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“Carrie” remake bumped back to October release date

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Bad news, “Carrie” fans. The upcoming Kimberly Peirce remake has been bumped back to an October 18, 2013 release date. It was originally slated to come out on March 15, but Sony has decided to shuffle its release schedule.

Box Office Mojo has the news. Hopefully this isn’t a sign that the film is going to end up being bad, because the teaser we saw for “Carrie” looked fantastic. If anything, it might have been determined that the horror remake would do better closer to Halloween, which makes sense.

The movie stars Chloe Moretz as the titular Carrie and Julianne Moore as her religious fanatic mother. Based on what we’ve seen, it looks like this will be a pretty close — albeit updated — take on Stephen King’s classic novel. The money shot of Moretz covered in blood in the teaser looked fantastic when it was finally revealed.

Here’s the official synopsis for the remake:

The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday, Youth in Revolt), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde, The Three Musketeers), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (newcomer Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.

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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.

“Kick-Ass 2″ cast speaks out after filming wraps

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Congratulations are in order for the cast of “Kick-Ass 2.” Filming officially wrapped on the forthcoming sequel over the weekend, and the people behind the movie seem pretty excited about it.

“That’s a wrap — JUSTICE FOREVER!!!! #kickass2 @ChloeGMoretz @MintzPlasse @JimCarrey @donald_faison @ClaudiaLeeLive,” the always-vocal-on-Twitter Jeff Wadlow tweeted on Friday. “@mrmarkmillar Just cracked your bottle — thank you, sir, for creating this world and letting me live in it for the last three months!”

For their part, the cast seemed equal parts excited and sad that their time on “Kick-Ass 2″ is over. Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Claudia Lee, all of whom have been regularly posting “Kick-Ass 2″ updates throughout its production, took to the social media network to share some final thoughts on the film.

“Saw a 10 minute trailer of kickass 2 on set. Holy shit, it could be better than the first. I don’t know, well see,” Mintz-Plasse tweeted. “It’s now that time that 4 months ago, I thought would never come. Day after day of consistent work on my tv show and kickass 2, and today it wraps. Kickass 2 cast and crew are such a solid group of fantastic people. A family, and we can’t wait to show you this product.”

Moretz said, “Had such an amazing last day on #KickAss2!! Thank you to everyone involved who made this such an amazing expierience #HitGirlIsBack!!!”

And finally, newcomer Lee tweeted, “Final day on #KickAss2 was amazing! I’m going to miss everyone.Thank you so much for such a memorable experience! @JeffWadlow @mrmarkmillar”

“Kick-Ass 2” stars Aaron Johnson, Mintz-Plasse and Moretz. It also introduces Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity, Robert Emms as Insect Man, Lindy Booth as Night-Bitch, Lee as Brooke, Carrey as The Colonel, John Leguizamo as Red Mist’s bodyguard and Morris Chestnut as Hit-Girl’s guardian. Directed by Wadlow, it’s due in theaters on June 28, 2013.

What are you most looking forward to about “Kick-Ass 2″? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Chloe Moretz is bloody awesome in “Carrie” teaser trailer

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There are a lot of classic movies being remade in the coming year, but the one we can’t wait to see hit theaters is Kimberly Pierce’s take on “Carrie.”

The casting of Chloe Moretz as the title character seems pitch perfect, and every image that’s been released of her has reinforced our interest in the film. Now we finally have a teaser trailer for the project, and it looks like the movie will deliver.

The trailer opens with an aerial shot over a town that reveals the iconic shot of the gym burning. The camera speeds forward to show that many other buildings are also on fire, while voices start discussing the events that have occurred.

“This was always such a peaceful town” one teenage boy says, while another adult male says, “I don’t want to use the word ‘conspiracy,’ but that’s what it’s looking like.” “Her mother was a fanatic. I don’t know how she lived with her,” a female voice says, while another man claims, “Something supernatural happened here. It defies logical explanation.”

“There’s something no one seems to understand,” a final voice says. “She wasn’t some monster. She was just a girl.”

And finally, the money shot: Moretz, covered in blood and surrounded by fire, very much earning her title as our new Carrie.

This “Carrie” remake is directed by Pierce and stars Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer and Portia Doubleday. It’s due in theaters on March 15.

What did you think of this trailer for “Carrie”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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