Germany Says ‘Nein’ to Tom CruiseGermany Rejects Valkyrie, Cruise: The German government announces that United Artists’ Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Bryan Singer, is not welcome to shoot at German military sites, citing Cruise’s Scientology beliefs. UA reps say shooting will go ahead with German locations to be determined. Film, true-story retelling of plot to kill Hitler, is a cornerstone of United Artists’ plans, and is first example of studio player Cruise’s Scientology interfering with business as usual. [Variety]
Tom Cruise’s New Movie Flops on ‘Entertainment Tonight’Led by Nikki Finke over at Deadline Hollywood, the movie industry is buzzing over Tom Cruise’s first film for the newly relaunched United Artists, Lions for Lambs, a political thriller coming out in November. Starring Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Robert Redford, and directed by Redford, the movie — about the Stateside debate caused by the wounding of two Army Rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan — certainly has pedigree and brains to spare. So why did Cruise and UA’s publicity machine debut the film’s teaser on Entertainment Tonight, where the full ET synthesizer-and-voice-over treatment makes it seem totally stupid?