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Mantegna in CFP’s ‘Tom’

NEW YORK — Joe Mantegna and Sam Rockwell are toplining the $5 million dark comedy “Tom and Jerry,” which will lense for the next six weeks in Chicago and Toronto.

The story of two used car salesmen who moonlight as hitmen marks the directorial debut of veteran actor Saul Rubinek (“True Romance,” “Unforgiven”). It is the sixth theatrical feature this year for CFP, a leading independent distribution and production company with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal.

In addition to Mantegna and Rockwell, “Tom and Jerry” features an ensemble cast including Ted Danson, William H. Macy, Sarah Polley, Charles Durning, Peter Riegert and Maury Chaykin.

Pic is being produced by Vivienne Leebosh, Elinor Reid, Rubinek and CFP’s Michael Paseornek. Executive producers are Mantegna, Ralph Zimmerman and CFP’s Jeff Sackman, John Dunning and Andre Link.

Taking d.p. chores on the film is Paul Sarossy, who has just finished shooting two Russell Banks adaptations: Paul Schrader’s “Affliction” and Atom Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter.”

Among the films that CFP has recently produced are “Stag,” starring Mario Van Peebles, Andrew McCarthy, Kevin Dillon and Taylor Dayne; “Buffalo ’66,” starring Anjelica Huston, Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazarra, Rosanna Arquette and Mickey Rourke; and “Johnny Skidmarks,” starring Frances McDormand, John Lithgow and Peter Gallagher.

CFP’s U.S. theatrical division is currently releasing Greg Mottola’s 1996 Slamdance Grand Jury Prize winner “The Daytrippers” and Peter Greenaway’s “The Pillow Book.”

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