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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.

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Ghostbusters II Predicted the World Will End on Valentine’s Day 2016

Catch Ghostbusters II this month on IFC. Provided the world doesn't end, of course.

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Far be it from us to contradict Mr. Bill Murray, but a prediction made in a scene from one of his films is about to be put to the test. If you remember Ghostbusters II, then you know that at the beginning of the film, retired ‘buster Peter Venkman is the host of a chat show called World of the Psychic. According to a guest on the show, the world will end on February 14th, 2016 — this Valentine’s Day.

Now, before you start looting, keep in mind the source of this information is a tad unreliable. Elaine (played by Sid and Nancy star Chloe Webb) sits with Venkman and relates how she received this intel from an alien who may or may not have disguised a UFO to look like a Holiday Inn in Paramus. Let’s just hope she misheard, otherwise there will be some awkward date nights this year.

Check out the grim prognostication in the clip below. Hopefully the world will still be here when Ghostbusters II airs Monday, Feb. 15th and throughout the month on IFC.

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.

New “The Hunger Games” images show Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz and more

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A new year, and new reasons to be excited for “The Hunger Games.” Lionsgate has released some new stills and behind-the-scenes images from the upcoming film that give a good look at some new sequences that haven’t been teased in previous promotions.

Definitely the most exciting of the new images is the shot of Cinna, Haymitch and Peeta preparing for the Hunger Games. Skeptics have criticized Woody Harrelson‘s hair as Haymitch, but we’d argue that this is the best shot we’ve seen of him yet. The wig doesn’t look that bad, and he looks more disgruntled drunk than, well, whatever he was in the trailer. It’s also always nice to see new images of Peeta and fan-favorite Cinna, especially since Lenny Kravitz is playing the latter.

The other main new still shows Katniss being walked through Capitol hallways before the Hunger Games begin. We’re not sure whether this shot is before her training or right as she’s about to enter the Games, but either way it shows a look at director Gary Ross‘s dystopian futuristic take on “The Hunger Games” that we haven’t seen before. And we like it very much.

The other images, including shots of Katniss, Rue and Effie Trinket, have all been released before, but what are new are two behind-the-scenes stills showing Gary Ross directing and Jennifer Lawrence acting. They’re nothing extraordinary, but any new “Hunger Games” news is good “Hunger Games” news for us.

“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 do you think of these new stills from “The Hunger Games”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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