Coming Sunday: News of Hank Williams film — and a lot more

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undated Hank Williams photo Hand out photo of Hank Williams with Mother's Best Flour (a sponsor of his radio show?)At the peak of his career in 1951, Hank Williams recorded 143 songs for the Mother's Best Flour Company. Hank sang with his regular studio band and recorded his hits as well as many songs he never recorded commercially anywhere else. 1204boxed
undated Hank Williams photo Hand out photo of Hank Williams with Mother's Best Flour (a sponsor of his radio show?)At the peak of his career in 1951, Hank Williams recorded 143 songs for the Mother's Best Flour Company. Hank sang with his regular studio band and recorded his hits as well as many songs he never recorded commercially anywhere else. 1204boxed

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Tom Hiddleston in New York, Nov. 1, 2013. Hiddleston, who plays Loki in the film “Thor: The Dark World,” will soon appear opposite Tilda Swinton in a Jim Jarmusch film, and will play the lead in “Coriolanus” onstage in London. (Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)

Tom Hiddleston in New York, Nov. 1, 2013. (Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)

I’m stoked about a story I have coming out Sunday. It’s about Michael Barker, the co-president of Sony Pictures Classics and a University of Texas graduate. He has been in the movie business ever since leaving Austin in the 1970s and heading to New York. And he has lots of movies coming up.

A lot of them sound fantastic, but I’m especially interested in this one, which is part of the package coming Sunday:

British actor Tom Hiddleston will play the legendary country music star Hank Williams in the upcoming Sony Pictures Classics film “I Saw the Light.”

Barker says “it’s a most authentic Southern movie, with most of the cast being real people from Alabama.” Even though Hiddleston is British, Barker says the actor captures the essence of Williams, whom Barker calls “America’s first ‘rock star’,” before the dawn of TV and Elvis.

“We saw a cut of the film, and they asked us if there was too much music in it, and we said, ‘No-o-o-o!’…. When you have a movie like that, you tend not to play the whole song or whatever, but this guy is so good you gotta play the whole song.” Elizabeth Olsen plays wife Audrey Mae Williams, while Cherry Jones plays Williams’ mother, Lillie. Bradley Whitford plays music executive Fred Rose. Mark Abraham directs.


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