Cruisin' for a Bruisin'?
I've been wondering about our old friend Tom Cruise lately, kind of hoping he'd
step in it again do something newsworthy, so we could re-focus our attention on yet another facet of his mania quirky personality.
No such luck, though. Since his whirlwind world tour to promote the opening of "Mission:Impossible 3", news from the Cruise camp has slowed to a trickle. Did he step out of the spotlight to spend time with Katie and baby Suri or has the press given him a pass in favor of Brangelina and their new bundle?
In my quest for Cruise news, I came across an excellent piece about exactly the same thing posted Wednesday at Slate. Since I can't say it any better (and probably would do much worse), I post an excerpt and a link to the full text of Kim Masters' excellent essay, "Why Tom Cruise Should Disappear for a Year":
At this point, Over the Hedge is poised to pass Mission: Impossible III in domestic grosses. Yes, talking animals are out-grossing Tom Cruise--and they're not even Pixar animals. It seems beyond debate that Cruise has a problem, especially with the ladies. Not that M:I3 was a bomb. "The movie's still made over $300 million in its third week," says a very informed member of Cruise's team. "That's not Basic Instinct 2. ... What people perceive as a stumble, well--it's not a fall." Or is it? Another source very close to the star acknowledges, "He's teetering on the brink of a certain kind of trouble that no star like him has ever been in before."
Meanwhile, he hasn't actually disappeared -- it just takes a Google News search to unearth the latest Tom tidbits:
-- He and Katie have reportedly signed a $33 million prenuptial agreement.
-- He plans to re-enact a scene from "M:I3" at the movie's Japan premiere. He will also "board a private bullet train that will take him and 150 fans to Osaka, and he promises to talk to each passenger individually." Ever seen 150 people with glazed over eyes?
-- He's bought a plot of land from the Church of Scientology for $15 million and plans to build a new home for Katie, Suri and his two adopted children there.
-- He and Katie hope to have "Idol" runner-up and possible Scientologist Katharine McPhee sing at their wedding.
-- The National Enquirer reports that a fed up Cruise has started praying for journalists who make negative comments about him.
I'm going to stop now.
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