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"Sharknado" comes to theaters -- and early sharknado reference found in "A Whole Nother Story"

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sharknadoIs it the new "Gagnam Style" or "Call Me Maybe"? Maybe, if Twitter and pop culture shows have anything to say about it. In any case, SyFy's made-for-TV movie "Sharknado" is no longer content to swim around on basic cable and meme it up on social media: The network has pounced on its momentary few minutes of fame and will bring the surreal man-eating weather phenomenon to the big screen on Friday, Aug. 2.

If you haven't heard about "Sharknado," well, where have you been? Let me sum up: tornadoes pick up great white sharks and deposit them conveniently where they can bite people. Those people are played by a Who's Who of Where Are They Now?: "90210" alum Ian Ziering, failed plastic surgery example and Maxim cover girl (a decade ago) Tara Reid and...

Well, I guess just Ziering and Reid qualify.

Showtimes have not yet been posted, but keep checking fathomevents.com to find details.

But wait, there's more: My nine year-old son discovered what may be the inspiration behind "Sharknado." In the children's novel "A Whole Nother Story" by Dr. Cuthbert Soup (the pseudonym of comedian Gerry Swallow), the narrator explains:

"I do not frighten easily. The following is a complete, unabridged list of things that scare me:
1) Tornadoes
2) Sharks
3) Tornadoes full of sharks..."

The book was released in 2010, so let's hope Swallow is making royalties from this entertaining disaster of a disaster film. In any case, his books -- "A Whole Nother Story," "Another Whole Nother Story" and "No Other Story" -- are entertaining reads for kids from as young as eight to early teens. And adults, too, if you happen to read to your kids.

The movie opens in seven days, which is quick work, but I'll give even odds that the meme will have jumped the "Sharknado" before the first showing. (Gosh, that one was too easy.)

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Brian Ries

Brian Ries is the editor of ticketsarasota.com.
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