Video: Tabs: All hail the chief – Tom Cruise

By Keith Olbermann Anchor, 'Countdown'
updated 11/3/2006 10:55:16 AM ET 2006-11-03T15:55:16

Keith Olbermann rounds up tabloid and entertainment news every night on “Keeping Tabs.” On Thursday, Nov. 2 he had this to say:

Cruise director
Tom Cruise has landed a new role as studio chief, or nearly studio chief.  He and his producing partner, Paula Wagner, have been chosen to run United Artists.  Wagner will be chief executive, Cruise will star in the movies and the two of them will have full control over its production slate of four films a year. 

The move to United Artists, which is owned by MGM, is seen as a comeback of sorts after the Cruise and Wagner production unit was sent packing from their home at Paramount, courtesy of the Viacom chairman, Sumner Redstone.

Ironically, United Artists was founded by artists like Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith nearly 80 years ago.  Cruise will also be allowed be allowed to make movies with other studios under this new deal as long he promises to keep off the couches. 

Mel extends love to Courtney
And the public relations rehabilitation of Mel Gibson continues courtesy of Courtney Love.  Courtney Love says that it was Mr. Gibson who helped her to her path road to recovery.  In an interview, she describes a scene where she was in a Beverly Hills hotel room with several men doing drugs and Mr. Gibson kept coming to the door trying to talk to her.  Ms. Love says she told him to blank-off, “I know him and he’s a nice guy.  It didn’t matter who it was, it could have been Jesus — I didn’t care.”  She said Gibson then had an addiction counselor chat to about her about treatment. Ms.  Love did not say when this hallucination— I’m sorry—intervention occurred. 

And who would have guessed that Mel Gibson had something in common with disgraced page predator Congressman Mark Foley.  Apparently they are both alcoholic actors.

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