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WWE® Reclaims Saturday Mornings With “WWE Saturday Morning Slam”

WWE® Reclaims Saturday Mornings With “WWE Saturday Morning Slam”

WWE and Saban Brands today announced a new, weekly half-hour show, WWE Saturday Morning Slam, that will debut on Saturday, August 25 at 10 a.m. WWE Saturday Morning Slam will be part of the television premiere of Vortexx on The CW, a Saturday morning kids’ television block, reaching 114 million U.S. television householdsThis marks the first time, since 2001, WWE will have a program in a kids’ time slot and reinforces WWE’s commitment to kid-friendly entertainment.

WWE Saturday Morning Slam packs the riveting in-ring action, the larger-than-life WWE Superstars, and the WWE’s entertaining brand extensions into the fastest, most energy-filled half-hour on television. WWE Superstar profiles, behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive WWE match every week will all combine to make WWE Saturday Morning Slam the perfect destination for the youngest viewers in the WWE Universe. The show will also include highlights from WWE’s Be a STAR anti-bullying campaign and other community initiatives.

“We are extremely excited to partner with the WWE to bring their world-class brand of entertainment to Vortexx,” said Joel Andryc, Co-President, Vortexx. “With a focus on action, adventure and comedy, Vortexx is the perfect home for WWE Saturday Morning Slamand will definitely excite our fans.”

“WWE has a long history on Saturday mornings, and we’re thrilled to make our action-packed return on Vortexx with WWE Saturday Morning Slam,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “The new program enables us to further engage kids and families, a vital component of WWE’s passionate and multi-generational fan base.”

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DVD Review: Trish Stratus Makes Her Butt Kickin’ Debut In ‘Bounty Hunters’

DVD Review: Trish Stratus Makes Her Butt Kickin’ Debut In ‘Bounty Hunters’

'Bounty Hunters'

The WWE® has had its share of talent take a shot at the action genre in decades past. Fans certainly remember the first wave of wrestling icons taking the plunge into film as Hulk Hogan (Rocky III, Suburban Commando), “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (Body Slam, They Live) and the late Randy Savage (Spider-Man). In the years to follow, Triple H (Blade: Trinity, The Chaperone), Kevin Nash (The Longest Yard) and Bill Goldberg (Universal Soldier: The Return, Santa’s Slay) continued the growing trend and added to its growing momentum. However, it wasn’t until recently that superstars like John Cena (The Marine, 12 Rounds) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The Scorpion King, Fast Five, Faster) removed all doubt to professional wrestlers could not only bring their acting skills to the masses but they could carry entire films on their shoulders, turning them into box office gold.

Trish Stratus is undoubtedly on of the most talent athletes that has passed through the legendary WWE® system. Armed with killer looks, infectious charisma and a down to Earth personality, she quickly cemented herself as a fan favorite. While life outside the squared circle is has keep her exceptionally busy, it seemed a bit shocking that it took so long for the multi-faceted Stratus to make the jump to the silver screen. When the news of her action film debut hit the streets, we were very intrigued!

In ‘Bounty Hunters’, an action thriller that was an official selection at the 2011 Actionfest Film Festival, Trish Stratus stars as the tough as nails Jules Taylor. As bail enforcement agents, Jules and her two dedicated partners, Chase (Boomer Phillips) and Ridley (Frank J. Zupancic), find themselves struggling to make ends meet as they pursue deadbeats night after night. Luck seems to be turning in their favor when they get a hot tip from that could make them rich. The informant turns out to be worth $100,000 if they hand him to the authorities but if the turn him over to ruthless mob boss Hal Lambrino (Joe Rafla), he is worth a cool million! It is a difficult choice for the group to make but when the group refuse the mobster’s offer, he unleashes a gang of assassins to take out the bounty hunters and the informant permanently. It doesn’t take long for the mob boss to discover that he has bitten off a little more than he can chew as the action of the film kicks into high gear!

Trish Stratus: Making actions film a little sexier!

While the film was shot on a small budget by Patrick McBrearty (Psycho Ward), it still provides and interesting storyline for the viewer and makes the most of the tools that the filmmaker had at hand — that is what good filmmaking is all about! The film is loaded with some great fight scenes that really showcase Stratus’ skills. Long time fans of this former seven time WEE World Champion will enjoy her apprehending and taking out some aggression on a larger than life bail jumper during a workout session and squaring off against an Asian assassin named Ruby (Andrea James Lui) who wants to put an end to the bounty hunter once and for all. Did we mention that some of these fight scenes involve Trish Stratus in a hospital gown and a school girl outfit? Yeah, it goes without saying — that it is a must see! While Trish Stratus is billed as the star, her co-stars in the film also turn in decent performances to add dimension to the film. Such is the case with Boomer Phillips, who has a plethora of great one liners in the film that add a few healthy laughs to the action mix. Be sure to stay tuned during the credits to see a few alternate takes and bloopers that show how much fun the had on the set during filming. One of the most interesting aspect of the DVD is a behind-the-scenes featurette and interview with Trish Stratus, that while short, gives you some great insight on the fight choreography for this film. As a fan of action cinema, I found this very interesting and it demonstrates the great results you can achieve, even on a small budget.

Action cinema has been fortunate over the past few years to have been blessed with some genuinely talented leading ladies such as Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale and Zoe Saldana. However, there are few women with real-world knowledge of the fight game and the acting chops to back it up — Gina Carano is one of the few that spring to mind. With ‘Bounty Hunters’, Trish Stratus seems to be laying the groundwork for what could be an amazing career as a dynamic action star! And why not? She is the total package and a force to be reckoned with! She is someone who doesn’t back away from a challenge and who’s dedication will help any project rise to new heights. If you are a fan of Trish Status or great cinema, ‘Bounty Hunters’ will give you pure “Stratusfaction!”

Be sure to check out Icon Vs. Icon’s exclusive interview with Trish Stratus and get the scoop on the new film, the challenges involved with making it and much, much more!

‘Bounty Hunters’ hits DVD on February 28, 2012, from MPI Home Video. For more information please visit www.trishstratus.com or follow @trishstratuscom on Twitter.

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WWE® WrestleFest™ Now Available For iPhone And iPad!

THQ Inc. has announced the release of WWE® WrestleFest, a faithfully recreated 2-D experience for iPhone and iPad based on the well-known WWE arcade game made popular in the 1990s. Complete with current-day WWE Superstars, prominent WWE Legends, an extensive downloadable content program, Road to WrestleMania® progression play and multiplayer functionality, WWE WrestleFest is available now through Apple’s App Store for the suggested retail prices of US $2.99 (iPhone®) and US $3.99 (iPad®).

In addition today, THQ also announced WWE WrestleFest is in development for additional platforms, including Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Android and PC, with a currently scheduled release window of calendar year 2012.

“WWE WrestleFest greatly complements our WWE videogames portfolio by delivering a unique and captivating way for fans to connect with the virtual WWE experience,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. “The game’s arcade-style play, combined with present day WWE content and hints of nostalgia, is a perfect fit for handheld platforms like the iPhone and iPad.”

About WWE WrestleFest

Faithfully recreated in line with the classic arcade experience, WWE WrestleFest will provide players with a notable roster of current WWE Superstars and popular WWE Legends, including John Cena®, The Rock®, Randy Orton®, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin®, Undertaker®, Jake “The Snake” Robertsand “Macho Man” Randy Savage. They will explore arcade-style WWE action across a variety of match types, including Royal Rumble®, Tag Team, Gauntlet and Steel Cage, while competing in a number of renowned arenas like Raw®, SmackDown®, WrestleMania® and Saturday Night’s Main Event®. The Road to WrestleMania progression-style mode will encourage players to select a WWE Superstar or WWE Legend and compete in a series of challenges to win five different WWE Championships, while wireless connectivity through Apple Game Center will enable them to issue multiplayer challenges.

WWE WrestleFest will also update the gameplay experience following launch with the release of 30 additional WWE Superstars and WWE Legends, as well as new arenas, through an extensive downloadable content program. Items currently scheduled for future release include WWE Superstars CM Punk®, Triple H® and Sheamus®, WWE Legends Shawn Michaels® and Big Boss Man, as well as the classic Survivor Series® arena.

For more information about WWE WrestleFest, please visit wwe.thq.comfacebook.com/WWEgames and twitter.com/WWEgames.

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WrestleMania XXIX to Hit New York/New Jersey Region and MetLife Stadium

WrestleMania XXIX to Hit New York/New Jersey Region and MetLife Stadium

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that its annual pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania XXIX, will come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday, April 7, 2013 with events throughout the New York/New Jersey region.

Governor Christie was joined by WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, New York Football Giants President and CEO John Mara, New York Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson, NYC & Company CEO, George Fertitta and WWE’s Senior Vice President of Special Events John Saboor to make the announcement at a press conference held earlier today. WWE Superstars John Cena®, Triple H®, Sheamus®, Mark Henry®, Brie and Nikki Bella™ and special guest Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson were also on hand at MetLife Stadium for the historic announcement.

“We are excited to be hosting WrestleMania XXIX in the great state of New Jersey,” said Governor Chris Christie. “Having WWE’s preeminent international event here will strengthen both the regional and local economies and continue to showcase MetLife Stadium as a world-class venue for sports and entertainment. Fans will travel from around the world to enjoy and participate in the WWE’s biggest event of the year.”

A week-long celebration, WrestleMania has generated more than $200 million in cumulative economic impact for its past four host regions. The 2013 event will mark WrestleMania’s fifth trip to the metropolitan area with past visits in 1985, 1986, 1994, and 2004.

“When WrestleMania comes to town, related activities will occur throughout the New York and New Jersey area, but we are looking forward to hosting the main event,” said New York Jets Chairman and CEO, Woody Johnson. “We are confident that both the Superstars and fans of WWE will feel at home in MetLife Stadium.”

“WrestleMania has long been considered one of the most successful sports entertainment events in the world,” said John Mara, President and CEO of the New York Giants. “We are thrilled to welcome the highly-anticipated 29th installment to MetLife Stadium.”

WrestleMania Week activities will occur throughout the New York/New Jersey region including: the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s interactive fan festival; Make-A-Wish Pizza Party hosted by John Cena; Monday Night Raw; the finals of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge and other community-based events.

“NYC & Company looks forward to partnering with New Jersey on another world-class event in the tri-state area,” said NYC & Company CEO, George Fertitta. “We invite all WWE fans to visit New York City for its unparalleled shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment options across the five boroughs that will surely make WrestleMania Week an unforgettable experience.”

The pay-per-view event will be televised in more than 100 countries and 30 languages. In 2011, a sold-out crowd of 71,617 fans from all 50 states and 30 countries converged on the Georgia Dome for WrestleMania XXVII. This year WrestleMania XXVIII takes place Sunday, April 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. The main event will feature the highly-anticipated match between John Cena and The Rock.

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WWE® Partners with YouTube™ To Offer Full Episodes Online

WWE® Partners with YouTube™ To Offer Full Episodes Online

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and YouTube announced today a multi-year partnership that will make full episodes of WWE “Friday Night SmackDown®,” “WWE NXT™,” “WWE Superstars” and “ECW®,” available at WWE’s official YouTube™ channel (www.YouTube.com/WWE). This marks one of the first times that YouTube will feature complete episodes of primetime television programs on their site.

The multi-year deal greatly expands WWE’s YouTube channel offerings, which already has 90,000 subscribers who have viewed more than 100 million WWE videos to date. WWE will also augment the channel by increasing content clips of WWE’s flagship program “Monday Night Raw®,” as well as “WWE Classics” and short videos.

“WWE has established itself as one of the top global entertainment brands in the world,” said Chris Maxcy, strategic partner director at YouTube. “WWE’s content is hugely popular on YouTube. Bringing in full-length, primetime television programs to the site is a huge win for our community and fans of the WWE.”

“As part of our ever evolving digital media strategy, WWE is one of the first global entertainment companies to offer audiences access to complete primetime shows on YouTube,” said Brian Kalinowski, WWE’s Executive Vice President, WWE Interactive. “This partnership also enables WWE to increase its official PG-content offerings online for our fans, generate revenue, protect our content and broaden our brand exposure on the world’s largest online video site.”

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WWE Superstar Triple H “Chaperones” WWE Studios’ Latest Comedy

WWE Superstar Triple H “Chaperones” WWE Studios’ Latest Comedy

WWE Studios announced today that actors Kevin Corrigan (“American Gangster”), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) and Annabeth Gish (“The West Wing”) have joined WWE® Superstar Paul “Triple H” Levesque (“Blade: Trinity”) in the cast of the studios’ upcoming comedy, “The Chaperone.” The film will begin principal photography today in and around New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stephen Herek will direct the film from a screenplay by playwright S.J. Roth. “The Chaperone” is produced by WWE Studios Executive Vice President Michael Pavone and executive produced by WWE Studios Vice President David Calloway.

Ray Bradstone (PAUL “TRIPLE H” LEVESQUE) is the best “wheel man in the business,” but he is determined to go straight and be the best parent he can be to his daughter, Sally (ARIEL WINTER), and make amends with his ex-wife, Lynne (ANNABETH GISH). As Ray struggles to find honest work, his old bank-robbing crew, led by Phillip Larue (KEVIN CORRIGAN), offers him one last job. He agrees at first, but changes his mind at the last second leaving the crew without a driver. Ray decides instead to serve as a “chaperone” for Sally’s school field trip. When the robbery goes awry, Larue blames Ray and chases the school bus all the way to the Museum of Natural History in New Orleans. Ray must deal with Larue, while supervising Sally’s class on what becomes one of the craziest school trips ever.

WWE Superstar Paul “Triple H” Levesque is ex-con Ray Bradstone, a former getaway driver determined to turn his life around and establish a relationship with his estranged daughter Sally. Levesque is a thirteen-time World Champion. He debuted in 1995 with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. as Hunter Hearst-Helmsley™ and has become one of WWE’s most popular and successful Superstars of all time. Levesque has appeared in the film, “Blade: Trinity,” as a vampire enforcer and just finished filming WWE Studios’ “Inside Out” with Michael Rapaport, Parker Posey and Bruce Dern.

Ariel Winter portrays Ray’s teenage daughter, Sally, who wants nothing to do with her father after his release from prison. Winter currently stars as Alex Dunphy in the popular and critically acclaimed ABC series, “Modern Family.” She recently completed the films “Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega,” “Opposite Day” and “Duress.” Her other film credits include “Speed Racer,” and voice work for “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Afro Samurai: Resurrection,” “Horton Hears a Who!,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “Curious George.”

Kevin Corrigan plays Phillip Larue, who pursues Ray after the botched bank robbery. A graduate of the Actors Studio, Corrigan is familiar to many for his roles in “American Gangster,” “The Departed,” “Superbad,” “Pineapple Express,” “True Romance,” “Goodfellas,” “Bad Boys,” and the 2009 Oscar-winning short, “The New Tenants.” His television credits include portraying slacker Eddie Finnerty in the series “Grounded for Life,” recurring roles on “Damages” and “Fringe,” and guest starring roles on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Californication.”

Annabeth Gish is Lynne, Ray’s former wife, who has moved on with her life. Gish most recently portrayed Eileen Caffee on Showtime’s critically acclaimed series, “Brotherhood.” Gish’s other credits include Elizabeth Bartlett Westin, the eldest daughter of President Bartlett (Martin Sheen) on “The West Wing” and as Special Agent Monica Reyes on “The X Files.” She made her film debut as a teenager in the 1986 film “Desert Bloom,” and went on to star in the films, “Mystic Pizza,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Nixon,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Double Jeopardy” and “The Celestine Prophecy.”

Director Stephen Herek made his debut as the writer-director of the feature film “Critters.” He also directed the blockbuster “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” as well as the films, “The Three Musketeers,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Holy Man” and “Rock Star.”

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WWE’s Smackdown Headed To Syfy In October

WWE’s Smackdown Headed To Syfy In October

World Wrestling Entertainment® and Syfy announced today a multi-year agreement that brings Friday Night SmackDown® to the “Imagine Greater” network beginning in October 2010. Friday Night SmackDown will premiere on its new home October 1st at 8:00 PM ET. The program, which debuted more than 10 years ago, is one of the longest-running, weekly episodic shows on television.

Syfy’s original Friday night drama series will move to Tuesday night, where hit series such as Warehouse 13 and Eureka have yielded unprecedented ratings success. WWE NXT™ will leave Syfy in October as Friday Night SmackDown joins the schedule.

“WWE® is the ultimate in imagination-based sports entertainment. The fantastical thrills of Friday Night SmackDown provide an ideal addition to the Syfy slate, as it targets the younger male and female demographics, which are the fastest growing categories for WWE,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy. “With Tuesday night, a proven winner for our original drama series including Warehouse 13, there is bigger opportunity for series such as Stargate Universe, Sanctuary and Caprica to thrive on a night with a significantly larger number of viewers available to watch live.”

“Syfy is a terrific partner and we look forward to bringing our proven ratings winner and ten year television institution, Friday Night SmackDown, to the network,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “With this move, WWE is thrilled to be expanding its long-standing relationship with the NBC Universal family.”

Friday Night SmackDown averages more than 3.4 million viewers a week and is currently the most watched TV program on Friday nights among Males under 55 and beats all Friday primetime programming on ABC, NBC, FOX and CW among Men 18-34*. The two hour television program will be presented weekly on Syfy and features a star-studded cast of WWE Superstars and Divas including Undertaker®, Edge®, Rey Mysterio®, Chris Jericho®, CM Punk®, Michelle McCool®, Beth Phoenix™ and Layla™.

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Adelitas Way Preview New Track As Theme For WWE’S Legacy

Adelitas Way Preview New Track As Theme For WWE’S Legacy

adelitaswayWith just a few short weeks until Adelitas Way debuts their first full-length album, the band has had a song chosen again by the WWE, this time as a theme for the Legacy team. The team made up of wrestling superstars Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase will now enter the ring to “A New Day” from Adelitas Way. Hear the band talk about their involvement with WWE, preview their new song, and clips of Legacy in a special webisode on www.WWE.com.

While fans won’t be able to hear “A New Day” on the band’s July 14th release, the debut album from Adelitas Way will feature WWE Superstars theme “Invincible” as well as ten other hard-hitting anthemic rock tracks.

For more information on Adelitas Way visit www.AdelitasWay.net or www.MySpace.com/AdelitasWay. Adelitas Way’s self-titled album hits stores July 14th!

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The Road To Wrestlemania: A Brief History Part 2

The Road To Wrestlemania: A Brief History Part 2

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The Road To Wrestlemania: A Brief History

Part 2: Wrestlemania 2 & 3

By: Duke Foster

Wrestlemanias 2 and 3 continued the growing legend of WWE and Wrestlemania. Wrestlemania 2 was an ambitious project that was held in three locations: New York (Nassau Colosseum), Rosemont, Illinois (Rosemont Horizon) , and Los Angeles (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena). Fans at each location could view the goings-on at the other locations via closed circuit television.

In New York, we were introduced to Randy Savage and George Steele, as well as the Magnificent Muraco. The main event of the New York portion of Wrestlemania 2 was a boxing match between Mr. T and Roddy Piper. This was a nice, back-and-forth match until the end, at which time Piper bodyslammed Mr T., suffering a disqualification loss. It was nice to see Mr. T back in the ring, as he added a lot of energy and charisma to the event.

In Rosemont, fans got to witness the British Bulldogs win the WWE tag team titles, and also got to see a future hall of famer, the late Lillian Ellison, a.k.a. ?The Fabulous Moolah?. However, the highlight of this portion of Wrestlemania 2 was a fantastic battle royal between NFL players and WWE wrestlers. It was quite a sight to see ?Big? John Studd battle it out with William ?Refrigerator? Perry, with Studd eliminating Perry, and Perry, in turn, eliminating Studd. The match, however, would belong to the late Andre the Giant, who tossed Jim ?Anvil? Neidhart over the top rope, then tossed Bret ?Hitman? Hart on top of him to win the match. It was nice to see Andre smiling and waving at his fans; what a difference a year made by the time Wrestlemania 3 rolled around.

Before we get to Wrestlemania 3, I have got to tell you about the steel cage war between Hulk Hogan and ?King Kong? Bundy that was the main event in Los Angeles. Aside from matches with Hercules, Ricky Steamboat, and the Funks, this one took the proverbial cake. Weeks earlier, Bundy assaulted Hogan at ?Saturday Night?s Main Event?, hurting Hogan?s ribs. As soon as this match started, Hogan?s ribs were attacked again by Bundy. Bundy uses his size advantage effectively at first, but Hogan eventually made his comeback. After a back and forth mid-match, Hogan gained a clear advantage, hit his famous legdrop, and climbed out of the cage to retain his title.

Now, on to Wrestlemania 3, which took place in Detroit, Michigan. To this day, this was the largest Wrestlemania attended 97,173), with many fans coming to see the main event between Hogan and Andre. At this titanic event, we were treated to a ?retirement? match with Piper and Adrian Adonis, as well as appearances from such classic superstars as Harley Race, Junkyard Dog, The Hart Foundation, Hillbilly Jim, and many more. Since this was such a massive event (and reviewing it entirely would end up being book-length!), I have chosen two matches to highlight for you, the readers.

First up is the Intercontinental title match between Ricky ?Dragon? Steamboat (with George ?Animal? Steele in his corner) and Randy ?Macho Man? Savage (with the late ?Miss? Elizabeth in his corner). This is a match that is still considered by many to be the greatest match of all time. It was a back and forth affair that saw both men nearly win the match several times. In this match we saw signature moves from both men: the elbow drop of Savage and the arm drag of Steamboat. Both men were working overtime during this contest, as many fans were standing for the whole match! The match ended with Steamboat rolling Savage up into a small package to win the Intercontinental title. After the match, both men were clearly exhausted after their classic battle.

Next up is probably the most famous match ever: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant, with his manager Bobby ?Brain? Heenan. Andre dominated Hulk in the early going, after Hulk tried to bodyslam Andre and his back gave out. It seemed that Hogan would not be able to battle back against the strength and size of the Giant; Andre seemed to be toying with Hogan, able to put him away at any given time. However, Hogan was able to battle back, slamming Andre and getting the pin after a grueling match that left both men in exhausting pain.

Wrestlemanias 2 and 3 definitely fed the wrestling hunger for many fans. There were so many entertaining matches that fans could not wit for the next go-around. But, could anything top Wrestlemania 3 and Hogan/Andre? Stay tuned to find out?

Check out Icon Vs. Icon’s Wrestlemania 25 Contest at this location!

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