Zellweger Moves On, But “Chicago”’s Zeta-Jones & Latifah Will Sing at Oscars

News   Zellweger Moves On, But “Chicago”’s Zeta-Jones & Latifah Will Sing at Oscars
Although Renée Zellweger has declined an invitation to sing “I Move On” — Kander and Ebb’s Oscar-nominated song — at this year’s Academy Awards broadcast, her two “Chicago” co-stars will perform the new ballad live.

The L.A. Times reports that Catherine Zeta-Jones, who plays Velma Kelly in the acclaimed film, and Queen Latifah, “Chicago”’s Matron “Mama” Morton, will sing the Oscar-nominated song on the March 23 broadcast. Latifah and the pregnant Zeta-Jones and will be backed by a dozen or so dancers in the sequence, which will feature choreography by the film’s director, Rob Marshall, and John DeLuca. Other nominees in the Best Original Song category include "Burn It Blue" from "Frida" (Elliot Goldenthal and Julie Taymor), "Father and Daughter" from "The Wild Thornberrys Movie" (Paul Simon), "The Hands That Built America" from "Gangs of New York" (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen) and "Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile" (Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto).

The Miramax motion picture "Chicago" has grossed over $125 million to date. Featuring a star-studded cast led by Renée Zellweger (Roxie Hart), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Velma Kelly) and Richard Gere (Billy Flynn), the "Chicago" company also includes John C. Reilly (Amos Hart), Dominic West (Fred Caseley), Christine Baranski (Mary Sunshine), Queen Latifah (Mama Morton) as well as Taye Diggs, Colm Feore, Lucy Liu, Mya, Marc Calamia, Deidre Goodwin, Sebastian La Cause, Mary Ann Lamb and a cameo from original Chicago star Chita Rivera. Bill Condon wrote the "Chicago" screenplay, and the film's cinematographer was Dion Beebe; the Tony winning lighting team of Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer lit the film. John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, which features such songs as "All That Jazz," "Mister Cellophane," and "Nowadays," debuted on Broadway in June 1975 with choreography by the late Bob Fosse.

The 75th Annual Academy Awards will be presented live from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on March 23. ABC-TV will broadcast the ceremony, which begins at 9 PM ET. For more information about the Academy Awards, go to www.oscars.org.

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