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Adele prepared to lip-sync ‘Skyfall’ song at the Oscars

Published: January 24, 2013 | 7:34 am
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January 23, 2013
As Academy Awards producers announce Adele will sing her Oscar-nominated theme song from “Skyfall” at the Feb. 24 ceremony, I have learned she also will pre-record the song — as did Beyonce with the national anthem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

It will be what an Academy insider familiar with the situation called Wednesday “merely a safety net for the show. Just in case something goes wrong, there will be that pre-recorded track to have for a fall-back option — but only if needed.

“Adele fully expects to perform the song live, and will have plenty of rehearsal time to prepare.”

† This will be Adele’s first public performance of “Skyfall,” recorded for the 007 film’s soundtrack.

† While Adele is the only artist of an Oscar-nominated song announced so far to perform on Feb. 24, it should be noted that high-profile folks are connected to some of the other nominated tunes. In the film “Ted,” the song “Everybody Needs a Friend” (with lyrics written by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane) was perfomed by Norah Jones. Scarlett Johansson sang “Before My Time,” for the documentary “Chasing Ice,” and “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables” is the song sung by Jean Valjean, the character portrayed by Hugh Jackman in the film.

All indications are that Adele and “Skyfall” will be rewarded with that little golden Oscar next month. If it doesn’t win, now that would be a huge upset.

† On the topic of Beyonce’s alleged lip-synced performance at the inauguration, her longtime Destiny Child bandmate Michelle Williams told “Entertainment Tonight,” “it’s not the first or the last time that someone has had to lip sync. … My greatest singer of all time, Whitney Houston — it came to light that her anthem [at the 1991 Super Bowl] was in fact lip-synced.”

Explaining more fully, Williams said, “It’s their personal preference. With big crowds and echoes, you know, when it’s a big historical moment you don’t want any room for any mistakes. So I can understand why it was done.”

ENGAGING NOTE: While there hasn’t been an official announcement, Us Weekly reported Kelly Osbourne and her chef boyfriend Matthew Mosshart have quietly become engaged. According to the magazine, the “Fashion Police” star was given a ring by Mosshart shortly before Christmas. A source was quoted as saying, “Kelly is the happiest she’s ever been. Her career is going well, and she’s in a healthy relationship with a wonderful guy.”

Osbourne herself tweeted back in June, “I’m in love and I don’t care who knows about it.” More recently, the daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne told a British magazine in October, “I don’t think I’ve ever really known what love is like before.”

The couple reportedly met at Kate Moss’ wedding in 2011.

MAKING MOVIES: They have just come up with a title for the film Oscar-winning screenwriter Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”) is directing about Julian Assange. “The Fifth Estate” will star Benedict Cumberbatch (“War Horse”) as the Wikileaks founder.

† Clearly actor Brett Stimely isn’t worried about typecasting, given he’s just been tapped for the fourth time to play President John F. Kennedy on screen. Just added to the film “Parkland,” produced by Tom Hanks and directed by Peter Landesman, Stimely previously portrayed JFK in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Watchmen” and the soon-to-be-released “El Infierno Y La Gloria,” also known as “Kill the Dictator.”

Stimely will join Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden, plus Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti and Jacki Weaver, in “Parkland,” based on Vincent Bugliosi’s award-winning book, “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”

SPECIAL GUYS: There’s a new competition gearing up — the inaugural Chicago’s Modern Hispanic Gentleman People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Ketel One vodka.

The three finalists — with the winner to be chosen in online voting between Feb. 1 and April 15 — are entrepreneur Nicholas Delgado, military veteran and American Airlines flight attendant Jose Luis Velazquez and Chicago actor Ivan Vega, co-founder and executive director of Urban Theater Company. For voting information, go to modern

FUNNY LADY: Fans of Heather McDonald, the writer, performer and story producer for Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately” shows, will want to know she’ll be in our area Feb. 14-16 — doing stand-up at the Zanies comedy clubs in Chicago, St. Charles and Rosemont.

McDonald, who previously penned the bestselling “You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again,” will release her new book “My Inappropriate Life” on Feb, 5.

The comedian is known for her spot-on impressions of such celebs as Drew Barrymore, Celine Dion and the Kardashians.

A NEW CHAPTER: Veteran Chicago newsman and ex-Trib reporter Charles Madigan has turned to the music biz. Since retiring in 2006, Madigan founded Bitter Melon Music and has recently released a CD, “Cracks in the Foundation: A Hard Lesson in Economics Over Time” — described as a musical play which Madigan and a few fellow musicians will perform at Chief O’Neill’s on Elston Friday night, beginning at 8 p.m.

According to Madigan, the theme of the show addresses the simple question: Why do people still keep getting screwed?

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Country star Phil Vassar stopped by the new country bar and restaurant Bub City the other night —both for dinner and to catch the live performance of the band Old Dominion.

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on “Good Day Chicago” and “Fox 32 News at 9” on WFLD-Channel 32.


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