There were a lot of photos I could've chosen to represent Star Wars on the film's 30th anniversary of its original release in theaters. Which, in case you haven't noticed, is today. But this pic -- featuring Princess Leia sending a message to Obi-Wan Kenobi through a tin can named R2-D2 in a last ditch effort to save herself and her people -- sparked a series of events which ultimately led to, what some say, is the greatest franchise in movie history. Seeing as I was born 16 days before Star Wars hit theaters, I never had a chance to be part of the hype -- to be among the first to lay eyes upon a film that would change our world forever. Say what you want about where George Lucas took the series in the thirty years since its debut, but you can't argue the fact that this little sci-fi flick had an enormous impact on the lives of so many people.

In celebration of this glorious time in movie history, we here at Cinematical have a number of things to keep you busy. First off, our own Kevin Kelly is on the ground at Celebration IV (that big Star Wars convention in Los Angeles), and he'll be bringing us all kinds of tasty nuggets; including pics, interviews, etc ... throughout the weekend. Apart from that, our friends at Moviefone have compiled a number of similarities between the Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises, as well as a special tribute that asks: Star Wars: Where Are They Now? (Hmm, I think I know what Han Solo is up to ... ) For you fanatics out there, feel free to use this space in any way you see fit. How has Star Wars had an impact on your life? Where were you when the film first arrived in theaters? In your opinion, what would you like to see from this franchise in the future? Remember, stay positive -- last thing you want is to get caught up in this kind of negativity. We're here to party! We're here to celebrate! Happy Birthday Star Wars -- your next drink is on us.