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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 August 10

Charlie Peacock was born on August 10, 1956.

Charlie Peacock is Born

Better known by his stage name, Charlie Peacock, Charles William Ashworth was born on this day in 1956 in Yuba City, California. With vocals that some have described as “intelligent, innovative and difficult to categorize,” Peacock has found success as a singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer and author. He has come alongside many Christian singers and bands including Amy Grant, The Civil Wars, Switchfoot, Russ Taff and others. His first self-titled album was released in 1986, he produced the band The Choir in 1987 and partnered with Margaret Becker in 1988. From 1990 to 1999, Peacock produced over 50 albums. In 2015, Peacock was given the title of Director of Contemporary Music and Industry Outreach at Lipscomb University’s College of Arts and Entertainment in Nashville, a role he accepted with his given name of Ashworth.


Candid Camera aired for the first time on August 10, 1948.

Smile, You’re on Candid Camera

Amazingly, the TV show Candid Camera has been on and off the air for over 60 years and has had a stint on NBC, CBS, ABC, PAX and TV Land in 2014. The show was birthed from the radio show called Candid Microphone which aired on ABC radio from 1947-1948. The TV show was famously hosted by Allen Funt (with almost as many co-stars as the series had stations) until 1992 when he became too ill to continue. Funt’s son, Peter, has carried on the tradition. The hidden camera/practical joke show format has pretty much stayed the same over the years. Never mean-spirited, the show exposes real people’s real reactions to crazy behavior and sparked many similar shows, but there can only be one Candid Camera.


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