“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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar


IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

Sport Court gavel

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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