Tom Cruise: The War of the Words Rages On
August 25, 2006

With fiancée Katie Holmes by his side, newly coined free agent Tom Cruise didn't look overly troubled about his bitter breakup with Paramount Studios on Thursday as he left a meeting at Yahoo in Santa Monica.

But as Hollywood's war of the words rages on, we discovered "War of the Worlds" director Steven Spielberg was blindsided by Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone's bombshell remarks about the superstar.

We were with the famed filmmaker at the 30th anniversary screening of "Jaws" in East Hampton. While Spielberg didn't want to talk about the split, his spokesperson told "Extra," "The story broke when Steven was on an airplane. He found out when the plane landed."

Spielberg and Cruise worked closely together last year on Paramount's blockbuster "War of the Worlds."

On Friday, other Hollywood heavyweights weighed in on the Paramount-Cruise showdown.

"I don't know why it was handled that way," William H. Macy said. "Seems pretty stinky to me."

Macy and Rob Reiner, two of the voices from "Everyone's Hero," both said the breakup boiled down to bad business.

"You can't convince me that jumping up and down on a couch on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show' hurt the box office so badly," Reiner said. "It still made $600 million with video and DVD."

A new published report claims the business divorce may have erupted because Tom made the boss' wife angry when he openly criticized Brooke Shields' use of prescription drugs for post-partum depression.

But Mr. Reiner is not buying that story: "They're upset because they didn't make enough money, and the reason they didn't make enough money is because they structured deals badly, and that has to change."


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