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article imageJohnny Depp in 'Wonderland', Jillian Murray in 'Foursome' Special

By Earl Dittman     Jun 2, 2010 in Entertainment
For Alice In Wonderland, his 7th film with director Tim Burton, Johnny Depp explains why his character was really Mad-as-a Hatter. And actress Jillian Murray reveals how an intimate love scene could often involve up to 100 people in Wild Things: Foursome.
Since its release in March, Alice In Wonderland has tallied up an impressive worldwide box office take of close to $800 million dollars – and has won the distinction of being Disney's fourth largest-grossing movie, in addition to scoring the biggest 3D and IMAX film opening of all time. Director Tim Burton's inviting and magical adaptation of author Lewis Carroll's classic novels, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, and its sequel Through The Looking Glass has become one of the most successful cinematic takes on the 18th century English writer's trippy, edgy and wildly literary tale of Alice's adventure since it's first motion picture debut during the early days of silent films.
While Alice may be the heroine of Carroll's stories, the real heroes of Burton's tumble down the rabbit hole is his genius, super-talented cast – Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne Hathaway and Michael Sheen. While the CGI and 3D transforms Alice In Wonderland into an incredible feast for your eyes, ears and heart, without a doubt, every single cast member is responsible for the film's stunning success at the box office and for its critical-acclaim and artistic brilliance. In Burton's version of Alice In Wonderland, the filmmaker takes a daring and imaginative new twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. Wonderland is a world beyond your imagination and unlike anything you’ve seen before. The extraordinary characters you’ve loved come to life richer and more colorful than ever. There’s the Mad Hatter (Depp), the White Queen (Hathaway), the Red Queen (Carter) and the White Rabbit (Sheen).
With such films as Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hallow, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street to Corpse Bride, Alice In Wonderland is the seventh time Depp has collaborated with Burton on a film together. “Tim is one of the most incredible directors of our time, and I'm just so lucky I have the chance to make movies with him, and I'm able to call him a true friend, too," said Depp, during a Los Angeles press outing in March to promote Alice In Wonderland. “We have really similar tastes, and we trust each other's talents. I know I trust his without giving it a second thought. He just had to mentioned Alice to me and I asked him, 'When do we start?'” Currently filming The Tourist with Angelina Jolie, Depp has several other films lined up, including a fourth installment of The Pirates Of The Caribbean (which will sail without Kiera Knightley and Orlando Bloom onboard) and a project very close to his heart – a film version of the 1960s-70s, gothic, daytime soap Dark Shadows. “I was a big fan of Barnabas Collins, and I would run home every day after school to watch it on TV,” Depp recalls. “I've been wanting to do the film for years now, and I think it's finally going to happen.” And who will be directing the former soap opera filled with vampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks and other supernatural beings? “I cant imagine anyone else but Tim doing it,” he says. “We've come up with some great ideas, we're just trying to work out our schedules. I wouldn't trust it in anyone else hand's but Tim's.”
Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in  Alice In Wonderland
Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in 'Alice In Wonderland'
Disney
Alice In Wonderland is your seventh film with Tim Burton. What was your initial reaction when Tim asked you if you would be interested in playing Mad Hatter, Is it character you've really wanted to play?“ To be honest, he could have said he wanted me to play Alice and I would have. I would done whatever character Tim wanted. But, certainly, the fact that it was the Mad Hatter was a bonus because of the great challenge to try to find this guy and not just be a rubber ball you heave into an empty room and watch it bounce all over the place. I wanted to find that part of the character, but also a little bit more of the history and gravity to that.”
Is your version of the Mad Hatter much more of a tragic character than he's ever been in previous film adaptations? “Well, there's the whole Hatter's dilemma, really. The term, 'Mad-as-a-Hatter,' came from the amount of mercury that they used in the glue to make the hats. It was damaging. So, in terms of looking at Hatter from that perspective and seeing him as this guy who literally is damaged goods, physically and emotionally, I took that and decided that, as opposed to just this hyper, nutty guy, he should explore all sides of the personality at an extreme level. He can go, from one second, being very highfalutin with a lot of levity, and then straight into some kind of dangerous potential rage, and then tragedy. Trying to map it out was really interesting.”
When did you first read or become aware of the book for Alice In Wonderland? Did it have an influence on you in any sort of way? “Even though you can't quite place when the book or the story came into your life, and I do vaguely remember reading versions of Alice in Wonderland when I was maybe five years old, but you always knew the characters. Everyone knows the characters, and they're very well-defined characters, which I always thought was fascinating. Most people who haven't read the book definitely know the characters and reference them.”
So you knew all about the story of Alice when Tin called you. Right? “Ironically, it was only maybe a year prior to Tim calling, I had gone back and re-read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and what I took away from it was these very strange, little cryptic nuggets that he'd thrown in there, and I was really intrigued by them and became fascinated by them because they were asking questions that couldn't be answered, or were making statements that you couldn't quite understand, like 'I'm investigating things that begin with the letter M.' That took me through a whole stratosphere of possibilities, and I did a little research and discovered that the M is mercury. And then there was, 'Why is a raven like a writing desk?' Those things just became so important to the character. If I read the book again today, I'd find 100 other things that I missed last time. It's a constantly changing book.”
Done the rabbit s hole to Wonderland
Done the rabbit's hole to Wonderland
Disney
Thinking about all the movies you've been in, which of them is your children's favorite?Edward Scissorhands is, by far, by kids' favorite. It's funny because they've seen it, but they have a difficult time watching it because it's their dad and they make that connection. They connect with the character, and they see their dad feeling that isolation and loneliness. He's a tragic character, so it's hard for them. They bawl when they see that”
In what ways has your professional and personal relationship with Tim grown? “Each time out of the gate with Tim, the initial thing for me is to come up with a character. And then, there's a certain amount of pressure where I go, 'Jesus, will this be the one where I disappoint him?' So, I try really hard, especially early on, to come up with something that's very different, that he hasn't experienced before and that we haven't experienced together before, and that will stimulate him and inspire him to make choices based on that character. I try not to embarrass him, basically.”
Even though you've created such memorable cinematic characters, when you started on the Mad Hatter, did you look back at your own work to make sure that weren't repeating anything or making it him similar? “I've played English a number of times, and used an English accent a number of times, so it becomes a little bit of an obstacle course to go, 'Oh, that's teetering into Captain Jack-ville,' or 'This is teetering into Chocolat or Wonka.' You've got to really pay attention to the places you've been. But, that's part of it. That's the great challenge. You may get it wrong. There's a very good possibility that you can fall flat on your face, but that's a healthy thing for an actor.”
Since Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom took a walk off the proverbial plank of The Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 ship and won't be returning, are we sure Jack Sparrow will be back? “Yeah, there is no Keira or Orlando in there. I don't think we'd ever throw too much Jack Sparrow in there. There will be just a little bit of everybody.”
All of the years that you've spent being a Hollywood actor, was there a certain time that you felt like you were in you own Wonderland? “Yeah, the whole ride. My whole experience on the ride, since Day One, has been pretty surreal, in this business, and defies logic. I'm still completely shocked that I still get jobs and am still around. But, more than anything, it has been kind of a wonderland. I'm been very lucky.”
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When you started out, did you dream that it would be that way? “No, not at all. I had no idea where anything was going. But, it's almost impossible to predict anything like that. After I had done Crybaby with John Waters and Edward Scissorhands with Tim, I felt like they were going to cut me off right then. I felt, at that point, I was on solid ground and I knew where I wanted to go, and I was sure that they would nix me out of the gig. But, luckily, I'm still here.”
Alice In Wonderland 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy) Bonus Features: The featurettes - “Finding Alice,” “The Mad Hatter,” “Effecting Wonderland,” “The Futterwacken Dance,” “The Red Queen,” “Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen,” “The White Queen,” “Scoring Wonderland,” “Stunts of Wonderland,” “Making the Proper Size,” “Cakes of Wonderland” and “Tea Party Props” and a Digital Copy.
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Fox
Burn Notice: The Complete Third Season
If you're not a hardcore fan of Burn Notice, after three great seasons of Jeffrey Donovan portraying former super spy Michael Westen, searching for the higher-ups that “burned him” (spook-speak for wiping out his existence: no work history, money or identity), then you have been missing three summers of the most well-written, incredibly clever, flawlessly-acted and action-packed series on cable television. Season Four starts airing in a couple of days, but to understand, root for and often laugh at Michael's plight, you really need to rush out, pick up a DVD copy of Season Three, call in sick at work and plan a Burn Notice marathon of your own (you should really do yourself a favor and pick up Seasons One and Two as well). It'll be the best day of hooky you've ever played. As Season Three begins, the Miami crime scene continues heating up for the Master spy-for-hire Michael. Since Westen, (as mentioned, played by Donovan, who starred in director Clint Eastwood's film Changeling and had a recurring role on Crossing Jordan) is pretty much a free agent now that he has been blacklisted and burn, he tries to help normal folk who are being ripped off by confidence men, drug dealers and every kind of bad dude imaginable. But even Michael Westen can't manage being the Robin Hood of Miami Beach all by himself. So he puts together his own little posse of friends who are always watching his back – a crew that includes Bruce Campbell (Army Of Darkness), who plays his best friend, Sam, a retired FBI agent who may or may not have given up intel on Michael's spy activities in the past – but all for a good cause. And the fire power behind his little trio is his sexy on-and-off again girlfriend Fiona (played by the stunning Gabrielle Anwar of The Tudors and Scent Of A Woman). A one-time IRA terrorist who is an expertise in bombs, guns, missiles and anything that goes “Boom!” Fiona is still in love with Michael, which often complicates some of their missions. With friends like Fiona and Sam, Westen often finds himself in even hotter water! His mom (Cagney & Lacey star Sharon Gless) is always asking him to help out her less fortunate friends, which wouldn't be all that tough if he didn't have a Miami detective investigating him (Moon Bloodgood of Terminator Salvation) and and a former spy associate who is out to milk him dry (Jay Karnes from The Shield and Sons of Anarchy. Combining action, suspense, sex and a twist of humor, Burn Notice: Season Three (19 episodes on four discs) is perfect viewing for those sizzling, hot summer days that require you kick off your shoes, grab a case of gold ones and get ready for a little intrigue, danger and a few hours to laugh until your sides ache. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: “Smash, Crash, Boom: Inside the Burn Notice Stunt Unit Featurette and “2009 San Diego Comic-Con International Panel” docu-feature.
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Universal
The Wolfman Combo Pack
Get the silver bullets ready, because those pesky, hairy lycans are back and their have only one thing on their minds – their hunger for human flesh. Inspired by Lon Chaney, Jr's classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins in director Joe Johnston's updated version of the ancient werewolf legend. Academy Award winners Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro tear up the screen in this action-packed thriller. Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) is lured back to his family estate to investigate the savage murder of his brother by a bloodthirsty beast. There, Talbot must confront his childhood demons, his estranged father (Hopkins), his brother's grieving fiancée (Emily Blunt of The Devil Wears Prada) and a suspicious Scotland Yard Inspector (Hugo Weaving from The Matrix Trilogy). When Talbot is bitten by the creature, he becomes eternally cursed and soon discovers a fate far worse than death. The Wolfman Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack: Deleted and Extended scenes, two exclusive Alternate Endings. Bonus Movie: Watch the original 1941 version of The Wolfman in three ways:(1) Streaming with the disc via BD-LIVE! (2) On your smartphone with the POCKET BLU app, and (3) On your computer at Universal HiDef.com. Plus More BD-LIVE! Interactive features and a Digital Copy Of The Wolfman For Portable Media Players.
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Warner Bros
Peanuts: 1970's Collection Volume 2
C'mon, who doesn't dig Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts' clan? Most of us were raised on these nighttime Peanuts' classic and will treasure them forever, This 2-Disc set brings six more beloved Peanuts prime-time specials to DVD. The Peanuts 1970s Collection Volume 2 compilation consists of a series of specials that were broadcast between 1975 and 1979, several of which won Emmy Awards. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown – the 1975 special that finds the Peanuts gang making preparations for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday; 1975's You’re a Good Sport, Charlie Brown – It's Motocross season and competing against the likes of Peppermint Patty and the Masked Marvel – the daredevil beagle named Snoopy. It’s fast and furious fun right up through the finish line with this wonderful Emmy Award winner; In 1976's It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown, the Peanuts gang undertakes a gardening project to celebrate Arbor Day and wind up turning Charlie Brown’s baseball diamond into a lush garden; What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown (1978) – It's the night that Snoopy dreams he’s an Alaskan sled dog, who is denied food and water his sled master and his fellow sled dogs. Will he take a stand and face up to the fierce pack as they make their way through the snowy wilderness? 1977's It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown – It’s homecoming night and Charlie Brown is asked to escort the homecoming queen, who just so happens to be the elusive, little red-haired girl whom he has been pining for all his life; You’re the Greatest, Charlie Brown – In this 1979 Emmy Award winning special, hard work and team spirit are what Charlie Brown needs to win the decathlon at the school Junior Olympics event. (Only on DVD) Bonus Feature: “You’re Groovy, Charlie Brown: A Look at Peanuts in the ‘70s” featurette takes a look at the Peanuts in the ‘70s. From the daily work rituals and comic strip techniques of Charles Schulz, to the environment of Creative Associates, Peanuts is examined in this loving tribute to the comic strip and animation. This is the story of how Peanuts and the 1970s were the perfect blend.
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Undisputed III: Redemption Combo Pack
Undisputed III: Redemption follows an elite group of eight prisoners from maximum security prisons around the world who are brought together by a powerful underground gambling syndicate. Their challenge: to compete, and survive, in a secret, survival-of-the-fiercest battle competition. The prize: freedom for the champion…and a payday of millions to the organizers. Except nothing is what is seems, as the syndicate has no plans to allow anyone to walk free, prompting Boyka, a spin-kicking, iron-fisted prisoner, to craft a plan to take on the syndicate his way. If his gambit works, it might send the whole scheme crashing down around them. Scott Adkins returns as Boyka in a ground-and-pound fury of martial arts mastery. Directed by Issaac Florentine, Undisputed III also stars Mykel Shannon Jenkins, Mark Ivanir, Hristo Shopov and Marko Zaror. The Undisputed III: Redemption Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the film on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy on Disc .
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MGM/Fox
Elvis 75th Birthday Collection
To commemorate the birth of music and screen legend Elvis Presley comes the release of the Elvis 75th Birthday Collection arriving on DVD, just in time for Father’s Day. Featuring a selection of seven films from the king’s impressive body of work, the set includes both dramatic and musical roles that highlight the phenomenal talent of the great Elvis Presley. Included in the collection is Presley’s wildly successful acting debut as the brother of a Confederate soldier in the touching western Love Me Tender, his critically acclaimed performance as a half-Kiowa American Indian in Flaming Star, and his dramatic portrayals of a struggling young boxer in Kid Galahad, a troubled young writer in the coming of age story Wild In The Country and a riverboat gambler in Frankie And Johnny. The collection also showcases some of Elvis’ most exuberant musicals with the seaside romp Clambake and the family comedy Follow That Dream. Featuring appearances from stars such as Academy Award-nominated Tuesday Weld, Barbara Eden, Charles Bronson, Shelley Fabares and Donna Douglas, the seven films in the Elvis 75th Birthday Collection celebrate the consummate performer that was Elvis Presley. With simple, powerful storytelling, iconic charm and high-energy musical numbers, these movies are a must-own addition to any DVD collection of the true King Of Rock and Roll.
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CBS/Paramount
The Cleaner: The Final Season
Sadly, although it only aired for two seasons, The Cleaner made sure it's voice about addiction – and cleaning up from it and staying that way – was heard loud and clear. In the Final Season of this compelling and gritty drama -- loosely based on the true life story of William Boyd -- the head cleaner and the series' leading man, Benjamin Bratt – a one-time detective in the homicide unit of Law & Order – portrayed William Banks, an extreme interventionist who, after hitting rock-bottom from his own addictions after the birth of his daughter, strikes a tentative deal with God. In exchange for a second chance, he vows to kick his addictions and dedicate his life to helping others. His family and his team of co-interventionists and onetime junkies themselves, were played by Grace Park, (Battlestar Galatica), Amy Price-Francis, Kevin Richardson and Esteban Powell. William Banks is the one you want helping a troubled loved one, the one you trust to do whatever is necessary and the man you want by your side in your darkest hour. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: “Coming Clean” and “Warren Boyd: The Real Cleaner” featurette, Gag Reel, Cast and crew commentary on selected episodes and Deleted scenes.
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The Three Stooges Collection: Volume 8 1955-1959
One of the funniest movie comedy trios in history is back again in The Three Stooges: Volume Eight. This eighth volume showcases the talents of the wacky slap-stick troupe, contains 32 digitally remastered shorts from 1955-1959 and includes both Shemp Howard and Joe Besser. (Besser, a long-time friend of Howard, replaced him after Howard's death in 1955.) The Three Stooges: Volume Eight 1955-1959, now digitally remastered and looking better than ever, is packaged in a three-disc set. The Three Stooges were comic legends in every sense of the word. The Three Stooges left an indelible mark on 20th century screen comedy and inspired generations that succeeded them. Following their start in vaudeville, the trio began a film career in the early 1930s, reached their slapstick peak at Columbia Pictures (1934-1957) and lasted as a team well into the 1950s. After their initial retirement, they were rediscovered by an enthusiastic new generation through the medium of television, surpassing their contemporaries in lasting popularity. Volume Eight continues Sony's long-running tribute to the comedic mastery of the Stooges by tracing the evolution and development of their craft in films in progressive order. (Only on DVD)
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Life
Like the Emmy-winning Planet Earth, the BBC is taking natural history to a whole new level with the release of Life. More than four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days across every continent and habitat, with narration by Oprah Winfrey, Life is an epic BBC/Discovery Channel production that illustrates the extraordinary tactics animals and plants use to stay alive. Life tells 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world, 54 of which have never been filmed before. Since Planet Earth, several key advances have been made in wildlife filmmaking techniques which allow the viewer to witness, closer than ever before, how creatures, under extreme pressure, can overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment. Production firsts include the yogi cam, developed specifically for Life, which allowed a camera to track smoothly alongside migrating reindeer and elephants, intricate cable rigging which enabled the crew to "fly" a camera through thousands of monarch butterflies in Mexico and high-definition low-light cameras that allowed for time-lapse underwater filming. Filmed entirely in high-definition, Life is packed with excitement, revelation, entertainment and a myriad of awe-inspiring feats. It's difficult to accurately explain the wonder and jaw-dropping splendor of Life in mere words.You really need to see the astonishing and remarkable images on all eleven episodes of Life to experience the overwhelming feelings of humanity that embrace you when you view the breathtaking images of intimate animal and plant behavior for yourself. Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features: “The Making of Life” documentary, Deleted scenes, a "music only" viewing option and “Life On Location” - a collection of ten video diaries.
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Warner Bros/Adult Swim
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 7
The Force is back, and it's time to catch up with the original human-sized food products crew from southern New Jersey looking for acceptance, friendship, and yes, even love on Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume 7. Most of the rest of the time, they do things like try to figure out ways to make money or hang out in their neighbor Carl's above-ground swimming pool -- and stuff like that. Frylock, Meatwad and Master Shake are back for eleven more episodes of bizarre and absurd shenanigans -- among them the notorious, much-hyped live action episode featuring T-Pain as Frylock, Jon Benjamin as Master Shake and Dave Long, Jr. as Carl. If you haven't caught any outrageous or mind-blowing episode of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force, you really don't know what you've been missing. Honestly, it's different than anything else on television today, and be warned, Aqua Teen Hunger Force is not just for kids. In fact, the fan base for the Force continues to grow (up) each season. During its seventh season, Nielson Media Research ranked Aqua Teen Hunger Force the Number One show in its time period among Adults 18-24, Men 18-24, Adults 18-34, and Men 18-34 in a rank of programs on both cable and broadcast networks. In other words, adults are getting the humor and wit of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and turning it into a bit of a cultural phenomenon. You can even buy your own Meatwad Beanbag Chair at the mall, and cuddle up in it with your Aqua Teen Hunger Force blanket with your Mooninite Critter Pants on. Go ahead, join the Force. You won't regret it. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: Uncensored audio, "Live Action Behind the Scenes: The Making of 12 Minutes of Television That Changed Television for 12 Minutes", "Live Action Carl: The Dave Long Story: Shave Your Head, Grow a Mustache and Gain 80lbs for a Shot at Fame", “Rubberman Behind The Scenes: You Mom and Uncle Sing About Condoms,” “Dumb Down Your Smart Phone” and the “Terrorphoone II: The Legend of Rakenstein” featurettes.
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Clint Eastwood: The Man With No Name Blu-ray Trilogy
Still haven't found Dad that perfect Father's Day gift? Stop looking. Father's of every age will want a copy of Sergio Leone's epic trilogy of Clint Eastwood Westerns now that they have been combined in this must-have Blu-ray collection. Featuring the Blu-ray premieres of A Fistful Of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More, along with The Good, Bad and The Ugly, this compilation is perfect for Father’s Day gift-giving, for Blu-ray enthusiasts and fans of Clint Eastwood's classic Westerns – like you. Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone's trilogy of operatic spaghetti Westerns with Clint Eastwood made the former television star into an international sensation as the scraggly, silent Man with No Name, a wandering rogue with a scheming mind and a sense of humor drier than the dusty, wind-scoured desert. The first in the collection, A Fistful of Dollars, a unique take on Kurosawa's cynical samurai hit Yojimbo, reveals the transformation of the Western hero into a crafty mercenary. The follow-up, For a Few Dollars More, teams Eastwood up in an uneasy alliance with Lee Van Cleef (High Noon) in a tale of revenge. But the masterpiece of the set is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, an epic scramble for buried gold set against the violence of the Civil War. In this film, good is a relative term as three criminals make a series of tenuous partnerships broken in double-crosses and betrayals in Leone's epic vision of the American southwest as endless deserts and clapboard towns infested with gunmen. A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS Blu-ray Bonus Features: “The Christopher Frayling Archives,” “A New Kind Of Hero,” “Tre Voci: A Fistful of Dollars” and “Not Ready For Primetime” featurettes, Commentary by Film Historian Christopher Frayling , “A Few Weeks in Spain: Clint Eastwood” documentary, The Network Prologue with Actor Harry Dean Stanton, Location comparisons: Then to Now, 10 radio spots, Double Bill Trailer and Theatrical Trailer. FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Blu-ray Bonus Features: Commentary by Christopher Frayling, “The Christopher Frayling Archives,” “A New Standard: Frayling on For A Few Dollars More,” “Back for More: Clint Eastwood Remembers For A Few Dollars More” and “Tre Voci: For A Few Dollars More” featurettes, the Original American Release Version, Location comparisons, 12 radio spots, 2 Theatrical Trailers. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY Blu-ray Bonus Features: Commentary by Film Historians Richard Schickel & Christopher Frayling, six new feaurettes including “IL Maestro: Ennio Morricone and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” Deleted Scenes, Extended Tuco Torture Scene, The Socorro Sequence: A Reconstruction , four Easter Eggs, Theatrical Trailer and French Trailer.
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Wild Things: Foursome - Unrated
In the latest chapter of the sizzling Wild Things film franchise, temperatures begin to rise the very moment the dangerously sexy new thriller – Wild Things: Foursome – begins. The latest and most provocative chapter in the popular Wild Things series stars TV legend John Schneider and a sexy, young cast, including Marnette Patterson, Ashley Parker Angel and Hollywood's hot new find, Jillian Murray, in a shocking tale of hot blooded sex and cold blooded murder set against the backdrop of Florida's wealthy Blue Bay community. Guaranteed to keep pulses racing and libidos pumping, the Andy Hurst-directed Wild Things: Foursome is the seductive next film in the hot and sexy Wild Things series. Hotel magnate Ted Wheetley is tough on his arrogant hard partying son, Carson (Ashley Parker Angel), who believes his wealthy, womanizer father drove his mother to her death. When Ted is killed in a speed boat accident, Detective Frank Walker (John Schneider) is assigned to investigate the case. As he digs deeper into the death, he becomes more and more suspicious of the scheming, seduction, greed, double-crossing and possibly even cold blooded murder. And, Detective Walker slowly discovers that there is more to the steamy, gorgeous Blue Bay beauty Brandi Cox (Jillian Murray) than meets the eye. But it's a lesson he may learn too late.
Jillian Murray in  Wild Things: Foursome
Jillian Murray in 'Wild Things: Foursome'
Sony
Jillian Murray chats about the making of Wild Things: Foursome
As intelligent and charming as she is downright beautiful, the captivating Jillian Murray confesses she was always a fan of the first three Wild Things motion pictures. “Oh, heck, yeah, I loved those movies, I didn't miss a single one of them,” recalls Murray, who began her acting career making indie films in Tuscon before heading for the bright lights of LA after her graduation day. “I loved each one of them, because they were all exciting, thrilling and full of so many unexpected twists and turns.”
With over a dozen films to her credit, Murray is probably best known to most moviegoers for her roles in the chilling horror films The Graves and Forget Me Not. When Murray received the call to come down and read for the third sequel of the Wild Things franchise, the Reading, Pennsylvania-born actress figured fate was ready for her to become part of the Foursome. “I had been wanting to do a different type of character,” Murray remembers. “And being such a fan of the Wild Things movies, I knew there would be a part for me that I had to do. I was right. It was like I was meant to play Brandi all the time.”
How do you feel about Wild Things: Foursome compared to the other sequels? “People that know movies really well, and they think they can figure out who is the bad person right off, they always get it wrong in this movie. It seems so obvious, but then you get about six different twists and turns, at least. It's kind of a roller coaster ride you don't want get off.”
Jillian Murray as Brandi Cox in  Wild Things: Foursome
Jillian Murray as Brandi Cox in 'Wild Things: Foursome'
Sony
What attracted you to the role of Brandi Cox in Foursome? “I really wanted to play a bad girl role for a change. I found a bad girl role really appealing to me. I really hadn't done any, so it was my chance to do something new. And she really is nasty, but she plays this coy, shy young girl who really needs someone's guidance. But as everything goes on, you begin to realize that she is the really the bad girl behind everything. I liked being the manipulative one, it's fun. (laughs) It's just like I had been playing the goody, goody girl so much that I wanted to try something more rough. And, it was a little more difficult role to play, too.”
In what way? ”She's not just one-dimensional. There's a lot more to here, and she has a lot more secrets. There are a lot more layers to her as opposed the character of the sweet little girl who just wants to be flattered. There is a lot more depth to Brandi. There's a lot of things you don't know about her. There's a lot of hurt and a lot of fear. Her fear drives her to manipulate and do the questionable things she does.”
The previous three Wild Things have a reputation for being very sexy and sensual, but not exploitative motion pictures. When you decided to do Foursome, where you at all worried about how far you might have to go in some of the scenes? “I was, I really was. I actually asked myself, 'Do I really want to go down this path? Do I really want to take this chance?' But then I thought, 'What are the chances that a film like this is going to be offered to me ever again and that I am going to be able to play a girl like this? My look, usually, doesn't ever let me read for roles like this. So I weighed the pros and cons and realized that if I am going to do at all, a part like this, I might as well do it now in my career, When I am young, in shape and ready to try something challenging.”
Are intimate love or bedroom scenes hard to do? “Not at all. Other actors make them out like they are and make a big deal out of them. But if you are comfortable about yourself and you are not shy, no, they are not tough to do. If you are making out with someone, what's the deal? We are all human Some actors really dread them, and I feel bad for them.”
Isn't it usually an uncomfortable situation doing the racier, sexier sequences while the 25 or 50 crew members hang around the set while they are being shot?“Try more like a hundred. (laughs) You wish they were just 50, but there are about a hundred people, a bunch of cameras and a ton of lighting. There's nothing intimate about those scenes at all. (laughs) It's like I told myself, 'If you can't handle people watching you kiss all day, girl. you might think about getting out of this business. Because there are a lot of other people who will kiss all day in front of the camera – and more than that – and they don't care about pushing you out of the way for the role.' I learned really quickly that this can be a tough business. But, if you want to act, then set your career goals high, decide on your personal limits – what you will and won't do – and get ready to work hard. You need to have a thick skin, though, because you'll be told 'No!' a whole lot of times, but you forget all about the rejections when you get a part in a film like Wild Things: Foursome. It makes it all the pain and hard work worth it.”
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