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“Catching Fire” new photo shows Katniss and Prim

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In anticipation of the release of the “Catching Fire” teaser trailer at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, Lionsgate has unveiled a new still from the upcoming movie. It’s not especially spoilery, but it does show Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen seemingly hugging her sister Prim, played by Willow Shields, goodbye.

MTV has already unveiled a teaser for the teaser trailer and a GIF revealing a scene from the upcoming video. Either this will be an actual teaser for the whole movie, or it will focus on one scene and not reveal too much from the overall plot. The footage that’s been released so far implies the latter, but it still looks pretty awesome.

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“Catching Fire” brings back stars Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Willow Shields. It also has a whole new set of actors coming on board as well. As a quick recap, here’s everyone new who’s been cast in “Catching Fire” so far: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Lynn Cohen as Mags, Meta Golding as Enobaria, Bruno Gunn as Brutus, Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Jeffrey Wright as Beetee and Patrick St. Esprit as Romulus Thread. The movie comes out on November 21.

Here’s the movie’s official synopsis:

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) — a competition that could change Panem forever.

What do you think of the new scenes from “Catching Fire”? 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.

Rebel Wilson to be in “The Hunger Games” films?

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“The Hunger Games” films have acquired an impressive cast, even though some of the actors involved don’t get much screentime. Rebel Wilson is willing to make that dive, admitting in a new interview that she’s talked to Lionsgate executives about taking a role in a future “Hunger Games” movie.

“Um, seriously, I have had a meeting about being in ‘The Hunger Games,'” she told Buzzfeed. “Yes. It was one of the people in the capitol. That’s all I’ll say.”

She added, “There aren’t a lot of roles open, because they’ve all already been cast, but that would be awesome. I’d love to be in ‘The Hunger Games.'”

“Catching Fire” is expected to wrap shooting this month, so Wilson could have been up for a character in that movie. It seems more likely, however, that she will appear in either “Mockingjay: Part 1″ or “Part 2.” As fans of Wilson’s brand of comedy here at IFC, that is an appearance we would love to see.

“Catching Fire” brings back stars Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Willow Shields. It also has a whole new set of actors coming on board as well. As a quick recap, here’s everyone new who’s been cast in “Catching Fire” so far: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Lynn Cohen as Mags, Meta Golding as Enobaria, Bruno Gunn as Brutus, Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Jeffrey Wright as Beetee and Patrick St. Esprit as Romulus Thread. The movie comes out on November 21.

Who do you think Wilson could play? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Catching Fire” posters arrive for Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin

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Another batch of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Victory Portraits has arrived. The latest three to get love from the upcoming movie are Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta and Sam Claflin’s Finnick Odair, rounding out the boys club of the upcoming flick.

This week, Lionsgate has rolled out posters for each of the characters in the upcoming “Hunger Games” movies. Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright have all been featured, but what about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee? Hopefully he comes next.

“Catching Fire” brings back stars Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Willow Shields. It also has a whole new set of actors coming on board as well. As a quick recap, here’s everyone new who’s been cast in “Catching Fire” so far: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Amanda Plummer as Wiress, Lynn Cohen as Mags, Meta Golding as Enobaria, Bruno Gunn as Brutus, Alan Ritchson as Gloss, Jeffrey Wright as Beetee and Patrick St. Esprit as Romulus Thread. The movie comes out on November 21.

Here’s the movie’s official synopsis:

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) — a competition that could change Panem forever.

What do you think of the Capitol Portraits? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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