The Los Angeles Times has the big news:
Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a surprise deal that gives the media giant control of the "Star Wars" franchise....
Along with the purchase, Disney announced that it plans to release a seventh live-action "Star Wars" movie in 2015.
In addition to "Star Wars," Disney's purchase of San Francisco-based Lucasfilm will give it ownership of special-effects company Industrial Light & Magic, sound company Skywalker Sound and video game publisher LucasArts.
When George Lucas announced his retirement in June, he named Kathleen Kennedy as his successor. Kennedy will now be president of the Lucasfilm unit of Disney, reporting to WDS chairman Alan Horn.