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Celebritology 2.0: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

Celebritology Weekend: A restraining order granted for Sandra Bullock and a new baby for Amy Poehler and Will Arnett

Three celeb-centric stories on our radar this weekend... Sandra Bullock, once again protected from an alleged stalker. (AP) Sandra Bullock's order granted: A judge has approved a three-year restraining order against a man with a history of stalking the actress. The judge ruled on the matter in a Los Angeles court on Friday, according to the Associated Press. After being released from a Tennessee mental hospital earlier this year, Thomas James Weldon allegedly traveled to Wyoming in an attempt to connect with “The Blind Side” star; he has since been committed indefinitely to a mental hospital in that state. Bullock, an Arlington native, had obtained a restraining order against Weldon in 2003, but it expired while he was being held in Tennessee. Another child of comedy: Actors Amy Poehler and Will Arnett welcomed a second son into the world. Abel James Arnett was born Friday morning, weighing in at 7...

By Jen Chaney  | August 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Lost' epilogue leaked online. And it explains everything! Sort of.

New: Michael Emerson (aka Ben Linus) discusses the epilogue and more. The 12-minute epilogue to "Lost," which is included in the DVD box set that releases Aug. 24, leaked online this afternoon. And honestly, it's like the good, 'ol days again, when we all pored through pages of Lostpedia and tried to figure out if obscure references made by Benjamin Linus actually contained meaningful anagrams. The epilogue, in which Mr. Linus plays a prominent role, may not explain everything. But it does cover the following much-debated topics: the island's pregnancy issues, the presence of polar bears, Walt's specialness, the relevance of Room 23 and the Hurley bird. UPDATED: YouTube's full clip, which we originally posted here, was pulled down. And so was the Jezebel link we provided earlier. So here's an official, partial clip, provided by Disney. You can't see all 12 minutes of the epilogue here but at least...

By Jen Chaney  | August 6, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Friday List: Ranking the John Hughes characters

John Hughes, the master of teen movies. (AP) | PHOTO GALLERY Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of John Hughes, the writer-director who served as a personal, pop cultural GPS for every kid who attempted to navigate adolescence in the '80s ... or for that matter, who has attempted to do it since. Much has been written about Hughes's impact on Generation X, about which of his movies most resonate, about why Hughes ducked out of Hollywood during the 1990s. In some ways, it seems like there isn't much left to say. Yet it seems somehow inappropriate -- at least to this devoted degree seeker in the field of Hughesian Studies -- to let this day pass without acknowledging the man. Which is why today's Friday List focuses on the 10 most memorable characters in John Hughes films, ranked from No. 10 up to No. 1. Clearly...

By Jen Chaney  | August 6, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Kanye West's 'Power' vs. Eminem's 'Love the Way You Lie'

Two new music videos -- yeah, you heard me, actual music videos -- made their much-publicized debuts last night on MTV. The first was Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna; the second Kanye West's "Power." Which one was the best video of all time ... or at least the better of the two? Eminem's entry features not just Rihanna, but Megan Fox and Charlie Pace (aka Dominic Monaghan) intermittently smacking each other and making out ferociously. Oh, and also people and houses going up in flames: The Kanye clip, or so-called moving painting, gives us sexualized religious imagery, an artistic sensibility and, of course, Mr. West in a position of "Power." So which one makes the most impact? Vote now. poll by twiigs.com...

By Jen Chaney  | August 6, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Emma Watson unveils shockingly short haircut; Robbie Williams set to marry

Emma Watson's brand new hairdo. (Facebook) Celebrity Beat: Emma Watson chops off hair and unveils short, "liberating" pixie cut... Robbie Williams prepares to marry actress Ayda Field this weekend... CBS contract prevents Paula Abdul from returning to "American Idol"... Tom Cruise, now working for scale?... Jack White allegedly blows up at concert, calling crowd "hip mother[bleep]ers"... Rosie O'Donnell returns to daytime TV with show on Oprah Winfrey's network... Naomi Campbell in court testimony denies receiving blood diamonds... Barbra Streisand says she's flattered by Jennifer Aniston's Harper's Bazaar homage to her... Scott Disick, boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian, goes to rehab... Heidi Montag misses "Hills" co-stars (aww...). Pop Culture: Robin Wright Penn to play role in "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"... Entertainment Weekly asks: is James Bond dead?... Seth MacFarlane signs record deal... Will Ferrell to star in Spanish language film... Justin Timberlake to voice gay character on "The Cleveland Show"......

By Jen Chaney  | August 6, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Is it time for a Michael Keaton comeback?

The summer of 2010 could mark a comeback for Michael Keaton. As those who once succumbed to the charms of "Mr. Mom" can attest, Keaton used to be one of Hollywood's more prominent male stars. Though he had his share of flops ("Gung Ho," "The Dream Team"), he also carried comedies like "Night Shift" and the aforementioned "Mom," and brought to life iconic characters like Beetlejuice and the Tim Burton version of "Batman" to life. Eventually -- after a mix of decent films ("The Paper," "Jackie Brown") and duds ("Multipicity" and "Jack Frost") in the '90s -- Keaton's career slowed down. He appeared in "White Noise," which made ... no "Noise" at all. He showed up in forgettable rom-coms like "First Daughter," did some smaller films here and there, and was almost cast as Jack Shephard on "Lost" until it became clear that the part required a long-term commitment. Overall,...

By Jen Chaney  | August 5, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Adieu, Mary Hart: The 'ET' hostess is stepping down

Mary Hart, heads into long "ET" good night. (AP) Mary Hart -- the ageless, perpetually perky longtime hostess of "Entertainment Tonight" -- is stepping down from the show after almost three decades. The Hollywood Reporter says Hart, 59, will step down after the upcoming season of "ET," which begins in September. No replacement has been named, but THR notes that Lara Spencer of "The Insider" is one possibility. Hart may have seemed like a "Stepford Wife"-style automaton, what with that unmovable poof of blond hair, the permanently etched-on smile and that broadcaster-perfect vocal style. But the woman was an institution. She's like the Helen Thomas of entertainment reporters, but, you know, with more of a Barbie sheen and a less combative nature. Without Mary Hart, who else will ask chirpily probing questions of Jennifer Love Hewitt? Who will take the same position of sparkly authority on the red carpet...

By Jen Chaney  | August 5, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Celebrity Booty Reader

The booty of Jennifer Lopez demanded to be read...(AP) ... as did the booty of Lady Gaga. (AP) When I read this post about Old Navy's new Booty Reader microsite -- which allows you to upload pictures of your derriere, then recommends a pair of jeans -- I had the only logical reaction: "How will it evaluate a variety of celebrity behinds?" (Apparently Jezebel had a similar reaction, but only applied the test to Coco Austin, wife of Ice T. I felt a wider sample was needed, if you'll pardon the adjective.) Warning: This entry may break the record for the number of euphemisms for "buttocks," an honor currently held by the Wikipedia listing for Kim Kardashian. Users can submit two pictures of their cabooses, one from straight on and the other in profile, to the Booty Reader, who appears to be the long-lost daughter of Zoltar. Carefully, slowly,...

By Paul Williams  | August 5, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Nigel Lythgoe to return to 'American Idol'; Lily Allen is pregnant; Celebrities react to Prop. 8 ruling

It's officially official: Wyclef Jean will run for president of Haiti. (AP) Celebrity Beat: Wyclef Jean confirms he will run for Haitian president; here's why... Celebrities, including Adam Lambert and Lord Voldemort, react to overturning of Prop 8. on Twitter, while Kayne West Tweets: "Tell everyone at the label only use Gothic or Helvetic fonts for email blast unless I otherwise approve" ... SInger Lily Allen is expecting first child... Coroner: Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack died from pneumonia... Julia Roberts passes on Botox... Naomi Campbell tells judges in trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor: "I was given dirty stones"... Jennifer Aniston poses as Barbra Streisand for Harper's Bazaar... Mansion where Michael Jackson died is up for sale... Michaele Salahi accuses Whoopi Goldberg of "attack." Pop Culture: After much speculation, Nigel Lythgoe is officially set to return to "American Idol"... Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen join the cast...

By Sarah Anne Hughes  | August 5, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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A rom-com rebuttal to Maureen Dowd's NYT column

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in "(500) Days of Summer." (Fox Searchlight) The vast majority of contemporary romantic comedies released by Hollywood studios are unrealistic, unimaginative pieces of candlelight-twinkly dreck. Most moviegoers know this. And as a reminder, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times devoted a recent column to that fact, which she explored via an IM exchange with "Fifth Avenue, 5 AM" author Sam Wasson. Both of them bemoaned the blandness of films like "The Bounty Hunter" and "He's Just Not That Into You," and pined for the days that gave us the winking wit of "Pillow Talk" or the rapid-fire whip-smarts of "Bringing Up Baby." As someone who has been paid to sit through such gems as "Valentine's Day" and "Must Love Dogs," I completely hear what both writers are saying. And I think they're largely right. But I take exception on one important point: the...

By Jen Chaney  | August 4, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A very special gift for President Obama's birthday

If President Barack Obama woke up on this, his 49th birthday, with the sense that something in his life was missing, he can now inhale and exhale with relief. Everything is fine now, Mr. President. Talk show hostess Wendy Williams has indeed remembered to put together a gift basket for your birthday. Assuring her audience that it would find said basket "very amusing," Williams unveiled a variety of presents for the leader of our nation during her program Wednesday, including a pair of Levi's jeans designed to freshen up his existing denim options, a gift card to Five Guys (he loves burgers -- get it??), a Spider-Man comic and a pack of electronic cigarettes, just in case he still hasn't kicked that smoking habit. (Williams also notes, by the way, that those faux nicotine sticks are "really high class as far as the way they look.") All the items were...

By Jen Chaney  | August 4, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Now that Carol Burnett will play Sue's mom on 'Glee,' let's decide on that Super Bowl episode

Meet Sue Sylvester's mom. (AP) Carol Burnett will play Sue Sylvester's mother in an episode of "Glee" this fall, reports Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly. Imagine Burnett tugging on her ear and singing "I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together" while wearing a track suit. The mind reels with the possibility. It's yet another smart bit of high-caliber star casting for the Fox musical, and one that was hinted at a few weeks ago at Comic-Con. During a press conference prior to the "Glee" panel, a reporter asked each of the cast and crew members present who they would like to see make a guest appearance. Someone -- I believe it was creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy -- definitely mentioned Burnett. Those "Glee" people are so clever at making their ideas seem completely spontaneous. At Comic-Con and during the TCA press tour, Murphy and co. also noted that the...

By Jen Chaney  | August 4, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Sandra Bullock highest paid Hollywood actress; Wyclef Jean will run for president of Haiti

Celebrity Beat: Sandra Bullock highest paid actress in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine... Per video above, Wyclef Jean will run for president of Haiti; official announcement to come Thursday... Female producers back Casey Affleck in midst of sexual harassment suit... Gawker settles "McSteamy" video lawsuit involving Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart... Elisabetta Canalis opens up about her relationship with George Clooney... Extra security to be put in place for Naomi Campbell when she testifies at trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor... In wake of Bristol Palin/Levi Johnston split, Palin reportedly moves back in with parents... Kim Kardashian and Dallas Cowboy Miles Austin are reportedly "cooling off." Pop Culture: Is there a chance Ricky Gervais really could replace Steve Carell on "The Office"?... Sean Penn in talks to star as literary editor Max Perkins in "Genius"... Justin Bieber's work on episode of "CSI" praised... Disney Channel casts its next...

By Jen Chaney  | August 4, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston break up

Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin: Off. Again. (AP) | PHOTO GALLERY Breaking news courtesy of People magazine: Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have broken up. Shoot, I forget to tell you to sit down before I shared this information. I'm sorry. That was inconsiderate. Take a minute to breathe while you process. All good? Okay, here's the deal: Palin tells People exclusively that "she got played" by Johnston and that their relationship soured the same day they announced their re-engagement, when Johnston told her he may have fathered another woman's child. (The ex-girlfriend in question has since denied that Johnston is the baby's dad.) "All he cares about is the limelight," says Palin, who adds that she's now moving on with her life. Presumably moving on won't involve a third engagement attempt with Johnston, but hold your breath at your own discretion. So there's the surprising twist: Levi Johnston...

By Jen Chaney  | August 3, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Was Adam Lambert snubbed by the MTV Video Music Award nominations?

The nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards were announced earlier today and featured a record-setting number of nominations for Lady Gaga (13), as well as nods for Eminem (eight), Florence + The Machine (five) and Justin Bieber (one ... wait, one? That kid's getting his own 3D biopic and he gets just one measly nomination?). Here's who didn't get nominated: Adam Lambert. Members of the former "American Idol" contender's Glam Nation are ticked off that he didn't get recognized in at least one category for videos like "If I Had You," in which he sports a mullet ponytail while rocking out on what appears to be the set for the "Twilight" movies, accompanied by cast members from "Moulin Rouge" and "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome." (I mean that as a compliment, by the way): Of course, Lambert fans aren't the only ones irked by the VMA nominations. Lovers of...

By Jen Chaney  | August 3, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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From Martin Scorsese to Helena Bonham Carter, the most surprising entries on Vanity Fair's 2010 International Best Dressed List

Helena Bonham Carter, making it on to Vanity Fair's best dressed list. (Reuters) Vanity Fair has revealed its International Best Dressed List for 2010, an annual compendium of the most elegant, trend-setting fashionistas (and fashionistos) from various realms of the celebrity sphere. Not surprisingly, many of the usual chic suspects can be found on the list -- your Michelle Obamas and Carla Bruni-Sarkozys, your Carey Mulligans, your David Beckhams and, of course, your Lady Gagas. But among the svelte, casually glamorous, lace-and-bird's-nest-sporting entrants, a few people on the list stand out as surprising. Let's examine the ones who might make some readers pause to ponder their thread creds. Martin Scorsese: When I think Scorsese, I tend to think "Raging Bull" or "Good Fellas." I do not typically hum the song "Sharp Dressed Man." But it's nice to see the revered filmmaker on the list. And come to think of...

By Jen Chaney  | August 3, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Summer time waster: Stumping the Akinator

Ali Fedotowsky: The Akinator knows her...(ABC) ... and it also knows Jack Shephard, Landry Clarke and even Millie from "Freaks and Geeks."(ABC) It's a Tuesday in the middle of August. Things are slow on both the Lindsay Lohan and Mel Gibson fronts. You've already dissected "Inception" at least seven times and viewed numerous related mash-ups on YouTube. You need something to pass the time. Enter the Akinator, an online game with a "Web genius" that looks like the distant cousin of Aladdin and swears "he" can guess any real or fictional character currently occupying your thoughts. This addictive online challenge isn't exactly new, but Celebritologists who have never discovered its inquisitive charms should check it out ... then plan to watch most of their mornings spiral down the drain. The less-than-sophisticated Web design may scare you into thinking that by clicking anywhere on the akinator.com page, your mortgage will...

By Jen Chaney  | August 3, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Justin Bieber to star in own 3D biopic; 'Bachelorette' Ali Fedotowsky makes her choice

Justin Bieber, coming soon in 3D. (AP) Celebrity Beat: First Justin Bieber was merely writing his own memoir. Now he's starring in his own 3D biopic, directed by Davis Guggenheim... "Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky makes her final choice on last night's episode (spoiler ahead, obviously)... Lindsay Lohan to go through rehab at same UCLA facility where Britney Spears was treated... Lady Gaga admits she occasionally uses cocaine... Gisele Bundchen says she wants a law that makes breastfeeding mandatory... "Glee" star Lea Michele narrowly avoids horrific car crash... Tom Mankiewicz -- writer of several James Bond films and the first two "Superman" movies -- has died... Conan O'Brien sells New York duplex to president of Discovery Communications, David Zaslav... Pamela Anderson helps with effort to adopt pets abandoned in wake of oil spill. Celebrity Yearbook Photo: See how Christina Hendricks looked pre-"Mad Men." Pop Culture: Paul McCartney tunes to be featured...

By Jen Chaney  | August 3, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Charlie Sheen pleads guilty, avoids jail time

Charlie Sheen arrives at a Colorado court to enter his guilty plea. (AP) Charlie Sheen has pleaded guilty to assault in connection with a Christmas 2009 domestic dispute involving wife Brooke Mueller Sheen. As a result, the "Two and a Half Men" star will avoid jail time. Sheen entered the plea this afternoon in an Aspen, Colo., court and was sentenced to 30 days of rehab -- to be spent at Promises Treatment Center in Malibu -- as well as 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management classes. Two related charges of felony menacing and criminal mischief were dropped in exchange for the assault plea. At the time of the incident, Mueller Sheen said her husband threatened to kill her while brandishing a knife, an allegation Sheen denied. Naturally, outlets from The Daily Beast to E! Online are characterizing this as a victory for Sheen and...

By Jen Chaney  | August 2, 2010; 8:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Justin Bieber to release a memoir

Justin Bieber: author. (AP) If we believed everything we read about Justin Bieber, we'd currently be convinced that he died (at least once), contracted syphilis and is about to embark on a tour of North Korea. But the latest Bieber news does not appear to be another Google-trending meme. Harper Collins announced today that Bieber is publishing a memoir with the colon-heavy title "Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story" that will be be released in October. The book promises to reveal all the details of his "amazing journey to stardom," a journey that, it should be pointed out, has lasted all of 16 years. Hey, remember when people busted on Dave Eggers for writing "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" when he was just shy of 30? That seems kind of dumb right now, doesn't it? But seriously, Bieber has plenty of material with which to fill...

By Jen Chaney  | August 2, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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'Mad Men': Why it's great to see Freddy again

On last night's "Mad Men," Freddy Rumsen -- the joke-cracking copywriter who drank his way out of a job at Sterling Cooper -- made his triumphant return to the AMC series's advertising world by bringing the Pond's Cold Cream account straight to Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and (kinda sorta) getting his job back. It was fantastic to see him again, especially since the last time he appeared he had just gotten fired after wetting his pants and passing out at the office. You know, a typical Monday on the job. Such treatment, especially after Freddy -- played by Joel Murray, brother of Bill -- had clearly demonstrated his numerous, invaluable talents to his colleagues: Suffice it to say, Freddy's return was more than welcome and we hope he sticks around for many episodes to come. Here are five reasons why....

By Jen Chaney  | August 2, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Weekend box office: 'Inception' remains unstoppable

"Inception": still invading dreams and topping the box office. (Warner Bros.) The most intellectually challenging blockbuster of the summer movie season is No. 1 for the third week in a row. "Inception" won the weekend box office with $27.5 million, outdoing all newcomers -- including second-place finisher "Dinner For Schmucks" -- and Angelina Jolie's "Salt." For the breakdown on all the weekend box office winners and losers, including a disappointing performance for talking animals with suggestive names, read on. "Inception" opened with strong buzz and has maintained it, continuing to attract the newly intrigued and, presumably, some repeat customers still trying to put together all the cerebral puzzle pieces in Christopher Nolan's latest. The film has now earned $193 million in North America, putting it in seventh place for the year so far, a ranking that's sure to improve. "Dinner for Schmucks" opened solidly in second place with $23.3...

By Jen Chaney  | August 2, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lindsay Lohan released from jail; Charlie Sheen expected today in court

Lindsay Lohan, out of jail. (AP) | PHOTO GALLERY Celebrity Beat: Lindsay Lohan released from jail after serving 14 days, now en route to rehab... Charlie Sheen expected in court today to face felony and assault charges stemming from Christmas Day incident involving wife Brooke Mueller... Jury questioning begins in drug conspiracy trial of Anna Nicole Smith's doctors and lawyer/boyfriend Howard K. Stern... Dr. Phil buys $30 million Beverly Hill home that kind of looks like the Alamo... Second sexual harassment suit filed against Casey Affleck... Jessica Simpson Tweets picture of herself kissing boyfriend Eric Johnson. Celebrity Wedding-o-Rama: Alicia Keys marries Swizz Beatz in private ceremony on Mediterranean Sea... James Van der Beek weds model Kimberly Brook... Not to be outdone, T.I. marries girlfriend Tameka "Tiny" Cottle in Miami and may repeat vows in two additional cities... As you may have heard, a First Daughter named Chelsea Clinton also...

By Jen Chaney  | August 2, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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