Nintendo teams up with studio behind Minions for Mario movie

TOKYO Mario is getting together with the Minions.

Japanese video-game company Nintendo Co. says a movie starring the plumber in the Super Mario franchise is in the works, being co-produced with Chris Meledandri, the chief executive of Illumination Entertainment, the U.S. animation studio behind the popular Despicable Me series.

Nintendos star game designer Shigeru Miyamoto told reporters Thursday the script is mostly finished and is promising a fun movie, since Meledandri shares his thinking on creative projects.

The movie, two years in the making after a meeting between Meledandri and Miyamoto, is set for global distribution through Universal, which co-owns Illumination, according to the Kyoto-based maker of Pokemon games and the popular Switch machine.

They did not give other details.

Get ready for the Pong game show

And the hot new modern game show coming soon is . . . “Pong?”

Yes, “Pong” — the simplest video game ever from 1972, in which two lines bounce a dot back and forth — is in the process of becoming a TV competition show, Variety reports.

Video game maker Atari has teamed up with television producer Scott Sternberg to make a game show out of its classic, if not exactly scintillating, property.

“It’s not often we get the chance to develop a game show concept around such an iconic brand,” Sternberg tells Variety. “I can’t wait to give people the chance to see, experience and play a brand new ‘Pong.’ ”

The new show is to be called “Million Dollar Pong.” And while no network is attached yet to the retro project, there’s sure to be some appeal in a game that absolutely anyone — and we mean anyone — can play.

Ricky Martin still angry cops couldn’t stop Versace killer

Ricky Martin was living in Miami when Gianni Versace was murdered in 1997.

And Martin — who plays Versace’s partner, Antonio D’Amico, in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” — says he’s shocked by how long it took local police and the FBI to find Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss).

“Miami’s a very small town. It’s very easy to find people,” says Martin, 46. “And [Cunanan] wasn’t even hiding.” In documenting Versace’s murder, Ryan Murphy’s FX miniseries exposes the many mistakes made as the police and FBI pursued Cunanan, who killed four men in 12 days before gunning down Versace on the steps of his South Beach mansion.

“He went to a pawn shop and sold something and showed his ID. And he signed the paper as Andrew P. Cunanan,” says Martin. “There’s a moment [in the miniseries] where the FBI agent opens the [car] trunk and you see all the [10 Most Wanted] fliers. And the other agent asks, ‘How come all these flyers are in your trunk?’”

D’Amico cradled Versace (Édgar Ramírez) on the steps of his villa after Cunanan shot him on July 14, 1997. Martin says he’d been invited “many times” to the villa, Casa Casuarina, while he lived in Miami, but that he never went — until the morning he filmed the brutal murder scene. He remained secluded inside the ornate home, “just finding the emotions and everything. And there was a moment where I said, ‘Please, say Action. I’m ready, I’m ready.’”

Martin says D’Amico spoke to him before production started about his relationship with Versace — a source of conflict with Versace’s sister Donatella (Penelope Cruz). “He told me, ‘My relationship with Gianni was beautiful and full of respect.’ He said, ‘We were free. We were open.’ If someone talked bad about Antonio, Gianni would become a lion and defend him. After 15 years, it’s not a game. It’s a real relationship.”

In the series, Donatella doesn’t see it that way, blaming D’Amico for bringing strangers into the house for threesomes. Although Martin and Cruz are friends, Martin says, “Penelope told me, ‘Ricky, you can’t be good to me because I’m not supposed to like you.’ And I would try. I would try for [Donatella] to like me. But it wasn’t happening.”

In his will, Versace left D’Amico approximately $30,000 a month, “inflation proof,” for life. According to Maureen Orth’s book, “Vulgar Favors” — the series’ source material — Donatella and her brother Santo Versace negotiated with D’Amico to take those payments in one lump sum.

“The sad thing is back then [Versace and D’Amico] couldn’t marry,” says Martin, who married his partner, Jwan Yusuf, in 2017. “If they were married, the laws would protect Antonio. And that was not the case.”

Martin dismisses the Versace company’s criticism that the series is a “work of fiction,” citing Orth’s book, including sources who say that Versace and Cunanan met seven years earlier in a San Francisco club called Colossus.

[D’Amico, who lives in Italy, has said Versace never met Cunanan.]

Martin is asked why he thinks Cunanan perpetrated his crimes, but has no concrete answer.

“No one knows. And no one will ever know,” he says. “It makes me really angry. It’s not that [Versace is] dead. It’s why did we allow it to happen.”

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX

The Go-Go’s reunite to herald Broadway blockbuster

The Go-Go’s are on the go-go!

Reunited for the first time in years, the ’80s girl group performed to a packed house Monday night at the Bowery Ballroom. It was a kickoff party for their new musical “Head Over Heels,” which, the Go-Go’s announced from the stage, will begin previews on Broadway in June at the Hudson Theatre.

The Post broke the news a few weeks ago, but we didn’t have the band on hand to electrify a young (by Broadway standards) crowd with a set that included “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Head Over Heels” and their biggest hit — “We Got the Beat.”

Lead singer Belinda Carlisle looked terrific singing in bare feet.

A confession: I wasn’t a Go-Go’s kind of guy in the ’80s. Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim and Dionne Warwick were on my turntable.

Call me Mr. Hip (Replacement).

But I had a blast Monday night bopping along with Go-Go’s fans Bevy Smith (of “Page Six TV”), the great Debbie Harry, Sandra Bernhard and Carla Gugino.

Producers Jordan Roth (majority owner of Jujamcyn Theaters), Carole Shorenstein Hays and Donovan Leitch were in the house as well.

Missing was another producer — Gwyneth Paltrow — but I’m told she’ll be around when the musical tries out at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco in April.

Tickets for the San Francisco engagement are going fast, sources say.

Once upon a time, the Go-Go’s would have partied into the night. But they were out of the Bowery Ballroom by 10 p.m. They were up early Tuesday to catch a flight to Miami, where they were set to perform on the beach that night at the Broadway Across America conference.

The most powerful theater owners and producers in the country go to the conference, and the Go- Go’s were there to impress them with “Head Over Heels” and — if the show’s a hit on Broadway — secure lucrative bookings across the country.

Insider buzz on “Head Over Heels” is strong. The show’s had a few workshops since it premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015. It’s gotten better each time, sources say.

It did hit a bump in the road when the original writer, Jeff Whitty, left the production. Whitty, who wrote the script to “Avenue Q,” is a talented writer. And at the Go-Go’s concert Monday night, people involved in the show told me much of his original script was “great fun” and “brilliantly theatrical.”

But it was long. “Head Over Heels” ran three hours in Oregon, prompting one of the Go-Go’s to remark, “I love the Go-Go’s. I’m in the Go-Go’s. But I can’t take three hours of the Go-Go’s.”

James Magruder stepped in to streamline the script, under the supervision of director Michael Mayer, who won the Tony for his terrific production of “Spring Awakening.”

While “Head Over Heels” uses Go-Go’s music, it’s not the band’s story. The show is based on “Arcadia,” a 16th-century prose poem by Sir Philip Sidney, and is set in a magical land of dukes, oracles, lions, bears — and more than a couple of cross-dressers.

“It’s sort of Mount Olympus meets the Forest of Arden,” says a source.

The cast includes Jeremy Kushnier, Taylor Iman Jones, Andrew Durand, Rachel York and Peppermint (of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame).

When the Go-Go’s pulled them up onstage during “Cool Jerk” on Monday night, the clock raced back to 1982 and we all had big hair and feathered bangs once more.

Writer Ken Ludwig was making notes over the weekend at backer’s auditions for “Crazy for You,” his 1992 Tony-nominated musical. The show, which features songs by George and Ira Gershwin, is slated for a Broadway revival next season, and Ludwig is punching up the script.

Director Susan Stroman re-created some of her sensational choreography from the original but came up with some showstopping new bits as well.

Tony Yazbeck did a killer tap dance on a grand piano, a source says. He had terrific chemistry with leading lady Laura Osnes.

The money’s in place, and now the hunt is on for a Broadway theater in the fall or late winter.

‘Lizzie’ is a chilling, violent reimagining of Lizzie Borden’s senseless murder

PARK CITY, UTAH — “Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks.”

Even if you don’t know the macabre nursery rhyme, chances are you’ve heard something about this 19th-century murderess. That’s a major challenge for “Lizzie” director Craig William Macneill (“The Boy”), who wants to make the case that the events leading up to the infamous Fall River, Mass. crime were just as compelling. I spent most of the running time waiting for Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) to grab the hatchet and wrap things up already.

No disrespect to Sevigny, who brings both empathy and chilliness to the role of a cloistered single woman wreaking vengeance on her abusive and miserly parents. This rendition of Lizzie — well-timed to this female-centric Sundance — could have been a subversive recut of the legend, but Macneill’s telling is as bloodless as the corpses that bookend the film (most of which is told in flashbacks from their gruesome discovery).

This Lizzie is an independent spirit, old enough to be called a spinster. She’s plagued by regular epileptic fits and by the harsh treatment of her father (Jamey Sheridan) and stepmother (Fiona Shaw), who use the threat of institutionalization to keep her in line.

When the family hires a new maid named Bridget (Kristen Stewart), she finds a kindred spirit, lover and eventually accomplice to the murders, which are at least partly motivated by the question of her inheritance.

But Macneill keeps Lizzie at arm’s length for most of the drama, shot as a traditional period piece. Even the scene where she and Bridget finally hook up is filmed partly through a window — and her father’s point of view — as if to confirm that there’s really no way to get close to the movie’s subject.

And while the screenplay by Bryce Kass points to the cruelty and condescension of the men in her life — Denis O’ Hare plays her sleazy uncle, while her father both sexually assaults Bridget and condemns Lizzie as an “abomination” — a clear understanding of the killer’s mindset never quite takes shape.

But don’t take my word for it: Sevigny herself has said there was more to the Bridget/Lizzie connection than made it into the final cut. “I was like, ‘If you have another scene with Kristen Stewart and you don’t put it in your movie, you’re stupid,’” she told Indiewire. “There was more to the relationships that made them more complicated, and also then informed why Lizzie [commits the murders].”

When the big scene finally does unfold, Macneill goes for broke with an unflinching look at the violence, both during and after. Sevigny and Stewart’s characters even shed their clothes for it — an apparent topic of historical speculation, but a move that feels exploitative here. Their nudity feels unearned in what’s otherwise been a starched collar of a movie.

‘The Bachelor’s’ guide to Fort Lauderdale

For decades, Fort Lauderdale had a reputation as the Southern Jersey Shore to the Miami ’s Hamptons, attracting waves of beer-chugging spring breakers. But in the past few years, the buzzy beach town has reinvented itself to cater to more sophisticated travelers with a slew of new hotels, shops and restaurants.

That’s why it made the perfect backdrop for Monday’s episode of the “Bachelor,” where twelve attractive millennials competed for the heart of Arie Luyendyk Jr., a former race car driving bro turned real estate agent. He describes the city as “a beautiful place to fall in love.”

But you don’t need to score a reality show or a retired athlete to enjoy the finer parts of Fort Lauderdale. Below is a romantic, wet-T-shirt-free guide to the “Venice of America.”

In 2016, the W Fort Lauderdale (from $280/night) underwent a $55 million renovation, decking out its 430 rooms with lacquer tabletops, glass panel showers and streamlined furniture. It’s also where the “Bachelor” contestants stayed, dined and backstabbed each other. The best part is the rooftop, which features pristine beach views and a very unique pool — in its center is a glass-walled room that you can walk into without getting wet.

For brunch, head to Steak 954, a Stephen Starr steakhouse located next to the W Hotel’s lobby that opened in 2016. The oceanfront restaurant boasts a sleek patio and a skirt-steak salad ($22).

Take an Uber West to las Olas, a popular boulevard for dining and nightlife, where you’ll find Italian restaurant Louie Bossi. Opened in 2014, it’s packed with locals and tourists during happy hour, and popular dishes include piccante pizza ($19) and beef carpaccio ($15).

Cap your night off at the nearby Hideaway, a new speakeasy-inspired bar downtown that converts into a dance club past midnight. Dj Khaled and his one-year-old son Asahd stopped by on a recent evening.

Fort Lauderdale gets its nickname from its proximity to water. The town is laced with water and flanked with beaches, making it a “yachting capital of the world.”

Either rent a boat via Air B n B and or hop on a water taxi and sail along the Tarpon River to the Stranahan House, a historic trading post of the city’s founder Frank Stranahan.

Once you’re done exploring, catch some rays and relax at Las Olas Beach, a prime spot for people-watching. If you get bored, it’s just across the street from trendy restaurants and dive bars.

The author was a guest of W hotels.

‘Bachelor’ beauty boycotts date over Arie’s change of heart

Hell hath no fury like one of Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s girlfriends’ scorned.

After narrowly escaping with a rose last week, fitness coach Krystal didn’t do much to get back into “The Bachelor’s” good graces Monday night, throwing a temper tantrum after a group date at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., bowling alley.

Broken up into two teams, members of the winning blue squad were promised one-on-one time with Arie at a cocktail party the very same night. While the losers were originally set to return to their hotel suite, Arie has a change of heart and invites all the women to join, much to the dismay of blue victor Krystal.

“What? Why did you change your mind?” Krystal asks in her confessional. “I’m not going to sit there and fight for his attention.”

Upon the group’s return to the hotel, Krystal removes her mic pack and throws on a bathrobe, boycotting the cocktail event. Whining about Arie not taking her team’s feelings into account, the ladies are equally shocked by Krystal’s disparaging remarks against the former race car driver.

“I think calling him a liar because he decided to change his mind is extremely offensive,” Lauren B. says.

Once Arie arrives to the Krystal-less powwow, he ultimately decides to pay her a visit after being debriefed on the situation by his more enthusiastic gal pals.

“I think the right thing for me to do is to check on her,” Arie tells the ladies. “I think if she has strong feelings, I should address it. And if she’s thinking I’m a liar and deceitful…”

Though Krystal does receive the coveted one-on-one time with Arie, the conversation veers severely off course, leaving the once stable pairing on rocky ground.

“I felt like me and my teammates were disrespected and then you changed your mind,” Krystal says. “I felt very hurt.”

Feelings aside, Arie makes it clear he’s looking for someone who wants to fix problems, not run away from them.

“This is what couples can’t do and run away,” Arie says. “When this stuff happens, it causes disruption in our relationship.”

Following the unsettling exchange, Krystal decides to make an appearance at the after party.

“I think we left things really unresolved,” Krystal says. “I’m still not OK with what he did.”

Ahead of the rose ceremony, several women pull Krystal aside, questioning why she’s still in the competition.

“You said two nights ago he was a liar and you had your bags packed,” Bekah M. tells Krystal. “Every single thing that you have said is all about you.”

After enduring an earful from Bekah M., Krystal greets Arie for the first time following her meltdown.

“I’m really grateful you came to my room. I feel emotionally invested in you and seeing you with other people, I’m not sure how to react to it,” Krystal explains.

Though Arie reassures Krystal they’re “much further along” in their relationship compared to others, he fails to confirm whether or not she’ll survive another week.

“Krystal sort of put my character in question, and I feel like she knows me more than anyone in this house,” Arie tells host Chris Harrison. “It’s going to be hard, but I’m ready.”

Saying goodbye to three other women, Arie spares Krystal, again.

“It took so much courage for me to come here tonight.” Krystal says. “If the girls thought I was a threat before, watch out ladies.”

These celebs are pretty pissed off about the Grammys

Musics biggest night? More like musics biggest gripe.

The 60th Grammy Awards were supposed to be a glittering display of the pop worlds finest acts. But some celebs still found reasons to take issue. Heres a list of complainants and what apparently irked them.

Despite being nominated for Album of the Year, the New Zealander was a notable omission from the performers list at the Grammy ceremony. Reports suggested that the 21-year-old wasnt offered a solo slot, and turned down offers to sing as part of a Tom Petty tribute.

As the discussion about her omission continuedon Monday,Lorde tweeted in caps, If youre debating whether or not I can murder a stage … come see it for urself before adding a link to upcoming tour dates. Shady.

The Canadian took home the Best New Artist award over the more critically adored Khalid and SZA. But whats more surprising is the timing, given that her first music emerged in 2015 as many havent hesitated to point out.

The normally mild-mannered singer appeared irritated when shetook to Instagramon Monday: I will not let everything Ive worked for be diminished by people taking offence to my accomplishments and feeling the need to tell me how much I suck.

The pre-Grammy talk was that the music industry was due for a Times Up moment and it happened, with Keshas emotive performance of Praying. But it didnt make up for the noticeable lack of female winners: Alessia Cara was the only woman to win in the main categories.

When asked about this by a reporter after the show, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow flubbed his lines and seemed perilously close to blaming women for this shortfall, arguing they needed to step up for recognition.

His comments drew angry responses from Pink, Sheryl Crow and more, forcing Portnow into a sheepish apology, in which he expressed regret for notbeing as articulate as I should have been. Yep, got that right.

A winner of Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album in 2012, Justin Vernon (a k a Bon Iver) tweeted his displeasure at the Grammys, calling out Portnows comment and siding with Lorde over her decision to keep away from the stage.

Vernon even took Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich to task for his apparent arrogance. I have to say Ken Ehlrich [sic] is a dk producer, he tweeted. Ken told us Holocene [Bon Ivers 2012 single] … was too long and slow and that wed lose 4-6 million viewers cause of that and that hes broken a lot of careers on the show, so I should listen.

A skit that featured Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Cardi B and Hilary Clinton, all reading from Michael Wolffs highly controversial White House tome, Fire and Fury, apparently enraged the US ambassador to the UN.

Dont ruin great music with trash, Haley tweeted during the show. Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it.

Audience figures publishedon Mondayby Nielsen revealed that just 19.8 million viewers tuned in to watchSundaysshow down 24 percent from 2017, and the lowest overall figure since 2009. Taylor Swift! Adele! Beyonce! Kanye West! Assemble! The Grammys need you for 2019.

Omarosa’s return has officially killed reality TV

Omarosa Manigault-Newman — the truculent reality TV backstabber turned short-lived White House staffer — is joining the cast of CBS’ “Celebrity Big Brother.”

It’s proof that reality television is finally dead.

It’s also a spectacular tumble for Omarosa, who was forcibly removed from her government post last month as assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison.

How do you go from the White House to a controlled environment filled with the likes of Mark McGrath — “Sharknado” actor, forgotten singer of the group Sugar Ray and reality-series alum of “Celebrity Wife Swap” — Marissa Jaret Winokur, a singer who went from “Hairspray” on Broadway to the tarnished tinsel of “Dancing With the Stars” and Miss Universe runner-up Ariadna Gutierrez?

Obviously, producers thought Omarosa would be some kind of draw. But it’s 2018, not 2004 — back when “The Apprentice,” where she first appeared, was among the hottest shows on television with host Donald Trump.

That first burst of infamy enabled Omarosa to snag gigs on “Fear Factor” and “The Surreal Life” in 2005. But she fully realized her potential with her mentor (Trump), who invited her back to appear on different iterations of “The Apprentice” in 2008 and 2013.

It all boils down to tired producers reaching into the bottom of the casting barrel. It was understandable that some reality-TV repeat offenders would jump from one show to another while the “genre” still had novelty. But “Big Brother” has been around now since 2000. This is the best they could do for their first-ever “Celebrity” version?

In addition to aforementioned names, the “Celebrity Big Brother” cast also includes onetime “Cosby” kid Keshia Knight-Pulliam; “American Pie” star Shannon Elizabeth; ex-NBA star Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest); “Real Housewife” Brandi Glanville; “Big Time Rush” star James Maslow (who?); mixed martial arts star Chuck Liddell; and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Ross Matthews — who got his start annoying people on Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show.”

If producers were hoping to reinvigorate their brand by getting cool “celebrities” to play the game, they could have done a lot better than this. Who wants to see these people they’ve assembled? Only the very lonely, I suspect.

With CBS now opting to reboot everything from “Murphy Brown” to “Cagney & Lacey” and “Magnum P.I.,” keeping “Big Brother” lodged in the past further cements the network’s status as the Jurassic Park of entertainment options — with Omarosa as the pterodactyl flying over this TV cemetery.

Tom Hanks set to play Mister Rogers in biopic

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for Tom Hanks, who’ll star as Mister Rogers in the upcoming biopic “You Are My Friend.”

TriStar Pictures announced Monday it has acquired worldwide rights to the film, to be directed by “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” filmmaker Marielle Heller.

The film will focus on the friendship between the host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and journalist Tom Junod. Junod reluctantly agreed to profile Fred Rogers only to find “his perspective on life transformed.”

Production will begin in September, with a 2019 release expected.

The role will surely add to the America’s Dad image of Hanks, who gave a very Rogers-like opening monologue while hosting “Saturday Night Live” before the 2016 presidential election, swapping his jacket for a sweater and giving America a pep talk.

Rogers died in 2003 at age 74.