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September 28, 2003 | Elaine Dutka
Joan CUSACK likes to describe herself as "normal." She makes her home in Chicago, a world apart from the show business mainstream. And she's nothing like the wacky characters she's played -- the big-haired Staten Island secretary in "Working Girl" or Kevin Kline's befuddled fiancee in "In & Out," which led to best supporting actress Oscar nominations. Still, after memorable performances in films such as "Addams Family Values" and "Broadcast News," the rubber-faced actress has emerged as one of Hollywood's leading comedians.
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September 28, 2003 | Elaine Dutka
Joan CUSACK likes to describe herself as "normal." She makes her home in Chicago, a world apart from the show business mainstream. And she's nothing like the wacky characters she's played -- the big-haired Staten Island secretary in "Working Girl" or Kevin Kline's befuddled fiancee in "In & Out," which led to best supporting actress Oscar nominations. Still, after memorable performances in films such as "Addams Family Values" and "Broadcast News," the rubber-faced actress has emerged as one of Hollywood's leading comedians.
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January 8, 2001 | ALLAN JOHNSON, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Friday is "tape night" for dozens of situation comedies around the Los Angeles area. The sights on this particular sound stage are no different, except that it is on the West Side of Chicago--not the Westside of Los Angeles. And that's just where the star of "The Joan Cusack Show" wants it to be, even if it does make a little history in the process as the first network television sitcom to be taped entirely in Chicago.
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March 27, 2001 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
That swell James L. Brooks movie, "Broadcast News," was on TV recently, its funny scenes with Joan Cusack affirming what a good comedic actress she can be. How weird, then, to catch her on her painful-to-watch new ABC sitcom, "What About Joan," soaring annoyingly over the top as a neurotic, insecure, tightly coiled high school teacher who appears to be so seriously bipolar that she can barely function. Someone needs to rein her in.
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October 1, 1997 | JAN STUART, NEWSDAY
If there were a hall of fame for laughers, a statue of Joan Cusack would grace the entry. When Cusack laughs, she throws her head back until it looks as if her hair could touch the ground, then sends a raspy fanfare of guffaws trumpeting toward the heavens. It's a laugh that sucks you in--the kind that used to land you and your school chum in detention hall, breathless and teary-eyed.
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March 27, 2001 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
That swell James L. Brooks movie, "Broadcast News," was on TV recently, its funny scenes with Joan Cusack affirming what a good comedic actress she can be. How weird, then, to catch her on her painful-to-watch new ABC sitcom, "What About Joan," soaring annoyingly over the top as a neurotic, insecure, tightly coiled high school teacher who appears to be so seriously bipolar that she can barely function. Someone needs to rein her in.
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April 14, 1993 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peter Sellars is such a wag. Back in 1990, he scheduled the premiere of his two-hour silent movie "The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez" for Hollywood Bowl during the Los Angeles Festival--though it hadn't yet been shot. Bearing a 1991 copyright, along with writer-director credits for Sellars, "Ramirez" turns up tonight on the PBS "Great Performances" series (8 p.m. on Channel 24, 9 p.m. on Channel 28).
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December 6, 2009
"Wedding Crashers' " Isla Fisher (right) is a conspicuous consumer with a passion for fashion in the 2009 romantic comedy "Confessions of a Shopaholic," based on the popular novel. John Goodman, Joan Cusack and Hugh Dancy also star. (Starz, 9 p.m. Sat.)
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April 30, 1989
Talk about family ties! The cast of the just-out "Say Anything" includes John Cusack and his (unbilled) sis, Joan Cusack; Ione Skye, daughter of folk singer Donovan (last name, Leitch); Amy Brooks, daughter of the film's exec producer James L. Brooks; Chynna Phillips, daughter of Michelle; Jason Gould, son of Babs Streisand and Elliott Gould; and bit player Christopher Ziesmer, son of first assistant director Jerry Ziesmer (wife Suzanne Ziesmer is a production assistant). Plus, the music's by Nancy Wilson (of the rock group, Heart)
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May 29, 2001
Last fall, ABC opted for star power, signing Geena Davis to a heavily publicized sitcom that struggled to hold its own on Tuesday nights after "Dharma & Greg." When Joan Cusack's midseason comedy clicked with viewers, ABC cut its losses and dropped Davis. Rather than repeat Cusack's series at this point in the summer, ABC opted to resurrect "The Geena Davis Show," which reclaims its former slot at 9:30 p.m. SPORTS In baseball, it's the Rockies vs. Dodgers (7 p.m. FSN2) and Twins vs. Angels (7 p.
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January 8, 2001 | ALLAN JOHNSON, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Friday is "tape night" for dozens of situation comedies around the Los Angeles area. The sights on this particular sound stage are no different, except that it is on the West Side of Chicago--not the Westside of Los Angeles. And that's just where the star of "The Joan Cusack Show" wants it to be, even if it does make a little history in the process as the first network television sitcom to be taped entirely in Chicago.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1997 | JAN STUART, NEWSDAY
If there were a hall of fame for laughers, a statue of Joan Cusack would grace the entry. When Cusack laughs, she throws her head back until it looks as if her hair could touch the ground, then sends a raspy fanfare of guffaws trumpeting toward the heavens. It's a laugh that sucks you in--the kind that used to land you and your school chum in detention hall, breathless and teary-eyed.
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April 14, 1993 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peter Sellars is such a wag. Back in 1990, he scheduled the premiere of his two-hour silent movie "The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez" for Hollywood Bowl during the Los Angeles Festival--though it hadn't yet been shot. Bearing a 1991 copyright, along with writer-director credits for Sellars, "Ramirez" turns up tonight on the PBS "Great Performances" series (8 p.m. on Channel 24, 9 p.m. on Channel 28).
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April 12, 2004 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
The Learning Channel earns high marks for its smartly structured -- and adorable -- new science-centered animated series, "Peep and the Big Wide World," the newest addition to TLC's growing roster of sterling preschool shows, beginning today on the cable channel's "Ready Set Learn!" weekday programming block. (It also will begin airing on the Discovery Kids channel next Monday.
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April 25, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The folks who know John Cusack love John Cusack -- and love to tease John Cusack -- as evidenced by the outpouring of superlatives that heralded the presentation Tuesday of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sister Joan Cusack perhaps said it best, almost all the way to the end. "I'd like to introduce the most thoughtful kind and majestic human being I've ever met, a perfect soul sent here by the angels to grace us with thought-provoking characters and unmatched comedic timing.
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