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“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” cast explains why the video game adaptation works

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“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” opens today and seemingly kicks off a new wave of video game movies. Movie studios are snapping video game properties up like crazy, so it will be interesting to see whether audiences embrace this new sequel from director Michael J. Bassett.

It’s been six years since “Silent Hill” first hit theaters, and that film offered up a slightly different take on the game while still staying true to its core horror theme. This time around, Bassett was brought on to both write and direct the project and it’s clear from talking to him that he’s a fan of the series.

“[It’s] so rich in mythology that there’s lots and lots of things to explore there, but more than anything it’s lie what’s the natural progression from a little girl’s story in the first movie to where we go with it,” he told IFC on the “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” premiere red carpet. “What I loved is that this story is about a daughter, and the first movie is a mother trying to find her daughter, so I think there’s a sort of symmetry here.”

“Revelation” takes place about five or six years after the events of “Silent Hill” and is based on the “Silent Hill 3″ video game. In it, Heather (Adelaide Clemens), formerly known as Sharon in the first movie, must find her missing father (Sean Bean). Her quest draws her into the world of Silent Hill, where she must face off against such terrifying creatures as deformed nurses, Red Pyramid, and even her dark incarnation, Alessa.

Fans have recognized from the beginning how similar Clemens looks to Heather in the game, and that connection seems to be one of the strong points of the movie. It’s clear from that element that Bassett is doing his best to honor the “Silent Hill” series.

“I think that’s what got me the role,” Clemens told us. “Yeah, I look like the girl in the game.”

In the past, Clemens has recounted the way producer Samuel Hadida followed her around the 2011 Sundance Film Festival until she agreed to his movie. We asked him for his take on the story when we caught up with him at the premiere.

“I saw a young lady looking like one of the characters of the movie, like Heather, and I said, ‘She looks like Heather,'” Hadida said. “I just followed her and I said, ‘You see this [game] cover? It looks like that you are the same person of this cover, so I want you to come in LA and meet the director and try to see if you can be in the movie,’ and she says to me, ‘What’s happening? I don’t understand. What are you talking about?'”

He continued, “She was just looking [like Heather]. It’s like if you see the ghost of Silent Hill going to you, and I say maybe she’s going to bring me to somebody else. I was very excited.”

If Clemens’ Heather is very similar to the character in the game, then Kit Harington’s Vincent is the opposite. Bassett drastically changed who and why Vincent was in “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” from his role in “Silent Hill 3,” to the point that Harington couldn’t talk about his role on the red carpet and was discouraged from playing the game at all.

“My lips are sealed. I can’t say much, but he’s a character who has a change of heart, and that’s all I can say. He was an interesting guy to play. He’s got a lot of secrets he has to hide throughout the film,” Harington teased. “It’s fair to say I didn’t [do research] because I was told not to by the director and because it differs, my character differs, so I was told not to play the game, which was a relief for me because I get scared in those things.”

It remains to be seen if fans will appreciate the movie, but it at least has one supporter: “Silent Hill” video game producer Tomm Hulett. He had already seen the film by the time we caught up with him, and it has received his stamp of approval.

“I think it does really well, actually,” he told IFC. “The first movie was a little different from the game, which is fine because it’s a movie, they can do their own thing, but this movie not just is a sequel to that but it also brings it back to the games a little bit too, so the really serious fans who kind of want it to be exactly like the game, they’ll find more in this movie that rings true to what they’re looking for, I think.”

At least fans can expect the 3D to be good. Bassett said that not a frame of the movie was post-converted because he feels it’s important to capture the depth 3D can film while you’re shooting a scene. Though he concedes that there are some drawbacks to using 3D, he has become a full-hearted fan of the medium.

“If you’re making a movie about other worlds, then 3D is a great way of engaging the audience in that world,” he said. “I think what it does bring is an otherworldliness, and it benefits a movie like ‘Silent Hill’ enormously.”

So what else should viewers look forward to? Clemens teased us with her two favorite elements of the film.

“I think the nurses are really cool, I think you’ll have fun there,” she said with a smile. “And Jon Snow’s there too, so it’s kind of amazing.”

“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” is out in theaters today, October 26.

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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.

“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington teases “fantastic” Jeff Bridges movie “The Seventh Son”

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The upcoming fantasy film “The Seventh Son” may not be hitting theaters for a year, but it’s still one of the upcoming movies we’re most excited about. The flick stars “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington in his first leading film role, and he has a pretty impressive supporting cast. In particular, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore play other major characters in the magical adventure story.

The movie is still pretty top secret, but we couldn’t resist trying to pry as many details as we could out of Harington when we talked to him at the “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” red carpet. He was willing to share a little bit of information about his character, Thomas, but mostly he talked about how excited he was to work with Bridges, who plays a man named Spook.

“[My character]’s Jeff Bridges’ apprentice, and that was kind of weird because I felt like Jeff Bridges’ apprentice acting-wise,” Harington said. “I was watching him the whole time, so it was not a hard role to play in that respect.”

He continued, “It’s a fantastic movie and it’s another genre movie, but it’s very different in lots of different ways.”

It’s not much to go on, but it was clear that Harington was very excited for the opportunity to have the role. As for whether Bridges and Moore care about their onscreen “Big Lebowski” reunion as much as we do… well, we’ll have to save that question for another red carpet.

“The Seventh Son” is directed by Sergei Bodrov and written by Matt Greenberg and Chuck Leavitt. It stars Bridges, Moore, Harington, Djimon Hounsou, Ben Barnes and Olivia Williams. The film is set in the 18th century and follows Thomas, Spook’s apprentice, as he has to face off against Moore’s Mother Malkin while his master is away. It’s due in theaters on October 13, 2013.

Are you excited to see “The Seventh Son”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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CB!B! Gets Weird

“Weird Al” Yankovic to Join Comedy Bang! Bang! as New Bandleader and Co-Host

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

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Comedy Bang! Bang! has just enlisted its new bandleader and co-host — and he’s pretty “weird.” Filling the big shoes left behind by Kid Cudi and Reggie Watts, parody demigod “Weird Al” Yankovic will be joining host Scott Aukerman and the rest of the CB!B! menagerie for the upcoming season.

“If you would have told me, when I was a teenager, listening and laughing along to Al’s In 3-D album, that one day I would partner up with him, I would have asked who you were and how you got in my room. Then I would have politely shown you the door. Because that’s how I was raised,” Aukerman said.

With a musical career that goes back to the ’70s, Yankovic’s comedy and musical pedigree needs no introduction, and as a recurring guest on the IFC talk show and the CB!B! podcast, his improvisational skills and rapport with Aukerman have proven to be fan favorites.

Production for the 20-episode fifth season begins today with a premiere date slotted for the spring. Listen to Scott’s announcement on today’s episode of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, featuring Weird Al himself as a special guest co-host.

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