It may not be a war of the worlds, but Sumner Redstone is certainly interested starting a war of words against Tom Cruise. The Viacom Chairman, who decided to end his company, Paramount's contract with Cruise in August, recently badmouthed the actor to Vanity Fair.
Redstone said, "He was embarrassing the studio. And he was costing us a lot of money...When did I decide [to fire him]? I don't know. When he was on the "Today" show? When he was jumping on a couch at "Oprah"? He changed his handler, you know, to his sister - not a good idea." Sumner claims that Tom's bizarre behavior cost Paramount "$100 million, $150 million on 'Mission: Impossible III.' It was the best picture of the three, and it did the worst."
Sumner's wife Paula influenced his decision to drop Tom. He says, "Paula, like women everywhere, had come to hate him. The truth of the matter is, I did listen to her...His behavior was entirely unacceptable to Paula and to the rest of the world. He just didn't turn one [woman] off. He turned off all women, and a lot of men."
Redstone isn't sorry he decided to bash Cruise when he ended their partnership. At the time he said, "We don't think that someone who effectuates creative suicide and costs the company revenue should be on the lot." Referring to the comments, Redstone says, "The explosion was good. It sent a message to the rest of the world that the time of the big star getting all this money is over. And it is! I would like to think that what I did, or what we did, has had a salutary effect on the rest of the industry."
If there's one good thing that's come from Paul McCartney's nasty split from his second wife, Heather Mills, it's his new found closeness with his children. According to sources for Britain's News of the World, Paul's children from his first marriage to Linda Eastman have rallied around their father and against their soon-to-be ex-stepmother.
Even Paul's stepchild, Heather from his first marriage to Linda has entered back into the picture. An insider told the newspaper, "It was a huge surprise for loads of staff when Heather turned up at the house to see her stepdad. She'd not visited for four years. The same applies to Mary and James, his other kids. Paul would have to go to see them rather than them coming home. In the last few months that's changed. They're united against Heather."
Kevin Federline's rap career has taken a few more hits.. Pagesix spies at Webster Hall say that Kevin Federline's rap show may be canceled. So few $20 tickets have been sold for Federline's Nov. 4 show that "we may just cancel it. New Yorkers are clearly not fans of 'Popozao' [Federline's pathetic first single]."
In other news, Kevin Federline has canceled one of the first concerts of his promotional
tour for his debut album.
Westside Estate Agency (WEA), southern California’s premier high-end real estate agency, is offering viewers across the country an unparalleled look inside some of Los Angeles’ most luxurious homes in VH1’s “The Fabulous Life Presents: Really Rich Real Estate��?, premiering November 13 at 9:00pm.*
Renowned action adventure stars Ron Perlman and Kelly Hu will be joining Academy Award®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson in “Afro Samurai.��? The five-part animated series is produced by Japanese studio Gonzo in association/partnership with GHK K.K. and FUNimation and premieres on SPIKE Thursday, January 4, 2007.
“Afro Samurai��? is the animated epic, based on a graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki, of a black samurai’s hunt for the gunman who murdered his father. Samuel L. Jackson executive-produces and stars as the uncompromising hero, Afro, in this stylish series that crosses cultural boundaries as a fusion of animated samurai action and hip-hop culture. Revolutionary rap artist and producer The RZA is crafting original music for the series.
A&E Network presents the season finale of Gene Simmons Family Jewels airing Monday, October 30 at 10pm/9pm C. Tune in as Gene contemplates going under the knife and Shannon delivers some shocking news! The season’s final episode promises a cliffhanger everyone will be talking about.
Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour animation network, delves into the sci-fi realm for the first time with Skyland, a beautifully designed animated adventure series that will premiere Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). The visually impressive series employs the latest in animation technology by using motion capture, CGI, 2D and key frame animation to create cutting-edge television.
VH1 gives rockers, rappers, boy banders and fallen music execs a cozy spot in the home for music and pop culture. The network has greenlit six new series, it was announced today by Brian Graden, President, Entertainment, MTV Networks Music Group. The new music series greenlit include: “Irv Gotti Project,��? “Man Band,��? “ego trip’s White Rapper Show,��? “Whitestarr Project,��? “Rags To Riches��? and “Bridging The Gap.��? On the heels of VH1’s wildly successful “Celebreality��? franchise, the network creates “VH1’s Wild Life��? to house these programs.
Hollywood beauty , Angelina Jolie is being slammed by Mounh Sarath, director of Cambodian Vision in Development. Mounh Sarath claims Mother Jolie had violated an agreement with Cambodian Vision in Development and U.S. conservation group WildAid reports AP
In December, Jolie terminated the contract WildAid, which had co-managed the project.
Jolie has now set up an independent Cambodian organization to administer a conservation project for remote northwestern areas of the country, the director of the new group said Monday.
Pop babe Madonna is in the USA with baby David Banda. Sunday David Banda flew with Madonna, Lourdes and Rocco to New York where the singer is planning to promote her children's book and talk more about the adoption reports PopSugar.
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