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WGA Makes Deal with United Artists

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: MGM, Filmmaking, Scripts,

United Artists may not have a beard, but he does now share something in common with : working writers. 

Days after the talk show host welcomed back his writing staff, reached its own agreement with the .  The studio is partially owned the actor and his production partner, Paula Wagner; was the first movie released since Cruise became involved with the company.

The deal will not only allow projects to be taken off hold, it will help films currently in production (like Tom Cruise’s ) to finish on time.

It is expected that the interim agreement - which does not extend to UA’s parent company () - could spark a series of deals made by other independent studios.

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Tom Cruise: No Longer a Hot Ticket

Tom Cruise in Valkyrie has been steadily losing the favor of public opinion. All the couch-jumping, weird Scientology associations and media hype about his marriage with is starting to have an effect on his power, once a mighty thing. The much-hyped Lions for Lambs did not bring in the expected sales, and in Hollywood you’re only as good as your last picture.

According to MSNBC, insiders are losing faith in Cruise’s once-guaranteed popularity. His high salary, coupled with sluggish movie sales, are helping to hammer home the fact that the fans are just no longer interested in Cruise – unless, of course, he’s being featured in a tabloid. Valkyrie, an upcoming flick featuring Cruise, is already getting bad press. A trailer was “leaked” on the Internet, and instead of being met with hopeful buzz, it has suffered a much more negative fate.

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Box Office Breakdown: Fred Claus No Match for Jerry Seinfeld

Bee Movie

In a shocking turn of events, came buzzing back to life this weekend stealing the #1 spot from recent victor, Bee’s $25 million take also embarrassed the newest comedic entry, .

Although fellow ‘Frat Packer’ rang bells with November 2003’s Elf, couldn’t come close to matching his friend’s $31.1 million debut.  The news was especially surprising given Vaughn and director David Dobkin’s recent collaboration on 2005’s Wedding Crashers.  Could this mean Vaughn’s only appealing when he’s part of a larger comedic team?

Also noteworthy this weekend was the disappointing performance of Lions wasn’t expected to take in Mission Impossible-esque numbers, but the film did still boast , and actor/director .  As it was, the movie grossed less than any other Cruise-attached wide release in more than 20 years.  At least Streep can say this topical film debuted higher than her last attempt ().

, the only other new Top Ten entry, racked up ninth place.

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In Theaters This Weekend (11/9)

Lions for Lambs

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

Will Redford Bring A Lion or Lamb to the Box Office?

Lions for LambsWatch a Democratic presidential debate, and you’ll see it’s common for campaigners to malign George W. Bush. Turn on the TV, and you’ll find shows (like ‘s Lil’ Bush) that revel in poking fun at the White House. But that doesn’t necessarily mean America is ready to tackle tricky issues when they’re enjoying a night at the movies.

ambitious features a star-studded cast and the prestige of his own name, but handles sticky subject matter. Viewers will be treated to arguments both for and against America’s military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the film makes it clear where the makers, themselves, stand. Movies that deal with America’s political problems haven’t performed well at the box office in the past…will Lions be different?

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