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Hear Steve Earle’s All-Star ‘Old Friends’ With Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell

When Guy Clark recorded his 1988 album Old Friends, he enlisted a bevy of musician buds to fulfill the title, from Rosanne Cash and Vince Gill to Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Those last two appear on Steve Earle’s new version of the LP’s title track, the latest song released from his upcoming tribute to Clark, Guy.

In the hands of Earle and his band the Dukes, “Old Friends” is a solemn prayer, with Harris harmonizing with Earle on the opening verse. She did likewise on Clark’s original recording of the song,
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‘True Stories’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

Stars: John Goodman, David Byrne, Anne McEnroe, Spalding Gray, Jo Harvey Allen | Written by David Byrne, Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley | Directed by David Byrne

I have a soft spot for weird movies made by music artists who’ve been thrown a bunch of money. I guess this is why I’m the one person who enjoys Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon. In 1986, following the success of Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, Warner Bros wanted another hit, so they gave virtually complete creative freedom to lead vocalist David Byrne.

The result is True Stories. It flunked at the box office, but that’s only because it’s unsellable: a truly unusual and infectiously joyous celebration of Americana and the power of the creative individual. Apparently inspired by the tall tales told in tabloid newspaper cuttings, the setting is the small town of Virgil, Texas, and the cast are the oddball citizens,
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'Homesman' Blu-ray Preview Starring Hilary Swank | Exclusive

'Homesman' Blu-ray Preview Starring Hilary Swank | Exclusive
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank discusses her unique character Mary Bee Cuddy in our exclusive preview for The Homesman, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 17. Based on the award-winning novel by Glendon Swarthout, Hilary Swank stars as a woman who is tasked with taking three deranged women across the frontier. Along the way, Mary rescues George Briggs, played by director Tommy Lee Jones, who reluctantly helps Mary transport three women driven mad by the harsh frontier life across the treacherous land - where a kindly minister's wife (Meryl Streep) has offered them hospice.

The unlikely pair soon realize just how daunting the journey will be as the group traverses the vast Nebraska Territories, marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant danger. Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones co-wrote, directed and stars in this critically acclaimed film, which features an all-star cast including John Lithgow, Miranda Otto, James Spader and Hailee Steinfeld.
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