John Cusack
actor, screenwriter, producer
John Cusack
John Paul Cusack is an American actor, producer and screenwriter. He has appeared in more than 50 films, including The Journey of Natty Gann, Say Anything... , Grosse Pointe Blank, The Thin Red Line, Con Air, Being John Malkovich, and 1408.
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The 66 Best Things in Pop Culture in 2016
Huffington Post - 3 months
2016 was a bad year. We know it. It's been written everywhere. The world is in complete disarray. Even if you voted for Trump, you have to agree with that. Celebrity deaths were too much to handle. The Oscars were "so white." Mariah pulled a Milli Vanilli at the final hour. I could go on and on, but I won't. The year wasn't all bad. Here are my personal favorite things about the year in film, television, and music in no particular order. Share your own below. Here's hoping 2017 is better. Believe in hope. 1. The Chicago Cubs winning The World Series and Bill Murray and John Cusack's reactions to it 2. Lion - the acting, writing, and direction 3. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences 4. David Bowie's grand exit - Lazarus 5. Bon Iver's brilliant 22, A Million 6. Everything about Nocturnal Animals 7. Letters to Cleo's comeback 8. Spider-man's awesome cameo in Civil War 9. Amy Adams in Arrival especially the scene in which she makes "contact" 10. Westworld, a serie ...
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11 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Yahoo News - 3 months
It’s finally Star Wars week, which means you’re probably going to see  Rogue One this weekend. The first reviews are already in for the movie, and we’re looking at another Disney hit here. But with Rogue One now in theaters it means it’s time to start waiting for other hot movies to hit cinemas. Here’s this week’s trailers collection! Alone in Berlin Dunkirk may be one of the hottest World War 2 movies to watch next year, but you should also keep an eye out for Alone in Berlin . It’s the real story of a German couple, played by Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson, who started opposing the Nazis in Berlin in the 1940s in a very unusual and clever way soon after they learned their boy died on the front. Alone in Berlin launches on January 13th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQaGazGtaZw Arsenal Nicholas Cage, John Cusack, and Adrian Grenier play in this mobster movie. Arsenal is about a mob guy who’s looking to save his kidnapped brother and hits theaters on January 6th. https://www.youtub ...
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Random Flicks Worth Checking Out This Week
Huffington Post - 3 months
What we've got here is a list of good and bad blockbusters, MOWs, B-movies, and everything in between. And they're decidedly, unabashedly random. Why not plop down on the couch and roll the dice? The Matrix Reloaded Where to find it: Netflix DVD The cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss The synopsis: "Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants." That's right: It's Neo and the gang vs. probes! And those probes better watch their probe backs, 'cause you-know-what's about to get real. Also, this movie's got a sweaty rave scene that's pretty much the length of an actual rave. Plus, there's like a jillion Agent Smiths at one point. Whaaaa?! Bonus: This is the Matrix flick with the flying twin rasta ghost fellows. Dreads usually look pretty dumb on white guys, but against all odds these bodacious brothers manage to pull it off quite swimmingly, thank you very much. The sunglasse ...
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From 1908 To 2016: How The Cubs Were Named To Win The World Series
Huffington Post - 5 months
It is a foregone conclusion that the Chicago Cubs will win the 2016 World Series. How, you ask? Well Dr. Mallory Katz of BabyNames.com analyzed the names of both the 1908 and 2016 rosters and came to the realization that, by any other name, this year the Cubs will be champions once again. First, I must admit that I am a die-hard Cubs fan from a die-hard Chicagoland family, growing up in Evanston, Illinois. As co-founder of BabyNames.com, I have compared the rosters of the 1908 and 2016 players and have determined, even if in name only, the Cubs will win the 2016 World Series. Who else is from Evanston? Why, John Cusack of course. Of note, John (God is gracious) and derivations of John (Jon, Johnny, Jack) are the most common name on the 1908 Cubs roster and also appear on the 2016 roster twice (Lackey and Lester). Lackey and Lester, along with 1908's Jack Fiester, pitch. The other most common name of pitchers from the two years is Carl (Lundgren, Spongberg, Edwards), meaning manl ...
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Cubs fan John Cusack revels in 'uncharted territory'
Chicago Times - 5 months
Cubs. World Series. Wrigley Field. Just try to keep John Cusack out of the stadium. "There's nowhere else I'd rather be on the planet," Cusack told Inc. Don't worry, the actor and Chicagoan isn't planning to break any laws to get into Wrigley, just get tickets for all three games of the homestand...
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Beyond the Ivy: The story of every club NOT called the Cubs
ABC News - 6 months
We interrupt our ongoing 183-part series, "The Year of the Cubs," for this important reminder: ESPN investigators have uncovered the shocking news that 29 other teams did in fact play a regular season this year. And we just want to assure all of you out there that we did notice. Seriously. So now here's the proof: It's time to look back on the defining themes, numbers and memories of every team in baseball -- except, well, that team. So maybe Bill Murray, Eddie Vedder and John Cusack won't regard this lovely retrospective as their favorite baseball story of the year. But for the rest of non-Cubbie Land civilization, hey, this is for you. You're welcome! NL EAST Washington Nationals 2016 plotline: The year Bryce Harper didn't exactly zoom by Mike Trout (but the Nats zoomed by the Mets anyway) Back in April, we were pretty. ...
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We’re Way Too Hard On Female Characters, Hollywood Screenwriter Explains
Huffington Post - 6 months
When Kara Holden read Carrie Pilby, a novel about a teenage girl who navigates first forays into dating and sex armed only with her own neuroses and stiff morality, she knew she wanted to make it into a movie. A screenwriter who got her start selling a script called “The Inner Bitch” to Paramount, Holden is interested in young adult stories and stories that shine a light on their character’s flaws, allowing them room for growth. Carrie Pilby, a young adult novel with a quirky, genius heroine, is that kind of story. “I got the book, I read it, and I was just blown away by it. I love that the character started out thinking she knew what the world was, and over the course of the book she learned that the world is so much more complicated,” Holden told HuffPost. “She kind of had a black-and-white mentality, and discovered that there was a lot more grey in the world. I’m a big fan of J.D. Salinger, and Franny and Zooey, so obviously I was never going to adapt Catcher in the Rye, but ...
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Celebrities Pay Tribute To Gene Wilder With Touching Notes On Social Media
Huffington Post - 7 months
Following the news of Gene Wilder’s death, celebrities came together online Monday to remember the late star.  Harry Connick Jr., Mel Brooks and Tony Goldwyn, among many others, took to Twitter to share touching notes about the screen icon, best known for his role as Willy Wonka in 1971’s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and his work in Mel Brooks comedies like “Blazing Saddles.”  Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship. — Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016 so sad to learn of the passing of my good friend, gene wilder... such an incredible man... i'll miss you ❤️ — Harry Connick Jr (@HarryConnickJR) August 29, 2016 Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy: Gene Wilder, you were my youth! RIP ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zK0v4d70gh — James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 29, 2016 Gene W ...
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The Truth About 'Chi-Raq': A Conversation With Spike Lee
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Spike Lee has built an astonishing career as a multigenerational filmmaker, crafting some of the most iconic cult classics of the past four decades. From era-defining films like Do The Right Thing and School Daze, to Malcolm X and Bamboozled, the Brooklyn-bred director has consistently told compelling stories that personify the pulse of contemporary culture. Respected for his fearlessness and unapologetic opinion, Spike has transcended his profession as a director, asserting himself as a creative activist committed to teaching, provoking thought and igniting dialogue needed to elevate social consciousness. By commonly exploring the deep complexities of race, power, identity and sexuality through a very unique perspective - Spike Lee poses no opposition to playing the antagonist if, in turn, it challenges the status quo. As such, his most recent film has managed to accomplish all of the above. The theatrical release of Chi-Raq has sparked heated debate and intense criticism si ...
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John Cusack is coming to C2E2 this year
Chicago Times - about 1 year
John Cusack, most recently seen playing a character inspired by Chicago's Rev. Michael Pfleger in the Spike Lee film "Chi-Raq," will be among the celebrities featured at this year's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, better known as C2E2. The event goes heavy on comic books, genre movies and TV...
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Listen Up, Academy Members: Here's What The Oscar Nominations Should Look Like
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Oscar voting began Wednesday, giving members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences until Jan. 8 to submit their ballots for this year's prizes. We figure they need a little help in deciding which darlings should make the shortlist when nominations are announced on Jan. 14. With studios' campaigns entering the homestretch, The Huffington Post's movie gurus, Matthew Jacobs and Joe Satran, have some suggestions to help the Academy make the tough choices. In an Oscar derby as open-ended as this one, anything could happen. Here are two perspectives on what should. BEST PICTURE Joe: "Bridge of Spies" "Goodnight Mommy" "Ex Machina" "The Hateful Eight" "Joy" "Mad Max: Fury Road" "The Martian" "Room" "Spotlight" "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"            You wouldn't want to be the protagonist of many of these movies. Most of them suffered tremendously. (And I didn't even include "The Revenant," perhaps the most brutal of them all!) But the skillful filmmaking that w ...
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Listen Up, Academy Members: Here's What The Oscar Nominations Should Look Like
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Oscar voting began Wednesday, giving members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences until Jan. 8 to submit their ballots for this year's prizes. We figure they need a little help in deciding which darlings should make the shortlist when nominations are announced on Jan. 14. With studios' campaigns entering the homestretch, The Huffington Post's movie gurus, Matthew Jacobs and Joe Satran, have some suggestions to help the Academy make the tough choices. In an Oscar derby as open-ended as this one, anything could happen. Here are two perspectives on what should. BEST PICTURE Joe: "Bridge of Spies" "Goodnight Mommy" "Ex Machina" "The Hateful Eight" "Joy" "Mad Max: Fury Road" "The Martian" "Room" "Spotlight" "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"            You wouldn't want to be the protagonist of many of these movies. Most of them suffered tremendously. (And I didn't even include "The Revenant," perhaps the most brutal of them all!) But the skillful filmmaking that w ...
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Listen Up, Academy Members: Here's What The Oscar Nominations Should Look Like
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Oscar voting began Wednesday, giving members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences until Jan. 8 to submit their ballots for this year's prizes. We figure they need a little help in deciding which darlings should make the shortlist when nominations are announced on Jan. 14. With studios' campaigns entering the homestretch, The Huffington Post's movie gurus, Matthew Jacobs and Joe Satran, have some suggestions to help the Academy make the tough choices. In an Oscar derby as open-ended as this one, anything could happen. Here are two perspectives on what should. BEST PICTURE Joe: "Bridge of Spies" "Goodnight Mommy" "Ex Machina" "The Hateful Eight" "Joy" "Mad Max: Fury Road" "The Martian" "Room" "Spotlight" "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"            You wouldn't want to be the protagonist of many of these movies. Most of them suffered tremendously. (And I didn't even include "The Revenant," perhaps the most brutal of them all!) But the skillful filmmaking that w ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Cusack
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 48
    In 2015, he "thought up and organized" a meeting with Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg and Arundhati Roy in Snowden's Moscow hotel room.
    More Details Hide Details Cusack is a follower of the Transcendental Meditation movement, introduced in the mid 1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He stated that he is able to more thoroughly explore the depths of his characters through the use of TM.
    In June 2015, he stated in an interview with The Daily Beast that "when you talk about drones, the American Empire, the NSA, civil liberties, attacks on journalism and whistle blowers, Obama's as bad or worse than Bush".
    More Details Hide Details However, he later scolded the publication for misquoting him in order to make an interesting headline. In March 2008, police arrested Emily Leatherman outside Cusack's Malibu, California, home for stalking him. On October 10, 2008, Leatherman pleaded no contest and received five years' probation and mandatory psychiatric counseling, and was ordered to stay away from Cusack, his home and business for the next ten years.
  • 2012
    Age 45
    Cusack criticized President Barack Obama's administration for its drone policy in the Middle East and its support of the National Defense Authorization Act and became one of the initial supporters of the Freedom of the Press Foundation in 2012.
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  • 2008
    Age 41
    He also appeared in a June 2008 MoveOn.org advertisement, where he made the claim that George W. Bush and John McCain have the same governing priorities.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 38
    Between 2005 and 2009, Cusack wrote blogs for The Huffington Post, which included an interview with Naomi Klein.
    More Details Hide Details He blogged on his opposition to the war in Iraq and his disdain for the Bush administration, calling its worldview "depressing, corrupt, unlawful, and tragically absurd".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 22
    In 1989, he played Lloyd Dobler in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything.
    More Details Hide Details His roles broadened in the late 1980s and early 1990s with more serious-minded fare such as the politically themed True Colors and the film noir thriller The Grifters. After establishing New Crime Productions, Cusack experienced box office success with his roles in the dark comedy Grosse Pointe Blank and the Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster Con Air. In the years since, he has appeared in roles such as an air traffic controller in Pushing Tin, an obsessive puppeteer in Being John Malkovich, a lovesick record store owner in High Fidelity and a Jewish art dealer mentoring a young Adolf Hitler in Max. Cusack starred in the horror film 1408, based on Stephen King's short story of the same name. He played a widowed father in the Iraq War-themed drama Grace Is Gone and as assassin Hauser in the dark political satire, War, Inc.. His sister Joan Cusack and close friend Jeremy Piven appeared in many of his films, such as Say Anything and Grosse Pointe Blank. The siblings appeared as two geeks in Sixteen Candles, John as one of Farmer Ted's posse and Joan as the geek with the scoliosis brace. They also co-starred in High Fidelity, Cradle Will Rock, Martian Child and War, Inc.. Piven and Cusack starred in One Crazy Summer and Serendipity. Cusack made a brief cameo, seen from behind but speaking a line of dialogue, in Broadcast News, along with Joan.
    He appeared in several teen films in the mid-1980s, most notably Better Off Dead (1985), before he starred in Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy-drama Say Anything in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details He later starred in High Fidelity (2000), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. Cusack is also known for his performances in the films Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Being John Malkovich (1999), 1408 (2007), 2012 (2009), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and The Raven (2012). Cusack was born to a Catholic Irish-American family in Evanston, Illinois. He is the fourth of five children. His mother, Ann Paula "Nancy" (née Carolan), is a former mathematics teacher and political activist. His father, Richard Cusack (1925–2003), was an actor, as are Cusack's siblings Ann, Joan, Bill and Susie. Richard was also a documentary filmmaker who owned a film production company and was a friend of activist Philip Berrigan.
  • 1988
    Age 21
    He made a cameo in the 1988 music video for "Trip To The Brain" by Suicidal Tendencies.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 17
    Cusack graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1984, where he met Jeremy Piven, and spent a year at New York University before dropping out, saying that he had "too much fire in his belly".
    More Details Hide Details Cusack gained fame in the mid-1980s after appearing in teen films, such as Class, Sixteen Candles, Better Off Dead, The Sure Thing, One Crazy Summer and Stand By Me.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on June 28, 1966.
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