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Tom Cruise's Oscar hopes dim for 'Valkyrie'?

April 1, 2008 |  4:59 pm

Tom Cruise fans have high expectations for "Valkyrie." Since the superstar is rather overdue for an Oscar, they hope he may be helped by portraying a real, heroic person in a World War II flick (think past winners Adrien Brody in "The Pianist" or William Holden in "Stalag 17") directed by a chap who got Kevin Spacey that Oscar in the supporting slot for "The Usual Suspects" (Bryan Singer).

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But now Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com says that, contrary to recent reports, that very public lunch Tom Cruise had with Sumner Redstone last week at the Polo Lounge wasn't a sign that the heartthrob's life is increasingly sunny.

"For one thing, sources tell me it was Cruise who called Redstone, not the other way around," Friedman says. "The fact that Cruise groveled in public with Redstone would indicate that the actor knows just how bad 'Valkyrie' is and that he’s trying to shore up his future before the eye patch hits the fan this fall.

"Since Cruise’s departure, he’s made the terrible box-office flop 'Lions for Lambs' under his new deal with MGM/United Artists," he adds. CLICK HERE to read more.

Some sources dispute Friedman's take on the Polo Lounge powwow and note that no one's seen "Valkerie" in its totality yet. A few final scenes are still being shot. But one source who's seen big chunks of the flick insists that it's actually "fantastic — it's a great story told by a great director, Bryan Singer. How could it not be?" You be the judge. Click on the trailer below.


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