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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…

Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 2017 Oscars
Jimmy Kimmel and Oscar (ABC)

THE OSCARS

The 89th Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. A variety of specials will be shown before and after the main course on ABC beginning at 11:00 a.m. (PST). Here is (just about) everything you need to know about this year’s shindig:

Who’s Nominated?
Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight have all received best picture nominations. Click here to view the rest.

Who’s Hosting?
This will be Jimmy Kimmel’s first time hosting the Oscars. For years now, Kimmel has had a long-standing “feud” with Matt Damon. This year, Damon’s film, Manchester by the Sea is up for best picture. Kimmel told the Hollywood Reporter, “I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that he doesn't win or doesn't know that he won. My goal is to keep him offstage.”

Who’s Presenting the Awards?
Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, Gael Garcia Bernal, Halle Berry, John Cho, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Mark Rylance, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, Charlize Theron and Alicia Vikander.

Who Will be Performing?
Auli’i Cravalho will join Lin-Manuel Miranda to perform his Oscar-nominated song, “How Far I’ll Go,” written for Moana. Sting will perform “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story, the Oscar-nominated song he co-wrote with three-time Oscar-nominee J. Ralph. Justin Timberlake will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the movie Trolls. John Legend will perform both “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars,” from La La Land, music by Justin Hurwitz; lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.


What are the Show Times?
ABC will air a variety of Oscar-themed programing this Sunday. Here is the complete list for Pacific Standard Time:

  • 11:00 a.m. – Barbara Walters’ Top Oscar Interviews of All Time
  • 12:00 p.m. – The Academy Awards Nominees: Before They Were Famous
  • 4:00 p.m. – Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet
  • 5:30 p.m. – The Oscars
  • 9:05 p.m. – Live From Hollywood: The After Party with Anthony Anderson

What if That Isn’t Enough?
Comcast has partnered with ABC to present more than 1500 hours of Oscar-related content. “Last year, Xfinity X1 delivered a fantastic The Oscars experience for fans before, during and after the Oscar telecast,” said Justin Connolly, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing. This year’s Oscars destination on X1 will feature:

  • “The Oscars: All-Access” digital stream, which includes footage from red carpet and backstage cameras, will be available on X1,Xfinity TV app, and myxfinity.com the day of the broadcast starting at 7 p.m. (EST)
  • An expansive on demand collection of more than 700 Oscar-winning films, as well as highlights and web clips related to this year’s nominees and historic moments from year’s past.
  • The full 89th Oscars ceremony will be available to watch on demand including highlights from the event including red carpet interviews, winner speeches and skits through March 15.

Enter to Win a Trip to Next Year’s Oscars
Like every year, movie fans can go to Oscar.com to fill out their own ballot on who they think is most deserving of an Academy Award, but this year, there is a bonus. While there, you can also enter The Official Oscars Challenge Sweepstakes for a chance to win a grand-prize trip for two to Hollywood for the 2018 The Oscars Red Carpet fan experience. Click here for more information.


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