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Get ready, horror fans- there’s a storm brewing this week in New York City that’s wielding killer sharks and all kinds of wonderfully over-the-top chaos in Anthony C. Ferrante’s Sharknado 2: The Second One, which makes its debut tonight on SyFy.
During the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead chatted with director Ferrante, the sequel’s star Ian Ziering, and co-stars Vivica A. Fox and Judah Friedlander about their experiences making the film in New York City and their thoughts on the pop culture frenzy surrounding the Sharknado films.
Ian Ziering on the phenomena of Sharknado: The experience itself has been overwhelming. I never expected these movies to become what they’ve become. This is a low-budget science fiction movie and you never know when you initially come on board a project like this what the final product is going to be. And I originally never thought »
- Heather Wixson
Sci-fi schlock movies like Sharknado (and, presumably, its sequel) are best enjoyed in the company of friends, Twitter, and a large amount of the hard stuff. And if you think you can survive a freak weather event plus shark attack without some sort of social lubricant, then you’re as wrong as… well, somebody who thinks two Sharknados could never hit one major metropolitan area.
So, in order to cover all your Sharknado 2 drinking needs, here’s a drinking game.
Take a sip…
– Every time someone says the word “Sharknado.”
– Whenever you see a chainsaw.
– Every time you’re »
- Jackson McHenry
Henry Winkler -- nicest guy in Hollywood – just learned something shocking about his own very famous last name ... that it's a euphemism for a lewd sex act ... and he ain't happy. The Fonz was cruising through Bev Hills when we hit him with the news that "Winkler” is now in the Urban Dictionary and the definition is hilarious: "The winkler consists of unzipping one's pants and waving one's penis at women until one of the »
- TMZ Staff
Padma Lakshmi is heading to the Hamptons. The Top Chef host will appear as herself in the Tuesday, June 24 episode of Royal Pains and E! News has the exclusive first look at her cameo. Check out Lakshmi with Divya (Reshma Shetty) and Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) greeting the Emmy nominated star in the photo above. In "A Bridge Not Quite Far Enough," Hank, Evan (Paulo Costanzo) and Paige (Brooke D'Orsay) try and help Eddie (Henry Winkler) develop a relationship with Emma (Willa Fitzgerald). Meanwhile, Hank treats a private eye who puts work above her health and Divya finds an amazing nanny. Other guest stars in the episode include Diane Farr and Martha Higareda. In addition to Top Chef, Lakshmi's »
For Henry Winkler, receiving the Award of Excellence at the Banff World Media Festival represents an embarrassment of riches.
Winkler is best known as the Fonz on “Happy Days,” one of the coolest and smoothest smallscreen characters of all time. Now, younger generations know his work on “Arrested Development” and as a semi-series regular on “Parks and Recreation.”
“I dreamt of my career being just like this,” says Winkler. “I’m living ‘Be careful what you wish for.’”
The Award of Excellence is an honor that Winkler does not take lightly. “I live by two words — tenacity and gratitude,” he says. “Tenacity gets you where you want to go and gratitude doesn’t allow you to be angry along the way, »
- Nikara Johns
Chicago – It was a cold Chicago day in May, typical of the endless winter. The coffee shop was warm and inviting, as I waited to interview the comedy icon, Cindy Caponera. She had written a book – “I Triggered Her Bully” – but as she walked in I was more interested in what she was wearing.
Her pullover was resplendent with an inlayed collar design, a thread embroidery that took me back to the court of Marie Antoinette. She paired that with one of the latest and hottest styles, the casual stretch pant, which she pulled off like a young Audrey Hepburn brought back to life for a chocolate ad. Her manicure, which she described as “mediocre,” glowed under the halogen lamps of the shop like Michael Jackson brought back to life as a sequined corpse. She said she had spent 45 minutes to make her eyebrows less purple, and as I looked more closely, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The final few minutes of last month’s season finale of Parks of Recreation catapulted its characters all the way into 2017, leaving viewers with binders and binders of questions about what happens next. And while they might be wondering about the future on the show, they no longer are speculating about the future of the show: NBC announced last week that the upcoming seventh season of the much-loved, smart-and-sweet local government comedy would be its very last, with the final 13 episodes getting a midseason debut. Why is Parks coming to an end now? What can you expect from the final season? »
- Dan Snierson
Look who’s in the bread line after pilot season!
Lots of exciting stars will join the broadcast TV lineup this fall (Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tea Leoni, Ioan Gruffudd) but an equal amount were left jobless after the networks announced their schedules last week in New York. Here’s who (and what projects) we will miss now that the upfronts are over:
- Lynette Rice
Earlier this month, Cinema Retro was invited to cover Tribeca Talks, a new live interview series that took place as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. We sent our "Man About Manhattan", Giacomo Selloni to cover the initial event at which Ron Howard was interviewed by NBC newsman Brian Williams. Here is his report:
By Giacomo Selloni
Ron Howard is an articulate film director. So it should come as no surprise that he is also an articulate speaker. He also has a way with anecdotes, as one might expect, given the length and diversity of his career.
"I think it's wrong to think of what I'm in as the movie business," Howard says. "It's the moving image business. I think it's necessary to work in all different mediums." He also says it's hard »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The UK’s biggest and best celebration of pop. culture, McM London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 23-25 May for a long weekend packed with special guests, sci-fi, movies, videogames, comic books, eSports, online video, anime and cosplay. Here’s a taste of what will be on show.
Special guests meeting fans, presenting panels and signing autographs at the show include: Orphan Black star Dylan Bruce (Arrow, 24: Conspiracy, Unstoppable). Falling Skies’ Drew Roy (Secretariat, Hannah Montana), Connor Jessup (Blackbird), Seychelle Gabriel (The Spirit) and Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica). Game Of Thrones’ James Cosmo (Braveheart, Highlander), Julian Glover (Star Wars, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade) and Josef Altin (Eastern Promises). Nikita, Kick-Ass and How I Met Your Mother star Lyndsy Fonseca. Once Upon A Time’s Meghan Ory (Intelligence) and Beverley Elliott (Unforgiven). Henry Winkler, famous for playing iconic character The Fonz on Happy Days. »
- Phil Wheat
Lost among the slew of high-profile broadcast comedy pilots this season were two low-budget pilots/presentations created by and starring up-and-coming comedians few had heard of, Cristela Alonzo and Jerrod Carmichael. Ten days before the start of the upfronts, many of those big-budget, big-name pilots have fallen by the wayside. But the Cristela Alonzo and Jarrod Carmichael projects are still standing. Both have exceeded expectations, both have been very well received and both are in contention for a series pickup. Alonzo’s semi-autobiographical Cristela, from 20th TV and studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein, has been a true Cinderella story. It was sold to ABC last summer with penalty. But with several high-profile multi-camera sitcoms landing pilot orders at the network, including two from 20th TV, The Winklers starring Henry Winkler, and the untitled Kevin Hart project, Cristela didn’t make the cut. However, the producers, who also are behind ABC’s Last Man Standing, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fans of the award-winning Adult Swim satirical comedy show, Children’s Hospital, can breathe a sigh of relief. Having seen its ratings steadily increase over the past five years to a cool million per episode in its late-night spot, the facility will be accepting patients for a sixth season in 2015.
At the time of the announcement, the show’s creator and star, Rob Corddry, said:
“Fans can expect the kind of tomfoolery that endeared them to Children’s Hospital back when they were youngsters. Stuff like absurdity, flights of fancy, hard-hitting fake drama, soft-hitting fake drama, farcical door slamming, partial nudity, classical jazz, 70 yard field goals, mustache rides, backwards messages, grooming tips… the whole shebang.”
The show began life as a 10-episode web-series back in 2008, before Adult Swim snapped up the rights and turned it into a TV series of 11 minute episodes. It focuses on the staff of Children’s »
- Sarah Myles
The Web series-turned-Emmy-winning TV show is coming back to Adult Swim.
The live-action comedy from creator/exec producer/star Rob Corddry has been renewed for a sixth season. The season is expected to premiere next year (marking a longer-than-usual break) with filming starting this summer in Los Angeles.
“Childrens Hospital” started as a Web series on TheWB.com in 2008 and earned a Webby. The TV show has won the Emmy for special class short-format live-action entertainment program twice.
Regular cast members on past seasons include Ken Marino, Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Megan Mullally, Rob Huebel, Erinn Hayes, Malin Akerman and Henry Winkler. Abominable Pictures, the Corddry Co. and Warner Bros. Television Group’s Studio 2.0 produce. “Childrens Hospital” is distributed by Warner Bros. TV.
- Alex Stedman
Are you ready to rock and/or roll with the merger? The Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert — and a whole lot of other events — will take place in the season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation on Thursday at 8 p.m. The hourlong episode is brimming with famous guests, plot twists, and, yes, a decision from Leslie (Amy Poehler) on whether she’ll stay in Pawnee to raise triplets or move her family to Chicago so she can take a dream job at the National Parks Service. Want a few more hints about the big night? Executive producer Michael Schur has you »
- Dan Snierson
In the world of popular culture, a dreaded disease exists called the Chuck Cunningham syndrome, named after the oldest son on Happy Days who tragically disappeared from the series without explanation. This disease often ravages innocent characters whose only crime was not being useful enough to the progression of a plot. On television, some characters suffering from Chuck Cunningham syndrome are major characters whose absence we notice and puzzle over (for example, Judy Winslow in Family Matters). More often than not, they are characters who, for one reason or another, just did not work when production of a series began.
Of course, Chuck Cunningham syndrome is actually the result of lazy writers who hope we will not remember these minor characters and will focus, instead, on the more well known and loved characters of a series. But some of us do remember, and we puzzle over »
- Christopher A. Rothbauer
We’re heading into the homestretch of pilot season as the broadcast networks are beginning to view and test the completed pilots, a process that will continue for about two weeks before the nets move on to making pickup and scheduling decisions. Based on buzz around town, here are the most talked-about pilots three weeks before the upfronts. Related: Pilots 2014: Early Buzz Edition Every year, there is at least one pilot that comes out of nowhere and surprises everyone. We may have that this season in ABC‘s multi-camera Cristela. It was not even supposed to be a pilot. Developed at 20th TV-based 21 Laps/Adelstein for more than a year, the semi-autobiographical project co-created by and starring rising Latina stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo was sold to ABC last summer with significant penalty. But when pilot-pickup time came along, ABC quickly loaded on high-profile sitcoms, including the 20th TV-produced The Winklers, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
“Parks and Recreation” may have caught a touch of “Scandal” fever. Amy Poehler told reporters during a conference call Friday that fans should be sure to watch through the very last seconds of next week’s season finale, which features a guest turn from first lady Michelle Obama.
“The last moments (of the April 24 finale) are really important,” Poehler teased. “Big things happen that show you where we’re going.”
Poehler and “Parks” creator/exec producer Michael Schur held a conference call with journos to discuss the momentous events of this past Thursday’s episode, in which Poehler’s daffy Leslie Knope learned she is pregnant with triplets.
Schur acknowledged that pregnancy stories in sitcoms are well-worn subjects, but he couldn’t resist the opportunity to saddle Knope with triplets.
“It was also really fun to tell the real-life Amy Poehler that we’re doing a storyline where she was pregnant with triplets, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Parks and Recreation will unveil its season finale next Thursday, and it will be filled with all sorts of guest stars, from musical (Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, the returning Jeff Tweedy) to political (First Lady Michelle Obama) to mystery (???). One name you can add to the list from the comedy world: Workaholics star Blake Anderson.
In the hourlong episode, father-to-be Ben (Adam Scott) and Andy (Chris Pratt) visit Grizzle, a Bay Area tech start-up (whose music service, Grizzle Dump, was referenced in April 3′s “Prom”), and Anderson plays one of its founders, Mike Bean. “The only »
- Dan Snierson
Henry Winkler will be the recipient of the 2014 Banff World Media Festival (Banff) Award Of Excellence.
Winkler will accept the honour at the June 10 Rockie Awards Gala held during the festival, which runs from June 8-11 in Banff, Canada.
Winkler is best known for his portrayal of Fonzie in the television series Happy Days. His recent television credits include roles in Arrested Development and Royal Pains. He is also the co-author of a series of 26 bestselling children’s books.
“Having the opportunity to entertain audiences for over 40 years has been a blessing,” said Winkler. “I am grateful and very humbled to be recognised by this great festival.”
“We are very excited to present the 2014 Award of Excellence to Henry Winkler,” said Banff executive director Ferne Cohen. “The award is in recognition of his inspiring work both on the TV screen and in making the world a more entertaining place for future generations.”
“Roswell” has landed at the Atx Television Festival. Shiri Appleby, Nick Wechsler, Brendan Fehr and show creator Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) will be reuniting during a session at the TV festival held in Austin, Texas from June 5-8. The WB/Upn series followed a small group of friends who sought to protect the young aliens in their midst. Cancelled in 2002, it has since become a cult hit. It also introduced the world to a young Katherine Heigl, who isn't among the cast members attending the reunion. Also read: Atx Television Festival to Honor Henry Winkler, Lineup Includes ‘Orphan Black, »
- Jethro Nededog
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