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Tina Fey talks “The Muppets… Again!” and Peter Serafinowicz joins the cast

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Tina Fey might be playing a Russian gulag prison guard in “The Muppets… Again!” but it turns out that character will be a good guy. The former “30 Rock” star opened up about her new role during a recent interview.

“I actually play a Russian good guy, kind of. Who knows? Maybe she seems like the bad guy. But just before I called you I was on Skype with a dialect coach. And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is for real. I have to try and do this!'” Fey told The Huffington Post. When asked if she had done that accent before in the past, Fey said, “I have, but probably not well. But they offered it, and I was like, “Yeah, great!” I think that’s a fun thing to do and try to practice.”

Meanwhile, “Shaun of the Dead” star (and voice of Darth Maul in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”) Peter Serafinowicz revealed on Twitter that he joined the cast of the upcoming movie.

“Just on the set of the Muppets movie! Filming next week. Very excited!” he tweeted.

“The Muppets” sequel currently stars Ricky Gervais as its leading man, Ty Burrell as a lazy Interpol agent and Fey as a Russian gulag prison guard. Christoph Waltz and Ray Liotta also have parts. The film is said to be a European adventure along the lines of “The Great Muppet Caper.” It’s due out on March 21, 2014.

Do you think Fey will do a good job in “The Muppets… Again!”? 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.

“The Muppets… Again!” reveals first images

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With a cast consisting of Christoph Waltz, Ricky Gervais and Ray Liotta – actors not known for family-friendly roles, to say the least – as well as Tina Fey as a Russian gulag prison guard, “The Muppets… Again!” is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing 2014 releases. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait a year to get a first look at the “Muppets” sequel.

Walt Disney Pictures has revealed the first images of “The Muppets… Again!” The images highlight the large cast of muppets, as well as Ricky Gervais, who is slated to play the henchman of the film’s villain, Constantine. Take a look below.

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The Muppets... Again!

The film is set for a March 21, 2014 release.

What do you think of the first images of “The Muppets… Again!”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Ray Liotta joins the cast of “The Muppets 2″

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Yet another actor has joined the cast of “The Muppets 2,” and this one has a bit of a history with the franchise. It’s being reported that Ray Liotta, who previously had a role in “Muppets from Space,” will have a part in the upcoming James Bobin movie.

Variety has the news, but doesn’t have any hints as to who he might be playing. He could reprise his role from “Muppets from Space” where he played a gate guard.

“The Muppets 2″ is rumored to be called “The Muppets… Again,” /Film reports. While it would work as a title, we’re not crazy about it. Hopefully Bobin and writer Nick Stoller will come up with something a bit cleverer for the final title.

Liotta has been busy recently. In addition to his role in “Killing Them Softly,” he also recently signed on to “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” No word yet on who he’ll play in that movie either.

“The Muppets” sequel currently stars Ricky Gervais as its leading man, and Ty Burrell as a lazy Interpol agent. Tina Fey and Christoph Waltz are rumored to also have parts. The film is said to be a European adventure along the lines of “The Great Muppet Caper.” It’s due out on March 21, 2014.

Do you think Liotta is a good fit for “The Muppets 2″? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Tina Fey in negotiations to join “The Muppets 2″

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The cast of “The Muppets 2″ just got a whole lot funnier. It’s being reported that Tina Fey is in negotiations to take a major role in the upcoming movie.

The Hollywood Reporter was the outlet to break the rules. Apparently she’s being recruited to play a Russian gulag prison guard, which means she’ll likely team up with Ty Burrell’s lazy Interpol agent.

Our guess is that Fey and Burrell will face off against the Muppets and new leading man Ricky Gervais as they go on their European adventure. This movie is supposed to be along the lines of “The Great Muppet Caper.” No word yet if Fey’s role will require singing.

“I think the first movie needed to reintroduce all the characters, so we need the human-puppet duo of Gary and Walter to kind of help audience who weren’t familiar with the Muppets to learn or relearn who they are,” writer Nick Stoller said in a recent interview. “As of now, I would say Kermit and Piggy are a little bit more at the center, like the original ones. Walter’s in there, but it’s still in the very beginning stages of writing.”

There hasn’t been a release date set for “The Muppets 2.”

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