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15 Super Weird Kickstarter Campaigns (That Somehow Got Funded)

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Watch Kickstarter videos compete at a film festival on the latest Portlandia, airing again on Sat, April 12 at 12:30pm ET and Sun, April 13 at 11pm ET.

The founder of Kickstarter is kind of excited about Portlandia and for good reason, too:

Crowdfunding has changed the way we make movies, develop tech and just about every other facet of business. But for every can’t-miss like the Veronica Mars movie, there’s a dozen totally bizarre niche products that also raised the money. In this feature, we’ll run down 15 of the weirdest.

15. Crystal Bacon

Internet people love bacon more than just about anything else, but pledging $2,786 to get a strip of bacon-shaped transparent plastic is just too ridiculous. (Source)


14. My Little Po-Mo

Anything My Little Pony related is guaranteed to make big bucks on Kickstarter, but a collection of academic essays? Sure, it got $1,046. (Source)


13. Combat Kitchenware

A frying pan attached to a sword hilt seems like a pretty niche product, but the dude who invented Combat Kitchenware took home $46,261 to make them. (Source)


12. Missy For Prez

Brooklynite Sakura Bready raised $2,492 to create one-of-a-kind tracksuits based on a dream she had about Missy Elliott as President of the United States. (Source)


11. World’s Largest Jockstrap

Artist Michael Barrett raised $854 to manufacture his Guinness World Record-holding black athletic supporter at ten times the scale of an ordinary one. (Source)

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

9 Scenes That Prove Goodfellas Is a Dark Comedy

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Goodfellas is one of the greatest, most respected films ever made. It’s also very funny, at least to those capable of laughing at terrifying psychopaths. Actually, if you’re going to laugh, you should probably do so far away and in secret, lest you accidentally incite Joe Pesci’s rage.

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9. Meet the Mobsters

Gangsters are good at two things: killing without mercy and giving out nicknames. Meet Fat Andy, Freddy No Nose, Sally Balls, Nicky Eyes, and, of course, Jimmy Two Times.


8. The Opening Scene

A half-dead guy getting stabbed and shot a bunch of times doesn’t seem very funny. But as a build-up to Ray Liotta’s “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster,” there’s no other way to see it.


7. Morrie’s Commercial

Lame commercials are low hanging fruit for a reason, but Martin Scorsese makes the most out of Morrie’s awful ads for his wig business.


6. You Gotta Go Back

Henry’s mob pals need him to get back with his wife. Not because they’re worried about his emotional state, but because she’s driving them crazy.


5. After the Heist

Jimmy scores big and his knucklehead crew shows up to the celebration with high-dollar purchases which threaten to get them pinched by the police. De Niro’s rising exasperation is a thing of beauty.

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8 (More) Reasons to Worship Bill Murray

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Bill Murray is like a real life superhero whose power is being awesome. There are only a few celebrities who are just as entertaining off-screen as they are on, and none of them come close. In case you doubt us (really, why would you?), here are 8 reasons why Bill Murray is a god among men.

8. #BillMurraySelfie

When Bill Murray shows up with a bucket list, we all win.


7. His handlebar mustache in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Williamsburg, your beards have met their match.


6. He gets drunk on talk shows

Who can pass up a buzzed-on-champagne Bill Murray sharing a story about a drunken night in Venice with George Clooney?


5. His PBR golf pants

No explanation needed.

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