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“Guardians of the Galaxy” producer teases Rocket Raccoon and Groot

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With “Guardians of the Galaxy” only a year and a half away, it doesn’t seem like it’s too early to start obsessing over the movie’s visual effects. This will be more CGI-heavy than any of the previous Marvel movies, and the producers behind the projects feel like they’re well prepared to bring characters like Rocket Raccoon and Groot to life.

“We’re going to do it the best way possible. We are going to hopefully wow [you],” Victoria Alonso told Crave Online. “The beautiful thing about it is technology is always on our side, so we’re I would say very deeply into developing the look and hopefully some motion tests are happening so that we can figure out how they move, but I think that we will put all hands on deck to make sure the fans are proud of those two characters.”

Considering the success Alonso had with the Hulk in “The Avengers,” we feel like these characters are in good hands. As for the upcoming “Thor: The Dark World,” Alonso teased that there are some other good CGI characters who are going to be introduced that haven’t been announced yet.

“There are a couple of CG characters there that I couldn’t reveal at the moment but very soon I will,” she said. “There’s a lot of work in Thor because don’t forget, Thor is not of earth. So every time we’re into his world we’re in a completely different environment.”

Thus far, Chris Pratt has been cast as Star-Lord in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The roles of Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer and Gamora have yet to be filled. The flick is due out on August 1, 2014 with James Gunn set to direct.

Who do you think should play the roles of the other Guardians? 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.

“Guardians of the Galaxy”: Chris Pratt lands leading role

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” has found its Star-Lord.

Deadline broke the news today that Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt has been cast as Peter Quill (aka the Star-Lord), the half-alien, half-human leader of Marvel’s intergalactic league of heroes. The news comes as a bit of a surprise, due to the fact that Pratt was not among the list of names rumored to be in the running for the leading role – a list that included Zachary Levi, John Krasinski, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Rosenbaum.

As for who will play the remaining Guardians (Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora), that’s still up in the air. Comic Book Movie has reported that Isaiah Mustafa, WWE star Dave Bautista and Brian Patrick Wade are on the shortlist for Drax the Destroyer, and Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler’s names have been tossed around for unspecified roles; however, based on the surprise casting of Pratt, there’s no reason to believe the rumors just yet.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is due out on August 1, 2014. James Gunn (“Super”) is set to direct.

Are you happy with Chris Pratt as the Star-Lord? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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