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Last Update on July 30, 2014 07:12 GMT

"SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE" AIRS TONIGHT

NEW YORK (AP) -- If Ian Ziering (EYE'-uhn ZEER'-ing) didn't need health insurance he might not have made "Sharknado." He worried that the movie would turn out to be really bad. But an actor has to make a certain amount of money each year to be eligible for health insurance, so he took the job, and it turned out to be one of the biggest hits of his career. Ziering now stars in the sequel "Sharknado 2: The Second One," which airs tonight on Syfy.

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Ian Ziering has his wife to thank for starring in the "Sharknado" movies. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld explains why.

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Ian Ziering says he didn't want to do the first "Sharknado" because the special effects could've been really cheezy. ((longer version of cut in wrap))

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Ian Ziering says his pregnant wife insisted on him taking the role so they could qualify for insurance.

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Ian Ziering (EYE'-uhn ZEER'-ing)

Ian Ziering says he owes his wife for one of the biggest hits of his career.

WILL "SHARKNADO 2" EAT TWITTER AGAIN?

UNDATED (AP) -- The first "Sharknado" blew up Twitter. People were posting about 5,000 tweets per minute. We'll see if people are as interested in the sequel, which airs tonight on Syfy. If not, they'll have another chance. "Sharknado 3" is in the works.

"GET ON UP" - CHADWICK BOSEMAN

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chadwick Boseman was terrified of playing James Brown in "Get On Up." How terrified? Here are the percentages. Boseman says 60 percent of his fear came from learning to dance like Brown and 30 percent was from the pressure of trying to dispel the myths about Brown. The other 10 percent was just a general fear of playing an icon. "Get On Up" opens Friday.

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Chadwick Boseman says all aspects of playing James Brown made him nervous about doing the role.

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Chadwick Boseman says the song "Lost Someone" from James Brown's "Live at the Apollo" album helped him get into the role.

"EXTANT" BEING MOVED BACK AN HOUR TO TRY TO BOOST RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Extant" is being moved back an hour to see if it can get better ratings. Starting tonight, it'll air at 10, Eastern daylight time, right after "Criminal Minds." CBS hopes Criminal Minds will be a better lead-in than "Big Brother." Extant was watched by about six and a-half million people last week. That's good enough for 10th place in the ratings, but not as good as CBS was hoping for its highest-profile new drama of the summer. Both episodes of "America's Got Talent" rank one and two in the ratings. They were each watched by more than 10 million people. "The Bachelorette" is in sixth place, followed by "Under the Dome" and "Big Brother."


Entertainment History

July 30, 2014 07:06 GMT

On July 30th, 1954, Elvis Presley made his professional debut in Memphis. It was his first concert to be advertised.

In 1970, The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique.

Also in 1970, the Rolling Stones fired Allen Klein as their manager.

In 1986, RCA Records dropped John Denver from his contract.

In 1992, Motown's biggest stars gathered for a memorial service for Mary Wells, who died of cancer at the age of 49. Smokey Robinson sang a medley of Wells' hits. Motown founder Berry Gordy called her the "first lady of song."

In 1996, actress Claudette Colbert (kohl-BAYR') died in Barbados at the age of 92. She won an Oscar for her performance in "It Happened One Night."

Also in 1996, actor Tom Cruise filed a lawsuit against a German magazine for falsely quoting him as saying he had "zero sperm count." Cruise later accepted a retraction.

In 1998, "Howdy Doody" creator Buffalo Bob Smith died of cancer in Flat Rock, North Carolina. He was 80.

In 2007, Britney Spears' divorce from Kevin Federline was finalized.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Richard Johnson is 87. Actor Edd (correct) "Kookie" Byrnes is 81. Blues guitarist Buddy Guy is 78. Movie director Peter Bogdanovich is 75. Singer Paul Anka is 73. Jazz saxophonist David Sanborn is 69. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is 67. Actor Jean Reno (ZHAHN rih'NOH') ("The Da Vinci Code," "Godzilla") is 66. Blues singer Otis Taylor is 66. Actor Ken Olin is 60. Actress Delta Burke is 58. Singer-songwriter Kate Bush is 56. Country singer Neal McCoy is 56. Actor Laurence Fishburne is 53. Actress Lisa Kudrow ("Friends") is 51. Country guitarist Dwayne O'Brien of Little Texas is 50. Actress Vivica A. Fox is 50. Actor Terry Crews ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 46. Director Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "Insomnia") is 44. Actor Tom Green is 43. Drummer Brad Hargreaves of Third Eye Blind is 43. Actress Christine Taylor ("The Brady Bunch Movie") is 43. Comedian Dean Edwards ("Saturday Night Live") is 41. Actress Hilary Swank is 40. Actress Jaime Pressly ("My Name Is Earl," "Not Another Teen Movie") is 37. Singer-guitarist Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers is 34. Actress Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck") is 32. Actress Joey King is 15.

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