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 June 11

ET flew into theaters on June 11, 1982.

E.T. Takes Flight

It is said that Steven Spielberg drew from his own childhood as a lonely child of divorce for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial which was released on this day in 1982. This was Spielberg’s second film about aliens and a decidedly friendlier version than in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. During that year, TIME magazine included the character in its list of nominees for Man-of-the-Year. The film was nominated for nine Oscars at the 1983 Academy Awards and won four. After an initial re-release in theaters in 1985, ET was re-released again in 2002, but with some changes. The new cut featured scenes that were not included in the original film and improved special effects. The most notable was the removal of guns federal agents which were replaced with walkie talkies.

American Idol

American Idol Airs for the First Time

The reality TV music competition show, American Idol, began its 15-year run on this day on FOX on this day in 2002. Based on the British series, Pop Idol, American Idol was an instant hit and a ratings giant for FOX. Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman hosted the first season of the show, but Dunkleman never appeared again until the show’s finale on April 7, 2016. The original judges for the show consisted on Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. Throughout the years, different judges would come and go including Ellen DeGeneres, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., Kara DioGuardi, Steven Tyler, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. The show’s winners list includes: Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, and Trent Harmon. The show wasn't off the air very long before ABC picked it up and aired the first of the new in early 2018 and for now, American Idol lives on.

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