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…

‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’ Reveals Who Will Be Dancing With Whom

The cast for Dancing With the Stars all-athlete edition.
(L to R) Johnny Damon, Tonya Harding, Chris Mazdzer, Jennie Finch, 
Adam Rippon, Kareem Abdul Jabaar, Mirai Nagasu 
and Josh Norman (Lou Rocco/ABC)


ABC’s Dancing With the Stars is somewhat taking chances with its new upcoming season. For one, this next season will be shortened with just 10 contestants and all of the “stars” this time around are athletes, so if you’re not a sports fan you might not want to tune in. Granted, the 10 are taken from a variety of sports backgrounds.

The 10 contestants were unveiled earlier today on Good Morning America, but the network has been taking some flack for inviting disgraced former Olympic ice skater turned boxer Tonya Harding to the ballroom, something many of us saw coming after she was featured in a two hour interview on ABC earlier this year.

This season also includes Adam Rippon, another ice skating champ who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics and was featured often for his unofficial title of “first openly gay athlete to represent the Unites States in Olympic competition” rather than for his actual skating.

And every season of Dancing With the Stars needs to have at least one older competitor and this season that honor goes to NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who towers over Lindsay Arnold, his dancing partner. (Seriously, they couldn’t find a taller and older woman to dance with the man?)
This is once again be hosted by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews and the judges in place are Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba (who really should sit between the other two to help keep them in line.)

This season’s dancing pairs are as follows:

  • Olympic Ice Skater Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson
  • 2018 NCAA Division I baketball champ Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko
  • The first American to win a medal in the Men’s Single Luge event, Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson
  • Olympic Snowboarder Jamie Anderson and Artem Chigvintsev
  • Olympic Softball player Jennie Finch Daigle and Keo Motsepe
  • Major League Baseball player Johnny Damon and Emma Slater
  • NFL cornerback Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess
  • Six-time NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold
  • Olympic Ice Skater Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten
  • Former Olympic Ice Skater and Boxer Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber

Dancing With the Stars: Athletes premieres on Monday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.


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