Wolverine Production Designer Hired

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XMenFilms.net reports that Barry Robison has joined the Wolverine spin-off as Production Designer.

He recently worked with Wolverine director Gavin Hood on his new film, Rendition, in theaters on October 19.

Previous credits include Wedding Crashers, Hidalgo and October Sky.

Source: XMenFilms.net

More Hulk Blair Academy Details

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NJ.com has posted more info on the filming for The Incredible Hulk that took place today at Blair Academy in New Jersey. Here’s several clips:

“We are being depicted as a small college in North Carolina, from what I gather,” Blair headmaster T. Chandler Hardwick said.

Some of the footage will be digitally altered, but the hope is that the campus will still be recognizable as Blair, Hardwick said.

Visit the link above for more on this. Our original article on this filming can be found here.

Source: Advanced Dark

New Wolverine Crew Members

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XMenFilms.net has learned of new Wolverine crew members. According to the site, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Donald McAlpine is on board and Kenny Myers is returning to do the makeup for Wolverine.

Click the link above for more details!

Source: XMenFilms.net

New Smallville Commercial!

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The CW has revealed a new Supergirl commercial for “Smallville,” premiering on Thursday, September 27. Watch it using the player below!

Source: Shadow

Dougherty, Roth Writing Heroes: Origins

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Superman Returns co-writer Michael Dougherty and Hostel writer/director Eli Roth have each been hired to write an episode of “Heroes: Origins,” the anthology spinoff from NBC’s hit series.

Roth will also direct his episode, which introduces new characters as they discover their extraordinary powers.

Roth and Dougherty, both “Heroes” fans, join another big supporter of the show, Kevin Smith, who was previously set to write and direct an episode of the Universal Media Studios-produced “Heroes: Origins.”

Dougherty, who also co-wrote X2, recently made his directorial debut with the upcoming Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures horror movie Trick ‘r Treat, which he also wrote.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Paul Dini Penning Gatchaman

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Paul Dini has been signed to collaborate on the screenplay for Imagi Animation Studios’ upcoming CG-animated motion picture, Gatchaman. Announcement was made by Francis Kao, Co-CEO & Chief Creative Officer.

“We are excited to have Paul on our talented ‘Gatchaman’ team,” said Kao. “His extensive background in animation and superhero comics will contribute greatly to this ambitious action movie.”

“The original series was one of the classics of early anime, and the film will be very true to the Japanese source material,” said Dini. “As a studio, Imagi is constantly breaking the boundaries of animated adventure. Not only are their action sequences amazing, but their characters are driven, complex and play for life-or-death stakes. It’s a great environment for a writer with a rather dark take on animation.”

Writer/producer Paul Dini’s career spans animation (“Batman: The Animated Series”), television (“Lost”) and comics (“Detective,” “The World’s Greatest Superheroes”). The winner of multiple Emmy, Eisner and Writers Guild of America Awards, Dini is also currently masterminding the DC Comics 2007 weekly series “Countdown.” His creations “Jingle Belle” and “Mutant, Texas” continue to appear frequently from Dark Horse, Oni Press and other publishers. Dini and his wife, magician Misty Lee, have also launched a popular series of Internet shorts featuring their puppet creation, Little Rashy.

Gatchaman is based on the successful Japanese franchise created in the early 1970s by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida. Aired in the U.S. as Battle of the Planets and G-Force, the TV series soon became one of the top syndicated shows.

Scheduled for release in early 2009, Gatchaman is a big, effects-rich movie set in a future world grappling with environmental and technological issues. The story focuses on five reluctant heroes whose remarkable genetic code makes them Earth’s only hope of defeating extra-terrestrial invaders.

Kevin Munroe (TMNT) is the director of Gatchaman, being produced by Lynne Southerland.

Source: Imagi Animation Studios

The Incredible Hulk to Film at Blair Academy

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Scooper ‘richam32’ gave Superhero Hype! the heads up that The Incredible Hulk will film at Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ:

I’m a Senior at Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ. We just had a Senior Class Council meeting with the Headmaster where he told us that this Saturday, the 22nd, a camera crew would be talking a good deal of aerial footage of the school for The Incredible Hulk. The rep. who was in touch with him last week was reluctant to give the film’s title, but did. It is unconfirmed whether or not they’ll be back for additional footage, but Saturday is a done deal. The school is a private boarding school that was founded in 1848 and has an old, historic feel to it. You can check out more at Blair.edu.

Be sure to hit the link above to get a look at the school!

Source: richam32

The Dark Knight Hong Kong Filming Details

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The Standard has posted new details on the filming for The Dark Knight scheduled to take place in Hong Kong this November. Here’s a clip:

The filming locations will include the Central-Mid-Levels escalator, some parts of Queen’s Road Central and The Centre. Some areas are expected to be closed to the public during the nine days of filming.

Visit the link above for much more on this!

Source: He-Man

It’s Official: Justice League Moving Ahead at WB

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Warner Bros. is moving aggressively ahead with the big screen adaptation of DC Comics’ Justice League of America, with George Miller (Happy Feet) on board to direct, reports Variety.

The project, which is in the initial phases of casting, is a pre-strike priority for the studio, which needs a superhero tentpole in 2009.

Still, making all the pieces fit has been complicated by overlapping superhero projects in the pipeline, since “Justice League” features a pantheon of superheroes, including Superman and Batman.

Batman and Superman are active properties for the studio, though the next installment in the Superman franchise has taken a backseat to “Justice League” in part because Warners is so keen on the “Justice League” script by Kieran and Michele Mulroney.

“Justice League” will likely feature the characters of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and Aquaman.

The project is so complicated — and casting dependent — that even those deeply involved in the project are holding their breath until production begins.

“They’re working very hard to get it to happen,” said one party close to the project. “But there are so many characters it’s complicated.”

Source: Variety

New Iron Man Artwork

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Like The Incredible Hulk artwork, scooper ‘Fabman’ tells us this new Iron Man art will be used for the film’s marketing campaign and merchandising next year as well.

Source: Fabman

A Glimpse at New Hulk Artwork?

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Scooper ‘Fabman’ has sent us a possible piece of artwork that Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures will use for the marketing campaign and merchandising next year for The Incredible Hulk. Opening June 13, the action-thriller stars Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Christina Cabot and Lou Ferrigno.

Source: Fabman

New Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem Trailer!

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A new (presumably) international trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem has come online in four QuickTime sizes at Filmweb. The trailer shows you quite a bit of new footage from the anticipated film. Click here to watch the trailer!

Opening Christmas Day, the R-rated sci-fi action-adventure stars Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, John Ortiz, Shareeka Epps, Johnny Lewis, Sam Trammell and David Paetkau. It was directed by brothers Greg and Colin Strause.

Source: SWAT

Dimension Sets Superhero Cast

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Dimension films has announced the start of principal photography and the ensemble cast for the feature comedy Superhero. Written and directed by Craig Mazin (Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4), the ensemble cast includes Drake Bell (Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh”), Sara Paxton (Aquamarine), Christopher McDonald (Requiem for a Dream), Leslie Nielsen (Scary Movie 4, Scary Movie 3, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult), Kevin Hart (Along Came Polly), Marion Ross (“Happy Days,” The Evening Star), Ryan Hansen (“Veronica Mars”), Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”), and Brent Spiner (Independence Day, “Star Trek: First Contact”). David Zucker (Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Airplane) and Robert K. Weiss (Scary Movie 4, Scary Movie 3, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult) will serve as producers on Superhero. The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films.

After record-breaking successes on Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, and The Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear, filmmakers Craig Mazin, David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss are reversing some of the key roles they held in these successful collaborations — Craig Mazin will direct Superhero with the legendary David Zucker serving as a writer and producer on the project.

Superhero will follow in the traditions of “Airplane” and “Naked Gun” in spoofing the conventions of the popular superhero movie genre.

Bob Weinstein stated, “Craig and David are comedic geniuses. With this great script and this talented team at the helm, ‘Superhero,’ is certain to be another winner for all of us.”

Source: Dimension Films

Hot Photos From the Hulk Set!

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The action on The Incredible Hulk set on Yonge Street in Toronto heated up last night and scooper ‘ad101867’ was there to witness the filming and send us some great pics of what happened. The Louis Leterrier-directed film, opening June 13, stars Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Christina Cabot and Lou Ferrigno. Here’s ‘ad1011867’…

In one of the photos you can see a number of people in motion along the sidewalk, at the lefthand side of the photo. One heavier-set guy in particular is actually running in the direction of the camera. That’s during one of the takes in which the extras are being filmed running away from the fight.

Even though unfortunately the entry points onto the street were so well-guarded that I couldn’t get better shots without being an extra or crew member, it was interesting even just hearing the shoot take place. I couldn’t hear the director call “Action!”, but an assistant nearby would call out “Filming!” and other crew members would warn people against using flashes or motion-photography; we were only officially allowed to take still shots (although of course they could hardly stop everyone in the crowd from taking all footage).

The extras screamed as they ran away from the imaginary combatants, and the funny thing was hearing either the director or an assistant (we couldn’t see them, cuz they were further inside the closed-off section) actually give a loud bellow through a loudspeaker, presumably to cue the extras. I’m kinda hoping the “real” Hulk doesn’t sound quite like that!

Source: Superhero Hype!

The Incredible Hulk Set Videos and Photos!

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Haven’t had enough reports and photos from The Incredible Hulk set in Toronto, you say?

How does 23 videos taken of the filming sound? You can view them here.

What about a whoppin’ 130 photos of every angle of the Yonge Street set in Toronto? Yep, those are up here.

The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Christina Cabot and Lou Ferrigno, opens on June 13.

Source: Donal Wool, Advanced Dark

New Punisher Cast Members Announced

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Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander (Green Street Hooligans) has announced three new actors on her official website.

“There are not a lot of directors in the process of making a studio action film who can say that they don’t have at least one bad actor somebody made them cast. I can say that. Still. (Knocking on every piece of wood as I speak),” Alexander says, “I have the best cast on the planet. The movie Gods were watching over me.”

Joining Ray Stevenson are Dash Mihok as Detective Detective Martin Soap, Colin Salmon as Agent Paul Budiansky and Doug Hutchinson as Loony Bin Jim.

She adds, “As I look at their headshots on the wall in my office, my heart does little summersaults. And… I have the perfect, most talented Jigsaw!!!!!!! Stay tuned. (Don’t you hate that).”

For actor-character picture comparisons, hit the link above! Lionsgate is targeting a 2008 release.

Source: Lexi Alexander

Del Rey to Publish Heroes: Saving Charlie

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Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, has announced plans to publish a novel based on NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe nominated “Heroes.” “Heroes: Saving Charlie” (Del Rey Hardcover; $23.95; on sale December 26, 2007) by Aury Wallington will be an original novel based on the characters Hiro Nakamura (Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated Masi Oka) and Charlie (Jayma Mays), created by executive producer/creator Tim Kring. It is developed through a licensing agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group.

“One of the more memorable relationships in Season One was Hiro’s first love, the waitress Charlie. We were as smitten as Hiro by that story and seized the chance to tell the full adventure of Hiro’s six months in the past. Aury Wallington was hand picked by the writers of the show for her brilliant voice for these characters. The novel is a welcome addition to the Heroes family,” said Tim Kring, creator-executive producer, “Heroes.”

The novel, written with the full cooperation and consultation of the show’s creators, will tell the story of Japanese office worker Hiro, who, through the use of his ability to pierce the space-time continuum and manipulate time, bravely catapults himself into the past to save Charlie, a small-town Texas waitress with an extraordinary memory, from being brutally murdered by super-powered serial killer Sylar (Zachary Quinto). While fans of the television series were given only a brief glimpse into Hiro and Charlie’s relationship as it grew into love over six time-changing months, but their history is told here with the depth and insight that only a novel will allow.

Del Rey celebrated the announcement of its “Heroes” book at the 2007 San Diego International Comic-Con by asking fans to help make 1,000 cranes at their booth by the end of the show. Interest was high and the goal of 1,000 was surpassed.

Season 2 of “Heroes” launches September 24, 2007 on NBC.

Source: NBC

New Heroes Commercial Online

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NBC has aired a new commercial for “Heroes,” which you can watch using the player below. The second season kicks-off on Monday, September 24.

Source: Superhero Hype!

New Incredible Hulk Set Photos!

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Scooper ‘Duane R. Swift’ sent us more photos from The Incredible Hulk street on Yonge Street in Toronto and wrote…

I decided to take a quick subway ride from work and visit the HULK set. Most of the pics you see have been shown in the past few days, but here’s my take on things. You wouldn’t believe the lighting equipment, cranes, etc. that are parked on the side streets. As I walked down Yonge Street, it was obviously arranged to look like Harlem- the Apollo theatre, a Harlem Mission; even the garbage cans were set up with a “Set Dressing” note on each of the piles/cans. Pretty intense. I got right up within touching distance of the torched bus that was parked in a taped off lot filled with NYPD cruisers and NYC cabs and assorted crushed cars.

‘Kevin’ and ‘Odin’ also pointed us to this link where you can find some more great shots of the set!

Source: Superhero Hype!

Sony Plans Big Spider-Man 3 DVD Promos

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Video Business reports that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and its promotional partners will spin one of the industry’s largest marketing webs for the Oct. 30 release of Spider-Man 3 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Here’s a bit from the article:

The studio said it expects to generate 8.5 billion impressions through its own advertising and tie-ins with Papa John’s pizza (a $3 coupon on 10 million pizza boxes and TV, radio print and online ads); Pringles Potato Crisps ($5 mail-in rebate promoted on 3 million packages); Jolly Time Pop Corn ($10 rebate promoted on 3 million packages and in print ads); and Nutella (Spidey collectible in more than 1 million jars, supported by print ads).

You can read much more on this here!

Source: Video Business

Michael Bay on Transformers 2 and IMAX

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Transformers director Michael Bay has commented on his official message board about the IMAX release and sequel:

“But I just saw the first IMAX print of ‘Transformers’. Not depressing – freakin AWESOME! They need to bottle the magic of IMAX because it’s the future of cinema.

“It comes out next Friday the 21st. I added some extra scenes.

“‘Transformers 2’, well that’s another story. Iching [sic] to work pre-strike (June) so I might jump ship and come back a year or so later cause people at the studio have been dragging for two months. Not sure why. I’ll keep you informed.”

Source: Michael Bay

Matthew Vaughn Talks Thor

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Director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust) talked to Empire Online about helming Marvel Studios’ Thor. Here’s a clip:

“My only concern initially was that it’s another fantasy film [after Stardust], but it’s different in the sense that it’s a superhero film set in the world of fantasy. You’ve got Thor and Odin and it’s set in Asgard – it’s not going to be like Lord of the Rings or even Narnia. I think it’s important to keep it comic book. We’re not doing the Thor of Norse mythology. We’re doing the Marvel Thor.”

Hit the link above for the full interview.

Source: Empire Online

The Incredible Hulk Updates!

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Scooper ‘RoninKengo’ from The Sixth Estate has shared with us new photos from the Toronto set for The Incredible Hulk taken today. He describes the set as:

Hulk-Smashed version of Harlem done up on Yonge Street in Toronto. Can’t wait to see the explosions tonight!

Meanwhile, ‘Anthony’ received the following notice, saying that Yonge Street will be closed from today until Wednesday:

Please note that Yonge Street will be closed between College Street and Dundas Street from Sunday, September 16 through Wednesday, September 19.

The closure will begin at 7:00 p.m. each night and continue until 7:00 a.m. the next morning.

Sidewalks will also be closed starting at 8:00 p.m. each night until 7:00 a.m. the next day.

The road closure is due to filming.

And Variety has confirmed that Lou Ferrigno has a role in the film.

The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson and Christina Cabot, hits theaters on June 13.

Source: Superhero Hype!

More Incredible Hulk Set Pictures

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Scooper ‘He-Man’ pointed us to some more photos from The Incredible Hulk set (Spoilers ahead!):

Guy’s blog has pictures from The Incredible Hulk Set that’s being built in Toronto. He has of the Apollo theater. Also have picture of a burnt and destroyed bus. More than likely from the Hulk and Abomination battle.

You can find the photos here.

Source: He-Man

UPDATE: Iron Man Teaser Flying Not in Movie?

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UPDATE: Jon Favreau says on his MySpace group that the flying scenes from the teaser are indeed in the movie:

It’s in the movie. It’s true that the shots were rushed for Comic Con, but the F-22 dogfight has been in the works for over a year and was the furthest along of the film’s set pieces. That’s how we were able to get it on the screen nearly a year before the premiere.

Here is the original story:

Variety has published a bit of a weird story regarding the Iron Man teaser trailer. It goes like this:

Paramount grounds ‘Iron Man’

Superhero flies in trailer but won’t in film

The trailer for Paramount’s May tentpole “Iron Man” debuted last week, generating buzz among superhero fans.

The trailer features a generous helping of Robert Downey Jr. as sardonic arms dealer turned armored-warrior Tony Stark, glimpses of his armor and an impressive sequence where Iron Man flies, outracing fighter jets.

The sequence had to generate buzz, since that’s the only reason it exists. It won’t be in the movie. In fact, it wasn’t even made for the movie.

A spokesman for Industrial Light & Magic confirms that the flying Iron Man shots are not “finals” (completed, delivered visual effects) and were only made for the film’s Comic-Con promo reel.

It sounds to us like Variety is jumping to conclusions on this one. Sure, it might be right that the flying scenes seen in the teaser won’t be in the film, but the subtitle “Superhero flies in trailer but won’t in film” is probably incorrect. Even the ILM spokesman says the shots are not “finals,” meaning the completed shots might still make the film. We’ll check with Paramount on this one…

Source: Variety, Namor

Munroe on Gatchaman, Brady on Astro Boy

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Imagi’s official website has posted two interviews with Gatchaman director Kevin Munroe (TMNT) and Astro Boy director Colin Brady. The former is based on the 1970s Japanese TV series “Science Ninja Team Gatchaman” and the latter on the iconic character created by the “father of anime,” Osamu Tezuka.

To read the interviews, click here and then click on on ‘What’s New’.

Source: Wolf

New Transformers IMAX Art

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Paramount Pictures has provided Superhero Hype! with this new poster for the September 21 re-release of Transformers in IMAX theaters.

Source: Paramount Pictures

Spider-Man: Friend or Foe Xbox 360 Demo Available

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The “Spider-Man: Friend or Foe Xbox” 360 demo is now available for download on Xbox Live Marketplace.

You can play as Spider-Man and villains-turned-allies Green Goblin or Venom in the Tokyo Rooftops level, as well as a boss battle with Doc Ock in the Tokyo Secret Labs level. You’ll be rewarded with an unlockable sidekick cheat code for the game. What’s more, the game will offer Xbox Live fans 1000 achievement points, via 12 in-game achievements. Spidey fanatics can visit the newly posted game page on Xbox Live to find out what the achievements will be.

“Spider-Man: Friend or Foe” is being developed by Next Level Games for the Xbox 360 video game system from Microsoft, Wii video game system from Nintendo, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems, PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, Nintendo DS and Games for Windows . The game has been rated “E10+” (Everyone 10 and older – Cartoon Violence) by the ESRB.

Source: Activision

Spoiler Hancock Set Pic!

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Somehow we don’t think she’s playing just a housewife!

As if yesterday’s photos weren’t enough, along comes this spoilerific shot of Charlize Theron on the set of superhero action drama Hancock, which she was filming with Will Smith on Hollywood Blvd on Sept. 11.

Opening July 2, the Peter Berg-directed film centers on a tortured superhero (Smith) who crash-lands in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and tries to transform himself by romancing an alluring housewife, causing chaos in the city.

Source: Tarheels

More IMAX Minutes Than Meets the Eye?

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We hate to go against what Michael Bay said about the IMAX release of Transformers, after all he IS the director, but from what we are hearing the September 21 re-release has been timed at 149 minutes. The original theatrical release was 144 minutes.

Bay previously said here that the large format version would have 2 minutes of extra footage. Could it be 5 minutes now?

Either way, the fans win, as you’ll get to see the robots even bigger along with more footage than before!

Source: Superhero Hype!

Spider-Man Series Order Extended

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Playthings reports that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Television have increased their production commitment for the “The Spectacular Spider-Man” animated television series from 13 half-hour episodes to 26.

Hit the link above for more on this!

Source: Advanced Dark

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