Mark Your Calendars: You Can Stream a 1998 Production of Cats for Free This Weekend

Anyone with access to YouTube just scored an invitation to the Jellicle Ball.
Anyone with access to YouTube just scored an invitation to the Jellicle Ball.
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Last month, it was announced that a different Andrew Lloyd Webber musical would be available to stream for free on YouTube each Friday for the foreseeable future. The schedule wasn’t revealed in full, which left one pressing question at the front of every devoted Webber-ite’s mind: Would the 1998 Broadway recording of Cats be part of the lineup?

The answer, we can now finally confirm, is yes. As Time Out reports, the direct-to-video musical movie featuring Elaine Paige, Ken Page, John Partridge, and the rest of the Broadway cats will air on YouTube this Friday, May 15, at 2 p.m. EST and remain posted for 48 hours afterward. The broadcast is part of “The Shows Must Go On!” series—a partnership between Webber’s production company, The Really Useful Group, and Universal—which so far has included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, and more Webber classics.

Cats, based on T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, first pounced onstage in 1981, and audiences have been trying to answer the question “What’s a Jellicle cat?” ever since. The musical experienced a resurgence of publicity and interest with the release of Tom Hooper’s film adaptation in December 2019, but despite an exceptionally talented cast, dance numbers by Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, and digital fur technology, it was mostly met with confusion (and alarm) from viewers who weren’t familiar with the source material. This weekend’s livestream could be the moment many Cats enthusiasts have always hoped for—the spark that ignites a new generation of fans.

Prepare for Friday’s performance, which you’ll be able to stream here, with 13 memorable facts about the musical.

[h/t Time Out]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Watch the American Psycho Business Card Scene, But With Cats

Cat-rick Bateman and friends in American Psycho.
Cat-rick Bateman and friends in American Psycho.
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When it comes to designer suits, ax murders, and social commentary, 2000’s American Psycho has more than enough to spare. What it doesn’t have in abundance is cats. Though one kitten makes a memorable cameo, the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel suffers a regrettable lack of feline breakout moments overall.

As Nerdist reports, a YouTuber called OwlKitty addressed that very niche (and possibly heretofore nonexistent) critique by remaking the business card scene with cat photos. In the original segment, a group of arrogant young investment bankers gather in a conference room to drool over the subtle variations between their business cards. Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman is smugly certain that his new bone-colored card will take the cake, only to be outdone by the “tasteful thickness” of Paul Allen’s (Jared Leto).

In OwlKitty’s version, the hobnobbers brag about their cats, instead. Since most of the dialogue from the film scene revolves around hues, fonts, and watermarks, the YouTuber edited it down to the bare essentials—but cats as cute as these really speak for themselves. Bateman offers an image of his orange tabby, to which Bill Sage’s character responds with a photo of his own tabby freaking out over a toy mouse. After Justin Theroux’s character reveals his white cat (“White,” he explains), the group marvels over the clear winner: a video of Paul Allen’s hefty black cat swishing his tail.

OwlKitty’s artful American Psycho parody is the latest in a long line of cat-centric videos, most of which feature OwlKitty herself. According to her YouTube account, she’s a black cat who lives in Oregon, loves cream cheese, and usually goes by “Lizzy.” Some of her past appearances include clips from Dirty Dancing (1987), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), and The Mandalorian.

[h/t Nerdist]