Tribute To Road Warriors’ Tina Turner As Aunty Entity
Road Warriors’ Tina Turner played Aunty Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderstorm.
Anyone who’s seen the first three Mad Max movies knows what to expect with Mad Max: Fury Road. There will be post-apocalyptic fashion that looks like the remains of a BDSM yard sale, a number of car chases compelte with explosions, daring stunts, and most importantly, a macho road warrior named Max Rockatansky. Although Mel Gibson will not be returning to play Max, Tom Hardy might just prove to be a good replacement. For many female fans, this trilogy has been nothing more than just testosterone-fueled movies, but the fourth instillation in the Mad Max franchise promises to be more appealing to women while still being bad ass. There will be new female characters which will be played by Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton. All of these beautiful women have the potential to flip certain action movie tropes on their head. It has been reported that director George Miller has even enlisted the help of activist, feminist icon, and Vagina Monologues author, Eve Ensler, to ensure that Fury Road wasn’t just another story about helpless female victims but rather a story about empowered survivors.
But fans of the original trilogy shouldn’t worry about all the work the movie has done in order to attract a female audience. Just because Miller took care to develop his female characters, that doesn’t mean Fury Road will be lacking in any of the explosions, violence, or action packed adventures that fans have come to expect. The women in this film might be the new beautiful but tragic faces of Mad Max, there was one woman that demanded respect while still looking hotter than any explosion. Tina Turner. Starring as the character, Aunty Entity, this wondrously long-legged ruler of Barterton, Turner created a sexy and powerful villain.
In 1984, Tina Turner was in the midst of one of the greatest second acts in pop-music history. A decade earlier, her recording career seemed over due to another tragic consequence in her infamous relationship with then-husband Ike. But with her monster hit album, “Private Dancer”, the 45-year-young artist was back in the public eye. This lead to her spending weeks in the Australian desert, where she filmed the third Mad Max movie. Perhaps in Aunty Entity, Turner saw a survivor’s backstory she could relate to and by telling Max about her origins, she revealed, “Do you know who I was? Nobody. Except on the day after, I was still alive. This nobody had a chance to be somebody.”
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Aunty claimed that before the pox-eclipse she was a nobody, but the day after, she had the chance to become a somebody, for she was one that survived. She was an Amazon-like woman who ruled with an iron-fist but found herself being challenged by the diminutive Master and his brutish henchman Blaster: Aunty Entity is enraged at this but is unable to publicly oppose the duo of “Master Blaster” due to Master being the only one who knows how to work all the machines that keep Bartertown running. To this end the scheming Aunty Entity manipulates Mad Max into a gladiatorial battle, known as the “Thunderdome”, against Blaster with hopes Max will kill him, in effect using Max as a convenient means of exacting political assassination without being caught.
Yet Max managed to defeat Blaster in combat but refuses to kill him when he realizes after knocking his helmet off, that he suffers from Down Syndrome. Aunty Entity is enraged and has Blaster executed before invoking the harsh ritual of “bust a deal, face the wheel” upon Max. Max lands on Gulag, and is exiled from the town to the harsh desert outlands where his chances of survival seem bleak. After more violence ensues, Aunty finally finds Max but having earned her respect, she spares his life. What becomes of Aunty Entity’s civilization and the political position she once had remains unknown at the conclusion of the story.
It’s A Mad World
Tina Turner’s Aunty Entity was a strong female character in Mad Max: Beyond The Thunderdome, but it was her own personal life, off the cameras, that became stronger. After the movie premiered in 1985, her hit single, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” which was featured in the film, won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, as well as the MTV Music Video Award for Best Female Video. The song’s lyrical content is written from the perspective of those being oppressed and not wanting to get their hopes up in yet another “hero” who may or may not save them.
Fame continued to follow Turner and in 1991, both her and Ike were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Still known for being Aunty Entity as well as many of her songs such as “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and “Proud Mary”, Turner has been labeled as a musical icon. Her songs have been covered by a wide array of musicians but recently, her song had been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It was during a performance by Paul Rudd, in which he lip synced along to Tina Turner, that really made the concept of lip synching, an exciting new way to entertain audiences.
Lip Sync Mash-Up: Paul Rudd X Tina Turner
What began as a fun segment on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show, has now grown into a full-fledged series of its own. With John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant signed on as two of the producers, Lip Sync Battle debuted on Spike on April 2, 2015. The series is based on Jimmy Fallon’s regular late-night bit in which celebrities going head to head, lip syncing songs of their choice to battle for bragging rights. Merchant serves as executive producer alongside Fallon, and Krasinski, who will also perform on the show. Spike taped ten episodes in New York in January and has been approved for eight more episodes that will be filmed in Los Angeles. With all of the attention this show is receiving, fans are starting to anticipate the winners of every upcoming episode.
At the beginning of Lip Sync Battle, host LL Cool J tells viewers how simple the show’s concept is. There are two stars who lip-sync two songs a piece and then the audience decides who did it best. It is a simple concept. Perhaps too simple. Unlike other celebrity reality competitions, the stakes aren’t high. Actually, there aren’t any stakes at all. With no dance moves to falter on and no missed attempts at reaching high notes, the celebrities are left to do one thing and that is to entertain. Since its first debut episode, the show has experienced moments of great fun. Each episode features two A-list celebrities like you’ve never seen them before, syncing their hearts out in hysterically epic performances. For fans of the show, or for first time viewers, get ready for a weekly duel between fantastic celebrities that are serious competitors.
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