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Interstellar: Anne Hathaway Joins Next Nolan Film

Interstellar, the next outing from directorial visionary, Christopher Nolan will be graced by a familiar feline. According to Deadline, recent Oscar winner, Anne Hathaway will return to her The Dark Knight Rises director's fold, prospectively as the female lead of the film.

Hathaway is the second cast member set for this experimental space epic after Matthew McConaughey was confirmed to be on board last week. At the moment, nothing is known about the specifics for either of the roles. However, considering that Hathaway is coming fresh from her Oscar win for Les Misérables, it could be reflective of a post-Oscar palette-cleanse and might not be a conventional "leading lady" type role. The actress' career has certainly hit the highest of peaks and now one would think that this potential role would be redefining after having achieved such a milestone.

The film, which at one point in its genesis in 2006 had Steven Spielberg attached, will reportedly be based on the scientific research of physicist, Kip Thorne which theorizes the use of wormholes for time travel. Once the film started to carry the Nolan name (brothers, Christopher at the helm and Jonathan on the script,) it became the center of a rarely-seen co-production/co-distribution deal between studios, Paramount and Warner Bros. Certainly, with Nolan's mind-bending 2010 dream drama, Inception still fresh in the minds of moviegoers, this film will undoubtedly carry the same stylistic, cerebral, but action-packed tone. -- Also, if the Nolan-esque trends of repertory casting continues, then the phones of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Hardy may be ringing soon enough.

Interstellar launches Catwoman into space with a laid-back male stripper when it hits theaters on November 7, 2014.

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Elysium: Debut Trailer Breaks Out The Bone Saw

Elysium, the amped and upgraded next dystopian sci-fi epic from District 9 director, Neill Blomkamp has released its debut trailer.

It seems that the year 2154 is indeed the best of times and the worst of times. However, I don't think even Charles Dickens could imagine a scenario where humanity is as literally class-divided as they are in this film. While unlucky urchins of the future like Matt Damon's Max toil in miserable manual labor, living so low on the totem pole of existence that he's forced to take orders from robots, "the rich" have it just slightly better. And by that, we mean an aesthetically luxurious existence in a giant space station called Elysium away from all those blue collar bozos where they sip wine, sunbathe, and lay in magic beds that detect and remove cancer easier than a hangnail. (Although, in all frankness, hangnails are pretty annoying.)

Sick of it all...and sick in general after a radioactive work-related incident left his days numbered, Max is not just going to lay back and die like a good lemming. Seeing as he has nothing to lose, he decides he's going to get himself to Elysium, get cured, and in the process, wreck the system itself. Of course, he'll need a little help to do it, namely major cybernetic surgery performed by grumpy "resistance cell" types in a dirty basement that surely must be on the up and up. Upon completion of that, he gains new levels of destruction and badassery, as well as what his shady surgeon says will give him the ability to "override their whole system." (And also make showering and pooping into an unspeakable crucible.)

Max will need all the help he can get since he is not only being hunted by lackeys of a bitchy bureaucrat named, Secretary Rhodes (Jodi Foster), but also a tenacious bounty hunter who also appears to be cybernetically enhanced (though extremely unwashed) named Kruger (Sharlto Copley). He'll definitely need to channel his inner-Jason Bourne if he wants to break into rich people heaven.

Elysium makes the rich sell mass-produced Chinese-made cancer beds at Costco when it hits theaters on August 9. Check out the trailer as well as the new theatrical poster below!

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300: Rise Of An Empire: First Images Released, Plot Details

300: Rise of an Empire, the long-awaited follow-up to the blood-splattering, ab-glistening 2006 action epic, 300 has released its very first official images. Not only that, but plot details have been finally dropped giving fans a much-needed clarification on the film, which was vaguely known to depict the historical Battle of Artemisia.

The summer sequel, thus far shrouded in mystery, has revealed its visual tone by way of this set of photos released to USA Today. Clearly, it echoes its predecessor film quite a bit.

One photo gives us a proper hero shot of our protagonist, Athenian general, Themistokles played by Sullivan Stapleton (Gangster Squad). A legitimate historical figure in his own right, Themistokles will carry the burden of leading the armies of Athens into battle in the wake of the legendary sacrifice of King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans depicted in the previous film. However, Themistokles will be quite a different hero than Gerard Butler's war-reaping well-kicker of a king. A more complex thinker, Themistokles will be the type of leader presented in a more modern context, that of a warrior who must also adhere to the nuances of politics. According to the USA Today report, which nabbed info straight from the source with director, Noam Murro:

"Themistokles is battle-scarred and a warrior, but at the same time he's a politician. He's not the king. He has to rule in a democracy. It's a different complexity of character."

Besides a deeper protagonist, the dynamic of the film's various battles may also be equally upgraded in complexity. While the eccentric gold-gorged Persian king, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) will indeed return, the film's encompassing antagonism could actually be between Themistokles and Xerxes' radiant ravaging female Persian general, Artemisia (Eva Green). The comely commander, carrying her own vendettas against the Greeks into battle will, much like Themistokles, be a more cerebral nemesis. Surely set to sport Eva Green's well-known beauty, never will oblivion look so enticing. It's a dynamic which could potentially create an odd type of sexual tension between the two leaders amidst the grandiose battles.

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Man of Steel, this summer's sizzling screen-splashing Superman saga has released its first TV spot.

The new spot may not exactly provide too many revelations, especially to those familiar with the full trailer that debuted back in December. However, clocking in at a tight 32 seconds, it manages to convey the atmosphere of the film just as effectively in 1/5 of the time of the aforementioned preview.

At the moment, specifics about the film's plot other than an obligatory Superman origin tale still remains somewhat mysterious. Yet, what we have been shown does seem to expose the heart of the movie. Indeed, we witness Henry Cavill's new version of The Blue Bomber go from your typical super-powered alien orphan living on a farm who's at a perpetual quandary about the responsibilities his powers might entail, evolving into the blue-suited bringer of justice who's ready to use escaped Kryptonian war criminal, General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his merry band of misfits as the cannon-fodder for his heroic coming out party. 

Man of Steel pounds you with pure pathos at theaters on June 14. In addition to the TV spot, an updated version of the film's official synopsis has hit, shedding some (I stress, "some") light onto the context of the film's characters. Check it out below!

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Releases First Photo

Super soldier sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has released its first official image.

The photo unveiling comes in conjunction with the announcement that principal photography for the Phase Two film has finally begun rolling. Indeed, the iconic image of the circular star-and-striped shield strapped to the back of Chris Evans' Captain America immediately pulls your gaze, only to be directed towards the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo which he stands before solemnly. However, observant fans are already noticing a detail that might prove revealing to the film: Gloves. -- Specifically, the shorter gloves that Cap seems to be sporting. While there may be a scene-specific explanation, these mysterious mitts, which even appear to display exposed fingers have led to speculation that our hero might be in store for a radical costume change this time around.

On a sidenote, the posting of the picture by Marvel also included official confirmation of a casting rumor. The report reveals that legendary actor, Robert Redford has indeed hopped on board the film to play a character named "Agent Alexander Pierce," who is said to be a high-ranking senior leader within S.H.I.E.L.D. Redford joins an already-impressive cast consisting of: Scarlett Johansson as the bodacious baddie-beating Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as cycloptic S.H.I.E.L.D. superior, Nick Fury, Toby Jones as the villainous Arnim Zola, Frank Grillo as the skull-sporting Crossbones, Emily VanCamp as Agent Sharon Carter, the UFC's Georges St-Pierre as the roguish Batroc the Leaper, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Cap's unfrozen and brainwashed former friend in the titular Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier reunites old army buddies with a hint of unmitigated bloodlust and vengeance when it hits theaters on April 4, 2014.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series Gets New Title, Adds Cast Member

Marvel's upcoming expansion of their movieverse into the realm of TV with organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. has just been given an official title and logo. Previously referred to simply as "S.H.I.E.L.D.," network, ABC just made official on its media website that the show will be titled: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -- On top of that, there is news of the addition of another cast member who may be familiar to longtime fans of The Avengers mastermind and director of the pilot episode, Joss Whedon.

The amended title is clearly an attempt to differentiate itself from the 2002-2008 police drama, The Shield starring Michael Chiklis. While the kind of viewers who would actually be confused by such a thing would probably not be tuning in, it does serve to put the distinguished Marvel stamp on the series. However, the move is hardly unprecedented and even the show's setup film in last year's superhero dream team extravaganza, The Avengers actually carries the official (though rarely acknowledged) title of Marvel's The Avengers, so as to avoid confusing people who might mistake a blockbuster film about superheroes fighting off a rogue Norse God and armies of aliens with a British spy show from the 1960's and its 1998 remake movie. Thus, in all likelihood, you, me, and everyone else will probably just end up referring to the show as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." sans the Marvel marking.

While it doesn't look like we'll be getting substantive details anytime soon, ABC did release a new synopsis for the show. Check it out below, as well as news about another addition to the cast!

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: First Look At Nicholas Hoult As Beast

X-Men: Days of Future Past's tweet-happy taskmaster, Bryan Singer has unveiled the very first image of a character in the upcoming prequel-sequel by way of...you guessed it, Twitter. We now have our first look at actor, Nicholas Hoult as he will appear when he reprises his role as scientist and acrobatic one-man wrecking crew, Hank McCoy, aka Beast.

Besides the film's time-traveling and surreal array of returning cast members including Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, it will also carry the distinction of being centered in a timeline that takes place 10 years after the events of its 1962-set predecessor in 2011's rousing reboot, X-Men: First Class. As a result, the appearance of Beast, who mutated into his furry blue form in the last film, does come across far more aged and grizzled, even sporting some grays in his beard this time around.

For Hoult, the prospect of returning to the X-Men fold is probably music to the ears after the embarrassing run his starring vehicle, Jack the Giant Killer recently suffered. However, the young blue-chipper (heh-heh) still has some aces up his sleeve with this return as Beast and with a promising role in next year's Mad Max: Fury Road. Plus, he can take solace that February's Warm Bodies was anything but cold at the box-office.

X-Men: Days of Future Past decides how to best accessorize full-bodied blue fur when it hits theaters on July 18, 2014. Check out the full Beast reveal below!

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Iron Man 3 will blast into theaters exactly four weeks from today. For fans that keep getting bombarded by the blitz of promotional pizazz, it may still be a tough wait. However, fret not, fanboys and fangirls, the movie has officially hit online...well, 47 seconds of it, anyway.

Some of this new clip may seem familiar since elements of it have been featured throughout the recent trailers and TV spots. However, it makes a debut in full, uninterrupted glory with this clip, exclusive to Yahoo. After we've been exposed to the colossal crucible to which Tony will be subjected in this threequel, it's clear that he's had enough and he's drawn a line in the proverbial sand. Translation: "Don't just hide in the shadows like a bitch, Mandarin! Come get some!"

Indeed, that reporter's wrecked cell phone could serve as a violent metaphor for Tony Stark's plans for the repugnant ring enthusiast. There's no more "negotiations," no more "I don't want to stoop to his level" crap. Tony's out to jump in his armor and squash himself some Mandarin jam before spreading it on the burnt toast of terror itself.

Iron Man 3 draws inspiration from wrestling promos when it hits theaters on May 3.

The Black Hole Remake Lands Prometheus Writer

Disney's upcoming remake of its 1979 classic, The Black Hole now has a writer. Scribe, Jon Spaihts, author of the original draft of last year's Alien tie-in, Prometheus (before Damon Lindelof stepped in), also currently set to co-write next year's reboot of The Mummy, has been tapped to pen this robot-ridden space odyssey.

At the moment, the remake has Oblivion and Tron: Legacy director, Joseph Kosinski attached to occupy the helm with producer, Justin Springer, a collaborator on Legacy also on board. While the project has been in development since 2009, it does seem odd that it's getting made since Disney has bigger, more significant space-related projects (purchased for $4.05 billion) on the menu. However, it may be possible that The Black Hole remake is simply destined to whet appetites of moviegoers with a space epic before Disney's new baby, the Star Wars franchise returns to theaters in 2015 with Episode VII.

Indeed, The Black Hole's parallels with the Star Wars franchise are hardly coincidental. The original 1979 film was released in the wake of the 1977 post-Star Wars space-surge in films. Disney's answer to that trend was to throw-down $20 million (big money for a production at the time) for something that matched the genre. What they got was a fairly successful film grossing $35.8 million domestically, featuring a solid cast, while ubiquitously promoting the images of friendly helper robots, B.O.B. and V.I.N.C.E.N.T. and the sinister towering red robot named Maximilian.

The original film set in the year 2130 focused on a crew of space explorers in the USS Palomino who come across a ship thought to be long lost in the USS Cygnus which is seemingly teetering on the border of a black hole. Upon boarding the lost ship, the Palomino crew led by Captain Holland (Robert Forster) and Dr. Durant (Anthony Perkins) meet the Cygnus' lone human survivor, Dr. Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell). While at first Reinhardt seemed to be just a normal scientist-type guy living in space amongst a population of robots (minus the task of "watching cheesy movies"), things start to look fishy; especially when it comes to the mystery of what happened to the rest of the Cygnus crew, their connection to the ship's robotic denizens, and Reinhardt's true agenda towards the bordering black hole.

The Black Hole will do its best to "suck" in a good way when it hits theaters at a date not yet revealed.

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Crimson Peak: Benedict Cumberbatch Boards Del Toro Film

Crimson Peak, one of several projects cooking on the stovetop of director/producer, Guillermo del Toro has procured a cast member whose stock is currently soaring in Benedict Cumberbatch.

While details on the film's plot are still vague, it has been described as being Del Toro's love letter to old school set-oriented haunted house films, specifically the 1963 Robert Wise classic, The Haunting, mixed with The Omen, The Exorcist, and The Shining. Such a cocktail seems to indicate a more insular, psychological type of film where the various threats are not only represented by the obligatory ghosts, but the very setting itself. What little bit of information the report had to provide on the plot states:

"The gothic horror story centers on a woman who discovers that her husband might not be whom he appears to be."

Cumberbatch joins confirmed cast members, Charlie Hunnam and Emma Stone (who are likely the couple in question) and should bring some considerable weight to the project. At this point, no details have been revealed about Cumberbatch's role, although a supernatural antagonist of some kind seems a likely choice.

The actor, known for starring in the BBC's acclaimed Sherlock, is a little over a month away from the release of what looks to be an impressive career-altering effort as villain, "John Harrison" in Star Trek Into Darkness. (Although, renewed rumors still persist that the character may actually be someone else we already know.) Having even nabbed a critical voice role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as the titular the fire-breathing dragon (he will also voice The Necromancer in the series), his arrival for Del Toro's extra-corporeal epic could prove to be an even bigger acquisition by the time production commences in February.

Crimson Peak tries its best to remove the stain left by The Haunted Mansion from the ghost genre when it hits theaters on a date yet to be determined.

UPDATE: You can now add recent Oscar nominee, Jessica Chastain to the cast.

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Iron Man 3: New TV Spot Reveals Extremis Soldiers

Iron Man 3 will be hitting theaters in just under a month. That fact, however, is still not stopping the hype train from dropping the occasional surprise on fans who fancy themselves informed. In this case, that surprise comes from yet another new TV spot which may go through the usual routines, but then quickly manages to give us our first look at some of the virus-plagued Extremis Soldiers that will terrifyingly tangle with Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark.

Previous trailers showed us the "before" picture of some hapless guinea pigs as they underwent a procedure set up by villain, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) to become infected with the Extremis Virus. Developed by scientists, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall), the experiment was designed to produce "super-soldier" elements like Captain America's, while endowing instant healing abilities. (In the comics, its nanite-based nature allowed Tony to modify it and upgrade his tech significantly.) Indeed, it does provide some cool physical benefits. -- Unfortunately, it also turns the subjects into silvery-skinned-psychos with red glowing eyes and pulsating neon lesions that would give zombies on The Walking Dead a run for their money in the department of unaesthetic excellence. (...Okay, maybe not.)

Clearly, Tony has enough problems with The Mandarin plotting him an exotic and intricate death, guys in choppers wrecking his pad, getting himself stranded in the snow, and his armors seemingly coming to life to creep over him in bed. Things spiral to a point where even poor Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) has to put on his proverbial pants, getting into an Iron Man armor to "Rescue" him. Adding "ashy glowing-eyed zombies" into the mix is certainly not helping.

Iron Man 3 takes up major slack for the CDC when it hits theaters on May 3. Check out the new spot below!

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LucasArts Shut Down By Disney: End Of An Era?

LucasArts, the video game arm of the empire which formerly called George Lucas its Emperor has just been put to rest. Current property owners, Disney have announced that staff have been let go and all projects currently in development, including the ambitious new shooter, Star Wars 1313 have momentarily ceased production.

According to the issued statement:

"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."

There's been no shortage of major news centered around the Star Wars franchise since Disney laid down $4.05 billion dollars to absorb it last fall. (A sequel trilogy, one-shot movies, the cancellation of The Clone Wars, etc.) However, this move, perhaps more than anything, may actually reflect how the old, tightly-controlled, self-sustaining business model created by Lucas has truly been disassembled. Indeed, the news represents how the old ways of a grand business microcosm, centralized towards one man in his giant ranch has ended. In fact, Lucas' iconic effects company, Industrial Lights & Magic will also see layoffs, which may not bode well for its potential posterity, as well.

Is it time to panic? Is it time to celebrate? Well, at this point, what Disney announced is pretty much merely an official codification of what has been happening for the last decade or so, since most of their recent significant titles were developed by outside companies. LucasArts, at least the LucasArts that gained its reputation through groundbreaking video game titles (which actually used to publish games that did NOT contain either "Star" nor "Wars") has certainly not been around in any form familiar to those old enough to remember its creative apex.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Zoe Saldana In Talks To Play Gamora

Guardians of the Galaxy may soon have its resident emerald assassin locked in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Star Trek and Avatar actress, Zoe Saldana is in talks to portray the team's comely cosmic killer, Gamora.

With most of the casting speculation for this Marvel Phase Two project focusing on team leader, Star-Lord, which ultimately went to Chris Pratt and Drax the Destroyer, which recently went to former WWE wrestler and burgeoning actor, Dave Bautista, it seems that the cycle of casting rumors for our big screen Gamora quickly escalated to a virtual lock with this report.

In the comics, the character, Gamora is the last of her species called the Zen Whoberis, who were exterminated by the cult-controlling villain, Magus. (An evil version of cosmic hero, Adam Warlock from an alternate future.) Seeking revenge, she fell into the apprenticeship of the Mad Titan, Thanos (the film's likely villain) where she was endowed with not just powers and deadly combat skills, but brainwashed with a purpose: To destroy anything that opposes her master. However, his gorgeous green-skinned guerrilla ultimately went off the reservation and became a mortal enemy of her former master manipulator. Solidifying her status as a hero, she eventually joins the Guardians of the Galaxy team with, among others, Drax the Destroyer, who, also sporting a green exterior, nurtures an anger-driven origin tale that left him with a personal bone to pick with Thanos.

If the report proves true, then Saldana, a fairly big name, will have nabbed a key role in a third potentially-lucrative film franchise, further-solidifying her status as one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses. With the necessary sinner-slaying experience in the bloody 2011 movie, Columbiana, she would certainly be in familiar elements as Gamora. (And seeing as she had a green-skinned roommate in Star Trek, her well of acting inspiration will certainly be full.)

Guardians of the Galaxy trades in Na'vi blue for Gamora green when it hits theaters on August 1, 2014.

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Interstellar: Matthew McConaughey Cast In Nolan's Next Film

Interstellar, the next film from director, Christopher Nolan will apparently feature a bit of redneck stoner surfer vibe. It is being reported that Matthew McConaughey has been cast in The Dark Knight Trilogy visionary's experimental space epic. -- Alright-alright!

At this point, next to nothing has been revealed about the plot of the film itself, much less what McConaughey's role will entail. (Although a preliminary report by Deadline last week speculated that he would play a character named "Cooper.") What is known, is that the space-scifi departure from the superhero genre for Christopher Nolan will be based off the research of renown physics professor, Kip Thorne which theorizes on the utilization of wormholes for the use of time-travel. With a script on hand by the director's brother, Jonathan Nolan (which Christopher may have tweaked), expectations towards this ambitious, likely experimental project from the Nolans are already measured in light years, considering it was the center of a rare co-production/co-distribution deal between major studios, Warner Bros. and Paramount.

For McConaughey, the role could be an important step in the evolution of his acting career. While no stranger to the occasional dramatic role (like the memorable A Time to Kill), the actor is more commonly associated with irreverent parts and is probably still best remembered (besides for his prejudice against shirts,) from his role in 1993's Dazed and Confused as David Wooderson, an aimless, capricious partier who is a bit too old to be socially-familiar with high school students. However, after recent roles in Magic Mike, The Lincoln Lawyer, and Killer Joe, it seems that not only has his status as a bankable star been renewed, but more faith is being taken by studios towards his ability to tackle projects outside the box, genre-wise. This role in Interstellar definitely reflects that.

Interstellar proves that McConaughey gets older, but those red giants in space stay the same age when it hits theaters on November 7, 2014.

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Marvel Phase Two Preview Pic Extravaganza

Some light was shed on Marvel's Phase Two set of epic comic book films, which launches on May 3 with Iron Man 3. It seems that the release of the Blu-ray box-set, Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers Assembled would unleash a plethora of production art and preview footage for the Marvel Movieverse's upcoming entries.

People who did break out the big bucks to buy that magnificent box were treated to clues leading to a site called BattleofNewYork.net, for which they were provided a code to enter, uncovering an extended version of the Phase Two preview video we saw yesterday with Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige.

The video in question is chock full of sneak peaks at all the current in-production Marvel film projects from next month's Iron Man 3, this fall's Thor: The Dark World, next year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the 2015-set Phase Two grand finale, The Avengers 2. -- Not only that, but we even get a minuscule (pun intended) look at the Phase Three kick-off with fall 2015's Ant-Man, as some of the mythical test footage shot last year by director, Edgar Wright is shown in official capacity for the first time.

While the code-accessible preview video has not been officially released online (I stress, "officially"), a plethora of screen-grabs have bombarded the Internet, providing a much-needed sneak peek for fans who either can't afford the box-set or already own the films and can't justify re-buying them, even with the awesome packaging. Check out the array of pics below!

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