George R.R. Martin a Victim of Last Night’s Sharknado

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‘Sharknado 3’ Director Explains the ‘Game of Thrones’ Surprise.

“Game of Thrones” fans were taken aback Wednesday night when author George R.R. The original “Sharknado” film aired in 2013 and starred Ian Ziering of “Beverly Hills, 90210” as Fin Shepard, a bar owner who must step up in defense of his California town when a tornado picks up sharks. (I didn’t really need to explain a sharknado to you, did I?) Tara Reid of “The Big Lebowski” co-stars as his ex-wife.We’ve already assessed the finer points of some of ‘s greatest and most ridiculous moments, but we haven’t yet spoken in depth about the film’s many, many celebrity cameos.The first film about the weather aberration was released two years ago when bloodthirsty sharks descended on California and Fin Shepard, played by Ian Ziering, had to save the city and his beloved April (Tara Reid). “We wanted him in the movie, he wanted to be in the movie, so we went to New Mexico, and we shot it for a day,” director Anthony C Ferrante told The Hollywood Reporter. “He originally had a line – and we’ll add it back in for the DVD – where he went outside, shivered and said, ‘Winter’s coming’.

The film did fairly well in the ratings when it first aired, but when Syfy decided to air the movie again the same month, buzz over the film caused an increase in ratings from the first airing. Some of them were quite meaty, while others were more blink-and-you-miss-it, and while we’d love to say they were still all equal in our eyes, that would be a lie. There were just a few celebrity appearances that truly resonated with us in a way that the others just did not—especially when it was a celebrity we didn’t recognize and had to have help identifying, which happened a lot. 10. Sharknado 3 also included homages to James Bond and culminated with a hashtag letting viewers determine the fate of co-star Tara Reid’s April (#AprilLives or #AprilDies). The 2014 film, “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” performed incredibly well ratings-wise, with the film taking the title of the most-watched Syfy original movie ever.

Wrestler Chris Jericho could have tried way harder to get Claudia’s phone back to her, which would have probably prevented his eventual death by roller coaster shark. In addition to its ridiculous plot twists – in the first movie, Ziering’s character, Fin Shepard (yes, that name is correct), escapes from inside a shark using a chain saw – the movies became notable for their cameos, with reality star Kelly Osbourne, YouTube star Wil Wheaton, comedian Judah Friedlander, and NBC fixtures Matt Lauer and Al Roker, among others, appearing in the second film.

Ferrante breaks down Martin’s surprise cameo as THR ranks the cheesiest dialogue and most insane kills (including Martin!) from the annual summer tradition. It’s awesome enough to see Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) sliding down the halls of the White House on his knees, firing machine guns at the sharks flying overhead, but when his knees run out of steam, he grabs a bust of George Washington and smashes in the shark’s skull, making for a gross but laughable sight.

The character of April, portrayed by Reid, was in peril at the end of “Sharknado 3” and viewers were soon informed that only they could save her. “Now’s your chance to be part of ‘Sharknado’ history,” a voiceover said. “You decide if April lives or April dies… Her fate will be revealed in ‘Sharknado 4.’ Because we’re not done yet.” Fans can tweet their choice or vote on the Syfy website. Ferrante told THR with a laugh. “But it wasn’t.” Just when you think Claudia Shepard (Ryan Newman) has got herself a boyfriend, he gets stuck on the wrong side of a door and gets eaten by a shark. One critic wrote that the “flurry of familiar faces seems more forced than funny” and that an extended segment that takes place in Universal Studios Orlando (Syfy is owned by NBCUniversal, which also owns the park) causes the film to “serv[e] less as a comedy than as a travelogue for Universal Studios Orlando.” Another reviewer agreed, writing that “much of the time [the film] shills for NBCUniversal and Comcast products and personalities.” We didn’t even realize the excited theme park lady was RHOBH’s Kim Richards until halfway through the movie, because we’ve rarely seen Kim Richards so excited and happy.

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