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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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Hugh Jackman And Jason Reitman Talk The Front Runner At Tiff 2018

If you were old enough to pay attention to politics in 1988, odds are you’ve heard this story before. U.S. Senator Gary Hart was running for President of the United States, and was considered the front runner for the Democratic party to do so, when suddenly his campaign was derailed by a scandalous love affair. Canadian director Jason Reitman loved the story so much that he decided to make a movie about it, and he pulled Hugh Jackman with him to star as the disgraced Senator.

In a press conference for the film, Jason Reitman admitted that the movie was a different type of movie for him to make. First it was about American politics, and being Canadian, not to mention eleven years old at the time it happened, meant he didn’t really follow the story when it was happening. It is also a true story, which meant it deals with real people and their lives, something that Reitman had never had to deal with before and something that he found to be a little scary. He did say however that the film was still relevant today, which is why he decided to make it. In the end he thinks everyone will have a different experience after viewing the movie, which he hopes will lead to conversations. He wants people to talk about it. And while movies always have to take at least a little creative license, he stated that the facts in the movie are the facts. They are relevant, and what we need to know about the scandal. 

Hugh Jackman told the crowd that when the events portrayed in the film were happening in real life he was around 19 years old, and probably drunk somewhere. Being from Australia, he hadn’t even heard anything about the scandal until the script was put in front of him. He knew however that he wanted to make the film, because he liked the idea of working with Reitman. As a journalism major in school, Jackman really enjoyed the story and he thought that it still connected to today’s world. To prepare for the role, Jackman spent a lot of time with the real life Gary Hart and his family, and during his research he kept hearing the man described as being smart, yet an enigma. Jackman himself found Hart to be very smart, interesting and knowledgeable, and in the end found that he respected him. He believes the world would be a very different place if Hart had ended up getting elected. One thing Jackman learned while filming the movie is that he has even less desire to run for public office than he did before, because he doesn’t think he could handle the journalists looking for flaws to take him down. 

If you go into The Front Runner thinking the film will make you look down upon the whole Democratic process, and be disheartened by the things that happen behind the scenes, think again. Reitman believes in voting, and thinks we just need to ask ourselves what sort of flaws are we fine with in our elected officials. Jackman on the other hand thinks that even though the process is broken, that it is fixable and worth fighting for. We couldn’t agree more.

By: Roderick Thedorff

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The Can’t Miss Movies Of TIFF 2018

Tiff can be a little overwhelming. After all with over 300 movies screening throughout the festival, it can be a little hard to figure out what you want to see. This year’s line-up features some of Hollywood’s (not to mention the world’s) biggest stars as well. From Viola Davis, to Nicole Kidman, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine and many more, at least a few of your favourite stars should be here. And if you didn’t have a chance to get out to a film this past weekend, don’t think you missed your chance, as the festival runs all week long. Here are some of the films we think you should see.

Widows: This movies by Oscar winning director Steve McQueen is based on a British TV series of the same name, and it follows the story of four women who come together to deal with a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. The film’s cast includes Liam Neeson, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell and many more, and is well worth checking out. Watch for this one come award’s season. 

A Star Is Born: Perhaps the most hyped film of the festival is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut. Yes, it’s been done before, but Cooper’s performance, alongside Lady Gaga is really worth seeing.  It’s the story of a washed up singer and his protege whose star quickly shines brighter than his own. Cooper very well might earn his first Oscar for this one, and it wouldn’t be a grasp to see Gaga getting an Oscar nomination either. It’s also very likely to win the People’s Choice award of the festival.

The Sisters Brothers: Even if you don’t like Westerns, you might still enjoy this film about a pair of killers in 1850’s United States, sent on a quest to capture a chemist who betrayed their boss.  John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed star in this adaptation of the novel by Canadian author Patrick DeWitt. The film is both comedic and touching, yet still has the violent Western undertone you’d expect from the genre.

Halloween:  Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the franchise that made her one of the original scream queens of Hollywood. The makers of this film decided to ignore the convoluted sequels, and make this one a direct sequel to the original, so really you can forget most of everything you’ve seen before. It’s an interesting take on the franchise, and will give audiences the thrill they are looking for next month.

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Avril Lavigne Set To Release A New Single On September 19th

The wait is finally over. Avril Lavigne has announced that her new single, Head Above Water, will be out on September 19th. 

Lavigne’s last new music was released in 2015, before she went public with her battle with Lyme disease. Although her sixth album has been rumoured for quite some time, nothing had been officially said, and Lavigne herself kept out of the spotlight. She posted on social media yesterday though that she’d written a letter to her fans on her website, avrillavigne.com, and in the lengthy letter Lavigne spoke of several thing, including when they could expect new music.

“I spent the last few years at home sick fighting Lyme Disease,” Lavigne wrote. “Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles. I was able to turn that fight into music I’m really proud of. I wrote songs in my bed and on the couch and recorded there mostly as well. Words and lyrics that were so true to my experience came pouring out of me effortlessly. Truly… by keeping my spirits up, having goals to reach and a purpose to live for, my music helped to heal me and keep me alive.”

Lavigne thanks her fans for being patient, and then drops the title of the new single, Head Above Water, and describes where the idea for it came from. “It is also the first song I wrote from my bed during one of the scariest moments of my life. I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air. Like I was in a river being pulled in a current. Unable to breathe. Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water. To help me see through the stormy weather. I grew closer to Him. My mother held me. In her arms, I wrote the first song that I am releasing to tell my story.”

Throughout the rest of the letter, the 33 year old Lavigne tells her fans that she’s ready to talk about her health issues, and wants to help raise awareness for the disease. She also states that she’s “taking her life back” and doing what “I am meant to be doing in this life time.” 

With the new single on it’s way, fans of Lavigne can hope that the new album won’t be far behind. 

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