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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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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oscars best song performances

In the face of intense backlash to the decision to spotlight only two of the Best Original Song nominees, the Academy is reversing its original plans for the 2019 Oscars Best Song performances. The Academy is now planning to have all five nominated songs performed on the February 24 telecast. If only they’ll reverse their decision to hand out certain technical awards during commercial breaks…

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Cats movie release date

The Cats movie has coughed-up a release date that will put it directly up against Star Wars: Episode 9. There was a time when other studios would flee from a Star Wars release date like a feline during a thunderstorm. But perhaps Universal is feeling frisky after the Solo underperformance. Which means you can now expect Tom Hooper‘s musical adaptation starring Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, and Ian McKellan to give Episode 9 a run for its money at the Christmas 2019 box office. More on the Cats movie release date below.

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cats movie cast

You’re not going to be able to shake off this piece of news. Tom Hooper‘s long-gestating Cats movie adaptation has set its cast, and it’s a who’s who of pop stars, talk show hosts, and stage veterans – all of whom you’ll really want to see don skin-tight catsuits.

The Cats movie cast has tapped Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Ian McKellen to star in Hooper’s feature film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s hit Broadway musical.

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Sandy Wexler Music Video

Next week brings the release of Adam Sandler‘s latest original movie coming exclusively to Netflix. The film is called Sandy Wexler, and it takes place all the way back in 1994, starring Adam Sandler himself as a goober of a talent agent with a roster of peculiar clients who are far from making it big. But Sandy Wexler’s life changes when he stumbles upon a new face, and more importantly, a new voice.

Sandy Wexler also stars Jennifer Hudson as Courtney Clarke, an aspiring singer who the titular agents takes under his wing and somehow ends up having a fledgling career despite having a complete buffoon for representation. The Netflix original movie is really going for the music side of the movie with at least one original song being produced for the film, and an official Sandy Wexler music video introduces us to the catchy tune. Unfortunately, it’s accompanied by footage from the movie too. Read More »

sandy wexler

It’s hard to tell if Adam Sandler‘s four-picture deal with Netflix represents him being ahead of the curve in a major way or it it represents some sort of decline. Right now, making movies directly for a streaming service can’t help but feel like a descent into direct-to-video territory (although the independent productions Netflix routinely acquires don’t carry that possibly imaginary stigma), but who knows how future generations will feel on the matter. I won’t be watching The Ridiculous 6 or The Do-Over anytime soon, but they certainly represent a chapter in a future book chronicling the rise of streaming movies.

And now the Great Adam Sandler Netflix Experiment is set to continue with a film titled Sandy Wexler and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson is being dragged along for this one.

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Chi-Raq trailer

Days ago a release date for Spike Lee‘s newest film, Chi-Raq, was announced. Shortly after, a wild trailer for the picture was released, promising a passionate, energetic, and satirical story. The film deals with the overwhelming gun violence in Chicago in recent years, so some were taken aback by the somewhat humorous tone of the footage. As a response, a more serious trailer for Chi-Raq has been released.

Watch the new Chi-Raq trailer after the jump.

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Chi-Raq trailer

Spike Lee has been very, very busy. It was only about six months ago (a few months after he released his last film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus) that we learned he was working on Chi-Raq, a retelling of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata set in a modern-day Chicago torn apart by gang violence, and today the first trailer is already here. The film is slated to be Amazon’s first full-length feature film, and from here, their foray into that realm seems to be off to a promising start. Watch the Chi-Raq trailer after the jump. Read More »