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Tom Freston Once Again the Pea to Sumner Redstone's Princess

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We're guessing Tom Freston is trying to stifle a smile as he sweats in his private ashram today, what with the news spreading that he was just appointed to the board of DreamWorks Animation. The powerful studio makes megapopular children's movies like Shark Tale and the Shrek series, which are in turn marketed and distributed by Paramount. Paramount, you may recall, was under Freston's purview when he was co-president of Viacom (before he was ousted in 2006). The appointment is a "clear act of defiance against Viacom," explains Variety, as Freston will now have a hand in the future of the company. DreamWorks animation, while distributed by Viacom, is a publicly traded studio and therefore free of the corporate giant's control. Which is all well and good for Freston, but we're more excited about what this means for DreamWorks. Freston knows a lot about the "kids these days" from his years at MTV, which is what the company needs. We don't know if we could take another Bee Movie–type publicity blitz. Dreamworks Animation Adds Freston [Variety]

Germany Says ‘Nein’ to Tom Cruise

Germany Rejects Valkyrie, Cruise: The German government announces that United Artists' Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Bryan Singer, is not welcome to shoot at German military sites, citing Cruise's Scientology beliefs. UA reps say shooting will go ahead with German locations to be determined. Film, true-story retelling of plot to kill Hitler, is a cornerstone of United Artists' plans, and is first example of studio player Cruise's Scientology interfering with business as usual. [Variety]

Chris Albrecht Rises Again, As Does ‘Sex and the City’?

strong>Albrecht Moving Toward Sex Onscreen?: Deposed HBO head Chris Albrecht is reportedly working behind the scenes to get a Sex and the City movie produced. Cast is ready, creator Michael Patrick King is ready, and Albrecht is assembling distributors. Albrecht will also appear in a cameo as "Abusive Guy in Casino." [Variety]