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“Catching Fire” gets a new motion poster

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Every revolution begins with a spark, and this year that spark was struck by “The Hunger Games.”

Next year, Lionsgate will continue to fan those flames in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” For those of you who headed to theaters to see “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” you caught the first glimpse at the upcoming “Hunger Games” movie before the final “Twilight” film started rolling. Lionsgate has released a new motion poster for “Catching Fire” that teases the upcoming movie.

“Catching Fire” brings back stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Willow Shields. It also has a whole new set of actors coming on board as well. As a quick recap, here’s everyone new who’s been cast in “Catching Fire” so far: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jena Malone as Joahanna Mason, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Lynn Cohen as Mags, Meta Golding as Enobaria, Bruno Gunn as Brutus, Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Jeffrey Wright as Beetee and Patrick St. Esprit as Romulus Thread.

“Catching Fire” is due in theaters on November 22, 2013.

What do you think of the new “Catching Fire” motion poster? 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.

Francis Lawrence to direct both “Mockingjay” films

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Exciting news, “The Hunger Games” fans. We still have little over a year until “Catching Fire” hits theaters, but a director for “Mocking Jay: Part 1″ and “Part 2″ has been lined up.

Rather, the same director has been lined up for the last two “Hunger Games” films. Lionsgate has confirmed that Francis Lawrence, the same man who is directing “Catching Fire,” will also helm the last two movies in the series. He replaced Gary Ross, who directed “The Hunger Games” to satisfying results.

This hopefully will be good news for the franchise. So far we haven’t seen anything from that movie other than set photos, so it’s hard to judge Lawrence’s take on the movie. Obviously Lionsgate has a lot of confidence in him, or they wouldn’t be letting him return. Still, we’ll reserve judgment until we see “Catching Fire” or at least a trailer.

Both parts of “Mockingjay” already have a screenwriter lined up. “Game Change” scribe Danny Strong was hired back in October to turn the final “The Hunger Games” novel into two films. We’ll be interested to see where he splits them, though we have some ideas.

“Catching Fire” brings back stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Willow Shields. It also has a whole new set of actors coming on board as well. As a quick recap, here’s everyone new who’s been cast in “Catching Fire” so far: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jena Malone as Joahanna Mason, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Lynn Cohen as Mags, Meta Golding as Enobaria, Bruno Gunn as Brutus, Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Jeffrey Wright as Beetee and Patrick St. Esprit as Romulus Thread. It’s due in theaters on November 22, 2013.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1″ comes to theaters on November 21, 2014 and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2″ opens November 20, 2015.

Do you think Lawrence is a good choice for director? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Janeane Garofalo and David Cross Riot LA

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Catch David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Kumail Nanjiani and More Comedy Behemoths at the Riot LA Comedy Festival

Riot LA takes place January 29th-31st in Downtown Los Angeles. Catch Kumail Nanjiani on the 2016 Spirit Awards Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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Pity the comedy fan who isn’t in the Los Angeles area at the end of January, for they’re about to miss one of the most impressive lineup of comedians ever assembled. From January 29th through the 31st, Riot LA — the city’s premiere alternative comedy festival — will be hosting a slew of comedy behemoths in the downtown area.

Among the scheduled heavy-hitters are Todd Margaret’s David Cross, frequent Portlandia guest and 2016 Spirit Awards cohost Kumail Nanjiani, uber-nerd Patton Oswalt, dapper gent Paul F. Tompkins, and progressive firebrand Janeane Garofalo. (And we haven’t even mentioned Maria Bamford, T.J. Miller, Gilbert Gottfried, Natasha Leggero, Ron Funches, Anthony Jeselnik, Chelsea Peretti, Kyle Kinane, Jonah Ray, Brody Stevens, or the Sklar Brothers. Check out a full list of performers here.)

Tickets for this stand-up bonanza are available at the official website, both for individual shows as well as an all-inclusive Superfan Pass which grants you access to over 40 shows on Saturday and Sunday. (The $375 VIP passes are already sold out!)

Check out the trailer for Riot LA 2016 below. If you’re up for witnessing stand-up comedy at its very best, you really couldn’t do any better than this.

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