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By in March 29, 2007 • Filed in: Press

The new United Artists has named its top business exec, tapping entertainment attorney Elliott Kleinberg as chief operating officer. {nl}Kleinberg, who previously represented Cruise/Wagner Prods. along with clients such as Jack Nicholson, J.K. Rowling and the Rolling Stones while at Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy Edel & Klein, will oversee all legal, financial and business affairs for UA. {nl}He will report to Paula Wagner, who heads UA along with Tom Cruise. {nl}Kleinberg’s “expertise in business affairs as well as in legal and financial matters is enormous,” Wagner said in a statement. “We look forward to working with him to make United Artists a creative and financial success.” {nl}Source: Variety

By in March 26, 2007 • Filed in: Press

Here are you have some videos from entertainment shows of Tom and Kate at Mentor LA: Video 1 – Video 2

By in March 25, 2007 • Filed in: Press

“We’re here to honor a man who absolutely has lived a life of purpose,” remarked News Corp.’s Peter Chernin before introducing honoree Tom Cruise during the inaugural L.A.’s Promise Gala, held Tuesday at the elegantly transformed Stage 5 on the Fox Studios lot in Century City. Organized by Chernin’s wife Megan, the event — which raised $1.8 million for Mentor L.A., a nonprofit group dedicated to revitalizing Los Angeles schools and neighborhoods — drew a who’s who of top filmmakers, studio executives and agents. During a short and heartfelt speech, Cruise lauded Megan Chernin, whom he called “an individual of high standards,” as well as his personal mentor — his mother — who was in the audience. Discussing the power of mentoring, Cruise remarked, “Mentoring invites a different reality to life and the potential of life.” Other highlights of the evening included performances by Jay Leno and Kanye West, as well as Stevie Wonder, who had the audience dancing and applauding wildly. The powerhouse crowd included producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Frank Marshall and fiancee Kathleen Kennedy, Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, Tom Rothman, Tony Sella and Hutch Parker, Universal’s Ron Meyer, Terry Semel of Yahoo! MGM’s Harry Sloan and Rick Sands, HBO’s Chris Albrecht, UTA’s Jim Berkus, CAA’s Rick Nicita and United Artists’ Paula Wagner, CAA’s Kevin Huvane, Endeavor’s Ari Emmanuel, actors Orlando Bloom, Alessandro Nivola, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, directors Edward Zwick, J.J. Abrams, Marshall Herskovitz, Lawrence Kasdan and Cameron Crowe and wife Nancy Wilson and socialite and philanthropist Barbara Davis. {nl}Source: The Hollywood Reporter{nl}Partying For A Purpose Thursday night’s LA’s Promise Gala in honor of Tom Cruise had all the makings of a box office hit

By in March 23, 2007 • Filed in: Press

As you know, Tom was honoured yesterday night at the Mentor Promise Gala in Los Angeles and here you have a preview of the pictures of the event, more in the gallery{nl}Mentor LA’s Promise Gala – March 22nd 2007{nl}

By in March 22, 2007 • Filed in: Press

United Artists has set Tom Cruise to star for director Bryan Singer in the untitled WWII thriller that will begin production in the summer. {nl}Since Cruise and C/W partner Paula Wagner took MGM topper Harry Sloan’s offer last fall to resuscitate the UA label and make four to six films per year, Cruise has taken a starring role in the first two pictures. {nl}Chris McQuarrie wrote the script with Nathan Alexander. Singer and McQuarrie will produce, and Alexander will be co-producer. {nl}UA partners Cruise and Wagner made a deal last week for the film (Daily Variety, March 14), which is the first original project teaming Singer and McQuarrie since “The Usual Suspects.” {nl}Cruise and Wagner quickly agreed to set the film as UA’s second production commitment. The first is “Lions for Lambs,” the Robert Redford-directed drama that stars Redford, Cruise and Meryl Streep. That film, scripted by Matthew Michael Carnahan, will be released Nov. 9 by MGM. {nl}Singer and McQuarrie brought the WWII project to Cruise and Wagner because they felt the material would be a good match for UA. Singer, who is in the early stages of mounting a sequel to “Superman Returns,” was able to fit it in before the Man of Steel is ready to take off again for Warner Bros. and Legendary. {nl}At the time UA made the deal, Cruise sparked to it only as a project for the studio. That changed quickly. The thriller is based on actual events, as German generals hatch a scheme to assassinate Adolph Hitler at the height of WWII. In subsequent meetings, Singer asked Cruise if he wanted to play a central role and he agreed Tuesday. {nl}”After reading the script, Tom and I knew immediately that this was a film we had to make,” Wagner said. “As an added bonus, because of Bryan Singer’s involvement and Tom’s admiration for him as a filmmaker as well as the excellence of the script, the project attracted Tom as an actor. I cannot think of a more perfect combination of creative elements for our second production.” {nl}While the thriller is framed in Europe during WWII, it is a relatively inexpensive film compared with the tentpoles that Singer has directed recently. It also has the ensemble character intrigue present in “The Usual Suspects.” {nl}Source: Variety

By in March 20, 2007 • Filed in: Press

Yesterday, Tom, Kate & Little Suri attended another basketball game. In this one, we could see how Suri is making her first steps. Here you have a preview of the pics, more in the gallery.{nl}Basketball Game – March 19th 2007{nl}{nl}{nl} {nl}And here you have a little video of the game.

By in March 20, 2007 • Filed in: Press

The new United Artists led by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner is in talks to acquire “Youth Without Youth,” Francis Ford Coppola’s first film since 1997’s “Rainmaker.” Move would reunite Coppola with Cruise, whom he cast as an unknown in his 1983 pic “The Outsiders.” UA had no comment. {nl}Coppola adapted, produced and directed “Youth Without Youth” from the 1976 novel by Romanian-born religious historian Mircea Eliade. Coppola screened the film on Feb. 22 for friends in the Bay Area, including Carroll Ballard and George Lucas. {nl}He showed the pic to individual distributors in Los Angeles on Friday and over the weekend. Reaction has been mixed, but several distribs were pursuing the project, being shopped the old-fashioned way by Coppola attorney Barry Hirsch. {nl}Inspired by his daughter Sofia to make a low-budget personal film, Coppola may have skipped the festival route of selling the movie after witnessing the stir that her pic “Marie Antoinette” faced at Cannes last May. {nl}Financed independently with foreign pre-sales from Pathe Intl. and funds from Coppola’s own winery, the $5 million film, which Coppola shot last winter in Romania, stars Tim Roth as a 70-year-old who is struck by lightning and suddenly gets younger and more brilliant. His quest: to understand the origin of language and consciousness. By movie’s end, he and the love of his life (Alexandra Maria Lara) are literally speaking in tongues. Bruno Ganz also stars, and Matt Damon makes a cameo appearance. {nl}”Youth Without Youth” is both “intellectually challenging and emotionally remote,” said one acquisitions exec at a studio subsid. Another distrib likened the film to an arty “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”{nl}Source: Variety

By in March 18, 2007 • Filed in: Press

Tom, Kate & Little Suri went to see Connor’s basketball on St. Patrick’s Day. All three looked SO gorgeous and happy. Here you have a preview of the pictures, more in the gallery{nl}Basketball Game – March 17th 2007{nl}

By in March 18, 2007 • Filed in: Press

Mentor L.A. will honor Tom Cruise at a fund-raiser chaired by Megan and Peter Chernin March 22 on the Fox lot.{nl}The nonprofit org aids schools in L.A.’s poorest communities, primarily through educational reform and outreach to the private sector. Crenshaw, Manual Arts and West Adams Prep are three of the schools that will benefit.{nl}”Tom is really, truly passionate about helping public schools,” said Megan Chernin. “And our organization wants to help the large public schools in areas desperately in need of revitalization. We want to make the schools the beacon of hope in these neighborhoods.”{nl}For the gala, the org has lined up as co-chairs Brad Grey, Robert Iger, Michael Lynton, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Barry Meyer, Paula Wagner, Rick Nicita, Harry Sloan, Ron Meyer and Terry Semel.{nl}If you want to know more about the Mentor LA, click here{nl}Source: Variety

By in March 14, 2007 • Filed in: Press

Tom visited a construction site in Crenshaw (LA) yesterday. Here you have a preview, more at the gallery.{nl}Visiting A Construction Site in Cranshaw – March 13th 2007{nl}{nl}{nl}{nl}{nl}{nl}UNITED ARTISTS GRABS BRYAN SINGER THRILLER{nl}United Artists toppers Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner have greenlit their second film, an original thriller that Bryan Singer will direct as his next feature. {nl}The untitled film re-teams Singer with “The Usual Suspects” screenwriter Chris McQuarrie. {nl}Singer and McQuarrie will produce. The drama is the duo’s first original collaboration since “The Usual Suspects.” {nl}Set in WWII, the project is similar to “Suspects” in that it is a multi-character ensemble piece. {nl}Singer and McQuarrie took the project directly to Wagner and Cruise, who agreed to finance it almost immediately. {nl}The film will delay Warner Bros.’ hope of mounting a sequel to “Superman Returns” in the near future. Singer’s Bad Hat Harry banner has an overall deal at WB, where he is developing several films that include that sequel and the Harvey Milk biopic “The Mayor of Castro Street.” He also is directing “Football Wives,” a series pilot for ABC and ABC TV Studio. The new project begins production this summer. {nl}Cruise and Wagner resuscitated the UA label in November. They are in production on the Robert Redford-directed drama “Lions for Lambs,” which stars Redford, Cruise and Meryl Streep. The film will be released Nov. 9 by MGM. {nl}”Bryan is one of the great filmmakers working today and Chris is an exceptional writer, and for Tom and me, this was an exciting opportunity for our second picture,” Wagner said. {nl}Compared with recent tentpoles “Superman Returns” and the first two “X-Men” pics, Singer’s latest project carries a moderate pricetag. {nl}”This was something Chris showed me late last year, and we worked on it quietly during the holidays,” Singer told Daily Variety. “We brought it to UA and it was nice one-stop shopping. We decided it was the right place to make this movie, as opposed to shopping it around. It’s a period in history that has always fascinated me, and we found a very interesting story that materialized into a pretty wonderful script.” {nl}UA, which is in the process of securing capitalization from Merrill Lynch upward of $400 million, plans to make four to six films per year but has been selective. The company has acquired several development projects, including the Stanley Alpert book “The Birthday Party.” {nl}Singer’s repped by WMA, McQuarrie by Ken Kamins. {nl}Source: Variety{nl}{nl}{nl}{nl}{nl}MEMO TO TOM CRUISE{nl}Before reading the article, here and here you have some info about the author of the article: Peter Bart, so you’ll understand his point.{nl}Recent press accounts of your new role at United Artists have been both snarky and ubiquitous. “Mission Improbable: Tom Cruise As Mogul,” headlined a piece in last week’s New York Times. “Can a Megastar Revive a Dormant United Artists?” asked the deck. {nl}You’re accustomed to taking shots from the media, Tom, but here’s one thought that may assuage you: You are not exactly alone on your start-up mission. Look around town and you’ll find at least six regimes that have lifted off during the past year, most of them encountering the same start-up skepticism. {nl}So that’s the good news, Tom: You are not alone. Now for the bad news: Experience shows that “starting over” in the studio business is akin to picking one’s way through a minefield. {nl}Having said all this, the freshman fraternity is a distinguished one. Oren Aviv is just getting started as head of production at Disney. Mark Shmuger and David Linde have been in business at Universal for barely a year. Harvey and Bob Weinstein have been up and running at their new entity for a little over a year. Chris McGurk has unveiled his new company, Overture Films, under the aegis of John Malone. And Brad Grey this month celebrates his second anniversary at Paramount. {nl}Then, of course, we have start-up regimes at three of the specialty labels in town, such as Warner Independent (Polly Cohen), Vantage (John Lesher) and the new Miramax (Daniel Battsek). And Les Moonves is giving signals he’ll trigger his movie machine in the coming weeks. {nl}All these start-ups are having problems mobilizing their new slates, Tom, and there’s no reason to expect you and your partner, Paula Wagner, will face an easier path. {nl}The obstacles facing the newcomers can be arrayed as follows: {nl}{nl}{nl}{nl}The new guys have no record on creative issues. Will they establish their own development hell of endless script tinkering? Will they be dictatorial about final cut and release dates? {nl}{nl}{nl}The newcomers, by and large, lack the big popcorn product to help propel their slates — tentpoles to which they can attach a trailer or that can leverage exhibitors for better playdates. {nl}{nl}{nl}The new regimes have no backlog of material, having tossed out nearly every script developed by the prior studio boss (the standard ego ploy). Mindful of this void, agents diligently submit moldy old projects rejected by every other studio rather than expose their new goodies. {nl}{nl}{nl}Studios with entrenched executives, such as Fox or Warner Bros., can fall back on longstanding talent relationships while the newcomers must scramble to establish those ties. Even Fox, which is famously tough on the dealmaking process, still retains a small but elite coterie.{nl}Besides these concerns, Tom, there are other potential obstacles to your cause. You’re a big star: Will other stars feel spooked about confronting you as their overseer? We’re hip to the fact that the CAA machine will be vigorously behind you (after all, they played a major role in inventing the deal), but will that in itself discourage help from other talent agencies? {nl}So, facing all this, what’s the best formula for success? Every studio titan of the past had his own pat recommendation. Give more creative freedom to the talent, said Arthur Krim. Always go first class, said Louis B. Mayer. Keep the savages in their place, said Harry Cohn. {nl}Well, maybe, but when times get tough, it may also be prudent to listen to Oprah the Oracle. On several recent shows, she’s been touting a book called “The Secret” as the elixir for success. The basic epiphany of this feel-good tome comes down to this: You can reinvent your own life through your inner thoughts. You can even manipulate physical reality by imposing steely control over your feelings. Oprah’s formula for personal empowerment thus represents what she calls the ultimate “chicken soup of the soul.” {nl}So if things get tough, Tom, go the Oprah route. You’re pretty good at mobilizing your inner feelings. Go for it. I mean, soulful chicken soup is better than chicken sh… {nl}Well, you know what I’m driving at. {nl}Source: Variety

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