September 18, 2018

Kristin Davis Didn’t Miss A Moment To Reignite The SATC Feud

It's been a little while since we've had to think about the drama plaguing the former cast of Sex and the City. Of course, it's not that we forgot it was there; it's just that life got busy. Cynthia Nixon ran for New York Governor, Sarah Jessica Parker just starred in a new film, and Kim Cattrall is working on a new film project in the UK. But after months of relative calm, Kristin Davis reignited the great SATC feud, and all it took was one Instagram post.

On the surface, the picture in question — a lovely throwback photo of the SATC cast at an Emmys afterparty in 2004 — seemed harmless. But upon further examination, it's easy to understand why people freaked out: Cattrall is noticeably absent from photo.

Does this mean that Davis cut Cattrall out? Unlikely, as she reposted from a fan account, and there doesn't seem to be any Photoshopped modifications. Was the posting malicious? Now, that's less clear.

On one hand, you could argue that Davis just really enjoyed the sweet memory from 14 years ago. On the other, you could, reasonably, say that the 'gram was a deliberate move by Davis to further assert her loyalties to SJP. We already know how badly she wanted that third SATC movie, and that she'd probably have it if it weren't for Cattrall's refusal to jump on board. It's not unlikely that she might still hold a bit of a grudge about the missed opportunity to cash in big time.

Was it the right move? Fans are mixed. Some have called the post "tasteless and cruel" and asserted that the women are "real life mean girls," while others strongly defended Davis' right to post whatever she wants on her personal account. Though many fans seemed divided into teams (#TeamSJP and #TeamKim), there were a few scattered throughout who just wanted to remember the series for the good times.

"I love Kim buy [sic] honestly if she doesn't want any more part of SATC, what are the rest of them supposed to do? Not post or talk about the show or awards etc?" one fan wrote in the comment section. "That's not fair to the other 3 who do still care. Love all 4 of the ladies!"

If only life could truly be that simple.

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September 18, 2018

The Emmys Snubbed People Of Color & Laughed About It

You know that feeling when you’ve been called out or you’re really nervous about something, and your first instinct is to laugh? That’s how awarding institutions have been responding to Hollywood’s lack of diversity and a glaring overemphasis on content driven by white people and white voices. The 70th Primetime Emmys did it again, using the same recipe we saw at last year’s ceremony, and even at the Oscars. The show was chock full of jokes about the industry-wide struggle to get diversity right, soliciting chuckles from the audience, and even some viewers. But the dismal number of people of color who actually won awards during Monday's broadcast is no laughing matter.

If true inclusivity was a matter of visibility alone — to be clear, it’s not — then the 2018 Emmys certainly got it right. In nearly every category, people of color were included either among the nominees or as presenters of the award. Michael Che, a comedian and writer for Saturday Night Live!, even co-hosted the event. In a satirical opening number called “We Solved It”, entertainers of color like John Legend, RuPaul, Tituss Burgess, and Ricky Martin — all of the women in the number were white — danced and sang about how TV had figured out the solution to inclusivity. They even had a “one of each” dance ensemble where different identities were presumably represented. They bantered that Sandra Oh’s historic nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series — she’s the first Asian actress to receive the nod — helped them solve their issues because they “got one.” Interestingly enough, “We Solved It” eerily foreshadowed how the rest of the evening would play out.

Taking the stage after a tribute to Betty White, James Corden quipped, “Let's get it trending: #EmmysSoWhite;” a clear play on White’s name that also alluded to the hashtags that are critical of the white privilege at these kinds of events. At this point in the show, nine awards had been given out, all of them to white people. Che later appeared in a comedic segment called the Reparations Emmys, where he sought out and awarded Black actors ( The Jeffersons’ Marla Gibbs, Family Matters’ Jaleel White and others) who never received the accolades they deserved in the prime of their careers. This bit, too, was a bittersweet moment, as the time has long passed for the Black shows that Reparation Emmy recipients appeared in to win any actual awards.

Over the course of the telecast where everyone — including a bunch of people of color — stewed in their awkward laughter about white privilege, only 5 of the 26 awards (Darren Criss, whose mother is Filipino, is included in this number) actually went to people of color. This dissonant experience could explain the utter disbelief on Regina King’s face when she won Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for her role in Seven Seconds; or Thandie Newton’s emotional surprise when she won for Supporting Actress in a Drama for Westworld. I was shocked, too, as I had already prepared myself for Insecure to be snubbed again even though co-creator and star Issa Rae’s character speaks to a generation of women. Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson left us shook with the divorce story arc on the most recent season of black-ish, but neither of them took home awards, either. After so much buzz pre-ceremony, Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh, the first-ever Asian woman to be nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role category, lost to The Queen’s Claire Foy. None of these losses surprised me.

White people and institutions may be the butt of all those jokes about the lack of inclusivity, but the material itself comes at the very real expense of creatives of color who work just as hard as everyone else. They rarely see the same payoff as their white cohorts. In the case of Emmys, people of color can show up for appearances, but most of them don’t get to relish in the actual glow of the event that proclaims many, many times over, to celebrate their work. It’s a problematic dynamic that is reflected even in the leadership of the Television Academy itself. Hayma Washington became the first African-American to hold the position of Chairman & CEO of the Television Academy in 2016. He went onstage Monday night to salute the 70th run of the Emmys and commend the Academy for its diversity initiatives. It was disappointing to know that only a couple of the night’s winners looked like him.

Following 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science made a big deal about restructuring their voting body by inviting more people of color to join their governing ranks. Perhaps it’s time for the Television Academy to feel some of that same pressure. Change doesn’t happen overnight. The road to true equality, in any industry, is turbulent and full of detours that take us out of the way and sometimes backwards. People of color have been on the side of the road for too long, being ogled, addressed, but ultimately passed up. It’s time to wipe the stupid grins off of our faces and do more about it.

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September 18, 2018

Kanye West’s SNL Performance May Be Bigger Than We Thought

On Monday, Saturday Night Live announced the host and musical guest for their September 29 season premiere: Adam Driver and Kanye West. Shortly after, West revealed that that date is also when he'll be releasing his newest project, Yandhi. He posted an image on Instagram that bears a strong resemblance to the cover of his 2013 album Yeezus, and the similarity in names hints that this could be a purposeful follow up.

Def Jam Records, the parent company of Kanye's company GOOD Music, are also stoking the flames of this speculation. Consequence of Sound noticed that when Complex posited on Instagram that Yeezus 2 was possibly coming, the company responded with a handful of peeping eye emojis — saying nothing, but saying everything at the same time.

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So what does this mean for Saturday Night Live? West has a bit of a history on that show, thanks to audio of a 2016 backstage outburst released by Page Six. However, the NBC stage has also been home to a number of debuts, including Cardi B's pregnant belly. Could he also bring out Chance The Rapper in honor of their upcoming collab? Announce his run for office? Admit slavery is real? The possibilities are endless.

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September 18, 2018

Kit Harington Wouldn’t Have A Wife Without Game Of Thrones & He Knows It

At the 2018 Emmy Awards, actor Kit Harington told reporters that he's grateful for Game of Thrones because it gave him, well, his wife.

"It gave me my future family and my life from here on in," Harington admitted, per People. Harington, who stars as Jon Snow in the HBO fantasy epic, met wife Rose Leslie on set — they played a star-crossed couple, destined to enjoy cunnilingus and caves and nothing else. Leslie's character Ygritte exited the show in style, getting shot by Olly (Breneck O'Connor) near the end of season 4.

Leslie and Harington started dating shortly after meeting on the show. They got married this year in Scotland, in a ceremony fit for royals.

As for his "life here on in," Harington's Thrones days — which are quickly coming to an end — will leave him one of the most well-known actors of his generation. Coming up, he will appear in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which is directed by Xavier Dolan. Plus, he's got that "future family" to get started on. Game of Thrones is officially responsible not only for the first TV ice dragon, but also a whole new set of celebrity offspring (presumably).

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September 18, 2018

The 1 Emmys Makeup Trend We Never Saw Coming

Long waves, red lips, cat eyes — these are the classic red carpet beauty looks you see recycled over and over again on every award show red carpet. But once in a while, one or two celebs will break out of the box with something wildly unexpected — and the makeup trend at this year's Emmy s takes the cake.

Stars like Tracee Ellis Ross and Tatiana Maslany bucked the system and paired neon orange makeup with their equally vibrant gowns. It was bold, mismatched, and veered from traditional fall trends — and that's exactly why we love it.

Ahead, check out how the stars brought the heat with orange lips and lids.

Inspired by "bad Sandy" from Grease, makeup artist Daniel Martin gave Emmy nominee Elisabeth Moss a tangerine eyeshadow look using orange and gold shades from two different Dior eyeshadow palettes aptly named Volcanic and Devilish.

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Tracee Ellis Ross not only had one of the boldest dresses on the red carpet, but one of the boldest makeup looks, too. Using Charlotte Tilbury products, makeup artist Lisa Storey first swiped Eyes to Mesmerise cream shadow in Bette, an amber gold, onto the center of Ross' eyelids, and then tapped Hot Lips lipstick in Tell Laura, an orange-red, over her entire lid.

And if you're curious about the lipstick on Ross' actual lips (we were), it's a cocktail of Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips lipstick in Carinas Love and Hollywood Lips in Screen Siren .

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Mandy Moore's longtime makeup artist, Jenn Streicher, created a burnt orange and burgundy smoky eye with a new eyeshadow palette from the Proenza Schouler x Lancôme makeup collection. Using the Chroma palette, she started with the darker brown tones at her lash line before working her way up to orange and nude in the crease, blending everything seamlessly so there were no harsh lines.

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To contrast with her neon green Christian Siriano ensemble, Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany rocked an electric orange lip, courtesy of makeup artist Mai Quynh, who used Illamasqua Lipstick in Flare.

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Like Mandy Moore, Gina Rodriguez showed us how to do a more subtle take on orange last night. Makeup artist Carissa Ferreri, who described the look as "peachy keen" went for a monochrome effect on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

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Kristen Bell positively glowed at the Emmys thanks to makeup artist Amy Oresman, who used a peachy orange lip gloss on Bell's lips called Ever After from JOAH, which goes for just $4.99.

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September 18, 2018

9 Spanish Language Series Everyone Will Be Bingeing On Netflix

Years ago, if you wanted to watch a TV show from another country, you'd have to venture into the shadier sections of the internet for scratchy, pirated versions with shoddy subtitles. For the most part, TV viewing habits were limited to American TV and American TV only. How bland.

Netflix is changing all that. International TV from a variety of countries has never been so accessible. We can watch Danish teens traipse across a post-apocalyptic landscape in The Rain or ghouls haunt an Indian detention center in Ghoul. That said, some of Netflix's best international shows have something in common: They're all in the Spanish language. In fact, the Spain-set show Money Heist is the most-watched foreign Original show on Netflix.

This fall, the Spanish language selection on Netflix will be more robust than ever. The trashy yet addictive reality show Made in Mexico, out September 28, peers into the lives of Mexico's young movers and shakers. Elite, out October 5, is a teen thriller set at a Spanish boarding school. From shows about the Colombian drug trade to family dramas that border on soaps, these are the best Spanish language shows available on Netflix.

El Tiempo Entre Costuras(2013-2014)

When El Tiempo Entre Costuras starts off in the years before WWII, Sira Quiroga (Adriana Ugarte) is a timid dressmaker in Madrid. She's engaged to a nice guy. Her life's in order. Then, she meets Ramiro (Rubén Cortada), a man who compels her to abandon that well-ordered life — then dumps her somewhere in Morocco to fend for herself. All of this is a preface for how Sira became a spy for the British.

Watch It If You Like: Downtown Abbey or Howard's End

Gran Hotel(2011-2013)

Put Gran Hotel at the top of your viewing list. Though Eva Longoria is producing the English language version of Gran Hotel for the 2018-2019 ABC television season, you'll want to see the lavish original first. Set in a fictional Spanish village in the years 1905-1906, Gran Hotel looks at the dynamics that take place between the owners and staff of a luxurious hotel.

Watch It If You Like: Downton Abbey with more sex and murder

Narcos(2015-present)

Modern American TV is obsessed with unlikely men who start crime empires. But when it comes to sheer power and output, neither Walter White ( Breaking Bad) nor Marty Byrde ( Ozark) can compare to Pablo Escobar, the head of the Medellin drug cartel and central figure in the first two seasons of Narcos. Narcos masterfully blends fictionalized drama with an almost documentary-like transmission of fact. You feel like you're getting smarter as you watch. The focus of the fourth season of Narcos will move away from Colombia's drug wars and into Mexico's.

Watch It If You Like: Breaking Bad, Ozark, or documentary series about the drug trade on the National Geographic channel

Club de Cuervos(2015-present)

When his father, the owner of the fictional Mexican soccer team Cuervos de Nuevo Toledo, dies, Salvador "Chava" Iglesias Jr. (Luiz Gerardo Mendez) quickly assumes the presidency. Not that he deserves it. Chava's sister, Isabel Iglesias-Reina (Mariana Trevińo), is far more qualified and knowledgeable, but patriarchal values dictated the decision. Going forward, Isabel will do whatever she can do unseat her brother.

Watch It If You Like: Empire and Succession, shows about family members competing for control of their joint enterprise.

Merlí(2015-2018)

Merlí Bergeron (Francesc Orella) is here to teach you — and his students — about what really matters in life. Merlí adopts an unconventional teaching style for his philosophy class, much to the delight of his students and the frustration of the administration. The show is inspiring, funny, and a consistent tear-jerker. A final caveat: This high-school set dramedy isn't actually in Spanish. It's in Catalan, a language spoken in the northern region of Spain.

Watch It If You Like: Dead Poet's Society

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Money Heist(2017-present)

Money Heist managed to overcome its strange title and become the superstar of Netflix's international content – it's the streaming service's most-watched non-English show. The series follows a group of criminals on a highly elaborate quest to rob the Royal Mint of Spain. But the criminals are just lackeys of the Professor, a masked mastermind.

Watch It If You Like: Ocean's 8 or any similarly complicated heist movie

Las Chicas del Cable(2017-present)

Citizens of the 21st century take interpersonal communication via technology for granted. Back in the 1920s, phone companies relied on workers — like the four main characters in Las Chicas del Cable — to connect phone calls. The women in Las Chicas del Cable, which takes place in Madrid, are at the vanguard of a new kind of life for women, one that's not entirely confined to domestic matters.

Watch It If You Like: Mad Men or Call the Midwife, which are also period pieces about women navigating workplace environments.

Ingobernable(2017-present)

Let me be reincarnated with the strength and general badass disposition of Emilia Urquiza (Kate del Castillo), the (fictional) first lady of Mexico. In the first episode of this gripping political thriller, all hell breaks loose, to put it briefly. Emilia's husband, Diego Nava, is assassinated, and Emilia and her children are put in danger – and she's accused of the crime. Emilia then has to save her family and her family name.

Watch It If You Like: Shows that focus on wives cleverly eclipsing their powerful husbands, like House of Cards and The Good Wife

La Casa de las Flores(2018-present)

All happy families are alike, but all dramatic families are different in their drama. That's the famous line, right? Well, the drama in La Casa de las Flores is particularly entertaining. The de la Mora family owns Mexico's most high-end floral shop called, unsurprisingly, La Casa de las Flores. When Roberta, the mistress of the de la Mora family patriarch, dies, she leaves behind a whopper of a secret: her very existence.

Watch It If You Like: Dynasty or Succession, shows about similarly sprawling, privileged families.

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September 18, 2018

Are Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin Married? TMZ & Alec Baldwin Disagree

Another day, another opportunity to be entirely confused by the Justin Bieber-Hailey Baldwin marriage mystery. Last week, TMZ reported that the two lovebirds — who have kept fans on their toes over the past few months with their whirlwind romance and engagement — were spotted at the New York City Clerk's Office fetching their marriage license.

Shortly after that report came out, Baldwin tweeted (then deleted) a statement saying that she wasn't married yet. Well, that may no longer be the case, if we're to believe her uncle, Alec Baldwin.

While on the Emmys red carpet, Baldwin, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work on Saturday Night Live, told Access that his niece and the Biebs were officially a married couple.

"They just went off and got married," he told the outlet.

Married. As in they promised to stay together "'till death do us part," even if Bieber continues to wear the most embarrassing outfits imaginable in public. So what happened to their plans? Baldwin told The Cut she dreamed of having her wedding in the woods, illuminated by strings of lights and a sky filled with stars. She'd even selected her bridesmaids! But, as she told outlet, "When you know it's right, it's right"!

And Bieber had plans, too. Post Malone was supposed to throw him a celebratory pre-wedding party. Will Malone's offer still stand now that Bieber's reportedly tied the knot? Or, will Bieber and Baldwin jump right into the nitty-gritty of marriage (i.e. joint tax filings, name changes, and sharing household chores)?

Of course, this news hasn't actually been confirmed. Alec Baldwin declined to comment, and neither Hailey Baldwin nor Bieber's reps immediately responded to Refinery29's requests for comment.

Additionally, TMZ now reports that sources close to the couple have refuted Baldwin's Emmy claims, saying that the model and singer are absolutely not married.

So, which is it? Are they bound by eternal wedded bliss, or are they riding out their 60-day marriage license until they make more concrete plans? As much as we want to be (and are!) happy for them, this game of "are they or aren't they" is getting old fast.

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What Makes The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Emmy Wins So Monumental

Well, there's a new comedy star in town, and its name is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. While series like Atlanta, Barry, and Glow had quite a bit of buzz going into Emmys night, Amazon Video’s period piece newbie, about a wealthy 1950s housewife named Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) turning to stand-up comedy after her husband’s marriage-ending affair, performed an admirable coup. The Amy Sherman-Palladino-created series took home the coveted Outstanding Comedy award, along with the comedy statues for writing, directing, lead actress (congrats, Rachel Brosnahan!), and supporting actress (congrats, Alex Borstein!). Maisel also won two awards at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month: Outstanding Editing and Casting in the comedy race.

Maisel, a series about a 26-year-old mom finding herself, and unapologetically wearing gorgeous 1950s gowns and recommending lipsticks along the way, has literally been named our best comedy right now; it has the historic stack of Emmys to prove it. Although this decade has arguably been one of women-led comedies, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ’s near Emmys streak suggests we’ve officially entered a new era of television.

In the Emmys' 70-year history, we’ve learned comedies about young women can certainly get recognition — they simply can’t also be light and fluffy à la Maisel. The Mary Tyler Moore show was groundbreaking in the '70s, giving television one of its first-ever true depictions of a single and thriving working woman, so it was invited to the Emmys party. It even made writer Treva Silverman one of the first women to ever win the comedy writing Emmy. Audiences didn’t get another series that both won major Emmys gold and was about a woman under 40 until Ally McBeal ’s 1999 win for Outstanding Comedy, followed by Sex And The City ’s win two years later. Both series, like Mary Tyler Moore before it, changed the way we looked as single women, sex, and relationships forever. They were unprecedented. And they were all created by men.

The fourth and only other comedy to join these ranks before Maisel is Tina Fey’s 30 Rock. The iconic NBC comedy was purposefully anti-fluff. The entire gag was how unfeminine Liz Lemon (Fey) could be in an industry that prizes blonde-haired fembots. The TV writer was cerebral, unexcited by sex 98% of the time, and far more interested in working on her night cheese than almost anything else. Neither 30 Rock ’s far lighter network sibling Parks & Recreation(carried by Amy Poehler), nor its weirder Tina Fey-created soul sister Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt(where Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski own the show), ever won Outstanding Comedy, or even a writing or directing statue.

Series about women that lack any kind of corresponding dark edge or revolutionary narrative have traditionally been written off as weightless confections not worthy of serious awards show consideration. While the middling Everybody Loves Raymond, about a guy and his family, has two Outstanding Emmy statues, series like The Mindy Project, Jane The Virgin, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend never received nominations. One of the greatest casualties of this kind of television prejudice just so happens to be Amy Sherman-Palladino’s beloved, unabashedly fun and feminine WB saga, Gilmore Girls. The youthful mother-daughter series, which premiered in 2000, helped usher in the current era of women-led dramedies that includes everything from Orange Is The New Black to Glow.

But, during Gilmore's eight-year run, the fast-talking, coffee-slurping, women-powered series only received one Emmy nomination: Outstanding Makeup. Makeup. For a series that, like fellow famously wordy early aughts show The West Wing, would have monologues and chunks of dialogue that went on for pages.

The West Wing received 87 Emmy wins for is chatty ways and 227 total nominations. Gilmore Girls got that sole makeup nod — and lost. Although Sherman-Palladino was never recognized for her tireless work on a sunny series like Gilmore Girls, it’s difficult to imagine the WB dramedy wouldn’t even net a glancing writing nod in the day and age of the Marvelous Midge Maisel.

That is what makes Maisel so special — it is a confection, it is sunny, it is young, it didn't have the burden of changing the world, and it still went home with a truckload of Emmys. Yes, the series delves into some dark places — after heroine Midge's marriage crumbles, her first forays into standup are more like “public breakdowns” than crafted comedy, her portrayer told Refinery29 last November — it never actually becomes dark.

Rather, it’s a sumptuous series filled with classic Amy Sherman-Palladino staccato dialogue that will make you smile. The series has a rom-com heart with its exploration of Midge and her estranged husband Joel’s (Michael Zegen) marriage. Even the conceit of the series, a woman needs to accept a strings-attached offer from her wealthy, judgmental parents after life throws her a curveball, is pulled straight out of the Gilmore Girls playbook. The only difference here is, Midge and manager-turned-BFF Susie Myerson (Emmy-winner Alex Borstein), are the true love story of this tale, rather than the mother-daughter relationship of Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham). Finally, such lovable antics have been deemed award-worthy rather than labeled as eye roll-worthy drivel and forgotten.

As star Rachel Brosnahan pointed out to Refinery29 following the premiere of her series, Maisel 's ability to keep things breezy while remaining a prestigious series is one of its greatest strengths. “This show has an optimistic view of the world,” she said over the phone.

“I think hopefully it highlights … some of the battles [women are] still fighting today both inside and outside of comedy, it makes you think, and it also makes you feel hopeful about the future.”

Maisel ’s ability to remain light while being thoughtful may be the reason the comedy dominated in its first awards show. “It’s a show filled with a lot of joy,” Brosnahan continued. “The world is so terrible right now in so many different ways. That this show is one piece of what we need, it’s certainly something I’m craving.”

It’s something apparently a lot of people in the Television Academy were also craving. And with Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 set to premiere this fall, we’ll see if voters continue to crave it with a hunger worthy of yet another year of Emmys domination in 2019.

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Hurricane Florence: Stranded pets get rescued from floodwaters in North Carolina

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