One Man, eight Presidents. The Butler tells the True Story of Cecil Gains (played by both Aml Ameen, Forest Whitaker), who served eight Presidents between 1952 and 1986, having a front-row seat as political and racial History was made in the United States. The Film marks Oprah Winfrey‘s big return to the Big Screen, playing the pivotal role of Gloria Gaines, his Wife.
Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paperboy) features an All-Star Cast including Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, Mariah Carey, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alan Rickman, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Melissa Leo, Lenny Kravitz, Minka Kelly, James Marsden and several more.
Seen widely as a Contender at the Oscars, the The Weinstein Co. Film originally was to get an October release, but gets pushed-back to August 16, 2013, meaning no TIFF Premiere unfortunately!
After much teasing, finally we get the full stream of Mariah Carey‘s new Single, Almost Home – the Theme Song to Oz The Great and Powerful, co-written and produced by Norwegian Duo Stargate, who are responsible for Beyoncé, Ne-Yo and Rihanna‘s biggest Hits.
As a die-hard Fan of Mariah‘s, my complete CD and Deluxe Editions Collection dating back to her 1990 Debut, I am rather pleased with the results. The Track sounds fresh and maybe even somewhat reminiscent of Katy Perry‘s Wide Awake – this is exactly the direction Mariah needed to head, versus the tired-sounding misfire of a Single that was Triumphant (Get ‘Em), released last August, failing to crack the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart. We’re getting a more relaxed version of Mariah, less concerned with Vocal Tricks and focused entirely on evoking an experience.
Listen to Almost Home below:
Cover Art below:
In addition to her gig on American Idol, 2013 is shaping to be a big year for Mariah, who stars in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Precious, The Paperboy), while a 14th Studio Disc is set to be released this Spring.
Oz The Great and Powerful hits theatres March 8, 2013. Almost Home will be released next Tuesday. We’re almost there!
Precious Director Lee Daniels comes into TIFF 2012 with a world of buzz for The Paperboy, and although the response hasn’t been as ecstatic this time around, Star Zac Efron has shown his vote of confidence in the Film, coming out to promote it. Daniels was touched that I admitted how much Precious changed my life and told me I was v. sweet. Regardless, I’m still excited to see this one when it hits theatres next month!