James Corden has ‘no regrets’ over Cats role

James Corden doesn’t regret appearing in box office flop Cats.The talk show host appeared as Bustopher Jones alongside Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, and Jason Derulo in the big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage classic, whic…

James Corden doesn’t regret appearing in box office flop Cats.

The talk show host appeared as Bustopher Jones alongside Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, and Jason Derulo in the big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage classic, which was panned by audiences and critics alike and bombed at the box office following its release in December.

During a game of Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts with Justin Bieber on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the host was asked, “On a scale of one to 10, how much do you regret doing Cats?”

The star either had to eat a bit of cod sperm or answer the question and, after a few seconds deliberating, he said: “Well, here’s the thing, I had the loveliest time making that film. It took me six days and I loved every single second of it. So, I think you gotta decide things on your own personal experience, and I had a really great time.

“I don’t regret doing it all, because I decided to do it in the same way I decided to do many things. Some have worked, some haven’t. Some I’m going to put it at a solid 5… a 4.5.”

Corden previously mocked Tom Hooper’s movie at the Oscars earlier this month, when he and co-star Rebel Wilson donned furry cat costumes before making their way onto the stage to present the award for Best Visual Effects.

“As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects,” they quipped, referencing the criticism directed at the digital fur technology used to make them look like felines in the movie.

Officials from the Visual Effects Society took issue with the skit and released a statement in which they labelled it “immensely disappointing”.

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Visual Effects Society slams Oscars over Rebel Wilson and James Corden’s Cats skit

Members of the Visual Effects Society have slammed Oscars bosses over a skit in which Rebel Wilson and James Corden mocked Cats during the awards show on Sunday.The actors starred alongside the likes of Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, and Idris Elba in Tom H…

Members of the Visual Effects Society have slammed Oscars bosses over a skit in which Rebel Wilson and James Corden mocked Cats during the awards show on Sunday.

The actors starred alongside the likes of Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, and Idris Elba in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the hit stage musical, which bombed at the box office and was slated by critics, who took issue with the visual effects used to make the stars look like felines.

Rebel and James wore furry cat costumes as they took to the stage at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles to present the award for Best Visual Effects, and joked: “As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects.”

Accordingly, officials at the Visual Effects Society took offence to the quip and issued a statement in which they made it clear that they didn’t appreciate a joke being made at their expense.

“Last night, in presenting the Academy Award for outstanding visual effects, the producers chose to make visual effects the punchline, and suggested that bad VFX were to blame for the poor performance of the movie Cats,” the statement said. “The best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly.

“On a night that is all about honouring the work of talented artists, it is immensely disappointing that The Academy made visual effects the butt of a joke. It demeaned the global community of expert VFX practitioners doing outstanding, challenging and visually stunning work to achieve the filmmakers’ vision. Our artists, technicians and innovators deserve respect for their remarkable contributions to filmed entertainment, and should not be presented as the all-too-convenient scapegoat in service for a laugh.”

Representatives for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) have not yet responded. The 2020 Oscar for Best Visual Effects went to the 1917 team.

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Rebel Wilson jokes about failure of Cats during 2020 BAFTAs

Rebel Wilson poked fun at the failure of her movie Cats as she presented an award at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday. The Pitch Perfect actress played Jennyanydots alongside the likes of Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Huds…

Rebel Wilson poked fun at the failure of her movie Cats as she presented an award at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The Pitch Perfect actress played Jennyanydots alongside the likes of Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which was savaged by critics and flopped at the box office following its release in December.

And as Wilson took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to present the award for Best Director while wearing a Prabal Gurung wrap dress that was half black and half glittery red, she made a joke at the film’s expense.

“Tonight is all about sustainability, so I made this dress from sewing my two old dresses together. The red is from that one time I didn’t win Miss Australia, and the black is from a funeral I just went to for the feature film Cats,” she said to laughter from the star-studded audience. “Cats. Strangely not nominated for any awards. I’m not sure if everyone here is across the controversy but this year there has been a distinct lack of nominations for felines. Yep, even in this Best Director ‘cat’-egory, no felines have been nominated. It’s really shocking.”

In her hilarious speech, one of the standout moments of the evening, Wilson reeled off the names of the Best Director nominees – Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Quentin Tarantino, and Bong Joon Ho – and joked about the fact that they are all men.

“I look at the exceptional, daring talent nominated in this category and I don’t think I could do what they do,” the Australian star quipped. “Honestly, I just don’t have the balls.”

Mendes received the prize for 1917, which dominated the evening with seven wins, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.

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Taylor Swift has ‘no complaints’ about Cats

Taylor Swift has “no complaints” about appearing in box office flop Cats. The music superstar played Bombalurina alongside Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-r…

Taylor Swift has “no complaints” about appearing in box office flop Cats.

The music superstar played Bombalurina alongside Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical, while she also teamed up with the theatre mogul to create the original song Beautiful Ghosts.

The movie received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics ahead of its release in December and is considered a box office bomb, having so far grossed $61 million (£48 million) on a budget rumoured to be as high as $100 million (£77 million).

When asked about Cats in an interview with Variety, Taylor insisted the divisive reaction hasn’t taken away from the positive experience she had filming it.

“I’m happy to be here, happy to be nominated, and I had a really great time working on that weird-a*s movie,” she declared. “I’m not gonna retroactively decide that it wasn’t the best experience. I never would have met Andrew Lloyd Webber or gotten to see how he works, and now he’s my buddy. I got to work with the sickest dancers and performers. No complaints.”

Her co-stars have remained quiet about the film since it was released in cinemas. However, following early reactions from the critics, Jason Derulo defended the movie, telling TMZ.com that “reviews don’t matter”.

“It’s an incredible piece of art done by some of the best people in the world,” he said. “I am just excited for the people to actually see it because reviewers, I mean, what the hell do they know? Have they made a film ever in their life?”

Swift and Lloyd Webber were nominated for a Golden Globe for Beautiful Ghosts but were beaten to the Best Original Song prize by Elton John and Bernie Taupin for (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman.

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Rebel Wilson determined to make 2020 her ‘year of health’

Rebel Wilson has decided to focus on her health as part of her New Year’s resolutions.The Pitch Perfect actress took to her Instagram page on Thursday to upload three photos of herself walking on a beach while wearing black leggings and a white exercis…

Rebel Wilson has decided to focus on her health as part of her New Year’s resolutions.

The Pitch Perfect actress took to her Instagram page on Thursday to upload three photos of herself walking on a beach while wearing black leggings and a white exercise top.

In the accompanying caption, Rebel explained that she is determined to put an emphasis on protecting her health and wellbeing in the coming months.

“Okay so for me 2020 is going to be called ‘The Year of Health,'” she wrote. “So, I put on the athleisure and went out for a walk, deliberately hydrating on the couch right now and trying to avoid the sugar and junk food which is going to be hard after the holidays I’ve just had but I’m going to do it! Who’s with me in making some positive changes this year?”

Rebel’s candid post quickly attracted thousands of likes, with many of her followers commenting with encouraging messages.

Of late, the Australian star has showed off a slimmer figure while posing on the red carpet at Hollywood events, and while promoting her new musical movie Cats last month, she revealed she had unexpectedly shed eight pounds (3.6 kilograms) in just four days while shooting her main number for the film.

“I lost eight pounds, shooting my number, in four days,” the 39-year-old told Entertainment Tonight. “One, because there’s a lot of physicality… but also, they heated up the set very high, to almost 100 Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), so that we could never cool down.

“These people are like, the best dancers in the whole world, so they can’t cool their muscles down or they could get an injury and they’d be out of the film. So, they’d heat up the set like a sauna so we would never cool down, but made it pretty uncomfortable.”

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Taylor Swift enjoyed the ‘weirdness’ of Cats

Taylor Swift really enjoyed the “weirdness” of starring in Cats.The Grammy-winning singer plays Bombalurina in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running West End and Broadway musical, which is based on the poems of T. S. Eliot. And …

Taylor Swift really enjoyed the “weirdness” of starring in Cats.

The Grammy-winning singer plays Bombalurina in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running West End and Broadway musical, which is based on the poems of T. S. Eliot.

And when quizzed by the 71-year-old if she was thinking about pursuing a career in Hollywood, Taylor was quick to shoot down any speculation she would be willing to put her singing on hold for the big screen.

“I have no idea,” she said in the interview with British Vogue. “I really had an amazing time with Cats. I think I loved the weirdness of it. I loved how I felt I’d never get another opportunity to be like this in my life.”

The 30-year-old also co-wrote the new song Beautiful Ghosts with Andrew for the movie, which also stars Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and Rebel Wilson, and impressively completed the track during an afternoon of rehearsals.

Writing the lyrics practically on the spot alongside the theatre mogul, Taylor explained that she needed to connect with the unusual storyline of the musical to bring it to life in the song.

“I think (writing) is really important – also from the side of ownership over what you do and make. Even if you aren’t a natural writer, you should try to involve yourself in the messages you’re sending,” she said.

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Evan Rachel Wood blasts Cats with scathing review

Evan Rachel Wood has slammed Cats, telling her fans the movie is “actually worse than I thought it would be”.Tom Hooper’s star-studded movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical received scathing reviews from critics last week, and the Wes…

Evan Rachel Wood has slammed Cats, telling her fans the movie is “actually worse than I thought it would be”.

Tom Hooper’s star-studded movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical received scathing reviews from critics last week, and the Westworld actress added to the negative reaction on social media on Thursday.

“(Cats) is actually worse than I thought it would be. And I already thought it would be horrible. But….I am actually speechless. Why would you change the choreography? I…am SPEECHLESS,” she wrote, referencing the routines in the original stage musical.

Wood later deleted her tweet, as well as another post in which she stressed the cast, which includes Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, and Ian McKellen, weren’t to blame for the movie’s problems.

She then shifted to Instagram and posted an expletive-filled video of her “live reaction” to the film, in which she laughed and repeatedly exclaimed “What the f**k?!”

The star later went into detail about her misgivings with the movie, laying the blame with changes to choreography, plot, and characters.

“They changed all the iconic choreography. Took out 70 per cent of the main characters. Changed the plot. I grew up in theatre. I was married to a dancer. I have massive respect for what they do, which is why this was such a letdown and missed opportunity for that community,” the 32-year-old wrote, referencing her marriage to Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell.

Jason Derulo has defended the movie, in which he plays Rum Tum Tugger, telling TMZ.com that “reviews don’t matter” while James Corden, who plays Bustopher Jones, said on BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show that he hadn’t seen the film but had heard “it’s terrible”.

Following the overwhelmingly negative reviews, Universal bosses have removed Cats from its For Your Consideration page, meaning they are no longer putting it forward for awards consideration, while a source has told Variety that the film also isn’t featured on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ streaming platform, where members can watch Oscar contenders.

Cats has currently earned one nomination – the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for Beautiful Ghosts, written by Swift and Lloyd Webber.

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Jason Derulo responds to negative Cats reviews

Jason Derulo has hit back at the negative response towards his new movie Cats.The popstar plays Rum Tum Tugger in Tom Hooper’s new musical movie, which received scathing reviews and subsequently went on to have a disastrous opening weekend, taking only…

Jason Derulo has hit back at the negative response towards his new movie Cats.

The popstar plays Rum Tum Tugger in Tom Hooper’s new musical movie, which received scathing reviews and subsequently went on to have a disastrous opening weekend, taking only $6.5 million (£5 million) at the U.S. box office.

When asked by reporters at TMZ.com what he made of the critical reaction, Derulo defended the groundbreaking film, which uses new digital fur technology to make the actors appear like cats, and insisted “reviews don’t matter”.

“Any time you defy what an art form is, any time you defy all rules, there’s going to be some push-back, obviously. But it’s an incredible piece of art done by some of the best people in the world,” he said. “I am just excited for the people to actually see it because reviewers, I mean, what the hell do they know? Have they made a film ever in their life?… Reviews don’t matter, man.”

He pointed out that the reaction to the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage show was mixed when it opened on Broadway in 1982, a year after its debut on London’s West End, but it went on to become fourth-longest-running Broadway show of all time.

“At the end of the day, people are gonna go see it and it’s gonna be a deportation into another dimension. It’s an incredible, incredible, brave piece of art. It has always been that way,” the 30-year-old added. “When it came out on Broadway, people were like, ‘What is this?’ It’s something totally different.”

On the movie’s opening day, Universal bosses reportedly contacted cinema exhibitors to announce they were sending out an updated version with “improved visual effects”, an unprecedented move reportedly done at the request of Hooper.

According to U.S. screenwriter and critic Jenelle Riley, fans will be able to tell which version they are watching by looking at Judi Dench’s hand in the final scene, as her wedding ring is visible in the original version.

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Judi Dench describes Cats character as ‘transgender’

Judi Dench has described her character in Cats as “trans”. The veteran British actress plays wise cat Old Deuteronomy, who judges other felines at the Jellicle Ball to decide which one should ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn. Her casting wa…

Judi Dench has described her character in Cats as “trans”.

The veteran British actress plays wise cat Old Deuteronomy, who judges other felines at the Jellicle Ball to decide which one should ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn.

Her casting was a full circle moment for Dench, as she was meant to play Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original stage production in 1981 before she had to drop out due to an injury.

In an interview with Out magazine, Dench was asked by the transgender reporter how she felt playing a character who is traditionally male, and was portrayed by Brian Blessed in the 1981 show.

“It’s glorious to have been included in (the film), I must say,” she replied. “(It was) nerve wracking, because all I can hear is Brian Blessed all the time in the production that I wasn’t able to be in. Totally unexpected, it was. I kind of call it ‘trans Deuteronomy,’ is the part for me. But it was lovely to be led about and be an aged, old cat, very nice indeed.”

Tom Hooper’s film adaptation has received overwhelmingly negative reviews and had a disastrous opening weekend, taking only $6.5 million (£5 million) at the U.S. box office.

On its opening day, Universal bosses reportedly informed cinema exhibitors that they would be receiving an updated version of the movie with “improved visual effects”.

According to U.S. screenwriter and critic Jenelle Riley, audiences can figure out which version they are watching by looking at Dench’s hand in the final scene.

“This isn’t a joke: CATS was rushed into theaters before being finished so a new version is being sent to theaters with updated effects,” she tweeted. “How do you know if you have the old version? Look for Judi Dench’s human hand, wedding ring and all.”

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Cats getting visual effects update – report

Universal executives are reportedly sending movie theatres an updated version of Cats with improved visual effects. Tom Hooper’s star-studded adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics ahead…

Universal executives are reportedly sending movie theatres an updated version of Cats with improved visual effects.

Tom Hooper’s star-studded adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics ahead of its opening on Friday, and it was subsequently a flop at the U.S. box office, coming in fourth with takings of only $6.5 million (£4.9 million).

According to a copy of a memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Universal executives notified thousands of theatres on the movie’s opening day that they will be receiving an updated version of the troubled film with “some improved visual effects”.

The updated movie was available to download Sunday via a satellite server, while cinema exhibitors who don’t have access to the server technology will receive the version via hard drive by Tuesday. Universal executives reportedly asked cinema officials to swap the prints over as soon as possible. They stated the movie’s running time will not be affected.

Cinema operators and Hollywood bosses have claimed the move is unheard of for a title that is finished and already released. Insiders noted the switch was being done at Hooper’s request.

The Les Miserables director revealed to Variety at the Cats world premiere in New York City last week that he had only completed the film the day before.

“I finished it at 8am yesterday after 36 hours in a row of putting finishing touches on, so I’m very happy to be here with it fully finished and we’ll let the audience decide,” he said.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the filmmaker wanted to make more tweaks to certain CGI effects.

The musical, which stars Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, and Jason Derulo, is currently rated 18 per cent fresh by critics on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience score sits at 60 per cent.

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