The story: Jasper, age 16, a vietnamese- african- american teenager and his family has just moved to a new neighbourhood to be closer to Jasper´s charming and wise zen master like grandfather. At his new school, Jasper is confronted with bullying, anger and stress. Jasper uses the pebble meditation practice that his grandfather taught him to transform his relationships at school and at home.
What does it have to do with Tina Turner? Well first it is a wonderful project, Thich Nath Hanh is a well respected Zen Master, who had a tremendous life and now lives in Plum village in the south of France were people from around the world gather to receive his teachings. And secondly, the songs of the album Children Beyond will be used as a soundtrack for the movie. Tina’s friends and collaborators on the Beyond albums, Regula Curti & Dechen Shak-Dagsay even added their voices to two characters from the movie!
We wish the movie and everybody involved in it the best of luck!
A new video upload today with this 1993 documentary promoting the movie “What’s Love Got To With It?”. Features interviews with Tina Turner, Roger Davies and a look behind the scenes with Angela Bassett & Laurence Fishburne. Enjoy!
Although James Bond could never age or be younger and older until Daniel Craig took over but even the biggest hits age but they hopefully age with dignity and perform even better like good wine from the South of France – or wherever you order your wine from. “GoldenEye”, the massive hit single for Tina Turner and the James Bond merchandise turns 20 in October 2015 and we can only compare it with the above-mentioned red wine. It aged with honor and dignity and can now be seen as one of the great James Bond songs and surely a signature hit for Tina Turner.
By Ben – Tina Turner is known throughout the world, blog’s stats can attest that there’s not a single country in the world that doesn’t know her. To most people, she is seen as a bigger than life singer with an unparalleled career. But despite her massive success and what one could perceive as an incredible achievement, Turner often stated that what really attracted her was acting. But not acting just for the sack of being on a big screen no, acting to impersonate a (strong) character, to entertain audience in action, adventure movies. Offers came but not one that would fit Tina’s own vision of a movie star. Who can say no Spielberg? Turner did. Hooker parts? Keep them for yourself! Tina wants to be Grace Jones in Conan the Destroyer, a charismatic villain…
The first footage of Tina Turner on a theater screen goes back to 1970 and her incendiary performance of Otis Redding’s ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” filmed during the Rolling Stones legendary documentary “Gimme Shelter”. However her first appearance as a character would arrive five years later and what other part than a Queen…
The year 1993 saw another release of a newly produced song: “Why must we wait until Tonight”, again a collaboration between Tina Turner and Bryan Adams. It turned out to be only a medium success but is still a nice slow song to listen to.
As we know from today´s point of view, Tina Turner was in the middle of her career when the biographical movie “What´s Love Got To Do With It” – named after her signature song and USA #1 hit – was released in 1993. The movie was based upon the book from 1986 “I, Tina” which she co-wrote with the music journalist Kurt Loder and which featured many interviews with contemporary witnesses like band/family members, music colleagues, and Tina Turner herself. Maybe it was even not clear to herself that there would be new albums and tours until the year 2009 which makes the release of a bio pic only reasonable if you consider her age in 1993 when she was 53. But there were still at least 15 years to come – full of appearances and releases. Because of the heavy ammunition she fired at the world – an album incl. re-recordings and completely new material, the release of several songs from that album incl. the usual marketing appearances, the movie itself and then even a US tour plus some festival appearances in Europe and Australia – the year 1993 will always be a year to remember.
This month marks the 20th Anniversary of Tina Turner’s biopic “What’s Love Got To Do With It” as well as its release on Blu-ray. Bassett, as Tina Turner asks the musical question “What’s Love Got to Do with It” in this 1993 film also starring Laurence Fishburne, Jenifer Lewis, and Khandi Alexander. The film tells the story of Tina Turner’s childhood as Anna Mae Bullock her move to St. Louis after her grandmother’s death to live with her mother, her meeting Ike Turner at a nightclub, her subsequent singing with Ike’s band, their marriage and divorce…
Continue reading for a review of the movie as well as HD videos!
The year 1993 was a real Tina Turner year and offered the full range of a pop star´s work and output: a new album (or at least partly new as most of the tracks were re-recordings), several releases as singles, a tour in the United States and several festival concerts overseas and – of course – magazine articles, TV appearances and – the reason for all the drama – the autobiographical movie “What´s Love Got To Do With It”. 1993 started with the release of “I Don´t Wanna Fight” which turned out to be a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Continue reading I Don’t Wanna Fight (No More)→
In 2004, it was announced that Tina Turner would get a role in the Merchant Ivory movie The Goddess. Her role would be that of Hindu Goddess Shakti: “the universal feminine energy, which is manifest in Kali, Durga, Mother Mary, Wicca, and each and every woman on the planet”. In preparation for the role, Tina travelled through India, together with director Ismail Merchant. Besides starring in it, Tina was also supposed to contribute some songs in English, Sanskrit and Latin.