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Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler being considered for “Guardians of the Galaxy”

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We’re finally hearing some names swirl for the non-Star-Lord characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but they weren’t the names that we expected.

Latino Review is reporting that Marvel is currently trying to convince Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler to join the upcoming ensemble film. It’s unclear which roles they’d play (likely not Peter Quill), but it’s also unclear if they’re being considered for the same or different roles. Carrey already is doing his comic book duty in “Kick-Ass 2,” so it will be interesting to see if he jumps into a different franchise too. If Sandler ends up coming on board, it will be nice to see him have to work opposite a group of actors who aren’t his peers like they are in the “Grown Ups” movies.

In addition, it’s being reported that more actors are being considered for Peter Quill. Wes Bentley, Chris Lowell and Cam Gigandet join Zachary Levi, John Krasinski, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Rosenbaum and Jim Sturgess as the actors being looked at to play Star-Lord. Meanwhile, Isaiah Mustafa, Dave Bautista and Brian Patrick Wade are all up to play Drax the Destroyer.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is due in theaters on August 1, 2014. The movie will be the first to introduce new superheroes to Marvel’s Phase Two line-up, and will likely deal with the villain Thanos who was introduced at the end of “The Avengers.” The Guardians of the Galaxy are Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora. How long do we have to wait to get some lady casting news?

Would you like to see Carrey or Sandler in “Guardians of the Galaxy”? 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.

Isaiah Mustafa among actors shortlisted for Drax in “Guardians of the Galaxy”

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Finally we are moving a bit beyond the Star-Lord “Guardians of the Galaxy” casting rumors. A new report has come out with a reported shortlist of actors being considered for the role of Drax the Destroyer in the upcoming Marvel movie.

Comic Book Movie has learned from a source “very close to production” that Isaiah Mustafa, WWE star Dave Bautista and Brian Patrick Wade are all being considered for the role. If Mustafa got the role, he’d already have some experience with Zachary Levi, who is being rumored for the role of Peter Quill. The two of them worked briefly on “Chuck” together.

In addition, John Krasinski has been added to the list of actors in contention for the role of Star-Lord. Both he and his wife, Emily Blunt, had circled Marvel movie roles in the past but never landed one. We would definitely not complain if Krasinski walked away with this one. He’s up against other popular choices like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Rosenbaum, Jim Sturgess and Levi.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is due in theaters on August 1, 2014. The movie will be the first to introduce new superheroes to Marvel’s Phase Two line-up, and will likely deal with the villain Thanos who was introduced at the end of “The Avengers.” The Guardians of the Galaxy are Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora.

Who would be in your dream “Guardians of the Galaxy” cast? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Rosenbaum also rumored to be up for “Guardians of the Galaxy” role

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Add two more names to the list of actors rumored to be considered for the lead role of Peter Quill — aka Star-Lord — in the upcoming Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Thus far no one has been officially cast, but it’s being reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Rosenbaum are both in contention for the part.

Deadline has the news about Gordon-Levitt, while Rosenbaum revealed the “Guardians” news himself. “Read for my pal @JamesGunn GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY for PETER QUILL. What a treat! Thanks Jimmy. @Marvel,” he tweeted. They’re facing off against an alleged shortlist that includes Jim Sturgess and Zachary Levi.

With the exception of Sturgess, all the actors here already have their feet in the comic book well. Rosenbaum rose to fame for playing Lex Luthor in “Smallville,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Robin in “The Dark Knight Rises” and is rumored to portray Batman in “Justice League,” and Levi already has a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Fandral in “Thor: The Dark World.” Does that make Sturgess the shoe-in? It doesn’t seem like it, as more actors continue to read for the role.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is due in theaters on August 1, 2014. The movie will be the first to introduce new superheroes to Marvel’s Phase Two line-up, and will likely deal with the villain Thanos who was introduced at the end of “The Avengers.” The Guardians of the Galaxy are Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora.

Who do you think should play Star-Lord? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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