Snyder and Cruise: Still Together?
This is several days late, but concerning the confusing relationship between Daniel Snyder and Tom Cruise, well, I'm still confused. Last week, Fox News reported that the couple was splitsville, due to political differences:
Sources tell me that the deal Cruise and Paula Wagner made with Snyder was bought out sometime in the last few months. The change came when the pair's money came through from Merrill Lynch to finance the films they wanted to make for United Artists.
The end of Snyder as a partner no doubt came as a relief to all sides. Snyder -- as I reported last year when all the back-patting was going on -- was an odd choice for a partner. He's a top Republican fundraiser and such a good friend of George W. Bush that he was one of the people who convinced him to run for president....
More importantly, Cruise/Wagner and the revived United Artists are about to release Robert Redford's anti-Bush, anti-war "Lions for Lambs." The daring film -- starring Cruise, Meryl Streep and Redford -- is said to be "balanced," but nevertheless would have caused Snyder a lot of uneasy moments at White House dinners.
Just as bloggers were spreading word of this story, Karl Swanson e-mailed a dissent to the Fox reporter, leading to a follow-up worthy of Brangelina gossip or some such:
Snyder's PR guy, Karl Swanson, forwarded this e-mail to FOXNews.com:
"'Lions for Lambs' causes Snyder no 'uneasy moments,'" Snyder wrote in reaction to a column I wrote here on Friday. Dan Snyder "and a group of friends screened it 10 days ago and he found the film engaging and intelligent and the performances riveting."...
Swanson further insists that contrary to reporting in this column on Friday, Snyder and associates have not been bought out of their investment in Cruise's production company with Wagner. Our sources say differently.
Despite his endorsement, Snyder's name will not appear on the credits for "LfL." But Swanson says Snyder is an executive producer on "Valkyrie," Cruise's controversial film about the attempted assassination of Adolph Hitler.
So, um, $20 I guess to the first paparazzi who gets a photo of Snyder and Cruise covertly snuggling or holding hands at some beach-side resort. In more Snyder speculation, blogger Todd Sullivan says investors want to cash out of Six Flags, and City Paper's Dave McKenna follows up with a state-of-Six-Flags report. No word whether either has yet been contacted by Karl Swanson. By the way, the day before Six Flags's next earnings release, Snyder will deliver a conference-closing keynote interview at the Media and Money convention, in which he will discuss "what he thinks is the key to getting consumers to show up and spend."
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