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17 years ago today, long before we knew the Force would have an awakening in 2015, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace brought new tales of a galaxy far, far away to the big screen for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It was the beginning of a much-maligned prequel trilogy that would give us Jar Jar Binks, midi-chlorians, and a love story for Anakin Skywalker. (And some good things! Don’t forget podracing! And Darth Maul!) Ultimate backlash didn’t stop audiences eager for a new Star Wars movie from turning out in droves, though: Phantom Menace was 1999’s highest grossing film, and all three prequel films ended up earning over $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Revenge of the Sith was also released on the 19th of May. Today marks 11 years since the prequel conclusion hit theaters worldwide, after premiering at – believe it or not – the Cannes Film Festival. »
- Emily Rome
Centering around Mrs. Claus in the build-up to the festive season, Riggi’s original story reportedly centers on Santa’s significant other, as she juggles life, marriage and keeping check on who’s been naughty or nice. Perhaps best known for his work on NBC’s hit comedy sitcom 30 Rock, Riggi has been nominated for the Writers Guild award, all the while picking up an Emmy.
Even on paper, combining the producing talents that helped shepherd Pitch Perfect into a global phenomenon – particularly Banks, who helmed the musical sequel – and the scribe that contributed to 30 Rock sounds overly promising, and Universal may very well be onto a winner with what will likely be its marquee 2016 holiday release.
Then again, that only leaves time for a quick turnaround »
- Michael Briers
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