People: Will and Jada Pinkett Smith launch media venture; Beyonce drops new song from 'Lion King'; Lady Gaga heralds new makeup line

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Hollywood power couple form media venture

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith on Wednesday announced the launch of a new media venture.

In a statement, the couple said Westbrook Inc.'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 Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

The company will also develop projects as starring vehicles for Will Smith.

Singer drops new 'Lion King' song

Beyonce 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.

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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 Beyonce 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.

Lady Gaga heralds her new makeup line

The last thing the world needs, Lady Gaga says, is another beauty brand. But that's too bad.

The pop star made all her Little Monsters happy Tuesday when she released a video with that message on social media. It heralds the coming of her new beauty line, Haus Laboratories, reportedly to be sold on Amazon come September.

Gaga dropped the news in an interview with the Business of Fashion, coinciding with the video that encourages all to embrace their own ideas about beauty. Business of Fashion says the three initial products are multiuse color for cheeks, eyes and lips in six shade families. A kit with all three will sell for $49. Pre-orders begin July 15.

Today's birthdays: Actor-comedian Bill Cosby is 82. Singer Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 76. Actress Denise Nicholas is 75. Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 71. Actress Cheryl Ladd is 68. Actress Mel Harris is 63. Gospel singer Sandi Patty is 63. Rapper Magoo is 46. Actor Topher Grace is 41. Actress Michelle Rodriguez is 41. Singer-guitarist Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry is 36. Actress Natalie Martinez is 35. Actress Ta'Rhonda Jones is 31. Actress Rachel Brosnahan is 29.

                                                                       — The Associated Press


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