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Spend Winter in Portlandia December 14 at 10:30/9:30c

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Winter is Coming. Even better though? A brand-new season of Portlandia is starting on January 4 at 10/9c. That’s right come the new year, Fred Armisen’s and Carrie Brownstein’s wildly funny sketch comedy will be back. But because the holidays are coming and we want to stay on Santa’s good side (and he’s a huge Portlandia fan) we are planning on putting a bird on winter with an all new special called “Winter in Portlandia.

In the special, which will air on December 14 at 10:30/9:30c, your favorite recycling, brunch eating, dog loving, feminist, crafting, allergy aware, coffee-drinking Portlandia residents are back plus you’ll meet a few new Portlandia dwellers, too.

Want to know how they spend wintertime in Portlandia? Well Peter and Nance struggle to keep off winter weight by cutting pasta from their diets. Candace’s son visits Women and Women First bookstore for the holidays. A couple tries to keep their food cart Stu’s Stews in business in cold weather. Bryce and Lisa offer a winter vacation at their newly opened Outlet Hotel. And Gahvin Quin spends the season inside building an elaborate recording studio in his basement. Don’t worry, they still have to recycle, read, and fight for bicycle rights in their free time. So come spend Winter in Portlandia with us! You’ll love it here.

Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like us on Facebook and follow the show on Twitter at @ifcPortlandia, and using the hashtag #portlandia.

“Winter in Portlandia” airs on IFC on December 14 at 10:30/9:30c.

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Bourne to Run

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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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.

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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.

10 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Portlandia

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Halloween is just around the corner and we know you’ve been trying to figure out what Halloween costume you can wear to impress your friends and your enemies. We like to be a contributing member of our community and a real help to society so we put our thinking caps on and came up with a few great ideas for you.

Here are ten great ideas for costumes courtesy of your friends in Portlandia

1. Cacao! Be Nina or Lance
Could this be the ultimate couple costume?

2. Put A Bird On Halloween
Put a Bird on It! Whether on yourself or on a pumpkin:

3. Pickle Halloween
Pickle yourself!

4. Release Your Inner Geek
Head out in a Battlestar Galactica costume, or more realistically, stay in and watch ALL THE EPISODES:

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5. Go as a Dog on a Pole
Wait around for Kath and Dave to rescue you

6.Marionberry Pancakes for all!

Here’s a recipe for Marionberry treats, but don’t even THINK about skipping the trick-or-treat line:

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7. Dream of the 90s
Nose rings and flannel on!

8. Dream of the 1890s
Grow those whiskers out!

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9. Be the Mayor
Openly reggae, of course.

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10. Get Cat Nap Fever
Or go as Echo Echo

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Portlandia returns to IFC in January 2013

Your daily dose of cute from Portlandia director Jonathan Krisel

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Fun fact about the internet: There is no such thing as too many Maru videos, LOLcats or corgi memes. It’s true. Here’s another fun fact: Looking at adorable animal videos has been scientifically proven to be help work place productivity. Fact! You can’t argue with science. So don’t even bother trying to justify your slow loris or fennec fox or shih tzu-video watching behavior when your boss busts you watching cuddly baby goat videos in your cubicle. Instead just send the boss a link to The Atlantic along with a video link to a pink piglet in rain boots or, say, a video of a kid riding a pug into internet superstardom. You see when Portlandia director Jonathan Krisel sent us this incredibly adorable video of his cheek-pinchingly cute kid riding an equally adorable pug he was doing a public service. Consider it his part in boosting the nation’s economy.

Watch repeatedly, you know, for the economy.

Want the latest news from Portlandia? Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter@ifcPortlandia and use the hashtag #portlandia.

Portlandia returns to IFC in January 2013

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