Zach Galifianakis

The strange tale of how a Galifianakis-Wiig comedy, from the director of 'Napoleon Dynamite,' sat on a shelf for a year

The strange tale of how a Galifianakis-Wiig comedy, from the director of 'Napoleon Dynamite,' sat on a shelf for a year

Some Hollywood directors would be sent into an emotional tailspin if their movie was yanked from the schedule and put on the shelf just weeks away from its release. Agents would be screamed at. Therapists would be called. But Jared Hess is not built that way.

Late last summer, Hess’ caper comedy “Masterminds” was suddenly taken off the release calendar when the studio behind it, Relativity Media, went into bankruptcy. The film had a roster of comedy heavy hitters behind it, including stars Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson, producer Lorne Michaels and Hess himself, who directed...

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