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Thursday, June 02, 2005


Let's take a time out from Iraq, GW, the Dominionists, and Tom DeLay so we can deal with something...more...important...from the NY Times.

"How Personal Is Too Personal for a Star Like Tom Cruise?"

Gee. I don't know.
LOS ANGELES, June 1 - Just months into his tenure as chairman of Paramount, Brad Grey is facing the sort of decision that makes Hollywood executives quiver: whether to proceed with production of the hugely expensive "Mission: Impossible III," even as its star, Tom Cruise, is puzzling associates and members of the public with his BEHAVIOR while promoting another Paramount venture, "War of the Worlds."

An executive for Viacom, Paramount's parent company, said the studio had not yet decided whether to push ahead with production of "Mission: Impossible III," one of the company's most valuable franchises and a project on which tens of millions of dollars has already been spent. Shooting was planned to begin in Italy on July 18 and to continue on location in Europe and elsewhere.

The uncertainty comes at a critical time for Paramount as it prepares to release "War of the Worlds," a big-budget science fiction epic directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Mr. Cruise. The movie, jointly financed with DreamWorks, is to open on June 29.

While promoting that film over the last several weeks, Mr. Cruise engaged in an increasingly public discussion of his religion, Scientology.
Uh oh.
Then he set tongues wagging in Hollywood and elsewhere with an hourlong appearance on the May 23 "Oprah" show, during which he jumped around the set, hopped onto a couch, fell rapturously to one knee and repeatedly professed his love for his NEW GIRFRIEND, the actress Katie Holmes.
One of the greatest TV moments of all time.

Katie is a fox, but Tom's....ah, forget it.
Many Hollywood stars are involved with the Church of Scientology, and there is nothing particularly unusual about trumpeting a new love. But some executives at Paramount and DreamWorks have voiced concern that fans were becoming distracted from the movie, which cost some $130 million to produce.
I've heard the Hillary Swank "is," but haven't been able to get confirmation.
Mr. Cruise's recent comments and behavior have been fodder for Internet bloggers, radio talk show hosts and late-night comedians, who, among other things, have questioned whether the love affair with Ms. Holmes was a publicity stunt. A spokeswoman for Mr. Cruise denied that this was the case.
REPORTER - Is this thing a publicity stunt?

But within Hollywood, the discussion among agents, producers, studio executives and other actors has been focused more on whether Hollywood's biggest box office star was doing long-term harm to his career. And there was sincere confusion over what Mr. Cruise, a 20-year veteran of the publicity machine, had in mind with his recent public appearances and statements.

Mr. Cruise's spokeswoman, his sister Lee Anne De Vette, said she had not heard anything negative after the "Oprah" appearance. "You're looking at someone who's genuinely very happy," she said. "The response we've gotten back is complete enthusiasm and exhilaration for his enthusiasm and exhilaration. He's a very happy person."
Because he's an...OTV or something. Right? Dude has to be in the crazy upper echelons of, uh, Sci-ti.


I'm thinkin' that Tom has the power to bend spoons at this know...happiness can't be that hard for him.

That would be my best guess.
Still, there have been other publicity hiccups related to Mr. Cruise's increasingly public association with Scientology, the religion founded by the science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. In a series of television interviews on "Access Hollywood" last week, the star spoke at length about his passion for Scientology, at one point criticizing Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants: Scientology considers modern psychiatry and its medications to be harmful.
Thus their Psychiatry Kills Museum on Sunset. Right by the Cat & the Fiddle.
Mr. Cruise's insistence on making his religion a prominent part of his current work has raised some resistance in Hollywood. Some executives from the United International Pictures, which is releasing "War of the Worlds" overseas, complained earlier about being asked to take a four-hour tour of Scientology facilities in Los Angeles in late January.
They must have gone to the Celeb Center.

Wonder if they went to the "How to Make it in Voice-Overs" seminar? Admission is only, like, $11.
And Mr. Cruise's insistence on having a Scientology TENT on the set of "War of the Worlds" created a conflict at Universal, where the movie was being shot, two executives involved said. The executives, who asked not to be identified to protect industry relationships, said that Mr. Cruise, his agent Kevin Huvane and Mr. Spielberg all had to appeal personally to the president of Universal Studios, Ron Meyer, for the tent to be permitted on the studio lot, where no solicitation is allowed.

The studio required that the tent not be used for recruitment purposes, they said. A studio spokesman declined to comment.
I'm joining. I swear to God.

If they can help me - host a cable show - or publish "The Chump Train" - or drive traffic to this blog - I'm joining.

It's time. Don't you think?

"She had to leave...Los Angeles! She found it hard to say goodbye to her own best friend. She bought a clock on Hollywood blvd the day she left. (It felt sad!) She had to get out, get out, get out..."

More later...


  • the latest?

    "Tom Cruise has banned girlfriend Katie Holmes from starring in a new film featuring drug use - because it offends Scientologists. .

    The Hollywood heavyweight has allegedly told the brunette beauty she cannot appear in 'Factory Girl' - which documents the life of drug-addicted Andy Warhol protege Edie Sedgwick - because he is opposed to any form of drug taking, whether fictional or real, as a follower of the bizarre cult."

    The SciTies will still try their darndest to make Katie an A List celeb...

    By Blogger Outsourced, at 1:57 PM  

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