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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

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It’s judgment day all over again! Here are some facts you may not have known about Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

1. Arnold Came Back… But at a Price

Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid $29.25 million to star T3.


2. And His List of Demands Was Extensive

His contract stipulated that in order to reprise his role as The Terminator, $1.5 million of the budget should be set aside for private jets, a fully-equipped gym, deluxe hotel suites, limousines, and personal bodyguards for his personal benefit at all times during production. On top of that, Arnold also received 20 percent of gross receipts on ticket sales, DVDs, TV rights, game licensing, and in-flight movie licensing on the movie worldwide.


3. James Cameron and Linda Hamilton Didn’t Return

Cameron, who wrote and directed the first two movies, opted out of participating in the third entry; he felt he had told the entire story he wanted to tell with these characters. Director Jonathan Mostow took over for Cameron.

Hamilton, meanwhile, was offered a part in T3 to reprise her role as Sarah Connor, but she declined. “I knew my character arc was so complete in the first two, and in the third one it was a negligible character,” she told MTV News. “She died halfway through and there was no time to mourn her. It was kind of disposable, so I said no thank you.”


4. The Movie Used Lots of Practical Effects

Effects artist Stan Winston and his studio, which created the Terminators in the first two movies, returned for T3; the special effects house designed the new T-X skeleton for the movie. And though there are CG shots of the Terminators in the film, all of the T-1 robots were fully functioning robots. Three were built for the production; it took a team of five off-screen puppeteers to operate each one-ton robot.


5. There Were a Lot of Costume Changes

Despite the fact that Schwarzenegger appears in the iconic leather-clad getup as The Terminator, there were five separate wardrobe prototypes made for the T-X before her final red leather costume was OK’d by Mostow.


6. The Script Was Kept Under Wraps

Actor Nick Stahl wasn’t given the complete script before he auditioned.


7. The Filmmakers Had a Tough Time Finding an Actress to Play T-X

They looked at a whopping 10,000 actresses before finding Kristanna Loken.


8. Loken Had a Unique Audition

Because she rarely speaks in the film and must act as if she were a robot, the majority of Loken’s audition to play the T-X consisted of her walking down a hallway, stopping, and turning to shoot a threatening look at the casting directors.

9. Terminator Training Was a Killer

Loken put on over 15 pounds of muscle to portray the T-X. She also trained with mime coach Thorsten Heinze, a long-time collaborator of world-famous mime Marcel Marceau, to create the robotic villain’s movements. Schwarzenegger—who was 56 when T3 was released—worked out three hours a day for three months before shooting began to bulk up his Terminator physique.


10. John Connor’s Companion, Kate Brewster, Was Originally Played by Kate Bush

She was replaced by Claire Danes a month into shooting.


11. The Production Created an Entire Street for One Scene…

Several city blocks used during the crane chase sequence were created because the production needed a level of destruction that wouldn’t be possible on a real street.


12. …and Schwarzenegger Footed Part of the Bill

During the crane chase sequence, The Terminator—hanging from the crane—swings through an entire building façade. The studio didn’t want to foot the bill for the sequence, so Arnold Schwarzenegger put up his own money to complete the scene.


13. The Most-Used Location Was the Back of a Truck

Despite all the locations used in the film, the set where they shot the most was the back of the animal hospital truck. Four entire production days were dedicated to shooting scenes that took place there.


14. You May Have Seen Some of the Robots Somewhere Before

The mini-Hunter-Killer robots didn’t debut in T3—they first appeared in the Universal Studios ride T2 3-D: Battle Across Time. Don’t go looking for them on the ride now, though; it closed in 2012.


15. The Attention to Detail Was Impeccable

The shot of the T-X melting took an entire year to complete.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

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

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.