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Robert Zemeckis not planning “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” sequel

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So much for the news that Robert Zemeckis is working on a sequel to “Who Frames Roger Rabbit?” The director has been busy making the rounds promoting his new live action film “Flight,” and he’s set the record straight on that particular rumor.

“I’m not planning any sequel. All I know is there[‘s] a draft for a sequel sitting at Disney [written by Peter S. Seamond and Jeffrey Price]. It’s good, but I don’t know what’s going on, it’s just a great script sitting,” he clarified to The Playlist.

That sounds like Zemeckis definitely isn’t planning on returning to the cult hit any time soon, but stranger things have happened in Hollywood. Considering the fact that Bob Hoskins recently retired, though, we’d guess that there would likely need to be a lot of forward momentum on the “Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2?” front to get Zemeckis back on board.

The news about the sequel actually came from an interview Zemeckis did with ShowBiz411. During the chat, Zemeckis had said, “I have a script at Disney, and we’re just waiting for all the executive changes to settle down there.”

It’s unfortunate that that quote was taken out of context, because we’d actually gotten pretty used to the idea of a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” sequel.

Do you think the world is better off without a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2?” Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Flight” trailer with screenwriter John Gatins

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“Flight” is more than just the much-heralded return of director Robert Zemeckis to live-action films, it’s also a soaring drama with one of the most emotionally charged performances from Denzel Washington in years. The story follows a veteran airline pilot (Washington) who miraculously crash-lands a passenger jet, only it happens while he’s high on cocaine and drunk, something the FAA tends to frown upon. Co-starring Don Cheadle as Washington’s lawyer, Melissa Leo as a hard-charging government investigator and John Goodman as the easy-going drug supplier, “Flight” is a near-certain Oscar contender and an exhilarating theatrical experience.

“Flight” sprang from the mind of screenwriter John Gatins, who remained very much invested with the project during its filming. So it was a particular thrill to recruit him for our Call-In Commentary series, where directors, writers and actors record narration to their movie trailers. In the video below, Gatins touches on the filming, working with the cast and offers general insight into this fascinating project. “Flight” is currently in theaters.

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Robert Zemeckis has a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” sequel in the works

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Robert Zemeckis still wants to make a sequel for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

This is a project that’s been in the works for years, but it seems like the movie is closer than ever to getting made. In a new conversation with ShowBiz411, Zemeckis admitted that it might be one of his next projects after his new film “Flight.”

“I have a script at Disney, and we’re just waiting for all the executive changes to settle down there,” he said.

Zemekis is referencing the fact that Alan Horn recently took over Disney in that statement.

This is no guarantee that the movie will actually be made. We’ve seen many prospective sequels get as far as scripts, but never reach the big screen because talks fizzled out. (Yes, we’re looking at you “Ghostbusters 3.”) But if there is enough momentum here, maybe this “Rogert Rabbit” follow-up could actually see the light of day. After all, we didn’t put the original on our list of movies we’d actually want to see get a 3D rerelease for nothing.

“Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” was a 1988 comedic film noir that melded animation with live action. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the movie starred the since-retired Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd and Kathleen Turner as the voice of femme fatale Jessica Rabbit. Charles Fleischer voiced Roger Rabbit, and would hopefully return for this new project.

Do you want to see a sequel to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” be made? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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