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‘Country Strong’ Songwriters Say Film’s Music ‘Hits the Mark’

28 Feb, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

Country Strong

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Two days before their song “Coming Home” from the film Country Strong went up for Best Original Song at the 83rd Academy Awards, songwriter Hillary Lindsey put her feelings about the Oscar nomination succinctly: “I’m freaking out. It’s all new to us. We’re behind the scenes.”

And while “Coming Home” lost out to "We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, Lindsey and fellow songwriter Troy Verges said they didn’t need an Oscar win to be satisfied with the quality of Country Strong.

“It’s got great music, a great cast and the songs in it are incredible,” Lindsey said. “And it has a really good, really surprising ending.”

The film stars Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) as a fallen country music star who looks for a second chance via the rising young star (Garrett Hedlund of Tron: Legacy) with whom she becomes involved. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment streets the film on DVD ($28.95) and Blu-ray Disc ($34.95) April 12, adding deleted scenes, music videos and an extended performance of “Shake That Thing” by Paltrow. Blu-ray exclusives include featurettes about the cast, the costumes and the songwriters.

“A lot of movies about the music industry miss it by a mile,” Verges said of the film. “And the music here really hits the mark.”

Tim McGraw (The Blind Side) and Leighton Meester (The Roommate, “Gossip Girl”) also star in the film, which pulled in more than $20 million at the domestic box office. Music also is performed by country stars including Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Hank Williams, Jr. and Lee Ann Womack.

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