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Laura Dern talks potentially returning for “Jurassic Park 4″

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Of all the projects Laura Dern has worked on, the one she is perhaps most known for is “Jurassic Park.” That’s why it seemed only natural to ask her about the upcoming “Jurassic Park 4,” which has been discussed for years but finally seems to be coming to fruition soon.

“I know a little and it’s been ever-changing. It’s been evolving for many years as Steven has been considering it so that’s all I can say right now,” Dern told IFC on the Spirit Awards red carpet. “But very excited about the original ‘Jurassic Park’ coming out in 3D this summer. I’m going to see it soon, which will be very interesting.”

There’s little known about “Jurassic Park 4,” specifically if it will involve the cast of the original “Jurassic Park” or what it will be about. Dern doesn’t seem to have decided whether or not she’d want to join the movie if she had an opportunity to do so.

“Oh, I don’t know. We’ll see what they do. Right now we’re just focused on our party of this summer,” she said with a laugh.

“Jurassic Park 4″ is in some capable hands. Spielberg is producing the movie along with Frank Marshall, with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver having written the screenplay for the movie. It’s due in theaters on June 13, 2014, and does not currently have a director attached. “Jurassic Park 3D’ is due out on April 5.

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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.

“Silver Linings Playbook” leads the Spirit Awards winners

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Though it might have only won Best Actress at the Oscars, but it swept the Sprit Awards. The movie took home Best Feature, Best Director, Best Female Lead and Best Screenplay, and ended up being the top winner at the Film Independent awards show.

Clocking in behind it was “The Dessions,” which won for Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Female. Matthew McConaughey got his due as Best Supporting Male for “Magic Mike,” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” even earned acknowledgment as Stephen Chbosky’s Best First Feature. Here are full list of Spirit Awards winners:

Best Feature

”Beasts of the Southern Wild”

”Bernie”

“Keep the Lights On”

“Moonrise Kingdom”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Director

Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Ira Sachs, “Keep the Lights On”

Julia Loktev, “The Loneliest Planet”

Wes Anderson, “Moonrise Kingdom”

David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Lead Male
Jack Black, “Bernie”

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Thure Lindhardt, “Keep the Lights On”

Matthew McConaughey, “Killer Joe”

Wendell Pierce, “Four”

Best Lead Female
Linda Cardellini, “Return”

Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “Smashed”

Best Supporting Male
Matthew McConaughey, “Magic Mike”
David Oyelowo, “Middle of Nowhere”

Michael Peña, “End of Watch”

Sam Rockwell, “Seven Psychopaths”

Bruce Willis, “Moonrise Kingdom”

Best Supporting Female

Rosemarie DeWitt, “Your Sister’s Sister”

Ann Dowd, “Compliance”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Brit Marling, “Sound of My Voice”

Lorraine Toussaint, “Middle of Nowhere”

Best Screenplay

Ira Sachs, “Keep the Lights On”

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”

Zoe Kazan, “Ruby Sparks”

Martin McDonagh, “Seven Psychopaths”

David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best First Feature

“Fill the Void”

”Gimme the Loot”

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

”Safety Not Guaranteed”

”Sound of My Voice”

Best First Screenplay
Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
Rama Burshtein, “Fill the Void”
Jonathan Lisecki, “Gayby”

Christopher Ford, “Robot and Frank”

Derek Connolly, “Safety Not Guaranteed”

Best Documentary

“The Central Park Five”

”How to Survive a Plague”

“The Invisible War”

”Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”

“The Waiting Room”

Best Cinematography

Ben Richardson, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Roman Vasyanov, “End of Watch”

Lol Crawley, “Here”

Robert Yeoman, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Yoni Brook, “Valley of Saints”

Best Foreign Film
“Amour”
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”
“Rust and Bone”

“Sister”
“War Witch”

John Cassavetes Award

“Breakfast With Curtis”

“The Color Wheel”

“Middle of Nowhere”
“Mosquita y Mari”

”Starlet”

Robert Altman Award for Cast Ensemble 

“Starlet”

Truer Than Fiction Award

”Leviathan”

“Only the Young”

”The Waiting Room”

Someone to Watch Award

Rebecca Thomas, “Electrick Children”

Adam Leon, “Gimme the Loot”
David Finker, “Pincus”

Producers’ Award

“Nobody Walks”
“Prince Avalanche”
“Stones in the Sun”

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Kathleen Kennedy chooses “Star Wars: Episode VII” over “Jurassic Park 4″

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Though Kathleen Kennedy acted as a producer on the first three “Jurassic Park” movies, she won’t be reprising that role in “Jurassic Park 4.” Because of her commitments as co-chair of Lucasfilm, she has had to focus her time on “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

“Ms. Kennedy has moved onto Star Wars and will not be producing JP4. She’s traded raptors for TIE fighters,” her husband, Frank Marshall, tweeted.

Fortunately “Jurassic Park 4″ is left in some capable hands. Steven Spielberg is producing the movie along with Frank Marshall, so Kathleen will likely be able to give her two cents if she needs to. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver wrote the screenplay for the movie, and it’s due in theaters on June 13, 2014. It currently does not have a director attached.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” is in slightly better shape. The flick recently picked director J.J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt is working on the screenplay. Of course, there’s more than just one “Star Wars” movie to deal with. “Episodes VIII” and “IV” are also in the works, and Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that spinoff movies are being written by Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg.

Do you think Kennedy made the right choice? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Watch some of the most outrageous moments from the Spirit Awards

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What awards show do you get to see Sarah Silverman share with George Clooney that her vagina smells like ocean dew? What awards show has Mickey Rourke pleading for Eric Roberts to get a job? And what awards show would have Ben Stiller onstage with porn stars simulating sex? Where else but the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The Spirit Awards are not ones to shy away from outrageous moments. In fact, over the last 26 years, the show has earned a reputation for being as original as the films and filmmakers it honors, but what else would you expect from the awards that celebrate the spirited pioneers who bring a unique vision to filmmaking. This year get ready for more outrageous moments with host Andy Samberg and presenters Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, Common, Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, Jason Bateman, Rashida Jones, Salma Hayek, Channing Tatum, Kerry Washington, Kyle MacLachlan and Zachary Booth when the Film Independent Spirit Awards air on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10/9c on IFC. And, don’t miss comedian and podcaster Julie Klausner live tweeting the Film Independent Spirit Awards for IFC at @JulieKlausner @julieklausner/@IFCtv with the hashtags #spiritawards.

Take a look back at some of the outrageous moments from Spirit Awards past and be sure to tune in on Saturday Feb. 23 at 10/9c:

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The Spirit Awards will air on IFC on Saturday, February 23rd at 10/9c

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