Vinnie Jones slams Brett Ratner for ‘dissolving’ his X-Men role

Vinnie Jones has slammed director Brett Ratner for “dissolving” his role in X-Men: The Last Stand.The British soccer player-turned-actor played Juggernaut in the 2006 comic book adaptation, alongside Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Hal…

Vinnie Jones has slammed director Brett Ratner for “dissolving” his role in X-Men: The Last Stand.

The British soccer player-turned-actor played Juggernaut in the 2006 comic book adaptation, alongside Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry.

In a new interview, he expressed his frustration over feeling useless as his character was “dissolved” by the filmmaker.

“I loved the role, but I basically got mugged off,” he told ComicBookMovie. “Matthew Vaughn signed me up, and it was a great role and a great script, and Juggernaut was a great character. I signed up for three of them, and that will show you how serious I was about it.

“Brett Ratner basically dissolved the character. I was in my f**king trailer half the time. It’s one of the most disappointing jobs I’ve been on as far as, you know, ‘What am I doing here?'”

Vaughn was originally tapped to direct the third X-Men movie, but exited the project, leaving Ratner to step in to helm the blockbuster, a move which the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star claimed significantly diminished Juggernaut’s screen time.

“It wasn’t the same Juggernaut as I signed on for. They took his storyline away, they’d taken his character away, his dialogue. I had two big meetings with Brett about it, and he said, ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s coming. They’re writing stuff for you as we speak’ and it never f**king happened,” the 55-year-old explained, adding that he was angry that the director had let down X-Men fans.

“Disappointment wise, that was probably one of the biggest. The Juggernaut you saw was not the Juggernaut I signed on for with Matthew Vaughn, I’ll tell you that now. It upset me,” Vinnie added.

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Dan Stevens was terrified before filming Beauty and the Beast

Dan Stevens was terrified before filming the live-action Beauty and the Beast.The remake of Disney’s animated classic was released in 2017, and featured a star-studded cast including Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston, and the vo…

Dan Stevens was terrified before filming the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

The remake of Disney’s animated classic was released in 2017, and featured a star-studded cast including Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston, and the vocal talents of Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen.

Stevens played the titular beast in the musical blockbuster, which raked in more than $1.2 billion (£957 million) worldwide, and he told IndieWire that “calibrating the right amount of terror” is how he ended up accepting the role.

“I think something has to peak my curiosity and, this doesn’t go necessarily for every single project, but I think if something seems like a challenge, it seems like something that might be slightly terrifying but also thrilling if I was able to pull it off, then it becomes that little bit more attractive,” the Downton Abbey star explained.

Stevens was underneath a motion-capture suit for a majority of the movie, as his character attempted to woo Belle in order to break a decades-old spell and transform him back to his human self.

He also discussed performing Evermore, his solo song in the live-action flick, and said he would like to sing again on screen one day.

“I loved learning to perform in that way and it’s something I would definitely do again. And musicals, as well. It’s definitely opened the door to more musical stuff and I think there’s more to come,” he shared.

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Seth Rogen live-tweets as he watches Cats for the first time

Seth Rogen kept fans entertained on Tuesday night by tweeting a live commentary on the movie Cats as he watched it for the first time. Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, which starred the likes of Judi Dench, Idris Elb…

Seth Rogen kept fans entertained on Tuesday night by tweeting a live commentary on the movie Cats as he watched it for the first time.

Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, which starred the likes of Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, and Rebel Wilson, was slated by critics in December and subsequently became a box office flop.

While self-isolating due to the coronavirus, Rogen decided to spend his time catching up with the much-ridiculed film, and he decided to live-tweet his reaction to it, much to the delight of his followers.

“I’m pretty stoned and watching Cats. I’ve never seen the Broadway show. It is truly trippy. Am I supposed to know what a Jellicle (cat) is? They’ve said it 200,000 times but I don’t know what’s happening haha,” he began, referring to the fictional type of cats which star in the film. “Also the scale is bizarre. The behind the scenes features, which are amazing, said the set is 2.5 times scale but that would mean cats are like 60 pounds in real life!”

The Knocked Up star continued to note his issues with the scale of the piece, which was designed to make the human actors look cat-sized, as well as certain wardrobe decisions, such as only certain cats wearing high heels or trousers.

“These cats are like 2 feet tall in this world. That’s a huge f**king cat,” he wrote, while another highlight included, “Judi Dench is in a cat fur coat which I can only assume is socially APPALLING in this world.”

He also poked fun in the content of the movie, by writing, “‘Let’s make 35 nonsense songs introducing cats!’ – The makers of cats,” as well as the special effects, by posting, “Ian Mckellan (sic) just straight up has normal fingers.”

However, he decided to leave one particular actor out of his critique – “Out of respect, I’ll leave Idris out of all this.”

During his commentary, a follower shared that her friend, who works in special effects, was hired to remove CGI buttholes from the cats, and Seth responded, “Release the Butthole Cut of Cats!!”

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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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Rebel Wilson constantly made rude jokes while filming Cats

Rebel Wilson constantly made double entendre jokes on the set of Cats, according to her co-star Jason Derulo. The Pitch Perfect actress plays Jennyanydots alongside the singer as Rum Tum Tugger in Tom Hooper’s upcoming film adaption of Andrew Lloyd We…

Rebel Wilson constantly made double entendre jokes on the set of Cats, according to her co-star Jason Derulo.

The Pitch Perfect actress plays Jennyanydots alongside the singer as Rum Tum Tugger in Tom Hooper’s upcoming film adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular stage musical, which also stars Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, and Taylor Swift.

Wilson is known for her comedic talents and ability to improvise, and she apparently kept trying to get lewd jokes about female genitalia into the movie.

“I had an amazing time working with Rebel. She is just hilarious. ‘Basically, the entire time she was doing all of these p**sy jokes,” he said in an interview with Australia’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show, adding that he’s unsure if any of the jokes will make the cut in the family-friendly film.

“I don’t know how many are going to make the movie, man, but she was going in on all the double entendres jokes,” he continued.

To prepare for filming, the actors went to “cat school” to learn how to move like the felines. In addition, digital fur was added to their appearance in the post-production phase to make them look more like cats.

And during the interview, the Talk Dirty singer, who makes his movie debut with the musical, explained how he found his character’s movements.

“My character’s Rum Tum Tugger, so when I’m peeling back the layers of who Rum Tum Tugger is, I have to decide what mannerisms I want to use,” the 30-year-old shared. “You know different characters have different personalities and they act differently. I have to decide what mannerisms match my cat. It’s a daily process. It’s not just something that you can do overnight.”

Cats hits cinemas from 19 December.

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Tom Hooper was entertained by reaction to Cats trailer

Director Tom Hooper found the reaction to the trailer for his upcoming movie Cats “quite entertaining” because he didn’t think there was anything controversial about it. The first promo for Hooper’s film adaptation of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber m…

Director Tom Hooper found the reaction to the trailer for his upcoming movie Cats “quite entertaining” because he didn’t think there was anything controversial about it.

The first promo for Hooper’s film adaptation of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical dropped in July, and soon went viral on social media after it was revealed the stars of the movie – including Idris Elba, Judi Dench, and Taylor Swift – were covered in CGI fur to make them look more like felines.

Speaking about the reaction for the first time, the Les Miserables director told Empire magazine that he found the response unexpected but quite amusing.

“I was just so fascinated because I didn’t think it was controversial at all,” he said. “So, it was quite entertaining. Cats was apparently the number-one trending topic in the world, for a good few hours at least.”

Many social media users criticised the introduction of digital fur technology, a new technique created for the film, and found seeing human actors digitally covered in fur to be rather creepy.

Hooper has revealed that the visual effects were still in the early stages at the time the trailer dropped and the feedback helped inform the post-production process.

“We’d only finished shooting in March, so all the visual effects (in the trailer) were at quite an early stage,” the filmmaker explained. “Possibly there were, in the extremity in some of the responses, some clues in how to keep evolving (the production). When you watch the finished film, you’ll see that some of the designs of the cats have moved on since then, and certainly, our understanding of how to use the technology to make them work has gone up, too.”

Cats, which also stars Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo, and James Corden, hits cinemas from 19 December.

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Rebel Wilson writes script for K-pop comedy Seoul Girls

Rebel Wilson has written the screenplay for upcoming K-pop comedy Seoul Girls. Executives at Lionsgate have obtained the rights to the comedy, which was written by the Pitch Perfect star before a recent revision by Billions writer Young-Il Kim, accord…

Rebel Wilson has written the screenplay for upcoming K-pop comedy Seoul Girls.

Executives at Lionsgate have obtained the rights to the comedy, which was written by the Pitch Perfect star before a recent revision by Billions writer Young-Il Kim, according to editors at Deadline.

The Australian actress will also produce and star in the film, which follows a Korean-American high school girl and her friends as they enter a worldwide talent competition to be the opening act for the world’s biggest K-pop boy band. Aided by the former member of a British girl group and an ex K-pop trainee, the Seoul Girls find their voices on the world’s biggest stage.

Wilson will produce via her Camp Sugar company alongside Alison Owen and Debra Hayward of Monumental Pictures, while Meredith Wieck and Scott O’Brien will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.

Seoul Girls will mark the 39-year-old’s feature screenwriting debut. She previously helped write Australian comedy shows The Wedge and Bogan Pride between 2006 and 2008 and her short-lived U.S. sitcom Super Fun Night, which ran from 2013 to 2014. She also helped produce her recent films, Isn’t It Romantic and The Hustle, a gender-flipped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Wilson was recently seen on screen playing Fraulein Rahm in Taika Waititi’s Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit and will appear in the upcoming live-action movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical Cats, alongside Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, and James Corden.

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Ian McKellen defends digital fur technology in Cats

Ian McKellen has defended the controversial CGI technology used in the upcoming Cats movie by insisting the characters aren’t meant to look like actual felines.The trailer for Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical drop…

Ian McKellen has defended the controversial CGI technology used in the upcoming Cats movie by insisting the characters aren’t meant to look like actual felines.

The trailer for Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical dropped in July, and soon went viral on social media after it was revealed the stars of the movie had been covered in CGI fur.

But in response to the polarising reaction to the trailer, Ian, who plays Gus the Theatre Cat, told Entertainment Tonight that he doesn’t know what all the fuss is about.

“The stage show, Cats, was not about a lot of people being convincing as cats, but it was about human beings discovering their cat-like nature,” he explained. “And it was hugely successful.

“When it was now being done in film, the temptation I think must have been to turn those actors into cats, like Lion King, and make them look like real cats, but they’re not real cats. They’re people playing cats, and that is the notion of the film, and it’s been done very wittingly, I think, and particularly the dancers.”

He added that his co-stars, which include Taylor Swift, James Corden, and Judi Dench, are doing their “version of cats”.

McKellen’s response comes shortly after his co-star Rebel Wilson defended the technology used in the film.

“It’s a new technology. When people saw Avatar they were also like, ‘What is that?'” Wilson, who plays Jennyanydots in Hooper’s movie, told the outlet. “So, I think there was a little bit of that going on when they saw the Cats trailer because it’s such a brand-new technology. But personally, I’ve seen bits of the film it’s incredible, it’s amazing.”

Cats is set to hit cinemas from 19 December.

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Tom Hooper using digital fur technology for Cats movie

Director Tom Hooper has employed digital fur technology to make his actors look more feline in movie musical Cats. The Les Miserables filmmaker recruited a star-studded cast which includes Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson and Ian…

Director Tom Hooper has employed digital fur technology to make his actors look more feline in movie musical Cats.

The Les Miserables filmmaker recruited a star-studded cast which includes Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson and Ian McKellen for his movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit stage musical.

Rather than cover his actors in cat-like make-up like the cast in the stage show, Hooper is employing new digital fur technology to make them look more feline.

“We’ve used digital fur technology to create the most perfect covering of fur,” he said in a behind-the-scenes featurette.

“Tom’s pairing them with a level of technology which I don’t think has ever been used before,” talk show host/actor James Corden explained. “These are people, but they’re cats, and this is kinda of blowing my mind. There is nothing else like it.

“I think it really could only be done by a director like Tom Hooper, he really understands the spectacle of Cats.”

In addition to the digital fur, the crew also built oversized practical sets that have been scaled up so the actors will look cat-sized onscreen.

“The scale of this film is huge, three or four times bigger for the cat perspective,” Idris explained, while Judi added, “It’s a massive undertaking, a kind of Alice in Wonderland experience,” referring to the moment when classic literary character Alice shrinks down in size.

In the video, the veteran actress, who will play Old Deuteronomy, explained how the movie has a special significance for her because she was due to play Grizabella in the original stage production of Cats in 1981 but had to be replaced by Elaine Paige.

“I was cast in 1981, just before we opened, and I snapped my Achilles tendon, and I thought that that was my history with Cats, but it turns out not to be,” she said.

The video shows the cast, which also includes Jason Derulo and Rebel Wilson, rehearsing and walking around the oversized sets, such as a diner called the Milk Bar, and Idris and Taylor running through their joint musical number.

The look of the actors will become clearer when the trailer is released on Friday.

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Rebel Wilson joins cast of Cats movie

Rebel Wilson has been cast in the upcoming Cats movie.The feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical has already attracted an impressive collection of stars, including Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, and Taylor S…

Rebel Wilson has been cast in the upcoming Cats movie.

The feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical has already attracted an impressive collection of stars, including Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, and Taylor Swift.

And now the Australian actress is joining the group as the old Gumbie cat Jennyanydots; a lazy feline who, as per the original story based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, spends her days lounging in warm and sunny spots, but by night teaches the mice “knitting, crocheting and tatting” and employs the cockroaches to be her troop of helpful boy scouts.

The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper is helming the project, working from a screenplay he created with Lee Hall – who also penned the script for the upcoming Elton John biopic, Rocketman.

Executives at Universal and Working Title are overseeing the picture, and Steven Spielberg, Lloyd Webber, and Angela Morrison are all serving as executive producers.

Rehearsals have already started at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, U.K. with the movie scheduled for a 20 December 2019 theatrical release.

This will not be Wilson’s first foray into musical theatre, as she previously starred in a production of Guys and Dolls on London’s West End in 2016. In addition to Cats, the 38-year-old will be appearing in comedies Isn’t It Romantic and The Hustle next year, both of which she produced.

Wilson has a part in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit too, a Nazi Germany satire about a young boy who longs to be part of the Hitler Youth but begins to gain a new perspective when he discovers a Jewish girl living in his attic. She’ll star alongside Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Alfie Allen, and Stephen Merchant.

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