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Cats: Francesca Hayward and Steven McRae to star in film version

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I have looked at the article in the paper edition of The Daily Telegraph and it doesn't appear to have been 'spun' like the online piece was yesterday.

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1 hour ago, Alice Shortcake said:

I had to stop watching after about twenty seconds because the CGI human/cat effects made my skin crawl. Evidently some people are more sensitive to this sort of thing than others, but to me it's high octane nightmare fuel!

 

The film was never likely to appeal to me for various reasons and I find CGI unappealing in general - even what everyone assures me is very good CGI - but I think some of the adverse reaction to this trailer is because the format doesn’t allow enough time to adjust to the very specific look.

 

I found it difficult to watch the first time around but it was a lot less uncomfortable by the second time. (The best comparison I can think of is those opera singers whose voices you don’t like at first but which by the end of Act I you are fully reconciled to, once your ear has got used to them.)

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Like all trailers it was too hectic to get a proper feel of the film, but I thought Francesca Hayward looked really sweet, I only saw the original musical once and it wasn't my favourite, but will probably go just for the dancers.

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21 hours ago, bridiem said:

 

It makes me so angry. She's playing a white cat, for God's sake! Is it a problem if a white performer is playing a brown or black cat?? Bizarrely ridiculous.

Akin to the various  critical comments about Scarlett Johansson in a trans role. It’s acting, for heaven’s sake’

 

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18 hours ago, Scheherezade said:

Akin to the various  critical comments about Scarlett Johansson in a trans role. It’s acting, for heaven’s sake’

 

It’s very sad. When you google Francesca’s name, that’s the first thing that comes up. Misty Copeland has a huge Instagram post congratulating her. However, I am confused. I did not read this whole thread. Originally, the choreographer was to be McGregor as referenced in her post. But I see Blankenbuehler is listed. I wonder why the change. Sorry if I missed that portion of the thread. 

 

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I thought Jennifer Hudson sounded awful as well - her voice is just all wrong for a musical role, especially for a song like Memory.  Interesting as she also came to prominence on a tv talent show, but I saw Alexandra Burke in Chess recently and she stuck out like a sore thumb as by far the weakest link in an otherwise great show.  

 

I thought Francesca Hayward looked lovely and I am really looking forward to the film (Cats was the first West End show I ever saw when I was 9 and I was obsessed by it and I've just introduced my daughter to the soundtrack (also now aged 9) and she loves it as well).

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I adored Cats, and I must have seen the stage show about 6 times over the years with various casts.  However, I don't think I will enjoy seeing it as a film. I really like a good musical,  but as far as I am concerned, in order for it to work on screen there has to be a certain amount of dialogue.  Lloyd Webber's creations are a sort of pop opera ( for want of a better description.), and I think that kind of medium is best left to the stage.   I don't think the fact that Hayward is playing the white cat is sufficient to lure me to the cinema.  

 

And I agree about Jennifer Hudson.  Memories is actually a poignant song, with just one moment where the singer gives it all she's got in a sort of howl of anguish.  It brought tears to the eyes on stage.  This seems to have been given the usual X factor power ballad treatment, where the singer lets rip at every possible opportunity.  Not only that, but she sounds off key to me. 

 

 

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Sorry - at the risk of sounding like that judge years ago who asked 'Who are the Beatles?', why should I know about Jennifer Hudson?  Is she a well-known pop star or something?  I never saw the stage show of Cats and the trailer doesn't really make me want to see the film version.  I do like some of the songs though.

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2 hours ago, Fonty said:

 

 

And I agree about Jennifer Hudson.  Memories is actually a poignant song, with just one moment where the singer gives it all she's got in a sort of howl of anguish.  It brought tears to the eyes on stage.  This seems to have been given the usual X factor power ballad treatment, where the singer lets rip at every possible opportunity. 

 

Yes, that's exactly it. 

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3 hours ago, jm365 said:

Sorry - at the risk of sounding like that judge years ago who asked 'Who are the Beatles?', why should I know about Jennifer Hudson?  Is she a well-known pop star or something? 

 

Glad it's not just me... (I am resigned to the fact that I have never heard of a lot of people who are apparently superstars. Or if I have heard of them, I don't know who they are.) :blink:

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I think that Jennifer Hudson appeared on a talent show in the US and succeeded in forging a singing career although she didn't win  - that very fact serving to make her even more famous.

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Hasn't she already got a background in films, or am I thinking of someone else?

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I think Jennifer Hudson is possibly best known cinematically for Dreamgirls, for which she received an Oscar for best performance by an actress in a supporting role. 

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I came across the following comment on Facebook yesterday. “Who is the girl who plays the little white cat?”. Swallowing my indignation I said she was Francesca Haywood, a principal at the Royal Ballet. Resounding silence in reply! 🙁

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Thanks, Riva, I thought she'd won something.

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Posted (edited)

I liked the trailer and Francesca’s dancing was beautiful 

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Posted (edited)

 

2 hours ago, Richard LH said:

First post Lina? Welcome to the Forum!

 

Thank you Richard!

 

I am relatively new to watching ballet. I’m really a fan of Francesca Hayward. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone move so gracefully but so naturally at the same time. She’s marvellous!

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1 hour ago, Lina said:

 

 

Thank you Richard!

 

I am relatively new to watching ballet. I’m really a fan of Francesca Hayward. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone move so gracefully but so naturally at the same time. She’s marvellous!

I totally agree Lina. Her 2016 BBC Nutcracker documentary lit the touchpaper for me and opened up a whole new passion for ballet.

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1 hour ago, Jan McNulty said:

A short "behind the scenes" film:

 

 

 

That clip has really made me want to watch the film Jan! All the dancers are such talents in their own styles, goosebumps watching it! 

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