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Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Motley Mix: Tom Cruise Is Totally Fired!

- When we saw Bug onstage at Off-Broadway's Barrow Street Theatre last season, we were simply blown away. Thoughtful, gripping, powerful, brilliantly acted...no wonder it made the Pulitzer committee's short list. How sad, then, to see that the new film version, directed by William Friedkin, is being marketed as just another run-of-the-mill horror film. The trailer makes the film virtually indistinguishable from Pulse or Grudge or Silent Hill. Which is a true shame. (At least it still has its original leading man, Michael Shannon...maybe he can save the whole enterprise from Hollywood-ification?) [Cinematical]

- Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch have already split for greener pastures, but more cast changes are afoot at Saturday Night Live. At least four cast members are getting the boot by Labor Day, compliments of network budget cuts. While it's sad to see people go, it's a blessing in disguise for viewers; the show's been pretty weak of late, and it's overdue for a shakeup. (Our choices to go: the irritating boy-man Seth Meyers, the never hilarious Kenan Thompson, the merely inconsequential Jason Sudeikis, and Horatio Sanz, who long ago lost his funny card.) [PopWatch]

- WalMart would like all homosexuals to know that they're welcome...or more to the point, they'd like some of that big gay disposable income we keep hearing so much about. To that end, the mega-chain is partnering with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to reach out to LGBT customers and suppliers. They hope that their shameless, transparent, and patronizing effort to grab your wallet will make you forget all about Walmart screwing their workers and buying from sweatshops. [Personality Machine]

- Can it be true? Tom Cruise has been shown the exit door at Paramount, supposedly by Viacom head honcho Sumner Redstone himself. Whatthefuck? I mean, yes -- he's completely batshit crazy. And probably a closeted 'mo. And Mission:Impossible 3 wasn't huge. But even so, he's still the most dependable product Hollywood has. You do not want to piss him (or his production company) off. [TMZ]


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