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A(nother) perfect storm: What we learned on the set of 'Sharknado 2: The Second One'

This is how your cheapo monster movie sausage gets made:

1. First, there’s the calm before the sharks. Actors and extras take their places. Someone calls quiet on the set. Everyone is silent, still but hyper-aware, their muscles coiled like those of a Great White about to strike. Or something.

2. Suddenly, a crew member bellows that sound is rolling, then yells out, “ACTION!”

3. Chaos. Grown men and women are shrieking in terror. Crowds are surging toward all available exits. Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath jerks his head violently in every direction until finally making a dramatic dive onto the ground. Why? Because an enormous, toothy shark has just wedged itself into the Citi Field rotunda’s 9-foot “42″ sculpture, built to honor former Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson.

Well, sort of. This might be a good time to mention that the beast — like all the others attacking the home of the New York Mets — is totally invisible. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' top 13 party, on the scene: Judges and finalists talk format changes, song choices, more

The lucky 13 finalists for season 13 of American Idol were revealed Thursday night, and immediately after, the group got to celebrate together in Hollywood. This week marked the first live shows of the new season, which has seen many format changes from previous years.

One of those changes is the just-finished Rush Week, which featured a workshop with former judge Randy Jackson and the help of Idol alums Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry. New judge Harry Connick Jr. also got the first “boo” of the season for his song-choice critiques to some of the female contestants. EW was on the scene and got the judges’ take on the changes to the season, and why Harry said he liked being booed, as the finalists meet the press for the first time. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene: Shia LaBeouf's #IAMSORRY art exhibit in Los Angeles

The internet was abuzz when word got out Tuesday that Shia LaBeouf, the actor-turned-plagiarist-turned-”artist,” was opening up his own exhibit in Los Angeles to apologize for his recent string of bizarre behavior. People flocked to the small storefront art gallery to see if the Transformers star actually transformed at all, but who are these people willing to wait hours for some silent eye contact with a brown paper bag? EW went on the scene to see why people were showing up and waiting for hours, some even days.

The #IAMSORRY installation officially runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until Sunday. Well, at least that’s what the door says. However, when you arrive at the “performance” space, you are told that the duration of the day depends completely on the artist and his particular mood and feeling that day — meaning LaBeouf could stop seeing anyone at any point of the day, whether it’s 2 p.m. or 2 a.m. However, there is no indication whatsoever as to how long you will be waiting or if you will ever even get to go inside and actually participate. Still knowing this, some people started waiting in line at 8 a.m. By 3 p.m., they were still waiting. There was even another journalist on site who apparently had waited six hours the day before only to be promised by a security guard that he would let him in the next day. Unfortunately, that security guard didn’t end up working the next day, and the journalist had to wait again all day and still wasn’t guaranteed to get in. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene: 'Frozen' cast performs live for the first (and probably only) time ever

It’s rare to be a part of a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. But on Sunday night, I was lucky enough to be in the audience for Disney’s Frozen live cabaret, featuring cast members of the animated hit singing songs from the film’s No. 1 soundtrack. Though the event was timed perfectly (and purposely) in the middle of Oscar voting to promote the movie’s two nominations, including one for Best Animated Feature, it was the music that owned the night.

Josh Gad, who voiced the snowman Olaf in the film, hosted the evening and joked that though he was happy for the film’s huge success, he was no longer getting live-action film offers any more. “Apparently Disney didn’t realize they have a concert hall named after them, so we’re here at this bat mitzvah venue,” the funny guy quipped about the intimate Bel Air venue. Gad said co-star Jonathan Groff — who was supposed to co-host — couldn’t attend because he was trying to boost the ratings for his HBO show Looking. Of course, he was again joking and said that Groff was actually sick. Though it doesn’t really matter since he only has one song in the film, “Reindeers Are Better Than People” — or, as Gad referred to it, “The only Disney song without a beginning, middle, or end.”
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On the Scene: Drama League honors Neil Patrick Harris at annual gala

It was a star-studded night at Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel as over 150 artists — including stars Tim Gunn, Stephen Colbert, and Audra McDonald (and yes, even some Muppets) — came out to celebrate stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris at the Drama League’s 30th annual all-star gala.

It’s no secret that Harris — who will soon be back on stage starring in a new version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which opens April 14 — has garnered quite an admiration from the communities he’s been involved in. But there was no question Monday night that Harris is admired for more than just his talent. Every tribute was genuine and heartfelt; every performance was completed with gusto and pride. There wasn’t anyone in attendance who wasn’t giving their all, and it showed.

“Who wouldn’t turn out for Neil?” Tim Gunn asked, clearly happy and excited to be able to honor his friend. “Anyone would, and anyone should. I love the man, I’m a huge fan, I’ve had the incredible honor of working with him…so of course I’m here!”
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On the Scene at the Oscars nominations announcement

It’s Oscar nomination day, and for movie nerds, it’s like Christmas morning. Like Santa and his sleigh, we eagerly await the announcement of the year’s Oscar nominees. Who will get snubbed? Who will be surprised? Fans across the country can watch the nominations announced live either online or on some TV outlets. But what’s it like to actually be at the Academy on a morning like this? EW was on the scene (before the sun) to be there for the 5:38 a.m. PT air time. The room is full of press and publicists there to support their clients or films, hoping to hear their names called.

The Academy and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced that this year’s Oscar telecast would have a movie hero theme, so the lobby of the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills was filled with images and video clips of some heroic characters from past Oscar films. Everyone from Shrek to Superman to Thelma and Louise were represented. Publicists can be overheard pre-congratulating each other on such a great year for film. “Just hoping the best for everybody. There are just so many films, so many actors,” one was overheard saying. Soon, the friendly smiles turned to focused concentration once the theater opened. As you can expect, there’s a lot of security for an event like this, to make sure the nominees stay secret and in the right person’s hands. Once inside the theater, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs coyly announced that we had our own superhero among us to help announce the nominees: Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Here is what went down during the 12 categories they announced live:
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On the scene at the Golden Globes: See our photos (and Vines!)

From that burst sewage pipe to a press room stuffed with dazed, slightly tipsy celebrity winners — not to mention the after parties — EW was there to capture all the magic of this year’s Golden Globes. Want to see Bradley Cooper giving us a thumbs-up, Tatiana Maslany giving us her best red carpet twirl, pals Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lawrence strutting their stuff together, and much, much more? Scroll on — and check out EW’s Instagram page for even more stills.

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'Anchorman' live reading, on the scene: Ron Burgundy, philanthropist?

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Even when he’s stripped of the polyester suit, bushy mustache, and ’70s news desk, it’s always hilarious to hear Will Ferrell shout, “Great Odin’s raven!” Ferrell and the rest of the Anchorman cast gathered at Santa Monica, California’s Broad Stage on Thursday night for a live reading of the 2004 comedy’s script, a benefit for the nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826LA.

Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy was joined by the rest of his Channel 4 News Team — Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) — along with lady love Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). Jack Black, Chris Parnell, Danny Trejo, Fred Willard, and Fred Armisen even showed up for their minor roles, with Maya Rudolph voicing any non-Veronica ladies (including the role of the Mama Bear in her captioned conversation with Baxter the dog). Director/writer Adam McKay read all the stage cues aloud, while narrator Bill Kurtis lent his golden pipes to the event.

Conan O’Brien hosted the festivities and filled in for Vince Vaughn’s rival newsman during the live reading. “Only in L.A. do they do charity readings of screenplays,” O’Brien said, joking that the next benefit would be a script reading of Bio-Dome 2. As the night’s MC, he laid out some ground rules for the evening: “If you have hard candy, unwrap it now — and stick it up your ass.” When the crowd reacted to his profanity, O’Brien said, “There are no kids here. Who would bring children to a benefit for children?”

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On the scene at Carnegie Hall for 'Alone Together At Last: Lena Dunham and David Sedaris'

Lena Dunham didn’t have “the shield of nudity” to protect her at Tuesday night’s Alone Together At Last: Lena Dunham and David Sedaris joint reading, but she started roughly adjacent to her comfort zone with the claim that her mother, Laurie Simmons, “invented the selfie.” The Girls auteur, who was admittedly nervous at the start of the Carnegie Hall gig, went on to envision her mother snapping old-school film of her “butt and unshaved armpits (a look I really regret knowing that my father enjoys),” which she noted, “wasn’t as simple as swinging your iPhone around and pushing your tits together” back then. At the base of it, though, Simmons’ selfies fulfilled something fundamental: “The feverish need to know what she really looked like.” The ages-old compulsion to literally expose and consider oneself — not to mention her own Baby Boomer progenitor’s part in it — was an astute connection for the millennial poster girl to make, and a fitting opener for an evening of calculated, cathartic oversharing.
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On the Scene at 'The Voice' live performances: Blake and Adam's bromance still going strong

Last night marked the first round of live shows for the top 20 contestants competing on season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. Entertainment Weekly was on the scene as members of Team Adam and Team Blake gave it their all in the hopes that viewers at home would vote them into the Top 12.

Check out a couple of things you didn’t see at home when the cameras stopped rolling below!
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