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Paramount cuts ties with Tom Cruise: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures unit is ending its 14-year relationship with Tom Cruise's film production company because of the actor's offscreen behavior, the company's chairman said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

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Sumner Redstone, Viacom chairman, said the behavior of the star of the "Mission: Impossible" series and "Top Gun" was unacceptable to the company, according to the Wall Street Journal story e-mailed to reporters.

Cruise, one of Hollywood's biggest stars, has been known more recently for his antics on U.S. television talk shows, including jumping up and down on Oprah Winfrey's couch to declare his love for Katie Holmes and criticizing the use of antidepressant drugs.

"As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal," Redstone was quoted as saying in the Wall Street Journal. "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount."

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I have to wonder...

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... if this is a domino effect from Mel Gibson's public embarrassment. Has the movie industry finally started to worry about how the US public may view them?

grim

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(NT) (NT) i would hope so

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Grim, I have to wonder if they'd have done the same...

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had MI3 done the same sort of box office business as numbers 1 and 2!

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Hmmmmm, maybe the public is turned off eh?

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Maybe they want to send a message to others who think they are too big to fail. They could also be tired of risking big investments on a looney.

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I suspect not.

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Wink

A money maker can be forgiven their peccadilloes in the eyes of their employers.

Still... Tom's been carrying on for quite a while. I think Mel's behavior and the accompanying backlash makes the studio heads all over La La Land a bit more sensitive to public appearance. That... and maybe Tom's production company maybe promoting nothing but crap. After all... he may be pushing for the sequel to John Travolta's Scientology epic.

Can you imagine BATTLE FIELD EARTH 2 : THE SEARCH FOR SURI?

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grim
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(NT) (NT) Now, if Mr. Redstone should suddenly disappear ...

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That's like comparing a hurricane with a balmy breeze.

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There is no comparison.

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(NT) (NT) Bottom line...Tom Cruise is a friggin FREAK!!!

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(NT) (NT) I have to wonder what Mel Gibson has to do with this

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Nothing whatsoever. Rare overindulgence accompanied by angry

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outbursts have never, to my knowledge, damaged a career. There may be, however, a desire to lump those who have exhibited personal values with the looney, unrefective types.

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I wonder...

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How does one go about convincing a scientologist, whom disbelieves in psychiatry, that they need to see a psychiatrist?

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In computer processing, it's called a deadly embrace.

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Things tend to freeze or self destruct at that point.

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OMG!! Look at this Awsome creepy picture of Tom Cruise !!

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