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Casting News: Patton in M:I Reboot, De Niro Loves Bellucci, Hamm and Westfeldt Make Indie

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 3, 2010 at 3:51AM

- J.J. Abrams' reboot of the Mission: Impossible franchise is coming together at Paramount, even if it still lacks a firm title. Returning Tom Cruise will be accompanied by Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner, both of whom wowed in their low-budget Oscar-winning films last year, Precious and The Hurt Locker, respectively.
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- J.J. Abrams' reboot of the Mission: Impossible franchise is coming together at Paramount, even if it still lacks a firm title. Returning Tom Cruise will be accompanied by Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner, both of whom wowed in their low-budget Oscar-winning films last year, Precious and The Hurt Locker, respectively.

The $140-million sequel (modest, these days) is due December 2011.

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-Jon Hamm and partner Jennifer Westfeldt (writer, producer and star of Kissing Jessica Stein and Ira & Abby) dropped news that they will shoot an indie film together based on Westfeldt's script, Friends with Kids, before the next season of Mad Men steals Hamm away. They hope to be joined by Anne Hathaway and Kristen Wiig. Credit to Hamm for not letting himself be typecast as Madmen's Don Draper; the guy can do comedy on SNL, sitcom romance on 30 Rock, or play a cop in The Town. He may have a movie career.

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- The lovely Monica Bellucci, wife to man-of-the-moment Vincent Cassell (with Black Swan premiering to strong reviews and his Cesar winning Mesrine double feature finally in theaters), has been cast in the third installment of Italian director Giovanni Veronesi's Manual of Love, which "with [Robert] De Niro in the cast, will have greater international ambitions," says producer Aurelio De Laurentiis. Bellucci will play De Niro's love interest. Good thing De Niro can act, since falling in love with Bellucci (pictured) must be tough.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Headliners, Studios, Daily Read, Production , J.J. Abrams, Tom Cruise, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.