How come we weren't invited? Apparently because Amazon sells so many DVDs (not like Wal-Mart, but still), Jeff Bezos scored the coup of having possibly fading megastar Tom Cruise appear at some sort of company shindig, as The New York Timesreports. Cruise reportedly invited Seattle employees to see his new movie Valkyrie (which opens Dec. 26), about a conspiracy among German officers during World War II to kill Hitler. Months ago, there were apparently snickers at the German accent-free Cruise wearing Nazi regalia and an eyepatch when movie previews were seen in theaters. The film, which I have not yet seen, may need help from a PR standpoint. Or maybe Cruise wants Bezos to invest in his orphan studio, United Artists.
Or maybe Cruise was also in town visiting Valkyrie's Oscar-winning screenwriter, Chris McQuarrie (who won his statue with Bryan Singer for The Usual Suspects; Singer also directs Valkyrie). McQuarrie lives part-time in Seattle, having married a local gal.
Regardless, if this whole plot-to-assassinate-Hitler thing doesn't work out, maybe Cruise could get a job in the Amazon call center. If your package doesn't arrive in time for Christmas, he could tell you, "I was only fulfilling orders!"