Is United Artists on Cruise Control?

The new production deal makes it sound as if Tom Cruise is in charge, but CEO Harry Sloan is the real star

Hollywood loves a good story. And it sure as heck loves publicity. Look at all the hubbub about how Tom Cruise and his production partner Paula Wagner are giving new life to the venerable United Artists studio. Sure, there is some "there" there—Wagner will be CEO and UA will once more have its name on pictures—but there's also a lot of spin.

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