Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

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Kidman's Cannes-Can

We figured Nicole Kidman would survive her breakup with Tom Cruise, but who knew she'd come out singing and dancing? Turns out that her next movie's a "musical opera." "Moulin Rouge," which will kick off the Cannes Film Festival in May, is the story of artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and his absinthe-soaked mates. The musical-opera part means Kidman and costar Ewan McGregor do a lot of singing in the film. For the past month, the actress has been throwing herself into her reel life, according to director Baz Luhrmann. "Since her breakup she's been working every day on the movie, doing vocals and voice-overs and stuff," says Luhrmann. He says the work has been "therapeutic" for Kidman. "The film is about the Orphean myth and the moment in life when you learn that doors close and relationships end. So I would say she's taking great strength from her work." Of course her character in "Moulin Rouge" dies at the end (you find that out at the beginning), but Luhrmann assures us that Kidman's "really alive at the moment." Take that, Tom.

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