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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler announced as Golden Globes co-hosts

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just did the one thing that will guarantee we’ll tune in to the Golden Globes this year by announcing that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be co-hosting the awards show.

Why hasn’t anyone thought of this brilliance before? The former “Saturday Night Live” costars and real-life best friends are hilarious enough when they’re working together on movies like “Baby Mama” or starring in each other’s projects, but co-hosting an awards show? That’s fantastic.

Usually our go-to favorite awards show host is Neil Patrick Harris (who we firmly believe should host every awards show or benefit or bat mitzvah or what have you ever), this seems like a match made in hosting heaven. It certainly will be a change of pace from Ricky Gervais, who hosted the Globes for the past three years despite repeatedly getting himself in trouble with NBC.

Fey and Poehler might seem like safe choices after Gervais, but they’re ones we’re definitely excited about. The duo has never hosted anything on this scale before, excluding acting as Weekend Update hosts on “Saturday Night Live.” Hopefully they’ll get to script many of their own jokes, as we all know that they both are writers first and actors second.

“Having both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board to host this year’s festivities is a major coup,” NBC’s president of alternative and late night Paul Telegdy said in a statement. “Tina and Amy have a proven chemistry and comedic timing from their many years together on ‘SNL’ to their successful co-starring roles in ‘Baby Mama.'”

The Golden Globes will air on January 13 on NBC.

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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.

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10 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Austin

Fred moves to Austin in an all-new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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This week on Portlandia, co-star Fred Armisen does the unthinkable. Abandoning the very heart of the show and rendering its title geographically incorrect, he decides to move to Austin. Sure, the laid-back, artist-friendly atmosphere would be a painless transition, but there are a few things you should keep in mind before you move there.

Here are some facts about Austin you need to know. And check out Fred’s journey to Austin on an all-new Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC. (Click here to find IFC on your TV in your area.)

1. It’s home to the largest urban bat colony in North America.

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Accommodating 750,000 bats in the spring and summer — with population spikes to 1.5 million during the peak season — Austin is no place for chiroptophobics. (Yes, we had to look it up.) With this staggering bat to belfry ratio, it’s the perfect city for nocturnal crimefighters and goths really into “theme” funerals.


2. It’s the exact opposite of Portland (sun-wise).

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The Pacific Northwest isn’t known for its overbearing sunlight, and with less than 40% of sunny days per year, Portland isn’t exactly home to scorching driveways you can fry an egg on. Compare that to Austin, whose 300 days of sun per year will clear that vitamin D deficiency right up.


3. It’s the birthplace of Whole Foods.

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Started in 1978 by two college dropouts and a $45,000 loan, Whole Foods is an organic gourmand’s American dream. Cuisine-focused Portlanders would find the transition easy to make, and those open to the whole squatting scene will be pleased to know Whole Foods’ founders briefly lived in their first shop and bathed in the dishwasher.


4. It’s also one of the healthiest cities in America.

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Whole Foods wasn’t an aberration. Healthy living’s a big priority in Austin and largely responsible for the 250 gyms, yoga studios, healthy restaurants, and health food stores throughout the city. But bear in mind, not every yoga partner’s going to have your best interests in mind.


5. It’s super dog-friendly.

Lovers of our four-legged friends will be pleased to discover that Austin holds our furry pals in the highest regard. Dog Fancy dubbed the city “DogTown USA,” and its many off-leash parks, swimming holes, and retailers catering to canines ought to keep the ankle-biters happy and Portland’s many animal activists from interrupting other people’s lunches.


6. It’s a haven for artists and musicians.

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If you happen to be handy with a brush or a guitar pick in Texas, then chances are you’re an Austinite. The city has the highest number of artists and musicians per capita in the entire state, making it a huge draw for fiscally challenged creatives.


7. It’s officially the Live Music Capital of the World.

Adopting the name in 1991, Austin hosts nearly 200 live music venues around town, thereby earning it another “per capita” claim: most live music venues. In fact, if concert bookers aren’t careful, they run the risk of double-booking two different Flaming Lips.


8. It’s a city of dedicated bookworms.

Fans of the printed word are sure to meet fellow hardbackers in Austin. Residents frequent their local bookshops with such frequency, the city draws the highest annual bookstore sales in the country, at nearly $200 per household. Of course, it’s best to know what the store owners are like ahead of time.


9. The Alamo Drafthouse is the best place to catch a movie.

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Heralded as the finest movie theater in the country, Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse is paradise for the discerning cinemagoer. With a strict “no talking or texting” policy and prohibitive access for unaccompanied minors, it’s a far cry from the distraction free-for-all that is your local multiplex.


10. It’s basically the Portland of the South.

Packed to the gills with artists, musicians, hipsters, freaks, and oddballs that continues to “Keep Austin Weird,” the city has almost all of the elements that makes Portland, Oregon just as eccentric. And we hear that its mayor bares a striking resemblance to Portland’s mayor, albeit with a sweet ‘stache.

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10 Hilarious Star Wars Parody Songs

"Weird Al" is coming to Comedy Bang! Bang! this spring.

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Since the release of the original Star Wars in 1977, denizens of a galaxy far, far away have been comedy fodder for parodists. Whether it’s your coworker’s awkward Yoda impression or a feature-length Mel Brooks film, George Lucas’ space opera has garnered quite a few snarky jabs, many of them set to music.

With “Weird” Al (no stranger to Star Wars parody tunes) joining Comedy Bang! Bang! as the new bandleader and co-host, we thought it was time to pay tribute to the many hilarious Star Wars song parodies released in the last four decades with a video and a lyrical highlight from each.

1. “Yoda,” Weird Al Yankovic

I saw the little runt sitting there on a log
I asked him his name, and in a raspy voice he said, “Yoda”
Y-O-D-A, Yoda
Yo Yo Yo Yo Yoda


2. “Let It Flow,” Box Step Productions

Fire grows bright on this planet tonight
Not a Jedi to be seen
A galaxy gripped in turmoil
And I’ve knocked up the ex-Queen


3. “Moves Like Jabba,” Break Originals

So eat them frogs
Cuz this won’t end nice
Grab this chain, ooh Jabba, take your life


4. “All About That Base,” Nerdist

The Emperor told me not to worry about the size
He says, “It’s not like it’d be blown up twice by the same Jedi”
And no I won’t be no Sith-fighting Jedi like Obi-Wan
So if that’s what you’re into Stormtrooper, then move along
Because you know, I’m all about that base
No Rebels


5. “Cantina a Capella,” Scott Aukerman and Paul F. Tompkins

Rah pah pup dup dup dah dah
Daddle dah duh duh dahhh


6. “Star Wars Cantina,”Richard Cheese

Her name was Leia
She was a princess
With a danish on each ear
And Darth Vader drawing near


7. “Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition,” UAT Digital Video

I’m just a slave boy
Qui-Gon’s come to free me
He is the chosen one from the prophecy
Spare him his life from this captivity


8. “Happy (We Are From Tatooine),” Star Wars Tunisia

C-3PO: It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
Stormtrooper: I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way


9. “The Saga Begins,” Weird Al Yankovic

Oh my, my, this here Anakin guy
May be Vader someday later
Now he’s just a small fry
And he left his home and kissed his mommy goodbye
Sayin’, “Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”
“Soon I’m gonna be a Jedi”


10. Oscar Isaac’s acoustic cover of Bill Murray’s lounge cover of “Star Wars”

Star Wars
Nothin’ but Star Wars
Gimme those Star Wars
Any old day

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