While you were sleeping, Chazz Palminteri signed up to play a Mafia don, again; Aretha Franklin decided to block the release of a never-before-seen Sydney Pollack documentary on the creation of the grandmother of soul's 1972 album 'Amazing Grace'; Kino Lorber will re-release a controversial rock soundtrack version of 'Metropolis'; and more. Catch up with Wednesday night's news here.

Rat-a-tat-tat. Chazz Palminteri has joined 'Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father,' the John Gotti/Mafia biopic that begins shooting in New York in January. Palminteri will take the role of Mafia don Paul Castellano (a role he played once before, in the 2001 TNT movie 'Boss of Bosses'), the one-time head of the Gambino crime family. The film, written by James Toback, stars John Travolta, Al Pacino, Kelly Preston and Ben Foster and is being directed by Barry Levinson. The film, by the way, already has had several casualties: Nick Cassavetes had to leave the director's chair because of scheduling conflicts, Lindsay Lohan was set to star but is no longer in the cast, and Joe Pesci is suing the production, saying he gained 30 pounds for one role -- and then was offered another. [TheWrap]
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