Screen Junkies » the dictator http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:21:23 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Flula Gets Comedy Tips From The Cast Of ‘The Dictator’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/sjs-own-flula-gets-comedy-tips-from-the-cast-of-the-dictator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/sjs-own-flula-gets-comedy-tips-from-the-cast-of-the-dictator/#comments Tue, 15 May 2012 21:41:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=248712 I'll say this: Ben Kingsley's a good sport.

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I’m guessing Ben Kingsley has seen some shit in his life, but the look that pops up on his face when Flula does his spastic introduction sets the tone for this entire video, filmed during The Dictator junket. While Sir Ben seems to just hang back and watch it all unfold, co-star Jason Mantzoukas goes all in to help our Flula be the best comedian he can be.

When he’s not mangling idioms, Flula can be found making obscure references to “Sister Greta” and Throw Momma From The Train. Oh, and if you make it to the end, you get Anna Faris, who’s way better looking than these other two dudes. Sorry, Sir Ben and Jason.

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In Honor Of ‘The Dictator’: 7 More Outrageous Sacha Baron Cohen Stunts http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-the-dictator-7-more-outrageous-sacha-baron-cohen-stunts/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-the-dictator-7-more-outrageous-sacha-baron-cohen-stunts/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:43:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246276 He's such a butterfingers.

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After much staged back and forth, the Academy finally decided to allow Sacha Baron Cohen to show up dressed like that guy from Chromeo. Or, I guess he was actually in costume as his character from The Dictator. He naturally showed up in style with gorgeous women on his arm and a good friend in his hands… the ashes of deceased leader Kim Jong Il.
While discussing the evening with Ryan Seacrest, Baron Cohen’s Dictator took the opportunity to dump the ashes all over Ryan Seacrest.
Seacrest was visibly angry about the incident but should just relax. It could have gone a lot worse. As evidenced by these seven Sacha Baron Cohen stunts.

Eminem at VMAs


Sacha Baron Cohen is no stranger to commandeering awards shows for his public pranks. While promoting Bruno at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Cohen soared high above the crowd wearing angel wings and a thong. When his high-wire harness malfunctioned, he fell into the audience. Upside down, his balls landed directly on Slim Shady’s chin. The angry rapper pushed the comedian off of him and stormed out of the ampitheatre.

It was revealed to be a stunt devised with Eminem‘s full participation after Baron Cohen wasn’t later found in the trunk of a car at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

Bruno Interviews Ron Paul



In disguise as the flamboyant television host Bruno, Baron Cohen sat down for an interview with then Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Rather than discussing Paul‘s economic ideas, Bruno tries to seduce the Gentleman from Texas into making a sex tape with him. Even going so far as to drop trou in front of him. Paul storms out of the room shouting, “This guy is a queer!” At first Paul thought he was just acting European.

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Dictator Responds To Being Banned From Oscars http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/sacha-baron-cohens-dictator-responds-to-being-banned-from-oscars/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/sacha-baron-cohens-dictator-responds-to-being-banned-from-oscars/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2012 19:55:17 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=246097 Ugh, it's so hard to care.

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After being banned from the Academy Awards a few days ago, Cohen has scrambled to issue this video rebuttal, claiming that their would be dire consequences for the Academy if they didn’t give him back his tickets. While the premise is funny, he comes across as a little trigger happy with the puns, which is rarely the hallmark of high comedy.

Based on the trailer for The Dictator, it was a fear that Sacha Baron Cohen was going for something a little less-cerebral than he did with Borat and Bruno. It seemed as though the film was relying a little too hard on caemos and pop-culture references to compete with Cohen’s earlier faux-docs.

It’s still pretty funny, but not what we know to be “Sacha Baron Cohen” funny. Take a look.

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Oscars Ban Sacha Baron Cohen Because They Hate Fun http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/academy-pulls-sacha-baron-cohens-oscar-tickets-because-they-hate-fun/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/academy-pulls-sacha-baron-cohens-oscar-tickets-because-they-hate-fun/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:15:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245934 The Academy must be trying to set some sort of record for how terrible and self-important an organization can be.

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It sounds like an Onion headline, but I’m not clever enough to write for them, so that means it’s just a sad, true story. Deadline is exclusively reporting that the Academy of Motion Picture Blah Blah Blah has pulled Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Oscar tickets unless he can assure them that “nothing is going to happen on the red carpet.” Yeah. Like anything of note has ever happened on the red carpet. It’s the most boring parade of self-congratulation that exists in the world. God forbid Sacha Baron Cohen mess that up.

It’s been rumored that Cohen was going to appear at the Oscars in full Dictator garb to promote his upcoming movie. Or just to be funny. Well, the Academy is having none of it. This ceremony, which lost its first director and host because someone called someone else a fag, will not suffer any indignities.

This night will not be mired in Muppets, humor, or irreverence. If the audience wants to have fun, they can clap for pictures of dead people, like they always do.

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Megan Fox Is Less Hairy Than The Kardashians In ‘The Dictator’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/megan-fox-is-less-hairy-than-the-kardashians-in-the-dictator-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/megan-fox-is-less-hairy-than-the-kardashians-in-the-dictator-trailer/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:00:16 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=239744 Has Sacha Baron Cohen pulled a 'Love Guru'?

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With Ali G: Indahouse, Borat, and Bruno under his belt, Sacha Baron Cohen had to branch out to find a new character for his next film. He obviously couldn’t pull from his highly-recognizable stable, so he invented The Dictator, a harsh ruler who travels to America to make sure democracy doesn’t find its way to his land. And guess what? His performance is so enveloped that he fooled everybody. Even John C. Reilly, Megan Fox, and Barack Obama didn’t realize their legs were being pulled. They all thought he was an actual dictator!! Dude’s a chameleon, that guy.

Additionally, some are complaining about the content of this trailer, calling it unimpressive and unfunny with its Kardashian jokes and repeated gibberish gag. But I urge you to keep in mind that this is probably one for the middle states. The actual film is likely rife with edgy, inventive humor. This is just the way of tricking “those people” into the theater. If I’m wrong, I should also remind you that a woman shatters bricks with her breasts in this movie. That earns the ticket of admission price right there.

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7 Evil Movie Dictators Who Should Be Shot In The Street http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-evil-movie-dictators-who-should-be-shot-in-the-street/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-evil-movie-dictators-who-should-be-shot-in-the-street/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:45:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233137 These guys are total d-bags.

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Earlier today, rebel forces dragged Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi into the streets and publicly executed him. Not looking so tough now, Occupy Wall Street.

Gaddafi ruled over Libya for 42 years until his people grew tired enough of his rule that they banded together and ousted him. This, of course, is one of the risks of dictatorship. The trade-off is that you get to live in a palace and keep lions as pets. Still, you could do that as a heavyweight boxer too. I guess dictating requires less hours in the gym.

The point that I should have got too dozens of words ago is that dictators are bad. Movies taught me that. In fact, why don’t you go ahead and read the seven evil movie dictators that deserve to be shot in the street. If you want to that is. No pressure from me. It’s a free country.

M. Bison – Street Fighter

M. Bison is proof that powe taken by force corrupts the soul. He started his evil career in the drug trade like so many others do, and rose through the ranks to the position of drug lord. With a fictional South East Asian nature under his thumb, it wasn’t long before he took the title of General and held humanitarians for ransom.

Bullies like this make me ill. And Jean Claude Van Damme can’t always be around to give them their comeuppance. It’s up to us — we, the people — to band together and shut down a threat like this. No matter the cost.

General Garza – The Expendables

As far as brutal dictators go, General Garza is kind of a pussy. He’s easily pushed around by Eric Roberts and Stone Cold. Hey Garza, whose island is it anyway?! He deserved to be dragged into the street because of this lack of force. Oppress or get off the pot!

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Casting Round-Up: Cusack, Rudd, Novak, and Forte http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-cusack-rudd-novak-and-forte/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-cusack-rudd-novak-and-forte/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:04:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219884 John Cusack subs for Tobey Maguire in 'The Paperboy,' and Paul Rudd invents his very own home cryogenics system.

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John Cusack is taking over Tobey Maguire‘s The Paperboy job. He’ll play a man convicted to death row for the murder of a sheriff in Lee Daniel’s follow-up to Precious. (Variety)

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Will Forte has joined Julianne Hough in Rock Of Ages. He’ll play Mitch Miley, a lead anchor of a network news show. The role was not part of the stage musical, and oddly won’t require cross-dressing or male nudity, but may involve karaoke. So at least he’ll be embarrassed one way or another. (THR)

The Office‘s BJ Novak has taken a small role in Sacha Baron Cohen‘s The Dictator. There’s a 90% chance he’ll end up with balls in his face. (The Playlist)

Paul Rudd will star in Errol Morris’s second narrative film We Froze the First Man. In the film, he’ll play a 1960′s television repairman who develops his own cryogenic freezing technology. He’s way more ambitious than that lazy Maytag repair dickhead. (/Film)

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Casting Round Up: Rachel Bilson, J.B. Smoove, And The Guy That Played Xerxes in ’300′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-rachel-bilson-j-b-smoove-and-the-guy-that-played-xerxes-in-300/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-rachel-bilson-j-b-smoove-and-the-guy-that-played-xerxes-in-300/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 19:49:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219099 'What to Expect...' takes another poor soul, while J.B. and Rachel bring the funny to a couple actual comedies.

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What do these three actors have in common? As usual, absolutely nothing, other than the fact that they got work in the pas 24 hours or so. Hang on…

Rodrigo Santoro, who made a name for himself as the badass, heavily pierced Xerxes in 300, has gone decidedly less badass in his next role as J. Lo’s husband in the pregnancy ensemble romcom What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Wow. That sentence just sent a wicked chill down my spine. Say a prayer for poor Rodrigo before you go to bed tonight. (THR)

In happier, more sensible news, J.B. Smoove, most known for his uproarious (and I NEVER use that word) Curb Your Enthusiasm character Leon Black, will takes his talents to Sacha Baron Cohen‘s The Dictator. Unfortunately, they’ve decided to make the details of this move a closely guarded secret, so we’ll have to just assume that Smoove’s character will be some sort of awesome guy. Deal?

The comedy all-star parade previously known as The Hand Job (now known as the more marketable The To Do List) adds two one familiar name and one familiar face to its roster. The sex comedy starring Aubrey Plaza added Rachel Bilson and the ubiquitous Agent Coulson of the Marvel films universe, Clark Gregg. These two will join (deep breath) Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Donald Glover, Connie Britton, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Scott Porter, D.C. Pierson and Dominic Dierkes. (Playlist)

 

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Megan Fox And John C. Reilly Popping Up In Sacha Cohen’s ‘The Dictator’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/megan-fox-and-john-c-reilly-popping-up-in-sacha-cohens-the-dictator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/megan-fox-and-john-c-reilly-popping-up-in-sacha-cohens-the-dictator/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 23:52:46 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217243 Reilly will be playing a bikini model and Fox will be playing a lovable oaf. Wait. That can't be right...

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In case The Dictator’s Sacha Baron Cohen‘s looks don’t do it for you in the sex appeal department, he has recruited some help via a cameo from Megan Fox. And in the unlikely event that Ms. Fox doesn’t do it for you, he called in the big guns with…John C. Reilly?

Ok, Reilly probably didn’t make the cut due to his looks, but he’s developed the comedic chops to join forces with the Borat juggernaut. Fox, on the other hand, has just begun wetting her beak in comedy with Friends with Kids and Judd Apatow‘s This Is Forty.

It’s not known whether the stars will play themselves or the extent to which they will be featured in The Dictator, but a little Megan Fox is better than no Megan Fox. Ditto for Reilly, as he will no doubt play a great befuddled foil to most anything Cohen has up his sleeve. (THR)

 

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First Official Look At Sacha Baron Cohen As ‘The Dictator’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-official-look-at-sacha-baron-cohen-as-the-dictator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-official-look-at-sacha-baron-cohen-as-the-dictator/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:16:30 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215509 He looks like Hipster Abraham Lincoln.

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Put down your bread-wrapped deli meats and lunchtime corn-based snacks. It’s time that we look at the first official image of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s The Dictator. Together. As a family.

In the picture, Cohen looks like he could easily pass as a member of Chromeo. Give him a keytar and he could probably put on a private concert for the president of the fan club and they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. The comedian stars in dual roles in the Larry Charles-directed film which co-stars Anna Faris. One as a goat herder and the other as a deposed leader who get lost in America. I’m going to venture to guess this is not a still of the goat herder. Unless they give out medals for that now. In which case, oopsie. (Huffington Post)

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Anna Faris In Sexy Talks To Star In Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Dictator’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anna-faris-in-sexy-talks-with-sacha-baron-cohen-to-star-in-the-dictator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anna-faris-in-sexy-talks-with-sacha-baron-cohen-to-star-in-the-dictator/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 01:21:39 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210116 Faris has been offered the lead female role in 'The Dictator'. Will it be one of the rare, funny Anna Faris movies?

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When last we heard about Sacha Baron Cohen‘s The Dictator, they were looking for a female lead between Anna Faris, Gillian Jacobs and Kristen Wiig. Surprisingly, it looks like the hottest of those three ladies is gonna take the role. I’ve never heard of something like that happening before.

Faris has been offered the lead female part in The Dictator: an organic food store owner who meets Cohen’s ruthless dictator as he wanders around New York City. Who better than a hot girl Cohen’s character totally likes to tell him that his dictator ideas might not be so cool? A handful of boobage helps the messages go down. That was the original lyric in Mary Poppins, but they changed it for some reason.

The Dictator will be directed by Larry Charles, and Paramount‘s film is looking to invade theaters May 11, 2012. (Deadline)

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Ben Kingsley Bravely Returns To Comedy With ‘The Dictator’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-kingsley-bravely-returns-to-comedy-with-the-dictator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-kingsley-bravely-returns-to-comedy-with-the-dictator/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:19:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209594 He's finally over 'The Love Guru'.

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Ben Kingsley was left a raw, broken shell by the failure of his last comedy The Love Guru, but the veteran actor has found his strength and is ready to act zany again. He’ll be joining Sacha Baron Cohen for his next probably hilarious but criminally underrated film The Dictator.

In the film, Baron Cohen stars in dual roles. One, as a heroic dictator who risks life and limb to ensure that democracy never comes to the country he rules over with an iron fist. The other, a goat herder. His Hugo Cabret bro (HuBRO CaBRO?) Ben Kingsley will play a Middle Eastern character who “factors into the plot.” Oh good. I’d be really let down if his character didn’t belong in the film. It would be weird if he were reading lines from the wrong script. Especially if that script were A Sound Of Thunder. Man, how can be knighted after appearing in so many turds??

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Kristen Wiig And Anna Faris Both Want Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Dictator’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kristen-wiig-and-anna-faris-both-want-sacha-baron-cohens-dictator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kristen-wiig-and-anna-faris-both-want-sacha-baron-cohens-dictator/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 01:40:38 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209419 Sacha Baron Cohen is holding court to determine who will be in his latest movie 'The Dictator'. These actors will try to curry Cohen's favor, and have their rivals... eliminated.

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Sacha Baron Cohen is holding court to determine who will be in his latest movie The Dictator. The following actors will try to curry Cohen’s favor, and have their rivals… eliminated.

Anna FarisKristen Wiig and “Community” star Gillian Jacobs are all vying for the female lead. Wiig is doing so with awkward line readings and tiny plastic hands. However, Cohen and his producers are still looking around, so a three-way cat fight between them might be for naught. Well, you might be able to sell the DVD of the fight itself, at least.

Meanwhile, Jason Mantzoukas “The League“) is in negotiations to play the sidekick to Cohen’s lead. Apparently his ability to improvise, or “generate top-of-the-head make-’em-ups,” as theater people call it, is highly valued for this loosely scripted movie. The plot is described as “the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” I’m sure Paramount is just wondering how big the merchandising potential will be, and whether or not we see a penis swinging around on-screen, up close.

Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno), an important member of the Cohen Crew, returns to direct.

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘The Dictator’ Gets A Release Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sacha-baron-cohens-the-dictator-gets-a-release-date/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sacha-baron-cohens-the-dictator-gets-a-release-date/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:51:02 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=20948 We've previously reported that Sacha Baron Cohen and Larry Charles were working The Dictator. Now the actual release date has been announced.

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We’ve previously reported that Sacha Baron Cohen and his Borat conspirator Larry Charles were working on a comedy called The Dictator, in which Sacha Baron Cohen would play a dual role, that of a deposed foreign dictator and a goat herder. Now the actual release date has been announced: May 11, 2012. And we even have more info on the plot, for those of you who like to know about everything that happens in a movie before you go (or don’t) see it:

“The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel, Zabibah and The King, by Saddam Hussein.”

OK, so apparently Saddam Hussein wrote a romance novel, which is now (loosely, I resume) serving as an inspiration to a comedy by Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen. So a novel written by a dictator that is not about a dictator is being loosely adapted into a movie about a dictator called The Dictator. Wow. I wonder if Saddam will get a story credit. (Deadline)

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Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen Re-Team for ‘The Dictator’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/larry-charles-sacha-baron-cohen-re-team-for-the-dictator/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/larry-charles-sacha-baron-cohen-re-team-for-the-dictator/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:11:58 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=8347 Hopefully the third time's a charm for director Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen. Actually, the first two times have already proven to be quite charming, as they consisted of Borat and Bruno. Even so, here's hoping for a three-peat.

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Hopefully the third time’s a charm for director Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen. Actually, the first two times have already proven to be quite charming, as they consisted of Borat and Bruno. Even so, here’s hoping for a three-peat.

The pair are teaming up again for The Dictator, a film written by Cohen as well as Alec Berg, Jeff  Schaffer and David Mandel of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Cohen will play both a goat herder and a deposed foreign dictator traveling across the U.S. Will the film pack as many laughs as Borat, or perhaps as many ball-sacks as Bruno? Only time will tell. (24 Frames via Collider)

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