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Coppola bids bye-bye to CAA

Five-time Oscar-winner Francis Ford Coppola has fired Creative Artists Agency, according to sources close to the director.

Neither CAA nor Coppola’s agent at the percentery, Rick Nicita, returned calls seeking comment.

The “Godfather” helmer has not signed with another agency, and according to one senior agent, Coppola may go without agency representation. While an agent at CAA said his departure had been in the works for some time, many agents at competing percenteries — including ICM, William Morris and Endeavor — were caught unaware of the long-time CAA client’s departure.

Coppola’s latest release, “John Grisham’s The Rainmaker” earned more than $34 million at the box office in its first 17 days.

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Chris Farley, the actor/comedian whose credits include “Beverly Hills Ninja,” “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep,” has signed with Endeavor.

Farley had been repped by CAA.

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Recording artist John Mellencamp has left CAA and has signed with the William Morris Agency, where he will be repped by a team of agents led by agency president Arnold Rifkin. The Morris office will represent Mellencamp in all areas, including music, film, TV, literary and corporate.

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Actors Vincent Cassel and Rupert Graves have joined United Talent Agency.

Cassel’s credits include “Le Haine,” “Le Dobermann” and “Jefferson in Paris.”

Graves has appeared in such films as “Mrs. Dalloway,” “Intimate Relations,” “The Madness of King George” and “A Room With a View.” He continues to be repped in the U.K. by Peters, Fraser & Dunlop.

UTA also signed writer-director Nick Gomez, whose credits “New Jersey Drive,” “Laws of Gravity” and the February release “Illtown.”

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Writer-producer-director Bruce Evans and writer-producer Raynold Gideon have signed with the William Morris Agency. The duo is best known for their work on such films as “Starman,” “Stand By Me,” “Made in Heaven,” “Kuffs” and “Jungle 2 Jungle.”

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