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October 8, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Peter Gabriel long ago established himself as a master at merging music, image and theater, going back to his watershed music videos at the dawn of MTV in the '80s, and before that with the ambitious stage productions he and the members of prog-rock band Genesis assembled in the '70s. During his performance Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl, the singer, songwriter, artist and political activist was at the heart of another confluence of music, memory and imagery when actor John Cusack wandered onstage with a large boombox.
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March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
A race-against-time thriller set in a crowded concert hall, director Eugenio Mira's "Grand Piano" may never match the silky suspense of Hitchcock's classic of sinister decorum, "The Man Who Knew Too Much," but it has a certain virtuosic joie de vivre. Elijah Wood stars as a celebrated pianist who, five years after a notorious fiasco of a performance, is making a nervous, much-hyped return to the stage. As he begins to play for the eager audience, however, his score reveals a scrawled note from a hidden sniper (a mostly unseen John Cusack)
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April 6, 1997 | Steve Hochman
John Cusack, though just 30, has been acting in movies for 12 years and has spent much of that time living in the Los Angeles area. But it doesn't take long talking to him, on the eve of the release of "Grosse Pointe Blank"--which he co-wrote, co-produced and co-stars in with Minnie Driver, as a hit man at his high school reunion--to realize that his heart remains in his native Chicago. LOCATION: "I lived in Hollywood before, but now I have a beach house in Malibu, a little shack.
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February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There are so many good reasons to bag "The Bag Man. " Where to begin? Director David Grovic, who co-wrote the mobster thriller with Paul Conway, seems to be inspired by the seedy crime-noir sensibility the Coen brothers brought to 1984's cult classic "Blood Simple" or Quentin Tarantino to the brilliant bruising of 1994's "Pulp Fiction. " The filmmaker is also confused by it apparently, because both aforementioned films have believable underpinnings and interesting characters who are put through their twisted paces by artists who actually have an endgame in mind.
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April 24, 2012 | By Emily Rome
A star-studded screening of "The Raven" wouldn't be quite complete without a few dark, mood-setting touches - including a real raven. Yes, there was a large, black bird on the carpet at the film's special screening downtown Monday. Many celebrities kept their distance as they neared the bird, but not John Cusack, who braved allowing the raven to perch on his arm. At the event, the ornate auditorium of the Los Angeles Theatre was decked out with candles, red lighting, lanterns for the ushers and some fog machine magic.
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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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November 5, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Stephen King has written many, many books, and many of them have been made into films. Some, like "Carrie," more than once. But there are still a few than remain unadapted, so far. Now it's time to take "Cell" off that list. Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack have signed up to co-star in the adaptation of Stephen King's 2006 novel, the Wrap reports. King will write the screenplay with help from screenwriter Adam Alleca. In "Cell," an artist is in Boston to sign a deal for a comic book when a pulse goes through all cellphones, causing those who were using them at the time to become zombies.
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February 13, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Writer Andy Cochran shows off a truly authentic voice in his delightfully off-kilter script for "Adult World," a smart, incisive comedy about a recent college grad's booby-trapped immersion into real life. Directed by actor-filmmaker Scott Coffey ("Ellie Parker"), this darkly funny film involves 22-year-old Amy (a game Emma Roberts), an intellectually entitled, rather clueless poet hellbent on literary stardom. But when Amy's strapped parents (Catherine Lloyd Burns, Reed Birney) announce they can no longer finance her dream, she's forced to take a job clerking at Adult World, a faded porn shop owned by a pair of frisky seniors (Cloris Leachman, John Cullum)
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February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There are so many good reasons to bag "The Bag Man. " Where to begin? Director David Grovic, who co-wrote the mobster thriller with Paul Conway, seems to be inspired by the seedy crime-noir sensibility the Coen brothers brought to 1984's cult classic "Blood Simple" or Quentin Tarantino to the brilliant bruising of 1994's "Pulp Fiction. " The filmmaker is also confused by it apparently, because both aforementioned films have believable underpinnings and interesting characters who are put through their twisted paces by artists who actually have an endgame in mind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1990
Actor John Cusack, who has appeared in such movies as "Eight Men Out" and "Say Anything," pleaded no contest in Beverly Hills Municipal Court Friday to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Cusack, 23, did not appear. Instead, his lawyer, Michael Chaney, entered the plea. Chaney said that under a plea bargain agreement, the actor will be sentenced to three years' informal probation and ordered to pay a fine.
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February 13, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Writer Andy Cochran shows off a truly authentic voice in his delightfully off-kilter script for "Adult World," a smart, incisive comedy about a recent college grad's booby-trapped immersion into real life. Directed by actor-filmmaker Scott Coffey ("Ellie Parker"), this darkly funny film involves 22-year-old Amy (a game Emma Roberts), an intellectually entitled, rather clueless poet hellbent on literary stardom. But when Amy's strapped parents (Catherine Lloyd Burns, Reed Birney) announce they can no longer finance her dream, she's forced to take a job clerking at Adult World, a faded porn shop owned by a pair of frisky seniors (Cloris Leachman, John Cullum)
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November 14, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
Veteran costume designer Ruth Carter had her hands full with her latest feature film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler. " In it, she tackled eight tumultuous decades of U.S. political and social history - and changing fashions - filled with dozens of national figures (including LBJ, JFK and Jackie O) and had to factor in an equally daunting number of celebrities in the cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Oprah Winfrey and, of course, Forest Whitaker in the lead role, among them. Carter says her focus had to be stout, and she ignored the shine of the 24-karat celebrities who surrounded her, on film and in her fitting rooms.
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November 5, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Stephen King has written many, many books, and many of them have been made into films. Some, like "Carrie," more than once. But there are still a few than remain unadapted, so far. Now it's time to take "Cell" off that list. Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack have signed up to co-star in the adaptation of Stephen King's 2006 novel, the Wrap reports. King will write the screenplay with help from screenwriter Adam Alleca. In "Cell," an artist is in Boston to sign a deal for a comic book when a pulse goes through all cellphones, causing those who were using them at the time to become zombies.
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July 4, 2013 | By Susan King
"The Spectacular Classics" is a new screening series inspired by "The Spectacular Now," the coming-of-age romance starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley that took Sundance by storm and opens Aug. 2. Landmark Theaters across the country, as well as the Los Feliz 3 and the Angelika in Dallas, have joined forces to curate the series, which will present an iconic coming-of-age film each week leading up to the release of "The Spectacular Now....
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April 25, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Spycraft has long been associated with the use of numbers stations - shortwave radio outposts sending cryptic numerical messages over the airwaves, often in a female voice. The thriller "The Numbers Station" employs this low-fi, high-enigma gimmick for a story about a disillusioned CIA hit man (John Cusack) assigned to protect a pretty American numbers reader (Malin Akerman) posted in a bunker in the English countryside. When the pair are ambushed in a brazen siege on the station, they try to suss out who their enemies are while overcoming each other's increasing mistrust.
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December 20, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Talk about a good week. On back-to-back days last week, Nicole Kidman received two nominations each from the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes. Both organizations cited her performance in the television movie "Hemingway & Gellhorn" opposite Clive Owen, but what caught many by surprise was the pair of supporting actress nominations she received for her role in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy. " The simmering noir film has been a point of controversy and conversation since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, with audiences buzzing over Kidman's fearless, bold performance as Charlotte Bless, a Florida woman who falls for a convicted murderer (John Cusack)
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September 9, 2007 | Deborah Netburn
You could talk about: John Cusack grows up even more. Like most women of our generation who spent years renting "Better Off Dead" every other weekend, we have always loved John. We loved him in his high school phase ("One Crazy Summer," "Say Anything"). We loved him when he played dark loners ("Grosse Pointe Blank," "Pushing Tin"), and we think we're going to love him in his third phase: parental figure. This fall he plays a dad in two films: "Grace Is Gone" (sad) and "Martian Child" (spooky).
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August 2, 2001 | RITA KEMPLEY, THE WASHINGTON POST
"He's ready for you," says John Cusack's publicist, opening the door to a nondescript suite at the Regency Hotel. The place could pass for a physician's waiting room, suggests the visitor. "Does that make you the patient or does it make me the patient?" responds Cusack, clad in the hip young actor's uniform of jeans, sneakers and black T-shirt. "Maybe we're both sick," he says, then cocks his fashionably mussed bed-head, thinks for a minute, and comes up with a diagnosis.
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December 12, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Among the biggest surprises in the Screen Actors Guild nominations Wednesday morning was Nicole Kidman's best supporting actress nod for the little-seen movie “The Paperboy.”  In the film, set in late-1960s Florida, Kidman plays Charlotte Bless, a mess of short skirts, tight pants, tall hair and smudgy eyeliner, who becomes involved in a dangerous romantic entanglement with a man jailed for murder (John Cusack). Kidman has long been notable for her bold choices in roles. But her trashy turn in “The Paperboy” seems particularly at odds with her image both as a fashion icon and a dedicated wife and mother living a quiet life outside Nashville.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Peter Gabriel long ago established himself as a master at merging music, image and theater, going back to his watershed music videos at the dawn of MTV in the '80s, and before that with the ambitious stage productions he and the members of prog-rock band Genesis assembled in the '70s. During his performance Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl, the singer, songwriter, artist and political activist was at the heart of another confluence of music, memory and imagery when actor John Cusack wandered onstage with a large boombox.
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