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“Star Trek 2″ video shows Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch fighting

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If you thought those leaked “Star Trek 2″ pictures of Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch fighting were cool, just wait until you see this video.

For whatever reason, it seems like Cumberbatch’s villain and Quinto’s Spock are not big fans of one another. The two duke it out pretty intensely in the video below, and it seems as though this showdown is one of the major action set pieces in the movie. The latest rumor regarding Cumberbatch’s character is spoiler alert that he’s playing Spock’s half-brother Sybock from “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.” There’s no official confirmation of that being Cumberbatch’s role, but it would explain all the bad blood between the two men during this fight.

When IFC caught up with Quinto recently at the Spirit Awards, he explained that he and Cumberbatch had been rehearsing that scene for five days. The cameras weren’t rolling during that time, so all you’re seeing in the above video is the fight’s choreography being practiced, but it looks badass all the same.

That being said, someone is going to get in some big trouble for leaking this video onto the Internet. If director J.J. Abrams was peeved about the pictures being put online, we can only imagine what he thinks of this.

“The picture leaking did not go over so well. They’re go to great lengths to preserve security,” Quinto said.

“Star Trek 2” is due out in theaters on May 17, 2013. It also stars Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Alice Eve.

What’s your take on Cumberbatch and Quinto’s fight? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

Zachary Quinto talks “Star Trek 2″ battle scene and photo leaks

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It’s no secret that J.J. Abrams and the crew of “Star Trek 2″ have done their best to keep as much of the upcoming film as they can a secret. But yesterday some new images leaked showing Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana facing off against bad guy Benedict Cumberbatch. The images look awesome — pretty sure there’s even a Vulcan neck pinch going on — but needless to say the folks behind “Trek 2″ were none too pleased.

IFC caught up with Quinto at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and asked him about the scene being shot. It turns out that the sequence is as cool on camera as it is in the leaked images.

“It is awesome. We’ve been working on that sequence for five days,” Quinto said, refusing to give away any additional plot details.

Quinto’s “Margin Call” director J.C. Chandor piped up that he and his daughter were on set the day that the scene was being film. “I was afraid they were going to think it was me who leaked that picture but it wasn’t,” he said. Quinto said he had no doubts that whoever did share the photos would be found and duly punished.

“The picture leaking did not go over so well. They’re go to great lengths to preserve security,” he said.

Just one example of the secrets being kept? We still have to refer to the movie as “Untitled Star Trek Sequel.” Quinto said he wasn’t sure if the title would change from “Star Trek 2,” but we asked his suggestion as to what he would call the movie instead.

“Awesome, he said simply. “Totally.”

Well, in that case, “Awesome” is due out in theaters on May 17, 2013. It also stars Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Alice Eve.

Are you looking forward to “Star Trek 2″? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Star Trek 2″ update: Leonard Nimoy visits the set, script changes and Kirk and Spock fight

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Filming on “Star Trek 2″ is well underway, which means that there are plenty of new tidbits to learn about the project. Leading man and lady Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana were out and about chatting about the film, while original cast member Leonard Nimoy teased that he’d be venturing to the “Trek 2″ set some day soon. Unfortunately, most of these news bites raise more questions than answers.

That last bit first. It was originally stated that no old cast members from the “Star Trek” TV series would be appearing in the new movie. But Nimoy tweeted on the 26th that he’s been invited to visit the set this week. So will he be appearing again in “Trek 2,” or is this just a respectful invitation to one of “Star Trek’s” greats? We’ll have to wait until May 17, 2013 to find out.

Meanwhile, Saldana was busy making the rounds at Sundance promoting her movie “The Words,” and she offered up some truths and lies about “Star Trek 2’s” various relationships. The truth is that director J.J. Abrams plans on following through with the groundwork laid for Uhura and Spock’s relationship.

“All I’m going to say is, if you put all the time and energy and wit into setting these two characters [Spock and Uhura] together in the first movie and didn’t follow through, it would be a shame,” she said to The Playlist.

The lie is that all is hunky dory on the set of the Enterprise. ” It’s going to be boring. There’s no conflict between Kirk and Spock, they agree on everything! They’re beer buddies. And there are no bad guys. We’re just cruising in space,” she lied to The Playlist. That’s interesting, since Kirk and Spock were buddies at the end of 2009’s “Star Trek.” It sounds like that has changed a bit in the time since.

Lastly, Quinto recently told E! Online that the script for “Trek 2″ is constantly changing.

“It was the middle of December and finally I had to be like, ‘We need to read the script.’ They waited a pretty long time, but that’s because they were working on it,” he said of writers Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. “There was a writer’s strike the first time so they weren’t able to let the script evolve. Now it’s really changing…on a regular basis.”

Orci took to the comments section of the TrekMovie message boards to clarify Quinto’s comments. Turns out that the changes have been relatively minor, and haven’t effected major plot points.

“The story hasn’t change, the structure hasn’t changed, and the action sequences haven’t changed. Most changes are minor. The changes I suspect Quinto is referring to are the character interactions as we fine tune the level of their various friendship,” he wrote. “Given that the time past in real life is different than the amount of time passed in the movie world, it takes a polish to get it just right.”

Are you excited for “Star Trek 2″? Would you like to see Nimoy make another appearance in the new franchise? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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