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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

Outspoken Christian Actress Among the Dancing Stars this Season

Candace Cameron Bure (Photo: ABC)
The full cast for the next season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was announced today during the Good Morning America telecast and like last season, the show is headed for a lot of changes. (More on that below). Among the stars will be Candace Cameron Bure. You may remember her in the role of D.J. Tanner in the ever-so-sweet Full House sitcom. That was a LONG time ago, but she has recently made a resurregence on TV appearing on a few specials for the UP Network and starred in last year’s Hallmark Original Movie, Let it Snow. Before that, she starred in ABC Family’s Make It Or Break It. She is also sister to Kirk Cameron and like him, is an outspoken Christian not afraid of sharing her views on faith and family. Cameron Bure is a producer, a New York Times bestselling author and inspirational speaker. She has been married to former NHL star Val Bure since 1996 and together they have three children. She will be teamed up with Mark Ballas.


Good Morning America's Lara Spencer (left) poses with the 2014 DWTS cast: Standing: EMMA SLATER, BILLY DEE WILLIAMS, DANICA MCKELLAR, VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY, SEAN AVERY, CANDACE CAMERON BURE, MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, MERYL DAVIS, NENE LEAKES, TONY DOVOLANI, SHARNA BURGESS, CHARLIE WHITE, CHERYL BURKE, DREW CAREY, DIANA NYAD, HENRY BYALIKOV, ERIN ANDREWS; Sitting: KARINA SMIRNOFF, DEREK HOUGH, MARK BALLAS, PETA MURGATROYD, JAMES MASLOW, WITNEY CARSON, CODY SIMPSON; Front: TOM BERGERON

This season will also include pitting one star against another. Olympic gold medalists, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who have been skating partners since they were very young children, will be separated for the first time. Both should be amazing contestants given that they are both athletes and that ballroom dancing isn’t a huge leap from ice skating. Is it? Davis will be paired with Maksim Chmerkovsky (the poor thing) while White will be dancing the night with Sharna Burgess.

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