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Paramount-Cruise plot thickens: Spielberg left in dark

Title: Paramount-Cruise plot thickens: Spielberg left in dark
Date: Monday, 28 August 2006
Publisher: Seattle Times
Author: Phyllis Furman
Main source: community.seattletimes.nwsource.com

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This summer's biggest Hollywood breakup has left Steven Spielberg caught in the middle. The director was blindsided by Paramount Pictures' decision to dump Tom Cruise, Spielberg's spokesman said Thursday. Sumner Redstone, chairman of Paramount parent Viacom, dropped the bombshell in an interview in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal. Spielberg is a Paramount powerbroker, but he "had no advance knowledge of Sumner Redstone's position," rep Marvin Levy said Thursday. "The story broke when Steven was on an airplane. He found out when the ... [Read the rest at community.seattletimes.nwsource.com]