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George Lucas speaks on Star Wars Episode 7 and Disney deal

George Lucas speaks on Star Wars Episode 7 and Disney deal

What a day for Star Wars fans - not only was it revealed that Disney had purchased LucasFilm Limited, but we also found out that Star Wars Episode VII is currently in the works for release in 2015. Those are both major announcements, especially the one about Episode VII since George Lucas said constantly that he was done making movies in the series after Episode III was released. It turns out that he was telling the truth, as he won't be making Star Wars Episode VII, instead only acting as a consultant.

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Star Wars Episode 7 scheduled for 2015: yes, really!

Star Wars Episode 7 scheduled for 2015: yes, really!

George Lucas has taken the opportunity here in his lifetime to make a deal with Disney this week to sell his company Lucasfilm and all rights to the Star Wars empire, this ushering in news that nearly as large: a new Star Wars movie will appear in 2015! The Lucasfilm company is being transferred to Disney for an agreement in cash and stocks for $4.05 billion USD, a number strikingly similar to the total amount of cash the Star Wars franchise has earned in box office cash to date: $4.4 billion. Don't get those two numbers mixed up - meanwhile, get pumped up for Star Wars Episode 7 in less than three years!

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Hulu CEO reportedly on the way out

Hulu CEO reportedly on the way out

Hulu might be going through some big changes within the next month, Variety reports. According to an uncovered internal memo, Hulu may find itself without a CEO at some point September, and the company may end up with less content to offer its viewers. If all of this is true, it could potentially change the streaming service as we know it.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 17, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 17, 2012

Friday has come and gone, which means that the weekend is here once again. The latest iPhone 5 rumors have propelled Apple's stock to its highest point ever, and it turns out the company's funds will go toward helping tap a recently-discovered underground river in Crook County, Oregon. Earlier today we saw a picture of what was reported to be the Samsung Galaxy Note II, but later on in the day Daniel YU informed everyone that it was just his mock-up used without his permission. That's disappointing, but his mock-up looks great, so be sure to check that out.

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Spector rallies fan support for Epic Mickey on 360, PS3

Spector rallies fan support for Epic Mickey on 360, PS3

Epic Mickey 2, as many of you already know, will be releasing on the Xbox 360 and PS3. That wasn't the case for the original Epic Mickey, which was exclusive to the Nintendo Wii. Now that we know Epic Mickey 2 is coming to HD consoles, fans are wondering if developer Junction Point will bring the original to Xbox 360 and PS3. Apparently studio boss Warren Spector wants it to happen, but he needs your help.

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Disney creates Botanicus Interacticus multi-touch plants

Disney creates Botanicus Interacticus multi-touch plants

The last thing in the world I would've ever believed could be turned into a touch sensor would be a plant. However, that is exactly what Disney's Pittsburgh research center has done in a project called Botanicus Interacticus. I can only imagine a full-size attraction at Disneyland or Disneyworld packed with touch sensitive plants.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 13, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 13, 2012

This morning we certainly must be ramping up for something gigantic, because it's all about services, law, and a live stream recovery of a skeleton. Start your day off right with just that, archeology, the most interesting of the dirt-digging sciences. The FBI is speaking with ZTE about some surveillance equipment deals with Iran. Disney has shown SDCC fans the first Lone Ranger trailer - but you can't see it yet!

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Nintendo’s latest hire is Disney video game exec

Nintendo’s latest hire is Disney video game exec

Nintendo has added a new member to its team, a man who held a leading position at Disney's video game department. Are you asking, "So what?" right now. You should be. Companies hire new people all the time, but what's interesting about this situation is what Duncan Orrell-Jones is expected to bring to the table. He will be heading up the "development and evolution" of Nintendo's digital strategy.

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Disney’s John Carter epitomizes Redbox, Netflix quagmire

Disney’s John Carter epitomizes Redbox, Netflix quagmire

There's a growing problem among discount video services like Redbox and Netflix - the lack of availability of blockbuster new releases. Disney recently joined fellow studios like 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros in delaying its movies to the rental services. The thought process here is that studios can make more money on actual DVD and Blu-ray sales to consumers.

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