters penned the open letter in response to Johansson’s defence of Sodastream, saying the company is keen on mending relationships. “SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to the environment but to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights,” she said.

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Woody Allen Denies Sexual Abuse Again, As Oscars Move Into Sight

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Woody Allen has responded to the claims of sexual abuse made by his daughter Dylan Farrow in an open letter published by the New York Times. In the letter, Dylan speaks out publically for the first time regarding the accusations that Allen abused his adoptive daughter. The claims first surfaced in 1993 when the filmmaker and his then-girlfriend Mia Farrow were splitting up.

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Woody Allen Has Apparently Branded Dylan's Claims "Untrue And Disgraceful."

"What's your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house," writes Dylan. "He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me."

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The Seth Rogen 'Starring' Parody Of 'Her' Might Be The Best Thing You See All Week [Video]

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Her might not be the most prominent Oscar contender, but it is still one helluva movie

First off we were treated to a Phillip Seymour Hoffman-featuring parody of the new Spike Jonze movie Her, one that used cut-up snippets of the Oscar-winner's film repertoire in place of Scarlett Johansson's soothing utterances. Last night (25 Jan.) we saw Jonah Hill lampoon the film on Saturday Night Live, but earlier this week we're sure the best parody of them all was uploaded on to YouTube.

'Him' doesn't actually star any big names, but it does feature one heck of a good impression of the loveable Canadian comic Seth Rogen. The YouTube channel Paul Gale Comedy created and uploaded the parody, which pokes fun at the Oscar contender as well as gently ribbing Rogen, mocking his penchant for da 'erb and also mirroring his distinctive laugh spot on. It's probably the best portrayal of Seth Rogen since Seth Rogen played Seth Rogen in This Is The End.

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Scarlett Johansson Facing A SodaStream Of Fully Carbonated Criticism

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Scarlett Johansson’s tie-up with SodaStream – everyone’s favorite ‘thing that makes drinks fizzy’ from the 90s – is causing controversy, not least amongst the charity Oxfam, who she is an ambassador for.

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SodaStream, an Israeli company that operates a factory in the occupied West Bank and Oxfam, and aid and development charity, have chimed in with the myriad concerns raised by pro-Palestinian activists, saying it is opposed to all trade from "illegal" Israeli settlements.

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Her - Clips

Theodore Twombley is a reserved man going through the hardest time of his life with his divorce from his childhood sweetheart Catherine. One day, he decides to buy a new kind of OS that has an artificial intelligence that can evolve into having almost human like feelings. He chooses a female identity for his OS and thus meets the disembodied Samantha who offers him company with her witty and insightful remarks and frequent flattery. When he finds out his friend Amy has also made a friend out of her estranged husband's OS, he begins to feel that his feelings towards Samantha may not be so strange at all and allows himself to fall deeply in love with her. However, as much as they have managed to bond, he starts to worry about the consequences of limitations of their relationship and begins to wonder just how genuine their relationship really is.

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Who Looks Better In Captain America's New Gear: Chris Evans Or Clark Gregg?

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New Captain America: The Winter Soldier poster! Sorry, excitement like this does not allow for proper grammar. But you get the idea, Marvel have released a new promotional image for the 2014 flick and it offers not only a good look at Captain America’s new suit, but also a full preview of the brand new villain – Bucky as The Winter Soldier.

In case the trailer wasn't cool enough, check out this new promo image below.

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Joaquin Phoenix Is On Top Form And Ready To Win Back Hearts In Spike Jonze's 'Her' [Trailer]

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To get your head round Spike Jonze's delicate new sci-fi movie, Her, you need to believe absolutely and unequivocally in the premise: that a sad and lonely man is capable of falling in love with a computerised operating system, think Siri 10 years down the line, and forming a sincere attachment.

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Joaquin Phoenix Plays A Man Seeking Love In An Unlikely Place In 'Her.'

"Delicate" is rarely a word you'll hear attributed to sci-fi movies but Jonze's masterful new film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, is both a strange tale of human attachment and a potentially troubling insight into the future of technology.

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Wait, Should We Be Calling Spike Jonze's 'Her' An Oscar Contender?

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Spike Jonze's off-beat romantic-drama Her was unexpectedly named best film of the year by the National Board of Review on Wednesday (December 4, 2013). The long-established and well respected educational organisation also gave Jonze the best director award for the movie, which stars Joaquin Phoenix as an office worker who falls in love with his computer system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.

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Jonze also wrote the script, but was denied an awards hattrick when the NBR's best original screenplay award went to the Coen Brothers for Inside Llewyn Davis. The Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street took the award for best adapted screenplay, capping an evening of surprise winners that must all now be mentioned in Oscars discussions. Until now, the likes of 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and Captain Phillips had dominated nominations talk, though with American Hustle winning best movie at the New York Critics awards earlier this week and Inside Llewyn Davis beating 12 Years a Slave at the Gotham Awards, we probably need to start rethinking our speculation for the major ceremonies.

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A Week In Movies: Catching Fire Lands In Cinemas, Black Nativity Premieres, A First Peek Into Noah's Ark

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The Hunger Games Catching Fire

This week is pretty much all about The Hunger Games as Catching Fire arrives in cinemas around the world. After last week's world premiere in London, the cast headed back to America for back-to-back premieres in Los Angeles and New York. Meanwhile, a range of clips and short online features have whipped up fan frenzy to potentially record-breaking box office potential. Take a look over all the best bits of the American premiere's here or our The Hunger Games: Catching Fire critics round up here or just read our own review here

Slightly less flashy was the New York premiere of the Christmas drama Black Nativity, attended by stars Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker, all caught by paparazzi on the red carpet looking very glamorous. The film opens in time for the holidays. Check out our videos from the event Jacob Latimore and Angela Bassett arrive, Jennifer Hudson shows off her stunning pixie crop and Forest Whitaker takes his family to 'Black Nativity' NY Premiere.

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Video - Rooney Mara Dons Unusual White Dress For RIFF 'Her' Premiere - Part 2

'Don Jon' actress Scarlett Johansson is seen talking to the press as she hits the red carpet the Rome International Film Festival premiere of her new movie 'Her', in which she plays the voice of an advanced computer operating system.

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Video - Joaquin Phoenix And Scarlett Johansson Arrive At RIFF Premiere Of 'Her' - Part 1

'The Master' star Joaquin Phoenix and 'The Avengers' star Scarlett Johansson pose together on the red carpet at the Rome International Film Festival premiere of their new film 'Her'. They are then joined by co-star Rooney Mara, director and writer Spike Jonze and producers Megan Ellison and Vincent Landay.

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Matthew McConaughey And Scarlett Johansson Honoured At Rome Film Festival

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Matthew Mcconaughey and Scarlett Johansson have won awards at a film festival in Rome, Italy on Saturday (Nov 16th), reports the BBC.

The 44 year-old actor won an award for his Oscar tipped role in 'Dallas Buyers Club' where he plays an aids activist from the 1980s.

McConaughey plays a Texas Cowboy called Ron Woodroof, who is HIV positive in the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

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Don Jon Review


With this writing-directing debut, Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivers a remarkably assured comedy-drama while also giving himself a role that's far against his usual type. It's raucously hilarious but also surprisingly involving as it reveals the vulnerabilities of a strutting hard-man. And we're having so much fun that we barely notice that the script's approach to addiction is somewhat simplistic.

The title character is such a dude that his friends call him "the don", in reference to New Jersey gangsters. And Jon (Gordon-Levitt) has his life figured out, with a list of things he cares for: his body, home, car, family, church, friends and girls. In that order. But above everything else, his main obsession is porn. Then while hanging with his friends Bobby and Danny (Brown and Luke) he spots Barbara (Johansson), a perfect "dime" who's worth playing the long game for. Except that she has zero tolerance for pornography, so he has to hide his addiction from her, only confessing to his parish priest and an unexpectedly sympathetic fellow student (Moore) at night school.

Like a character from Jersey Shore, Jon is such a charming loser that we can't help but love him. But despite the macho swagger and gym-honed physique, he's also deeply devoted to his parents (the fabulous Danza and Headly) and happiest when he's cleaning his flat. Gordon-Levitt wouldn't be the first actor you'd think of in this role, but he plays it perfectly, letting us see the little boy behind the tough-guy posturing and making us believe that he's fallen for the charms of this idealised woman (Johansson is simply hysterical).

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Don Jon's Out Tomorrow! Should You Go And See It?

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Tomorrow is Friday, which - considering everything we’ve been taught - makes today Thursday, November 14. And what better way to spend a Friday night than seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s smug grin on a massive screen? We’re not even being sarcastic.

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And neither were the critics when they lauded praise upon this, Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, in which he also stars as the lead alongside Scarlett Johansson. Don Jon is a handsome, cocky young chap with an irresistible charm. His vice: pornography, which comes back to haunt him when he meets a girl strong enough to challenge him.

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After the formulaic thrills of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Marvel's Avengers were...

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