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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…

A New ‘American Idol’ Has Made History

Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe
American Idol finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe (ABC)

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It may not be a fair assessment, but last night it appeared as if ABC couldn’t push the Dancing with the Stars: Athletes out the door fast enough in order to get the American Idol finale party started which began with Judge Lionel Richie singing his iconic song, “All Night Long” with this season’s ten finalists.

The two-hour finale featured numerous musical performances before crowning this season’s winner. This season’s two finalists, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Maddie Poppe held hands as they sang “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” before it was revealed who this season’s winner was.


2018 American Idol winner and Ryan Seacrest
2018 American Idol winner Maddie Poppe
and host Ryan Seacrest (ABC)
Throughout the night, special guests sang with the Final Ten including Darius Rucker who sang his song “Wagon Wheel” with Hutchinson and Kermit the Frog who sang “Rainbow Connection” with Poppe. Other performances included Bebe Rexha singing “Meant to Be,” Gary Clark singing “Bright Lights” with Dennis Lorenzo and Cade Foehner, Katy Perry singing “Part of Me” with Catie Turner and LeAnn Rimes singing “Blue” with Layla Spring and Dyxie Spring.

Luke Bryan sang “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” and later sang “Most People Are Good” with Gabby Barrett. Nick Jonas and Mustard sang “Anywhere” and later Jonas also sang “Jealous” with Jurnee. Patti LaBelle appeared with Ada singing “Lady Marmalade” and finally, Yolanda Adams sang “What the World Needs Now” with Michael J. Woodard.

In the end, it was Maddie Poppe who won this year’s American Idol competition and finished out the night with her new single, “Landslide.”


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