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Netflix ‘blues’ itself with new “Arrested Development” ad campaign

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“Arrested Development” is coming back to us in May, and Netflix wants you to get excited. The company certainly is; in fact, Netflix flat out blue itself all over its search pages.

Confused? Go search for any movie with the word “blue” in the title, and you’ll find the telltale signs of one Tobias Funke when you get your results. As you can see in the above image, Tobias is back, and it seems like he still hasn’t given up his aspirations to join the Blue Man Group. Or maybe he just had a lot of leftover blue paint.

It’s clear that Netflix knows what it’s got with “Arrested Development” and isn’t afraid to have a little fun with it. The Bluth Company (via /Film) pointed out the viral marketing, and also noticed that when you click on Tobias’ handprint, Netflix redirects to the season two episode “The One Where Michael Leaves.” If you recall, that’s the episode where Michael Bluth notices blue handprints all over the model home, and then realizes at the end that it’s because Tobias had painted himself blue.

All of “Arrested Development’s” 14 season four episodes will premiere on Netflix in May. In addition to the central characters, the new season includes returning supporting actors Mae Whitman, Andy Richter, Liza Minelli, Judy Greer, Ron Howard, Scott Baio and Henry Winkler will all be back, and newcomers Isla Fisher, Terry Crews, John Slattery, Conan O’Brien and the cast of “Workaholics.”

What do you think of Netflix’s new “Arrested Development” campaign? 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” gets a release month and two new photos

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In just four short months, the fourth season of “Arrested Development” will finally arrive on our virtual doorsteps. Netflix announced at the TCAs winter tour that all 14 episodes — yes, officially 14 episodes — will arrive at once online at some point in May.

To celebrate the occasion, creator Mitch Hurwitz screened a deleted scene from season four that showed Lucille Bluth using Buster to hide the fact she was smoking. Because Jessica Walters’ Lucille isn’t allowed to smoke cigarettes in this scene, she tries to hide the fact she is doing it anyways by blowing the smoke into Buster’s mouth as he blows it outside. This apparently happened over and over again until both Walters and Tony Hale broke down laughing.

The reason why Hurwitz showed a deleted scene from season four instead of an actual one is because he doesn’t want the surprise to be ruined. However, even he knows that all the hype will go away quickly when Netflix debuts the entire season on one day.

“There are going to be surprises that will be ruined by spoilers, but that would have happened anyway,” Hurwitz reportedly said. “So it’s happening maybe on one day for hard-core fans, but the stuff just now exists. It just lives out there.”

Since the rest of us weren’t present when the deleted clip was aired, we have been gifted something better: Two new images from season four. The first shows Adam DeVine as a Southwest Airlines employee serving Jason Bateman’s Michael Bluth. The second shows Michael Cera’s George Michael driving around the Bluth Company stair car. Yes, we just blue ourselves too. You can see both photos at The Playlist.

In addition to the original cast, returning supporting actors Mae Whitman, Andy Richter, Liza Minelli, Judy Greer, Ron Howard, Scott Baio and Henry Winkler will all be back, and newcomers Isla Fisher, Terry Crews, John Slattery, Conan O’Brien and the cast of “Workaholics” will join “Arrested Development” in season four.

What have you missed the most about “Arrested Development”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Arrested Development” season four will pick up where season three left off

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Though many years have passed since “Arrested Development” went off the air, we won’t have to be worried about catching up in the new season. In a new interview, Mitch Hurwitz explained that the series will pick up from where the season three finale left off.

“Each individual (episode) kind of depicts what happens in 2006 as the Bluths fled from the law on the Queen Mary” in what was once the series’ finale, then explains what’s happened to them since and leaves them in the present day, Hurwitz told USA Today.

He added that only Michael Bluth will appear in all of “Arrested Development’s” 13 to 14 episodes, and confirmed that each episode will focus on a different character. They’re being assembled as a “very, very complex puzzle” of scenes “shot out of sequence over many months.” That is likely why he encouraged Netflix to release season four all at once and told fans they’ll likely want to go back and rewatch each episode several times to truly understand what’s going on.

“The show will look very different,” Hurwitz said. “The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show. They all went their own way, without Michael holding them together, so they’re left to their own devices, and they’re not the most successful devices.”

He added, “I can assure you that the characters are just as damaged, self-involved and self-righteous as ever.”

Another fun fact: After initially being a holdout, Michael Cera has now joined the “Arrested Development” writing team.

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

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