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“Jurassic Park 4” to be directed by Colin Trevorrow

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has picked the director of “Jurassic Park 4″: newcomer indie director Colin Trevorrow. This will be the first movie in the franchise since 2001’s “Jurassic Park III.”

Trevorrow’s first feature film, last year’s “Safety Not Guaranteed,” starred Aubrey Plaza as a young journalist investigating a man (Mark Duplass) who claims to have invented time travel. The comedy was very well received, and was nominated for several awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Also attached to “Jurassic Park 4” are producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley and (of course) executive producer Steven Spielberg. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver will be penning the script. The film is scheduled for release on June 13, 2014.

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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.

“Tintin 2″: Spielberg hopes for Christmas 2015 release

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“The Adventures of Tintin,” one of many Spielberg projects in 2011, became a box-office hit and even nabbed the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. So it’s no surprise that a sequel is in the works. This time, however, Steven Spielberg will be stepping into the producer role, with Peter Jackson set to direct.

As for when the sequel will be released, Spielberg recently told Times of India, “[They] have a script and [they’re] going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year…[they’re] hoping the film will come out around Christmas-time in 2015.”

When asked which Herge comics would be adapted for the sequel, Spielberg wouldn’t say. However, the most popular rumor is that it will be the two-part “Seven Crystal Balls” and “Prisoners of the Sun”. In addition, Jackson has admitted in the past that he would like to adapt “Destination Moon” and “Explorers on the Moon” for future entries in the series.

Audiences and critics alike are eager for the next Tintin film. While Spielberg has yet to announce any new projects, Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy will continue this December with “The Desolation of Smaug,” which is already highly anticipated.

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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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