Producers of TV movie phenomenon Sharknado have launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a bonus scene in the upcoming sequel. Last year (13), the disaster film about a freak hurricane which dumps deadly sharks on the streets of Los Angeles became an unlikely hit, prompting network bosses to order a follow-up movie, due to air this summer (14).
While most of the filming has been completed, producers behind Sharknado 2: The Second One are giving eager fans a chance to see an additional scene, consisting of "sharks, chainsaws, and chainsaws being used in the vicinity of sharks", if they reach their goal of $50,000 (£29,858).
Producers launched the campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com, and donors can receive rewards such as video diaries from the set and contents of the scene in advance.
Backers who donate $5,000 (£2,986) can win a walk-on role, and those who give $120 (£72) can have their voice mixed into the background of the film.
The sequel, which stars returning cast members Tara Reid and Ian Ziering, will air in America on 30 July (14).
Kelly Osbourne is getting animated to star in a new cartoon series about Snow White's Seven Dwarfs. The singer and reality TV personality has signed on to voice the witch Hildy Gloom in The 7D, an animated show about the fairytale dwarfs and their efforts to keep Queen Delightful happy as her nemesis attempts to take over their kingdom.
Osbourne joins a cast which includes voice actors Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche and Dee Bradley Baker, and the series is due to air in America this summer (14).
The 7D isn't Osbourne's first acting job - she previously appeared in Austin Powers in Goldmember and British TV drama Hotel Babylon, while she recently shot a guest role as a flight attendant in the forthcoming Sharknado sequel.
The 29 year old will be able to turn to her mother, Sharon, for voice acting advice - the rock matriarch brought Mama Hook to life in cartoon TV series Jake and the Never Land Pirates, which aired in 2012 and 2013.
If we are living in the age of social media, then we are also living in the age of FOMO.
The four-letter acronym refers to the Fear of Missing Out, a term psychologists have used to describe the feelings of social anxiety that plague the majority of social media users. Essentially, FOMO occurs when George logs onto Facebook and sees all of the pictures that Sally posted of her wonderful birthday party, and then George becomes emotionally impacted because he wasn't able to attend Sally's party. FOMO is why some people can't stop checking their cell phones, and why others always have their email open while on the computer. FOMO causes teenagers to text during a movie and mom and dad to take phone calls during dinner.
However, not all feelings of FOMO relate to social events per se. For example, FOMO can occur when "everyone" is talking about that latest television show or film that you haven't seen. In this case, there isn't a specific party or concert that is being missed. Instead, you're missing out on the conversation, and in order to be socially included, you feel like you must watch the latest trending program.
It's certainly important to engage in intelligent discussions about art, and there's nothing more satisfying than watching a great film or television show. However, instant access to media content cannot disguise the fact that one individual cannot consume it all in one lifetime. To put it plainly: there are many great television shows and movies that you are missing, and there's nothing that you can do about it. Media industries don't want you to know this, however, and they have developed a number of techniques that tap into the technological climate and capitalize on FOMO. Below are five of them.
Different streaming services
Digital streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Fandor are a cinephile's dream. They offer instant access to a plethora of fantastic television shows and films, and you can watch them all from the comfort of your living room at an affordable subscription fee. However, each streaming service is competing with one another, and they entice consumers by offering exclusive "must-see" content. Netflix, for example, has AMC hits like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, as well as original programs like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Amazon, on the other hand, has Downton Abbey, Justified, and The Americans. These streaming services offer an array of different content to keep you subscribing, and just when you think you've watched everything, they recommend something else you've never heard of.
I love the Oscars as much as anyone else, but it's important to remember that the many televised awards shows like the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the Emmys exist to a sell product. In this case, the product is the latest film or television series that is considered award-worthy by these various groups. The many prizes bestowed upon certain films or television shows elevate them into something significant that must be seen. 12 Years a Slave, for example, is deemed an "important" film, and Hollywood gives it a bunch of awards to make you feel like you are missing out if you don't see it.
In this new industry practice, certain companies incorporate user-generated tweets into their promotional materials. A trailer for Muppets Most Wanted, for example, tapped into the social media market by showing what Twitter users have said about the film. The marketing team does this to build anticipation, and the goal is to construct a narrative around Muppets Most Wanted that it is a trending topic that must be seen if you want to be included in the conversation.
Exciting the hashtag generation
Similar to the promotional practice described above, this refers to a more general attempt to excite the social media generation. Nearly every film and television show has a Twitter account and Facebook page, and certain ones will call for interactivity to engage the consumer. The Syfy movie Sharknado, for example, retweeted what fans and celebrities had to say about the program, thereby constructing a social phenomenon. The industry includes the audience in the conversation, and more people participate in the hope that their tweets, too, will gain exposure.
More content in a shorter timespan
According to A.O. Scott of The New York Times, nearly 900 movies were released in 2013. Add to this the 30 or so great television shows each year as well as the older movies and shows to catch up with, and you're left with a bunch of content and so little time to watch it all. Therefore, a cycle is constructed in which you binge-watch everything in order to remain socially relevant, and just when you've finished the latest season of Game of Thrones, there's Homeland waiting for you. You've finally watched the films of Quentin Tarantino, but then a friend mentions Martin Scorsese and you have to begin again.
Our media culture is at a point where companies are producing more content than we can possibly handle, and since we want to be in the know, we make an effort to see everything at once. At some point, though, the conversation becomes diluted, and we're left with a society that brings up True Detective for the sake of bringing it up, without saying anything remotely interesting or intelligent about it.
Actress Tara Reid has denied engagement rumours after fans confused a piece of costume jewellery for a diamond ring. The American Pie star is currently in Australia filming new horror movie Charlie's Farm, and on Sunday (23Mar14), she uploaded a picture on Twitter.com of her wearing a bikini on a beach.
But it wasn't the star's figure which caught her fans' attention - it was the sparkling ring on the third finger of her left hand.
Followers bombarded Reid with questions about a possible engagement, but the star has revealed the jewellery was purely for her character.
She later took to the microblogging website to respond to the rumours, writing, "I'm not engaged its costume from my new movie LOL (laugh out loud)."
Reid wed Zack Kehayov in Greece in 2011, but the marriage was over after just two months.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and rapper Biz Markie have joined the cast of the Sharknado sequel. Sharknado 2: The Second One will debut in America on 31 July (14), just over a year after the original movie aired and became an instant hit.
Salt-N-Pepa star Sandra Denton has also joined the cast alongside professional wrestler Kurt Angle. They will play a former New York City mayor and a New York fire chief, respectively.
Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will reprise their roles as Fin and April, while new cast members include Kelly Osbourne, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath and Andy Dick.
Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
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Are you prepared for Zombeavers? Yes, it's a thing. Read the gory details at Hollywood.com.
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Last summer, Syfy’s TV-movie Sharknado took Twitter by storm and became one of the most talked about television events for weeks. Sharknado was so popular it was played in theaters around the country (for only one night, but that’s still impressive). So 2014 has is a void to fill with another campy horror flick. Will Zombeavers be that movie?
According to the official synopsis, Zombeavers follows three girls who go on a vacation full of sunbathing, drinking games, and canoodling with boys. However, their fun, carefree vacation turns into a horrorfest when zombie beavers attack. It sounds just as ridiculous as any B-movie horror classic, though the trailer shows a lot of self-referential humor that gives Zombeavers a tongue-in-cheek comedy bend.
Although the trailer was only recently released, there has already been a lot of buzz surrounding Zombeavers and whether it will live up to the new B-horror standards set by Sharknado. From ABC to The Guardian, everyone is wondering what to expect from Zombeavers.
Hopefully, Zombeavers will be able to meld comedy and horror in a way that’s more intentional than Sharknado — perhaps following more in the footsteps of Snakes on a Plane. Plus, the production team boasts experience from Cabin Fever, We’re the Millers, The Hangover, and American Pie, which bodes well for the flick.
Though it may not take over Twitter in the same way as Sharknado, Zombeavers definitely seems to be catering toward social media’s new love of B-movie horror comedies. At the very least, the production values will be better (no horrible CGI sharks flying in the sky), and the jokes will be raunchier since it won’t be hindered by television standards.
"I haven't even signed the contract yet, but there's already Oscar buzz. I didn't even need to read the script." Billy Ray Cyrus reveals he has joined the cast for the SHARKNADO sequel, alongside Kelly Osbourne and Mark McGrath.