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.
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NBC Celebrates Red Nose Day All Night Long

NBC Red Nose Day TV Special
Some of the stars featured during the Red Nose Day Special. (NBC)


If you walked into a Walgreens store in the last month or so, you already know that Red Nose Day is an annual campaign that uses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty. NBC will be celebrating the occasion for the third year in a row with a night all planned out with specials related to the cause including a Celebrity American Ninja Warrior, a Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Julia Roberts and a Red Nose Day Special hosted by Chris Hardwick. The three shows will be seamlessly tied together in celebration of Red Nose Day, with calls to action to donate through each of the three programs.

“Red Nose Day’s effort to lift children out of poverty is centered around heart and humanity, and we’re excited to create a night of programming that reflects this. said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “We are thrilled to have Chris' wit and compassion championing the evening as our host for The Red Nose Day Special."

Throughout the night viewers will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference for kids in need here in the U.S. and around the world. This is the first time the night of programming for Red Nose Day has included special editions of existing NBC shows. Here is tonight’s schedule:

Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day
Derek Hough (NBC)
Because Dancing with the Stars is for amateurs, American Ninja Warrior offers up an all-star celebrity edition special where nine celebrities will go through the actual course for charity. Hosted as always by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila along with Kristine Leahy, the celebrity ninjas include Stephen Amell from the CW’s Arrow, Erika Christensen from NBC’s Parenthood, Jeff Dey from NBC’s Better Late Than Never, two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, Nikki Glaser from Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, Derek Hough from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and NBC’s World of Dance, Natalie Morales from NBC’s Today, former New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and Mena Suvari from American Woman.

Each celebrity will be advised by favorite "ninjas" including Kevin Bull, Kacy Catanzaro, Drew Drechsel, Natalie Duran, Daniel Gil, Jessie Graff, Grant McCartney, Meagan Martin and Flip Rodriguez.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day – 9:00 p.m.
Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day
Bear Grylls and Julia Roberts (NBC)
Bear Grylls enlists acclaimed actress Julia Roberts for a very special adventure to Kenya, where the pair navigate a hazardous route through a harsh landscape of desert, canyons and rivers to deliver life-saving vaccines to a remote village before the vaccines expire. As Bear and Julia encounter the dangers and enjoy the majesty of this wild land, they know that any delay could mean disaster for dozens of local children counting on them.

After a long journey to Kenya, Roberts visits with patients and medical staff at Wamba Hospital and is given life-saving cold-chain vaccines that must be kept cold on the trip ahead. She meets Grylls and boards a bush plane, but a remote and dusty landing strip means they must jump from the moving plane before it takes off again. Forging ahead via land cruiser and on foot, the pair navigate through dense underbrush, avoid hungry crocodiles and hippos, and stay awake through the night to monitor their precious cargo and deliver it safely to the Samburu community awaiting their arrival.
The journey highlights the impact of live-saving vaccines, which Red Nose Day helps to provide to children around the world.

The Red Nose Day Special – 10:00 p.m
Red Nose Day Special
Chris Hardwick (NBC)
Comedian, actor and TV host of The Wall, Chris Hardwick has the hosting duties for the third annual The Red Nose Day Special which features comedy, top music performances and compelling films shedding light on kids in need. The special includes the much-anticipated Red Nose Day Actually, a short Love Actually reunion film from writer-director Richard Curtis, who is also the founder of Red Nose Day.

Red Nose Day launched in America in 2015 and, with generous support from millions of Americans and many outstanding partners, has raised more than $60 million in its first two years in the U.S. It is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc., a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity. Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in the United States and in some of the poorest communities around the world. Beneficiaries of Red Nose Day grants include charity organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; Save the Children; and the Global Fund.


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