Cusack says he wanted film to tell human side of Iraq war toll

NEW YORK - In 'Grace is Gone,' John Cusack plays a young father struggling to tell his daughters their mother has been killed in Iraq. He says he wanted to get inside one family's grief and the Iraq war's personal toll.

'I just wanted to do something that just told the human side of it and would allow people of any ideological perspective to kind of come together and find common ground,' Cusack told ABC's 'This Week' in an interview that aired Sunday.

In the Weinstein Co. drama, Cusack's character delays telling his two daughters about their mother's death, instead taking them on a road trip while the former military man sorts out his complicated feelings about the war.

Illinois governor attends Hannah Montana concert

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Zeal for superstar Hannah Montana drew scores of admirers - including Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his family - many of whom shelled out hundreds of dollars for tickets to a Rosemont concert.

'We're big fans,' Blagojevich, who was accompanied by his wife and two daughters, said before Saturday's concert. 'I've seen every 'Hannah Montana' episode.'

The fervor surrounding the Disney Channel superstar was intense and Allstate Arena usher manger Jim Hennessy called it 'the hottest ticket in 20 years.'

'Idol' finalist out of lineup for concert after recent arrest

TAMPA, Fla. - The organizer of a concert billed as a holiday tribute to U.S. troops said Sunday that former 'American Idol' finalist Jessica Sierra was disinvited from performing after her recent arrest.

But even if Sierra wanted to sing at the event Friday in Washington, she couldn't.

The 22-year-old is being held without bail at the Hillsborough County jail in Tampa on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest. She is to remain there at least until her next hearing, scheduled Dec. 20.

- From wire reports