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Disney-Lucasfilm: Now it's a $4 billion done deal

George Lucas meets a group of
George Lucas meets a group of "Star Wars"-inspired Disney characters. Federal regulators just approved the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm.
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The U.S.  government has given its OK to the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm for just over $4 billion.

Disney can now move forward with its plan to release "Episode VII" of the "Star Wars" saga, bring Star Wars characters into theme parks in a bigger way, and merchandise the heck out of Luke, Darth, Yoda, Boba, Chewie, Han, and the rest of the spacefaring gang.

Disney announced the acquisition in late October. For CEO Bob Iger, it completes a suite of deals, beginning with the $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar in 2006 and the $4 billion price for Marvel in 2009. 

Evidently, federal regulators don't believe, as many "Star Wars" fans seem to, that Disney will screw up one of the most lucrative and iconic franchises in all of entertainment.

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