Beyoncé drops new
original song from ‘The Lion King’
LOS ANGELES — Beyoncé has dropped a new original song from Disney’s live-action Lion King.
The song, Spirit, was released Tuesday and should get an Academy-Award push for Academy Award consideration.
The tune comes at a pivotal moment for Nala, the character voiced by Beyoncé, in the film that comes out July 18. She also co-wrote the song.
It’s part of an album called The Lion King: The Gift that Beyoncé is executive producing and performing on along with other artists. It will be released digitally July 11, with the physical album coming July 19.
The collection is a companion to the main Lion King soundtrack, which consists mostly of songs from the animated film, along with a new number from Elton John and Tim Rice, who wrote the songs for the original.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith launch media venture
LOS ANGELES — Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are looking to expand their brands under a new corporate umbrella.
The Hollywood power couple on Wednesday announced the launch of a new media venture.
According to a statement, Westbrook Inc. will be a cross-platform holding company “formed to execute the Smith family’s global content and commerce business strategy.”
In a statement, the couple said Westbrook’s mission is “to spread positive ideas, art and products that entertain and empower the greatest number of lives.”
Westbrook Studios will serve as the studio home to all new premium TV and motion picture projects. It currently serves Red Table Talk, the Facebook Watch series featuring Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
The company will also develop projects as starring vehicles for Will Smith.