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“The Hunger Games” trailer: Our 5 favorite moments

“The Hunger Games” trailer: Our 5 favorite moments (photo)

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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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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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