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Despite the worst kind of pre-release buzz that a tentpole has seen in a long way, "World War Z" did not burst into flames upon its release earlier this year. In fact, it remains one of 2013's biggest hits to date.

The film's success wasn't a surprise to anyone who actually saw the film, which got the benefit of a new ending from Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard.

Now for the Blu-ray release of the film, MTV News spoke with director Marc Forster about the film's success and what it was like to sit through all that bad press.

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"How I Live Now," a film that just premiered at TIFF starring Saoirse Ronan, may be about a third world war breaking out, but it's a love story at its heart. As a 19-year-old actress, Ronan is finding herself in more and more adult situations on screen, and "How I Live Now" was the actress' first experience filming a sex scene.

When MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with Ronan at TIFF, she recalled what it was like to go through a scene like that for the first time.

"I actually wasn't nervous about it," Ronan said. "It was always written in the script, and there needed to be a sex scene in this film. They needed to consummate their love, I think, in order for us to really feel the heartbreak when they're separated because obviously, it becomes a lot more intense after."

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It's a geek rivalry that has gone back generations. "Star Wars" or "Star Trek"? Even in this day and age, the question can still divide a crowd, even one a seemingly one-sided as the folks that showed up to the "Star Trek Into Darkness" Blu-ray event.

MTV News headed out to the red carpet to see which franchise would come out on top when pitted against each other. Cast members from "Star Trek Into Darkness" get to decide who would come out on top in a fight. Ewoks or Klingons? Vader of Khan?

Watch the video above to see who is victorious, and catch "Star Trek Into Darkness" on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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Everyone knows that Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, best known for "Reno 911," know funny when they see it, and now thanks to their first feature film as directors, "Hell Baby," they know a thing or two about scary.

So now that they're familiar with both genres, we figured we would get their input on which scary movies were the funniest. Freddy tells more jokes than Jason, but is he trying too hard? What is it about "The Poltergeist" makes it so much funnier than "The Exorcist"? (Hint: It involves lots of off-screen tragedy.)

See what Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant have to say about these scary movies and more in the clip above!

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Hopes are high for Matt Reeves' "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Its predecessor was a rare exception to the typical, emotionally deaf summer blockbuster that we often sit through, and now people expect the same when Andy Serkis returns as Caesar with Jason Clarke as his new main point of human contact.

They're also joined by Keri Russell, who recently stopped by MTV News to talk about her movie "Austenland" and her work on in the ape-ruled future.

"I think it's going to be really great," she told MTV News' Josh Horowitz. "I love the combination of Matt, such an imaginative and sensitive filmmaker, doing a big summer movie like this for Fox because it will really have a sense of story, which a lot of the big summer movies don't follow too much. It will really have sentiment and emotion to it and intimacy. I think that is what Matt's strength is."

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If you've been following that latest works of Kevin Smith, you know that he recently finished the script for "Clerks 3," but he is now waiting for the green light on that project. As he told MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con, that holding pattern doesn't agree with him and his work flow. That's why he decided to do something big with the waiting period.

"So I'm back in this weird period where I've hurried up, like 'Oh my God. It's all there. It's right there.' And you submit it, and now you have to wait there for somebody to say 'yes' or 'no,' " Smith told us. "I'm back to a gatekeeper place, which I can't stand, so rather than sit there and stare at the phone and wait for it to ring. I decided to start writing something else. I started writing this movie called 'Tusk.' "

"Tusk" began its life as a post of Gumtree, a UK-based Craigslist of sorts that finds people housing. A listening on the site went viral and wowed Smith, who recalled the post for us.

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If you take a look at "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" without knowing anything about Cassandra Clare's beloved series, you might confuse it for "just another" YA series. It's got a young female heroine that gets entwined in a supernatural love triangle.

But that doesn't take the specific of Clary, the hero of "Mortal Instruments" in to account. As MTV News learned when speaking with the actress who plays her, Lily Collins, there's more to Clary than haters might think.

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In the last few years, Rooney Mara has quietly racked up films made by a string of A-list directors like David Fincher, Terrence Malick, and Steven Soderbergh, but her latest film, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" with Casey Affleck, comes from a relatively unknown director, but one that's adored on the awards circuit, David Lowery.

When Josh Horowitz spoke with Mara, she recalled being struck by Lowery's screenplay, which tells the story of a husband who aims to reunite with his wife and child after escaping from prison.

"I can't remember exactly the timeline, but I think this movie was the first thing that I signed on to do after doing 'Dragon Tattoo.' It wasn't the first thing I made after 'Dragon Tattoo,' but it was the first thing I committed to," she said. "I just loved the script so much. David is a phenomenal writer. When I met with him in person, I could just tell he was special and he knew what movie he wanted to make. He has a very special voice. I just knew I wanted to be a part of it."

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On YouTube yesterday, a video went viral that bases its core concept on a "What if" question that most geeks have pondered for a decade.

What if "Star Wars: Episode II" was good, like really good?

This is the second time that Michael Barryte of Belated Media has asked such a question of the "Star Wars" fan community. His first "What if" took on the much-maligned "Episode I" and cast Barryte in the role of a story executive at 20th Century Fox when George Lucas was developing his prequels. Over the course of 12 minutes, Barryte tweaked, snipped, and rearranged moments from "Episode I," turning it into an Obi-Wan Kenobi-centric film with an older Anakin, no Jar Jar Binks to speak of, and a version of the beloved Darth Maul that doesn't die too soon.

Barryte's version of "The Phantom Menace," which emphasized character moments and development and thematic parallels to the original trilogy as opposed to clunky fan service, quickly became an internet sensation and even won over geek royalty like Patton Oswalt, who also happens to be one of Hollywood's most successful script doctors.

In the year and a half since Barryte's "Episode I" video, the demand for a follow-up has never been far from the thoughts of his comments. "After I put out 'Episode I,' basically every video from that point forward, the top comment would be 'When's "Episode II" coming out?' " Barryte told MTV News over the phone shortly after his new video dropped. "So there was a good amount of demand, and I was worried that the video wouldn't live up to the hype."

Despite his fears, the reimagined "Episode II" seems to have lived up to the hype and the expectations set by "Episode I." "WHAT IF STAR WARS EPISODE II WERE GOOD?" currently sits at 558,000 views with comments on the video mostly positive, but as we learned when speaking with Barryte, the second video offered a much greater challenge than his previous rewrite.

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It was 16 years ago that Harrison Ford, acting as the president of the United States, told Gary Oldman to get off his airplane.

Fast forward almost two decades and the happy couple from "Air Force One" is once again sharing the screen, albeit in slightly different roles.

In "Paranoia," Ford and Oldman play corporate rivals, who started off as best friends, and it's the actor behind heroes like Han Solo and Indiana Jones that gets to flex his villain muscles this time around.

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