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“Y: The Last Man” in final negotiations for new screenwriters

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To television fans, Brian K. Vaughan is likely best known as a writer on “Lost,” but for folks in the comic book know, Vaughan is revered as the writer of a number of critically acclaimed comic series, including “Runaways”, “Ex Machina” and more. Of all his creations though, the one that continues to stand out as his masterpiece is “Y: The Last Man.” Now, with New Line having approached two new writers, the film appears closer to reality than ever.

“Y: The Last Man” focuses on Yorick Brown, who along with his Capuchin monkey, are the last remaining males of any species on Earth. Over the comic’s 60-issue run, Vaughan and his co-creator/penciler Pia Guerra, explored a chaotic world where men have ceased to exist, and the clock is ticking on the survival of the human species. The film version of the series has been in development for years, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, it finally seems to be moving forward with Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia as writers.

Federman and Scaia recently signed on to pen the upcoming Zorro movie at Sony, but are mostly known for the television work. The two have written episodes of “Charlie’s Angels,” “Warehouse 13,” “Jericho” and “Human Target,” which was also based upon a Vertigo comic book series. Set to produce “Y: The Last Man” are J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and a man well-familiar with bringing comic book properties to screen, David Goyer.

If you’re interested in Vaughan’s comic book work, but maybe don’t want to commit to the 10 graphic novels that comprise the “Y: The Last Man” series, you should absolutely check out “Saga,” by Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples. Just released yesterday from Image, the series is a new ongoing, and if the first issue is any indication, will be the book we’re all raving about for years to come. You can even buy the book digitally from Comixology.

Are you excited to see Yorick and Ameprsand come to the big screen? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or 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.

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10 Hilarious Star Wars Parody Songs

"Weird Al" is coming to Comedy Bang! Bang! this spring.

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Since the release of the original Star Wars in 1977, denizens of a galaxy far, far away have been comedy fodder for parodists. Whether it’s your coworker’s awkward Yoda impression or a feature-length Mel Brooks film, George Lucas’ space opera has garnered quite a few snarky jabs, many of them set to music.

With “Weird” Al (no stranger to Star Wars parody tunes) joining Comedy Bang! Bang! as the new bandleader and co-host, we thought it was time to pay tribute to the many hilarious Star Wars song parodies released in the last four decades with a video and a lyrical highlight from each.

1. “Yoda,” Weird Al Yankovic

I saw the little runt sitting there on a log
I asked him his name, and in a raspy voice he said, “Yoda”
Y-O-D-A, Yoda
Yo Yo Yo Yo Yoda


2. “Let It Flow,” Box Step Productions

Fire grows bright on this planet tonight
Not a Jedi to be seen
A galaxy gripped in turmoil
And I’ve knocked up the ex-Queen


3. “Moves Like Jabba,” Break Originals

So eat them frogs
Cuz this won’t end nice
Grab this chain, ooh Jabba, take your life


4. “All About That Base,” Nerdist

The Emperor told me not to worry about the size
He says, “It’s not like it’d be blown up twice by the same Jedi”
And no I won’t be no Sith-fighting Jedi like Obi-Wan
So if that’s what you’re into Stormtrooper, then move along
Because you know, I’m all about that base
No Rebels


5. “Cantina a Capella,” Scott Aukerman and Paul F. Tompkins

Rah pah pup dup dup dah dah
Daddle dah duh duh dahhh


6. “Star Wars Cantina,”Richard Cheese

Her name was Leia
She was a princess
With a danish on each ear
And Darth Vader drawing near


7. “Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition,” UAT Digital Video

I’m just a slave boy
Qui-Gon’s come to free me
He is the chosen one from the prophecy
Spare him his life from this captivity


8. “Happy (We Are From Tatooine),” Star Wars Tunisia

C-3PO: It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
Stormtrooper: I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way


9. “The Saga Begins,” Weird Al Yankovic

Oh my, my, this here Anakin guy
May be Vader someday later
Now he’s just a small fry
And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
Sayin’, “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”
“Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”


10. Oscar Isaac’s acoustic cover of Bill Murray’s lounge cover of “Star Wars”

Star Wars
Nothin’ but Star Wars
Gimme those Star Wars
Any old day

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Check Out Behind the Scenes Portlandia Photos Courtesy of the Mayor Himself Kyle MacLachlan

Catch Kyle MacLachlan in a brand new Portlandia Thursday, January 28th at 10P on IFC.

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This week, Portlandia mayor and Twin Peaks‘ resident coffee and pie lover Kyle MacLachlan took over IFC’s Instagram account. The honorary municipal leader performed diligent social media service, supplying the world with candid on-set shots of himself alongside stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, as well as an inside look at what makes his fake mayor seem so perfectly suited to the hipster haven.

Through photos and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Kyle offered a taste of what he brings to the Portlandia set when he’s on the call sheet. Check out highlights from Kyle MacLachlan’s Instagram takeover below, and be sure to catch the new season of Portlandia Thursdays at 10P/9c on IFC. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area.)

1. “I’m standing with former mayor Sam Adams for the flag raising ceremony. Sam appears to be putting a whole new spin on ‘The Little Drummer Boy’.”

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2. “Sitting with Fred, Jon Krisel our director, and the Mayor of Austin…who happens to bear a striking resemblance to the mayor of Portland. Coincidence? I think not.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


3. “This is where it all began. The office of Mr. Mayor and his red ball.”

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4. “The script said the mayor was off the grid in the jungle as in ‘Apocalypse Now!’ I embraced my inner Colonel Kurtz and began…something about ‘a snail, crawling across a straight razor…’ then Willard, running in the forest. I was having the time of my life!”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


5. “Sometimes a bedtime story is best told in the morning…while talking on a cell phone…in separate beds.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


6. “Colin’s best friend Felix upon hearing of poor Colin’s fate…”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


7. “After a long day kayaking on the Willamette River, the mayor enjoys a hot shower. Actually, I needed a wet down so when I ran up to Fred and Carrie, my feet would make that squeaky-squishy sound.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


8. “The mayor, off the grid and taking care of goats, when Fred and Carrie find him. I didn’t know what to do, so I asked if I could use the beard hanging on the wall in the makeup trailer and then Amanda Needham, our costume designer, found the hat. Suddenly I was Amish. I have no idea why I spoke in a strange southern accent…”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


9. “First season. The Mayor goes missing for the first time. He’s found weeks later playing bass in a ska reggae band. Moments before we shot the scene we added the soul patch. That’s improv folks!”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv

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