January 27, 2013

Tina Turner turning officially Swiss

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LOS ANGELES - Tina Turner wants to become a Swiss citizen, and love has everything to do with it.

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Tina Turner, shown performing in 2009 in Zurich, has lived in the town of Kuesnacht, Switzerland, since 1995.

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If you've been wondering what the iconic diva has been up to lately, she's been living in Kuesnacht, a Zurich suburb, since 1995.

A Swiss paper wrote Friday that the 73-year-old had been granted citizenship, according to the Associated Press.

The singer, born in Nutbush, Tenn., has passed a local civics test and interview.

"I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. I cannot imagine a better place to live," Turner said in Blick, a German newspaper.

The singer wanted to "clarify her situation," Turner's rep told the Swiss newspaper Zuerichsee-Zeitung.

"Tina Turner will therefore also give back her U.S. citizenship," her rep said.

But the decision still needs to be approved by the Swiss state, or canton, of Zurich and federal authorities before the red passport is awarded.

Turner first went to Switzerland with German record executive Erwin Bach, her longtime music manager, and has been living with him in a lake house called Chateau Algonquin, ABC News reports.

The mayor of Brownsville, Tenn., of which Nutbush is an unincorporated area, told FOX411 she was "surprised" when she learned of Turner's decision.

"Tina Turner -- as she has gotten worldwide fame -- has never forgotten her roots," Mayor Jo Matherne said.

"I think anytime a person, whether they're world-renowned or the most meek and mild, makes the decision to change their citizenship, we need to step back and think what causes that decision," she added.

Turner, born Anna Mae Bullock, rose to fame as part of a music duo with husband Ike Turner.

After a tumultuous14-year marriage, which officially ended in 1978, she launched her solo career and kept her ex-husband's last name.

Playing Jobs in new biopic scares actor

PARK CITY, Utah - Ashton Kutcher says playing Steve Jobs on screen "was honestly one of the most terrifying things I've ever tried to do in my life."

The 34-year-old actor stars in the biopic "jOBS," which premiered Friday, the closing night of the Sundance Film Festival.

Kutcher plays the Apple Inc. founder from the company's origins in the 1970s until the launch of the first iPod in 2001.

A digital entrepreneur himself, Kutcher said he considers Jobs a personal hero.

"He's a guy who failed and got back on the horse," Kutcher said.

Playing the tech icon who died in 2011 felt risky, he said, because "he's fresh in our minds."

Abrams chosen to direct new 'Star Wars' film

LOS ANGELES - It's official. The force is with J.J. Abrams.

The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement Friday night confirming reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, Emmy-winning creator of TV's "Lost" and director of the 2009 "Star Trek" movie, has been pegged to direct the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.

"J.J. is the perfect director to helm this," said Kathleen Kennedy, the movie's producer and president of Lucasfilm, which was acquired by Disney last month for $4.06 billion.

"Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker. He understands the essence of the 'Star Wars' experience," Kennedy said.

The movie will have a script by "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt and a 2015 release.

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