HITCHING POST Benjamin Bratt and Talisa Soto‘s denial of reports that they’d become engaged over the weekend was technically correct; rather, the couple got married. Bratt, whose three-and-a-half-year relationship with Julia Roberts ended last summer, had been dating his ”Pinero” costar Soto for five months, since about the time their movie was released. On Saturday, in Bratt’s hometown of San Francisco, the former ”Law & Order” star and the onetime Bond girl (”License to Kill”) were wed in what Bratt’s publicist describes as an ”intimate family gathering.” It’s the first marriage for Bratt, 38, and the second for Soto, 35, who was married to ”Picket Fences” star Costas Mandylor from 1997 to 2000.
REEL DEALS David Fincher apparently likes movies with numbers in the titles. Coming off of the hit ”Panic Room,” the director of ”Alien3” and ”Seven” is in talks to direct ”Mission: Impossible 3.” That would continue the billion-dollar Tom Cruise franchise’s pattern of using a different big-name thriller director for each installment; the first two were shot by Brian De Palma and John Woo….
Actor/filmmaker Peter Berg (”Very Bad Things”) is in talks to direct ”Helldorado,” ‘s follow-up to this week’s release ”The Scorpion King.” The wrestler will play a bounty hunter who teams up with his quarry to hunt for treasure in South America….
‘ next movie role shouldn’t be too much of a stretch. The Destiny’s Child frontwoman, who makes her big-screen debut in ”Austin Powers in Goldmember” this summer, will play a singer in ”The Fighting Temptations.” The comedy is to star Cuba Gooding Jr. as a fast-living rap producer who changes his ways and goes gospel….
”L.A. Confidential” director Curtis Hanson is looking to return to the world of gritty crime thrillers. Hanson, whose Eminem movie ”8 Mile” opens later this year, has optioned several of the novels of Charles Willeford, a pioneer of the black-comic Florida crime genre that includes Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. The Hanson buys are all novels featuring weatherbeaten sleuth Hoke Moseley; the package does not include ”Miami Blues,” which was made into a 1990 movie starring Fred Ward as Moseley and directed by George Armitage.