FIRST LOOK: ‘The Hunger Games’ Debuts Footage

It wasn’t much, but the rabid fans of Katniss and company got a first taste of the upcoming big screen epic, “The Hunger Games.”

Introduced by star Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, the clip sees her running through the forest and firing her bow and arrow into the franchise’s flaming logo.

Previous photos showed Lawrence, along with Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta, and Liam Hemsworth, who plays Gale.

The rest of the cast includes Elizabeth Banks as Katniss’ guide Effie Trinket, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Donald Sutherland as President Snow and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy.

The film, being shot right now in North Carolina, is due out in March.


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PHOTOS: Lady Gaga In Greaser Drag

Lady Gaga decided to eschew meat for man at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, transforming into her greaser alter ego, Joe Calderone. She totally committed to her show-opening act, talking in a tough voice and putting on the full badass act before launching into song.

Check out the performance below, and then a slideshow of the look below.


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A Long Lost, Tragic Julia Roberts Story Comes To Light

Both on screen and off, the shifting of time is essential in the telling the tale of “Fireflies In The Garden.”

The film, written and directed by Dennis Lee, saw its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008. While it later hit theaters in most parts of the world, financial difficulties shelved its US distribution for nearly three years, until it was announced last week that it will finally hit theaters in select cities on October 14th.

And so, American theatergoers will at last get to see the story in which Julia Roberts, in mostly flashback footage, plays mother to a boy that will become Ryan Reynolds, who appears in the film’s present-day shots. A sweet woman and caring mom, she’s plagued by her abusive husband, played by Willem Dafoe, who leaves the boy on the side of the road one rainy day.

Seventeen years later, now fully grown and portrayed by Reynolds, he is heading home for a family reunion when a car accident kills Roberts, who is aged up with heavy makeup (at 43-years old, to Reynolds’ 34, it’s a necessity). From there, the story is a test of blood and forgiveness, trust and anger, with three generations of one family doing their best to co-exist in the wake of so much damage.


Elizabeth Banks: Why Sex Is Funny

Elizabeth Banks is one of the most gorgeous and talented women in Hollywood, with the ability to pull off a wide range of genres. It is even more impressive, then, that it has been her participation in some of the raunchiest, funniest movies of the past decade that has made her a true star.

From her first sizable role in “Wet Hot American Summer” to her wacky nymph part in “40 Year Old Virgin” and then her leads in “Zack & Miri Make A Porno” and “Role Models,” she’s proven that she can have more than a few anatomically-inspired laughs. In a new interview with Esquire, she explains why the sophomoric is so often funny.

“Well, it’s a fairly ridiculous act,” she said, speaking about sex. “I mean, let’s be honest: It’s a very primal thing that you’re doing and it involves, you know — it’s what they call bumping uglies, which sort of puts it in the right place. It’s a horrifyingly embarrassing act. It’s the most vulnerable you can be as a person, I think.”

Sex may be embarrassing, but she’s certainly not embarrassed about the way she portrays it.

“Yeah, can’t wait for my kid to see it! Um, no,” she joked about her kinky bath scene in “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” “But I am never embarrassed by something that makes people laugh. I knew that girl. She’s a good-time girl who lives in the Valley — who works in the bookstore — and goes to community college on the side, and is really into funky stuff in the bedroom. Her entire outlook on life made perfect sense to me.”

Banks appears this weekend in “Our Idiot Brother,” her fifth film with Paul Rudd, and is currently filming ensemble comedy, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” It’s a different sort of sexual movie, but even then, she plays a character with skin on the brain, as the owner of a bookstore called “The Breast Choice.” And, she will of course star as Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games,” due out in March.

For more from Banks, check out HuffPost’s recent interview with the star, and to read more from her Esquire interview, click here.

WATCH: For Any Zone A Ladies Still Trying To Make Plans

The hurricane may have already rolled through New York City with little fanfare, but with transit down and some modest flooding in the Zone A areas, there may still be one or two attractive women currently without a fun place to stay. Enter Geoffrey: a guy who has a stocked fridge, board games and clean towels.

The video was posted Saturday night, so we reached out to Geoffrey Sunday morning to see if he had any takers as of yet. “Unfortunately, nobody stopped by,” he told us. “But as a general policy my doors are always open to fine, single ladies from every zone.”

Meet y’all there!


‘Punk’d’ Returns: Justin Bieber Pranks Pal Taylor Swift

MTV’s “Punk’d” is back — but don’t go looking for Ashton Kutcher and his trucker hat this time around.

The popular hidden camera show is reportedly returning with a revamped format — with Kutcher as an executive producer — and will feature different celebrity pranksters.

According to Access Hollywood, Justin Bieber gets to pull the first prank. But who’s the unsuspecting target?

The site reports that Bieber’s good friend Taylor Swift is on the receiving end of the yet-to-be revealed practical joke for the first new episode, which was filmed last week.

Showing up unexpectedly happens to be something Bieber is pretty good at — he’s kind of known for crashing his friend’s concerts and events.

Just last week, Bieber surprised fans at Swift’s LA concert by joining the country singer on stage for a duet of his hit single, “Baby.”