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John Cusack under fire for antisemitic 'follow the money' tweet

Actor posts message alongside popular far-right motto before backtracking amid barrage of criticism

John Cusack has apologised after coming under fire for an antisemitic tweet.

Cusack retweeted a quotation, accompanied by a Star of David image, popular among the far right: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” It is often misattributed to Voltaire but is in fact a reworking of a quotation from American neo-nazi Kevin Alfred Strom. Cusack then added: “Follow the money.” He has since deleted the tweet.
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John Cusack Blames ‘Bot’ After Tweeting, Deleting Anti-Semitic Cartoon

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John Cusack Blames ‘Bot’ After Tweeting, Deleting Anti-Semitic Cartoon
Update, Tuesday June 18: In a post Tuesday afternoon, Cusack apologized for the tweet.

“I would like to express my sincere apologies for the insensitive and offensive graphic that I regrettably retweeted. Social media has always been a platform on which I have engaged to express my thoughts and opinions, however, the material that I shared does not now, nor has it ever, represented my views in any shape or form. I have always believed that all people should live in equality, freedom and peace and I am deeply saddened that an account with which I am associated could perpetuate anything less.

Original post below:

Actor John Cusack had fans and detractors alike upset Monday after posting, then deleting a tweet featuring an anti-Semitic cartoon.

On Monday afternoon, the “High Fidelity” star tweeted “follow the money” along with a cartoon featuring a giant arm with a Star of David on a jacket sleeve,
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​James Schamus to deliver keynote at Galway Film Fleadh (exclusive)

​James Schamus to deliver keynote at Galway Film Fleadh (exclusive)
The Fleadh is a key festival in the Irish filmindustry calendar and the country’s largest film market.

Us producer, writer and director James Schamus will deliver a keynote speech at the Fleadh Forum at the Galway Film Fleadh (July 9-14).

Schamus is the latest high-profile guest to be announced as an attendee at this year’s Fleadh, a key festival in the Irish film industry calendar and the country’s largest film market.

The award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm), producer (Brokeback Mountain) and director (Indignation) is the former CEO of Focus Features and now runs his own New York-based outfit Symbolic Exchange.
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One of the Best Action Films of The 90s, Con Air, Gets an Honest Trailer

Nicolas Cage’s 1997 film Con Air is easily one of my favorite action films from the 90s. I love that flick, I still enjoy watching it! It was just such a great and entertaining film. We just don’t see movies like this anymore.

In the story, Cage plays a prisoner on board of a transfer plane that happens to be transporting some of the most deadly criminals in the world. Cage’s character, Cameron Poe, is being released and he just wants to get home for his daughters birthday. Unfortunately, the prisoners hijack the plane and he has to stop them from escaping.

The movie has such a wonderfully ridiculous premise, but it’s staked with an awesome cast that includes John Malkovich, John Cusack, Mykelti Williamson, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Dave Chappelle, M.C. Gainey, and Colm Meaney.

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‘Utopia’: Felisha Terrell & Dustin Ingram To Recur On Amazon Series

‘Utopia’: Felisha Terrell & Dustin Ingram To Recur On Amazon Series
Exclusive: Felisha Terrell (Shooter) and Dustin Ingram (Watchmen) are set to recur opposite John Cusack, Sasha Lane and Rainn Wilson in Utopia, Amazon’s straight-to-series adaptation of the British drama, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn.

Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

Terrell will portray Hailey Alvez. A sharp, rising star in journalism, Hailey has a friendly air and affable manner. She interviews pharmaceutical giant Kevin Christie about his groundbreaking new product and asks some serious, pointed questions.

Ingram will play Tallman. Extremely wealthy and eerily eccentric, Tallman collects priceless comic books,
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‘High Fidelity’: Kingsley Ben-Adir Joins Series Reboot On Hulu As Recurring Guest Star

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‘High Fidelity’: Kingsley Ben-Adir Joins Series Reboot On Hulu As Recurring Guest Star
Exclusive: The Oa: Part II’s Kingsley Ben-Adir has booked a recurring guest star role on High Fidelity, the reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 feature starring John Cusack. The series, which recently moved from Disney+ to fellow streaming platform Hulu, is told from a female point of view with Zoë Kravitz starring as Rob, the ultimate music fan and a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists.

Ben-Adir will play Russell “Mac” McCormack. He’s charming, worldly, intelligent — though not at all pretentious — and was Rob’s most serious boyfriend. Everything seemed to be great, then one day he moved to London, and a year later Rob is still getting over it. But Mac may not be gone from her life for good.

Recent additions to the cast also include Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David Holmes and Jake Lacy who are set as series regulars.
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Come To Daddy Acquired by Saban Films for Us Distribution

A potential bonding opportunity between estranged father (Stephen McHattie) and son (Elijah Wood) takes a demented turn when some surprise visitors show up in Ant Timpson's feature-length directorial debut, Come to Daddy. Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and ahead of its screening at the Overlook Film Festival, Come to Daddy has been acquired by Saban Films for Us distribution.

A theatrical release for Come to Daddy is being planned, but an exact release date has yet to be announced. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they are revealed.

In the meantime, we have the full press release and previously released clip below, and in case you missed it, read Heather's Tribeca interview with Timpson and Wood.

From the Press Release: Los Angeles – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired Us rights to producer Ant Timpson’s directorial debut Come to Daddy,
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‘High Fidelity’: Da’Vine Joy Randolph & David Holmes Join Series Reboot On Hulu

‘High Fidelity’: Da’Vine Joy Randolph & David Holmes Join Series Reboot On Hulu
Da’Vine Joy Randolph (On Becoming a God in Central Florida) and David Holmes (The Hill) are set as series regulars opposite Zoë Kravitz and Jake Lacy in High Fidelity, a reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 feature starring John Cusack, with a female point of view. The series, which recently moved from Disney+ to fellow streaming platform Hulu, hails from writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka, Midnight Radio and ABC Signature.

In the High Fidelity series, Kravitz stars as Rob, the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists.

Randolph will play Cherise. She’s boisterous, likeable, funny with an infectious energy – and thinks she knows everything. Cherise is passionate about music, and passionate about telling Simon (Holmes) and Rob (Kravitz) their musical taste sucks. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she’s still searching for her purpose in
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The Stars of 'Sixteen Candles': Where Are They Now?

The Stars of 'Sixteen Candles': Where Are They Now?
It's been 35 years since Sixteen Candles was released in theaters on May 4, 1984.

The film, which was written and directed by John Hughes, follows high school student Samantha (Molly Ringwald) on her 16th birthday. As Samantha's family prepares for her older sister's wedding, they forget to acknowledge her milestone birthday.

Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Dooley, Carlin Glynn, Haviland Morris, Blanche Baker, Gedde Wantanabe and John Cusack round out the cast.

While the film is beloved by many, Ringwald penned an essay for The New Yorker in 2018 in which she reevaluated problematic aspects of the ...
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‘Utopia’: Jessica Rothe To Recur In Amazon Series

‘Utopia’: Jessica Rothe To Recur In Amazon Series
Exclusive: Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day) is set to recur opposite John Cusack, Sasha Lane and Rainn Wilson in Utopia, Amazon’s straight-to-series adaptation of the British drama, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn.

Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

Rothe will play Samantha. Extremely idealistic, sharp-witted and a natural-born leader, Samantha earnestly believes in changing the world through action and scoffs at cheap rhetoric about progress. She could school any comic book nerd about the graphic novel Utopia and is embarking on a mission to uncover its secrets.

The Amazon adaptation
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‘Say Anything’: John Cusack’s Iconic ‘Career Plans’ Speech Could Have Been Much Longer

‘Say Anything’: John Cusack’s Iconic ‘Career Plans’ Speech Could Have Been Much Longer
If you haven’t seen Cameron Crowe’s feature directorial debut “Say Anything” in a while, you’ve likely forgotten just how early in the romantic dramedy John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler delivers a now-iconic speech which basically lays out his entire worldview. In the 1989 classic, Cusack was memorably cast as the chronically underachieving Lloyd, a kickboxer with a heart of gold who unexpectedly spends his post-high school graduation summer romancing the beautiful, but somewhat aloof valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye).

On just their second date, Lloyd is dispatched to a dinner at Diane’s house, where her imposing father Jim (John Mahoney) lightly grills him about his career plans.

The result is a charming, if somewhat stilted monologue about Lloyd’s desires — he doesn’t “want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career,” or any other permutation of those tasks — but as Crowe himself tells it,
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Cameron Crowe And Cohorts Salute The Warrior Optimism Of ‘Say Anything…’ As It Turns 30 – Tribeca

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Cameron Crowe And Cohorts Salute The Warrior Optimism Of ‘Say Anything…’ As It Turns 30 – Tribeca
A panel of top principals from classic 1989 coming-of-age romantic comedy Say Anything… celebrated the film’s 30th anniversary and its refreshingly timeless sensibility during a Tribeca Talks event Tuesday night in New York.

Beyond the nostalgic embrace of the familiar from the sellout crowd (a loud ovation during the famed boom-box scene was no surprise), writer-director Cameron Crowe was genuinely touched to revisit this early-career touchstone, and the way beloved 19-year-old would-be pro kickboxer Lloyd Dobler, played by John Cusack, was portrayed as “a warrior for optimism.”

That spirit, which became the heart of Lloyd’s rebelliousness during this time of the Reagan era, became a central point for Cusack as well. “We landed on that and John electrified into that idea,” Crowe said.

Cusack, seen via satellite after a day of filming Gillian Flynn’s new Amazon series Utopia in Chicago, took the message a step further and appeared
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Tribeca: Cameron Crowe, John Cusack, Ione Skye Reunite for 'Say Anything...' 30th Anniversary

Tribeca: Cameron Crowe, John Cusack, Ione Skye Reunite for 'Say Anything...' 30th Anniversary
It’s been 30 years since Say Anything… opened in theaters and Cameron Crowe’s directing career took off, but when John Cusack appears on the screen via Skype at the anniversary screening of the film at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday night, it’s as if Lloyd Dobler never left.

Dobler, of course, is the optimistic hero (played by Cusack in the film) who goes after the girl of his dreams, a “brain” as she’s called (played by Ione Skye), against all odds and wins her. The film marked Crowe’s first directing gig, and the ...
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Whatever Happened to Kimberly Foster Aka Cookie from One Crazy Summer?

Ever have a random thought just enter your mind without knowing how it got there? That has to be the basis for wondering what happened to Kimberly Foster, who played the part of Cookie in One Crazy Summer. The movie does live up to its name as it’s the kind of movie in which John Cusack is the hapless hero that fails initially and becomes the savior near the end. Curtis Armstrong and Bobcat Goldthwait rounded out the cast nicely in this movie even though it’s one of those that you might see as a younger person and then forget

Whatever Happened to Kimberly Foster Aka Cookie from One Crazy Summer?
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Focus Features & ‘Green Book’ Producer Jim Burke In Tune With Bill Pohlad Music Biopic ‘Dreamin’ Wild’

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Focus Features & ‘Green Book’ Producer Jim Burke In Tune With Bill Pohlad Music Biopic ‘Dreamin’ Wild’
Exclusive: Focus Features and Green Book producer Jim Burke are teaming up to produce music biopic Dreamin’ Wild, which will be written and directed by Bill Pohlad (Love & Mercy).

Based on a long-read article by Steven Kurutz in mini-magazine True Story, the blue-chip movie prospect will follow the real-life story of musical duo Donnie and Joe Emerson, whose family leveraged their farm in the 1970s in order to produce the brothers’ record, Dreamin’ Wild. The album, an eclectic mix of rock, soul, R&B, country and funk, went on to be wildly unknown until it was rediscovered nearly thirty years after the release, igniting an unexpected music career for the Emerson brothers.

Focus will develop and produce alongside former Focus production president Burke under his Innisfree Pictures banner. Steven Snyder will oversee production for Innisfree and Josh McLaughlin will oversee for Focus. Cast has yet to be set.

12 Years A Slave,
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Jake Lacy Joins Zoe Kravitz on Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’ Series

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Jake Lacy Joins Zoe Kravitz on Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’ Series
Jake Lacy is joining Hulu’s “High Fidelity” series adaptation, a Hulu spokesperson and a representative for Lacy told TheWrap on Monday. Lacy will be a series regular alongside previously announced lead Zoë Kravitz.

The series recently moved to Hulu from Disney+, following Disney’s acquisition of Fox assets, which included a 60% stake in Hulu. The project comes from writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka, as well as Midnight Radio and ABC Signature.

A retelling of the 1995 novel by Nick Hornby and the 2000 feature film starring John Cusack, the new iteration will flip the script by telling the story from a female point of view through Kravitz’s character.

Lacy will play Clyde, who is described as effortlessly cute, if not the coolest guy in the room. A recent N.Y. transplant from L.A., he’s still trying to figure out how to navigate the city. Despite his lack of interest in music,
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‘Utopia’: Jeanine Serralles Joins John Cusack, Rainn Wilson & Sasha Lane In Amazon Drama Series

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‘Utopia’: Jeanine Serralles Joins John Cusack, Rainn Wilson & Sasha Lane In Amazon Drama Series
Jeanine Serralles (Hot Summer Nights) is set as a series regular opposite John Cusack, Rainn Wilson and Sasha Lane in Utopia, Amazon’s straight-to-series adaptation of the British drama, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn.

Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that actually might be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

Serralles will play Colleen. A cheerful, self-possessed mortgage broker who encourages her scientist husband, Michael Stearns (Wilson), to step forward and assert himself in the midst of a national health crisis. Having found each other later in life, Colleen is her husband’s biggest cheerleader and confidence booster.

The Amazon adaptation
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‘High Fidelity’: Jake Lacy Joins Zoë Kravitz In Series Reboot On Hulu

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‘High Fidelity’: Jake Lacy Joins Zoë Kravitz In Series Reboot On Hulu
Exclusive: Jake Lacy (I’m Dying Up Here) is set as a series regular opposite Zoë Kravitz in High Fidelity, a reimagining of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel and the 2000 feature starring John Cusack, with a female point of view. The series, which recently moved from Disney+ to fellow streaming platform Hulu, hails from writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka, Midnight Radio and ABC Signature.

In the High Fidelity series, Kravitz stars as the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists.

Lacy will play Clyde, who is effortlessly cute, if not the coolest guy in the room. A recent NY transplant from La, he’s still trying to figure out how to navigate the city. Despite his lack of interest in music, he reveals a funny and open side that intrigues Rob (Kravitz). But he might prove to be just like all the other guys…
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Amazon’s Utopia adds John Cusack

Deadline is reporting that John Cusack has signed on to star alongside Sasha Lane (Hellboy), Rainn Wilson (Star Trek: Discovery), Dan Byrd (Cougar Town) and Cory Michael Smith (Gotham) in Amazon’s upcoming drama Utopia.

Written by Gillian Flynn and based upon the British TV series of the same name, Utopia ““follows group of young adults who meet online and are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near mythical cult underground graphic novel. They discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.”

Cusack will make his first starring role in a TV series in the project and plays Dr. Kevin Christie, who is described as “Charismatic and media-savvy, with a brilliant biotech mind and a philanthropic outlook, Christie altruistically wants
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TV Bits: ‘Good Omens’, ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Deadwood’, ‘Brave New World’, ‘Utopia’

In this edition of TV Bits: Check out a new behind-the-scenes look at Good Omens. Broadway musical Oklahoma! is being turned into a TV series. Timothy Olyphant talks about his hesitation to return to Deadwood. Alden Ehrenreich will star in Brave New World series. John Cusack joins Gillian Flynn’s Utopia. In the words of @NeilHimself, this behind-the-scenes look proves that […]

The post TV Bits: ‘Good Omens’, ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Deadwood’, ‘Brave New World’, ‘Utopia’ appeared first on /Film.
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