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“The Hunger Games” photos give new looks at Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Hemsworth

“The Hunger Games” photos give new looks at Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Hemsworth (photo)

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Hot off the heels of the recent (awesome) “The Hunger Games” theatrical trailer, two new images from the film have hit the web. While they might show scenes that were teased in the trailer, the photos offer at least a great new shot of Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket and a nice shot of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) talking before she gets sent off to the Capitol.

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The most emotional moment for many from the trailer was the moment where Katniss offers herself as a tribute for the Hunger Games in the place of her younger sister, Prim. The way Lawrence’s voice cracks right at that moment and her eyes get frenzied and panicked is arguably the most effective portrayl in the teaser of the gravity of having to participate in the Games.

The still of Effie and Katniss shows the Girl on Fire still looking shell-shocked by her decision, while Effie looks unfazed by the whole incident. In fact, if I remember correctly, she tells Katniss at this moment how brave she is for offering herself in the place of her sister and then tries to start a round of applause. But the citizens of District 12 stand in silence and Effie ends up just looking like a fool, foreshadowing the ways Katniss will inspire the citizens of Panem to rebel against their government in The Capitol.

The second still shows a tender moment between Katniss and her best friend Gale. A lot more focus has been placed on Katniss’s relationship with Gale in these promotions than her relationship with her fellow District 12 tribute and future love interest, Peeta. Gale doesn’t get much page time in the first “Hunger Games” book, but it looks like he might get a bigger role in the film. Based on the footage we saw in the trailer of the citizens of Panem reacting to big screen screenings of Katniss in the Games, I have a feeling director Gary Ross might have beefed up Gale’s participating in “The Hunger Games” instead of having the whole film take place from Katniss’s perspective.

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“The Hunger Games” tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl from the poor District 12 section of the futuristic country Panem who volunteers herself into the annual Hunger Games to take the place of her sister. In the Hunger Games, she must fight to the death against 23 of her peers on national television to win fame and fortune to her District. But Katniss only thinks about her survival and returning to her family, and that’s what gives her the edge. “The Hunger Games” hits theaters on March 23, 2012.

What do you think of these two new stills? What scene would you most like to see from “The Hunger Games”? 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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