FROM Anne Thompson
Redstone Drops Cruise, Says Public Antics a Problem Paula Wagner claims that her producing partner has made more money for Paramount Pictures than any actor has ever made for any Hollywood studio; his last seven films grossed more than $100 million apiece. So why has Tom Cruise suddenly been let go after 14 years of success? Sumner Redstone, who runs Paramount's parent company, Viacom , has told reporters that Cruise's "recent conduct has not been acceptable." Anne Thompson is deputy film editor for The Hollywood Reporter .
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Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.