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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Heat

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Before diving into another viewing of Michael Mann’s 1995 heist movie, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, arm yourself with these 15 fascinating tidbits about the film.

1. Heat was adapted from a 1989 TV movie.

Heat director Michael Mann developed the story as a potential TV show after the success he had in producing Miami Vice and Crime Story for television. While it was never picked up by a network as a series, NBC aired the made-for-TV movie L.A. Takedown in 1989. L.A. Takedown represents about 40 percent of Heat’s eventual storyline.


2. Heat’s story is based on the exploits of former Chicago police officer Chuck Adamson.

Mann and Adamson met while working the TV show Crime Story, which Adamson created and Mann executive produced. Adamson really did track down and ultimately kill a real life master criminal named Neil McCauley, though it wasn’t at LAX like in the film. McCauley was killed during an armored car hijacking outside an Illinois supermarket.


3. The L.A. Metro stop used in the opening appears in another of Mann’s films.

It’s the same station seen at the end of Mann’s 2004 film Collateral.


4. There are no CG effects used in the heist that opens the movie.

The production actually tipped over an armored car while shooting on location—it was top-heavy and weighted to make the stunt possible.


5. The graphics on the side of the tow truck in this scene have personal significance for Mann.

The side of the truck reads “RAJA,” which are the first initials of director Mann’s four daughters’ names. His daughter Ami served as the second unit director on Heat.


6. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino were the director’s first picks to star.

In fact, they were the only actors offered the leading roles.


7. Heat is the first movie to feature De Niro and Pacino onscreen together in the same scene.

While they both had roles The Godfather: Part II, they never appeared onscreen at the same time. Following Heat, De Niro and Pacino would go on to appear together in the 2008 film Righteous Kill. They are also scheduled to reunite in an upcoming Martin Scorsese film titled The Irishman (slated for a 2015 release).


8. De Niro and Pacino hardly appear onscreen together.

The two stars spend less than 10 minutes of the entire 170-minute film in one another’s presence.

9. Heat is Natalie Portman’s second feature film.

Her first is Leon: The Professional; in it, she plays a child assassin.


10. Jon Voight’s character Nate is based on ex-con and writer Eddie Bunker.

Mann made Bunker’s book, “No Beast So Fierce”, required reading for the actors in De Niro’s criminal crew. Bunker also served as a technical consultant on Heat.


11. Michael Mann did a lot of research for the film.

He spent 7 months on ride-alongs with the LAPD’s robbery and homicide department.


12. In preparation for the bank heist sequence, the film’s technical advisors had the actors case a real bank without anybody noticing.

Tom Sizemore (who plays Cheritto) actually began fake negotiations for a bank loan with a bank employee during the stunt.


13. Heat’s robbery scenes are thought to be so accurate that real thieves have copied its tactics.

In fact, the 1997 North Hollywood shootout was allegedly inspired by the heists in the film.


14. To prepare for the downtown shootout sequence, the actors went through three months of firearm.

An estimated 800-1,000 blank rounds were used per take while shooting the scene.


15. All the gun sound effects in the shootout sequence were taken from onset audio.

Mann originally planned to add gunshots to the audio in post-production. But when he tried to do so, he didn’t feel like it sounded real enough, so he kept the audio as is.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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