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The “Anti-Fairy Tale” – When are your kids old enough to watch more mature programming?

 

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When our kids were little we tried to keep them away from television as much as possible. I was a stay-at-home mom so I was always trying to engage them with toys, games and crafts. They watched very little television.

One night my husband and I were watching Titanic (back then we watched it on DVD).  We were engrossed in the movie, as well as our daughter who was about two years old at that time. She was fascinated by it and she was really into the character of Rose as well as her “heart of the ocean” necklace. She was so into it that she asked to watch the movie. My husband still chuckle about how she said Titanic and “Jack and Woes” (Woes instead of Rose).

We let her watch it (we made sure she didn’t see any bad parts like when they engaged in sex). We even bought her a beautiful Rose doll and the heart of the ocean necklace.

Anther movie she got into for some odd reason was The Mummy (1999). It’s not a scary movie for adults, but she caught us watching it one time and wanted to watch it with us. She enjoyed that movie too.

Our son has never really been into watching television or movies. Even now that he’s 17 years old. He rather listen to CNN or MSNBC (on in the background) than watch television.

When he was just a toddler I had fallen asleep watching the movie The Ring. When I woke up (a short time later) our on had crawled out of his bed (he was napping too, which is why I fell asleep) and sat on the couch in the living room next to me. When I woke up he was watching The Ring. He was not phased by it at all, but I felt like the worse mother ever knowing that my toddler was watching a scary movie. Thankfully I think he was just too young at the time to understand any of it.

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As a parent, when do you know if your child is ready to watch “grown up” movies and television?  When does a child transition from Princesses and Fairy Tales to zombies and violence? When is a child ready for the “Anti-Fairy Tales?” What I mean by that is movies and shows that don’t feature singing princesses, talking animals, sunshine, rainbows and unicorns (make believe, fairy tale stuff).

Our daughter will be 20 this year and I still cringe when I know she’s going to see an “R” rated movie. She’s legally able to, but as a mom I am not always accepting of it.

Her and her best friend went to see the film Sausage Party which probably should have been X-rated if you ask me. It’s a very raunchy film with A LOT of sexual references and foul language. I wish she had seen something else.

It reminds me of the time one of her friends went to see the film Knocked Up when she was only 9 years old. That movie is VERY inappropriate for 9 year olds. Sigh…

I think the child’s maturity level has a lot to do with it. Our daughter was never really into things like Barney or Sesame Street. She seemed to gravitate towards movies and shows for older children (or adults).

I am NOT suggesting that parents let their young children watch programming with sex, violence and foul language. I think when it comes to shows like The Walking Dead, which is very popular with the kids in middle school, and American Horror Story, which many teens watch – it’s up to their parents to decide if they are mature enough to watch them. I am still not keen on our daughter (almost 20) watching American Horror Story. There is a lot of sex and innuendos in that series. But she’s almost 20, so she’s mature enough.

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When it comes to watching television or movies together as a family I always look for things that are more “family friendly.” Take for example Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (premiereing on Netflix on January 13, 2017). The series is a dark comedy that will entertain older kids just as much as their younger siblings. Even parents will enjoy it.

Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

I had the opportunity to check out the new series. I even asked my 17 year old son to watch with me to get his feedback.

As an adult, I enjoyed the show. It’s a bit corny at times, but in a fun way. I found it to be very entertaining. Neil Patrick Harris is rather scary looking in his role of Olaf.

My son is hard to impress. As I mentioned earlier he’s not a big television watcher. He said it was “pretty good.” Sadly, he’s a man of few words. I did ask him if he would watch it again and he said “yes.”

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is fun and entertaining for both young children, ‘tweens, teens and adults. It’s the ideal “family friendly” series.

The series premieres on Friday, January 13, 2017. I think it’s funny that this dark comedy debuts on the dreaded Friday the 13th. LOL!

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Other Netflix original series that are ideal for families to watch together include Fuller House, DreamWorks TrollHunters, Dawn of the Croods, Some Assembly Required, Dragons: Race to the Edge, Tarzan and Jane and even Stranger Things. I LOVE Stranger Things and I think it’s OK for older children, as well as ‘tweens and teens. I’m an adult and I LOVE that show.

When did your child transition into more grown up shows? What age were they when it happened? Why did you feel it was time?

If your child is still too young, at what point do you think you’ll let them watch more grown up programming?

I would really love to hear reader’s thoughts on this subject matter. I would love it if you could comment and share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

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Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season is now available

 

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Are you a fan of the AMC series Fear the Walking Dead? It’s kind of a spin off from the channel’s wildly popular The Walking Dead series.

Fear the Walking Dead takes place around the same time as The Walking Dead, except they are in a different part of the world.

Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.

Fear the Walking Dead stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Rubén Blades as Daniel, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia, Lorenzo James Henrie as Chris and Colman Domingo as Strand.

Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead Season 1 explored a blended family who watched a burning, dead city as they traversed a devastated Los Angeles. In Season 2, the group aboard the Abigail is unaware of the true breadth and depth of the apocalypse that surrounds them; they assume there is still a chance that some city, state, or nation might be unaffected — some place that the Infection has not reached. But as Operation Cobalt goes into full effect, the military bombs the Southland to cleanse it of the Infected, driving the Dead toward the sea. As Madison, Travis, Daniel, and their grieving families head for ports unknown, they will discover that the water may be no safer than land.

In the second season the group find themselves in Mexico. They are now separated. Travis and Chris find themselves on their own. Madison, Alicia and Strand find some kind of safety in a hotel with other survivors. Nick has made his way to Tijuana where he lives with a group of survivors.

Will the group ever find each other again? Will any of them survive or will one (or all) of them fall victim to the dead that are now roaming the Earth?

I have to admit that the first season was “just ok.” It didn’t capture our attention like The Walking Dead did. That didn’t stop me from tuning in to season two.

I think season two is much better than the first season of Fear the Walking Dead. In the second season there was a lot more character development and we got to know, and understand, the characters much better. Getting to know them on a different level made me feel more in tune with them and their safety.

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Frank Dillane as Nick Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 2, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Richard Foreman Jr/AMC

Nick was my least favorite character in season one. I was hoping they would kill him off. After watching season two I see know that I was too quick to judge his character. There is more to him than a junkie.

The last few minutes of the final episode really drew me in – so much so that I am anxiously waiting for season three to start. It wasn’t a major cliffhanger like that with Negan and Lucille on The Walking Dead, but it’s enough to have me keeping an eye out for news of when season three will start.

Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season comes with all fifteen episodes of the second season, as well as some really interesting bonus features.

  • Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Flight 462 Webisodes
  • Q&A with Cast and Creative Team from PaleyFest LA 2016
  • Inside Fear the Walking Dead
  • The Making of Fear the Walking Dead

The deleted scenes were interesting.

I appreciate that they put all of the Flight 462 episodes in this collection. It’s interesting to see how this whole virus played out. To be honest, the episodes on the plane are truly terrifying. Imagine being in an airplane during a zombie outbreak? Scary!

I also like the behind-the-scenes information featured in both Inside Fear the Walking Dead and The Making of Fear the Walking Dead. It makes you appreciate the series more when you see what goes on behind the scenes to bring it all to life.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray have a run time of 648 Mins and retail for $69.98 (DVD) and $79.99 (Blu-ray). They are available wherever Blu-rays and DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of Fear the Walking Dead? If so, who is your favorite character or what is your favorite story line?

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Countdown to Christmas with the Hallmark Channel (giveaway ends 11/30/16)

 

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It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just days away. We haven’t even finished shopping for our Thanksgiving dinner yet. We haven’t even started shopping for Christmas gifts either. The holiday season crept up on us way too quickly.

The holiday season is my most favorite time of the year. From Halloween all the way through New Year’s Eve has always been my favorite time of the year – even as a child.

I am looking forward to driving around town with my family, checking out the holiday decorations. It’s something we do every year. Many years ago we even started to “award” homes with special titles such as “Most Creative,” “Most Beautiful,” “Tackiest,” and so forth. We usually do that on Christmas Eve, right after dinner. The past few years it hasn’t worked out on that day, so we are planning on doing that in the next couple of weeks.

I am also looking forward to my favorite holiday tunes. There is a radio station locally that plays ONLY Christmas music 24/7 up until midnight on Christmas day. My car radio is already set to that channel.

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Christmas with my cousins and great-grandfather (circa mid-70’s)

I am also anxious to put up our Christmas tree and reminisce about the ornaments for our tree. Each and every one of them has a special story behind them. It’s fun to hang up the ornaments with my husband and children, drink hot cocoa, suck on candy canes and enjoy each others company as we talk about our favorite ornaments and memories of Christmas over the years.

Another thing I love about the Christmas season is watching all the wonderful holiday specials and movies that air through the season. I enjoy the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas and so forth. I also enjoy all the new holiday movies that come out each year on the Hallmark Channel.

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Hallmark Channel is bringing back some delightful movies from past seasons, as well as debuting many new films. One such film airs this Friday (November 25, 2016) at 8:00 PM (EST)/ 7:00 PM (CST) called Christmas List.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

Christmas List stars: Alicia Witt (“Nashville,” “Justified”), Gabriel Hogan (“Heartland”).

Isobel Gray (Witt) plans a storybook Christmas with her boyfriend (Hogan), including a snow-covered cottage in the Northwest, and a carefully composed bucket list of classic holiday traditions. But when the boyfriend goes AWOL, the list proves challenging and a tempting new romance turns her life upside down. Will Isobel have a White Christmas ending under the mistletoe? 

This looks like a sweet movie – perfect for the holiday season. I am looking forward to watching this on Friday, all while snuggled up under a fuzzy blanket, drinking hot chocolate and most likely enjoying the twinkling holiday lights on our tree (we put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving).

Make sure to tune in to Christmas List, this Friday at 8:00 PM (EST) / 7:00 PM (CST) on the Hallmark Channel. Check your local television listings guide for the channel.

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If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit it’s official page on the Hallmark Channel website.

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This is just one of many original holiday themed movies airing on the channel. If you would like to check out the channel’s holiday line up visit HallmarkChannel.com/Christmas.

You can also learn more by checking out @HallmarkChannel on social media as well as the hashtag #CountdowntoChristmas.

Hallmark Channel is also hosting a fun online app called “Season Your Selfie” where you can add festive touches to your selfie. To learn more visit HallmarkChannel.com/Christmas/Season-Your-Selfie.

I did one for myself.

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Hallmark Channel would like to give a lucky reader a wonderful prize package. The prize package consists of;

  • $25 Visa Gift Card
  • Hallmark Channel Holiday Prize Package

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 30, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

PLEASE NOTE – When sharing this giveaway/post on social media please use the hashtag #CountdowntoChristmas. Thank you!

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about what the holidays mean to YOU – AND – let me know if you plan on tuning in to Christmas List on the Hallmark Channel November 25th.

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Kimberly

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‘Tis the season… to watch heartwarming television and movies

 

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The weather outside is “frightful” (it truly is!), and our artificial fireplace is so delightful. And since we are not fans of snow and cold, my family and I will be spending a lot more time indoors the next few months while we ride out yet another winter.

My father and stepmother recently moved to Florida from New York (where we live). I bet they are happy with their decision to move (we’re not… but that is another story).

Being stuck inside can be boring. Thanks goodness for television, books and board games.

Admittedly we watch a bit more television during the winter months than we do the rest of the year. We simply do not want to be outside too long in the cold, and where we live there is really nothing else to do except go to the mall and we’ve done that more times than we care to count.

Thank goodness for Netflix! Netflix offers all of my family members something enjoyable to watch – either together or on our own. Our daughter especially can’t live without Netflix. She’s a big fan of shows like One Tree Hill and Gilmore Girls. In fact, a new Gilmore Girls series is premiering this week – Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. 

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The new series is set a decade after the original series ended. The new series features original cast members Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore. It depicts their lives now and follows them through an entire year (all four seasons).

I now my daughter is especially psyched about this and is already planning to tune in on Friday when it debuts.

FYI…, Netflix released today that 62% of mothers and daughters say sharing TV shows helps build a stronger relationship.

It’s great to watch movies and shows about the different types of families. After all, families come in all different “shapes and sizes,” so to speak. You have mixed families consisting of step parents and step siblings. You also have single parent families with just a father or a mother. You also have families with same sex parents.

In my family I was raised by my paternal grandparents, as well as with my biological father. My biological aunt and uncle are, in my eyes, my sister and brother because that is how I was raised.

Not all families are the same. There are plenty of examples of that on Netflix.

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You have prehistoric families, like the Croods and not necessarily a family friendly family like that on Family Guy.

The series The Fosters prove that you don’t have to be blood related to be a family.

In The Secret Life of the American Teenager, you have someone who was a bit too young to start a family.

The Bluths of Arrested Development overshare a bit too much and the Fullers of Fuller House are squeaky clean and love to hug a lot.

Some families are full of drama, like Switched at Birth and some totally redefine what makes a family like in Baby Daddy

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Other shows and movies about unique families – those that redefine what a family is – worth checking out on Netflix include;

And my personal favorite – the Byer family from my favorite Netflix series Stranger Things (I cannot wait for season two!).

So grab your favorite fuzzy blankets, whip up some hot cocoa and enjoy some quality family time together checking out how other families live and spend time together on Netflix.

You may also want to check out what’s new on Netflix.

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For more information visit Netflix.com. You can also find them on social media.

Do you have a favorite television or movie family? Feel free to comment and tell me about them and why they are your favorite? I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

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Into the Badlands: The Complete First Season, is now available

 

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AMC is known for churning out popular series such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and Mad Men. The newest addition to their line up, Into the Badlands: The Complete First Season, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

To be honest, I’m not a fan of martial arts films. I used to watch Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan films in my youth, but the older I got the less interest I had in them.

Since AMC is known for innovative and entertaining series, I thought I would give it a try. I did catch a few episodes of season one here and there, but I was a bit lost at times since I didn’t see the show in sequence. Still, I found the show to be interesting and entertaining.

Here is the official synopsis of the complete first season.

AMC’s hit martial arts series Into the Badlands: The Complete First Season arrives on Blu-ray™ + Digital HD and DVD on November 8, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Into the Badlands was created by showrunners/executive producers/writers Alfred Gough (Spider-Man 2) and Miles Millar (Spider-Man 2) and executive produced by Oscar®-nominated producers Stacey Sher (The Hateful Eight) and Michael Shamberg (Django Unchained), director David Dobkin (The Judge) fight directors Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) and Daniel Wu (Warcraft).

Set in a world centuries from now, Into the Badlands: The Complete First Season focused on the spiritual journey of Sunny (Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight), a teenage boy who harbors a unique ability, and their growing relationship as teacher and student. Both discover their true purpose and decide to explore what lies beyond the borders of the Badlands, but as their Baron Quinn continues to battle against his own family as well as his rival Baron The Widow, Sunny and M.K.’s journey to a more peaceful existence seems further out of reach.

In addition to Wu and Knight, Into the Badlands stars Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as Quinn, Oliver Stark (Luther) as Ryder; Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later) as Widow, Orla Brady (Dr. Who, Fringe) as Lydia, Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time, The Tudors) as Jade, Ally Ioannides (Parenthood) as Tilda, and Madeleine Mantock (Edge of Tomorrow) as Veil.

The Blu-ray/DVD sets also include bonus features.

  • Inside Into the Badlands
  • Anatomy of a Fight
  • Building the World of Into the Badlands
  • The Characters Of Into the Badlands: The Barons
  • The Characters Of Into the Badlands: The Clippers
  • The Master: Into the Badlands Fight Camp Episode 1
  • Creating Real Kung Fu: Into the Badlands Fight Camp Episode 2
  • Bringing It All Together: Into the Badlands Fight Camp Episode 3
  • Into the Badlands Digital Comic

 

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I found it very useful to watch the bonus features FIRST. I think it gave me a better understanding of the characters and story line. I know it’s not a typical thing to do to watch bonus features first, but there have been times that I have found it helpful to do so, especially if you are dealing with a complex story line or a lot of characters.

The collection has a run time of 255 minutes and it’s not rated. Due to the violence and intense scenes, I would not consider this a “family friendly” series. I’d let my teenagers watch it, but not young children.

If you are into martial arts and enjoy movies like Kill Bill and the Matrix, then you’ll enjoy this series. It has all these elements (and more) wrapped up together in one series.

The martial arts action is spectacular. It reminds me a a lot of the Bruce Lee/Jackie Chan movies I watched in my youth, but with a modern twist with a lot of cool special effects (like in Matrix).

I haven’t had a chance to complete the entire first season (I have two episodes left) but I am enjoying it so far. I’m still not a fan of martial arts, but, this series is more than just that (even though that is the bulk of it), so it keeps my interest. I full intend on finishing the last two episodes and I will look for the new season (season two) on AMC.

I like the characters too. They are a bit “gritty” and intense, but interesting none the less.

Look for Into the Badlands: The Complete First Season where ever Blu-rays and DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of the series? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate Halloween with FandangoNOW (giveaway ends 11/12/16)

 

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Are you familiar with the website Fandango? If you are an avid movie goer, chances are you have heard of it. Fandango is a go-to destination for movie information, show times, trailers and best of all, to purchase tickets.

My family always buys our movie tickets from Fandango. I love the convenience of being able to pick out our seats (depending on the theater), purchase tickets and print them out at home. That way we can just walk right into the theater. There is no waiting on long lines to purchase tickets.

Fandango has a “sister site” called FandangoNOW that offers even more movie fun.

On FandangoNOW you can buy or rent over 40,000 movies and television shows. Best of all there is no monthly subscription required.

You can view movies and television shows on FandangoNOW on Roku, Google Play and various other devices (LG, Samsung, Vizio) and providers (Comcast).

FandangoNOW even offers Free TV episodes from current and past seasons, plus all-new sneak peeks. They are available for a limited time so you should check the site often.

Did you miss last week’s episode of The Walking Dead where Negan’s victims are revealed? No worries, you can purchase the episode on FandangoNOW.

Did your family enjoy Finding Dory and you want to see it again? You can on FandangoNOW. You can rent the movie or purchase it.

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In honor of Halloween, FandangoNOW is offering Halloween classics the whole family can enjoy like Ghostbusters, Jumanji, Beetlejuice for only $1.99.

Part of the fun of Halloween is watching Halloween movies and specials. We love scary movie, but we also appreciate family friendly titles too.

I can’t think of a more fun way to complete a night of trick or treating than settling down to watch a fun Halloween movie together as a family.

Are you still in need of a Halloween costume? FandangoNOW has several great ideas to inspire you. Check out 25+ Halloween Costume Ideas for Families. In addition, FandangoNOW has yummy Halloween recipes from the movies and more – check out the links below!

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Who knew that FandangoNOW had so much to offer.

You can even sign up for a FREE VIP account and earn points with every purchase.You can redeem your points to get FREE stuff and discounts.

For more information visit FandangoNOW.com.

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FandangoNOW would like to give a lucky reader a $25.00 FandangoNOW e-gift card which can be used to purchase or rent movies from the FandangoNOW website. Thank you FandangoNOW.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 12,  2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell what movie/movies and/or TV show/shows you would like to rent/purchase from FandangoNow?

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