Today's Page Six reports that the beautiful friendship between Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg may be over, as the director was less than pleased that Cruise used the War of the Worlds publicity tour to evangelize for Scientology and personally—personally! God, that never gets old—launch an invasion against the harmful street drug Ritalin, which Spielberg thinks has helped children he knows. (We shudder to think what would happen to the market for Vicodin should the Scientologists succeed in removing this important gateway drug from Hollywood.) Cruise's lawyer, frequent Defamer penpal Bert Fields, got wind of the story and immediately fired off one of his signature love notes:
In August, when PAGE SIX started researching this story, we received a letter from Cruise's lawyer Bert Fields, noting:
"We have received word that you are planning a report that Steven Spielberg was upset with Tom about Tom's speaking out about his views on children's use of drugs . . . and that now they are not speaking to each other."
The letter stated: "Each of these statements is absolutely and demonstrably false. Steven is not upset with Tom . . . Tom and Steven remain close friends and are looking forward to working together again. The idea that they are not speaking is not only false but absurd. Actually Steven is shooting a movie in Budapest and Tom is shooting one [in the States]."
But maybe Fields should have talked to Spielberg before writing this letter.
Another source, a close friend of the director, said: "They will not be working together again and Steven will never call him his friend."
Spielberg's flack declined to comment to Page Six. But if this report is true, we fear that their relationship has been damaged beyond repair, and the days of Super Steve riding on the back of Tom Terrific's motorcycle, arms wrapped around the action star's waist as the two pals cheat death on the curves of Mulholland Drive, are gone forever. That is, of course, unless Cruise sends over some cupcakes.