Masters of comedy
Overland Park funny man Jason Sudeikis looks all slicked up and smarmier than ever in the new trailer for his next comedy, “Masterminds,” based on a true story. Zach Galifianakis stars as an armored truck driver whose co-worker (Kristen Wiig) persuades him to steal $17 million in cash. His next mistake: He teams up with a doofus criminal (Owen Wilson) and a goofy hit man (Sudeikis). Jared “Napoleon Dynamite” Hess directs. It’s due in theaters Aug. 14.
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NBC is making a holiday tradition of live musicals, reports The Associated Press. After scoring 19 million viewers with Carrie Underwood’s “The Sound of Music” and a decent number with last year’s “Peter Pan Live!” the network has announced a live production of “The Wiz” for Dec. 3. Its partner will be Cirque du Soleil, which will then present “The Wiz” on Broadway next year.
The musical, which gives an urban twist to “The Wizard of Oz,” first opened on Broadway in 1975 and won seven Tony Awards, including best musical. The trippy 1978 movie version starred Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell as the Tinman and Ted Ross as the Lion. No word on casting the new version. (No holograms, please.)
Speaking of remakes, Disney announced it will make a live-action version of “Mulan,” the 1998 animated adventure of a girl who disguises herself as a man to serve in the Chinese army, says The Hollywood Reporter. And why not? The studio raked in money with “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and the new “Cinderella,” and it’s working on live-action takes on “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Jungle Book” and “Dumbo.”
▪ “The Apostle Paul” is getting the A-list treatment, with Hugh Jackman as the biblical messenger of Jesus, says Deadline.com.
▪ Boston native Mark Wahlberg will produce and may star in “Patriots’ Day,” about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, says Variety.
▪ The good news about Ben Affleck’s Bat suit in next year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is it’s “comfortable and very flexible,” costume designer Michael Wilkinson tells Fashionista. But it takes about 25 minutes to put on, with lots of help. “It’s not the sort of thing that I could just sit in Ben’s trailer and he gets into it himself,” Wilkinson says. “It’s a six-handed operation.”
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