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City replaces New York in ‘Sharknado 2’

Run for your lives, Buffalo. We’re about to get swept up in another Sharknado.

And this time, it’s personal.

Rich Wall of the Buffalo Niagara Film Office confirmed Tuesday that scenes for “Sharknado 2: The Second One” were shot in the city. A trailer for the film, scheduled to air at 9 p.m. July 30 on the Syfy channel, includes a few crowd scenes shot near the Brisbane Building.

“I haven’t seen the movie, so I don’t know if those shots make it,” Wall said.

The first “Sharknado” – which starred Ian Ziering of “Beverly Hills 90210” fame as a bar owner and Tara Reid of “American Pie” and “Scrubs” fame as his ex-wife – became a mini-sensation last summer when it premiered and became the talk of Twitter and other social media sites. Celebrities joined in, tweeting comments about the movie about thousands of flying sharks terrorizing Los Angeles during a tornado.

Ziering and Reid also are in the sequel, which also was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante. From the looks of the trailer, the only thing different about the next chapter in the franchise seems to be the target: New York City instead of LA.

That’s where Buffalo came in, as a stand-in for its more populous neighbor down the Thruway.

A film crew was spotted downtown in April, but that supposedly was for a movie with the tentative title of “Alligator Apocalypse.”

Extras were supposedly battling imaginary alligators before that at the corner of Clinton and Washington streets with chain saws, axes, pitchforks and shovels as Buffalo stood in for New York City, where the film is set.

Some suspicious extras said they believed they were really involved in the “Sharknado” sequel. They were right.

Wall said 50 extras were hired for the day of shooting in Buffalo, as well as members of a support crew, which also shot in the Lockport caves.

“The director said they really enjoyed their time here and were amazed at the architectural assets,” Wall said.

“They went to the top of the Rand Building and said how similar it was to the Empire State Building.”

Can’t wait for July 30 to get here? Don’t panic.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, the gang from the long-running TV series “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” will skewer the original in “Rifftrax Live: Sharknado.” Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will appear live at the State Theatre in Minneapolis to watch “Sharknado” with an audience while adding wisecracks to the movie experience.

It will be broadcast live to more than 700 theaters in North America, including the Elmwood Regal and Transit Regal with a rebroadcast in those same theaters at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A preview of “Sharknado 2” also will be shown.

But if your summer is already so full that you can’t squeeze in a couple of hours for this unholy marriage of weather and beast, fear not: “Sharknado 3” is due to be released next summer ... if we survive this one.


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