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Celebrities and fans swarmed at the star-studded premiere of "SHARKNADO 5: Global Swarming" at the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino Sunday, August 6. →view video

Syfy's highly-anticipated fifth installment of the "Sharknado" franchise took the world by storm as beloved characters Fin Shepard, April Wexler and Nova Clarke prepared to save the globe from sharks that are bigger, stronger and stranger than before. The shark storm may have gone international, but the premiere made a splash in the Las Vegas desert. Fin-tastic shark showgirls flanked the blue carpet, as Sharknado stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo and Masiela Lusha made their appearance. Anthony C. Ferrante, director of the "Sharknado" franchise, and screenwriter Scotty Mullen were joined on the carpet by additional Sharknado cast members, Cody Linley and Olympic diver Greg Louganis. Other celebrities in attendance including Kendra Wilkinson ("Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man," "Kendra on Top"), Jai Rodriguez ("Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man," "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"), Nichelle Nichols ("Star Trek"), Eileen Davidson ("Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"), Daniel Maguire and Vinny Ventiera from "Bachelor in Paradise" also dove into the fun.

Fans were able to catch a glimpse of the "jaws"-dropping blue carpet and "sea" the debut of "SHARKNADO 5:

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Global Swarming" alongside cast members. Following the premiere, celebrities and fans attended the official after party at The LINQ Pool.  As rumors circled in the water throughout the night, it was finally revealed that The Asylum, Bernie Yuman of SAY Entertainment, Royal Oak Management, Panacea Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment have joined forces with plans to produce "Sharknado Live."

"We have watched this niche sci-fi film explode into a worldwide, social media phenomenon and annual TV event, with many families watching together," said the Sharknado producers The Asylum. "With this devoted co-viewing fan base, we knew it would make an exciting transition to stage, and we are pleased that our producer partners and Caesars Entertainment, the world's greatest providers of live-event entertainment, agreed. The multi-sensory show will be a musical journey featuring humor and intrigue as well as the characters that tens of millions of fans have loved through five films...and yes, lots of sharks. The live spectacle will bring the Sharknado movie franchise to life on the Las Vegas Strip, with more details to come in the upcoming months. 

The LINQ Hotel & Casino
As the social hub at the center of the Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers a total of 2,253 newly renovated rooms including 244 suites with two unique penthouses and 25 cabana rooms with direct access to the pool. Positioned between Flamingo Las Vegas and Harrah's Las Vegas, guests experience one distinctive destination with The LINQ Promenade and High Roller, the world's tallest observation wheel. Designed with the modern traveler in mind, the resort launched the first fully integrated self check-in program on the Las Vegas Strip in 2015. Enjoy celebrated chef restaurant Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar, voted "Best Gastropub of 2015" by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, award-winning Hash House a Go Go and direct access to O'Sheas Casino, Off The Strip and Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar. Entertainment and nightlife experiences include 3535, a unique take on the lobby bar, TAG Sports Bar, a state-of-the-art gaming lounge, as well as popular entertainers such as Frank Marino's "Divas Las Vegas" and magician Mat Franco, "America's Got Talent" Season Nine winner. The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers a reimagined pool deck featuring two pools, the new 15,000-square-foot Spa at The LINQ and fitness center, The Silver Sky Chapel for intimate weddings and 63,000 square feet of meeting space. For more information, please visit TheLINQ.com or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find The LINQ on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

The Asylum
The Asylum is one of the world's leading brand-oriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on high-concept, market-driven entertainment, like the SHARKNADO franchise and the popular Z NATION television series, The Asylum finances, produces and releases 25 films per year through its direct pipeline to the nation's top retailers and its network of international partners. Since its founding in 1997, The Asylum has released more than 500 films and has built a library of over 200 original productions, including top-rated movie premieres for Syfy, Lifetime, and Animal Planet networks. In addition, The Asylum has begun production on Season 4 of Syfy's highest-rated scripted show, Z NATION, a critically-acclaimed action-horror series.