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William H. Macy Used to Babysit 'Shameless' Co-Star Joan Cusack and Brother John Cusack (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 18th 2011 6:33AM
William H. Macy, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Have you ever imagined that Hollywood stars all grew up together and interacted even when they were younger, and well before they were famous? Well, in one neighborhood in Chicago, that's exactly what happened.

At least, that's what William H. Macy told Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

If it's true -- and he says it's his story and he's sticking to it -- both the Cusacks and the Pivens lived nearby. So while he knew Jeremy Piven, it was at the Cusack household that he had more interactions.

"They would hire me to do light carpentry," he revealed, indicating that a set of shelves he built are still in that house.

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Gretchen Mol and Other "Almost It" Girls: Starlets Who Never Quite Made It Big

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 22nd 2009 6:36PM
Just this past week, HBO announced the addition of Gretchen Mol to the cast of its upcoming series 'Boardwalk Empire,' starring Steve Buscemi as Atlantic City gangster Nucky Thompson. With a string of respectable supporting roles, Mol's made a career out of not-quite making it, starting with her famous 1998 'Vanity Fair' cover that asked the entirely premature question: "Is Gretchen Mol Hollywood's New It Girl?"

But though Mol didn't exactly fade into obscurity (she earned kudos for her eye-opening turn in the indie 'The Notorious Bettie Page' and co-starred in ABC's short-lived 'Life on Mars'), neither did she become the huge success the industry predicted she would be. What happened? Was it luck, timing, bad choices or simply a case of too much hype? Whatever that case, Mol's casting got us thinking about other "Almost It" girls that Hollywood left behind about as quickly as it tried to make them mega-stars.

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Did Cusack cuss?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 13th 2009 5:50PM
Hey guys, remember when you were a kid and you really wanted to see a boobie but your parents had Cinemax blocked and your house did not yet have the ability to magically access the bottomless reservoir of nudity on the Internet? Your mind would do whatever it could to see a boobie. It would trick you into thinking two conveniently placed melons were boobies. It would make you think that the Calgon commercial accidentally showed a boobie. It would get you to watch every episode of Benny Hill with the hope of seeing a boobie.

That's how I feel of this recent news post at Newsbusters that claims 2012 star John Cusack uttered a rather nasty word on a recent episode of The Early Show. And no, it wasn't boobie.

Maybe it's just my hearing. Can you hear the word? It's supposed be towards the end of the video after host Harry Smith asks Cusack "Does it seems like 20 years ago already?" in reference to the 20 year anniversary of his classic film Say Anything.

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Joan Cusack: The TV Squad Interview

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 21st 2009 12:02PM
Joan Cusack from Acceptance on LifetimeJoan Cusack has made a career of finding the comedically crumbling foundations beneath what are at first normal-seeming characters. The two-time Oscar nominee also has a knack for making the most out of her roles, and in the new Lifetime movie Acceptance, both of her greatest skills are on display.

In the movie, which debuts on Saturday at 9PM ET, Cusack plays Nina Rockefeller, the hard-driving and high-strung mother of the movie's protagonist, Taylor (played by Mae Whitman of Arrested Development). The movie examines the pressure on high school overachievers to go to just the "right" college, and the story is told in a way that looks at it from both the students' and the parents' perspectives.

Cusack called me from Chicago (where she lives full-time) earlier this week. We talked about college pressures, if the notion of a Lifetime movie has changed, and why she loves working with her brother John so damn much.

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Ask TV Squad: Who was that guy on House last week?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 16th 2008 2:45PM
John Cusack, Todd LouisoThe answer: Hugh Laurie.

Ha! Just kidding. Actually, the question this week comes from TV Squad reader Toni, who asks "On House, what was the name of the guy who played Stewart Nozick?" She knows him from somewhere but can't think of his name or what show she knows him from (that has happened to all TV viewers at some point, I think).

The actor's name is Todd Louiso, and he's one of those character actors who has been in a little bit of everything over the years, on TV and on the big screen. The first thing I think of when I see Louiso is his role in the John Cusack film High Fidelity (that's him with Cusack in the pic). He played the record store worker that Jack Black was always teasing. He was also in Apollo 13, Snakes on a Plane, Thank You For Smoking, Jerry McGuire, and The Rock.

The TV show that viewers might remember him from is the short-lived Phenom and several episodes of Chicago Hope. He has also made guest appearances on Law and Order, Everwood, Without A Trace, and others.

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Talk Talk: Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Graham, Goo Goo Dolls

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2007 5:57PM
  • Eddie IzzardCharlie Rose: TBA
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Seth Rogan, Charles Barkley, and Michael Martin Murphey (repeat)
  • Jay Leno: Kelly Clarkson
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kevin Costner, Leslie Mann, and Patrick Wolf (repeat - Jimmy is in the hospital)
  • Tavis Smiley: David de Rothschild and Michael Ondaatje
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Lauren Graham, Steve Zahn, and Rooney
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Eddie Izzard, Goo Goo Dolls, and John Roy
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Kathy Griffin and Enrique Iglesias

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jan 10th 2007 4:20PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quicktime required). You can also subscribe to this vodcast via our feed.

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Cusack no longer part of Piven's entourage?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 9th 2007 7:40PM

PivenI thought that this would be the Hollywood relationship that would last.

You can have your TomKats, your Brangelinas, your Bennifers, your Vaughnistons. The couple that I thought would be together forever was Pivack. Wait, that sounds like a character from Star Trek. How about Cuven? God, that sounds like a cholesterol medication.

I'm talking about the longtime friendship between John Cusack and Entourage star Jeremy Piven. In a new interview in Best Life magazine, Piven hints that the friendship is over, and hints even harder that it's because Cusack was jealous of Piven's success. Or could it be because Piven changed after his success? Who knows.

This is sad. These two have been friends since they were kids and starred in many movies together, including Grosse Point Blank, One Crazy Summer, Runaway Jury, The Grifters, and Say Anything.

Maybe these two just need to hug it out? (And yes, I'm sure that line will be used by every single person who writes about this story.)

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Piven and Black need to hug it out

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 16th 2006 1:02PM

Jeremy PivenI love it when stars get into petty fights. They're just like us!

Seems that Entourage star Jeremy Piven doesn't like Jack Black that much. Black beat out Piven for the role of the record store employee in the John Cusack flick High Fidelity, and thinks that Piven still holds a grudge. Black told Howard Stern that he was talking to a director at a movie premiere recently, and right in the middle of the conversation, Piven stepped in between them with his back to Black and started to talk to the director. Of course, Piven's rep insists there's no problem between the two.

This is interesting, because Piven is very good friends with Cusack, and appears in most of his movies in some role. So I wonder why (or if) Piven wasn't chosen for the role in High Fidelity.

[via Pop Candy]

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John C. McGinley: The TV Squad Interview

by Anna Johns, posted May 16th 2006 11:09AM
john c mcginley; scrubsJohn C. McGinley plays Dr. Cox, the mean doctor with a heart of gold, on Scrubs. Ahead of tonight's season finale, he took a few minutes to speak to me about the roller-coaster ride Scrubs had this season, his favorite episodes, Office Space, and why Dr. Cox hates Hugh Jackman. Plus, we also find out which famous actor McGinley calls girl names in real life. (Oh- and the 'C' in his name stands for 'Christopher').

AJ: NBC announced its fall schedule this (Monday) morning.


McGINLEY: Yeah, it looks like we're picked up and we're going to be back on in January again.

AJ: How do you feel about that?

McGINLEY: Great. It worked this year so... the tricky thing was having football on for four hours on Sunday nights. I guess that shuffled the deck for them. It worked great for us this year. Everybody seemed to respond to an hour. It's pretty phenomenal to be an hour comedy on Tuesday nights. I'm electing to go glass is half-full on this one.

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American Idol: Elliott & Elvis are BFF

by Lacy Hall, posted May 10th 2006 7:37AM

ai logoIt's always been a dream of mine to take a road trip to Tennessee to visit Graceland and Dollywood -- a white trash pilgrimage of sorts. I don't foresee that happening any time soon, so I'll make do with American Idol's homage to Elvis, and keep my fingers crossed for Dolly's night next season.

Everything about tonight was backwards -- the favorites sorta sucked, and Elliott finally found his moment to shine. My crappy internet connection keeps going out, so enough of the pleasantries...let's do this! 

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King Kong makes its television debut... in 2008

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 15th 2006 10:48AM
king kong turnerTurner Broadcasting just inked a deal with NBC Universal that puts a bunch of movies, including this winter's King Kong, on its networks in 2008. Not sure if the NBC network had the first right of refusal on that movie, but you would think so.

Along with King Kong, Turner also bought the rights to air these movies in 2008:

  • The Ice Harvest, starring Billy Bob Thornton and John Cusack;
  • Doom, starring The Rock;
  • Two for the Money, starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey;
  • Prime, starring Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman.

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