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‘Mask,’ the Musical, Complete With Horrifying Makeup

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Mask: The Musical! The photo accompanying this review is what people who don’t like musicals picture in their head when they think about musicals. [Variety]

Is Clint’s Movie Oscar Bait After All?: Rumors fly that Clint Eastwood’s Gran Turino project isn’t a Dirty Harry movie, but in fact a sensitive drama about a man (Eastwood) learning to accept Hmong immigrants. Of course, eventually the man kills them all. [Gold Derby/LAT]

Monks Get Record Deal From Universal: A group of monks got a record deal when Universal execs saw video of their Gregorian chant on YouTube. It’s a heartwarming story about a group whose commitment to the ways of the past makes them a curious anachronism as the modern world prospers around them. Plus some monks. Hey-o! [BBC]

Like Peering Inside Michael Keaton’s Brain: This Batman-themed home theater cost $500,000, making it the best non-charitable use of $500,000 in history. Seriously, look at the picture and try NOT to think about how fun it would be to have all your friends over to get baked and watch The Matrix in that bad boy. [Luxist]

Skip Churchill for Churchill: The New Yorker’s review of Caryl Churchill’s new play Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? devotes a majority of its column inches to discussing how great Top Girls is. Moral of the story: See Top Girls when it opens next month. [NYer]

‘Mask,’ the Musical, Complete With Horrifying Makeup