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Woody Harrelson to show film “Lost in London” at University of Rhode Island

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

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SEC will present actor Woody Harrelson in Edwards Auditorium!

During the show, Harrelson will screen his new critically acclaimed comedy, “Lost in London,” and then participate in a moderated discussion.

Harrelson is a two-time Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner, known for his performances in movies and TV shows like The Hunger Games, Zombieland, Cheers, and No Country For Old Men.

This is sure to be a show you DON’T want to miss!

All seats are reserved and tickets are available at The Ryan Center box office and online.

Be sure to follow ALL our social media @urisec for show announcements, updates, and more! Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 28 at 6:00pm

Edwards Auditorium
64 Upper College Rd
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881, USA

Scenes from set

Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson in Woody Harrelson film, “Lost in London”, streamed live broacast Jan. 19th, 2017

Friday, January 19th, 2018

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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.

 

Extras needed for Willie Nelson Movie (12/14/1990)

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

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.

Willie Nelson Music in the Movies and tv

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

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Just a few of the movies that have benefited from his songs.

5. The Scientist – The Judge

Robert Downey Jr. plays a successful lawyer whose father has just been convicted of running down a man with his truck. Upon heading home however he’s greeted with a very surly and unfriendly attitude as the tensions between him and his father heat up after years of not speaking to one another. Their issues are eventually put on the table but not completely resolved as he seeks to defend his father no matter how they feel about one another.

4. Midnight Run – Lawless

Lawless is essentially the story of three brothers that run a fairly successful alcohol distribution business in the back woods, far away from where the law sees fit to touch them. When problems begin to arise and their business starts to suffer however they eventually find the need to fight back. The only problem is that their enemies are bringing the big guns, as in hired lawmen and ruthless criminals that will stop at nothing to see them ruined.

3. Hello Walls – Legion

I couldn’t find the clip but I know that this song is used in the scifi film Legion in which God has finally tired of mankind’s wickedness and has sent the hounds of heaven to possess anyone and everyone they can in an attempt to cleanse the world and stop the birth of a young child that can bring humanity back to its senses. The only help that humanity will have until then is the archangel Michael, who has forsaken his place in heaven to protect the child from his heavenly brethren.

2. Good ol Boys – Dukes of Hazzard

What’s so great about this is that Willie actually starred in the remake of The Dukes of Hazzard along with Sean William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Jessica Simpson, and Burt Reynolds. He took the role of Uncle Jessie and made it a tad bit funnier than it had been in the past, which is to say that I don’t recall Uncle Jessie getting high in the barn using an apple as a bong.

1. On The Road Again – Shrek

Okay this one isn’t performed by Willie Nelson but it is his song. Shrek just seemed like a nice way to end this list, funny and touching but not too sappy.

Willie Nelson is going to be remembered throughout history as one of the greats.

Willie Nelson in, “Angels Sing”

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

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Already a holiday movie favorite!

Angels Sing starring Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson and Connie Britton available in stores December 2. (CNW Group/Entertainment One)

“Angels Sing”,  starring Harry Connick, Jr., Willie Nelson and Connie Britton now available on DVD.

“Willie Nelson is like a light house” — Gary Busey

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

 

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“Willie Nelson is like a lighthouse, like a preacher.  Every time I find myself in an emotional pressure situation, the first thought in my mind is what would Willie do?  ‘Cause nothing seems to rattle him.  I’ve had some problems here lately with my mind, like, ‘Oh, gosh, everything’s moving so fast, what gear should I be in?’ And Willie, he’ll tell me which gear.”

— Gary Busey
Rolling Stone
September 1978

This day in Willie Nelson history: ‘Electric Horseman’ (December 21, 1979)

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

On December 21, 1979, Willie Nelson made his film debut with the opening of “The Electric Horseman,” also starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. It includes Nelson’s hits “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” and “Midnight Rider”

Willie Nelson making movies in Corpus Christie in 1979

Thursday, November 16th, 2017


photo:  David Wallace

www.caller.com
by:  Allison Ehrlich

It was rainy and cold at the beach when the Red-Headed Stranger came to town in 1979.

Willie Nelson, already a music legend, was just starting his movie career when production crews showed up in Corpus Christi to film a few scenes for “Honeysuckle Rose.”

The movie tells the story of touring country singer Buck Bonham, played by Nelson, and the threat to his relationship with his long-suffering wife when his retiring guitarist’s college-age daughter joins the tour and poses a temptation. Dyan Cannon played wife Viv Bonham and Amy Irving portrayed the tempting young Lily Ramsey, with Slim Pickens as her father.

This was only Nelson’s second film, following his one-line debut in “The Electric Horseman” with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. Nelson — as one would expect — was not your usual movie star.

A Caller article from Dec. 15, 1979, describes the atmosphere during filming at Malaquite Beach at the Padre Island National Seashore as laidback. “Missing were the glittery costumes, glamorous stars and groupies en masse that seem to accompany the filming of a movie.”

Also missing was the moderate weather that was supposed to serve as a stand-in for a sunny Mexican beach. A steady rain fell and temperatures hovered in the low 50s.

The movie isn’t much remembered except by the most loyal fans. At the time, Roger Ebert stated, “the movie is sly and entertaining, but it could have been better. Still, it has its charms, and one is certainly the presence of Willie Nelson himself.”

The crew members would have agreed. At one point the large, red, white and blue bus labeled with “Buck Bonham’s Band” got stuck in the soft sand on the shoulder when Willie was trying to turn it around. As crew members scrambled to help push it out, Nelson jumped out to help get the bus on the road again.

And in fact, “On the Road Again” may be the most memorable thing to come from the movie. The film’s soundtrack was Nelson’s 27th studio album and made it to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums. “On the Road Again” also hit No. 1 on the Billboard country chart, No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, won Nelson a Grammy for Best Country Song and was nominated for Best Original Song at the 53rd Academy Awards.

Read article, see more photos here.

Allison Ehrlich is the archive coordinator for the Caller-Times. Contact her at allison.ehrlich@caller.com and follow her on Twitter @CallerArchives.

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Where the Hell’s that Gold?” (November 13, 1988)

Monday, November 13th, 2017

He makes his living robbing banks.
She makes hers banking on robbers.

Release date: 13 November 1988

Willie Nelson stars with Jack Elam, and Delta Burke in this move about two outlaws on the run after stealing and hiding a large amount of gold.  The two find themselves travelling through 1895 Mexico on a train full of dynamite as rebels, Apache Indians, Wells Fargo agents, and Federal troops trail them. When they are captured by the Mexican authorities, they scheme to keep their ill-gotten riches with the help of a madam and her prostitutes. Willie Nelson, Jack Elam, Delta Burke star in this rowdy western.

Willie Nelson and Jody Payne

Monday, October 30th, 2017

On The Road Again, (HONEYSUCKLE ROSE) USA 1980, Regie: Jerry Schatzberg, WILLIE NELSON, Key: Country Music, Countrysänger, Gitarre,

Willie Nelson, Actor

Friday, October 20th, 2017

'Wag the Dog' (1997)

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‘Wag the Dog’ (1997)

The prophetic dark comedy Wag the Dog —released in 1997 — was a brilliant film and Nelson was undeniably brilliant in it. Playing ne’er-do-well songwriter Johnny Dean, Nelson helps drive home laughably nationalist sentiments with “found” country nuggets like “I Guard the Canadian Border” and “Good Old Shoe” — the faux old-timey soundtrack to America’s equally fake war with Albania.

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‘Stagecoach’ (1986)

'Stagecoach' (1986)
Courtesy: Everett Collection

This remake of the John Wayne classic was released in May 1986, exactly one year after the Highwaymen’s debut album hit shelves, and it more or less functions as a Western-themed commercial for the chemistry between Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. They’re not the only country stars here, though. With additional cameos by June Carter, Jessi Colter and David Allan Coe, Stagecoach cracks its whip by focusing on country star power, not necessarily acting ability.

‘Miami Vice’ (1986)

'Miami Vice' (1986)
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.

‘Red Headed Stranger’ (1986)

'Red Headed Stranger' (1986)
Alive Films/courtesy Everett Collection

Nelson adapted his seminal 1975 album Red Headed Stranger for the big screen, playing the role of Reverend Julian Shay, a preacher who doesn’t exactly practice what he, well, you know. Spurned by his lover, he becomes consumed with settling the score. The film’s Western set, however, has held up better than the movie: Nelson built the entire production on his ranch outside of Austin. Dubbed “Luck, Texas,” the town, with its own saloon, post office and church, has served as a retreat for the singer. Alas, the buildings were damaged during a recent storm, but Nelson has plans to restore and rebuild.

‘Taco Bell Commercial’ (1991)

'Taco Bell Commercial' (1991)
Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Shock Ink

As it turned out, going on the road again, and again, and again… along with auxiliary income from film and TV cameos couldn’t keep the Red Headed Stranger from declaring bankruptcy after the IRS seized his assets for millions in unpaid back taxes in 1990. To make ends meet, in 1991 Nelson became the crackling voice of Taco Bell, singing passionately about the virtues of the steak burrito supremes and the like. Late, great comedian Bill Hicks, in a bit where he famously proclaimed, “Do a commercial, you’re off the artistic roll call,” made an exception for Willie, because his debt to The Man forced him to sell his soul. Overlook lyrics about running to the border to find love and zesty steak melts and, not unlike the Enchirito, the song Nelson croons in the commercial, “The Woman With the Rose Tattoo” is actually kinda good. Willie’s outlaw country comrade Johnny Cash also shilled for Taco Bell in the Nineties. Oh, how things have changed, as aligning with corporate brands has become part and parcel to life as a country star 20 years later.

‘Half Baked’ (1998)

'Half Baked' (1998)
Universal Pictures

Like Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, Half Baked’s “Historian Smoker” (a.k.a. the “Should’ve Been There Smoker”) is the role Willie Nelson was born to play. In the Nineties cult classic, Thurgood Jenkins (Dave Chappelle) and his stoner buds prevail upon the finest stash of medical marijuana New York City has ever seen, and stumble into the complex world of pot peddling. Willie “Historian Smoker” Nelson, a customer, makes a brief cameo to share a joint with Thurgood and regale him about the good ol’ days of sanctioned pot smoking in the street and unprotected sex. “It wasn’t the thing to do because it was the thing to do, you know? It was the thing to do because it got you high,” the historian says with weed-hazed wisdom. “You cool as shit, mister,” Thurgood replies. Hear, hear!

‘The Simpsons’ (2000)

'The Simpsons' (2000)

Who does America love more: Homer Simpson or Willie Nelson? Sure, famed musicians from Michael Jackson to Mick and Keith to Sonic Youth have made iconic, two-dimensional tour stops in Springfield over the course of their careers, but Nelson shares a kindred connection to Homer J. the rest don’t. Without changing their ways, Homer and Willie each rack up a lifetime of unpredictable, amazing experiences and are loved unconditionally throughout. In “Behind the Laughter” —  a 2000 episode telling the Simpsons’ story in classic VH1 Behind the Music style — Nelson appears as himself (in voice-over form at least), bringing Springfield’s most famous family back together at a fake awards show after the “staggering lows” of fame tear them apart.

‘Monk’ (2002)

'Monk' (2002)
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Willie a killer? Say it ain’t so! In the debut season of USA’s detective comedy Monk, Nelson is accused of murdering his manager after discovering he has been pocketing some of his concert earnings. With the Red Headed Stranger seemingly caught red-handed, it’s up to an unconvinced Monk to clear his name. Nelson looks like he’s having fun with the role — he is playing himself after all — and the sly allusions to Willie’s famous pot smoking are inspired. But what really got fans high was Nelson singing a solo version of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” — with Tony Shalhoub’s Monk backing him up on clarinet.

‘A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All’ (2008)

'A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All' (2008)
Ebet Roberts/Redferns

Nelson traded in his red bandanna for a Lawrence of Arabia headscarf when he appeared on Stephen Colbert’s holiday special. Sure, it was a musical guest shot, but Nelson still had to flex his acting chops while singing the highly irreverent “The Little Dealer Boy” and squaring off with the Christmas-sweatered host. Especially when Colbert taunted him in a high falsetto: “You’re really high/I’m going to tell your savior.” But Nelson was unflappable, singing the three wise men spoof with all the seriousness he regularly brings to “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” or “Forgiving You Was Easy.” Or maybe he was just stoned.

Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving, “Honeysuckle Rose”

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Willie, Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving on the set of Honeysuckle Rose in 1980. #WayBackWednesday

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Friday, September 8th, 2017

Don Meredith’s son working on new movie about his dad, “First Cowboys”

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Michael Meredith was, he says, the child of two nomads, two bohemians. During the late 1960s, when his parents were still married and living in Dallas, their frequent live-in guest was a songwriter named Willie Nelson, who sang a song his dad loved and would later immortalize on Monday Night Football by crooning it comically when the outcome was no longer in doubt. The release of “(Turn Out the Lights) The Party’s Over” also happened 50 years ago.

 

www.Dallas.com
by:   Michael Branberry

He will tell the story by focusing on his dad, who played from the team’s inception in 1960 through his ninth season, 1968, which also ended in a heartbreaking loss. The elder Meredith suffered devastating injuries, both physical and emotional, that belied his nickname, “Dandy.”

He and his mom lived in Italy and an ashram in India. He dotted the U.S. map, living in Fort Worth (her hometown), Houston and two places his dad lived — Beverly Hills, Calif., and Santa Fe, N.M.

He was, he says, the child of two nomads, two bohemians. During the late 1960s, when his parents were still married and living in Dallas, their frequent live-in guest was a songwriter named Willie Nelson, who sang a song his dad loved and would later immortalize on Monday Night Football by crooning it comically when the outcome was no longer in doubt. The release of “(Turn Out the Lights) The Party’s Over” also happened 50 years ago.

Read article in Dallas News here.  

Willie Nelson featured in “Honky Tonk Heaven”: The Legend of the Broken Spoke

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Broken Spoke Film

We don’t use the term legendary lightly here folks.  Our film features THIS incredible moment between Willie Nelson and songbird Kimmie Rhodes!

www.HonkyTonkHeaven.com

George Strait, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, George Jones and Roy Acuff have all been regulars on stage at the world famous honky tonk, Broken Spoke. With fifty years under its belt buckle “the last of the true Texas dance halls” has endured rapid urban growth and skyrocketing rents due to the passion and hard work of its charismatic, tenacious owners.

More than a history of who played and when at this landmark venue, this documentary reveals a universal story about what it takes to maintain a family business in our increasingly corporate-driven society. Interviews include Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dale Watson, James Hand, Jesse Dayton, the Waco Brothers and Alvin Crow.