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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 June 9

The movie "Cars" was released in theaters on June 9, 2006.
Pixar’s ‘Cars’ is Released in Theaters
The last independent Pixar movie (before the company was purchased by Disney) was Cars which was released in theaters on this day in 2006. Director John Lasseter also wrote the script as a loving tribute to Route 66 and all its small towns and oddities. The story revolves around a world of anthropomorphic cars featuring race car Lightning McQueen who finds himself in the small town of Radiator Springs as a fish out of water. The movie premiered on May 26, 2006 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and won an Oscar as well as a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. The movie was popular enough to warrant a sequel, Cars 2, in 2011 (which didn’t fare was well with critics) and a second, Cars 3, to be released on June 16, 2017. The franchise also got its own “land” at Disney’s California Adventure theme park which proved to give the park a much needed boost in attendance.


Bishop T.D. Jakes was born on June 9, 1957.

T. D. Jakes is Born

On this day in 1957, little Thomas Dexter Jakes was born and became Bishop T. D. Jakes, one of the most popular African American pastors of all time. His church, The Potter’s House located in Dallas, Texas servers about 30,000 members and services are televised on TBN, BET, Daystar, The Word Network and the Miracle Channel. Jakes has written over 30 books, been involved with over eight movies (including 2013’s Black Nativity and 2014’s Heaven is for Real) and he has been married to the same woman, Serita Ann Jamison, since 1981. The big pastor with the big voice looks intimidating in photos, but in person, is one of the nicest guys that you’ll ever meet.

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