Rebel Wilson

19 Jul 19
Zay Zay. Com

This Christmas, you will believe. Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event. Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward […]

19 Jul 19
Metro
What do Furries think about Cats? (Picture: Getty/Universal) When this week began, we could never have predicted we would end it as one internet, united by our horror of CG-cats. The trailer for the big screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic Cats has dropped, and with it, comes many questions. Why do the cats look like that? Why is Jennifer Hudson’s face floating on a feline? Why do the cats have ears and a tail, but also breasts and human hands? Why do the male cats all wear clothes while the female cats seemingly only have fur? And most importantly – what do the furries think? Furries, for those of you who don’t know, are a subculture interested in anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities. While some furries have a sexual furry fetish as part of the culture, most involvement in the community is non-sexual – from those who enjoy watching TV and games featuring anthropomorphic animals, to those who develop a ‘fursona’ they identify with and use to represent them while interacting in the community, to wearing full fur suits at conventions. The community has had a lot to contend with in culture recently, with that Sonic The Hedgehog trailer – which caused so much backlash that the titular hedgehog is now being redone to look less, well, horrifying (why did he have human teeth and hands?!) – and now, the Cats trailer. And unsurprisingly, they’re just as baffled as the rest of us when it comes to Taylor Swift, Judi Dench and James Corden becoming felines via ‘digital fur technology’ – a post-filming process that saw thousands of computer analysts painstakingly adding fur frame by frame to the cast, with the actors filming wearing motion capture sensors. Cole, a furry whose persona is a werewolf, told Metro.co.uk: ‘I have to admit the fur technology is…a bit of a let down. I’ve definitely seen better CGI effects, and some of the design choices are really, really weird. It’s fallen into the uncanny valley, they didn’t lean hard enough into the animal features (human noses? oh dear) and I feel like the concepts would have benefited from properly mixing the cat vs human anatomy. [metro-video id=”1968774″] ‘The fur looks enough like fur to be nice, but feels just kind of painted onto a human form like a budget costume.’ Crumpet Creations, a furry who creates costumes for fellow community members also believed Cats could have made use of CGI-made leg haunches and fur, saying Disney, who have just released their live-action remake of The Lion King, could have done more with the material. ‘While I completely understand that this is based on the original stage adaption of Cats, the nakedness of the characters is a bit off-putting for anyone, really. Again, lacking in the fur and character design. They really missed the mark by not using this chance to use realistic looking animals or even an anthropomorphic design over the commonly used and seen leotards. ‘They could have used animation styles of Zootopia which fit all ages and all interests through the world regardless of language/fan/community. It really is rather disappointing to see sub-par beginner CGI work for the money spent producing this. The animation looks more of an early 90s quality. I do hope they see the audiences taste in this and alter things for future films.’ Another member of the community said: ‘Why did they use mini humans dressed as cats for this movie? It looks animated anyway, why not do it properly and use some anthro or feral cats that walk on two legs? These human cat things just look so damn weird.’ Some members of the community wished the cats were more anthropomorphic (Picture: Daniel Knighton/FilmMagic) While another furry told us they would have preferred the casts to wear costumes, similar to the stage production, with CG tails and backgrounds, or go the full hog and make them ‘actual cats or anthro cats’. The reaction to the Cats trailer has ranged between sheer ‘oh my god James Corden’s Bustopher Jones is going to kill me in my sleep’ horror to Sex And The City 2 levels of ‘I will go see this at least three times in the cinemas, entirely tanked up on wine and ready to hate-watch with everyone I know’. But there’s no denying the work has gone in. Director Tom Hooper decided not to use CGI in any of the actors’ movements, and spent a year trying to find the best technique to make the cast into cats. An insider told the Daily Mail that specialist post-production facilities in London, Adelaide, Bangalore and Montreal will edit the musical, saying: ‘It’s not hundreds of people, it’s thousands of people, you can’t do it all in one city.’ But some members of the furry community reckon all the backlash could have been saved if there were a few furries advising in those editing chambers. Crumpet Creations said: ‘Obviously, furries will cling to this as it is an animal themed film but with other communities, I am more than sure the furry community is going to be the most outspoken, as we have so many artists who do specialise in arts like this.’ Cole agreed, saying that while he’s not a fan of these ‘unnecessary’ live-action remakes as a whole ‘when 2D animation is so versatile and unfortunately dying out’, he thinks in the long-term, they could end up being a positive for the furry fandom. One creepy song away from a horror movie (Picture: Universal) ‘As far as affecting the furry community, I don’t think [live action films featuring animal characters, like Sonic and Cats] have as big of an impact as people might worry about – there’s a current worry in the furry community of mainstream society trying to gentrify, sterilise and capitalise on an overwhelmingly subversive, kinky and LGBT+ community. But people have been making animal films since film was invented, so the occasional Hollywood blockbuster isn’t going to destroy the community if it fails! ‘However, it would be really advisable for filmmakers to hire artists, art directors etc who are furries when making films like this. We’re seen as kind of a meme online overall, but furry artists provide a specific set of skills and insights that I think a lot of non-furs don’t consider when designing anthropomorphic films. Plus, hiring artists who are usually fully independent/freelance and often from marginalised communities – this is definitely a positive for the community as a whole.’ But will they go see Cats? [metro-zone-post-strip] While Crumpet Creations said she will watch it but stick by her current feelings post-trailer, Cole is far more willing to give into the absolute lunacy of the big screen bonanza of furry celebrities. ‘Honestly, I’m absolutely stoked for this film. Not because it looks like a “good” film, but it’s that level of bonkers ridiculous that I personally adore. I love theatre a lot and Cats is pretty bizarre to start with, so I’m kind of glad they’re going with something like this instead of trying to be serious.’ It did distract us from the general grimness of the political world at large for a few hours… so maybe he has a point. Cats, starring Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Francesca Hayward, James Corden, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and Jennifer Hudson, is in cinemas on 20 December. 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19 Jul 19
Productivity Hub

In March of 2017, we recommended 50 of the best podcasts for your listening pleasure. Many of those shows continue to do great work, including Heavyweight, Still Processing, The Read, Dear Sugars and Reply All. And two popular pods from last year’s list, 2 Dope Queens and Pod Save America, snagged HBO TV show deals. But since that list dropped, the medium has continued […]

19 Jul 19
Arcynewsy

Universal Pictures presented the first images of Cats, the film adaptation and motion capture, of the famous Broadway musical. A casting all Stars : Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Jason Derulo or Rebel Wilson, who looks like half-human cows and half monsters, who sing and dance, for a […]

19 Jul 19
Heavy.com

A dangerous heat wave stretches across the U.S., shoppers spent more than $2 billion on Amazon Prime Day 2019, and you can rent out the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Click here for the daily roundup.

19 Jul 19
GoldDerby
Universal  decided to stoke cat-scratch fever early and unleashed the first trailer for “Cats” upon an unexpecting public on Thursday instead of Friday. Was that a good idea? Who knows? But it just might be the weirdest darn movie musical ever. Maybe the weirdest movie ever, period. Here is what your unbelieving eyes will see: Strangely humanoid felines that skitter across London cobble stones and leap through the city streets. They also pounce about in an ornately decorated home with chairs and utensils that are giant compared to the wee kitties on-screen. [pmc-related-link href=”https://www.goldderby.com/article/2019/cats-featurette-film-adaptation-cats-taylor-swift-judi-dench-video/” type=”SEE” target=”_self”]Put your life on paws and watch this featurette for ‘Cats'[/pmc-related-link] A-list star bodies are made animal-like and adorned with weird skin-tight CGI fur as they walk about on two legs when they aren’t scampering. All the while Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella the Glamour Cat sob-sings “Memory” while the likes of Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, James Corden, Jason Derulo, Taylor Swift and Rebel Wilson bring Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s 1981 stage sensation, “Cats,” to cinematic life. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) previously oversaw another sung-through  tune-filled sensation, 2012’s “Les Miserables,” which earned eight Academy Award nominations and won three, including supporting actress for Anne Hathaway. Just like “Cats,” “Les Mis” leaves little wiggle room for a middle ground — people fall head over heels for this theater-camp catnip or they will want to scratch their eyes out. But at least the likes of Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe looked like real people in the adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel. [pmc-related-link href=”https://www.goldderby.com/article/2019/cats-broadway-musical-adaptation-win-best-picture-oscar-watch-video/” type=”SEE” target=”_self”]Can ‘Cats’ the 1st Broadway musical adaptation to win Best Picture since ‘Chicago'[/pmc-related-link] Of course, Webber has composed new songs to pad the Oscar chances for the film that is based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” The show remains the fourth longest-running  Broadway musical ever — which might mean it has a similar want-to-see factor as “Les Mis,” which took in more than $440 million worldwide. Sir Ian himself tiptoed politely onto Twitter after a featurette came out earlier in the day minus any images of the actors in furry guise. From comments on the "Behind the Scenes" preview of @catsmovie I posted this morning, most of you are looking forward to it, many are curious, and others have their doubts. Come back Friday to watch the trailer for an even better idea of what you have to look forward to in Dec. — Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) July 17, 2019 But the social media backlash to the first images from the movie that opens Dec. 20 was swift — Taylor Swift, as it were –and quite hissy to say the least: This CATS trailer. I have so many things to say to so many different people I need to hire an assistant to help with the logistics. — Max Silvestri (@maxsilvestri) July 19, 2019 Stewie just saw the “Cats” trailer. pic.twitter.com/vNuYqa1TLl — Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) July 19, 2019 lmfao https://t.co/ZnY183hIRY — Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) July 19, 2019 twitter poll: how long will it take into the runtime of cats before i feel the strong urge to set myself on fire? based on the trailer i give it less than 20 mins. — Joe Marino (@joemarinooo) July 18, 2019 Film Twitter after the Cats trailer dropped pic.twitter.com/dSOwDfsx2j — Andrew (@Truly_Defective) July 18, 2019 Me opening up Twitter to read everyone's Cats trailer reactions pic.twitter.com/xmvGHoPocc — untamed shrew (@rutheist) July 18, 2019 GRIZZLED UNIVERSAL EXEC: So, how did the Twitter launch go for the CATS trailer? YOUNG UNIVERSAL SOCIAL MEDIA PERSON: Well, I can say with utter sincerity that everyone is talking about it. Everyone!#CatsMovie — 🥃Donald Clarke📽 (@DonaldClarke63) July 18, 2019 the entirety of film twitter watching the cats movie trailer pic.twitter.com/gelBh2ZGSM — mindhunter's pr agent (@pascalfilms) July 18, 2019 Me: Man, I can’t believe I’m stuck in this train for an hour waiting for the track to clear! How could this be worse? Oh, what’s this? *plays the trailer for CATS on Twitter* Me: pic.twitter.com/36XjKUKUR7 — SBMcLean🦋 (@curlySB_McLean) July 19, 2019 My favorite thing about the #Cats trailer is that it didn’t awaken anything (new) in me, sexually. So. Phew. — Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 19, 2019 Twitter reacts to 'disturbing' first trailer for film version of #Cats #CatsMoviehttps://t.co/NBoDuX7Om5 pic.twitter.com/Us0JBbhcmC — Yahoo Lifestyle Australia (@YLifestyleAu) July 19, 2019
19 Jul 19
Scott H Gilliland

Welcome back to a number of trailer breakdowns as things got a little busy yesterday didn’t they? Almost as if there was some event on to showcase new films… Weird. Anyway. First up is I think the one that wasn’t from Comic Con! Oh boy was it a trailer, lets have a little breakdown of […]