Taylor Swift felt ‘like a little kid’ on the set of Cats

Taylor Swift felt “like a little kid” while filming Cats because she was surrounded by oversized sets.The Shake It Off hitmaker stars in Tom Hooper’s upcoming film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical alongside Idris Elba, Judi Den…

Taylor Swift felt “like a little kid” while filming Cats because she was surrounded by oversized sets.

The Shake It Off hitmaker stars in Tom Hooper’s upcoming film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical alongside Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, and Rebel Wilson.

In a featurette released in July, it was revealed that the actors would appear cat-sized in the film because they are surrounded by large practical sets, and Taylor admitted to Vogue magazine that the studio set-up made her feel young again.

“They made us the size of cats by making the furniture bigger,” she told the U.S. publication. “You’d be standing there and you could barely reach the seat of a chair. It was phenomenal. It made you feel like a little kid.”

Taylor, who has previously acted in films such as The Giver and Valentine’s Day, will play Bombalurina, the flirtatious red cat.

The 29-year-old, who owns three cats, previously revealed she attended cat school to get to grips with the feline movements required in preparation for the role.

“I love my cats so much that when a role came up in a movie called Cats, I just thought, I’ve got to do this,” she told Time magazine. “This is my calling in life to do this for the ladies. So, I went to cat school, which they have on set readily available for us. Learned how to be as much like a cat as I possibly could.”

The behind-the-scenes featurette also showed Taylor rehearsing a dance routine with Idris, who plays Macavity, and director Tom explaining that the cast will be made to look like cats using “digital fur technology”. A trailer has since been released showing the technology in action and the reaction has been somewhat mixed.

Cats is slated to hit cinemas in December.

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Tyra Banks praises ‘stunning’ Bebe Rexha for calling out ageism

Tyra Banks has lauded Bebe Rexha for bravely shutting down ageist criticism.  Earlier this week, the 29-year-old Meant to Be hitmaker claimed in an Instagram post that an unnamed male music executive recently told her she was “too old” to be sexy….

Tyra Banks has lauded Bebe Rexha for bravely shutting down ageist criticism.  

Earlier this week, the 29-year-old Meant to Be hitmaker claimed in an Instagram post that an unnamed male music executive recently told her she was “too old” to be sexy. 

Addressing the issue during an interview with Access Hollywood, Tyra suggested the comments came from a place of insecurity.   

“When people are saying negative things about age, they have serious age, personal insecurities,” the 45-year-old mused. “And I actually really feel for that person that is being very ageist and is saying something very negative because when age starts to hit them, it is going to be traumatic.   

“So what they’re doing is they’re throwing that negativity that they feel about their fears about ageing onto you.”  

Tyra went on to explain how she deals with ageist criticism. 

“We’re human beings and so when we hear things it hurts. But I say acknowledge it and then throw it out. And by throwing it out it’s that meditation. It’s that crying, it’s that calling your friends, calling your mama,” the America’s Next Top Model star continued. “The person that said that is hurting inside… whenever anybody is negative about that they are terrified of it.”  

Insisting Bebe has nothing to worry about, Tyra also insisted that she considers the singer to be “stunning”.  

“I think she’s the sexiest. Oh my God. When you watch her on Instagram, do you see her pictures? I’m like, ‘I want to look like you,'” she smiled. “That body! Her face! She’s like stunning… intimidatingly stunning.”  

After sharing her empowering post on Instagram, Bebe had the support of celebrities including Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, and Britney Spears.  

“DRAG THEM. 29 YEAR OLDS UNITE,” the Bad Blood hitmaker commented, while the British singer wrote: “My sexy songwriting (queen). You are beautiful, getting sexier with age and your talent SINGS for itself. Keep making those rules.”  

And Spears simply wrote: “HELL YEAH. FN (f***ing) RIGHT.” 

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Taylor Swift rocks rainbow Versace outfit at Teen Choice Awards

Taylor Swift rocked an eye-catching rainbow Versace outfit as she was honoured at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday.The 29-year-old wore a colourful top, shorts and matching blazer in the Italian fashion house’s vibrant hibiscus print, along with Kat Ma…

Taylor Swift rocked an eye-catching rainbow Versace outfit as she was honoured at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday.

The 29-year-old wore a colourful top, shorts and matching blazer in the Italian fashion house’s vibrant hibiscus print, along with Kat Maconie lace-up neon orange sandals, to the outdoor ceremony in Hermosa Beach in California.

Taylor accessorised with Misahara hoop earrings and rings by Irene Neuwirth, VRAM, and Emily P Wheeler.

The You Need to Calm Down hitmaker gave an empowering speech as she accepted the show’s first-ever Icon Award, telling her fans it’s “normal to make mistakes” as she clutched onto her custom surfboard award, which was emblazoned with pictures of her three cats, Meredith, Olivia, and Benjamin.

“If you’re out there and you’re being really hard on yourself right now for something that’s happened, or messing up or feeling embarrassed, it’s normal. That’s what going to happen to you in life. No one gets through unscathed. We’re all going to have a few scratches on us,” she said.

Zendaya, who scooped the Choice Summer Movie Actress prize for her role as MJ in Spider-Man: Far From Home, opted for a casual look on the blue carpet, and wore a yellow checked shirt and pastel green shorts by Jacquemus as well as white Le Silla heels.

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, who co-hosted the show, rocked a red leopard print minidress, Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland wore a cute pink scallop two-piece by Teresa Helbig with Loriblu shoes, and singer Halle Bailey, who is to portray Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, stunned in a chic Jonathan Simkhai cutout bodysuit with Zimmermann pants.

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Anna Wintour can’t stand colourful leopard print leggings

Anna Wintour has named colourful leopard print leggings as her least favourite fashion trend of late.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief is one of the most important figures in the fashion world, and over the course of her career, has been praised for her a…

Anna Wintour has named colourful leopard print leggings as her least favourite fashion trend of late.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief is one of the most important figures in the fashion world, and over the course of her career, has been praised for her ability to discover designers.

However, in a new chat with Vogue’s 2019 September issue cover star, Taylor Swift, for the popular Go Ask Anna video series, the superstar asked her, “Which trend do you wish never existed, from the last couple of years?”

To which the editor replied, “Well, I was just recently in Paris with the couture shows and I definitely saw far too many neon, leopard print leggings. Something I definitely would not want to see again.”

The Shake It Off hitmaker proceeded to ask whether Anna would rather live in a lighthouse or houseboat for the rest of her life, to which she replied, “Definitely lighthouse, I like to be on firm ground.”

Meanwhile, the most positive adjective the 69-year-old uses to describe a person, thing or concept is “generous spirit,” and conversely, the most negative adjective is “disrespectful”.

Elsewhere in the discussion, Anna noted that she likes to play Taylor’s music at her dinner parties and is particularly fond of her 2008 album Fearless, 2012’s Red, as well as the upcoming record, Lover.

She also revealed that she has recently adopted a new dog, named Finch.

“We just have a new puppy in our household, she arrived this week and her name is Finch. And she’s called Finch because we call all of our dogs after characters in (Harper Lee’s classic novel) To Kill a Mockingbird. So we’ve had a Scout, a Radley and a Harper. And let me tell you, they are not happy about Finch’s arrival,” she added.

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Taylor Swift did copy Anna Wintour’s signature hairstyle for 2016 Grammys

Taylor Swift has finally confessed she did copy Anna Wintour’s trademark hairstyle for the 2016 Grammy Awards.The superstar stood out at the annual music event in a two-piece orange and pink outfit from Versace, but it was her new bob hairstyle with he…

Taylor Swift has finally confessed she did copy Anna Wintour’s trademark hairstyle for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

The superstar stood out at the annual music event in a two-piece orange and pink outfit from Versace, but it was her new bob hairstyle with heavy fringe that really drew the attention of fashionistas, with many comparing the look to the blonde pageboy haircut that the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief has worn for many years.

However, in a new video for Vogue.com, Taylor divulged that she had, in fact, paid homage to Anna with the hairstyle, when she asked, “My next question is, and you have to be really honest about this, how did you really feel when I copied your hairstyle at the 2016 Grammys?”

In response, the editor responded, “Taylor, I’m being very, very honest. And I would like to tell you… that I was honoured.”

The Shake It Off hitmaker proceeded to ask Anna whether she would rather live in a lighthouse or houseboat for the rest of her life, to which she replied, “Definitely lighthouse, I like to be on firm ground.”

Meanwhile, the most positive adjective the 69-year-old uses to describe a person, thing or concept is “generous spirit,” and conversely, the most negative is “disrespectful.”

Additionally, Taylor questioned Anna over the fashion trends she wishes hadn’t existed in the past couple of years.

“Well, I was just recently in Paris with the couture shows and I definitely saw far too many neon, leopard print leggings. Something I definitely would not want to see again,” she commented.

The video, part of the Go Ask Anna series, was filmed to celebrate Taylor landing the cover of U.S. Vogue’s prestigious September 2019 issue.

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Rebel Wilson ‘loved’ viral reaction to divisive Cats movie trailer

Rebel Wilson loved the divided viewer reaction to the creepy new Cats trailer and has claimed those who criticised it were just “confused”.The trailer for Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical dropped last month, and s…

Rebel Wilson loved the divided viewer reaction to the creepy new Cats trailer and has claimed those who criticised it were just “confused”.

The trailer for Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical dropped last month, 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.

While many fans were quick to point out that the upcoming film looked terrifying, many praised the British director for using futuristic technology to bring the beloved characters to life.

And Rebel, who plays Jennyanydots in Hooper’s movie, enjoyed the huge polarising response that the Cats trailer received.

“There’s some people who were like, ‘Oh my God’ because it is brand-new technology that’s CGI. I think people get confused because it’s essentially a dance movie in a lot of ways. So, it really is all our own bodies. And yes, they’re covered in fur,” the Australian actress told Cosmopolitan. “I think some people found it a bit creepy ’cause we’re people but we look a bit like cats dancing around.

“I loved the reaction… What you got in that trailer was just some small samples of it, but it’s going to be such a big movie.”

The Pitch Perfect star was also pleased with how she and her co-stars looked as cats in the movie.

“To me, it looked like how I thought it would look. What’s so brilliant about the movie is the dancing… It’s incredible. I can’t wait for people to see those big numbers on the big screen,” the 39-year-old gushed.

Cats, which also stars James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, and Jason Derulo, is set to hit cinemas in 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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Taylor Swift collaborating with Stella McCartney on clothing collection

Taylor Swift will celebrate the launch of her new album by collaborating with top fashion designer Stella McCartney on a special clothing collection.The Shake It Off hitmaker confirmed her latest release, Lover, will drop on 23 August, and in an Instag…

Taylor Swift will celebrate the launch of her new album by collaborating with top fashion designer Stella McCartney on a special clothing collection.

The Shake It Off hitmaker confirmed her latest release, Lover, will drop on 23 August, and in an Instagram Live video on Thursday, Taylor revealed she had joined forces with the 47-year-old designer.

“Another thing I wanted to tell you… for the release of the Lover album, there’s gonna be a collaboration that I’ve done with Stella McCartney,” she told her fans.

“She’s been a friend for a really long time, and also just a woman I respect so much,” Taylor gushed, before explaining that the collection will be inspired by her songs.

“I respect what she creates, how she creates it. There’s so much whimsy and imagination and romance to the clothing that she designs, and I’ve worn a lot of her stuff recently,” she added.

The Bad Blood hitmaker has worn several pieces by British designer McCartney, including the plunging baby blue tulle gown she wore to accompany boyfriend Joe Alwyn to the BAFTAs after-parties earlier this year.

More details about the collaboration will be shared closer to the launch in August, although she did explain that the tone of her new music is “really romantic” – just like McCartney’s feminine styles.

“She’s heard the new album, and this new collaboration is inspired by the Lover album… I’m so excited about that, and really excited that she would want to collaborate in this way,” Taylor added.

Lover will serve as the follow-up to 2017’s Reputation.

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Taylor Swift continues with pastel streak at 2019 Billboard Music Awards

Taylor Swift has continued with her pastel streak by wearing a lilac dress to the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.Almost a week after dropping her new single ME!, the singer made a splash on the red carpet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wedn…

Taylor Swift has continued with her pastel streak by wearing a lilac dress to the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

Almost a week after dropping her new single ME!, the singer made a splash on the red carpet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Wednesday night (01May19) when she stepped out in a light purple skater-style minidress from Raisa & Vanessa.

Taylor accessorised with matching high heels from Casadei, and a star-studded ear cuff, while her make-up artist Lorrie Turk completed the look by giving her a sweep of lavender-coloured eyeshadow on her lids and slick of rose-pink lipstick.

With her upcoming seventh studio album, Taylor has recently adopted a new pastel-shaded aesthetic, having been spotted out and about in New York City with pink dip-dyed hair and floral-printed dresses, while she also helped to design the peach and yellow-coloured J. Mendel gown that she wore to the recent Time 100 Gala.

In addition, the superstar has been curating her Instagram page to reflect her new theme, with the account now featuring close-up images of pink sequin fabric, a light blue bicycle, heart-shaped jewellery, pastel tiles, and pink and yellow handbags.

Other celebrities to make sartorial statements at the Billboard Music Awards included Cardi B, who rocked a canary yellow skirt and top from Moschino, and Diplo, who opted for a purple and gold cowboy-inspired suit.

Ciara wowed in a black dress with flowing train from Stephane Rolland, actress Olivia Wilde dazzled in a gold Ralph Lauren number, and Jennifer Hudson opted for a brown Area Suit with crystal detailing, which she matched with Stuart Weitzman shoes and The Residency earrings.

Sophie Turner, who wed fiance Joe Jonas following the ceremony, sported head-to-toe Louis Vuitton, while her sister-in-law Priyanka Chopra looked stunning in a white Zuhair Murad Couture ensemble.

Elsewhere, Halsey turned heads in a blue satin and black lace dress, which she matched with dramatic make-up and purple lipstick, and rapper Yung Miami rocked a neon green tulle dress from Oyemwen and bright yellow Christian Louboutin pumps.

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Taylor Swift took Cats role to understand her own beloved pets

Taylor Swift said yes to a role in the new movie version of stage musical Cats to learn more about her own feline friends Olivia and Meredith. The Bad Blood singer, 29, dotes on her two furry companions, who she named as her number one inspiration in …

Taylor Swift said yes to a role in the new movie version of stage musical Cats to learn more about her own feline friends Olivia and Meredith.

The Bad Blood singer, 29, dotes on her two furry companions, who she named as her number one inspiration in a chat with Time magazine after being named on their list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Taylor will star as Bombalurina in Tom Hooper’s new adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, and says she took the part for her pets – as she got to go to “cat school”, where the movie’s cast learned all about feline mannerisms.

“I love my cats so much that when a role came up in a movie called Cats, I just thought, I’ve got to do this,” she says. “This is my calling in life to do this for the ladies. So I went to cat school, which they have on set readily available for us. Learned how to be as much like a cat as I possibly could.”

The star also admits to being “obsessed” with Olivia and Meredith, stating they are a “joy to live with”, and placed them above Paul McCartney and the Tumblr website as her biggest influences.

Fans of the singer are also speculating that she has added to her cat brood, as the video for her new single ME! features Panic! at the Disco singer Brendon Urie gifting her a new puss.

Ahead of its release, she told Swifties that the video would reveal something new about her life, tweeting: “There’s a secret in the video I’ve been keeping for months – let’s see who can guess it.”

A mural Taylor unveiled in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday (25Apr19) also features three rather than two cats – adding to the rumours she’s become mum to a third moggy. A representative for the popstar did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

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