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Exclusive premiere: Deb Oh & the Cavaliers “Primacy”

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For Deb Oh & the Cavaliers‘ very first music video they chose the sweeping percussive ballad, “Primacy,” and friend-sourced the funding to produce the shoot themselves.

“We had some pretty lofty ideas for this video and a lot of them were realized, thanks to our incredible group of friends who rallied together to make it happen,” the singer told us. “This was a truly ‘indie’ project that we all pooled our resources for, to make something we would be proud of.”

A native born Alaskan, Oh, wanted to feature each of her seven New York based Cavaliers individually, performing in smokey black and white, for a sense of timelessness — shared by the orchestral song.

“We went into this project with a respect for each others’ visions, there was an amazing creative synergy during the whole shoot,” the singer said of her nicely done debut video collaboration. “Even on the last day, when we were shooting in a freezing warehouse with no heat in mid-December! Those breaths you see coming out of my mouth are totally real!”

 

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Deb Oh & and the Cavaliers are readying the release their debut EP, “Hieroglyphs” for April 2013.

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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.

Exclusive premiere: The Beards “Behind The Beards”

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After The Beards were nominated for Best Comedy Album at the 2012 ARIA Awards, Gotye acknowledged their hairy prowess during one of his many acceptance speeches, saying “Thank you to The Beards for reminding us what all male artists should aspire to.”

Rarely has a band’s premise been simpler, or more masculine. In response to a perceived discrimination against bearded men in their home down under, The Beards formed in 2005 to make a difference. “We provided a voice for the bearded underdog and now everyone in our country has a beard,” vocalist Johann Beardraven says.

“There’s more to having a beard than meets the eye,” Beardraven, who also plays nude keyboards and saxophone, told us. “We’re offering a chance for the public to get a rare glimpse inside our bearded world, to take a journey deep within our beards. By the end, you will understand that bearded men are not to be feared, but loved and respected. And feared.”

 

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If you follow Whisker Wars, you may already have heard of The Beards, who once headlined the World Beard & Mustache Championships in Alaska. The Beard’s new album “Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard” arrives unshaven in the U.S. on March 5th after which the band kicks off U.S. tour dates including an appearance at SXSW.

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Exclusive premiere: Caught A Ghost “Somehow”

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Vintage soul and Motown lover, Jesse Nolan, named his band after a phrase old schoolers used to say to each other after delivering a showstopping performance — they would say you Caught A Ghost, “Like you were possessed,” Nolan says. And his brand of blue eyed soul, is certainly moved by a spirit of the past.

Long time collaborator, actress Tessa Thompson, joins in on vocals and percussion with the live band, and is seen here frolicking in scenes along the shore. The video came together accidentally at first, with Nolan visiting Thompson in Toronto while she was filming of the show “Copper” (BBC America’s crime drama set in New York City in the mid 1800’s).

“We took a bike ride out to the Lighthouse on Centre Island and I brought a camera along,” Nolan told us. “And I shot some footage on a weekend trip we took to Montreal as well. When I returned to the US I had the idea to use the footage we had taken while Tessa was absent so that she could still make an appearance in the video. I am a huge Ingmar Bergman fan, and I thought a stark black and white look suited the song.”

After that director Nick Nakahara took the helm, “And we shot some performance stuff projecting against a white cyc,” Nolan rejoiced, “in my hilarious white preacher suit.” Caught A Ghost’s debut EP, “Nightworks,” drops tomorrow, February 12th, via +1 Records.

 

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The young man seen in the video is Thompson’s younger brother Jody Rome, who Nolan tells us “is an awesome kid.”

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