Were Grazer's Congratulations To Redstone Really In Order?
Producer Brian Grazer is reportedly contradicting statements by Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone that he phoned Redstone to congratulate him on decision to break off ties with Tom Cruise's production company. L.A. Weekly columnist Nikki Finke, citing a Grazer intimate (Grazer, she said, is on vacation and could not be reached), reported Thursday that Grazer had merely phoned Redstone "to ask what's going on." Finke's source added that "anyone would be shocked to see a private phone call ever discussed publicly, much less reported in The New York Times." Meanwhile, Paramount chief Brad Grey and Viacom CEO Tom Freston remained conspicuously silent on Redstone's critical remarks about Cruise. Today's (Friday) New York Post quoted an unnamed studio executive as saying that Redstone "chopped his management off at the knees" and "showed no confidence" in either. "they look castrated."