Film: "Get Smart"
"Get Smart" The Filmmakers
Photo: CEDRIC YARBROUGH as Tate, JAMES CAAN as the President, ALAN ARKIN as the Chief, ANNE HATHAWAY as Agent 99 and DWAYNE JOHNSON as Agent 23 in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action comedy “Get Smart,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film also stars Steve Carell. Photo by Tracy Bennett
PETER SEGAL (Director/Executive Producer) most recently directed Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in 2005's "The Longest Yard," which became the highest worldwide grossing sports comedy in history. He previously teamed with Sandler on the comedy blockbusters "50 First Dates," which also starred Drew Barrymore, and "Anger Management," with Oscar winner Jack Nicholson.
Segal made his feature film directorial debut in 1994 with "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult," starring Leslie Nielsen. His other credits include the 2000 hit comedy "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," starring Eddie Murphy; the critically acclaimed "My Fellow Americans," starring screen legends Jack Lemmon, James Garner and Lauren Bacall; and the hit comedy "Tommy Boy," starring Chris Farley and David Spade.
A USC graduate, Segal began his career directing for television, with an extensive resume including eight Emmy Awards, a Cable ACE award for Best Director and two National Association of Broadcasters' Service to Children Awards.
In 1995, he formed his production company, Callahan Filmworks, along with long-time producing partner Michael Ewing. In 2002, he created the NBC comedy series "Hidden Hills." Currently, Callahan's development slate includes DC Comics' "Captain Marvel"; "Goblins," based on Brian Froud's acclaimed book; and "I, Thalus," a comedy about the first Olympiad.
ANDREW LAZAR (Producer) formed the Warner Bros. Studios-based production company Mad Chance in 1995 with a mandate to focus on smart, intriguing material in every genre and budget range. It debuted with the Shakespeare-influenced teen comedy "10 Things I Hate About You," starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.
The past few years have been wide-ranging and productive for Lazar, currently in production on the unique comedic love story "I Love You Phillip Morris," for writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.
Lazar has many projects in development and pre-production at several studios, including a feature film version of the 70's hit TV show "Welcome Back, Kotter," with Ice Cube attached to reprise the starring role of the inner city teacher; "Cats & Dogs 2," the highly anticipated sequel to the 2001 live action/CGI international box office hit; "Jonah Hex," written by "Crank" directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor; "Akira," a live-action remake of the revered anime of the same name; the madcap art heist comedy "The Great Mortedecai Moustache Mystery"; and "Fleming," based on the life of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. He is also developing "Namath," a retelling of acclaimed football legend Joe Namath's story with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star.
His previous feature releases include the critically acclaimed "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," starring Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts and George Clooney, and the pre-teen caper "Catch That Kid." Lazar also produced Danny DeVito's black comedy "Death to Smoochy," starring Edward Norton, Robin Williams, and Catherine Keener; Clint Eastwood's "Space Cowboys," an inspirational adventure about retired NASA astronauts, starring Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones; and Nora Ephron's lottery comedy "Lucky Numbers," starring John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow. He also produced the independent dramedy "Panic," starring William H. Macy and Neve Campbell, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival; the Wachowski brothers' directorial debut, "Bound," a film noir thriller starring Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly; "The Astronaut's Wife," starring Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron; and his producing debut, Richard Donner's "Assassins," starring Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas.
Born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, Lazar discovered his passion for film while attending New York University. After making several student films, he got his first break working for Academy Award-winning producer Richard Zanuck. He joined Dino De Laurentiis Communications as a file clerk and ascended the ranks to become Executive Vice President of Production. Lazar earned his first major film credit serving as executive producer on John Dahl's provocative "Unforgettable," starring Ray Liotta.
CHARLES ROVEN (Producer) is distinguished by over two decades as a producer of independent and studio-based motion pictures. He is co-founder of Atlas Entertainment and its affiliated company Atlas/Third Rail Management, which in 1999 became part of Mosaic Media Group, an integrated multimedia film, television and management company where he serves as a founding principal.
Roven is a producer on the July 2008 release "The Dark Knight," the follow-up to "Batman Begins," directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman. He also serves as producer on "The International," starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts under the direction of Tom Tykwer, set for August. Among his upcoming projects is a film adaptation of the DC Comics character "The Flash."
Most recently, Roven produced the critically acclaimed film "The Bank Job," starring Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows and directed by Roger Donaldson, which opened at number one at the UK box office in its opening week. He produced "Batman Begins," directed by Christopher Nolan and featuring an all-star cast including Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Katie Holmes, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Ken Watanabe, which was number one at the U.S. box office two weeks in a row with a worldwide gross of over $370 million. Additionally, Roven produced "Live!," written and directed by multiple Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Bill Guttentag and starring Eva Mendes; the musical "Idlewild," directed by Bryan Barber and starring Outkast's Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi); and the Terry Gilliam-directed "The Brothers Grimm," starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. Previously, Roven produced the $275 million-plus worldwide box office hit "Scooby-Doo," followed by its sequel, "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed."
Roven is one of the industry's most diverse filmmakers, having served as the producer on such films as the Oscar-nominated "Twelve Monkeys," "Fallen" and the $200 million fantasy romance "City of Angels," as well as the highly acclaimed post-Gulf War tale "Three Kings."
Roven began his career as a talent manager, subsequently bringing an attuned sensibility for working with artists to the realm of production.
In 2008, he was honored with the ShoWest Producer of the Year Award for his prolific contributions to the film industry.
ALEX GARTNER (Producer) has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade both as a producer and as a senior executive at two major studios, most recently concentrating on producing.
In 2004 Gartner joined Atlas Entertainment as a producing partner with Mosaic partner and Atlas Entertainment founder Charles Roven. Last year, he served as a producer on the comedy mockumentary "Live!," written and directed by Bill Guttentag, the multi Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, and starring Eva Mendes.
Gartner also produced the critically acclaimed "The Upside of Anger," directed by Mike Binder and starring Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Alicia Witt and Keri Russell, and "Barbershop 2: Back in Business," which starred Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer, and was executive producer on "Out of Time," starring Denzel Washington, Sanaa Latham and Eva Mendes.
Previously, Gartner was President of Production at MGM Studios, where he supervised the entire production slate, including such movies as "Die Another Day," "Barbershop," "Legally Blonde," "Heartbreakers" and "Windtalkers."
After producing "Indecent Proposal" in 1993, Gartner became Executive Vice President at Fox 2000, having started the division with President Laura Ziskin. At Fox 2000 he worked on such films as "Soul Food," "Fight Club," "Courage Under Fire," "Men of Honor" and Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line."
MICHAEL EWING (Producer) is partnered with Peter Segal in Callahan Filmworks and oversees the development of numerous feature film and television projects for the company. Most recently, he executive produced the box office hits "The Longest Yard," starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds, and "50 First Dates," starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and co-produced "Anger Management," starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. All three films were directed by Segal.
Ewing began his career in New York studying with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. He went on to direct and co-produce John Rechy's off-Broadway play "Tiger Wild," before turning his attention to feature films.
His first feature was "The Naked Gun," starring Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley. He returned as associate producer on the next two successful sequels, "Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" and "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult," on which he first worked with director Peter Segal. Ewing went on to serve as associate producer and co-producer, respectively, on the director's next two features, the hit comedy "Tommy Boy," with Chris Farley and David Spade, and the critically acclaimed "My Fellow Americans," starring Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd and Lauren Bacall. He then co-produced Eddie Murphy's box-office hit "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps."
Ewing's next venture as producer is the John August script of the classic Marvel comic "Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam," to be directed by Segal.
TOM J. ASTLE (Screenwriter) and screenwriting partner Matt Ember previously wrote the screenplay for the hit romantic comedy "Failure to Launch," and before that worked for many years in television as solo writer-producers. They are currently working on another script for Warner Bros. Pictures.
Astle's television credits include "Coach," "The Hughleys," "Stargate" and many others. He created the long-running Disney Channel series "So Weird" and, before that, won an Emmy Award for writing another children's series, "Adventures in Wonderland."
He is a graduate of Northwestern University's film school and lives in Sherman Oaks when he isn't sneaking away to go fishing in his native Montana.
MATT EMBER (Screenwriter) is currently working on another script for Warner Bros. Pictures with his "Get Smart" screenwriting partner Tom J. Astle. The two previously collaborated on the hit romantic comedy "Failure to Launch," starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Ember's television writing credits include episodes of "Becker," "Titus," "The Drew Carey Show" and "Grace Under Fire."
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Ember lives in Sherman Oaks.
BRENT O'CONNOR (Executive Producer) most recently served as executive producer on the inspiring drama "We Are Marshall," starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox, and the Harrison Ford thriller "Firewall."
Previously, O'Connor was an executive producer on the 2005 action thriller "Elektra," starring Jennifer Garner, and the 2004 family adventure "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed." His co-producing credits include "K-19: The Widowmaker," starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, and "Bulletproof Monk," starring Chow Yun-Fat and Seann William Scott.
Among his current credits is the long-anticipated "X-Files" feature sequel, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe," set to debut in theaters July 2008.
Early in his career, O'Connor served as an electrician and business agent. He went on to serve as production manager on a variety of feature films, including the Arnold Schwarzenegger thriller "The Sixth Day"; the comedic romp "Rat Race," starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, John Cleese and Rowan Atkinson; Gus Van Sant's Academy Award-winning "Good Will Hunting," starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams and Ben Affleck; and "Seven Years in Tibet," with Brad Pitt; as well as "Eye See You," "Jumanji," "Deep Rising," "Disturbing Behavior" and "Andre."
JIMMY MILLER (Executive Producer), founder of The Miller Company and currently a principal in Mosaic Media Group, manages some of the most sought-after comedy talent in the industry, including actors Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen.
He has also helped shape the careers of some of the most talented writers and directors in the comedy genre, such as Jay Roach of the "Austin Powers" trilogy, "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers"; Judd Apatow, of "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up" and "Superbad"; Adam McKay of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and "Anchorman"; and Steve Rudnick and Leo Benvenuti of "The Santa Clause" trilogy and "Kicking & Screaming."
Miller's film producing credits include "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "Elf," "Semi-Pro" and the upcoming comedy "Step Brothers," with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
He is currently in production on the adventure comedy "Land of the Lost" and the romantic comedy "She's Out of My League."
DANA GOLDBERG (Executive Producer) is President of Production at Village Roadshow Pictures. She is currently executive producing the upcoming romantic drama "Nights in Rodanthe," starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.
Since joining the company in 1998, Goldberg has been involved with Village Roadshow Pictures' entire slate of films, including "Ocean's Eleven" and its sequels, "The Matrix" trilogy, "Training Day," "Mystic River," "Miss Congeniality," "Rumor Has It..." and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." She has also served as an executive producer on the blockbuster "I Am Legend," starring Will Smith; the drama "The Brave One," starring Jodie Foster under the direction of Neil Jordan; the Oscar-winning animated feature "Happy Feet," directed by George Miller and featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman; "The Lake House," starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock; "The Dukes of Hazzard," starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott; and "Taking Lives," starring Angelina Jolie.
Prior to joining Village Roadshow Pictures, Goldberg spent three years with Barry Levinson and Paula Weinstein at Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures, where she was Vice President of Production. She began her career in show business as an assistant at Hollywood Pictures.
BRUCE BERMAN (Executive Producer) is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. The company will co-produce 65 theatrical features in a joint partnership with Warner Bros. through 2008, with all films distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
The initial slate of films produced under the pact included such hits as "Practical Magic," starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; "Analyze This," teaming Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal; "The Matrix," starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne; "Three Kings," starring George Clooney; "Space Cowboys," directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; and "Miss Congeniality," starring Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt.
Under the Village Roadshow Pictures banner, Berman has subsequently executive produced such wide-ranging successes as "Training Day," for which Denzel Washington won an Academy Award; "Ocean's Eleven," starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts; its sequels "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen"; "Two Weeks' Notice," pairing Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant; "Mystic River," starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins in Oscar-winning performances; the second and third installments of "The Matrix" trilogy, "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions"; Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," starring Johnny Depp; the Oscar-winning animated comedy adventure "Happy Feet"; Neil Jordan's "The Brave One," starring Jodie Foster; the blockbuster "I Am Legend," starring Will Smith; and, most recently, the Wachowski brothers' "Speed Racer," starring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, and Matthew Fox.
Village Roadshow's upcoming projects include the romantic drama "Nights in Rodanthe," reuniting Richard Gere and Diane Lane; the comedy "Yes Man," starring Jim Carrey; and "Gran Torino," directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.
Berman got his start in the motion picture business working with Jack Valenti at the MPAA while attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. After earning his law degree, he landed a job at Casablanca Films in 1978. Moving to Universal, he worked his way up to production Vice President in 1982.
In 1984, Berman joined Warner Bros. as a production Vice President, and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Production four years later. He was appointed President of Theatrical Production in September 1989 and, in 1991, was named President of Worldwide Theatrical Production, where he served through May 1996. Under his aegis, Warner Bros. Pictures produced and distributed such films as "Presumed Innocent," "GoodFellas," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Driving Miss Daisy," "Batman Forever," "Under Siege," "Malcolm X," "The Bodyguard," "JFK," "The Fugitive," "Dave," "Disclosure," "The Pelican Brief," "Outbreak," "The Client," "A Time to Kill" and "Twister."
In May of 1996, Berman started Plan B Entertainment, an independent motion picture company at Warner Bros. Pictures. He was named Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures in February 1998.
DEAN SEMLER (Director of Photography) won an Academy Award for his work on Kevin Costner's epic of the American West, "Dances With Wolves." One of the world's most accomplished cinematographers, Semler has photographed a wide range of productions in both his native Australia and the United States, as well as around the world.
Semler began his career at a local television station photographing news stories. This led to a nine-year stint at Film Australia, where he made documentaries and anthropological films for educational and research purposes. His first credit as a feature cinematographer was "Let the Balloon Go" in 1976.
In Australia, Semler served as cinematographer for "Hoodwink"; the now classic futuristic thriller "The Road Warrior," which earned him an Australian Film Institute Award nomination, and its follow-up, "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome"; "Razorback," for which he won an AFI Award; "The Coca-Cola Kid"; "The Lighthorsemen"; and "Dead Calm," for which he received an Australian Film Critics Award nomination. His American credits include "Young Guns" and "Young Guns II," "Cocktail," "Farewell to the King," "City Slickers," "The Power of One," "The Three Musketeers," "The Cowboy Way," "Waterworld," "The Bone Collector," "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," "Heartbreakers," "Dragonfly," "We Were Soldiers," "XXX," "Bruce Almighty" and "The Alamo."
More recently, Semler filmed the comedy "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Jessica Biel; Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto," for which he received an ASC nomination; the romantic comedy "Just My Luck," starring Lindsay Lohan; and the box office hits "Click," starring Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale and Christopher Walken, and "The Longest Yard," starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds. He also worked with director Rob Cohen on the action-adventure thriller "Stealth."
For television, Semler photographed "Return to Eden" in Australia and "Passion Flower" in the U.S. He also served as cinematographer and second unit director on the television miniseries "Lonesome Dove" and "Son of the Morning Star."
During the filming of "XXX," Semler was the recipient of a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts, an honor bestowed upon him by his fellow countrymen.
WYNN THOMAS (Production Designer) has worked with some of the film industry's most important directors. For director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer he designed the Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind" and the critically acclaimed "Cinderella Man," both starring Russell Crowe. For director Tim Burton, Thomas designed the cult classic "Mars Attacks!" He also designed the offbeat comedy "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar," directed by Beeban Kidron; "Keeping the Faith," for actor/director Edward Norton; and, most recently, "Breach," directed by Billy Ray.
Thomas has had a long-term relationship with Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions, having been for many years their in-house designer. He was the production designer on "A Bronx Tale," directed by De Niro; "Wag the Dog," directed by Barry Levinson and starring De Niro and Dustin Hoffman; and "Analyze This" and "Analyze That," both directed by Harold Ramis and starring De Niro and Billy Crystal.
He has also collaborated with director Spike Lee on more than 10 films, beginning with "She's Gotta Have It" and continuing with "School Daze," "Do the Right Thing," "Mo' Better Blues," "Jungle Fever," the epic biographical drama "Malcolm X," "Crooklyn," "He Got Game," "The Original Kings of Comedy" and, most recently, the critical and commercial success "Inside Man."
A graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Design, Thomas began his career designing sets for the theatre. He was resident designer with the world-famous Negro Ensemble Company and also designed sets for Joe Papp's Public Theatre, the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, Great Lakes Shakespeare Company in Cleveland and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.
As an assistant art director, he worked with distinguished production designer Richard Sylbert on "The Cotton Club," and also art-directed or assisted on "Beat Street," "The Money Pit," "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "The Package," with Gene Hackman.
Thomas holds the distinction of being the first African-American production designer to become a member of the Art Directors Guild in Los Angeles and was the first African-American nominated for an Art Directors Guild Award, for his design work on "Mars Attacks!"
RICHARD PEARSON (Editor) is currently at work on the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace," starring Daniel Craig, for director Marc Forster.
Pearson most recently served as editor on the Will Ferrell comedy "Blades of Glory," and shared editing duties with Clare Douglas and Christopher Rouse on writer/director Paul Greengrass's acclaimed historic drama "United 93." His work on that film garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Editing, along with a BAFTA win for Best Feature Film Editing and an Eddie Award nomination from the American Cinema Editors.
Previously, Pearson edited the motion picture adaptation of the groundbreaking Broadway musical "Rent"; the dark ensemble comedy "A Little Trip to Heaven"; and, with Christopher Rouse, the international hit "The Bourne Supremacy." Pearson also edited the jungle-set action-adventure "The Rundown," starring Dwayne Johnson and Seann William Scott, and, with Steven Weisberg, the hit sequel "Men in Black II." His other motion picture credits include "The Score," "Drowning Mona," "Bowfinger" and "Muppets from Space."
Pearson earned both an Emmy Award nomination and an Eddie Award nomination for his work on the 1998 miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon." He also created the title design for the acclaimed series.
TREVOR RABIN (Music), having scored the blockbuster hits "Armageddon" and "Enemy of the State," "Deep Blue Sea," "Gone In 60 Seconds," "Remember the Titans," "National Treasure" and "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets," has secured his position in the first rank of popular film composers.
Rabin is part of a new group of film composers who hail from the world of rock music. A member of the group YES since 1983, he played guitar and wrote most of the material on their best-selling album "90125," including the number-one single "Owner of a Lonely Heart." He also penned the majority of the songs and served as co-producer on the YES album "Big Generator," which sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Additionally, he has written or co-written the songs, played every instrument but drums, produced, and engineered almost all of his solo work.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Rabin studied classical piano and trained as a conductor and arranger. His first professional band performed original anti-apartheid songs and his family was heavily involved in anti-apartheid activities--Sidney Kentridge, his father's first cousin, is the lawyer who pressed charges against the South African government on behalf of Steven Biko's family after his death. Rabin later founded the band Rabbit, which became the most popular South African rock band in history.
Rabin's diversity shows in his work, from the soulful score to "Glory Road," on which he collaborated with Alicia Keys, to the comedic "Kangaroo Jack" and "The Banger Sisters," as well as the spectacularly epic score for "Armageddon," the intricate, unnerving electronic score for the techno-thriller "Enemy of the State" and a lyrical orchestral sound for the family film "Jack Frost." For the documentary "Whispers," he returned to his roots, drawing on traditional African instrumentation, rhythms and vocal performances.
Rabin's additional film scores include "Bad Boy 2," "The Great Raid," "Coach Carter," "Snakes on a Plane" and "The Guardian."
DEBORAH SCOTT (Costume Designer) was honored with an Academy Award for Best Costume Design in 1988, as well as a BAFTA Award nomination, for her work on James Cameron's record-breaking blockbuster "Titanic."
Scott previously worked for director Michael Bay on last year's science fiction action adventure "Transformers," as well as "The Island" and "Bad Boys II"; and for producer Steven Spielberg on his science fiction thriller "Minority Report."
More recently, she designed the costumes for "Reign Over Me," starring Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle and Jada Pinkett Smith; "Seraphim Falls," with Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan; and Andy Garcia's directorial debut, "The Lost City." Scott's other feature film credits include "The Upside of Anger," "The Patriot," "Wild Wild West," "Heat," "The Indian in the Cupboard," "Legends of the Fall," "Sliver," "Jack the Bear," "Hoffa," "Defending Your Life" and "Back to the Future."
She next re-teams with Michael Bay for "Transformers 2," currently in production and slated for a 2009 release.
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