Kate Hudson sings, hoofs her way through 'Nine'
Whatever your opinion of Kate Hudson's acting abilities, it's hard to deny that her Hollywood pedigree and off-screen romances make her an ideal starlet for "Nine" -- a musical about moviemaking, fame and life led under the glare of the paparazzi.
Our friends over at the Ministry of Gossip blog have posted some video footage of Hudson singing and hoofing her way through one very hectic musical number in which the actress (playing an American journalist dispatched to Rome) extols the virtues of Italian cinema.
"Nine" is based on the 1982 Maury Yeston musical, which itself is adapted from Federico Fellini's "8 1/2." The Weinstein Co. plans to release the film next month in the U.S.
Hudson plays Stephanie, a correspondent for Vogue who becomes entangled in the sordid affairs of Daniel Day-Lewis' burned-out auteur. Hudson's role was played by Saundra Santiago in the 2003 Broadway revival of "Nine" and by Stephanie Cotsirilos in the 1982 production.
Rob Marshall, who has racked up impressive choreography and directing credits on Broadway, seems to have put Hudson through quite a physical workout, judging by the video. Or maybe the rapid-fire editing just makes it seem that way.
-- David Ng
Photo: Kate Hudson and Daniel Day-Lewis in a scene from "Nine." Credit: The Weinstein Co.