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SNL and Josh Hutcherson Spoof 'The Hunger Games': VIDEO


Kate McKinnon served up some Effie Trinket in Josh Hutcherson's opening monologue on SNL last night, in which cast members names were drawn out of a bowl in order that they fight to the death.

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'The Onion' Reviews 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' — VIDEO


Another perspective on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire from opinionated Onion critic Peter K. Rosenthal.


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Movies: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Post-Oscar win, JLaw gets dragged back to The Hunger Games


The Hunger Games is not without its charms. Which is a very strange thing to say about a beloved bloody genre franchise about children murdering each other... but then *I'm* not the one suggesting it become a family theme park or inspire a cosmetics line. (Both very sensible and in no way inappropriate spinoffs!) As these things go, it is infinitely preferrable to the Twilight Saga. They're the immensely popular twin (non-identical) poster girls for the increasingly crowded subgenre of YA dystopian fantasies in which a mopey teen passively navigates treacherous waters (and woods) and love triangles with death looming all around her.

Both series trade on grand suicidal gestures ('I'll die of depression/eat the poison berries, if I can't have my man... I swear!') but at least The Hunger Games is self aware. It performs these defiant adolescent gestures with a sly and stately sense of morbid theatricality instead of self-pitying angst and is generally smart enough to express ambivalence about its content beyond the binaries of Team This Boyfriend vs Team That Boyfriend.

But, yes, when we return to the deadly adventures of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) for HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE she is flip-flopping between Boyfriends.



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What To Watch This Week on TV: BBC goes Greek, 'Glee' salutes Billy Joel, Hutcherson hosts 'SNL'


Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— If you loved BBC's Merlin, there's a new fantasy-adventure coming to BBC America Saturday at 9 p.m. Inspired by Greek mythology, Atlantis follows Jason, who washes up on the mythical city's shores and finds himself alongside Pythagoras and Hercules. 

More picks and clips, including a new special from Sarah Silverman and American Horror Story's latest twist, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Final 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Trailer is Here: VIDEO


Are you ready for the continued adventures of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark?



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'Hunger Games' Star And LGBT Ally Josh Hutcherson: 'I Would Probably List Myself As Mostly Straight'

In a new interview with Out Magazine, Josh Hutcherson, who stars as Peeta in The Hunger Games, made an interesting claim about his sexuality. Instead of opting for a definitive statement of heterosexuality, the handsome twenty-one year old came out with something a little more nuanced.  

JoshyOut Magazine reports:

We’ve barely started lunch, and I’m nowhere near my usual open-ended sexuality question, when Josh Hutcherson offers this: “I would probably list myself as mostly straight.”

That “mostly” is what makes Hutcherson winningly uninhibited, but also typical of his generation. New research published in The New York Times in 2010 shows that an increasing number of guys his age identify as “mostly straight,” and Hutcherson’s ease in embracing ambiguity over neat and secure boxes speaks to his self-assurance.

“Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight,” he says. “But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person.

Hutcherson grew up in Union, Ky., a small town close to the Ohio border, and his slouchy, chill California vibe is still tinged with a soft Southern accent. Everything he says sounds easygoing. “I’ve met guys all the time that I’m like, Damn, that’s a good-looking guy, you know?” he says. “I’ve never been, like, Oh, I want to kiss that guy. I really love women. But I think defining yourself as 100% anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded.”

Of course, Hutcherson is also an ally to the LGBT community and has been for some time. He co-founded the Straight but Not Narrow campaign which encourages other heterosexual youngsters to stand up in support of their gay peers. It is certainly nice to have a youthful Hollywood star in our court--perhaps one day he'll even play for our team.

Read all about Josh's Hunger Games role, his family's gay legacy, and more about Straight but Not Narrow at

(Photo by Nino Muñoz for Out)


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