NFL: Redskins, Vkings,Browns, Lions and Bucs all fired their head coaches

December 30, 2013
On Black Monday, the unofficial term for the end of the NFL football season, five of the leagues fired their head coaches as a result of their less than stellar performances over the season.
 
Washington's Mike Shanahan, Detroit's Jim Schwartz, Minnesota's Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay's Greg Schiano were all let go from their organizations. The Cleveland Browns announced Rob Chudzinski's firing on Sunday night after his freshman season. The Bucs fired General Manager Mark Dominik also.

12 teams remain in the running for a chance compete for the AFC and NFC championships leading to the ultimate game, Superbowl on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

For more info on the season, visit NFL.com.


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'Kennedy Center Honors': Carlos Santana honored in D. C. ceremony

December 29, 2013
Rock legend Carlos Santana was presented with the Kennedy Center Honors presentation. The December 8th ceremony was broadcast on CBS over the weekend. President and Mrs. Barack Obama attended the gala alongside honorees which, besides Santana, included Herbie Hancock, Shirley MacClaine, Billy Joel and opera singer Martina Arroyo.

The annual event recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television. In keeping with tradition, the roster of performers and presenters remained secret prior to the gala, and a short biographical film was featured during each honoree’s tribute.

Performers and presenters honoring Santana included Harry Belafonte,  Buddy Guy, Juanes, Sheila E., Tom Morello, Fher Olvera and Steve Winwood.

Harry Belafonte, a 1989 Kennedy Center Honoree, introduced the tribute to his longtime friend, multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning musician Carlos Santana. “I tell you folks, there’s no two ways about it, we have got to do something about Mexican immigration. Every day you have people like Carlos Santana coming into this country and taking jobs that should be going to… to Americans!” he joked. Belafonte continued, “Carlos Santana is now a citizen of the world. He belongs to all of us. And while he hasn’t transcended race and origin – really, who of us does? – he has continued to be informed by the immigrant experience and the journey to the American dream. I think that’s why his music is so filled with joy and passion… and his heart is filled with love and generosity. Even without the music, Carlos Santana would be an essential humanitarian… but with the music… well, he is a god. His music tells us to be happy, to get up and move and not just side to side, but to get up and move mountains. It tells us to love. And what a privilege it is tonight to give back some of that love to my friend, Carlos Santana.”

Check out a performance from Sheila E and Steve Winwood from the show:



Glenn Close opened the festivities with a quote from 1980 Kennedy Center Honoree Agnes DeMille, who said, “The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” Close continued, “This year we honor five who, throughout their lives, made creative leaps… landing on their feet, providing joy and enlightenment to millions. We proudly add their names to our signature wall. A songwriting lad from New York whose songs illuminate our lives and his fans crowned him America’s piano man. A wide-eyed girl from Harlem whose tenacity and sublime voice fueled a triumphal march to becoming a queen of Verdi opera. A Chicago prodigy who loved playing Gershwin and loved taking risks – exploring music’s far frontiers and becoming our very own Jazz Master-in-Chief. A captivating redhead from Virginia with legs up to here, a heart out to there, and a life too big for just one lifetime. A virtuoso who brought the passion of his beat to America, his supernatural guitar and his super sounds electrifying us from Woodstock to the White House. These are our 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees.”

The musical portion of the tribute commenced with a vibrant introduction by the Rob Mathes All Star Band of “Soul Sacrifice,” followed by an exciting performance medley of “Corazon Espinado,” “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va,” with Mana vocalist Fher Olvera, Juanes on vocals and electric guitar, and guitarist Tom Morello. Next, blues legend Buddy Guy, a 2012 Kennedy Center Honoree, performed “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man.” Finally, musician Steven Winwood and Sheila E gave the audience an exhilarating rendition of “Everybody’s Everything,” which concluded the performances in honor of Carlos Santana.
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Trailer: 'Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond'

Check out the trailer for the anticipated BBC America mini-series "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond." The series tells the story of author-to-be, Ian Fleming. The man whose own life and escapades were the inspiration for one of the most iconic figures in modern literature – James Bond.

The four-part drama stars Dominic Cooper as Fleming, a charming and sophisticated maverick, whose pleasure-seeking life was turned around by WWII and led to the creation of the greatest spy the world has ever known.

"Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" premieres Wednesday, January 29, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of BBC AMERICA’s Dramaville.

Check out the trailer below:


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'Days of our Lives': previews for the week of December 30th



Here's a look at what's happening on "Days of our Lives" this week. The show is preempted on Hew Year's Day but there's a lot going on in Salem for the rest of the week.

Week of December 30th:

Eric (Greg Vaughan) and Nicole (Ari Zucker) are stunned as Daniel (Shawn Christian) accuses Brady (Eric Martsolf) of once again using drugs.

Gabi (Camila Banus), Kate (Lauren Koslow), Sami (Alison Sweeney), EJ (James Scott) and Sonny (Freddie Smith) panic when it appears Will (Chandler Massey) won’t keep their secret.
   
On New Year’s Eve, Sami and EJ work together to help Sonny.

Things heat up between Rafe (Galen Gerring) and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) while Kate plots Jordan’s downfall.

Daniel and Nicole save Brady from a dangerous situation.

Eric struggles with his growing feelings for Nicole.

"Days of our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC.
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'Glee': Alex Newell talks playing Unique at 2013 'Trevor Project' Event

December 28, 2013
TrevorLIVE held their semi-annual event of The Trevor Project. Trevor Project is dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. This year's event honored "Glee" star Jane Lynch and included appearances by host Kathy Griffin, Megan Hilty, the cast of "Glee," Adam Lambert, Cheyanne Jackson, Josh Duhamel, and more. 

One of the many stars attending the event was actor and singer Alex Newell. Newell is best known as Wade "Unique" Adams on "Glee." He was the first season runner-up on "The Glee Project."

Check out the interview with Alex below:

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Revolt to air Power 105 Radio's 'The Breakfast Club'

REVOLT and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today that nationally syndicated, award-winning hit radio show on New York’s Power 105, “The Breakfast Club,” starring Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy, will be televised live Monday through Friday on REVOLT TV beginning by March 3, 2014.
 “The Breakfast Club,” the award-winning, live morning show stars Charlamagne Tha God host of MTV2’s “Guy Code,” “Girl Code” “Guy Court” and Charlamagne & Friends; Angela Yee, former morning show host on shade 45 at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and cast member from VH1's “The Gossip Game;” and DJ Envy, legendary DJ, mixtape master, and host of MTV2’s “Sucker Free” and “Week in Jams.”

Launched in December 2010, “The Breakfast Club” was named the No. 1 radio program in the nation by “The Source” magazine. It’s also widely regarded as one of the most informative and entertaining urban morning shows today.

 To learn more about “The Breakfast Club” on REVOLT: http://youtu.be/0peDvAjCThI
REVOLT, www.revolt.tv, is available on Comcast’s Xfinity TV and Time Warner Cable, the multi-genre, multi-platform music network delivers music news in real-time, and the best of the best in music programming. REVOLT is live, direct, and always on - anytime, anywhere, any screen.
 
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HGTV: annual Dream House contest open

December 27, 2013
HGTV is having their annual Dream Home Giveaway. This year's home to win is a mountain home. Fans can enter twice a day to win a custom-built, sophisticated mountain home near Lake Tahoe, California. HGTV Dream Home 2014 Giveaway entry period runs through Feb. 14, 2014.

During the giveaway period, viewers can enter twice online per day: once at HGTV.com and once at FrontDoor.com. HGTV Facebook and Twitter fans can elect to receive ongoing updates and new details, and fans can sign up for daily e-mail reminders at HGTV.com. Odds of winning the sweepstakes depend on the number of entries. Official rules can be found at hgtv.com/dreamhome.

 Check out a video tour below:


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New Year's Eve on TV 2013: your guide to December 31

If you decide to stay home for New Year's Eve, there's plenty of programming to keep you company. So grab the champagne and your remote and enjoy.

Here's what's on tap for Tuesday, December 31, 2013:

ABC (8-10pm): NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE PRESENTS THE 30 GREATEST WOMEN IN MUSIC

ABC (10-11pm): DICK CLARK'S PRIMETIME NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST

ABC (11:30pm-2am): DICK CLARK'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST -- Jenny McCarthy and Fergie ring in the New Year along with Ryan Seacrest.

ABC Family (11am-Midnight): Week of Wonderful (11am: THE FOSTERS Marathon; 6pm: THE PRINCESS DIARIES; 8:30pm: TWILIGHT)

Cartoon Network (7-7:15pm): REGULAR SHOW "New Year's Kiss"Fox (11pm-12:30am): NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE



Hallmark (6am-10am): Countdown to Christmas (6am: HATS OFF TO CHRISTMAS!; 8am: CATCH A CHRISTMAS STAR)

Hallmark (2pm-Midnight): Countdown to Christmas (2pm: CHRISTMAS SONG; 4pm: A HOLIDAY ENGAGEMENT; 6pm: THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR; 8pm: LET IT SNOW; 10pm: DEBBIE MACOMBER'S TRADING CHRISTMAS)

PBS (8-9:30pm): LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER "New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma"

Veria Living (4pm-2am): VERIA LIVING TOP TEN Marathon
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Shoe Cam: Sierra Deaton of 'The X-Factor'

December 24, 2013
Singer Sierra Deaton looks poised to become one a fashionista in the music world. The season 4 winner of "The X-Factor" as part of the duo Alex and Sierra, had many cute outfits over the season and even cuter shoes.

Here's a look at the pair that she wore on finale night:



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'The Fosters': first 10 episodes on ABC Family.com; show returns Monday, January 13

December 23, 2013
The first 10 episodes of ABC Family’s breakout hit “The Fosters” are now available on ABCFamily.com or through the ABC Family App for smartphones and tablets. 

“The Fosters” returns with new episodes on Monday, January 13, 2014, at 9pm ET/PT on ABC Family. “The Fosters” is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams Foster, a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins Mariana and Jesus. Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie, a guarded teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie and her younger brother Jude into their home hoping to provide them with the guidance and nurturing so desperately needed. 

"The Fosters" stars Teri Polo as Stef Foster, Sherri Saum as Lena Adams Foster, Jake T. Austin as Jesus Foster, Hayden Byerly as Jude Jacob, David Lambert as Brandon Foster, Maia Mitchell as Callie Jacob, Danny Nucci  as Mike Foster and Cierra Ramirez as Mariana Foster. 

ABCFamily.com provides full episodes of the network's hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas." ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.
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'Saturday Night Live': Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake team up (recap)

December 22, 2013
"Saturday Night Live" had its last show of 2013, hosted by Jimmy Fallon with musical guest Justin Timberlake. There were many surprise appearances throughout the night, including Madonna, Paul McCartney and Barry Gibb.

Here are some of the night's most memorable moments:










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'People's Choice Awards': Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Marg Helenberger among presenters for 2014

The 2014 People's Choice Awards  has lined up Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Sandra Bullock, Kaley Cuoco, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Deschanel, Roma Downey, Marg Helgenberger, Josh Holloway, LL COOL J, Chris O’Donnell, Michael Weatherly and many more to appear on the live broadcast on Wednesday, Jan. 8 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on CBS. This year's show will be hosted by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs stars of the hit CBS comedy, "2 Broke Girls."

The show will feature performances of the Grammy-nominated song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles and the chart-topping single “Counting Stars” from OneRepublic. The live show will also feature comedy pre-tapes starring the host and a series of special guests

 Winners, nominees and categories of the show are determined by the fans who thus far, have logged a record-breaking half a billion votes. The categories of “Favorite New TV Comedy,” “Favorite New TV Drama,” and “Favorite Music Fan Following” remain open for voting at http://www.PeoplesChoice.com/pca/vote/ until show night.

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'Katie': remaining shows will have live format

The remaining shows of the now cancelled "Katie" will go live according to THR. A representative for Disney/ABC confirmed to the magazine that from January though June, when production ends, Katie," will be produced live on four out of five days with the fifth show will be taped.Couric reportedly agreed to the switch because it "streamlines the process and helps maximize the show's available resources."

Earlier this month, ABC and Couric announced the cancellation of the talk show after a two year run. The talk show host will transition to a job as global anchor for Yahoo.

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'The Sing-Off': Live tour announced

NBC's under rated reality competition show "The Sing-Off" is going on tour. The winner of Season 4, to be announced on the December 23rd finale, will head out with finalists from previous seasons, including season 3 winners Pentatonix.

Tickets are available at singofftour.com, with special ticket packages provided by VIP Nation. The tour will feature favorite performances of the season, the tour will feature individual sets from each act, as well as new group numbers, Ultimate Sing-Off battles and other surprises.

Catch the season finale of "The Sing-Off" on Monday, December 23 at 8:00pm est/7:00pm cst, on NBC.
The schedule for "The Sing-Off " Live Tour! is listed below:

2/19/14            Verona, NY                Turning Stone Casino
2/20/14            Boston, MA                Wilbur Theater
2/21/14            Red Bank, NJ             Count Basie Theatre
2/22/14            Lancaster, PA            American Music Theatre
2/23/14            Westbury, NY            Westbury Music Fair
2/25/14            Englewood, NJ           Bergen Performing Arts Center
2/26/14            Schenectady, NY        Proctors Theatre
2/27/14            Bethlehem, PA            Sands Casino
2/28/14            University Park, PA    Bryce Jordan Center
3/1/14              Philadelphia, PA         Theatre of Living Arts
3/2/14              Baltimore, MD            Soundstage
3/4/14              Charlotte, NC            Fillmore
3/5/14              Silver Spring, MD       Fillmore
3/6/14              Raleigh, NC                Memorial Auditorium
3/7/14              Atlantic City, NJ         Golden Nugget
3/8/14              Uncasville, CT            Wolf Den
3/9/14              Amherst, NY              UB Center for the Arts
3/11/14            Cincinnati, OH            Bogarts
3/13/14            Indianapolis, IN          Murat Theatre
3/14/14            Cleveland, OH          State Theatre
3/15/14            Chicago, IL               House of Blues
3/16/14            Louisville, KY            Palace Theatre
3/19/14            Detroit, MI                  Royal Oak Music Hall
3/20/14            Milwaukee, WI           Pabst Theatre
3/21/14            Minneapolis, MN        Mill City
3/22/14            Kansas City, MO        Arvest Bank Theatre at Midland
3/23/14            Denver, CO                 Ogden Theatre
3/25/14            Seattle, WA                Showbox Sodo
3/26/14            Salem, OR                   Elsinore Theatre
3/27/14            San Francisco, CA      Warfield
3/28/14            Riverside, CA            Fox Performing Arts Center
3/29/14            Los Angeles, CA        House of Blues
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Starbucks to carry Beyonce's self-titled album

December 20, 2013
Beyoncé’s self-titled album will be available at more than 7,000 Starbucks® stores across the U.S. starting today. Beyoncé, featuring 14 tracks and 17 videos was released digitally on December 13 and the CD + DVD set will be available at participating U.S. Starbucks stores beginning Friday, December 20, 2013.

Starbucks is also selling a variety of CDs for the holiday season, including A Mary Christmas (Mary J. Blige), Tis the Season (Various Artists), Wrapped in Red (Kelly Clarkson) and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Beyoncé’s self-titled album will begin arriving at Starbucks® stores on Friday, December 20, 2013.Participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S., while supplies last. The CD will sell for $16.95 (U.S.) For more info, visit us in our stores or online at starbucks.com.

 To order the CD click on the link below:


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Hollywood Christmas Parade: Jenifer Lewis represents Los Angeles Zoo

Dusty Rhino CarThe annual Hollywood Christmas Parade welcomed many stars of music and television. One of the stars riding in the parade was actress and singer Jenifer Lewis. Lewis represented the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for its debut in the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 1, 2013.  Lewis, a long-time enthusiast for the Zoo, will rode in the “Dusty Rhino” art car, a vehicle created to call attention to the endangered status of the world's dramatically dwindling rhinoceros population as well as to the symbiotic relationship between species.   

 Lewis has appeared in more than 300 films and TV shows. She was recently seen in "Baggage Claim" and can next be seen in "Think Like A Man Too" and "The Wedding Ringer."  For six seasons, she portrayed "Lana Hawkins" on "Strong Medicine."

The Hollywood Christmas Parade will have a premiere run on Hallmark Channel (between December 10 - 15) along with an encore run on Hallmark Movie Channel the following week. In addition, this year the parade will air on over 350 stations nationwide the weekend of December 22nd. KTLA will air the program on December 20th from 8 to 10pm. 
  
Check out the interview with Jenifer below:


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Last minute gift ideas with Best Buys Deal of the Day: Harry Potter Complete Collection

December 19, 2013
Looking for some last minute gift ideas? Check out the Deals of the Day from Best Buy: 

Harry Potter -Complete-8-film-Collection  
49.99 on sale reg. 84.99

Special Features

  • Hours of revealing materiasl, including additional scenes, interviews with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers, tours of Hogwarts secrets, moviemaking magic uncovered and Warner Bros. maximum movie mode

Synopsis

Includes:
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), MPAA Rating: PG
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), MPAA Rating: PG
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), MPAA Rating: PG
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), MPAA Rating: PG
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010), MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011), MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011), MPAA Rating: PG-13

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    The best-selling novel by J.K. Rowling (titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in England, as was this film adaptation) becomes this hotly anticipated fantasy adventure from Chris Columbus, the winner of a high-stakes search for a director to bring the first in a hoped-for franchise of Potter films to the screen by Warner Bros. Upon his 11th birthday, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), who lives in misery with an aunt and uncle that don't want him, learns from a giant named Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) that he is the orphaned son of powerful wizards. Harry is offered a place at prestigious Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards that exists in a realm of magic and fantasy outside the dreary existence of normal humans or "Muggles." At Hogwarts, Harry quickly makes new friends and begins piecing together the mystery of his parents' deaths, which appear not to have been accidental after all. The film features alternate-version scenes for every mention of the titular rock. Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, John Cleese, and Fiona Shaw co-star. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    Youthful wizard Harry Potter returns to the screen in this, the second film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series of novels for young people. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) return for a second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Headmaster Dumbledore (Richard Harris), Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), and Hagrid the Giant (Robbie Coltrane) are joined by new faculty members Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), a self-centered expert in Defense against the Dark Arts, and Sprout (Miriam Margolyes), who teaches Herbology. However, it isn't long before Harry and company discover something is amiss at Hogwarts: Students are petrified like statues, threats are written in blood on the walls, and a deadly monster is on the loose. It seems that someone has opened the mysterious Chamber of Secrets, letting loose the monster and all its calamitous powers. As Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out to find the secret chamber and slay the beast, speculation is rife that one of the heirs of Salazar Slytherin, the co-founder of the school, opened the chamber as a warning against the presence of "mudbloods" (magic-users of impure lineage) at the school -- and that the culprit may be fellow student Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton). Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets featured Richard Harris' second and final appearance as Headmaster Dumbledore; he died less than a month before the film was released in the United States. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    After directing the first two movies in the Harry Potter franchise, Chris Columbus opted to serve as producer for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and passed the baton to Y Tu Mamá También director Alfonso Cuarón. Though "immensely popular" is an understatement when it comes to Harry Potter, Azkaban is somewhat of a departure from its predecessors, and particularly beloved among fans for its surprise ending. Prisoner of Azkaban also marks the introduction of Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), who has escaped from the title prison after 12 years of incarceration. Believed to have been the right-hand-man of the dark wizard Voldemort, whom Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) mysteriously rendered powerless during his infancy, some of those closest to Harry suspect Black has returned to exact revenge on the boy who defeated his master. Upon his return to school, however, Harry is relatively unconcerned with Black. Run by Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) -- who is widely regarded as the most powerful wizard of the age -- Hogwarts is renowned for its safety. Harry's nonchalance eventually turns to blind rage after accidentally learning the first of Black's many secrets during a field trip to a neighboring village. Of course, a loose serial killer is only one of the problems plaguing the bespectacled wizard's third year back at school -- the soul-sucking guards of Azkaban prison have been employed at Hogwarts to protect the students, but their mere presence sends Harry into crippling fainting spells. With the help of his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), and Defense Against the Dark Arts professor Remus Lupin (David Thewlis), Harry struggles to thwart the Dementors, find Sirius Black, and uncover the mysteries of the night that left him orphaned. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Directed by Mike Newell, the fourth installment to the Harry Potter series finds Harry (Daniel
    Radcliffe) wondering why his legendary scar -- the famous result of a death curse gone wrong -- is aching in pain, and perhaps even causing mysterious visions. Before he can think too much about it, however, Harry boards the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he will attend his fourth year of magical education. Shortly after his reunion with his best friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), Harry is introduced to yet another Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher: the grizzled Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson), a former dark wizard catcher who agreed to take on the infamous "DADA" professorship as a personal favor to Headmaster Dumbledore (Michael Gambon). Of course, Harry's wishes for an uneventful school year are almost immediately shattered when he is unexpectedly chosen, along with fellow student Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson), as Hogwarts' representative in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, which awards whoever completes three magical tasks the most skillfully with a thousand-galleon purse and the admiration of the international wizard community. As difficult as it is to deal with his schoolwork, friendships, and the tournament at the same time (not to mention his feelings toward the ever unfathomable Professor Snape (Alan Rickman), Harry doesn't realize that the most feared wizard in the world, Lord Voldemort, is anticipating the tournament, as well. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Young wizard-in-training Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts for his fifth year of studies, only to find that the magical community seems to be in a curious state of denial about his recent encounter with the sinister Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in the fifth installment of the popular fantasy film series based on the best-selling books by author J.K. Rowling. Rumor has it that the dreaded Lord Voldemort has returned, but Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge (Robert Hardy) isn't so sure what to make of all the hearsay currently floating around the campus of Hogwarts. Suspecting that Headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) may be fueling the rumors regarding Voldemort's return in order to undermine his authority and lay claim to his job, Fudge entrusts newly arrived Defense Against the Dark Arts professor Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) with the task of tracking Dumbledore and keeping a protective watch over the nervous student body. The young wizards of Hogwarts will need something much more effective than Umbridge's Ministry-approved course in defensive magic if they are to truly succeed in the extraordinary battle that lies ahead, however, and when the administration fails to provide the students with the tools that they will need to defend Hogwarts against the fearsome powers of the Dark Arts, Hermione (Emma Watson), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Harry take it upon themselves to recruit a small group of students to form "Dumbledore's Army" in preparation for the ultimate supernatural showdown. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Adolescent wizard-in-training Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for another year of schooling and learns more about the dark past of the boy who grew up to become Lord Voldemort in this, the sixth installment of the film series that originated from the writings of author J.K. Rowling. There was a time when Hogwarts was thought of as a safe haven, but thanks to Voldemort's tightening grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, that simply isn't the case anymore. Suspecting that the castle may even harbor an outright threat, Harry finds his investigation into the matter sidelined by Dumbledore's attempts to prepare him for the monumental battle looming ever closer on the horizon. In order to discover the key to Voldemort's defenses, Dumbledore enlists the aid of resourceful yet unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, who may have a clue as to their enemy's Achilles' heel. Meanwhile, teenage hormones cause the students at Hogwarts to lose focus on their true mission. As Harry and Dean Thomas clash for the affections of the lovely Ginny, Romilda Vane attempts to woo Ron away from Lavender Brown with some particularly tasty chocolates. Even Hermione isn't immune from the love bug, though she tries her hardest to suppress her growing jealousy and keep her emotions bottled up. But there is one student who remains completely aloof from the romance blossoming all around, and he intends to leave a dark impression on his classmates. With tragedy looming ever closer, it begins to appear as if peace will prove elusive in Hogwarts for some time to come. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
    The first installment of the two-film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they search for the pieces of Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) soul that he extracted from his being and hid in obscure locations both far and wide. If the trio is unable to locate and destroy them all, Voldemort will remain immortal. Despite their long friendship, a combination of dark forces, romantic tensions, and long-held secrets threaten to sabotage the mission. David Yates directs. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
    The final adventure in the Harry Potter film series follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they prepare for a final battle with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), who is determined to destroy Harry once and for all. In order to defeat the powerful wizard, they must find and destroy Voldemort's last and most elusive Horcrux -- that is, the enchanted piece of soul allowing him to remain immortal -- before his nefarious plans come to fruition. David Yates directs. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
    The final adventure in the Harry Potter film series follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they prepare for a final battle with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), who is determined to destroy Harry once and for all. In order to defeat the powerful wizard, they must find and destroy Voldemort's last and most elusive Horcrux -- that is, the enchanted piece of soul allowing him to remain immortal -- before his nefarious plans come to fruition. David Yates directs. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi



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    Interview: Ken Osmond talks palying Eddie Haskill on 'Leave It to Beaver'

    December 18, 2013
    The annual Hollywood Christmas Parade welcomed many stars of music and television. One of the television stars riding in the parade was "Leave It to Beaver" star Ken Osmond.  Osmond played Eddie Haskill, best friend of Wally (Tony Dow) who constantly teased Wally's little brother Beaver (Jerry Mathers). The still-popular show was canceled in 1963 because the stars wanted to move on. Mathers was entering his freshman year in high school and Dow as about to graduate from high school. The Hollywood Christmas Parade airs December 20th. Check your local listings for show times.

    Check out the interview with Ken below:


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    'The Voice: Tessanne Chin named season 5 winner, star-studded finale included Celine Dion and Lady Gaga

    December 17, 2013
    Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin was named the winner of "The Voice: Season 5." Chin, a former background singer for Jimmy Cliff, was a member of Team Adam and competed in the finale along side fellow Team Adam contestant Will Champlin and Team Christina singer Jacquie Lee.


    Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, NE-YO and OneRepublic performed. Gaga performed "Do What U Want” as a duet with Christina Aguilera. Dion pulled double duty, singing in a duet with NE-YO on the song “Incredible” and also shared the stage with Chin.

    After Chin was announced as the winner, she sang her new single, an original song written by OneRepublic founder Ryan Tedder, who serves as the shows new in-house songwriter-producer.The Top 20 vocalists of the season returned to perform songs with the finalists.

    Season 6 of "The Voice" with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton with Shakira and Usher replacing Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green begins February 24th on NBC. 


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    Kiss, Nirvana, Hall & Oates to be inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    The next class of rockers for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced. This years inductees include Kiss, Nirvana, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens.

    The induction ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 10, and will be open to the public. The event will air as an HBO special in May.

    "We know that engaging the fans is a huge opportunity," Joel Peresman, president/CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement. "It gives them a chance to be a part of the ceremony, but it also adds a palpable energy to the event. Once we decided to open the ceremony to the public in New York, that had a huge impact on the decision to have it at Barclays Center."

    All of the inductees will have an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
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    Colin Farrell, Mark Wahlberg, Megadeth head to 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    December 16, 2013
    Coming up this week on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”:   



    December 16
    1. Actor Colin Farrell (“Saving Mr. Banks”) 2. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn (”Criminal Minds”) 3. Musical guest MEGADETH

    December 17
    1. Actor Mark Wahlberg (“Lone Survivor”) 2. Actor Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”) 3. Musical guest Polica

    December 18
    1. ESPN Correspondents Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose (“NBA Countdown on ESPN”) 2. Musical guest HAIM

    December 19
    1. Actor Will Ferrell (“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) 2. Actor Adam Scott (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) 3. Musical guest Ron Burgundy featuring Christopher Cross – also featuring JKL’s Unnecessary Censorship

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    Beyonce drops 'Self-Titled' album on iTunes

    December 14, 2013
    BeyonceBeyonce took the music industry by storm last night by releasing her new album quietly on itunes.

    With no promotion or public appearances to help give the release some buzz, the R &B diva allowed social media and word of mouth to do it for her.

    The album contains 14 songs and 17 videos with guests including Jay Z ("Drunk in Love"), Frank Ocean ("Superpower") and Drake ("Mine"). "Grown Woman" is included as a bonus video.

    The singer released a 2:30 minute promo of her videos on her official YouTube page.


    Track List:

    1. Pretty Hurts
    2. Haunted
    3. Drunk in Love (Featuring Jay Z)
    4. Blow/Cherry
    5. Angel
    6. Yoncé/Partition
    7. Jealous
    8. Rocket
    9. Mine (Featuring Drake)
    10. XO
    11. Flawless (Featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
    12. Superpower (Featuring Frank Ocean)
    13. Heaven
    14. Blue (Featuring Blue Ivy)
    Videos:
    1. Pretty Hurts - directed by Melina Matsoukas
    2. Ghost - directed by Pierre Debusschere
    3. Haunted - directed by Jonas Åkerlund
    4. Drunk in Love - directed by Hype Williams
    5. Blow - directed by Hype Williams
    6. Angel - directed by @lilinternet
    7. Yoncé - directed by Ricky Saiz
    8. Partition - directed by Jake Nava
    9. Jealous - directed by Beyoncé, Francesco Carrozzini & Todd Tourso
    10. Rocket - directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein
    11 .Mine - directed by Pierre Debusschere
    12. XO - directed by Terry Richardson
    13. ***Flawless - directed by Jake Nava
    14. Superpower - directed by Jonas Åkerlund
    15. Heaven -directed by Beyoncé & Todd Tourso
    16. Blue - directed by Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Bill Kirstein
    17. **BONUS VIDEO - Grown Woman - directed by Jake Nava

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    Trailer: 'House of Cards': first look at season 2 of the Netflix hit drama

    Here is a sneak at Season Two of the Netflix original series, "House of Cards." In the video, there are highlights from the first season as well as some first look footage from the upcoming second season of "House of Cards."

    The series is nominated for 4 Golden Globe nominations, including Best TV Series, Drama; Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama (Robin Wright); Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama (Kevin Spacey); and Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie (Corey Stoll).

    The second season premieres Friday, February 14, 2014 on Netflix.


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    'The X-Factor': Mario Lopez talks hosting live, eliminated contestants

    Mario Lopez with Josh Levi
    Season 3 of "The X-Factor" is down to the Top 3 finalists as the show has their two night finale next week. The show has a two-hour finale with Carlito Olivera, Alex and Sierra and Jeff Gutt going head-to-head for the title. Host Mario Lopez has the often challenging task of building suspense on elimination night and calming the nerves of the contestants and the judges.How does the host feel about some of the shocking eliminations this season?

    "At this point I think every elimination is [shocking], . .." Lopez host told reporters after the show. "I didn't think Ellona Santiago was going to go. I thought she was going to be in the finals and then seeing Rion [Page] and Carlito [Olivera] up there. I thought he killed it, going out there in the audience. It was great and Rion has been so great and an inspiration. I think at this point too what I love about the show is that you don't necessarily have to win to continue to do your thing and be successful. We saw that with Emblem 3 tonight and lil mix so I think the kids should just keep on with the challenge and hold their heads up that they made it to this point."



    It's hard for Lopez, with gets close to the contestants, to remain partial. Like everyone else, he has his favorites but won't ever say who they are to not sway the votes. "I get close to them all just because I like them all on a personal level," he said. "Once we got to the top 10 they were all just so talented. Id love to see Ellona [Santiago] or Josh Levi come back but that's just what's at the top of my head.I have favorites but I have to have a poker face. I can see their eyes watching me when I'm about to announce because they want to know who's name I'm going to say so I've really gotta keep a poker face."

    Catch “THE X FACTOR” SEASON FINALE, Wednesday, December 18 - Thursday, December 19 on FOX.
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    DVD Releases: 'The Act of Killing' on January 7th

    (via press release) - "The Act of Killing," the breakout documentary that won over audiences at such important film festivals as Toronto, Telluride, SXSW, True/False and Berlin (where it won the Audience Award) and went on to record-breaking box-office openings in New York and other major markets, comes to Blu-ray and DVD on January 7, 2014, from Drafthouse Films, in conjunction with Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM). The extras-filled discs contain both the original theatrical release and a longer director's cut. SRP is $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $27.95 for the DVD.

    In this documentary by Joshua Oppenheimer and executive produced by documentary titans, Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Into the Abyss)and Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War), the filmmakers examine a country where Indonesian death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings via musical numbers, action and comedy sequences and other genres of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result of Oppenheimer's daring idea is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.

    When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends went from selling movie tickets on the black market to leading anti-communist death squads in the mass murder of over a million people in one of the most overlooked genocides in recent history. The film ventures deep into the minds of the now-elderly killers and how they face the deadly acts they've done in a society that doesn't ask them to.

    The film has been championed by critics for its innovative and uncompromising approach, including Steven Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times, who wrote, "The Act of Killing could well change how you view the documentary form," and Tom Charity for CNN, who said the film is a "radical development in the documentary form and as an explosive journalistic expose." The Village Voice called the film "a masterpiece" and "essential viewing," and Janice Page of The Boston Globe says "The Act of Killing is one of the most extraordinary films you'll ever encounter, not to mention one of the craziest filmmaking concepts anywhere." Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post called it "a must see. Audacious, brilliant and boldly experimental...The Act of Killing breaks so many rules of documentary decorum that it virtually creates its own genre." Writing at Slate, Dana Stevens called the film "among the most profound, formally complex and emotionally overpowering documentaries I've ever seen."

    Texas native Joshua Oppenheimer has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. Educated at Harvard and Central Saint Martins, London, his award-winning films include The Globalization Tapes (2003, co-directed with Christine Cynn), The Entire History of the Louisana Purchase (1998, Gold Hugo, Chicago Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival), These Places We've Learned to Call Home (1996, Gold Spire, San Francisco Film Festival) and numerous shorts. Oppenheimer is Senior Researcher on the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council's Genocide and Genre project and has published widely on these themes. He is currently based in Copenhagen.


    Special Features on the Act of Killing release will include:

    Two versions of the film: 122-minute Theatrical Cut and 166-minute Director's Cut
    45-minute interview with director Joshua Oppenheimer on Democracy Now!
    VICE Presents: Executive Producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris on The Act of Killing
    Deleted scenes
    Trailers
    40-page booklet featuring an essay by Executive Producer Errol Morris
    Audio Commentary with Director Joshua Oppenheimer and Executive Producer Werner Herzog
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    'The Neighbors': cast talk holiday wishes, previews upcoming X-mas episode (Video)

    December 13, 2013
    Coming up on tonight's Fall finale of ABC's 'The Neighbors,"entitled,"A Christmas Story": When Debbie oversteps and accidentally ruins Larry's surprise Christmas gift for Dick, Larry responds the only way he knows how: going way over the top for gifts to Debbie's kids. Meanwhile, thinking gifts are the emblem of how you truly feel about someone, Reggie and Amber both struggle with getting each other the perfect gift.

    The cast of the show helped spread holiday at the Hollywood Christmas Parade which will air on local stations across the country on December 20th. Check out the video where the cast shares their holiday plans and tease what's coming up on the show.

    The Neighbors" stars Jami Gertz as Debbie Weaver, Lenny Venito as Marty Weaver, Simon Templeman as Larry Bird, Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver, Tim Jo as Reggie Jackson, Ian Patrick as Dick Butkus, Max Charles as Max Weaver and Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver.



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    TCM remembers: a tribute to those who passed away (Video)

    December 12, 2013
    TCM pays tribute to the cinematic artists who passed away in 2013 in the network's annual "TCM Remembers" video montage. This year's "TCM Remembers" tribute debuted last night on TCM and will appear in regular rotation on the network through December and January.

    Several stars included in TCM's video tribute this year are including Karen Black, Eileen Brennan, Harry Carey Jr., Deanna Durbin, Charles Durning, Annette Funicello, James Gandolfini, Jack Klugman, Eleanor Parker, Jean Stapleton, Esther Williams and Jonathan Winters, to name a few. Celebrated figures from behind the camera include producer special effects master Ray Harryhausen, writer/producer Elmore Leonard, writer Richard Matheson, director/stunt coordinator Hal Needham, Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima, writer/director/producer Michael Winner, director/screenwriter Bryan Forbes and screenwriters Fay Kanin and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, among several others. In addition, the TCM Remembers" video features film critics Roger Ebert and Stanley Kauffman. 



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    Songtress Patti Labelle remembers Nelson Mandela

    Patti Labelle remembered Nelson Mandela today during her appearance on CBS's "The Talk." The South African civil rights leader died last week at the age of 95.

    Check out the video below:



    "The Talk," hosted by Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert and Julie Chen, airs weekdays on CBS.

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    'So You Think You Can Dance' season11 auditions announced

    December 9, 2013
    The 11th season of "So You Think You Can Dance" is holding their annual search for contestants for the next favorite dancer. Auditions will be held in Atlanta, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Hopefuls will have the opportunity to show the judges they have what it takes to be America’s Favorite Dancer as auditions start on Monday, Jan. 13 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. Please check www.fox.com/dance for additional audition cities and dates.

    Audition information is as follows:

    Cities                                      Dates                                      Venues
    Atlanta, GA                             Monday, Jan. 13                     Fox Theatre
                                                                                                    660 Peachtree St. NE
                                                                                                    Atlanta, GA 30308

    New Orleans, LA                    Friday, Jan. 31                        New Orleans Ernest N. Morial
    Convention Center
     900 Convention Center Blvd.
     New Orleans, LA 70130

    Los Angeles, CA                     Sunday, March 23                  Orpheum Theatre
                                                                                                     842 Broadway
                                                                                                     Los Angeles, CA 90014

    Visit the official SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE site at www.fox.com/dance to view exclusive videos, photos and contestant profiles. “Like” SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SoYouThinkYouCanDance. Follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX and join the discussion using #sytycd.
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    TCM's 20th Anniversary Celebration: Alec Baldwin interviews Robert Osborne for 'Private Screening' series

    December 7, 2013
    (via press release) - For 20 years, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) host Robert Osborne has introduced thousands of films and interviewed hundreds of stars, including several longer in-depth interviews with Hollywood legends in his continuing series of specials, Private Screenings. This January, TCM is going to turn the tables on Osborne as the interviewer becomes the interviewee in TCM's brand new special Private Screenings: Robert Osborne. Osborne was interviewed for the special by his longtime friend and former co-host of "The Essentials Alec Baldwin. Private Screenings: Robert Osborne" is slated to premiere Monday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). It will be followed by a night of four films hand-picked by Osborne.

    The special is packed with great stories from Osborne's life and career, which has included influential encounters with several notable figures, Jane Darwell, who suggested he move to Hollywood after working with him in a regional theater production; Lucille Ball, who put him under contract at Desilu and later encouraged him to go into journalism; Natalie Wood, who helped him work out the questions for his first interview; Olivia de Havilland, who asked Osborne to escort her to the American Film Institute's tribute to Bette Davis and whom Osborne continues to talk nearly every Sunday; and Dorothy Lamour, who introduced Osborne to the executives who would eventually launch Turner Classic Movies. Osborne also speaks about the many memorable Private Screenings interviews he has conducted since the franchise launched in September 1995, including with such stars as Betty Hutton, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell and Mickey Rooney.

    The following is a complete schedule for TCM's salute to Robert Osborne, which includes the premiere of "Private Screenings: Robert Osborne," followed by four of Osborne's favorite films.

    Monday, Jan. 6
    8 p.m. – Private Screenings: Robert Osborne (2014) – Premiere
    9:30 p.m. – The Third Man (1949)
    11:30 p.m. – Private Screenings: Robert Osborne (2014) – Encore
    1 a.m. – Libeled Lady (1936)
    3 a.m. – Love Letters (1945)
    5 a.m. – The Band Wagon (1953)
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