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Call-In Commentary: Watch a “Filly Brown” clip with directors Youssef Delara & Michael D. Olmos

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For a film that’s already making waves at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, little is known about “Filly Brown.” That’s sure to change, but for now we’ve got an early peek at this music-flavored indie. The film follows a young woman named Maria Jose ‘Majo’ Tonorio (played by Gina Rodriguez), a hard-charging Mexican-American street poet in Los Angeles. After a solid demo under a hustling manager gets her noticed by the major labels, she must decide whether to leave her friends and take the wild ride towards the mainstream.

To get an insider’s take on the film, we recruited co-directors Yousseff Delara and Michael D. Olmos for our “Call-In Commentary” series, where filmmakers provide audio narration to their movie trailers or clips. In the video below, we get a nearly three-minute long crucial scene featuring Tonorio in the recording studio, where she comes face-to-face with her budding antagonist. Check it out, and then stay tuned for upcoming news on “Filly Brown.”

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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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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.

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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.

Call-In Commentary: Watch “The Divide” trailer with its star, cult fave Michael Biehn

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You may know him as Kyle Reese, the father of mankind’s savior in “The Terminator.” Or maybe you prefer his bad-ass Cpl. Dwayne Hicks in James Cameron’s “Aliens.” Or maybe Michael Bay’s “The Rock.” As one of the most beloved cult actors working today, Michael Biehn has assembled an army of followers with his gritty, no-hold-barred performances, and he carries that over to his new film “The Divide.”

The pic, which co-stars Milo Ventimiglia, Rosanna Arquette and Michael Eklund, follows a group of survivors who escape an apocalyptic nuclear blast by burrowing themselves inside a fallout shelter. Order quickly begins to wear down, however, and the results are disturbing and thrilling. Even more-so when you learn what occurred on set, as Biehn reveals in our exclusive audio commentary of the film’s trailer. Take a listen below to hear why producers had to step in, and what made this one of the most unforgettable experiences of Biehn’s career. “The Divide” arrives in theaters today.

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Watch “The Sitter” trailer with director David Gordon Green
Watch the “My Week with Marilyn” trailer with director Simon Curtis
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Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Newlyweds” trailer with writer-director-star Ed Burns

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Ed Burns has made a career of realistically spotlighting the concept of family and marriage, and his new picture “Newlyweds” continues that tradition. Shot for a reputed $9,000 around his native Tribeca, the movie follows one couple Buzzy and Kate, whose happy existence is interrupted by the arrival of his half-sister (who proceeds to move in and sleep around) and the marital problems of her sister (whose husband confides a potential affair to Buzzy).

IFC caught up with Burns to record a Call-In Commentary for “Newlyweds,” wherein filmmakers provide an audio commentary to their movie trailer. In the video, Burns catches audiences up with what’s going on, and offers insight into the filmmaking of his very indie project. Watch it below, and then check out “Newlyweds” on VOD.

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Watch the “Loosies” trailer with writer/star Peter Facinelli
Watch the “Answers to Nothing” trailer with star Dane Cook
Watch the “Pariah” trailer with director Dee Rees
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Watch the “My Week with Marilyn” trailer with director Simon Curtis
Watch the “Shame” trailer with writer-director Steve McQueen

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