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Chris Gethard does the Carlton holding Ritz at the Ritz Carlton

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Do you ever have a great bad idea? One of those hilariously funny, laugh-out-loud wackadoo notions that has everyone cracking up? Cracking up that is until someone suggests that you actually do it? Our adopted comic Chris Gethard knows all about that. You see he was sitting around brainstorming funny video ideas when all of a sudden he hit on a doozy: He would invent a new dance, “The Ritz Carlton.” How would he kickstart this craze? He would go to the Ritz Carlton hotel dressed like Carlton from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and dance The Carlton while holding a box of Ritz Crackers and call the new dance the Ritz Carlton. Wacky, wonderful, and completely brilliant right? Yep. That’s why we wanted him to do it. Which is not what he was expecting at all.

But one reason we love Chris so much (and were so happy to welcome him into our family) is that no matter how outlandish the idea is, he’ll do it (if we make him). So please enjoy the resulting video of Chris Gethard inventing a brand new dance. Feel free to practice along at home and make your own video dancing the Ritz Carlton:

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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.

Welcome to The Automat: The IT Crowd

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The Automat may air early in the day, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. If you did, you would miss not only cult classic comedies like The Ben Stiller Show, Action, and Freaks and Geeks, but you would also miss out on The IT Crowd and never know the true brilliance of the phrase: “Did you turn it off and on?”

Starring Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) Richard Ayaode (“The Watch”), Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry (The Mighty Boosh), Graham Linehan‘s wonderfully brilliant comedy The IT Crowd has taught us all a lot of things. For example, it has shown us that there are no goth traffic wardens, music and swimming pools are not the same thing, the phrase is actually “damp squib”, boss-eyedness is no joke, you should never let a masseuse get away with kissing your bottom, and staging an historical reenactment of the death of your girlfriend’s family is probably a bad idea.

With such helpful life lessons, it is clear that the show is a shining example of educational television. Also, it is laugh-out-loud funny and worth waking up early for (or, you know, setting your DVR and watching it with a pint later in the day). Check the schedule for showtimes. Watch this clip from season one, episode one and you’ll want to be part of the IT Crowd, too:

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The IT Crowd airs on IFC weekdays at 5 a.m. ET as part of The Automat

There’s a Ben Stiller Show reunion in the works

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On the cusp of Arrested Development returning to screens large and small and hot on the heels of the Malcolm in the Middle family get together, now comes more amazing news and we are really starting to wonder if it’s our birthday. Turns out that another of our favorite comedies, The Ben Stiller Show, is getting together for a reunion next month.

The New York Comedy Festival has announced that it will stage a reunion of the short-lived comedy, The Ben Stiller Show, on November 10th at Manhattan’s Paley Center (which also hosted a talk between Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein about Portlandia). While you can watch the show during The Automat, which kicks off each weekday at 6 a.m. ET, we doubt anything can beat seeing Stiller and his incredible co-stars Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Dick reminisce along with series co-creator Judd Apatow about their brilliant show.

For details, head here. Until November 10th, tune in to The Automat weekdays at 6/5c and let’s all watch one of our favorite sketchs “Cops in Medieval Times” and remember why we love the Ben Stiller Show so darn much:

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The Ben Stiller Show airs as part of The Automat on IFC weekdays starting at 6 a.m. ET

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