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Chicago  

Chicago Expected Release Date U.S. : Christmas Day 2002 (Subject to change)
Expected Release Date U.K. : Late 2002 (subject to change)
Expected Rental Release Date : Mid-Late 2003 (subject to change)

Chicago Cast : Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta Jones, Mya, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, Christine Baranski
Director :
Rob Marshall
Chicago Written By :
Bill Condon
Producers :
Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Marty Richards, Harvey Weinstein,Don Carmody
Other Known Crew Members
:

Chicago Based On :
The popular West-End/ Broadway musical of the same name.

Premise/Synopsis :
Murderesses Velma Kelly (Who blanked out and killed her cheating husband) and Roxie Hart (Who killed her boyfriend in a jealous rage) strive for fame at no costs including scandal and lies in 1920s Chicago. (IMDB)
Genre :
Drama/ Musical

Chicago Official Site : www.ChicagoTheMusical.com (Musical official site)
Fan Sites :
Chicago Trailer : At producer Don Carmody's Official Site (Quicktime, Real)
Released By : Miramax Films

Chicago Status : Shooting

How excited are we about Chicago : 7 Out Of 10


Have you information or found a scoop on Chicago ? Email us now!


Latest updates on Chicago

Chicago Updated :

7th May 2002: Chicago Updated:
More images from the Chicago movie are coming in, this time sent in by an anonymous scooper. Check out the first official pic of Richard Gere alongside Renee Zellweger on the far left.

I've also been receiving reports that the trailer posted on producer Don Carmody's official site has been taken down. Well, i've just taken a look and it seems to be back
up. For those who haven't yet seen the teaser, you can check it out at Carmody's site in either Quicktime or Real formats.


3rd May 2002: Chicago Updated
There's a whole batch of new official images from the new Chicago movie courtesy of the Post Gazette. There are two over on the right and another at the top of this
page, but if you click on the images, you'll be taken to the Post Gazette site where they have a whole load more. And yes, that is Renee Zellweger on the right.


24/4/02
Playbill.com have posted a report on Chicago, the upcoming musical adaptation from Miramax Films.

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Marshall explains the genesis of his involvement with the project: "After the success of 'Annie,' I went to meet with Miramax on Rent, and I said, 'before we do that, can I just talk about 'Chicago'? When they heard my concept, they took me in to see Harvey [Weinstein], and he said, 'You're the smartest guy who's walked in here in years.' 'Chicago' has been a passionate project of Harvey's for so long. He only had six months left on his option when I came in. Larry Gelbart's a hero, too and he had written an earlier script. I saw him at the Kennedy Center Honors and explained my vision, and he called Marty Richards, the original Broadway producer, and said I should do it."

John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical, which features such songs as "All That Jazz," "Mister Cellophane," "Class" and "Nowadays," debuted on Broadway in June 1975 with choreography by the late Bob Fosse and a cast led by Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach. The Tony-winning revival opened in Nov. 1996 with Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey and James Naughton in the lead roles. Featuring direction by Walter Bobbie and choreography by Reinking "in the style of Bob Fosse," the musical satire continues to thrill audiences at the Shubert Theatre.


Also, Richard Gere has been talking to the World Entertainment News Network about his role in the film.

"I haven't done a musical since I was a kid in New York ... and that was rock band stuff. Probably the last time I sang was in The Cotton Club. But I'd never done this kind of Broadway thing. It demands a big Broadway kind of singing, so I have a singing coach and I'm dancing in it, and these beautiful girls are moving me around. And I have a big tap-dance number at the end." The new movie also stars Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and is directed by Rob Marshall. Gere adds, "I think I'm going to be all right in the film, but it's the two leads who are so terrific. Renee is Roxie and she brings out a heartbreaking quality to all this. I used to think this show was a cold, conceptual piece, but she does things in a way that just rips your heart."

Thanks once again to Chris for the information.



11/3/02
MTV posted some info regarding the invovlement of R 'n' B star Mya in the production of Chicago.

"Aside from singing in the studio, Mya has also spent time lately lending her
voice to the movie version of the Broadway hit "Chicago," which is due around
Christmas "I'm dancing, singing and doing a small monologue," she said. "It
was really nice working with Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Queen
Latifah, Renée Zellweger. It was a nice cast."
(Thanks to Chris Gando once again).

Also The Toronto Star reports that Chita Rivera will make a cameo in the film.


8/2/02
Upcoming Movies reports that Lucy Liu and Colm Feore have joined the cast of Chicago.


7/2/02
Check out these two images over on the left. On the far left is a candid image of Catherine Zeta Jones on the set of the Chicago movie taken by Louis D and even appeared in The New York Daily News. The article reads, "A wig and hard look transformed Catherine Zeta - Jones into Velma Kelly, the tough-as-nails moll in the musical 'Chicago.' The film,
being shot in Toronto, is due out Dec.25.". The second pic (in black and white) is of Denise Faye when she was in Chicago on Broadway. Our scooper Chris Gando tells us she is also in the film version. Denise also played one of the two lesbians in the recent American Pie 2 movie. She spoke to E! Online, "It makes my heart stop when I read it," she says. "It's a hot, sexy Broadway show, and the script takes that brilliant show and makes it worthy of film--and it's brilliant. I haven't really gotten to speak to anybody since I read it, so you're the first, and I'm so excited." It seems that Denise will also choreograph some of the dance sequences for the film.

A huge thanks to our scooper Chris Gando for the pics and the information. Chris was also the anonymous scooper that sent us in some of the information below.

5/2/02

The first image from Chicago has appeared online, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Check out Catherine Zeta Jones over on the left.


28/1/02
Our new scooper 'Chris Gando' sent us in som new information on the Chicago film being adapted from the famous West End/ Broadway musical.

"In a recent [unspecified] television interview Richard Gere noted that the entire cast has already recorded all the songs for the film. Parts from the musical numbers "Roxie" and "The Cell Block Tango" have also been filmed. Richard Gere returns to Canada in two weeks to film all his musical numbers. When asked about the singing abilities of his two leading ladies Mr. Gere said that Ms.
Zellweger sounds like Billie Holliday and Catherine Zeta Jones sounds like Dusty Springfield".



9/1/02
'Tim' sent us more info on the plot for the movie adaptation of musical Chicago;

"The story of chorus girl Roxie Hart's cold-blooded murder of
nightclub regular Fred Casely. Roxie convinces her husband Amos that
the victim
was a burglar, and he cheerfully takes the rap. Until the police
reveal to Amos that Roxie knew the burglar, shall we say, intimately,
and Amos decides to let her swing for herself. Roxie's first taste of the
criminal justice system is the women's block in Cook County Jail,
inhabited by Velma and other merry murderesses. Velma is not happy to see Roxie, who is stealing not only her limelight but her lawyer, Billy Flynn. Flynn
takes Roxie's case and re-arranges her story for consumption by sympathetic
tabloid columnist Mary Sunshine. Roxie becomes the new toast of Chicago and Velma's headlines, trial date and career are left in the dust". (thanks to Tim)

5/12/01
Shooting begins on Chicago on 12th December this year. The cast list is as follows - Catherine Zeta Jones will play Velma, Renee Zellweger will play Roxie, rap star Queen Latifah will play Mama Morton, Mya will play Mona, Richard Gere will play Billy Flynn, John C. Reilly will play Amos Hart and Christine Baranski will play Mary Sunshine. Upcoming Movies also report that Britney Spears may be up for a small role in the movie too.

More news on Chicago as we get it!

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