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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Latifah to sing at Oscars

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Latifah to sing at Oscars — Queen Latifah will fill in for an apparently stage-shy Renee Zellweger

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Despite being eight months pregnant, ”Chicago” star Catherine Zeta-Jones will perform ”I Move On” at the Academy Awards, with costar Queen Latifah taking RenĂ©e Zellweger’s place as her duet partner. Zellweger had told EW she wouldn’t be comfortable singing live in front of such a large audience — a concern that was apparently a more powerful deterrent than Zeta-Jones’ far-advanced pregnancy. Best Supporting Actress nominee and former rapper Latifah is, of course, a more experienced performer — she even sang during a movie music tribute at the 2000 Oscars.

Among the other musical performers at this year’s ceremony will be U2 and Paul Simon; fellow Best Song nominee Eminem has said he won’t show up. Perhaps Latifah can fill in for him, too.