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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…

ABC Says Show Must Go on for Controversial ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

Controversial "Bachelor in Paradise" will resume production.
Bachelor is Paradise is said to begin airing in August of this year. (ABC)

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We’ve come a long way from The Dating Game. After weeks of news about Warner Bros. halting the production of the TV reality series, Bachelor in Paradise, due to allegations of misconduct between one "Bachelor" and a "Bachelorette," a spokesperson for ABC has released this statement today:

“We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.”

This news contradicts another statement given to People magazine on June 11 that said that season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise would not continue on. “There are no authorities involved, no law enforcement but the incident was flagged internally and they take these matter seriously, so they’re looking into it,” said the source. “But Bachelor in Paradise will not be resuming — this summer at least.” So apparently, everything has been worked out.

All the various shows in The Bachelor franchise have been controversial over the years, but production has never been suspended before. Some speculate that contestants are encouraged to drink heavily while on the show to help lower their inhibitions. It is a surprise that it took this long before things went out of control.

Still, romance apparently does happen on these shows. Just two days ago MSN reported that two contestants who met while filming season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, just tied the knot in Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. The Bachelor’s host, Chris Harrison, acted as the officiant and the guest list included many other Bachelor contestants. Publicity stunt? Maybe.

It was just a few years ago that The Bachelor made controversial headlines for going the opposite direction when Christian contestant Sean Lowe appeared on The Bachelorette and then later on The Bachelor who vowed to abstain from sex while appearing on both shows. He met and fell in love with Catherine Guidici. The two were married in 2014 and Lowe wrote about his experience in his book, For the Right Reasons.

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