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“The Hunger Games” new posters show Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz in character

“The Hunger Games” new posters show Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz in character (photo)

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Been going through some “Hunger” withdrawals? Lionsgate has released eight brand-spanking-new character posters for “The Hunger Games” to help tide over the five month wait until the movie’s March 23 release date. While they might not be as edgy as the last batch of posters debuted, they do offer a lot of first looks at some of the main characters in the upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ best-selling novels.

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Fans have already seen Katniss, Peeta and Gale in action, so the real excitement here comes from getting a look at the rest of the major players in the film. Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket is definitely the most colorful of the bunch, and it’s nice to see how her over-the-top make-up and hairstyle is handled in the film, even if this poster is in profile. It’s also the first look at Woody Harrelson as Haymith, though he looks a bit less ragged than I would have expected. And Lenny Kravitz definitely looks spot-on as Cinna.

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In terms of the newcomers, it seems like Lionsgate is putting Rue and Cato at the forefront of the other Hunger Games candidates that fans should be aware of. It’s an interesting choice for Amandla Stenberg as Rue to be the only character looking down instead of forward on the posters, but I’m not sure if that was just done for style or not. And Alexander Ludwig looks like a very impressive Cato. It will be nice to see him alongside fellow District 2 tribute Clove.

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Even though these posters show off eight of the major characters, there are plenty more reveals to look forward to in the next few months. Let’s not forget that, despite the fact that the focus has largely been on the three young leads in “The Hunger Games,” the franchise has acquired an impressive amount of adult talent. There’s still Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickman, Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Toby Jones as Claudius Templesmith and Wes Bently as Seneca Crane left to see. And, of course, we have yet to see the imagery of The Girl on Fire.

Who else is counting down the days until the next “The Hunger Games” trailer premieres? What did you think of these new posters? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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