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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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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

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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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