miss americana review

Taylor Swift sits in a window box, pouring over the diaries she kept when she was a kid. They’re childish, but they’re also full of big ambitions and dreams. She muses on the super seriousness of some of her words, and amusingly tells us that at one point she went through a phase where she wrote everything with a quill. “I had an inkwell,” she says before rolling her eyes at herself.

This is how Miss Americana begins, and we don’t know it yet, but it’s setting the stage for the story as a whole. This isn’t so much a documentary about Taylor Swift as it is a documentary about Taylor Swift growing up – letting go of childish things and realizing she’s much more than some “good girl.” It’s about a talented young woman spending the bulk of her life in the limelight before realizing she doesn’t have to worry about making everyone happy all the time.

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miss americana trailer

The Netflix doc Miss Americana wants to introduce you to a little known indie sensation. Her name is Taylor Swift – have you heard of her? Of course you have, I’m just being a smart-ass. Taylor Swift is a mega-star – a pop icon known worldwide. But according to Swift herself, she was never really free to be herself – until now. The documentary, which premieres at Sundance, follows Swift during a “transformational period in her life.” Watch the Miss Americana trailer below.

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Cats cast sings Memory on The Tonight Show

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 »

cats featurette

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 »

Cats Movie Qualifying for Awards

UPDATE: Variety reports Cats will be screened for the Hollywood Foreign Press in time to qualify for the Golden Globes, but it remains to be seen how it will shake out for other awards voting bodies, but since the Golden Globes deadline was December 4, it shouldn’t be a problem for many of them. Our original story from November 10 follows below.

As the year comes to an end, we’re getting into the heart of awards season. This is the time of year when studios release most of the movies they hope will be vying for Oscars, Golden Globes, and plenty of other awards from various guilds, critic circles, and more. The deadlines to qualify for these awards are always known far in advance, but every now and then some films end up cutting it rather close, and this year, that film is Cats.

Cats is the big screen adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical of the same name, and a big ensemble cast that includes Francesca Hayward, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, James Corden, Rebel Wilson, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, and more. Director Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) is bringing the story to life with a heft amount of visual effects, using what has been hilariously referred to as digital fur technology, to turn the movie’s stars into photorealistic human-cat hybrids that terrified many as soon as the first trailer arrived. It’s an interesting, albeit haunting, way to tell this story, and now it might cause the film to miss some major awards deadlines. Read More »

Cats

Even though it seems like Cats might not arrive in time to meet the deadline of several voting bodies this awards season, Taylor Swift won’t have any problem qualifying for a hopeful Oscar nomination early next year. The chart-topping recording artist has officially released the original song that she worked on with the musical’s original composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. It’s called “Beautiful Ghosts,” and I don’t know if it’s just me, but is Taylor Swift putting on a bit of a British accent during parts of this song? Listen to the Taylor Swift Cats song below and see what you think. Read More »

cats original song

Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber put their paws together to compose an original song for CatsTom Hooper‘s mystifying adaptation of Webber’s Tony-winning stage musical. The pop singer and the legendary musical composer collaborated to compose an original song called “Beautiful Ghost” in a clear bid to earn the film an Oscar nomination.

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Cats Featurette

Universal’s adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical Cats is coming to theaters in December. Much like a real cat throwing up on your carpet, there’s nothing you can do to stop it. The first glimpse behind the scenes and the much buzzed about trailer have already fueled plenty of nightmares featuring an all-star cast covered by digital fur technology, but in case you needed more inspiration for some horror story you’re writing, there’s a new Cats featurette for you to feast on. Read More »

Eddie Murphy Hosting Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live will return for its 45th season this fall on September 28, and just in time to promote the release of Zombieland: Double Tap in October, star Woody Harrelson will take hosting duties for the season premiere. But the most exciting news about SNL this season is who will be hosting in December.

Eddie Murphy will be returning to host the series for the first time since 1984, the same year that he left the series after being a cast member since 1980. This is an even bigger deal than Adam Sandler returning to host the show last season, and we have even more details on the roster of guests coming to Saturday Night Live below. Read More »

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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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