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“The Hunger Games” soundtrack to include The Decemberists, Arcade Fire and Taylor Swift

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With composers T-Bone Burnett and James Newton Howard putting together the music for the upcoming “The Hunger Games” adaptation, it should come as no surprise that the soundtrack for the film is going to be pretty darn good. A couple of artists off the album have been announced, including The Decemberists and Win Butler & Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, and they are definitely living up to our high expectations of the process.

We have to admit, we were a little bit hesitant when the first musician to be announced on the project was Taylor Swift. “The Hunger Games” skews to a number of different audiences, and Swift caters to the younger, mostly female portion of it. But Swift’s song, “Safe and Sound,” is very unlike her typical bubbly country music and actually fits with the tone of “The Hunger Games” very well. If this is the shape of the soundtrack to come, then consider us fully enthused.

In addition to Swift, The Decemberists and Butler & Chassagne, leading lady Jennifer Lawrence will be adding her vocals to the soundtrack for the song “Rue’s Lullaby.” That song will be used within the film, and will likely on “The Hunger Games” full soundtrack disc as well.

There likely will be more musical announcements for “The Hunger Games” soundtrack in the coming weeks, but for now we can rest assured that each of the artists brought on to the project will be creating original songs that will match the film in tone.

Though comparisons from “The Hunger Games” to “The Twilight Saga” are something of a stretch, it’s fair to say that Lionsgate is going the same route Summit did with “Twilight’s” soundtracks by combining mainstream talents with indie darlings. And, whether you liked the “Twilight” films or not, those soundtracks were actually pretty darn good.

“The Hunger Games” stars Lawrence, John Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and is directed by Gary Ross. It’s due to hit theaters on March 23.

Do you like the current line-up for “The Hunger Games” soundtrack? Who else would you like to see be on it? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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