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The news on Cruise

Posted at 2:29 PM on August 24, 2006 by Euan Kerr

The news about Paramount splitting with erstwhile golden boy Tom Cruise is the most thought-provoking gossip to come out of Tinseltown in some time. How strange that Sumner Redstone would throw out the issue of bizarre behavior as the reason for the divorce, while everyone thinks it's really because Mission Impossible III didn't make enough doh-ray-me.

In years past wouldn't the excuse have been the other way round, with a studio citing a stars lack of earning power rather than couch jumping and religious beliefs as why they must part?

And then there is the financial equation. Yes, a million here and a million there and pretty soon you are talking real money. Given that many, make that most, Hollywood films don't break even at the box office, and MI III pulled in almost $400,000,000, could the Paramount decision be wildly penny wise pound foolish?

No doubt there is more. Maybe we'll learn sometime.

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