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Cruise: A Half Billion Reasons to Love UA

2/27/2007 8:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tom CruiseThe Los Angeles Times' Claudia Eller reports that Team Cruise is closing in on some $500 million in financing that would be spread over several years at United Artists.

Now, we hate to admit this, but Cruise's career almost appears to be stabilizing.

After the "creative suicide" of last summer, Cruise's team has gone into overdrive: First the smart, classy deal that put Cruise into Robert Redford's next movie, "Lions for Lambs," in which in which Cruise plays a congressman.

(Even better, we hear that the congressman's name is not Mark Foley; Capitol Hill Blue, a non-partisan blog, wins our award for best recent Foley headline with "Mark Foley blows town," which in Foley's case could really mean anything. But we digress.)

More encouragingly, the LAT points out that Lambs had everyone, including Cruise, deferring their upfront fees so as to get the movie made for $35 million. Imagine: A Tom Cruise / Robert Redford / Meryl Streep movie for less than the price of a nuclear submarine?

But don't worry: Cruise still has a chance at blowing up this deal: Viz, "People close to the talks cautioned that the deal with expected lead investment bank Merrill Lynch wasn't final, and that terms were still being negotiated. They said an agreement could take an additional 10 days to two weeks to complete."

You hear that, Tom? Only ten days left to get the spray butter into your financial fridge. Better get cracking.

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1.

Rachel    

This guys career is OVER. young girls think he's an old, weird has-been and women in their 30's and 40's, previously his fan base, hate him for his arrogant remarks concerning PPD. He should have kept his fat mouth shut about his involvement with the cult of greed, Scientology. Nowhere for this former -world's greatest -movie -star -now -butt -of -every- joke to go but DOWN. And good riddance.

A few fellow Scientologists will come here and rave about how wonderful and talented he is (but not mention the fact that they're cult members too), but the vast majority of the movie going public could care less about this weirdo.

2773 days ago
2.

justme    

You're just frothing at the mouth for this guy to fail, aren't you? You're a total loser.

2770 days ago
3.

Joy Nielsen    

Give the guy a break. So he made a fool of himself last year. Up until 2006 he was considered a very nice guy and a really good actor. He has starred in many great movies. Remember his performance in "The Fourth of July." I just saw "Rain Man" again and he was so good in that too. In fact I have never seen him give a bad performance. Lets be a little kinder and give him the credit he deserves.

2768 days ago
4.

Jeanette    

It is great to see Tom ignoring nasty jealous comments and getting his Life right back on track with a wonderful family life, his own studio, many movies in the pipeline, a $500m deal in negotiation, lots of admirers (even among A-listers) and best of all, even comments from Redstone admitting that his comments were lown all out of proportion as Tom Cruise was NOT employed by Paramount.

And his couch jumping episode was in June 2005 for goodness sake. I myself have NEVER met anyone who has NEVER made a mistake and who clains to have a perfect life. And when a person like the one above, has written such vicious remarks about Tom, you have to wonder what is behind these pathetic comments. I bet this person has never even seen Tom Cruise in person.

And what dignity from Tom, to ignore hurtful comments and just get on with his life, as should the rest of us. There are terrible things happening in the world, in comparison to a person jumping on a couch declaring his love and his personal comments on his belief systems. From his biography, he openly admits that he was bullied in school as well as being a dyslexic, and to overcome all that, plus a dreadful childhood, Tom is to be admired for overcoming his difficulties and becoming a mega star than he now is.

I am a fan of Tom as well as many other well known celebrities and feel somewhat sad that rather than credit someone with their success, some people need to want to try to knock them down, perhaps trying to take them to the "Loser Level" - where the knocker is!!!

Good on you Tom. Better to fly with the eagles than to stay dwon with the turkeys."

Jeanette

2768 days ago
5.

OJ Did it!    

This fool is a has-been cultist jerk. And what is with all these celebs adopting kids from Africa and shit? And all this support for Aids in Africa support crap? We dont have kids here that need homes? We dont need to support people in AMERICA with Aids?
OMG, the patients are running the asylum. WAKE UP AMERICA!

2767 days ago
6.

LISA    

I WONT EVER SEE OF THIS ASSHOLE CONTROL FREAKS MOVIES EVER AGAIN

NOR WILL I SEE JOHN TRAVOLTA EVER ...WHAT IS WRONG WITH CATHOLICISM THAT THEY HAD TO CHANGE WHAT WERE U ASHAMED

BUNCH OF WIPES TO ME

2767 days ago
7.

LISA    

I WONT EVER SEE OF THIS ASSHOLE CONTROL FREAKS MOVIES EVER AGAIN

NOR WILL I SEE JOHN TRAVOLTA EVER ...WHAT IS WRONG WITH CATHOLICISM THAT THEY HAD TO CHANGE WHAT WERE U ASHAMED

BUNCH OF WIPES TO ME

2767 days ago
8.

PJ    

I cannot figure out why people are so upset if Tom does well, and so happy if he fails. I'm glad we don't have people in our own lives PRAYING for us to bomb-out.

Oh I get it, your own lives are so crummy you want to take everyone else who is happy down with YOU? At this point I would rather see a movie with Streep, Redford and Cruise than ANYTHING Brad Pitt is in.
At least Cruise is having ONE baby At a time with his WIFE, unlike Brad Pitt who won't even marry his own child's mother---until gay marriage is legal? Huh?
Tom will make a good movies and people will go see them... And if he is smart he will produce and direct for awhile instead of getting in front of the camera. Showcase your beautiful wife, how about that?

2767 days ago
9.

Linda Sanchez    

psycho controll freak!!!!!!!!

2751 days ago
10.

GINNY    

SINCE NEGOTIATIONS ARE STILL PENDING ON THE NEW MOVIE MAYBE JADA PINKETT SMITH AND THE REST OF THE SCIENTOLOGY CROWD COULD TELL THE BANK WHAT A GREAT GUY TOM IS. ALSO MS. HOLMES - GREAT MOM, GREAT PERSON, REAL TIGERESS AND AN EQUAL PARTNER IN HER MARRIAGE TO THE SUPER STAR. PERSONALLY I WON'T BE SEEING ANYMORE TOM CRUISE ANYTHING - INCLUDING RERUNS OF HIS OLD MOVIES AND THE SAME FOR MS. HOLMES. I DON'T THINK SCIENTOLOGY IS A CULT OF SORTS BUT I DO THINK THEY WOULD STAND UP PUBLICLY FOR EACH OTHER. HE IS WEIRD AND SO ARE OF THE OTHERS. A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO GO TO ITALY - TO THE CITY WHERE THE POPE LIVES - THE MOST CATHOLIC CITY IN THE WORLD - AND HOLD A SCIENTOLOGY WEDDING. NO CLASS THERE FOLKS. THAT WAS THE END OF CRUISE FOR ME - AS IF ALL HIS OTHER ANTICS WEREN'T ENOUGH - HE THINKS HE IS "JESUS" - HE IS NOTHING SHORT OF A FOOL AND SO IS SHE. AND BY THE WAY, I AM A 62 YEAR OLD WHITE FEMALE AND I HAVE SEEN ENOUGH. GLAD SHE ISN'T MY GRANDDAUGHTER. MY HEART WOULD BE BROKEN IF SHE WAS. SO GOOD LUCK TOM IN YOUR NEXT FILM. I HOPE YOU REALIZE THAT YOU ARE 44 - NOT 24 ANYMORE AND YOU HAVE ALOT OF COMPETITION IN HOLLYWOOD - YOUNGER AND SEXIER - AND GOOD ACTORS - GOOD STORY LINES AND ENJOYABLE FILMS.

2707 days ago

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