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…

Dancing with the 'Mad Men' Stars

Trudy (Alison Brie) and Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) dancing
in a blur in Mad Men. (AMC)
With Dancing with the Stars finale tonight, I am reminded of another dance on TV a couple of years ago.

Do you remember that scene in Mad Men where Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) and his wife Trudy (Alison Brie) dance the Charleston at a Country Club? Ever wonder where the two learned how to dance like that? 

John Cassese the
"Dance Doctor"
That is the result of training from John Cassese, the self-described “Dance Doctor” who believes that everyone who has a desire can dance. In addition to the Mad Men gig, he has trained other celebrities like Adam Sandler, Elizabeth Hurley and Sir Ben Kingsley. He has also been featured on a number of TV shows including Extreme Makeover, The Bachelor, The View, Oprah and others and his corporate clients include Sony, Paramount and Twentieth Century Fox. He teaches everything from ballet to salsa classes Santa Monica style in his studio in California. Now you know. Oh, and to refresh you of the scene, here it is:

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