October 1, 1997 |
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.
March 27, 2001 |
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.
April 14, 1993 |
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).
November 23, 1993 |
Wednesday Addams is standing against the wall at Alterian Studios. As soon as her wig comes back from the production company, Wednesday will join Darkman, the Tommyknocker and a life-size hippo on permanent display of Alterian's most beloved children. Much of the special-effects work that Tony Gardner's Alterian Studios did for "Addams Family Values" ended up as "blink and you'll miss it" moments in the film, but if you don't blink, you'll go home wondering, "How did they do that?"
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.)
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)