See which celebrity cameos put the bite in ‘Sharknado 3′

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

SPOILER ALERT: Tara Reid’s fate in ‘Sharknado’ lies in the hands of social media.

“I want to do international. SyFy’s “Sharknado” series of original movies started with a very on-brand, low-budget yet CGI-heavy story about a storm picking up sharks from the ocean and unleashing them on California in a particularly inventive natural disaster.

“Sharknado 3″ ended with a cliffhanger that left April’s (Tara Reid) life in flux, before the scene cut to black with a message splashed across the screen, “You decide if #AprilLives or #AprilDies,” with the announcement that fans can vote on her fate and learn of the outcome in “Sharknado 4.” The surprise announcement continued, “We’re not done yet.” Before the third TV movie premiered, director Anthony C.Yes, a couple of years ago one of SyFy’s usual craptastic monster movies became a surprise hit on social media, sending Sharknado trending on Twitter and driving ratings through the roof for a schlocky camp fest starring 90s also-rans Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as a couple who has to fight off, you guessed it, a tornado full of sharks.The opening 12 minutes or so of “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No,” are a whirlwind (make that shark-infested tornado) of Washington scenery, offering a glimpse of the iconic landmarks of the nation’s capital. Ferrante told Variety that he is eager to create another sequel, so long the viewers keep tuning in. “This one has to be successful, but as long as Syfy wants them, we’ll keep doing them,” Ferrante said. “It’s a summer event now.

Last year Sharknado 2 had even bigger ratings, more 90s star cameos than you can shake a pair of MC Hammer pants at, and a finale where Ziering dove inside a giant shark with a chainsaw and cut his way out of the bloody mess. So let’s think for a moment of the latest installment of the campy flick not so much as the cheesy gore-fest that it is, but rather as a series of teaching moments. But it’s less about the cities, and it’s more about, what are we going to do with Ian and Tara, and what genres do we want to play with?” he told Variety. The canon’s third installment was the best yet, causing viewers to suspend their disbelief as Fin Shepard () and his wife, April (Tara Reid), eviscerated flying sharks.

So we’re here again, this time to live blog Sharknado 3 to give you the complete social media experience, snarking along with the intentionally awful dialogue and ridiculous plot twists, because this thing wouldn’t be any fun without it. The biggest appearance did not come as a surprise — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, likely cast due to his involvement with “Shark Tank,” was announced as the film’s President of the United States in early March. The cult TV film franchise follows residents on the east coast of America who have to survive on the streets from attacks by sharks sucked up by a tornado. Sharknado 3 follows on from the success of 2013 TV disaster film Sharknado, which was given a string of celebrity endorsements from Olivia Wilde to Patton Oswalt and Mia Farrow.

Never mind.) Finally, Fin gets into an SUV bound for the White House, which gets stalled in traffic at “First Street Southwest,” where there’s a bar called Louie’s (there’s not). Here’s President Cuban giving series star Ian Ziering a medal for saving the nation from sharknadoes in the past (via SI): Unfortunately, another pesky sharknado broke up the party.

So who’s the celebrity dream guest star for “Sharknado 4?” Bill Murray. “We wanted Bill Murray in this one and I knew the reality of it,” said Ferrante. Naturally, the renowned billionaire tech mogul and outspoken leader of the free world did not go down quietly: Yes, that’s working actor, NBA TV analyst, and three-time NBA champion Rick Fox serving as a Secret Service agent. His enthusiastic nerd character was caught in a sharknado while visiting a military base, promptly had both his legs and arms eaten off, and then blew himself up to save his friends. She does totally reasonable things like introduce the president and usher reporters around — which means, of course, that she has to get (spoiler alert) chomped by a shark.

Real Housewives of Beverley Hills star Kim Richards made an extended cameo in Sharknado 3, but tragically she died via shark attack while screaming hysterically. The Today Show host (who played himself) was eaten at the end of Sharknado 3, and it’s safe to say that fictional morning television just won’t be the same. We had expected former representative Anthony Wiener (D-N.Y.) to play a pol in the movie — maybe a congressman (since he knows the drill) or a mayor (he had an unsuccessful run at Gracie Hall), or maybe some role that gave a sly nod to his sext-y scandal.

But nope — a few minutes in, we find out that Weiner plays the NASA director (or is it NOA?) whose job is mostly to tighten his jaw and look intense while wearing a headpiece. It takes the whole gang to hoist up the flag/weapon, and the group makes a formation that would be familiar to anyone who knows their Iwo Jima history.

That’s the “Today Show” gang — Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales (mind you, the flick is brought to you by NBC Universal).

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Finding the ‘Joy’ in Jennifer Lawrence

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‘Joy’ review: Jennifer Lawrence cleans up in enjoyable biopic.

Writer-director David O. Their latest collaboration — following in the footsteps of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle — is a biographical picture about the life and times of Joy Mangano.Jennifer Lawrence groans when she’s asked about singing the classic Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet Something Stupid with co-star Edgar Ramirez in her new film Joy. “David [O Russell, the movie’s director] texted me last night to ask if he could put it on the soundtrack and this is what I texted him back,” the actor says as she digs around for her mobile phone and reads out her response verbatim. “‘David, no!!!’ and it is three exclamation marks.In a very abbreviated nutshell, that actually happened to Joy Mangano, 59, the fabulously successful Long Island entrepreneur/inventor and HSN pitchwoman whose rags-to-riches journey started with the invention of a mop.

Russell has made three kinds of movies: offbeat romances (“Flirting With Disaster”), surreal comedies (“I Heart Huckabees”) and dramas about dysfunctional yet appealing families (“The Fighter”). In real life, Mangano is the Long Island housewife and inventor who became famous and eventually rich after bouts of near-bankruptcy, by creating and marketing her Miracle Mop. Out Boxing Day in Australia, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence in the fictionalised life story of Joy Mangano, a single mum from Long Island who made her fortune selling a mop. On Christmas Day, “Joy,” a movie inspired by her struggles as a divorced, single mother turned mogul by way of that mop, will open at movie theaters across America.

This was before she hooked up with the giant Home Shopping Network, becoming their most effective pitch person and eventually selling her parent company, Ingenious Designs, to HSN. Gross, I can’t listen to it; I have to go to bed.’ And I said yes, but it’s a groaning, reluctant yes.” It’s the kind of unfiltered moment you come to expect when interviewing Lawrence, who may now be one of the most famous actors on the planet but still blurts out whatever she’s thinking with such self-deprecating charm it’s impossible not to be, well, charmed.

Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Miracle Mop inventor and QVC pitchwoman Joy Mangano glues the movie together, but it threatens to unravel at any time. Lawrence, 25, looks genuinely surprised when complimented about how unchanged she seems from our earlier interviews before the fame and Oscars. “But there would be no reason to change,” she says with a shrug. “I just have a job and I love my job. In the film, Lawrence’s Mangano is a colourful character, a single mom with a unique relationship and friendship with her ex-husband, and an enterprising woman who parlays her creativity into an incredibly successful business.

Mom (Virginia Madsen) stays in her bedroom and watches soap operas, until she falls for a Haitian plumber (Jimmy Jean-Louis) who fixes a hole in her bedroom floor. She landed minor roles on TV shows such as Monk, Cold Case and Medium before her 2010 indie film Winter’s Bone led to her becoming the second youngest best actress Oscar nominee in history. This is true even when the film tilts off its rocker with a bit of Russell-esque madness built into the screenplay, and with the director failing to always keep the energy going. That resulted in not only a string of critically acclaimed films, an Academy Award and another Oscar nomination, but also her very own mega-franchise as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

Joy’s grandma (endearing Diane Ladd) delivers messages of empowerment and smooths over constant fights, but she’s opposed by the money-grubbing rich woman (Isabella Rossellini) who dates Joy’s dad and sends negative messages about her. Lawrence’s endearing habit of speaking her mind resulted in a controversial essay she penned on Lena Dunham’s website about her discovery during the Sony hacks that she was being paid less “than the lucky people with dicks” on her recent films, including American Hustle. “I completely understand when people say actors shouldn’t talk about politics and things they don’t know about, but this was my gender at stake and it was being threatened with unfairness and I thought, ‘What is the point of having this voice if it’s not to speak out for myself and for everyone else who can’t?’,” she says unapologetically.

Upon learning that Lawrence would be playing her mom, Miranne says, “I braced myself so I wouldn’t fall on the floor.” As for Mangano, she says Lawrence playing her “made me feel old, number one. Lawrence hangs out with a posse of celebrity girlfriends, including Amy Schumer and singer Adele, but the reason is simple. “The friendship gets expedited a lot when you meet someone you know beyond a shadow of a doubt has no agenda,” she says. Draining her savings and taking out loans, she started off small, selling her mops to local boat owners. “She persuaded QVC to take a thousand, but sales were poor and they tried to send them back,” says Mason. “She suggested letting her demonstrate it herself, and the channel agreed.” Sales skyrocketed and Mangano’s career as a QVC pitch woman was launched. That’s so amazing there aren’t even words.” Mangano and her three children didn’t view “Joy” until the Dec. 13 premiere in Manhattan, though a family outing to see “Trainwreck” included a trailer.

This is, after all, the self-confessed reality-show junkie who confessed in a recent Vogue interview that on the night of her 25th birthday party, friends surprised her with a visit from reality queen Kris Jenner, who presented her with a cake inscribed, ‘Happy Birthday, you piece of shit!’ The only time she seems tongue-tied is when asked about her relationship status, after a four-year stint with X-Men: First Class co-star Nicholas Hoult and a year with Coldplay singer Chris Martin before their breakup earlier this year. “Next!” Lawrence says in a no-nonsense voice, pausing as she decides if she’ll continue that thought. For one thing, Mangano’s childhood is not that interesting for a film, despite some flashbacks to her as a youngster (when she is played by 10-year-old Isabella Cramp, who does actually look like we imagine Lawrence could have at the same age). A satire on the acquisitiveness of the public? (Here, QVC foists unnecessary things on gullible viewers who could better save their money.) Russell doesn’t seem to know. And, of course, the grave ending would be a lie: Mangano is very much alive at the age of 59, still inventing, still pitching products, still a superstar of the American home shopping universe. There’s the Clothes It All luggage system, essentially a rolling suitcase with a removable garment bag, and the Super Chic vacuum, which releases fragrance into the air.

If I even casually say something to a reporter, that quote haunts me for the rest of my life,” she says, “so I am never, ever, ever talking about boys again!” I don’t think any of us brought enough tissues!” A good portion of the film was shot last winter in Boston, and though the always-busy Mangano was twice scheduled to visit the set, snowstorms made travel impossible. He has mixed genres successfully before, as in the anti-war comedy-drama “Three Kings,” but the blender often grinds to a halt in “Joy.” Just as we’re getting used to the realism of Mangano’s fight for respect, Russell photographs Rossellini as if she were a gargoyle.

One of her creations, the thin and velvet-covered Huggable Hanger, remains a bestseller for HSN, at more than 300 million sold, and was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. Yet in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Cooper, De Niro and Russell all supported her with fine work; here they lay back and make the movie a one-ring circus where she has to be acrobat, bareback rider and clown.

He had a presence all of his own.” At one point, Miranne says, “Jennifer grabbed Joy’s hand and said to David, ‘Look at the nails, a French manicure.’ ” (That manicure is a Mangano signature.) Lawrence revealed that in studying for her part as Joy, she watched recordings of the inventor’s early pitches on HSN, including ones for “Huggable Hangers” and found her so compelling that she wanted to buy them on the spot. There is something special when creative people get together.” Mangano’s take on Lawrence? “She’s beyond her years, so brilliant, hysterical and so talented.

Critically, Russell’s sense of wonder and beauty turns elegiac moments — especially when Joy Mangano becomes fully realized as a woman and as a business executive — into scenes of great beauty. Lawrence recently said on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” that the movie was “half Joy Mangano’s story and half [Russell’s] imagination and other powerful, strong women who inspired him.” The director mined much of his Mangano material by phone.

The cast includes Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Lucci (in a mock TV soap opera that gives Joy some of its silliness) and even Melissa Rivers as her late mother Joan Rivers. There’s no situation Joy cannot overcome or circumvent.” At a Newsday photo shoot at Mangano’s luxurious but serene 42,000-square-foot mansion on 11 acres in St. As for parting advice for the ambitious? “If this movie inspires even just one more person to believe in themselves and to go after their dreams, then it’s made a very special impact in this world.

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