Tom Cruise

Richard Lovell, president of Creative Arts Agency–the talent management company of which Cruise is a client–is now exclaiming his anger over the star’s abrupt exile from the Paramount lot. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the CAA president criticized Viacom head Sumner Redstone for his very public admonishment of Cruise’s behavior, and chastised the media conglomerate for its ostensible lack of leadership. In fact, Lovell is so up-in-arms about the whole situation that the agency may put the kibosh on all future business dealings with Paramount.

Is this sudden outcry of support for Cruise due in part to his Scientology pals? In a word: no. Paula Wagner, Cruise’s producing partner and former Paramount lot-mate, was once herself an agent for the talent management company. She also happens to be married to Cruise’s current rep at CAA, Rick Nicita. No doubt a little bit of spousal prodding–and perhaps some big favors being called in–resulted in the public display of support.

Other power players in Hollywood aren’t so critical of Viacom’s decision. In fact, they’re applauding the action taken to banish Cruise from the land of Paramount. Both David Geffen of Dreamworks SKG, and power producer Brian Glazer reportedly offered congratulatory phone calls to Redstone shortly after his controversial announcement.

In response to the positive reinforcement, Redstone offered these fighting words:

“It is about time that the industry started dealing with these stars in a different manner and let them know that they are not going to get big money and act in a way that is inappropriate and embarrasses the studios.”

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To all three of Tom Cruise’s remaining fans: You can now breathe a simultaneous sigh of relief. In an effort to clean up his image, the “Mission: Impossible 3” star has seen fit to replace his publicist (and sister), Lee Anne DeVette, with Hollywood veteran Paul Bloch. Although it’s widely accepted that Cruise himself invited the slew of bad press he’s received this year, firing DeVette for failing to put a positive spin on his very public relocation to Crazytown was a shrewd move. A devoted Scientologist herself, DeVette was likely not as alarmed by brother Tom’s on-camera antics as, say, the rest of the world. But Cruise has a soft spot for family; DeVette will remain on the payroll as manager of his philanthropic efforts. Scientology tents for everyone!

Box office heavyweight Tom Cruise is robbing the cradle: At age 26, new girlfriend Katie Holmes is 16 years his junior. Why the sudden interest in the twentysomething Dawson’s Creek alum? Media Absurdum brushed the dust off its thinking cap and came up with a few ideas:

1.) He wants to find out what James Van Der Beek is really like.

2.) Scientology demands the strict adherence to textbook examples of midlife crisis.

3.) He saw her boobies in The Gift.

4.) He unwittingly strayed from his plan to date only Latina actresses, confusing Holmes’ hometown of Toledo, Oh. with its Spanish counterpart.

5.) Cruise is 42 and worried the term “fag hag” will soon take on a literal meaning.

Read more about the budding romance.