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Willie Nelson sings, ‘The Scientist” on soundtrack of “The Judge”

Saturday, September 6th, 2014


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by:  Christopher Rosen

Audiences will get to see Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in “The Judge” starting on Oct. 10, but the Warner Bros. release made its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Here’s a two-word review: It’s fine. Downey and Duvall are both good in this one, which seems destined to serve out the rest of its sentence on TNT for the foreseeable infinity.

“The Judge” is actually almost ready-made for cable viewing. The supporting cast includes Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ken Howard and Billy Bob Thornton, all of whom have appeared on television series within the last five years. Add those names to the film’s garish lighting, supplied by cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (who never met a window he didn’t want to blow out with white light), and “The Judge” feels like an actual legal drama coming to ABC this fall. You’re almost surprised James Spader and William Shatner don’t show up.

Well, they don’t. But Willie Nelson sort of does. Nelson doesn’t appear in “The Judge,” but his name is the subject of a one-liner during the film and his cover of Coldplay’s “The Scientist” plays over the closing credits. That part of the movie is weird and surprising — two things “The Judge” is not as it plays things down the middle.

“The Judge” is out on Oct. 10.

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This day in Willie Nelson history: “Honeymoon in Vegas” soundtrack

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

On August 28, 1992, the movie, ‘Honeymoon in Vegas,” premiered, with Elvis impersonators and Nicolas Cage.

Willie Nelson sings, “Blue Hawaii,” on the sound track which features Presley remakes by Willie, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakam, Ricky Van Shelton, Billy Joel, Trisha Yearwood and Amy Grant, among others. On March 7, 1995 , he soundtrack to the movie was certified platinum on March 7, 1995 , the soundtrack to the movie ”Honeymoon In Vegas” is certified platinum. The album features re-makes of Elvis Presley songs by Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Billy Joel, Travis Tritt, Ricky Van Shelton, Bono, Dwight Yoakam, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, among others.

Track List

1. All Shook Up – Billy Joel
2. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck – Ricky Van Shelton
3. Love Me Tender – Amy Grant
4. Burning Love – Travis Tritt
5. Heartbreak Hotel – Billy Joel
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Bryan Ferry
7. Suspicious Minds – Dwight Yoakam
8. (You’re The) Devil in Disguise – Trisha Yearwood
9. Hound Dog – Jeff Beck, Jed Leiber
10. That’s All Right – Vince Gill
11. Jailhouse Rock – John Mellencamp
12. Blue Hawaii – Willie Nelson
13. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono

Willie Nelson, ‘Midnight Run’ (from Lawless Movie Soundtrack)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Published on Aug 16, 2012

The World Premiere of Willie Nelson’s new Music Video for his song “Midnight Run,” for the upcoming Motion Picture: LAWLESS. John Hillcoat (THE ROAD) has directed a new film set in the era of bootlegging brothers played by Shia Labeouf & Tom Hardy. Joining them in the film are the lovely Jessica Chastain & Mia Wasikowska. Rounding out the cast are the great Gary Oldman & Guy Pearce

Willie Nelson and Harry Connick, Jr., on “Angels Sing” movie soundtrack

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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On paper, Willie  Nelson’s lonesome country twang and Harry Connick Jr.’s smooth croon seem  like an odd combination for a duet. However, the two legends find a unique  harmony on “When I’m Home,” a new collaboration for the upcoming holiday  film Angels Sing. Check out the track now in our exclusive stream.

“When I’m home, I will sing ‘Silent Night’/ This Christmas when I’m home,”  sing the duo over minimal piano, cutting pedal steel guitar and a climactic  gospel choir. Nelson and Connick Jr. tackle the song democratically, trading off  lines and playing with the cadences of the melody.

Of course, the two singers have more than just musical chemistry: they both  act in Angels Sing, too. Connick Jr. plays disillusioned history  professor Michael Walker and Nelson appears as Nick, a stranger who  singlehandedly restores Michael’s Christmas cheer.

The Angels Sing soundtrack features multiple Nelson tracks  along with contributions from Lyle Lovett, Dale Watson and the Trishas, among  others; it’s currently available for pre-order on iTunes. More information about the film is available at the  project’s website.

Check out the soundtrack’s full tracklisting:

1. Black Soot – “Up on the House Top”
2. Dale Watson – “Mistletoe on Death  Row”
3. The Trishas – “Deck the Halls”
4. Lyle Lovett and Kat Edmonson  with Mitch Watkins – “Christmas Time Is Here”
5. Wille with Bobbie Nelson –  “Family Bible”
6. Sahara Smith – “Signals in the Dark”
7. The Trishas –  “Moses” 8. Dale Watson – “Christmas Time in Texas”
9. Miss Lavelle with  Guy Forsyth and Carolyn Wonderland – “Christmas Love”
10. Carolyn Wonderland  and Guy Forsyth – “Silent Night”
11. Willie Nelson with Bobby Nelson –  “Amazing Grace”
12. Harry Connick Jr. and Willie Nelson – “When I’m Home”

This day in Willie Nelson history: ‘Brokeback Mountain’ soundtrack (12/9/05)

Monday, December 9th, 2013

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The cowboy movie, “Brokeback Mountain” opened in theaters on December 9, 2005. The movie features music by Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Linda Ronstadt, plus Roger Miller’s “King Of The Road,” Tammy Wynette’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and Merle Haggard’s “I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall”

Kris Kristofferson talks about covering, “Pretty Paper” by Willie Nelson, for “Angels Sing” movie

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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Music lovers (and especially country music lovers) received an early Christmas treat in the form of the new holiday movie Angels Sing, which went into limited release last month and wowed with a fantastic cast including Harry Connick Jr., “Nashville’s” Connie Britton, Lyle Lovett, and not one but two country legends: Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.

Of course, a film containing so many musical powerhouses wouldn’t be complete without the actors providing a great soundtrack; and Kristofferson rises to the occasion here by covering Nelson’s Christmas classic “Pretty Paper” (which was also a hit for Roy Orbison in the ’60s). In this exclusive clip, the film’s cast and Kristofferson himself discuss the song, the feeling and emotion behind it, and what it means to take on Nelson’s moving holiday tune this season.

Angels Sing is a modern-day take on the beloved holiday themes presented in such classics as It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street: Connick Jr. plays a man who’s lost all joy for Christmas due to a tragic accident suffered years ago. Britton stars as his wife, while Kristofferson is his father. Nelson appears as a mysterious stranger who helps Connick Jr. regain his love for the holidays again.

The soundtrack to the film will be available Dec. 17

This day in Willie Nelson history: Sountrack to “Come Early Morning” (11/6/2006)

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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On November 10, 2006, the Ashley Judd movie “Come Early Morning” debuts in theaters. The soundtrack features Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Eddy Raven, Don Gibson, Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan, Jim Chesnut, Emmylou Harris and Billy Joe Shaver.

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Tracklisting
1. Killing the Blues – The Malcolm Holcombe Group
2. End of the Wine – Misty Morgan/Jack Blanchard
3. Going to See Cal
4. The Way I Am – Merle Haggard
5. Don’t Knock – Taylor Grocery Band
6. An Invitation and a Kiss
7. Silver Wings – Merle Haggard
8. Frog Leg Champ
9. I Got Mexico – Eddy Raven
10. Goodnight Lucy
11. Oh Lonesome Me – Don Gibson
12. Movin’ Out, Movin’ Up and Movin’ On – Troy Cook Jr./The Long Haul Band
13. Argument in the Parking Lot
14. I’m Going Nowhere – Troy Cook Jr./The Long Haul Band
15. What’s Done Is Done – Jeannie Max Lane
16. Owen Is Leaving
17. Jesus on the Main Line – Taylor Grocery Band
18. Gaining Strength
19. Get Back to Loving Me – Jim Chestnut
20. Daddy and Daughter
21. Leavin’ Ain’t the Only Way to Go – Eric James Jochmans
22. Somebody Pick Up My Pieces – Willie Nelson/Emmylou Harris
23. Lucy is Free
24. Old Chuck of Coal – Billy Joe Shaver
25. It Anybody Asks You (Callin’) – Shannon Boshears

 

This day in Willie Nelson history: Honeyman in Vegas Soundtrack Released (8/11/92)

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

On August 11, 1992, Epic Records released the soundtrack to “Honeymoon in Vegas”.  In addition to Willie Nelson’s recording of “Blue Hawaii”, the album features remakes of Elvis Presley songs by Trisha Yearwood, Billy Joel, Travis Tritt, Ricky Van Shelton, Bono, Dwight Yoakam, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, among others.


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Track List

1. All Shook Up – Billy Joel  
2. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck – Ricky Van Shelton  
3. Love Me Tender – Amy Grant  
4. Burning Love – Travis Tritt  
5. Heartbreak Hotel – Billy Joel  
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Bryan Ferry  
7. Suspicious Minds – Dwight Yoakam  
8. (You’re The) Devil in Disguise – Trisha Yearwood  
9. Hound Dog – Jeff Beck, Jed Leiber  
10. That’s All Right – Vince Gill  
11. Jailhouse Rock – John Mellencamp  
12. Blue Hawaii – Willie Nelson  
13. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono

Willie Nelson & Harry Connick, Jr. write Christmas tune for new film

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

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Willie Nelson and Harry Connick, Jr. collaborated  the new track for the closing credits of the movie, which debuted on Sunday night (10 Mar 13) at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where the film is set.

The film also features Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson and Dale Watson, among the other notable singing Texans who perform Christmas songs on camera.

The castmates were given the option of singing one of their own Christmas songs or one from a list of festive favourites – Kristofferson opted to sing co-star Nelson’s Pretty Paper.

Connick, Jr., who stars in the film, admits it was difficult to take a day off when he heard who would be performing on set.

He tells Billboard.com, “I was on the set a lot… It was an amazing experience to check out these people… I was starstruck.”

This day in Willie Nelson history: “Honeymoon in Vegas” soundtrack goes platinum

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

On March 7, 1995, the “Honeymoon in Vegas” soundtrack goes platinum. In addition to Willie Nelson’s rendition of “Blue Hawaii”, the album features remakes of Elvis Presley songs by Trisha Yearwood, Billy Joel, Travis Tritt, Ricky Van Shelton, Bono, Dwight Yoakam, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, among others.


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Track List

1. All Shook Up – Billy Joel  
2. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck – Ricky Van Shelton  
3. Love Me Tender – Amy Grant  
4. Burning Love – Travis Tritt  
5. Heartbreak Hotel – Billy Joel  
6. Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Bryan Ferry  
7. Suspicious Minds – Dwight Yoakam  
8. (You’re The) Devil in Disguise – Trisha Yearwood  
9. Hound Dog – Jeff Beck, Jed Leiber  
10. That’s All Right – Vince Gill  
11. Jailhouse Rock – John Mellencamp  
12. Blue Hawaii – Willie Nelson  
13. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Bono

Willie Nelson on Broken Bridges Soundtrack

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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Toby Keith’s Show Dog Nashville record label announced the release of the soundrack to “Broken Bridges”, a new movie starring Toby and Kelly Preston. The soundrack was released on August 29, 2006. The movie, directed by Steven Goldman, is scheduled to be released in the fall. It also stars Lindsey Houn, Tess Harper, Burt Reynolds, and a cameo appearance by our very own Willie Nelson, who also joins Toby for a song on the sound track. The movie is a joint effort between Parmount and CMT Films.

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

This day in Willie Nelson History: “Honeysuckle Rose” sound track receives two Grammy Nominations (1/13/1981)

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

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On January 13, 1981, the sound track to the movie “Honeysuckle Rose”, received two Grammy nominations.

Willie Nelson, ‘Midnight Run’, from “Lawless” movie soundtrack, push for Oscar bid

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012


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(RTTNews) – Willie Nelson has always been considered one of country’s original outlaws, so the decision for Harvey Weinstein to choose Nelson for the soundtrack to his new movie Lawlesswas a no brainer.

Weinstein hopes that the song from Nelson, “Midnight Run” will win the 80-year-old country legend his first Oscar statue.

“The song’s really worthy of it, and there’s a lot of affection for Willie Nelson,” Weinstein said.  “I think in light of the Academy opening up its doors, the idea of Willie Nelson playing at the Oscars at the age of 80 is just too good to be true.  When you hear Willie Nelson sing a song like this, it’s so iconic, he’s a gangster.  He’s pro-legalization of marijuana, and this is the legalization of booze, at the time.  This is a movie about outlaw brothers, and there’s no better outlaw than Willie Nelson.”

Willie Nelson sings ‘Midnight Run’, on soundtrack to “Lawless” movie

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

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Willie Nelson  has always been one of country’s original outlaws, so it makes sense that when Harvey Weinstein decided he needed a retro-type rebel for the soundtrack to his new Prohibition period movie “Lawless,” he went straight to the master. The movie mogul hopes that the resulting song in the film, “Midnight Run,” will ultimately land Willie his first-ever Oscar statue at the age of 80.

“The song’s really worthy of it, and there’s a lot of affection for Willie Nelson,” Weinstein explains to the Huffington Post. “I think in light of the Academy opening up its doors, the idea of Willie Nelson playing at the Oscars at the age of 80 is just too good to be true. When you hear Willie Nelson sing a song like this, it’s so iconic, he’s a gangster. He’s pro-legalization of marijuana, and this is the legalization of booze, at the time. This is a movie about outlaw brothers, and there’s no better outlaw than Willie Nelson.”

Weinstein is not only campaigning for Willie to receive an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the track, but also for a Golden Globe in the same category. He and the crew actually recruited Willie to be part of the Shia LeBeouf-led film, since they and the film’s director and screenwriter, Nick Cave, are all huge fans of the country legend. The movie execs had the song written especially with Willie in mind, and the Redheaded Stranger says he’s happy to be associated with the 1930’s era movie.

“I can’t remember the last time I saw a film that was equal parts fun, action-packed and smart,” the music icon tells the Huffington Post. “This film goes well beyond the norm in telling one of the greatest Prohibition-era stories of our time.”

If the tune does receive a nod from the Academy, it will be the second time Willie has ever been nominated for an Oscar. His first was in 1980 for “Honeysuckle Rose.”


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Harvey Weinstein pushes for Oscar Nomination for Willie Nelson’s ‘Midnight Run’

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012


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Put yourself, for a moment, in the mind of Harvey Weinstein. Thrilling, right? That power! Now consider the following scenario: You have a new movie coming out about a pair of antihero brothers — gangsters — who are fighting to supply customers with an intoxicating illegal substance in a time of great need for such substances. You need a marquee song. Whom do you approach?

The movie in question is set during Prohibition, so you need someone old-timey. Also remember that you love Oscar nominations. Who’s old-timey, Oscar-friendly and also pro-intoxicants?

Willie Nelson!

That, at least, is what one might imagine was the mental process that led Weinstein to feature the song “Midnight Run” (hear it in the video above) on the soundtrack of John Hillcoat’s “Lawless,” out today.

As it turns out, the speculation isn’t far off. “When you hear Willie Nelson sing a song like this, it’s so iconic,” Weinstein told HuffPost Entertainment. “He’s a gangster. He’s pro-legalization of marijuana, and this is the legalization of booze, at the time. This is a movie about outlaw brothers, and there’s no better outlaw than Willie Nelson.”

But how, practically, did the song get made?

“Our team suggested it, and I knew that everybody — our cast, our director, Nick Cave [who wrote the screenplay] — respects Willie Nelson and thinks he’s great,” Weinstein said. “So we got the song written for him, and he loved it and recorded it. He loves the movie.”

Nelson confirmed as much in a statement to The Huffington Post. “I can’t remember the last time I saw a film that was equal parts fun, action-packed and smart,” he wrote. “This film goes well beyond the norm in telling one of the greatest Prohibition-era stories of our time.”

Weinstein is so enthusiastic about the song and Nelson that he plans to push hard for “Midnight Run” to get a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as for the Golden Globe Award in the same category. He noted that Nelson, who turned 79 on April 30, has never won an Oscar. (He was nominated once, for 1980’s “Honeysuckle Rose.”)

“The song’s really worthy of it, and I think there’s a lot of affection for Willie Nelson,” Weinstein explained. “And I think in light of the Academy opening up its doors, the idea of Willie Nelson playing at the Oscars at the age of 80 is just too good to be true.”

If anyone can make it come true, it’s probably Weinstein. Whether Nelson, should he be nominated, will find a way to indulge his favorite vice inside the newly christened Dolby Theater — as he did when he visited President Jimmy Carter’s White House back in the late ’70s — remains to be seen