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

TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES, Kristanna Loken, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2003, (c) Warner Brother

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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.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…