Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Reddy And The Cruise-ers

Posted by codemorse

From MSN:

It's Tom Cruise vs. Sumner Redstone in a case of I quit-you're fired at Hollywood's highest level. On one side is the chairman of Viacom, Inc., which owns Paramount Pictures. On the other is the industry's biggest and most bankable star, whose last seven films have each generated over $100 million.

Redstone said Tuesday that Paramount would sever its long and profitable relationship with Cruise/Wagner Productions, Cruise's company with producing partner Paula Wagner. Redstone told the Wall Street Journal that Cruise's "recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount."

But Wagner told The Associated Press that agents for Cruise/Wagner Productions stopped negotiating with Paramount over a week ago and since secured independent financing, effectively taking any contract-renewal deal off the table.

Interesting stuff.

Tom Cruise may be personally-insane, but I really don't see the problem here. His views are no more extreme than any mainstream Christian's - he just has a less-accepted belief system.

He hasn't threatened anyone. He hasn't hurt anyone. His wife is with him of her own free will.

On top of that, the guy's kind of a superhero. He's pulled people from burning cars/boats/other-things-which-are-burning.

In what world does Cruise get the boot, while Paris Hilton continues to conquer the multi-mediaverse?

On the other hand, it's a free country. If Paramount doesn't want to do business with Cruise, that's their right. It just seems sort of bewildering to punish a man for beliefs that don't do harm to anyone but perhaps his chosen friends.


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