Greta Gerwig wants to bring tap dancing back. The Little Women director brought a fresh, modern edge to the beloved American classic by Louisa May Alcott, and now she’s determined to make tap dancing cool again. Gerwig revealed that she is currently working on a musical, and that it may or may not involve the footwork-heavy dancing style.
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The only thing Cats can’t drag in is more money. Tom Hooper‘s pricey big-screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is on track to lose up to $100 million at the box office, making the Universal film one of the biggest box office bombs of the year.
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The big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Cats is already a disaster for a number of reasons. Chief among them are the unsettling cat-human hybrids at the center of the story, brought to life thanks to digital fur technology and motion-capture performances. Director Tom Hooper and the rest of his crew were working 36-hours straight up until 8am the morning before the world premiere, but it sounds like they didn’t quite finish everything they needed to. Read More »
While Emperor Palpatine returns to bring evil back to a galaxy far, far away, a different kind of nightmare is brewing in theaters this weekend alongside Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Cats arrives in theaters everywhere today, adapting the long-running hit Broadway musical of the same name. If the reviews are to be believed, this movie is nightmare fuel to the max. Thankfully, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon made the movie, or at least part of it, a little easier to swallow. The cast of the big screen musical stopped by the late night talk show for a little remix of the staple tune “Memory” in the shows recurring “Classroom Instruments” style. Listen as the Cats cast sings Memory on The Tonight Show. Read More »
There is a thin line between idiocy and genius, and Cats pukes a hairball on it and rubs its ass all over it. This is a movie where a cat version of Rebel Wilson wears a halter top underneath a fur skinsuit that she takes off with a zipper, before leading an army of cockroaches in a song and dance number alongside mice with human baby faces. And yet there are flashes of gonzo brilliance throughout the Tom Hooper-directed musical — although it’s unclear whether they’re intentional or accidental. Because this is Hooper (the prestige director with no vision) and Cats (the musical about nothing) that we’re talking about, is it possible for Cats to be anything more than a bizarre exercise in digital fur technology?
In the words of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Hal…this is just about cats.”
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Millions will venture out this weekend to see how Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker sends off the primary saga storyline in the sci-fi adventure franchise. Meanwhile, an entirely different group of people will see if they’re immune to nightmares by checking out Tom Hooper‘s big screen adaptation of the award-winning, long-running stage musical Cats.
Everything we’ve seen from the Cats movie so far has put us in stitches, but in no way has that diminished our anticipation for this celebration of digital fur. Adding to our excitement is a new video diary from Taylor Swift recording on the set of Cats, which takes us behind the scenes of the set, featuring settings and props three times larger than normal human size. Plus, there’s a real hairless cat on set, and a glimpse of how the chart-topping recording artist became a cat for the movie. Watch the Taylor Swift Cats video diary below! Read More »
We all know who Lin-Manuel Miranda is: the guy from Mary Poppins Returns! Oh, he also wrote Hamilton, a billion-dollar Broadway sensation that’s become a cultural touchstone. But before there was Hamilton there was In the Heights, Miranda’s other award-winning musical. And now it’s headed to the big screen. Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu helms the film, which is set over the course of three sweltering summer days in Washington Heights in New York City. Watch the In the Heights trailer below.
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Frozen 2 has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, but there might be even more money to be made on the merchandise side of the market. Plenty of toys, clothes, lunchboxes, candy and more are being sold with the Frozen brand plastered all over them. But none seem as tacky or ludicrous as a new Frozen 2 doll set that costs $30,000. That’s right, for roughly the price of a college education, you can get Anna, Elsa and Olaf. So why the hell do they cost so much? Find out below. Read More »
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this special Frozen 2 edition, listen as songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez talk about their process of creating music for Frozen 2 and animated films in general. Plus, watch an extensive interview with them about the songs from the animated sequel’s soundtrack, and check out the music video for Panic! at the Disco‘s cover of “Into the Unknown.” Read More »
When the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical Cats debuted over the summer, it became the talk of the web, but not for any good reason. Much of the internet was lambasting the movie for having some nightmare-inducing visual effects used to bring the digitally enhanced cat people to life. While it didn’t result in a complete overhaul of the character designs like Sonic the Hedgehog, director Tom Hooper reveals that it did help them figure out some changes that needed to be made to the Cats visual effects in as post-production continued. Read More »