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Sharknado

The people have spoken! Five thousand fans helped decide the title of the highly anticipated “Sharknado” sequel via Twitter, and the winner is – “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”

When the made-for-television film first aired on Syfy in July, only 1.4 million watched, but there were more than 5,000 tweets-per-minute about the B-movie on the night of its debut, grossing over 604,000 in total.

Buzz for the film was so intense, Regal cinemas even hosted midnight screenings of “Sharknado” on over 200 screens on Aug. 2.

The first film centered on Los Angeles where a tornado picks up a school of hungry sharks and sends them flying through the air. The man-eating storm wreaks havoc on a small town that becomes the site of a feeding frenzy.

Stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering return for the sequel, which will be set in New York City and will air in July 2014.

Reid told U.K. newspaper the Sunday Mirror about making the film: “I read it and I was laughing so hard because it was the most ridiculous movie I’d ever heard of. It was so insane.”

Sharknado

Photo Credits: Syfy

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We’re The Millers, which hasn’t been embraced by critics (only 39% on Rotten Tomatoes) had a really strong first day, pulling in 6.8M to easily take first place. This figure does include some box office from the Tuesday night opening, but is still a strong opening. We’re The Millers has also received an A- cinemascore from audiences, which will help give it legs over the weekend.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters also opened on Wednesday, and grabbed an impressive 5.4M. With only 33% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, the audiences have spoken again and declared that Percy is a B+. With the two stronger movies opening tomorrow, this is going to be a very crowded box office weekend. It is likely all four films will break 20M this weekend, but can they all break 30? Elysium and Planes open tomorrow.

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Photo Credits: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

The first Percy Jackson didn’t really light up the box office. 88 million domestically would make the sequel a little bit of a gamble. So why would they choose Freudenthal to direct? There is absolutely nothing about either Hotel for Dogs or Diary Of A Wimpy Kid that would make me believe that he could handle an ambitious sequel. He is not Chris Columbus, and the film feels it too.

Percy (Logan Lerman) is still struggling with issues of not being able to see his father, or speak to him. He’s off living at the Demi-God camp with everyone else. We learn the story of the camp, and how a young demigod girl that was the daughter of Zeus, died, which caused Zeus to create the force field around the camp to protect the demigods. Of course, this is massive foretelling, as that field breaks, and Percy learns about the Sea Of Monsters, and how the Golden Fleece can help save the demigod camp.

Percy isn’t the first to be chosen to go after the golden fleece. That honor goes to Clarisse (Leven Rambin), a badass daughter of Ares who thinks Percy is a joke. But when Percy finds out that Luke (Jake Abel) is still alive, and going after the fleece so he can revive Kronos, he realizes there is a prophecy that puts him in that place anyway. So he decides to grab his gang and go. His gang includes his Hermoine and Ron from the first film (Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson), and new entry Tyson, who is also a son of Poseidon. He’s not a human though, he’s a Cyclops. Can Percy and the gang get to the fleece before Luke, or will Kronos be reawakened and destroy the world?

The sequel is inferior to the original. Definitely. The first film did have some artistic merit brought to it by Columbus, but the sequel lacks any finesse. This is a paint-by-the-numbers sequel, and they apparently refused to pay the actors from the original to return. Percy no longer has a mother (Catherine Keener) or a father (Kevin McKidd). Pierce Brosnan apparently got fired too, and replaced with Anthony Stewart Head. Stanley Tucci replaces the actor they cast briefly in Dionysus’s role in the first film. The budget was really tight here.

Luckily, the special effects team weren’t shorted. I thought the effects here were more believable than in the higher-budgeted Jack The Giant Slayer. I saw this film in 3D (an absolute waste), so it did look “grainy” in some shots, but I often find that with 3D films that were probably done post-conversion. I would not recommend this as a 3D venture. They don’t throw things at the screen, which leads me to believe it was an afterthought. Unless you just LOVE pop-up cinema, skip it.

I feel like this should have been a better sequel. They entrusted a shaky franchise, essentially, to a manchild. And he did what we would all expect him to do with it. Nothing. You could have picked a random film student to get the same result (possibly better). I left disappointed, but still hoping for a third Percy film. The writing is solid, the characters are likeable, and I would enjoy continuing following them on another journey. Just as long as Thor isn’t directing.

FINAL GRADE: C+


STARRING: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Stewart Head, Nathan Fillion, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, with the voices of Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Ron Perlman, and Shohreh Aghdashloo.

WRITTEN BY: Marc Guggenheim

DIRECTED BY: Thor Freudenthal

Photo Credits: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian has been rapidly losing weight in the four months following the birth of daughter North West, that fans have begun to question how she’s done it on Twitter.

“I’ve actually been doing the Atkins diet & luv it,” she wrote on Sunday.

Kim isn’t following the diet entirely though, she skipped the first two weeks, aka the “induction” phase, because she was nursing her baby. She also got the approval of her doctor to go on the diet.

“After she delivered her baby on June 15, she wanted an effective and balanced way to lose the baby weight, a spokeswoman with Atkins Nutritionals told New York’s Daily News. “She’d done Atkins before and knew it worked, so once she got the approval of her doctor, we connected her with our Vice President of Nutrition Colette Heimowitz, who counseled her directly.”

The diet focuses on a very low carbohydrate intake in favor of meat eggs dairy vegetables and fruit. By not eating carbs, which are converted to fat, the body burns stored fat instead.

Kim Kardashian

Homeland

Fans are eagerly waiting for the next riveting season of “Homeland” on Showtime, which will focus on the aftermath of the terror attack at Langley and prompt a massive manhunt for Nick Brody (Damian Lewis).

According to the network, “As Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts.”

Spoiler #1: At the start of season three, Carrie and Saul will be on trial, testifying for the CIA about the terrorist attack. Executive producer Alex Gansa told TVLine.com, “The CIA itself is on trial.” The third season will center on “the cost that being an intelligence officer exacts on the people in that career,” Gansa added.

Amy Morton will play Erin Kimball, Carrie’s CIA appointed attorney.

Check out more spoilers from the upcoming season, which premieres on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. on Showtime…

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47 Ronin

Keanu Reeves returns to action on the big screen this Christmas in the sprawling fantasy epic 47 Ronin.

Reeves stars as the warrior Kai, a Samurai who was once rejected by his kind for being a half-breed. Kai joins with the last remaining Samura to seek vengeance on the ruthless warlord who killed their master and eradicated their people.

With only 47 soldiers left, the warriors embark on a quest through a land of mythic beasts, witchcraft and other terrors in order to restore honor to their homeland.

Kai becomes the hero of the 47 Ronin, who seek to “seize eternity.”

Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano and Rick Genest (aka Zombie Boy) also star in the film, which opens on Christmas Day.

Check out the trailer below…

47 Ronin

47 Ronin

47 Ronin

Christina Applegate

Actress Christina Applegate is a married woman after exchanging vows with her fianc Martyn Lenoble over the weekend.

As Hollywood prepared for the Oscars on Sunday night, the couple wed in front of family and friends at its home in Los Angeles on Saturday, three years after rocker LeNoble proposed, according to People.com.

They began dating in 2008, a year after Applegate split from her first husband, Johnathon Schaech.

The pair share a two-year-old daughter, Sadie.

Photo Credits: PR Photos

Katy Perry & John Mayer

Katy Perry and John Mayer are not engaged. The ruby ring that sparked wedding bell rumors earlier this week was just a Valentine’s Day gift from Mayer.

On Thursday night Perry wore the ring on her wedding finger, prompting gossips to suggest that Mayer had proposed on the most romantic day of the year. The singer’s reps neither confirmed nor denied reports of impending nuptials.

However, a representative for Santa Barbara, Calif., jeweller Daniel Gibbings has revealed Mayer bought the ring as a Valentine’s Day surprise for the pop star.

The rep told People.com that Mayer was “really super nice” while shopping for his girlfriend.

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Safe Haven

Today is opening day for Safe Haven, the romantic drama starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, and based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, A Walk to Remember). The film is helmed by director Lasse Hallstrom, who previously teamed with Sparks on the adaptation of Dear John. BFTV spoke with Hallstrom at the movie’s press day on Friday to find out what interested him in working on another Sparks film, and his unique directorial approach for Safe Haven.

“It was basically a phone call from the producer that I worked with on Dear John, Marty Bowen,” said the Academy Award-nominated director (pictured above left with Duhamel and Hough), explaining how he came aboard the film. “He said ‘I have another Sparks story, would you consider it?’ And I would, because I really enjoyed working with that particular producer. We had such a good experience. Also, all the Sparks [novels] are stories that are driven by character and not sacrificing character for a film.”

With any adaptation of a book to the screen, the natural question is how much of the text makes that transition. For example, the ending of the novel A Walk to Remember is much more ambiguous than that of the film, and while the book is set in the 1950’s, the movie takes place in the 1990’s. Asked how much of Safe Haven adheres to the novel, Hallstrom said, “I don’t think people will be upset that they’re not recognizing enough from the book. We had basically the backbone of the story. When it comes to dialogue [and] details, we have a respect for the source material, and we’ve been playing around with it, adding our own ideas.”

The director took the different step of asking his actors to step away from the script and improvise certain scenes in the film. How did he decide which scenes were right for that approach? “You know that pretty quickly,” he said. “There’s a scene, for example, with the girl [Katie, played by Hough] handing over a fish that she caught to the guy [Alex, played by Duhamel]. There’s a scripted version; there’s also potential for a long improvisational one. And then you might make a combo of the improvised material that you have and the scripted material.”

“I like the improvisational tone of it,” he continued, discussing what stands out to him about the picture. “It feels fresh and authentic. I’m happy about the performances in general, that they feel real.” In that respect, Hallstrom singled out the performance of young actress Mimi Kirkland, who plays Alex’s daughter Lexi. “She’s very real,” he said. “That’s a hard thing.”

Hallstrom is no stranger to making memorable films, particularly those adapted from literature. He’s been nominated for two Academy Awards, including for 1999’s The Cider House Rules, which was from the novel by John Irving. Other films on his resume include 2000’s Chocolat, 2001’s The Shipping News, 2011’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and the 1993 cult classic What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, all of which began life as books.

Asked which of his films that he would recommend to people who enjoy Safe Haven, the director said, “I would go with a Swedish movie called My Life as a Dog, or maybe Gilbert Grape or Cider House Rules.” One of his favorite movies is the Woody Allen classic Annie Hall. “That’s my favorite romance movie,” he added. “It’s also one of my favorite movies ever because it tells very truthfully about love, with a great sense of humor.”

He’s hoping that Safe Haven can strike a similar chord with people who go to see it. “My ambition was to be as real as possible with the performers, with the story,” Hallstrom said. “That would be my goal, in doing that, [to] have you recognize yourself in these characters, recognize situations and emotions, and relate to it, knowing that you’re not alone.”

Safe Haven is in theaters now. Watch the film’s trailer below, and for more information, visit the official Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Honey Boo Boo

Dancing With the Stars producers reportledy have their eye on Mama June, but is TLC going to let her go?

According to the New York Daily News, an ABC insider revealed that Honey Boo Boo‘s mother is on a shortlist of celebrities wanted by the dancing competition that also includes the likes of Kourtney Kardashian, Katherine Webb, and Emily Maynard.

However, a TLC spokesperson told the Huffington Post it’s an untrue rumor. Either that or TLC doesn’t know about it, yet.

Mama June has made headlines recently for her “lazy diet” that led her to lose over 100 pounds. “I haven’t done any surgeries … no diet pills … never went to the gym,” June told TMZ “but with the show I’ve been more active.”

She continues, “They have me running around and going different places … I guess it’s paying off.”

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