*New music from Mariah Carey will hit both radio and iTunes on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
“Almost Home,” from the forthcoming movie “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” was co-written by Carey with Simone Porter, Justin Gray, Lindsey Ray and co-produced by Stargate (Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen).
“It’s a feel-good record,” Carey said in a statement announcing the tune whose lyrics pine to “find a kingdom I believe in in my heart.” “It gives you the feeling of reaching your home and being with people that you love,” she added.
The pop track was recorded at Roc The Mic Studios in New York City. Its video, directed by Carey’s frequent collaborator David LaChapelle, will premiere in the coming weeks.
Disney’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” starring James Franco and Mila Kunis, is scheduled for a theatrical release on March 8. It’s sort of a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” that imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s iconic title character.
Carey, meanwhile, is balancing her “American Idol” judging duties with recording a new album slated for release in the spring.
Jay-Z at the Last Chance for Change Rally in support of Barack Obama at Florida Memorial University on Nov. 2, 2008 in Miami Lakes, Fla
*Barack Obama has his eye on nearly 200 celebrity supporters – ranging from Jay-Z to Harvey Weinstein – whose endorsement he wants during his campaign for re-election, according to a list obtained by the Tennessean.
The list, dated Dec. 5 but released on Friday, includes a variety of actors, musicians, politicians and others.
Some are well-known Obama supporters, like George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Ari Emanuel (whose brother Rahm used to serve as Obama’s chief of staff).
According to OpenSecrets.org, both Clooney and Hanks have already donated more than $30,000 to the Democratic National Committee, as well as smaller donations to the Obama campaign. Emanuel serves as a bundler, as do the likes of Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.
He wants the return of musicians like will.i.am, Jay-Z and Arcade Fire to perhaps draw in the youth vote. He’s also seeking sports stars Emmitt Smith and Alonzo Mourning, and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
Young Hollywood starlets Blake Lively and Mila Kunis are also on the list.
At the very least, he can bank on the support of Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul told CNN Friday that she is behind Obama 100 percent.
*First Mila Kunis, then Justin Timberlake – and now, Betty White.
The octogenarian is the latest celebrity to be asked out to the Marine Corps Ball in Washington.
Sgt. Ray Lewis, pictured above, put his request on YouTube, calling the 89-year-old small screen legend the complete package. [Scroll down to watch.]
“She’s funny, she’s sweet, she’s mature. She’s the all-around perfect woman,” he says. “I really think we’d have a good time. I’m fun, you know. … I think I can make her laugh. I think she can make me laugh. I think we can laugh together. … So, call me!”
White has yet to respond to Lewis’s invitation. But Kunis, 27, and Timberlake, 30, confirmed Monday on NBC’s “Today” show, while promoting their movie Friends with Benefits, that they are attending – having been invited by Scott Moore and Kelsey De Santis, respectively.
But they clarified that there is more than one Marine Corps Ball, and that they’re not attending the same one.
“Marines have a lot of balls,” Kunis said. Timberlake added: “We want to pay honor to our country and embrace their balls.”
*Anthony Mackie and Rashida Jones are among the “hot” actors chosen for the cover of Vanity Fair’s 17th annual Hollywood Issue – sort of. (Technically, the two are featured on the inside panels.)
Anchoring the front cover are Oscar co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco (himself a best-actor nominee), along with Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Joining Mackie and Jones on the two inside panels are 9 more stars, from newcomer best-actor/actress nominees Jesse Eisenberg and Jennifer Lawrence to Noomi Rapace, whose performance in the original, Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” propelled her from Stockholm to Hollywood.
Rashida Jones (seated)
Rounding out the crew: Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Garfield, Garrett Hedlund, and Robert Duvall.
The cover was shot in Los Angeles and New York over the course of two days by photographer Norman Jean Roy.