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“The Hunger Games” trailer: Our 5 favorite moments

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the better part of this morning watching and then rewatching the impressive first theatrical trailer released for “The Hunger Games.” With 2012 overrun with big budget epic superhero movies like “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” it’s hard not to get excited for a truly great young adult novel to be adapted into what looks to be an equally impressive action-packed movie that caters to all ages and all genders.

“The Hunger Games” trailer did a good job of giving away just enough of the story to get the uninitiated hooked, but also giving fans just enough to get their appetites whetted. The trailer is filled with plenty of great, chill-inducing scenes to get excited over, but we pulled out our five greatest moments to examine below. See if you agree, and let us know your own favorite parts in the comments section below.


Katniss volunteers as tribute

I double dog dare you not to at least get chills at this scene. Katniss’s 12-year-old younger sister Prim gets her name picked as one of two tributes from District 12, and Katniss volunteers herself in Prim’s place. For an all-out battle to the death. If that’s not sisterly affection at its finest, I don’t know what is. Jennifer Lawrence definitely proves her worth in this movie in that scene alone.

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Effie Trinket

There are plenty of exciting actors and actress who have come on board “The Hunger Games,” the most colorful of the bunch is definitely Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket. Banks is known best for her work as a comedian, so it should definitely be a shock for her fans when they see her as the heavily-makeuped, overly enthusiastic and somewhat daft Effie, the escort for District 12’s tributes. She gets more screen time in the trailer than any of the other adult stars in the film, and for good reason.

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The other tributes

Though they don’t all get their own introductions in the trailer like Katniss and Peeta do, the 22 other tributes competing in the 74th annual Hunger Games do get their time in the spotlight as well. Katniss shares a glance with Rue, her closest ally other than Peeta in the Games. Cato and the rest of the terrifying Career Tributes are hard at work practicing in the training galleries. And then there’s that final mad dash to the Cornucopia at the very end. Each of the tributes will likely get a TV spot or their own individual teaser trailer somewhere down the line, but for now we’re happy with them just being a group that likely means death for our heroine, Katniss.

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The Mockingjay pin

There’s a reason the third book in “The Hunger Games” series is called “Mockingjay.” Though it’s only a brief moment in the trailer, it’s exciting to see Prim hand Katniss her Mockingjay pin. If you look closely at Katniss in the later scenes, you can see the pin attached to her shirt. That pin ends up becoming Katniss’s symbol more than anything else in the series.

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The Hunger Games

Personally, I’m glad Lionsgate only included scenes from the first half of “The Hunger Games” in this first theatrical trailer. There’s something in that final scene when Katniss and her fellow tributes do their mad dash to the Cornucopia to try to grab their weapons that inspires a serious amount of dread in the viewer. The knowledge that many of those tributes will soon be dead is almost better than actually showing them fighting one another to the death. And though the Games will likely be shown in upcoming trailers, for now that final shot of Katniss entering them is the perfect way to end the first theatrical trailer — and have us counting down the days until March 23, 2012.

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What did you like best in “The Hunger Games” trailer? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.