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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"PASTOR PAUL", The "World's First American Nollywood Film", Arrives on DVD/Digital HD on 3/13




AFTER BEING CAST IN A RAMSHACKLE NOLLYWOOD MOVIE...

AN AMERICAN TOURIST IS POSSESSED BY A GHOST IN
THIS CHARMING COMEDY SET IN WEST AFRICA


"PASTOR PAUL"

Street Date: March 13, 2018
DVD SRP: $24.95


Called "The World's First American Nollywood Film," This Engaging Film from First-Time Director Jules David Bartkowski Arrives this March on DVD/Digital HD, Exclusively from IndiePix Films®

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

When a white tourist travels to West Africa, gets cast in a micro-budget version of Hamlet, and is possessed by a ghost anything can and does happen inPASTOR PAUL, a film that multi-hyphenate director/writer/actor Jules David Bartkowski calls "the world's first American Nollywood film."

Benjamin (played by Bartkowski) is a bumbling, geeky mathematician on a mission to discover the hidden formulas in the rhythms of African drumming when he's asked to act in a movie by Kubolor (Wanlov the Kubolor, one half of the Ghanaian hip-hop duo FOKN Bois), a famous Nollywood actor. Somewhat befuddled, Benjamin agrees.

On the set, however, he's stricken with seizures and speaks in tongues, horrifying the crew though inadvertently giving the director exactly what he wanted. Benjamin returns to his research, seeking out drummers in remote villages, until his possession reoccurs and he wakes up the next morning in an abandoned house. With a life that's quickly turned into a real-life Nollywood movie, will he be able to rid himself of this strange spiritual malady in time for the movie premiere?

Filmed in Ghana and Nigeria as a guerilla-style international co-production with the premier avant-garde arts collective in Ghana, Pidgen Unlimited, PASTOR PAUL explores the intersection of New African cinema, Christianity and witchcraft, while lampooning classic images of the white man in Africa. 

Jason Coffman of Daily Gridhouse.com says, "everyone on screen looks like they're having a blast, and that good-natured charm makes PASTOR PAUL a standout independent comedy" and an homage to the spirit -- and the spirits -- of Nollywood.

PASTOR PAUL

Running Time: 70 mins.
Rating: N/A
Genre: Comedy/World Cinema
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

About IndiePix Films®
New York-based IndiePix Films® offers cineastes a highly-curated collection of the best independent films from around the world. Avenues for distribution include their signature streaming service, IndiePix Unlimited, dedicated commerce site, IndiePixFilms.com, which offers download-to-own, streaming rental and physical media direct to consumers, via national retail channels and select theatrical exhibition. IndiePix also owns Festival Genius, the premier platform for connecting film festivals to audiences through online ticketing, calendars, iphone apps, and more.



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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sean Connery/James Bond's One-Time-Only Goofy Grin




We've seen Sean Connery's Bond smile a lot in the Bond movies.

But in the gypsy camp sequence in "From Russia With Love" (1965)...

...there's a broad, almost goofy grin we've not seen before or since.

What was Connery reacting to in such an openly ecstatic way? (The dancer? She isn't in the shot.)

Whatever it was, we would never see Connery's Bond look that genuinely delighted again.


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Hope you enjoy it!




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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI on Digital March 13 & Blu-ray March 27 (New Trailer and Pics Here!)




A spectacular, full-throttle joyride of thrills, exhilarating, screen-filling visuals” – Neil Pond, Parade

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Writer/Director Rian Johnson takes fans behind the scenes, revealing production secrets and never-before-seen footage and deleted scenes

BURBANK, Calif. (February 20, 2018) — Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi—the next action-packed chapter of the Star Wars saga— Earned critical acclaim and the No. 1 spot atop 2017’s list of highest-grossing films.

The visually stunning film welcomes the return of original characters, including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Yoda, R2-D2 and C-3PO and further explores the deepening journey of the saga’s new members, Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren.


Now families can bring home the movie digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere on March 13, two weeks before the 4K Ultra HD™ Blu-ray, and Blu-ray™ disc on March 27. 

This release also marks Disney’s first title available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in both Dolby Vision™ HDR and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio, delivering consumers a transformative viewing experience.

Director Rian Johnson takes fans on an intimate journey into the creation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a feature-length documentary, explaining his unique interpretation of the Force, detailing the painstaking process of creating Snoke, and deconstructing action-packed scenes from the film such as the epic space battle and the final confrontation.

Johnson also reveals two exclusive scenes, featuring Andy Serkis as Snoke prior to his digital makeover, as well as 14 never-before-seen deleted scenes, in addition to his audio commentary.


Bonus features include*:

⦁ The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
⦁ Balance of the Force - Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
⦁ Scene Breakdowns
⦁ Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
⦁ Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
⦁ Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
⦁ Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
⦁ Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
⦁ Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi is packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their in-home viewing experience. The Multiscreen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack) includes Blu-ray, and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices.

Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition, including 4K Ultra HD disc with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, Blu-ray disc, and a digital copy (where available).

Dolby Vision delivers greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Dolby Atmos places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. Together on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, viewers will practically feel the Force in their own home.

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

FEATURE RUN TIME:           Approximately 152 min.
RATING:                                 PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; PG in CF
ASPECT RATIO:                     2.39:1
AUDIO:                               4K UHD (US): English 7.14 Dolby Atmos; English 7.1 Dolby Audio™; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Audio
4K UHD (Canada): English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos; English 7.1 Dolby Audio; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French 7.1 Dolby Audio
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio Language Tracks
DVD: English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio Language Tracks
Digital 4K UHD: English Dolby Atmos (where available), English 7.1 Dolby Audio (where available), English, French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (where available)
Digital HD: English, French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (where available)
SUBTITLES:                         UHD / BD: English SDH, French & Spanish
                                             DVD: English SDH, French & Spanish
                                   Digital: English SDH, English Closed Caption, French & Spanish (where available)

SOCIAL MEDIA:  

Website: http://www.starwars.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/starwars
Twitter: https://twitter.com/starwars
Instagram: http://instagram.com/starwars
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/starwars



ABOUT STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI:

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern with Frank Oz, and Benicio Del Toro. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

ABOUT LUCASFILM LTD.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company's activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

MOVIES ANYWHERE (MA):
Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers at launch are Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. Movies Anywhere offers a library of over 7,300 digital movies at launch, including new releases, and will continue to expand the consumer experience as more content providers, digital retailers and platforms are added. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can connect their Movies Anywhere account with participating digital retailers and enjoy their favorite digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire devices; Android devices and Android TV; Apple TV; Chromecast; iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; Roku® devices and popular browsers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-ray and DVD disc packages from participating studios and enjoy them through Movies Anywhere. 
 
ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

ABOUT DOLBY VISION
Dolby Vision transforms your TV experience with spectacular imaging—incredible brightness, contrast, and color that bring entertainment to life before your eyes via OTT online streaming, Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, broadcast, and gaming applications.

ABOUT DOLBY ATMOS
Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience.

© 2018 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. 




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Monday, February 19, 2018

"MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN" Corkscrew Car Jump: NO Slide Whistle!




The cartoony slide whistle always ruined the effect of this great stunt for us.

So we took it out and replaced it with cool Bond music!


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Hope you enjoy it!




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DVD/VOD Release (5/8)--Breaking Glass Enters a "HOUSE OF EVIL" This May



"HOUSE OF EVIL"

Chilling Haunted House Horror’s North American
DVD & VOD Roll-Out Begins May 8


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Philadelphia, PA, February 16, 2018--Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired US rights to the retro, haunted house horror feature HOUSE OF EVIL. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in October in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Frederic Demy of The Story Forge, LTD.

Described as a film that brings “a perfect blend of old school and modern horror” (Horrorscreams Videovault) which “builds to a satisfying climax that wraps itself contentedly in its Italian roots.” (The Schlock Pit), HOUSE OF EVIL was an official selection at the Ferrara Film Festival and the Italian New Horror Film Festival.


The film stars Andrew Harwood Mills (Retribution, Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the Dead), Lucy Drive (Dead End, Cassette, Outside Bet), and Désirée Giorgetti (Alaska).

Based on true events, HOUSE OF EVIL follows a young couple who, in the 1970s, move into a large, remote house in the countryside with hopes of starting a family. However, it's not long before they are menaced by ghosts and a darker demonic presence.

“House of Evil is a true homage to classic Italian horror cinema”, said Wolff. “The film is a welcome addition to our genre library.”

HOUSE OF EVIL will arrive on May 8 on DVD and VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Xbox, PlayStation, Vudu, Fandango, and through local cable/satellite providers.


House of Evil
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Running Time: 85 min., Rating: NR, Language: English, Audio: Dolby 5.1
SRP: $24.99; UPC: 855184007297

Cast:
Andrew Harwood Mills
Lucy Drive
Désirée Giorgetti
David White
Eleonora Marianelli

Director: Luca Boni, Marco Ristori
Written by: Lorenzo Paviano, Raffaele Picchio
Producer: Uwe Boll




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Sunday, February 18, 2018

JAMES BOND AND THE TIPSY TOURIST




On three separate occasions, James Bond's incredible escapades are witnessed by the same hapless tourist. 

Wherever in the wide world this poor guy goes on vacation...he can't get away from Bond.

And the wilder Bond's antics, the more this guy wonders what the heck's in his drink.

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) Sardinia
MOONRAKER (1979) Venice
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981) The Alps

Hopefully, his next vacation will be blissfully Bond-free. But one thing's for sure...

This guy needs a new travel agent! 


Tipsy Tourist: Victor Tourjansky

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material. Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!




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THE BRUTE MAN (1946) -- Movie Review by Jason Hernandez




It's a poorly made, clumsily written, awkwardly paced, stiffly acted B-movie rush job, but THE BRUTE MAN (1946) deserves credit for being the only film to treat disfigured actor Rondo Hatton like a human being.

Yes, he's still a mad murderer who kills people with his bare hands. Yes, they're still calling him "The Creeper". Yes, he's still photographed like a beast in the shadows.

The twist is that this movie takes the old Bride of Frankenstein turn in which the monster meets a blind person who doesn't judge him. That's pretty lady piano instructor Jane Adams.


She's doesn't panic when Hatton, a complete stranger, breaks into her apartment. She also doesn't suspect that anything is amiss when the police knock on her door right afterward looking for him.

This is partly because she's a sweetheart and partly because this script was written faster than a bachelor's grocery list. Nobody here had time to try to make sense of this. The important part is that she develops a friendship with him. She humanizes him. He keeps coming back like a stray cat.

Along the way, we do begin to sympathize with the pituitary disease-ravaged Hatton. We learn his sad story. We start to root for him to evade capture and continue to strangle to death anyone he wants.


At the very least, we don't care if his next target, Tom Neal, wearing the worst fake mustache in film history, gets away or not.

This was Hatton's final film, released after his death. The commonly told story is that Universal originally made this and then didn't want to release it due to a combination of them shutting down their B-movie division, thinking that the film was terrible and not wanting to look like they're capitalizing off of Hatton's death.

I'm not sure that I buy all of that (particularly the last reason), but Universal did sell the film off to the Poverty Row mavens at PRC, who would release anything that was in focus for at least ten minutes of its run time.

The fifty-eight-minute wonder THE BRUTE MAN fits right in with all of the other slop they were slingin'.



Here's Rondo in parallel-view 3D (click for larger picture): 




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Saturday, February 17, 2018

MICHAEL IRONSIDE in JON KEEYES' "THE HARROWING" - Berlin World Premiere




Film Mode Entertainment’s

THE HARROWING

Makes 2018 World Premiere Screening in Berlin

World Premiere Screening and EFM Market Debut of New, Mind-bending Horror/Thriller Stars Screen Legend MICHAEL IRONSIDE and is Directed by Horror Legend JON KEEYES


BERLIN (February 17, 2018) -- Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment presents the World Market Premiere screening and EFM debut of their newest thriller THE HARROWING in Berlin. The world premiere screening will take place on Friday, February 18th at 11:05 AM at dffb-Kino.

Written and directed by veteran horror director JON KEEYES (AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, FALL DOWN DEAD), the film stars the legendary MICHAEL IRONSIDE (TOTAL RECALL, SCANNERS), who among being nominated for almost a dozen awards, has become widely known for his depiction of fearsome villains in this genre.

The cast is further bolstered by MATTHEW TOMPKINS (SICARIO), and ARNOLD VOSLOO (THE MUMMY, G.I. JOE). The premiere screening in Berlin takes place on February 18th.

“We’re thrilled to screen THE HARROWING to distributors and audiences for the very first time in Berlin.” Said Epstein. “Horror and thriller fans are in for the ride of their lives with THE HARROWING - a gripping, mind-bending, nail-biter of a film that has a great deal of worldwide commercial appeal with the recent success of the genre.” 

Garnering over $733 million in ticket sales in 2017, the biggest box office year ever for horror, THE HARROWING is a perfect addition to the marketplace.

The horror/thriller follows a Vice Detective (TOMPKINS), who is wrongly accused of the ritualistic murder of his best friend.  Bent on finding the truth, he is plunged into Hell when he goes undercover and discovers the truth behind a demonic myth.

Jon Keeyes, Director: "As a life long genre fan, The Harrowing is a movie that is going to get audiences excited across the world. We've carefully crafted an intelligent, suspenseful, tense thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats while driving them down a road of psychological twists and turns. Right out of the gate, we pull them in with an explosive opening sequence, and then keep them guessing as the mystery unfolds until we blow their minds in the final moments. Being able to construct such an intricate puzzle like this - that is both entertaining and thought provoking - has been a joy."

Matthew Tompkins, Producer: "The Harrowing is carefully constructed to be a powerful synergy of elements that make it one of those rare 'elevated' genre films with true crossover appeal to a wide variety of hardcore fans...The film is a potent mix of horror and supernatural elements that underpin a very smart, disturbing, and complicated psychological thriller...the idea of being able to drive the narrative utilizing all of these things, to truly pull that off, from both a commercial and artistic perspective, was a fantastic opportunity for us as Filmmakers."

The world premiere screening will take place on Friday, February 18th at 11:05 AM at dffb-Kino.

Film Mode Entertainment is representing worldwide rights on the film.

Film Mode Entertainment is a leading worldwide sales agent, production entity and distribution company, focusing on commercially driven feature films of all genres and budget sizes. Film Mode represents projects at all stages of the filmmaking process, often as Executive Producer, with the aim of helping producers and distributors achieve maximum exposure for their films. Film Mode’s recent successes include SUGAR MOUNTAIN starring Jason Momoa, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR starring Academy Award nominee, James Caan and GANGSTER LAND starring Sean Faris, Milo Gibson, Jason Patric, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Peter Facinelli.  Upcoming releases include THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614 starring Golden Globe winner Ron Pearlman and VIKING DESTINY starring Academy Award nominee Terence Stamp. Additional titles include TIFF official selection HUMAN TRACES with Mark Mitchinson and Sophie Henderson and THE GIRL WHO INVENTED KISSING, starring Luke Wilson, Abbie Cornish and Suki Waterhouse.  DocMode, Film Mode’s Documentary label was launched to focus on award-winning Documentaries that impact the world.  BALLERINA, the first film under the label will have its American debut in 2018.   Film Mode is based in Beverly Hills, California.



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"INTERCHANGE" Mystical Malaysian Supernatural Thriller Set For Digital Release Feb. 20



Terror Films' Sister Company Global Digital Releasing Takes on Mystical Malaysian Supernatural Thriller INTERCHANGE

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 16th, 2018) Global Digital Releasing has acquired North American rights to the award winning, Malaysian fantasy, crime-thriller Interchange. GDR has set the digital release date for Tuesday, February 20th, for this exciting supernatural thriller.

The film was written and directed by Dain Iskandar Said ("Bunahon"). The film stars: Ledil Putra, Prisia Nasution, Shaheizy Sam and Nicholas Saputra. Interchange made its North American premiere at TIFF in 2016. Since then, Interchange has made appearances at: L’Etrange Film Festival (Paris, 2016), BFI London International Film Festival (Thrill, 2016), Singapore International Film Festival (Opening Film, 2016) and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Belgium, 2016). The film has met with critical claim, at many of these prestigious appearances.


The story follows Adam (Putra), a forensics photographer. He has become emotionally distraught and suffers from strange hallucinations, since witnessing the aftermath of a bizarre murder; he has retreated from the world. Then, a detective arrives at his doorstep informing him that another murder has occurred - one with undeniable similarities to the one that pushed him over the edge. Adam's help is requested to unravel the mystery - one involving: corpses drained of blood, unusual feathers and antique photographs that appear to capture Adam's beautiful new neighbor Iva (Prisia Nasution).

Adam is drawn further into Iva's mysterious world, while the detective delves deeper into his investigation. They discover the city's mystical underbelly of shamans and supernatural beings as century-old superstitions come to life.

WATCH THE TRAILER:


The film, which was acquired from XYZ Films. Interchange was written by: Redza Minhat, Dain Said, June Tan and Nandita Solomon (who also produced the film). The film will debut on: Amazon Instant, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Xbox and Google Play - on the 16th. This release will be followed by another on  iTunes, this March 3rd, 2018. More platforms will follow, including a VOD and DVD release.

Global Digital Releasing is sharing the official trailer, poster and some stills in anticipation of the film’s expansive North American debut.

The film’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalDigitalReleasing



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Insane Car Jump Ruined in "THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN" (James Bond, 1974)




This James Bond film features one of the greatest car stunts ever.

The technical preparations for the "corkscrew" jump had to be precise. With several cameras rolling, the skilled driver pulled it off in one take.

And then they went and ruined it by adding... ...a cartoon slide-whistle sound effect. 

Composer John Barry later regretted adding the mood-killing sound effect.

Bond fans still cringe...and wonder what the moment would've been like without it.

(Let's find out!)


I neither own nor claim any rights to this material. Just having some fun with it. Thanks for watching!




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