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January 6, 2008 |
United Artists, the independent production unit of MGM controlled by actor Tom Cruise and his producer partner, Paula Wagner, is expected to become the first movie company to reach an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America, enabling the recent start-up to hire union writers despite the continuing strike. The guild, which is close to finalizing a deal with UA that is expected to be signed possibly as early as today, is also in discussions with several other independent companies, including Lionsgate and the Weinstein Co., about similar interim agreements.
August 29, 2006 |
Tom Cruise cut a limited financing deal Monday with a group of investors who include the owner of the Washington Redskins and a former top executive of Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN channel, allowing Hollywood's most bankable star to move his production company off the Paramount Pictures lot after 14 years. The new deal is a fraction of the production contract Cruise currently receives from Paramount, underscoring the star's declining popularity at the box office.
August 18, 2008 |
WHO KNEW Tom Cruise could shake it like a Polaroid picture? Last week, he rocked audiences with his cameo as a profane, hip-jiggling, Machiavellian movie chief in "Tropic Thunder." The role was designed to show the world -- and Hollywood insiders -- that the one-time king of Hollywood didn't take himself too seriously and even had comedic chops. His performance was funny, but somehow as with all things Cruise these days, a black cloud emerged from the silver lining. His tour de force was overshadowed by yet another hellish publicity week, which included debates over whether "Tropic Thunder" was degrading to the mentally disabled as well as an inaccurate story that Sony had replaced Cruise in the film "Edwin A. Salt" with "it" girl Angelina Jolie.
September 12, 2013 |
Paula Wagner, best known as Tom Cruise's former longtime producing partner, has been tapped to produce the 5th annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the gala, Angelina Jolie with be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi with be given honorary Oscars. The non-televised event is scheduled for Nov. 16. SNEAKS: Movie trailers, full coverage “Paula's expertise, coupled with her love for film, makes her the ideal person to produce this special event,” said academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “She is certain to deliver an exciting and memorable evening for our honorees and guests.” Wagner's feature film credits include the first three “Mission: Impossible” films, “Vanilla Sky,” “The Others” and “The Last Samurai.
July 13, 1992 |
Cruising: Tom Cruise and his agent of almost 11 years, Creative Artists Agency's Paula Wagner, are forming a film production company. CAA announced Sunday that Cruise and Wagner's company will develop and produce movies, some of which will include Cruise as an actor or director. The new company has not been named yet.
February 20, 1993
Gilbert Cates, dean of UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, has announced that Martha Coolidge, Anjelica Huston, Martha Luttrell, Penny Marshall, Dawn Steel, Paula Wagner and Denzel Washington have been named to the Dean's Advisory Board, recently established to provide assistance on a wide range of priorities for the school, including preparing students for the professional challenges of the entertainment industry.