A recap & post-mortem on the Redstone-Cruise- Wagner-Grey kerfuffle from Hollywood Reporter columnist Anne Thompson. Here’s one thing we definitely agree upon, which is that turmoil and transition can sometimes provide a creative blessing in disguise. Thompson writes that not having a Paramount berth is just such a situation for Cruise: “Freeing himself from a studio like Paramount could be the best thing to happen to him.” And I said last May in my “Upside of Taps” piece about Cruise’s implosion that “if he’s smart (and he is), he can damage control his way out of this, to some extent. Just downplay the weirdo stuff and focus on the work, the work, the work. This a big opportunity for the guy. He’s begun of those life passages that can lead, with the right attitude, to non-material riches.”