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Grammy Notes: Randy Travis Eyes "Crosses" Movie
Backstage at the Grammy Awards, Randy Travis said his future plans may involve a movie based on his Grammy-winning song "Three Wooden Crosses." Travis said that he's reading a movie script based on the song. "It reads very well," he said, "and it might be the next thing." Travis also said that he's working on two albums at the moment. "I have bits and pieces of a country album and bits and pieces of a gospel album," he said. ... John Carter Cash said the movie based on his father Johnny Cash's life is now in pre-production. He added that no decisions have been yet made on the direction of music for the project although he's been in frequent meetings with the movie's writer-director James Mangold. Tentatively titled "Walk the Line," it will feature Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash. It may or may not include original Cash recordings or re-recordings, he said. ... Some of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner's female entourage hinted at names of male country stars who have recently visited the Playboy mansion. ... With her four new Grammys and a total of 18, Alison Krauss has now eclipsed Aretha Franklin as the leading female Grammy winner ever. The Queen of Soul has 16 Grammys. Backstage, Krauss said she's been a longtime Franklin fan and had trouble comprehending the import of passing her total of Grammys, saying "I've always loved her voice -- hasn't everybody?"
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