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'I think Poe was the rock star of the day ...'

By James Rocchi Apr 26, 2012 10:01AM

Ushered -- no pun intended -- into a hotel room to meet John Cusack to talk about his work playing Edgar Allan Poe in the thriller "The Raven," the actor's scribbling a list, frantically; music inspired by Poe, for a promotional bit of business. The Chicago-born actor may be aging -- as are we all -- but the familiar mannerisms from a career stretching back to the 80's are there: The hesitancy, the hand-thru-the-hair, the muted explosions of real enthusiasm. We spoke with Cusack in L.A. about playing Poe, why he so often plays writers, and his view of the late author as 'a badass ...'

 

MSN Movies: When you find out you're going to be playing Poe, to what degree do you roll up your puffy sleeves and just dive into the life and work?

 

John Cusack: Right away.

 

There's stuff we think we know, and then actually learning more about it. What were you most surprised to learn?

 

Well, I think, what I hope everybody does is maybe takes the time just to read him again. When you read him again, you see how prescient he was, how many genres he invented, how many styles he was capable of. You see him as a satirist, someone who's taken the ludicrous and heightened it to grotesque. You see him as a first person narrative, as a precursor to Truman Capote and Hunter Thompson and Norman Mailer, all these writers who write for themselves. You see so much there when you read him again. I think because he's iconic, he somehow becomes two-dimensional over time. When you reread him, you see, "My God, he started all this stuff. He started everything."

 

Was it also nice as you read the script to realize that this was in way an ignoble Poe, this ink-stained wretch, hustling for the next gig, always late on deadlines?

 

Yeah. I think there's something heroic about somebody that has the courage to be that honest about their neuroses and fears and troubles. I think he was a genius, a pioneer to the subconscious, but he was a badass, disagreeable ...

 

Occasionally drunken ...

 

Enter to win a movie prize pack

By MSN Movies 14 hours ago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

Inspired by true events, a professor and a team of University students outside of London conduct an "experiment" on a young girl who holds unspeakable secrets and dark forces. What they uncover is more terrifying than any of them expected.

 

To celebrate the upcoming release of "The Quiet Ones" one lucky winner will be selected to win a movie prize pack which includes a T-shirt, movie poster, an Amazon gift card and more!

 

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Watch the horror unfold when "The Quiet Ones" opens in theaters April 25.

 

 

Enter to win a Sony HD Memory Action Camcorder

By MSN Movies Thu 9:24 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media

 

Horror unfolds for the Russell family as the siblings Tim and Kaylie try to uncover the supernatural force that caused the death of their parents. An antique mirror holds the key to the answers they've been looking for but will their reality be shattered once again by terrifying events that will unfold?

 

Experience the horror of "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

In the meantime, to celebrate the release, we're giving away a Sony HD Flash Memory Action Camcorder to one lucky fan! Here's how to enter.

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie #Oculus giveaway

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Yes, it's that easy. Good luck and be sure to check out "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

 

 

Courtesy of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,' one lucky winner will be selected

By MSN Movies Apr 8, 2014 8:14AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Home Media Distribution

 

You can now experience the horror and black magic of "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" as the shocking extended version is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, intense new footage not seen in theaters!

 

This new chapter in the series takes the phenomenal horror franchise to new hights set in a gritty urban environment.

 

To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One console! To enter, follow these steps.

 

 

 

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovie @TweetYourScream #THEMARKEDONES

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com and tell us your top 3 favorite horror movies!
4. Stay in touch with MSN Movies Facebook to see if you’ve been selected as the winner

 

Yes, it's that easy.  Good luck and be sure to check out "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" on digital, Blu-ray and DVD!

 

 

 

 

An inside look at a Hobbit's journey

By MSN Movies Apr 7, 2014 7:53AM

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Get an inside look at the characters and the mystery of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" through this exclusive infographic and enjoy the adventure as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is out on Blu-ray and digital HD on April 8.

 

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Enter to win an Xbox One console!

By MSN Movies Mar 11, 2014 8:31AM

Paramount Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd return to take the news world by storm in the outrageous comedy "Anchorman 2." After losing his job to his wife, Ron Burgundy reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Watch the comedy unfold as "Anchorman 2" is now available on digital release.

 

To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will be selected to win an Xbox One console! To enter, follow these steps:

 

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2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovies #ANCHORMAN2 giveaway!

3. Email msnmovies@hotmail.com and tell us your favorite Ron Burgundy quote!
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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive behind the scenes look at "Anchorman 2."

 

Tyler Perry's latest film hits theaters March 14

By MSN Movies Mar 10, 2014 8:15AM

Lionsgate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

In this latest Tyler Perry film, five single moms come together to find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood. Through their bond, they learn to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way as single moms.

 

To celebrate the release of "The Single Mom's Club" we're giving away a fun movie prize pack to one lucky fan!  Enter to win and be sure to check out "The Single Moms Club" when it hits theaters on March 14.

 

1. Like MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter

2. Tweet and comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNMovies #SingleMomsClub giveaway!

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Oscar nominated film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney now available on DVD

By MSN Movies Feb 24, 2014 8:47AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Disaster strikes as Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). Left alone, Dr. Stone in the darkness must try to figure out a way back to Earth.

 

Experience this space brilliant and critically acclaimed space adventure as the Oscar nominated film for Best Picture hits Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25. To celebrate the release we're giving away a copy of the movie to one lucky fan!

 

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"Gravity" is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25.

 

 

Enter to win a free iPad and steak from Omaha Steaks!

By MSN Movies Feb 19, 2014 12:02PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, the critically acclaimed "Nebraska" starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte and June Squibb is a story of an aging father and son and their journey from Montana to Nebraska.

 

Bing: More about Bruce Dern | More on Will Forte

 

This drama that has captured the hearts of America and movie going audiences is now available digitally. To celebrate the release, we're giving away this amazing prize to one lucky winner! The winner will receive a copy of "Nebraska" on Blu-ray, a $50 steak certificate from Omaha Steaks and an iPad!

 

Follow these steps to enter the giveaway:

 

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"Nebraska" is out on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 25. In the meantime, check out this exclusive clip!

 

 

 
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