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“Starlight” with Willie Nelson, Rae Dawn Chong

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Adrianna is a beautiful alien woman who has come to Earth in search of a half alien man. She needs him to help her defeat the evil alien Pallas, who himself is out to kill her.

Director: Jonathon Kay
Writer: Jonathon Kay (screenplay)

Stars: Rae Dawn Chong, Billy Wirth, Willie Nelson

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for sharing this poster picture; a Willie Nelson movie I’ve ever seen.

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

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

“Paradox” the movie, with Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Willie Nelson cameo and great original music

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Just finally watched “Paradox”, Neil Young and Daryl Hannah’s movie, streaming live now on Netflix.   Neil, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real star in the movie, with opening narration and a cameo with Willie Nelson.   I loved it. I’m going to watch it again now. The music is so beautiful.

Willie and Neil commit a crime.

It has everything you really want in a movie;  loose plot line that keeps you thinking; Willie Nelson narrating, great music by Neil Young and Promise of the Real, handsome cowboys; Particle Kid Lukas Autry Nelson Tato Melgar Anthony Lo Corey McCormick. Willie and Neil commit a crime together, Neil rides a dog sled in the show,  message about saving seeds, lots of music, beautiful scenery, funny dialogue, poker, tipis, partial nudity, best cover of Willie Nelson’s Angel Flying Too Close to the Sun you’ll ever here, Micah playing Neil’s organ; Tato taking a bath,  double outhouse scenes.  Like I said, everything.

I don’t know how long it will be streaming, but watch it if you can, get the soundtrack. You’ll thank me later.

Willie Nelson and the Supertroopers #supertroopers2

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Willie Nelson Ransom Tape #Supertroopers2

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Super Troopers storm Willie Nelson’s stage

Monday, April 16th, 2018

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“Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind” (April 9, 1991)

Monday, April 9th, 2018

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On April 9, 1Apr 9, 1991, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson star in CBS-TV’s “Another Pair Of Aces: Three Of A Kind”.

December 14, 1990

“Aces” Sequel Draws Nelson, Kristofferson

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson — the stars of CBS TV’s ‘A Pair of Aces’ will return to Austin, early next month for a sequel and the producers are seeking numerous extras for the filming.

A variety of ages and types are needed for several scenes in the movie, including a courtroom and press conference, and scenes at a political fundraiser garden party in which extras will need to be well-dressed, according to Helen Griffiths of Third Coast Casting.

Clean shaven men in thier 40?s are being sought to pay Texas Rangersm as well, she said. Extras are p;aid $40 a day and they could be needed on the set for several days.

A casting call for extras is scheduled Wednesday, December 19th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Sabine Room of the Stouffer Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Griffiths said applicants should bring a recent photograph of themselves.

The movie will be called, ‘Another Pair of Aces’ and will begin production at various locations in Austin, and Pflugerville on January 7, according to Griffiths. It will be directed by Bill Bixby, who has appeared in several movies in addition to television work in ‘My Favorite Martian,’ ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk.’

Nelson plays Billy Ray Barker, a con man and Texas Ranger Rip Metcalf is portrayed by Kris Kristofferson. Rip Torn stars as retired Ranger Jack Parsons.

‘A Pair of Aces,’ which aired last January to excellent ratings, was written by Austinites Bud Shrake and Gary Cartwright, who are executive co-producers for the sequel.

Congratulations, Johnny Gimble, 2018 Inductee into Country Music Hall of Fame

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

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Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West and Johnny Gimble achieved country music’s greatest honor on Tuesday morning when they were announced as this year’s inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The emotional event, hosted by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, was held in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum‘s rotunda, where plaques commemorating the Hall’s 133 previous inductees adorn the walls.

The Class of 2018, which was selected by an anonymous panel of industry leaders assembled by the CMA, will officially be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a medallion ceremony in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater later this year.

In 1949, he began playing with the king of Western Swing, Bob Wills, as part of his Texas Playboys band; three years later, Gimble fiddled on Marty Robbins’ debut single, “I’ll Go on Alone,” which topped the country charts.

He moved to Nashville in the late 1960s. In Music City, he was an in-demand session player. He appeared on now-classic recordings like Connie Smith’s “If It Ain’t Love,” Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December,” Chet Atkins’ 1974 album “Superpickers” and George Strait’s version of “Right or Wrong.”

Over his 60-plus years in music, Gimble won two Grammys for his work with Western Swing outfit Asleep at the Wheel, five Instrumentalist of the Year Awards from the Country Music Association and Fiddler of the Year Awards from the Academy of Country Music. In 1994, he was awarded a prestigious National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts.

He appeared multiple times on “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Austin City Limits. In 2010, released his final album “Celebrating with Friends,” a collection of collaborations with artists like Nelson, Haggard, Ray Benson, Dale Watson, Vince Gill and others.

Gimble died May 9, 2015 at the age of 88.

His son, Dick, and granddaughter Emily performed Gimble’s jaunty “Under the ‘X’ in Texas” in his memory during the induction announcement. Daughter Cyndy paraphrased her father: “The money, the awards, that stuff’s nice. But the magic, that’s what keeps you playing. That’s what never wears off.”

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https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/03/27/country-music-hall-fame-reveals-class-2018/431755002/

“Paradox” Movie with Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Promise of the Real on Netflix

Saturday, March 24th, 2018


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by: Monica Castillo

When Daryl Hannah, Neil Young and the son of Willie Nelson made a Netflix movie in three days

Hannah’s directorial debut, “Paradox,” was influenced by her environmental activism. On the big screen, Daryl Hannah stands out for her roles in “Splash,” “Wall Street” and the “Kill Bill” movies. But it has been more than a decade since audiences last watched the striking 5-foot-10 blonde strut across the screen in a formidable role. Perhaps that was because she rebuffed Harvey Weinstein in a harrowing encounter that likely cost her many future opportunities, as she revealed to the New Yorker in October.

Although admittedly shy, Hannah didn’t shrink away from public view entirely. While continuing to work, with bit parts in small movies, the actress became fiercely involved with environmental causes, eventually meeting Neil Young, as the two shared a long history of activism and attended the same rallies — and now share a romantic relationship. She was even arrested in the District during a sit-in protest of an oil pipeline.

Hannah didn’t stray too far away from acting, however. She eventually made her way to Netflix, first through the Wachowski sisters’ “Sense8” series in 2015 and now in her directorial debut, “Paradox,” which premiered Friday on the streaming service, and which she filmed very quickly in Colorado before a concert there by Young and the band Promise of the Real. “We had three days of downtime where we said, ‘Wait a minute: Everyone’s gotta be hanging around to adjust to the altitude, so let’s make a movie!’?”

In early March, in a hotel suite overlooking Austin’s riverside before the film’s premiere at South by Southwest, two of the actors — Micah Nelson (son of Willie Nelson) and his girlfriend, Alex Dascalu — joined Hannah to talk about “Paradox.” They recalled how the costumes and props were sourced from local vintage stores, thrift stores or Hannah’s closet. “We had no crew, no budget,” Hannah said. “We just did it ourselves.”

“The teepees are mine; I used to live in one of them,” she added. “The tent we rented, so that they [the band] could rehearse and learn a couple of Neil’s new songs.”

Hannah, who also wrote the film, created a loose musical journey that follows a pack of musicians — including Young — in steampunk and western attire, traipsing through gorgeous strips of the American West in a post-apocalyptic future. The troubadours are played by the band, while Young plays the ominous “man in the black hat.” Willie Nelson shows up later in the film for a delightful cameo at his ranch, known as “Luck, Texas.”

“When they’re walking into the tent, that’s the first time they’ve ever played that song with Neil,” Hannah said. She’s proud when she says it, knowing well that she caught something special on camera. “That was the only obligation they had, that they had to play an hour for two days.” Since the band needed to rehearse for their upcoming show, Hannah worked that into the story line of her movie.

In spirit, “Paradox” is not unlike Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” for which he gathered his friends in a house in Santa Monica, Calif., and quickly made a movie. Hannah’s film, however, was not full of professional actors. Just a band and their friends. “I had to be hands-on, because there wasn’t anybody else,” Hannah said. “It was also improvisational, because we made stuff up as we went along.”

Hannah had to be resourceful. She reused her main cast again as extras, pointing to Nelson and Dascalu as examples. “When we shot the scene in Luck with Willie, these guys were the townsfolks. And then, Micah also painted the seedbank set. Everybody has to do everything.” Hannah ordered everyone to “keep hold of your props, keep track of your costume, drag your own furniture.”

The hands-on coaching proved useful. “I don’t act,” Dascalu said. “This isn’t a thing I do, but it was so easy with Daryl. I knew exactly what she wanted and not wanted me to do.”

Micah Nelson enjoyed a similar experience. “We didn’t think too much about things,” he remembered. “That was Daryl’s job. The rest of us were just kind of playing cartoon versions of ourselves.”

“It’s pretty mind-boggling to watch that movie,” he said. “It’s just Daryl with her camera yelling, ‘Okay, let’s all go over here! Okay, no, turn that around!’?”

“That was the hardest thing, watching the dailies,” Hannah said. “I’m yelling all the time. I hated that!”

Micah assured her, “That’s not an easy thing to do, to have anything other than creativity, a camera and a bunch of weirdos.”

In the same way that activism brought Hannah and Young together, the band met Young while performing at Farm Aid and other environmental protests. It was only natural that the group’s shared passions for causes made it into the movie.

“She kind of makes films like Neil makes records,” Nelson said. “We just go into the studio, and we’ll learn the song as it’s being recorded. He loves the life in it.”

Recording live without a second take means Hannah must work around a scene’s mistakes. “There’s something kind of beautiful and inspiring about follies,” she said. “It doesn’t mean they’re worthless because they’re a folly.”

Hannah picked up a number of directing tips while working with Lana Wachowski on “Sense8,” in which she plays a mother figure to the show’s main characters, a group of eight psychics.

“We had a cameraman on ‘Sense8’ who operated the steadicam and shot everything,” Hannah said. “Lana would just attach herself to him and use and move him around. That’s sort of what I ended up doing with C.K. [Adam Vollick, the film’s cinematographer] when he was shooting.”

Hannah also learned from Wachowski that calling out directions in the middle of the scene meant she could get more in-the-moment responses from the actors. “I’ve never seen a director do that before. She just tells you to do this or look that way. So, I started doing that, which caused me a lot of problems because I don’t have the technical crew that she had to clean her stuff up,” she said and laughed. Maybe next time around.

“I’d like to make a real narrative film,” Hannah said. “Doesn’t mean that I won’t continue to make guerrilla, homespun projects, which I think I’ll always do, because who likes to ask for permission?”

Hannah has seen the difficulty of trying to do her own projects in Hollywood. She said women need “financing! Backing! I mean, everything, opportunity!” She pauses. “Patriarchy is strong, it’s fighting. It’s not going down easy.”

As Dascalu added, sitting beside her, “At least someone pushed that rock and now it’s rolling.”

Trailer for “Paradox”, artsy movie with Neil Young and Willie Nelson, by Daryl Hannah

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

 

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Neil Young is evidently a man on several different missions right now. As a working musician, he is in the throes of a fruitful relationship with Lukas Nelson and the Promise Of The Real. As an archivist, he is teasing out long-lost gems or potent live cuts from his capacious back catalogue. Meanwhile, his environmental activism, a recurring motif since the ’70s, has become more pronounced of late. A sci-fi novel, we learn, is also in the pipeline. Young’s latest project, meanwhile, is Paradox – a Netflix film directed by Daryl Hannah and also a soundtrack album – which goes some way towards uniting all these divergent strands of Young’s career. An eco-sci-fi-western, no less, it casts the musician and his young cohorts as cowboys prospecting for ‘old’ technology – a computer keyboard, an alarm clock, a mobile phone – which they trade every full moon with women in exchange for fresh fruit and vegetables. There are instances of levitation, bad cooking and a vintage steam train. Along the way, Willie Nelson cameos as ‘Red’, an outlaw who holds up the local Seed Bank with Young’s Man In The Black Hat. Naturally, there is also music. The film’s centrepiece is a 10-minute instrumental jam taken from “Cowgirl In The Sand”, filmed at Desert Trip, which helpfully reminds us that however divisive Young’s recent output is (Paradox included), the one thing all his fans can at the very least agree on is the awesome power of his live performances.

Paradox should come as no surprise to veteran Neil watchers. For more than four decades, Young has pursued an idiosyncratic sideline as a filmmaker, using the nom de cinema, Bernard Shakey. His directorial debut, 1974’s Journey Through The Past, was a combination of documentary and art-house experiment, and his subsequent productions have been similarly unorthodox affairs. 1982’s Human Highway, for instance, was a surreal, apocalyptic satire co-starring Devo, Russ Tamblyn and Dean Stockwell. With its semi-improvised vibe and wild, rambling plotline, Paradox definitely shares that Shakey Pictures spirit. Young’s manager, Elliot Roberts, is on hand as a grizzled old cowpoke, offering whacked-out wisdom: “Always take a look at the food you’re about to eat. It’s important to know what it is, but it’s critical to know what it was.” You’d imagine, were either man still alive, that this is the kind of role that would have perfectly suited someone like Hopper or Harry Dean Stanton.

Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/uncut-editors-diary/neil-youngs-paradox-film-soundtrack-album-review-103903#AoUIeHJETQqudzws.99

 

 

“Paradox” movie trailer on Netflix, with Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

 

The film premieres at SXSW on March 15, then hits Netflix on March 23. The digital release of the soundtrack by Neil Young + Promise of the Real also arrives on March 23 via Reprise. The CD version is slated to arrive later on April 20, while the vinyl will be out April 13.

 

“Thief”, with Willie Nelson, James Caan (1981)

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

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Professional safecracker Frank (James Caan) visits Okla (Willie Nelson) to get some advice for his life on the outside and gets some very good advice: “Lie to no one,” and then is asked to do the impossible — get Okla out of prison before he dies.

In addition to Willie Nelson, the movie, released in 1981, stars James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Dennis Farina, James Belushi.

 

“Paradox”, by Daryl Hannah, with Neil Young, Promise of the Real and Willie Nelson streaming on Netflix March 23

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

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by:  Scott Russell

Netflix announced today they have acquired worldwide rights to the film Paradox, written and directed by Daryl Hannah and featuring new music and performances from Neil Young + Promise of the Real, which will debut at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, as announced in February, before launching globally on Netflix  on March 23, when it will also receive a limited theatrical release.

Netflix  describes the film as follows in a press release:

A fantasy, a loud poem and a free-spirited tale of music and love, Paradox is a one-of-a-kind personal expression. Sometime in the future—or is it the past?—a band of outlaws hide high up in the Mountains. The “Man in the Black Hat” (Neil Young), the “Particle Kid” (Micah Nelson) and “Jail Time” (Lukas Nelson) pass the hours searching for treasure while they wait for the full moon to lend its magic, bring the music and make the spirits fly. Vibrating with original music by Young + Promise of the Real, Paradox furthers the legacy of an iconic performer who has always broken the rules.

Paradox is writer-director Hannah’s feature-length debut behind the camera—she’s appeared in front of the camera many times, with iconic roles in the Kill Bill films, 1987’s Wall Street and 1984’s Splash, among others. Hannah’s 1993 short The Last Supper, which she wrote, directed and produced, won a Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

Paradox sprung up spontaneously and unexpectedly, like a peculiar dandelion, popping up between the cracks in the pavement,” said Hannah in a statement. “We were fortunate to find this brief window of opportunity to share the love for the natural world, each other and for the precious seeds of creativity and life. We are all thrilled the film will premiere at SXSW and that NETFLIX will be sharing it with the world.”

Hannah’s film stars Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Willie Nelson, Corey McCormick, Anthony LoGerfo, Tato Melgar, Charris Ford and Dulcie Clarkson Ford. Paradox is produced by Bernard Shakey and Elliott Rabinowitz, edited by Paul Snyder and photographed by Adam CK Vollick.

Paradox (Original Music from the Film) is due out on March 23 as well, to be released on digital and vinyl via Reprise/Warner Bros. Records. The soundtrack features studio and live performances from Neil Young + Promise of the Real, as well as classic covers and music composed exclusively for the film.

Again, Paradox comes to Netflix on March 23.

Willie Nelson: CMT Inside Fame (2001)

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

This Day in Willie Nelson History: Red Headed Stranger Movie Premieres (2/19/87)

Monday, February 19th, 2018


On February 19, 1987, Willie Nelson’s movie, the “Red Headed Stranger” premieres in Austin, Texas. Among those attending: Morgan Fairchild, Floyd Tillman and coach Darrell Royal.

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Willie Nelson was asked about the violence in the movie, and about his character killing two women:

“If you like the song, the violence is there,” he says. “You can’t take out violence anymore than you can take evil out of books. It’s all part of life.” Adds Nelson, “This movie covers a lot of territory — from spiritualism to lust — and takes a man all the way to the bottom and back to the top. It does it to a preacher — which is a little bit unusual.”

Life Magazine August 1987 article by: Cheryl McCall

Making a movie of Red Headed Stranger, his 1975 chart-topping country album, was a powerful obsession that wouldn’t let go. From the beginning, its story of love and violence in the Old West was unfolding as a movie in his mind, says Willie Nelson. He dreamed of portraying the preacher-turned-killer on-screen. Universal Studios optioned Red Headed Stranger but eventually let it slip into “turnaround” — Hollywood limbo. So Nelson acquired the rights and spent the next five years shopping for financing. With fellow Texan Bill Wittliff – screenwriter and co producer of Country, Raggedy Man and Barbarossa — Nelson plunged into the risky business of doing their own producing.

Despite the pleading of his wife, Connie, Nelson stubbornly mortgaged property to raise $1 million for the 1879-style wardrobe, props and three Western sets. Friends and neighbors pitched in. Towns were built on land adjoining his private golf course outside Austin, turning the place into a studio back lot. Wittliff virtually ignored his book publishing business, Encino Press, to take on the chore of writing, co-producing and directing. Together, Wittliff and Nelson assembled a crew and pruned more than $11 million from Universal’s original $13.5 million budget.

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Willie Nelson sprays on a little water as he and Morgan Farichild head west. Says the TV acress, “My character just doesn’t have the pioneer spirit.”

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As preacher Julian Shay, Willie Nelson sobers up a besotted sheriff, played by R. G. Armstrong in a scene that both enjoyed in the scorching Texas heat.

They signed a native Texas, Morgan Fairchild, to play the preacher’s faithless wife and Katharine Ross (star of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), 43, as his salvation. The actresses agreed to defer half of their fees. As the cameras rolled, LIFE went on location with Red Headed Stranger.

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“If Willie Nelson is going to kill a woman, anyone in America would forgive him for killing Morgan Fairchild in this movie,” — Morgan Fairchild

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“In a funny kind of way, I just simply stepped into Willie’s dream,” says director Bill Wittliff. “It’s become an obsession for me, too. I couldn’t walk away from it.” The writer fleshed out the record album’s story of stern frontier morality with a script that explores the theme of love lost and regained against a backdrop of sin and redemption. The preacher saves a derelict town from spiritual squalor but pays a terrible price — everything he cherishes in life. By the time his rage is spent, a dozen people are dead. Nelson says he’s not the least contrite about killing two women in this film. Stranger” premieres in Austin, Texas. Among those attending: Morgan Fairchild, Floyd Tillman and coach Darrell Royal.

 

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“If you like the song, the violence is there,” he says. “You can’t take out violence anymore than you can take evil out of books. It’s all part of life.” Adds Nelson, “This movie covers a lot of territory — from spiritualism to lust — and takes a man all the way to the bottom and back to the top. It does it to a preacher — which is a little bit unusual.”

Also unorthodox is the casting of Nelson’s grandson, his band’s drummer, the bass player and a bodyguard in speaking roles. Says Wittliff, “It’s really a homegrown deal. We pulled people off the sidewalk, from restaurants, stores or wherever we spotted them for this.” His Encino Press assistant, Connie Todd, put aside her publishing duties to audition more than 350 local folks. “When we found someone with a spark, we’d work with him or her for several hours,” says Wittliff. The creative gamble has paid off with lively performances from an Austin security guard, a waitress and a computer programmer.

It’s a measure of the loyalty Nelson inspires that his cast and crew are willing to endure 14-hour days on a location as hot and fly-ridden as Calcutta. What’s more, they are remarkably cheerful about it. Explains bit player Bo Franks, a cohort and gun collector, “I’m doing this for free. Everybody is here because they want to be part of Willie’s dream. We’re busting our butts because we wouldn’t think of letting him down.” From the Austin hatter who made and donated dozens of period hats to the realtor who lent a 19th century water drilling rig, friends contributed what they could. img029

Says his daughter Lana, ‘Daddy has set such a good example for everyone that you don’t want to be the one to goof it up.”

As the end of the shooting approaches, day drags into night and exhaustion and tension mount. Mistakes are made, lines misbelieved, and the horses — spooked by gunfire — are edgy.

The only uncooperative member of the cast during the whole 39 days of shooting was a balky pony. “Willie, we got a problem here,” crackled a walkie-talkie. “The horse wants to know what his motivation is for pulling the plow.”

Nelson drinks cups of coffee and cracks jokes. Scenes are repeated until all the angles have been filmed. At 5:30 a.m., they break. Twelve hours later, after filming the preacher and the wife traveling west in a covered wagon, Wittliff and Nelson say the magic words, “That’s a wrap!”

The film opens next month, with Willie Nelson singing Red-Headed Stranger songs throughout his movie.

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