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Barbarosa

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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Thank you Brad Wheeler, who found the entire movie on youtube for us!

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Travis Tritt, Waylon Jennings, “The Long Kill”

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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Saturday Night at the Movies: Willie Nelson, “A Song for You” (from Honeysuckle Rose)

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Willie Nelson and Dyan Cannon, “Loving You Was Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again” (from Honeysuckle Rose)

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Willie Nelson in “Angels Sing”

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Willie Nelson on the red carpet at South by Southwest.

photo:  Deborah Cannon

www.artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com
by: Mekado Murphy

AUSTIN, Tex. — The country music legend and occasional film actor Willie Nelson took time out from touring Sunday for a visit to the  South by Southwest film festival and the premiere of “When Angels Sing,” an Austin-made holiday film directed by Tim McCanlies. Harry Connick Jr. stars as Michael Walker, a family man who is Christmas-averse. He meets Nick (Mr. Nelson), who sells him his mansion for a steal, but Michael only later discovers that the house is on one of the most Christmas-obsessed blocks in town. The movie, which also features performances by Lyle Lovett, the Trishas, Dale Watson and others, plays as kind of a country-western version of “A Christmas Carol.”

In the film, Kris Kristofferson performs one of Mr. Nelson’s holiday songs, “Pretty Paper,”  and Mr. Nelson’s character sings a moving version of “Amazing Grace.” The screenplay, written by Lou Berney, is based on the book by Turk Pipkin, a friend of Mr. Nelson’s. Before greeting enthusiastic fans on the red carpet, and then heading  for a concert in Houston, Mr. Nelson, who will turn 80 in April, agreed to discuss “When Angels Sing,” life in the Austin area and his music career. Here are edited excerpts from that conversation.

Q.  How would you describe the character Nick?
A.  I’m supposed to be some side of a half-crazed Santa Claus. Not really Santa Claus, but not really not.
Q.  What was the experience like playing that character?
A.  It was fun, working with Harry and Kris and all those good guys and friends of mine.  My sister Bobbie is in there, too. We did a song in church. It was a time that we could all spend together.
Q.  How was the shoot?
A.  It was real easy. We got to do it here at home [in Texas]. We shot most of it in Bastrop and that’s within driving distance from my house. So we drove to the set and back home every day. I’d love to do some more like that.
Q.  It sounds like you’re keeping busy with concerts as well.
A.  Yes, we’re playing Houston tonight and San Antonio the next night. We have a new record coming out named after an Irving Berlin song, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.” And it’s with me and my band. It’s the first time me and the band have gotten together for an album in a while. It will be coming out in April.
Q.  I came across your statue in downtown Austin this weekend. What do you think of it?
A.  It’s a great tribute and I appreciate it. I love it when people go down there and get their pictures made or throw [stuff] at the statue. Whatever they do is cool.
Q.  What do you have planned next?
A.  We’re doing a duet album. If you remember my song “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” I’m doing an album with girls. I did a song with Barbra Streisand, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Alison Krauss, Rosanne Cash. Dolly wrote a great song in there, “From Here to the Moon and Back.” We did that song together. Sheryl Crow and I did “Far Away Places.” It was just a lot of fun singing with all the gals.
Q.  What’s your songwriting process like?
A.  It’s kind of like labor pains. But whenever I get an idea, I have to sit down and write it. Because if I put it off until tomorrow, I might not do it.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Swing Vote” movie opens (August 1, 2008)

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

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 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
Oklahoma City, OK
www.harnhomestead.com

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Celebration, the Movie

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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You may not have heard, but a certain Greatest Damn Country on Earth is celebrating her 239th birthday this weekend. A 35mm screening of Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Celebration kicks off the festivities at the Aero. Released in 1979, when America was barely two centuries old, the concert movie features performances by the likes of Waylon Jennings and Jimmy Buffett in addition to the man himself. Nelson has been holding the event nearly every year since the early ’70s, and one assumes it’s mellowed out since a rough first few years: Cars were destroyed, stabbings and rapes were reported, and one person drowned at the bicentennial edition.

Red Headed Stranger

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger

We revisit Nelson’s 1975 concept album Red Headed Stranger – his first release on Columbia Records, a record giving Nelson total creative control, and one that tells the story of a fugitive on the run after killing his wife and her lover, told with brief song-poems and minimal backing.

Read the entire interview with Mickey Raphael here.

Willie Nelson and Don Johnson (Miami Vice)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Willie Nelson, Miami Vice
Universal Television / Courtesy Everett Collection

Nothing evokes words like “dated,” “seminal” or “Lamborghini” quicker than über-sleek Eighties buddy cop series Miami Vice. But Willie Nelson is always Willie Nelson — timeless both in sound and style. Never is that more apparent than in the 1986 Vice episode “El Viejo”,  Set against the backdrop of Miami’s fast and furious Reagan Era drug war (and a soundtrack of New Wave synthesizers), Nelson — sporting a cowboy hat, bushy beard, bolo tie and a stoic, thousand-yard-stare — plays Jake Pierson. A rough-hewn retired Texas Ranger who lives on a diet of cat food, the mysterious Pierson helps Crockett and Tubbs take down a Bolivian cocaine kingpin and his goons in a gunfight, taking a bullet in the process. Ever the cowboy, he shuffles off Miami’s mortal coil in death scene worthy of Shane.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com

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Willie Nelson, “A Song For You” (from Honeysuckle Rose)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Willie Nelson music: It’s guaranteed to send a chill up your spine

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

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Willie Nelson will be in Zoolander 2

Monday, June 8th, 2015

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by:  Marah Eakin

Willie Nelson will be joining Justin Bieber  as a cool, hip celebrity making a cameo in Zoolander 2. The 82-year-old actor told Access Hollywood that Owen Wilson  invited him to be in the movie, which hits theaters next February. Wilson and Nelson are neighbors in Hawaii, where the two apparently engage apparently engage in some in some heated games of dominoes. Nelson will play himself in the movie, which is being shot in Rome.

This is far from Nelson’s first movie role. He appeared in The Dukes Of Hazzard andWag The Dog, among other movies, and has a role in the upcoming Waiting For The Miracle To Come, a fantasy adventure movie produced by Bono and set to film at Nelson’s actual ranch in Luck, Texas.

Support the making of “King of the Roadies” Ben Dorcy Story — Donate to Kickstarter Campaign, get cool gifts

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Amy and Trevor Nelson have been working on a documentary video about Ben Dorcy for 10 years, and are now launching a big push to get it finished. Ben just turned 90, and it would be great if Amy and Trevor could finish the documentary and Ben could enjoy watching it at the premier.

It takes money to make a movie, and A Kickstarter campaign has launched to help fund this documentary.  The site is open for 30 days only to raise funds to finish the documentary, and time is running out.  He site accepts donations from $10.00 — on up, and for each level you get a great gift.  Visit the site and see the gifts, and give what you can to make this happen!

Visit their website for more information:
www.KingoftheRoadies.com

Donate to the project via Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/ — search for Ben Dorcy or King of the Roadies

Follow on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/kingoftheroadiesmovie?fref=ts

Meet Ben Dorcy (Part V)

Willie Nelson will contribute to “Saving My Tomorrow” HBO Documentary on environment

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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www.HBO.com

HBO and The American Museum of Natural History present SAVING MY TOMORROW, a six part family series on the environment. From the children who will inherit the planet, comes a collection of songs, activism, and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth. Kids share their thoughts on subjects ranging from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. Behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History, scientists talk with kids about how organisms are affected by a changing earth. A mix of science, animation, and stories of plants and animals in danger, the series celebrates the natural world and is a call from kids to kids to help take care of the planet.

The SAVING MY TOMORROW series features readings, performances, and appearances by Alan Cumming, Laura Dern, Tina Fey, Lennon & Maisy, Ziggy Marley, Audra McDonald, Stephin Merritt, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jason Mraz, Liam Neeson, Willie Nelson, Karen O, Susan Sarandon, Pharrell Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Pete Seeger, They Might Be Giants, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dan Zanes, and others.

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Willie Nelson joins cast of Zoolander

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

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www.accesshollywood.com
by:  Erin O’Sullivan

Our hopes for “Zoolander 2” just got a lot higher (we couldn’t resist that one).

Country legend and longtime marijuana aficionado Willie Nelson will make an appearance in the upcoming sequel to the 2001 hit movie.

In a new interview with Access Hollywood, Willie, 82, said Owen Wilson (who plays Derek Zoolander’s catwalk-nemesis-turned-friend Hansel in the films) invited him to Italy to shoot a part for the movie.

“Well, Owen and I are good buddies and we stay pretty close in touch,” Willie – who just released a new book, “It’s a Long Story: My Life” – told Access, when asked how his foray into the Ben Stiller-led comedy came about. “Woody [Harrelson] and all these folks – we hang out a lot in Maui.

“Owenis the one who asked me if I wanted to do it. I said, ‘Let’s do it,'” he said.

Willie is the latest in a string of celebrities to join the comedy.

Justin Bieber, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Kristen Wiig and Penelope Cruz are also on board, as are original stars Will Ferrell and Owen (and Billy Zane, who had a cameo in the first film).

“Zoolander 2” is set to hit theaters on February 12, 2016.