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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Helena Bonham Carter joins film adaptation of Enola Holmes

Helena Bonham Carter is joining Millie Bobby Brown in the detective movie Enola Holmes. The Harry Potter actress has been cast as the mother of Brown’s character Enola, the 14-year-old sister of famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, according to…

Helena Bonham Carter is joining Millie Bobby Brown in the detective movie Enola Holmes.

The Harry Potter actress has been cast as the mother of Brown’s character Enola, the 14-year-old sister of famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will be based on Nancy Springer’s The Enola Holmes Mysteries book series, which began in 2006 with The Case of the Missing Marquess. The young adult series is made up six books and follows Sherlock’s much younger sister Enola – who turns out to be a highly capable detective in her own right.

Wonder screenwriter and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne has been tasked with adapting the books for the screen, while Harry Bradbeer, who has helmed episodes of British sitcom Fleabag and hit thriller series Killing Eve, will serve as director.

The Stranger Things actress will also produce the project with her sister Paige Brown for their PCMA Productions company, while Alex Garcia and Ali Mendes will oversee the project for Legendary Pictures.

The 15-year-old will soon be seen reprising her role of Eleven in the hit Netflix sci-fi series when the third season is released in July. She recently appeared in Godzilla: King of Monsters and is set to star in its sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong, as well as the drama, The Thing About Jellyfish.

Bonham Carter, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2010’s The King’s Speech, has completed voice work on sci-fi TV series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and will be seen portraying Princess Margaret in season three of Netflix’s The Crown later this year.

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The Black List partners with GLAAD on new LGBTQ-focused list

The creator of Hollywood’s famous The Black List is teaming with LGBTQ media organisation GLAAD on a specially curated new annual list.The Black List, founded by Franklin Leonard in 2005, is an annual rundown of the most-liked motion picture screenplay…

The creator of Hollywood’s famous The Black List is teaming with LGBTQ media organisation GLAAD on a specially curated new annual list.

The Black List, founded by Franklin Leonard in 2005, is an annual rundown of the most-liked motion picture screenplays that have not yet produced.

Notable films to have previously appeared on the list include Argo, The King’s Speech, Juno and Slumdog Millionaire.

And now there’ll be a separate list, the GLAAD List, made up of the most promising unmade LGBTQ-inclusive film scripts floating around Hollywood.

“The Black List is thrilled to be working with GLAAD to shine a spotlight on brilliant LGBTQ-inclusive scripts hosted on the Black List and beyond,” Franklin said, reports Deadline. “We are even more excited by the prospect that this spotlight will vault these films toward production and into theatres around the country and the world, bringing with them a more LGBTQ-inclusive culture and society.”

GLAAD’s director of entertainment media Jeremy Blacklow also shared his joy at the new partnership.

“There is no more reputable source for discovering quality scripts in Hollywood than The Black List,” he praised. “The Black List’s commitment to elevating marginalised voices in the film industry is unparalleled and GLAAD is excited to lock arms with them in helping bring diverse LGBTQ stories to Hollywood’s attention.”

The GLAAD list is compiled by GLAAD staff based on the highest-rated scripts provided by The Black List which feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer characters.

The inaugural list features The Ecdysiasts by Mary F. Unser, The Enclosed by Chris Basler, Me & Tammy Faye at the Betty Ford Clinic by Pamela Garcia Rooney, Paragraph 175 by Diane Hanks, Queen by Harry Tarre, Scott by Anna Rose Moore, Three Months by Jared Frieder, Trouble Man by David Carlson, What If? by Alvaro Garcia Lecuona, and Your Boy by Matt Whitaker.

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Producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin nearly loses Oscar on train journey

The King’s Speech producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin nearly lost his Oscar statuette during a recent train journey.The 46-year-old won an Oscar, BAFTA and a Producers Guild of America Award for the 2010 film, which told the story of how Britain’s King George …

The King’s Speech producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin nearly lost his Oscar statuette during a recent train journey.

The 46-year-old won an Oscar, BAFTA and a Producers Guild of America Award for the 2010 film, which told the story of how Britain’s King George VI, played by Colin Firth, overcame his speech impediment when he was suddenly crowned king.

Gareth was recently travelling from London to Didcot Parkway in Oxfordshire with his precious cargo but got off the train without the briefcase containing his Academy Award.

Luckily, Great Western Railway call handler Glyn Davies was on hand to help and managed to track the train down to Swindon.

“Got to say a massive thank you to all the staff @GWRHelp. Awesome customer service. A certain producer got ON the 17:18 to Didcot with the Oscar but got OFF said train without. CUT TO: 3 hours mad panic, multiple phone calls,” Gareth tweeted.

After picking up the call, Glyn realised how important it was to find the briefcase when Gareth divulged what was inside.

“It’s not every day you help track down a lost Oscar,” the call handler said, according to The Express. “Once we tracked it down and told him he rushed down the motorway to get it. He was very relieved to safely accept it – for the second time – at the station. He tweeted me a photo of himself picking up the award. It was a nice touch.”

This isn’t the first time drama has surrounded one of The King’s Speech’s Oscars; in 2011, not long after the film picked up four gongs, co-producer Simon Egan’s young daughter dropped the statue during post-ceremony celebrations, denting the head and causing some gold plating to fall off.

The problem was quickly rectified after a visit to the Academy offices in Beverly Hills the following day, with a new Oscar being handed over.

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