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Kristen Wiig to play Steve Carell’s love interest in “Anchorman 2’?

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Brick Tamland might “have an I.Q. of 48 and am what some people call mentally retarded,” but that doesn’t make him any less of a catch. It’s being reported that he could have a love interest in the upcoming “Anchorman: The Legend Continues,” and that Kristen Wiig could be the woman to take the part.

TheWrap broke the news, reporting that she could play “opposite Steve Carell, as a love interest of some kind.” That’s not locked down though, since Adam McKay hasn’t completed the script and no one has been officially cast beyond the central stars.

If “Anchorman” had been released today, it would almost certainly have starred Wiig, so it makes sense that she’d be brought on board now. Wiig is one of the preeminent female comics in Hollywood right now, known best for her roles in “Saturday Night Live” and “Bridesmaids.” Even if she only had a small part in “Anchorman: The Legend Continues,” she’d definitely make it memorable, as she proved in “Knocked Up” and “Adventureland.”

“Anchorman: The Legend Continues” will star Will Ferrell, Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate. Directed by Adam McKay the film takes place during the rise of the 24-hour news cycle and will follow our favorite San Diego news team as they try to keep up with the times. It’s due to be released in October 2013.

Would you want to see Wiig have a role in “Anchorman: The Legend Continues”? 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.

“Anchorman 2″ to start filming in March, says Judd Apatow

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“Anchorman 2″ is still coming, despite the fact we haven’t heard anything about the movie since May. But silence isn’t always a bad thing, as it seems Judd Apatow, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have been hard at work bringing our favorite San Diego news team back theaters near us.

In an interview with The Playlist, Apatow revealed that “Anchorman 2″ will likely go in front of the camera in March. He didn’t say whether that would alter the flick’s expected Christmas 2013 release date, though filming in March would require a pretty quick turnaround time.

McKay also opened up to The Playlist about his plan for the long-anticipated sequel and teased that there could be a bigger musical number this time around.

“Whole song sequences, absolutely. The music sequences we have done — we did ‘Afternoon Delight’ [in ‘Anchorman’], Adam Scott and his family singing ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ [in ‘Step Brothers’], we did a whole song for ‘Talladega Nights‘ that got cut out, a big, big musical number — we always do it live on the set,” McKay said. “And my thing is, if the actors get freaked out, don’t sweat it, we can always re-record it later. And every time we’ve done it, we end up using the live track from the recording. We’ll probably do it the same way in this. This one might have a little more movement in it, and the only problem with that is the actors get winded.”

He reconfirmed that “Anchorman 2″ will be about Ron Burgundy’s struggle to find his place in the ride of new media and the 24 hour news cycle, but stopped short of saying that he will have a “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” moment.

“It’s been discussed, there’s a little wisp of [talk]. We’d never do it straight ahead, we gotta fuck with it in some way. Because Ron Burgundy isn’t quite Jimmy Stewart in character, so if he does, he’s not going to do it well,” McKay said. “But there’s a little bit of that going on. I mean what is this 24 hours news, and this wall of white noise information, has it really been good for our country? The great thing when you find a point of view like that is that it doesn’t have to be preachy or didactic, it’s also funny.”

He continued, “It’s just funny that Americans have to contend with 2000 channels, and 60 different specific news sources, and the confusion that it creates, and the junk that we get to see is hilarious. That’s what we’re always kinda looking for, what’s the point of view that’s got life to it and plays.”

McKay also promised that “Anchorman 2″ will feature top-tier cameos just like “Anchorman” did, dropping names like Ian Roberts, Rob Huebel and Paula Killen.

Are you looking forward to “Anchorman 2″? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

X-Files Movie as a Swedish Movie

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See What The X-Files Would Look Like as a Swedish Film

Catch the X-Files movies Saturday, January 23rd starting at 12:15P ET/11:15 PT on IFC.

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For all its strengths, The X-Files is largely lacking in morose soliloquies pinned by existential ennui. So we decided to grab the Bergman by the horns and remedy the issue. Through simple, everyday teutonic voiceover and apiary symbolism, the Swedish version of Mulder and Scully represents the angst-ridden government agents-slash-nihilists we all wish them to be. Is Mulder searching for his sister…or his soul? The truth is out there.

Check out what The X-Files would look like as an expressionist Swedish film below. And be sure to catch The X-Files: Fight the Future and The X-Files: I Want to Believe this month on IFC.

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