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Hot Trailer: Bruce Willis & Jason Patric In ‘The Prince’

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 6:30pm PDT

Hot Trailer: Bruce Willis & Jason Patric In ‘The Prince’Jason Patric stars in the ensemble action thriller as a long-retired assassin who is pulled back into the life when someone grabs his daughter. Waiting for him in New Orleans is crime boss Omar (Bruce Willis), who has a score to settle that goes back 20 years. John Cusack, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jessica Lowndes, Johnathon Schaech, Gia Mantegna and South Korean actor-singer Rain (aka Jung Ji-hoon) co-star in The Prince from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Grindstone Entertainment and director Brian A. Miller. Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore penned the pic, which opens day-and-date August 22 in theaters and VOD. Check it out:

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John Cusack To Appear In His Wall Street Drama Pilot At CBS

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 6:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

John Cusack will guest star in his untitled CBS untitled cusackkWall Street drama pilot. Set in the world of Wall Street power and money, the project centers on Jackson (Charlie Cox), a smart, sophisticated hedge fund trader. Cusack will play Ted, a cynical former Wall Street trader who left the business. The pilot will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev from a script by Taylor Elmore and Ben Cavell based on a story the two co-wrote with Cusack and Kevin McCabe. CBS TV Studios is producing. Cusack is the latest actor to appear in a pilot they executive produce this season. Kevin Hart has a recurring role in his untitled ABC comedy pilot, and Laurence Fishburne has a recurring part in ABC’s untitled Anthony Anderson comedy pilot, which he exec produces.

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David Morse & Sophie Okonedo Join CBS’ Wall Street Drama Pilot

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

"Raisin In The Sun" Cast Press Previewdavid morseDavid Morse and Sophie Okonedo will co-star opposite Charlie Cox and Maggie Grace in CBS‘ untitled Wall Street drama pilot, executive produced by John Cusack. Set in the world of Wall Street power and money, the project centers on Jackson (Cox), a smart, sophisticated, hedge fund trader. Morse plays Conklin, a powerful and authoritative hedge fund genius, worth billions himself and always planning his next move to consolidate his power and wealth. Okonedo plays Bryce, an Assistant Attorney General who’s deeply committed to her work of heading a task force investigating Wall Street. The pilot will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev from a script by Taylor Elmore and Ben Cavell based on a story the two co-wrote with Cusack and Kevin McCabe. Morse is repped by UTA, Perri Kipperman and Katz Golden Rosenman; Okonedo is with UTA and Christian Hodell.

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Charlie Cox To Star In CBS’ John Cusack Pilot

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

charliecoxCBS and CBS Studios really believe in Charlie Cox‘s TV leading man potential. After casting the British actor as the lead of the drama pilot The Ordained last season, the network and the studio have tapped the Boardwalk Empire alum as the male lead of another drama pilot,  executive produced by John Cusack. The untitled project is set in the world of Wall Street power and money. Cox plays Jackson, a smart, sophisticated, Wall Street hedge fund trader, who served his country in Iraq, and possesses integrity and the desire to do good. The pilot was written by Taylor Elmore  and Ben Cavell from a story the two co-wrote with Cusack and Kevin McCabe. The four executive produce with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

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Dramas From John Cusack, David Marshall Grant & Timberman/Beverly Get CBS Pilot Orders

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 5:01pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

grantcusackkCBS has given pilot orders to untitled dramas from two of the most prolific producers at the moment: Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. One of the pilots is executive produced by John Cusack, the other is an adaptation of the Israeli series Ran Quartet written/executive produced by David Marshall Grant (Smash). Both hail from CBS TV Studios where Timberman/Beverly is based.

The John Cusack drama is set in the world of Wall Street power and money. It was written by Taylor Elmore (Justified) and Ben Cavell from a story the two co-wrote with Cusack and Kevin McCabe. The four executive produce with Timberman and Beverly. There are no plans for Cusack, always sought after for pilots, to act.

ranquartetThe untitled David Marshall Grant project is a soapy medical show revolving around quadruplets – three brothers and a sister – who grew up on a reality show. In the Israeli Ran Quartet, created by Giyora Yahalom and Oren Jakobi, the four siblings had had their entire lives documented by a filmmaker until age 32, when the documentary stops and everyone comes to find the four’s real lives are quite different from the way they had been portrayed on TV. It ran on Israeli satcaster Yes for two seasons (check out the video below). Read More »

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Jason Patric, John Cusack Join Bruce Willis In Ensemble Thriller ‘The Prince’

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 9:15am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla/ Oasis Films has set Jason Patric, John Cusack, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Johnathon Schaech, Gia Mantegna and South Korean actor-singer Rain for The Prince, the Brian A. Miller-directed action thriller. Patric plays a retired Las Vegas mob enforcer who is forced to return to the city and face his former enemies when his teenage daughter goes missing. Bruce Willis was previously set to star in the film. He plays Omar, a man with a score to settle, who has waited years for Paul to return.

Emmett/Furla/Oasis is producing and financing with South Korea-based Union Investment Partners. Kim Young-don, Choi Pyeung-ho, Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb, Jeff Rice and Brandon Grimes will executive produce alongside producers Randall Emmett, George Furla, Ho-Sung Pak, Fred Song, Adam Goldworm and co-producer Tim Sullivan. Shooting begins next week in Mobile, ALA, and Grindstone/Lionsgate Films will release domestically. Hannibal Pictures will handle international sales. Read More »

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AFM: Samuel L. Jackson Boards Stephen King ‘CELL’ Adaptation

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 11:23am PST

John Cusack has a new co-star for the almost end of the world. Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company said today that Samuel L. Jackson has joined their adaptation of Stephen King’s novel CELL. Jackson plays Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who with Cusack’s Clay Riddell character flees from Boston as the world turns mad thanks to the phones. The pic focuses on the fallout when a powerful signal is broadcast across cell phone networks worldwide. The signal re-programs the users’ minds and makes them murderous beasts. Tod “Kip” Williams is directing the thriller based on King’s 2006 apocalyptic horror bestseller with financing from Benaroya. Production is set to start early next year. King co-wrote the screenplay with Last House On The Left’s Adam Alleca. International Film Trust will be presenting the project to buyers at AFM starting this week. Richard Saperstein, Michael Benaroya, Brian Witten and Shara Kay are producing CELL, and Cusack is executive producing. Paradigm represents Stephen King, and is co-representing the film for the U.S. market with CAA, which represents Benaroya and Cusack. Williams is repped by ICM Partners. Jackson is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content, and attorney Jeffrey Bernstein of Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

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AFM: Thriller ‘Reclaim’ To Star John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe And Rachelle Lefevre

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 2:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre, Jacki Weaver and Luis Guzman are starring in Reclaim, a suspense thriller inspired by true events. The film is just getting underway in Puerto Rico, directed by Alan White (Erskineville Kings). The most recent script draft is by Luke Davies, from an original script by Carmine Gaeta.

Phillippe and Lefevre (The Twilight Saga) play an American couple who head to Puerto Rico to finalize the adoption of their new 7-year-old daughter, a Haitian orphan named Nina. When take the time to explore the idyllic coast to bond as a new family, Steven clashes with an intimidating local (Cusack), and Nina disappears from her bed one night.

The film is being produced by Paradox Entertainment’s Fredrik Malmberg and Silvio Muraglia, and Brian and Josh Etting of Paradox Entertainment. Arclight Films is handling international sales and Paradox will make the domestic deal.

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Magnet Nabs U.S. Rights To ‘Grand Piano’

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 5:09pm PDT

Magnet Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to the Eugenio Mira-helmed Grand Piano, which world premiered this afternoon at Fantastic Fest in Austin. Elijah Wood and John Cusack star in the psychological thriller from the producing team of Adrián Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés. Story sets Wood as a piano virtuoso forced into early retirement because of crippling stage fright. When he returns to the stage, the recital turns deadly and he is forced to literally play for his life. It’s slated for a 2014 release.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Frozen Ground’

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:21pm PDT

“Have you ever seen anybody do anything like this before?” In The Frozen Ground, an Alaska State Trooper (Nicolas Cage) asks that question about a series of particularly brutal cold-case serial killings in which the lead suspect is an upstanding local citizen (John Cusack). The only real lead is Cindy (Vanessa Hudgens), a stripper who’s the one would-be victim to escape from the killer. Writer-director Scott Walker’s film, based on real events, co-stars Dean Norris, Olga Valentina, Michael McGrady, Radha Mitchell and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who also is among its producers. Lionsgate opens the thriller August 23:

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John Cusack Is Eyeing Rush Limbaugh Film, Actor’s Prod. Company Confirms

By | Sunday November 4, 2012 @ 12:14pm PST

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 … Read More »

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AFM: Solution’s Synchronicity To Back New Elijah Wood, John Cusack Films

By | Tuesday October 30, 2012 @ 6:56pm PDT

The Solution Entertainment Group will help finance the horror pic Cooties starring Elijah Wood and the John Cusack thriller Due Process. The new genre film production and international sales label launched by Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel’s The Solution Entertainment Group will introduce the films to buyers at the American Film Market set to get underway tomorrow in Santa Monica. Synchronicity also will shop the completed psychological thriller Smiley. Cooties was co-written by Leigh Whannell (Insidious) and Glee co-creator Ian Brennan and directed by Ace Norton. Read More »

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Serial Killer Pic ‘Frozen Ground’: Photos

By | Wednesday July 18, 2012 @ 10:52am PDT

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EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a first look at stills from Frozen Ground, the based-on-a-true-story thriller starring John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens. The movie written and directed by Scott Walker revolves around Alaska’s most notorious serial predator Robert Hansen (Cusack), who in the span of 12 years abducted more than 24 women, flew them into the Alaskan wilderness, and hunted and murdered them. Hudgens plays the one teenage victim who escaped, and Cage plays the Alaskan State Trooper who finds her on the street — together they work to bring Hansen to justice. Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing with Amber Entertainment’s Jane Fleming and Mark Ordesky. Envision Entertainment’s Stephan Martirosyan and Remington Chase, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson are executive producers. Emmett/Furla fully financed the pic.

Related: Agencies Hot For ‘Frozen Ground’ Helmer; WME Signs Scott Walker

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Hyde Park International Boards ‘Adult World’ For Global Sales

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 1:26pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Hyde Park International will launch worldwide sales on Scott Coffey’s Adult World in Cannes next month. The coming-of-age comedy stars Emma Roberts as a post-grad setting out to become a famous poet. But loan debt and unemployment lead her to take a job at an erotic bookstore. Evan Peters and John Cusack also star. Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen of Treehouse Pictures are producing with Joy Gorman and Alex Goldstone of Anonymous Content and Manu Gargi. The film is currently in post-production. Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward and Armando Riesco round out the cast.

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Shannon Woodward To Star Opposite Emma Roberts In ‘Adult World’

By | Tuesday February 21, 2012 @ 2:55pm PST

Shannon Woodward will play Candace, a punk/goth anarchist sporting a nose ring and a Ramones shirt. Deadline previously reported that Emma Roberts, John Cusack and Evan Peters were cast in Adult World, which began production this month in upstate New York via TreeHouse Pictures and Anonymous Content. In Adult World, Candace and her friend Amy (Roberts) bond over their mutual rebellion becoming roommates who decide to live the down-and-out life together. Directed by Scott Coffey (Elle Parker) with a script by Andrew Cochran, Adult World examines the “contemporary state of post-graduate life in America,” TreeHouse president Justin Nappi told Deadline earlier this month. “This is a smart satirical comedy that will resonate with a lot of people.” Woodward currently stars on Fox’s comedy Raising Hope and previously starred in FX’s The Riches. She is repped by Untitled and Gersh.

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John Cusack and Evan Peters Join Emma Roberts In ‘Adult World’

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 1:02pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: John Cusack and Evan Peters have joined Emma Roberts in Adult World, a film that has just begun production in upstate New York through TreeHouse Pictures and Anonymous Content. Scott Coffey (Elle Parker) directs from the script by Andrew Cochran. “Adult World examines the contemporary state of post-graduate life in America,” said TreeHouse Pictures president Justin Nappi. “This is a smart satirical comedy that will resonate with a lot of people.” Read More »

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David Oyelowo Joins Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: David Oyelowo has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. He has headed to Virginia and will play the role of a cavalryman. Oyelowo takes the job while he’s concurrently shooting the Christopher McQuarrie-directed One Shot with Tom Cruise starring as Jack Reacher in the Lee Child novel series. Oyelowo plays the lead detective investigating a sniper massacre in Pittsburgh. Oyelowo, last seen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Help, recently wrapped the Lee Daniels-directed The Paperboy, playing a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who teams with another reporter to investigate the possible wrongful conviction of a murderer. Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman also star. Oyelowo will next be seen starring in Red Tails, the George Lucas-hatched drama about a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program who persevered through segregation to get their chance to show their stuff in the air under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. Oyelowo is repped by ICM, Inphenate and UK-based Hamilton Hodell.

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Brendan Gleeson In Robert Redford’s ‘The Company You Keep’

Mike Fleming

The Guard star Brendan Gleeson has joined Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Brit Marling and Anna Kendrick in the Redford-directed The Company You Keep. Gleeson will next be seen opposite Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs, in the John Cusack-starrer The Raven, and with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in the Daniel Espinosa-directed Safe House for Universal. He’s repped by Principal Entertainment and Ireland-based The Agency.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Raven’

By | Saturday October 8, 2011 @ 9:35am PDT

This is the first trailer for Relativity’s period thriller The Raven. The James McTeigue-directed thriller stars John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, who joins with a Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) to hunt down a serial killer using Poe’s works as the basis for a string of brutal murders — a pretty cool concept for a movie if executed right. The studio has set a March 9, 2012 release date. Alice Eve and Brendan Gleeson also star.

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