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Rob Riggle’s ‘Sportsbook’ ordered by TBS, Paul Rudd signs to play baseball player and WWII spy Moe Berg

TBS has ordered a late night weekly sports show from KC comedian Rob Riggle.
TBS has ordered a late night weekly sports show from KC comedian Rob Riggle. Fox

The latest on what our Kansas City celebs are up to:

▪ TBS has ordered a pilot for “Rob Riggle’s Sportsbook,” a new weekly late-night sports show. Riggle will host and be executive producer for the show, according to a release from the cable network, and the series “aims to combine his love of sports with his comedy and improvisational skills.” AwfulAnnouncing.com reminded its readers that Riggle’s sports shorts on Fox haven’t always been well-received, but that’s what happens when you speak truth to Cowboys fans.

▪ Paul Rudd has signed to star in a film adaptation of Nicholas Dawidoff’s “The Catcher Was a Spy,” about journeyman baseball player Moe Berg who doubled as a spy for the OSS (a precursor to the CIA) in World War II. Deadline reports that the script is be “Saving Private Ryan” scribe Robert Rodat. This project once was being developed for George Clooney by Warner Bros., HBO and Miramax.

▪ Jason Sudeikis tells Los Angeles’ KABC-TV he had one motivation for signing on for “Mother’s Day”: Director Garry Marshall.

“I literally am a huge fan,” Sudeikis said. “Anybody of our age was sort of raised by him, whether it be ‘Happy Days’ or ‘Laverne & Shirley.’ My favorite movie of his was ‘Nothing in Common.’ It was great to talk to him about that film.”

Those pesky reviewers, however, aren’t being kind to the film, in which Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston play single parents. It currently has an 8 percent “Fresh” (positive) rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

▪ Early reviews for “Captain America: Civil War,” however, are overwhelmingly positive. The film, which stars KC’s Paul Rudd and Don Cheadle as Ant-Man and War Machine, respectively, has a 93 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It opened in 14 countries overseas this week and has already earned more than $14 million, nearly twice as much as “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” earned in the same region, according to Forbes. Here’s the trailer:

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