Thank you Brad Wheeler, who found the entire movie on youtube for us!
Thank you Brad Wheeler, who found the entire movie on youtube for us!
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.
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, kindly sent 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
Oklahoma City, OK
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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Meet Ben Dorcy (Part V)
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.
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.