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Willie Nelson talks about starring in Woody Harrelson’s live-streamed movie experiment TOMORROW NIGHT (1/19/17)

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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by: Kory Grow

Nelson’s latest movie, however, is a higher-stakes affair than the pictures he’s appeared in in the past, since it will be filmed and broadcast into movie theaters around the world live. The ambitious comedy Lost in London, which premieres Thursday at 9:00 p.m. EST in a variety of cinemas via Fathom Events, chronicles a wild night that Nelson’s real-life pal Woody Harrelson had in the titular city a little over a decade ago. After going to a nightclub, the actor broke an ashtray in a taxi and then fled the car, switching to another cab. With the police after him, he then exited the second cab and was arrested for causing £300 of damage.

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Academy Award® nominated actor Woody Harrelson will direct and star in an unprecedented live feature film event, “Lost in London LIVE,” on January 19, 2017. Harrelson, who wrote the feature film “Lost in London,” will also co-star with Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. Ken Kao of Waypoint Entertainment will produce alongside Harrelson. This first-of-its-kind film event will screen live in U.S. movie theaters, giving audiences the unique opportunity to watch a film shot in real time.

Loosely based on a crazy night full of real-life events, “Lost in London” follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family. Run-ins with royalty, old friends and the law all seem to conspire to keep Harrelson from succeeding.

“I was a freaking idiot,” Harrelson said in 2002. “It took a long time to settle down. In the cell, I had a lot of adrenaline. I did some yoga and was thinking, ‘Here I am, I’m 40 years old, this kind of madness I want out of my life.'”

The actor has said that he got the idea of turning his crazy night into a movie when he finally had the hindsight to see just how funny it was. He wrote and is directing the movie, which also stars his and Nelson’s pal Owen Wilson. According to the country singer, Harrelson simply asked Nelson if he’d be a part of it and Nelson said yeah. “Woody, Owen and I are all Texas boys,” the singer tells Rolling Stone. “We’ve been friends for a long time; we hang out together in Maui a lot. We play dominos, poker, chess, you name it. … The movie sounded exciting.”

Although Nelson wasn’t present on Harrelson’s night in question (“I’m kind of glad I wasn’t there, ” he says with a laugh), he’ll be playing himself and the voice of reason for Harrelson. “All I know about the story is that he was in some trouble and was in and out of jail and having marital problems,” Nelson says. “I think my job is just to help him out and morally console him and tell him what a prick he is.” The singer laughs. Asked if he’s ever been in such silly trouble himself, he laughs again and says in his typically easygoing manner, “Never, never, never.”

In recent weeks, he and Harrelson have been going over the script on the phone, making changes. “We’ll probably change it again, too,” he admits, though he says it’s already funny.

Nelson knows what he’s talking about too. Since 1979, when he made his feature-film debut in The Electric Horseman, Nelson has appeared regularly in movies and television, sometimes playing himself. His favorites include his debut, Barbarossa and Red Headed Stranger, as well as his movies with fellow singer Kris Kristofferson, Songwriter and Stagecoach.

As a country singer, it just made sense for him to go into acting. “Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and all them cowboys have always been heroes of mine since childhood,” he says. “I always wanted to grow up and do the same thing: ride my horse, shoot my gun, sing songs. I’ve realized as much of my dream as anybody could expect.”

Although Nelson – who has a new album, God’s Problem Child due in April – does not make it clear if he will be singing in Lost in London, he says one of his songs will be in the picture. “I have a song called ‘London’ that I recorded a while back and I played it through for Woody and he liked it,” he says of the gentle, somber deep cut on his 1972 LP The Words Don’t Fit the Picture. “I was in London, and it was midnight,” he recalls of writing it. “And I just started writing about London, how quiet it gets sometimes over there. It gets quieter in London after midnight, I think, than it does in Dallas.” He laughs. “It was just some thoughts,” he says. “I like London a lot. And I like the English people.”

When Nelson returns from Great Britain this time, he’ll be writing something in addition to his songs. Lately, it seems, he’s gotten interested in working behind the camera in addition to in front of it. “Last night, I was writing all night on a treatment for a movie that we’re going to do called Lady Luck,” he says. “It’s a Western. We’re going to do it in our town in Luck, Texas. It’s music and gambling and a robbery and all that good stuff. It will be a good time.”

 

This special cinema event, presented by Fathom Events, will be broadcast live in movie theaters nationwide for one night on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST / 8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 6:00 p.m. PST. Following the feature presentation, Harrelson will participate in a live Q&A.

Tickets for the “Lost in London LIVE” event can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 550 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

 

 

Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson & Woody Harrelson, in London, on set of “Lost in London” (streaming live Jan 19th)

Monday, January 16th, 2017

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“Woody, Dad , and I on the set of #lostinlondon , Woody’s new completely LIVE movie, set to be released January 19th in the states. 9pm Eastern.

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Woody Harrelson friends try to talk him out of “Lost in London” live-streaming movie with Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson (Jan 19, 2017)

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Harrelson wrote and will star in Lost in London, a live-streamed film, along with Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson—and all his celebrity friends think that’s a terrible idea.

It takes a lot to make a movie—a lot of drive, a lot of determination, a lot of money. Perhaps most of all, it takes a lot of time; the typical film shoot lasts weeks, and complicated blockbusters require months of work.

It takes a lot to make a movie—a lot of drive, a lot of determination, a lot of money. Perhaps most of all, it takes a lot of time; the typical film shoot lasts weeks, and complicated blockbusters require months of work.

It’s no wonder, then, that when newly minted Star Wars star Woody Harrelson told his celebrity pals that he’s planning to broadcast his new film—Lost in London, which Harrelson also wrote—live, as it’s being shot, he was met with some . . . skepticism, to say the least. Nice-guy Grammy winner Justin Timberlake declares the idea “fucking stupid.” Harrelson’s Hunger Games protégé Jennifer Lawrence calls this “by far the worst” idea he’s ever had. Jesse Eisenberg is totally on board with the project . . . until he learns that the man behind it is his fellow magician, and not Woody Allen.

You’ll see all these famous faces and more in the exclusive video above, which is, of course, a clever exercise in reverse psychology. The live-streamed film in question, which also stars Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson, will screen in select theaters via Fathom Events on Thursday, January 19.

Woody Harrelson Movie Broadcast Live as he films it (features Willie Nelson) (Thursday, Jan 19th) #LostinLondon

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Dave Matthews warns against Woody Harrelson’s plans to star in a special event filmed live and broadcast live in theaters on one day only — next Thursday night, at select movie theaters.

Zoolander II streaming on Hulu

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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I’ll be honest, I went to see the movie looking forward to that 5-second cameo by Willie Nelson, playing himself.  You know it’s so fun to see Willie on the Big Screen. But I ended up laughing throughout the whole movie. There are so many cameos, besides Willie. Everyone must like Ben Stiller and Scott Rudin, because there are so many celebrities in this, it seemed like anyone who was available said yes.  Sting, Justin Bieber, Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn, Kristen Wiig, even astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and many famous fashion designers, too.  And it’s a beautiful postcard for Rome; where it (parts of it anyway) were filmed.

It’s a trippy movie, the kind that if it was 1970 in Lincoln, Nebraska, we would have woke up our stoner friends in our little commune on “O” street,  enjoyed a wake and bake (but we didn’t call it that, we just called it morning), and went to the early showing of Zoolander II.  We’d smuggle in our own bags of popcorn and pop, and watch the movie all day until they made us leave or we ran out of snacks.

It is really funny. The writing is clever. And Stiller and Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz are having so much fun.

It’s streaming on Hulu now, and probably out on cd, too, if you want a good laugh. Even if you don’t smoke pot, you’ll like it, but if you smoke pot, you’ll really like it.

Woody Harrelson movie, “Lost in London” with Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson — Live Broadcast live Jan 19th

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

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Woody Harrelson has announced his intentions to make what he’s calling “the first live movie,” a feature-length, multi-location film that’ll be streamed directly into theaters, as it shoots, on January 19. Harrelson revealed the idea via a trailer released today, noting that it’s never been tried before, because “no one’s ever been that stupid.”

The actor is calling the project Lost In London, and basing it off an autobiographical incident from 2002, in which a broken ashtray in a London-area taxi ended with him being chased by police and eventually arrested. As he mentioned in an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the project, “At the time, in real life, it was completely unfunny. But then later I thought about it later and I said, ‘There’s comedy in this.’”

Harrelson—whose latest traditional film, Wilson, premieres at Sundance just three days later—says he’ll be using a single camera for the shoot, which will feature 14 locations and a cast of 30, including Harrelson’s friends Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. He’s also recruited cinematographer Nigel Willoughby, whose work includes Downton Abbey, Penny Dreadful, and 2002’s The Magdalene Sisters, to man the camera, and help him pray that it doesn’t rain in London on the day of the big event.

Lost In London will stream in theaters (via Fathom Events) on January 19, at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.

Willie Nelson and Toby Keith, Partners in Crime

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The movie is good, but the video is really good.

 

New Woody Harrelson film, “Lost in London”, with Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson (live broadcast Jan. 19th)

Friday, December 16th, 2016

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DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Academy Award® nominated actor Woody Harrelson will direct and star in an unprecedented live feature film event, “Lost in London LIVE,” on January 19, 2017. Harrelson, who wrote the feature film “Lost in London,” will also co-star with Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson. Ken Kao of Waypoint Entertainment will produce alongside Harrelson. This first-of-its-kind film event will screen live in U.S. movie theaters, giving audiences the unique opportunity to watch a film shot in real time.

Loosely based on a crazy night full of real-life events, “Lost in London” follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family. Run-ins with royalty, old friends and the law all seem to conspire to keep Harrelson from succeeding.

“I’ve always loved theatre and film and wanted to find the best way to merge the two. When I decided to shoot this in real time I realized it wasn’t quite like true theatre because the one piece missing was a live audience. By broadcasting the film live as its being shot I hope to truly blend the excitement of live theater with the scale and scope of film,” said Harrelson.

This special cinema event, presented by Fathom Events, will be broadcast live in movie theaters nationwide for one night on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST / 8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 6:00 p.m. PST. Following the feature presentation, Harrelson will participate in a live Q&A.

Tickets for the “Lost in London LIVE” event can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 550 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Harrelson continues to surprise his fans with new and exciting ideas – ‘Lost in London’ might be the boldest one yet,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “Fathom is thrilled to be part of this revolutionary project to bring a live feature film, paired with an exclusive Q&A, to audiences nationwide.”

For artwork/photos related to the “Lost in London LIVE” event, visit the Fathom Events press site. To view the trailer, visit the Fathom Events YouTube page.

About Fathom Events

Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live’s Hamlet, sporting events like FS1 Presents USA v Mexico, concerts with Roger Waters and One Direction, the TCM Presents classic film series and faith-based events such as The Drop Box and Four Blood Moons. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 887 locations and 1,354 screens in 181 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

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Willie Nelson in “Broken Bridges”

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Toby Keith’s Show Dog Nashville record label released the soundrack to “Broken Bridges”,  starring Toby and Kelly Preston on August 29, 2006.  Willie Nelson performed in the movie.

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The movie is described as a “bitter sweet story of former highschool sweethearts.” Bo, played by Toby, and Angela, played by Kelly Preston, return home after they learn their younger brothers were killed. Bo is a country western singer, who’s fame is fading, and he meets his 16-year-old daughter for the first time.

Track List

1.Broken Bridges – Toby Keith, Lindsey Louhan
2.Thinking about You – Fred Eaglesmith
3.Crash Here Tonight – Toby Keith
4.Broken – Lindsey Houn
5.Along for the Ride – Matraca Berg
6.Uncloudy Day – Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Bebe Winons
7.What’s Up With That – Scotty Emerick
8.High on the Mountain – Flynnville Train
10.Can’t go back – Toby Keith
11. The Waiting Game – Toby Keith and other writers’ instrumental song
12. Big Bull Rider – Toby Keith, vocal link
13. ZigZag Stop – Toby Keigh
14. Old Mill Jam – Toby Keith and Randy Scruggs
15.Jackie Don Tucker – Toby Keith

Willie Nelson, “Honeysuckle Rose”

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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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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Thanks to Phil Weisman for finding this cool poster.

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Angels Sing

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

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Who loves Christmas more than Hallmark?  They can’t wait until after Thanksgiving and are showing their holiday movies now.  Lucky for us, they are showing “Angels Sing” again.  Here are the showtimes:

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Willie Nelson and Eva Hassman, “Willie and Me”

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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Willie Nelson and Eva Hassman, from movie, “Willie & Me”  Willie plays an Indian named “Bones” in the movie, produced by and starring and directed by Eva Hassman.

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At a show in Richmond Virginia in 2008, Eva Hassmann joined Willie Nelson and Family onstage at the Richmond, Virginia show (3/18/08).  Eva has written a screenplay titled “Willie and Me,” and Willie filmed some scenes for the movie before the concert.  She joined him on stage at the National and sang a song she and Willie had written together.

The movie is about a girl who wants to see Willie’s last concert, and comes to Texas from Germany to see him.



Eva Hassmann and Willie Nelson

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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Eva Hassmann – Willie and Me Test sequence from Eva Hassmann on Vimeo.

Willie Nelson, “Pair of Aces”

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Willie Nelson on set of Pair of Aces movie set.

New Blu-Ray Video release of “Stagecoach” starring Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson

Friday, July 8th, 2016

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“Stagecoach” is being released on Blu-ray on June 21, 2016

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by: Joe Corey

The original Stagecoach was the film that established the stardom of both John Wayne and director John Ford. The movie thrilled audiences in 1939 with the action and landscape shots of Monument Valley. The film was a sensation, but vanished for a while when the negative and prints went missing. For the most part, Stagecoach was known by a 1966 remake starring Red Buttons and Bing Crosby. It wasn’t until the early ’70s when a battered print found in John Wayne’s garage. The prints was restored and returned to the public eye.  There was such a glory to this Western that established so much. But this is not the Stagecoachbeing reviewed here.

During 1985 Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson had joined up as The Highwaymen. This country supergroup proved to be hot enough that they were able to get their own movie of the week Western. Kenny Rogers was doing well with his Gambler movie. But what kinda of Western could these four men make? A classic sound deserves a classic story. Thus they Highwaymen were put on a Stagecoach and sent to Lordsburg. Kristofferson gets the John Wayne role of the Ringo Kid. Cash rides on top as Marshal Curly Wilcox. Jennings is the gambler risking a route through Apache land. Willie alters his character to be Doc Holliday. These quite a few familiar faces on the bumpy road including Anthony Newley (Garbage Pail Kids), June Carter Cash, John Carter Cash, Elizabeth Ashley, Mary Crosby and David Allan Coe. John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard) gets to take the reins of the horses as he drives his narrator into the frontier.

Since this is a TV movie adaptation, this version of Stagecoach goes under a different set of pacing. There are commercial breaks that must be part of act structure (although no commercials on the Blu-ray). Director Ted Post is noted for helming Clint Eastwood in Hang ‘Em High. He understood TV from his decades of directing episodes of Gunsmoke, Wagon Train and Rawhide. This plays to the best of a TV Western. There’s a lot more talk and close ups of the musical stars. The fact that there’s four stars in the film, has the climax change so it isn’t about the Ringo Kid going it alone in his big face off. He’s got three others joining him with their guns drawn. Seeing how this is about having four accomplished performers as the headliners, it’s not that musical. Willie Nelson wrote a few songs, but this isn’t a long form music video for The Highwaymen. It’s a straight Western for Kristofferson like his work in Heaven’s Gate. While this isn’t quite up to the 1939 original, it’s much better than the 1966 remake.

The video is 1.33:1 full frame. The 1080p transfer brings out a lot of details lost on a 1986 TV broadcast. Willie Nelson looks so smooth in the higher resolution. The audio is DTS-HD MA Stereo. It’s not that overwhelming of a mix since it was meant to be heard on tiny TV speakers. The movie is subtitled.

No bonus features.

Olive Films presents Stagecoach. Directed by: Ted Post. Screenplay by: James Lee Barrett. Starring:
Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Elizabeth Ashley, Waylon Jennings. Running Time: 95 minutes. Rated: Unrated. Released: June 21, 2016.