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The Bluths are back together again in new “Arrested Development” family photo

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The Bluths are back together again.

This week’s Entertainment Weekly is the Reunions Edition and our favorite television family is front and center. The cast of “Arrested Development” is hard at work filming the fourth season of the show, which means it was likely pretty easy to bring them all together and get them dolled up for an EW photo shoot of epic proportions.

This isn’t the first of the ridiculous family photos the Bluths have taken for our viewing pleasure (you can see them all over at Buzzfeed), but it just might be the best. We can read into the larger implications of their costumes at a later date, but for now let’s just revel in seeing them all back together again.

EW posted a snippet of the magazine’s interview with the cast in which Portia de Rossi talks about going back on set after six years away.

“We all walked onto the set and we just sat around and stared at each other, and it was surreal,” she said. “Everybody looked exactly the same and they acted exactly the same, both in character and in between takes. Body ­language was the same, the same old jokes, the same old eye rolls. It was really amazing.”

“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 are you most looking forward to in season four of “Arrested Development”? 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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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.

Alia Shawkat and Adam DeVine talk season four of “Arrested Development”

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Production on the fourth season of “Arrested Development” has been very hush-hush and, as a result, we’ve been desperate for information. That’s why we were so excited when two actors involved in the new season offered up some fun facts about the new episodes during recent interviews.

“Workaholics” star Adam DeVine told E! Online that the fourth episode of season four is called “Michael” and even let some plot details slip despite the fact he admitted to signing a non-disclosure agreement. We already knew that DeVine shot some scenes in an airport, but haven’t had any context for that until now.

“[Michael] is trying to get out of town and I work at the airline that he’s trying to get at. And I’m totally inept. I don’t know how to print a ticket or get his bags on the plane, so he’s having a hard time with me,” DeVine said.

Where is Michael Bluth going — or coming — from? We’ll have to wait until the episodes come out to know for sure. At least we know DeVine isn’t the only one having fun on set, though. Alia Shawkat talked to Vulture recently about her experience filming season four.

“It’s very surreal and awesome. I still feel like a teenager who’s insecure when I’m on set around all of the funny adults, trying to talk, but at the same time, everything has changed, and you’re trying to catch up,” she said. “It’s like the weirdest flashbacks, and it’s been six years since we wrapped and it feels like no time has passed, and that’s what’s even weirder.”

Shawkat added, “The scripts [for season 4] keep getting funnier and funnier, and you know, we just get to do some crazy shit.”

Most importantly, she confirmed there won’t be any “Call Me Maeby” jokes in the new season. Thank you for sticking to your guns, Mitch Hurwitz.

“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. This season features the return of the main cast and the addition of beloved recurring characters like Mae Whitman, Liza Minelli, Judy Greer, Ron Howard, Scott Baio and Henry Winkler as well as newcomers Isla Fisher, Terry Crews, John Slattery and the cast of “Workaholics.”

What are you most looking forward to in season four of “Arrested Development”? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

What to watch on IFC: September 24 – 30

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It’s officially fall, which we are pretty sure means that things are falling from the sky. Whether it’s acorns or leaves or squirrels or whatever doesn’t really matter. All we know is that we’re staying inside where it’s safe and watching television.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:

Monday

Don’t Panic and pack a towel, because we’re showing Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” at 8/7c. The movie stars Sherlock star Martin Freeman as a mere human who wakes to find that the Earth (and worse, his house) is about to be destroyed to build an intergalactic highway. Luckily his extraterrestrial friend (Mos Def) saves him and they begin an interstellar journey hitchhiking to the ends of the universe.

Tuesday

Clear your calendar to watch the first on-screen team-up of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li in “The Forbidden Kingdom” at 8/7 c. In the film a teenager (Michael Angarano) travels back in time to help legendary martial-artists free the Monkey King, but most people watch to see the living legends kick ass.

Wednesday

Ready for terror? We’re showing Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects” at 8/7c. The film follows up Zombie’s 2003 psychedelic horror flick, “House of 1000 Corpses.” Now a vengeful sheriff and two bounty hunters track a murderous family on the run. You know you want to watch.

Thursday

Tonight at 8/7c we’re showing Sylvester Stallone’s brilliantly bloody return to one of his most famous roles “Rambo”. In this installment, John Rambo (Stallone) calls upon his long-buried but lethal skills to rescue a missionary (Julie Benz) and her comrades from the Burmese army.

Friday

Watch Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning turn as the ultimate corrupt cop in “Training Day” at 8/7c. Ethan Hawke stars as Washington’s rookie sidekick who has no idea what’s in for him when he is assigned to work with Washington, who wants to include him in his schemes.

Saturday

Spend Saturday night practicing your “Napoleon Dynamite” dance moves and shouting out your favorite quotes “Well, you have a sweet bike. And you’re really good at hooking up with chicks like this one, “Plus you’re like the only guy at school who has a mustache.” See you at 8/7c.

Sunday

Want to know how to do Sunday the right way? Watch back-to-back episodes of Arrested Development while sitting on your couch. The fun starts at noon ET.

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