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John Goodman could join “The Hangover Part III” as a villain

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So far we’ve heard more about the actors returning to the cast of “The Hangover Part III” instead of about the new ones joining the fray. But, fortunately, all of our waiting has paid off. The newest casting announcement is the best of them all, as John Goodman could be coming on board for the final “Hangover” film.

Variety broke the news, saying that Goodman is in talks for a small but integral role in the upcoming comedy. He would play “an antagonist in the vein of the character Paul Giamatti played in ‘Hangover II.'”

That is great news for the series, as it’s looking to go out on a high note after the “The Hangover Part II.” The second “Hangover” film didn’t do as well as its predecessor in theaters and received far worse reviews from critics. One of the main criticisms was that it largely copied the format of the first flick beat-for-beat, and that’s something that’s been remedied for the upcoming threequel.

In a recent Rolling Stone story, the magazine reported that star Zach Galifianakis has heard “the plot ditches the format of the first two and focuses on his character escaping from a mental institution with help from the Wolf Pack.” We already know that the movie plans to take place in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Tijuana.

Many of the stars of the first two “Hangover” films are returning for a third and final time in “The Hangover Part III.” In addition to Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms, the returning cast includes Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Mike Tyson, Sasha Barrese and Mike Epps. The film is set to hit theaters on May 24, 2013.

Are you excited that Goodman is joining the sequel? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and 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.

Ken Jeong to play major role in “Hangover Part III”

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“The Hangover Part III,” the last film in Todd Phillips’s raunchy trilogy, will be featuring a lot more Mr. Chow.

THR reports that Ken Jeong, the former-doctor/current-comic, has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to star in the next “Hangover” film (due out Memorial Day 2013). “Star” is the keyword here. In the last two films, Jeong was merely a supporting character, playing second fiddle to Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper. In “Part III,” however, it is believed that the actor will have a much larger part. This turn of events is likely due to the Jeong’s memorable performances in “The Hangover” and “The Hangover Part II,” as well as his much-beloved role on NBC’s “Community.” The actor has also made a name for himself in last year’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Despicable Me.”

How will Ken Jeong’s expanded role affect the film’s plot? As of now, all we have to go by is what Zach Galifianakis revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone. “According to what [Galifianakis has] heard,” the article states, “the plot ditches the format of the first two and focuses on his character escaping from a mental institution with help from the Wolf Pack.”

Perhaps now, with his star on the rise, Jeong will be properly inducted into that aforementioned pack. We’ll have to wait until Memorial Day 2013 to find out.

Are you excited to see more Mr. Chow in “The Hangover Part III”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fred Armisen Has Some Tips For Men’s Fashion Week

Catch an all-new Portlandia this Thursday Feb. 4th at 10P on IFC.

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It’s been over a decade since the Queer Eye gang tried their best to educate the fashionably hopeless (i.e. straight guys) on how to look halfway presentable. Turns out, they still need help. Enter Portlandia star Fred Armisen to teach men the latest tips and trends to spruce up their appearance during New York’s Fashion Week. From thrift store accessories like the Political Starfish and VHS Hand Fan, to the importance of proper tucking level, on to the Permanent Pockets to achieve the Airport Security Look, these easy-to-follow video guides from the folks at Mas Mejor and Amazon will keep you looking your best this week and beyond.

Check out Fred Armisen’s daring apparel choices in the videos below. And be sure to catch an all-new Portlandia this Thursday, Feb. 4th at 10P. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area.)

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