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Figrin

By Ryan Rigley

With Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford all rumored to be reprising their roles (as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo respectively), J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars VII" is quickly shaping up to be the film that fans had hoped "The Phantom Menace" would be. Up until last week, the three "Star Wars" alumni were the only casting rumors out there, but now, thanks to the often-trustworthy Latino Review, the casting floodgates have been opened!

Jonathan Rhys Meyer, who has previously worked with J. J. Abrams on
"Mission: Impossible 3," is reportedly in talks to play an as-of-yet unknown character in the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy. While it's entirely likely that Meyer will be playing a new role tailor-made for the new trilogy, we can't help but wish he was playing one of those memorable minor characters from the original trilogy. Take the Modal Nodes for instance, the band performing at the Mos Eisley Cantina in "A New Hope."

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Dwayne

By Tara Fowler

This weekend sees the sixth (sixth!) installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise hit theaters (and it's not the last — a seventh is set for next summer). The action series received a blast of adrenaline in the form of Dwayne Johnson with 2011's "Fast Five," and "Fast & Furious 6" promises to be just as, well, fast and furious thanks to the big guy's return (and that's saying something, since there are quite a few "big guys" — sorry Vin Diesel!). Here are seven things you may or may not have known about Johnson and his 18-inch biceps below:

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Star Wars

By Ryan Rigley

Seems like we here at MTV News aren't the only ones speculating about what to expect from the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy. Last Wednesday, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, "Star Wars" fans were given the opportunity to give the "Star Trek Into Darkness" director (J. J. Abrams) a few suggestions of their own. Amongst these fans were Lando Calrissian himself (Billy Dee Williams) and the slightly misplaced, but ever-lovable Captain Kirk (William Shatner).

Sadly, most of the "Star Wars" suggestions given to Mr. Abrams were to make Princess Leia hook up with Chewbacca. While this might be...interesting... to see play out on the silver screen, we can't help but think that revisiting some of those memorable minor characters from the original trilogy would make "Star Wars VII" a masterpiece. Take Malakili for example, the heavy-set rancor keeper in the first act of "Return of the Jedi."

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Star Trek

For the spoiler hyper-phobic, you need not worry. As this column is called "Five Reasons to See," it was written with the assumption that anyone reading has not seen it and therefore needs some kind of convincing. If you'd like to learn more about the twists in "Star Trek Into Darkness," we'd recommend checking out this story.

The critical reception for "Star Trek Into Darkness" has been a complex one to say the least. There are the Trekkies, who have largely dismissed it because this isn't the "Star Trek" that they know. Then there's those who say it's mindless fun. That subgroup is then split between those who think that's a compliment and those who don't.

Regardless of which category you think you might fall into, there are good reasons to see "Star Trek Into Darkness," five to be exact.

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Merida

By Amelia Mularz

Disney character Merida from the movie "Brave" got a makeover this week, and loads of parents weren't having it. The animated heroine got all gussied up in preparation for her induction into the Disney Princess Collection (who knew such pomp and circumstance existed?). Disney released a rendering and it became evident that little Merida had received a sassy new look.

Parents complained that she had a deeper neckline, fuller hips, lipstick and voluptuously teased hair. There was even talk of a 'come hither' look. As word spread more and more parents weighed in and agreed that yes, Merida was looking damn fine. Before we could even wipe the drool from our chins, our nation had plummeted into some serious sexy cartoon character terrain.

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Star Trek

By Aaron Pruner

"Star Trek Into Darkness" hits theaters Friday, making it the 12th film in the "Star Trek" movie franchise. With Benedict Cumberbatch filling the "bad guy" shoes here, it seems only fair that we take a look back and rank all of the Star Trek movie villains that have graced the big screen over the past three decades. You're welcome.

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Star Trek

By Tara Fowler

After years of waiting, "Star Trek Into Darkness" has finally hit theaters. The original gang's all there, along with a shady new villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Is this baddie, as is claimed, a generic nobody named John Harrison? Or is he really a certain somebody whose name rhymes with swan? Who can say? But since Cumberbatch the actor will be literally everywhere this year ("August: Osage County," "The Fifth Estate," "The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug" (and look! There he is outside my window), we've put together six fun facts you may not have known about the "Sherlock" star. Go boldly where no man has gone before and read on!

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IG-88

By Ryan Rigley

Last week, "Star Trek Into Darkness" director J.J. Abrams had a few words to say on the status of the upcoming "Star Wars" films. "There are discussions about what would happen later and how to make this thing," explains Abrams in a recent interview with MTV News. "You can't look at it in a binary way. It's obviously part of something much greater. To talk about those off-shoot films, that's something you have to talk about with Kathleen Kennedy."

Clearly, the proposed Yoda, Boba Fett, and Young Han Solo spinoff films all rely quite heavily on the success of "Star Wars VII." But with a release slated for summer 2015, it seems as if the answers to our questions are still pretty far off. Chief among those questions being which characters will be making an appearance in the new "Star Wars" trilogy? Not C-3P0 or R2-D2. I'm talking obscure characters like IG-88; a bounty hunter droid that makes a brief appearance in "The Empire Strikes Back."

Who?
Built on the planet Halowan as a part of Project Phlutdroid, the IG-88 assassin droids were designed by an Imperial officer named Gurdun with the hopes that his new murder machines would bring him wealth and fame. However, as soon as the first IG-88 model (IG-88A) is turned on, it immediately deems itself superior to all organic beings and proceeds to kill all 15 scientists in a matter of seconds.

Quickly conceiving a plan for galactic conquest, IG-88A transfers its memories and sentience programming to the remaining three IG-88 models (IG-88B, IG-88C, IG-88D); effectually creating a hive mind. IG-88B would go on to become the second deadliest bounty hunter in the galaxy (right after Boba Fett) as a means of distracting the organics from IG-88A's true plans for droid superiority.

Why?
Cold, calculating and efficient; the IG-88 assassin droids are truly a force to be reckoned with. They are always thinking of the bigger picture, looking for any way they can to eliminate all forms of organic life from the galaxy. In fact, at one point, IG-88A had plans to upload his consciousness to the hull of the second Death Star which would essentially make the already unstoppable killing machine ten times as powerful and ten times as unstoppable. Luckily for the rest of the galaxy, the Rebel Alliance managed to blow up the second Death Star during the Battle of Endor; mere seconds before IG-88A could complete the uploading process.

How?
After the destruction of the second Death Star, the original IG-88's body is found on the droid factory world of Mechis III and reprogrammed as a less sentient, more traditional assassin droid. That being said, this version of IG-88 could totally make an appearance in "Star Wars VII" as somebody's personal bodyguard. Alternatively, I think it's fairly safe to say that the whole droid uprising storyline could make for one hell of a plot for the next "Star Wars" trilogy. What say you, Mr. Abrams?

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Gatsby

By Tara Fowler

This weekend, Fergie will finally learn the ending to "The Great Gatsby" when Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the famed F. Scott Fitzgerald novel hits theaters, because contrary to the title of her song on the soundtrack, a little partying can kill somebody...or somebodies. While we don't know much about the mysterious Gatsby at the beginning of the film, there's plenty out there on Leonardo DiCaprio.

Here are five facts about the dreamy (ha, "Inception" pun!) actor that you might not have known.

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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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