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This Week in Entertainment: Cats, Disney, and More

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Taylor Swift To Write New Song For Cats

Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber partnered up to write a new song for Cats. Ballerina Francesca Hayward will perform the song in the upcoming movie. “Cats”, which hits cinemas in December, is based on Lloyd Webber’s hugely-popular stage musical. It also features a star-studded cast including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, and Rebel Wilson.

In addition, a behind-the-scenes video showed Swift, Lloyd Webber and Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper in the recording studio. “When I first read the screenplay, the first thing I said was, ‘We have to have a song for Victoria’,” Lloyd Webber said in a statement. He also added that the new song was an incredibly important and central part of the whole film.

Disney’s Marvel To Create Exclusive Podcast

Disney’s Marvel said on it would create exclusive weekly podcasts on Tuesday. They would be released on satellite radio company SiriusXM and its online music service Pandora starting next year. The podcasts include five new series on popular Marvel characters such as Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Star-Lord.

“Audio is the next natural step to bring the Marvel Universe to fans around the world,” said Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment. SiriusXM bought Pandora Media Inc in a $3.5 billion deal last year against growing competition from streaming rivals Spotify Apple Music.

Lori Laughlin Facing More Charges

Actress Lori Laughlin is facing new charges because of the college bribery scandal. Federal prosecutors brought additional charges against 18 wealthy parents, university athletic officials and others accused of participating in the largest U.S. college admissions scam ever uncovered. The new charges contained in the revised charges add to the potential maximum prison terms they each face if convicted. In Loughlin’s case, it jumped from 40 to 45 years. However, she would likely get far less.

Maleficent Dominates Box Office

Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to 2014’s movie based on the “Sleeping Beauty” sorceress, made $36 million from 2,790 North American theater. This is nearly half of what the first movie made in its opening weekend. However, even with low gains, it dominated over competitors like “Joker” and “Zombieland: Double Tap.” 

The Outer Worlds Blasts Off

The Outer Worlds, a game by Fallout vets Obsidian, released today to phenomenal reviews. With a vibrant landscape, funny dialogue, and fun gunplay, the game hits a home run right out of the bat. With a plot about corporations and what happens when capitalism gets out of hand, the game leaves a message. However, with so many choices the player can make, no two playthroughs are the same.

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