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<p>Hailee Steinfeld of &quot;True Grit.&quot;</p>

Hailee Steinfeld of "True Grit."

Watch: Hailee Steinfeld keeps the 'star is born' story going with 'True Grit'

What game did she play on the set with Jeff Bridges?

Anna Paquin, Tatum O'Neal, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Abigail Breslin and…Hailee Steinfeld?   Just like those young ladies, the "True Grit" newcomer seems poised to land an Oscar nomination for one of her first major screen roles and it turns out she's more than deserving of such high praise.

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<p>Rascal Flatts</p>

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts plans Flatts Fest next summer

Multi-artist festival will take place in July

Add Rascal Flatts to the artists launching their own festivals. The popular country group will hold, wait for it, Flatts Fest next July.

The multi-artist festival will feature “some big names. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be a big party,” RF’s Joe Don Rooney told CMT Radio.

Maybe one of those big names will be Justin Bieber. Rascal Flatts and the Bieb are recording a duet for Bieber’s next album.

Rooney goes on to say that “Country really hasn’t had like a Lollapalooza.”  Uh, what would he call Stagecoach, the multi-day, multi-artist festival that takes place in Indio, Calif. a few weeks after Coachella? They’re headlining the dang thing in 2011, for pete’s sake!  They also would not be the first country artists to hold their own festival (not that they're claiming to be). For years, Alabama hosted the wildly popular June Jam.

Anyway, hopefully their festival will go more like the sold-out Stagecoach and less like this past summer’s Country Throwdown tour, which, sadly, sank like a stone in several markets.

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<p>Justin Bieber</p>

Justin Bieber

Whose video was Vevo's most watched? Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga?

Bieber's next move is duets album

Beliebers rejoice: Justin Bieber scored three of the top 10 most watched videos on Vevo in 2010. That’s, like, one third of the chart, y’all! ( SCREAM!!!!)

Lady Gaga could only muster two of the top 10, but between the two of them, they accounted for 16 trillion views.

Here’s the Vevo Top 10:

1. “Baby,” Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
2.“Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
3. “Waka Waka,” Shakira featuring Freshlyground
4. “Love the Way You Lie,” Eminem featuring Rihanna
5. “One Time,” Justin Bieber
6. “Not Afraid,” Eminem
7. “Rude Boy,” Rihanna
8. “Never Say Never,” Justin Bieber
9. “Alejandro,” Lady Gaga
10. “OMG,” Usher featuring

In other Bieber news, as we previous reported, he's recording a duet with Rascal Flatts for an upcoming duets album. EW reports that album will also feature Ne-Yo and Diddy.">
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<p>Stephen&nbsp;Dorff and Elle Fanning star as father and daughter in Sofia Coppola's new film 'Somewhere'</p>

Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning star as father and daughter in Sofia Coppola's new film 'Somewhere'

Credit: Focus Features

Review: Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' puts parental guilt under a microscope

Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning take their father/daughter act on the road in style

Sofia Coppola seems to exist to enrage people to an unreasonable degree.

When "The Godfather Part III" opened in 1990, I was managing a movie theater, and I heard the open hostility that some audiences had for her, hostility that they walked into the theater with because of the way the press treated her.  It was such a big media story, with Winona Ryder dropping out and Coppola stepping in, and people were so incredibly unkind to her before the film even opened that it felt almost pre-determined.  I like her work in that film.  I think she's a very unaffected, natural Mary, and her inexperience in front of the camera actually made it more piercing at the end of the film.

1999 was an amazing year of film, and I would rank "The Virgin Suicides" among the very best of the movies that came out that year.  In it, Coppola established a voice as a filmmaker that, upon reflection, seems to have already been firmly established with "Life Without Zoe," the segment of "New York Stories" that she wrote, and "Lick The Star," a great little short film about a bunch of mean girls.  For her first feature,  Coppola tackled a difficult piece of source material, the Jefrey Eugenides novel, and found a way to make a film that felt like broadcasts from inside these characters.  Her use of music and perspective and her refusal to fill in the narrative around the dreamlike structure she built made "Virgin Suicides" a sensory experience that lingered.  

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<p>Brenda, Chase and Sash of 'Survivor Nicaragua'</p>

Brenda, Chase and Sash of 'Survivor Nicaragua'

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HitFix Interview: Sash Lenahan and Chase Rice talk 'Survivor: Nicaragua'

The season's third and second place finishers aren't happy with the Jury
It's hard to make it through 39 days of "Survivor" without making enemies and it's even harder to make it through 39 days of "Survivor" and lose without feeling at least some bitterness.
Case-in-point? Two consecutive seasons of Ranting Russell lamenting the flaws in the "Survivor" system that left him winless despite two seasons that he dominated on one restrictive level.
On a similar level, Chase Rice and Sash Lenahan probably dominated "Survivor: Nicaragua." They betrayed friends, manipulated alliances and when they came before the jury, they faced a lot of angry bootees, who preferred Fabio's social game and his late-stage physical dominance. 
And, as you might guess, Sash and Chase are both convinced they should have won this "Survivor" season.
Our full morning-after conversation after the break...
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<p>Where did Eminem and Rihanna place on the top 10 singles of 2010 list?</p>

Where did Eminem and Rihanna place on the top 10 singles of 2010 list?

Music Top 10 of 2010: The Top 10 Singles

It was a great year for pop, but who came in at No. 1?

It was a great year for pop music. For years, Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart  was predominantly urban leaning. This year saw its share of great urban pop hits, but for the first time in a long time, there was more room for straight ahead pop, whether it was Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” or Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” or hot newcomer Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok.”

Pop radio broadened its borders to welcome country artists like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, while still finding ample room for mainstays like Usher and Eminem, who rebounded in a big way after a slight slip in 2009.

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<p>The new trailer and poster for 'Your Highness' were both released today, giving the general public their first look at the fantasy comedy with Danny&nbsp;McBride, Natalie Portman, James Franco, and Zooey Deschanel</p>

The new trailer and poster for 'Your Highness' were both released today, giving the general public their first look at the fantasy comedy with Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, James Franco, and Zooey Deschanel

Credit: Universal

Watch: New 'Your Highness' trailer sells McBride, Portman, action and effects

The green-band version works around the restrictions

It's an interesting choice to sell "Your Highness" based on special effects and action, but it makes sense.  After all, a green-band trailer for a film as relentlessly weird and dirty as "Your Highness" has to avoid all the things that made the original red-band trailer so much fun.

Like Natalie Portman's butt.

I love watching Universal try to figure out how to sell this one, because I admit… I'd be stumped.  I'm already sold.  I'm in.  Danny McBride.  James Franco.  Natalie Portman.  Justin Theroux.  David Gordon Green directing.  Co-written by one of the great wild men of the Carolinas, Ben Best.  A fantasy-comedy about what happens when the wastrel second son of a King has to join his heroic older brother on a quest that involves magic, monsters, minotaurs, and hot maidens a-plenty.  With a plethora of weed jokes.  And puppets.

Pretty much everything I just typed makes me happy.  So I'm obviously the very specific niche target audience for "Your Highness."  Unfortunately, my patronage is probably not enough to put "Your Highness" in profit, so Universal has to figure out how to sell this to people who didn't go to Belfast to visit the locations from the movieThe red-band trailer was sort of awesome.  This is a really smart first look at the movie for general audiences.  They have McBride front and center, they show off the quality of the FX work in the movie (and I love that this looks like a real fantasy film and not a spoof), and there's a real strong action-movie vibe to the second half of the trailer.

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<p>&quot;Justified&quot;&nbsp;hero Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant)</p>

"Justified" hero Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant)

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FX sets 'Justified' season 2 premiere date

Raylan Givens returns in February

"Justified," the FX drama about a 21st century U.S. Marshal who carries himself like a 19th century gunfighter, will be ready to slap leather again when its second season debuts on Wednesday, February 9 at 10 p.m.

The series, based on a character from a number of Elmore Leonard books, stars Timothy Olyphant as Stetson-wearing, quick-drawing Raylan Givens, Walton Goggins as his sometime-adversary Boyd Crowder, Nick Searcy, Erica Tazel and Jacob Pitts as fellow Marshals and Natalie Zea and Joelle Carter as the women in Raylan's life.

Per the FX press release, in season two, after wiping out a local Kentucky crime syndicate in season one, Raylan "must now face off against the criminal organizations who are moving to fill the void, and he finds himself entangled once again with the mercurial Boyd Crowder."

I was a big fan of the show's first season, and even named it one of 2010's best new shows, and a few weeks back I posted an interview with creator Graham Yost about some of his ideas for season two.

Interesting that it winds up on Wednesdays. Tuesday at 10 is the night where FX tends to put its better-known dramas, and newbies are often consigned to Wednesdays if there's another show airing in the same period. (Because of their content, all FX series air after 10, which means the network can't pair two dramas on the same night.) The new boxing drama "Lights Out," which debuts Jan. 11, already has Tuesday sewn up for the first few months of the year, and I guess FX decided A)that "Justified" was successful enough in its first year to do just fine on Wednesdays, and B)that the idea of putting the lesser-known show on the lesser-known night didn't work out too well for "Terriers" this fall.

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<p>Jeff Bridges plays Rooster Cogburn in 'True Grit,' the eleventh film by the Coen Bros to be photographed by the great Roger Deakins</p>

Jeff Bridges plays Rooster Cogburn in 'True Grit,' the eleventh film by the Coen Bros to be photographed by the great Roger Deakins

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Cinematographer Roger Deakins talks 'True Grit,' 3D, and Academy screeners

How do you make shooting a Western feel fresh in 2010?

In my world, Roger Deakins is a movie star.

Some of the most indelible images of the last quarter-century of film were composed by the eye of this amazing Englishman.  The heroin-sick rot of "Sid and Nancy" and the muted Mamet's haunting "Homicide" and the Art Deco-flavored candy of "The Hudsucker Proxy", the '30s postcard perfection of "The Shawshank Redemption" and the frozen Minnesota Hell of "Fargo" and the lush shifting mandala of "Kundun"… these are just a few of the remarkable tapestries that Deakins has laid out over the course of his career.

For my money, there are very few films that have ever been photographed with the same sensual control as "The Assassination Of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," and the fact that he went head-to-head with Robert Elswit for "There Will Be Blood," another singular accomplishment in film craft, was just one of those flukes of timing that you have to shake off.  He's been nominated seven times for the Oscar, and he's never won.  His own peers, the ASC, have awarded him twice for "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Man Who Wasn't There, and nominated him many times as well.  He is thought of as one of the giants in his field right now, and for good reason.  There are few artists in front of or behind the camera whose work is as above reproach these days.

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<p>Hayes MacArthur, Olivia Munn and David Walton on &quot;Perfect Couples.&quot;</p>

Hayes MacArthur, Olivia Munn and David Walton on "Perfect Couples."

Credit: NBC

'Perfect Couples' - 'Perfect Tens': Don't let the bedbugs bite!

What did everybody think of the sitcom's sneak preview?

A quick thought or three on the sneak preview of "Perfect Couples" coming up just as soon as I sit here and rhyme things with "labia"...

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<p>Jeff Bridges talks about the possibility of returning to his famous characters from &quot;The Big Lebowski&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Starman.&quot;</p>

Jeff Bridges talks about the possibility of returning to his famous characters from "The Big Lebowski" and "Starman."

'True Grit's' Jeff Bridges wants to know what happened to 'Starman'

Doesn't think 'The Dude' will return to the big screen

It's hard to believe, but Jeff Bridges might be approaching…overexposure.  Like Betty White, the acting legend has been a consistent presence for the past 12 months. First, running the awards season train to his long-awaited first Academy Award for "Crazy Heart."  And, most recently, as part of the massive publicity machine for "Tron Legacy."  Somewhere in-between, Bridges found the time to star in the Coen Bros. new adaptation of Charles Portis' novel "True Grit."  Moviegoers should always be so lucky.

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<p>Dan shows off his new ostrich boots, courtesy of Holly, on the 'Survivor: Nicaragua' finale</p>

Dan shows off his new ostrich boots, courtesy of Holly, on the 'Survivor: Nicaragua' finale

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HitFix Interview: Holly Hoffman and Dan Lembo talk 'Survivor: Nicaragua'

The season's fourth and fifth place finishers discuss their 'Survivor' runs
Holly Hoffman and Dan Lembo have been linked since the earliest days of "Survivor: Nicaragua."
It was the season's second episode and Holly was beginning to feel restless at the Ancients' camp. Unhappy and discombobulated and contemplating quitting the game, Holly stole Dan's $1600 shoes, filled them with sand and  dropped them in the water. If not for the much-vaunted wisdom of Jimmy Johnson -- and her tribe's win in the next Immunity challenge -- Holly would have headed home.
Instead, Holly kept going. The Comeback Kid only got stronger, orchestrating several big power moves, positioning herself in a strong alliance and finding herself an unlikely member of the Top 5, next to the equally unlikely Dan, whose balky knees caused him to alternate between sitting out challenges and stumbling through other tasks. But despite a physical profile that would have gotten him voted out early in most seasons, Dan also made it all the way to the finale.
The last remnants of the original Espada tribe -- the "Old" in the season's "Old vs. Young" theme -- Dan and then Holly were both voted out in the first half of Sunday (Dec. 19) night's finale and, as luck would have it, the Shoe-Thief and The Man Who Brought $1600 Shoes on "Survivor" were paired in conversations with reporters the next day.
Click through for my full conversation with Dan and Holly...
HitFix: Let's start off with each of you explaining your final vote...
Holly Hoffman: Actually, walking into Tribal Council, my decision, I was actually going to vote for Sash. I thought that, strategically, Sash played a great game. He was always talking to everybody. He was making alliances with everybody. I thought he was definitely there to play the game. I really did. But after listening to what Chase said about how if he wins the million dollars, he's gonna give $100,000 to the charity for his dad, that just kinda hit me. I thought, "I've played most of the game with Chase and he was always there for me." I know sometimes he had a hard time, well, most of the time he had a hard time making up his mind, but I felt like I kinda owed it to him to vote for him and that's why I voted for Chase.
Dan Lembo: I voted for Fabio... I mean, the kid won three challenges at the end. You've gotta give him credit. There was that one challenge where we had to feel out the shield and I couldn't even remember one piece on that shield. How he did it, how he felt each piece and got them in the right place was just beyond me. He won the three challenges and I just think he deserved it. 
HitFix: What do you say to that, Holly? Did Fabio deserve it?
HH: You know, he did. He did deserve it. I always say it's not how you walk onto the playing field, it's how you walk off. Look at how he finished. He's very deserving of this win. But at the same time, I also wonder, Did he start a little too late in the game? Was it luck? But it worked for him. He won a million dollars.
HitFix: Going the other way, Dan, you seemed rather angry at the final Tribal Council. Would you have been unhappy if one of the other two won?
DL: Absolutely. Yeah. I didn't like either one of them. Chase and I started off being really friendly and this and that. We spoke about cars, because I'm a NASCAR fan and he was a jackman with NASCAR. I'm also, which is a little wacky being born and raised in New York, I happen to big country music fan. I go to the Country Music Awards each year. So he and I, we spoke a lot, but I dunno... I just think Fabio deserved and he won it. Obviously we had enough votes to get him in.
HitFix: What did it mean for each of you guys being the last two surviving members of the Older Tribe?
HH: You know what? For me, it was a huge accomplishment. I felt like I had a great comeback. I had a really, really rocky start. I got out there and I double-guessed myself why I did this. I missed my family horribly. I had the meltdown...
DL: At my expense.
HH: Yeah... And I came back. So for me, it meant a lot to be the last woman standing and the last Espada member. Being in the Final Three would have been fantastic, but just being the last woman and the last Espada member was a great accomplishment for me.
DL: Listen, the fact that I got there? Everybody was, if you really look at it, there were people there 40 years younger than me. Fabio's 21 and I don't want to tell you how old I am. It was crazy. I was out there and I lasted so far and so deep with two bad knees and never ever sleeping outside. And I hated sand, as Holly said. It was tough. I've gotta tell you, it was really tough. But I just had to stay in there. I happen to be a people person and I think that's what kept me there.
HitFix: The game started out as being all about the Old vs. Young, but once the tribes merged, was that dynamic still a part of the game that you felt or was did it check out after the Merge?
HH: I feel like it checked out for me when I picked the blue rock and the tribes switched, because I made a better connection with the younger kids. I always felt from the beginning that I didn't really fit in with the Espada tribe. For some reason, there just wasn't a connection there for me. So I felt like my game switched when the tribes switched and I got the blue rock.
DL: Same with me, because I got really, really close with Benry and I also got pretty close with Chase. We'd talk about music and NASCAR. That was a gamer-changer. You go through this game and things happen and they just happen. Sometimes it's just the luck of the draw.
HitFix: Since you both brought it up, it's fitting that you guys are sharing time on this call. We're a long way past it, but how do each of you guys look back on The Shoe Incident now?
DL: It doesn't even bother me. I don't care. Holly's a good lady and she has a great family just like I do and s*** happens, you know? Listen, it's a tough game. I'd like to take you and put you out there and I'd like to see what you would do. Everybody thinks that a lot of the show is contrived, but it's not. You go out there and you don't know where your next meal is coming from. You don't know if you're gonna get that next rain. You're laying in the rain. Don't forget that Holly and I were in the rain for 20 days.
HH: Yup. Dan and I went the longest without a tarp.
DL: Yeah, 20 days without a tarp, because Marty, who proclaims to be a genius, the first day when we won that first challenge, instead of taking the tarp, he took a fishing pole. You know what he should have done with that fishing pole, right?
HH: And you know what? I had absolutely no reason to do that to Dan's shoes. Right at the beginning of the game, he really got under my skin. He was constantly bragging about how he has a Ferrari and he has a Hummer and these $1600 shoes and an $800 sweat and I was like, "What?!?" And he was constantly complaining about having sand on his feet and saying "This is not for me?" and he just got under my skin. Once you get to know Dan? He's a great person. But that's just the way he is. So strategically, I had no reason to do that to his shoes. I took his personal property and I needed to return it and that's why I gave him a pair of full quill ostrich boots and game them to him at the finale.
HitFix: You gonna wear the boots, Dan?
DL: Absolutely. Now I can stick my head in the ground like ostriches do. 
HH: And the reason I decided on the ostriches is that Dan told me, when I apologized to him, he said, "It's really OK. I've got 20 more pair at home." So I thought that I'd better throw a pair of cowboy boots, ostrich, in there because he has to have a little bit of variety in his wardrobe.
HitFix: It's time to play with some hypotheticals. Holly, you first. Fabio doesn't win those Immunities. You make the Final 3. How do you beat Chase and Sash?
HH: Well, of course, Sash definitely made too many enemies, so I didn't think that he would get a lot of jury votes. Chase, I would have tried to convince them that look at how many people he turned on, like Brenda and Jane. But I think I could have convinced them, in a way, that I had a huge comeback. I was the person that had the meltdown on Day 5 and look where I went from there. That's how I would have tried to convince them. Also, I tried to convince two people to stay in the game. Who at that point in the game, when you have 11 days left, would try to convince people to stay in? Someone asked me, "Why did you do that?" and I said, "Why did Jimmy Johnson  do it for me?" I wanted to give back what someone gave to me. That's why I was trying to convince them and say, like, "Hey Kelly Purple, this is gonna look a lot better if you get voted off instead of quitting the game." So that's probably how I would have pleaded my case to the jury about. And also, I really think giving up going to a Reward to get food and a tarp for the whole camp was a good gesture.
DL: It was a good gesture, but I think it worked against her. It was such a good gesture that you knew that people were really appreciative of what Holly had done. Sometimes in this game, when you do nice things and then everybody looks at it the other way and says, "Wow. Everybody's gonna vote for her when she gets to the Finals." When you're out there starving and all of a sudden somebody gives up their food for you, it goes a long way in people's memories.
HitFix: Dan, for your hypothetical... You made a big deal about how the best reason to keep you around was that nobody would have given somebody with all of your money the million dollar prize. But I assume that if you'd made it to the Top 3, you weren't just gonna get up there and go "Meh, I don't need the money." So what would you have said?
DL: Ha. What would I have said? I would have played on my knees. I would have played on what a nice guy I am. I would have played on never really voting anybody off, how I kinda went with it. I don't know. You know, when people talk at the jury at that time, they talk and they make their plea, I don't know how much of it is really scripted and how much it just comes out and you say whatever you're feeling in the moment. That's what happened when I told those three guys how I felt about them. I don't know. I couldn't tell you what I would have said.
HitFix: Dan, do you regret not at least trying to make some sort of counter alliance when it was you and Fabio and Jane against the Chase/Holly/Sash alliance? Why didn't you try to shift the power?
DL: You're right. You're 100 percent right. All of my friends who are avid watchers of the show, texted me immediately, "What are you, nuts? Why didn't you vote with Jane?" Listen: If you go out there for 37 days and you don't eat and you don't sleep, you think you're always thinking so clearly? No. You're not. 
HH: What I didn't understand is that Jane said at Tribal Council, "Let's vote Holly off" and then she went and voted for Sash. So the whole thing just didn't make sense. I didn't understand it. I thought I was going home at that point. I was shocked, especially that Jane knew she was going to be voted to be voted out and... I take that back. She did say she went and tried to talk to them, but there was no way they would change their minds, but that was a total shock for me that they didn't vote me out.
HitFix: Leaving aside the million dollars, did you get the other things you wanted hoped to get from the "Survivor" experience?
HH: Absolutely, for me I did. When I applied to be on this show, I'd volunteered 16 years of my life coaching a swim team, running campaigns for my husband, I wanted to do something for myself. I wanted to do something challenging and I wanted to do something adventurous, so for me? I got the total experience.
DL: And I had no right being there, to be honest with you. They found me in a bar, which Holly didn't like, because she had to apply and I didn't have to do. I was in a bar having a martini and the next thing you knew, I did a video and I sent it in and I was on the show. I had no right being there, between my knees and my age. It was offered to me and I was not going to turn it down.
HitFix: You came in with plenty of aches and pains, but did "Survivor" make anything worse for you, Dan?
DL: Not at all. It probably improved my liver. It gave it 40 days to come back, without having a drink. I'm not kidding. When I came back, I went to the doctor. Besides looking emaciated -- I had lost all of my muscle tone and it was just crazy -- I went to the doctor and he said to me, "Dan, it's like you picked up 30 years." He said, "This is perfect and your triglycerides are perfect, this is perfect, your blood pressure is perfect." Well sure, I was 30 pounds lighter, 37 pounds, and I hadn't had a drink in 40 days. 
HH: So physically this was good for you, Dan?
DL: It was fine. Well, I don't know. At the time it didn't seem so good to me, but when I went to the doctor... I guess there's a lot to be said bout not drinking, but who the hell wants to go through life without drinking?
HitFix: I love that as a place to close the interview!


The full season of "Survivor: Nicaragua" Exit Interviews:


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