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15 ‘Star Wars’ Facts You Might Not Know About ‘Return of the Jedi’

Jurassic World recently set the record for the biggest opening weekend at the box office with $209 million. But, did you know that Return of the Jedi once held that record in 1983 with just $23 million. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which looks at the finale of the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi!

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Disney Didn’t Use Any of George Lucas’ Ideas for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

When Disney bought George Lucas’ company, they got more than the buildings, computers, droids, and the ‘Star Wars’ intellectual property. They also got George Lucas’ unused ideas for future ‘Star Wars’ movies. Though Lucas had insisted for years that ‘Revenge of the Sith’ was his final ‘Star Wars’ film, that didn’t stop him from brainstorming a few other potential stories that could be set after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’ (and, I assume, mostly involve Jar-Jar Binks wandering the universe and getting into “hilarious” misadventures).

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George Lucas Wanted to Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Himself

Last month, George Lucas was asked if he had seen the ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ trailer, and what his reaction was. He said he hadn’t watched the ‘Force Awakens’ trailer, had no plans to and was “not really” interested in the movie. We made him sad, we wrote at the time. But, maybe it wasn’t us that made him sad. While out promoting his new animated movie ‘Strange Magic’, Lucas reveals that he himself wanted to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’.

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Test Your ‘Star Wars’ Knowledge With These ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Facts

Did you know that in 'Empire Strikes Back' they used potatoes to stand-in for asteroids? Or, that Sir Alec Guinness was paid millions of dollars for five hours of work as Obi-Wan Kenobi? Well, now you can test your 'Star Wars' knowledge with the latest entry in our video series "You Think You Know Movies?"

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‘Strange Magic’ Trailer: George Lucas’ Crazy Animated Fairy Tale

The trailer for ‘Strange Magic’ boasts that the film comes “from the mind of George Lucas.” That great big brain has dreamed up some of the greatest movies of all time. But it’s also produced its fair share of clunkers as well. (Apologies, ‘Radioland Murders’ devotees.) It’s unfair to write off a movie based on a 150-second trailer, but so far, ‘Strange Magic’ looks a lot closer to the latter than the former. Whoa, this looks insane.

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‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ — George Lucas Says “I Have Not Spoken to J.J. Abrams”

When George Lucas handed the reins of 'Star Wars' over to Disney, it was understood that the man behind the most popular science fiction universe of all time would only be involved in 'Star Wars: Episode 7' in a limited capacity. However, we didn't realize just how limited it was! Lucas recently spoke out about his involvement in 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and revealed that he hasn't spoken to director J.J. Abrams. Like, at all.

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Unused ‘Star Wars’ Script From George Lucas to Be Adapted Into New Comic Series

It's the kind of thing that sounds like an April Fool's Day prank, but for 'Star Wars' fans it will be an exploration of one of the greatest "What if?" scenarios of all time. Dark Horse Comics has announced that it is adapting George Lucas' original 'Star Wars' treatment into a comic miniseries. Sure, 'Star Wars' comics are nothing new, but Lucas' original ideas were so radically and wildly different than the finished films that this should prove fascinating and utterly unique.

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‘Star Wars Episode 7′: Lucas Says The Original Cast Is Officially Signed

Are they in or aren't they? That's the biggest question revolving around 'Star Wars: Episode 7' at the moment: is the original cast actually returning? We've heard "confirmations" from various sources, but there's still a large question mark hovering over the matter.

Today we might be a little closer to a definitive answer on the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' cast, coming straight from George Lucas himself.

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George Lucas’ Daughter Amanda Uses The Force – In The MMA Ring

It seems George Lucas knows another princess who's good in a scrap besides Leia - his daughter. Amanda Lucas fights not with a light saber or blaster, but with her hands and feet. Amanda is one of the premiere fighters in the mixed martial arts group DEEP.

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‘Star Wars’: How George Lucas Gave Lucasfilm to Kathleen Kennedy

It's not really 'Star Wars: Episode VII' news, but this interview with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy may help shed some light on why Lucas retired and how Kennedy stepped in to replace him.

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