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Everything We Know About The Broadway “Cats” Film Adaptation So Far

When Tom Hooper announced he was going to make a film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Cats”, no one was quite sure how. It’s not as if Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show had not been recorded before, but this time things will be different. This time, they have an all-star cast and Hollywood money behind it, so this will either be a triumph for theatre fans, or a universally panned flop. Let’s discuss what we know about the movie so far, and what we learned from CinemaCon 2019.

We already know the cast is huge and features some big names. Idris Elba has been cast (oddly enough his second time playing a feline – the first in 2016’s “Jungle Book”), alongside Jennifer Hudson who will sing “Memory”. The movie also has Sir Ian McKellen, James Corden, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, and Dame Judi Dench cast so far in roles.

This is Hooper’s second musical movie, the first being “Les Miserables” back in 2012. The big question is what has he learned since then. According to io9, during Universal Picture’s panel at CinemaCon, attendees were priviledged enough to get a first look at things via a new sizzle reel:

In the reel, which was largely shot on set, Hooper revealed he wanted to bring the musical to life in a very 2019 way. To do that he’s using performance capture to make his actors look like they have real fur on them.

And so what the audience saw at the presentation were clips of actors in those fancy suits, complete with dots and everything. Some had cameras attached to their heads, others did not. It’ll eventually look something like Avatar’s Na’vi, but with fur, and the actors said they studied cat movements for the film.

Also, much of those soon-to-be digitally enhanced performances were shot on sets that are three to four times their usual size, to give the actors “a cat’s eye view.” In other words, they’re going to be the size of cats as they sing. Huge chairs and tables with the actors running and dancing under them.

No images of the cats have leaked yet, but it sounds like a very unique vision for this movie.

It was also noted that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music will be used in the movie, and “all disciplines of dance will be represented”. Much of the cast who is not a big name A-lister is filled out by professional ballet dancers and other theatre regulars.

“Cats” is expected to meow into theaters on December 20, 2019.

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Goose The Cat Of “Captain Marvel” Surprised The Internet With His Own Live stream

“Captain Marvel” may be hitting theaters soon, but the real star of the movie is Goose the cat.

As part of a promotion leading up to the impending release of Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios surprised us with this live stream of Goose the cat doing… well, cat stuff. He chases things, he naps, and he even gets some scratches from surprise guest Samuel L. Jackson.

Check out the riveting video below:

The name of this cat is Reggie, and he along with three other felines played the role of Goose throughout the movie.

“Captain Marvel” hits US theaters on March 8.

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WATCH – Favorite Cosplays from BroadwayCon 2019

We saw so many awesome cosplays during BroadwayCon 2019 – here is just a smattering of some of our favorites!

Check out our full Youtube playlist for more video of the panels, performances, and cosplay seen at this event.

For more about this event, head to http://www.broadwaycon.com

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Japanese Blind Box Toy Unboxing Volume 2 – CATS!

It’s time for more Japanese blind box toys! This time, we look at a bunch of Cat toys from Bandai and Clever Idiots.

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Grumpy Cat Merchandise at NY Toy Fair 2014

The Ganz booth got grumpy with us at NY Toy Fair 2014, and I am not just talking surly booth reps! Bad jokes aside, Ganz unveiled a plethora of Grumpy Cat products at the show this year, from plushes to shirts, kitchenwares and novelties, and plenty more, with a far-from-grumpy booth-rep giving us the walkthrough.

Unfortunately, we missed the main feline of the day, as Grumpy Cat was appearing in this booth earlier in the week, but plenty of photos are floating around online of other lucky Toyfair goer’s who got to meet this kitty.

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Comic Review: Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch

Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson come together to bring you the Eisner Award winner for Best Publication for Teens and Best Short Story, Beasts of Burden. This compilation of short stories (subtitled Neighborhood Watch), originally printed in Dark Horse Presents, features a canine and feline team who investigate different paranormal events that occur in their small and seemingly peaceful neighborhood of Burden Hill.

If you’re unfamiliar with Evan Dorkin’s previous projects, it’s alright. However, he is a veteran of comics among other media, and it’s not unlikely you’ve already enjoyed works he’s had his hands in. The projects he’s worked on span all across the spectrum of subject matter from comics like Predator: Big Game and Rom: Space Knight, to animation like the English adaption of Shin Chan and Space Ghost: Coast to Coast.

That’s not to say that Jill Thompson is a newbie when it comes to the world of entertainment; she certainly isn’t. She’s been around the proverbial block with multiple awards to prove it. Her illustration work can be found in many comic books and graphic novels like Spiderman: Shadows and Light and Death: At Death’s Door as well as in children’s books like the Magic Trixie series and Mick Foley’s Halloween Hijinx.

The track records of these two suggest a lot of diversity within subject matter and illustrative storytelling, and the short stories within this book do reflect that. Dorkin does a great job of bringing this band of characters through different levels of seriousness, suspense and humor in each short story that makes for a great read for adolescents and young adults alike. True, the idea of animals communicating with one another like people do isn’t anything ground breaking, but to take that and make something original is a feat within itself. It’s an even greater feat to use that to create something with appeal to both genders and the pre-teen to young adult age range, which Dorkin does successfully.

What really gives this one shot worth is Thompson’s illustrative work. Her watercolors are so crisp and clean with great color control successfully setting the tone for each scene. It’s tactfully goes hand and hand with the dynamic composition that’s intelligently set up for dramatic effect, but nowhere near to the point where it becomes unreadable. On top of that, it’s very well rendered but still stylized in a way that would appeal to youth. Each animal is successfully given anthropomorphic attributes without becoming silly looney tune-esque characters who carry on like people with animal traits, but they still give off a lot of personality through facial expression and body language.

Jill Thompson is telling a story here. The story she’s illustrating is so clear, this book would make sense without any words, but Jason Arthur does a great job of providing lettering overall; especially lettering that doesn’t step on Thompson’s work. In most cases, it’s the artist work that compliments the writer’s story. In this case, it really feels as though it’s the story that compliments the artist’s work, and the nearly half dozen awards Beasts of Burden has won just for its artwork reflects that.

Beasts of Burden makes for a good read for anyone over the age of twelve who may be a fan of suspenseful, action or horror reading, and its especially a great buy for any teenager or pre-teen with a visually artistic side to them. It’s a good story with even better artwork which makes it worth the $3.50 for the purchase. Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch can be found at your comic book store on August 1st, or you can just as easily pre-order it on Dark Horse Comic’s website right now if there isn’t a comic shop close by for you to get a hold of it.

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