The plot bears a striking resemblance to a real event in history as reported by Bruce Watson on DailyFinance's Website on 24 December 2009: '...In December 1955, Sears Roebuck ran a newspaper ad with what they claimed was Santa's direct number. Unfortunately, the phone number they offered was one digit off; instead of Sears, it linked to a top secret line at CONAD, the Continental Air Defense Command. When Colonel Harry Shoup, the command's director of operations, answered the phone, he expected to hear about a missile strike against the US. Instead, he got a little kid who wanted to talk to Santa. Although the conversation ended with the child crying and Shoup fuming, the Colonel eventually came around and began giving the children updates on Santa's travels through the night sky. The following year, CONAD offered a new, non-secret, phone number that children could call. In 1958, when CONAD became NORAD, the new command continued the tradition...'
Alec Baldwin appeared in this film due to a contractual obligation to Universal Pictures. Baldwin had previously backed out of a film for Universal and signed an agreement promising the studio another film. Years later, this film was presented to him and he did it to avoid further litigation.
The wine that Art opens in Kudrow's basement is Chateau Petrus from Pomerol (identifiable by the red seal at the bottom left corner of the label), is probably the most expensive Bordeaux red wine, and contrary to what Art said in the movie, even young Petrus costs much more than 75 dollars per bottle.
The scene is Kudrow's wine cellar has Kudrow accusing Jeffries of watching too many SUV commercials. The irony of this, is that both Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin have done voice over work for those types of ads. Willis has done ads for the Toyota Tundra and Baldwin has done ads for Chevy/GMC.
In one scene, the characters played by Carrie Preston and Bodhi Elfman mention the animated sitcom "The Simpsons." Bodhi Elfman is the nephew of Danny Elfman, who composed the theme song for that series. Also, Alec Baldwin and then-wife Kim Basinger guest voiced themselves in a season 10 episode of "The Simpsons" entitled 'When You Dish Upon a Star,' which was originally broadcast 7 months after this film's release.
Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin have both done movies with Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Nicole Kidman-all actresses who played Bruce Wayne's love interest in the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher 'Batman' films and learned that Bruce Wayne was Batman. Willis never worked with Elle MacPherson, but Baldwin appeared in "The Edge" (1997) with MacPherson, although MacPherson's Batman character never learned that Bruce Wayne was Batman.
Of the female roles, hair length is inversely proportional to screen time. The female characters with the most screen time and lines, "Stacey" and "Emily Lang", have very short hair. Other females with longer hair have their hair secured in a bun or ponytail. The only female character whose hair touches her shoulders is the nightclub singer.
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Second time for Alec Baldwin playing a villain in a Harold Becker movie since Malice (1993). Also, he gets shot in the chest and killed, like in Malice. In both movies, he has opposition with the heroes (played by Bruce Willis and Bill Pullman) who have evidence against Baldwin's characters in the movies, and decide to use it against him to blackmail him and his accomplice.