December 21, 2002
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Billy Flynn takes on Roxie as a client.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones struts her stuff.

All That Jazz

December 21, 2002

Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones dance and murder their way through the big-screen adaptation of 'Chicago,' a musical tale of high-stepping crime, corruption and all that jazz!

TITLE: Chicago

OPENING: December 27, 2002

STARS: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs, Queen Latifah, Lucy Liu, John C. Reilly, Dominic West, Chita Rivera

WRITER: Bill Condon

DIRECTOR: Rob Marshall

THE PLOT: In the roaring '20s, chorus girl Roxie Hart (Zellweger) is seduced by Chicago's promise of fame. She dreams of singing and dancing her way to stardom, but finds herself in prison after shooting her unfaithful lover (West) in a jealous rage. While doing time in the slammer, Roxie meets Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones), the nightclub sensation who was incarcerated for murdering her philandering husband.

Under the care of her attorney, Billy Flynn (Gere), Velma enjoys the increased celebrity that comes with being a tabloid darling. But when Billy postpones Velma's court date to take on Roxie's case, the two women must battle for media attention. In their mad pursuit of fame at any cost, they know that only one woman can be the most notorious murderess in Chicago.

THE SKINNY: The long-awaited film adaptation of Bob Fosse's 'Chicago' features traditional show tunes from the 1975 Broadway musical, which earned six Tony Awards in its 1996 revival. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film's song and dance numbers receives a Hollywood update by A-list stars Renee Zellweger ('Bridget Jones's Diary') and Catherine Zeta-Jones ('America?s Sweethearts') in roles that originally attracted the attention of Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna. The jazz-age murder thriller hopes to follow in the success of the Baz Luhrmann's cutting-edge movie musical, 'Moulin Rouge!' which captured the attention of multi-generational moviegoers and critics.

RANDOM TRIVIA: In addition to the film's headliners, 'Chicago' features an impressive supporting cast, including 'Charlie's Angels' star Lucy Liu as Go-to-Hell Kitty (a role that Britney Spears was in early talks to play). While John Travolta ('Saturday Night Fever') was rumored to have landed the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn, Richard Gere snagged the role after Hugh Jackman dropped out of consideration to film the 'X-Men' sequel. Queen Latifah plays prison inmate Mama Morton, while Chita Rivera, who played the original Velma Kelly in 1975, makes a cameo appearance in the film at the youthful age of 75.

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