John Cusack is attached to a film about talk radio host Rush Limbaugh but it is very early yet, according to his production company. “New Crime Productions and John Cusack are currently considering a project about the larger-than-life radio personality, Rush Limbaugh. Betty Thomas, who covered similar terrain in her portrait of Howard Stern, is interested in directing. The script would explore the rise and reinvention of American Talk Radio, and Limbaugh’s continued influence and impact over the last three decades in that world,” said True Crimes Productions today. Cusack would play Limbaugh in the proposed movie. Thomas directed the 1997 Stern biopic Private Parts. The Rush film would not be a liberal take on the conservative Clear Channel radio host but take a non-partisan approach, an individual close to Cusack’s production company tells Deadline. A constant critic of George W. Bush’s administration, Cusack has never made any secret of his politically liberal POV. This whole thing first bubbled up late last week when director and former Hill Street Blues actress Thomas told the Associated Press a Rush project just required some “finishing touches” and would go into production next year. Thomas exaggerated how far along the Rush film actually is, says a source. “It is very early days and I don’t even think there is a finished script and even then it could certainly change,” the individual said. Cusack is repped by CAA.
(New York, NY September 5th) TheBlaze, Glenn Beck’s news, information, entertainment, and e-commerce network announced today TheBlaze Radio Network, a brand-new online radio channel. TheBlaze Radio Network will be the new exclusive home for renowned nationally syndicated talk-radio personality and Marconi Award nominee Jay Severin. The line-up will also include a simulcast of The Glenn Beck Radio Program, America’s third-highest rated radio show which Premiere syndicates to over 400 affiliates across the country, a re-launched show hosted by Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray and audio simulcasts of TheBlaze TV shows. TheBlaze Radio Network can be heard starting later this month on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s free industry-leading digital radio service, TheBlaze.com and TheBlaze iPhone and iPad apps.
The Clear Channel radio personality said in today’s broadcast that the makers of Warner Bros‘ The Dark Knight Rises are surreptitiously trying to brainwash audiences by naming the film’s villain “Bane.” You know, like Mitt Romney’s former employer: Bain Capital. Rush Limbaugh says that moviegoers — especially “a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd” – are “gonna hear Bane in the movie and they’re gonna associate Bain. The thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie… There are some people who think it’ll work. Others think you’re really underestimating the American people to think that will work.” Limbaugh adds: “You may think it’s ridiculous, I’m just telling you this is the kind of stuff the Obama team is lining up. The kind of people who would draw this comparison are the kind of people that they are campaigning to. These are the kind of people that they are attempting to appeal to.”
Batman comics introduced Bane in 1993. Actor Robert Swenson played the villain in the 1997 film Batman & Robin that starred George Clooney.
You can find the transcript on Limbaugh’s website. Here’s the audio, captured by Media Matters, a progressive watchdog group:
The big news here is that the radio giant’s Premiere Networks will continue to syndicate Beck’s radio show, and extend its relationship handling ad sales for the former Fox News pundit’s digital properties. The five-year deal should deliver $100M to Beck according to The New York Times, which was pre-briefed on the terms. But the most intriguing part of the announcement is at the end: Beck’s live-streamed video network, GBTV, has a deal with animation production company Icebox “to jointly develop an animated comedy series.” Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, the ball’s in your court.
LOS ANGELES, June 11, 2012 – Premiere Networks, the leading audio content provider in the country, and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s multi-media production company, announced today that they are renewing and extending their agreements to syndicate The Glenn Beck Program, America’s third-highest-rated radio show. The Glenn Beck Program has grown tremendously since their last agreement. Over the past five years, the program has experienced ratings growth of nearly 50%, and has added nearly 200 radio affiliates, bringing its current total to more than 400 stations (Source: Arbitron, SP’06 to FA’11, Nationwide, Exact Times, AQH, P 12+). In addition, 2012 marks The Glenn Beck Program’s 10th anniversary in national radio syndication.
The day before Clear Channel‘s shareholder meeting in San Antonio, Texas, the National Hispanic Media Coalition delivered over 16,000 signatures to the company’s board of directors demanding that Clear Channel remove John Kobylt and Kenneth Chiampou from …