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Excess Hollywood: Bada Bing! James Gandolfini reunites with David Chase. Plus, four Sundance films find homes.

  • It’s a Sopranos reunion! James Gandolfini will star in David Chase’s feature film debut, Twylight Zones, set in 1960s New Jersey. Gandolfini is set to play a father who is concerned about his son’s (John Magaro) new role as the lead singer of a band called The Twylight Zones, and, strangely, not about his spelling skills. [Deadline]
  • Sherri Shepherd has been tapped to star alongside Christine Taylor (Zoolander) in Terri Minsky’s untitled office comedy pilot set in a beverage manufacturing company called Rip City Cola. Taylor plays the office’s new CEO, while Shepherd is on board to play an office troublemaker. Sexual maniac D’fwan still waiting on his role. [Deadline]
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy) is in talks for Magic City, Starz’s drama set in mid-20th century Miami. Morgan would play a hotel-owner who “makes some strange bedfellows and many powerful enemies.” So… he’s the Ronnie? [Deadline]
  • National Geographic has acquired the Kevin MacDonald-directed and Ridley Scott-executive produced Life in a Day. For the film, MacDonald and Scott asked YouTube users to submit video of their day on July 24, 2010. MacDonald chose over 1,000 clips from 80,000 submissions for the film, which is 90 minutes long, and I hope entirely consisted of this video.
  • Sundance: IFC Films has picked up The Ledge, starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Terrence Howard, and Christopher Gorham. The thriller centers on a “believer” (Wilson) who forces a “non-believer” (Hunnam) to the top of a tall building, where he’s given the choice to to save his own life or someone else’s. I just say they all get along and work it out over the season 3 DVD of Sons of Anarchy like you all should. 
  • Sundance: Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush has nabbed rights to Like Crazy. The film, starring Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin and The Tempest’s Felicity Jones, is about a British college student who is separated from her boyfriend after overstaying her U.S. visa.
  • Sundance: Fox Searchlight has picked up Martha Marcy May Marlene, a drama about a woman (Elizabeth Olsen) who must assimilate back into her family after escaping a cult. Where’s Uncle Joey and his problem-solving Bullwinkle voice when you need him?
  • Sundance: Annnnd, it’s off! Sundance Selects announced it has acquired rights to Buck, a documentary following horse legend Buck Brannaman, the inspiration behind The Horse Whisperer.

Originally posted January 24 2011 — 5:56 PM EST

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