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'Phantom Menace' Is "Worst Sequel Ever"

27 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace has been voted the worst movie sequel of all time in a poll by American TV network E!. The highly anticipated 1999 prequel beat off fierce competition from the likes of Batman & Robin, Speed 2: Cruise Control and Jaws: The Revenge, to be crowned king of disappointing follow-ups. The Phantom Menace - made over 15 years after George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy - starred Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor alongside a cast of computer-generated creatures. Jeff Reid of E! says, "Liam Neeson gave the old Jedi a try, but Ewan McGregor looked like he was still in Trainspotting. And the convoluted storyline didn't help. If there's one sure thing about Hollywood and sequels, it's that no matter how bad a movie is, it can always be re-made worse. In Tinseltown, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery - it's an established path to commercial success. But all-too-often, part deux is really part doo-doo." »

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McGregor Launches Tribeca Film Festival

8 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars hunk Ewan McGregor and pop supremo Bono have launched this year's Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The duo were joined by festival creator Robert De Niro in downtown Manhattan for the event Tuesday. During the next nine days the festival will screen over 200 feature films, shorts, documentaries and host a free concert starring Norah Jones and Robbie Williams. Bono expressed his admiration for the city - which is still feeling the effects of September 11 - which he fell in love with after watching movies set there. He says, "It was the cultural power of New York city that turned an Irishman like me living a long way away in Dublin into a fan." »

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Fox's German video distribution chief resigns

14 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

COLOGNE -- Bernd Lueckel will resign as head of distribution at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Germany at the end of this month, TCFHE said Thursday. Although the decision was expected, Fox and Lueckel declined to comment on the reasons for his departure. No replacement has yet been named. Since joining Fox's German video operations from German music label bellaphon in 1999, Lueckel has overseen the local release of such top titles as Dr. Dolittle, Ice Age, There's Something About Mary, Fight Club and the last two Star Wars films. He was also responsible for the VHS/DVD release of product from Fox's television library including The Simpsons, Ally McBeal and X Files, all of which have been major home entertainment hits here. Fox has got off to a strong start so far this year with the successful video release of Road to Perdition, Windtalkers and "Ali" in the German market. Lueckel's last release for Fox will be Minority Report, which goes to stores March 22. »

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