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“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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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” season four episode titles possibly revealed

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The rumored May 4 Netflix airdate for “Arrested Development” has since been disproven, but what about the alleged episode list? If you ask us, those could be the fourth season’s actual episode titles.

ONTD! posted a still that the Livejournal community claimed was from Fox’s press and publicity site. The information is no longer on the site and Netflix claims the airdates are wrong (or airdate, since all the episodes are supposed to air on the website at the same time), but there was no mention of the episode titles being correct or incorrect.

Considering we already know the first episode is called “Michael,” it makes sense that the next 13 episode titles (again, still unconfirmed that there are a total of 14 episodes in season four) are as posted. Here they are, according to ONTD!

– “Michael 1″
– “Michael 2″
– “George Sr. 1″
– “George Sr. 2″
– “Lindsay 1″
– “Lindsay 2″
– “Tobias”
– “Gob”
– “Maeby”
– “Lucille”
– “Buster”
– “George Michael 1″
– “George Michael 2″
– “Gob 2″

What do you think: Real or fake? We’re going to have to wait until Netflix confirms or denies them to know for sure, but for now they seem real. Note that (according to this) none of the episodes focus on any secondary characters, but at least we do know many will be making an appearance.

Plot details about season four have been sparse, but we have heard that each episode is supposed to focus on an individual character. There are plenty of supporting characters returning in addition to the original cast, so maybe they will get some episodes focused around them too. 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 them.

What do you make of these alleged episode titles? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Arrested Development” production halted to add more episodes

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It’s official: We’re going to get more episodes of “Arrested Development.”

All has been quiet on the “Arrested Development” front for almost a month and a half, but it’s now being reported that production has stopped on the new season so that Mitch Hurwitz can sneak in a few more episodes. Deadline has learned that filming was originally supposed to stop around Thanksgiving, but it was determined that there was more material that could be filmed.

That means that we’ll be getting 12 to 15 episodes in the upcoming fourth season instead of the 10 that were originally planned. Hurwitz had teased that in the past, and it was previously revealed that there could be up to 13 episodes this season.

Plot details about season four have been sparse, but we have heard that each episode is supposed to focus on an individual character. There are plenty of supporting characters returning in addition to the original cast, so maybe they will get some episodes focused around them too. 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 them

“Arrested Development” season four will air on Netflix at some point next spring. It will be released all at once instead of weekly.

Are you glad there is going to be more “Arrested Development”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Five reasons to watch Arrested Development on IFC

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As you know (because they tell you in the opening credits) Arrested Development is the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. But, as you also know, the show is so much more than that. Created by the Academy Award-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Arrested Development stars a compendium of who’s who of comedy (David Cross! Will Arnett! Jeffrey Tambor! Jessica Walters! just to name a few). The show, which originally aired on FOX from 2003-2006, follows the Bluths, a down-and-out family who has a hard time staying on the up and up. The show was undeniably brilliant, raking in Golden Globes and Emmy Awards, but like many brilliant critically acclaimed shows, it got cancelled after three seasons.

Now, however, much to the delight of the many ardent fans of the show, Season 4 will be arriving this spring on Netflix featuring all new adventures and mishaps of the Bluth clan. Want to see where it all began? Tonight at 6/5c we’re showing the pilot episode of Arrested Development followed by three more episodes. Then check The Schedule for more chances to watch the Bluths in action.

There are lots of reasons to watch Arrested Development, but here are five of the best:

1. Tobias

2. Lucille

3. Lindsay

4. GOB

5. Buster

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Alia Shawkat on “Arrested Development” return: “It wouldn’t happen without the fans”

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With “The Oranges” and “That’s What She Said” recently in theaters, and “The To-Do List” due in February, Alia Shawkat is on a roll — and that’s not even counting her return to the newly resurrected “Arrested Development,” now shooting. She accredits most of her success to “Arrested,” and by extension, the rabid fanbase that helped the show find a new life: “It wouldn’t happen without the fans,” she told IFC. “All the fan love, we wouldn’t be back without that.”

One of her favorite expressions of fan love was seeing an art exhibit with paintings inspired by the cast, drawn as Simpsons characters, or Tony Hale sitting on a weird seal. They were just so cool. I love seeing our characters just be caricatures anyway, and being one of those was super surreal. That was really special.”

Shawkat told IFC “it’s crazy” to be back on set, because “time has a weird way of getting back at you. It’s hard to have a concept of time, sometimes, especially when you’re working and you look exactly the same as you did then, and you’re working with all the same actors. But it’s great and everyone’s excited to be back. Every day, we’re like, ‘This is crazy!'”

The “Arrested” team will continue to shoot through mid-November, but even with a couple weeks of the reunion under her belt, Shawkat said that being back on set reminds her of when she first shot the pilot. “I remember, when I got the cover sheet, it said, ‘This show is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of show. You have to be on board for the style and moving quickly,’ and I was like 14 at the time, so I was like, ‘Yeah! Whatever!’ I remember adjusting to that was very easy for me and Michael [Cera], and now, we’re adjusting to it as adult actors. It’s a process, for sure. But we’re moving! We’re getting a lot of stuff in, and it’s a really high creative level that Mitch [Hurwitz] is at. He’s a genius.”

Shawkat’s character in “The Oranges” bears a resemblance to her Maeby, but her Clementine in “That’s What She Said” is less sure of herself — the only thing she knows is that she wants sex. “She’s like, ‘Here’s my vagina! Let’s have fun.'” And in “The To-Do List,” she’s relegated to a best friend role for Aubrey Plaza. But soon, in some of her upcoming projects that she’s got in the works, Shawkat will get to demonstrate some of her many other talents, such as art.

“I’ve been pitching an animated show to different networks,” she said. “It’s similar to ‘Daria’ in tone, but it’s a futuristic post-apocalyptic world, with a girl who’s lost one arm kicking ass. She’s trying to get revenge, so she’s not just fucking around. But it’s a comedy, too, and it has some of that Adult Swim grossness.”

Shawkat is also still trying to get a show off the ground with her friend and “Whip It” co-star Ellen Page, called “Stitch ‘N Bitch,” which the two actresses would co-star and co-write. “We just got stoned one night and said, ‘Let’s write something making fun of ourselves as hipsters.'” They were looking at HBO, but now they’re considering launching the show online.

And when she’s not looking to become a showrunner in her own right (Hurwitz, look out!), Shawkat is in the early stages of studying how to play a dominatrix for a film called “The Books.” Although she’s already played a prostitute (“Cedar Rapids”) and a nympho (“That’s What She Said”), being a dom is very different, she cautioned: “She’s a sex worker, but she’s more of an actress. She’s not just a sex kitten doing things — there have to be interesting reasons. What the client is getting off of is the psychological trip, and you have to be very strong. It’s a mask she has to hide behind.” Like any of her fun characters, she said, “it will surprise you. You’ll go, ‘Oh wow.'”

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