Movies: If You Want It, Flaunt It

After Madonna and Goldie and just before the casting search got around to Britney and Christina, Chicago has finally become a movie--the first one with two stars whose surnames begin with Z, as in pizazz, for Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger are perfectly paired as show-biz archetypes. Velma (Zeta-Jones) is the born entertainer, oozing charisma. Roxie (Zellweger) is the rest of us: the type with no gifts but an almost obscene ambition to make it big.

In Hollywood, most of the cynicism is found behind the scenes--in the conference rooms where a film's every truckling nuance is debated. Chicago, in...

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