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Chloe Sevigny is moving to Portlandia

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The third season of Portlandia is in production right now and the first news is coming out of the set and, boy, is it exciting: Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress Chloë Sevigny (Big Love, American Horror Story) is packing her bags and moving to Portlandia!

Sevigny is moving in with Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s aptly named characters Fred and Carrie. Sevigny will appear in multiple episodes throughout the third season as Fred and Carrie’s new roommate, Alexandra. Hope she knows how to separate the recycling properly!

In other casting news, we are thrilled that Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Desperate Housewives) will be returning as the Portlandia’s beloved openly reggae mayor. Stay tuned for more new residents visiting Portlandia during season three. As you know, guest stars last season included Andy Samberg (SNL, Lonely Planet), Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption), Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, SNL).

Now let’s all watch this clip and imagine Chloe Sevigny waking up next to Fred and Carrie, she should be used to it after all that time on Big Love, right?

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The third season of Portlandia comes to IFC in January

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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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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.

Portlandia’s Fred Armisen interviews J. Mascis

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We love Dinosaur Jr. and it’s iconic frontman J. Mascis (feel free to go watch his performance at our house at SXSW 2011 when you are done here). We also love Portlandia. (Duh.) So we were thrilled to find out that Candace (aka Fred Armisen), of Portland’s fine feminist bookstore, Women & Women First, got a chance to interview the notoriously reticent singer about his band’s forthcoming album, “I Bet On Sky,” which comes out September 18th. As you can tell by their dynamic rapport in the rather illuminating and not at all awkward interview, these two are old friends. They met when J. Mascis showed up during Portlandia The Tour last year. That explains their chemistry. Now hopefully Toni (Carrie Brownstein) won’t get too jealous when she sees this.

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The third season of Portlandia comes to IFC in January 2013

The Portlandia Brunch Special airs tonight

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So hey, whatcha doing tonight? Putting birds on things? Pickling stuff? Making artisanal knots? Getting the gear? Oh cacao! We know what you’re doing tonight! You are watching the Portlandia Brunch Special when it airs tonight at 11/10c. And of course you are tuning in early for the Mixtape Marathon starting at 6 p.m. ET, right? I mean, why wouldn’t you want to watch your eight favorite episodes of the Emmy nominated sketch comedy show?

While we wait for the third season of Portlandia to grace our little channel, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Mayor Kyle Maclachlan and more are back in the director’s cut of Brunch Village. Last season’s finale featured Fred, Carrie, The Mayor, Peter, Nance and a bunch of your favorite Portlandia denizens waiting in line for the city’s most popular brunch spot and its world famous marionberry pancakes, along with a memorable appearance by Tim Robbins. The Brunch Special promises an extended look at the adventures of brunch seekers in Portlandia plus behind-the-scenes videos with the Fred and Carrie along with director Jonathan Krisel.

Watch this clip where Jonathan Krisel shows the extent he will go for his craft (which completely explains why he was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding direction) and that other guy? Yeah, that’s celebrity chef Bobby Flay:

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Portlandia returns to IFC tonight with the Mixtape Marathon from 6 – 10 p.m. ET; followed by the Brunch Special at 11/10c

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