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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Producer Frank Marshall provides quick updates on Indiana Jones 5 and Jurassic World 2.
  • Dwayne Johnson teases an epic prison break scene in Fast 8.
  • Charlie’s Angels hires a writer with an impressive pedigree.
  • A sequel to The Simpsons Movie is not out of the cards.
  • Vin Diesel shares more from XXX: Return of Xander Cage.
  • More Sharknado movies are on the way because the world is a cruel place.

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Sharknado The 4th Awakens review

When I reviewed Sharknado: The 4th Awakens I tried to keep it spoiler-free. When I interviewed director Anthony C. Ferrante, who has helmed all four Sharknado movies to date, there were a few specific things I wanted to discuss. He said it was okay, because if you’ve watched the trailers, most of it is in there. So spoiler warning for anyone who is still avoiding the Sharknado 4 trailers.

As the subtitle suggests, there is a parodic Star Wars reference or two, and the trailer even gives away that there’s an opening crawl. Hey, Sharknado 3 opened like a James Bond movie. Twitter voted on #AprilLives or #AprilDies after Sharknado 3, and it’s no secret that Tara Reid is back. However, the film picks up five years after the cliffhanger scene on the beach at the end of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Now Aston Reynolds (Tommy Davidson) has devised a way to eliminate tornados, but the sharks find their way into other weather phenomena. Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) is still the only man who can stop them.

Read our Sharknado director interview below. Read More »

Sharknado The 4th Awakens review

The Sharknado movies are actually everything I want out of cinema. I go to movies to see things that don’t exist in real life, but that creative people can imagine. I like to say that making sense is the death of creativity, because it restricts the possibilities of ideas. Now I adore the precision crafted work of Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick too, but I sure am glad someone is making Sharknado movies.

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens picks up five years after Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, a bold choice considering the third film ended on a cliffhanger. There’s a reason they don’t pick up right where they left off, though, and The 4th Awakens is not just a Star Wars joke in name only. There are Star Wars references that should make fans as happy as I was when Ian Ziering did the James Bond gun barrel with a chainsaw.  Read More »

Sharknado 4

As you’ve surely noticed by now, today is May the 4th, a.k.a. Star Wars Day. Normally, this would have absolutely nothing to do with the upcoming premiere of a made-for-TV B-movie about improbable weather events. But the geniuses at Syfy and The Asylum snuck onto the Star Wars bandwagon last month by revealing the title of their sharks-in-tornadoes sequel to be Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. And so they’re celebrating today with the first Sharknado 4 poster, which is an endearing homage (or a infuriating ripoff, depending on how you feel about this series) of that now-iconic Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster.

See the first Sharknado: The 4th Awakens poster, and get the full Sharknado: The 4th Awakens cameo list, after the jump.  Read More »

Sharknado

This is not an April Fool’s joke, and yet it seems appropriate that this news is breaking on April Fool’s Day. Because really, the entire Sharknado franchise, from the premise to the taglines to the casting, feels like nothing so much as an April Fool’s joke that somebody decided to take way too far. Anyway, Syfy has finally gotten around to setting a release date for Sharknado 4, and given it a brilliantly terrible Star Wars-inspired title to boot.  Read More »

Sharknado 4

Last night brought the premiere of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, the third installment in the intentionally stupid disaster comedy about sharks terrorizing and killing people as they’re blown around by tornadoes.

While fans were expecting the usual terrible special effects, “celebrity” cameos and brutal deaths, they probably weren’t expecting a cliffhanger ending. But last night, the final shot of Tara Reid‘s character April Wexler was interrupted by a cut to black and directions that fans would be in control of her fate, which would be revealed in Sharknado 4. It’s like the late-’80s “Death in the Family” story stunt DC Comics pulled for Batman, where readers could call in to vote on whether Robin lived or died at the hands of the Joker.

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Sharknado 3 trailer

The original Sharknado was ironically entertaining, making for some absolutely ridiculous, intentionally terrible, B-movie fare. The success of the mind-numbing, inconceivable action horror film resulted in Sharknado: The Second One. And now we’re in the midst of a trilogy coming together.

Since the weekend is usually reserved for making decisions that you’ll immediately regret, you couldn’t ask for a better time to watch the first teaser trailer for the unnecessary made-for-TV sequel Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, chock full of cameos from Hollywood’s worst.

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Today’s Sequel Bits involves the sea floor-dwelling creatures of Bikini Bottom, the high-flying dragon riders of Berk, and everyone in between. After the jump:

  • Is China getting sick of effects-heavy Hollywood sequels?
  • Rumor has it Jurassic World will feature pterodactyl riders
  • Insurgent casts a couple more Dauntless characters
  • Paul Walker‘s brother may be in future Fast movies
  • Ernie Hudson says Ghostbusters 3 will shoot soon
  • Brittany Snow tweets from the set of Pitch Perfect 2
  • Get ready for lots and lots of Sharknado tie-in merchandise
  • SpongeBob has a Coppertone moment in a new poster
  • Watch the trailer for the video game Alien: Isolation
  • See a How to Train Your Dragon 2 featurette about the score

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Sharknado

What do you suppose the odds are of seeing a Sharknado in the first place? And what do you think are the odds of having to survive a second one just a few months later?

If you’re Ian Ziering or Tara Red, the answer, it turns out, is “pretty damn high.” The pair are set to reprise their roles for Sharknado 2: The Second One, which will once again be directed by Anthony C. Ferrante with a screenplay by Thunder Levin. What’s different this time around is that the action will take place in New York City. Hit the jump for more details.

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