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.
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