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The Musical Cats Set To Get The Big Screen Treatment

Musicals have always been big in Hollywood, with plenty of stage hits getting the big screen treatment as well. What’s surprising is that one of the biggest musicals of all time has never been turned into a movie. Well that’s about to change as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is set to start filming this fall, and the cast is turning heads.

Working Title and Universal’s Cats will star Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen, and it is expected that additional casting announcements will be coming soon. Hudson is rumoured to be playing Grizabella. It’s been known for awhile that Oscar winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is directing the film, which has been adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Hooper has been working on getting things ready for over two years now, but it’s finally going to move to the filming stage. Word is it will shot in the UK. 

This will be the second time Universal and Working Title have worked with Hooper, as he directed the 2012 adaption of Les Miserables. It’s hoped that Cats will have similar results. After all the stage show has a huge following, being the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history and the sixth-longest-running in London’s West End.

If you haven’t seen the play before, the story following a tribe of cats over the course of one night as they try to decide which of their group will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. The play is known for it’s hit songs including Memories. 

Photo: Effie on Wikipedia

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Ariana Grande And James Corden Re-enact Titanic Musically

It’s hard to believe James Corden has only been hosting The Late Late Show since 2015. After all he’s already put a stamp on not only the show, but pop culture, with his comedic genius, including his catchy Carpool Karaoke segments. Last night he had Ariana Grande on his show to help him re-enact the love story of Jack and Rose from the 1997 film Titanic, and it was nothing short of amazing.

Grande and Corden sang a medley of 13 pop songs for the skit, which of course ended with Celine Dion’s power ballad My Heart will Go On. Other songs included were Styx’s Come Sail Away, Hall Oates’ Rich Girl, Timbaland’s The Way I Are, Foo Fighters’ Learn To Fly, Just Dance by Lady Gaga, Steal My Girl by One Direction, Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, Nelly’s Ride Wit Me, Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby, Timber by Pitbull and Ke$ha, Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley and NSYNC’s Bye Bye Bye.

The 1997 Oscar winning film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet never looked so good, and word from CBS is that the entire segment was shot in one take. Now that’s impressive.

Grande turned heads when she appeared on Carpool Karaoke in 2017, and she’s set to appear on the segment for a second time on Wednesday. She is of course promoting her new album Sweetener, which is due to be released this Friday. 

 

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Nicki Minaj Releases Track Cut From New Album

Nicki Minaj released her latest album Queen on Friday, and the following day she released a track that had to be cut from the album at the last minute due to legal complications. Whether that means the problems she had been happening with it have been fixed or not isn’t clear, but regardless the track is now available for public consumption.

The song called “Sorry” was the track Minaj was talking about when she tweeted “So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1 of the greatest rappers of all time. Had no clue it sampled the legend #TracyChapman — do I keep my date lose the record? Or do I lose the record keep my date? ‍Do we push #Queen back 1week? Ugh! I’m torn, y’all help. Tracy Chapman, can you please hit me. omg for the love of #Queen.” 

The tweets have since been deleted, and eventually it seemed like Minaj got her answer when she wrote  “Sis said no,” followed by a shrug emoji. That Tweet too has been deleted. Minaj even stated that the album’s release would be pushed back a week to August 17th, but on Friday it came out anyway. Followed closely be the track “Sorry” which came out the next day. The track was meant to be one of the album’s strongest releases, and has a real Caribbean flavour to it. As for the legal issues with the track, well it incorporates Shelly Thunder’s song “Sorry,” which Minaj found out later has a piece of Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You” in it. Talk about your odd complications.

You can listen to the new track below.

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Cher To Cover Abba On New Album

Cher’s new album is set to be released on September 28, and thanks to her performance in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” that was released last month, she decided to make it an album of Abba covers.

The new album will be appropriately titled “Dancing Queen”, and will feature ten tracks, all of which are Abba hits. The songs include Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), The Name Of The Game, SOS, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Chiquitita, Fernando, The Winner Takes It All and One Of Us. The singer was apparently inspired to record the album after shooting her scenes for the movie. 

“I’ve always liked Abba and saw the original ‘Mamma Mia’ musical on Broadway three times,” Cher said in a statement. “After filming ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking ‘why not do an album of their music?’ The songs were harder to sing than I imagined but I’m so happy with how the music came out. I’m really excited for people to hear it. It’s a perfect time.”

Besides the new album, and her appearance in Mamma Mia!, Cher will also receive a Kennedy Center Honor on December 2, and then on December 3 her Broadway musical “The Cher Show” opens, which she is producing. She is currently doing a residency at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas.

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