cats trailer

Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Ian McKellen, and Judi Dench are all playing cats in Cats, the movie adaptation of the Broadway sensation Cats, which is about cats. While the stage production employs furry costumes for its feline characters, this new film from Tom Hooper uses digital enhancements to turn its actors into kitties. You can decide for yourself if this is a good or bad idea by watching the first Cats trailer below.

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cats featurette

Cats is going to be big. It will either be a big stage-to-screen musical beloved by audiences, or the type of strange train-wreck that we can’t look away from. In either case, I’m excited. The film brings the hit Broadway musical to life in a whole new way, featuring a cast that includes James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, and Rebel Wilson as digitally-enhanced cats. We’ll have to wait until Friday to see actual film footage, but a new Cats featurette goes behind-the-scenes to showcase how weird this is going to be.

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Stranger Things Season 3 Premiere

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 edition, watch the best of the red carpet arrivals for the world premiere of the third season of Stranger Things. Plus, watch a comedy actors roundtable with possible Emmy contenders like Jim Carrey, Don Cheadle, Sacha Baron Cohen, and more. Then see how Idris Elba fares when he takes Vanity Fair’s lie detector test interview. Read More »

Idris Elba in the Suicide Squad sequel

While Idris Elba is still appearing in Suicide Squad sequel The Suicide Squad, he won’t be playing Deadshot after all. Elba was previously announced to be taking over the role from Will Smith after Smith left due to scheduling issues. Now, it’s been revealed Deadshot has been removed from the movie entirely, and Elba will play a new character. The reasoning behind this move lies in the hopes that Smith might return as Deadshot for future sequels.

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Cats footage reaction

Featuring spandex-wearing anthropomorphic cats and a barebones plot, Cats is possibly one of the strangest Broadway musicals to hit the Great White Way. And now it’s about to become one of the most baffling feature film musicals. Directed by Tom Hooper in his second movie musical following Les MiserablesCats has an unfairly stacked cast including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, and Judi Dench.

While the prospect of seeing Judi Dench in spandex is tempting, with Hooper’s moodily realistic approach to musicals, it seems like that sadly won’t be the case. /Film’s own Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson are attending CinemaCon is Las Vegas this year and they learned that Cats will be a visual-effects heavy movie that uses motion capture technology and oversized sets to transform the actors into something closer to actual felines. Yes, really.

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mouse guard cast

English actor Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, The Wire) has lent his voice to several animal characters in films already: a cape buffalo in Zootopia, Shere Khan the tiger in The Jungle Book, and a sea lion in Finding Dory. He’s playing a cat in Tom Hooper’s upcoming adaptation of Cats later this year, and now it looks like he’ll be playing a mouse in the film adaptation of the Boom! Studios comic Mouse Guard. He’s a one-man menagerie! Read More »

Mortal Engines Visual Effects

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 edition, the second part of a video essay diving deep into the limitations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe focuses on what elements of the comics can’t effectively be brought to the big screen. Plus, check out a VFX breakdown on the unfortunate box office bomb from last year that was Mortal Engines, and learn some British slang from Luther star Idris Elba. Read More »

Idris Elba Hosted Saturday Night Live

Idris Elba is best known for his roles in shows like The Wire or Luther, and big screen performances in the likes of Pacific Rim, Thor, Beasts of No Nation and Molly’s Game. But he’s certainly not known for his comedic chops. However, we’re hoping that changes after his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Not only was Idris Elba surprisingly hilarious, but he was extremely comfortable, and the result was an exceptional follow-up to last weekend’s stellar episode with John Mulaney.

So let’s run through the best and worst sketches of the Idris Elba hosted Saturday Night Live. Read More »

Suicide Squad 2 Cast Idris Elba

Deadshot will appear in Suicide Squad 2 after all – in the form of Idris Elba. Will Smith, who played Deadshot in the first Suicide Squad, recently departed the upcoming sequel due to scheduling issues, which lead us to question if the character was going to show up at all. Now we have our answer. Idris Elba will take Smith’s place in the Suicide Squad 2 cast. This makes Elba the first official bit of casting we have for the follow-up, as it’s still unclear if Margot Robbie, or any other actor from Suicide Squad, will be back for a second round.

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Idris Elba - Turn Up Charlie

Idris Elba is best known for being a badass in shows like Luther and movies like Pacific Rim and the Thor franchise. But now we’ll see a completely different side to the actor as he dives head first into his own comedy series at Netflix.

Turn Up Charlie follows Idris Elba as the titular character, a DJ who jumps from one woman to the next but can’t seem to find enough success to feel secure in his own life. When he runs into an old movie star friend (JJ Felid), a job opportunity comes along, but it’s not what he thinks. Suddenly, this DJ becomes a nanny to his friend’s precocious, rebellious, young daughter. But it might just turn into the opportunity of a lifetime in more ways than one. Watch the Turn Up Charlie trailer below. Read More »