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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 November 11

"Too Close for Comfort" debuted on November 11, 1980.

'Too Close for Comfort' Airs

Based on British series, Keep It in the Family, Too Close for Comfort began airing on ABC on this day in 1980. Due to the writer’s strike of that year, the show (like many others) premiered much later than usual. The sitcom featured a married couple and their two adult daughters all living under the same roof in San Francisco, CA. The father, Henry, was played by Ted Knight who worked as a cartoonist. His wife, Muriel (Nancy Dussault) was a photographer and former singer. Their daughters Jackie (Deborah Van Valkenburgh) worked at a bank and Sara (Lydia Cornell) was still attending college. Speaking of which, Knight would often wear sweatshirts featuring the logos of different colleges around the country. This was by the actor’s choice who never attended college. Some students would mail sweatshirts to the show in hopes of seeing Knight wear one on the show. The comedy also featured a number of secondary characters including Monroe Ficus (Jim J. Bullock) who was supposed to be one-time guest, Henry’s niece April (Deena Freeman) and Muriel’s mother, Iris (Audrey Meadows). While the show was a hit for its first two years airing on Tuesday nights alongside Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and Three’s Company, ABC moved the series to Thursday nights along with Joanie Loves Chachi, Star of the Family and It Takes Two which all failed. The show was cancelled by ABC but continued to run three more seasons for first-fun syndication. The show’s name was changed to The Ted Knight Show in 1986 and it performed well, but halfway through the season, Knight passed away dying from colon cancer and the show concluded in February of 1987.


Blockbuster rented it's last video on November 11, 2013.
Blockbuster Video Rents its Last Rental
The very first Blockbuster video store opened on October 1985 in Dallas, Texas by David Cook. The chain grew quickly and was soon was buying out smaller chains. It became a multi-billion dollar company by the 1990’s. It had a appeared that nothing could stop the giant. In 2000, they turned down an offer to purchase Netflix which may have been their undoing. In 2010 Blockbuster became the only national video rental chain left in operation. Also that same year, the company’s public accounting firm raised doubts that Blockbuster could continue operating due to its large debt. Blockbuster struggled the next three years trying out different ways to make money, but this story was not destined for a happy ending. Rentals of videos stopped at the remaining stores in November 2013. The very last video to be rented out is said to be This Is the End at a store in Hawaii.


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