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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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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

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

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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