Newsmakers | Cruise camp: Sorry about Shields
By Tirdad Derakhshani
Inquirer Staff Writer
The Tom Cruise publicity machine is a'rolling - sending out a missionary to deliver an actual, though indirect, pseudo-apology. This, in the wake of the breakup with his monster bride, Paramount Pictures, which has accused him of acting like a one-man freak show since he brought Katie Holmes under his circus big top.
War of the Worlds coproducer Kathleen Kennedy tells the New York Daily News that Scientology's impossible missionary is afflicted with regret for berating Brooke Shields last year for using psych meds to treat postpartum depression. Cruise's religion holds that psych meds are ungood.
More Cruise views
• So, did Sumner Redstone, boss of bosses at Paramount-owner Viacom, decide to dump the Cocktail star because his better half got icked-out by him? Citing an anonymous insider, the New York Post says the boss' wife, Paula Fortunato, was so disgusted by Tom's Brooke Shields drive-by that she vowed never again to expose her eyes to a Cruise flick. A Viacom rep said Lady Viacom "disagrees with Tom Cruise's views," but she and hubby "see every Paramount film."
The Scientology angle
• The Post continues with the gossip equivalent of reading John le Carré on acid: It seems that on June 13, 2003, Cruise had a sit-down with then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
Why? Well, Cruise came with Tom Davis, head of the L.A. Celebrity Center for Scientology, and the church's P.R. veep, Kurt Weiland. The speculation? Certain foreign nations, including Germany, do not recognize Scientology as a religion. (Must we invade them now, too?)
• I thought Collateral was a really good watch