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In “Portlandia” brunch is serious business

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During season two of “Portlandia,” Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have done a lot for the city and the Mayor (Kyle Maclachlan). They redesigned the police uniforms (with St. Vincent!), they made sure there would be no Olympics in their town. Plus, don’t forget all the favors the dynamic duo did for the Mayor last season. (Baseball tryouts, anyone?). The Mayor knows he owes them a debt of gratitude and what better way to make good on an IOU than with celebratory brunch? There’s just one problem, the restaurant is very popular and the Mayor is a wee bit late. Watch this clip from the season finale of “Portlandia”:

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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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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.

Tonight: The Portlandia Season Finale

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Tonight, the ultimate episode of “Portlandia” airs at 10/9 c. And this episode will live up to the word “ultimate” in many ways. Not only is it the last new episode of the sketch comedy show’s second season, but it has some of the best guest stars ever (no offense Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Eddie Vedder). Tonight Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins and the Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones will be joining Kyle Maclachlan, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and some of your favorite resident Portlandia characters.

But wait, there’s more! Tonight’s season finale is the first episode of “Portlandia” to tell one continuous and linear story. One episode, one sketch. That’s right, tonight it’s all brunch village all the time. So tune in and come chat on IFC Sync where we will be having a season finale support group.

If you didn’t know the season finale of “Portlandia” was airing tonight at 10/9 c, well let this be your wake up call:

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Five Tim Robbins Roles We Love

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As you may have heard, on the season finale of “Portlandia,” which is airing this Friday at 10/9 c, the Oscar-winning movie star Tim Robbins will be visiting Portlandia. While we already love everything about the wonderfully wacky world of Portlandia that Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein created, the addition of Tim Robbins is the icing on the chocolate cake. No, better, it’s the beer back to the perfect shot of whiskey. Or like finding a $20 in the pocket of your favorite jeans. Or something even better like Tim Robbins coming to your favorite sketch comedy show! No matter how good something already is, Tim Robbins just makes everything better. Heck, he even made “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny” a must-watch movie.

To celebrate the arrival of Tim Robbins on to Portlandia, we’re making a list of our favorite roles. Secretly we like his part in “Anchorman” best, but he was uncredited. We also liked him as Merlin in “Top Gun,” but we are professional (-ish) film people with a sacred duty to report on High Art or something. So…

Here are five of our favorite Tim Robbins roles (that aren’t in “Anchorman” or “Top Gun”):

1. Norville Barnes in “The Hudsucker Proxy”

2. Josh Tager in “Tapeheads”

3. Andy Dufresne in “The Shawshank Redemption”

4. Dave Boyle in “Mystic River”

5. Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh in “Bull Durham”

While we love all the roles listed above, we’re pretty sure one of them will be getting bounced and we’ll be adding This Guy from “Portlandia” next time we do one of these lists:

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The season finale of “Portlandia” airs on IFC on Friday at 10/9c

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