Ricky Schroder’s acting career started out as a child, as he first gained notice for acting opposite Jon Voight in the 1979 feature The Champ. His childhood also included collaborations with William Holden in The Earthing and the TV series Silver Spoons. Along with receiving great notices for his work on the TV miniseries Return to Lonesome Dove and NYPD Blue, Schroder has also carved out a career as a director (The Fighting Season, Our Wild Hearts, Hellhounds).
Now Schroder stars with Jennifer Nettles in Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors, playing Robert Lee Parton, the hard working dad of Dolly (Nettles is Dolly’s mother Avie).
Part of the theme of the film is that through tragedy and misfortune, the inextricable bond of family and friendship is a huge blessing. “Life is just too hard to get through with only relying on your own wisdom,” said Schroder. “I think people are all looking and searching for something to get through this world. It doesn’t mean it has to be an organized religion but it has to be a belief that you don’t have all the answers.”
In the clip below, Ricky Schroder talks about his character’s journey in Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.
Jennifer Nettles talks about her own connection with Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colorsin the followingDeepest Dream post.
Earlier this week NBC announced that its upcoming holiday film DOLLY PARTON’S COAT OF MANY COLORS will have its network premiere on Thursday, December 10. Based on the inspiring true story of Parton’s remarkable upbringing, the film is set in 1955 in the Tennessee Great Mountains and tells of how the Parton family struggled to overcome devastating tragedy and discovered the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped shape Dolly’s life.
Set to begin production this week in Atlanta, the film stars singer/songwriter JENNIFER NETTLES, RICKY SCHRODER, GERALD McRANEY and ALYVIA ALYN LIND.
Sitting down with reporters last week at TCA, NETTLES and SCHRODER talked about the project and the prospect of working together.
DOLLY PARTON’S COAT OF MANY COLORS premieres on NBC December 10.
Grammy-winner and lead singer of international super-duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles announces the Attic Community Playground online auction, which began yesterday and will run through May 11, on CharityBuzz.
Bid on your chance to see and/or meet some of music’s hottest names during the 2011 tour season.
Contributions from Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Jon Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and Sugarland are all being featured with proceeds from the auction going to benefit the Attic Community Playground which helps provide music education opportunities for kids.
“Art programs within schools…band, chorus, drama, art…continue to be cut”, said Nettles. “This is an extremely sad fact not only because I enjoy a career in the arts, but I enjoyed and benefitted from studying the performing arts as a kid. ACP hopes to help provide students with opportunities for experiencing and studying the arts so they can develop their self-expression, emotional exploration and self-confidence.”
To view details and bidon the chance to see and/or meet these incredible artists visithttp://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/attic.
The reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland world premiered their smoldering new video for their just released single Tonight on iTunes yesterday.
AOL will begin streaming Tonight on April 21.
“We were inspired in writing this song by the emotional longing we heard in the soundtracks of iconic 80’s movies like the Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Say Anything,” said Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. “The feeling of being so in love that you would trade everything for just one day with that someone.”
Sugarland is currently on their 2011 The Incredible Machine Tour. Last year’s The Incredible Machine Tourwas one of Pollstar’s Top 50 North American Tours of 2010 and has been described as “stunning,” “fantastically fun” and “not one to be missed.”
Like all Country Music award shows, the Academy of Country Music Awards is geared toward enjoyment for the fans. It’s one, big party on stage and it’s obvious that performing is pure delight for the artists as well.
Miranda Lambert had a great evening. Not only did the superstar nab Female Vocalist of the Year, but also landed Single, Song and Video of the Year for The House that Built Me.
Brad Paisley looked utterly shocked when he won Male Vocalist of the Year. Paisley thanked everyone from the fans and his family to his dog – demonstrating his wacky sense of humor.
The big Entertainer of the Year honor – voted on by fans – went to Taylor Swift.
It came as a surprise only to folks who don’t normally follow Country Music, that Sugarland walked off with the Vocal Duo of the Year Award.
Highlights included a duet with Jennifer Nettles and Rihanna. Seems like an odd pairing, but the two complemented each other so perfectly making it a genuine musical event…within the event.
Lady Antebellum walked away with Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year for Need You Now. Love Hillary Scott’s new look – as the trio (Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Heywood) took the stage, Scott sported sleek, straight bangs that matched perfectly with a glam, black gown.
Great to see Ronnie Dunn back on stage, but it was a bit melancholy without Kix Brooks rocking the stage with him.
An uplifting performance led by Darius Rucker, singing Music of the Heart with a group of mentally challenged singers was one of the most impressive sets of the night. Rucker co-wrote the tune with Chris Young and Brett James and many adults with development disabilities (some joining him on stage) at the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp last summer.