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How fat cats killed off Mickey Mouse

Disney is said to have overpaid for Lucasfilm's Star Wars but the money's not at the box office any more

Walt Disney buying Lucasfilm makes perfect sense for both parties - but for Star Wars fans especially

It is the loyalty of Star Wars fans that Disney has spent big bucks to purchase

Walt Disney president and CEO Bob Iger with George Lucas, right, in Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park

Hollywood's empire strikes back: Disney buys Lucasfilm, maker of Stars Wars, for $4bn

Fans can look forward to Episode 7 in the sci-fi franchise with George Lucas as consultant

Bethesda Softworks opens Battlecry Studios in Austin

Former BioWare producer Rich Vogel to head development at new studio

Now hear this! Your guide to the summer's very best audiobooks

It's an enjoyable marathon for Sue Gaisford as she spends 96 hours listening to the season's finest literary CD releases
Changes in 2002's 20th anniversary DVD release of E.T. were poorly received

A cut above the rest: Steven Spielberg to release original edit of E.T.

Director reverses changes he made for 20th anniversary DVD

Kinect Star Wars – Review

Long has been the wait for a Star Wars experience which fully incorporates those two most coveted of Jedi activities: using the force and swooshing a lightsaber. Alas, the wait goes on.

Ralph McQuarrie: Artist and Oscar-winnner best known for his designs for 'Star Wars'

Ralph McQuarrie designed several futuristic films but is best-known for visualising the landscapes of Star Wars and designing characters including Chewbacca, R2-D2 andC-3PO. It led to more "space" projects but he also worked on other science-fiction and fantasy projects and won an Oscar for Cocoon.

Some of the 'Star Wars' designs by McQuarrie

Ralph McQuarrie: Artist and Oscar-winnner best known for his designs for 'Star Wars'

Ralph McQuarrie designed several futuristic films but is best-known for visualising the landscapes of Star Wars and designing characters including Chewbacca, R2-D2 andC-3PO. It led to more "space" projects but he also worked on other science-fiction and fantasy projects and won an Oscar for Cocoon.

Last night, Steven Spielberg was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Producers Guild of America

Screen test: Take the Spielberg challenge

Test your knowledge in the big IoS quiz

Mega bites: Amanda Hocking sells on average 9,000 e-books a day

Who wants to be a Kindle millionaire?

This week an unknown US author, Amanda Hocking, joins an elite literary club alongside just 11 others – including Stieg Larsson, James Patterson and Nora Roberts – by racking up her millionth Kindle sale. Unknown is, of course, a relative term in this case (no one can shift that many books by remaining anonymous) but Hocking is unusual because she has sold all of her books via Amazon's electronic Kindle reader. Entirely self-published, her first physical book does not reach traditional bookshops until January.

Mega bites: Amanda Hocking sells on average 9,000 e-books a day

Want to be a Kindle millionaire? Write novels about trolls

A self-publishing fantasy writer has become an e-book phenomenon

The science of the trailer

A stunning teaser can make a mediocre film look like a classic, but what are the vital ingredients when making one? David Crookes finds out why a pop song can be just as key as a classy voiceover
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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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