LAT in 90 Seconds – A Mel-Free Edition

Risky Business: images-55.jpgIs Tom Cruise’s production company going to be dropped by Paramount Pictures today? Cruise-Wagner Production’s $10 million-plus a year deal is set to expire today. Paramount is reportedly offering just a fraction of the old deal. The Times story focuses mostly on the shifting economic tides in Hollywood — but we’re guessing Cruise’s couch-jumping/baby-hiding can’t be helping, either.

Vice Precedent: 24556233.jpgWe’re usually wary of made-from-TV movies, but it seems the opening of Miami Vice this weekend marks one of the first legitimately good leaps from small to large screen. Plus, it’s the first time this summer an actual movie was released.

Notorious Killer Sought: 24645898.jpgIn light of a wrongful death lawsuit against LAPD by the mother of Notorious B.I.G., the police have reopened the 9-year-old cold case and launched a task force of senior homicide detectives to hunt down the killer. According to the LAT, it seems what the LAPD is really looking for is exoneration for itself.