NoFest – JAWS Fans Recreate Beach Party Scene

In 2006, a group of JAWS fans returned to Amity (Martha’s Vineyard) for another celebration of JAWS. There wasn’t an official JAWSFest in 2006, so the gathering was dubbed “NoFest” instead. One of the
things we did was try to recreate the opening beach scene from JAWS. Photo taken and photoshopping done by Erik Hollander (click for full size version):

JAWS Cards – Just Like Topps!

JAWS fan Erik Hollander always wished there were Topps-style bubblegum trading cards for JAWS, and since there weren’t, he decided to create a set.  Check it out!

Jaws: The Revenge Review [Jabootu’s Bad Movie Dimension]

If you keep slogging through life’s more unpleasant tasks, you’ll eventually see them through. This is a lesson I have recently relearned. I’ve spent the last several years—I’m pretty sure that’s right—reviewing the four movies that constitute the Jaws series. These sojourns have taken me from the Olympian peaks of the initial film to the Stygian depths of, well, this one. I’m just beginning the final leg of that epic journey, but I can see the sun stretching and yawning as its fiery pate edges over the horizon, bringing with it a new day. (Admittedly, I’ll probably spend this new day reviewing a Steven Seagal movie or something.)

Still, I’m not taking our current subject lightly, as it is marked by a rare distinction. The gulf in quality between Jaws and Jaws: The Revenge may well be the widest between any two such films in the entire history of cinema. This is not meant to be a hyperbolic claim. While I’m sure others can suggest competitors for this dubious crown, I’d be willing to defend our featured pair against all comers.

For instance, let’s look to the AFI 100 Best American Films list. Admittedly, that’s hardly a definitive reference, but it’s not a bad place to start. By my count, only the following films on that list have been by followed by sequels: The Godfather (#3), Star Wars (#15), Psycho (#18), 2001: A Space Odyssey (#22), The Godfather Part II (#32, just to be safe), King Kong (#43), Jaws (#48), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (#50, and technically, it was a prequel), All Quiet on the Western Front (#54), Raiders of the Lost Ark (#60), The Silence of the Lambs (#65), The French Connection (#70), American Graffiti (#77), Rocky (#78) and Frankenstein (#87). (Actually, Bride of Frankenstein should have made the AFI roster instead, but what are you to do?)

Among the cited pictures, and not counting TV movie follow-ups (sorry, Psycho), only one film has a sequel within shouting distance of Jaws: The Revenge. That sorry cinematic progeny would be Rocky IV. I can actually see a reasonable debate over which one of the respective offspring was worse. I myself would still go with Jaws: The Revenge, but I could respect somebody arguing for Stallone’s Folly.

However, even putting that issue aside, I’m still going with Jaws: The Revenge as being the most unworthy follow-up. This is because I remain unconvinced that Rocky deserves to be called one of the 100 Best American Films. It’s certainly a memorable picture, but among the best hundred ever? In contrast, I fully believe Jaws to be worthy of that designation. Therefore, I maintain that the greatest gulf lies between Spielberg’s film and this one.

Jaws: The Revenge—they stopped numbering the entries at this point, despite it being a direct sequel to the initial two films—remains most famous for two points:

1. It’s the movie with the Roaring Shark.
2. It’s the one where the Shark is out for, well, revenge.

Read more at Jabootu’s JAWS The Revenge Review …

JAWS 2 Begat JAWS The Revenge [Shark in a Bottle]

The concept of a rather large great white shark (or any shark) out seeking revenge against the people that killed one of his own was not “born” with 1987’s “Jaws the Revenge”. This rather unique idea was introduced in the first sequel to the classic “Jaws”, 1978’s “Jaws 2”.

In “Jaws 2”, the town of Amity is once again terrorized by a large great white shark. This time the shark is responsible for killing two divers, a water skier and the woman that was piloting the water ski boat. Chief Martin Brody is the only person that thinks there is another shark problem. Everyone else on the island, including Ellen his wife and Mayor Vaughn, think he is crazy and overreacting.

When a good looking group of teens find a dead orca whale washed up on the beach, they call Chief Brody. Brody calls in marine biologist Dr. Elkins (Collin Wilcox) to help him investigate the cause of death. Brody assumes a shark killed the whale and asks Dr. Elkins about the bite radius. For some reason, she seems shocked that he knows what a bite radius is.

Read more on Shark in a Bottle …

2008 on track to break ‘Year of Shark’ record

The morning sun shone off the incoming surf like the reflection of a mirror, giving no hint of what swims beneath the surface.

But New Smyrna Beach resident Tim Baker believes avoiding a potentially painful encounter with a swimming set of teeth can be as simple as paying attention.

“I stay away from bait balls and diving birds,” the 38-year-old wave rider said while watching the rollers lap the shore recently.

And, if conditions aren’t to his liking, “I will go elsewhere.”

Not everyone is as observant or concerned, which might explain some of Volusia County’s 22 shark bites this year, tying the record of 22 shark/human encounters set during 2001’s “Year of the Shark.”

A Tennessee visitor became the 22nd victim of 2008 while swimming Sunday off the beach in Ormond-by-the-Sea.

But, why this year has equaled the record is something no one has been able to quantify.

“There is nothing that corresponds,” Beach Patrol Capt. Scott Petersohn said. “The conditions are no different than in 2000 or 2007.

“There is no rhyme or reason,” he said.

George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, would agree.

If one looks at human population growth, logic would dictate as more people venture into coastal waters, the number of bites would grow annually, but the data does not always support that.

“There are variations,” Burgess said.

Bad weather or the down economy can result in fewer tourists, thus fewer people in the water. There are also conditions affecting sharks. For example changes in ocean conditions or resource management practices that have allowed species like black tips, which frequent Volusia surf zones, to increase in number, may be part of the equation. And while differences arise year to year, a comparison of decade to decade shows the growth rate of bites tends to mirror the growth of human population in a particular area, he said.

“They are all factors that come into play,” Burgess said, adding more people and more sharks increase bite odds. “It is like buying 100 lottery tickets instead of just one.”

Peterson said one commonality he has found between 2001 and 2008 was the higher than normal number of human-shark encounters during the month of April. In 2001, 10 people were bitten between April 5 and April 28 — three on April 12 alone. This year, six people were attacked between April 3 and 28. Most years, he said, April sees only two or three interactions.

But he can only speculate on the cause.

“Maybe the baitfish came in early,” he said. “Or the surf may have been good in April.

One obvious difference between 2001 and 2008 has been the news coverage generated by such attacks. Seven years ago, national media lined the beaches in a feeding frenzy of activity, particularly after that fateful day in April. However, this year a story of sharks in Volusia County was on front pages of newspapers worldwide because of a quick-fingered photographer who was able to snap an image of a jumping shark caught in midair amid a group of waterbound surfers.

“That has not dampened business,” said Steve Dennis, executive vice president of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce.

Lake Mary surfer Jason Donaldson, 35, isn’t going to let the possibility of a shark encounter stop him from enjoying the sport he has participated in for the last 15 years.

“The sharks (out here) aren’t big enough to hurt you yet,” he said.

(via News Journal Online)

Spielberg’s DreamWorks Seeking New Backing?

Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks SKG

Late last month, DreamWorks, the boutique movie studio that Mr. Spielberg co-founded in 1994, let it be known that it had found a way to exit its unhappy three-year marriage with Paramount Pictures. Reliance ADA Group, a Mumbai conglomerate, was nearing a deal to give the dream workers $550 million to form a new movie company.

That Mr. Spielberg and his business partner David Geffen had found an investor wasn’t surprising. Mr. Spielberg is a superstar. DreamWorks had made it clear for months — via public comments and private grousing fed into the Hollywood grapevine — that they hated being part of Paramount and were going elsewhere as soon as it was contractually allowed.

But there was still an element of shock: Hollywood could not come up with a rich enough deal for Mr. Spielberg, the most bankable director in the business and a “national treasure”? His last movie alone, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” has sold $743 million in tickets and is still playing in theaters around the world.

For that matter, there wasn’t anybody on Wall Street willing to write a blank check for the guy with “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park” on his résumé?

Read the full story on The New York Times site.

A Much Gorier Death for Quint [YouTube]

More editing fun from YouTube, this clip features and extended, gorier, version of Quint’s death:

Chief Brody vs. Moby Dick [YouTube]

Check out this cleverly edited clip from YouTube, it’s Chief Brody vs. Moby Dick:

Whale Shark in Atlantis Hotel to be Released

Dubai:  A whale shark rescued off the coast of Jebel Ali and placed in the Palm Jumeirah Atlantis hotel aquarium will eventually be tagged and released, Gulf News has learnt.

Atlantis announced the capture of the juvenile whale shark recently which was found in shallow waters, fatigued and disorientated. The 4 metre long whale shark has been placed in the 11 million litre Ambassador Lagoon – one of the biggest aquariums in the world.

Whale Shark

Whale Shark

According to Ibrahim Al Zu’bi, environmental advisor with the Emirates Diving Association, the whale shark will offer great opportunities for learning and awareness but should not be kept in the aquarium long term.

“It should be released as soon as possible. Atlantis have plans to tag it and let it go. Stone structures and ornaments were removed from the aquarium to give it some space. It is a good thing that we have experts now that can handle situations like this,” he said.

Al Zu’bi added that previously the Emirates Environment Association (EDA) received many calls about whale sharks that get disorientated and find their way to the Arabian Gulf.  “Not much is known about whale sharks by the way so this will raise awareness for the fish. It is protected by CITES (Convention for the International Trade of Endangered Species) so the hotel should inform them of the whale shark,” he said.

Due to the high sea temperature and salinity of the water where the whale shark was found, the decision was made to transport the whale shark to Atlantis, The Palm for medical care and observation. A custom-made transport unit with a highly advanced marine life transport system was used to ensure the safety and well-being of the animal.

Since the arrival of the whale shark, the animal has been monitored 24 hours a day, including gathering extensive data apparently on swim patterns, feeding and behaviours.  The Fish Husbandry team is in constant contact with experts in the whale shark community sharing data and behaviours.  The health and well-being of all marine life is the number one priority at Atlantis, the hotel said in a statement.

Alan Leibman, President and Managing Director of Atlantis said, “The whale shark is an animal about which little is known and we hope that we can add to the research and data that is available.  Aquariums and marine habitats have been the key to education about our oceans and the animals that live in them.  Education, conservation and research go hand in hand to benefit all marine life.”

It is unknown how long Atlantis plan to keep the whale shark for.


Frank Mundus, Inspiration for Quint, has died

Frank Mundus

Frank Mundus

From the NY Daily News:

Frank Mundus, the legendary Long Island shark hunter widely credited as the inspiration for the crotchety skipper in “Jaws,” has died in Hawaii. He was 82.

Known as Monster Man, Mundus caught an untold number of sharks in the waters off Montauk since he began fishing there on his boat, the Cricket, in the early 1950s.

“It’s definitely the end of an era,” Mundus’ boat mate for the past four years, Capt. Rick Freda, told the News. “Frank was definitely a legend and he’ll really be missed among all the fishermen.”

The colorful skipper caught a 3,427-pound great white in 1986, breaking the record for the heaviest fish ever caught with a rod and reel.

Mundus also claims to have harpooned a 4,500-pound great white in 1964.

It was that fish, Mundus claimed, that led his friend Peter Benchley to pen the novel “Jaws,” in which a salty shark hunter named Quint is hired to kill a colossal great white. The book was turned into an Oscar-winning movie in 1975.

Among the oddest things Mundus has said he found inside a shark’s stomach were a rabbit and one of his own business cards, which had been tossed in a can of chum.

Mundus, who always wore a shark tooth on a gold chain around his neck, retired to Hawaii in the 1990s but often returned to Montauk to fish.

He was there over the summer and caught 20 sharks in 20 days, Freda said. “He had a smile on his face as he caught the last sharks of his life,” he said.

Mundus died in a Honolulu hospital from complications of a heart attack he suffered at Kona International Airport on Sept. 6, the day he returned from New York, relatives said.

He is survived by his wife, Jenny, and his three daughters; Barbara, Patricia and Tammy.

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