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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]

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Murdoch to Regan: J'accuse!

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Oh, see? Now it all makes sense. It's not that Judith Regan was fired for offending Rupert Murdoch's notoriously delicate sensibilities by trying to publish a faux-confessional by O.J. Simpson. Today comes the news that Regan was fired for offending Murdoch's deep commitment promoting civil discourse by tossing off a few anti-Semitic remarks in a fight with lawyers. Reports the Times:
Rupert Murdoch personally ordered the dismissal of Judith Regan, the publisher of a widely criticized O. J. Simpson book, after he heard reports of a heated conversation Ms. Regan had with a company lawyer on Friday that included comments that were deemed anti-Semitic, according to two people familiar with the News Corporation's account of the firing. Mark Jackson, a lawyer with HarperCollins, a division of the News Corporation that includes Ms. Regan's imprint, reported the alleged comments from a phone conversation with Ms. Regan to Jane Friedman, HarperCollins's president and chief executive. "And then Jane called Rupert and Rupert said he won't tolerate that kind of behavior," said one of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Think of it as Murdoch's Hanukkah present to the Jews. (Query to research department.: Any cable or satellite deals currently pending in Israel?) Fired Editor's Remarks Said to Have Provoked Murdoch [NYT]

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