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'Capture': The CW presents 'The Hunger Games'

Poorly!

I’m sorry to report that as of now (the one-hour premiere aired Tuesday and will air again tonight), the CW’s new reality series Capture is less Hunger Games and more Really Big Game of Hide and Go Seek. There are 12 couples (each week, a different team will conduct The Hunt while the others will be The Prey) competing for $250,000 and the chance to say “I didn’t die on television!” The problem is that the other people will also get to say that. I know it’s not The Hunger Games exactly, but after the fancy race start narrated by a tweak-y Englishman (host Luke Tipple, disappointingly wig-less as far as I can tell), I craved genetically engineered wasps, poisonous berries, Mockingjays (though at one point we did see a random fat bird) or a gift of warm, fresh bread from Camera Crew 11. Anything! READ FULL STORY

According to Snoop Lion, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are over -- VIDEO

The gods of love giveth (maybe), and the gods of love taketh away (also maybe).

Just when we were finally recovering from the news of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s potential reunion, Snoop Lion has rocked our worlds by insinuating that professional twerker Miley Cyrus and her fiance Liam Hemsworth are officially kaput.

The name-changing rapper recently collaborated with Cyrus on “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks,” a single Snoop says is about “change, turnaround, and you know, just going through things.” What kind of things, specifically? “I can’t speak for her, you know what I’m saying, but I know that she has a relationship that no longer exists,” he told HuffPost Live yesterday. “I know she’s probably in a transformation change with her life, her music [and] her career.”

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Trailers often reveal too much about a movie. But what happens when they don't?

“Well, now I feel like I’ve seen the whole movie,” is an increasingly common complaint about movie trailers. Studios’ marketing strategy is frequently to lure viewers into the theater with a peek at a movie’s biggest fight sequence or most compelling twist, a promise of what people will see if they buy a ticket. But there are some trailers in recent years that have mastered the art of creating a sense of mystery and avoiding spoiling key surprise moments.

Speaking of spoilers, WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD for Oblivion, Looper, and Moon. READ FULL STORY

Tea Party Patriots channel 'The Hunger Games' in new recruitment ad -- VIDEO

It’s The Hunger Games: Forget About People From District 12 edition!

At CPAC over the weekend, the Tea Party Patriots debuted their new recruitment video – a fake movie trailer that looked vaguely familiar exactly like The Hunger Games (mixed with some 1984 and The Matrix for good measure). Calling themselves “a movement on fire,” the video shows viewers the great peril that awaits patriotic citizens if we don’t do something about entitlements, fast.

“Fifteen years ago, freedom died,” a Woman Who Is Not Jennifer Lawrence informs us. With the new Development Party in power, there is just one Orwellian message on the airways: “When WE provide for every need, then you are fully Developed.” Do you understand? Government assistance is bad. So one day, Man Who Is Not As Sexy as Liam Hemsworth refuses to pay his “contribution” and a rebellion straight out of Mockingjay begins.

The video includes plenty of Hunger Games call outs, such as a mockingjay-esque symbol for the rebellion. But their liberty-hating villain is no glowering President Snow; Chairman Troy Marcus has the look of a middling House majority whip, nothing more.

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Paging 'Hunger Games' fans! Capitol Couture is back!

There may still be eight months to go before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is released in theaters, but fans have cause to celebrate today: Capitol Couture is back.

The blog, originally launched last January and said to be run by the Capitol, is up and running once again. This time it’s kicking off the Catching Fire promotion with a official portrait of Effie Trinket donning perfectly over-the-top dress and hair, as well as some shoes that are sure to make Lady Gaga jealous. Fun note: Every detail of the site is perfectly in character, even down to a licensing blurb at the bottom of the page. “Capitolcouture.pn is a Capitol Sanctioned Source for Fashion & Culture. Lic.741-20.”

“Head to heel in couture, Effie enchants in an exploding silhouette of chiffon and organza blooms,” the fawning photo description proclaims. “Never one to waver in her fashionable footwear, her heel-less boots are shod with a golden horse-shoe platform.”

Check out the first “Capitol Portrait” below, and stay tuned. According to a countdown clock on the site, the next picture premieres in just three hours: READ FULL STORY

Nominated for Nothing: 'Hunger Games'

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.

The Film: The Hunger Games. This action-adventure teen bait — based on the book trilogy of the same name — takes place in a post-apocalyptic nation called Panem, a dystopia that forces 12 unlucky children to participate in an annual fight-to-the-death competition called The Hunger Games. However, this long-running competition is shaken up when fiery spirit Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) enters the arena and inspires a revolution. Oh, and there’s a love triangle in there, too.
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'Saturday Night Live' host poll: Was Jennifer Lawrence a girl on fire?

Eh… sorta. The consensus about last weekend’s SNL seems to be that while Jennifer Lawrence tried her very best, the show itself wasn’t quite up to snuff. Maybe it’s because the writers ran out of topical material early on, forcing them to resort to spoofs of ’70s-era foreign films and the Civil War. Maybe the month-long break between December’s Martin Short Christmas Spectacular and Saturday’s episode just wasn’t long enough.

But no matter: This poll is about the show’s host rather than the show itself — and by most rubrics, Jennifer Lawrence proved herself to be capable and game. Whether she was sneering about serving Bobby Moynihan toilet water or yipping excitedly as a lady-sized shih tzu competing on “Top Dog Chef,” the Oscar nominee committed to her material… even when that material was more cloud than silver lining.

But will her efforts be enough to make Lawrence a Best Host contender?  READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Jennifer Lawrence is an iffy night's silver lining

Ah, the perils of high expectations! Anyone who’s ever giggled at a gif of Jennifer Lawrence joking around predicted that the two-time Oscar nominee would tear up SNL last night. Unfortunately, the show itself didn’t quite live up to those lofty hopes. Lawrence herself got better and better as the episode progressed, shedding the nervousness that seemed to plague her during her opening monologue. But the material she was given didn’t follow the same arc — especially the weak sketches that followed a curiously shortened Weekend Update.

The show got off to a strong start with a Piers Morgan Tonight-themed cold open that tackled a trio of topical issues: Lance Armstrong’s “I doped” Oprah interview, the strange saga of Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend, and Jodie Foster’s quasi-coming out at the Golden Globes. Most of the impressions here were strong, especially Kate McKinnon’s wide-eyed Foster; Bobby Moynihan’s slack-jawed Te’o wasn’t quite as accurate, but his unchanging look of astonishment was a strong visual gag. The best part of the sketch, though, had to be McKinnon quoting Jodie Foster quoting Molly Shannon’s Sally O’Malley character, who was once an SNL staple. INCEPTION!

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Jennifer Lawrence hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

UPDATE: Click over to read Hillary’s full Saturday Night Live with Jennifer Lawrence recap.

Could Jennifer Lawrence be the second coming of Jon Hamm?

Let me explain. Before Hamm hosted SNL for the first time, his comedy chops were largely untested. Sure, he seemed funny in interviews — but the man behind Don Draper was much better known as a Serious Actor than a serious goofball. But as soon as Hamm took the stage at Studio 8H, everything changed — he fronted one of the best SNL episodes of the season, inspiring Tina Fey to give him a memorable arc on 30 Rock, Kristen Wiig to give him an even more memorable role in Bridesmaids, and Saturday Night Live itself to invite him back as a frequent guest.

Jennifer Lawrence may find herself in a similar position after tonight’s episode, provided it’s as funny and charming as Lawrence herself. Like Hamm, Lawrence is best known for playing serious characters like The Hunger Games‘s Katniss Everdeen or determined Ozarks teen Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone, for which she earned her first Oscar nomination. But now, thanks to her more comedic turn in Silver Linings Playbook and her interviews and talk show appearances, Lawrence has proven herself to be sharp, witty, and eminently quotable.

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Jennifer Lawrence shoots and scores, sorta, in 'SNL' promos -- VIDEO

Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming episode of SNL should be awesome — provided the Golden Globe winner isn’t arrested for murder between now and Saturday.

Lawrence spends the bulk of her Saturday Night Live promos getting the best of cast member Jason Sudeikis, who keeps trying to impress her by quoting Wesley Snipes movies and imitating Bradley Cooper’s Silver Linings Playbook character. Things take a turn in the last part of the clip, though, when Sudeikis convinces Lawrence to break out her old Hunger Games bow — and it turns out that the actress’s aim isn’t quite as good as Katniss’.

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