2020 is a strange time to be alive. A few weeks ago, rumors started to spread about a weirder cut of Tom Hooper's Cats. It's hard to think of anything being weirder than what ended up on the big screen, but there allegedly was. The rumored cut involved a part of the human-feline hybrids' anatomy that really did not need to be seen, which quickly caught fire on social media, with the world demanding this specific cut of the movie be released.
Even Seth Rogen was on board for this gross version of Cats. However, the rumor was later debunked by a visual artist who worked on the movie. That should have been the end of it, but here we are in 2020 with a lot more time on our hands than usual and we now have that disgusting cut of Cats made by XVP Comedy. Did we need this? Absolutely not. With that being said, it is pretty well done and it's hilarious. We could all use a good laugh at the moment and XVP has certainly delivered the goods.
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The newest cut of Cats is definitely for people with a certain sense of humor, so watch out who you send this to. Maybe keep grandma off that group chat. Even though the video is only 2 minutes long, there are a lot of additions, which are hard to unsee. Actual fans of the movie Cats might want to stay away from this particular video because their brains will more than likely automatically place the missing pieces into the original. The brain is funny in that way... or maybe that doesn't happen for everybody.
Cats was doomed from the start. While the casting news brought excitement, the first trailer induced horror. People could not believe what they were seeing as the feline-human hybrids danced and sang. It was a bit unsettling, and social media never let that go, even when a second trailer, with "fixed" CGI was released. The CGI was still being tweaked even after the movie hit theaters, but the damage had already been done. Cats was a flop at the box office and became the butt of a million jokes. Whatever the case may be, the new cut of the movie may get some people to give the theatrical cut a whirl. There's really not a whole lot else currently going on.
Now that this cut of Cats exists, or at least shows us what it would be like, one has to wonder how Seth Rogen and others who were calling for the cut will feel now that it's a reality. In addition to the aforementioned additions, there are a few others, but you'll have to check out the video to see what that's all about for yourself. You can watch the new cut of Cats below, thanks to the XVP Comedy YouTube channel.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below:
A rumor cropped up online recently that Cats, Tom Hooper‘s huge flop featuring horny cat people introducing themselves for 110 minutes, originally had CGI buttholes on all the feline behinds. And even though Cats is already a fever-dream to begin with, we weren’t entirely sure how much credence to lend that story. Now, an intrepid journalist has done the legwork, and turned up the true story of the Cats butthole cut.
It’s official: the Cats butthole cut did, indeed, exist. The Daily Beast has the scoop, and let’s just say the true story is even wilder than we could’ve predicted. Per their report, Cats was halfway complete when someone finally noticed the buttholes. “We paused it,” a source who worked on the film’s visual effects said. “We went to call our supervisor, and we’re like, ‘There’s a fucking asshole in there! There’s buttholes!’ It wasn’t prominent but you saw it… And you [were] just like, ‘What the hell is that?… There’s a fucking butthole in there.’ It wasn’t in your face—but at the same time, too, if you’re looking, you’ll see it.”
What the hell is that, indeed. The source goes on to state that no one flat-out ordered buttholes added to the digital cat people – it just sort of happened. They materialized organically – as buttholes do sometimes. Unfortunately, when the buttholes started to be noticed, it fell upon one visual effects artist to go through and erase every sphincter.
Beyond the story of the butthole cut, The Daily Beast story paints a portrait of a terrible behind-the-scenes process for the visual effects folks working on the film. One source even goes so far as to compare it to “slavery.” And director Tom Hooper only made things worse, primarily because he didn’t seem to understand how VFX even worked:
Before visual effects artists fully render sequences for animated films, they normally show directors playblasts—preview renderings that feature characters without color or texture. That allows the director to evaluate the motion before hours of work are done to flesh out things like color, texture, and lighting. Hooper, however, did not seem to grasp that process. Any time the visual effects team wanted to show the director any animatics, the source said, they had to fully render it. Otherwise, he’d say things like, “What’s this garbage?” and “I don’t understand— where’s the fur?”
Sources describe Hooper as “disrespectful,” “demeaning,” “condescending,” and “horrible,” and add that he talked to everyone like “garbage.” In short, the experience of working with Hooper does not seem like it was the cat’s pajamas. It wasn’t even the cat’s meow.