We can all agree that the comment section on YouTube is an abysmal display of humanity at its worst. So why not take two British actors and have them recite a vicious feud between a Belieber and a One Direction fan so that we can all end our week on a giant hysterical note?
And with that, we have the "Gangnam Style" of 2013, folks. Try to get this comic earworm out of your head (and let's see how many Halloween cosutmes will be inspired by this viral insanity next month):
Syfy's Sharknado is a gift we all can enjoy, a movie that brings us all together and allows us share our every thought -- via Twitter, of course. Who's the man with the very cool name who has chomped away at writing this buzzworthy movie and its inevitable sequel? Thunder Levin. And he graciciously took some time to answer some questions about the movie that has taken a bite out of social media and created the perfect pop culture storm.
HIH: David Letterman, Ryan Seacrest, and the whole Twitterverse tweeted about the movie you wrote. Does it feel like a big hug from the world?
TL: It’s really been such a whirlwind, it’s hard to describe. I’ve been in this business over 20 years now, and of course you spend your whole career hoping for, and working towards, having this kind of an impact on the audience. But the extent to which it’s blown up has been completely surreal. I’ve mostly seen myself as a fairly serious action and science-fiction director, so for the most humorous, over-the-top thing I’ve ever written (and not directed) to be the one that blows up is incredibly ironic. But I’ve been having so much fun seeing people get a kick out of it, whether they be celebrities or not, that there’s definitely a warm fuzzy feeling involved.
HIH: What do you think of the term "so bad, it's good"? Do you embrace it?
TL: I don’t have a problem with it in this particular context because we all knew what we were doing here. Obviously if this had been some serious piece of drama we’d been trying to do and people were saying “it’s so bad, it’s good” I might feel differently. But the fact that people seem to be having so much fun with it is enormously gratifying. My main goal was for it to be fun.
HIH:Andy Cohen made it known on Watch What Happens Live that he was a super fan of your movie, with star Cassie Scerbo as the guest bartender on the show. Any plans to please gay audiences by adding a gay character in the sequel?
TL: I hadn’t heard about that. I don’t see why not. We all taste the same to sharks.
HIH:Ian Ziering is currently guesting as a Chippendale. Was his shirtlessness written in by you, or was it just an added bonus for viewers?
TL: His character, Fin, was always a surfer, so that implies bare-chestedness. But Ian was cast well after I was finished with the script, so the Chippendales thing was a total coincidence as far as I know.
HIH: How many times have you watched Sharknado, and is there any kind of drinking game that could go along with it?
TL: I assumed it already was a drinking game! Any time a shark eats someone you take a drink. Any time someone kills a shark you take a drink. Any time Nova (Cassie Scerbo) says “I hate sharks," you take a drink. Actually, it’s probably best to just start drinking at the beginning and not stop until before the last scene. You pretty much want to be stone-cold sober for the chainsaw scene.
HIH: The sequel is in the works (we saw at Comic-Con). Is there any added pressure to add more blood?
TL: Maybe we’ll go the other way, make it a Jane Austen drama. With sharks. And tornadoes.
HIH: Now that you're part of pop culture history, and you've raised the bar for future disaster/creature features, how do you feel about the inevitable copycats?
TL: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? So I’d be flattered by anything like that, just as I hope that Steven Spielberg and Irwin Allen and Roland Emmerich would be flattered by Sharknado. It’s not like we invented a new genre. We just took what was already out there to the logical extreme. And yes, I used the word “logic” and “Sharknado” in the same answer. Sorry about that.
Shaknado hits the big screen at Regal Cinemas nationwide on August 2!
HIH's Hiko Mitsuzuka and Garytt Poirier (and behind-the-scenes producer Joe Arnhold) tackle Entertainment Weekly's All-Time Greatest lists and Showtime's Ray Donovan, prepare for Comic-Con, and chat with Ringo Le, director of the indie rom-com Big Gay Love, which is currently making a splash at Outfest here in Los Angeles.
After yesterday's historic decision by the Supreme Court in California to shut down DOMA and Prop 8, many same-sex couples (and LGBT singles) celebrated and basked in the glow of marriage equality. Matt Emert, a Los Angeles-based copywriter who directed and produced an It Gets Better video for global toy company Mattel earlier this year, had a few personal things to share with us in response to the recent developments in what is being called a new civil rights movement...
Since I was a kid, I have always known that I wanted to get married. I’m very relationship-oriented, a hopeless romantic who, up until now, has experienced more of the “hopeless” than the “romantic” in my love life.
As much fun as I make of people who go overboard on weddings and spend way too much money on them, I’ve secretly wanted one too. It doesn’t have to be huge and expensive, but I do want a ceremony in front of friends and family to celebrate the union between myself and the person I love. As cheesy as it sounds, I even have a few portions of my ideal wedding figured out – I’d have a group of groomsmen (guy friends) and groomswomen (girl friends) by my side, both of my parents walking me down the aisle, and gold rings exchanged between me and my fiancé. Of course, these are just dreams of mine, but they are dreams I was afraid of sharing ever since I came out in 2002 because I felt like people would laugh at them. Or people would ask silly questions like, “who’s the bride and who’s the groom?” Or worse yet, people would remind me that marriage wasn’t an option for me because it wasn’t legal. For years I didn’t feel comfortable talking about my desire to get married, even with my closest friends. And I rarely used the word “husband” in reference to my future partner - it just felt awkward.
Then came 2008 – an extremely bittersweet year. First the Supreme Court of California awarded same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Then that freedom was taken away at the ballot box. The idea that the people in my own state, the supposedly liberal state of California, the land of “fruits and nuts,” would vote AGAINST marriage equality was heartbreaking. In 2010, I assumed pro-marriage equality constituents would put a new proposition on the ballot so Prop 8 could be overturned. They didn’t. Then the court case began, and I knew that whatever decision was given by the District Court and Court of Appeals, the case would continue to be appealed up to the Supreme Court. It just felt like an interminable battle.
Today is June 27, 2013. It’s been nearly five years since Prop 8 passed. Back in 2008, I yearned for this discriminatory proposition to be overturned as quickly as possible. At that time, I couldn’t fathom that it would take this long to do so. But now I recognize the fact that we needed this amount of time to pass. We now have a president who publicly supports marriage equality as well as our former Secretary of State, our California Governor, our California Attorney General, 12 states, and 55% of the American public. This truly was the right time.
Starting today, I can tell people I want to get married without worrying about receiving odd glances from those who don’t understand how that can work for me. Starting today I can tell people I want to settle down with a “husband,” not a “partner.” And starting today, the dream I’ve had for so long about having a wedding to celebrate marrying the MAN I love (when I find him, of course) can come true.
Without further delay, allow us to present you with our first-ever HIH podcast!
Contributor/critic Garytt Poirier and executive editor/pop culture junkie Hiko Mitsuzuka critique, discuss, and speculate on Star Trek Into Darkness, the upcoming summer movie season, casualties from the past TV season, and every piece of pop cultural goodness in between.
Forgive us if we sound a little newbie-ish; we're still adjusting, and we have a lot to say.
Sit back and enjoy...or download it for your listening pleasure during your next commute. And thanks for listening.
For those who don't recognize the name of this bloke, we pity you. And for those of you familiar with Cullen's work in the 2011 indie darling Weekend, we're jumping for joy along with you.
Over the weekend, more casting news for Downton Abbey's Matthew-and-Sybil-less fourth season broke, and the British thespian was among the many names tossed into the revolving door of actors who are dropping in and out of everyone's favorite countryside mansion.
He'll play a visiting Lord Gillingham, an old friend of the family's who shows up for -- shocker -- a dinner party.
Let's hope ITV and PBS join forces to air new episodes simultaneously in the US and UK when they become available so us Americans don't have to wait the extra three months for more Dowager goodness.
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