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Alan Moore Rejects Offer For “Watchmen” Rights In Exchange For Work on Sequels

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For years, Alan Moore’s battled with DC Comics over the rights to his series “Watchmen,” perpetual best-seller and source material for a 2009 movie directed by Zack Snyder. According to a 2006 interview with the New York Times, Moore felt like the company swindled him by getting him to sign a contract that agreed to return the rights to “Watchmen” (and another series, “V For Vendetta”) to him when the book went out of print knowing that since had no intention of ever letting the books go out of print, they’d never have to give the rights back.

After the “Watchmen” movie (which Moore demanded his name removed from) grossed over $180 million dollars worldwide and reignited sales of the original graphic novel, DC was understandably interested in expanding the property. Now Moore tells Wired.com that DC offered him back those “Watchmen” rights he so highly coveted once, but at a price he wasn’t interested in paying.

“They offered me the rights to Watchmen back, if I would agree to some dopey prequels and sequels,” says Moore in the interview. “So I just told them that if they said that ten years ago, when I asked them for that, then yeah it might have worked. But these days I don’t want ‘Watchmen’ back. Certainly, I don’t want it back under those kinds of terms.”

Meanwhile, at Comic Book Resources (said in your best ’60s “Batman” TV show narrator voice), DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio refused to confirm the details of any offer to Moore, but basically agreed with them by noting “we’ve been saying for a while… that ‘Watchmen’ is truly one of the premier projects out there, and if we were ever to proceed with [a sequel] the most logical place to start would be with Alan and [“Watchmen” illustrator] Dave [Gibbons]. For me, it’s one of those things that’s still one of the crown jewels in comics.”

But after years of complaining, the king no longer wants his crown jewels back. I guess this technically should be disappointing news for “Watchmen” fans, since it means they won’t be getting more material set in the “Watchmen” universe.

But do “Watchmen” fans even want more material set in the “Watchmen” universe? Like a lot of masterpieces, “Watchmen” didn’t leave a lot left to be said. Seems like Alan Moore agrees.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

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Hyde and Kelso Reunite in the First Photos From Netflix’s The Ranch

Hang out with Hyde and Kelso on That '70s Show Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-11P on IFC.

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There’s a mini, unofficial That ’70s Show reunion taking place over on that great streaming service in the sky, Netflix. According to Entertainment Weekly, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson (who played Kelso and Hyde, respectively) are reuniting for an upcoming multi-camera sitcom called The Ranch where the duo will play onscreen brothers. In classic sitcom fashion, Kutcher plays a semipro football player who drops out of the league in order to help run his family ranching business in Colorado alongside his brother Rooster (Masterson).

Ashton posted a photo of himself, Masteron and Wilmer Valderrama on Instagram a few weeks back, suggesting that the man formerly know as Fez might put in an appearance on the new show.

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Ashton also recently Tweeted a photo of himself and Masteron, looking like Beard brothers.

Megafans of That ’70s Show will be happy to know that their onscreen dynamic won’t change much in the new series. Kutcher tells EW, “Our relationship is contentious, but the history of Danny and my friendship bleeds into the characters…They’re best friends, but they f—ing hate each other.”

That’s great to hear. It’d be weird to see Hyde being nice to Kelso. Take a look at some photos from The Ranch below, and be sure to catch Kutcher and Masterson on That ’70s Show, Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-11P on IFC.

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

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