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Sharknado 2 Infests Movie Theaters For One Night Of Swirling Terror

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Sharkndo 2Did you miss last week’s premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One, the inexplicably popular Syfy creature feature? Did you also miss one of the numerous subsequent rebroadcasts? Perhaps you just really, really want to see former Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering wielding a chainsaw Bruce Campbell-style on the big screen. If that’s the case, you’re in luck, because that’s going to happen. The made-for-TV Sharknado 2 will get a turn in movie theaters, but if you’re interested in this, you can’t rest on your laurels, because it’s only for one night.

The Wrap reports that Fathom Events will bring the schlocky, social media-driven hit to theaters for a single night on August 21, screening at 8pm local time across the country. Fathom are the folks who are responsible for bringing all kinds of live events into movie theaters, including stage performances and concerts, as well as big ticket MMA and boxing matches. They’ve also recently staged events with the likes of Riff Trax and even showed the Monty Python reunion performances.

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God Help Us, Sharknado 2 Is Upon Us: This Week’s Sci-Fi Television

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Sharknado2Remember how Sharknado was a thing last year? It was perhaps the most high-profile yet of Syfy’s abundant array of cheesy original movies such as Stonados and Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark. That classic piece of cinema starred Beverly Hills 90210 (the first one) alum Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as…well, let’s face it, their characters really aren’t important. It’s basically just Ian Ziering and Tara Reid fighting a tornado full of sharks. If you think that sounds preposterous, then Sharknado probably isn’t for you.

And sure, Syfy has been getting a lot of good press lately — from us, among others — for seemingly turning over a new leaf and greenlighting exciting sci-fi projects such as Ascension and The Expanse. But the Powers That Be clearly don’t want you Sharknado fans out there to think you’re being abandoned. No, dear friends, Syfy still has something for lovers of one dangerous thing being mashed up with another, unrelated dangerous thing. For proof, you need look no further than this week’s Sharknado 2: The Second One, which premieres on Syfy this Wednesday night at 9/8c. Once again, Ziering and Reid are teaming up to save the world from projectile sharks being flung about by high winds, but this time they’re trying to protect New York City instead of L.A. So it’s totally different.

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RiffTrax Live Vs. Sharknado: A Night Of A Million Laughs

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sharknadoThe cult series Mystery Science Theater 3000 built its massive fanbase by reaching back into history and pulling out some of cinema’s most offbeat B-movies. With RiffTrax, former MST3K stars Michael Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy need not look back any farther than last year for the source material behind one of their most inspired riff sessions to date: Syfy and The Asylum’s Sharknado. Cue the air raid sirens!

This was my first time partaking in a RiffTrax live simulcast, for which the comedic trio performed their commentary in front of a Minnesota audience while fans around the country watched in select theaters. For me, it served as a completely different experience from the average trip to the movies, and was more akin to watching an actual live performance in person. From the opening RiffTrax “trivia cards” through the end credits, the energy was palpable and the surrounding laughter saw rapid ebbs and flows, never falling out completely. Babysitting issues forced me to take the trip without my wife, but I still had a blast in the packed room, howling with everyone else.

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RiffTrax’s NatGeo Special Detailed, Plus A Planned Live Skewering Of Sharknado

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rifftraxIf there would be anything better than the guys from RiffTrax poking asteroid-sized fun at movies, it would be living in a world where everything from video games to cereals to baristas has an option where you can turn on RiffTrax commentary. How am I supposed to use this hair dryer if I can’t hear Kevin Murphy making whirring noises as I do it? Murphy and his former Mystery Science Theater 3000 cohorts Mike Nelson and Bill Corbett are headed to the weird and wonderful world of National Geographic programming for three one-hour specials airing back-to-back on NatGeo at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 1. No fooling, that plug was for reals. Plus, the trio have also revealed their next live show will be centered on that most dastardly of creatures: the Sharknado.

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Sharknado 2 Swallows Andy Dick, Vivica A. Fox, And More

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andy dick vivica foxNext month, Hollywood’s elite will gather in the Dolby Theatre to celebrate themselves and their work over the past year. Meanwhile, over in CGI New York, The Asylum’s Sharknado 2: The Second One will be in production, utilizing actors for whom a future Oscar is about as likely as an ice cream cone volcano with chocolate lava. (Don’t steal my idea, Syfy.) The Sharknado sequel is of course bringing back heroes Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, and they’ll be joined in differing capacities by the likes of Andy Dick, Vivica A. Fox, Judah Friedlander, Kelly Osbourne, and Mark McGrath. Taxi star Judd Hirsch will also make a cameo, as a cab driver. It’s like the casting director just stood outside of VH1 a few years ago and made these people promise to star in an as-yet-unconceived project.

When we last left Fin and April, it was after a frigging tornado turned LA into Shark Angeles. The sequel will see this ridiculous weather pattern completely skip over the middle of the United States to lay waste to New York City and its precious non-shark proof architecture and citizens. Obviously there are only two people on the planet that can stop this heinous combination of terror and centripetal force, and the catastrophe-stopping duo cross the country to stop the Big Apple.

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Cross The Streams: Join Buckaroo Banzai On A Galaxy Quest To A Dark City

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Daylight savings time is here. It’s getting dark sooner, so there’s no point in going outside, right? All you want to do anyway is get inside to stream this particularly awesome assortment of sci-fi fare. And even if you’re too busy farming, you can just watch something on your mobile device.

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (Netflix Instant)
A love-it-or-hate-it film that will probably see more adoration on this website than others, Buckaroo Banzai is a cult classic in the purest form. With a plot that involves Peter Weller’s surgeon/physicist/rock star bringing aliens into the world and having to destroy them, along with a high-grade bunch of ragtags, this is a mindbender of the highest order. There are maybe five minutes in this movie that aren’t driven by badass imagination and wackiness, but even those are damn awesome. We still somehow never got to see Banzai take on the World Crime League, nor did Yakov Smirnoff ever become the National Security Advisor. In present-day America, 8th dimension opens you.

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