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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…

This Day in Pop Culture for January 26

President Clinton gave the "I Did Not" Speech on January 26, 1998

President Clinton Gives the “I Did Not” Speech

While the scandal first came out on January 17, 1998 of an affair between President Bill Clinton and an intern named Monica Lewinsky, it was on this day in 1998 during a press conference that Clinton gave this following statement with his wife Hilary standing by his side: “Now, I have to go back to work on my State of the Union speech. And I worked on it until pretty late last night. But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you.” On August 17, 1998, Clinton then admitted that he had engaged in an “Improper physical relationship” with Lewinsky and that it indeed was “not appropriate.”


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Film Rights are Sold

'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' Film Rights are Sold

Published in 1900, it wasn’t until this day in 1934 that producer Samuel Goldwyn bought the film rights to L. Frank Baum’s book. Shirley Temple was the original choice for Dorothy, but in the end, the role went to Judy Garland who won a special “Best Juvenile Performer” award and made the award-winning song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” a huge hit. Buddy Ebsen was cast as the tin man, but had to be replaced with Jack Haley as Ebsen was deadly allergic to the aluminum makeup. Though the film was only a modest success at the box office, 45 million people tuned in to watch the film air for the first time on TV in 1956. (By the way, the slippers were silver in the book!)


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