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Say Anything: John Cusack to play Rush Limbaugh in upcoming film

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John Cusack receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

Hollywood heartthrob John Cusack is set to portray radio firebrand Rush Limbaugh in a film about the controversial conservative, according to the actor's production company.

Betty Thomas is tapped to direct. She helmed "Private Parts", the well-received film about another shock jock, Howard Stern, which starred the King of All Media.

Limbaugh has been a mainstay on afternoon AM radio for decades in a colorful career that had as many highlights as lowlights.  In 1995, the staunch Republican, when talking to his audience about drug abusers said authorities should "find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river." In October of 2003  he admitted to being addicted to prescription pain medications.

But most recently Limbaugh called a female Georgetown law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" after she testified to Democrats in Congress that health plans should pay for birth control.


Can you hear me now: LAPD's 12-hour radio fail


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The Los Angeles Police Department experienced a 12 hours of radio interruption this week when a power outage caused communications to go down. The incident occurred Tuesday during a test of a backup generator at the Mount Lee communications facility near the Hollywood sign.

According to Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith, backup systems activated during the test fail, and officers continued to respond to emergengies. There was no danger to public safety, he said, adding that the department is allowed to test its emergency response operations.

Police station-to-squad car communication was not interrupted and on-board car computers reportedly continued to operate as normal.

Councilman Mitch Englander commented to the Daily News that the interruption put the officers and public at risk and said he will call for the dismissal of General Services Department general manager Tony Royster.