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“Before Sunrise” characters will come full circle in “Before Midnight,” says Ethan Hawke

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The glorious love story of Jesse and Celine — begun in “Before Sunrise,” and then continued in “Before Sunset” — will finally come to a conclusion in the just-shot “Before Midnight.” What’ll it be like? At the premiere of his new horror film “Sinister,” Ethan Hawke told us, “I felt in the third one, they come full circle, for both characters,” he said.

All these years after their star-crossed meeting in Vienna and subsequent, older-and-wiser encounter in Paris, Hawke’s Jesse and Julie Delpy’s Celine are together again, this time in Greece — which is no accident, apparently. Hawke said the actors and their co-writer and director, Richard Linklater, decided to give this concluding chapter of the story a Hellenic flavor because “[Greece] is the birthplace of romanticism, and these movies are deeply romantic,” Hawke noted. “And these movies start to become about time. Time is as big of a character in the movie as Jesse and Celine.”

Walking amid ancient Greek ruins, he said, heightened the possibility that fate might play a role in how the relationship will turn out. “You can’t walk a hundred yards in Greece without stumbling on some artifact of time,” he said. “So it was fun to set it there, and it’s a beautiful and poetic place to find them.”

Did Jesse make his plane (which he was about to miss at the end of the second film)? Has he written anything since his last novel, “This Time” — which was actually inspired by meeting Celine in “Before Sunrise,” and became the occasion of their reunion in “Before Sunset,” when he was on a book tour? Can he reclaim the spark, or is he still trying to recapture past glories — like his character in “Sinister,” who’s also an author? “You’ll find out,” Hawke said with a smile. “You’ll find out what he’s been writing. It might be a similar thing [between the two films]. You’re not that far off.”

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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.

Five favorite Ethan Hawke roles

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Tonight at 8/7c we’re showing “Training Day,” the best buddy cop comedy since “Turner & Hooch” and maybe even since “Tango & Cash.” Just kidding, nothing beats “Tango & Cash.” Besides, “Training Day” is hardly a comedy, but rather an intense look into the fall of a good cop and a rookie on the brink. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his portrayal of veteran LAPD superstar Alonzo Harris, one of the dirtiest cops in movie history. Harris is assigned the task of evaluating a newbie (Ethan Hawke) and teaching him the ways of the cop world. While Harris may be a cool and charismatic celebrity cop, he actually has his fingers in about two dozen pots, all of them highly illegal.

Casting Ethan Hawke as a wide-eyed rookie detective in “Training Day” was a smart move on the part of director Antoine Fuqua. Hawke’s doe-eyed innocent is the perfect foil to Denzel Washington’s fallen hero. The dynamic between the two is enervating and while we’ve always been partial to “Tango & Cash” for laughs, when it comes to real drama, “Training Day” can’t be beat.

Here are five of our favorite Ethan Hawke roles:

5. Troy Dyer in “Reality Bites”

4. Jesse in “Before Sunrise

3. Todd Anderson in “Dead Poets Society”

2. Vincent Freeman in “Gattaca”

1. Jake Hoyt in “Training Day”

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“Training Day” airs on IFC tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET; Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8:00 and 10:30 PM ET; Friday, Oct. 12 at 8:00 PM ET; Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:45 AM ET; Sunday, Oct. 21 at 10:15 PM ET; Monday, Oct. 22 at 12:45 AM ET; Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 8:00 PM ET; Thursday, Oct. 25 at 12:45 AM ET

Five favorite Denzel Washington roles

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Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, we’re showing one of the best cop dramas around: “Training Day.” Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for  his portrayal of  the dirtiest cop ever. Or at least the dirtiest cop this side of Harvel Keitel in “Bad Lieutenant.” Ethan Hawke plays wide-eyed rookie detective-in-training Jake Hoyt who can’t quite grasp what he’s up against when he’s assigned to veteran LAPD superstar Alonzo Harris (Washington) as his professional “evaluator.” Harris is a cool and charismatic celebrity cop who just happens to have his fingers in about two dozen highly illegal and lucrative pots. During their day together, Harris ends up taking Hoyt on the ride of his life as they traverse the mean streets of L.A., with the rookie learning the ways of the world and getting tested at every turn by his supposed mentor who is forcing him to walk a tightrope between ambition and principles. Director Antoine Fuqua does an incredible job of bringing Los Angeles’ underbelly to life in this film.

Denzel Washington won the Oscar for a reason: He injects the film –and his role– with a gritty realism that is hard to deny. But that’s what we’ve come to expect from Washingtong. Whether he’s playing a Navy psychiatrist in “Antwone Fisher” (which by the way is playing today at 3:30 p.m. ET) or a soldier fighting for his freedom or an “Inside Man,” Washington brings a heartfelt sincerity to his parts that make his characters both wildly believable and deeply personal.

Here are five of our other favorite roles played by Denzel Washington:

Creasy in “Man on Fire”

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Pvt. Trip in “Glory”

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Frank Lucas in “American Gangster”

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Malcolm X in “Malcolm X”

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Joe Miller in “Philadelphia”

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