In The Vow
(now on Blu-Ray/DVD), the Canadian-born McAdams costars in the bonafide tearjerker with Hollywood's latest money-making leading man Channing Tatum. Two weeks ago, we ran Tatum's views on the making of The Vow
, this week, Rachel gets a chance to offer her thoughts on whether we can fall in love with just one person, what The Vow really says about love and confesses if she did The Vow
for her fans of The Notebook.
(filmed in Toronto), features McAdams portraying Paige, one-half of a very happily married very much in love. This heartbreaking and triumphant love story chronicles the lives of the married couple -- Paige and Leo (Tatum) -- after they both miraculously survive a near fatal car accident. Although they walk away from the accident with barely a scratch, tragically, they both soon discover that while Paige was physically unharmed, she has lost her memory. The most heartbreaking aspect of her memory loss is that she now only consider her husband, Leo, the man she fell in love with, a stranger. Worst still, Paige doesn't have a single recollection of their perfect marriage together. Realizing he may lose his wife's love forever, Leo takes it upon himself to try to win back Paige's heart and her mind.
During her interview, the funny and sweet McAdams, a native of London, Ontario, also recalls how she met he costar, Channing Tatum, while he was in a dress, explains what the two of them have in common, what it was like ripping off her clothes and running into Lake Michigan, and in a candid admission, McAdams recalls that single moment that changed her life and helped turn her into an actress -- and made her realize she could make a career out of it.
Do you think the idea of one great love of your life is a romantic idea? Is it simple fiction that we want to believe in or is that a reality in the world today?
"I do believe that you can fall in love with more than one person, but I think that there's that one person that comes along that you want to do that with, you want to make a different kind of commitment to them that is maybe, hopefully, forever. I think at a certain point you do make a choice when there's someone that comes along that you want to do that with. I don't know if there's just one person that you can fall in love with. I think that love is such an intense and wonderful thing. It can be applied in many different forms and it is so unpredictable and it kind of happens to you. I do think at a certain point you have a fair amount of control. Love happens to you in the beginning, but then you get to make a really epic choice. You're sort of allowed to take it into your own hands and make something really miraculous out of it."
What does The Vow really say about love?
"I think the message here, which is true, is that love can survive a lot. But the film also says that it takes work to stay in love and sometimes you have to overcome large challenges."
What do you feel was the toughest point of the film for your character, Paige?
"She doesn’t want to remember their love at one point, which was tricky. You still had to make the film sympathetic. You want the audience to root for this couple. You want them to get back together, but we had to finesse it and see how far we could get away from their love and still leave a shred of hope."
With The Vow, did you want to play to your fans who loved all the romantic torment your character went through in The Notebook?
"I wasn’t playing to a fan base with this film. Honestly, I was just excited to work with Chan (Tatum). And this was a new take on a classical love story and one that I had never seen before. Also, the story is actually based on a real-life couple where she had a brain injury and didn’t remember him, but they reconnected and got back together. Now, they have a lovely family. I thought that was really a worthwhile story to tell."
Is it true you first met Channing when he was in a dress?
"During our first meeting for The Vow
, Channing came bounding into the door with his three dogs who just about knocked me down. I was trying on dresses for the film and he began to try the dresses on to break the ice. He kept saying, ‘Rachel, I think I look better in this than you do.' Yes, like most guys when it comes to dresses, he’s very helpful!’"
Did Channing do anything else on the set that made you laugh?
"I did ride my bike to the set in Toronto and he was always making fun of my helmet. He would say, ‘What’s with the Starship Troopers headpiece."
What did the two of you have in common?
"We both pretty much love all junk food. I was always like, ‘Channing, what are you eating? What’s in your pocket?’ He would say, ‘Don’t worry about what’s in my pocket. You tell me yours first and then I’ll tell you mine.’ We had three days until we’d have to have not so many clothes on. So, suddenly we would both start to workout and do push-ups. I’d ask Channing what he was doing and he’d say, ‘I’m going to run home from set today although it’s a long run and it’s gonna suck.’"
What was it like to do the sexy scene where you rip off your clothes and jump into Lake Michigan?
"I did it, but it wasn’t romantic at heart. It was acting because I was worried about the water. I was concerned about staph infections! So, they did test the water and it was clean. Then I was much happier!"
This film is about that one moment that changes your life. Did you ever have one of those moments?
"I definitely thank my drama teacher, Linda Maskell-Pereira, every day of my life for intercepting me on my way to college. I was going to take cultural studies or something and our college applications were due. I hadn't seen her all term. One day I was just walking around at lunch and I bumped in to her and she said, 'Oh, college applications are due today? What are you taking?' I said, 'Cultural studies. Don't ask me what that means.' She said, 'I really thought that you would do theater.' I was like, 'I didn't know that I could go to college and get a degree in theater.' She said, 'Of course you can. Don't be ridiculous.' So, I just marched right into my guidance office and I said, 'Can I please have my application?' I didn't even know anything about the theater programs at the schools I'd applied to. I just scratched out cultural studies, put in theater and my whole life changed."
Then what happened?
"The next thing I knew I was looking for dramatic monologues and comedic monologues and I was having to sing songs and do dances. I was on this runaway train."
What was your first indication that you could actually do this as a career -- and that you could make a living as a real actor?
"Well, I didn't know. I thought that I would go to theater school and would always do theater and maybe I'd run a little children's theater company because that's where I had started doing theater when I was, like, eleven or twelve. My mom is still disappointed that I didn't do that. Then I got a movie straight out of university. I got an Italian film. I was suddenly speaking Italian. I don't know how to speak Italian and I was shooting and doing love scenes on the beach in Sicily. I thought, 'Well, I'll just go with this now. This could work.'"
The Vow Blu-ray Combo Pack Bonus Features:
Commentary with Director Michael Sucsy; Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Featurettes: "Til Death Do They Part," "Profiles of Love: Paige and Leo" and "Trying To Remember."
NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY & DVD:
Chuck: The Complete Fifth and Final Season
It's the end of a Nerd-Era. It's no secret that all good things must come to an end. That recently occurred when the hilarious spy comedy series Chuck
ended its successful, five-year run, with its final season coming to a close earlier this year. In the Fifth and Final season, Chuck is ready to take Operation Bartowski freelance. Chuck's spy abilities will be put to a new test when he and his team must save mankind without the help of the CIA. Instead, they'll use the cover of the Buy More electronics store to fund their own operations, leading to new missions, new stakes and new obstacles. With Chuck and Sarah as newlyweds and his family in on his secret, it has never been harder for Chuck to separate his spy life from his personal life. Chuck: The Complete Fifth and Final Season
includes all 13 episodes from Season Five plus over 3 hours of never-before-seen bonus features. Chuck: The Complete Fifth and Final Season DVDs and Blu-ray
releases also include a NEW UltraViolet Digital Copy which allows viewers to download and stream all 13 episodes via Wi-Fi to computers and compatible OS and Android devices. Bonus Features:
- the featurettes "Chuck: The Final Episode" - An intimate look at the climactic shooting of the final episode; "Sandwiches and Superfans: The Saving of a Show"; Spy Tunes: Scoring the World of Chuck"; "Chuck: The Beginnings"; "Chuck: Through the Years"; "Chuck: The Future"; Two full-length audio commentaries on the final two episodes by executive producers and key cast members; "Declassified" scenes; Gag Reel; Full versions of the Buy More TV commercials with Big Mike and Captain Awesome and an Extended version of the series finale episode.
New War. New Breed. New Hope. This is the ultimate 3D battle between Vampires and Lycans. Kate Beckinsale (Underworld 1 & 2
and the upcoming Total Recall
reboot) is back in action like you've never seen her before in the 3D box office smash hit Underworld: Awakening.
In the latest thrill-packed chapter of the blockbuster Underworld
series, Beckinsale reprises her role as Vampire warrioress Selene. Selene escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. This time, she's joined by a new generation of sexy, ass-kicking warriors played by Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man
), India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager
) and Theo James (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
). Bonus Features:
DVD - Filmmaker Commentary. BLU-RAY & BLU-RAY 3D: Filmmaker Commentary; Blu-ray Exclusives: Blooper Reel, "Heavy Prey" Music Video by Lacey Sturm feat. Geno Lenardo, the Featurettes "Selene Rises"; "Casting the Future of Underworld"; Resuming the Action"; "Building a Better Lycan" and "Awakening a Franchise, Building a Brutal New World" and Exclusive to BD: "Cracking the Underworld: Picture-in-Picture Experience" - a picture-in-picture experience that takes viewers on a visual journey through the rich history of all four Underworld films. Fans can trace the history of the werewolf and vampire bloodlines and learn surprising secrets about their favorite characters. Exclusive to the BD 3D - "Previsualization 3D sequences," which were created early in the production process to help the filmmakers visualize some of the film's key action sequences. Also available is Underworld: The Legacy Collection,
which includes all four films from the franchise on Blu-ray with UltraViolet.
& Gremlins 2:The New Batch
is a wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief. Starring Zach Galligan as Billy Peltzer and Phoebe Cates as Kate Beringer, one minute your hair will stand on end, the next you’ll hold your sides with laughter at the havoc these supposedly gentle furballs create when the rules surrounding their care and feeding are inadvertently broken one fateful Christmas. Written by Chris Columbus and directed by Joe Dante, Gremlins
unleashes special effects that dazzle and enchant and merriment that lingers in the memory. Time Magazine
said Isn’t that what superior popular moviemaking is all about?" Gremlin 2: The New Batch
: In the hilarious sequel to Gremlins,
Billy Peltzer (Galligan) and Kate Beringer (Phoebe Cates) move to New York City and meet up with their Mogwai friend, Gizmo, when a series of accidents creates a new generation of diverse gremlins. Billy, Kate, and Gizmo must once again use all their experience to prevent another catastrophe. Bonus Features: Gremlins
- over 10 minutes of additional scenes; Making-Of Featurette; Two Commentaries - Director Joe Dante, Phoebe Cates, Zach Galligan, Dick Miller and Howie Mandel & Director Joe Dante, Producer Micheal Finnell and Special Effects Artists Chris Wales; Photo Storyboard Gallery and Theatrical Trailers. Gremlins 2
- Over 20 minutes of footage not scene in theaters; Behind-The-Scenes Documentary; Commentary by Director Joe Dante, actor Zach Galligan, writer Charlie Haas and Producer Michael Finnell; Gag Reel; Alternate Home Video Sequence and Theatrical Trailers. ON THE NET: If you can't find copies of both classics, visit the Official WB Shop at http://bit.ly/J5FoKA
Official Facebook at http://on.fb.me/JOv7Ug
and the Gremlins
You Tube Site at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC2A3B3A027E6C883
Venture to the voyeuristic side in Playback. Based on the prequel novella, Playback: Light and Shadow,
which has been called an “original and entertaining piece," Christian Slater (Bobby, Very Bad Things
), Johnny Pacar (Wild Child, Flight 29 Down
), Toby Hemingway (Black Swan, Feast of Love
), and Amber Childers (All My Children
) star in this supernatural thriller. The unnerving film follows a group of high school students who begin to dig into their towns infamous past and unwittingly unlock a dark secret that has been kept hidden for years. Julian (Johnny Pacar) enlists his friends to film a reenactment of the town's gruesome Harlan Diehl family murders for a school project. He asks social outcast Quinn (Toby Hemingway), an employee at the local news station, to assist with video equipment and research. During Quinn's examination of raw video footage of the Diehl family farm, an evil spirit is unleashed with a menacing agenda. As Julian's friends start disappearing, local police officer, Frank Lyons (Christian Slater) receives the order to investigate. As the secrets of the past are unveiled, the dark entity threatens to consume everyone in its way. Delve into the secret that should have been left buried. Bonus Features:
Behind The Scenes; Photo Gallery; HDNet: "A Look at Playback
" and Trailer.
Cold War: The Complete Series
Cold War: The Complete Series
is the definitive CNN documentary that chronicles the United States' relationship with the Soviet Union during the course of the Cold War. Narrated by renowned film and television actor/director Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Warm Springs
), CNN's Cold War
is a sweeping look at nearly five decade of global history. Directed by Jeremy Isaacs, CNN's landmark Peabody and Television Critics Association Award-winning series examines nearly five decades of history and is the crystallization of a massive three-year effort spearheaded by executive producer Jeremy Isaacs (The World At War
). It's production team shot more than 1,000 hours of original footage and screened 1,500 hours of archival film material, including historically important -- and often emotionally stunning -- images, many not seen before by an international audience. The crew traveled to 31 countries and conducted more than 500 interviews, many with key players of the time who rarely go before the cameras. Conceived by CNN founder Ted Turner, this extraordinary 24-episode chronicle has emerged as the definitive audiovisual record of this tumultuous era of world history. Bonus Feature:
Vintage Oscar Nominated Documentary The Hoaxters and Castro: In His Own Words
Doctor Who: Nightmare Of Eden
When two spacecrafts collide together after emerging from hyperspace, mayhem breaks lose. From the mad scientist Professor Tryst (Lewis Fiander), who is in possession of the Continuous Event Transmuter (CET), to the unknown drug smuggler of addictive drug vraxion, the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana (Lalla Ward) are in for a wild ride. If that isn’t enough, when a crewmember is found clawed by a ferocious animal, it seems there’s something even more frightening stalking the corridors. The answers lie with Tryst, his CET, and a planet called Eden – the home of the ferocious Mandrels. Bonus Features:
This digitally remastered special edition of the Doctor Who
classic story #107 includes Audio Commentary with actors Lalla Ward, Peter Craze, writer Bob Baker, effects designer Colin Mapson and makeup designer Joan Stribling; Making of: "The Nightmare of Television Centre"; “Going Solo” Bob Baker interview, Photo Gallery and "The Doctor’s Strange Love" featurette.
Doctor Who: Dragonfire
At the Iceworld Space Trading Colony on Svartos, the seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Mel (Bonnie Langford) unexpectedly encounter an old ‘friend.’ The penniless and desperate Sabalom Glitz (Tony Selby) has only one option to leave Svartos: find the fabled ‘Dragonfire’ treasure concealed somewhere in the depths of the planet. Joined by Ace (Sophie Aldred), a teenage waitress with a love for explosives, the group ventures off to uncover lost riches. Little did they know that Kane (Edward Peel), Iceworld’s ruthlessly intimidating overlord, has murder on the mind and will not hesitate to do away with them in order to gain possession of the Dragonfire. Before long the Doctor finds himself playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with Kane’s mercenaries, descending through the ice caverns ever closer towards the deadly gaze of the monstrous dragon that lurks below. Bonus Features:
This digitally remastered special edition of the Doctor Who
classic story #153 includes Audio Commentary with actors Sophie Aldred, Edward Peel, writer Ian Briggs, script editor Andrew Cartmel, composer Dominic Gylnn, and director Chris Clough Deleted Scenes, and making of the featurette and much more.
Doctor Who: The Happiness Patrol
On the planet Terra Alpha, where sadness is against the law and is enforced by the uniformed Happiness Patrol, the Doctor and Ace find themselves in a sugar nightmare as they try to topple the entire regime in just one night. Faced with a population that lives in fear of being unhappy and must constantly displays signs of happiness, the Doctor and Ace must act quickly before more citizens are found guilty of unhappiness and put to death in a stream of molten candy. With colony leader Helen A hot on their heels, the team must work through the varied punitive measures before they are hunted down by the omnipresent Happiness patrol, or mauled by Helen A’s ravenous pet Fifi, but the absolute worst case is being entertained by Helen A’s psychotic henchman, the Kandy Man. This time, Happiness will prevail. Bonus Features:
This digitally remastered special edition of the Doctor Who
classic story #153 includes an interview with script editor Andrew Cartmel; a making-of featurette; Deleted Scenes and many other bonus features.
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
The all new feature from the twisted minds of cult comedy heroes Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (from the Adult Swim series Tim and Eric Awesome Show
) has been hailed as “The best movie ever!” and “hilarious” by critics. Joining the popular comedic duo in “the most startlingly apocalyptic film of the year” (according to The Village Voice
) is an all-star cast including Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (Chicago
), Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Step Brother, Stranger Than Fiction
), Emmy nominee Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover
), Oscar nominee Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park
), Oscar nominee Robert Loggia (Scarface
), Erica Durance (Smallville
), and Emmy nominee Will Forte (MacGruber
). Tim and Eric are given a billion dollars to make a movie, but squander every dime eliciting the wrath of the sinister Schlaaang corporation. Their lives at stake, the guys skip town in search of a way to pay the money back. When they happen upon a chance to rehabilitate a bankrupt mall full of vagrants, bizarre stores and a man-eating wolf that stalks the food court, they see dollar signs -- a billion of them. Featuring cameos from Awesome Show
regulars and some of the biggest names in comedy today! Blu-Ray Bonus Features:
Commentary With Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim; Deleted Scenes; Extended Scenes; Good Evening S'Wallow Valley; Interview With Tim & Eric; HDNET: A Look At Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
; Promo Videos; Shrim Dance Screensaver; Poster And Photo Galleries and Trailers.
Happiness...Peanuts: Team Snoopy
It’s a grand slam hit with Charlie Brown and Snoopy in the all-new DVD Happiness is…Peanuts: Team Snoopy
, the animated, sports-themed Peanuts collection. Happiness is…Peanuts: Team Snoopy
(click to http://bit.ly/IIUnNc
for more info) is the newest installment of the Happiness is…Peanuts
collection. This title pairs the TV special Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown
with an episode from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
on one disc. Batter up with Peanuts and celebrate their greatest sports moments in this all-new collection. For Charlie Brown, a new baseball season equals new hopes of winning. Unfortunately, one player just isn't measuring up, which makes the team decide that Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown.
This delightful special finds Charlie Brown trading his teammate, Lucy for Marcie, one of Peppermint Patty’s players in hopes this will finally end his losing streak. Will Marcie lead Charlie Brown’s team to victory? More importantly, will Peppermint Patty have the patience to tolerate Lucy and her antics? Then suit up for a triple-header of laughs with The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
In The Pelicans, Charlie Brown gets stuck with mascot duties while Peppermint Patty is on the road to victory with her baseball team. Great Pumpkin finds the Peanuts gang visiting the bowling alley in hopes of teaching Charlie Brown a new sport with hilarious results, and it’s game on as the neighborhood cat meets his match when Snoopy’s older brother Spike trots into town. It’s time to catch the winning spirit and share these tales with your teammates, since happiness is what Team Snoopy is all about! ON THE NET: To view hilarious clips from this double feature DVD, click to YouTube for these hilarious clips for both laughed-packed specials: "Greatest Catch" can be viewed at http://youtu.be/Q3ecIvn7m5k
* For "Don’t Forfeit" click to http://youtu.be/hYAgOOJKqLk
and for The Peanuts at their best visit "Snoopy, I’ve Traded You" at http://youtu.be/LwWklKCzDr4
Dirty Dancing 2-Disc Blu-ray Collection
The Dirty Dancing
phenomenon returns to captivate fans in High Definition with the Dirty Dancing
Collection. Released just in time to celebrate Dirty Dancing's
25th anniversary, this 2-Film Blu-ray Disc Set includes both the original Dirty Dancing
as well as the Blu-ray debut of its sequel Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.
Enjoy both films together on Blu-ray for the first time. Not only is this the perfect Mother's Day gift, but the collection proves to be a must-have for all fans of this perennial favorite.The original Dirty Dancing
stars Golden Globe nominees Jennifer Grey (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, 1988) as "Baby" Houseman, and Patrick Swayze (Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Dirty Dancing
- Comedy/Musical, 1988) as the sexy Johnny Castle. Dirty Dancing
is the story of a naïve girl who meets an experienced dance instructor and becomes his pupil both in dance and in love. The film, named one of the Top 10 Date Movies of all time according to an E! Entertainment Television poll, also features a hit-filled soundtrack including the Grammy Award-winning "I've Had The Time Of My Life." This classic film continues to stand the test of time with audiences all over the world. Nobody will put this edition in the corner! HAVANA NIGHTS:
The sequel turns up the heat in 1950s Cuba and follows the story of American teenager Katey Miller (Romola Garai) and her move to Havana with her family. Katey meets waiter Javier Suarez (Diego Luna), who befriends her and teaches her Latin dance and way of life. Her parents forbid them from seeing each other, but she invites him to participate in a ballroom dancing contest to raise some money. Sparks fly in this Cuban revolution-themed sequel! Bonus Features
: - Dirty Dancing:
Audio commentary with Writer/Co-Producer Eleanor Bergstein; Audio commentary with Kenny Ortega, Miranda Garrison, Jeff Jur, Hilary Rosenfeld and David Chapman; "Kellerman's: Reliving the Locations of the Film" featurette; "Dirty Dancing
: The Phenomenon" featurette; "Dancing to the Music" featurette; Tributes: In Memoriam - A Tribute to Patrick Swayze, Emile Ardolino Tribute, Tribute to Jerry Orbach; "The Rhythm of the Dancing" featurette; Photo Gallery; Fan Reel; Theatrical Trailer (High Definition); Eleanor Bergstein Script; Vintage Featurette; Trivia Track; Dirty Dancing
Live in Concert; Dirty Dancing
with Patrick Swayze; Outtakes; Music Videos for "Hungry Eyes,' "She's Like the Wind" and "I've Had The Time of My Life"; Multi-Angle Dance Sequences; Cast interviews with Jennifer Grey, Eleanor Bergstein, Miranda Garrison and Kenny Ortega; Original Screen Tests and Deleted, Alternate and Extended Scenes. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Bonus Features:
Producer and Choreographer commentary; Multi-Angle Dance Sequences; Deleted Scenes; Baila! A Dance Piece; Inside Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights;
Yerba Buena Music Video and Includes Facebook credits for the Dirty Dancing
Vega$ The Third Season, Volume One
Between stopping criminals and being surrounded by a countless number of beautiful women, Dan Tanna has never been tougher as he drives around Las Vegas in his red 1957 Ford Thunderbird solving private cases and working to keep crime out of the Desert Inn and off the strip. Vega$
is a carefully constructed crime-thriller that features mystery, drama and action sequences that hooks its audience while pushing new boundaries. Also returning for the third season are fan favorites: Bobby 'Binzer' Borso (Bart Braverman), Beatrice Travis (Phyllis Davis) and Lt. David Nelson (Greg Morris). Vega$ is guaranteed to deliver. The Michael Mann created Vega$ captured in pristine form which will be enjoyed by many; especially, those who spent Wednesday nights in front of the TV watching the show.
Love's Everlasting Courage
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Hallmark Channel’s captivating saga returns with another touching film based on the best-selling Love Comes Softly
series by Janette Oke. Centering on family values in the 19th century, the heartwarming story, Love's Everlasting Courage
enlightens everyone who views it. Clark Davis (Wes Brown from True Blood
) struggles to maintain his land and support his family during a long drought. With a bank loan to repay, his wife, Ellen (Julie Mond from General Hospital
) takes a job in town as a seamstress, but soon becomes ill with scarlet fever. Devastated to lose his beloved wife, Clark and his young daughter turn to his parents for support. Clark must find a way to save his farm and survive Ellen's death without losing the person he loves most: his daughter. With extraordinary supporting performances from Cheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels
), Bruce Boxleitner (TRON
franchise) and Morgan Lily (X-Men: First Class
), Love’s Everlasting Courage
everything fans of Janette Oke could hope for. The popularity of the beloved Loves Comes Softly
series continues, making Love's Everlasting Courage
the tenth release in the franchise.