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Paramount cuts ties with Tom Cruise: WSJ

by Mark5019 / August 22, 2006 12:25 PM PDT

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.


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...
by grimgraphix / August 22, 2006 1:05 PM PDT

... 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?


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(NT) (NT) i would hope so
by Mark5019 / August 22, 2006 1:10 PM PDT
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Grim, I have to wonder if they'd have done the same...
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / August 22, 2006 1:21 PM PDT
In reply to: I have to wonder...

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?
by Kiddpeat / August 22, 2006 2:13 PM PDT

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.
by grimgraphix / August 22, 2006 3:28 PM PDT

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.


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(NT) (NT) Now, if Mr. Redstone should suddenly disappear ...
by drpruner / August 23, 2006 9:08 AM PDT
In reply to: I suspect not.
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That's like comparing a hurricane with a balmy breeze.
by Kiddpeat / August 22, 2006 2:11 PM PDT
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There is no comparison.

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(NT) (NT) Bottom line...Tom Cruise is a friggin FREAK!!!
by Jack Ammann / August 22, 2006 8:01 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) I have to wonder what Mel Gibson has to do with this
by Evie / August 23, 2006 3:13 AM PDT
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Nothing whatsoever. Rare overindulgence accompanied by angry
by Kiddpeat / August 23, 2006 3:24 AM PDT

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...
by C1ay / August 23, 2006 3:21 AM PDT

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.
by Kiddpeat / August 23, 2006 3:26 AM PDT
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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 !!
by iguanna2 / August 29, 2006 5:14 PM PDT
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