Surprisingly, actress Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, Alice In Wonderland
) felt quite at ease working with costar Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain
) during the filming of the sexy, big screen romance Love & Other Drugs
, even during the scenes that required them not to wear any clothes – requiring them to be totally in the nude. "I thought it was going to be tough," the recent Oscar ceremonies co-host admits. "Luckily, I was in the company of two great gentlemen, Jake and (director) Ed (Zwick, who put me at ease. If it had been any other actor of filmmaker I was working with, I might not have been as comfortable being shot without any clothes on."
In Love & Other Drugs
-- adapted by producer/director Zwick from Jaime Reidy's best-selling book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman
-- Hathaway, a native of Brooklyn, New York, portrays Maggie Murdock, a happy, free sprit of a woman who doesn't let the fact that she is being treated for Parkinson's Disease rule her life. When the slick and charming Jamie Randall (Gyllenhaal) -- a Viagra salesman for pay and a roving playboy for play -- runs into Maggie, he falls for her -- hard. Jamie immediately realizes that Maggie is nothing like the emotionally vacant women he usually becomes involved with. Although their "no strings attached" relationship initially begins as a strictly sexual one, the more time they spend together, the more a real romance begins to blossom. They both begin to feel like they are on Cloud 9 -- not from the effect of the Viagra or the Parkinson's medications -- but more from the euphoric, natural high of unconditional love.
In addition to Hathaway and Gyllenhaal's Golden Globe-nominated performances as Maggie and Jamie, Love & Other Drugs
also features a cast that includes the talents of Oliver Platt (Frost/Nixon
), Hank Azaria (Night At The Museum
), Josh Gad (21
), Gabriel Macht (Behind Enemy Lines
), Judy Greer (13 Going on 30
), George Segal (For The Boys
) and the late Jill Clayburgh (An Unmarried Woman
). Hathawaysays she also had a wonderful experience working with Segal and Clayburgh, who passed away from cancer last year. "She and George Segal, as Jake’s parents, set his character so beautifully with their performances, because he understood the world in which he came from, who he was raised by," the 29-year-old Hathaway recalls. "Their performances were invaluable. And I’m sure speak for all of us in saying our prayers and best wishes go out to Jill’s family."
You are supposed to be nude on the Love And Other Drugs poster and you are very naked in the movie. Did you see nudity as a selling point for this movie? How was it for you to actual do the steamy scenes?
"I’ve had a chip on my shoulder since the Princess Diaries
when my nude scene was cut. (laughs) So I’ve been trying to make up for lost time ever since then."
The length of time your and Jake's characters spent unclothed in this movie posed an interesting challenge because, usually, in most of films the intimate scenes go by rather quickly. The fact you were able to joke and be humorous while you were naked was also something brave, do you agree?
"Is it brave because we were laughing while we were naked and things jiggle." (laughs)
Jake says there was very little jiggles on you.
"Oh, yeah right, because it’s really moving on Jake. I always wanted one of Jake’s biceps for Halloween." (laughs)
Usually, when you are naked on camera these scenes are very serious, so the fact that you get to have fun with the experience...
"One of the things we talked about early on is that when you are in the early throes of passion and lust and love, you spend a lot of time unclothed and the beginning of our characters relationship is in that moment. And then obviously we go into a deeper place of love and companionship and intimacy. It’s so funny that you said that the intimate scenes usually go quick, because I think there are many definitions of intimacy. I would say that the sex scenes go rather quick but the things that make our scenes so intimate is that we stay in them so long. I haven’t gotten a complaint so far. By the time we got to those scenes we really worked everything through there was little to deal with beyond the normal."
Were there other people naked on the set while you were filming -- to make the two of you more comfortable?
"Everyone – all of Pittsburgh got naked for us." (laughs)
Your chemistry with Jake was phenomenal in the film – it was really believable and it's hard for most actors in romantic films to pull off that kind of believability. Your vulnerability was also amazing on screen. Can you talk about working together with Jake in the film and did that chemistry with the two of you start as far back as you appearance together in the movie Brokeback Mountain?
"I have yet to become vulnerable. (laughs) No, seriously. I never felt vulnerable with Jake. I understood that our characters went to vulnerable places. We all really supported each other and I felt really supported by Jake and (co-writer/director) Ed Zwick, so if there was vulnerability it was tempered by love and support."
As an actress, do you ever feel vulnerable?
"Sure. Every time you act, it’s vulnerable – if you are telling a love story, if you are taking your clothes off., if your making a comedy – it’s all kind of putting yourself out there for people hopefully to enjoy. With Brokeback Mountain
, we had chemistry and Jake was someone I really enjoyed spending time with, and we’re very bonded over that experience."
This film touches a lot on the subject of unconditional love, so how true to life in today’s world do you think it is?
"Is this an accurate portrayal of love? I saw the final cut of the film with an audience two nights ago. And I am so proud of the fact that I believe in their love story. Whether or not it’s the definitive exploration of unconditional love. I don’t know? I don’t know enough about the world, and I don’t know enough about film to say that. However, I do know that it is very hard to believe in on-screen love, and I am pumped that I could believe in ours."
Love And Other Drugs also gives an interesting take on modern love. What is your take on modern love and finding your true love? And what is going on with Jake and country singer Taylor Swift?
"Hey, I have been Jake’s on-screen love interest for years, all right you keep the conversation to me and only me. (laughed) Otherwise, I am going to get nasty. Don’t get Ella Enchanted
pissed off; I’m not that obedient."
Okay, can you just riff on about love for a bit?
"I think love is everything. Most people want love. The journey is sometimes really rocky to find it, and it’s an exploration and an adventure always. And that’s one of the most wonderful parts of being alive and one of the worst parts of being alive when it doesn’t go well. You mentioned modern love, and I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but I love it when I movie reminds you of your favorite love songs. And this movie does that for me. And it’s great when your life reminds you of love songs. It’s an incredibly intoxicating feeling that initial rush and then as spend more time and it deepens, it becomes something else entirely – it becomes all the epic things that the world is made up of. At least that’s what my experience has been."
What attracted you to the role of Maggie?
"I was so drawn to Maggie. I was so drawn to her rhythm, and I was so in awe of what she was going through and the way she was handling it, the way she handling her diagnosis was completely understandable – with anger, with denial, with frustration, with vulnerability, self medication, and she’s an intelligent girl, it made sense to me that she would be getting it right at times and sometimes it would be a real struggle for her. I thought there was so much potential in the story. But for me it was Maggie. And then, of course, when I started imagining her with Jake, it became intoxicating."
What really drew you to this movie?
"The movie is about what it takes to let love in. Love is hard work and it’s scary, and it’s all totally worth it."
Funny Extended Deleted Scenes; Actor’s Discussion: "The Relationship Between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway," "Beautifully Complex: Anne Hathaway Describes Maggie," "Reformed Womanizer: Jake Gyllenhaal is Jamie" and "Selling Love & Other Drugs
" featurettes; BD-LIVE: Go behind the scenes with exclusive footage; LIVE LOOKUP: Powered by IMDB and a Digital Copy.
In director Danny Boyle's follow up to his Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire
, the terrifying -- compelling and inspirational 127 Hours
-- actor James Franco delivers an incredible performance as Aron Ralston, the real-life mountaineer/outdoorsman who gets trapped under a boulder while hiking in Utah. After waiting five days for help that doesn't seem to be coming, he amputates his own limb to set himself free -- his only chance of survival. After proving his dramatic abilities in pictures like Milk
and Cities By The Sea
and that he's a natural comedian from such films as Pineapple Express
and Knocked Up
, Franco gives the most convincing, gut-wrenching and enlightening character portrayal of his career. Although this year's Best Actor Oscar went to Colin Firth, James Franco could have easily taken home the award for his work in 127 Hours
. He's that good. 127 Hours
is one nail-biting human drama you have to see. It'll change your outlook on the fragile nature of life and the extremes we'll go to in order to survive. Bonus Features:
Feature Commentary by Director/Co-Screenwriter Danny Boyle, Producer Christian Colson and Co-Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy; Deleted Scenes; "Search & Rescue" and "127 Hours
: An Extraordinary View" featurettes; BD-LIVE - Behind the scenes with new footage and a Digital Copy.
Whether or not you are a big fan of Cher's acting (you have to admit she was brilliant in both Silkwood
), it's great to see her back to work on the big screen. After spending the past couple of years performing in Vegas, she's come back up for cinematic air in this dramedy filled with sexy and dazzling musical numbers. In Burlesque
, Cher plays Tess, the owner of The Burlesque Club, a former beautiful old theater that is slowly falling apart. Ruling the club like the Queen Mother, Cher doesn't play Tess as some fading diva -- she's funny, wise and tough, especially with the girls who sing and dance in her club. Christina Aguilera is one of her new girls -- Ali, a small-town gal with big Hollywood dreams of becoming a singing star. Singers who try their hands at film acting aren't always that successful at it (remember Mariah Carey in the musical debacle Glitter
?), but Auguilera passes the test and commands the screen during her musical performances -- Christina absolutely shines. The story may seem a little familiar but adding characters like Alan Cumming as the host, Stanley Tucci as the club manager and Eric Dane (a Grey's Anatomy
heart-throb) as the love interest, gives Burlesque
a fresh, contemporary spin. Burlesque
doesn't try to hide the fact that it is a good old fashioned musical at heart, but it is one with modern-day sensibilities. Filled with glamour, flash and unforgettable musical numbers by Cher and Christina, Burlesque
is a sound investment for lovers of song-and-dance spectacles. Blu-ray Bonus Features:
The Burlesque Lounge: 6 Full Musical Performances; Blooper Reel; Alternate Opening; Commentary with Writer/Director Steven Antin; Burlesque
Jukebox; movieIQ+sync featuring the Burlesque
playlist and the featurettes "Burlesque is Back!," "The Performers: The Cast of Burlesque
," "Setting the Stage: Production Design & Photography," "Inside the Dressing Room: Creating the Burlesque
Look" and "The Set List: The Music & Choreography of Burlesque
Even if you tried, you couldn't go wrong with an animated film featuring a vocal cast that included Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, David Cross and Tina Fey. However, Megamind
is even more clever, witty and hilarious then you could have imagined. The film tells the wacky comic book-like story of Metro City's ultra-villain Megamind (Ferrell) and his constant struggles to bring down the city's protective super-hero, Metro Man (Pitt). After battling Metro Man most of his life, to no avail, Megamind finally comes up with the smart idea of kidnapping ace reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Fey) and using her imprisonment to lure Metro Man into a trap. Much to Megamind's surprise, his plan works and he has brings down the superhero. But, Megamind begins to wonder what good is it possessing complete power over Metro City when there is no do-gooder to fight with to keep it out of his diabolical hands? To give himself something to do, Megamind creates a brand new super-hero adversary for himself. As usual, Megamind's plans backfire on him and instead of making another nice guy like Metro Man, he makes a villain (Hill) that is even more evil, nasty and dangerous. Now, roles have changed and it's up to Megamind to save the day. With one wonderfully hysterical twist after another, Megamind
is one animated feature that should have been nominated for more awards this year. It's a riot. Bonus Features:
: The Button Of Doom" feature; "The Animators’ Corner" featurette; Trivia Track "Comic Creator," "Behind the Mind" and "Meet the Cast of Megamind
" featurettes; Deleted Scene; The featurettes "Inside Megamind’s Lair," "AnimatorMan," "You Can Draw Megamind" and "Mega Rap"; "The Reign of Megamind" -- Video Comic Book; Spot the Difference; Filmmakers’ Commentary; Previews and "World of DreamWorks Animation: Fun-filled looks into the worlds of Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda
The Two Mrs. Carrolls
In their only onscreen pairing, Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck star in this white-knuckle, psychological thriller. Bogart portrays Geoffrey Carroll, a temperamental painter whose works are inspired by the woman he is married to. However, there is just one big problem with using his better half as his muse, because when a wife no longer inspires his work on the canvas, he poisons them and marries another so that he can continue his work. His current wife, Sally, flawlessly played by Stanwyck, begins to figure out what drives her crazy husband and knows that she may not be long for this world. She begins to notice that Geoffrey is beginning to have eyes for their beautiful neighbor (Alexis Smith), so she tries to find ways to avoid the nightcap -- a glass of milk -- that her husband offers her right before bedtime. From murder to blackmail, The Two Carrolls
is a classic thriller, in every sense of the word. Another exclusive release from the Warner Archive Collection, you can order it directly from http://bit.ly/WAC_TwoCarrolls
and catch a Preview Clip from the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R944kCbB9eI
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Volume 3
The war rages on against the evil organization, The Dark Nebula, but with new characters fighting against them with their spinning Beyblade tops. It's another installment of the Cartoon Network animated hit series about the never-ending fight between good and evil, and Volume 3 is far more explosive, exciting and electrifying than proceeding installments of the Beyblade
story. This time around, sinister forces continue to try and possess the forbidden Beyblade, leaving it up to the courageous hero Gingka and his trusted friends to stop them. But, it isn't easy for his friends, especially when they must fight such a powerful force of evil, and before long friends become enemies and enemies become allies. Gingka, who has is both whole-heartedly dedicated to and all-knowing of the Beyblade, is really the only man able to defend his world from the ruthless forces of evil. One of the most thrilling animated features on the airwaves today, this Volume 3 DVD of the Beyblade saga is a must have for aficionados of the series and the perfect introduction for neophytes unaware of the war that continues on.
Bambi: Diamond Edition
Who doesn't love Bambi
? Out of all the original pre-1980s Disney animated movies, Bambi
touched the hearts of viewers -- both young and old -- and taught us all valuable life lessons in a way that films like Sleeping Beauty
couldn't. The tale of the wide-eyed fawn Bambi (who suffers a tragic loss), the film follows Bambi and his friends -- his cheerful rabbit buddy Thumper, the bashful skunk Flower and the wise Friend Owl -- as they explore the world of the vast woods. Along the way, Bambi, who is thought of as The Prince Of The Forest, discovers the strength and power of friendship, family and love. What makes this Blu-ray and DVD release of Bambi
so special is its newly enhanced digital restoration -- from its visually-stunning picture to its incredible, theater-like sound. It's sensational new hi-tech apps, including it's amazing new "Second Screen" app (which allows you to plug into your computer or iPad and interact by looking deeper into such things as photos, galleries and trivia) and special features that help you to see and enjoy Bambi
in a whole new way. Bonus Features:
Introduction by Diane Disney miller; Two Never-Before-Scenes; Deleted Song; "Inside Walt's Story Meetings -- Enhanced Edition; Disney's Big Book Of Knowledge Game; Interactive Blu-ray Galleries and Classic DVD Bonus Features and a DVD of Bambi.
My Girlfriend's Back
A smart and big-hearted urban romantic comedy, My Girlfriend's Back
stars Malik Yoba (Why Did I Get Married Too?
) as Dereck Scott, a successful professional man who begins to lose his composure -- in a big way -- when his old flame, Nicki (Tangi Miller), appears seemingly out of nowhere. He just can't get a hold of his emotional feelings and is having major problems trying to decide how he really feels about his old love from the past, now that she is back today. From lust to dysfunctional relationships, he is caught up in an emotional whirlwind. But, this should be no surprise since Dereck has always been unlucky in love. He's an excellent businessman who easily climbed his way to the top of his profession, only to lose Nicki in the process. Now. Dereck must decide if he wants to share his bed with Nicki once again ,or put her, and all his memories of her in the past -- forever. My Girlfriend's Back
is a truly laughed-filled romantic comedy but it is also a thought-provoking look at modern-day love. Bonus Feature:
Gabriel Macht (Behind Enemy Lines
) is phenomenal in this action-packed, thrill-a-minute police thriller. Unlike some of the newer cinematic action heroes, Macht's characters come off as hard-knocked veterans with nothing to lose (and no onscreen posing). In S.W.A.T. Firefight
, Macht plays Paul Cutler, an expert in anti-terrorism and a great teacher in how to get the bad guys. His sterling reputation has his higher-ups sending him to Detroit in order to get their S.W.A.T. team in tip-top shape -- teaching them as much as he knows about rescuing hostages. Everyone in Detroit believes that Cutler was exactly what they needed to keep their city safe. However, when a S.W.A.T. response to a domestic dispute goes terribly wrong, people being to have second thoughts. If questioning his abilities weren't bad enough, a mentally unstable government assassin becomes obsessed with Cutler and the killer vows to not only destroy Cutler, but he makes plans to wipe out the entire S.W.A.T. Pure non-stop action and high-octane excitement elevates S.W.A.T. Firefight
above the rest. Bonus Features:
"SharpShooting: On The Set" featurette and BD-LIVE.