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Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon, “Loving You Is Easier”

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Where the Hell’s that Gold?” (November 13, 1988)

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

He makes his living robbing banks.
She makes hers banking on robbers.

Release date: 13 November 1988

Willie Nelson stars with Jack Elam, and Delta Burke in this move about two outlaws on the run after stealing and hiding a large amount of gold.  The two find themselves travelling through 1895 Mexico on a train full of dynamite as rebels, Apache Indians, Wells Fargo agents, and Federal troops trail them. When they are captured by the Mexican authorities, they scheme to keep their ill-gotten riches with the help of a madam and her prostitutes. Willie Nelson, Jack Elam, Delta Burke star in this rowdy western.

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come”, with Willie Nelson, by Lian Lunson at Austin Film Festival TONIGHT

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Willie Nelson’s new film, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come” at Austin Film Festival (Oct. 27, 2018)

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

all photos:  Janis Tillerson

Thank you so much to dear Janis Tillerson from Texas for her great photos from the showing at the Austin Film Festival of the movie, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come” yesterday.  The movie was filmed at Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas western town/movie set on his ranch outside of Austin, and it’s fun to see his ranch as a big part of the movie.

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” was written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson and stars Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling.

 

The film will be shown again on Monday, October 29th, at:  For tickets to Monday’s showing:

Monday October 29, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm Galaxy Highland screen 7 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

http://theaff.com/tickets/formfile.php

The film has a website www.WaitingfortheMiracletoCome.com and FaceBook page where you can keep up on news of the film.

 

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come”

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Willie Nelson, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come” (premieres at Austin Film Festival TOMORROW)

Friday, October 26th, 2018

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by:  Joe Leydon

More than three years after filming at various locations in and near Austin — including the preserved set of the fictional western town Luck on Willie Nelson’s ranch in Spicewood, Texas — Waiting for the Miracle to Come will have its long-awaited premiere Saturday and Monday, Oct. 27 and 29, at the Austin Film Festival.

The fanciful drama is the first dramatic feature written and directed by acclaimed documentarian Lian Lunson (Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, Willie Nelson: Down Home), and lists German director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) and Irish rocker Bono (who wrote a song for the soundtrack) as executive producers. And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, consider this: Willie Nelson stars in Waiting for the Miracle to Come opposite no less a notable than Charlotte Rampling, the celebrated British actress whose lengthy resume includes such outstanding films as Georgy Girl (1966), The Damned (1969), Zardoz (1974), The Verdict (1982), I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003), and 45 Years (the 2015 drama for which she received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress).

And you know that song written by Bono? Nelson sings it during the film.

What’s it all about? According to the official synopsis: “Following the death of her father, aspiring trapeze artist Adeline Winter (Sophie Lowe) discovers a cryptic letter he once wrote directing her to a goldmine in a remote California desert. Upon arriving in a mysterious town, she finds herself at the gates of ‘The Beautiful Place,’ a house occupied by retired vaudeville stars Jimmy and Dixie Riggs (Nelson and Rampling). As she gets to know this mysteriously eccentric couple, Adeline discovers that her father’s posthumous words were directing her to a reward far more valuable than gold.”

Lunson says she wrote her script especially for Nelson, because “his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else’s. And growing up, I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, So bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me.”

During my brief conversation with Rampling on her final evening of filming in Spicewood, the actress praised Lunson for the audacious inventiveness of her casting choice. “It took someone with imagination, really, to think that we could be a couple — could be believable as a couple,” Rampling said. “And in fact, I think we are, you know? It’s really worked. There’s something special that happened. And that’s only when a director feels that this could happen between two people, do you know what I mean?

“That’s how directors are clever. The way they cast is really so important, because if you don’t have that chemistry, you can’t act it. You know, if you don’t actually, really feel that you’re connected to somebody, it’s difficult to act it. I mean, it’s always difficult to come across as connected to someone. But when it works, audiences feel very quickly that something’s truthful and real.”

The entire production of Waiting for the Miracle to Come was “a lovely experience,” Rampling said. “I had some truly beautiful scenes. I loved expressing Dixie’s fragility, I loved the singing — and I loved doing things with Willie because he’s such a special person, you know? He’s not an actor, so he’s very instinctive. He’s very natural. And in a way, this film was about that, too. There’s something very organic about this film.”

Willie Nelson offered his own take on Waiting for the Miracle to Come when we talked at the close of his own last day of filming.

Cowboys & Indians: OK, the last time we chatted a couple years back, you indicated that you didn’t really think much of yourself as an actor. Have you decided to change that appraisal?

Willie Nelson: [Laughs] No, no. My opinion hasn’t changed.

C&I: I’ve been on the set only a couple days, but it looked to me like you were really doing some good work out there.

Nelson: Yeah, I fooled you. Fooled you again.

C&I: You’ve worked with several outstanding directors, including Sydney Pollack, Michael Mann and Barry Levinson. What do you think is the most important lesson you were ever taught as an actor?

Nelson: To find your spot where you’re supposed to stand and remember your lines. If you do that you can’t go far wrong.

C&I: Anything else?

Nelson: I heard somebody say one time, “Don’t ever let them catch you acting.” I think that’s pretty good advice. If you can act without looking like you’re acting, maybe you’re doing something. Slim Pickens, I did a movie with him one time. And he told somebody in the press or something: “Willie Nelson plays himself better than anybody could.” That’s about it.

C&I: Director Lian Lunson says she wrote Waiting for the Miracle to Come with you specifically in mind.

Nelson: That’s always flattering when something like that happens. But it’s still a challenge to make sure that they didn’t make a mistake thinking you could do something maybe you couldn’t do. This movie has been pretty easy really, for my part. I know the crews work from sunup to sundown many days, but it’s been relatively easy for me because I live right up the street here.

C&I: No long commutes?

Nelson: No, I just drive down the hill and do my lines and go back. It’s a perfect way to do a movie for me.

C&I: I have to admit that when I first heard you were co-starring in a movie with Charlotte Rampling, I thought, well, that’s certainly offbeat casting. But now that I’ve seen the two of you doing a few scenes together, I find myself thinking: “Of course! Why didn’t someone think of this before?”

Nelson: Yeah, I guess that’s where Lian comes in. She can think of those things. Like, “Well, if I put these together, it’ll be a good mix and they’ll work out something.” She’s good at that.

C&I: How would you describe the experience of acting opposite Charlotte Rampling?

Nelson: It’s always a pleasure to be working with a professional you know and have known for years. She is a professional, so you didn’t expect anything less from her. She was fantastic and that was what we expected.

 C&I: What was the most difficult part of playing your character, Jimmy Riggs? What was the toughest nut for you to crack?

 Nelson: [Looking at his feet] These bleeping shoes.

C&I: Are they really that bad?

Nelson: They’re uncomfortable [Laughs] No, they’re not that bad. It’s just something to bitch about. Just kidding. As I said, I can’t play anybody but myself. So this was an easy role to play, really.

C&I: Finally, what was the most enjoyable part of making this movie? Besides the short commute?

Nelson: Working with people like Charlotte, Lian, and [co-star] Sophie Lowe. And this whole crew — these guys are great. It’s always nice when you see something working. As Leanne said, we’re waiting for a miracle. And we’re seeing them every day out here.

 

Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson, “Songwriter” official movie trailer

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” Movie premiere at Austin Film Festival (Oct. 27, Oct 29)

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” was written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson and stars Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling. It will be screened at the Austin Film Fest on Sat. October 27 and Monday October 29.

On Saturday, October 27th, the film will be screened at the State Theater in Austin and then again on Monday, October 29th at the Galaxy Highland Screen. To get tickets:

Saturday October 27, 2018 3:00pm – 4:30pm
State Theatre 719 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

http://theaff.com/tickets/formfile.php

Monday October 29, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm Galaxy Highland screen 7 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

Congratulations, A Star is Born

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Sunday, October 14th, 2018


photo:  Neil Preston

www.cnn.com
by:  Sandra Gonzalez

(CNN)Something major has happened in Lukas Nelson’s life, and he’s elated.
“I couldn’t be better,” he says over the phone, with an enthusiasm that displays how true his statement is. “Honestly, the last minute has been especially great. The last, last minute of my life has been just fantastic. So it’s just incredible.”

He declines to share more about those very important, very exciting-seeming 60 seconds of his life when prompted. He says he’s not at liberty to say more, out of respect for the privacy of his friends.
But Nelson has had a lot to be thrilled about these days.
Ever since Bradley Cooper saw Nelson and his band, Promise of the Real, performing with Neil Young at 2016’s Desert Trip, Nelson has been in a whirlwind of good fortune. The latest chapter being last week’s release of “A Star Is Born,” a film for which Nelson helped write songs and coached Cooper, who plays a grizzled rock star named Jackson Maine in the film. (Nelson and his band appear as Maine’s band, too.)

Nelson was there as Cooper went through different “iterations” of his character, eventually landing on the wounded showman who ended up on screen. There’s a little bit of Neil Young in Jackson Maine, and a little bit of Nelson. (“I think he took a few mannerisms from me, frankly,” he says, almost trying to not sound vain.)

Rave early reviews for “A Star Is Born” — accompanied by a trail of Oscar buzz — helped propel the film to an impressive opening weekend and its soundtrack, on which Nelson has credits for songs like “Out of Time” and “Music to My Eyes,” is a chart-topper.

“That was like the highlight of my life at that point,” Nelson says of being singled out by Cooper from an all-star lineup at what he lovingly refers to as “Oldchella.” “And then, you know, another sort of highlight was born from that.”

Read rest off article here.

Official Trailer: “Waiting for the Miracle to Come”, with Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling

Friday, October 12th, 2018

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” was written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson and stars Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling.  It will be screened at the Austin Film Fest on Sat. October 27 and Monday October 29.

On Saturday, October 27th, the film will be screened at the State Theater in Austin and then again on Monday, October 29th at the Galaxy Highland Screen. To get tickets:

Saturday October 27, 2018 3:00pm – 4:30pm
State Theatre 719 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

http://theaff.com/tickets/formfile.php

Monday October 29, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm Galaxy Highland screen 7 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

Lukas Nelson on Working With Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Thursday, October 11th, 2018


photo:  Neil Preston

www.Billboard.com
by:  Hilary Hughes

Bradley Cooper found the missing piece to his musical puzzle — and the living, breathing inspiration for Jackson Maine, the romantic rocker he plays in A Star Is Born, his directorial debut — strumming next to Neil Young in the middle of the desert.

It was a balmy October night in 2016, and Young was playing classic rock festival Desert Trip with Promise of the Real, the folk-rock outfit fronted by Lukas Nelson, Willie’s son. After the performance, Cooper asked Nelson to be both a musical consultant and a contributor to the soundtrack of his grittier, twangier update on the classic love story.

Before A Star is Born‘s much-anticipated release Oct. 5, Nelson spoke about his experience working with Cooper and his co-star, Lady Gaga.

How did that first conversation with Bradley Cooper go?

He’s a pretty serious actor and definitely takes his art very seriously, but in a level-headed way. I appreciate that very much. He came up to me and said, “I’d love for you to come and be a musical consultant on the whole thing.” I said, “Yeah, sure!” Stefani [Germanotta, a.k.a Gaga] came, and we ended up writing together a bunch. I produced it, and it just kind of grew from there. It was an organic sort of happening where we all really had a great thing going together, and then the band wound up being perfect for the movie, so, [Promise of the Real] ended up in the movie as [Maine’s] band. It’s kind of a full circle from Desert Trip to A Star Is Born, with those same musicians he was inspired by — us with Neil. He just kind of made that the template for what he was doing with this movie, in a way, or at least how he wanted to portray the character.

What was it like working with Lady Gaga?

I’ve been around successful people for a long time, and I know real good talent when I see it, just from growing up in the family I grew up in. She fits the bill. She’s quite a performer; she’s an actress; she’s just an entertainer, you know? When we were writing together, we definitely saw eye-to-eye. We kind of finished each other’s sentences a lot of times when we were writing. It just felt really natural. It’s a great collaboration and it’s a beautiful friendship that we have. I cherish her and her abilities and her heart. Same with Bradley: we’ve become really close friends and we love each other. It seems more like an extended family with those guys.

Does Jackson Maine remind you of anyone?

Me! Oh, man — he would study how I would hold a guitar, and then he would make it his own. We talked a lot about how to look and feel onstage, being in a band and what it’s like. It was so great to have Promise of the Real there in the movie… He was part of our band and that authenticity really shows.

Cooper was clearly an eager student, so as the person guiding him through that musical education, was there anything that surprised you about that process?

It was beautiful to watch him grow and see the level of dedication he put into it. Nobody will be able to say he didn’t give 100 percent and more. I think that that’s paying off for him. A lot of people are excited, and I don’t think they’re going to be disappointed, either. I was surprised at his level of musicianship. I didn’t realize that he was that into music and that he already knew so much. He’s definitely a musician; he just hadn’t tapped into it, and now he’s gotten the chance to. I hope he continues to do things as time goes by, musically, because he’s got a talent for it. He’s got an ear — the same with Gaga and acting.

In regards to writing, how did that differ from your experience writing your own music? Was it different to write from a fictional viewpoint as Jackson? Did you change anything up in terms of your approach?

In a way, it was more like playing with Neil, because I’m playing sideman: I’m stepping back from my lead role and playing sideman to other artists, who were Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Having that ability to be a lead, I think it’s also really important to know how to be in a band. The way that I approach my songwriting, I think there’s a lot of me in [A Star Is Born]. These are songs that I’ve written about my own life, and in a way they can be applied to any situation.

You’re obviously very familiar with Kris Kristofferson; you know each other well and have worked together, too. He starred in A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand. Have you and Kris ever discussed A Star Is Born?

No, Kris and I didn’t talk about it too much. But I know he’s really proud of Bradley and he’s happy to sort of pass the torch down. This movie’s been made four times, now; the first was in the ‘30s, almost in the silent film era. Then there was a later one with Judy Garland in the ‘50s, then in the ‘70s with Kris and Barbra Streisand, and then this one. There’s actually sort of a tradition of this movie being remade, you know, as time goes by.

Scenes like the ones filmed at Stagecoach and Glastonbury really highlight Cooper’s commitment to that authenticity. Why was it important for him to make those festival appearances?

I think [Stagecoach] was a big moment for him. Actually, we filmed the scene right before dad’s set. Dad actually cut his set short just a little bit to let us come on and film this little segment for the same crowd — it was right after Jamey Johnson played. It was fantastic. It was a big moment for him to be able to get up there and just take charge and sing and sing it well in front of tens of thousands of people.

That must’ve been cool for your dad, too, to witness your own major Hollywood moment!

I don’t know; I think he was on the bus at the time. He might’ve been chillin’. [Laughs.] I’m sure he heard it!

Do you enjoy musical theater and musical films, generally?

I really loved O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which was a great soundtrack and a beautiful movie with good music. That’s the only one I can think of. Of course there was the last A Star Is Born, which was great; then there was that movie with… oh, god, I can’t remember. Whitney Houston —

The Bodyguard?

Yeah, The Bodyguard! Right! I know that Stefani was really into that movie — it was part of the inspiration, she mentioned, for her, and other movies as well. They all did their research, Bradley and Gaga. This is gonna be a good one. My favorite is probably The Blues Brothers — the original Blues Brothers is fantastic. It has so many great musicians.

Let’s talk about Stefani’s Americana chops: she’s such a versatile performer, but how did she take to this material?

I think she’s just a consummate entertainer no matter what. Whatever she put her mind to, she’d do really, really well — she’s just that type of artist. The last record that she put out, Joanne, was my first introduction to her, really; I thought it was just fantastic. I heard her hit songs and they’re all great, but there were some songs that resonated with me on that record. There are some songs in this movie that really resonate with me, the ones with Mark Ronson that she wrote, and the band actually played it, so it was great to be a part of that in a way.

What happens after the movie premieres and you’re back to your life on the road? Will you incorporate these songs into your live shows?
I mean, probably, especially “Music to My Eyes.” There are songs that I’d probably want to play and cover, absolutely. I’ve thought about covering some songs of hers from before, too. “Million Reasons” is a great song; that’s just a classic song. I heard Bob Weir ?from the Grateful Dead covering that song not too long ago. She’s got a good sense of songwriting and song crafting and by anyone’s standards, not just an artist in the pop world.

 

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” movie with Willie Nelson and Charlotte Rampling will premiere at Austin Film Festival (Sat., Oct. 27, Monday Oct. 29th)

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

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Great news!  The movie”Waiting for the Miracle to Come” starring Willile Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and Aussie Lowe will be screened at the 2018 Austin Film Fest on October 27th.

The movie was written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, who told Rolling Stone, ““I wrote this script for Willie Nelson; his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else,” says Lunson. “And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me.”

“Waiting for the Miracle to Come” was filmed last year at Willie Nelson’s “Luck, Texas”,  an old west film set located on Willie Nelson’s ranch outside of Austin.  The movie set was originally created in 1986 for the filming of Willie Nelson’s movie, The Red Headed Stranger.  Luck has been the site of other movie videos and movies and private concerts and fundraisers.

Watch the official trailer for the movie:

On Saturday, October 27th, the film will be screened at the State Theater in Austin and then again on Monday, October 29th at the Galaxy Highland Screen.  To get tickets:

Saturday October 27, 2018 3:00pm – 4:30pm
State Theatre 719 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

http://theaff.com/tickets/formfile.php 

Monday October 29, 2018 7:00pm – 8:30pm Galaxy Highland screen 7 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

Rolling Stone wrote this:

www.RollingStone.com
by:  Beville Dunkerley

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is about a young girl, played by fellow Aussie Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate, Adore), who finds a letter from her late father directing her to a goldmine in a remote area of the California desert. That’s where she meets two retired vaudeville stars, played by Nelson and acclaimed British actress Charlotte Rampling (Stardust Memories, The Duchess). In their talks, the couple enlightens the girl, an aspiring trapeze artist, to findings more valuable than gold.

“I wrote this script for Willie Nelson; his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else,” says Lunson. “And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me.”

Joining Lunson on the film’s six executive producer credits is legendary U2 lead singer, Bono, who will also write a song for Nelson to sing on the movie’s soundtrack. Lunson has a history with both musicians: She wrote and directed the 1997 documentary, Willie Nelson: Down Home, and she featured Bono in her 2005 documentary, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man. (In fact, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is titled after Cohen’s haunting ballad, “Waiting for the Miracle.”) Nelson and Bono’s pairing is a reunion decades in the making. The rock star wrote “Slow Dancing” for the country crooner back in 1989. They also recorded the song together for U2’s 2011 Duals album.

Willie Nelson on Late Night with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, September 19th

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Great news!  Willie Nelson will perform on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this next Wednesday, on CBS about 10:30.

Get your tickets to A Star is Born Now (Movie out October 8th, featuring Lukas Nelson music)

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

You can get advance tickets now for A Star is Born! http://bit.ly/AStarIsBornTickets