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'SNL' recap: The odds aren't really in Josh Hutcherson's favor

If last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live were an edition of The Hunger Games, then host Josh Hutcherson would have been one of those poor kids who dies in the melee outside the Cornucopia — just minutes after the Games begin.

I’m not trying to imply that Hutcherson bombed. Quite the opposite is true: he had the sort of on-camera ease that any first-time host would envy, never visibly suffering from nerves or being too obvious about reading cue cards. The problem is that after Hutcherson’s monologue, he largely faded into the background, playing a succession of un-showy characters in a series of less than memorable sketches. (Beyond the cold open, the monologue, and a tacked-on 12:55 sketch about Thanksgiving, there was nothing topical in Hutcherson’s episode. While it’s nice to see SNL try new things, all that evergreen material made the show feel like a collection of leftovers from previous weeks, rather than a set of sketches written this week and designed to show off the host’s skill set.)

A viewer who missed the monologue and interstitial photos of Hutcherson easily could have confused the Catching Fire star for one of the show’s five new white male cast members. On one level, that’s a compliment — Hutcherson totally blended in. On another, it’s not — Hutcherson didn’t stand out.

Well, with one exception — which I’ll get to right after naming last night’s…

Best Sketch

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Josh Hutcherson hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

When Jennifer Lawrence hosted SNL earlier this year, she faced one major hurdle: the perils of high expectations. By January 2013, Jennifer Lawrence had been the Internet’s ultimate celebrity BFF for nearly a year. Given how winning she was in talk show appearance after talk show appearance and interview after interview, it seemed a no-brainer to assume that her turn hosting SNL would be a slam dunk. Unfortunately, that assumption led to disappointment when the show didn’t deliver the episode we all hoped for — through no real fault of Lawrence’s, for what it’s worth.

And this is why Lawrence’s Hunger Games costar Josh Hutcherson may actually fare better when he makes his SNL hosting debut this weekend. On January 20, 2013, Lawrence was at the height of her ubiquity: She had been nominated for an Academy Award 10 days earlier, won a Golden Globe three days later, and received her Oscar one month after that. Hutcherson, by contrast, is much more under the radar. While franchise fans have a deep, abiding love for Peeta Mellark and the actor who portrays him, he’s hardly a household name on Lawrence’s level — and only a die-hard Peeta stan (do those exist?) would call Catching Fire his movie. (This may change by Mockingjay: Part 1, which will give Hutcherson more showcase moments.)

The pressure, then, is off.

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Jennifer Lawrence almost wore a turkey on her head on 'The Daily Show' -- VIDEO

Here it is, your moment of zen — a.k.a. eight minutes of Jon Stewart ostensibly interviewing Jennifer Lawrence about her starring role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

But because the movie’s so huge that there’s barely anything left for J. Law to say about it — and because this was the Oscar winner’s last stop on a long, grueling press tour — and because anyone who’s seen Lawrence do talk shows before knows that she can make even diarrhea sound charming — Stewart instead chose to spend the entire segment simply riffing with Lawrence, variously discussing her haircut, her resemblance to a young Helen Mirren, and her brief urge to stick her face into a Daily Show prop turkey, Monica Geller-style. “I passed that turkey backstage, and I thought for one second about putting it over my head and running out,” Lawrence explains to Stewart. “But then I was like, ‘Ehh, you have enough attention.'”

False, Jennifer: Keep up this charisma offensive, and we’ll never get sick of you. Also: Someone Photoshop an image of Jennifer Lawrence wearing a turkey on her head. NOW.

Catch the full interview below.

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'Catching Fire': 12 big changes from page to screen (and why almost all of them work)

Let the Grumbling Games begin! Er… actually, maybe not.

While The Hunger Games: Catching Fire clocks in at an expansive 146 minutes, it necessarily can’t include every beat from Suzanne Collins’s 400-page novel. And because the sequel, like The Hunger Games movie — and unlike Collins’s series – isn’t limited to showing only Katniss’s perspective, the film also contains several scenes that have no basis in Collins’s narrative.

But here’s the thing — most of the adaptive choices made by director Francis Lawrence and screenwriters Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt are totally defensible, clearly meant to keep the story moving at a quicker pace and expand the world of Panem beyond Katniss’s immediate vicinity. In fact, I’d be hard-pressed to name a change that should anger fans — or even really one that feels unnecessary. (Though fine, Finnick’s less revealing Opening Ceremony outfit does seem like a missed opportunity. Have you seen Sam Claflin?)

Agree? Disagree? Let’s go over some of the most notable ways the movie diverges from the book, then discuss. (And you know there will be spoilers here, right?)

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Josh Hutcherson is a boy on fire in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

If asked which Catching Fire cast member they’d most like to see host Saturday Night Live this weekend, a majority of people would probably not answer “Josh Hutcherson.” (That’s not meant to be a dig at Hutcherson — Catching Fire just has a really stacked cast, including Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci and Jeffrey Wright and…)

However! The Hutch acquits himself well in these promos for his first turn as SNL host, which feature a mugging Bobby Moynihan, hilariously bad CGI flames, and one very old hot dog. The odds definitely seem to be in his favor; let’s just hope the show’s take on The Hunger Games is less lame than it was when J. Law hosted in January.

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'Doctor Who' meets 'Hunger Games': 13 doctors fight to the death -- VIDEO

What do you get when you cross Doctor Who and The Hunger Games? You’ll find the answer in this hilariously imagined trailer spoof aptly titled The Doctor Games, which was uploaded to YouTube just in time for this Saturday’s 50th Anniversary Special and the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The trailer spoof finds all 13 Doctors (there are 13 because the creators chose to include both Peter Capaldi and John Hurt’s Doctors in the parody) transported into a Hunger Games-like arena where they must battle to the death until one remains as The Master. Only then can the winning Doctor fly off in the lone TARDIS at the center of the arena.

The best part about this parody is its attention to detail and the way they managed to incorporate all 13 Doctors’ individual quirks — Tom Baker’s Doctor uses his signature scarf to strangle people, for crying out loud!

Needless to say, if you’re a Whovian, you’ll definitely enjoy giving this a watch.

Watch The Doctor Games below:
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'Catching Fire' L.A. premiere live stream: Watch it here! -- VIDEO

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is almost here — there’s just a few days until the sequel’s Friday release date — and the cast has already been around the world promoting the latest installment. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and the rest of the cast are live on the red carpet at the film’s Los Angeles premiere, and you can watch it all go down in the live stream below.

We’re guessing Lawrence will say something that makes you want to be her best friend, Hemsworth will say kind words about his wild-child ex Miley Cyrus, and Hutcherson will be as sweet and lovable as his Hunger Games alter ego Peeta. Watch it all here:
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Hang out with the stars of 'Catching Fire'! (Via Google)

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Deep down in your heart of hearts, you’ve always had an inkling that you and Jennifer Lawrence would be BFF4EAE if you just had, oh, 20 minutes to chat with her. Ditto Josh Hutcherson. As for Liam Hemsworth? You’re pretty sure that a bit of one-on-one time is all you’d need to make him forget aaaall about old Midriff McTwerkalot. You know, the one with the tongue.

Well, today could be the day you’ll get to put your metaphorical money where your mouth is. In just a few hours, the stars of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — including J. Law, Hutcherson, Hemsworth, and director Francis Lawrence — will storm the Internet by participating in a global Google+ HangoutSign up here, and you may be one of the six lucky fans selected to participate on air — i.e. ask the gang questions directly from your unfamous mouth. Everyone else will have to be content with submitting questions via Google+ or YouTube.

The fun starts today at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Will you be watching — and/or submitting any queries for the gang? (Someone has to ask Hutcherson to follow up on that whole threesome thing, right?)

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'Catching Fire' trailer: A deep dive

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The Lionsgate publicity team is famously stingy with their Hunger Games trailers. Next month’s sequel Catching Fire has followed the same PR game plan as the original film, with trailers that pointedly focus on the first half of the film with a bare minimum of Arena action. So consider the latest trailer for Catching Fire a minor feast for fans of the book, with a few teasing shots of the Quarter Quell and a more extended peek at Catching Fire‘s world-building Victory Tour. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Catching-Fire-1Here’s District 12 everygal and revolutionary cultural figure Katniss Everdeen climbing a tree. As everyone who’s read the book knows — and spoiler I guess if you haven’t yet, weirdo — Katniss finds herself back in the Hunger Games one year after her victory, when President Snow announces that the 75th Annual Games will feature return trips by previous victors. Basically, Survivor All-Stars.
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Josh Hutcherson kinda wants Katniss, Peeta, and Gale to have a threesome

Well. Okay, then!

Context: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star Josh Hutcherson covers gay and lesbian lifestyle magazine Out‘s November issue. Naturally, sexuality comes up early and often in his accompanying interview: “I would  probably list myself as mostly straight,” Hutcherson says in a quote included in the story’s very first paragraph. He goes on to clarify what he means by saying, “Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight,” he says. “But who knows? In a f—ing year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person.”

Okay, so the Hutch is a modern guy — flexible about what sexual orientation means, every bit honest and open as his costar, Internet dream BFF Jennifer Lawrence. Then comes the part about the threesome:

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