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Exclusive: Cameron Crowe clears up “Say Anything…” sequel rumors

Exclusive: Cameron Crowe clears up “Say Anything…” sequel rumors (photo)

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Cameron Crowe went to the Television Critics Association press tour last month to talk about his upcoming documentary “Pearl Jam Twenty.” But one statement the director made about a twenty year old movie ended up garnering all the headlines.

Asked by a reporter whether he’d ever consider a sequel to 1989’s teen rom-com classic “Say Anything…,” Crowe replied that it was “the only thing” he’d ever written that he “would consider doing that with.” And with that, the movie blogosphere was off and running, running articles like this and this and this.

“I was very surprised that got picked up and repeated so many times,” Crowe told me last week during our conversation about his upcoming film “We Bought a Zoo.” Eager to clear up comments he thought were blown out of proportion, Crowe said any sort of “Say Anything…” sequel is “definitely a pipe dream.”

“it’s a personal thing for me, that movie,” Crowe explained. “It’s probably my favorite thing I’ve ever done. And the last thing I would ever dream of doing is touching something that I feel so proud about in any way. I just love the characters and I was sort of musing out loud with this really cool person that had asked the question.”

Crowe admitted he had talked to “Say Anything…” star John Cusack about a possible sequel, but just once, “a long time ago.”

“I always loved the Truffaut / Antoine Doinel relationship,” Crowe added. “And I said [to Cusack], ‘We should have made more movies more often with that character or another character.’ I so strongly relate to Cusack’s persona and his acting. He really can say the words and make them sing. I wish I’d done more stuff with him. It’s kind of odd that plans didn’t align in that way.”

But even if the possibility of a “Say Anything…” sequel is a lot less likely than those breathless headlines made it seem, that doesn’t mean Crowe hasn’t thought about it. Asked if he ever considered where kickboxing enthusiast Lloyd Dobler (Cusack) and beautiful valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye) would have ended up in life, Crowe confessed that he has. “I do from time to time, just talking with friends,” Crowe said, before quickly adding, “but there’s no script, nobody’s out there trying to pitch a ‘Say Anything…’ sequel.”

If it ever happens, Crowe thinks a “Say Anything…” sequel might look more like a spinoff. “I remember those characters and I keep thinking that there’s more that I could write about some of them, and not just Lloyd.” Crowe said. “If anything, it would be a side character or some story where there was some kind of linkage. I love Mike Cameron, I love the poor drunk that they drive home on the night of the grad party. As a writer, there’s just more there that I always thought, ‘Well someday.’ Maybe it’s just a short story. Maybe it’s a miniature kind of thing that I write some day.”

Whether some day comes or not, Crowe said he appreciates fans’ enthusiasm about the possibility of more stories from the world of “Say Anything…” “I’m honored that people have a personal relationship with the movie,” Crowe said. “I do too.”

Would you want to see a “Say Anything…” sequel? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to look for more from our interview with Cameron Crowe later this week on IFC.com. “We Bought a Zoo” opens on December 23.

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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.

“Hobo with a Shotgun” director working on “Blatant Violence High”

“Hobo with a Shotgun” director working on “Blatant Violence High” (photo)

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Did you enjoy the brutal, graphic violence of Jason Eisener’s “Hobo with a Shotgun,” but find yourself thinking, “Boy, if only the titular hobo was less old and grizzled, and more like how I see myself: a street-fighting vigilante?” If so, then you’re in luck, as “Hobo” director Jason Eisener’s next film is set to be “Blatant Violence High.”

Last week, Bleeding Cool broke the news they learned from cinematographer Karim Hussain, who admitted that his next project is Eisener’s second movie. Up until now we’ve known the project only as “BVH,” but Hussain revealed what the acronym actually stands for.

When we first heard the movie’s title, our brains immediately went to some kind of over-the-top high school brawl movie – like “The Outsiders” if “The Outsiders” wasn’t for pussies. But alas, Bleeding Cool describes the flick as “a street fighting vigilante film featuring a lot of martial arts work,” which while still awesome, isn’t exactly the “Cromartie High School”-esque romp we were hoping for.

Whatever the movie ends up being, we’re sure it’ll be violent, bloody and fun as hell. Filming is currently ongoing, as evidenced by a photo posted to the Facebook of martial artist Nick Bateman. From the image (included above), it seems safe to say that there will indeed be street fighting in “Blatant Violence High.”

What do you think about “BVH”? Are you prepared for another film from the director of “Hobo with a Shotgun”? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Get your first look at “The Hunger Games”

Get your first look at “The Hunger Games” (photo)

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If you aren’t interested in what Lady Gaga is wearing or what kind of dance-moves a noted Rihanna-beater pulled off, it’s quite possible that, like us, you spent last night watching hour-long cable dramas instead of the MTV Video Music Award. But if you did, then you most likely missed your first chance to see footage from “The Hunger Games.”

In between Gaga doing her very own totally transgressive Tony Clifton bit and people way younger and better looking than you performing on stage, MTV also showed a short clip from the upcoming movie, introduced by star Jennifer Lawrence herself. While only one minute and 13 seconds long with the Lawrence introduction tacked on to it, the footage is still a revealing look at the Gary Ross adaptation of the Suzanne Collins young adult novels.

Check out the new clip below.

Has the footage sold you on the film, or do you still need to see more? Let us know what you think of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter..

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