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Arnold Schwarzenegger confirms “Twins” sequel, will re-team with director Ivan Reitman

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At “The Expendables 2″ panel yesterday at Comic-Con, erstwhile statesman Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed what recent reports have suggested: that we are officially “on” for a sequel to the actor’s 1988 buddy comedy “Twins” with Danny DeVito.

Deadline reports that Schwarzenegger also confirmed that original helmer Ivan Reitman will be returning, along with DeVito (natch). We’re told the project is in development and the search is underway for a writer.

“Twins” brought together Schwarzenegger and DeVito as two unlikely long-lost brothers who wind up finding each other at Arnold’s insistence. With DeVito’s slimy character tied down in a world of crime, his new-found musclebound sibling must protect him as money and other familiar ’80s tropes drop around them. The film was one of Schwarzenegger’s biggest comedy hits, alongside other laughers like “Kindergarten Cop.”

Still left unsaid is whether Eddie Murphy will be joining the project as well. Schwarzenegger had earlier professed interest in bringing aboard the “Beverly Hills Cop” star as a “triplet” to the pair. Arnold had offered such marketing taglines as “They found another one!”, “Triplets!” and “Only their mother can tell them apart!.” Time will tell on that one.

Would you check out a “Twins” sequel? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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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.

What to watch on IFC tonight: “Conan the Barbarian”

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When Arnold Schwarzeneggar as Conan yells “You killed my mother! You killed my father, you killed my people! You took my father’s sword!” there is little doubt that “Conan the Barbarian” is a great great movie. The dramatic tale begins when a horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. Unlike the Wheel of Fortune, the Wheel of Pain only purpose seems to be building up Conan’s muscles. (Apparently it doesn’t care about his mind at all.) It’s no surprise that one day wee little Conan grew up to become Arnold Schwarzenegger, Man of Steel. As the sole survivor of the childhood massacre, Conan is released from slavery and taught the ancient arts of fighting, which naturally transforms him into a killing machine. (Have these people not seen “Kill Bill”?) As is his wont, and without a proper shirt to cover those bulging muscles, Conan decides to seek vengeance on Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones), the man responsible for killing his family. In the wilderness, Conan takes up with the thieves Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) and Subota (Gerry Lopez), who are probably not very good role models, but since he doesn’t have parents there is no one to complain. The trio comes upon a weird snake cult, linked to Doom, and Conan wants to trek off to Doom’s mountain retreat to kill him, but he is prevented from doing that by King Osrik (Max Von Sydow), who wants the trio of warriors to help rescue his daughter who has joined Doom in the hills. Like we said, it’s a dramatic story. One that you can watch tonight at 8 or 10:45 p.m. ET on IFC as part of our week long look at Movies That Go Bang! Bang!

Tomorrow: “The Perfect Storm”

Watch the trailer for “Conan the Barbarian” below and remember that’s the former Governor of California:

“Conan the Barbarian” airs on IFC tonight at 8:00 PM ET and at 10:45 PM ET and Friday, May. 18 at 8:00 PM ET and at 10:45 PM ET

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Watch a Free Episode of Portlandia Right Now Before the Season Six Premiere

Watch a free full episode of Portlandia right now before the season premiere on January 21st at 10/9c.

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Grab your organic cacao and send Fred and Carrie emojis to all your friends, because Portlandia is coming back January 21st at 10/9c on IFC for its sixth season. But you don’t have to wait to watch a full episode from the new season for free.

Click here to watch a free full pre-premiere episode and find out what Fred is doing in that astronaut get-up. You can also watch the pre-premiere episode of Portlandia — plus lots of other great stuff like full episodes of Todd Margaret, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and more — right now on the IFC App.

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