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Willie Nelson featured in new movie, “Pure Country: Pure Heart”

Monday, April 24th, 2017


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If you prefer entertainment with a heavy dose of country — I’m talking to you, Nashville fans — you’re going to be all about this new movie. Pure Country: Pure Heart, the third installment in the Pure Country series, is the story of teen sisters who head to Nashville to learn more about their late father, a Marine who died in Iraq. When they uncover his secret past life as a musician, they are inspired to follow their own dreams of becoming singer/songwriters. It’s got everything: a great country soundtrack, a Nashville setting (naturally), and Willie Nelson! Yep, the country legend has still got it. Not only is he one of the stars of this movie, his new album God’s Problem Child comes out April 28, a day before his 84th birthday.

In addition to Nelson, the film stars Legally Blonde Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy, along with Kaitlyn Bausch and Cozi Zuehlsdorff as the sisters Ada and Piper. Watch the trailer to get an exclusive first peek at the movie and a taste of the soundtrack, which features 16 new original songs.

Two screenings of Pure Country: Pure Heart will take place at Stagecoach Country Music Festivalon April 28 and April 30 in Indio, CA, where stars Willie Nelson along with Bausch and Zuehlsdorff will be performing. It will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD on Aug. 1.

Willie Nelson featured in music history documentary: The American Epic Sessions

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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by:  Jon Blistein

Jack White, Elton John, Nas, Taj Mahal and more will explore and recreate one of the most pivotal moments in American music history in the new three-part documentary, American Epic, and the feature-length film, The American Epic Sessions. American Epic premiered at Sundance and will air on PBS May 16th, 23rd and 30th, while The American Epic Sessions will air June 6th on PBS. A massive American Epic Sessions soundtrack will arrive May 12th via Third Man Records, Legacy Recordings and Columbia.

American Epic will chronicle a period of monumental change for the music industry. As director Bernard MacMahon explains in the trailer, in the Twenties, record companies feared that radio was about to become the dominant player in the music industry, so they ventured across the country with the first electrical recording rig in search of new artists and markets. While none of these machines survived, audio engineer Nicholas Bergh managed to reassemble one from its original parts, and his rig was used to record all the music for the accompanying film, The American Epic Sessions.

“Some of the people who were just incredible heroes of mine first recorded on those machines in the Twenties,” Taj Mahal says in the trailer. “To be to go all the way back and come through this portal again, in this lifetime, is phenomenal!”

White and producer T. Bone Burnett helmed The American Epic Sessions which will feature performances from the Alabama Shakes, Beck, Avett Brothers, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, Rhiannon Giddens, Raphael Saadiq and more. The 100-song soundtrack will boast a mix of these new recordings, as well as archival recordings from the Twenties and Thirties.

An American Epic companion book will be published May 2nd via Touchstone. In the book, MacMahon and producer Allison McGourty will offer a behind-the-scenes account of their travels as they searched for long-lost recordings and people who witnessed these early sessions. The book will include unseen photographs and artwork, as well as contributions from Taj Mahal, Nas, Willie Nelson and more.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Willie Nelson, “Barbarosa”

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sharing these cool photos from “Barbarosa”, my favorite Willie Nelson movie.

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“Waiting for the Miracle to Come”:

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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by:  Beville Dunkerley

Willie Nelson’s “Luck, Texas” — the Old West film set that sits on a corner of his sprawling Hill Country ranch — is opening its saloon doors to Hollywood once again. Waiting for the Miracle to Come, a fantasy adventure flick starring the country icon in one of its lead roles, will be filmed in the same Lone Star spot built for 1986’s Red Headed Stranger, with production set to begin in March.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is about a young girl, played by fellow Aussie Sophie Lowe (Beautiful Kate, Adore), who finds a letter from her late father directing her to a goldmine in a remote area of the California desert. That’s where she meets two retired vaudeville stars, played by Nelson and acclaimed British actress Charlotte Rampling (Stardust Memories, The Duchess). In their talks, the couple enlightens the girl, an aspiring trapeze artist, to findings more valuable than gold.

“I wrote this script for Willie Nelson; his presence and stillness as an actor is unlike anyone else,” says Lunson. “And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me.”

Joining Lunson on the film’s six executive producer credits is legendary U2 lead singer, Bono, who will also write a song for Nelson to sing on the movie’s soundtrack. Lunson has a history with both musicians: She wrote and directed the 1997 documentary, Willie Nelson: Down Home, and she featured Bono in her 2005 documentary, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man. (In fact, Waiting for the Miracle to Come is titled after Cohen’s haunting ballad, “Waiting for the Miracle.”) Nelson and Bono’s pairing is a reunion decades in the making. The rock star wrote “Slow Dancing” for the country crooner back in 1989. They also recorded the song together for U2’s 2011 Duals album.

The 81-years-young Nelson has somehow balanced nonstop touring with an impressive acting career. He made his feature film debut in 1979’s The Electric Horseman and has since starred in such blockbusters as Honeysuckle Rose, Barbarosa, Wag the Dog and The Dukes of Hazzard. The “Luck” set has remained in tact since Red Headed Stranger, the film based on his classic concept album of the same name. Robert Redford was originally set for its leading role but pulled out, making way for the country star to log one of the most memorable performances of his second career.

Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson in first movie ever broadcast live (TONIGHT!) #LostinLondon

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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Willie Nelson, C’est Magnifique

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson in live-streamed movie tomorrow night! #LostinLondon #SaveWoody

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
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Woody Harrelson takes over our Instagram tomorrow, 1/19.

Join us as we follow his journey into theaters where he’ll be live broadcasting his new movie for one night only!
#LostInLondon #SaveWoody

  •  Movie showing at 7:00 p.m. MST —  see it at your local theater!

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

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real:

“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.

Check FathomEvents.com for your theatre locations!”

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.