franklyHANK: Star Wars, E.T. and royal news

Director JJ Abrams is back! Abrams has been tapped to co-write and direct "Star Wars" Episode IX after Colin Trevorrow ("Jurassic World") bowed out due to creative differences. Abrams previously directed Episode VII, "The Force Awakens." With Abrams taking over later than planned, Episode IX has been pushed from a May 2019 release date to December 2019, switching places with Disney's live-action version of "Aladdin" starring Will Smith as the Genie.

"E.T." Phones Home Again
"E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial" is coming back to theaters to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Yes, 35 years! Sept 17 and 20 only at select theaters throughout Chicagoland. Visit for details.

Meghan Meets The Queen
US Magazine reports exclusively that Prince Harry's girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has finally met The Queen. The visit took place earlier this month at The Queen's Balmoral summer estate. It was said to go very well. Rumor has it that Prince Harry plans to ask Ms. Markle to marry him sometime soon. The Queen's blessing was needed to move forward. Markle is an American, born in Los Angeles, and would be the first American to marry into the Royal Family.