Paul Drinkwater/NBC(NEW YORK) — Think Sharknado is just a fun, summer B-movie? Think again.

“You know, it actually can happen,” one of the stars, Tara Reid, who returns for Sharknado 2: The Second One, told GQ recently. “I mean, the chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen, actually. Which is crazy. Not that it — The chances of it are, like, you know, it’s like probably ‘pigs could fly.’ Like, I don’t think pigs could fly, but actually sharks could be stuck in tornados. There could be a sharknado.”

Whether or not you believe an actual shark storm could hit, SyFy drew about two million viewers last summer for its first made-for-TV schlock fest about sharks inside a tornado attacking Los Angeles.

The feeding frenzy returns July 30 with 90210 heartthrob Ian Ziering and a whole new cast of celebrity chum, including Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, and Kari Wuhrer. This time, sharks attack New York City.

Just in case Reid is right, her celebrity co-stars chimed in with what to do in the case of an actual sharknado.

“The most terrifying tornado would be probably be full of lawyers,” Ziering told GQ, while recommending in that case the biggest, “chainsaw you can find and hope for the best.”

Fox, who wishes for an assist from Samuel L. Jackson because, “he’s been up with some snakes on a plane,” told GQ, ”Definitely go to the top of a roof, get some bombs, and make sure you have on an awesome, powerful wetsuit.”

McGrath’s advice: ”You have to stay calm, OK? Because everybody else is freaking out. And you have to be good friends with Ian Ziering. If you’re part of Ian’s group, you got a 50/50 chance of survival.”

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Helen Sloan/HBO (CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Games of Thrones fans at the University of Virginia were given the opportunity to take the class of a lifetime.

An English class, which met five days each week for 2 hours and 15 minutes, focused on the George R.R. Martin series. It was offered as a four-week summer course.

“This class will use the work of Martin (one novel and many episodes of the HBO series) to explore the notions of literary and visual representation (How does a character in the text come to life on screen?), racialism (Is Martin’s view of race and region indebted to Tolkien’s or does it exceed it?), fan fiction (Why were so many viewers outraged by The Red Wedding? Why does the series prompt such loyalty?), and gendered dimensions of power (How do women in the series exert control over their own lives and the lives of others?),” the class syllabus read. “This course will carefully assess one of Martin’s written works, while paying close attention to the strategies HBO uses to bring it to a mass audience.”

Twenty-four “serious and engaged” students took the seminar and did well, associate professor Lisa Woolfork, who taught the course, told ABC News.

She provided them with a chart to ensure that they read the episodes carefully, “using similar protocols for studying literature,” and at the end of the four-week course, she challenged them do complete group projects analyzing the series and its rabid audience.

“We were engaged with the questions generated by carefully reading the first book, then using that as a basis for exploring the connections between the first three seasons of the TV series,” she said.

“We spent a lot of time discussing the ways that Martin’s narrative broke genre limitations and the phenomena that Game of Thrones has been become within and beyond its book and TV depictions. We also considered the motivations and consequences for significant changes made on TV show.”

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ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) — Ariana Grande tweeted photos of her grandfather, Frank Grande, who died earlier this week, and said she started crying when she watched her brother, Frankie Grande, receive the grim news live while he was on the reality show Big Brother.

“[T]hank you for your continuous love & light over the past few weeks… we did lose my favorite person to ever exist yesterday, my grandpa :’(” Grande wrote. “if only y’all knew how amazing he was.. my [heart] hurts so much. It’s beyond broken :’( but I got to hold his hand and watch him find his peace.”

The singer, 21, added some throwback photos of her late grandfather on Twitter.

Grande had to watch her brother read the news on Wednesday night in a letter from the family. Frankie Grande, who was filming Big Brother, couldn’t visit his grandfather before his death.

“[W]atching @frankiejgrande talk abt grandps after reading our letter on the live feed. sobbing / laughing hysterically. love u frankie so much,” Ariana Grande wrote.

Earlier, Grande thanked all her friends who came to her side, posting, “thaaaanks to my best friends who stayed up with me all night talking and helped me pull myself together temporarily this am,” she posted Wednesday.

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Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — At age 59, Kelsey Grammer is a father again.

The actor and his wife, Kayte Grammer, 33, welcomed son Gabriel on July 22 at 8:28 a.m.

The baby weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces, ABC News has confirmed through Kelsey Grammer’s rep.

“We are blessed and excited to have this lovely young man join our family — he is magnificent!” Grammer said in a statement. “Our son will be called Gabriel as there is a tradition in our family of going by our middle names.”

Gabriel’s full name is Kelsey Gabriel Elias Grammer. His famous father’s full name is Allen Kelsey Grammer.

Grammer and his wife, who married in 2011, are already parents to daughter Faith, 2.

Grammer was previously married to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer. The pair had two children together, both born to a surrogate mother.

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Focus Features/Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) — The first official trailer for the highly-anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey was released on Thursday.

The trailer follows Dakota Johnson, portraying college student Anastasia Steele, as she interviews billionaire Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan. If you’ve read E.L. James’ erotic novel, on which the film is based, you’ll recognize many scenes from the book.

The trailer then fast-forwards, showing Anastasia and Christian’s whirlwind romance as they fly in helicopters, attend fancy dinners and make out in elevators — not to mention blindfolding one another while they’re doing you know what.

“I’m incapable of leaving you alone,” Christian tells Anastasia in the trailer.

“Then don’t,” she replies.

Grey then unlocks a door to show Anastasia his so-called Red Room of Pain.

The trailer also features a slowed-down version of Beyonce’s 2003 hit, “Crazy in Love.”

Fifty Shades of Grey
steams up theaters Feb. 13, 2015.

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Cliff Lipson/CBS(LONDON) — Adele’s son is only two years old, but he’s already well on his way to being rich like his mom. The BBC reports that lawyers for the boy, referred to as Angelo Adkins, despite Adele never publicly revealing his name, have accepted a five-figure sum in damages to settle a case over paparazzi photos.

Adele, who was born Adele Adkins, and her partner Simon Konecki, Angelo’s father, sued a photo agency for taking photos of Angelo’s “milestone moments” between June and November of 2013, and then selling them to the British press.

A lawyer for Adele told a High Court in London that she doesn’t want her son to be thought of as “public property,” and added, “It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes.”

Added the lawyer, “These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client’s right to privacy.”

The photo agency agreed to pay damages and legal costs, and has also agreed not to re-use the photos.

Adele’s lawyer said that the singer and Konecki would “continue to do all they can to protect Angelo’s rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary.” The lawyer noted that Adele helped fund a similar campaign in California to create stricter laws regarding the photographing of children of celebrities.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, it seems that Robert Downey Jr. would certainly be up for a fourth Iron Man film.

On the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Forbes’ highest-earning actor in Hollywood — thanks in no small part to his multi-million-dollar Marvel deal that kept him playing Tony Stark through that sequel — Downey said, “Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” He then added, however, “Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out.”

The actor had expressed that as any actor’s price tag rises as a long-running series continues, so does the specter of the role being recast, though in the past he’s admitted, “I would really hate for someone else to think they could step into my shoes.”

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said he sees Iron Man as on par with James Bond or Batman — an iconic character that will live on onscreen for years, and thus would logically have to be recast at some point.

Luckily for Downey, most Marvel fans worldwide agree — and the box office bears it out — that his red-and-gold iron boots would be tough to fill, as the actor is now synonymous with the billionaire, genius, playboy philanthropist he brought to life onscreen.

Even comic book legend Stan Lee, co-creator of Tony Stark/Iron Man, agrees. He recently told ABC News Radio, “I think that Robert Downey Jr. thinks he is Tony Stark…Nobody can play the role better than him. He is Tony Stark.”

For now, it seems Downey is optimistic he’ll get a shot at an Iron Man 4, telling EW, “It’s down to Kevin and [Marvel Entertainment CEO] Ike [Perlmutter] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” allowing, “When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.”

Falling into the “great” category, no doubt, is the fact that every Iron Man movie has out-grossed its predecessor, leading up to the staggering 1.3-billion-dollar take of the last installment.

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Ursula Coyote/AMC(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — Better Call Saul has yet to air, but the Breaking Bad spin-off already has a leg up on viral marketing thanks to an attention-getting new billboard in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

An eagle-eyed Instagram user first pointed out the billboard, which features a photo of the fictional lawyer and the name he used before becoming sleazy Saul Goodman: James M. McGill. The sign also includes a phone number that leads to an active line.

“Hello, you’ve reached the law office of James M. McGill esquire, a lawyer you can trust,” says a voice that sounds like star Bob Odenkirk. “Kindly leave your information at the tone and Mr. McGill will phone you promptly.”

The billboard is apparently being used in an episode of the AMC series, which recently started shooting in Albuquerque and is set to air in early 2015. The spin-off is set to pick up before the events of Breaking Bad.

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Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Russell Simmons is set to honor his ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, among others at the 15th annual Art for Life Benefit in Bridgehampton, New York, on July 26, which will benefit his Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Although it may raise eyebrows for some, the rap and media mogul tells ABC News Radio that in fact, Kimora and her husband, investment banker Tim Leissner, are huge supporters of the foundation and are expected to announce a “huge number” donation that evening, marking the “biggest donation we ever received.”

So how do the two exes remain friends after splitting in 2009? “How is that possible that you could love somebody so much and then create something so beautiful as your children and not share that bond and appreciate the process?” Simmons asks rhetorically.

“No matter what your differences are you should have something much greater than those differences in your children,” he adds. “And I think it seems to me elementary but, you know, surprising to some other people.”

Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons are parent to two daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee. Kimora also has a son, Kenzo, with her ex-boyfriend, actor Djimon Hounsou.

With the help of Kimora’s donation, the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will continue to expose the arts to inner city youth in New York City. Russell said he started the foundation with his brothers, rapper/minister Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons and Danny Simmons, because it was instilled in them at an early age that arts and creativity were important.

“My mother was a painter. My father was a poet. My brother is a painter. My other brother is a poet. I’m a producer of creative projects and a writer of creative projects. And so I realized that the outward expression and everything you do is informed by some creativity, some imagination,” Simmons explains. “It’s very important to cultivate the imagination.”

Music lovers may want to check out the “Art for Life” auction on Charitybuzz, in which proceeds will also go to the foundation. The auction includes the opportunity to meet LL Cool J, meet Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and attend their Sept. 13 concert in Las Vegas, hang out with John Legend while he’s on the road or meet Will Smith and attend the red carpet premiere of his upcoming film, Focus, in 2015. Bidding is open for those prizes until Aug. 7.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — Comic-Con International: San Diego officially starts Thursday, and among the almost 130 thousand attendees packing the San Diego Convention Center are stars of the big and small screen — and more costumed fans than you can shake a lightsaber, magic wand or sonic screwdriver at.

Former WWE champ Dave Bautista, one of the stars of the upcoming Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, has been coming for the past four years. He tells ABC News Radio, “It’s such a geekfest man, it’s incredible, like the energy there. People are so excited and it’s all just kind of for their love of comics and sci-fi and geekdom and…it’s awesome.”

Bautista knows a thing or two about costuming, seeing as he had to be made up head-to-toe in grey body makeup and tattoos to play the towering Marvel hero Drax. He tells ABC News Radio that even he is floored by the costumers on hand at the event. “I think just all the cosplay, seeing all the costumes and stuff, just crazy,” Bautista said. “I mean people spend their whole year planning it, and it’s very obvious when you see some of the costumes, they’re just insane.”

However, that costuming could be a little intense for some of the younger attendees — a lesson Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming-Na Wen told ABC News Radio she learned last year. “There were a lot more zombies than I anticipated,” she laughed, “and it scared the crap out of my seven-year-old. I was like, ‘No this isn’t the normal Comic-Con, I don’t think.’”

The annual event is expected to break news not only in the world of Marvel, but also for upcoming movies like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and TV shows from The Simpsons to True Blood to The Walking Dead and everything in between. Also on hand will be countless celebrities, and the cutting edge of gadgets, collectibles and video games.

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