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Jon Hamm didn’t win his Emmy Award last night for Best Actor. It doesn’t matter. With only one episode of the show left to shoot this season, Hamm is looking forward not back.

At the Governor’s Ball last night, Jon and his long time girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt told me they’re getting to shoot a new film which she will film based on her own script.

“Friends with Kids” was already previewed on August 1st in a script reading at a theater festival. Now Jon and Jennifer say they’re ready to roll, and are starting to pull together what’s necessary to make “Friends” before “Mad Men” starts again.

Westfeldt is an accomplished writer and director, of course. Her “Kissing Jessica Stein” is still considered one of the great indie films of all time. Jon Hamm had a walk on in the 2001 production. Now he’ll be the star! The couple also said they’re hopeful Anne Hathaway and Kristen Wiig will be some of the other “Friends with Kids.”

Hamm is well on track to leave “Mad Men” and become a move star when the TV show’s run is up. His management and instincts keep pointing him in the right directions. Not only is he doing a lot of comedy– as in “Saturday Night Live” and on last night’s Emmy show with Betty White–but also on “30 Rock” where he’s been nominated for an Emmy. When “Mad Men” is over, Hamm will not be typecast as Don Draper. His next big digression is a big role in Ben Affleck’s “The Town,” which gets a release in a few weeks.

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  1. [...] Watching­ the Emmys the o­­ther nig­ht, I saw G­eo­­rg­e Clo­­o­­ney o­­n the stag­e accepting­ his B­o­­b­ Ho­­pe Hu­manitarian Award and then I saw Jon H­a­m­­m­­ in the audience (they­ cut to­­ him as­ Clo­­o­­ney­ lef­t the s­tag­e) and wo­­ndered if­ he’s­ that next TV­ s­tar to­­ trans­itio­­n to­­ b­eing­ an A-lis­t f­ilm acto­­r. Will he b­e b­ack in 15 y­ears­ to­­ s­imilarly­ win a s­pecial ho­­no­­r? Is­ he ev­en b­ig­ into­­ caus­es­? In any­ ev­ent, he’s­ ab­o­­ut to­­ hit the b­ig­ s­creen in next week’s­ The­ To­wn an­d­ lat­er t­h­is mo­n­t­h­ in­ Howl­, an­d­ n­ow h­e’s­ als­o eyin­g a m­or­e pr­om­in­en­t r­ole in­ th­e in­d­ie com­ed­y F­rien­ds w­it­h K­ids, ac­c­o­rdin­g to­ Sh­o­w­biz­ 411. [...]

  2. [...] Watching the Emmys the other night, I saw George Clooney on the stage accepting his Bob Hope Humanitarian Award and then I saw Jon Hamm in the audience (they cut to him as Clooney left the stage) and wondered if he’s that next TV star to transition to being an A-list film actor. Will he be back in 15 years to similarly win a special honor? Is he even big into causes? In any event, he’s about to hit the big screen in next week’s The Town and later this month in Howl, and now he’s also eying a more prominent role in the indie comedy Friends with Kids, according to Showbiz 411. [...]

  3. [...] Watching the Emmys the other night, I saw George Clooney on the stage accepting his Bob Hope Humanitarian Award and then I saw Jon Hamm in the audience (they cut to him as Clooney left the stage) and wondered if he’s that next TV star to transition to being an A-list film actor. Will he be back in 15 years to similarly win a special honor? Is he even big into causes? In any event, he’s about to hit the big screen in next week’s The Town and later this month in Howl, and now he’s also eying a more prominent role in the indie comedy Friends with Kids, according to Showbiz 411. [...]

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