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New “The Hunger Games” still shows Lenny Kravitz and Jennifer Lawrence in a crucial moment

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Another day, another new image and set of interviews from “The Hunger Games.” The clock ticks ever closer to the film’s March 23 and — if we’re lucky — a new theatrical trailer even sooner. Today’s image comes courtesy of Rolling Stone features Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) sharing an emotional moment immediately before “The Hunger Games” begin.

The casting of Kravitz at first seemed like an odd choice, but has since proven to be one of the more interesting and exciting decisions in the creation of the movie. Everything we’ve seen of Kravitz’s Cinna up until this point has seemed to show that he will give a powerful, quiet performance, and Kravitz’s comments to Rolling Stone about the character give us the same impression.

“He’s very streamlined, he’s very quiet,” he said. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s confident. He’s got a big heart. I just liked the way he moved — very smooth.”

“The Hunger Games” also graces the cover of this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The industry mag has run a story listing off the “9 untold secrets” of “The Hunger Games,” including the fact that it took Lawrence three days to agree to the role of Katniss Everdeen.

“I called my mom and she called me a hypocrite, because when I was doing indie movies and everyone was asking why I didn’t do studio movies, I said, ‘The size of the movie doesn’t matter.’ And she said, ‘Here’s a movie you love and you were thinking of turning it down because of its size.’ I thought, ‘I don’t want to miss out because I’m scared. Me being scared, I never want that to stop me from doing something.’ But I knew in my heart that I wanted it — it was about working out all the fears,” Lawrence said.

Turns out that Lawrence is only being paid a modest $500,000 for the first film plus “escalators” or bonuses based on how well the movie does, and the movie only cost $90 million to make. More importantly, the main trio of actors — Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth — are signed on for the whole franchise, though director Gary Ross has only agreed to film “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire” so far.

Arguably the funniest secret in the bunch is the one that Hemsworth shared. Prior to shooting the movie, his big brother Chris Hemsworth — aka “Thor” — texted him and suggested that he slim down a bit. “He said, ‘It’s called The Hunger Games, not The Eating Games!’ ” Hemsworth recounted.

What do you think of the new image? Are you itching for a new trailer as much as we are? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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