DID YOU READ

Bob Odenkirk Discusses Possible Future of Breaking Bad Spin-off

saul-goodman

Posted by on

We don’t actually know for sure if Bob Odenkirk and Breaking Bad showrunner Vince Gilligan will actually commit to this genius idea of a Breaking Bad spinoff centered around sleazy criminal defense attorney Saul Goodman. But our fingers are crossed.

If they did move forward with the show, what would it entail? We don’t know that either, but in an interview with The New Republic, Odenkirk himself did a little plot speculating that is very much worth consideration:

The New Republic: What’s your dream Saul spin-off?

Bob Odenkirk: Saul Goodman should be mayor of Las Vegas. He could work in any city. It’s just that in Vegas he could be the mayor one day. He’d really be an upstanding citizen.

So there you go. Now the probably not real show can only live up to already astronomical expectations if it involves Saul becoming mayor of Las Vegas. This is beginning to turn into the greatest fantasy ever.

Want the latest news from IFC? Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @IFC

Bourne

Bourne to Run

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

Posted by on
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

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.

Universal Pictures

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.

Universal Pictures

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.

Universal Picutres

Universal Pictures

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.

Universal Picutres

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.

Universal Picutres

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.

Universal Picutres

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.

Universal Pictures

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.

Eon Productions

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).

Universal Pictures

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.

Warner Brothers Television

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.

Get Your First Peek at The Birthday Boys Coming This Fall to IFC

birthday-boys-promo

Posted by on

Sketch comedy group The Birthday Boys have been making waves in Los Angeles for years with their monthly sketch show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre that has been running since 2008. They’ve earned some famous fans over the years, most notably Bob Odenkirk, who is executive producing a new TV show from the group for IFC. This is the first sketch series Odenkirk has produced since his own Mr. Show ended its run over a decade ago.

The Birthday Boys is a group of seven writer-performers– Jefferson Dutton, David Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell, and Chris VanArtsdalen – who have worked for Funny or Die and Comedy Bang! Bang! and appeared on shows like Parks and Recreation, Conan, and The Office when they weren’t working on their own hilarious videos. (Watch some here.)

Here at IFC HQ we have been so excited for this show, which is set to premiere later this year, and now we have our first teensy tiny little peek, which we are planning on watching over and over and over again before the 10-episode season of The Birthday Boys premieres:

video player loading . . .

Want the latest news from IFC? Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter@IFC

The Birthday Boys will debut on IFC in October 2013

Highlights of Bryan Cranston’s Reddit AMA

Malcolm-In-the-Middle-bryan-cranston-ifc-breaking-bad

Posted by on

Something is in the water in Hollywood this week and we love it. Not only did “Arrested Development”‘s creator Mitch Hurwitz hop on Reddit for an Ask Me Anything session (check out highlights here), but last night, “Breaking Bad” and “Malcolm in the Middle” star Bryan Cranston did too! While we have talked to the star of two of our all time favorite shows before (read our interview here), he never fails to entertain. Going back and forth between a dark Heisenberg-ish sense of humor and everyone’s favorite lovable dad Hal, Cranston kept the Redditors rolling for hours. Read the whole thing here. Here are some of the highlights:

If you could do a whole new season for either Breaking Bad (a season 6) or Malcolm in the Middle (a season 8), which would you chose, and why?
By the way, thank you for giving me my two favorite shows of all time.

Wow. How about breaking in the middle? Season 15.

Who would win a bar fight: Frankie Muniz or Aaron Paul?

Hahaha. The woman who would throw them both out of the bar.

What is your all time favorite movie, TV show, and food?

All-time favorite tv show is Breaking Bad, I don’t know if you guys have heard of it before. When you say the Godfather, everybody says “oh the Godfather”, but it was really remarkable. I loved the Andy Griffith show for its simplicity and warmth, but I also love Louis for its sardonic humor. My favorite food is typically what I am eating at the time. But if I had to chose one, I’d have to go Italian. How can you not love pasta?

Have you ever pranked Aaron Paul on set? For some reason I think that he’d be super gullible.

Oh yeah, many times. There was one episode when where someone was giving us a problem and I told him to take care of it and he didn’t know specifically what I meant by it. I said “I need you to take care of it” and I reached into my waistband and pulled out a gun and put it on the counter. He understood the message. Then during the scene where I said “I need you to take care of it” I reached into my waistband and pulled out a dildo.

(A helpful Redditor noted that the prank he’s talking about can be seen in this video)

What’s the funniest thing that’s happened on set in your career?

There was a guy who was hit by a crane and killed instantly. I couldn’t stop laughing.

I read somewhere that you were a villain on the Power Rangers. If true please tell what it was like.

I’m doing action chops write now to depict that. I did voice work for the Power Rangers years and years ago. Someone once told me they named the blue Power Ranger after me, his last name was Cranston. I found out years later that was true.

Was this whole thing just an elaborate plot by Walt to get Jesse to learn chemistry?

Ha! You know there are many ways to teach people and you just have to find your own way end to stimulate the minds of young people. This was a ruse Walt designed way back when… “someday I’ll pretend to be making Crystal method, get him to be my partner. Yessss, that’s it.”

Do you have any recommendations for tighty whitey/button down combos? My Hanes don’t match my Nordstrom’s dress shirts. And don’t even get me started on when I wear them with my Timberlands.

Haha! I wish I could comment but I’m in negotiations to represent those brands. See them in a JC Penney’s catalogue soon.

I just have one question: Where can I buy official Bryan Cranston Dick Grapes™?

Oh my god. They’re not “dick grapes,” they’re “crotch grapes.” Keep your mind out of the gutter. That was a Conan experience so you’ll have to Google that.
(Here you go: http://teamcoco.com/video/bryan-cranston-brings-conan-crotch-grapes)

Powered by ZergNet