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Exclusive Clips from Season Two of ‘Portlandia’

Exclusive Clips from Season Two of ‘Portlandia’ (photo)

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You may recall from here and maybe here, we went to New York Comic Con and with the help of Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers, talked to Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein about the upcoming second season of “Portlandia.” At the panel we talked about birds, eating local, and what is SO over now. We also showed a few exclusive clips that offer a sneak peek into the world of Fred, Carrie, Candace, Toni, Bryce, Lisa, and the City of Portlandia. We know that not everyone could make it to New York — and not everyone has a Master Shake costume and is embarrassed to be seen in public — so for all those who weren’t there, here is …
…* Drum roll please* … your exclusive sneak peek into “Portlandia” season two:

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And for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the highlights of the first season of “Portlandia”:

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The second season of “Portlandia” premieres on IFC in January 2012

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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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Universal Pictures

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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Universal Pictures

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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Universal Pictures

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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Universal Pictures

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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Universal Picutres

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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Universal Picutres

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.

Warner Brothers Television

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.

Exclusive Clips from Season Two of David Cross’ ‘The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret’

Exclusive Clips from Season Two of David Cross’ ‘The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret’ (photo)

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While some of you lazier people were sleeping, we went to New York’s Comic Con to talk to David Cross about the second season of “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” with H. Jon Benjamin of “Archer.” David talked to the gathered crowd about co-star Will Arnett, guest star Jon Hamm, and why Todd just makes so many bad choices. The we aired some exclusive clips from the upcoming second season of the show. Since not everyone could fit into the room at the ‘Con, we are posting them here for you now.

Crack open a Thundermuscle and watch this recap of Todd Margaret’s increasingly poor decisions:

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And here is your exclusive look into the hilariously pathetic world of Todd Margaret in the second season of the show:

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See? Watching Todd Margaret is definitely not a poor decision.

The second season of “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” premieres on IFC in January 2012

A Very IFC Halloween

A Very IFC Halloween  (photo)

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Here at IFC, we are big fans of Halloween. It’s not just the candy corn and Fun Size Snickers and marshmallow jack o’ lanterns. It’s the pumpkin caramel mocha lattes, but it is also Indie Screams, where every night during October we scare the ghoul out of you with the scariest scares around. It’s that we have another excuse to air “Dead Set,” not that you need an excuse to watch because watching zombies take down the cast of “Big Brother” is always awesome. Did we mention we’re airing the entire Dead Set mini-series on Halloween? Be sure to tune in or you won’t know how to survive a zombie apocalypse.

We know we are not alone in our love of All Hallow’s Eve in fact, some of our favorite TV shows have tackled the topic. Here are a few Halloween episodes from our favorite shows:

“Mr. Show” took a look at Monster Parties:

From “Malcolm in the Middle” comes a classic trick-or-treat scene:

“Freaks and Geeks” introduces the egging of the geeks:

“The Whitest Kids U’Know” went inside the classroom Halloween party:

We couldn’t find a Halloween episode of “Arrested Development” but you can always go as the banana stand for Halloween. Or go trick-or-treating like this:

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And of course you can make your own “Wilfred” costume like this girl:

Happy Halloween!

The Halloween episode of “Freaks and Geeks” airs on IFC at 2:45 p.m. ET on Sunday October 16

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