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 October 26

Keith Urban was born on October 26, 1967.

Keith Urban is Born

It was on this day in 1967 that Keith Lionel Urban was born in Whangarei, New Zealand. In 1983 he was a contestant on the TV talent show, New Faces, in Australia and began making regular appearances on other TV shows before releasing his own self-titled album in 1991. He released four singles from the album and then moved to America the following year. He became addicted to cocaine but checked in for treatment in 1998. He made his American debut in 1999 with his first #1 single, “But for the Grace of God.” In 2005 Urban met Nicole Kidman and the two began dating six months later. The two were wed on June 25, 2006. In October of that year, Urban checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for drug treatment once again stating, "I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones who love and support me. One can never let one's guard down on recovery, and I'm afraid that I have." Urban became a father on July 7, 2008 as the couple welcomed their daughter, Sunday Rose. Their second daughter, Faith Margaret was born on December 28, 2010. To date, Urban has released a total of nine studio albums.

Baby Fae received a baboon heart transplant on October 26, 1984

Infant Receives Baboon Heart

On this day in 1984, an infant known as “Baby Fae” was the first to receive the first baboon-to-human heart transplant. The infant was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, a fatal situation where the left side of the heart is actually missing. Before Fae, three other humans had received animal-heart transplants but none of them lived longer than three days. Unfortunately, Fae only lived for 20 days before dying on November 15th.

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