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Paramount ends production deal with Cruise (Hollwood Has MOment of Clarity Alert)
Reuters ^

Posted on 08/22/2006 7:18:12 PM PDT by Xth Legion

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Paramount Pictures has severed its 14-year-old ties to Tom Cruise's production company because of his off-screen behaviour, the chairman of the studio's parent company said on Wednesday in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

The report signalled the end of one of the most lucrative production deals commanded by any A-list Hollywood star and followed other signs that Cruise's public stature had been damaged by his conduct during the past year.

(Excerpt) Read more at today.reuters.co.uk ...


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WOW -- Even Hollywood can have a moment of clarity
1 posted on 08/22/2006 7:18:14 PM PDT by Xth Legion
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To: Xth Legion

So does this mean Tom can come out of the closet now?


2 posted on 08/22/2006 7:19:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Xth Legion

Wonder if this was covered in the pre-nup?


3 posted on 08/22/2006 7:20:12 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Thailand?)
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To: Xth Legion

Rita Cosby damn near had a stroke at the beginning of Scarborough's show, talking about this.

He is done.

And I fully expect him to act even weirder now, if that's at all possible.


4 posted on 08/22/2006 7:20:46 PM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: Xth Legion
Never quite got the Tom Cruise phenomenon.

He was OK in "Rainman" but then again, in that movie, he didn't have to act. He just had to be himself. A flaming a*hole.

5 posted on 08/22/2006 7:20:52 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am a big fan of urban sprawl but I wish there were more sidewalks)
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To: dfwgator

You mean out of the spaceship that surrounds the outer rim of a black hole known as Hollywood ;-)


6 posted on 08/22/2006 7:21:22 PM PDT by Xth Legion (Peace is a great alternative, after you've won!)
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To: Xth Legion

He was right on the money on his opinions of psychology and the witch doctors who practice it.


7 posted on 08/22/2006 7:22:45 PM PDT by TimesDomain (When a judge declares himself "MASTER", you become his "SLAVE")
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To: Xth Legion



I'd rather be Mel Gibson than Tom Cruise right now.


8 posted on 08/22/2006 7:22:48 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell (Try reading the article before you post)
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To: Xth Legion

lol! And he thought he was on a mojo roll! Poor thing, maybe he can start touring with the dixie chicks. I hear they're getting pretty desperate to sell those concert tickets.


9 posted on 08/22/2006 7:23:38 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual...if they sense scorn or ridicule, they'll flee)
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To: Xth Legion

It wasn't his off screen behavior, it was his slipping status as a moneymaker. Hollywood will support you no matter how freaky you act, as long as you're bringing home the bacon.


10 posted on 08/22/2006 7:23:51 PM PDT by proust
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To: Xth Legion

GREAT! About time this jackass got treated like a jackass!


11 posted on 08/22/2006 7:26:00 PM PDT by FixitGuy
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To: proust

If that were the case then he would be fine. MI3 did quite well this summer.


12 posted on 08/22/2006 7:26:00 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Howlin
He is done.

No, he's not done. All but two of the starring roles he's had in the past 14 years made over $100 mil.

13 posted on 08/22/2006 7:26:12 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Darkwolf377

And the two that didn't (Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia) are better then all the others.


14 posted on 08/22/2006 7:27:14 PM PDT by Borges
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To: SamAdams76

I'll admit I thought he was pretty good in that movie he played a JAG---"A Few Good Men"---I think was the title.


15 posted on 08/22/2006 7:27:25 PM PDT by strategofr (The Temping of America, Robert Bork, read this book and get back the Constitution)
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To: dfwgator

16 posted on 08/22/2006 7:27:25 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts ("Liberals see what they believe... Conservatives believe what they see")
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To: Borges
I didn't count Magnolia, since he was only a co-star in that. But I agree with your assessment, with one exception--Collateral.

People seem to think somehow Cruise has been kicked out of the movie business. He's going to to do just fine. I'm not crazy about him but think he's a decent actor. Collateral was my favorite of his movies.

17 posted on 08/22/2006 7:29:05 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Borges

Not when compared to his earnings in previous years. He had a longer shelf life than most, but eventually you get put out to pasture.


18 posted on 08/22/2006 7:29:10 PM PDT by proust
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To: strategofr
---"A Few Good Men"---I think was the title.

I still wish Nicholson had kicked his a@@ in that movie.

19 posted on 08/22/2006 7:29:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


20 posted on 08/22/2006 7:30:53 PM PDT by strategofr (The Temping of America, Robert Bork, read this book and get back the Constitution)
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To: TimesDomain
Well, if you want to throw the placenta eater a crumb, go right ahead. Tom boy blew it when he tried his know-it-all routine, announcing that postpartum depression is all in women's heads. T.C. is a freaky jerk.
21 posted on 08/22/2006 7:31:05 PM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: Darkwolf377

Look at the profit margin those movies made. He's done.


22 posted on 08/22/2006 7:32:03 PM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: dfwgator

Did they really have baby? Haven't seen any proof of one. What was the SINGLE Ms. Holmes thinking? Has anyone seen her after the "birth"?


23 posted on 08/22/2006 7:32:52 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: demkicker

Do you know how many films flat out flop and still get actors big roles time in and out? Colin Farrell can't bring in an audience to save his life yet still get leading roles. Cruise is one of the most bankable names around.


24 posted on 08/22/2006 7:34:57 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Xth Legion
I suppose now we can look forward to, The Passion of L. Ron Hubbard...
25 posted on 08/22/2006 7:35:10 PM PDT by Bernard (God helps those who helps themselves - The US Government takes in the rest.)
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To: Xth Legion

Cruise is toast! His ass belongs to Xenu now. LRon wouldn't have him anymore.


26 posted on 08/22/2006 7:35:20 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: demkicker
Look at the profit margin those movies made. He's done.

No, he's not done. The profit margin on those movies is just fine when ancillary and foreign are added in. They don't toss $100 mil budgets at someone just because he has a development deal with them. George Clooney's made nothing but huge losers and he's far from "done"--Cruise movies consistently make over $100 mil; Hollywood looks for someone who can open a movie, and Cruise does that. The profit margin is more about the studio and the producers.

Crusie hasn't been kicked out of the industry; he's just lost a development deal. He no doubt has development deal offers from every other studio sitting on his desk right now. This kind of thing happens all the time.

27 posted on 08/22/2006 7:36:32 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: SamAdams76
How bad an actor does one have to be to ruin a great movie like "War of the Worlds"?

Glad I didn't spend ticket bucks to see it at the theatre. Now HBO has apparently decided to run it every 18 hours or so, just to rub it in..

28 posted on 08/22/2006 7:37:15 PM PDT by capt. norm (Bumper Sticker: Honk if you've never seen an Uzi shoot from a car window.)
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To: TimesDomain

That's not really the point. He was saying that Brook was crazy, then he goes an pulls the Oprah stunt and comes off wackyer than a baboon.


29 posted on 08/22/2006 7:38:11 PM PDT by phoenix0468 (http://www.mylocalforum.com -- Go Speak Your Mind.)
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To: demkicker
George Clooney's made nothing but huge losers

Except for the ensemble "Ocean's" movies and "The Perfect Storm" and the Batman movie he did, Clooney's never had a +$100 mil hit. Cruise, on the other hand, rarely has had an under-$100 mil performer.

30 posted on 08/22/2006 7:39:00 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: Darkwolf377

Unless he signs onto a helluva blockbuster script, I still say the public is sick of him and his strange antics. Don't think he'll bring in the masses anymore. Say what you want, but he's a freak and makes people uncomfortable and not willing to shell out good money to watch him on the big screen.


31 posted on 08/22/2006 7:43:25 PM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: Darkwolf377

I think you've got me mixed up with someone else. I've been talking about Cruise, not Clooney.


32 posted on 08/22/2006 7:46:22 PM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: Darkwolf377
Crusie hasn't been kicked out of the industry; he's just lost a development deal. He no doubt has development deal offers from every other studio sitting on his desk right now. This kind of thing happens all the time.

The only problem with this is the studio's statement. If this were just a run-of-the-mill business deal, they should have issued a boilerplate statement about how Paramount and Cruise "mutually agreed to pursue other ventures" or some other such feel-good mush. Instead, Sumner Redstone called out Cruise's behavior.

There's something else going on here - my feeling is that Paramount has just fired a shot across the bows of all the A-list script readers in Hollywood. Namely, I think they're saying, "In case you haven't noticed, our industry isn't doing so good these days. It's time you guys shared some of the pain." It'll be interesting to see how the rest of Hollywood reacts to this, as well as the Scientologists.

33 posted on 08/22/2006 7:56:55 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: demkicker

The facts don't bear you out. WOTW was released at the height of the publicity over his idiocy and still made a ton.


34 posted on 08/22/2006 7:59:00 PM PDT by Borges
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To: TexasNative2000; Howlin; Borges

What Cruise can do now, in the year 2006, is to sue Paramount for civil rights damages... religious discrimination or whatever.


35 posted on 08/22/2006 8:09:57 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: SteveMcKing

*Snicker*


36 posted on 08/22/2006 8:11:30 PM PDT by Howlin (Pres.Bush ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing foreign countries right on our borders!!~~Zook)
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To: Borges
Then what do you attribute Paramount's decision to?

Looks like Cruise fatigue has set in and the studios are sick of paying his ridiculously high salary.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,188585,00.html

37 posted on 08/22/2006 8:14:39 PM PDT by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are intimate bedfellows)
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To: demkicker
what I find amazing is Paramounts recent pickup of the makers of South Park..timing is everything.
38 posted on 08/22/2006 8:20:13 PM PDT by coloradomomba
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To: CFC__VRWC
Yes, it will be interesting.

Cruise has always, always given me the willies. IMHO this jerk is an unconvincing actor and incapable of functioning rationally without a script to follow.

I can grasp the paranoia all celebrities must feel regarding safety issues...but Cruise is off the chart here.

I have this creepy belief that Cruise and Travolta and other celebrities hooked into that totally vile scientology cult bull$hit are drowning from its heavy rule laden weight.

Worse, they are susceptible to blackmail out the ying-yang since scientology is ALL ABOUT the PSYCHOLOGY it professes to despise.

Audit sessions, at thousands per hour, over years, capture each members deepest shame, deepest secrets and could easily be used by the folks running the show at the top as the perfect blackmail machine.

Audit sessions are series of questions and answers designed to rid the cult victim of all of his or her 'nasty', 'effectual', 'nonproductive thoughts or prior actions' in the effort to rid them of all negatives in their character. ( Negatives as defined by its originator, that is.) (Hubbard believes all these negatives derive from an outer space invader.)

Therefore, there is a drive in this cult to bring in celebrities (rich celebrities, that is) who may be susceptible the to bull#hit scientology has to offer (at a price, A GREAT BIG PRICE, of course.) This drive to capture rich folks, while certainly trying to capture and rob the non-rich, too, is a large part of the cult's work. Scientology puts a huge premium on getting itself inserted into member's wills.)

I truly believe that the biggest part of tom's plight is that he has to promote this cult to protect his big secret (or secrets). And I suspect this big secret has a great deal to do with tom's obvious struggle to appear masculine, heroically masculine.

No one is more disappointed if tom's income drops than the hucksters at the top of scientology cult's dynasty.

39 posted on 08/22/2006 8:27:15 PM PDT by Republic (I have AMAZING CONFIDENCE and TRUST in our PRESIDENT! I LOVE HIM and his ENTIRE TEAM!)
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To: Borges

About 200 million short of expectations according to the story (worlwide sales) so it may not have tanked, but it didn't do "quite well".


40 posted on 08/22/2006 8:32:18 PM PDT by tongue-tied (Go Cubs!)
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To: tongue-tied; Borges

My bad--20 million, not 200.


41 posted on 08/22/2006 8:38:45 PM PDT by tongue-tied (Go Cubs!)
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To: Xth Legion

actually..love him or hate him..he has made stars..brad pitt..antonio banderas..renee zellwegger..cuba gooding jr..just to name a few..he is a member of the loony tunes..I find it ironic that he got his first role in Brooke Shield's "Endless Love"..and his antics about Ms Shields would be his downfall..Irony can be so Ironic..


42 posted on 08/22/2006 8:41:49 PM PDT by BerniesFriend
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43 posted on 08/22/2006 8:43:29 PM PDT by Petronski (Living His life abundantly.)
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To: TimesDomain

L. Ron was a psychotic charlatan.


44 posted on 08/22/2006 8:44:32 PM PDT by Petronski (Living His life abundantly.)
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To: Petronski

You can always count on Petronski's Nelson posts.


45 posted on 08/22/2006 8:54:58 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: small voice in the wilderness

Puppet Show, Dixie Chicks, and Tom Cruise...


46 posted on 08/23/2006 6:22:46 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: demkicker

I'm comparing Cruise with Clooney, as they are both stars. Cruise has made hits; Clooney hasn't, yet his career is going just fine. Thus my larger point: Cruise isn't finished by a long shot as long as he bringing in the bucks, which he does.


47 posted on 08/23/2006 7:48:34 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: demkicker
Unless he signs onto a helluva blockbuster script, I still say the public is sick of him and his strange antics. Don't think he'll bring in the masses anymore. Say what you want, but he's a freak and makes people uncomfortable and not willing to shell out good money to watch him on the big screen.

I'm basing my position on facts, not feelings. If you think $130+ for a movie after a year of bad publicity means the public is sick of him, we'll just have to disagree.

48 posted on 08/23/2006 7:49:42 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: demkicker
Unless he signs onto a helluva blockbuster script, I still say the public is sick of him and his strange antics. Don't think he'll bring in the masses anymore. Say what you want, but he's a freak and makes people uncomfortable and not willing to shell out good money to watch him on the big screen.

I'm basing my position on facts, not feelings. If you think $130million+ for a movie after a year of bad publicity means the public is sick of him, we'll just have to disagree.

49 posted on 08/23/2006 7:49:56 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: TimesDomain
He was right on the money on his opinions of psychology and the witch doctors who practice it.

Spoken just like someone who has never met a schizophrenic, nor suffered post-partum depression.

50 posted on 08/23/2006 11:12:55 AM PDT by grellis (I don't know, let me ask my I Ching)
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