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Paramount greenlights Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel for 2016 release

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Love it, hate it, or absolutely despise it, the numbers tell the ultimate story and after a strong weekend debut, Paramount has greenlit a sequel to the revamped heroes-in-a-half-shell, which is currently slated for a June 3, 2016 release. Michael Bay will return to produce with Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker, and Scott Mednick. Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec are also returning to write the mutated sequel.

The franchise reboot brought in a worldwide take of $97.3 million ($65 million domestic take) at the box office, which is surprising given the overall fan controversy since the project was announced and the abyssmal reviews (ours here) that seemed to plague it. However, it's become quite apparent that the reviews meant little to those who wanted to see their favorite mutated turtles kicking ass on the big screen again, so this definitely goes in the "win" category for the studio and those who enjoyed the flick. Perhaps the severe lack in kids films this summer played a big role in its success or maybe even morbid curiosity from those who grew up with the 90's films (and animated series), but either way the Turtles are a hit and will be back for more.

Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group said in a statement this morning that it was no small feat getting the film to theaters:

“Launching a new take on the Turtles into the feature film world was a daunting task because as fans of them ourselves, we felt a great responsibility to ensure audiences were going to experience everything they loved about the Turtles, while also getting to see them brought to life in a way they had never been seen before. The result exceeded our high expectations and the response to the film is beyond great, making it all the more fun to get started on the continuation of their story.”

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 hits theaters on June 3, 2016. Let us know what YOU thought of the new film here!

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8:21PM on 08/11/2014

Crucify me if you will...

I loved the new movie, just as I loved the Man of Steel. I grew up watching these, had every figure, and still do to this day. For me this movie was amazing. I get to see those guys I used to worship, i got to see them fight, I got to see all the cliche crap I loved from the original cartoon and live action. To hell with continuity, and purity. Just give me my turtles, give them weapons, and make them kick some asses. Say what you will but Michael Bay did exactly that. Same applies for
I loved the new movie, just as I loved the Man of Steel. I grew up watching these, had every figure, and still do to this day. For me this movie was amazing. I get to see those guys I used to worship, i got to see them fight, I got to see all the cliche crap I loved from the original cartoon and live action. To hell with continuity, and purity. Just give me my turtles, give them weapons, and make them kick some asses. Say what you will but Michael Bay did exactly that. Same applies for Superman and the Transformers. They gave me exactly what I haven't had from my child hood in the last 20 years, my favorite characters kicking ass. I didn't expect an Oscar winner. Unleash your inner child and just enjoy the damn turtle power! I will take 4 more sequels please.
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9:37PM on 08/11/2014
I am right there with you. I didn't have an opportunity to see this yet but the first chance I have you can bet your ass I'm going to be in a seat. I don't go to these movies expecting Academy Award worthy stories or performances. I go see comic book movies like this and Man of Steel, as well as others, as an escape from reality. I don't expect realism and I don't expect them to bring the characters back like I remember. I know these aren't the Turtles that I grew up with, cartoon or live
I am right there with you. I didn't have an opportunity to see this yet but the first chance I have you can bet your ass I'm going to be in a seat. I don't go to these movies expecting Academy Award worthy stories or performances. I go see comic book movies like this and Man of Steel, as well as others, as an escape from reality. I don't expect realism and I don't expect them to bring the characters back like I remember. I know these aren't the Turtles that I grew up with, cartoon or live action, and I don't expect them to be. If that is what they were going to do then I would stay home and watch my dvd of the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles instead. I say embrace the change and roll with it.
3:40PM on 08/11/2014
I didn't think it was possible to make such a dull movie about TMNT. Especially with a $125 mil production budget.. They must get rid of Megan "Can't Act" Fox.
I didn't think it was possible to make such a dull movie about TMNT. Especially with a $125 mil production budget.. They must get rid of Megan "Can't Act" Fox.
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2:46PM on 08/11/2014
Adults... complaining about the success of a movie that wasn't even made for them. Who cares if kids enjoyed it? What does the 35 year old man think? Tell me how your childhood is being raped, yada, yada, yada... I'm sure your wife will agree. Wife! Who am I kidding? You're alone in your parent's basement, so go upstairs and complain to them about it. Make 'em proud.
Adults... complaining about the success of a movie that wasn't even made for them. Who cares if kids enjoyed it? What does the 35 year old man think? Tell me how your childhood is being raped, yada, yada, yada... I'm sure your wife will agree. Wife! Who am I kidding? You're alone in your parent's basement, so go upstairs and complain to them about it. Make 'em proud.
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1:27PM on 08/11/2014

Bay's style of movies won't get better if people pay to see his crap.

Top film critic responses don't matter to Studios, only the box office in-take. It's up you to let Studios truly know what's "good" from what's "bad". When films like these are successful, everything changes and follows- the crappy script writing, the eardrum damaging sound effects, the music video style filming, the stereotyping and goofy comedy that's unbearable to watch or listen to, all the contributions Michael Bay has made over the last 10 years.
I think some people need to realize
Top film critic responses don't matter to Studios, only the box office in-take. It's up you to let Studios truly know what's "good" from what's "bad". When films like these are successful, everything changes and follows- the crappy script writing, the eardrum damaging sound effects, the music video style filming, the stereotyping and goofy comedy that's unbearable to watch or listen to, all the contributions Michael Bay has made over the last 10 years.
I think some people need to realize that by paying $10 to $16 to see a film like this, only to end up walking out thinking, "that was lame". Your only adding more fuel to the fire of crap movie releases.
Funny cause in 2016 clueless people will still say, "They're releasing another one?!?!?! Why? The first one sucked!"
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1:13PM on 08/11/2014
The Secret of the Snoooooooze......
The Secret of the Snoooooooze......
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7:13AM on 08/11/2014

You people ...

"Idiocracy!"

"You're ruining Hollywood!"

"This is why no good, original films get made anymore!"

Please people, just give it a rest because all of is just flat out wrong. I read the same thing after each of the Twilight films were successful, the Transformers and pretty much any other critically panned film that made bank. And guess what? We still continue to get great films by great filmmakers. Every single year. The fact that so many people get so upset about any film making
"Idiocracy!"

"You're ruining Hollywood!"

"This is why no good, original films get made anymore!"

Please people, just give it a rest because all of is just flat out wrong. I read the same thing after each of the Twilight films were successful, the Transformers and pretty much any other critically panned film that made bank. And guess what? We still continue to get great films by great filmmakers. Every single year. The fact that so many people get so upset about any film making money is beyond ludicrous.

The most ignorant thing though is the people so quick to be keyboard warriors and blatantly attack and insult the people who did enjoy the movie. Get over yourselves.
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7:30AM on 08/11/2014
When someone takes something we cherish and enjoy, and makes a half-assed mockery of it, we're well within our rights to be vocally annoyed by it. Thanks.
When someone takes something we cherish and enjoy, and makes a half-assed mockery of it, we're well within our rights to be vocally annoyed by it. Thanks.
7:52AM on 08/11/2014
Was I referring to people who just didn't like the movie for that reason? I specifically stated this is about the people who are claiming movies like these will end Hollywood. Thanks.
Was I referring to people who just didn't like the movie for that reason? I specifically stated this is about the people who are claiming movies like these will end Hollywood. Thanks.
10:28AM on 08/11/2014
It's hard to argue against the idea that people are foolish for flocking to a movie that they are 99% sure is going to be terrible though. That's pretty much the point of posts that refer to "Idiocracy". People flocking to dumbed down non-sense even though they're fully aware it's going to be dumbed down non-sense, and not doing anything to help themselves by maybe not going.
It's hard to argue against the idea that people are foolish for flocking to a movie that they are 99% sure is going to be terrible though. That's pretty much the point of posts that refer to "Idiocracy". People flocking to dumbed down non-sense even though they're fully aware it's going to be dumbed down non-sense, and not doing anything to help themselves by maybe not going.
10:46AM on 08/11/2014
You don't have to be a fool or only like one type of movie to enjoy stuff like TMNT or Transformers or Twilight. It doesn't work like that and it's ridiculous for people to generalize the audience that way. And arrogant as hell.

I didn't love TMNT, I had a lot of problems with it in fact though I still enjoyed enough to not feel like I wasted my time. But I'm not going to bash the people who loved it or liked it more than me. Just like I don't attack women who loved Twilight, which didn't
You don't have to be a fool or only like one type of movie to enjoy stuff like TMNT or Transformers or Twilight. It doesn't work like that and it's ridiculous for people to generalize the audience that way. And arrogant as hell.

I didn't love TMNT, I had a lot of problems with it in fact though I still enjoyed enough to not feel like I wasted my time. But I'm not going to bash the people who loved it or liked it more than me. Just like I don't attack women who loved Twilight, which didn't have an audience stocked with "stupid teenage girls".
11:12AM on 08/11/2014
Your Argument is valid with any new movies that are garbage, i.e your twilight example.

However it is not valid for this remake, reboot fad we seem to be stuck in. They are literally finding any movie that was successful in our generation, and rebooting it to capitalize on our nostalgia and sell toys to children all over again.. The issue many of us have, is that they don't care when they do this, and about the quality in which they deliver it. Then the film generates "bank" and then
Your Argument is valid with any new movies that are garbage, i.e your twilight example.

However it is not valid for this remake, reboot fad we seem to be stuck in. They are literally finding any movie that was successful in our generation, and rebooting it to capitalize on our nostalgia and sell toys to children all over again.. The issue many of us have, is that they don't care when they do this, and about the quality in which they deliver it. Then the film generates "bank" and then production companies (and rightly so) green light a sequel, when the first one should never have made any money in the first place.

When this happens, quality suffers on a whole, and other production companies see the success and say if they can make that crap and sell it.. We should find our selves another angle and do the same, not having to worry bout its quality cause its painful obvious that the will go watch any garbage we feed them.

That is the issue, not twilight, personally i didn't like twilight but good on them for being original and not rebooting anything and putting a different twist on vampires. But Shame on Bay for doing this to 2 beloved franchises, and shame on everyone who continues to support what he is doing.
11:18AM on 08/11/2014
Twilight wasn't really original though, since they are based on books. Maybe more films that don't have substance to them are being made but there have ALWAYS been awful and mediocre movies made. Just because there's something non-sequel or non-reboot doesn't mean it's any better than the other.

So we are still getting a high volume of good films and our share of bad or mediocre films. Hollywood is still just fine. Again though, probably my main problem is still the ignorance that's
Twilight wasn't really original though, since they are based on books. Maybe more films that don't have substance to them are being made but there have ALWAYS been awful and mediocre movies made. Just because there's something non-sequel or non-reboot doesn't mean it's any better than the other.

So we are still getting a high volume of good films and our share of bad or mediocre films. Hollywood is still just fine. Again though, probably my main problem is still the ignorance that's shown by bashing those who do enjoy these films. It's still arrogant and it should be unacceptable.
5:27AM on 08/11/2014

Idiocracy

Its getting closer and closer by the minute.
Its getting closer and closer by the minute.
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3:37AM on 08/11/2014
I hate everyone that went to see this movie.
Thanks for ruining the big screen Turtles for us all for the next ten or so years simply because Platinum Dunes bought your ticket by putting "Ninja Turtles" on the poster and you were stupid enough to think that might mean something.
Cheers.
I hate everyone that went to see this movie.
Thanks for ruining the big screen Turtles for us all for the next ten or so years simply because Platinum Dunes bought your ticket by putting "Ninja Turtles" on the poster and you were stupid enough to think that might mean something.
Cheers.
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3:34AM on 08/11/2014
Look what you all did, you made this awful mess be somewhat successful, and now they have green lit another pile of green shit by Bay.
Look what you all did, you made this awful mess be somewhat successful, and now they have green lit another pile of green shit by Bay.
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3:26AM on 08/11/2014

Cool!

I'm excited. I could see Rocksteady and Bebop making an appearance, so I'm down.
I'm excited. I could see Rocksteady and Bebop making an appearance, so I'm down.
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11:56PM on 08/10/2014
Did anyone really think this was going to bomb? The Ninja Turtles property has been a hot one since most of us schmoes were kids. These characters have transcended our generation. Kids love them, so it's no surprise this made bank. And it should be even less of a surprise that it's getting a sequel. Yes it sucks that Michael Bay was handed the keys to this franchise and he's run it aground the way he did with Transformers. Yes it sucks that the turtles' design is ugly as sin and difficult to
Did anyone really think this was going to bomb? The Ninja Turtles property has been a hot one since most of us schmoes were kids. These characters have transcended our generation. Kids love them, so it's no surprise this made bank. And it should be even less of a surprise that it's getting a sequel. Yes it sucks that Michael Bay was handed the keys to this franchise and he's run it aground the way he did with Transformers. Yes it sucks that the turtles' design is ugly as sin and difficult to look at. But you know what? Unless you've got a kid who's dragging you to the theater, don't go. Don't waste your breath complaining about it. The bean counters don't care. It'll get rebooted a few more times in our lifetime, so hold on to the hope of a good TMNT movie. Just not in it's current iteration.
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12:20AM on 08/11/2014
I actually thought it might bomb. Mainly because the last TMNT movie that came out a few years ago bombed and with the new design of the turtles I thought it would piss of fanboys and maybe scare kids. It was projected to only make around 40 million so it was a surprise for most fans and the studio.
I actually thought it might bomb. Mainly because the last TMNT movie that came out a few years ago bombed and with the new design of the turtles I thought it would piss of fanboys and maybe scare kids. It was projected to only make around 40 million so it was a surprise for most fans and the studio.
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10:45PM on 08/10/2014
This is so weird. I'm conflicted. The first trailer for this movie was one of the first times Hollywood took something I loved and made it unrecognizable (for me). On one hand, I'm all about not judging a book by it's cover, and maybe this could be a guilty pleasure (I enjoyed both JOE films to a degree, I actually thought the first one was a great summer movie). But all these people super upset, what did you think? I didn't go see this, and I'm not going too. I may redbox it, or prolly
This is so weird. I'm conflicted. The first trailer for this movie was one of the first times Hollywood took something I loved and made it unrecognizable (for me). On one hand, I'm all about not judging a book by it's cover, and maybe this could be a guilty pleasure (I enjoyed both JOE films to a degree, I actually thought the first one was a great summer movie). But all these people super upset, what did you think? I didn't go see this, and I'm not going too. I may redbox it, or prolly watch it in HBO on a Sunday or something but what did you all really expect? Which leads me to my next point, you all went and saw the movie and made it a success! So it's kind of your fault. Like, really who saw transformers 4? And then bitched about the state of movies we are getting? If you loved TMNT so much you couldn't resist, fine who am I to judge. But to give them $ on opening weekend, you can say the movies bad, but I don't really think you have a right to be angry about a sequel and stuff. I mean, Hollywood exploited you again, I doubt it's the first time. That's the vibe I'm getting, but I don't think it holds for everyone
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10:36PM on 08/10/2014
Believe it or not, there's a chance to salvage this. It begins with Other Darrin-ing April O'Neil. Is Jane Levy still available?
Believe it or not, there's a chance to salvage this. It begins with Other Darrin-ing April O'Neil. Is Jane Levy still available?
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8:57PM on 08/10/2014

Yay!

Damn the last person that posted a positive post got negative 104 likes! I guess I will too because I actually kind of glad they greenlit a sequel. The movie had a ton of problems but was fun enough but the bad still out weighed the good. I still enjoyed myself and my nephew loved it! He's been begging me to take him to see it again which reminds me of my love for the first one when I was his age. I would give it a 6/10 and I hope they step up their game on the next one. But either way my
Damn the last person that posted a positive post got negative 104 likes! I guess I will too because I actually kind of glad they greenlit a sequel. The movie had a ton of problems but was fun enough but the bad still out weighed the good. I still enjoyed myself and my nephew loved it! He's been begging me to take him to see it again which reminds me of my love for the first one when I was his age. I would give it a 6/10 and I hope they step up their game on the next one. But either way my nephew and I will be first in line.
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11:18PM on 08/10/2014
Well, I gave you a positive thumbs up. I enjoyed the movie overall. Plot was horrible, but at least Shredder isn't Fitchner as I suspected. Also, Tony Shalaub was a terrible voice for Splinter, unfortunately. So yeah, had its problems but I found that I enjoyed the moments more than the parts that bothered me, so I am looking forward to what they can do for TMNT 2. Just, bring in Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady already. Those 3 have been waiting since the 90's to be on screen.
Well, I gave you a positive thumbs up. I enjoyed the movie overall. Plot was horrible, but at least Shredder isn't Fitchner as I suspected. Also, Tony Shalaub was a terrible voice for Splinter, unfortunately. So yeah, had its problems but I found that I enjoyed the moments more than the parts that bothered me, so I am looking forward to what they can do for TMNT 2. Just, bring in Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady already. Those 3 have been waiting since the 90's to be on screen.
12:10AM on 08/11/2014
We'll thank you sir! And Megan fox was so much better than I thought she would ever be but I fucking hate what they did was shedder. He wasn't even a character, he was pretty much just a robot. Oh well. I'm sure he'll be back in the sequel.
We'll thank you sir! And Megan fox was so much better than I thought she would ever be but I fucking hate what they did was shedder. He wasn't even a character, he was pretty much just a robot. Oh well. I'm sure he'll be back in the sequel.
4:04AM on 08/11/2014
With you on that one brother! A turtle fan since birth and I already saw it twice opening weekend.
With you on that one brother! A turtle fan since birth and I already saw it twice opening weekend.
8:20PM on 08/10/2014
Congratulations movie-goers . . .
Congratulations movie-goers . . .
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3:29AM on 08/11/2014
Yup! Score another win for me!
Yup! Score another win for me!
7:54PM on 08/10/2014

The second movie

The movie was ok. I thought the chemistry between the turtles was caught very well. Hopefully, the studio will give Leisbman more control so he can make something more of his own. Just look at the huge difference between Batman Begins and the Dark knight
The movie was ok. I thought the chemistry between the turtles was caught very well. Hopefully, the studio will give Leisbman more control so he can make something more of his own. Just look at the huge difference between Batman Begins and the Dark knight
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7:48PM on 08/10/2014

Bad Movie

I'm not a picky viewer and I don't hold the Ninja Turtles as some Holy Writ, but I hated this movie. HATED IT. Not quite Transformers 2, but this is easily the worst film I've seen in theaters since Transformers 2. I even think Wrath of the Titans and Battle: LA are decent enough action flicks I watch them occasionally, so I'm not a Jonathon Liebesman hater.

I hated the character design of the turtles. They are ugly and grotesque and their skin was way too splotchy like they lathered
I'm not a picky viewer and I don't hold the Ninja Turtles as some Holy Writ, but I hated this movie. HATED IT. Not quite Transformers 2, but this is easily the worst film I've seen in theaters since Transformers 2. I even think Wrath of the Titans and Battle: LA are decent enough action flicks I watch them occasionally, so I'm not a Jonathon Liebesman hater.

I hated the character design of the turtles. They are ugly and grotesque and their skin was way too splotchy like they lathered themselves in pig shit. It wasn't bad in the wide shots, but, Lord Almighty, they were ugly in the close ups. This is the biggest design failure of a major film I've seen since Emmerich's Godzilla. I did like the outfits though and the glasses on Donatello were a nice touch. Complimenting the wardrobe on a character that's 95% naked is no compliment though.

I hated the Turtles voices. I'm not talking about the unfunny jokes and insipid dialogue. The characters sounded terrible and more importantly the voices coming out of their mouths didn't seem to match the characters. Maybe since the character designs sucked so bad the voices were never going to work right either.
Donatello was like fingernails on a chalkboard. It's a good thing he didn't say much.

And I really hated the design of Splinter. Dead-eyed freak. I cannot for the life of me believe they used that design for Splinter. It's ghastly. The terrible character design pales in comparison to the absurdity that Splinter taught himself karate and is voiced by Tony Shalhoub. Was Ken Watanabe busy? SERIOUSLY? Tony FUCKING Shalhoub as a ninja master? Was Ken Watanabe busy? You couldn't pick some random old Japanese dude off the street? I'm from Ohio. He couldn't been Chinese or Korean and I wouldn't be able to tell, but for the love of all things good and decent in this world not Tony Shalhoub.

Shredder was pretty good, no complaints there, but some explanation why his suit was robotic might have been nice, or basically any information who Shredder was at all. Seriously, I watched the movie and still don't know or understand who Shredder is or what he wants.

Megan Fox was surprisingly tolerable as April O'Neill. Not good. But tolerable.
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7:47PM on 08/10/2014
Interesting I didn't think they announce a sequel this soon. I thought they wait to see its overall gross. We have yet to see if this movie makes a profit. It hasn't even made its production budget back let alone its marketing and the cut the theaters get. To point out the elephant in the room, Paramount seems desperate to get more franchises after losing Marvel to disney.
Interesting I didn't think they announce a sequel this soon. I thought they wait to see its overall gross. We have yet to see if this movie makes a profit. It hasn't even made its production budget back let alone its marketing and the cut the theaters get. To point out the elephant in the room, Paramount seems desperate to get more franchises after losing Marvel to disney.
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7:17PM on 08/10/2014
Good. The movie was a lot of fun. I'm already wanting to see it again, so a sequel is welcome news.
Good. The movie was a lot of fun. I'm already wanting to see it again, so a sequel is welcome news.
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7:11PM on 08/10/2014
Crap begets crap.
Crap begets crap.
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6:27PM on 08/10/2014
I was hoping they wait til 2017 to release this. I wish they would hire some good screenwriters because the script is what hurt the film the most. Maybe they can hire a director that has his own vision and not Michael Bay's. I would really like a recast of April. I wonder if this is when we are going to see Krang? There's quite a few directors out there that could make a good movie without having Bay's influence all over it.
I was hoping they wait til 2017 to release this. I wish they would hire some good screenwriters because the script is what hurt the film the most. Maybe they can hire a director that has his own vision and not Michael Bay's. I would really like a recast of April. I wonder if this is when we are going to see Krang? There's quite a few directors out there that could make a good movie without having Bay's influence all over it.
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6:18PM on 08/10/2014
Wonder how they'll fuck up Casey Jones.

Terrible news. They should just re-release the original one in theaters. Now THAT I would pay money for.
Wonder how they'll fuck up Casey Jones.

Terrible news. They should just re-release the original one in theaters. Now THAT I would pay money for.
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