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July 11, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
Shark-nado! I just watched a film called Shark-nado. And suddenly TV revealed a different side to me. Shark-nado! I sat through two hours of Shark-nado! I remembered why it is, cheesy shark movies exist to please. Shark-nado Say it loud and there's people screaming. Say it soft and it might have some meaning but I'll never stop saying Shark-nado. Sharknado, Sharknado, Shark-naaaaaddddoooo. You just have to love the crazy monster movies that SyFy delivers on a semi-regular basis -- you know what you're getting.
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April 21, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- With “Sharknado” blossoming into a franchise and “Piranha 3D” now practically a long-canonized classic, it was only a matter of time before other "Thing"-like homages entered the room. And so it's come to this, “Zombeavers,” the latest portmanteau-themed genre mash-up in which animals go wild in B-movie glory. Directed by Jordan Rubin, who has more of a comedy than horror background (Judd Apatow gets a post-credit thank you), the movie,  which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, involves the usual mix of pretty young people  attempting a weekend getaway before finding that nominally simple task complicated by a bunch of undead woodland creatures.
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April 21, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- With “Sharknado” blossoming into a franchise and “Piranha 3D” now practically a long-canonized classic, it was only a matter of time before other "Thing"-like homages entered the room. And so it's come to this, “Zombeavers,” the latest portmanteau-themed genre mash-up in which animals go wild in B-movie glory. Directed by Jordan Rubin, who has more of a comedy than horror background (Judd Apatow gets a post-credit thank you), the movie,  which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend, involves the usual mix of pretty young people  attempting a weekend getaway before finding that nominally simple task complicated by a bunch of undead woodland creatures.
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April 8, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The director and some cast members of "Sharknado 2: The Second One" appeared on stage in a Pasadena hotel on Tuesday to preview the upcoming airborne shark sequel and touched on a very serious topic: climate change. Whoever could have predicted that Ian Ziering taking on flying sharks with a chain saw would give Al Gore a run for his cinematic money? Costar Judah Friedlander, the guy who always wore trucker caps on "30 Rock," plays a childhood friend of Ziering's character and proclaimed the film about a weather phenomenon involving flying sharks "the most important ever made about climate change.
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April 8, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The director and some cast members of "Sharknado 2: The Second One" appeared on stage in a Pasadena hotel on Tuesday to preview the upcoming airborne shark sequel and touched on a very serious topic: climate change. Whoever could have predicted that Ian Ziering taking on flying sharks with a chain saw would give Al Gore a run for his cinematic money? Costar Judah Friedlander, the guy who always wore trucker caps on "30 Rock," plays a childhood friend of Ziering's character and proclaimed the film about a weather phenomenon involving flying sharks "the most important ever made about climate change.
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August 6, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Monday on “The Daily Show,” John Oliver harshly condemned Southern Republicans for enacting strict new voting restrictions in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 . Following the controversial decision , which struck down a key provision of the landmark civil rights bill requiring federal approval of changes to voting laws in states with a history of racial discrimination, the GOP had, according...
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March 7, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Yvonne Villarreal
In Syfy's reality competition "Opposite Worlds," Twitter put unprecedented power in the hands of viewers, supplying them with the ability to reward popular contestants with a luxurious spa day while punishing others with a less savory task: cleaning human excrement. The little blue birdie has fluttered into the writers room on Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," inspiring one episode to address viewers' dismay, voiced loudly on Twitter, over the central character's Revolutionary War era attire.
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August 9, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The "Big Brother" house is getting considerably less crowded, but ratings are holding steady for the CBS reality series that sent two houseguests packing Thursday night.  "Big Brother," embroiled in controversy after a contestant made racist and homophobic remarks about her housemates and another made jokes about child porn, drew 7.08 million viewers and a rating of 2.5 in the key adult 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary numbers from...
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August 13, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
We are smack dab in the middle of what is traditionally the slowest news month of the year, with Congress in recess and seemingly the rest of the world on vacation.  While this seasonal news drought can lead to some very dull headlines , as “The Daily Show” proved Monday night, it can also pay off in unexpected ways. That's when John Oliver turned his attention to the land down under, where he was delighted to discover that despite an accelerated campaign cycle, Australian politics are every bit as absurd as our own.   Oliver began by highlighting the positive aspects of Australian democracy - namely, that citizens are required by law to vote.
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October 1, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - By all rights, Twitter should be wildly popular with mainstream America. World leaders, the pope, even Justin Bieber post updates there. It tells us what's culturally relevant at any given moment, be it Beyonce's performance at the Super Bowl and the blackout in the New Orleans Superdome or Syfy channel's campy made-for-TV movie "Sharknado" about a tornado teeming with sharks. But Twitter doesn't have nearly the following most people think it has. Twitter will reveal for the first time in a year how many users it has when it makes public its stealth filing for an initial public offering as soon as this week.
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March 7, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Yvonne Villarreal
In Syfy's reality competition "Opposite Worlds," Twitter put unprecedented power in the hands of viewers, supplying them with the ability to reward popular contestants with a luxurious spa day while punishing others with a less savory task: cleaning human excrement. The little blue birdie has fluttered into the writers room on Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," inspiring one episode to address viewers' dismay, voiced loudly on Twitter, over the central character's Revolutionary War era attire.
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October 1, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - By all rights, Twitter should be wildly popular with mainstream America. World leaders, the pope, even Justin Bieber post updates there. It tells us what's culturally relevant at any given moment, be it Beyonce's performance at the Super Bowl and the blackout in the New Orleans Superdome or Syfy channel's campy made-for-TV movie "Sharknado" about a tornado teeming with sharks. But Twitter doesn't have nearly the following most people think it has. Twitter will reveal for the first time in a year how many users it has when it makes public its stealth filing for an initial public offering as soon as this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
We are smack dab in the middle of what is traditionally the slowest news month of the year, with Congress in recess and seemingly the rest of the world on vacation.  While this seasonal news drought can lead to some very dull headlines , as “The Daily Show” proved Monday night, it can also pay off in unexpected ways. That's when John Oliver turned his attention to the land down under, where he was delighted to discover that despite an accelerated campaign cycle, Australian politics are every bit as absurd as our own.   Oliver began by highlighting the positive aspects of Australian democracy - namely, that citizens are required by law to vote.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The "Big Brother" house is getting considerably less crowded, but ratings are holding steady for the CBS reality series that sent two houseguests packing Thursday night.  "Big Brother," embroiled in controversy after a contestant made racist and homophobic remarks about her housemates and another made jokes about child porn, drew 7.08 million viewers and a rating of 2.5 in the key adult 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary numbers from...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Monday on “The Daily Show,” John Oliver harshly condemned Southern Republicans for enacting strict new voting restrictions in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 . Following the controversial decision , which struck down a key provision of the landmark civil rights bill requiring federal approval of changes to voting laws in states with a history of racial discrimination, the GOP had, according...
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July 26, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
If you missed "Sharknado" when it aired on Syfy, now you're going to have to pay for it. The low-budget cheese-fest, starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid battling a tornado of deadly sharks above Los Angeles, is making the leap from cable TV to movie theaters. It's going to be playing in over 200 theaters at midnight on Friday, Aug. 2. (Technically, it's 12:05 a.m. on Saturday). The full list of theaters can be found here . The producers promise never-before-seen footage from the movie, a behind-the-scenes featurette and even a gag reel.
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July 12, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
Pity poor "Pacific Rim," coming out right after Syfy's "Sharknado," which has established itself as the Marine Monster Movie of the Summer. Why did a TV flick with pre-green-screen production values about shark-filled tornadoes striking Los Angeles generate so much attention? The same reason "World War Z" got so much heat -- because they are essentially the same story. Something terrible happens WWZ: Unknown force makes people crazy SN: Unknown force makes sharks crazy PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 With roots in social concerns WWZ: Our fear of a global pandemic SN: Our fear of global warming It quickly spreads WWZ: Internationally, through ports and airports SN: To Los Angeles, through waves and tornadoes One handsome man takes the lead WWZ: Gerry, played by Brad Pitt SN: Fin, played by Ian Ziering He has a wife to protect WWZ: Mireille Enos SN: Tara Reid And an attractive but non-romantic female partner WWZ: Israeli soldier played by Daniella Kertesz SN: Waitress/bartender played by Cassie Scerbo PHOTOS: Images from 'World War Z' Gridlock is a problem WWZ: Gerry's family car is attacked by zombies in Philadelphia SN: Fin's car is attacked by sharks on the 405 Mass transit, however, is not a good idea WWZ: A whole plane is taken down by zombies SN: Kids on a school bus are threatened by sharks It seems nothing will stop...
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July 12, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Sharknado" looks more like a "Snarknado. " Syfy's so-bad-it's-great B-movie , starring Tara Reid, generated a whirlwind of response from Twitter on Thursday night. Perhaps recognizing Syfy puts out goofy movies like this all the time -- 2010's "Sharktopus" comes to mind -- many clamored for a sequel. Some tweeters proposed possible titles. Right now, I'm hoping for a producer's credit for "Avalanchovies. " Or "Shrewnami. "  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Here are some favorites: "Shih Tzunami" -- @annielowrey " Lizard Blizzard" -- @TheTweetOfGod "Hurricats" --  @goingforgoofy "Squidquake" -- @brayingdixon " Velocirapture" --  @JasonAbbruzzese "Sharknobyl" --  @swin24 We've got a few more Hollywood-ready ideas here .  "Sharknado" racked up about 387,000 tweets, according to a spokesman for Syfy, and at its peak boasted 5,000 tweets a minute ( which didn't exactly translate into stellar ratings )
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July 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Syfy may have announced plans for a follow-up to its viral hit "Sharknado" on Wednesday, but screenwriter Thunder Levin hasn't heard if he'll be asked back to write the sequel. Levin spoke with The Times for a live video chat on Wednesday and revealed that neither he nor "Sharknado" director Anthony Ferrente have heard from producers about the just-announced sequel. Levin did say that he initially turned down the writing project, which had been called "Shark Storm" and was nowhere nearly as outrageous.
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July 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It's been almost a week since "Sharknado" blew onto basic cable and exploded social media. Now, with the announcement of a sequel in the works, the time has come to sit down with the man who wrote the original. Screenwriter Thunder Levin will be here at 3 p.m. PDT talking about "Sharknado" and the phenomenon it spawned. Levin has written and directed several so-called mockbusters, including "Atlantic Rim" and "AE: Apocalypse Earth" just this year. But "Sharknado," which debuted on Syfy on Thursday, is in a class by itself.
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