The polar vortex wasn't the only freakish weather system to invade New York City this winter. The sequel to Syfy's Sharknado, last summer's over-the-top, Twitter-busting pop-culture phenomenon, was filmed amid frigid conditions throughout the Big Apple. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid reprise their roles as recently reconciled couple Fin and April, who barely survived last year's series of shark-infested waterspouts that tore through Los Angeles.
On the set of Sharknado 2: The Second One in February, Ziering wasn't feeling the pressure of expectations to top the original, which spurred more than 300,000 tweets during its original broadcast. "Either you like it or you don't like it," the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum says. "I didn't have high hopes for the first movie, and look what happened."
We've always known that Nicki Minaj has a colorful personality, and now she's literally getting animated. The pop star makes a guest appearance on Cartoon Network's adorable Steven Universe next month, and TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive look at the episode, which was just screened at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
We've got Marvel-ous news for superhero fans: Disney XD will officially announce today at Comic-Con that two animated series based on Marvel Comics characters have been given second season renewals. Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Marvel's Avengers Assemble both return with new episodes this fall on Disney XD's "Marvel Universe" block.
Aquaman, Matt Lanter (inset)
Aquaman fans rejoice! The king of the seven seas is finally getting the spotlight in an upcoming animated movie from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, part of a series of DC Comics-themed movies, will trace the origin of Aquaman, who has been frequently ridiculed for his presumed obscure powers (like "talking to fish") and limited personality.
Arrow and The Flash Digital Comics
The CW's Arrow and its spinoff The Flash won't premiere until October, but DC Entertainment is giving fans some comic relief while they wait. The Arrow digital comic series, which has been on hiatus since last year, is set to return with an all-new chapter in the life of Oliver Queen, while The Flash: Season Zero will bring us up to speed on the life of Barry Allen, a.k.a. the Fastest Man Alive. Both books are being written by the series' showrunners, guaranteeing the stories are in sync with what we see on TV.
Even supervillains love to geek out at Comic-Con. In the special DC Comics one-shot issue Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego, Harley Quinn, the psychiatrist-turned-psychopath, goes celeb hunting at the pop-culture festival and hits the bullseye with the Arrow himself — actually, Arrow star Stephen Amell (top panel, below). His cameo is one of many Easter eggs jammed into the book, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner and drawn by various artists.
Get ready for some serious hero worship. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are teaming up for a super-sized superhero extravaganza at Comic-Con International in San Diego. On Saturday, July 26, the sister companies will host a three-hour event featuring screenings and cast appearances by comic-themed shows Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow.
This will mark the only Gotham screening at...
The 2014 FIFA World Cup returns to Brazil — "the tabernacle of soccer," according to ESPN host Bob Ley — for the first time since 1950. The quadrennial tournament begins Thursday with the home-team playing Croatia in Sãu Paulo (June 12 at 3:30/2:30c on ESPN). ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will televise all 64 games through the championship on July 13 (and all will be streamed at WatchESPN and espn3.com). Univision has Spanish-language coverage of the games, while ESPN Deportes has them in Portuguese. ESPN's blanket coverage includes daily installments of World Cup Tonight (times vary, most nights on ESPN2).
The U.S. gets underway on Monday, and the team is hoping to avoid déjà vu. The squad's first preliminary-round game is against....
Teen Titans Go!
The Teen Titans are on the move. Original episodes of Cartoon Network's quirky superhero comedy Teen Titans Go! return this week on a new night and time, Thursdays at 6/5c.
Kicking things off is a special episode that mixes live-action sequences. In "Puppets, Whaaat?," team leader Robin grows so frustrated with the lack of respect he feels his super friends are showing him that he gives them an extreme makeover, marionette edition. Wishing that Beast Boy, Raven, Cyborg and Starfire would fall into line, he makes a deal with The Puppet Wizard, who turns the entire team into real-life playthings. Hilarity, as always, ensues.
If you're going to binge, you might as well do it in Blu-ray. With A&E's crime drama Longmire set to return in a few weeks, the first two seasons get a high-def release from Warner Archive Collection on Tuesday, May 27. The six-disc set Longmire, Seasons 1 & 2 includes all 23 episodes, three featurettes and two director's cut episodes with commentary from exec producers Greer Shephard and Hunt Baldwin.