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Cats Composer ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber’ says he hated the film so much he got a therapy dog

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Andrew Lloyd Webber has admitted that he was so unhappy with the film adaptation of his smash-hit musical Cats that he bought a dog.

The composer has never been shy about voicing his displeasure with Tom Hooper’s star-studded and widely panned big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical.

Lloyd Webber went on to describe the picture as “off-the-scale all wrong” in an interview with Variety earlier this week, joking that it left him so “emotionally damaged” that he got a dog to help him heal.

“There wasn’t really any understanding of why the music ticked at all. I saw it and I just thought, ‘Oh, God, no.’ It was the first time in my 70-odd years on this planet that I went out and bought a dog,” the musical impresario said. “So the one good thing to come out of it is my little Hvanese puppy.”

Hooper’s CGI film rendition was universally viewed as a critical and commercial flop, with Lloyd Webber describing it as “ridiculous” and “absolutely un-Eliot” at the time. Despite its all-star cast, the 40th Golden Raspberry Awards declared it the worst film of the year.

Lloyd Webber, on the other hand, continues to find solace in his dog. The 73-year-canine old’s companion has even provided assistance during lockdown and will join him on future travels to New York.

Lloyd Webber explained how he would bring his pet to the city by asking an airline if they might make an exception.

“I wrote off and said I needed him with me at all times because I’m emotionally damaged and I must have this therapy dog,” the composer said.

“The airline wrote back and said, ‘Can you prove that you really need him?’ And I said ‘Yes, just see what Hollywood did to my musical “Cats.”’ Then the approval came back with a note saying, ‘No doctor’s report required.’”

Throughout the pandemic, Lloyd Webber campaigned for theaters to be reopened and is optimistic that London and New York’s theater districts will be welcoming back audiences.

“It’s slightly overwhelming, and it’s very emotional,” he told Variety. “This is my life. And for the past 16 months or so, the thing that one loves most in the world was taken away.”

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André Leon Talley has passed away at the age of 73

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André Leon Talley has passed away at the age of 73

André Leon Talley has passed away at the age of 73

The fashion legend Andre Leon Talley, 73, has passed away.

One of Vogue’s previous creative directors and a former editor at large passed away on Tuesday, according to a person with firsthand knowledge of the situation. Exactly what he was battling in the hospital is yet unknown.

It was Talley’s work as news director and later as Vogue’s creative director in the 1980s and 1990s that made him an important figure in shaping the magazine’s vision and direction. From 1983 to 1987, Talley held both positions at Vogue.

After seven or eight years in that position, he became the executive editor of Vogue—with a little sabbatical in the middle—until 2013, when he departed the firm. 

ALT may be most known as a fashion innovator, not just for his style, but for his efforts to integrate more people of colour (POC) on the catwalk, particularly black models.

In addition to being a stylist for the Obamas during Barack Obama’s presidency, and even serving as a judge on “America’s Next Top Model,” his work and career speak for themselves. He has also served as a consultant on other notable projects, such as a cameo appearance on “SATC,” as well as frequent conversations with Wendy Williams.

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has worked with him for decades and he is regarded one of the first major black tastemakers in American fashion. As an LGBT icon, Andre was more flexible than anything in his sexuality, even if he never explicitly said that he was queer.

A year ago, he was caught on camera discussing Rihanna, fashion, and even Donald Trump. Andre’s enormous personality was on full show in front of the cameras at this peak moment.

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Activision Blizzard Will Be Acquired by Microsoft for $68.7 Billion in the Biggest Takeover Ever

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Activision Blizzard Will Be Acquired by Microsoft for $68.7 Billion in the Biggest Takeover Ever

Activision Blizzard Will Be Acquired by Microsoft for $68.7 Billion in the Biggest Takeover Ever

On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. announced that it will acquire Activision Blizzard, the producer of the “Call of Duty” videogame, for $68.7 billion in cash, making the Xbox manufacturer the third-largest gaming firm by revenue.

At $95 per share, Microsoft’s bid represents a premium of 45 percent over Activision’s closing price on Friday. At $65.39, Activision’s stock was up over 38% before being halted due to news.

In a press release, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms,”

Video game sales have increased as a result of the epidemic, as people who are confined to their homes are turning to video games to pass the time.

Microsoft’s Xbox gaming platform has an advantage over Sony’s Playstation because of Activision’s catalogue of popular titles like “Call of Duty” and “Overwatch”

Activision Blizzard’s CEO, Bobby Kotick, will remain in his position.

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., a rival videogame publisher, said last week that it will purchase “FarmVille” developer Zynga for $11 billion in cash and shares, making it the largest acquisition in the industry’s history.

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Pokimane vs Ninja: Pokimane calls out Ninja for “bitch” comment & Jidion support

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Pokimane vs Ninja: Pokimane calls out Ninja for “bitch” comment & Jidion support

Top Twitch stars Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys and Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins has had a violent verbal sparring match, with the latter threatening legal action after the latter was accused of leveraging his contacts to allegedly help Jidion, a streamer who was banned for life for ‘hate raiding’ her.

Pokimane’s life was cut short on December 13 after Twitch streamer Jidion launched a hate campaign against her, with viewers abusing her and flooding her with comments like “L + Ratio.”

Jidion’s Twitch channel was immediately stopped for 14 days following the hate raid, which was quickly extended to a full, permanent ban on January 17.

The saga isn’t done, as Poki mentioned in her stream the same day. Since then, Ninja has jokingly referred to Pokimane and other streamers as “bitches,” apparently messaging his Twitch connections to help Jidion avoid a ban.

Ninja is called a “bitch” by Pokimane, and Jidion backs him up

Poki delves into the topic with Jidion during her January 17 stream, appearing perplexed by Ninja’s attitude. “You can’t run around raiding bitches on Twitch,” Ninja stated regarding the hate raider’s behavior, according to her account.

While he clarified that he “meant bitches in general,” Poki was left with a simple question: “I wonder if Ninja would have yelled “bitches” if the raider had been a huge guy broadcaster.” Ninja’s attempts to assist Jidion in avoiding the punishment imposed by Twitch also perplexed the streamer.

“Ninja then keeps joking about it and says that Dijon (Jidion) is f**ked but that he will do whatever he can to help him, but don’t expect too much,”  she told her group about the rest of Ninja’s stream.

Ninja threatens Pokimane with legal action

As the two Twitch stars traded blows on social media, the situation started to spiral out of hand. Poki’s next move was to share a private message from Ninja’s wife, Jessica Blevins.

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