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  • The Good Germans: Valkyrie

    12/29/2008 12:21:59 PM PST · by Victory111 · 12 replies · 814+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 12-29-08 | David Forsmark
    Cruise is just fine as Stauffenberg, keeping his signature quirks and grin in check. He generates enough charisma to reflect why people were willing to follow Stauffenberg quite literally into Hell, without turning the film into Tom Cruise Takes on Hitler. Whatever problems people have with his performance, they brought with them into the theater. I suspect if mainstream media darling George Clooney had made the very same film, he would be no better in the role, but the tone of the critical commentary would be very different. David Bamber is a very scary Hitler who resists the urge to...
  • FBI launches investigation into missing cruise ship passenger

    12/29/2008 11:04:48 AM PST · by cll · 38 replies · 2,585+ views
    So. FL Sun Sentinel via ^ | 12/29/2008 | Sofia Santana
    MIAMI | A Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship at the center of a missing person mystery returned to the Port of Miami on Sunday morning, where FBI agents stood waiting. Sunday they launched an investigation into the disappearance of Jennifer Seitz, 36, who was a passenger aboard the Norwegian Pearl, officials said. “We’re looking to see if a crime was committed on the high seas,” said FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock. He added that agents interviewed numerous passengers and crew members Sunday morning and searched the cabin Seitz was staying in for any potential clues to what may have happened...
  • "Valkyrie" is Better - and Worse - Than I Expected

    12/28/2008 2:09:09 PM PST · by AJKauf · 268 replies · 4,961+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 28, 2008 | Ron Rosenbaum
    Well Tom Cruise is better. Not great. Still too callow (Killing Hitler is “Risky Business”) and not really convincing as a German aristo. But the problem is with the film’s Hitler and it’s skewing of history. Hitler seems to be the bad guy in this movie mainly because he’s poorly groomed and has bad posture–that’s how you can tell he’s a mass murderer. At least compared with the impeccably dressed anti-Hitler aristo-officer conspirators...
  • Is Horrible 'Valkyrie' Tom Cruise's Nazi Apologia?

    12/26/2008 4:27:13 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 142 replies · 3,694+ views ^ | December 26, 2008 | Roger Friedman
    Say what you will about Tom Cruise’s acting in other movies; in "Valkyrie," which opened yesterday, he is awful. Amid British and European actors, Cruise stands out like a sore thumb. He doesn’t even attempt a German accent, his mannerisms are all from his "Jerry Maguire" era, and his earnestness suggests at best some kind of fictional American soldier trying to infiltrate the Luftwaffe. You knew it would be bad, and it is. I’m more concerned that “Valkyrie” could represent a new trend in filmmaking: Nazi apologia. We know already what Valkyrie is about: a group of German soldiers who...
  • Fred Thompson Jokes About the Election

    12/10/2008 5:53:07 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 6 replies · 747+ views
    YouTube ^ | 11/16/08 | Fred Thompson
    Click here for the video from the cruise. (NRO's post election cruise)
  • Mitt Romney Jokes About Hillary's Loss

    12/10/2008 5:43:26 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 185 replies · 2,650+ views
    YouTube ^ | 11/16/08 | Mitt Romney
    Click here for video from the cruise.
  • Could Pirates Attack Your Cruise Ship?

    12/02/2008 5:16:45 AM PST · by cll · 29 replies · 1,571+ views
    Cruise Critic ^ | 12/01/2008 | Carolyn Spencer Brown
    When Oceania Cruises announced this weekend that pirates had attempted to approach its Nautica as it cruised through the Gulf of Aden, it heightened existing concerns about passenger and cruise ship safety in that dangerous part of the world. Nautica's captain, officers and crew successfully evaded the pirates yesterday, which is obviously the good news. No one was injured, and the ship is not even off schedule at this point. Still, increasing attacks by pirates on cargo vessels and oil tankers, not to mention this latest incident affecting a cruise ship, begs the question: If you're on a cruise ship...
  • National Review Cruise

    11/19/2008 6:30:23 AM PST · by hilaryrhymeswithrich · 8 replies · 460+ views
    Kabuki Village ^ | November 19, 2008 | Kabuki Village
    Vanity...for those interested in the National Review post-election cruise.
  • Pictured: The world's most luxurious cruise liner that really is a 'floating city'

    11/02/2008 1:48:34 PM PST · by traumer · 36 replies · 2,001+ views
    These amazing images show the world's largest ever cruise liner taking shape, complete with "beach pool", shopping mall, rock-climbing walls, outdoor ampitheatre, and New York-style loft suites. The state-of-the-art "travelling city" is being built on dry-docks in Finland. Built for Royal Caribbean International, when Oasis of the Seas launches next November, she will be the largest and most revolutionary cruise ship in the world. The liner will span 16 decks, encompass 220,000 gross registered tons (GRT), carry 5,400 guests and feature 2,700 staterooms. Oasis of the Seas will be the first ship to tout the cruise line's new neighborhood concept...
  • Message in a bottle found 35 years after being thrown overboard

    10/07/2008 1:45:27 PM PDT · by BGHater · 28 replies · 2,595+ views
    The Advocate ^ | 05 Oct 2008 | Sarah Lipman
    Evan Buffington knew what he had found as soon as he spotted it in the sand. The bottle was imbedded in a small island no more than 48 square miles called Middle Caicos, part of the British West Indies. Buffington found it while vacationing with his family in late August, on a hike with the men of the family. Buffington, a resident of Makanda, Ill., dug out the bottle and brushed off the sand. It was a clear glass Tab cola bottle, with a cork inside and an aluminum screw top to keep it sealed. Some moisture had seeped in,...
  • Paula Wagner Is in Talks To Leave United Artists Post (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/13/2008 4:56:51 PM PDT · by abb · 15 replies · 189+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 13, 2008 | LAUREN A.E. SCHUKER
    In a high-profile shake-up at the recently revived United Artists movie label, Paula Wagner -- the longtime business partner of Tom Cruise -- is in talks with UA parent MGM to leave her post as UA's chief executive, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ms. Wagner, a former talent agent, and Mr. Cruise arrived at UA in 2006 with great fanfare and plans for resurrecting the historic film company. Ms. Wagner and Mr. Cruise received a minority stake in UA estimated at the time to be around 30%. Under Ms. Wagner the label secured a $500 million film...
  • Scientology may have done a lot for Tom Cruise except...

    08/11/2008 4:27:51 PM PDT · by brycemax · 4 replies · 286+ views
    Tom Cruise likes to ramble on and on about the wonders of Scientology and how much it helps people. However, when it comes to Tom, it looks like Scientology has come up a little short! NOTE: The Author of this comic requests that you visit his site and refrain from copying the cartoon in the thread. Thanks much!!
  • America Supports You: Lake Michigan Cruise Recognizes Veterans

    06/24/2008 4:35:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 32+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Meghan Vittrup
    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2008 – Veterans can once again enjoy an afternoon cruising Lake Michigan, sharing tributes and building relationships thanks to one Illinois group. Kup’s Purple Heart Cruises began in 1945 when Irv Kupcinet also known as “Kup,” a Chicago Sun Times columnist, wanted to do something for servicemembers coming back from World War II. The 50-year tradition ended with its last cruise in 1995. Twelve years later, David Kupcinet decided to re-launch his grandfather’s renowned Kup’s Purple Heart Cruises. After fours year of planning the successfully re-launched cruise took place July 31, 2007. Kupcinet said the cruise...
  • Cruise cameras show woman fell while alone

    05/15/2008 5:18:21 AM PDT · by grjr21 · 43 replies · 106+ views ^ | Thu, May. 15, 2008 | Troy Graham
    Surveillance cameras on the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship show a Camden County woman was alone on her balcony when she fell overboard Sunday, the cruise line said last night. The Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement that hallway cameras and cameras on the sides of the ship "confirmed that Mindy Jordan was in her stateroom alone at the time of the incident." The family of Jordan, 46, of Pine Hill, said Tuesday that it suspected foul play. The family could not be reached last night after the cruise ship's statement was released. The company did not characterize the incident,...
  • Tom Cruise's Impossible 'Mission' (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/02/2008 5:16:10 AM PDT · by abb · 11 replies · 151+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2008 | Roger Friedman
    You may or may not have heard: last week Tom Cruise and his former boss, Sumner Redstone, broke bread. They had lunch some 18 months after Redstone didn’t pick up Cruise’s contract as on-lot producer. The reason was that Redstone had had enough of Cruise the couch-jumping Scientologist who berated Matt Lauer on the "Today" show. That was in addition to the strange Katie Holmes courtship and so on. But now I am told that a renewed Paramount deal for Cruise and a possible “Mission: Impossible 4” are not so likely. For one thing, sources tell me it was Cruise...
  • The Love Boat for Policy Wonks (Barf Alert!)

    02/16/2008 8:28:42 PM PST · by blue state conservative · 9 replies · 104+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 17, 2008 | Henry Alford
    I’M dancing on the top deck with a 71-year-old feminist and psychotherapist whom I’ve come to think of as the Twirler. We’ve spent two days attending seminars on The Nation magazine’s Alaska cruise; we’ve talked about the Bush presidency and prison reform and single-payer health care. Now, at almost midnight, my fiercely intelligent and opinionated new friend Charlotte is putting all the heady political talk behind her by bodily twirling.
  • Tom Cruise 1st to Get Ducati Superbike

    01/31/2008 9:58:22 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 67 replies · 361+ views
    AP ^ | 1-30-08 | ap
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Tom Cruise is the first on the list to get Ducati's newest motorcycle — a $72,500 superbike bristling with titanium, magnesium and carbon fiber technology that can scoot up to 200 mph. Cruise is scheduled to take delivery of the Desmosedici RR at Beverly Hills Ducati this week. Only 1,500 of the red-and-white Moto GP racing replica motorcycles will be made and Cruise gets the first.
  • Noro Outbreak on Norwegian Pearl May Cause Delay

    12/08/2007 2:57:01 AM PST · by cll · 7 replies · 402+ views
    Cruise Critic ^ | 12/07/07 | Jana Jones
    Rumblings on the Norwegian Cruise Line boards alerted Cruise Critic to the fact that there is a norovirus outbreak on Norwegian Pearl, which is en route back to Miami after a nine-night southern Caribbean sailing that started on November 30. The outbreak may cause the ship's next sailing, slated to depart on December 9, to be delayed. At noon (EST) yesterday, member JJSlim posted that he had heard from two people onboard the ship that there was a possible outbreak. Nothing at that time had been posted to the Center for Disease Control’s Web site. Later, member Dogbeau posted from...
  • Bug Breakout on Big Boat

    12/07/2007 10:46:34 AM PST · by cll · 47 replies · 86+ views
    WUNO 630 AM Puerto Rico | 12/07/07 | Radio Reports
    An unammed cruise ship of Norwegian registry sailing the Caribbean Sea, has requested the urgent assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Puerto Rico Ports Authority. An undetermined number of passengers have come down with "gastrointestinal problems". At least one requires hospitalization. The cruise ship is approaching the Port of the City of Ponce in Puerto Rico's southern coast and will be docking later today. Authorities there are standing by to provide assistance. The ship is expected to continue to Miami after dropping off the patients.
  • (Tom) Cruise's Risky Business (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/07/2007 4:37:22 AM PST · by abb · 42 replies · 130+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2007 | Peter Sanders
    The revival of the United Artists movie label is essentially two comebacks for the price of one. It's the rebirth of the historic UA name itself, created in 1919 by Hollywood luminaries Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and others. And it marks the return of Tom Cruise, who owns the studio with business partner Paula Wagner and hadn't been seen in theaters since his high-profile dustup with Viacom chief Sumner Redstone last year. snip Like many start-ups, however, the first few months of operations have been rocky. "Lions," a $35 million politically themed movie directed by Robert Redford and starring Messrs....
  • Suspect in Tom Cruise extortion plot found dead

    09/29/2007 8:54:08 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 12 replies · 103+ views
    AP ^ | Sept. 29, 2007 | Staff
    PHOENIX — A man who agreed to plead guilty in a plot to extort more than $1 million from Tom Cruise for the actor's stolen wedding photos was found dead in his home, authorities said. Investigators said it appeared David Hans Schmidt, 47, who was under house arrest and faced up to two years in federal prison, had committed suicide. He was found dead in his townhouse around 3 p.m. Friday after police noticed a tracker placed on him had not moved and he had not checked in, Lt. Anthony Lopez said. It wasn't known when Schmidt, who was free...
  • US Tourist Kills Mugger With Bare Hands

    09/15/2007 2:30:32 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 47 replies · 657+ views ^ | Sept 15, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    February 23, 2007 A US tourist realized a robbery wasn't a joke when a masked robber put a gun to her head and a military veteran in her tour group grabbed the young assailant and killed him with his bare hands. "I thought it was a skit. But then he pointed the gun at my head and grabbed me by the throat and I thought I was going to die," Clova Adams, 54, told The Associated Press by telephone from the Carnival Liberty cruise ship on Friday, two days after the thwarted robbery. The assault took place during a ship...
  • Cruise starts filming anti-Hitler drama amid German uproar

    07/19/2007 12:01:19 PM PDT · by null and void · 33 replies · 829+ views ^ | Jul 19 08:14 AM US/Eastern | Staff
    Filming started Thursday on a movie starring Tom Cruise as the real-life mastermind behind a plot to kill Adolf Hitler, amid German grumbling about the high-profile Scientologist playing a national hero. A spokeswoman for Babelsberg Studios outside Berlin told AFP that director Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects") had begun shooting "Valkyrie" on location in the region surrounding the German capital. German officials have baulked at the choice of Cruise to play Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, who was executed by firing squad in 1944 after the failed assassination attempt. They cite the actor's ties to the Church of Scientology,...
  • U.S. cruise ship runs aground off Alaska, over 200 being evacuated

    05/14/2007 8:34:29 AM PDT · by bedolido · 15 replies · 1,016+ views ^ | 5-14-2007 | Lin Li
    WASHINGTON, May 14 (Xinhua) -- A cruise ship ran aground off the coast of the U.S. state of Alaska early Monday, and over 200 passengers and crew members are being evacuated, U.S. TV networks reported. The accident took place off Alaska's eastern peninsula near Juneau, CNN quoted Coast Guard officials as saying. The Coast Guard has sent a cutter and a helicopter to the scene, and has asked all boats nearby to help evacuate the 281 passengers and crew, Fox News reported. Dozens of people have been rescued from the 110-meter-long Empress of the North, the report said. The ship,...
  • Owners of sunken Greek cruise ship to be sued over pollution risk

    04/08/2007 3:18:49 PM PDT · by Dacb · 12 replies · 575+ views
    AFP ^ | 08 April 2007 | AFP
    Greek authorities have announced plans to sue the owners of a Greek cruise ship that sank near the island of Santorini, fearing a serious blow to the booming local tourist economy from oil pollution. "We feel it is our obligation to take legal action," said the island's Governor, Chrysanthos Roussos. "We need to ensure that the ship's owners take responsibility for the clean-up operation." The Greek-flagged Sea Diamond hit a charted reef near the tiny island port on Thursday (local time) and sank at dawn on Friday in the bay of Athinio, descending to a depth of between 90 and...
  • Bolivians Join Migrants Rush - On Cruise Liner

    03/31/2007 7:24:24 AM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 191+ views
    The Guardiuan (UK) ^ | 3-31-2007 | Dale Fuchs
    Bolivians join migrant rush - on cruise liner Dale Fuchs in Madrid Saturday March 31, 2007 The Guardian (UK) Airline tickets to Spain were sold out for weeks, and the Atlantic Ocean was clearly too vast to cross in a fishing boat. So a group of 82 Bolivians tried a novel way to migrate to Europe: they took a luxury cruise. Paying up to €2,400 (Ł1,630) each for a berth on an ocean liner, the Bolivian group embarked in Brazil alongside well-heeled Argentine and Dutch passengers. But when the vessel reached its European stopovers of Tenerife, Cádiz and Valencia this...
  • Caribbean cruises are exceptionally cheap this year

    02/26/2007 7:20:41 AM PST · by devane617 · 19 replies · 1,043+ views ^ | 02/26/2007 | MARTHA BRANNIGAN
    When a Sunrise family was pondering a four-night trip to Orlando in November, their travel agent at World Wide Cruises in Fort Lauderdale steered them to an appealing alternative: a seven-night Caribbean Princess cruise for less. Residential real estate isn't the only buyers' market these days: Prices for Caribbean cruises have seldom looked so good. A four-night stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge with park passes for two adults and two children added up to $2,519, compared with $2,389 for the cruise, World Wide said. Even newer ships such as Royal Caribbean International's ballyhooed Freedom of the Seas, which debuted last...
  • CDC greets cruise ship

    02/09/2007 5:49:57 AM PST · by Calpernia · 66 replies · 1,315+ views ^ | Monday, January 29, 2007 | Alexandre Da Silva
    JAMM AQUINO /ALEXANDRE DA SILVA / The Queen Elizabeth 2 made its way into Honolulu Harbor early yesterday morning. During its journey, the ship was hit with a norovirus outbreak on its Acapulco, Mexico-San Francisco leg and was met by the CDC after it docked in Honolulu. The stomach flu outbreak sickened at least 276 passengers and 28 crew members amid its around-the-world journey. CDC greets cruise ship A stomach flu virus seems to be under control aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 Passengers and crew members aboard a cruise ship in which hundreds fell ill with a highly contagious stomach...
  • Everyone Forgets [Libby's lawyers remind the first prosecution witnesses how much they've forgotten]

    01/24/2007 6:47:40 PM PST · by Gomez · 16 replies · 1,173+ views
    Slate ^ | Jan. 24, 2007 | Dahlia Lithwick
    You want a leak case? Here's a leak case: socialite-actress-producer Zeta Graff suing socialite-actress Paris Hilton for libel and slander for Hilton's alleged leak to Page Six of the New York Post. Hilton allegedly falsely reported that Graff had gone "berserk" at a London nightclub when she saw Hilton dancing to "Copacabana" with Graff's ex-boyfriend Paris Latsis. Hilton allegedly also reported that Graff tried to rip a $4 million diamond necklace off Hilton's neck, and that Graff, according to Hilton, is allegedly "a woman who is older and losing her looks, and she's alone. She's very unhappy." Graff is in...
  • Cruise is "Christ" of Scientology

    01/23/2007 10:37:00 AM PST · by Rutles4Ever · 27 replies · 1,091+ views
    The Sun UK ^ | 1/23/2007 | EMILY SMITH
    TOM Cruise is the new “Christ” of Scientology, according to leaders of the cult-like religion. The Mission: Impossible star has been told he has been “chosen” to spread the word of his faith throughout the world. And leader David Miscavige believes that in future, Cruise, 44, will be worshipped like Jesus for his work to raise awareness of the religion. A source close to the actor, who has risen to one of the church’s top levels, said: “Tom has been told he is Scientology’s Christ-like figure. “Like Christ, he’s been criticised for his views. But future generations will realise he...
  • Cruise ship suffers 2nd illness outbreak (in three weeks)

    12/11/2006 10:28:32 AM PST · by Zakeet · 36 replies · 974+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 11, 2006
    MIAMI - The world's largest cruise ship was held in port Monday for intensive cleaning after a second outbreak of gastrointestinal illness in two voyages sickened 106 people. More than 380 passengers and crew members aboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas were sickened by norovirus during a Nov. 26-Dec. 3 Caribbean cruise. The ship was cleaned before its next cruise, but 97 passengers and 11 crew members became sick with the same illness last week, officials at the Miami-based cruise line said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommended keeping the ship in port and will oversee repeated cleaning...
  • ''Sick'' cruise ship won't sail for 2 days

    12/10/2006 4:24:07 PM PST · by devane617 · 34 replies · 1,297+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/10/2006 | NATALIE P. McNEAL
    Two ships returned to South Florida ports Sunday morning with passengers plagued with the norovirus, and a Royal Caribbean ship will not sail for two days after the Centers for Disease Control issued a ''no sail'' recommendation. The CDC issued the recommendation -- a rare occurrence, according to a spokesman -- for the Freedom of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, when the ship returned to port sick for the third consecutive time. The Freedom of the Seas docked Sunday with 99 passengers and 11 crew members on the 3,900-person boat sick with norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea....
  • Freedom of the Seas Latest Cruise Ship Hit by the Norovirus

    12/04/2006 6:04:42 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 1,607+ views
    Cruise Ship Report ^ | December 4, 2006
    The world's largest cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, returned to Miami on Dec. 3rd with more than 380 passengers and crew were sickened by what was believed to be the norovirus, according to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line officials. The outbreak struck Freedom during a week-long cruise to the western Caribbean, and was likely brought aboard on Nov. 26th by an ill guest, according to the company. The norovirus, spread by contact, can quickly sweep through enclosed areas like cruise ships. The outbreak on Freedom comes only a couple of weeks after more than 700 passengers and crew members were...
  • Tom Cruise: Was wedding "The End"?

    11/20/2006 6:58:13 AM PST · by Callahan · 31 replies · 1,372+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/20/06 | Roger Friedman
    Opera singer Andrea Bocelli refused to sing "Ave Maria" at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ crazy wedding on Saturday. The reason: He didn’t want to disrespect the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Tom Cruise, MGM form new United Artists

    11/02/2006 11:36:52 AM PST · by Quilla · 58 replies · 1,228+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 2, 2006 | None cited
    U.S. movie superstar Tom Cruise and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. are resurrecting United Artists, the movie studio founded more than 80 years ago by screen legends including Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, MGM said on Thursday. Cruise will star in and produce films for the studio, and production partner Paula Wagner will serve as chief executive. Cruise and Wagner will set the company's production slate from development to production greenlighting ability, subject to certain parameters, MGM said.
  • Who Said What When (Robt. Novak)

    10/07/2006 11:22:24 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 79 replies · 2,148+ views
    WeeklyStandard ^ | 10-16-06 | Robert Novak
    The publication of Hubris is filled with irony for David Corn, Washington editor of the left-wing Nation magazine. He was present at the creation of the Valerie Plame "scandal," which the enemies of George W. Bush hoped could bring down a president. Nobody was more responsible for bloating this episode. Yet Corn is coauthor of a book that has had the effect of killing the story. Thanks to Corn's intrepid coauthor, Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, Hubris definitively revealed then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage as my source that Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie, worked for the CIA and suggested her...
  • Freep a poll!(Are you a bit curious about the Vanity Fair photo spread on Tom Cruise's baby?)

    09/06/2006 5:33:02 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 3 replies · 381+ views ^ | 9-6-06 | CTV
    Are you a bit curious about the Vanity Fair photo spread on Tom Cruise's baby? Not the least bit interested Will probably flip through pages at newsstand Likely to buy the mag
  • Holmes heartbreak over baby rumours

    09/06/2006 10:01:22 AM PDT · by katieanna · 14 replies · 606+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sept. 6, 2006 | Not Attributed
    Katie Holmes has described speculation about her baby as "heartbreaking" as she finally unveiled Hollywood star Tom Cruise's daughter Suri to the world. Their baby is pictured in Vanity Fair magazine, four-and-a-half months after her birth. The long wait to see the high-profile couple's daughter had prompted conspiracy theorists to question her existence
  • First Pictures of Suri Cruise

    09/05/2006 9:34:11 PM PDT · by Blogger · 106 replies · 5,005+ views
    Suri Cruise, the baby of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, has made her debut to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. It was perhaps the world's most anticipated baby photo and for the past four months, Suri had been hidden from media and photographers. Cruise, 44, and his fiance Holmes, 27, have kept their baby extremely private since her birth on April 18, sparking rumours she was never born. Cruise proposed to Holmes at the Eiffel Tower last year and announced the engagement at a press conference. In the photos, Suri sports a full head of...
  • Shields Says Cruise Has Apologized [Brooke on Tom?]

    09/02/2006 2:43:01 PM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 24 replies · 442+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Sept 2, 2006 | Yahoos
    Shields Says Cruise Has Apologized Sat Sep 02,11:34 AM ET Brooke Shields says Tom Cruise has apologized for publicly criticizing her use of antidepressants after the birth of her first daughter. The two had a public beef last year after the "Mission: Impossible III" star, echoing the position of Scientology, said in an appearance on NBC's "Today" show that depression can be treated with exercise and vitamins rather than drugs. The 41-year-old actress says Cruise apologized in person Thursday. "He came over to my house, and he gave me a heartfelt apology," Shields said Friday during an appearance on "The...
  • In Hollywood, The Picture Blurs For Studio Profits (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/02/2006 1:07:26 PM PDT · by abb · 36 replies · 1,013+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept 2, 2006 | Merissa Marr
    Hollywood is bracing for what may be its toughest period in years. The industry finds itself caught between two eras and powerful forces. Sales of DVDs -- the growth engine that propelled the film industry to strong profitability in recent years -- began to slow last year and that market is now considered fully mature. Yet there is nothing on the immediate horizon to replace that gold mine. Even the arrival of new high-definition DVDs is expected to have modest impact on the industry. - snip - To preserve profits, Hollywood is slimming its bloated infrastructure. Studios are taking a...
  • A Big Star May Not a Profitable Movie Make (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/28/2006 5:53:28 AM PDT · by abb · 12 replies · 2,814+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 28, 2006 | EDUARDO PORTER and GERALDINE FABRIKANT
    Is Sumner M. Redstone crazy like a fox? Movie industry executives may be forgiven for thinking that the Viacom chairman was mad to let Tom Cruise go after a 14-year relationship simply because Mr. Cruise seemed a little off balance. After all, the movies made by Viacom’s Paramount Pictures studio and the actor’s production company earned more than $2.5 billion at the box office. Yet, if you ask economists and other academics that study the movie industry, Mr. Redstone’s decision was, in financial terms, spot on. The best reason to get rid of Mr. Cruise or, for that matter, Mel...
  • Money Is the Real Star in Hollywood (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/24/2006 4:29:03 AM PDT · by abb · 11 replies · 2,590+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 24, 2006 | Charles Duhigg, Chris Gaither and Kim Christensen
    Celebrity matters, but the bottom line is what counts for studio chiefs. Tom Cruise's dismissal is evidence of a changing financial landscape. Being a big Hollywood star means getting luxury cars as gifts, visiting exotic locales on the studios' dime and cashing checks with lots of zeros. But the traditional — and often extreme — deference shown A-listers is changing along with the economics of Hollywood, as demonstrated by Tuesday's public eviction of Tom Cruise from Paramount Pictures' back lot. The Internet is growing fast as an entertainment channel, and the cost of producing blockbusters is rising almost as quickly....
  • Report: Paramount Terminate's Tom Cruise's Contract

    08/22/2006 6:07:16 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 30 replies · 487+ views
    ABC News ^ | Aug. 22, 2006 | ABC News
    Aug. 22, 2006 — A Wall Street Journal story released late today said Paramount Pictures is terminating its 14-year relationship with Tom Cruise, in part because of the actor's erratic behavior over the past year. "As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal," Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone told The Wall Street Journal. "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount." Viacom is the parent company of Paramount. Cruise, one of the most successful movie stars of all time, has starred in "Top Gun," "Rain Man" and three "Mission: Impossible" movies....
  • Caption Katie Holmes and her keeper, Tom Cruise (vanity)

    08/23/2006 11:43:52 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 10 replies · 952+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 8/23 | staff
  • Who's Crazier: Viacom or Tom Cruise?

    08/23/2006 12:00:13 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 214 replies · 3,792+ views
    Hollywood Dateline ^ | August 22nd, 2006 | Nikki Finke
    If there’s suddenly a litmus test for insanity to be administered by the owners of Hollywood movie studios, then start with the executive suites. That’s my reaction to the are-you-sh****ng-me pronouncement by Viacom Inc. chairman Sumner Redstone today that his Paramount Pictures is terminating its 14-year relationship with Tom “Crazy” Cruise’s production company because the actor’s controversial and erratic off-screen behavior hurt the theatrical grosses of "Mission Impossible 3. Of course, the studio's publicity department worked overtime all summer to dispel just that notion whenever entertainment business reporters questioned whether Cruise's loony tunes might affect his appeal. "As much as...
  • Report: Vanity Fair lands Suri Cruise photos

    08/10/2006 2:01:16 PM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 17 replies · 1,153+ views
    reuters ^ | Thursday, August 10, 2006; Posted: 9:40 a.m. EDT | Reuters
    One of the most elusive figures in Hollywood since the heyday of Howard Hughes may be about to make her debut. The New York Post reported on Wednesday that Vanity Fair magazine has landed the first photos of Suri Cruise, the baby born to actor Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes last April 18 and who has never been seen by the public, although family friend Penelope Cruz says she is "beautiful." The Post said the pictures were taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz and will be published this fall.
  • Tom Cruise's Studio Pact Is in Question (BIG pay cut coming)

    07/31/2006 2:46:07 AM PDT · by abb · 27 replies · 1,383+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 31, 2006 | Claudia Eller
    For many years, Tom Cruise has enjoyed the richest production deal of any A-list star in Hollywood. But in the latest sign of the industry's increasing obsession with fiscal responsibility, that era may be coming to an end. Paramount Pictures, where Cruise and his producing partner, Paula Wagner, have been based since 1992, currently has a commitment to pay the pair as much as $10 million-plus a year to cover overhead, project development and other costs at their movie company, according to two sources with knowledge of the arrangement. But that sweet deal, which is at least four times what...
  • Feds Worried - Did We Just Witness Another Attempted Huge Terrorist Attack Against America?

    07/19/2006 7:49:50 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 219 replies · 8,545+ views
    Friends and fiends in law enforcement anf news media | MB26
    There is a strong but previously undisclosed undercurrent running through the Coast Guard’s investigation of yesterday’s cruise ship accident that left 92 passengers seriously injured, two of them critically. The questions are being whispered, but there is no denying them; “Was this a terrorist attempt to sink the ship?” This much is known. The 3000 passenger 22-knot floating hotel "Crown Princess" was 11 miles south of Port Canaveral, heading out on a Western Caribbean cruise when suddenly, everything turned topsy-turvy. According to passengers, the ship listed somewhere between 20 and 40 degrees as the vessel made a violent and unnecessary...
  • Cruise Ship Evacuates 1,000 Americans From Lebanon

    07/19/2006 8:03:24 AM PDT · by Westlander · 23 replies · 693+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | July 19, 2006 | AP
    JERUSALEM -- An eight-deck cruise liner carrying more than 1,000 Americans sailed out of Beirut's port Wednesday, the first mass U.S. evacuation from Lebanon since Israeli airstrikes started more than a week ago.