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To commemorate the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi" (May 25th), we are celebrating all things Ewok. For those readers new to the "Star Wars" universe, the Ewoks are tiny tree-dwelling creatures who assist in the film's climactic battle between the good guys (the Rebel Alliance) and bad guys (the Empire) — on the good side, of course.

As a part of our celebration, the folks at Next Movie put together a handy infographic that can function as your quick guide to Ewoks.

Check it out after the jump!

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A new book, "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" by J.W. Rinzler, is hitting shelves just in time for the 30th anniversary of "Episode VI," and in the lead-up to the book's release, the Huffington Post has posted a fascinating excerpt.

The passage comes from a transcript taken from a 1981 story meeting held by George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand and producer Howard Kazanjian. During the conversation, Lucas fills in the backstory of Darth Vader in order to help the rest of the team craft an appropriate ending for the fallen Jedi.

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David CronenbergIf imagining what type of "Star Wars" film David Lynch would have made if given the chance somewhat boggles the mind, trying to imagine that same film in the hands of mad scientist David Cronenberg makes my head positively explode, "Scanners"-style.

"There was a time when I was asked to do the third 'Star Wars' movie. It was at least inquired," Cronenberg told our very own Kurt Loder last week while making the rounds for his new film, "Eastern Promises." "Then it was called 'Revenge of the Jedi.'"

Can you imagine what some of those creatures in Jabba's Palace would have looked like with Cronenberg behind the lens? We'll never know, of course, but to hear Cronenberg tell it, his participation never really got that far anyway. Actually, it was kind of dead from the very beginning.

"I got a phone call. I was in my kitchen and it was one of the producers. He said, 'What would you think of doing 'Star Wars'?" Cronenberg explained. "I said, 'Well, I don't usually do other people's material.' And then there was a kind of click. I wasn't enthusiastic enough obviously. I didn't get a chance to think about whether it was a good idea or not. I blew it right away.'" (See Cronenberg describe the story in the video after the jump). Read More...

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