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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…