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How Doug Ellin Turned Entourage Into the New Paragon of Product Placement

For filmmaker Doug Ellin, who is as passionate about cars as he is movies, it was love at first sight.

Syfy Is Making a Third Sharknado, and We’ve Already Written 5 Pitches for It

Syfy tells Adweek exclusively that it has green-lit a third movie in its increasingly silly Sharknado franchise before even airing the second one (official title: The Second One). The first flick cost the network a scant $250,000, a cost repaid in social chatter and fan love. Now the network has committed to a third film to be set in a yet-to-be-determined city, presumably with the rest of the principal cast from Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One, provided no airborne carnivorous fish spend their last moments on Earth munching on Tara Reid or Ian Ziering between now and then. So here, without further ado, are five pitches we feel Syfy should consider while the network tries to figure out how next to fling a funnel cloudful of surprised apex predators teeth-first into the public imagination. Oh, and for the record, Sharkando 2 premieres Wednesday, July 30, just after San Diego Comic Con. Sharknado 3 is slated to air in summer 2015. 3harknado Starring Nathan Fillion, Portia de Rossi, Alison Brie and Joel Hodgson, the third Sharknado tears apart San Diego during the reunion of cult classic TV series SpaceShark 2025. During a panel Q&A with fans, the down-on-their-luck cast is rent asunder by the very monsters their fictional characters used to battle. Will they learn who engineered this catastrophe? And when they do, will the answer shock them? Sharknado 3: Sharksplode! Executive produced by Michael Bay with 35 percent new footage, the world really has a mess on its hands when a waterspout hits a once-in-a-lifetime ... uh, thrice-in-a-lifetime ... school of sharks—and then a mid-Atlantic oil rig! Now filled with flammable light sweet crude, the angry and frightened fish burst into waterproof flames on impact with the ground. Our only hope may be the brave men and women of the Navy's elite SHaRK unit, who must place themselves in harm's way between hundreds of sharksplosions... and Big Ben. Wes Anderson's Splendid Third Sharknado Directed by Wes Anderson from a screenplay co-written with Roman Coppola, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jeff Goldblum star as romantic rivals Commander Jonas Welk and Chef Brent Klein, respectively the captain and the cook of a six-story-tall, 700-foot-long airliner nearing the end of its six-year mission to explore cirrus cloud formations. Tensions run high during the biweekly midair refuelings, though discomfort is offset somewhat by the opulent ballrooms and smoking lounges aboard the jet. When a probe disturbs a nest of rare flying sharks atop the highest mountain in the world, the two men must put aside their differences—and their shared adoration of the first mate (Tilda Swinton)—to rescue the frightened creatures from a dizzying plummet to their demise. Meanwhile, Commander Welk comes to terms with the death of his sister.

A&E Shelves Those Who Kill

After two weeks of soft ratings, A&E has taken the new Chloë Sevigny crime drama Those Who Kill out of commission.

How to Market Marty, Leo and The Wolf of Wall Street

Marketing a movie is always work—especially when it’s about a wholly dishonorable Wall Street operator in the go-go ’80s. Josh Greenstein was up to the challenge.

The Soup Sums Up Michael Bay’s CES Meltdown

We didn't really have to search hard for this week's Stupid Awesome video of the week. Michael Bay's bizarre CES meltdown made things easy.

4K Is Great for Everybody Except the TV Networks

Most of it you'll just see in the video, but Michael Bay was not able to make it through the presentation he was supposed to be giving in Las Vegas at CES 2014 because of what appeared to be a problem with the text crawl behind the audience. "The type is all off. Sorry.

Michael Bay Panics at Samsung CES Show

Hollywood director Michael Bay just freaked out at a Samsung presentation in Las Vegas. The Transformers director walked off stage after a teleprompter malfunction left him for a loss for words. Samsung is known for hosting scripted events with big star personalities.

A+E Sales Boss Mel Berning Takes on Broadcast Bullies

If you’re a big investor in TV inventory, Mel Berning would like a word about his broadcast competition. “They’re 10 percent off on supply,” said Berning, A+E Networks’ president of ad sales. “So the question is, OK, do you want to pay the failure tax? I mean, name two hit shows.”

Hasbro Transforms

For Hasbro, the last few years since Michael Bay’s first Transformers have been something of a slow-motion rebrand, in which the toy maker has decided to be an intellectual property company, not merely a toy company.

Michael Bay Crashing the Super Bowl With Doritos

Michael Bay, unquestionably the greatest cinematic genius of all time, is teaming up with Doritos, which makes a damn fine chip, for the seventh annual installment of the brand's "Crash the Super Bowl" contest for consumer