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…

Morning Shows Dress up for Halloween

So, apparently, if you are a morning show, then you are required to dress up on Halloween. Here are six shows that did just that today with mixed results.

The Today Show (NBC)

Charles Schulz is Rolling in His Grave
Known for their crazy costumes each which has become the tradition, The Today Show went all out with a Peanuts theme and wouldn't you know it, but the new Peanuts movie comes on in theaters next weekend. What a coincidence. These costumes are well made, but as a self-admitted Peanuts afficando, these version look kinda creepy. Instead of having huge heads on little bodies, the costumers did the opposite.

Featured L-R: Kathie Lee Gifford as Woodstock, Hoda Kotb as Snoopy, Meredith Vieira as Pig Pen (what a good sport!), Willie Geist as Schroeder, Al Roker as Charlie Brown, Savannah Guthrie as Sally, Matt Lauer as Lucy, Carson Daly as Linus, Tamron Hall as Peppermint Patty and Natalie Morales as Marcy.

Good Morning America (ABC)
And Now for Something Completely Different
I really have no idea what was going on with Good Morning America or even who some of these people are. Apparently, the network thought that higher profile people who represented the news shouldn't play dress up. (Hear that Matt Lauer?)

Featured L-R: Dan Harris, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Ron Clairborne, Rob Marciano

The Talk (CBS)
No Musical Guests? No Problem

CBS's The Talk decided to rock out with each of their cast performing musical tributes to the personalities they were dressed up as.

Featured L-R: Sheryl Underwood as James Brown, Sara Gilbert (in a surprising good look) as Celine Dion, Sharon Osbourne as Sia, Aisha Tyler as Beyonce and believe it or not, that isJulie Chen channeling Madonna.

The View (ABC)
Art Representing Real Life

The View decided to go with Disney villains and heroes/princesses for their show, which actually isn't a whole lot different than their usual programming. Candace Cameron Bure is strangely absent and Raven Symone is smiling for once? Any else suspect foul play?

Featured L-R: Whoopi Goldberg as Cruella DeVille, Molly Sims as Cinderella, Paula Faris as the Evil Stepmother, Joy Behar as the Evil Queen, Padma Lakshmi as Rapunzel, Raven Symone as Mother Gothel, Stacy London as Ariel the Little Mermaid and Michelle Collins as Ursula the Sea Witch.

Live with Kelly and Michael (ABC) and The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Telepictures Productions Inc.)
Keeping Up With You-Know-Who 
While it appears that none of the Kardashians were invited guests to any of these shows this year, they still were thought of. On the left is Kelly Ripa doing a tribute to Kim Kardashian's photo that "broke the internet" last year on Live with Kelly and Michael. On the right is Ellen DeGeneres as the long lost Karla Kardashian on her own show.

Live with Kelly and Michael (ABC)
Look Who's Back!
Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford showed up briefly on Live with Kelly and Michael portraying themselves 20 years ago waking up from a nightmare where it was 2015 and the show was ruined.

CBS This Morning (CBS)

Non Players
CBS This Morning was the hold out this year without a costume in sight. I guess CBS feels that newscaster should just report the news. A nice concept, but not as much fun. However, they were also celebrating their 1,000th broadcast of the show today, so I guess a black and orange dress code was going to be good enough.

Featured: Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King.


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