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Translator of 'No Friend but the Mountains' to visit Detroit's Pages Bookshop | Arts & Culture - Detroit Metro Times

In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani fled Iran to seek asylum on Australia’s Christmas Island, where he was illegally detained at a detention center on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea by Jerilyn Jordan, Detroit Metro Times.

Photo: Courtesy of Pages BookshopDuring his four-year detainment (he would be forced to remain on the island until 2019, ever after the center closed in 2016), Boochani documented the inhumane treatment and torture of asylum seekers under the neglect of the Australian government by using WhatsApp.
The texts were then sent to Moones Mansoubi, who reformatted them as PDFs to be translated from Farsi to English by translator Omid Tofighian, resulting in Boochani’s award-winning 2018 memoir, No Friend but the Mountains... 

Event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at Pages Bookshop; 19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-473-7342; pagesbkshop.com. Event is free.

Source: Detroit Metro Times

Sunday Reading: Critics on the Classics | Books & Culture - The New Yorker

From The New Yorker’s archive: original reviews of literary masterworks as they made their first impressions on the world, recommends Erin Overbey, the archive editor of newyorker.com.

Photo: Glenn Harper / Alamy“ ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book.” That was how the critic Lionel Trilling characterized George Orwell’s classic dystopian tale when it was originally published, in 1949. With the passage of time, even the most groundbreaking works of literature can grow familiar. One way to recapture our sense of wonder is to look back at the first impressions these books made on the world. 
This week, we’re bringing you a selection of original reviews of classic literature. 

Source: The New Yorker

Introducing our 10 best debut novelists of 2020 | Books - The Guardian

All first-time authors dream of becoming bestsellers by The Guardian.

From left: Jessica Moor, Paul Mendez (top), Elaine Feeney, Abi Daré (top), Beth Morrey, Stephanie Scott, Naoise Dolan (top), Douglas Stuart, Deepa Anappara, Louise Hare.  
’s past picks have included Sally Rooney and Jessie Burton – who among this year’s crop will make it big?

Spring is a time for new beginnings in the books world, especially when it comes to fiction – not so much for established authors, who tend to unveil their new work in the autumn, as for fiction debutants hoping to become the next Sally Rooney or Jessie Burton.
For the seventh year running the Observer New Review has chosen a select group of first-time British novelists we believe will make their mark. Our selection procedure was rigorous, with all eligible novels being scrutinised for readability and literary merit by a handful of editors on the New Review. And the class of 2020 looks particularly promising. Among those who made the grade were a poet, a journalist, a former teacher and an actor. The subjects they take on range from modern love in Hong Kong, child kidnapping in India and the Japanese marriage breakup industry to life inside Glasgow’s gangland and murder in a women’s refuge.

What makes us so sure these new writers will stand out from the crowd? 

Source: The Guardian

14 Great Books for Anyone Who Wants Get Ahead in Life | Lead - Inc.

The highest achieving people you know are probably readers. Here are the titles they might just have on their nightstand by Christina DesMarais, Inc.com contributor.

Photo: Getty ImagesThe highest achieving people you know don't sit around watching TV in their free time. They work hard at continually sharpening themselves, and one of the most common ways of doing it is by ingesting the wisdom of others. Here are more than a dozen books to check out, according to executives and founders who say these titles made a real difference in their perspectives.

Source: Inc.

Canadian mathematician says numeracy leads to a better society | Books - Canada.com

It’s more than two decades since Canadian mathematician and playwright John Mighton found himself playing a small role in the film, Good Will Hunting, as Postmedia News, canada.com reports.

John Mighton
Photo: Chris Chapman    What he didn’t expect when he took on the job was that he would end up making a vital contribution to a screenplay that would go on to win an Oscar for its writers, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

What happened on that occasion tells you a great deal about Mighton’s commitment to the belief that society grossly underestimates the intellectual capacity of human beings — a belief reiterated with quiet eloquence in his latest book, All Things Being Equal.

The film’s interiors were being shot at the University of Toronto, and Mighton had originally been invited to to serve as consultant on a project that dealt with the trials and tribulations of a young mathematical genius played Matt Damon. The consulting assignment fell through; instead director Gus Van Sant asked Mighton to take on the role of a fellow student who is jealous of the main character, Will Hunting...

He states the purpose of his latest book firmly in his final chapter:

“I believe that we would have a more equitable, civil and prosperous society if everyone had a basic understanding of simple algebra, fractions, ratios, percentages, probability and statistics. I also believe that almost any adult could acquire this fundamental; knowledge in several weeks.”

During those early days of tutoring, Mighton wasn’t just seeing changes in his students — he was seeing changes in himself. Which is why, in his early thirties, he returned to university, this time as a mathematics undergraduate, his research eventually earning him a major post-doctoral fellowship.
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All Things Being Equal:
Why Math Is the Key to a Better World
Source: Canada.com

Algorithm can identify a person by looking at their dance style | Tech & Science - Digital Journal

A new study finds that each of us responds to music, if we elect to dance or shuffle, in a movement that is almost the same and characteristic of the individual, according to
Dr. Tim Sandle, Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news.

Photo:  Digital JournalNow computers can identify the dancer with pinpoint accuracy. 

In other words, the research from the University of Jyväskylä, indicates that the way you dance is unique, and from the subtle differences between dance patterns, algorithms can tell it's you rather than someone else.

The objective of the research was to apply machine learning to understand how and why music affects people the way that it does. 

To explore this question, the Finnish scientists used motion capture technology (much like the technology now common movies with a CGI element) to gain an insight about the uniqueness of dance moves and to also extrapolate what the dance move might say about the person...

This led one of the researchers, Dr. Pasi Saari, to summarize: “It seems as though a person's dance movements are a kind of fingerprint… Each person has a unique movement signature that stays the same no matter what kind of music is playing."

The study has been published in the Journal of New Music Research. The research paper is titled “Dance to your own drum: Identification of musical genre and individual dancer from motion capture using machine learning.” 

Source: Digital Journal

Grant funds instruments, learning tools at MLES | Schools - Shelby County Reporter

Scott Mims, Author at Shelby County Reporter notes, More than $19,000 in grant money was used to purchase teaching tools and classroom supplies at Mt Laurel Elementary School, including keyboards and headphones for the school’s music program.

Fifth graders at Mt Laurel Elementary participate in a piano lab during music class. Gracie Williams and Kamryn Hudson are in the foreground.
Photo: SCOTT MIMSApproximately $1,000 of the funding went toward the purchase of 14 keyboards and 14 headsets that will be used to teach piano labs. A small amount from the school’s general music account was used to make up the difference...
“I told my students that there’s a scientific fact that students who can read music and play instruments are more well-rounded and do better in school,” said Houston, who teaches ukulele, recorder, percussion and keyboard instruments. “Keyboard instruments are a vital part of music, and I wanted to expose my students to that as well as the other instruments.”Read more...
Source: Shelby County Reporter

Early childhood music classes in Highland give kids head start in learning, socializing | Belleville News-Democrat

Garen Vartanian, Belleville News Democrat summarizes, Heather Netemeyer possesses an extensive musical portfolio.

Children like Charlie enjoy taking turns echoing Heather Neteymeyer on rhythmic and tonal patterns. Through this experience they gain confidence and independence along with key musical skills. This photo was taken at a sample class at Louis Latzer Library in Highland. Netemeyer is childhood music teacher who recently started running a class out of the Highland Music School for children ages 0-5.
Her resume includes playing piano since the age of 7, graduating from the University of Illinois with a music education degree, working as a music teacher at Belleville East for seven years, and serving as a childhood music teacher the past several years, among other experiences.

She’s now imparting that wisdom on the youngest of the young, offering childhood music classes to children age 0-5. Netemeyer teaches classes at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Highland Music School, 409 Pine St...

The sessions have another purpose: Getting kids interacting with their peers.

“A lot of what they’re learning is from the music, but also the social interaction of working with other kids, learning to share and a sense of community,” she said. “I really like to see kids coming out of their shell a little bit. If they’re shy at the beginning, it’s neat to see them grow and become more independent as class goes on.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat

Like It or Not, Automation Is Coming | Observations - Scientific American

We should embrace its benefits, explains Erica Jedynak and Taylor Barkley, Scientific American.

Photo: Getty Images
More than a century ago, the great composer John Philip Sousa worried about the future of his profession. He feared that a new invention, the record player, would render obsolete “the ennobling discipline of learning music,” putting professional musicians out of work. Sousa’s works have stood the test of time, but judging by the hundreds of music schools and tens of thousands of full and part-time musicians in America, his prediction has not.

Fear of technological progress is as old as technology itself, especially when it comes to its effect on employment. That is exactly what we are now seeing with automation, which is being described as a threat to the well-being of Americans. We also hear warnings of millions of workers in the retail, call-center, fast-food and trucking industries getting kicked to the curb. More ominously, we are told of possible mass riots, leading to violent deaths and widespread destruction of property.  To ward off this impending social upheaval, some have proposed that the government guarantee everyone over 18 an income, whether they lose their job or not.

It cannot be denied that innovation, including automation, disrupts existing industries and in turn the lives of individuals, families and communities. There is a long list of professions that no longer exist in America thanks to innovation, including elevator operators, telephone operators, blacksmiths, video store owners and bowling pin setters.

History, however, shows that we have more reason for optimism than for fear...

As stated by economist Alex Tabarrok, if technology didn’t create any jobs, “we would all be out of work because productivity has been increasing for two centuries.” 
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Source: Scientific American

Computing society announces Open Access agreement with handful of major universities | University Business

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, entered into transformative open access agreements with several of its largest institutional customers, including the University of California (UC), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Iowa State University (ISU) by stefanieb

ACM Media CenterThe agreements, which run for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2020, cover both access to and open access publication in ACM’s journals, proceedings and magazines for these universities, and represent the first transformative open access agreements for ACM.

“This joint agreement shows our universities’ collective power to secure the widest possible readership for our research,” said Keith Webster, Carnegie Mellon’s Dean of Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives. “By doing so, scholars at Carnegie Mellon University and other institutions can more rapidly advance innovation and discoveries that benefit society. If we want to see real momentum in changing from restrictive, costly publishing models to those that provide open access to our scholarly work, libraries must work together to build the business models of the future.”

Under the new agreements, faculty and students of UC, CMU, MIT and ISU will continue to receive unlimited and unrestricted access to all articles in the ACM Digital Library during the three-year term...

This new transformative open access publishing model was developed in collaboration with UC, CMU, MIT and ISU.
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About ACM
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

About the University of California Libraries and the California Digital Library
Individually and collectively, the University of California libraries provide access to the world’s knowledge for the UC campuses and the communities they serve, directly supporting UC’s missions of teaching, research, and public service. The California Digital Library, situated within the UC Office of the President, was founded in 1997 to provide transformative digital library services that amplify the impact of the libraries, scholarship, and resources of the University of California.

About MIT Libraries
The MIT Libraries advance knowledge at MIT and beyond by providing a trusted foundation for the generation, dissemination, use, creative engagement with, and preservation of information. The Libraries envision a world where enduring, abundant, equitable, and meaningful access to knowledge serves to empower and inspire humanity.

About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 14,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small faculty-to-student ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real world problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

About Iowa State University Library
The Iowa State University Library is a signatory of the Open Access 2020 Initiative and is active in national and international efforts to advance open access. As part of a land-grant university with a mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place, the University Library works to ensure the free dissemination and preservation of the university’s research and scholarly outputs.

Source: University Business

ANSYS student software surpasses one million downloads | Press Releases - Scientific Computing World

ANSYS is paving the way for the next generation of innovation by lowering the barrier of adoption for simulation software through its growing academic program by Scientific Computing World.

Photo: News CenterFree student software — a key component of the program — recently surpassed more than one million downloads since its launch in late 2015, empowering students to develop skillsets they need to compete in the job market, stay ahead of the latest technology trends and make an immediate impact after graduation.

As digital transformation reshapes engineering, companies are relying more heavily on advanced simulation solutions to overcome unprecedented design challenges and recruiting engineers who are proficient in simulation tools. To close this skills gap and help companies innovate faster, ANSYS is engaging with students at every level, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Professors and researchers from more than 3,200 universities in 87 countries leverage ANSYS software, bringing simulation into the classroom for a hands-on learning experience. The ANSYS Academic Program empowers students through free student software, the sponsorship of more than 500 student teams and the ANSYS Student Community, which allows users to ask and answer questions, access tutorials and discuss engineering challenges...

ANSYS also supports continued education for engineers at any stage of their career through free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by universities. One of Cornell University's simulation-focused MOOCs has generated 142,000 registrations across 173 countries since its inception. Registrants range from students just becoming familiar with simulation to established engineers expanding their understanding of ANSYS solutions.
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Source: Scientific Computing World

Free educational drone courses for DJI owners with AirWorks | Training - Commercial Drone Professional

AirWorks, a DJI distributor, has announced that anyone who purchases a DJI drone online or instore through its Dubai dealer will receive a free educational course, now available on its online learning platform DJI Educational on mobile or desktop by Sam Lewis, Author at Commercial Drone Professional.
Photo: DJI
DJI Educational’s drone courses offer the chance to learn about the use of DJI products, as well as drone regulations. The courses also show students how to use the DJI App.

Source: Commercial Drone Professional

4 Ways Robots Will Improve Our Standard of Living | Robots - MarTech Series

Jacky Han, Vice President of Brand Marketing at Cheetah Mobile reports, There’s no question that robots will have a disruptive impact on our lives. 

Photo: MarTech SeriesAt the same time, a lot of attention tends to be paid to the effect they will have on the workplace, instead of the benefits that they could bring to people’s daily lives. Not only will the use of robots bring down the cost of many goods and services, but it will also give a greater number of people access to things that might have previously been out of their means.

Here are just a few ways that robots will be able to improve our living standards:

Source: MarTech Serie

World’s Largest Robotics Festival to Be Held in Athens in April 2020 | Robots - Greek Reporter

Europe’s largest festival and competition revolving around robotics, called the Robotex Festival, will be held in Athens on April 4-5, 2020, at Athens’ Serafeio Conference Center, it was recently announced, inform Nick Kampouris, Reporter at Greek Reporter.
Participants of the “Robotex Festival” take part in the competition at one of its previous events.
Photo: facebook.com/pg/robotexgr
The robotics event is widely believed to be the largest such gathering in the entire world.

As part of this annual event, there will be robotics competitions, speeches and seminars pertaining to robotics, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from almost 50 different countries across the globe.

The Open robotics competitions are the heart of the festival and are carried out according to internationally-accepted standards for the industry...

The detailed schedule for the Robotex Festival is not available just yet, but it will be published in the near future. Entrance to the Festival will be free for all.

For more information about Robotex, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5RwM1OGRp8

Source: Greek Reporter

Neurala, AviSight team up for AI-powered drone inspections | Artificial Intelligence - Robotics Business Review

Drone inspection system will be integrated with artificial intelligence software to speed inspection processes by Robotics Business Review

Neurala, AviSight team up for AI-powered drone inspectionsNeurala, which is developing visual inspections software powered by artificial intelligence, announced today a collaboration with drone service provider AviSight to support drone inspections of physical infrastructure.

The AviSight Live Look Fault Vision inspection system will be integrated with Neurala’s software to flag potential issues in infrastructure that includes areas such as oil and gas pipelines, wind turbines, and cell and electrical towers, the companies said in a statement.
Neurala said that with the partnership, the company can provide “end-to-end service to inspection customers” looking for a complete solution for drone-based inspections, which include Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations...

“We are delighted  to be working with AviSight to address the challenge of industrial inspections,” said Massimiliano Versace, co-founder and CEO of Neurala. “There is nothing more important that workers’ safety, so we are more than happy to be doing our part to ensure that inspections can be conducted in both a timely and safe manner. We look forward to continuing our work with AviSight to innovate drone inspections and enable their customers to proactively identify problems with critical infrastructure.”

Source: Robotics Business Review

Students develop specialized Cal Poly artificial intelligence | Student Life - Mustang News

Carly Quinn, Special Editions Editor and Reporter inform, A group of Cal Poly students are building an artificial intelligence voice assistant that aims to provide students and faculty with knowledge of courses, buildings, faculty and other campus information. 

Photo: Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Club | Courtesy The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Club (CSAI) are curating their project NIMBUS to provide users with information about Cal Poly. NIMBUS has been in the works since Spring 2019 and the engineers hope to produce a beta version, which is a first version of a product made for testing, by Spring 2020. 

The team said that they have and continue to perform extensive data analytics campuswide to provide the most accurate information possible to users of this product. All data and software used to develop the project was collected and curated by the students involved. CSAI said they hope it will one day be able to be used by faculty and students across campus. 

NIMBUS was funded by the Cal Poly grant CPConnect. CSAI said this project has developed machine learning, database management, data analytics and software, hardware, mobile, and web development skills for the students involved...

Professor Franz J. Kurfess, Foaad Khosmood and Wayne Pilkington are advisors to the students. Khosmood developed the Cal Poly concentrated idea when project lead Chidi Ewenike expressed interest in developing an AI project. 
“This project is a perfect example of what we do well here at Cal Poly,” Khosmood said. “I’m very impressed on how fast this is moving.”
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Source: Mustang News

Self-Folding Materials Assemble Autonomously Into Robots | Materials & Assembly - DesignNews

Elizabeth Montalbano, professional journalist  since 1998 notes, Kirigami inspired researchers at North Carolina State University to design the thin sheets of a new material that can transform from 2D shapes to 3D structures.

A graphic demonstrates how researchers used kirigami-inspired techniques to design thin sheets of material that automatically reconfigure into new two-dimensional (2D) shapes and three-dimensional (3D) structures in response to environmental stimuli.  
Source: North Carolina State University
Dynamic materials that can autonomously move and assemble into different shapes are the way forward for materials science researchers who already have invented a number of novel materials with these characteristics.

Kirigami techniques have inspired a research team at North Carolina State University to develop thin sheets of material that can automatically turn themselves into 2D shapes and 3D structures in response to stimuli from the environment. Like the more popularly known origami, kirigami is a Japanese paper art form in which a single piece of paper is cut and folded to create new shapes and structures.

Specifically, the team led by Jie Yin, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the university created a variety of robots from the material that can transform from 2D kirigami patterns into 3D structures without mechanical input. “Instead, we apply energy in the form of heat, and the material rearranges itself,” said Yin, adding that the materials represent a first for this type of behavior.

Kirigami Robots
Researchers demonstrated how the materials work by creating several thermo-responsive kirigami machines in various forms. These machines include simple robotic gripping devices and self-folding boxes, they.
The team also created a more complex device showing a greater range of the material’s ability to move and assemble autonomously in the form of a soft robot with a kirigami body and pneumatic legs. By switching the orientation of the body, researchers demonstrated how they could rapidly reposition the legs, changing the robot’s direction of movement, they said.

Source: DesignNews 

There's nowhere to hide anymore: This AI can see around corners | Artificial intelligence (AI) - CNET

Eric Mack, contributor to CNET says, The future is about lasers that can see what you can't.

Researchers used deep learning to create a new laser-based system that enables imaging around corners in real time.
Photo: Felix Heide/Princeton University Hiding behind a wall might not be practical for much longer thanks to new technology that uses artificial intelligence to see and even read around corners.
A team of researchers from Princeton, Stanford, Rice and Southern Methodist universities devised a system that uses powerful lasers similar to a laser pointer. The beam is bounced off a visible wall and onto a hidden object behind a corner. The beam then bounces off the object and back onto the wall.
This creates an interference pattern on the wall called a speckle pattern. The image of the hidden object is encoded in this pattern, and the researchers turned to a deep learning algorithm to perform the complex computations required to reconstruct it in real time...

The research has been published in the journal Optica.

Source: CNET

AI & Machine Learning Learning Path: A Definitive Guide | Featured - Analytics India Magazine

Artificial intelligence is currently one of the hottest buzzwords in tech — with good reason. In the last few years, we have seen several technologies previously in the realm of science fiction transform into reality by Analytics India Magazine.
Photo: JumpStory
Experts look at artificial intelligence as a factor of production, that has the potential to introduce new sources of growth and change the way work is done across industries. In fact, AI technologies could increase labour productivity by 40% or more by 2035, according to a recent report by Accenture. This could double economic growth in 12 developed nations that continue to draw talented and experienced professionals to work in this field.

According to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Agenda survey, the percentage of organizations adopting AI jumped from four to 14% between 2018 and 2019. Given the benefits that AI and machine learning (ML) enable in business analysis, risk assessment, and R&D — and, the resulting cost-savings — AI implementation will continue to rise in 2020. 

However, many organizations that adopt AI and machine learning don’t fully understand these technologies...

Why Pursue AI and Machine Learning Courses? 
As data science and AI industries continue to expand, more people are beginning to understand just how valuable it is to have a qualified AI Engineer or data scientist on their team. As a matter of fact, Indeed.com revealed that job postings for data scientists and AI rose over 29% between May 2018 and May 2019.
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Source: Analytics India Magazine

'Adventures of a Mathematician': Film Review | Palm Springs 2020 | Movies - Hollywood Reporter

This European production tells an unknown true story about a Polish-born mathematician who joined the Manhattan Project at the end of World War II by Stephen Farber, film critic for The Hollywood Reporter.

Photo: Palm Springs Film Festival A film that touches on immigration as well as the dangers of nuclear weapons certainly sounds timely. Adventures of a Mathematician, a European production having its world premiere in Palm Springs, only partly delivers on its promise. Writer-director Thor Klein retrieves an unknown story about one of the key players involved in the Manhattan Project near the end of World War II. The film lacks the excitement to make a splash in a crowded marketplace, but it achieves many haunting moments.

Klein is German, and the film is a German-Polish-British co-production, but most of it is in English. The main character, Stan Ulam (Philippe Tlokinski), is a Polish-Jewish mathematician who managed to get a fellowship at Harvard and then was recruited to join the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. According to the film, his knowledge of mathematics and also his sideline as a card shark led him to make important contributions to the construction of a hydrogen bomb and also to the earliest exploration of computer technology.

The film’s main interests, however, are in sociological and moral issues rather than scientific ones, and here is where the film overreaches in trying to handle more ambitious themes than a 102-minute movie can encompass. Stan and his younger brother Adam (Mateusz Wieclawek) have managed to immigrate to America, but they are deeply concerned about the fate of their parents and sister left in Poland.

The Holocaust theme is treated sketchily, but it does help to explain why several of the European-born scientists and mathematicians working at Los Alamos were so intensely motivated to build an atomic bomb that might help to defeat Nazi Germany...

...Mathematician always tantalizes, even if it doesn’t do full justice to the richness of the subject.
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Source: Hollywood Reporter


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