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Michel Hazanavicius on his Cannes Movie ‘The Most Treasured of Cargoes’

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Michel Hazanavicius, the Oscar-winning director of “The Artist,” makes a primary foray into animation with “The Most Treasured of Cargoes” which world premieres on the Cannes Movie Pageant on Could 24. Tailored from Jean-Claude Grumberg’s bestselling novel, “The Most Treasured of Cargoes” is the primary animated function to vie for a Palme d’Or since Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir” in 2008; and it will likely be the final film watched by the competitors jury, presided over by Greta Gerwig, earlier than the closing ceremony.

Hazanavicius developed the venture for years and wrote the script with Grumberg, in addition to created the drawings. Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat created the unique rating. The drama intertwines the destiny of a Jewish household, together with new child twins, deported to Auschwitz, with that of a poor and childless woodcutter couple dwelling deep in a Polish forest. On the practice to the demise camp, the younger father wraps one in every of his twins in a scarf and throws her off the practice into the snow. The lonely woodcutter girl, watching the trains go by within the hope that they’ll depart some assets behind, stumbles throughout the “cargo’ and discovers the little lady. She decides to take her residence.

“The Most Treasured of Cargoes” is co-produced and represented internationally by Studiocanal which can launch the film in France on Nov. 20. It’s produced by Patrick Sobelman and Robert Guédiguian at France’s Ex Nihilo, in addition to Florence Gastaud and Hazanavicius at Les Compagnons de Cinéma. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are co-producing by way of their banner Les Movies du Fleuve. Hazanavicius spoke to Selection forward of the movie’s world premiere to debate his private attachment to the story, its timeless attraction and common themes.

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You first informed me about this venture a number of years in the past. How did it come collectively?

Michel Hazanavicius: It began 5 years and a half in the past, with Jean-Claude Grumberg’s eponymous e-book…though you could possibly virtually say it began after I was born, as Jean-Claude was my mother and father’ greatest good friend since they have been 16. In any case, even earlier than the e-book was revealed, Robert Guédiguian gave it to [producer] Patrick Sobelman. The latter and Studiocanal then approached me to see if I’d be all for making it into an animation film. I hesitated a bit for that very purpose, as a result of it’s animation, and likewise due to it’s a narrative associated to the Holocaust, which appeared so formidable to me. However finally the story is immensely stunning, and after talking to Jean-Claude, I knew I needed to come on board.

The animation within the movie appears singular. How did you create this aesthetic?

MH: It’s 2D with true drawings. It’s my first ardour as I’ve been drawing since I used to be 10 so I drew all of the characters. I used to be primarily impressed by the early Disney motion pictures. However then along with my inventive director Julien Grande, we shifted a bit. We regarded into portray, mixing it with Japanese prints which have flat areas, so it’s extra suited to animation and to this literary really feel. There are particular pictures that seem like stunning illustrated books from the 1930’s. That’s the fashion I needed to create.

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How does the movie’s historic backdrop resonate with you?

MH: The story echoes a really private household expertise, as I’m the Jewish son of Holocaust survivors from Japanese Europe -Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania. My grandparents survived Auschwitz, however not members of their household and mates.

Did you develop up listening to tales in regards to the demise camps?

MH: After all, and with perception from individuals who had survived, tales of people that had escaped, who had been taken, others who had died. I used to be additionally born within the late 60’s and that’s in regards to the time while you had the primary revisionists and the works of Robert Paxton emerged. This meant that all the sudden, there was a type of institution of Historical past the place the survivors, particularly, who had virtually not spoken since that they had returned from the demise camps, started to talk out, to share their testimonies.

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The movie is really vital as a result of it exhibits that a part of Historical past, particularly in right now’s troubled instances and the rise of antisemitism, doesn’t it?

MH: Sure, I’m glad it exists. However my intention was to not make a film in regards to the Holocaust. It’s actually the magnificence of this story that took me on an journey, which turned out to be extraordinarily heavy when it comes to manufacturing, time, funding, and so forth. As soon as once more, it’s not a preachy film, neither a movie in regards to the victims nor in regards to the executioners. It’s about individuals who saved lives. We see a gorgeous chain of solidarity, of affection that units in movement to avoid wasting the lifetime of just a little lady. You don’t cry as a result of it’s unhappy, however as a result of it’s stunning.

Sure it’s a gorgeous story, a fable the truth is…

MH: Let’s say it’s a twist to the standard story, as a result of it’s extra toxic than a fairy story, but in addition extra stunning and stronger. In a approach, I had the sensation when studying the e-book, that that story had at all times existed, like an on the spot traditional, which is the sensation I attempted to recreate within the film. However for me, the story is what I’d name ‘ultra-fiction’. It does borrow codes of fairy tales, beginning out with “as soon as upon a time in a forest, there was a woodcutter, a woodcutter’s spouse,” so that you’re instantly thrown right into a traditional fairy story. However then, because the story progresses, the movie takes you to the Gare de l’Est [in Paris], when you’ve gotten automobiles, and so forth. and it’s clear you’re in actual life.

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This playfulness between fiction and actuality is basically attention-grabbing…

MH: Sure, that’s what actually me and why I bought concerned within the first place. Immediately, Auschwitz, for a 20-year previous child, could be very, very far-off; it’s historic story. There isn’t any extra emotional bond to that a part of historical past, and because the final remaining Holocaust survivors are disappearing, so quickly there will likely be no oral testimonies of what occurred. That’s why I appreciated the concept of constructing a movie that might go from fiction in the direction of actuality, to inform historical past with an enormous ‘H’. As a storyteller, I like to inform tales that contact me, and actuality, fact are issues that I wish to discover in my work.

If I’m not mistaken, the phrase Jewish isn’t talked about within the movie. Was {that a} alternative or was it the identical within the e-book?

MH: Within the e-book, the writer needed to pronounce the phrase Jewish, as a result of the narrator speaks in a subjective approach. With the movie, I observe a story construction and subsequently I needed to readjust components, give a brand new life to the characters. However I beloved the way in which Jewish individuals are referred to as ‘The Heartless’ within the e-book, because it’s a fairy-tale. I did painting Jewish individuals carrying yellow patches within the film, however I didn’t should say the phrase “Jewish.” On the finish, the great thing about this story-and of any fairy-tale, is that it’s common. Grumberg’s message is, “You need to love all youngsters.” Yours as a lot as anyone else’s. It’s not a Jewish story, however a narrative that considerations the entire world, the way in which Rwanda considerations everybody.

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Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Curiosity” additionally offers with the Holocaust via an uncommon prism.

MH: Properly it’s actually unimaginable to point out the fact of the camps, however in my case, I had the benefit of utilizing animation, which presents some freedom and lets you use symbolism, to recommend, somewhat than present.

How difficult was it to finance an animation movie with this subject?

MH: We began earlier than COVID, and the pandemic put the venture on maintain as we couldn’t fully-finance it. Distributors needed to take care of a backlog of titles ready for launch and couldn’t make investments it in anymore. So we put the venture on maintain. That small parenthesis gave me the chance to make “Coupez” (“Remaining Minimize”) which was nice. Then I got here again to this film.

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Alexandre Desplat created a powerful rating. How did you’re employed with him?

MH: He was on board from the very starting. He was totally dedicated all alongside, and we talked lots. He’s massively delicate, in the way in which he approaches music and feeds off loads of stuff. The music performs an enormous function in anchoring the dramatic moments within the movie, particularly since there may be little or no dialogue.

Do you continue to have a US agent?

MH: Sure though I’m not significantly searching for jobs within the US.

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Didn’t you’ve gotten tasks with U.S. stars hooked up?

MH: Sure, I did have a venture with Tom Cruise and one other with Will Ferrell. There have been two superb comedy tasks, however they fell via. Working with studios is difficult for me. I would like full management, and may’t look forward to studio bosses to approve each choice. It doesn’t work. That mentioned, the U.S. indie sector would maybe be higher suited to the way in which I work. If one thing comes up, then why not. There are great American actors, and the Hollywood mythology is completely fascinating and great. But when I’ve to sacrifice the way in which I work, then it’s not for me.

What’s subsequent? A comedy?

MH: Not essentially. To start with, I’m going to attend and see how this one is obtained. I at all times have the sensation of being not fairly in tune with the market. A bit on the sting. I’ll see the way it goes and hope for the most effective.

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NBCU, Group Black Plan to Launch Multicultural Hub E!+ on Peacock

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NBCUniversal is tapping an out of doors firm to assist it convey a broader array of viewers and advertisers below its media tent.

Group Black, a collective that goals to spur the event of Black-owned and Black-produced media, will curate programming and develop new authentic content material for a brand new hub on NBCU’s Peacock streaming service generally known as “E!+.” NBCU already operates a well-liked cable community that is named E!, however the two won’t be managed in tandem. Fairly than diving deeper into superstar information and actuality programming, E!+ will function a set of recent originals from producers solicited by Group Black in addition to NBCU library content material, Group Black can even work to promote industrial stock to advertisers.

The brand new hub is predicted to launch later this 12 months.

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“That is an open name, in a approach, for wonderful content material and storytelling that exists and may’t discover a residence within the normal market,”  says Cavel Khan, Group Black’s chief progress officer, in an interview. Advertisers, he says, are “recognizing that their progress is coming from this multicultural viewers and they should have extra attain and resonance with that viewers.” He’ll oversee E!+ together with Peter Blacker, govt vp of streaming and information merchandise and head of range, fairness and inclusion for NBCU’s promoting and partnerships division.

The E!+ initiative marks the newest effort to develop media retailers that talk the nation’s more and more various audiences. Most advertisers are nonetheless trying to attain giant crowds by means of TV and different venues. However as digital media offers them the ability to goal extra exactly at particular swaths of shoppers, advertisers are rising extra excited about reaching smaller teams of the folks almost certainly to purchase their items and providers. There may be hope that such dynamics will spur Madison Avenue to assist minority-owned or minority-run media ventures which have previously been denied the thousands and thousands in promoting that circulation to mainstream retailers.

Different media corporations are additionally attempting to face up new efforts to domesticate various audiences. Disney in 2021 launched its Onyx Collective, a content material model largely arrange on Hulu, that goals to burnish tales from creators of colour and underrepresented populations. Fox’s Tubi has collected a gaggle of Black-led unbiased movies below the rubric “Black Noir Cinema.”

The brand new E!+ represents an enlargement of an alliance between Group Black and NBCU unveiled final 12 months. Group Black was granted unique rights to promote advertisements inside Peacock programing that featured dramas, comedies and films led by Black creatives, in addition to in a curated assortment of NBCU content material that options Black voices. Such stuff is prone to be a part of E!+, says Blacker, together with the latest Peacock drama “Bel Air” and the miniseries “The Greatest Man: Last Chapters.”

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“Now we have exhibits from the 80s, 90s, 2000s, a really strong library,” says Blacker. Prior to now, such programming may need been given a extra distinguished highlight throughout Black Historical past Month, he says, however as soon as that was over, “we stopped that includes it. And the thrust is the viewers would say, ‘The place did you place this content material?’ Now we’re in a position to prioritize it and ensure it’s simply discovered.”

The alliance attracted greater than 30 advertisers, and NBCU’s Blacker says the sponsors noticed will increase of almost 20% in metrics reminiscent of model recall.

Group Black is backed by a gaggle of Black media companies, together with Essence, Holler, Afropunk and The Shade Room, and its senior executives embody entrepreneurs reminiscent of Travis Montague, Richelieu Dennis and Bonin Bough. Group Black just lately acquired Galore Media, a media firm that covers vogue, magnificence and popular culture, and launched She’s Good [For Actual}, a digital outlet that spotlights well being points for Black girls and their households.

The companions hope they’ll ship one thing new that advertisers crave. “It’s simple to get attain,” says Cavel, “Within the market, what’s totally different is attentive attain. Attentive attain is what we’re right here to curate.”

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‘Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle’ Wins Weekend

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Japanese animation movie “Haikyuu!! The Dumpster Battle” took a transparent lead on the mainland China weekend field workplace – regardless of solely being out there for 2 of three days.

Knowledge from consultancy agency Artisan Gateway confirmed the movie scoring $9.8 million (RMB69.4 million) in China, greater than double that of second positioned movie “Be My Buddy.” The win got here regardless of “Haikyu!!” solely being launched on Saturday and measuring up towards different tiles out there all through the entire of the Friday-Sunday interval.

“Haikyu!!” is the third Japanese movie up to now this yr to steer the mainland Chinese language field workplace, following “The Boy and the Heron” and “Doraemon the Film: Nobita’s Earth Symphony.”

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It was produced by Manufacturing IG, Toho Animation and Sony Music Leisure Japan and launched by Crunchyroll in a number of territories. In China, the discharge was backed by China Movie Corp and Street Footage, the indie which beforehand dealt with “The First Slam Dunk” and “Suzume.” Street Footage reported that $1.1 million of the brand new movie’s weekend whole got here from Imax screens.

“Be My Buddy,” a youth comedy movie directed by He Nian and derived from a Chinese language TV present of the identical title, earned $4 million (RMB28.1 million), based on Artisan Gateway. That provides it a nine-day cumulative of $20.8 million (RMB148 million).

“Stroll the Line” is a comedy crime story directed by Wubai and specializing in the suppression of legal gangs. In its second weekend of launch, it earned $3.6 million. After 9 days on launch, it has gathered $21.3 million.

Starring Sean Lau Ching-wan and Francis Ng, “Disaster Negotiators” is a Hong Kong-produced adaptation of U.S. title, “The Negotiator.” It took fourth place over the most recent weekend with $2.7 million. Its cumulative is $17.6 million.

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In fifth place was household comedy “Gold or Shit” that premiered in April on the Beijing Worldwide Movie Competition and scooped prizes for greatest image and greatest screenplay. Its field workplace efficiency is extra mundane. It took $2.6 million over the weekend and now has a cumulative of $11.6 million.

The weak weekend nationwide theatrical whole of $34.3 million means that China’s field workplace summer time season has but to start. It stays to be seen if a crop of Hollywood films will carry out properly in China. “Unhealthy Boys: Experience or Die” is about to open subsequent weekend. “Deadpool & Wolverine” has been given a July 26 opening, simultaneous with its North American outing.

China’s field workplace up to now this yr stands at $3.21 billion, based on Artisan Gateway, making the Center Kingdom the most important theatrical market so far in 2024. However that determine is now 3% decrease than on the identical level in 2023, and China’s lead over the North American market (calculated at $3.09 billion by Comscore) is shrinking.

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Tony Awards 2024 Snubs and Surprises: “Hell’s Kitchen,” F-Bombs, Extra

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There have been a complete lot of positive issues heading into the 2024 Tony Awards ceremony — “Stereophonic,” “Merrily We Roll Alongside,” Daniel Radcliffe. However this yr’s full checklist of winners had room for some sudden twists and turns, too. You need snubs? You need surprises? Discover ’em proper right here.

SURPRISE: An early F-bomb short-circuits Pluto TV’s censors
“I can’t consider I’m crying in entrance of so many f—in’ folks,” mentioned Cody Spencer (“The Outsiders”) in his acceptance speech for the musical sound design award, handed out through the “Act One” portion of the ceremony’s proceedings. Everybody watching Pluto TV, the streaming platform on which “Act One” aired, heard it — which was humorous sufficient, however the actual comedy got here when Pluto TV blacked out utterly for the subsequent minute as slow-on-the-draw censors determined too late to nix the remainder of his speech. However not earlier than house viewers all caught a glimpse of Spencer’s “oops” face.

SNUB: Leslie Odom Jr. misses the award for “Purlie Victorious”
Emmy winner Jeremy Robust (“Succession”) added one other trophy to his shelf when his efficiency in “An Enemy of the Folks” earned him the award for actor in a play in a number one function. He was one of many frontrunners in that class — however his victory left one other actor with lots of business assist, Leslie Odom Jr., off the winners’ checklist. At the least Odom Jr. has that “Hamilton” trophy to maintain him heat till he’s again on the Tonys once more.

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SNUB: Maria Friedman (“Merrily We Roll Alongside”) goes house empty-handed
Heading into Tony evening, only a few nominees appeared to have extra of a lock on their class than Maria Friedman did on the award for greatest route of a musical. Friedman is broadly credited with reviving the popularity of Stephen Sondheim’s most infamous flop, and praised for steering a manufacturing that lastly makes the present work for critics and audiences alike. However within the evening’s first massive upset, the award went to Danya Taymor, who was broadly admired for her visually placing, often violent staging of “The Outsiders.”

SURPRISE: Kecia Lewis (“Hell’s Kitchen”) takes the consideration for featured actress in a musical
With all of the love showered on “Merrily We Roll Alongside” over the course of the season, it appeared possible that Lindsay Mendez, nominated for featured actress for her efficiency within the revival (and already a Tony winner for “Carousel”), would have snagged the award that evening. However as an alternative voters opted to present the trophy to a theater veteran getting a long-awaited highlight in “Hell’s Kitchen,” Kecia Lewis, taking part in the piano instructor who turns into a mentor to the younger artist on the middle of Alicia Keys’ loosely autobiographical musical.

SURPRISE: Shaina Taub scores for “Suffs”
If there was a frontrunner for the night’s award for greatest rating, it was, counterintuitively, a play (“Stereophonic”) moderately than any one of many nominated musicals. However in a win for the season’s musical slate, Shaina Taub, the favored creator-writer-composer-star of “Suffs,” took house the trophy for her achieved rating for that present — and, whereas she was at it, she nabbed the award for greatest guide, too.

SNUB: “Hell’s Kitchen” misses out on the highest award for brand new musical
For a lot of the 2023-24 season, Keys’s musical “Hell’s Kitchen” regarded just like the present to beat: It was a preferred Broadway switch of a downtown hit anchored by a breakout lead efficiency (from newly minted Tony winner Maleah Joi Moon). However late within the season, “The Outsiders” started to show the business’s head, and as increasingly more Tony voters checked the field for the present, it turned the underdog that simply may come out on high. Ultimately, “The Outsiders” took the evening’s greatest award — in addition to trophies for lighting design, sound design and route.

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Daniel Radcliffe Wins First Tony Award for ‘Merrily We Roll Alongside’

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The boy who lived has gained his first Tony Award.

On the 77th annual Tony Awards, Daniel Radcliffe gained the award for finest efficiency by a featured actor in a musical for “Merrily We Roll Alongside,” wherein he performs Charley Kringas, the lyricist and finest buddy of Franklin Shepard (performed by Jonathan Groff). This was additionally Radcliffe’s first nomination.

It’s an additional special occasion for Radcliffe, as he’s additionally celebrating Father’s Day after welcoming his son with longtime girlfriend Erin Darke.

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“My mum and pop are right here someplace — blissful Father’s Day, dad, I like you each a lot,” Radcliffe stated in his acceptance speech. “Thanks for taking part in Sondheim within the automobile and simply, you already know, loving me…and my love Erin — you and our son are one of the best factor that has ever occurred to me. I like you a lot, thanks a lot. Thanks everyone.”

Radcliffe additionally acknowledged the forged of “Merrily We Roll Alongside.” “Thanks a lot to our forged, everyone on that stage, it’s an honor to be on that stage with you each single night time. I’ll miss it a lot…talking of lacking issues — Jonathan [Groff], Lindsay [Mendez], I’ll miss you a lot. I don’t actually must act on this present, I simply have to have a look at you and really feel every thing I wish to really feel,” he stated. “I’ll by no means have it this good once more.”

Radcliffe later informed reporters the way it felt to obtain his first Tony Award after his lengthy profession taking part in Harry Potter.

“Once I completed [‘Harry Potter’] I had no concept what my profession was going to be. I’d already began doing a little stage stuff, however I didn’t know what the long run held in any respect” he stated. “To have had the final yr taking part in Bizarre Al and in addition ‘Merrily We Roll Alongside,’ it’s been superior.”

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Radcliffe added, “Enjoying one character for a really very long time builds up an anxiousness, like, Do as many issues as you presumably can. So yeah, I’m doing that proper now.”

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‘Home of the Dragon’ Season 2 Premiere ‘Blood and Cheese’ Loss of life

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SPOILER ALERT: This story comprises main spoilers from the Season 2 premiere of HBO’s “Home of the Dragon.”

After closing Season 1 with the swift and surprising loss of life of a kid — Rhaenyra Targaryen’s (Emma D’Arcy) son Lucerys Velaryon — “Home of the Dragon” opened its second with a collection of grief-driven decisions and insidious plans that led to essentially the most ugly homicide of one other youngster: Jaehaerys Targaryen, the grandson of Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke).

The toddler Jaehaerys, the son of King Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) and Queen Helaena (Phia Saban), is killed in his mattress by two males nicknamed “Blood and Cheese,” one a hulking former member of the Metropolis Watch and the opposite the royal rat catcher. The pair sneak into the palace beneath fee from Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) to search out and kill Aemond Targareyn (Ewan Mitchell) in an effort to get the revenge Rhaenyra desires for Aemond’s position in Luke’s loss of life.

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Jaehaerys is killed as an alternative when Blood and Cheese can’t discover Aemond, and occur upon Queen Helaena and her two sleeping twins — a boy and a lady — and demand to know which one is the male, as a result of they imagine that may fulfill the “son for a son” portion of the loss of life Daemon requested. Helaena factors to her son, after which runs off along with her daugther, Jaehaera, to the security of her mom Alicent’s room. There, she finds Alicent sleeping with Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel).

This whole Blood and Cheese loss of life sequence differs in a number of methods from the heinous act dedicated in George R.R. Martin’s e-book “Fireplace & Blood,” the “Sport of Thrones” universe e-book that tells the fictional historical past of the Targaryen household and serves because the supply materials for “Home of the Dragon.”

In “Fireplace & Blood,” Jaehaerys remains to be killed by Blood and Cheese. However within the e-book, the “historians” of Westeros say the lads weren’t explicitly commissioned by Daemon Targaryen to kill Aemond like they’re on “Home of the Dragon,” however moderately simply given the orders “an eye fixed for an eye fixed, a son for a son.”

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Additionally within the historical past e-book: Rhaenyra doesn’t name for Aemond’s loss of life; the homicide of Jaehaerys takes place in Alicent’s bed room, not in Helaena’s, the place Blood and Cheese tie Alicent down and use her as bait ready for Helaena and the kids to return in and say goodnight. Moreover, moderately than level at Jaehaerys to indicate he’s the boy and successfully choose his loss of life, Helaena picks her youngest son, Maelor, to die, hoping Blood and Cheese will spare Jaehaerys. However they kill Jaehaerys anyway.

“One of many issues that’s difficult about adapting ‘Fireplace & Blood’ is that there’s this deliberately conflicting narrative within the e-book the place there are sometimes these three completely different viewpoints on the historical past that don’t line up with each other,” “Home of the Dragon” showrunner Ryan Condal says. “So it’s our job as adapters to attempt to discover the target line via this to carry the viewers into the narrative as we see it having been laid out.”

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Beginning with the change of getting Rhaenyra name for Aemond’s blood, Condal says: “It felt like Rhaenyra, regardless of being in grief, she’s searching for vengeance, however she would select a goal that will have some type of strategic or army benefit. In fact, in case you did take out Aemond, not solely would he be punished straight for his betrayal and homicide of Luke, however it will eradicate the rider of the most important dragon on the planet, and instantly create a bonus for his or her facet.”

“Rhaenyra lets her rage seize her voice, and I believe it’s not one thing that we noticed an enormous quantity of — definitely with the older Rhaenyra — in Season 1,” D’Arcy says. “She was all the time attempting to mediate that fireside. And on this season, after Luc’s loss of life, she lastly let’s that factor burn.”

Condal says the elimination of Helaena’s selection between Maelor and Jaehaerys “simply doesn’t exist on this model of the story but,” as a result of time needed to be compressed in Season 1 in such a manner that Helaena and Aegon’s kids, in addition to Daemon and Rhaenyra’s youngest kids, are “youthful on this a part of the narrative than they have been within the authentic e-book.”

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For Helaena actor Phia Saban, the elimination of the character on this “Blood and Cheese” equation, and the very fact Helaena factors straight at Jaehaerys, resulting in his loss of life, is “nearly extra heartbreaking.”

“There’s one thing about the truth that she will be able to’t escape the truth that she mentioned, ‘Sure, that one,’ and that weighs on her a lot,” Saban says. “However I additionally suppose she actually felt that she had no possibility as a result of I believe that the stakes are that top — it’s the best stakes in her existence — and so when he says to her, ‘You inform me the suitable one, or I’m gonna do horrible issues to your kids,’ she believes him. She’s like, I can’t mess this up, I have to be utterly sincere. And I believe it’s truly extra heartbreaking that she’s sincere.”  

Condal determined the loss of life would play out audibly within the shadows and visually on Helaena’s face, moderately than present the act itself on display screen. It was, he says, “a topic of some debate” within the writers’ room.

“We knew it will be horrifying and brutal — we didn’t need it to be gratuitous or excessive,” Condal says. “The thought of that sequence was to dramatize a heist gone improper. So we transfer off the middle narrative of Daemon, Rhaenyra, Alicent and Aegon’s world, and immediately, we’re following these two characters that we’ve simply met in an alley in Flea Backside. Daemon’s given them an project to go in and discover Aemond Targaryen, and we’re following them, and we’re following them, and we’re not chopping away and we’re not going again to the opposite narratives — oh, God, what’s going to occur?”

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The thought, Condal says, is: “Now immediately we’re in Helaena’s subjective standpoint — we comply with these two guys, after which we come into her world and see the way it lands on her, and feeling her expertise via it.”

“Sure, it’s somewhat youngster, and it’s terrible. However as a result of we don’t actually know Jaehaerys as a point-of-view character, it made extra sense to expertise that horrible occasion via Helaena’s eyes,” Condal provides. “You instinctually know what’s occurring off display screen, however I believe it’s the emotional grip of experiencing that via Helaena’s eyes that actually will get me nonetheless, and I’ve seen it 100 occasions.”

Then there may be the numerous distinction about the place the homicide takes place — with Alicent not witnessing the loss of life of her grandchild, and as an alternative being in mattress with Criston Cole when he’s slaughtered.

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“It provides a degree of disgrace and guilt that’s completely different to something that Alicent has ever skilled earlier than, by being indisposed with the pinnacle of the Kingsguard who ought to have been on responsibility to make it possible for the fortress was on lock,” Cooke says. “That’s a theme that performs all through the season: In the event that they hadn’t launched into this affair, would this have occurred? They maintain themselves accountable utterly.”

Whereas the premiere ends in tragedy, and guarantees of darker days to return, it opens with a little bit of fan service: “Home of the Dragon’s” first take a look at the North, the house of Jon Snow and the Stark household, from the unique “Sport of Thrones.”

“That was an enormous second within the e-book, and who doesn’t need to go see Winterfell once more?” Condal asks rhetorically. “I assumed it will be an awesome deal with for the followers. We haven’t seen the North for the reason that authentic collection, and that was many, a few years away. However we didn’t need to go there and not using a motive.”

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The particular motive on this case was to introduce the character Cregan Stark (performed by Tom Taylor) and his friendship with Rhaenyra’s eldest son Jacaerys Velaryon (Harry Collett), simply earlier than Jace learns of his brother Luc’s loss of life.

“I strive to not do issues which can be just because we prefer to,” Condal says. “However that sequence is admittedly the final place the place this terrible information has not but rung out, as a result of the North is so far-off. So we begin with the raven who’s carrying the information of Luc’s loss of life all the way in which as much as the north. And we see Jace on this final pure second the place, in his thoughts, at the least, his brother’s nonetheless alive.”

Condal notes it’s moreover meant to indicate the world of Westeros is greater than this warring household down south.

“It’s additionally increasing the scope of the world, and reminding people who there are extra locations right here than Dragonstone and King’s Touchdown — and that the North has a significant stake in what’s to return,” Condal says. “There’s a wall up there, and there’s nice energy that exists past the wall that’s going to perhaps not have an effect on the characters on this time interval, however will in Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow’s timeline.”

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Stars Carry out ‘Energy’ at L.A. Library

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” powers on — actually.

Season 16 stars Daybreak, Mhi’Ya Iman Le’Paige, Morphine, Q, Airplane Jane, Sapphira Cristál and winner Nymphia Wind carried out the unique track “Energy” from the “Werq the World” episode at Monday’s Emmy FYC occasion on the Culver Metropolis Library.

And solely “Only for Selection” has the unique premiere of the efficiency.

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Sure, drag queens at a library. Whereas MTV famous in a post-event press launch that the festivities weren’t “sponsored or endorsed by L.A. County Library,” this reporter — who moderated the FYC Q&A — reminded the 300 or so individuals gathered within the viewers what RuPaul as soon as mentioned: “If a drag queen desires to learn you a narrative at a library, take heed to her, as a result of data is energy. And if somebody tries to limit your entry to energy, they’re making an attempt to scare you — so take heed to a drag queen.” 

As Selection completely reported earlier that day, “Drag Race” has raised $2 million for the ACLU’s Drag Protection Fund within the 14 months because the initiative was launched.

Fashioned in April 2023 in partnership with World of Surprise, MTV and “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the Drag Protection Fund defends constitutional rights and artistic expression within the LGBTQ group at a second when they’re beneath assault and have turn into a rallying cry for a lot of GOP political leaders and activists. The fund has efficiently labored to defend Delight occasions in Massachusetts and Tennessee. It has blocked drag ban legal guidelines in Texas, Florida and Montana.

“Drag has an extended historical past within the queer group as not solely a supply of pleasure and creativity however as a supply of energy. Because of the exhausting work and promotion of MTV, World of Surprise and the queens of ‘Drag Race,’ the Drag Protection Fund continues to gas our work defending LGBTQ rights throughout the nation at a time these rights are beneath relentless assault,” mentioned Josh Block, senior workers lawyer for the ACLU’s LGBTQ and HIV Challenge. “We’re so grateful for this partnership and the help it offers our vital work defending LGBTQ individuals, our rights and our households.”

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Cannibal Accusations Led to ‘Profession Demise,’ however ‘I am Grateful’

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Armie Hammer has opened up in regards to the allegations that derailed his profession in Hollywood, saying that he’s now “grateful” for the expertise.

Throughout an interview on the “Painful Classes” podcast, Hammer mirrored on the cannibalism accusations surrounding him in 2021, calling the scenario “hilarious.”

“Individuals known as me a cannibal, and everybody believed them. They’re like, ‘Yep, that man ate individuals,’” Hammer mentioned with amusing. “Like what? What are you speaking about? Have you learnt what it’s important to do to be a cannibal? You need to eat individuals! How am I going to be a cannibal?! It was weird.”

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Hammer was accused in 2021 of sexual abuse and improper habits by a number of girls. Non-public messages he allegedly despatched to girls about his cannibalistic fantasies and sexual fetishes had been additionally leaked on-line. Within the wake of the scandal, Hammer was dropped by his company, WME, and was fired from a number of tasks, together with the Paramount+ collection “The Provide” and Jennifer Lopez’s “Shotgun Wedding ceremony.”

“Even within the discrepancies, in no matter it was that individuals mentioned, no matter it was that occurred, I’m now at a spot in my life the place I’m grateful for each single little bit of it,” Hammer mentioned on the podcast.

The “Name Me by Your Identify” actor added that he “by no means knew how you can give myself love” or “self-validation” previous to the allegations, as a result of he “had this job the place I used to be in a position to get it from so many individuals.”

“I’m really now at a spot the place I’m actually grateful for it as a result of the place I used to be in my life earlier than all of that stuff occurred to me,” Hammer mentioned. “I didn’t really feel good. I by no means felt glad, I by no means had sufficient. I by no means was in a spot the place I used to be pleased with myself — the place I had shallowness.”

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Hammer mentioned the accusations brought on “an ego loss of life, a profession loss of life,” and he finally joined a 12-step program.

“It’s nearly like a neutron bomb went off in my life,” he mentioned. “It killed me, it killed my ego, it killed all of the individuals round me that I believed had been my pals that weren’t — all of these individuals, in a flash, went away.

“However the buildings had been nonetheless standing. I’m nonetheless right here, I nonetheless have my well being, and I’m actually grateful for that.”

On the finish of the podcast, Hammer admitted that his profession as an actor is “nowhere” as a result of he’s “not a viable commodity” for the “Hollywood system.” Nevertheless, he’s nonetheless he’s making his “personal sandbox” by writing a script with a buddy.

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Tony Awards 2024: Full Winners Checklist

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Broadway’s largest evening is stay! The 77th annual Tony Awards have debuted at New York Metropolis’s David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Heart. The pre-show, or “Act One” because it’s being known as on Pluto, has already given out a bevy of awards earlier than the official CBS broadcast. That is the official winner’s checklist, and we might be updating it stay all through the presentation. Julianne Hough and Utkarsh Ambudkar have been the hosts of the preshow introducing legends comparable to Audra McDonald (who is ready to star in Broadway’s ‘Gypsy’ revival as Mama Rose).

“Hell’s Kitchen,” a musical impressed by Alicia Keys’ teenage years in New York Metropolis, and “Stereophonic,” the story of a rock band on the verge of breaking apart, led the 2024 Tony Awards nominations. Each productions garnered a number one 13 nods, with “Hell’s Kitchen” exploring the early improvement of a future pop icon and “Stereophonic” delving into the grittier, drug-fueled facet of the music world. Shut behind was “The Outsiders,” a musical adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age novel and the Francis Ford Coppola movie, with 12 nominations. “Hell’s Kitchen” and “The Outsiders” will compete for finest musical, whereas “Stereophonic” is within the working for finest play.

The massive winners of the evening to date embody Tom Scutt the designer for the brand new adaptation of “Cabaret” for finest design of a musical, he devoted his win to all of the artists who labored on the reimagined manufacturing.

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Celebrities in attendance embody Angelina Jolie (producer for “The Outsiders” who poed for photos with different daughter and present PA Vivienne Jolie), Brooke Shields (who arrived in crocs), Idina Menzel and lots of extra.

Finest Play

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Mary Jane

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Mom Play

Prayer for the French Republic

Stereophonic

Finest Musical

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Hell’s Kitchen

Illinoise

The Outsiders

Suffs

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Water for Elephants

Finest Revival of a Play

Acceptable

An Enemy of the Folks

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Purlie Victorious: A Non-Accomplice Romp By the Cotton Patch

Finest Revival of a Musical

Cabaret on the Equipment Kat Membership

Gutenberg! The Musical!

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Merrily We Roll Alongside

The Who’s Tommy

Finest Efficiency by an Actor in a Main Function in a Play

William Jackson Harper, Uncle Vanya

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Leslie Odom, Jr., Purlie Victorious: A Non-Accomplice Romp By the Cotton Patch

Liev Schreiber, Doubt: A Parable

Jeremy Robust, An Enemy of the Folks

Michael Stuhlbarg, Patriots

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Finest Efficiency by an Actress in a Main Function in a Play

Betsy Aidem, Prayer for the French Republic

Jessica Lange, Mom Play

Rachel McAdams, Mary Jane

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Sarah Paulson, Acceptable

Amy Ryan, Doubt: A Parable

Finest Efficiency by an Actor in a Main Function in a Musical

Brody Grant, The Outsiders

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Jonathan Groff, Merrily We Roll Alongside

Dorian Harewood, The Pocket book

Brian d’Arcy James, Days of Wine and Roses

Eddie Redmayne, Cabaret on the Equipment Kat Membership

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Finest Efficiency by an Actress in a Main Function in a Musical

Eden Espinosa, Lempicka

Maleah Joi Moon, Hell’s Kitchen

Kelli O’Hara, Days of Wine and Roses

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Maryann Plunkett, The Pocket book

Gayle Rankin, Cabaret on the Equipment Kat Membership

Finest Efficiency by an Actor in a Featured Function in a Play

Will Brill, Stereophonic

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Eli Gelb, Stereophonic

Jim Parsons, Mom Play

Tom Pecinka, Stereophonic

Corey Stoll, Acceptable

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Finest Efficiency by an Actress in a Featured Function in a Play

Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Doubt: A Parable

Juliana Canfield, Stereophonic

Celia Keenan-Bolger, Mom Play

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Sarah Pidgeon, Stereophonic

Kara Younger, Purlie Victorious: A Non-Accomplice Romp By the Cotton Patch

Finest Efficiency by an Actor in a Featured Function in a Musical

Roger Bart, Again To The Future: The Musical

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Joshua Boone, The Outsiders

Brandon Victor Dixon, Hell’s Kitchen

Sky Lakota-Lynch, The Outsiders

Daniel Radcliffe, Merrily We Roll Alongside

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Steven Skybell, Cabaret on the Equipment Kat Membership

Finest Efficiency by an Actress in a Featured Function in a Musical

Shoshana Bean, Hell’s Kitchen

Amber Iman, Lempicka

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Nikki M. James, Suffs

Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Monty Python’s Spamalot

Kecia Lewis, Hell’s Kitchen

Lindsay Mendez, Merrily We Roll Alongside

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Bebe Neuwirth, Cabaret on the Equipment Kat Membership

Finest E book of a Musical

Hell’s Kitchen – Kristoffer Diaz

The Pocket book – Bekah Brunstetter

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The Outsiders – Adam Rapp and Justin Levine

WINNER: Suffs – Shaina Taub

Water for Elephants – Rick Elice

Finest Unique Rating (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

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Days of Wine and Roses
Music & Lyrics: Adam Guettel

Right here Lies Love
Music: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Lyrics: David Byrne

The Outsiders
Music & Lyrics: Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Likelihood) and Justin Levine

Stereophonic
Music & Lyrics: Will Butler

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Suffs
Music & Lyrics: Shaina Taub

Finest Scenic Design of a Play

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dots, An Enemy of the Folks

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Derek McLane, Purlie Victorious: A Non-Accomplice Romp By the Cotton Patch

David Zinn, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

WINNER: David Zinn, Stereophonic

Finest Scenic Design of a Musical

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AMP that includes Tatiana Kahvegian, The Outsiders

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, Hell’s Kitchen

Takeshi Kata, Water for Elephants

David Korins, Right here Lies Love

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Riccardo Hernández and Peter Nigrini, Lempicka

Tim Hatley and Finn Ross, Again To The Future: The Musical

WINNER: Tom Scutt, Cabaret on the Equipment Kat Membership

Finest Costume Design of a Play

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Dede Ayite, Acceptable

WINNER: Dede Ayite, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Enver Chakartash, Stereophonic

Emilio Sosa, Purlie Victorious: A Non-Accomplice Romp By the Cotton Patch

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David Zinn, An Enemy of the Folks

Finest Costume Design of a Musical

Dede Ayite, Hell’s Kitchen

WINNER Linda Cho, The Nice Gatsby

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David Israel Reynoso, Water for Elephants

Tom Scutt, Cabaret on the Equipment Kat Membership

Paul Tazewell, Suffs

Finest Lighting Design of a Play

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Isabella Byrd, An Enemy of the Folks

Amith Chandrashaker, Prayer for the French Republic

Jiyoun Chang, Stereophonic

Jane Cox, Acceptable

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Natasha Katz, Gray Home

Finest Lighting Design of a Musical

Brandon Stirling Baker, Illinoise

Isabella Byrd, Cabaret on the Equipment Kat Membership

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Natasha Katz, Hell’s Kitchen

Bradley King and David Bengali, Water for Elephants

Brian MacDevitt and Hana S. Kim, The Outsiders

Finest Sound Design of a Play

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Justin Ellington and Stefania Bulbarella, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Leah Gelpe, Mary Jane

Tom Gibbons, Gray Home

Bray Poor and Will Pickens, Acceptable

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Ryan Rumery, Stereophonic

Finest Sound Design of a Musical

M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Right here Lies Love

Kai Harada, Merrily We Roll Alongside

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Nick Lidster for Autograph, Cabaret on the Equipment Kat Membership

Gareth Owen, Hell’s Kitchen

Cody Spencer, The Outsiders

Finest Route of a Play

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Daniel Aukin, Stereophonic

Anne Kauffman, Mary Jane

Kenny Leon, Purlie Victorious: A Non-Accomplice Romp By the Cotton Patch

Lila Neugebauer, Acceptable

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Whitney White, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Finest Route of a Musical

Maria Friedman, Merrily We Roll Alongside

Michael Greif, Hell’s Kitchen

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Leigh Silverman, Suffs

Jessica Stone, Water for Elephants

Danya Taymor, The Outsiders

Finest Choreography

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Annie-B Parson, Right here Lies Love

Camille A. Brown, Hell’s Kitchen

Rick Kuperman and Jeff Kuperman, The Outsiders

WINNER: Justin Peck, Illinoise

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Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll, Water for Elephants

Finest Orchestrations

Timo Andres, Illinoise

Will Butler and Justin Craig, Stereophonic

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Justin Levine, Matt Hinkley and Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Likelihood), The Outsiders

Tom Kitt and Adam Blackstone, Hell’s Kitchen

WINNER: Jonathan Tunick, Merrily We Roll Alongside

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