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New “Hunger Games” still showcases Woody Harrelson as Haymitch

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Another day, another new image from the upcoming “The Hunger Games” film. The latest still acts as an accompaniment to one that Lionsgate revealed last week, except this one showcases Katniss Everdeen, Effie Trinket and Haymitch.

The trio seems to be watching the recap of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) introduction to the Capitol towards the beginning of the movie. The pants on the leg to Katniss’s right match up with the outfit Peeta was wearing in last week’s still. This shot takes place relatively early on in the film, and doesn’t offer spoilers as much as a look at the characters we will soon meet. Case in point: check out the glass of booze in Haymitch’s hand. So much for him not being an alcoholic.

In other Panem news, the film’s sequel “Catching Fire” seems to have lined up its writer and director. TheWrap is reporting that “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Simon Beaufoy is currently at work writing the screenplay for the project, while “The Hunger Games'” Gary Ross will return to helm the flick. It’s not official until Lionsgate says it’s official, but this news sounds pretty legit to us. “Catching Fire” isn’t yet greenlit, but is set for theaters on November 22, 2013.

“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.

Are you glad Beaufoy and Ross will be working on “Catching Fire”? What do you think of this new image? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Glenn Danzig drops by Portlandia tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Glenn Danzig rocks harder than granite. In his 60 years, he’s mastered punk with The Misfits, slayed metal with the eponymous Danzig, and generally melted faces with the force of his voice. And thanks to Fred and Carrie, he’s now stopping by tonight’s brand new Portlandia so we can finally get to see what “Evil Elvis” is like when he hits the beach. To celebrate his appearance, we put together our favorite metal moments from pop culture, from the sublime to the absurd.

10. Cannibal Corpse meets Ace Ventura

Back in the ’90s,  Cannibal Corpse was just a small time band from Upstate New York, plying their death metal wares wherever they could find a crowd, when a call from Jim Carry transformed their lives. Turns out the actor was a fan, and wanted them for a cameo in his new movie, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The band had a European tour coming up, and were wary of being made fun of, so they turned it down. Thankfully, the rubber-faced In Living Color vet wouldn’t take no for an answer, proving that you don’t need to have a lot of fans, just the right ones.


9. AC/DC in Private Parts

Howard Stern’s autobiographical film, based on his book of the same name, followed his rise in the world of radio and pop culture. For a man surrounded by naked ladies and adoring fans, it’s hard to track the exact moment he made it. But rocking out with AC/DC in the middle of Central Park, as throngs of fans clamor to get a piece of you, seems like it comes pretty close. You can actually see Stern go from hit host to radio god in this clip, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” blasts in the background.


8. Judas Priest meets The Simpsons

When you want to blast a bunch of peace-loving hippies out on their asses, you’re going to need some death metal. At least, that’s what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they set up this cameo from the metal gods. Unfortunately, thanks to a hearty online backlash, the writers of the classic series were soon informed that Judas Priest, while many things, are not in fact “death metal.” This led to the most Simpson-esque apology ever. Rock on, Bartman. Rock on.


7. Anthrax on Married…With Children

What do you get when Married…with Children spoofs My Dinner With Andre, substituting the erudite playwrights for a band so metal they piss rust? Well, for starters, a lot of headbanging, property destruction and blown eardrums. And much like everything else in life, Al seems to have missed the fun.


6. Motorhead rocks out on The Young Ones

The Young Ones didn’t just premiere on BBC2 in 1982 — it kicked the doors down to a new way of doing comedy. A full-on assault on the staid state of sitcoms, the show brought a punk rock vibe to the tired format, and in the process helped jumpstart a comedy revolution. For instance, where an old sitcom would just cut from one scene to the next, The Young Ones choose to have Lemmy and his crew deliver a raw version of “Ace of Spades.” The general attitude seemed to be, you don’t like this? Well, then F— you!


5. Red and Kitty Meet Kiss on That ’70s Show

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Long before they were banished to playing arena football games, Kiss was the hottest ticket in rock. The gang from That ’70s Show got to live out every ’70s teen’s dream when they were set loose backstage at a Kiss concert, taking full advantage of groupies, ganja and hard rock.


4. Ronnie James Dio in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (NSFW, people!)

What does a young boy do when he was born to rock, and the world won’t let him? What tight compadre does he pray to for guidance and some sweet licks? If you’re a young Jables, half of “the world’s most awesome band,” you bow your head to Ronnie James Dio, aka the guy who freaking taught the world how to do the “Metal Horns.” Never before has a rock god been so literal than in this clip that turns it up to eleven.


3. Ozzy Osbourne in Trick or Treat

It’s hard to tell if Ozzy was trying his hardest here, or just didn’t give a flying f–k. What is clear is that, either way, it doesn’t really matter. Ozzy’s approach to acting seems to lean more heavily on Jack Daniels than sense memory, and yet seeing the slurry English rocker play a sex-obsessed televangelist is so ridiculous, he gets a free pass. Taking part in the cult horror Trick or Treat, Ozzy proves that he makes things better just by showing up. Because that’s exactly what he did here. Showed up. And it rocks.


2. Glenn Danzig on Portlandia

Danzig seems to be coming out of a self imposed exile these days. He just signed with a record company, and his appearance on Portlandia is reminding everyone how kick ass he truly is. Who else but “The Other Man in Black” could help Portland’s resident goths figure out what to wear to the beach? Carrie Brownstein called Danzig “amazing,” and he called Fred “a genius,” so this was a rare love fest for the progenitor of horror punk.


1. Alice Cooper in Wayne’s World

It’s surprising, sure, but for a scene that contains no music whatsoever, it’s probably the most famous metal moment in the history of film. When Alice Cooper informed Wayne and Garth that Milwaukee is actually pronounced “Milly-way-kay” back in 1992, he created one of the most famous scenes in comedy history. What’s more metal than that? Much like Wayne and Garth, we truly are not worthy.

Viral “The Hunger Games” photo reveals a dazzling Effie Trinket

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Let’s just say that the previous images we’ve seen of Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games” might not be the best representation of the fashionable character based on a new picture of her in costume. While the other shots have showed her looking clownish and ugly, the new picture actually has Banks looking stunning in her extravagant make-up.

The image comes courtesy of the viral website for “The Hunger Games,” CapitolCouture.pn. The password for the site was recently revealed to be “#lookyourbest,” and once used allows users to see the new shot of Banks as Effie Trinket.

In other “Hunger Games” news, MTV News recently sat down with the cast of the film to answer fans’ questions about the project. While the topics ranges from on-set pranks to injuries to author Suzanne Collins, the most interesting segment is when Josh Hutcherson discusses the most difficult scene he had to shoot.

“The cave scene for me, where Katniss and Peeta are in the cave after Katniss has rescued Peeta more or less, was tough to shoot, also my favorite scene to shoot because we didn’t have a lot of time,” he said. “We had a lot of scene to get through and a lot of character arc to get through, so for me that was really fun but also a really big challenge.”

Hutcherson also took the time to explain what the Hunger Games arena looks like, which is something we haven’t seen in the promotional material yet.

“The arena is a giant. It’s a forest, pretty much. We shot it in the mountains of North Carolina, just outside of Asheville, and it’s pretty cool. The terrain we had to get through to get our cameras and equipment there was impressive that we even got it made in time. It looks amazing on film, too,” he said.

“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 did you think of the new “Hunger Games” still? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter.

Woody Harrelson dishes on “The Hunger Games” character details

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All it took was one quick flash of Woody Harrelson‘s Haymitch in “The Hunger Games” trailer for fans to realize that the actor was going a different route with their favorite character than the one that was in the book. Harrelson’s take on the alcoholic, cynical adviser to main character Katniss Everdeen has looked very clean cut and put together, whereas he is described in the novels as paunchy and middle-aged with a tendency to show up drunk to, well, everything.

Apparently Harrelson intentionally did those changes. He didn’t want to go the traditional route when he portrayed Haymitch’s alcoholism and depression, so he altered some aspects of Haymitch’s persona to make him fit better with the movie’s adaptation of “The Hunger Games.”

“He’s got a drinking problem and he’s got some issues and he’s damaged, but I didn’t want to do it totally like your typical version of an alcoholic in a movie,” Harrelson told The Los Angeles Times . “So I tried to keep him a little put-together. I dressed him up from what you would expect, too. That was one of my things I wanted — to make him, particularly in the Capitol, a bit of a snazzy dresser — or at least a dresser with his own style.”

Apparently Harrelson has only seen one scene from “The Hunger Games” so far, but he was a big fan of it. He has faith in director Gary Ross‘s abilities to craft a great film, he said. In fact, Harrelson had nothing but nice things to say about “The Hunger Games” in general.

“It’s good writing and it just keeps you on the edge,” Harrelson said. “And making [the movie] was a fun experience with just really cool people. I was really impressed by everybody that was associated with it. The look of everything is amazing too. The wardrobe is incredible and the makeup, the [stuff] they came up with is mind-blowing. The imagination behind the hair and the makeup and set decoration, it was just really impressive. It’s the work of brilliant people.”

Do you agree with the changes Harrelson said he made in Haymitch’s character? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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