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Tops on Facebook in 2012: 'Hunger Games,' fun., Channing Tatum, and (no joke) 'Duck Dynasty'

This morning, Facebook announced its “2012 Year in Review,” a series of lists of the top trends of the year. And befitting a website that boasts hundreds of millions of users, popular, youth-skewing taste ruled the day — with one very hairy exception.

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Best of 2012: The crying game

We don’t really enjoy watching our favorite characters suffer – but great crying scenes are cathartic, moving, and totally captivating. They’re also rare; it’s easy enough to tug at heartstrings with manipulative music cues, but it takes real skill to make an audience empathize with someone whose job is to fake emotions. Get a hanky ready – here are our favorite crying scenes of 2012.

Carrie (Claire Danes), Homeland

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Claire Danes is Hollywood’s best crier. (Just ask the Internet.) Her tears as Carrie Mathison, Homeland’s unstable heroine, are unparalleled – and so ubiquitous that it’s impossible to single out just one crying scene from the Showtime drama’s second season. Trust us on this one; when Danes’s chin starts trembling and it looks like “her whole face is chewing gum,” you’ll want to pay attention.

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Jennifer Lawrence: 'In Hollywood, I'm obese'

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When The Hunger Games was released in March, several critics had an issue with star Jennifer Lawrence: they thought she didn’t look quite hungry enough.

“A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission,” Manohla Dargis wrote in The New York Times. Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere also took note of Lawrence’s size, saying that she “seems too big” for her co-star Josh Hutcherson: “She’s a fairly tall, big-boned lady (I’ve been in a hotel room with her) who’s maybe 5′ 8″, and he seems to be something like 5’7″.” Variety‘s Justin Chang was a bit more oblique with his dig: “Hunger, the one constant in Katniss’ hard-scrabble life, barely even seems to register.”

The craziest thing of all: None of this is shocking to Lawrence herself. “In Hollywood, I’m obese,” the Oscar nominee says in Elle magazine’s December issue. “I’m considered a fat actress. I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach.” (Aw, why you gotta pick on Batman II like that, Jen?)

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'Law and Order: SVU' to tackle 'Fifty Shades' -- What other popular books would you want to see as episodes?

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Law & Order: SVU is officially the latest to embrace the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon. As we reported on Wednesday, the show has announced plans to dedicate a whole episode to E L James’ erotic novel. The episode will follow the author of a “wildly successful S&M romance novel” called “25 Acts.” When she is assaulted by the host of a popular TV show, the team tries to convince her to press charges. But in their attempt to help her, they uncover a secret from her past that could threaten her very livelihood. (DUM DUM.)

While the Law & Order franchise is famous for featuring “ripped from the headlines” plot lines, this may be the first time we’ve seen them tackle a book. (I confess, I have not seen every episode of Law & Order: SVU, so correct me if I’m wrong.) We think they’ve put their finger on a sleeping market, however, so we’ve decided to help the showrunners along by suggesting some other book-based story lines.
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Cookie Monster and Grover take on 'The Avengers,' 'The Hunger Games,' and more...in song!

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We still may not be able to tell you exactly how to get to Sesame Street, but the neighborhood’s beloved denizens know their way to the EW offices. Last year, Elmo and Cookie Monster dropped in to give us their versions of some popular TV shows, but this time around Elmo was too busy working on Elmo: The Musical—the show’s new singing-and-dancing segment that will replace the popular Elmo’s World—to make another visit. Luckily for us, Grover and Cookie Monster (a.k.a. the Blue Brothers) had enough wiggle room in their schedules to stop by to sing a few musical numbers of their own, parodying the likes of The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Doctor Who, and even The Newsroom. So if you were one of the many viewers who thought Aaron Sorkin’s biggest mistake was not saddling his newsman protagonist with a crippling cookie addiction, then this video is for you!

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Cinna hits on Katniss in the Bad Lip Reading of 'The Hunger Games' -- VIDEO

We’ve already had a Bad Lip Reading of the first Twilight movie, so what happens when we apply those skills to The Hunger Games? Only good things.

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has got “the squirts,” which leaves me to wonder how hungry she really is. Cinna’s (Lenny Kravitz) is not so much a classy Tom Ford as he is the creepy Herbert the Pervert from Family Guy. The girl from Orphan is mad that Katniss stole her boyfriend, while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) takes advantage of his time in the cave to learn about the birds and the bees. All that and more — check out the hilariousness below: READ FULL STORY

'BAMF Girls Club': Hermione, Katniss, Bella and more move in together -- WATCH

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your favorite pop culture heroines moved in together?

Well, here’s your chance! In the BAMF Girls Club, a spoof of Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, we get to see Hermione, Lisbeth, Katniss, Michonne, Bella and Buffy all take up residence in a cute suburban home that couldn’t possibly fit all of them without one of Hermione’s Extension Charms.

The first five-minute episode has plenty of drama: Hermione can’t keep her love for Fifty Shades of Grindelwald a secret from uber-hacker Lisbeth, while Michonne finds Bella’s attraction to the dead revolting. Buffy tries to set Hermione up with her friend Willow, but Hermione insists that not all wizards are gay. Katniss hides out in a tree, only coming down to make a less-than-savory dinner for her roommates. Watch the video below:

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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Let's cast the rest of the movie!

Now that we’ve got most of the major players (okay… now that we’ve got our Finnick) for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we thought we’d go ahead and cast the rest of the film. Take a look at some of our picks for the film’s more minor characters below. (WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW!)
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'Hunger Games' parody trailer: Gale is way hotter than Peeta -- WATCH

The team at ScreenJunkies ruthlessly takes The Hunger Games to task in an “honest” version of the film’s trailer.

Check out the video below, where nothing that reeks of the nonsensical is spared, be it the perhaps slightly exaggerated powers trees lend Katniss in her quest for survival or the state of a “future so advanced they can conjure fire and monster dogs, but not food for the poor.”

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Jordin Sparks' 'Sparkle' dress: The Irene Cara inspiration, the 'Hunger Games' connection

In posters for the musical drama Sparkle (opening this Friday), Jordin Sparks steps into the spotlight wearing a show-stopping $13,000 Chagoury Couture gown.

Turns out, it’s the second time around for the one-of-a-kind dress.

Wardrobe designer Ruth Carter had been on the hunt for a bombshell dress reminiscent of the one worn by Irene Cara (above, left) in the original 1976 film when she got an urgent call from Sparks. ”Jordin found it when she was visiting a showroom to look at red carpet gowns,” says Carter, who also created original costumes and sourced vintage clothing for the ’60s-set Motown movie. “They loaned it to us, which meant we couldn’t make alterations. Luckily, Jordin was losing weight, so she just walked into the sample size.”

The beaded chiffon column isn’t just sexy, it helps tell the story of Sparkle’s rise to the top. “This is her breakout dress,” Carter says. “It [not only] had to compete with the other dresses in the movie, it had to be the cherry on top of the sundae.”

After production wrapped in late 2011, the gown was returned as promised to the fashion showroom. Not realizing it would play such an important part in the movie, reps for the designer label put it back on the floor, where it was soon spotted by another young actress. In March, Hunger Games actress Leven Rambin (above, right, who played the tribute Glimmer) chose to wear the fiery dress to the Hollywood premiere of The Hunger Games.

When it comes to fashion, it seems Sparkle and Glimmer have similar taste.

Nakisha Williams

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