As a nearly untouchable star for most of his 25-year movie career, Tom Cruise isn't used to Hollywood studios showing him the door, the Wall Street Journal reports. But after a year of Mr. Cruise's controversial and sometimes odd public behavior, the studio he has long called home is ushering him off the lot.
In an unusually public rebuke, Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone said that his company's movie studio, Paramount Pictures, plans to end its 14-year relationship with the 44-year-old Mr. Cruise and his film-production company. In an interview, Mr. Redstone, who is 83, was clear about the reason: Mr. Cruise's public antics and incessant stumping for personal causes, notably Scientology, have become intolerable and have been a drag on ticket sales for films like "Mission: Impossible III."
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