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Bridesmaids Director Eyes Hamm for New Role: When Bridesmaids director Paul Feig needed a moderator for his Directors Guild of America Q&A on Nov. 8, he called on his good friend Jon Hamm, whom he directed in a 2007 episode of Mad Men and in his uncredited comic turn in Bridesmaids. Hamm was in the midst of shooting Mad Men and couldn't promise -- but then managed to get there in time. Between before-and-after-drinks at the Chateau Marmont, their rapport generated lots of laughs. That's a good thing: THR has learned that Hamm is now looking very likely to star in Feig's next broad comic movie, this one all-male and titled Dumb Jock.

Franco's Schooling Pays Off

James Franco's latest gig, as narrator of the new documentary Eames: The Architect and the Painter (out Nov. 18), about superstar midcentury design couple Charles and Ray Eames, didn't come through typical Hollywood channels. Rather, it was one of his former professors at UCLA, noted architectural historian Thomas Hines, who connected him with Jason Cohn, the documentary's co-director. Franco has remained close to Hines since taking his "Social and Cultural History of Los Angeles" seminar during senior year several years ago.

The Style Influence of Tinker Tailor

Jacqueline Duran is most famous for the emerald green dress she made for Keira Knightley to wear in Atonement, but her clothes for the new Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy -- which was released in September in the U.K. and is due out Dec. 9 in the U.S. -- have already caught on with British fashion-watchers. Dubbed "spy chic," the looks fall squarely in the category of sober but sharply tailored three-piece suits. "It's funny. These are not fashionable characters," says Duran. "The 1970s wardrobe of government spies is as gray as England. It's probably the retro thing." It has helped that Gary Oldman and Colin Firth's custom suiting was done by bespoke tailoring houses Timothy Everest and Huntsman. Says Duran, "I wondered why Gary Oldman kept some of his things!"

CAA Signs Berenice Bejo

When CAA superstar agent Hylda Queally showed up Nov. 8 at the AFI Fest afterparty for The Artist at the Little Door, insiders were wondering who had pursued whom. Sources whispered that the film's French star Berenice Bejo was the one who had snagged Queally this year as her agent. But sources close to Bejo tell THR it was Queally -- who's got Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, Cate Blanchett and Penelope Cruz on her client roster -- who bagged Bejo. Well, if Queally can do half as well with the English-fluent Bejo as she has with Marion Cotillard, Bejo's in great hands. If you need proof, just look at the year newish Queally client Jessica Chastain has had.

No Sour Grapes for Steve McPherson

Has Steve McPherson gone soft? The famously hard-charging former ABC chief resigned his post amid an internal sexual harassment probe in July 2010. He's since left Hollywood and is now focused on his Napa winery, Promise. A gooey note he's posted on the winery's website avows his new "commitment to balance" and how "never have I felt more deeply blessed to be pursuing one of my true loves." He added, "Especially in challenging times like these, it is easy to lose sight of priorities."


The Little Door's patio garden was the dining choice this week for Sumner RedstoneAl PacinoWilliam H. Macy and Eva Longoria, all of whom were in separately. … Jeffrey Katzenberg and James Gandolfini at different tables at Pizzeria Mozza. … Charlize Theron and a female friend lunched on pasta on the patio at Orso successor Il Covo. … Adrien Brody at the Standard in West Hollywood. … Over on the Eastside, Little Dom's Deli got a visit from Olivia Wilde and her pal. … Craig's had a very big week, with drop-ins from Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, as well as Courteney CoxKevin Connolly and Jackie Collins, plus Keanu Reeves breaking bread with Sandra Bullock. … Connolly also met screenwriter Scott Rosenberg at Dan Tana's. Also spotted there in recent days: Dick WolfChris McGurkJane FondaDon HenleyJames WoodsEmma StoneSofia VergaraCatherine KeenerMarilyn Manson and Boardwalk Empire's Dabney Coleman. … Megan Fox grabbed lunch at the Larchmont Bungalow, which also was visited by Jeremy PivenKatherine Heigl and Shannon Elizabeth. … Mila Kunis brought her friends to SmithHouse Tap & Grill in Century City and sat in a booth with a rotating beer tap installed in the table. They all did shots and beer and enjoyed a long dinner. … Michael BaySharon StoneAvril LavigneMario LopezOrlando Jones and Ashanti all at newly opened Provencal-style restaurant Rosé on La Cienega on separate evenings, enjoying the pink wine. … Spotted indulging at Petrossian on Robertson: Drew Barrymore. … James Cameron dining at Locanda del Lago in Santa Monica one night, Macy Gray on another. Gray's fave: the pasta aglio e olio. … Harvey Weinstein having a business meeting over Italian cuisine at Mr. C.


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