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Star Wars Episode VII production to start early 2014 in London

Star Wars Episode VII production to start early 2014 in London

The upcoming Star Wars film seems to be all set to go, with director JJ Abrams saying that production for the new film will "most likely" begin its preparation stages "at the end of the year." This means that production for Star Wars: Episode VII could officially begin at some point early next year.

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Disney Research Aireal adds real force-feedback to Kinect gaming

Disney Research Aireal adds real force-feedback to Kinect gaming

Next-gen gaming won't be truly immersive until it blows, Disney Research believes, and it has the Kinect accessory to fix that tactile omission. Aireal uses a focused blast of air, fired from a compact cannon designed to sit alongside a sensor-bar like Kinect, to make action on the screen feel all the more realistic; shown off at SIGGRAPH in July, the cannon can track a player around and synchronize with the gameplay.

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Star Wars Rebels cartoon series coming fall 2014

Star Wars Rebels cartoon series coming fall 2014

While we've already heard some details of Disney's future plans with the Star Wars franchise, the company has announced its next Star Wars project, called Star Wars Rebels. It will be a cartoon series that will air on the Disney Channel, and as you'd expect, this show will be aimed at the younger audiences, but we wouldn't be surprised if the older-generation Star Wars fans also enjoyed the show.

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Lucasfilm registers pack of new Star Wars domains

Lucasfilm registers pack of new Star Wars domains

Just a couple days ago, Electronic Arts signed a deal with Disney that would see the video game publisher obtain exclusive rights to the Star Wars video game franchise, which pretty much confirms that new Star Wars titles will be incoming at some point. Today, it has been discovered that Lucasfilm has registered a slew of domain names that are possible ideas for future game installments.

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Electronic Arts obtains exclusive rights to Star Wars games

Electronic Arts obtains exclusive rights to Star Wars games

In a piece of news that informs on the future of Star Wars video games after Disney shut down LucasArts last month, Disney and Electronic Arts have signed a multi-year agreement that will see the game publisher obtain exclusive rights to the Star Wars video game franchise, allowing them to make Star Wars video games from here on out.

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Disney planning new Star Wars films every summer starting in 2015

Disney planning new Star Wars films every summer starting in 2015

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in October and announced Star Wars Episode VII, we knew right away that the long-time franchise was about to be heavily kickstarted, and we were certainly right. Today, Disney announced at CinemaCon that a new Star Wars movie will be released every summer starting in 2015 with Episode VII.

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Former News Corp. president reportedly places $500 million bid for Hulu

Former News Corp. president reportedly places $500 million bid for Hulu

It is no secret that Disney and News Corp. have been looking into selling video-streaming service Hulu, with sources having dropped information over the past weeks about what is happening behind the scenes. Word had it the two companies were, at one point, looking at buying out the other to take control of the service, and then sources said they were entertaining potential buyers. Now individuals who are said to be familiar with the happenings have stated that News Corps.' former president has placed a bid.

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Raven Software releases source code for Jedi Academy and Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast

Raven Software releases source code for Jedi Academy and Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast

When we learned that Disney was purchasing the Star Wars Empire from George Lucas, it was rather bittersweet. Lucas hasn't had the best track record with adding new films to the Star Wars franchise. We knew that new films will be coming in the Star Wars universe from Disney, but most fans we feared that Disney would ruin the franchise.

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Disney mulling over possibility of Star Wars theme park

Disney mulling over possibility of Star Wars theme park

Remember back in October when Disney bought Lucasfilm for over $4 billion? Disney is looking to put that money to good use, and they've already announced that Star Wars: Episode VII will be making its way to theaters in 2015, but it seems the company is looking to expand the franchise even more by possibly creating a Star Wars-themed park at one of the company's Disney parks.

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Hulu announces Andy Forssell as acting CEO

Hulu announces Andy Forssell as acting CEO

We've known for quite some time now that Hulu's CEO Jason Kilar will be leaving the company, a tidbit of information that first showed up in Variety back in August 2012. Since then, more information about the departure has been revealed, but one piece of the puzzle has been missing: who will replace him. That mystery ended today with a letter posted by Kilar on Hulu's blog.

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News Corp. and Disney allegedly in talks over the future of Hulu

News Corp. and Disney allegedly in talks over the future of Hulu

According to sources, News Corp. and Disney are in talks about one of the companies possibly buying out the other to take control of Hulu, with NBC remaining the minority in the matter. Both Disney and News Corp. own about a third of Hulu each, and both are said to differ on how they feel the company should be monetized. Says the sources, these talks are in the beginning stages.

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Standalone Star Wars films planned by Disney

Standalone Star Wars films planned by Disney

Like many Star Wars fans, I'm simultaneously excited and filled with dread at the thought of more Star Wars films coming now that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm. I'm excited that new movies are coming, but I'm worried the movies might not fit with expectations. An story is making the rounds that Disney is developing standalone Star Wars films based around individual characters.

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