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TIFF 2014: John Cusack Has Good Vibrations as Brian Wilson in ‘Love & Mercy’

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‘Love & Mercy’ – which premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival – isn’t the first movie to try to explore the life of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. There was the 1990 television movie ‘Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys,’ which told the story from the late Dennis Wilson’s perspective. Then there was the more expensive-looking, but still made for television ‘The Beach Boys: An American Family’ that aired in 2000. So, yes, we’ve seen Brian Wilson’s mental health dramatized before.

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‘Maps to the Stars’ Trailer: David Cronenberg’s Dank, Dark World Behind Stardom

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eOne Films

After the film made the rounds at TIFF this year, with our own Mike Ryan calling it an "interesting bad movie," a new 'Maps to the Stars' trailer has debuted. It's pretty apparent from the footage that director David Cronenberg doesn't care too much for the glamorization of Hollywood. Still, without a clear Best Picture Oscar frontrunner just yet, this film remains one to watch.

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TIFF 2014: ‘Maps to the Stars’ May Be a Bad Movie, But It’s at Least Interesting

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Focus

‘Maps to the Stars’ is not a very good movie – but there’s a difference between a bad movie and an interesting bad movie. ‘Maps to the Stars’ is the latter. It is certainly interesting. And it’s apparent that Toronto’s favorite son, Cronenberg, does not care too much for Hollywood -- but that’s such a tired sentiment, and beating it over our heads that everyone is terrible doesn’t really bring anything new to anything. ‘Maps to the Stars’ portrays itself as edgy and weird, but it just all feels so obvious.

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‘Maps to the Stars’ Trailer: David Cronenberg Goes to Hollywood

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The first trailer for David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars' has arrived online, reuniting the director with his 'Cosmopolis' stars Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon, as well as Cronenberg newbies like John Cusack, Julianne Moore, and Mia Wasikowska in this tale of the horrible treatment of child stars and the dark side of Hollywood. 

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‘Say Anything’ 25th Anniversary: How Lloyd Dobler Scarred Me For Life

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20th Century Fox

‘Say Anything’ scarred me for life.

I’ve been aware for a few weeks that the 25th anniversary of ‘Say Anything’ was approaching and I’ve kind of gone out of my way to ignore it – even though there’s no doubt it influenced my teenage life more than any other movie. But, good grief, did this movie ever influence me to do some stupid things that I've suppressed from my memory. For one day only, I'll bring one of these memories to the surface.

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See the Cast of ‘Being John Malkovich’ Then and Now

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USA Films

Released in 1999, Spike Jonze's 'Being John Malkovich' starred John Cusack as a struggling puppeteer who finds a portal into actor John Malkovich's brain. The clever meta-fantasy dramedy was a hit, and earned Oscar nominations for Best Director for Jonze, Best Screenplay for the wildly imaginative Charlie Kaufman's script, and Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Keener. This year, the film celebrates its 15th anniversary, so join us for a look back at the cast of the film as we see what they're up to now. 

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See the Cast of ‘Say Anything…’ Then and Now

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20th Century Fox

Released in 1989, Cameron Crowe's 'Say Anything...' starred a baby-faced John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler, an average high school student who falls for lonely valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye), and the pair spend their summer together before Diane heads off to college. 25 years later, we're revisiting the cast of one of the most cherished teen romantic dramedies of all time.

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‘Grand Piano’ Review

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Magnet Releasing

Renowned pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) comes out of retirement for one night only to play a classical concert in honor of his late mentor. What is already a pressure-filled evening for the stage fright-stricken musician quickly devolves into a nightmare when a mysterious man threatens to murder Selznick's wife if he makes a single mistake. Drawing inspiration from Hitchcock, De Palma and Italian horror, 'Grand Piano' is a surprisingly fun and snappy little thriller.

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‘The Frozen Ground’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage Hunts a Serial Killer

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The true crime serial killer movie is about as played out as any genre in movie history, but nothing seems to be stopping 'em. The latest "ripped from the headlines" movie is 'The Frozen Ground,' which casts everyone's favorite lunatic Nicolas Cage as an Alaskan state trooper hunting down a serial killer played by John Cusack. Vanessa Hudgens is also there, but who cares about Vanessa Hudgens when you have a Cage and a Cusack? Anyway, the first trailer for the film has arrived.

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See the Cast of ‘Better Off Dead’ Then and Now

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The 1985 black comedy 'Better Off Dead' tells the tale of a high school student (John Cusack) who falls into a deep depression after his girlfriend dumps him.

The film got good reviews, performed decently at the box office and has become a cult classic, thanks to its quirky characters and memorable one-liners ("Two dollars!")

One person who doesn't like the film is Cusack. He reportedly walked out of the first screening and  blasted director "Savage" Steve Holland for "making him look foolish." Cusack did seem to soften his stance on 'Better Off' during a recent Reddit AMA, saying he thought the film "could have been better" but that he's "glad people still love it."

See what Cusack and the rest of the cast of 'Better Off Dead' are up to these days below.

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