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Vivica Fox Turns 50 on Day of her ‘Sharknado 2’ Premiere

Vivica A. Fox attends the 'Sharknado: The Second One' press line during Comic-Con International 2014 at Hilton Bayfront on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California

Vivica A. Fox attends the ‘Sharknado: The Second One’ press line during Comic-Con International 2014 at Hilton Bayfront on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California

*July 30, 2014 will probably end as one of the best days ever for Vivica A. Fox.

Not only is it her 50th birthday, but the actress premieres in what will likely be the biggest TV movie of the season, Syfy’s “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”

She’ll celebrate her birthday on Saturday, Aug. 2, with a star-studded bash at Philippe Chow in Beverly Hills. The guest list includes Tisha Campbell, Star Jones, Queen Latifah, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Patti Labelle, Magic Johnson and Whoopi Goldberg.

(L-R) Mark McGrath, Dante Palminteri, Judah Friedlander, Ian Ziering and Vivica A. Fox in Sharknado 2: The Second One

(L-R) Mark McGrath, Dante Palminteri, Judah Friedlander, Ian Ziering and Vivica A. Fox in Sharknado 2: The Second One

But tonight, it’s all about the delightful ridiculousness of “Sharknado 2,” co-starring Vivica as the ex-girlfriend of star Ian Ziering who pops back into his life — just in time to help him deal with the sharks flying around New York City.

While random celebrities get eaten in hilarious fashion throughout the film – including Kelly Osbourne, Perez Hilton and Pepa from Salt-N-Pepa – Vivica channels her inner “Kill Bill” character Vernita “Copperhead” Green to help handle the invasion.

“My first day of filming was like jumping on top of the cabs over sharks, swinging, so it was very physical from the very first day for me,” Fox told us.

Below, Vivica explains why she was actively looking to get back into action movies.

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Syfy. Watch the trailer below.

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Arrest Warrant Out for Columbus Short over Court No Show

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*Things continue to spiral downward for former “Scandal” star Columbus Short, who now has a warrant out for his arrest, reports TMZ.

The actor was ordered to show Wednesday morning in criminal court for a hearing in his domestic violence case. His wife was asking the judge for more protection from the actor.

But Short failed to appear, so the judge issued a bench warrant, according to TMZ.

The day before he was a no-show in a different criminal case. The judge threatened to issue a warrant and Columbus suddenly appeared.

TMZ asked Columbus Tuesday about that belated court appearance. Watch his reaction below:

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New Rumor: Beyonce Leaving Jay Z Over Affair With Rihanna

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*Another day, another addition to the breakup rumor mill surrounding Jay Z and Beyonce.

The latest…or rather, an old rumor recently rehashed? Beyonce and Jay Z’s marriage problems are rooted in a secret affair with Rihanna.

A source for Hollywood Life if already denying the affair: “Rihanna has been enjoying being out of the spotlight and enjoying the anonymity of being alone, but these constant claims of her and Jay Z having sex are just ridiculous. Rihanna and Jay’s relationship is more like a family than a romance!

“Jay is like a father figure to Rihanna. Over the years, he’s helped groom her into the star she’s become and has been nothing but supportive of her and her career. That’s just it, nothing else.”

“Jay is married, and even if she wanted to step to him, which I assure you she doesn’t, it wouldn’t even go down because he’s married and that’s simply foul and out of line.”

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Michelle Obama: Men Need to ‘View Women As Their Equals’

Michelle Obama addresses the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders July 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The fellowship was an initiative President Obama announced in 2013 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative, which was launched in 2010 to support a new generation of African leaders as they work to the growth and prosperity of the continent.

Michelle Obama addresses the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders July 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The fellowship was an initiative President Obama announced in 2013 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative, which was launched in 2010 to support a new generation of African leaders as they work to the growth and prosperity of the continent.

*First lady Michelle Obama highlighted the African heritage in her family tree  during a speech to young Africans on Wednesday, saying the “blood of Africa” runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women.

Her husband didn’t mention his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship on Monday, referencing his Kenyan father only once — and that was during the question-and-answer session. But Michelle Obama said as an African American woman, her discussion with the African youth was “deeply personal.”

“The roots of my family tree are in Africa,” the first lady told the cheering crowd. “My husband’s father was born and raised in Kenya. Members of our extended family still live there. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Africa many times over the years, including four trips as first lady, and I have brought my mother and my daughters along whenever I can.”

“The blood of Africa runs through my veins, and I care deeply,” Obama said, addressing her listeners as her “brothers” and “sisters.”

The White House is making women’s empowerment a theme in a Washington African leaders summit next week. Michelle Obama said problems with girls’ education often stemmed from traditional “attitudes and beliefs” that exist even in the United States and lead to issues such as the gender pay gap and an underrepresentation of women in leadership.

She said men worldwide needed to “look into their hearts and souls and ask if they truly view women as their equals.”

“I am who I am today because of the people in my family, particularly the men in my family, who valued me and invested in me from the day I was born,” Obama said.

“And as I grew up, the men who raised me set a high bar for the type of men I’d allow into my life – which is why I went on to marry a man who had the good sense to fall in love with a woman who was his equal, to treat me as such – a man who supports and reveres me, and who supports and reveres our daughters as well,” Obama said.

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Pluto.TV to Stream James Brown Videos During ‘Get On Up’s’ Opening Weekend

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*Online video site Pluto.TV will offer a James Brown-focused channel, streaming for free his classic 1960s-era live performances and timed with Friday’s premiere of “Get On Up,” a biopic about the “Godfather of Soul,” starring Chadwick Boseman.

The programming is coming from videos of Brown performances on the T.A.M.I. Show, a 1968 concert at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, a documentary about Brown’s riot-quelling show in Boston the night that Martin Luther King Jr. was killed and other video material collected by the music- and TV-reissue specialists at Shout Factory into a three-DVD set called I’ve Got a Feeling – James Brown in the ’60s.

The videos will run from 9 a.m. Friday through the weekend, then, become available on demand.

The Los Angeles-based Pluto.TV offers more than 100 channels of free online video, including ones for music, sports, entertainment, and children’s programming.

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Gun Store Denies Hiring Zimmerman as Security: ‘In No Way, Shape or Form’

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*George Zimmerman got caught in a lie.

The manager of a Florida business where he was questioned by police says Zimmerman was never hired to provide security, despite his claims to authorities.

As previously reported, two DeLand police officers approached Zimmerman after spotting him and his dog parked behind Pompano Pat’s, a motorcycle and gun store, early Sunday and.

According to a police report, Zimmerman told officers the owner gave him permission to be there to provide security after a recent burglary. The report says officers couldn’t reach the owner. No citations were issued.

Pompano Pat’s manager Sam Porter told The Associated Press in a phone call Tuesday that Zimmerman “in no way, shape or form” is employed by the store. Owner Pat Johnson didn’t immediately return a phone message.

Zimmerman was acquitted last summer in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.