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Tom Cruise and other crazy people - Elf M. Sternberg
Tom Cruise and other crazy people
Woah. Paramount Pictures has fired Tom Cruise. Paramount's chairman said, "As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal. His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount."

Other studios with money-in-the-bank stars of Tom's caliber are usually quick to make excuses, but Paramount has apparently decided that Tom's off-screen shennanigans aren't worth the PR management. It's hard to believe that in soulless Hollywood someone has actually said, "I don't care how much money you can make for me. You're crazy, and I don't want to be in the same room with you."
One thing I've always admired about Omaha, even if it leads to some handwringing: she's never been one to lean on her disability to get as much out of the state or other people as she could. Yesterday, the Bus #18 home was quite packed, partly because six seats in the front had been turned up to make room for two wheelchairs. The woman in the wheelchair on the starboard side had a large dog; if it was a utility dog, it lacked either the standard working dog harness or the less-common badge that some working dogs wear. Her wheelchair was one of those state-of-the-art, stair climbing monstrosities that would turn a Dalek greener with envy. The bus pulled up to a stop and four more people started to get on. The driver said, "Move to the back, please. Everyone move to the back."

On every ocassion where I've been on a bus and the driver has asked this, there has almost always been at least one but usually two or three jackasses who don't think this request applies to them. This time, however, there were no lingerers; everyone picked up and moved back a step or two. This wasn't enough for the woman in the wheelchair. "There's no more room on this bus!" she screamed with hysteria high in her throat. "Goddammit, driver, there's no more room on this bus! Don't let them on!" She spent the next six blocks cursing and muttering, telling the driver what to do, and generally making the trip as miserable as possible for the rest of us.
I personally am ready to extend a hand to our new spider overlords. But they may have to do battle with our new yellowjacket overlords first.

Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: Paul Strathern, Aristotle in 90 Minutes

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partran From: partran Date: August 23rd, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Because of my innate arachnophobia, that first link about spiders working in a hive or pack really REALLY creeps me out. If I have trouble sleeping tonight, I'm gonna have to blame it on that. *shiver*
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: August 23rd, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
The small group of spiders spinning a web on the light fixture in my laundry room are not nearly so organized. There are four of them, and either they didn't bother with the design planning stage or they simply ignored what they'd decided on when they actually went to build the web. It's probably the worst excuse for a spiderweb I've seen lately.
nbarnes From: nbarnes Date: August 23rd, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a comedy special to me: 'Tom Cruise: Too Crazy For Hollywood'.
mo_hair From: mo_hair Date: August 24th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
o-my-freankin'-god! super colonies of yellow jackets????? i'm am terrified of those stinging bastartds (and the other members of the 'stinging bastard' category: bees, hornets, wasps, etc.) when i was little and going for my first round of allery shots (round two will begin next week to my dismay) the allergist hung a HUGE entymology poster on the wall which illustrated the common insects to which humans are frequently allergic. i was scarred for life (and allergic as well.)
slfisher From: slfisher Date: August 24th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figured someone on my LJ would have that yellow jacket story.

I expect a whole wave of B movies soon.

Thank you, global warming. It's been a big year for wasps and yellow jackets here too.
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