• tomcruise.jpgWell, we didn't see this coming: Tom Cruise has dumped his sister in favor of a real publicist. Paul Bloch, co-chairman of Rogers and Cowan, will take over for Lee Anne DeVette, who took over Cruise's career after the megastar dumped Pat Kingsley in the spring of 2004. DeVette, meanwhile, is going to segue over to handling Cruise's "charitable efforts" – which, judging by her previous work and his demonstrable interests, presumably means she's turned into some kind of Scientology Czar for the Cruise Organization. No word yet on when or even whether Katie Holmes, who only dumped her old rep for DeVette a couple of months ago, will follow suit.
  • As has been the pattern all year long, the slump dialectics don't seem to apply to the indie/specialty box office. Most indies and indie arms are quite pleased with the performance of this fall's platform releases. A couple of notable numbers: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang expanded to 81 screens last weekend and made almost $5,000 on each one, whilst "Killer" Kane doc New York Doll is doing great business in Mormon-heavy communities like Phoenix and Salt Lake.
  • It was a slow weekend at the American Film Market, save for the big sale of Roberto Benigni's The Tiger and the Snow. It was snatched up by Bauer Martinez for over $1 million; calling the buy a "big coup", CEO Philippe Martinez confirmed that he plans to distribute 200 prints of the Italian pic in North America alone.
  • Ben Stiller will star in Shawn Levy's A Night at the Museum, as a "security guard at the Museum of Natural History who unwittingly unleashes a curse that brings to life the bugs and animals on display." Sounds familytastic.