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We are the Gods now - Prometheus Viral Video Hits

Feb. 28, 2012by: Shaun Springer

“My name is Peter Weyland, and if you'll indulge me. I'd like to change the world.”

Yesterday Ridley Scott confirmed a bit more of the mysterious connections that bridge his new film, PROMETHEUS to his classic sci-fi/horror ALIEN. Guy Pearce's character was revealed to be Peter Weyland, of Weyland-Yutani. Often referred to in the ALIEN series as “The Company.”

Today, 20th Century Fox unleashed what is sure to be the first part of the film's viral campaign. In what is meant to be a more stylized version of a TED conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design), Pearce takes the stage with an ominous speech that tells of the story of where technology is taking humans. From fire to space travel, and how with the creation of artifical life forms, “we are the gods now.”

Pearce himself has stated that his appearance in the new film is limited to “only for a minute.” So is it possible that this viral video release is an extended clip, and Pearce's only scene in the film?

The viral campaign will continue at www.weylandindustries.com. PROMETHEUS comes to theaters June 8th, 2012

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11:39AM on 03/07/2012

Awesome

Best John Hurt voice ever.
Best John Hurt voice ever.
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1:24AM on 03/01/2012

Crowd says oouuuuu!

No way a TED crowd would say "oouuuu" after the Gods line. They're already believe it or they wouldn't be there. Plus people usually have something to say when they show up, not just a recap of civilization.
No way a TED crowd would say "oouuuu" after the Gods line. They're already believe it or they wouldn't be there. Plus people usually have something to say when they show up, not just a recap of civilization.
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11:08AM on 02/29/2012
Guy Pearce is awesome as always...shame that there wont be much of him in the flick.
Guy Pearce is awesome as always...shame that there wont be much of him in the flick.
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8:18AM on 02/29/2012
Peter Weyland? What about Charles? This movie is going to fuck up continuity. Are they even going to acknowledge the discovery of the Aliens in the arctic? The Predators? If they just ignore this established history then I am going to be pissed.
Peter Weyland? What about Charles? This movie is going to fuck up continuity. Are they even going to acknowledge the discovery of the Aliens in the arctic? The Predators? If they just ignore this established history then I am going to be pissed.
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10:05AM on 02/29/2012
I honestly believe that Scott is more concerned about the storyline of ALIENS.. not the whole AVP travesty
I honestly believe that Scott is more concerned about the storyline of ALIENS.. not the whole AVP travesty
12:14PM on 02/29/2012
I think everyone should ignore AVP! and probally Alien 4 as well.
I think everyone should ignore AVP! and probally Alien 4 as well.
8:27PM on 02/29/2012
I don't think Scott is even concerned with connecting to ALIENS. He had nothing to do with any of the films beyond ALIEN...
I don't think Scott is even concerned with connecting to ALIENS. He had nothing to do with any of the films beyond ALIEN...
4:34PM on 03/01/2012
Get your facts straight kid. Ridley Scott IS the established history. No RS, no Aliens, maybe even no predators.
P.S. you can be pissed all you want, I'll be more than happy if they ignore the AVP series.
Get your facts straight kid. Ridley Scott IS the established history. No RS, no Aliens, maybe even no predators.
P.S. you can be pissed all you want, I'll be more than happy if they ignore the AVP series.
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6:51AM on 02/29/2012

In my mind...

Pearce actually sounds like he's doing a tweaked, heightened version/impression based on Ridley Scott himself. As if Pearce used Scott as the inspiration behind this, and molded it nicely.
Pearce actually sounds like he's doing a tweaked, heightened version/impression based on Ridley Scott himself. As if Pearce used Scott as the inspiration behind this, and molded it nicely.
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3:58AM on 02/29/2012

Peter Weyland = Richard Branson ?

Anyhow, that was awesome!
Anyhow, that was awesome!
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3:45AM on 02/29/2012

Clique-inducing pseudo

Joblo should stick these TED talks in The Unpopular Opinion.
Film looks good though.
Joblo should stick these TED talks in The Unpopular Opinion.
Film looks good though.
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2:48AM on 02/29/2012
Couldn't be anymore awesome!! I so wanna see that movie!
Couldn't be anymore awesome!! I so wanna see that movie!
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12:55AM on 02/29/2012

F'n'A

My boner just got a boner.
My boner just got a boner.
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1:43AM on 02/29/2012
I don't understand the negative votes; this is hilarious!
I don't understand the negative votes; this is hilarious!
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12:37AM on 02/29/2012
I can't believe that was only a viral video. It f*n rocked! Pearce needs to be in movies with bigger roles. The guy is underrated as hell.
I can't believe that was only a viral video. It f*n rocked! Pearce needs to be in movies with bigger roles. The guy is underrated as hell.
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11:40PM on 02/28/2012

damn...

that fucking sucks 'only for a minute' was really hoping he'd have a juicy role, he was one of my most anticipated things about the movie, and by far my favourite member of the cast. Sucks... still very, very, very much looking forward to the movie but this is unfortunate news regarding the size of his role...
that fucking sucks 'only for a minute' was really hoping he'd have a juicy role, he was one of my most anticipated things about the movie, and by far my favourite member of the cast. Sucks... still very, very, very much looking forward to the movie but this is unfortunate news regarding the size of his role...
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11:11PM on 02/28/2012
This is the last time I click on an article related for this film. I haven't watched the clip or trailer or whatever it is, I don't know, I didn't read. I want to know nothing of this film so when I see it I have no prefabricated idea of what I think the film is.
This is the last time I click on an article related for this film. I haven't watched the clip or trailer or whatever it is, I don't know, I didn't read. I want to know nothing of this film so when I see it I have no prefabricated idea of what I think the film is.
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10:07PM on 02/28/2012

Blown away....

thats all that I can think of right now. Just WOW.
thats all that I can think of right now. Just WOW.
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10:00PM on 02/28/2012
Only a matter of time until Pearce wins an Oscar, he's one of the best actors working today. Hopefully these clips make it on the blu-ray release if they aren't in the actual movie.
Only a matter of time until Pearce wins an Oscar, he's one of the best actors working today. Hopefully these clips make it on the blu-ray release if they aren't in the actual movie.
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9:49PM on 02/28/2012
I think what we are leaning towards is the revelation that on the journey to create the Bishop android they accidentally built the alien species, or it somehow evolved from it. Make's Bishop in Aliens a lot more interesting. And it's SUPER INTERESTING because even if that's not the way it plays out and Pearce is simply channeling Bishop, Bishop is a James Cameron creation, he was not in Scott's Alien.
I think what we are leaning towards is the revelation that on the journey to create the Bishop android they accidentally built the alien species, or it somehow evolved from it. Make's Bishop in Aliens a lot more interesting. And it's SUPER INTERESTING because even if that's not the way it plays out and Pearce is simply channeling Bishop, Bishop is a James Cameron creation, he was not in Scott's Alien.
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8:43AM on 02/29/2012
Not only was Bishop a Cameron creation, so was the actual spelling of Weyland and its logo as we know it. Scott's "company" was Weylan Yutani (no "D") and the logo was some kind of Egyptian sun. Also in Scott's movie, the first android, Ash, was developed by Hyperdyne Systems and "working" for W-Y.
Not only was Bishop a Cameron creation, so was the actual spelling of Weyland and its logo as we know it. Scott's "company" was Weylan Yutani (no "D") and the logo was some kind of Egyptian sun. Also in Scott's movie, the first android, Ash, was developed by Hyperdyne Systems and "working" for W-Y.
9:15PM on 02/28/2012
But for a time, it was good.
But for a time, it was good.
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9:04PM on 02/28/2012
Wow. That was amazing!!! Can't wait for the movie, and I love how TED Talk is getting product placement! :)
Wow. That was amazing!!! Can't wait for the movie, and I love how TED Talk is getting product placement! :)
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8:34PM on 02/28/2012

Aside from the obvious

One of the really cool things about this viral piece is that the period its set in, 2023, is just about the exact time that engineers in South Korea estimate to have a "Home Robot" (aka android) in every home in South Korea. And near the time Bill Gates said that this will be a huge worldwide industry... and that's when our troubles will start ;)

They're really doing their homework here.
One of the really cool things about this viral piece is that the period its set in, 2023, is just about the exact time that engineers in South Korea estimate to have a "Home Robot" (aka android) in every home in South Korea. And near the time Bill Gates said that this will be a huge worldwide industry... and that's when our troubles will start ;)

They're really doing their homework here.
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7:12PM on 02/28/2012

Double the surprise...

...I actually stumbled on this while making my weekly visit on TED. Great viral video, and I assume I'm part of the target demographics for this movie, so spot on choosing TED!
...I actually stumbled on this while making my weekly visit on TED. Great viral video, and I assume I'm part of the target demographics for this movie, so spot on choosing TED!
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6:11PM on 02/28/2012
Kind of sounds like John Hurt.

Anyway, villainizing corporations is somewhat adolescent. All the worst atrocities the world has ever known have been facilitated through the enactment of governmental policies, not private corporation ventures.

Still looking forward to seeing this one though.
Kind of sounds like John Hurt.

Anyway, villainizing corporations is somewhat adolescent. All the worst atrocities the world has ever known have been facilitated through the enactment of governmental policies, not private corporation ventures.

Still looking forward to seeing this one though.
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6:33PM on 02/28/2012
LOL at your ignorance and politicking
LOL at your ignorance and politicking
7:03PM on 02/28/2012
It's always easy to throw out insults containing words you don't understand. Another sign of adolescence.
It's always easy to throw out insults containing words you don't understand. Another sign of adolescence.
8:14PM on 02/28/2012
You really gotta be fucking kidding me with this post man....people like you actually exsist?
You really gotta be fucking kidding me with this post man....people like you actually exsist?
8:16PM on 02/28/2012
Expletives are the sign of an ignorant mind struggling to express itself.
Expletives are the sign of an ignorant mind struggling to express itself.
8:26PM on 02/28/2012
If this film and the history you're quoting has taught us anything, its the the way things happen and reasons why, evolve and change over time.

Corporations have the same amount of money and influence to say, divert attention from an "embarrassing issue" as any government nowadays.

Remember, Apple is worth more than at least 3 countries. Doesn't take too much imagination to formulate a negative outcome from an amoral company having that much capital.

Back to the point though,
If this film and the history you're quoting has taught us anything, its the the way things happen and reasons why, evolve and change over time.

Corporations have the same amount of money and influence to say, divert attention from an "embarrassing issue" as any government nowadays.

Remember, Apple is worth more than at least 3 countries. Doesn't take too much imagination to formulate a negative outcome from an amoral company having that much capital.

Back to the point though, Weyland-Yutani have been the bad guys in this series from day one (1979). Its not adolescence in this case, its tradition.

Agreed about the John Hurt thing though.
8:56PM on 02/28/2012
Thanks electriclite, you offer an intelligent comment.

I would argue that it's adolescent in the sense that it provides a shallow 2 dimensional caricature of a capitalist or corporate person, the kind of stereotype that made its appearance in early Soviet propaganda films.

What about the grandmother that sells her knitting on etsy? Or the 10 year old girl that has a lemonade stand? Or the college student who sells their textbooks at the end of a semester? Or the entrepreneurs selling
Thanks electriclite, you offer an intelligent comment.

I would argue that it's adolescent in the sense that it provides a shallow 2 dimensional caricature of a capitalist or corporate person, the kind of stereotype that made its appearance in early Soviet propaganda films.

What about the grandmother that sells her knitting on etsy? Or the 10 year old girl that has a lemonade stand? Or the college student who sells their textbooks at the end of a semester? Or the entrepreneurs selling Occupy gear on eBay? These are capitalists too.

JoBlo Media is incorporated. What horrors have they inflicted on mankind? You cite Apple and make the claim that it doesn't take too much imagination to formulate a negative outcome, but that's the problem; the fact that any imagination or formulation is required at all. Prometheus is being produced by the 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. How many mass graves have they dug?
Has anything that these corporations or others have done matched something like the atrocities of Holodomor for instance?

The answer in my estimation would have to be no. It's always governmental policies that facilitate these kinds of horrors throughout mankind's 6,000 years of recorded history.

That's why generally speaking, with a few obvious criminal exceptions, most complaints levied against corporate entities are purely imaginary, vastly over exaggerated, and based mostly on envy.

This is how children operate, often yelping about fairness and what toys the other guy has. So while the anti-corporatism may be traditional, the tradition in my opinion is nevertheless adolescent. Not to mention that this kind of corporate capitalist villain is sooooooo played. Time for something different. Most folks grow out of this anti-capitalist contrarianism after college; I had hoped Scott might do the same.
9:55PM on 02/28/2012
The Hearst family owned the print media of the early 1900's (akin to say Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp) and through purposeful manipulation via high circulation fabricated a non-existent event catapulting us into the Spanish American War. This had no happened before in our recorded history. How many graves were dug for that war?

There is a huge gap between the modest profits of a corner lemonade stand as opposed to Apple's $450 Billion+ profits. The girl in the lemonade stand does not have to
The Hearst family owned the print media of the early 1900's (akin to say Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp) and through purposeful manipulation via high circulation fabricated a non-existent event catapulting us into the Spanish American War. This had no happened before in our recorded history. How many graves were dug for that war?

There is a huge gap between the modest profits of a corner lemonade stand as opposed to Apple's $450 Billion+ profits. The girl in the lemonade stand does not have to answer why the people who work for the factory that make her product are committing mass suicide for forced inhuman working hours. The lemonade stand doesn't have the potential to pollute the local water supply with waste runoff from the plant where the lemons are squeezed, etc...

Sure when you place those numbers against the atrocities committed over the 6,000+ years of recorded history they fall short, but industry and corporations haven't been around that long. But then by that logic the sword is the most deadliest weapon because its older,has been around longer than the handgun and therefore has killed more people. Doesn't mean a handgun isn't potentially less deadly.

Plus you must factor in corporate Americas ever increasing and lucrative contracts with the military. One must know that any kind partnership with the Pentagon can and will result in graves. Maybe non for our side but definitely for the other guy. Sure no one cares about the "other guy", but its still a grave nonetheless.

Anyway, as I said previously in the case of Weyland-Yutani its not a question of adolescent tastes, its basically following the previous history of the films, in that the Weyland-Yutani corporation, in its dogged determination to innovate its weapon program sacrificed the lives of its employees in order to acquire a deadly creature ignoring the highly probable negative outcomes.

Not all corporations may be evil, but Weyland-Yutani is.
12:11AM on 02/29/2012
Again electriclite, you offer intelligent commentary. Thank you.

The notion that media outlets never had used propagandist material to draw people into war before the 1900s doesn't present a full picture of history. In fact we don't really have to go that far; we can cite the pamphleteers of the American Revolution to see an earlier precedent. The notion of a media outlets manufacturing an imaginary event however, goes as far as back as the authors of the bible, even cuneiform texts and
Again electriclite, you offer intelligent commentary. Thank you.

The notion that media outlets never had used propagandist material to draw people into war before the 1900s doesn't present a full picture of history. In fact we don't really have to go that far; we can cite the pamphleteers of the American Revolution to see an earlier precedent. The notion of a media outlets manufacturing an imaginary event however, goes as far as back as the authors of the bible, even cuneiform texts and Egyptian hieroglyphics, where imaginary supernatural events have allowed despots to justify uncountable wars, most of these advocated by government of one kind or another.

Furthermore, media outlets leading societies to wars with incorrect information isn't limited to the few examples that can be cited with private corporations. Ministries of Truth in many despotic governments have disseminated information that directly led to more deaths. For instance the Iraqi Minister of Information repeated informed the citizens of Iraq that they had U.S. forces on the run. How many Iraqi people and soldiers died by being emboldened by this false information?

There may be a huge gap between the modest profits of a corner lemonade stand as opposed to Apple's $450 Billion+ profits, but who is it that makes the arbitrary decision as to what constitutes a huge gap, and what gap is acceptable? Furthermore, though there may be a huge gap, that hasn't stopped government from oppressing children:

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Additionally, when I read phrases like "why the people who work for the factory that make her product are committing mass suicide for forced inhuman working hours," I immediately wonder, where has this happened? I'm not automatically discounting you, but I read so many imaginary hypotheticals that without some kind of citation to an actual event, I tend not to believe any of them.

In regards to pollution, I feel that this argument is a canard. The reason being is that those who oppose private sector pollution, turn a blind eye to government pollution. Case in point, in Milwaukee the MSDS on the shores of Lake Michigan routinely pump out raw human sewage into the lake, allowing passengers on jet liners overhead a view of a big brown spot in the lake right next to their plant. Yet the protesters are absent. One can imagine, if this were a private corporation, armies of college students attempting to recreate the 1960s would be marching and chanting. So this is really just a tool that those who envy corporate success use to facilitate their means.

I think your analogy of the sword vs. the gun is a bit lacking. In that case you're talking about an inanimate object, a tool. That tool requires human decision making for it to work. In the end, that's what we're really talking about here, human decision making as opposed to lifeless tools. There's a reason why we compare it to the entirety of mankind's 6,000 years of recorded history. Because that much experience with government tells us that to go back down that dark road, isn't very wise particularly so soon after the Age of Enlightenment.

I also think your analogy in regards to contracts with the military doesn't really apply fully. When we talk about human atrocities, we're not talking about wars in general. After all, there are some good wars, WWII for instance is widely recognized as a justifiable and noble fight. At the risk of invoking Godwin's law, we're talking specifically about genocidal acts, like Holodomor that I mentioned above, or the Holocaust, or the gassing of the Kurds. These kinds of atrocities are always the brainchildren of social engineers and governmental officials.

I understand that the case of Weyland-Yutani is following the previous history of the films. What I'm saying is that the previous history of the films is adolescent in its anti-corporatism. Weyland-Yutani may be an evil corporation, but it's a fictional corporation, and that's really the crux of my point; the fact that it takes imagination to formulate these kinds of anti-corporate and anti-capitalist portrayals. We shouldn't allow those who play pretend for a living, to form our world views.
12:22AM on 02/29/2012
Look up Foxconn and factory conditions.

Nightline actually did a report on this issue.
Look up Foxconn and factory conditions.

Nightline actually did a report on this issue.
5:55PM on 02/28/2012

I 'm maybe trippin'

But Pearce's take on Weyland does resemble Lance Henriksen's Charles Bishop Weyland. It's the way he talks kinda reminds me of Bishop...
So looking foward to this.
But Pearce's take on Weyland does resemble Lance Henriksen's Charles Bishop Weyland. It's the way he talks kinda reminds me of Bishop...
So looking foward to this.
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5:52PM on 02/28/2012
This is definitely not an extended version of Pearce's part in the film or anything of the sort. It's a viral video shot by Luke Scott in promotion of the film. A fantastic one at that.
This is definitely not an extended version of Pearce's part in the film or anything of the sort. It's a viral video shot by Luke Scott in promotion of the film. A fantastic one at that.
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5:49PM on 02/28/2012
Let's just forget about the fact that is a prequel to Alien directed by Scott himself which is his return to the genre... leaving all that aside, this short video alone sold me!

THIS IS HOW YOU PROMOTE A MOVIE!

How long must we wait?????

PS: Pearce is now officially the Lord of the Awesome Cameos
Let's just forget about the fact that is a prequel to Alien directed by Scott himself which is his return to the genre... leaving all that aside, this short video alone sold me!

THIS IS HOW YOU PROMOTE A MOVIE!

How long must we wait?????

PS: Pearce is now officially the Lord of the Awesome Cameos
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5:46PM on 02/28/2012
Very cool! This is basically the grandson (great grandson?) of Charles Weyland from the earlier movies and he's kicking things off for the evil, greedy Weyland Corporation? A lot of Alien fans are going to fucking love this. Brilliant idea with the TED talk also.
Very cool! This is basically the grandson (great grandson?) of Charles Weyland from the earlier movies and he's kicking things off for the evil, greedy Weyland Corporation? A lot of Alien fans are going to fucking love this. Brilliant idea with the TED talk also.
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6:03PM on 02/28/2012
Prometheus takes place before Alien and has no ties to any other films in the franchise. So no, he isn't related to Charles Weyland because Charles Weyland doesn't exist in Ridley Scott's Alien universe.
Prometheus takes place before Alien and has no ties to any other films in the franchise. So no, he isn't related to Charles Weyland because Charles Weyland doesn't exist in Ridley Scott's Alien universe.
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5:35PM on 02/28/2012
That was a pretty awesome clip indeed!!! pearce prooves hes a badass, cant wait for lockout too!!
That was a pretty awesome clip indeed!!! pearce prooves hes a badass, cant wait for lockout too!!
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5:22PM on 02/28/2012

BAD....

...ASS!
After that clip I could watch a feature length sci-fi-drama/Guy Pearce vehicle about Peter Weyland alone! This only gets better the more I see leading up to Prometheus' release. This is my most anticipated film for 2012 so far.
...ASS!
After that clip I could watch a feature length sci-fi-drama/Guy Pearce vehicle about Peter Weyland alone! This only gets better the more I see leading up to Prometheus' release. This is my most anticipated film for 2012 so far.
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5:12PM on 02/28/2012
That is crazy I just got out of a TED talks class where we watch these videos. That is pretty cool though.
That is crazy I just got out of a TED talks class where we watch these videos. That is pretty cool though.
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5:08PM on 02/28/2012
Awesome vid! I cannot fucking wait for this movie!
Awesome vid! I cannot fucking wait for this movie!
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4:58PM on 02/28/2012
From what EW.com says, this video was directed by Ridley's son. So I doubt it plays into the actual movie. Cool vid though, can't wait for the movie
From what EW.com says, this video was directed by Ridley's son. So I doubt it plays into the actual movie. Cool vid though, can't wait for the movie
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