Kris Kristofferson

Exclusive! Dolly Parton’s Back On Screen After Almost 20 Years!

By Anne M. Raso

We recently caught up with Dolly Parton who portrays “gorgeous grandma” G.G. Sparrow in the feel good family flick Joyful Noise being released by Warner Brothers on January 13th. G.G. loses her choir conductor husband Bernard (portrayed by Kris Kristofferson) at the beginning of the film and the dynamic duo does a romantic duet in a dream-like sequence in the film when G.G. is missing her late husband–rumors abound that the song will be released as a single from the movie soundtrack.

About the casting of Kristofferson, Dolly confesses to us that Kenny Rogers was actually director Todd Graff’s first choice: “It would have taken the movie in a whole different direction if Kenny played my husband. It would have too Dolly Partonish. (Laughs.) That would have taken the movie in a whole ‘nother place. Kris and I have known each other since when we were both songwriters for Combine Music around 1964 or 1965 in Nashville and my husband and I have socialized with Kris and his wife over the years. We have recorded together in the past with Willie Nelson. I love him dearly and thought it was perfect casting to put us together.”

Why did Dolly wait so long to take another movie role? “There were just no good scripts in all this time. It has been all junk coming my way in the past 18 or 19  years since I did Straight Talk. They could not really put me in the ‘older woman’ roles in that time I was too old to play the younger parts. (In Joyful Noise), I play a grandma who is young at heart and young in spirit. I thought this character was all the things I am–I have a big heart, big hope and big hair. I read the script. I said that I can’t let someone play a character so much like me–it would be like letting someone rip me off! (Laughs.)” She adds, “I have been a lot in the past 20 years. I have been doing Dollywood and touring. People think you haven’t done anything since you were not on the big screen in such a long period of time.”

She is thrilled about the release of Joyful Noise–the only thing is she was panicked about during the film was the dancing sequences: “I was like, ‘Lord, let my feet go where they are supposed to go.’ I dance like a real hillbilly and I clap on the off beat!” The buxom legend continues with a tap of her long red nails on a conference table during the movie’s press day at the Regency Hotel, “I think this movie will appeal to all kinds of people. It has the perfect name. We did make a joyful noise and have a joyful time! And Dana (co-star Queen Latifah) and I have have grown close and find things we admire in each other everyday. We also  gave each other the space we needed on the set. We enjoy doing the interviews for the film together.”

As for looking so great at her age, she says with a laugh, “I see to it that I don’t age–and I know all the tricks!”

(Photos courtesy Warner Brothers Pictures.)


Paramore, Miley Cyrus Added To Grammy Presenters List

The 53rd annual Grammy Awards keeps upping the ante. On Tuesday (February 8), producers announced a new slate of presenters for the show this Sunday night, including Miley Cyrus, Paramore, Neil Patrick Harris, John Legend, Seth Rogen and Kris Kristofferson.

Rugged singer/actor Kristofferson, a three-time Grammy winner himself, will be on hand to introduce a special performance from nominee and 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Barbra Streisand. Kristofferson and Streisand were co-stars in the hugely popular 1976 remake “A Star Is Born.” The singer/actress, who performs live very infrequently, will likely sing a selection from her Love Is the Answer release, which is up for a Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album award.

Streisand will add some old-school glamour to an entertainment roster that leans heavily on the new stars of today, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Drake and Rihanna, B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monál;e, Lady Antebellum, and Justin Bieber with Usher and Jaden Smith.

Also performing at the Grammys are Eminem, Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert, Muse, Cee Lo Green with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Puppets, and Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger with Raphael Saadiq in a special tribute to late soul icon Solomon Burke.

Source:MTV News

Eagle Records Proudly Releases Ronnie Wood’s New Studio Album ‘I Feel Like Playing’ – September 28, 2010

On September 28, Eagle Records will proudly release Ronnie Wood’s 7th studio album I Feel Like Playing. [MSRP $13.98]
Featuring twelve brand new cuts, written specially for this release, I Feel Like Playing takes its name [and cover] from one of Ronnie’s most vibrant recent artworks.  The color and verve of the artwork is equally reflected in the swagger and roll of the music on the album. Solo work has always co-existed alongside Ronnie’s band commitments and I Feel Like Playing is, he feels, his best album yet.  Many of the friends made along the course of an incredible career contributed to the album; guests include luminaries such as SlashFlea,Eddie VedderBilly F GibbonsKris KristoffersonBobby WomackIan McLagan and more.
Ronnie Wood needs no introduction to any fan of British rock music. Starting his career with The Birds and then Creation, it was when Ronnie joined the Jeff Beck Group that he truly started to stamp his identity on the music world. After that group split, Ronnie – along with Rod Stewart – joined up with ex-Small Faces Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones in The Faces.  While Ronnie [and Rod] moved on after a couple of years, The Faces are viewed by all rock fans as a truly classic band; and in fact they perform a handful of dates in 2010 with Mick Hucknall on vocals. After the release of his first solo album, Ronnie was invited to join the Rolling Stones – in 1975 – and remains with them to this day.

Rightly revered for his time with The Faces, Jeff Beck Group and of course The Stones, Ronnie Wood has continued to chart his own course and his output of both high quality music and art has been a constant.  I Feel Like Playing is a great addition to his catalogue and all lovers of true British creative mavericks will find much to admire.

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