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Forgive us for a moment, but: EEEEK!!!!!

Okay, sorry. We're back.

But Lionsgate has released its first official promotional photo of Elizabeth Banks in the key Hunger Games role of Effie Trinket and it's safe to say we're a tad bit excited over it.

Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket

"A fun part of being an actor and a chameleon is taking on those looks," Banks told The Huffington Post of the transformation into this Capitol spokesperson. "Effie has a really theatrical, over-the-top, completely not me look to her. I'm very excited for people to see my portrayal. I have no idea if people are going to be into it. I hope they are."

The Hunger Games trailer, of course, has already been released; while the film comes out on March 23.

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Fans of The Hunger Games have four new reasons to get excited for this big screen adaption.

Lionsgate has released a quartet of new images from the film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a young girl who lives in a futuristic society that selects teenagers from various districts each year to fight to the death.

In the following pics, we see Katniss alongside Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket; along with shots of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch and Liam Hemsworth as Gale. Click around now:

  • Effie and Katniss
  • Cinna, Haymitch and Peeta
  • Gale and Katniss
  • The Hunger Games Scene

We cannot wait for March 23. In the meantime, check out the official Hunger Games trailer now!

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Some people have way too much time on their hands, but their creativity entertains us day in and day out! Case in point: One devoted fan of The Hunger Games.

The film's actual trailer was released in November, and this fan-made version, using Legos to reenact nearly every frame, is surprisingly accurate and true to form.

The Hunger Games arrives in theaters March 23, and after seeing this homage, we can't wait to see the movie ... and hopefully Katniss and Co. in special edition Legos.

Watch the Lego version and the official trailer below:

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What do you get when you combine Taylor Swift with The Hunger Games? Absolute awesomeness!

Also, the single "Safe and Sound."

Indeed, the young superstar will include that just-released track on the aforementioned movie's upcoming soundtrack, as she's joined on it below by The Civil Wars. Take a listen now and sound off: What do you think?

Remember: The Hunger Games will be released on March 23, 2012. Continue to build on your excitement for the blockbuster by checking out the official movie trailer now!

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Earlier today, 100 puzzle pieces were passed around the Internet, as various sites - including our friends at Movie Fanatic! - were selected to Tweet clues that would eventually come together and form the latest poster for The Hunger Games.

And here it is!

Hunger Games Poster

The mesmerizing image features Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen, bow and arrow in hand, standing in the middle of the Capitol arena, surrounded by flags of herself and Josh Hutcherson's Peeta. Does anyone else have goosebumps?

And, seriously, for the 412th time, is it March 23 yet?!? Watch The Hunger Games trailer now and count down the days with us.

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The Hunger Games comes out on March 23, 2012. Its first full-length trailer (below) hit the Internet yesterday and continues to build buzz, perhaps leading some to ask: What the heck is The Hunger Games?!?

In short, it's an upcoming trilogy, based on novels by Suzanne Collins, that takes place in a futuristic society named Panem. This world is comprised of 13 districts, most of which are struggling to survive, one of which is home to the all-powerful Capitol.

View the official preview below and then we'll guide you through the most important aspects of it. This way, you won't feel left out at the water cooler tomorrow...

WE OPEN in District 12, home to heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her good friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth). They like to hunt together. He'd like to do a lot more than hunt together... if you know what we mean!

CUT To the Reaping, an annual event in which one female and one male between the ages of 12-18 are chosen to represent each District in The Hunger Games, a game of attrition held in the Capitol's Arena. Only one comes out alive.

Continue Reading...

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Are you prepared for The Reaping?

Lionsgate has released the first full length trailer for The Hunger Games, which hits theaters on March 23 and which is based on a best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins.

In the first half of the following preview, we watch as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) hunt in the woods and dream of making an escape... only for reality to set in as Elizabeth Banks shows up as Effie and selects the name Primrose Everdeen to fight in the annual battle of teenager versus teenager.

From there, we're treated to shots of Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and a whole lot more. Let the countdown begin, fans, and may the odds be ever in your favor...

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The comparisons were inevitable, but Jennifer Lawrence would like to stop them before they grow too loud.

"The Hunger Games is not Twilight," the actress, who plays the main role of Katniss Everdeen in this March 23 release, says in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. "It's really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon."

The Hunger Games Cast

Lawrence stars in the movie alongside an impressive young cast, pictured above on set in North Carolina, that includes Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. They round out the teen participants forced to compete to the death in the government-mandated Hunger Games.

"I'm so proud of the work we did on the film," Lawrence gushes. "[Director] Gary Ross and the entire cast and crew were amazing, and I can't wait for it to be brought to life because I think it's an important story. If it does become a crazy phenomenon, I'll soak up my freedom now!"

Pick up the latest issue of Vanity Fair for more from this young, rising star. To get your first look at Lawrence as Katniss, view this sneak peek.

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The Hunger Games has a message for Breaking Dawn, as the latter releases sexy clips and trailers in preparation for its November 18 release:

Two mega franchise can play this promotional game!

Lionsgate has released a slew of character-based photos for its upcoming blockbuster, including a look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss; Josh Hutcherison as Peeta; Liam Hemsworth as Gale; and more. The movie doesn't come out until March 23, but expect A LOT of hype and anticipation in the meantime. We can't wait.

  • Katniss Everdeen Poster
  • Gale Poster
  • Peeta Poster
  • Haymitch Poster
  • Cinna Poster

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Note: if you have not read The Hunger Games, you may be very confused by the following images.

Follow-up note: if you have not read The Hunger Games... you're seriously missing out! Hurry up and do so before the March 23 release date of the first film in this trilogy.

In anticipation of that movie, Lionsgate has revealed a number of badges for various Districts in Panem, including District 12, where Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) reside. Click on each to enlarge and then check out the first official Hunger Games trailer now!

  • District Five Badge
  • District 12 Badge
  • District Nine Badge

Seriously, is it March 23 yet?!?

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