Snyder and Shapiro invest in Tom Cruise

Posted Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:29 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Heralding the start of an unusual entrepreneurial relationship, Tom Cruise and his producing partner said Monday they have joined forces with a new investment partnership that will fund the duo's production endeavors for the next two years. Their new deal is with Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins; Dwight Schar, chairman of homebuilder NVR Inc.; and Mark Shapiro, president and CEO of Six Flags Inc., the amusement park chain where Snyder serves as chairman of the board.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:32 AM
While it is a totally separate company that they formed for the purpose of this investment, we've known from the start that Snyder wanted Hollywood tie-ins. But is this the right guy to do business with? While one of the most popular actors of our time, the guy ain't right lately. Jumping on Oprah's couch because you're in love is one thing, but messing with Matt Lauer?
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:45 AM
It seems to me that ego is driving all of their decisions. I still can't figure out why they need their corporate headquarters in NYC unless they just want to feel like a player. Cedar Fair is doing fairly well with their headquarters in the booming metropolis of Sandusky, OH.

Now, they all take advantage of all of Cruise's missteps by entering into a production agreement with him?

These guys need to start making decisions without first looking into their wallets. If I were Cruise, I might have a look at the recent history of Six Flags before jumping into bed with these guys.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:46 AM
haha....that interview with Matt Lauer was hilarious, you have to admit it:) seriously, Tom has a few screws loose lately....regardless, quite a business venture for the SF boys, would be nice to see if it paid off.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:02 AM
For anyone who hasn't seen the Oprah episode:
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:38 AM
It's amazing what "the closet" does to people.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:48 AM
The guy's a good actor but he's clearly an idiot. I was happy that Paramount fired him (fools like Cruise and waste-of-air Lindsay Lohan deserve to lose their jobs) and I'm pissed that Six Flags hired him. Might have been a good idea had it been with someone that the majority of people actually like.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:56 AM
Hate to recycle a joke but I can't resist: a Cruise-themed coaster would be all curves, no straight track ;)
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 11:03 AM
So when this investment doesn't work out with Tom Cruise, will Six Flags scrap him as well.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 11:37 AM
He'll tell all the Six Flags stock holders who now are on anti-depressents to stop using them.....

Ugh, this seems like a bad idea from the start.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 11:55 AM
Moosh is just hoping that they'll have him do commercials for the new extremely family oriented M:TR opening at Great Adventure next year.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 12:01 PM
I'm not sure if anything about M:TR can be described as "family-oriented". ;)
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 12:29 PM
Cruise=The New Mr. Six?
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 1:30 PM
Ha ha. That might actually work.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 1:46 PM
The straight verion is. ;)

Oh wait, weren't there design flaws with that one or something?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 4:01 PM
New in 2007: TOMKAT: The Escape
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 4:59 PM
Just think,

They could add upcharge trampolines(sp) to the park and theme them to Tom cruise and opera.

Just another way to make some money :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 5:32 PM
How about a mission impossible racing vekoma motorbike coaster.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006 7:06 PM
While I cannot defend nor support Scientology as my entire education about this "religion" comes from South Park... I must say Matt Lauer is indeed "glib." :)

A man goes on his show to talk about a movie and gets trounced by a journalist (word used very lightly)... Regardless of who is correct...overpaid actor and superficial journalist have about equal credibility when it comes to discussing science in my opinion.

Yet Cruise takes the fall...? ;)

I bet Cruise goes the Dixie Chicks route to keep the good times rolling. While his name is mud in the U.S...there are foreign markets who hold onto American stars long after they've worn their welcome out here. I mean Michael Jackson can still sell concert tickets across the ocean and to our friends up north. I can only guess Cruise could do the same. if Matt Lauer could just cross the ocean himself...then we would know that America was heading in the right direction.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 7:31 PM
Try for your Scientology education.

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