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JOHN CUSACK ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT WITH PARAMOUNT PICTURES

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 JOHN CUSACK ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT WITH PARAMOUNT PICTURES
 HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- John Cusack has entered into a "first-look" acting, directing and producing agreement with Paramount Pictures, it was announced today. He will maintain a development office at the Paramount studio in Hollywood.
 "John is an outstanding talent with whom Paramount is very proud to have an overall affiliation," said John Goldwyn, president of Paramount's Motion Picture Group/Production. "We are extremely pleased that he has decided to make Paramount his home and look forward to working with him and many of the talented people he has attracted through his fine work in film and theater."
 Cusack's stand-out film performances include his first starring role in Rob Reiner's "The Sure Thing" (1985) and his critically acclaimed role in Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything" (1989). In John Sayles' film "Eight Men Out" (1988), Cusack portrayed George "Buck" Weaver, the Chicago White Sox third baseman swept up in the 1919 World Series scandal.
 In 1990, he drew plaudits for his performance in Stephen Frears' "The Grifters," which co-starred Anjelica Huston and was produced by Martin Scorsese, and in 1991 for Paramount's film "True Colors," co- starring James Spader and directed by Herbert Ross.
 Most recently, Cusack was part of Woody Allen's ensemble cast in "Shadows and Fog." He also had a cameo role in Robert Altman's highly acclaimed film "The Player."
 He will also appear in a cameo role in Paramount's release next September of the Miramax film "Bob Roberts," a scathing political satire written, directed and starring Tim Robbins.
 When Cusack is not involved with a film project, he goes back to his roots in the theater. Several years ago, he formed New Crime Productions, a Chicago theatrical troupe. For that group, he has directed two satirical plays, and he won a "Jeff Citation" for best director at the Joseph Jefferson Awards, the most prestigious recognition given for local theater in the Chicago area.
 Cusack's deal with Paramount Pictures was negotiated for him by John Burnham of the William Morris Agency.
 Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Paramount Communications Inc.
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