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In the months that followed the big announcement that there would be more "Star Wars" movies, every subsequent press release seemed to hint there would be lots and lots more "Star Wars" movies. There was the Han Solo, Yoda, and Boba Fett spin-offs, plus talk of a "Seven Samurai" remake with Zack Snyder. Then Disney said that we can expect a movie every summer starting in 2015, all before a frame of the first movie, "Episode VII," has been shot. Things appeared to be moving at the speed of light.

But what if "Episode VII" was a complete and utter failure? It's extremely unlikely, but that would definitely put a squash on the spin-offs and standalone movies. When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with J.J. Abrams in London during the press junket for "Star Trek Into Darkness," the director suggested that plans for follows-up hinged on the success of "Episode VII."

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Alexander Skarsgård is no stranger to talented co-stars, having shared screen time with Liam Neeson, Ellen Page and even dad Stellan Skarsgård, but none was quite so adorable as 7-year-old Onata Aprile, whom the actor stars alongside in the drama "What Maisie Knew."

The film, based on the novel by Henry James, tells the story of a young girl who's caught in the middle of her parents' messy divorce and even messier life after. She eventually finds an unexpected father figure in her timid stepfather Lincoln, played convincingly by Skarsgård. In fact, the pair's chemistry and admiration for one another is so palpable, people just can't quit talking about it. Including Skarsgård, who told MTV News his young co-star was the main selling point of the project.

"Working with Onata was pretty amazing," he said. "Looking back, that's what I take from it. I had so much fun working with Onata."

Aprile wasn't in place when Skarsgård signed on for the role, so it was the strength of the narrative and directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel that originally lured him in.

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At the "Star Trek Into Darkness" premiere in London, MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with one of the film's writers, Damon Lindelof, to discuss the future of the series and director J.J. Abrams' next gig, helming "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Though he said he was no doubt thrilled that his "LOST" co-creator would get a chance to director a "Star Wars" movie, there was a part of Lindelof that was disappointed. "I was thrilled, obviously, as a 'Star Wars' fanatic, that it was going to be in great hands and a little bit sad that he was going to be leaving 'Star Trek,' but he's still going to produce the next one," Lindelof said. "We will make the very best of it, I'm sure."

Lindelof seemed to imply that Abrams would not direct a third "Star Trek" movie, the seeds of which, according to co-writer, have been sown in "Into Darkness."

"We wanted it to have a beginning, middle and end, and a self-containedness, but at the same time, start setting up where it could possibly go," Lindelof said. "Hopefully, if you see this movie, you get a sense not just in terms of the relationships and characters, but some unsettled business that needs to be resolved in the future."

"Star Trek Into Darkness" opens on May 17.

Be sure to tune into MTV this Wednesday, May 8 at 7:56 p.m. ET for an exclusive first look at a never-before-seen clip from "Star Trek Into Darkness," followed by a 30-minute cast interview on MTV.com.

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"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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"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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For such an intense actor, Michael Shannon has found himself in a unique place for the past few weeks as the star of a viral comedy video. His foul-mouthed dramatic reading of an infamous sorority email was a massive hit for Funny or Die, but things haven't change too drastically in the life of the "Iceman" star.

"It's mostly the crew at work," Shannon told MTV News' Josh Horowitz. "They come up to me and say, 'I saw your thing. It was funny.'"

With a growing comedy reputation, it wouldn't be completely surprising to see Shannon go on to host an episode of "Saturday Night Live," but the actor does worry about the difficult schedule.

"'SNL' sounds like a real gauntlet. It sounds like an intense week of life. These guys have to write. They stay up for seven days straight, right? They've got to rehearse a lot," Shannon said. "I'm not trying to talk anybody out of it. Lorne Michaels, now's the time."

"The Iceman" opens in theaters on May 3.

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It's the end of the world as we know it, and Danny McBride has fallen off of the wagon a little. At least, that was the case when MTV News' Josh Horowitz visited the set of "This Is The End," the new apocalypse comedy starring McBride, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, James Franco, and Jonah Hill.

Rogen, who also co-directs with "Superbad" co-writer Evan Goldberg, said that an MTV show served as the inspiration for the intervention. "It's something that's actually inspired by a lot of 'Real World' episodes that we've seen," he said. "It's all of the roommates gathered around Danny, telling him that he either has to stop acting like a lunatic or they're kicking him out of the house."

Be sure to check out our entire set visit above. "This Is the End" opens in theaters on June 12.

For the third time in four years, Olivia Wilde, with her partners David Darg and Bryn Mooser, has brought a short-form documentary to the Tribeca Film Festival, but this year, their project has a special significance to the city of New York. "The Rider and the Storm" tells the story of Timmy Brennan, an avid surfer who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy, who turned the disaster into an opportunity to help is his community.

MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with Wilde, Darg, and Mooser to talk about the project and what it means to bring Brennan's story to a larger audience.

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Four more weeks! That's all that's left before "Arrested Development" premieres on Netflix on May 26. The fifteen-episode fourth season has fans stoked, but unfortunately they will have to wait until the debut to know just what the Bluths are up to this time around.

"AD" star Jeffrey Tambor explained he must remain mum on the subject. "You think I can tell you? I can't. We have such a spoiler alert and I actually signed something, so I can't," he said, adding, "I really don't know and I'm not going to tell you. Just watch it, all fifteen."

He did, however, elaborate on his reaction to the fan-driven excitement for the show's long-delayed fourth season.

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Only a handful of actors have ever had a writer craft a role with them in mind. That's what happened with Matthew McConaughey when "Take Shelter" director Jeff Nichols approached him about the title character, an outlaw with a heart of gold, in his new film "Mud."

When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with McConaughey, he asked him how you approach a role that was made for you, and according to the actor, you try not to think about it too much.

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