Tabloid Whore!



Looks like Tom Cruise better shape up and do some serious PR repair work fast. Cruise's production company Cruise/Wagner Productions has been dumped by Paramount Pictures after 14 years due to Cruise's "controversial conduct" over the past year. Freakin' ouch. Sumner Redstone, who runs Viacom, the parent company of Paramount Pictures reportedly believes Cruise's behavior was the cause of Mission Impossible III tanking and was quoted in The Wall Street Journal as saying it "cost his latest movie, “Mission: Impossible III,” $100 million to $150 million in ticket sales." Redstone added, "As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal." "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount." “It’s nothing to do with his acting ability, he’s a terrific actor,” Redstone said. “But we don’t think that someone who effectuates creative suicide and costs the company revenue should be on the lot.” Is it too late to save Tom Cruise? I have a feeling after this, we might be seeing Tom, Kate and Suri on Oprah real soon. Plus, he needs to dump that Scientology crap in a big, bad way...I blame that more than anything for his downfall. Brainwashers. Sorry.
Source: Reuters
Update: Cruise's production partner Paula Wagner countered Redstone's statements by saying, "Whatever remarks Mr. Redstone would make about Tom Cruise personally or as an actor have no bearing on what this business issue is." "There must be another agenda that the studio has in mind to take one of their greatest assets and malign him this way." "We in fact made a decision not to continue our relationship with Paramount Pictures," she said. Reuters


Anonymous Rayray said...

Can any one say Future Michael Jackson here? Freak!

5:07 PM, August 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a lot of people have gotten turned off by his strange behavior ever since Oprah. He really fucked up. I think everyone thinks he's nuts and the tabloids are making him look worse. He really did it to himself. Plus, being a Scientology freak doesn't help....

5:37 PM, August 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another point of view is that has been brave of him to stand up and take on a very difficult issue - the side-effects and over-prescription of anti-depressants.

6:18 PM, August 22, 2006  
Anonymous amy said...

Yeah well if he gets sad from being dumped, he can go take his vitamins to make him feel better.

7:10 PM, August 22, 2006  
Blogger DrDiSaia said...

The word is that he is no longer a good risk. Hope he saved his millions well.

7:14 PM, August 22, 2006  
Blogger GP said...

I don't know...

To single out the reasons for the end of the relationship is a personal attack on Cruise. Even if that is the reason, Paramount could have said the relationship was not renewed because "mutually beneficial terms could not be met." For Sumner to personally give those reasons to the press goes beyond the impact of ending the relationship, into a personal attack that jeopardizes his ability to form a new agreement with a new studio.

I believe there is something more going on here. Maybe some behind the scenes business stories we haven't heard or maybe Sumner knows some personal information that is about to become public and he is trying to distance himself from Tom in advance. I don't believe publicly jumping on Oprah's coach and jumping down Matt Lauer's throat about meds is enough to through away a huge international star (the star may be fading, but there is still a lot of international money to be made off of that million dollar smile.)

7:39 PM, August 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GP, I totally agree with you. I think the comments were unnecessary, there's more to the story.

Isn't Hollywood strange? Rewarding people like Paris Hilton.

Scientology is way over the top, but there's truth to the fact that we do over-medicate ourselves and our kids. We don't use exercise and vitamins as much as we could.

But there's no figuring out Hollywood. Look, they give a Best Director award to a convicted pedophile.

8:43 PM, August 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, as far as i know (wich means some rumors about the negotiations...)paramount didn't really come to the table moneywise.
so for cruise to accept their offer, would be like a demotion to him.
he basically had to say no...and paramount knew that.

i don't think anyones career is ever over. not in hollywood. everyone can make a comeback...if they really want it.
plus mission impossible didn't really did however underperform by cruise's standards.

so, while i can absolutely not agree with the way he chose to dump his cult-shit on us, i still do consider him a very good actor.
i would'nt write him off yet.
his blockbusters are still way more watchable than the shit the rest of the bunch produces every year.

my advise: Shut up and work Tom Cruise!

10:32 PM, August 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Brooke Shields is happy today!

5:36 AM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being an holistic nutritionist and having been afflicted with severe deprssion more than once, sometimes you have to make decisions you wouldn't ordinarily make. Brooke wanted to kill herself and had thoughts of killing her child, she needed help really fast. Hopefully she and others take care of themselves in a more holistic manner, but when you're talking suicide, time is of the essence. Plus, educating others to alternative practies doesn't mean condemning them for their current choices, it means helping them expolre other means and helping them to learn that there are other options. Tom Cruise acted like a bully and an asshole, quite frankly. He dead set against mental health drugs and that's cool, but how about education rather than tyranny? He acts like a bully all the time, that's why no-one wants to work with him or be around him anymore. Spread love, Tommy, not hate. He acts all happy, but it's really just passive agressive "my way or the highway" bullshit.

7:56 AM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...I agree about his recent PR...but Mission III did just shy of $400 million worldwide...a far,far, cry from a tank...maybe not as much as it could of done if he had kept a lid on...but still...$400 million!!...when $400 million is a are certainly the biggest movie star in the world.

10:05 AM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ONLY reason I saw any of the Mission Impossible films was because I was a huge fan of the TV show. I saw them in spite of Cruise being in them. There are tons of fans who got goosebumps just hearing the theme song in a theatre. Those films would have done well no matter what. They were big budget productions, HEAVILY promoted. Sure, Cruise's name probably brought in some people, but I don't think he brought in as many as you might think...especially in light of the fact that he totally sucked in those films. I give him total props for being the perfect Lestat and he was surprisingly not annoying in Collateral, but anything else forget it. Not a fan. Everything I've seen him in I have seen in spite of him being in it because I loved the TV show, read the book, or because Jamie Foxx was in it. I'm seriously worried that Jamie Foxx has also lost his mind these days, but that's a bitchfest for a different day...

11:38 AM, August 23, 2006  
Blogger Kea Renee said...

I had the strangest dream about him the other night after I had read this in AOL entertainment. But like his films, it wasn't that great since I didn't remember

1:17 PM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly do you think Tom Cruise really needs Paramount??? Let's think about this, what movies has Paramount done in the past 6 years that have been successful? Who was the star? Yeah, that's what I thought. Mr. Redstone who was a producer on the Sopranos may actually run that poor studio into the ground yet. (However, TC was the only thing it actually had going for it upon his arrival). I have friends that work at Paramount and they are not happy campers. 'nuff said.

2:17 PM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and TC a bully? He is actually one of the most professional and organized people in Hollywood. TC and company will do quite well without Paramount and let's see how long Mr. Redstone lasts at the helm.

2:23 PM, August 23, 2006  
Blogger GP said...

I just want to say "props" to TW for her TC photo selection. Everytime I check on this story that photo makes me laugh harder. (It reminds me of Ben Stiller's hilarious impression of Tom on SNL.)

5:15 PM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Lennox532 said...

I don't think he can shut up and work because the cult and his own ego won't let him. He once had a way about him - so you couldn't help but like him (but PLEASE he was never a great actor). Sometimes too much information blows an actor's mystique and we tire of them. I'm overly tired of him - please stop the coverage. I'm with Redstone - free up that Paramount $$ to attract someone interesting....

8:34 PM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:17 / 2:23, I tend to agree with that.

Sumner may be suffering from a touch of senility.

How can CAA or any major player respect a studio that shows such total ineptitude in commenting to the press.

No doubt with movies facing new competition, TC had to take a pay cut. The next year or so will show how pissed the public is with his antics. Personally, it never bothered me, except when he claimed postpartum was an imaginary choice.

Now a few A-listers don't have to deal with the Cruise factor. He's been slapped and beaten a little.

Sumner Redstone was out of line...

8:59 AM, August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Pat Kingsley's rates went up this week!

9:00 AM, August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah so....Um...AFTER he was canned they decide to issue a statement saying "well, actually WE terminated the agreement." Uh, sure...Likely. I'm rubber you're glue...

10:17 AM, August 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha ha tom....what goes around comes around

11:07 AM, August 28, 2006  

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