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Great White Surge Means Big Bucks for Cape Cod Town

Apparently Chatham tourists are not scared of Jaws

(Newser) - Don’t cue the Jaws theme song just yet. In Chatham, Mass., "cha-ching" is more appropriate. People are flocking to the classy Cape Cod town thanks to an increase in great white shark sightings, and local businesses are making lots of money off the phenomenon, the AP reports. T-shirts,... More »

'Jaws' Leaps Into Research Boat

It takes crew more than an hour to get killer back where he belongs

(Newser) - A great white shark proved a bit too cooperative, and leaped into a boat full of researchers who were luring the killer creatures off South Africa by throwing bait into the water. "Next thing I know I hear a splash, and see a white shark breach out of the... More »

Great White Sighting Won't Close Mass. Beaches

Predator no threat to public safety, officials say

(Newser) - Dun-dun, dun-dun: Massachusetts isn't about to let a measly 200-pound juvenile great white shark close its beaches. The beast was caught and released 20 miles offshore, and "we don’t believe it is a threat to public safety,'' a top environmental official tells the Boston Globe . "White... More »

5 Movie Myths About Guns

For starters, it's hard to blow up a car with one

(Newser) - Hollywood just loves its guns, but it doesn't always get the facts straight. Robert Evans of Cracked.com busts 5 common gun myths:
  • Bullets blow up cars and stuff (Jaws, Casino Royale, Matrix Reloaded): If it were that easy to make flammable things go boom, every car accident "would
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The Best Summer Blockbusters

'Jaws' takes top honors, but some surprises make the list

(Newser) - Summer is all about the beach and blockbusters, and Time Out New York set out on a big mission: To rank the 30 best. It set a few restrictions—films had to hit theaters between May and August, had to gross more than $100 million globally, and couldn't be surprise... More »

10 Movies So Bad They're Good

These film plots are so ridiculous, they deserve props

(Newser) - Some movie plots are so absurd, you have to award credit for achieving a spectacular level of ridiculousness. Based on the title alone, it’s obvious Hot Tub Time Machine (trailer at left) fits into this category. Here are nine more from Olivia Allin of The Frisky :
  • Snakes on a
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Strange Movie Facts, Take 1

Discover lists 20 little-known cinematic tidbits

(Newser) - Did you know film’s been around since 1887? Or that an IMAX projector is so bright, if aimed upward it could be seen from space? Discover lists 20 little-known movie facts:
  • Thomas Edison’s firm made the first motion-picture camera in 1891—but didn’t invent a projector.
  • The
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Sharks Enjoy a Cuddle

(Newser) - British aquarium managers are going to begin training sharks with rewards and even hugs after US scientists have discovered that certain breeds of the toothsome fish enjoy human cuddles, reports the Telegraph. "Zebra sharks will even roll over to have their tummies scratched or allow themselves to be lifted... More »

Spielberg Strikes Huge Universal Deal

Universal Studios to distribute up to 6 films a year

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg is returning to the Hollywood studio where he made his classic blockbusters Jaws and ET.  Spielberg's DreamWorks, backed with $1.4 billion in new financing, has struck a seven-year distribution deal with Universal for as many as six new releases a year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.... More »

'Jaws' Visits Town That Made Him Famous

Beaches close as great white shark spotted (maybe)

(Newser) - Fears of a real-live great white shark gripped the island site of the film Jaws yesterday, closing two beaches amid unconfirmed reports of a sighting, the AP reports. A plane searched the waters around Martha’s Vineyard off Massachusetts but found no sign of such a beast. Great whites are... More »

Jaws Actor Scheider Dead at 75

Oscar nominee appeared in more than 60 films

(Newser) - Actor Roy Scheider, famous for his roles in Jaws, All That Jazz, and The French Connection, died yesterday while being treated for multiple myeloma. He was believed to be 75, though he sometimes gave a different age in interviews, reports the Los Angeles Times. He once predicted that the Jaws ... More »

25 Films Worth Screaming About

The best horror films are clever, sometimes funny, and occasionally very, very scary

(Newser) - You're never too old to go trick or treating. Well, yes you are. So instead of fighting the little ones for the next sugar high, you can check out Time's top 25 scary movies:
  1. Shaun of the Dead, 2004
  2. Red Dragon, 2002
  3. Audition, 1999
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New Yorkers Push 6-Foot Beached Shark Back to Sea

Then they're barred from swimming as 'Jaws' cruises the Rockaways

(Newser) - Never ones to shrink from a challenge, a group of sentimental New Yorkers yesterday pushed a struggling six-foot beached shark back to sea in a "Jaws-dropping" drama off the Rockaways, reports the New York Daily News. "It was freaking out. Its tail was flopping everywhere," said a... More »

Spielberg May Split From Paramount

Angry director could pack up DreamWorks and leave studio

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg is so disillusioned with Paramount Pictures that he may bail on the studio, which less than 2 years ago bought the director's DreamWorks for $1.53 billion. The legend behind Jaws, E.T.,  and Transformers is furious that Paramount takes credit for his movies and mistreats his... More »

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