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NEW YORK (AP) – Mariah Carey is tapping a longtime friend – “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson – to help her mix things up a bit on her “Adventures of Mimi” tour, which kicks off in August.

“With this tour, I’m going to be working on some different arrangements for some of the older songs, to kind of like, give it a little more life to them,” Carey recently told The Associated Press. “That’s not to say they’re going to sound totally different and to freak anybody out … (but) I love re-singing songs to different music.”

Carey and Jackson have been meeting to discuss how she’ll spice up some of her old hits, and Jackson might even join her on a few dates.

“Randy Jackson is my musical director, and he has been for many years, even before ‘American Idol,”‘ she noted.

Carey, who hasn’t toured since 2003, is still riding high off the success of last year’s “The Emancipation of Mimi” album, which gave her a huge comeback, with hits like “We Belong Together” and three Grammy awards.

She said cajoling from fans helped convince her to get back on the road.

“I genuinely want to tour with these new songs, as well as older hits,” she told The AP. “These new songs mean so much to me, this time of my life has been so wonderful for me, and I want to experience that with my fans.”

“The Adventures of Mimi” tour, which begins Aug. 5 in Miami and ends Oct. 10 in Phoenix, will make stops in 30 cities across the U.S.



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http://www.mariahcarey.com



HONG KONG (AP) – Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will next film a Chinese-language spy thriller set in World War II-era Shanghai, film company Focus Features said Thursday.

Set to begin production this fall, it will be Lee’s first movie since his Oscar-winning “Brokeback Mountain,” which failed to win the best picture award, but won Lee his first Academy Award for directing.

The movie, titled “Lust, Caution,” also marks the director’s return to Chinese-language cinema after “The Hulk” and “Brokeback Mountain.” It will reunite Lee with the team behind his 2000 kung fu hit “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Wang Hui-ling, who worked on “Crouching Tiger,” will author the script, an adaptation of a short story by famed late Chinese novelist Eileen Chang. Bill Kong, who produced “Crouching Tiger,” will produce, Focus said in a statement.

The Taiwan-born Lee, 51, began his career with three Chinese-language films, including 1994’s “Eat Drink Man Woman.” He first landed in Hollywood for “Sense and Sensibility,” which he followed with “The Ice Storm” and “Ride with the Devil.”

Focus, a division of NBC Universal, and which released “Brokeback Mountain,” did not announce any casting choices.



HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) – Charlie Rose says he’s a lucky man.

The host of PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show” was traveling in Syria in late March when he unexpectedly developed heart trouble that required surgery in Paris and a monthlong hospital stay.

He’s still recuperating, and grateful that things aren’t worse.

“You’re talking to someone who’s very, very lucky. It could have gone the other way,” Rose told The Daily Dispatch of Henderson, N.C., his hometown, for a story published Thursday.

The 64-year-old said his doctors in the United States were aware of a weakness in his heart, but didn’t expect trouble to crop up so soon. It did just after he boarded a plane from Damascus to Paris on March 24.

“It just deteriorated faster than we thought,” Rose said by telephone from his home in New York City, where he returned in late April.

Doctors in Paris confirmed that he was having trouble with his mitral valve, which connects the upper left chamber with the heart’s main pumping chamber. If the valve leaks or narrows, surgery may be need to repair or replace it.

Rose said he’s spending his time reading, walking, visiting with friends and dining out, but hopes to return to work some time next month.

In a posting earlier this month on his show’s Web site, Rose said he looks forward to “all the years of interesting guests and good conversations we have ahead of us.”



On the Net:

http://www.charlierose.com/



NEW YORK (AP) – Jack White has become one of the most famous faces on Detroit’s music map, but the rocker said he had to quit his hometown because it turned against him.

White, who now lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife, model Karen Elson, and their baby daughter, Scarlett, told The Associated Press in a recent interview that he needed to leave Detroit because “I couldn’t take the negativity anymore.”

“It was so supernegative,” said White, 30, leader of White Stripes and a member of the rock quartet The Raconteurs. “It was draining me, I had to get somewhere where I could breathe again.”

White told the AP that although he tried to help boost the city’s rock scene – working with unknown bands and acting as its musical ambassador – some in the community didn’t appreciate it.

“I was just trying to fight a losing battle, trying to keep a community of musicians together and keep it positive at the same time,” he said. “I did that part of trying to be nonegotistical, I tried to not make it about myself.”

White said the White Stripes aren’t the only band to get ill treatment from their native city. He also griped about a recent article in a New York publication that lambasted the homegrown band The Strokes.

“When that happens, you can’t stay in your hometown,” he said. “Because they’ll just turn on you.”

The Raconteurs, which just released their first album, “Broken Boy Soldiers,” will tour this summer.



On the Net:

http://www.whitestripes.com/



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Leonard Nimoy and his wife beamed up for a visit to the contemporary arts center at Ohio State University, which will receive $40,000 from their charitable foundation.

The gift to the Wexner Center for the Arts is the largest share of the $425,000 being distributed to 21 U.S. art organizations.

The 75-year-old actor, best known for his role as Spock on “Star Trek,” is also a movie director and art photographer. The Nimoy Foundation, founded in 2003, has given the Wexner Center $90,000 in grants for artist residencies.

Nimoy and his wife, Susan Bay-Nimoy, 63, who serves as vice chairwoman of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, toured the center Tuesday. In an interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Nimoy said contemporary art leads to the exploration and expansion of one’s mind.

“And to go to that rather than run away from it is where the excitement is – to explore it, ask questions about it, research it, talk to people about it,” he said.

Nimoy, who enjoys black-and-white photography, said it allows him to create an object.

“Actors contribute to a presentation, but there is no object that comes out of the work,” he said. “I love the idea that I can get up in the morning with an idea and by the end of the day have something that I can give to you, hang on the wall or give to a gallery.”



On the Net:

http://www.wexarts.org/



BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) – Adam Sandler is coming to the Michigan International Speedway.

Sandler has been named grand marshal for the June 18 3M Performance 400, race officials announced Wednesday. He will give the command to start engines and participate in other pre-race ceremonies.

Sandler, who has attended other NASCAR races, will be seeing his first at MIS.

“As someone who has portrayed athletes in films, I have a lot of respect for NASCAR drivers and what they do,” Sandler said. “I’ve met some of the drivers and it’s easy to see that they are why the sport is so popular with the fans.”

Sandler, a former regular on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” has starred in films such as “Happy Gilmore,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Punch-Drunk Love.” His next movie, “Click,” is set for release June 23.


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