Screen Junkies » JAMES MCAVOY http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:13:15 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Charles Xavier Won’t Meet His Future-Self http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/charles-xavier-wont-meet-his-future-self/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/charles-xavier-wont-meet-his-future-self/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:23:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253763 We won't see James McAvoy wrestle with the knowledge that he'll go bald after all.

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As a site devoted to bringing you up to the minute coverage of all things James McAvoy all of a sudden, we have our second James McAvoy post of the day. While talking to Empire, the young Charles Xavier divulged he won’t share any scenes with Patrick Stewart in the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

“I don’t think we get any scenes together, sadly,” said McAvoy. And thus we won’t get to see the wind knocked out of him when he realizes he’ll lose his hair.

This news makes total sense within the X-Men universe considering that Stewart’s Xavier was killed off in X3: The Confusinging. If the X-Men are to send one of their own (maybe Kitty Pryde) back in time, then Charles Xavier would not be present in that timeline. However, it’s reasonable to assume that the events of Days Of Future Past could lead to the resurrection of Charles Xavier who will then be seen in the final acts of the film. Or maybe Patrick Stewart isn’t playing Charles Xavier at all, but his rad party dude cousin, Tito Xavier. No. No. Then you wouldn’t be able to explain this second wheelchair. My head hurts.

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Now They’re Talking About James McAvoy Being ‘The Crow’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/now-theyre-talking-about-james-mcavoy-being-the-crow/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/now-theyre-talking-about-james-mcavoy-being-the-crow/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:51:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253752 He reads a little too Coldplay to be 'The Crow'.

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After trying and failing to give Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, and Channing Tatum ridiculous haircuts, Relativity Media are now shaking their scissors at James McAvoy. Bloody Disgusting reports they are looking to cast the X-Men: First Class star in their remake of The Crow.

He’d play Eric Draven, a rocker murdered because his shitty songs about the rain suck who returns from the grave to avenge he and his slain fiancee. The original film was released in 1994 at the height of the grunge era and featured Brandon Lee as the gothic, Sandman-like vigilante. There’s no word if the character will be updated to reflect the mood and trends of today’s music, but how great would it be if the Crow we’re now modeled after one of the guys from Fun? He could still dress like he were from the 90′s.

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‘Wanted’ Writers Returning For Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wanted-writers-returning-for-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wanted-writers-returning-for-sequel/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:57:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230339 They're the only ones who can almost make some sense of the story.

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Rumors of a Wanted sequel have circulated since the first films release, puzzling those who saw the bullet-curving action flick (I’m still trying to figure what I watched go down in that movie). Despite the rumors, there’s never been any real traction. Director Timur Bekmambetov has said in the past, “We are discussing ‘Wanted 2’ every month. We are working on it now, but I think it will be after Lincoln [Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter] because James [McAvoy] is working on the X-Men: First Class.”

Some time has passed since then and Wanted 2 is inching forward with the hiring of Michael Brandt and Derek Haas to write the script. The duo also wrote the original which saw bullet-curving ju jitsu, a magical loom that predicted the fate of man, Common acting, and a variety of other things that made little to no sense. We’ll see how the story develops and whether or not any of the original cast return for another astoundingly retarded film. (via The Playlist)

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Start Procuring The Fake Cocaine For The Keith Richards Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/start-procuring-the-fake-cocaine-for-the-keith-richards-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/start-procuring-the-fake-cocaine-for-the-keith-richards-biopic/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2011 20:17:13 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227413 Who ever they pick to play him, they'll have to skinny him up in post.

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After winning GQ‘s “Writer of the Year” award for his autobiography Life (really GQ? Him?), Keith Richards told The Telegraph that there are “feelers out at the minute” for a biopic adaptation, but he isn’t in a real rush to get it going.

Of course not. He’s Keith Richards. It’s not like he’s capable of dying or anything. He’s like Voldemort with a Telecaster.

This news should come as little surprise, as his book was one of last year’s bestsellers, despite a scarcity of depravity and turpitude. For that, I would suggest Motley Crue’s The Dirt. Seriously. So it’s a popular rock star who wrote a popular book that can be shot (possibly) as PG-13. You better believe that’s a nascent film!

The bazillion-dollar question is: Who will play Richards? Here are my good picks, bad picks, and some picks I didn’t consider.

Good:

Keith Richards (especially for younger scenes; that would be hilarious)

Edward Norton

James McAvoy

Bad:

Johnny Depp

Russell Brand

Jared Fucking Leto

Not Considered:

John Goodman

Andre 3000

Phillip Baker Hall

 

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Simon Pegg Wallows In ‘Fear’, While Rosario Dawson Falls In ‘Trance’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/simon-pegg-wallows-in-fear-while-rosario-dawson-falls-in-trance/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/simon-pegg-wallows-in-fear-while-rosario-dawson-falls-in-trance/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:48:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222336 Pegg will play a 'fraidy cat, while Dawson will play a woman who loves art thieves. Plural.

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Rosario Dawson just scored herself a prime role in the upcoming Danny Boyle film Trance opposite James MCavoy and Vincent Cassel, while Simon Pegg is stepping away from the tentpoles to star in the $5 million A Fantastic Fear of Everything.

In Trance, Dawson will play a woman involved with both an art thief (McAvoy) and his spurned accomplice (Cassel), developing what Deadline calls an “unusual relationship” with both men. It will begin filming this fall before Boyle is called upon to direct the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies in London. Will Dawson’s turn here restore her credibility after acting opposite Kevin James in The Zookeeper? I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Of course it won’t.

Pegg, whose credibility is safe for the next 10,000 years or so, is garnering even more points by starring in A Fantastic Fear of Everything. He will play a children’s book author who, in making the transition to crime novels, does research on Victorian serial killers. In doing so, the already cowardly Pegg becomes paranoid that everyone around him is a potential threat to his safety. The film is directed by Crispian Mills, the former lead singer of indie darlings Kula Shakur. Simon Pegg has had nary a misstep in his film career, save for Run Fatboy Run and How To Lose Friends and Alienate People. But he’s done like 600 movies since then, so who really remembers?

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Casting Round Up: Williams, McAvoy, And Wilkinson Are Priests, Robbers, And Villains http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-williams-mcavoy-and-wilkinson-are-priests-robbers-and-villains/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-williams-mcavoy-and-wilkinson-are-priests-robbers-and-villains/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:29:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217685 Robin Williams will be starring in 'Patch Adams 2: The Heart Beats On'. Just kidding. I hope you haven't already smashed your computer.

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James McAvoy is in the wrong place at the wrong time, Robin Williams is gonna bug the hell out of a bunch of A-listers, and Tom Wilkinson will be an over-the-top villain. Let’s get going…

James McAvoy is close to teaming up with fellow Brit Danny Boyle for Trance, a heist thriller that would see him playing a character named Simon who is stuck in the middle of a botched bank job. Michael Fassbender was first attached to this project, but apparently he put it aside when he decided to do every other movie in Hollywood. (Variety)

Robin Williams is also circling Gently Down the Stream, a rom-com that would feature Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton as a divorced couple that pretends to be married for the sake of their kids. Robin Williams will play an obnoxious priest, just like he did in License to Wed. Old Robert De Niro never would have put up with Williams’ B.S., but times hav echanged. The film will also star Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, and Katherine “Buzzkill” Heigl. (Showbiz 411)

Finally, Tom Wilkinson will be gracing The Lone Ranger with his presence as a railroad tycoon, which one can safely read as “bad guy. I am now openly rooting for Wilkinson to prevail over both Armie Hamer’s Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp’s Tonto. I’m tired of seeing Johnny Depp prevail, and Armie Hamer will always be a snooty Winklevoss in my eyes. I hope whatever damsel Wilkinson ties to the train tracks gets run the hell over. (Variety)

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Review: X-Men: First Class http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-x-men-first-class-review/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-x-men-first-class-review/#comments Sun, 05 Jun 2011 22:00:38 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214843 It’s so good, I held my pee for at least 90 minutes because I didn’t want to miss anything.

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Oh my God, I can’t believe how good X-Men: First Class is. It’s so good, I held my pee for at least 90 minutes because I didn’t want to miss anything. Also, I shouldn’t drink coffee in movies.

This is the best prequel ever, because it actually tells a story. It’s not just setup, although there’s plenty of that too. The characters are actually different at this stage of the story, not just younger imitations. Xavier (James McAvoy) uses his telepathy to pick up babes, and has a cocky swagger that’s in no way reminiscent of Patrick Stewart. Mystique as a child is sweet and heartwarming, and once she grows up to be Jennifer Lawrence she’s a lovely lady, not yet the cold, hard edged Rebecca Romijn version.

Kevin Bacon Shows His Skills In New ‘X-Men: First Class’ Trailer

The superpowers get to be delightful at this stage because they haven’t totally become burdens yet. The kids get to train and experience the joy of discovery, like the best parts of Spider-Man and Iron Man. It’s just plain awesome, Azazel teleporting humans to the sky and dropping them, Magneto turning a knife into a boomerang or turning barb wire into snares. It’s beautiful and tragic too. Spoiler alert, but not all the mutants grow up to be X-Men, especially not the ones who don’t have well known comic book names.

The film really emphasizes the practical uses of mutant powers. Xavier even comments that his telepathy is being blocked, like, “Oh well, it’s not working right now so I can’t help you today. Maybe I need to call tech support.” It’s momentous, triumphant, powerful and still debates all that important philosophy. It totally invalidates the prologue of X-Men: The Last Stand but something tells me no one will mind that.

I love the way Matthew Vaughn shoots. He creates Hitchcockian suspense, only instead on knowing there’s a bomb under the desk, we know that Magneto is going to bend some metal. But will it be the gun or the coin or all the metal in the room? Vaughn’s camera captures little details that make the scene feel real, like Magneto’s reflection in a gold bar.

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More obvious details make the world feel even more real than the Bryan Singer films. Yeah, it’s a period piece, but using the period details grounds the film where X2 will still feel generically modern long after 2003. So they play “Palisades Park” in a go-go club and the fashion is disco. Just showing Mystique brushing her teeth gives her a real world context.

First Class is this year’s great comic book movie, up there with Spider-Man 1 and The Dark Knight, maybe somewhere in between them. (Sorry Green Lantern, it won’t be you this summer.) It’s the summer movie I’ve been waiting for. Actually, it makes me realize I might have been settling for others before this.

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See Some Questionably Spoilery ‘X-Men: First Class’ Photos http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/see-some-questionably-spoilery-x-men-first-class-photos/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/see-some-questionably-spoilery-x-men-first-class-photos/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 21:56:28 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=212330 Could use more boobs.

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On the off-chance that you’re not sick of promotional material for X-Men: First Class, here’s another handful or two of photos from the movie. They’re being called “spoilers,” but unless the existence of January Jonesbreasts is a spoiler, I don’t really see it. There’s also a demonic-looking red guy in there, so maybe that’s a spoiler.

There’s also some choice shots of Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Bacon, James McAvoy, and more. So enjoy, and remember: With great power comes great responsib– uh, mutants. (Movieline)

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Watch TV Spots On The Internet: ‘Harry Potter’ And ‘X-Men’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-tv-spots-on-the-internet-harry-potter-and-x-men/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-tv-spots-on-the-internet-harry-potter-and-x-men/#comments Sat, 14 May 2011 03:27:01 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=212179 New TV Spots for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2' and 'X-Men: First Class': Muggles vs. Mutants.

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You know the commercials you regularly TiVO past? Now you can watch them here, on the internet. The wonders of the modern age.

First up, a new 30 second ad for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2. My opinion is: this conclusion will be epic. I don’t know why I think that. Maybe it’s the epic music, the epic explosion sequences, or maybe it’s the fact that they literally call it “The Epic Conclusion.” Who knows? I do know the last Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and quidditches into theaters July 15, 2012.

Second, it’s a new TV spot for X-Men: First Class. For some reason, the Fox marketing department hasn’t shown us any trailers, clips, character trailers, stills or set photos for this movie. Oh wait, the opposite of what I just said, times a billion. Here’s a new compilation of clips to excite your latent mutant genes. Starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, X-Men: First Class evolves in theaters June 3, 2012.

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Stuff Another New ‘X-Men: First Class’ Trailer Into Your X-Hole http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/stuff-another-new-x-men-first-class-trailer-into-your-x-hole/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/stuff-another-new-x-men-first-class-trailer-into-your-x-hole/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 00:54:35 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=209400 Mere hours after releasing a US trailer, Fox has released a new international trailer with some previously unseen footage peppered in. That was Quicksilver fast.

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The movie X-Men: First Class is using its mutant power of releasing multiple versions of its trailer in the same day to… do exactly what I just said.

Mere hours after releasing a US trailer, Fox has released a new international trailer with some previously unseen footage peppered in. If you were wondering whether mutants and humans were gonna collide politically and philosophically in X-Men: First Class, this trailer is your definitive answer. Of course, given that pretty much every X-Man everything is about mutants and humans colliding, the extra lines of dialogue here aren’t much of a reveal. Also, why is the international version of the trailer plottier? I guess us dumb ‘mericans can’t handle too many extra purty soundin’ story-words.

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender star as younger, cuddlier versions of Professor X and Magneto. You can see them and all your X-Friends unite in theaters June 3, 2011.

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New Trailer For ‘X-Men: First Class’ Has Actual New Material http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-a-new-trailer-for-x-men-first-class/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-a-new-trailer-for-x-men-first-class/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:12:21 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=209206 Mutants!

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Check out a new trailer for X-Men: First Class. And unlike some of the previous X-Men: First Class trailers, this one actually has a lot of new and cool stuff. We get more of an idea of the plot, which has the X-Men working with US government against commies in some, presumably ass-kicking, capacity. There’s also a glimpse of Hank McCoy’s transformation into The Beast, and some other stuff too. I’d provide my readers with more of my insightful commentary but instead I’ll leave some of the surprises of the trailer for you to discover. You’re welcome!

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Universal To Brainwash Jeremy Renner For ‘Bourne Legacy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/official-bidness-universal-to-brainwash-jeremy-renner-for-bourne-legacy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/official-bidness-universal-to-brainwash-jeremy-renner-for-bourne-legacy/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 01:45:50 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208272 Every other actor in Hollywood, thanks for coming.

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It seems like every actor in Hollywood was up for the role of the lead in the new Bourne movie. With the departure of Matt Damon, a vortex opened up at Universal, sucking in names big and small, from James McAvoy to Joel “Who?” Edgerton. However, the mighty vortex stopped when it found the actor they wanted: Oscar Nominee Jeremy Renner. Every other actor in Hollywood, thanks for coming. You’re all winners, except not really. Only Renner is the winner.

Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker) will play a character who’s not Jason Bourne in the forth film, which is titled Bourne Legacy. I wonder if further sequels will also have to wedge “Bourne” in the name for continuity purposes, like Bourne’s Shadow, The Bourne Similarity, and Basically Bourne, You Guys. Interestingly, Renner also plays a spy in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, so that begs the question: which studio is Renner really working for? He can’t work both sides for much longer… (Deadline)

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Mutants Won’t Look At Each Other In New ‘X-Men’ Poster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mutants-wont-look-at-each-other-in-new-x-men-poster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mutants-wont-look-at-each-other-in-new-x-men-poster/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 02:20:56 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207873 In Fox's new poster for 'X-Men: First Class', we see Beast, Mystique, and a bunch of non-blue muties all walking in different directions. Or standing around. Whatever.

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Professor Charles Xavier brought together a team of mutants to promote peace and fight prejudices from humans. However, just cause the X-Men are a team, doesn’t mean they have to look at each other. I mean, come on. Some of them look really, really weird.

In Fox’s new poster for X-Men: First Class, we see Beast, Mystique, and a bunch of non-blue muties all walking in different directions. Or standing around. Yeah, it’s a little awkward, but nowhere near the train wreck that was the last set of posters, which featured some ridiculous floating-head-on-crotch action. And I do like the tag-line, though I would have considered switching Mystique and Emma Frost. The White Queen has two things I want to see more up close, if you know what I mean, and what I mean are her long boots and cape. I also mean her boobs.

The X-Men assemble in theaters June 3rd, starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoyJanuary Jones, Kevin Bacon and a soon-to-be-Hunger-Games-ing Jennifer Lawrence. (EW)

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Michael Fassbender Uses Acting Super Powers In New ‘X-Men’ Photo http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-fassbender-uses-acting-super-powers-in-new-x-men-photo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-fassbender-uses-acting-super-powers-in-new-x-men-photo/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 02:47:01 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207652 New still from 'X-Men: First Class' and also a not-yet-officially-released TV spot. See it before Marvel's lawyers do.

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Magneto might be the Master of Magnetism, but Michael Fassbender is the Master of Teeth Gritting and Scrunching Up His Face. Look at him move something with his magnet-powers in this new still from X-Men: First Class below. It’s clearly hard work, though James McAvoy as Professor X seems to think whatever Magneto‘s doing is kinda awkward. As if to say, “ha, okay Magneto. I said I want to build bridges and you’re moving a bridge. So… let’s put the bridge down and maybe hang out at the mansion? Not move stuff humans need?”

Here’s another mutant leak, and I’m not referring to Nightcrawler’s green piss. (I’m assuming he pisses green, though I really have no idea.) YouTubers are struggling to keep a not-yet-released TV spot for X-Men: First Class online, but Marvel and co. keep bringing it down. If the video is still up, you’ll see a little new footage, plus the old footage you love, and a tagline saying there’ll be a new trailer on the movie’s Facebook. I wish I had the power to keep lawyers from tearing this off-line, but not even mighty Apocalypse can battle high-powered lawyers.

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James McAvoy Trades Goat Legs For ‘Welcome To The Punch’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-mcavoy-trades-goat-legs-for-welcome-to-the-punch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-mcavoy-trades-goat-legs-for-welcome-to-the-punch/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 15:11:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206615 He's ready to prove how gritty and British he can be.

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James McAvoy is ready to prove how gritty and British he can be. With his goat leg days behind him, his career has exploded and propelled him to leading man status. Though we’ve been expecting the announcement that he’ll help Joe Wright go all literary again with Anna Karenina, it seems that he’ll squeeze in a smaller crime thriller first.

James McAvoy is joining Welcome To The Punch, a script that placed highly on last year’s Brit List. Helmed by up and coming writer/director Eran Creevy, the story is reminiscent of Heat, with a London detective being confronted by his armed robber nemesis after five years of silence. That plot is said to be just the tip of a massive conspiracy in the tense British thriller. My prediction, the gas stations are behind the whole thing. They set the robber back on the streets. He ends up blowing up gas stations during shoot-outs in his attempts to allude capture. The gas stations reap the benefits of huge insurance pay-outs. It’s text book. (Deadline)

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Joe Wright Casting Everyone You Would Expect Him To In ‘Anna Karenina’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joe-wright-casting-everyone-you-would-expect-him-to-in-anna-karenina/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/joe-wright-casting-everyone-you-would-expect-him-to-in-anna-karenina/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 12:33:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205856 It's a who's who of whoever has worked with Joe Wright before.

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Joe Wright is getting all literary on our asses with his upcoming Anna Karenina adaptation, and he’s hired or is hoping to hire all of the actors you’d expect him to for a literary adaptation. Last we heard, Keira Knightley was his top pick, with Jude Law and Aaron Johnson also up for parts. They are all in with the addition of a few others.

“Keira’s confirmed, Jude Law’s confirmed, Aaron Johnson’s confirmed, Kelly Macdonald’s confirmed, Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed. I’m still waiting on Saoirse and James,” Wright told The Playlist.

Of course, Saoirse and James refers to Seahorse Rainman Saoirse Ronan and James McAvoy. The Wright alums are up for unspecified roles, but it has been revealed that Keira Knightley will play the title role, Jude Law will chill as her drip of a husband, and Aaron Johnson will play the young soldier who she allows to crawl on top of her while naked. When the book was first released, their affair was deemed very illicit by Russian society. So let’s assume things will get pretty kinky. We’re talking Dirty Sanchezes, Glass Bottom Boats, and the potentially-fatal “Cumberbatch.”

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The Conspirator http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-conspirator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-conspirator/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 22:22:33 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25002 Director: Robert Redford Cast: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Alexis Bledel, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline Synopsis: Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the...

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Director: Robert Redford

Cast: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Alexis Bledel, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline

Synopsis: Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

Release Date: April 15, 2011

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Let’s Have A Look At January Jones’ Boobs And Some Other ‘X-Men: First Class’ Stuff http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/lets-have-a-look-at-january-jones-boobs-and-some-other-x-men-first-class-stuff/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/lets-have-a-look-at-january-jones-boobs-and-some-other-x-men-first-class-stuff/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 19:06:22 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=205261 January Jones is doing her part to save the magazine industry.

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To celebrate the ’60s-style mod look of X-Men: First Class, Total Film whipped up four vintage covers that feature the film’s hottest characters. We have James McAvoy‘s Professor X  in a Life magazine -esque profile, Michael Fassbender looking suave for an Esquire send-up, January Jones releasing them, and a group shot of McAvoy, Fassbender, Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence in her creepy Mystique make up.

The art direction of these covers is so convincing that I’m not entirely convinced these actors didn’t actually exist in the 1960′s. I’m going to need to see a picture of January Jones wearing nothing more than today’s newspaper immediately. (Total Film)

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‘Akira’ Casting Shortlist: Pattinson, Garfield, No One Asian http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/akira-casting-shortlist-pattinson-garfield-no-one-asian/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/akira-casting-shortlist-pattinson-garfield-no-one-asian/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 06:07:25 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202894 Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy and Robert Pattinson are all up for the lead role of Tetsuo. If the audition requires shirtlessness, Pattinson's got the experience edge.

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Akira is considered one on the most important works in all of mangadom and animeland. It’s a Japanese classic, which is why it must be written by the Harry Potter screenwriter and star a franchise-carrying white dude. “Must… scrub… all… Japanese… aspects… away…,” said a hard-at-work Warner Bros. They missed a spot, though – all the characters still have names like Tetsuo and Kaneda. Why not Tony and Kyle? Now those are first names I can relate to.

Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy and Robert Pattinson have been given the current draft of Akira, re-written by Steve Kloves. They’re all up for the lead role of Tetsuo. If the audition requires shirtlessness, Pattinson’s got the experience edge. Meanwhile, for the role of Kaneda, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender and Joaquin Phoenix are under consideration.

The story takes place in the very distant future – 2019 – where a bike gang leader must save his buddy from becoming the victim of a medical experiment. Warner Bros. and director Albert Hughes (From Hell) are excited about the new draft, though probably Albert’s co-director brother Allen is not, since he’s been left out of the picture. Or maybe he too became the victim of a medical experiment somewhere in Neo-Tokyo. (Deadline)

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New ‘X-Men: First Class’ Posters Feature Heads Floating On Groins http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-x-men-first-class-posters-feature-heads-floating-on-groins/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-x-men-first-class-posters-feature-heads-floating-on-groins/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 03:13:41 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=115325 The marketing team behind these 'X-Men: First Class' posters have revealed their mutant power: they can create images that boggle the mind with terribleness.

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The marketing team behind these X-Men: First Class posters have revealed their mutant power: they can create images that boggle the mind with terribleness.

I was disappointed in the new Thor posters, but these are far worse. Why are the heads of Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) floating on their own crotches? I get what they were going for: “the fresh faced youngsters will morph into these classic silhouettes… with time.” However, I’d prefer they keep their floating heads inside their pants, thanks.

Let’s hope the film’s more in-line with the kickass trailer than these Photoshop nightmares. Seriously, these could be images from someone’s nightmares, and not in a cool way. More of an annoying way.

The first class of X-Men blast into theaters June 3rd. (ComingSoon)

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International ‘X-Men: First Class’ Posters Reflect Upon The Future http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/international-x-men-first-class-posters-reflect-upon-the-future/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/international-x-men-first-class-posters-reflect-upon-the-future/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:04:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=30757 Once again, the internationals get all the best stuff. Their dorm rooms must look so much cooler than ours. In this case, it's these really sweet X-Men: First Class posters.

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Once again, the internationals get all the best stuff. Their dorm rooms must look so much cooler than ours. In this case, it’s these really sweet X-Men: First Class posters. Using patented “Quantum Leap” style mirror gags, the destinies of both Michael Fassbender‘s Magneto and James McAvoy‘s Professor X are revealed. If only they’d look down….

As you can see James McAvoy becomes bald and wheelchair-bound while Michael Fassbender gets a pretty sweet cape and helmet. And I think he can fly somewhat. Hey, but y’know, that wheelchair has some sweet rims. (FilmZ)

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‘X-Men: First Class’: First Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/x-men-first-class-first-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/x-men-first-class-first-trailer/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:48:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=26167 Our patience has paid off. Finally, a good look at the swinging 60's of X-Men: First Class. Not to mention the little outfit that Matthew Vaughn convinced January Jones to slip into.

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Fox kept us waiting with another Facebook debacle, but our patience has paid off. Finally, a good look at the swinging 60′s of X-Men: First Class. Not to mention the little outfits January Jones was convinced to slip into.

X-Men: First Class takes us back to the early days of the X-Men where you should pretty much forget everything you saw in the other movies. Beast and Mystique are kids, Wolverine is nowhere in sight, and your girlfriend wants to do it with Professor X now. Is that the Brave New World that Charles Xavier dreams about?

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‘The Conspirator’ Trailer Is Knee-Deep In Mustaches http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-conspirator-trailer-is-knee-deep-in-mustaches/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-conspirator-trailer-is-knee-deep-in-mustaches/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:44:00 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=22592 The Conspirator is true story of the trial of those accused in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It also features lots of facial hair.

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If there’s a more fitting project for Robert Redford to helm, he hasn’t found it yet. Seemingly right in his wheelhouse, The Conspirator is based on the true story of the arrest and trial of those accused in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Robin Wright and James McAvoy lead the cast, though if you look carefully, you can find Justin Long rocking a pretty sweet ‘stache. Or you can just look at the attached pic on the homepage.

McAvoy plays Freerick Aiken, a Union veteran who reluctantly defends in court Mary Surratt, the falsely-accused mother of an actual conspirator. Much of the action appears to the courtroom, and the trailer even features the soon-to-be national catch phrase “Our founding fathers drafted a constitution precisely for times like this!”

It’s A Few Good Men for the lambchop set. (Yahoo! Movies)

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No Wolverine In ‘X-Men: First Class,’ Cyclops Given Metal Claws http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/no-wolverine-in-x-men-first-class-cyclops-given-metal-claws/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/no-wolverine-in-x-men-first-class-cyclops-given-metal-claws/#comments Sat, 22 Jan 2011 05:37:40 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21577 There's not gonna be a Wolverine cameo, bub. However, you will get a very different take on Professor X.

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If you were hoping for a Wolverine cameo in the upcoming X-Men: First Class, you’re outta luck, bub. You’ll have to settle for seeing him in every other X-Men movie and spin-off. This and more was revealed in a recent interview with the newer, younger, hairier Professor Xavier: James McAvoy.

In addition to revealing the film’s lack of Logan, McAvoy says Professor X was supposed to be bald in the movie, but studio heads nixed the idea. I guess they don’t want this cool, pretty, badly-Photoshopped cast of mutant freaks to be mucked up by a baldo. This “freed” up McAvoy to not have to do a Patrick Stewart impression, and he gives us details on how the young telepath is different:

You look at the kind of main, defining characteristics of Professor X, of Charlie Boy, and you go, ‘Alright, he’s selfless. He’s a saint. He’s sexless, it seems. He’s egoless. He’s all about other people. He’s all about bettering the world and mutantkind and humankind.’ And so you kind of try and flip that on its head. You don’t make him an evil person, or anything like that, but you make him ego-driven, women-chasing, he likes a good drink. He’s not the reluctant leader that you kind of want all heroes to be. He actually kind of wants to be in charge, you know what I mean? And all of those things, just to kind of show a journey. So by the end of the movie he’s some way towards becoming Patrick Stewart[‘s version of the character], rather than just having the same guy at the beginning.”

Oh, and to fanboys who’ve skimmed over the rest of the blog to find more news about Wolverine’s absence: welcome to the end of the blog. There is no more news. No Wolvie. I suggest you bring your replica metal claws to the theater to make up for his absence. Movie ushers love that stuff. (Cinema Blend)

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The ‘X-Men’ Pics Will. Not. Stop. Coming. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-x-men-pics-will-not-stop-coming/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-x-men-pics-will-not-stop-coming/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:17:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=20894 Matthew Vaughn drops two new images of mutants in action to remedy the negative reaction to the leaked cast photo.

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How can we miss you if you won’t go away, X-Men: First Class? When this week began we hadn’t seen so much as a frame from the film. Now we spend two-thirds of our day reporting on it.

So far we’ve seen a cast photo, a teaser poster, and a few good looks at the film’s mod style. Turns out that the recent glut of images is a damage control reaction to the original leaked cast photo. When you first saw it, you most likely said, “Jesus!” So did director Matthew Vaughn. He tells /Film:

“I freaked out on them yesterday. I don’t know where the hell that came from. I don’t think it’s a Fox image. It’s not a pre-approved image. When I found out, I said, what the fuck is this shit, and Fox is running around trying to figure out what happened as well. I agree. It’s like a bad photoshop, which maybe it was by someone. It didn’t reflect the movie. I was shocked when I saw it. I was like ‘Jesus Christ’…

In order to manage expectations, he released the following images of James McAvoy‘s Professor X and Michael Fassbender‘s Magneto showing off their powers. Just don’t show these to the cast that have to spend eight hours a day in the makeup chair. Those guys need to call their agents.

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The X-Men Get All ‘Mad Men’ In Three New Stills http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/the-x-men-get-all-mad-men-in-three-new-stills/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/the-x-men-get-all-mad-men-in-three-new-stills/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:33:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=18994 These pictures give us what the earlier ones didn't: A chance to see our X-Men looking all mod and 60's-cool.

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Two days ago, we got pictures. Today we get good pictures via Playlist. There should be no question now that these X-Men: First Class photos are official and aren’t the product of a photoshopping fan boy. These pictures give us what the earlier ones didn’t: A chance to see our X-Men looking all mod and 60′s-cool.

First off, we have Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw looking like Chris Walken in “The Continental,” and January Jones‘ Emma Frost looking like a woman with a delicious rack. Notice the wet bar in the back left. “Omit no detail,” say the producers!

Then we have a picture that some would construe as a “metaphor.” We’ve got young Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) engaged in a battle of wits over a chess board. While many might say that this 60′s throwback is a case of notalgia fever run amok, the fact remains that these stills demonstrate a warmth we haven’t seen in this franchise before. So even if it takes some ascots and a wood-and-leather study, it’s well worth it.

Finally, we’ve got the money shot. The group looking like the cast of a British detective series. Reaction to the earlier “official” photo was hostile, and with good reason. If the producers are going to jump along the timeline of the story to give us a fresh look at the characters, a generic, shadowy picture that graces the poster of every superhero movie is probably not called for. These stills convey a very different atmosphere that will probably be the source of more than a few laughs in the film knowing Matthew Vaughn. Ascots for everyone!!!

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Is ‘X-Men’ Cast Pic Fake? Is Spider-Man Jay Walking? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-x-men-cast-pic-fake-is-spider-man-jay-walking/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-x-men-cast-pic-fake-is-spider-man-jay-walking/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:32:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=17656 We've got new photos for both the new Marc Webb Spider-Man and X-Men: First Class. So DC comics can officially eat it today.

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We’ve got new photos for both the new Marc Web Spider-Man and X-Men: First Class. So DC comics can officially eat it today. The Spider-Man shot isn’t an official still. As a matter of fact, it’s hard to tell what it really is. It’s blurry, it’s got a Spider-Man-shaped person running through traffic in downtown LA (filmed to be NYC, of course), and that’s pretty much it. I guess this proves that they are actually filming the movie. Of course, no one doubted that they were filming, but still, it’s nice to be sure. No word on whether the pictured Spidey is Andrew Garfield or a stuntman. One thing’s for certain. It’s not Tobey Maguire. (/Film)

In seemingly more “official” news, we’ve got a somewhat obscured photo of the cast of X-Men: First Class in their costumes. It would appear that Professor X is standing. He could be in a very tall, backless wheelchair, but that’s pretty unlikely. Beyond that, it’s hard to know what to make of their outfits, except for January Jones as Emma Frost. She is looking pretty sharp. (Playlist)

NOTE: MSN has pulled the pic for unspecified reasons, and some rumors are circulating that it’s fake, while others are saying it’s simply “unauthorized.” We will leave this post up until we get some definitive proof, if only because James McAvoy and January Jones are so damn attractive.

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Tom Cruise Unsure If He Wants To Be A Rock Star Or Fairy Tale Hero http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-cruise-unsure-if-he-wants-to-be-a-rock-star-or-fairy-tale-hero/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-cruise-unsure-if-he-wants-to-be-a-rock-star-or-fairy-tale-hero/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 22:49:58 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16964 Tom Cruise is currently mulling two high profile roles that would take him in very different directions.

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Tom Cruise is currently mulling two high profile roles that would take him in very different directions. Playlist reports that Cruise will probably sign on soon as the star of Rock of Ages, a film based on the jukebox musical that has the actors singing rock hits from the 80′s and regularly breaking the fourth wall. Is the nation ready to be directly addressed by Tom Cruise? Would that be more or less scary than a Jurassic Park dinosaur jumping off the screen and eating a theatergoer?

The second film is probably less scary in that it doesn’t have Cruise speaking TO the audience, but is still scary because it’s a Guillermo Del Toro movie called Of the Mountains of Madness. His participation in that film is a little less certain, as he and James McAvoy are up for the same part, and it seems to be a matter of scheduling. The film is scheduled to shoot this summer, so expect a final decision on this one shortly.

Neither of these projects appear to be typical Tom Cruise features, which might be a deliberate move from the actor’s camp to divorce himself from that big pile of crazy he dropped on the American public a few years back. While rock musicals and Del Toro films are hardly the benchmark for sanity, they would offer Cruise a soft landing spot from that couch he jumped on a few years back.

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Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy May Help Ruin Zombies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anne-hathaway-and-james-mcavoy-may-help-ruin-zombies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anne-hathaway-and-james-mcavoy-may-help-ruin-zombies/#comments Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:11:04 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12153 Somewhere, there's a zombie precariously close to jumping over a shark.

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Somewhere, there’s a zombie precariously close to jumping over a shark.

Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy are being considered for roles in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dread Central is reporting. If the rumors are true, McAvoy will play the part of Darcy, and Hathaway will play Elizabeth Bennett.

The film, which will be directed by Mike White and produced by Natalie Portman, is an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s zombification of Jane Austin’s classic tale. It will mark the 324th zombie-related project to be green lit since the mysterious outbreak hit Hollywood in 2007. What makes this particular bout of over-saturation so disturbing is that no matter how badly producers run zombies into the ground, they always seem to drag themselves back up. Stay tuned for Meet the Zombie Fockers. (Pajiba via Dread Central)

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‘Arthur Christmas’ Teaser for Santa Conspiracy Theorists http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/arthur-christmas-teaser-for-santa-conpiracy-theorists/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/arthur-christmas-teaser-for-santa-conpiracy-theorists/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 17:12:33 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=11552 Sony has dropped the teaser for Arthur Christmas, and it's going to have Santa believers buzzin' like they're fly like a bee.

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Sony has dropped the teaser for Arthur Christmas, and it’s going to have Santa believersbuzzin‘ like they’re fly like a bee. It starts off with a Morgan Freeman impersonator (or maybe Freeman himself?) taking us through the frigid landscape of the North Pole like some penguins are going to pop out. Then an elf bombards the camera, trying to get us to look away, but we won’t, damnit. We see a tall lanky dude in the background, who the tweaking elf totally gives away as Santa’s son, and then a red sleigh that looks like an alien spacecraft. I’m freakin’ out, man! Quit messing with my traditional perception of Christmas!

James McAvoy plays Santa’s misfit son, Arthur, who executes an unauthorized rookie mission to get a present that Santa missed half way around the globe before dawn on Christmas morning. It’s a little disconcerting that Santa is just forgetting to drop presents off, but I’m glad someone is picking up the slack. I hope this film doesn’t take an awkward turn to examine Mr. Kringle’s battle with Alzheimer’s. That would not make for a very jolly tale at all.

Arthur Christmas crashes into theaters November 23, 2011.

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