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On July 3, 1980, Willie Nelson’s movie “Honeysuckle Rose” makes its world premiere in Austin, Texas.
Hundreds of reporters and Hollywood types converged at a local theater to watch the screening. The gala was complete with celebrities and several shiny limousines. But in his typical unassuming laid-back tradition, Nelson chose not to use a chauffer and drove himself and his wife, Connie, in a silver Mercedes.
Nelson, in the presence of Dyan Cannon and Slim Pickens, comes off well in the movie. But then again he played the role of a country star bandleader who travels the country in a bus with a handful of renegade musicians. There is plenty of singing and plenty of carousing — activities Nelson is not unaccustomed to in real life.
“I don’t think I ever really get nervous about it (filming the movie), but then I was never asked to do anything that hard. I just kind of go where they point me, really,” said Nelson.
Ms. Cannon, who did a splendid job of singing a few country songs herself, said she was impressed with Nelson.
“Willie has a basic honesty,” she said. “The screen just doesn’t lie. It captured that about Willie.”
Nelson said he had two more movies to do in the next year, including one with Kris Kristofferson, but indicated music would continue to be his first livelihood.
“Honeysuckle Rose, actually will do much for Nelson’s music career.”
Part of Nelson’s contract with Warner Brothers called for him to write several songs for the movie. Time went by and Nelson had not written any songs. But then, during a flight with director Jerry Schatzberg shortly before filming began in Austin last year, the director reminded Nelson of his obligations.
Nelson pulled out his plane ticket and a pencil and wrote the movie’s biggest song, “On the Road Again.”
On August 1, 2008, the Kevin Costner movie “Swing Vote” debuted in theaters featuring cameo by Willie Nelson. Also in the movie: Kelsey Grammer, Larry King, Dennis Hopper and Richard Petty.
Willie Nelson filmed a scene for the Kevin Kostner movie â€œSwing Voteâ€ at the Harn Homestead and Museum in Oklahoma City (www.harnhomestead.com).Â Willie was also in town performing in Last of Breed tour with Merle Haggard and Ray Price.
Cher Golding, executive director of the Museum,Â kindly sent me these pictures of Willie being filmed, and Willie posing with the staff at the museum.
Attached are a few photos of the shoot at the Harn Homestead Museum. Willie played ‘Always on my Mind’ in front of our Event Barn. After filming, he signed a few autographs and posed for photos with the Harn Homestead Museum staff.
Cher L. Golding, Executive Director
Harn Homestead Museum
313 NE 16th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
“Willie Nelson is like a lighthouse, like a preacher. Every time I find myself in an emotional pressure situation, the first thought in my mind is what would Willie do? ‘Cause nothing seems to rattle him. I’ve had some problems here lately with my mind, like, ‘Oh, gosh, everything’s moving so fast, what gear should I be in?’ And Willie, he’ll tell me which gear.”
– Gary Busey
We’ve got an early #Christmas gift for you!
Our special #Christmas Keepsake Celebration kicks off July 4th with a week of holiday programming including a special Hallmark Channel USA presentation of “Angels Sing” starring Harry Connick, Jr., Connie Britton & Willie Nelson!
#HallmarkChannel is #1 place to cool your family off during the summer heat with the spirit of the season!
This day in Willie Nelson History: “Stagecoach” movie airs, with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings,Sunday, May 18th, 2014
On May 18, 1986, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appear in a CBS-TV remake of the western movie “Stagecoach,” along with June Carter, John Schneider, John Carter Cash, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan.
This movie stars Willie Nelson, and his Highwaymen buddies, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings. Great soundtrack, lots of Trigger playing throughout. Willie sings the title song, which he wrote with David Alan Coe, who also is in the movie, along with June Carter and other faces you will recognize.
Willie Nelson plays Doc Holiday. The movie has some of the best/worst movie lines ever:
Willie: “Is that the deck you play with?”
Waylon: “One of them.”
Willie: “May I see it, please? I must say, I admire your guts.”
Waylon: “Does that mean you wouldn’t play cards with me?”
Willie: “That means I’d shoot you on sight.”
Kris: Where ya headed?
Dallas: “I knew the answer to that when I was about 14. Then I hit 15 and I ran head onto that thing called reality. And I been walking with a lantern ever since.”
Waylon: “Don’t light that.”
Willie: “Did you say something?”
Waylon: “A gentleman doesn’t smoke in the presence of a lady”
Willie: “I wouldn’t like to think that you are implying that I am anything less. I may be, you understand, but I just wouldn’t want to hear you say it.”
Willie: “And what are you looking at, friend?”
Man: “That’s a filthy habit, smoking, just filthy.”
Willie: “I have a lot of filthy habits. Most of them I find very enjoyable”
Man: “Don’t you have any good habits.”
Willie: “You mean something that can be admired, and held up to a child as a good example?”
Man: “Yes, something like that.”
Willie: “No sir. Children despise that. There’s nothing a child despises more than a good example.”
June Carter to Willie (when he drinks a shot of whiskey): “Did you eat?”
Willie: “I ate a lot when I was young.”
Last night, Raelyn Nelson was one of Waylon Payne’s guests at the Nashville Film Festival’s premiere of the new movie he is in: “The Identical.”
Identical twin brothers (both played by Blake Rayne) are separated at birth during the Great Depression. Their parents (Brian Geraghty, Amanda Crew) just cannot afford to give them both a life beyond poverty, so one is adopted by loving family. Despite their very different upbringings, the boys’ shared passion for music causes their lives to unknowingly intersect as they experience a powerful and mysterious connection often felt by twins.
One of the boys becomes the most famous rock ‘n’ roll legend in the world, Drexel Hemsley, while Ryan Wade struggles to find balance between his love for music and trying to please his evangelist father (Ray Liotta) and his devoted mother (Ashley Judd) who have very different plans for his life in the ministry.
Ryan is encouraged by his wife Jenny (Erin Cottrell) and lifelong friends Dino and Avi (Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano) to follow his musical dreams. And oh, can he sing, just like his world famous brother!
A timeless tale of love, hope, and redemption. A captivating journey about the restoration and the reconciliation of a family broken apart by culture, creed and tradition.
STARRING: Erin Cottrell, Amanda Crew, Brian Geraghty, Seth Green, Ashley Judd, Joe Pantoliano, Blake Rayne, and Ray Liotta
DIRECTED BY: Dustin Marcellino
PRODUCED BY: Mark G. Mathis, Yochanan Marcellino, Matthew Dean Russell
DRAMA, 107 Min, 2014
Featuring over 20 original songs by Jerry Marcellino and Yochanan Marcellino including: “Your Love’s Keepin’ Me Tonight,” “City Lights,” “Angel of Mine,” “Everybody Knows It” and “Nashville Tonight”
Willie waits in the shadows for his cue on the Pair of Aces movie set.
Willie introduces 15-month-old son Lukas to Kris Kristofferson
Full episode covering the album “Wanted the Outlaws” by Willie & Waylon. The Genesis of the Country Music Outlaw Movement.
Willie Nelson,Nancy Meola, Shep Gordon, Mike Meyers, Tom Arnold
Thank you so much to Nancy Meola, for kindly letting me share this great photo of her lovely self with Willie Nelson, Shep Gordon, Mike Meyers, and Tom Arnold on Willie Nelson’s bus. Nancy said that this photo was taken after the SXSW premiere of the movie, ‘Supermensch-The Legend Of Shep Gordon.” a documentary directed by Mike Meyers. Willie Nelson, Nancy Meola and Tom Arnold appear in the film, along with appearances by Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone.
by: Mike Fleming, Jr.
After hatching characters that fueled movies such as Wayne’s World and Austin Powers, Mike Myers quietly spent the past two years readying his feature directorial debut on a docu about Shep Gordon, a music manager as colorful as any previous Myers creation. Few knew this was how Myers was spending his time until Toronto unveiled a lineup that included Supermensch: The legend of Shep Gordon. Myers chronicles the spiritual and career journey of Gordon, whose trajectory is parts Forrest Gump and Being There, in terms of the number of chance encounters with icons that helped make him a giant in his field. It started when he arrived in a hotel room in California after quitting a job on the first day. Hearing a woman in distress outside, he rushed to her aid and promptly got face-punched by Janis Joplin after breaking up her consensual sexual encounter. She felt bad the next day, and she and Jimi Hendrix helped Gordon get into the music biz, where he broke Alice Cooper, Teddy Pendergrass and others. Later, his desire to help his chef friends birthed the zillion-dollar celebrity chef industry, and Gordon also became part of the Dalai Lama’s inner circle.