Buzz picks

As always, the potential Sundance pickups industryites are buzzing about are films packed with familiar names. An overview of this year’s targets:

“Come Early Morning”: Thesp Joey Lauren Adams (“Chasing Amy) steps behind the camera to tell the story of a small-town Southern woman (Ashley Judd) yearning to reconnect with her past. (Sales: WMI/Arclight)

“Darwin Awards”: Writer-director Finn Taylor’s (“Dream With the Fishes)

adventure-comedy toplining Winona Ryder, Joseph Fiennes and David Arquette. (Sales: CAA)

“Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out”: Docu culled from band’s personal footage, helmed by Police member Stewart Copeland. (Sales: WMI)

“This Film Is Not Yet Rated”: Docu helmer Kirby Dick takes on the MPAA.

“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”: Robert Downey Jr. starrer drawing on writer-director Dito Montiel’s childhood in a tough Queens suburb. Producers include Trudie Styler. (Sales: WMI)

“Half Nelson”: Ryan Gossling stars as an inner-city teacher struggling with a drug problem in Sundance shorts winner Ryan Fleck’s feature debut. (Sales: Traction Media)

“The Hawk Is Dying”: Second pic from Julian Goldberger (“Trans”), with Paul Giamatti, Michelle Williams and Michael Pitt. Producers include Mary-Jane Skalski (“The Station Agent). (Sales: UTA/Sue Bodine)

“The Illusionist”: Turn-of-the-previous-century tale of an Austrian magician (Edward Norton) who uses his techniques to win a woman (Jessica Biel). Pic co-stars Giamatti; producers include Michael London (“Sideways) and Bob Yari (“Crash). (Sales: Yari Film Group)

“Little Miss Sunshine”: Road pic about a family taking their homely daughter to beauty pageant. Helmed by musicvid aces Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, pic stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Greg Kinnear. Producer Big Beach also has Maggie Gyllenhaal starrer “Sherrybaby” at the fest. (Sales: Cinetic Media)

“The Night Listener”: Armistead Maupin co-adaptation of his novel about a latenight radio host (Robin Williams) who embarks on a dark journey. Helmed by Sundance alum Patrick Stettner (“The Business of Strangers) and featuring Collette, Sandra Oh, Rory Culkin and Bobby Cannavale. Financed by IFC Films and Hart-Sharp. (Sales: UTA)

“Off the Black”: A portrait of small-town lives in crisis starring Nick Nolte, by first-time feature helmer James Ponsoldt. (Sales: WMI)

“Right at Your Door”: Suspenser about a dirty-bomb attack in Los Angeles, starring Mary McCormack and Rory Cochrane, and helmed by production designer-art director Chris Gorak. Produced by Thousand Words duo Palmer West and Jonah Smith. (Sales: UTA)

“The Science of Sleep”: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” helmer Michel Gondry’s sci-fi involving a man (Gael Garcia Bernal) whose dreams bleed into real life. (Sales: CAA/UTA)

“Solo Dios sabe”: Sexy Mexico-Brazil road pic starring Diego Luna (“Y tu mama tambien) and Alice Braga (“City of God), from Mexican helmer Carlos Bolado. (Sales: Traction Media)

“Son of Man”: South African take on the life of Christ from the team behind Berlin 2005 winner “U-Carmen,” which includes exec producer Stephen Daldry and helmer Mark Dornford-May. (Sales: Sue Bodine)

“TV Junkie”: Doc of a man obsessed with videotaping every facet of his life. (Sales:ICM)

“An Unreasonable Man”: A portrait of political crusader Ralph Nader. (Sales: WMI/Fremantle Media)

“Wordplay”: A behind-the-scenes look at the world of crossword puzzle creation and competition. (Sales: Cinetic Media)

“The World According to Sesame Street”: Doc focusing on producers trying to mount local version of “Sesame Street” in Bangladesh, Kosovo and South Africa. (Sales: Participant Prods.)

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