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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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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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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Tom Hooper ‘grateful’ for mixed response to first Cats trailer

Tom Hooper is grateful for the harsh response the first Cats trailer received as it helped him change some elements of the film.In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Les Miserables director confessed he was “entertained” by the polarising reac…

Tom Hooper is grateful for the harsh response the first Cats trailer received as it helped him change some elements of the film.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Les Miserables director confessed he was “entertained” by the polarising reaction the preview clip garnered on social media when it dropped back in July and was motivated to work more on the special effects that transformed stars such as Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, and Taylor Swift into felines.

Hooper added that he used some of the feedback to redesign “every single cat to some extent, whether small or large”.

“I think probably my original dream to use a lot of the human face had gotten perhaps a bit lost in that process of rushing to make that first trailer,” he explained, noting that he wanted to emphasise the more human features in each cat’s face.

“I really concentrated on bringing back the actors’ faces because when you’ve got Ian McKellen or Judi Dench or Taylor Swift, why would you not want to? I don’t know if that’s what the comments were asking for, but what I took from it was that I needed to reconnect with my original plan and make sure I was delivering on that.”

The filmmaker, who won an Academy Award for The King’s Speech in 2011, also noted that his team had tested out prosthetics on the actors, similar to those used in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running stage musical, but they fell flat.

Accordingly, Hooper decided to use visual effects, keeping the actors’ facial expressions while adding tails, whiskers, and fur – though he had to wait for the technology to catch up to his vision.

“Even three years ago, when I described what I wanted to do, people said, ‘It’s not technically possible,'” the 47-year-old recalled.

Cats, also starring James Corden, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, and Francesca Hayward, hits cinemas from 20 December.

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Cats receives scathing reviews

Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Cats has received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics.The movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical was subject to ridicule when the trailer first dropped in July, with social media users poking fu…

Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Cats has received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics.

The movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical was subject to ridicule when the trailer first dropped in July, with social media users poking fun at the digital fur technology used to make the actors – including Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, Judi Dench, and Taylor Swift – look more like felines.

Despite Hooper making changes to the film based on the feedback, he didn’t do enough to win over critics, according to reviews published on Thursday morning.

“Nine may not be enough lives for some of the stars to live down their involvement in this poorly conceived and executed adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical,” read Peter Debruge’s review in Variety. “This uneven eyesore turns out to be every bit the Jellicle catastrophe the haters anticipated, a half-digested hairball of a movie in which Hooper spends too much energy worrying about whether the technology is ready to accommodate his vision and not enough focusing on what millions love about the musical in the first place.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney called the actors’ appearance “off-putting”, criticised the film’s “aesthetic ugliness”, and said Jennifer Hudson “massacred” her character Grizabella’s key song, Memory.

Tim Robey from Britain’s Daily Telegraph gave it zero stars and described it as “an all-time disaster – a rare and star-spangled calamity which will leave jaws littered across floors and agents unemployed,” adding, “With its nightmare production design and nauseating lurches in scale and perspective, it might be the ugliest big-screen musical sequence ever mounted.”

Peter Bradshaw from Britain’s The Guardian gave it one star and called it “a purr-fectly dreadful hairball of woe” and Johnny Oleksinski at the New York Post wrote that Hooper had “completely abandoned the fundamentals of what made Cats a terrific show: sublime music, captivating dance and an intoxicating atmosphere.”

Cats opens in cinemas on Friday.

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Tom Hooper didn’t finish Cats until day before its world premiere

Tom Hooper was still working on his movie adaptation of stage classic Cats up until the day before its world premiere.The big screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, starring Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, and Jason Derulo, had its…

Tom Hooper was still working on his movie adaptation of stage classic Cats up until the day before its world premiere.

The big screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, starring Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, and Jason Derulo, had its world premiere in New York on Monday night.

Speaking to Variety on the red carpet, Hooper revealed it really was the first time anyone had seen the movie – as he was still adding the finishing touches on Sunday morning.

“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. “I think we’ve come a long way since our first trailer.”

He went on to acknowledge that his last-minute approach is pretty unusual in the film industry, adding: “Premieres should be the first time people get to see it and this is genuinely a premiere.”

After the first trailer was released to divided opinion back in July, Hooper explained in an interview with Empire magazine that they had only finished filming in March and the visual effects, which involve covering the actors in digital fur, were still being worked on.

“All the visual effects were at quite an early stage,” the 47-year-old said. “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 opens in theatres 20 December.

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Taylor Swift wore vintage Chanel on British Vogue cover to ‘highlight sustainability’

Edward Enninful styled Taylor Swift in a vintage Chanel jacket for the latest cover of British Vogue to address the “global climate crisis”.The singer rocks a cream tweed jacket from the French luxury fashion house’s Metiers d’art Paris-New York 2005/2…

Edward Enninful styled Taylor Swift in a vintage Chanel jacket for the latest cover of British Vogue to address the “global climate crisis”.

The singer rocks a cream tweed jacket from the French luxury fashion house’s Metiers d’art Paris-New York 2005/2006 collection, accompanied by a white shirt with pearl Chanel buttons, for the main image of the U.K. magazine’s January 2020 issue.

When putting together pieces for the photoshoot, British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful was keen to promote ways in which sustainability can be highly fashionable.

“I wanted to put a vintage Chanel jacket on the cover of Vogue because I feel that, with the global climate crisis, we all have to do what we can to contribute to the conversation around sustainability,” he wrote in an editor’s letter. “Buying better and buying less is what I believe in: investing in clothes that will last a lifetime, pieces that can be passed down from generation to generation.”

Enninful also revealed that he has always invested in classic pieces.

“Fashion shouldn’t feel disposable: the best clothes can be worn time and time again and have the quality of both design and craftsmanship to ensure their staying power,” the 47-year-old explained, adding that it was important to him to choose one classic item for the Shake It Off hitmaker to wear on the cover. “It’s the ultimate sign of luxury, it has never gone out of fashion, and it never will.”

The January 2020 issue of British Vogue is out on 6 December.

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Judi Dench sent Taylor Swift candy during Cats shoot

Judi Dench supplied Taylor Swift with candy while they were working on the upcoming movie adaptation of Cats.The pair star alongside Jason Derulo, Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webbe…

Judi Dench supplied Taylor Swift with candy while they were working on the upcoming movie adaptation of Cats.

The pair star alongside Jason Derulo, Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic stage musical.

Speaking with British Vogue magazine, Swift revealed her veteran co-star made her feel right at home during the shoot and even had her favourite candy sent to her dressing room after discovering she was a fan.

“She’s lovely. I remember being on set, and there is one scene that Idris and I do with Judi, and someone walked up to me with this kind of gummy candy and I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve never had this before, this must be British candy, this is amazing,'” she recalled in the joint interview with Lloyd Webber. “I was raving about this candy so much and Judi must have overheard me, because the next day I got to my dressing room and there was a signed photo from Judi and, like, six bags of it.”

Elsewhere in the chat, the composer revealed he wanted the part of Old Deuteronomy to be written as a woman so Dench could have a part, as she was supposed to originate the role of Grizabella in the stage musical but had to withdraw after she snapped her Achilles tendon.

“I had this idea, which I ran past Tom, that we could make Old Deuteronomy a woman. Seeing her perform this time was quite an emotional thing for me, because it was a very, very sad day when she had to leave the original show.”

Cats hits cinemas from 19 December.

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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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