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Jason Bateman talks “Arrested Development” Twitter leaks, new cast members

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It turns out that Jason Bateman wasn’t supposed to have given away as many secrets about “Arrested Development” season four as he has.

In a recent interview with Vulture, Bateman has opened up about being the number one leaker of information from the set of the new season. Apparently Mitch Hurwitz has not been too pleased about it.

“I’ve been accidentally leaking,” Bateman said. “[Mitch] has been yelling at me because, like, stuff in the background I’m accidentally getting that actually has some relevance and I don’t realize it. So I’ve stopped.”

That certainly explains the radio silence. But just what specific leaks is Bateman talking about? Apparently he was not supposed to spill that the cast of “Workaholics” is in the first episode of the show.

“Well, I wanted to take a shot on the first day of lights and camera and, like, ‘obviously, he’s on a set,’ and in that shot are a couple of cast members from a show ‘Workaholics,” he recalled. “And after I took that picture, like hours afterwards, I was talking to those actors and a kid came up asking for their autograph. And I said, “Are you guys in a movie or a show or something?” And they were like, ‘Yeah, we’re in this show called Workaholics.’ And I was like, ‘Oh cool, I gotta see that.’ And then of course once the Tweet was up, I’d already sent out the Tweet, but I didn’t put two and two together and a day later I saw that it was all over the boards: ‘Oh my god! ‘The Workaholics’ are in it!’ Mitch said, ‘Hey man…’ [does scowling Mitch impersonation].”

At least we don’t have to worry about Hurwitz firing Bateman over it. And Bateman didn’t stop with the teases there. During the Vulture interview, he admitted that the stair car is back (though he hasn’t done any scenes in it) and he hasn’t had to ride a bike on set yet. He also teased that there will be a big Bluth family reunion coming up.

“All I can tell you is that obviously the family does have some sort of reconnection, otherwise you’ve got nothing,” he said. “Yeah, we all do end up finding each other again.”

And what about potential co-stars? We already know everyone from Mae Whitman and Liza Minelli to Judy Greer and newcomer John Slattery have joined the new season, but Bateman wouldn’t dish if we’ll see anyone else.

“Truthfully we’re only a little bit of the way through. Almost halfway through it. And a lot of us haven’t seen what is to come,” he said. “So, yeah, there could be [other actors], but I know if and when the movie happens there’s been a lot of talk… there are people that have kind of reserved spots in that that would be very exciting.”

“Arrested Development” season four will air on Netflix at some point next spring. It will have anywhere from 10 to 13 episodes, and could be released all at once instead of weekly.

What new actors do you hope join the cast of “Arrested Development” in season four? 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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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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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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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.

“Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz talks movie plans, episode order and JarJar Bluth

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At long last, Mitch Hurwitz has spoken.

The creator of “Arrested Development” recently chatted with Vulture in a hilarious new interview that touches on the subject of the planned movie, the Netflix launch of the episodes and a new character named “JarJar Bluth.” The full interview is definitely worth your time, but we’ve pulled out the newsiest bits below.

Up first, Hurwitz set the record straight on the rumor about there being more than 10 episodes in the upcoming fourth season. Long story short, there is the opportunity for more than the 10 episodes Netflix ordered.

“Our initial order is for ten, but the beauty of Netflix is that we theoretically have an opportunity to provide more material for them,” he said. “We’re definitely shooting some special material just for them. But their whole outlook completely mirrors the ambitions of this show.”

Hurwitz goes on to describe the episodes as an “anthology version of the show” because each one will focus on a different member of the Bluth family. The goal is to have all of them act as “act one” of the “Arrested Development” movie, which is planned but not currently sold.

“The episodes take the audience through the experiences of the characters since the family ‘fell apart’ and how they’re brought together to deal with their new problems,” he said. “Each episode is about a character — but we’ll see them in each other’s shows.”

Though Hurwitz previously came out and said that all 10 (or more) episodes of season four will be released at once on Netflix, it seems as though that might no longer be the case.

“I actually think the strategy for release is up in the air,” he said. “I know Netflix at one point was talking about streaming them all at once, because that’s how they’ve done it with other shows, and it’s their choice. I know it’ll be in the spring of 2013, or what the Mayans would call the spring of ‘1.’ But I just love the opportunity we have to be creative with every part of this, from the concept to the delivery.”

He also explained why he and the rest of the cast chose to come back and mess with the cult of “Arrested Development.”

“We all went back into this because of the devotion of the fans, and a desire to bring some fun to them — and to ourselves,” Hurwitz explained. “It definitely did start out being somewhat daunting, but I think for all of us we just got back into the groove. Oh, and we have this new JarJar Bluth character so there’s no way anyone will be disappointed.”

The new season of “Arrested Development” is set to debut on Netflix next spring.

What storyline do you hope is discussed in season four? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Jason Bateman tweets photo from the set of “Arrested Development”

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When you ask, you shall receive. And boy have we been asking for an inside look at the set of “Arrested Development.”

Fortunately Jason Bateman heard our pleas and tweeted the first image of season four episode one, “Michael,” filming. “First day. Away we go…” he said of the first day of shooting.

Though we aren’t entirely clear on what’s going on in this picture, it sure looks like Bateman’s character Michael Bluth is working behind the check-in counter in an airport. Is this what he decided to do once he abandoned his scheming family at the end of season three? We wouldn’t put it past him, though it likely won’t last long.

Notice anyone familiar in the photo? If you’re a “Workaholics” fan, you should. Anders Holm and Adam DeVine are both guest starring in (at least) the first episode of the new season, and we couldn’t be happier. Mitch Hurwitz acted in one episode of the Comedy Central show as “‘Fun’ Eric” and apparently had so much fun with the crew that he decided to invite them to the set of his returning cult classic. At least we know who two cameos in the upcoming 10-episode season will be.

The fourth season of “Arrested Development” is due to come out in 2013, though an official release date has not been announced. Hopefully we’ll find out about a few more cameos over the next few weeks, though we wouldn’t be opposed to having a few big ones kept a secret. Just keep the tweets coming, Bateman. And Ron Howard, you can feel free to chip in as well.

Are you glad Bateman is tweeting images from the set, or would you prefer to have them kept a secret? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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