If you were on Twitter last night, chances are you saw a whirlwind of tweets about Syfy’s latest super realistic movie, Sharknado. Unfortunately the Jaws meets Twister flick, did not deliver in the ratings — hooking only 1.4 million viewers Thursday night.
Now let’s compare that with some of Sci-Fi’s other ceinematic masterpieces, shall we? 2010′s Sharktopus snagged 2.5 million viewers, 2011′s Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid rustled up 2.4 million and last year’s Piranhaconda bit off 1.8 million. Sharknado even fell flat when compared to the far less movie Chupacabra vs. the Alamo, which gained 1.5 million viewers earlier this year.
Even though the movie didn’t snag a ton of viewers, the Tara Reid flick did shatter Syfy’s Twitter records. Syfy says the online feeding frenzy peaked at 5,000 tweets per minute and broke the network’s social media records. Yikes! According to EW, Sharknado gained 387,000 total tweets, mearly 2,500 tweets shy of tying with the Game of Thrones infamous “Red Wedding” episode.
Wanna see all the unrealistic nonsense for yourself? Syfy will air an encore of Sharknado Tursday, July 18.
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Singer, former reality TV judge, fashion designer, and mother Jennifer Lopez is adding a new project to her huge resume. The 43-year-old actress has officially signed on to star alongside Antonio Banderas in the buzz-worthy upcoming film The 33.
Based on the true story, the film will revolve around the captivating tale of 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. Lopez and Banderas join the previously announced actors Martin Sheen and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro in The 33. Mike Medavoy — who gained the rights to this story soon after the miners' rescue — will direct the A-list ensemble cast.
Details on Lopez's character have not been released just yet, but we do know that Banderas is playing the role of Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner nicknamed "Super Mario." Santori is portraying another trapped miner, while Sheen will portray the father of one of the laborers. This is Lopez's first big screen role since her action thriller Parker that underwhelmed audiences earlier this year.
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Marvel lovers: meet your newest addition to the Captain American 2: The Winter Soldier team! From a double-crossing Hamptonite to a big-screen leading lady, actress Emily VanCamp is definitely one to watch.
According to Deadline, VanCamp — star of ABC's hit drama Revenge — is in talks with the Marvel Studios to join the newest superhero sequel. Once the deal has closed, VanCamp will star opposite super-hunk Chris Evans. The buzz around the blogosphere is that the Revenge actress is set to join the blockbuster as Sharon Carter, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and potential love interest for Captain America (Evans). Carter is the niece of the original film’s Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell).
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Although many of the movie's details are being kept hush-hush, it appears that unlike the first flick, which took place during World War II, the sequel will be set in the modern world. Captain America 2 does not have a set start date just yet, but the film is scheduled to hit theaters April 14, 2014.
Do you think VanCamp will be a good addition to the team? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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Showtime's 2013 “will be about momentum and growth,” announced the network’s president of entertainment, David Nevins, at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Thanks to watercooler shows like Homeland and Dexter, the premium cable network ended 2012 with an all-time high of more than 22 million subscribers. Nevins revealed that Showtime is the only pay-for-programming cable network to show consistent growth, mainly due to its “cutting edge, topical, and entertaining programming.” That shouldn't change as we head into 2013: Here's what Nevins had to say about the return dates and details of all your favorite shows.
The Big C: hereafter: The final chapter will conclude with a four-part limited event season beginning Monday, April 29 (10 p.m.). Golden Globe award-winning and Emmy-nominated actress Laura Linney will reprise her role as cancer-battler Cathy Jamison. Showrunner Jenny Bicks says that the series’ end will be a rewarding one. “I would say that the final scenes of the series will be nostalgic for viewers of the show,” she said.
The Borgias: Showtime’s Jeremy Irons-starring period piece about Pope Alexander will return for its third season on Sunday, April 14 (10 p.m.).
Californication: Season six premieres Sunday, Jan. 13 (10:30 p.m.).
Dexter: America’s favorite serial killer returns for his eighth and final season a bit earlier in the schedule this year: Dexter will premiere in the summer — Sunday, June 30 (9 PM) to be exact — and promises to have a “clear end-game.” But when pressed for more details, Nevins wouldn’t reveal any more teasers.
Episodes: The 30-minute comedy will return “fairly early in 2014.” Nevins said if if could he would air the show as soon as possible, but Showtime agreed to produce the show on the creators’ availability and as a result location has been split between London and Los Angeles.
Homeland: Season Three of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning drama series will premiere this fall on Sunday, Sept. 29 (9 p.m.).
House of Lies: Marty, Jeannie, and the rest of the gang are back to lie their way to the top on Sunday, Jan. 13 (10 p.m.). Fun fact: Don Cheadle's Oceans 11 costar Matt Damon will guest star as himself later this season when he asks the team to help him appear more charitable than George Clooney.
Inside Comedy: The second season of the critically acclaimed documentary series premieres Monday, Feb. 11 (11 p.m.). The ten half-hour episodes will feature David Steinberg and a line-up of comedy A-listers including Louis C.K., Steve Martin, Tina Fey, and Will Ferrell.
Masters of Sex: Audiences will be introduced to Showtime’s newest drama series starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan following Homeland on Sept. 29 (10 p.m.). Nevins said Masters of Sex is already earning “tremendous early buzz.”
Nurse Jackie: Fans of Edie Falco will see the Emmy award winner return to her drug addicted ways on Sunday April 14 (9 p.m.).
Penny Dreadful: With “incredibly exciting and original scripts,” Penny Dreadful is a psychosexual horror series created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator). The pre-production series will center on some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – together in Victorian London. Production will begin in London later this year.
Ray Donovan: Dexter’s final season will serve as the springboard for Ray Donovan, the highly anticipated new drama series. Nevins said that the show boasts “phenomenal” writing and an incredible cast, and debuts on June 30 (10 p.m.).
Shameless: Showtime’s third-highest-rated show will return to TV screens Sunday, Jan 13 (9 p.m.).
Web Therapy: Although no specific date has been set, Lisa Kudrow’s quirky comedy will return “this summer, roughly the same time it was on this last year,” Nevins says. He promises the new season will exceed its predecessors and there are “enormous guest stars” who are always eager to take part.
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It seems today that all you see is violence in movies and sex on TV, but where are those good old-fashioned values on which we used to rely? Luckily, Family Guy returns to our lives in less than a month!
We’ve desperately missed the FOX animated hit, so to help stop this Buzz Killington of a hiatus, we’ve gathered details on five — yes, five — upcoming Family Guy episodes. From the premiere to the finale, Executive Producer and Writer Steve Callaghan tells Hollywood.com everything you ever wanted to know about the new season of Family Guy, but didn’t know who to ask.
Callaghan, one of the first original writers of the groundbreaking series, says that fans can expect the premiere to be filled with tons of hilarious moments. “In our premiere, the Griffins decide to sort of one-up the family of Lois’ old boyfriend," he says. "So they do the most logical thing any out-of-shape American family would do: They climb Mount Everest.” Some high points include a "pukesicle," a who-has-the-better-pecs contest, and a new use for salad dressing. (Hint: It’s not on salad)
Ready for more Quahog insanity? “We have en episode coming up where the Griffins become a Nielsen family,” Callaghan spills. “Peter steals a bunch of Nielsen boxes to make television what he thinks it should be, which of course destroys television.“ And it looks like Family Guy is stealing a formula out of the Breaking Bad handbook. “Later in the season, the Griffins buy a farm and Peter ends up becoming a meth dealer.” Science, Bitch!
Of course, we had to ask what’s in store for our favorite sex-crazed, Lois-loving neighbor. “Well, Quagmire marries a hooker," the EP tells us with a laugh. Giggity! For those of you keeping score at home, this is the perverted pilot’s second marriage — but of course the writers have made sure it is nothing like the first. “This time he goes on a drunken bender and wakes up unknowingly having married a hooker," he says. Who else but Quagmire?! (It’s a line from the show, if you don’t know it, we highly suggest YouTube-ing it.)
Family Guy is known for their wide range of amazing guest stars, and season 11 will be no different. “In the Nielsen one, we have a bunch of them," Callaghan spills. "J.J. Abrams, and Dick Wolf and Mark Burnett all play themselves. We have Jon Hamm coming on, we have a cameo by Johnny Depp… I’m forgetting a bunch right now but we have a lot!”
The reason that Callaghan is able to gift us all these scoopy nuggets is because he and the rest of the creative geniuses at Family Guy create their storylines months and months in advance. “We’re actually working over a year ahead of time," Callaghan says. “We work so far ahead I can even tell you the finale.” Oh yes, please please do!
The generous showrunner reveals, “The finale is a really cool episode called ‘Roads to Vegas.’ It’s like a road show and Stewie and Brian teleport themselves to Las Vegas, but in the process [they] unknowingly create a duplicate of one another.” Ruh Roh! “So one set of Stewie and Brian have the best possible Vegas experience and the other has the worst possible Vegas experience.” Now you just have to wait nine short months until you see it.
Which new episode are you most excited to see? How do you think the Griffins will do on Mt. Everest? Already dying to see this season’s finale? Shout out your thoughts in the comments below!
Season 11 of Family Guy premieres Sunday, Sept. 30 at 9 PM on FOX
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We caught up with Weeds hunk Hunter Parrish last night at the CBS/CW/Showtime party in Beverly Hills, and he told us the truth about those Fifty Shades of Grey rumors that have been swirling about (Parrish is among the list of young actors being talked about for the lead role). Plus, Parrish told Hollywood.com an exclusive secret that he’s keeping from his parents! Believe us when we say, it’s one of the sweetest things. Ever.
Any diehard fan knows that the Weeds' theme song “Little Boxes” can get stuck in your head for days. Such a fan would also know that it’s one of the most-covered theme songs, with artists like The Shins, Regina Spektor and Lincoln Park putting their own spin on the quirky lyrics over the years.
So it’s only natural that we would ask Parrish what other amazing artists would be singing about “ticky-tacky” in the final season — and imagine our surprise when he revealed one huge one: himself. Parrish, who most recently used his heavenly voice in a six-month stint in Broadway’s Godspell, will be singing his own version of “Little Boxes” later this season!
The only catch? He's been trying to keep it a secret from his parents. “I’m just going to tell my parents not to look at Hollywood.com for at least eight weeks, because it’s a surprise to them," Parrish says with a sly laugh. "So if they find out, I’m going to blame you.” Whoops! Are you reading this, Mr. and Mrs. Parrish? Avert your eyes! The 25-year-old actor then proceeded to grace us with another fun fact: “In the third episode, which was two weeks ago, Kevin Nealon did a cover with Steve Martin. That was Steve Martin yelling and Kevin Nealon was playing the banjo. It was slightly bizarre, but now that you know who it is, it’s way better." Of course, given Parrish's buzz with Fifty Shades of Grey, we knew we had to ask about that, too. This season on Weeds, Parrish's Silas has been having a very interesting relationship with model/dealer Kiki (Kat Foster). And by interesting, we mean that whips, chains and ball-gags have been involved. Christian Grey would definitely be proud, so we’re casting our vote for Parrish to take the lead in the upcoming movie. He laughs, “You know, people have said that I’m perfect for roles in other book series as well, and it didn’t fare so well.” Not gonna lie, he would’ve been perfect with a trident in his hand.Parrish says we’re not the only ones who thinks he’d be perfect for the S&M lead. “It’s really nice," he says. "It’s very exciting. I’ve had a few friends say that. I haven’t read the books [though] — I think they’re more geared toward another demographic.”Not to worry! Hollywood.com has provided the world with discreet book covers, so that you can read your Fifty Shades of Grey without feeling one ounce of shame! Parrish exclaims, “Oh, so people don’t know that you’re reading like lit-porn? That’s amazing!” Why thank you, Hunter. We think so, too. Weeds airs Sunday nights at 10 PM ET/PT on Showtime.Are you excited to hear Hunter Parrish’s version of “Little Boxes?" Think he’d be perfect for Christian Grey? Let us know in the comments below!Follow Leanne on Twitter @LeanneAguilera
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As the Cannes Film Festival prepares for Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which premieres on Sunday, there is a question that begs asking. Why did Steven Spielberg and George Lucas decide to bring this ‘popcorn movie’ to face the jaded industry types and elite critics on the French Riviera’
In 2006, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard decided to open The Da Vinci Code at Cannes, which actually made some sense. The film carried an R-rating, and it was set in France with a chunk of the film being shot in the Louvre Museum. Much has been made of the savage reception received by the Dan Brown adaptation starring two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, and the filmmakers were probably expecting friendlier reviews. Still, the critical bloodbath did nothing to dissuade moviegoers as The Da Vinci Code generated $77M in the U.S. and $224M worldwide on its opening weekend alone.
Although Cannes is viewed as an important festival, it is decidedly unconventional and noncommercial. Others might say that its juries are mercurial at best and, at worst, completely out-of-touch with what moviegoers want to see. Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is not in competition, and it is not in step with the more specialized films that generally play at Cannes.
What kind of movies play well at the festival? In the past 25 years, 27 films have been recognized with the Palme d’Or (there were two ties), and they combined to gross less than $400M in the U.S. Note that fully half of that gross is thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. Eighteen of those Palme d’Or winners went on to gross less than $5M in the U.S., and only seven managed to score more than $10M.
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are very smart people. They have the most remarkable resumes in the history of film. They certainly know that there's a chance that new Indy will get beat up at this high profile venue. Can negative reviews from Cannes be a good thing?
When Spielberg and Lucas have their names attached to a project, the expectations soar. Raiders of the Lost Ark is a movie that is held in almost holy reverence, and there is virtually no way meet the lofty expectations that filmgoers have for Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is set for release next Wednesday at midnight.
When I landed on The Drudge Report today and saw the headline ‘WILL INDY GET THE CANNES JEER’’, I remembered what Lucas told USA Today back in March.
"When you do a movie like this, a sequel that's very, very anticipated, people anticipate ultimately that it's going to be the Second Coming and it's not. It's just a movie. Just like the other movies. You probably have fond memories of the other movies. But if you went back and looked at them, they might not hold up the same way your memory holds up. You're not going to get a lot of accolades doing a movie like this. All you can do is lose."
Possibly, the best way to lower expectations for Indy is to show it to the same elites who honored the bleak abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days last year, and Ken Loach’s portrait of early 20th century Ireland, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, the year before that, and L’Enfant about a couple that sells their baby on the black market the year before that, and so on.
The Crystal Skull reviews coming out of France seem destined to be mixed, and I suspect there will be some rather negative ones. This is not a movie made for, or in need of, critical acceptance, but some of these less-than-spectacular notices will be splashed across websites as soon as Sunday. These stories will not hurt ticket sales for this truly critic-proof film, but Indy fans will naturally lower their expectations for the film.
As I have previously written, the industry tracking for Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is in the stratosphere. The movie will generate at least $160M for the Thursday-thru-Monday Memorial Day weekend and that number could easily reach $170M+. By the time Harrison Ford’s bullwhip cracks Wednesday at midnight, fans will have read a lot of the reports from Cannes (and critics who see the film this weekend in New York and L.A.), and Indy fans worldwide are certain to like the movie more than those critics. In fact, I suspect those fans will be pleasantly surprised.
U.S. BOX OFFICE PERFORMANCE OF PALME D’OR WINNERS
1983 - The Ballad of Narayama (unreleased)
1984 - Paris, Texas ($2.1M)
1985 - When Father Was Away on Business ($16,000)
1986 - The Mission - ($17.2M)
1987 - Under the Sun of Satan ($69,000)
1988 - Pelle the Conqueror ($2M)
1989 - sex, lies, and videotape ($24.7M)
1990 - Wild At Heart ($14.5M)
1991 - Barton Fink ($6.1M)
1992 - The Best Intentions ($1.2M)
1993 - TIE: The Piano ($40.1M) and Farewell My Concubine ($5.2M)
1994 - Pulp Fiction ($107.9M)
1995 - Underground ($171,000)
1996 - Secrets & Lies ($13.4M)
1997 - TIE: The Eel ($418,000) and Taste of Cherry ($312,000)
1998 - Eternity & A Day ($107,000)
1999 - Rosetta ($267,000)
2000 - Dancer in the Dark ($4.1M)
2001 - The Son's Room ($1M)
2002 - The Pianist ($32.5M)
2003 - Elephant ($1.2M)
2004 - Fahrenheit 9/11 ($119.2M)
2005 - L'Enfant (The Child) ($652,000)
2006 - The Wind that Shakes the Barley ($1.8M)
2007 - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days ($1.2M)