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Liam Neeson Heads Into the “Unknown” (and “Hangover 2″)

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Liam Neeson doesn’t have much luck in Europe. His daughter goes there in “Taken” and she gets taken, and he had to kill an awful lot of human traffickers to get her back. In the upcoming film “Unknown,” he travels to Berlin, and awakes after a car wreck to find his identity, well, taken, by another man (Aidan Quinn). Despite his protests, no one believes him, and he grows increasingly frantic, like Harrison Ford in that movie whose name I’m blanking on at the moment. The film opens on February 18, 2011. Here’s the full trailer:

And another bit of Neeson news that dovetails with the Mel Gibson in and out of “The Hangover 2″ story: Neeson has been cast in the role originally earmarked for Gibson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neeson is a “tattoo artist…one of the characters the guys need to track down during their adventures. The character is described as ‘crazy’ and ‘intense,’ ‘someone you’re afraid to talk to.’ It is unclear if the part will be altered to incorporate Neeson’s sensibilities.” Neeson’s sensibilities? Have they seen “Taken?” Have they seen the trailer for “Unknown?” He’s crazy intense and I’m afraid to talk to him. Especially when he’s hanging out overseas.

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Bourne to Run

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Universal Pictures

Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

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Mayoral Mandate

Check Out Behind the Scenes Portlandia Photos Courtesy of the Mayor Himself Kyle MacLachlan

Catch Kyle MacLachlan in a brand new Portlandia Thursday, January 28th at 10P on IFC.

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This week, Portlandia mayor and Twin Peaks‘ resident coffee and pie lover Kyle MacLachlan took over IFC’s Instagram account. The honorary municipal leader performed diligent social media service, supplying the world with candid on-set shots of himself alongside stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, as well as an inside look at what makes his fake mayor seem so perfectly suited to the hipster haven.

Through photos and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Kyle offered a taste of what he brings to the Portlandia set when he’s on the call sheet. Check out highlights from Kyle MacLachlan’s Instagram takeover below, and be sure to catch the new season of Portlandia Thursdays at 10P/9c on IFC. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area.)

1. “I’m standing with former mayor Sam Adams for the flag raising ceremony. Sam appears to be putting a whole new spin on ‘The Little Drummer Boy’.”

Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


2. “Sitting with Fred, Jon Krisel our director, and the Mayor of Austin…who happens to bear a striking resemblance to the mayor of Portland. Coincidence? I think not.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


3. “This is where it all began. The office of Mr. Mayor and his red ball.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


4. “The script said the mayor was off the grid in the jungle as in ‘Apocalypse Now!’ I embraced my inner Colonel Kurtz and began…something about ‘a snail, crawling across a straight razor…’ then Willard, running in the forest. I was having the time of my life!”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


5. “Sometimes a bedtime story is best told in the morning…while talking on a cell phone…in separate beds.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


6. “Colin’s best friend Felix upon hearing of poor Colin’s fate…”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


7. “After a long day kayaking on the Willamette River, the mayor enjoys a hot shower. Actually, I needed a wet down so when I ran up to Fred and Carrie, my feet would make that squeaky-squishy sound.”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


8. “The mayor, off the grid and taking care of goats, when Fred and Carrie find him. I didn’t know what to do, so I asked if I could use the beard hanging on the wall in the makeup trailer and then Amanda Needham, our costume designer, found the hat. Suddenly I was Amish. I have no idea why I spoke in a strange southern accent…”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv


9. “First season. The Mayor goes missing for the first time. He’s found weeks later playing bass in a ska reggae band. Moments before we shot the scene we added the soul patch. That’s improv folks!”

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Kyle MacLachlan, @ifctv

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Tough Love

10 That ’70s Show Quotes That Prove Red Is the King of Insults

Catch That '70s Show Mondays and Tuesdays from 6-11P on IFC.

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If finding new ways to work the phrase “dumbass” into everyday conversation was an art form, Red Forman would be Leonardo da Vinci. Never have the buttocks sounded more threatening then when coming from the snarled mouth of the man who took on Robocop. Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that prove that you don’t want to be on the receiving end of a signature Red Forman burn.

10. This is your brain on Red.

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9. Red’s book club.

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8. Serious burn.

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7. Red’s bite is worse than a bedbug.

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6. Red has more resume tips than LinkedIn.

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5. Burial plan on lockdown.

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4. Red’s driving school is open for business.

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3. What’s better than a burn? An octo-burn.

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2. A dumbass joke that uses math. Classic Red.

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1. The key to life is to avoid being a dumbass.

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Think those burns sting? Check out more That ’70s Show burns that are sure to leave a mark.

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