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“Man of Steel” image shows Amy Adams as Lois Lane

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“Man of Steel” is catapulting Superman into the 21st century. The first official photo of Amy Adams as Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane has arrived, and in it she can be seen holding none other than an iPad.

An iPad? Yes, it seems as though technology has finally caught up with the Superman movies, and Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” will be set in the modern day. We’ve seen brief tastes of Adams’ take on Lois in the various “Man of Steel” trailers that have been released, but this picture shows that she does a great job portraying Superman’s love interest.

Meanwhile, writer David S. Goyer recently opened up to Empire (via ComicBookMovie.com) about his take on the classic Superman story. He said that they’re approaching Superman “as if [he] were real,” and are trying to ditch all the comic book-y elements of the previous flicks.

“I adore the Donner films. Absolutely adore them. It just struck me that there was an idealist quality to them that may or may not work with today’s audience. It just struck me that if Superman really existed in the world, first of all this story would be a story about first contact,” Goyer said. “You know nothing can hurt Superman, presumably other than Kryptonite. The challenge was simply: can we figure out a way to make those elements work, quote unquote, in the real world? It’s very much a story of a man with two fathers.”

“Man of Steel” stars Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. It is due in theaters on June 14, 2013 in IMAX and 3D.

What do you think of Adams as Lois Lane? What’s your take on Goyer’s interpretation of Superman? 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.

Warner Bros. waiting on “Man of Steel’s” success before pushing “Justice League”

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The decision to follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe formula and push a “Justice League” movie always seemed a bit risky for Warner Bros. from where we are standing. The studio has had a hit-and-miss track record with DC comics films, with projects like Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy being massive successes and then films like the Ryan Reynolds “Green Lantern” movie failing.

Now “Man of Steel” is being released, and it could mark a new era for Warner Bros.’ DC films. The movie comes out on June 14 and could set the tone for the planned 2015 “Justice League” film. According to Variety, WB is waiting to see how well “Man of Steel” does in theaters before it really starts pushing “Justice League” forward.

“A ‘Justice League’ film wouldn’t likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of ‘Man of Steel,’ which opens June 14, before moving further ahead,” the outlet writes.

Honestly, that’s not too surprising. Will Beall has been developing a script for a while, but Warner hasn’t chosen a director despite much Internet speculation. This seems like the right route to go, since “Man of Steel’s” failure would not bode well for a “Justice League” film with an entirely new cast. Fortunately for WB, “Man of Steel” looks like it will actually be pretty fantastic.

Meanwhile, “Man of Steel” writer David S. Goyer opened up about his take on the film in a new interview with Empire (via ComicBookMovie.com). In the interview, he talked about how Superman will be portrayed as “a man, yet he’s not a man” in the upcoming film. He also explained how he and director Zack Snyder tried to ground the movie in reality.

“It is obviously a much longer process with a character like Superman. It is much easier to do a realistic take on Batman. You know nothing can hurt Superman, presumably other than Kryptonite,” he said. “The challenge was simply: can we figure out a way to make those elements work, quote unquote, in the real world? It’s very much a story of a man with two fathers.”

“Man of Steel” stars Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. It is due in theaters on June 14, 2013 in IMAX and 3D.

Are you glad that Warner Bros. is waiting on “Man of Steel” before moving forward on “Justice League”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Russell Crowe promises a “complicated” and “really complex” “Man of Steel”

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Could “Man of Steel” actually be as good as everyone involved says it is? Judging by the most recent comments by Russell Crowe, yes. He praised the movie as being “complicated” and “really complex,” and teased that it gets inside the psyche of Superman. Consider us intrigued.

“I don’t think anybody has really tried to get into the psychology of what it must be like to be Superman and what people would really respond like in a modern society if somebody like that just popped up,” Crowe told Reelz. “I think Zack Snyder was given a great deal of responsibility because, when it comes to comic book heroes and superhero films, the top of the food chain is Superman. I think the biggest indicator for me of how it’s looking is that the financier of the film has sent me gushing emails; he just loves it.”

Crowe plays Jor-El, the Kryptonian father of Superman, in the film. Apparently Snyder will put his CGI skills to the test by bringing Krypton to life, and Crowe said the results are fantastic.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing it, it’s a massive undertaking,” he said. “It takes you on the ground to Krypton, it takes you to a planet where the sun is four times larger than ours and you get to experience that stuff and if you’ve seen the trailers you realize that this Superman is not just floating through the air held up by a wire, this Superman is super sonic. I’m really looking forward to the way that people will respond to it.”

“Man of Steel” stars Crowe, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. It is due in theaters on June 14, 2013 in IMAX and 3D.

What are your thoughts on “Man of Steel”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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