Rebel Wilson ‘working hard’ to achieve goal weight

Rebel Wilson is “working hard” to slim down to 165 pounds (75 kilograms).The Pitch Perfect star has been showing off a noticeably slimmer physique in recent weeks, and has also posted snaps from several outdoor workouts while in her native Australia du…

Rebel Wilson is “working hard” to slim down to 165 pounds (75 kilograms).

The Pitch Perfect star has been showing off a noticeably slimmer physique in recent weeks, and has also posted snaps from several outdoor workouts while in her native Australia during the coronavirus lockdown.

In a new post on Instagram on Monday, the 40-year-old discussed her big plans for 2020, and candidly opened up about her determination to get down to her target weight.

“Even if you have to crawl towards your goals, keep going x it will be worth it. Try and give a little bit of effort each day…” she wrote alongside a cheeky snap of her crawling along the floor. “I know some days are frustrating as hell, you feel like giving up, you get annoyed at the lack of progress…but good things are coming your way.”

The Isn’t it Romantic star then called 2020 her “Year of Health” and revealed she’s working hard to reach her weight-loss target of 165 pounds (75 kilograms) and get one of her movies greenlit by the end of the year.

“What are your goals this year? I’ll be honest with you guys – with my Year of Health mission I’m trying to get to 75kg’s (sic) and career wise am trying to get one of my movies into production before the end of the year!” Rebel shared. “Both of these things are requiring a daily effort and there’s constant set backs – but I’m working hard.”

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Hugh Jackman turned down role in Cats

Hugh Jackman turned down the opportunity to appear in Cats. Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, starring Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and Rebel Wilson, was savaged by critics and audiences upon its release in De…

Hugh Jackman turned down the opportunity to appear in Cats.

Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, starring Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and Rebel Wilson, was savaged by critics and audiences upon its release in December.

But during a new interview with The Daily Beast to support his HBO movie Bad Education, Jackman revealed his good friend Hooper, whom he worked with on 2012 movie musical Les Miserables, had approached him about a role. However, he had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts.

When the interviewer asked, “Did you turn down a role in Cats?” and he cautiously replied, “Umm… yep.”

When pushed for which cat he was approached to play, Jackman said, “You know, Tom rang me early on because we did Les Mis together, and there were a couple of options there based on availability and time, and I really… yeah, I just wasn’t available at the time.”

The reporter then asked if he was glad about his decision, given the ridicule the movie has received, the Australian actor stuck by his friend and refused to poke fun at the picture.

“I’m in the theatre, man, and I don’t want to be in the business of bashing people – or jumping on bandwagons. I haven’t seen it, and Tom Hooper’s one of the great filmmakers we have,” the 51-year-old stated.

Elsewhere in the interview, the X-Men star was asked if he would be interested in returning to the character of Wolverine now that Fox and Disney have merged, opening up more possibilities for the X-Men universe.

“If seven years ago that had happened I’d be like, ‘Oh yeah!’ but I knew it was the right time for me to leave the party – not just for me, but for the character. Somebody else will pick it up and run with it. It’s too good of a character not to,” he commented.

Jackman made his final appearance as Wolverine in 2017’s Logan.

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Visual effects artists spent more time on Cats trailer than whole movie – report

An anonymous visual effects artist has claimed the VFX team spent more time creating the trailer for Cats than the movie itself.Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, starring Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and Rebel …

An anonymous visual effects artist has claimed the VFX team spent more time creating the trailer for Cats than the movie itself.

Tom Hooper’s movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, starring Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and Rebel Wilson, was savaged by critics, who slated the computer-generated effects, plot, and tone. The film was a box office flop upon its release in December.

But an anonymous source who worked in the Cats visual effects (VFX) department has now spoken out and given a candid account of the troubles the team experienced during production to The Daily Beast.

In the report, the source claimed the team spent six months making the film’s two-minute trailer, leaving them around four months to complete the entire film.

“It was pure, almost slavery for us, how much work we put into it with no time, and everything was difficult,” they said. “We were so rushed on the project that we’d have no time for anything. So when people say, ‘Oh, the effects were not good,’ or ‘The animation’s not good,’ or anything, that’s not our fault. We have no time. Six months to do a two-minute trailer and four months to do a film of an hour and a half. My math is pretty good… You could figure that doesn’t make any sense.”

The source allegedly worked 90-hour weeks for months to get the film complete, while others slept in the office to work on the projects for days. The insider was also critical of Hooper, calling him “horrible” and alleging he delayed the team by having them fully render works in progress or by asking to see videos of actual cats performing the same actions as their fictional ones.

The source also confirmed the rumour about the “butthole cut”, revealing that the movie was halfway complete when they noticed the feline characters had been given buttholes – so one VFX artist was hired to digitally remove them.

“When we were looking at the playbacks, we were like, ‘What the hell? You guys see that?!… There’s a f**king butthole in there’… There was nobody that said, ‘We want buttholes.’ It was one of those things that just happened and slipped through,” they added.

Representatives for Hooper and Universal have not yet responded to the comments.

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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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Cats dominates 2020 Golden Raspberry Awards

Cats has dominated the 2020 Golden Raspberry Awards, picking up six trophies including Worst Picture. Tom Hooper’s live-action movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, which starred the likes of Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, and Judi Dench…

Cats has dominated the 2020 Golden Raspberry Awards, picking up six trophies including Worst Picture.

Tom Hooper’s live-action movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, which starred the likes of Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, and Judi Dench, was a critical and commercial flop upon its release in December.

And on Monday night, the organisers of the Golden Raspberry Awards, also known as the Razzies, which are designed to send up the worst films of each year, gave out six prizes to the much-ridiculed musical.

In addition to being named Worst Picture, Hooper won the Worst Director category and his script with Lee Hall topped the Worst Screenplay shortlist. In addition, James Corden and Rebel Wilson won the worst supporting categories for their portrayals of Bustopher Jones and Jennyanydots, respectively, and Worst Screen Combo went to “any two half-feline/half-human hairballs”.

The only other film to receive multiple wins was Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood, which was named Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel and Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property.

Other “winners” included Hilary Duff, who was crowned Worst Actress for The Haunting of Sharon Tate, and John Travolta, who was named Worst Actor for his starring roles in The Fanatic and Trading Paint.

The only positive award of the night, the Razzie Redeemer Award, went to Eddie Murphy, who has been frequently nominated for the awards, for his portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name.

The Razzies ceremony was scrapped on Saturday as a result of the growing coronavirus pandemic, so the organisers announced the “winners” via a press release on Monday.

The full list of 2020 Razzie ‘winners’ is:

Worst Picture – Cats

Worst Actor – John Travolta, The Fanatic and Trading Paint

Worst Actress – Hilary Duff, The Haunting of Sharon Tate

Worst Supporting Actress – Rebel Wilson, Cats

Worst Supporting Actor – James Corden, Cats

Worst Screen Combo – Any two half-feline/half-human hairballs, Cats

Worst Director – Tom Hooper, Cats

Worst Screenplay – Lee Hall and Tom Hooper, Cats

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel – Rambo: Last Blood

Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property – Rambo: Last Blood

Razzie Redeemer Award – Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name

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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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Taika Waititi toned down Jojo Rabbit ‘so young people could watch’

Taika Waititi was determined to tone down Jojo Rabbit so that children would be able to watch it.The satirical World War II movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson, also features a predominantly young cast, due to the titular …

Taika Waititi was determined to tone down Jojo Rabbit so that children would be able to watch it.

The satirical World War II movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson, also features a predominantly young cast, due to the titular character, who is played by 12-year-old Roman Griffin Davis, being a member of the Hitler Youth.

And the New Zealand filmmaker was keen to ensure that kids the same age as his cast members would be able to engage with the critically acclaimed movie.

“We made a real effort to make the film PG, so that young people could see it,” he told Variety. “Roman Griffin Davis showed the film to a bunch of his classmates back in London, and one of his friends said, ‘This is a film about a kid learning to think for himself.’

“And I think that’s really the ultimate goal, to try and influence people into thinking for themselves, and also thinking from the perspective of tolerance and love.”

The movie, which follows the story of Jojo as he discovers his mother has been hiding a Jewish girl in their attic, has recently been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.

And Waititi was full of praise for Johansson, who received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her portrayal of Jojo’s mother Rosie.

“She was incredible and brought something to it that really elevated the whole thing to a level that I’d never even considered,” he said. “And I think that it’s probably the best version of Scarlett that I’ve ever seen.”

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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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