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At the Movies, with Willie Nelson

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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Whether playing a vengeful preacher in Red Headed Stranger or a killer version of himself on USA’s Monk, Willie Nelson is as at home in front of a camera as he is onstage. With a natural charisma and a drawling way with dialogue (his phrasing is as unique as the way he sings), Nelson has been casting bait for directors since Sydney Pollack first placed him opposite Robert Redford in 1979’s The Electric Horseman. We count down a dozen of his most memorable roles, including his epic 1986 Miami Vice appearance and — run for the border! — a Taco Bell commercial in 1991. By Adam Gold, Joseph Hudak and Andrew Leahey

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“I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna get me a bottle of tequila, find me one of them keno girls that can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch and just kind of kick back.” With those lines, Willie Nelson made his feature-film debut unforgettable. Costarring as Wendell, the cowboy buddy of washed-up rodeo champ Sonny Steele, played with verve by Robert Redford, Nelson stole his scenes. Whether encouraging Steele to saddle up after one too many drunken nights or ruminating on how media folks — like Jane Fonda’s Hallie Martin — use people to get what they want, Nelson’s Wendell was full of Western wisdom. Of course, director Sydney Pollack couldn’t have a country star on his set and not find a reason to have him sing. When an argument turns heated between Steele and another rodeo pal, Wendell defuses the situation by belting out a few bars of — what else? — “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

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Nelson plays a horse-riding, pistol-twirling, double-braid-rocking outlaw in this overlooked western from 1982. Gary Busey, still fresh from his Academy Award-nominated turn in The Buddy Holly Story, is his bumbling sidekick, and writer William D. Wittliff — who also worked with Nelson on Honeysuckle Rose and Red Headed Stranger — handles the script. Barbarosa didn’t exactly shoot ‘em up at the box office, but the movie currently boasts a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes — proof that it’s aged rather well, much like ol’ Willie himself.

Read about all the movies and see the clips: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/willie-nelsons-12-most-memorable-acting-roles-20140815#ixzz3EIRsI9mX

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Willie Nelson in, “Dukes of Hazzard”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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This movie had such an interesting cast and has some of the funniest scenes in a movie ever. Everyone looks like they are having so much fun making this movie. It gave us the Willie Nelson/Jessica Simpson duet. The friends did a USO show in Germany together, and she comes out on stage and sings with WN&F when they are all in Texas at same time. And they made this video for us to enjoy:

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Willie Nelson, “Texas Style” (Documentary, circa 1980)

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Willie Nelson, the King of Luck

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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Billy Bob Thornton talks about directing The King of Luck, a documentary about Willie Nelson, and how much input Willie had in the documentary. Thornton gives credit to Willie, and how great it was to work with him on the documentary of Willie Nelson’s career. Filmed at The King of Luck premier in Austin, Texas. Part of South by Southwest (SXSW) Film 2011.

Waylon Payne in new movie, “The Identical” (in theaters today!)

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

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“Had a ball working with the amazing Ashley Judd. Thank you Seth Green for the photo! Go check out The Identical which is in theaters today!”

— Waylon Payne

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Saturday Night at the Movies with Willie Nelson: “Honeysuckle Rose”

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

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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.”

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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Swing Vote” opens in theaters

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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 “Swing Vote” at the Harn Homestead and Museum in Oklahoma City (www.harnhomestead.com).  Willie was also in town performing in Last of Breed tour with Merle Haggard and Ray Price.

Cher Golding, executive director of the Museum, kindly sent me these pictures of Willie being filmed, and Willie posing with the staff at the museum.

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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
Phone: 405-235-4058
Fax: 405-235-4041
www.harnhomestead.com

 

 

 

“Angels Sing”, with Willie Nelson, Harry Connick, Jr. Kris Kristofferson on Hallmark Channel tonight! (July 12, 2014)

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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Check your local listings!

Willie Nelson, in “Honeysuckle Rose”

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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“Willie Nelson is like a light house.” — Gary Busey

Monday, June 16th, 2014


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“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
Rolling Stone
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Christmas in June! Hallmark Channel premiering “Angels Sing”

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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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.

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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.”

Waylon Payne in new movie, “The Identical” (Coming to a theater near you this summer!)

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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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.”

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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 Nelson, on set

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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