Star Wars

By Ryan Rigley

With J.J. Abrams out and about promoting the upcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness," snippets of answers pertaining to "Star Wars VII" have finally started to surface. "It's just about approaching it from as authentic a place as possible," states Abrams in a recent interview with BBC. "Not trying to apply what you believe or think, as much as trying to filter everything and get at it from the core of the characters. [It should be] what you deeply want to see, never what you assume the fans might like."

Speaking of characters, perhaps the most prominent question on every "Star Wars" fans' mind is "who will be making an appearance in the newest "Star Wars" trilogy?" Sure, it'd be nice to see Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo again. But what of those other memorable "Star Wars" characters? Take Admiral Ackbar for instance; the Mon Calamari fleet leader who keenly deduced that the Battle of Endor was a trap for the Rebel Alliance.

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Star Trek

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is a mere two week away from revealing all of its secrets to us, but since we still have some time to wait before see where the next adventure of the Starship Enterprise crew takes them, we have an exclusive to help make the waiting a little easier.

Tomorrow, May 7, the official "Star Trek" magazine publishes its special movie edition, complete with an interview with "Into Darkness" co-writer Damon Lindelof. We have exclusive excerpt from that interview, which you can check out after the jump!

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When you're making a comedy, at least one you hope to make people laugh at, things are bound to get a little silly on set. Jason Bateman found that out the hard way while making the hit comedy "Identity Thief" with his co-star Melissa McCarthy.

In the lead-up to "Identity Thief" hitting Blu-ray and DVD on June 4, we have an exclusive look at one of the special features from the disc that looks at how Bateman dealt with the moments on set that had him laughing too hard.

As he explains in a featurette called "Scene Stealing: Capturing the Humor of Identity Thief," Bateman had to pinch the insides of his thighs in order to stop himself from laughing during a take. The result were two very raw legs and a handful of successful shots.

"Identity Thief" will be available on home video on June 4.

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FROM MTV NEWS

"Now You See Me," the magic thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, and Woody Harrelson, tells the story of a world-famous team of magicians who use their various illusionary abilities to pull off fantastical heist. A few months ago, MTV News' Josh Horowitz got a chance to speak with the cast and take a look at some of the magic going on behind the scenes.

As Fisher tells it, after performing so many tricks for the film, some of the cast, like Eisenberg, started to pick up some of the magic. "I've always been attracted to magic," Fisher said. "It keeps a part of your childish optimism alive to see someone do something like that. And actually Jesse [Eisenberg] has gotten really good. He can actually do genuine magic now, and so can some of the other cast."

"Now You See Me" opens in theaters on May 31.

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Iron Man

After spending a week cleaning up at the foreign box office, Iron Man turned his sights to his home country, the good old U.S. of A., and once here, the latest Marvel movie continued to break records.

"Iron Man 3" kicked off its domestic release to the tune of $175 million, good enough for the #2 opening weekend of all time. Marvel Studios now holds the top two spots. "The Avengers" still holds the record with $207 million.

The total for the third standalone Iron Man movie now sits at $608 million, which already makes it the second biggest Marvel movie of all time, ahead of "Iron Man2," which made a total of $623.9 million during its entire theatrical run.

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FROM NEXT MOVIE

Now that "Iron Man 3" is kicking off the summer movie season today, we have a few glorious months ahead of us filled with explosions and beautiful people. But what if those beautiful people swapped faces? Would they still be beautiful then?

That's the intriguing question at the heart of Next Movie's latest horrific creation. The good folks over there have taken stills from the summer's biggest movies, featuring some of Hollywood's biggest names, and face swapped them. The results vary from hilarious to nightmare fuel.

Take a look by clicking here or the link above. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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FROM MTV NEWS

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is without a doubt one of the most hotly anticipated movies of the summer season, and fans have been clamoring for more from J.J. Abrams and the crew of the Starship Enterprise since the 2009 reboot. If you count yourself among them, we've got some good news for you.

This coming Wednesday (May 8), Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch and director J.J. Abrams will bring you a brand new clip from "Star Trek Into Darkness" on MTV at 7:56 p.m. ET. They'll also sit down for an exclusive 30-minute interview with MTV News' Josh Horowitz immediately after on MTV.com.

That's the part where you come in. Abrams and the cast will be taking questions from fans. You can submit your question by tweeting @MTVNews with the hashtag #MTVFirst or #AskStarTrek. Get your questions in now to make sure they're picked!

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Robert Downey Jr

By Tara Fowler

How do you tell that summer is nigh? A new RDJ movie is on the way. In honor of the third entry in the Iron Man franchise (and hopefully not the last), here are six fun facts about Hollywood's greatest comeback kid. Please note that if I could have listed "he's awesome" for each and every one of these entries, I would have, but that a) would not have been especially professional and b) is hardly something you don't already know about him. Read on!

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FROM MTV GEEK

We don't mean to alarm you, but this Saturday, May 4, is "Star Wars Day," and if you don't already have plans for the best day in the galaxy, you better start thinking up some intergalactic activities to make this the best May the 4th ever!

The folks over at Galactic Living TV (via MTV Geek) have put together this helpful tips video to give you a better of how to put together a "Star Wars Day" party.

If you already have plans for May the 4th, let us know. Tweet at us, using the hashtag #MAYTHE4THBEWITHYOU, to tell us what you have going on this Saturday.

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By Eddie Wright

Well that was easy.

Zach Braff's Kickstarter campaign for his "Garden State" follow-up "I Wish I Were Here" has cruised past its goal of $2 million after less than a week. Braff took to Twitter to thank his supporters saying, "Dear Fans, I cannot believe your unbelievable support for WIWH. I wish I could hug each and every one of you."

Braff's Kickstarter follows in the wake of the smash "Veronica Mars" movie campaign which pulled in $5,702,153 from 91,585 backers. It was the fastest project to reach $1 million (4 hours), the fastest project to reach $2 million (11 hours), the all-time highest funded film project on Kickstarter, and the most backers ever. "I Wish I Were Here" isn't quite the rousing record-breaker that "Mars" was, but it's easily cleared its goal and is officially in smooth-sailing territory.

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