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Paul Giamatti in talks for The Rhino in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″

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Here’s a surprising “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ twist: The film is going to have a second villain, and it looks like it will be The Rhino. Even more surprising? Paul Giamatti is in talks to play him.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news, saying that Giamatti is negotiating for the role. In addition, “Like Crazy” star Felicity Jones is also in talks for an unspecified part in the comic book film.

Worth noting: Hollywood.com’s Matt Patches found an interview with Giamatti from a 2011 episode of “Conan” where he admits to desperately wanting to play The Rhino. While that was likely in reference to “The Amazing Spider-Man,” it seems like someone on the production team took note of it for the upcoming sequel.

“I want to play one of the bad guys. What I hope they do is revive from my childhood The Rhino as the bad guy,” Giamatti said at the time. “I think I would be the best Rhino possible.”

He echoed similar sentiments to ShowbizSpy at around the same time, saying, “I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid. It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit and I always thought, ‘Why don’t they have The Rhino in one of their movies,’ but maybe The Rhino wasn’t that big of a deal for anybody but me. … If they ever go with The Rhino I would be ready and waiting.”

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ starts shooting in February and swings into theaters on May 2, 2014. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and director Marc Webb are both officially back for the sequel. Shailene Woodley has joined as Mary Jane Watson, Jamie Foxx is officially Electro and Dane DeHaan is playing Harry Osborn.

Do you think that Giamatti and Jones would be good additions to the “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ cast? 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.

Jamie Foxx details Electro’s backstory in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″

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Jamie Foxx has opened up about his take on Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” and the character is going to be a bit different than fans remember. From his suit to his backstory, Foxx and director Marc Webb are putting their own twist on the comic book villain.

“Marc Webb and all those guys who are doing it are smart,” Foxx told MTV News. “They know that it has to make sense in 2013 so the suit is really slick. It’s not green. It’s actually black.”

Though he accidentally refers to Electro’s real name as Matt Dillon instead of Max, Foxx detailed the relationship that his character has with Spider-Man.

“What you’ll see is that, for his whole life, no one is talking to him,” he said. “People have stolen his ideas at the big company. He’s a nobody. At a certain point, Spider-Man bumps into him and says, ‘You’re my guy. You’re my ears and eyes on the street.’ Then he says his name, [Max] and no one has ever said [Max] Dillon’s name. He goes, ‘Wow’ and, when Spider-Man leaves, he sort of thinks that, ‘I am Spider-Man’s partner!’ He’s cutting out Spider-Man’s face and pasting it on all his boards.

Fox continued, “Everything goes bad with his mom. She doesn’t remember his birthday. He has something tragic happen and, when it turns on, he lights it up.”

Perhaps it’s his mother’s funeral that we read about during a recent casting call. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ swings into theaters on May 2, 2014. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and director Marc Webb are both officially back for the sequel. Shailene Woodley has joined as Mary Jane Watson and Dane DeHaan is playing Harry Osborn.

Are you okay with the ways this backstory differs from the comic books? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ casting call reveals potential spoilers

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Could there be a major funeral taking place during “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″? It seems like we could be losing a major character — Uncle Ben? — based on a casting call posted to On Location Vacations.

Among the three posted casting calls, one of them is asking for men and women ages 18 to 70 to “portray Friends & Family Mourning at a Funeral/ Wake.” This scene is set to film on Valentine’s Day, which seems a little twisted to us. Here is the full casting call:

SAG-AFTRA Stand In- Shailene Woodley
London Calling

Stand-in / Female / Caucasian / 18 – 26
Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking: SAG-AFTRA Caucasian Female, 18-20s age range, approximately 5’7-5’9, very slim, reddish hair. This is for Stand In work for Shailene Woodley for a Camera Test. If selected you may be asked to stand in for her the entire film, February- July.

SAG-AFTRA Featured Friends & Family Mourners (Feb 14th)
London Calling
2/14/2013

Background / Male or Female / All Ethnicities /18 – 70
Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking: SAG-AFTRA Men & Women, 18-70 age range, to portray Friends & Family Mourning at a Funeral/ Wake. The scene is scheduled to film February 14th, 2013. This is very featured & I will be submitting photos to the Director.

SAG-AFTRA Core Scientists, Engineers, Technicians (multiple dates)
London Calling

Background / Male or Female / All Ethnicities /22 – 65
Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking: SAG-AFTRA Men & Women, 20s-60s age range, all ethnicities to portray a Core Group of Scientists, Technicians, Engineers, etc. This will be multiple days work between March & July. No exact dates yet & we will be rotating people. We will be submitting photos to the Director.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ swings into theaters on May 2, 2014. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and director Marc Webb are both officially back for the sequel. Shailene Woodley has joined as Mary Jane Watson, Dane DeHaan is playing Harry Osborn and Jamie Foxx is Electro.

Whose funeral do you think they’re casting for in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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