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War Veteran and Model Alex Minsky is Now One of the Hunger Games' District Heroes: PHOTOS

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Alex Minsky, the Afghanistan war veteran-turned-underwear model who lost his leg after an IED exploded under him in June 2009 and whose recovery from both that and alcoholism has inspired as much admiration as his physical beauty, is featured in promotions for the new Hunger Games sequel Mockingjay on its 'Capitol Couture' website, along with several other of Panem's district heroes.

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

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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

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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'

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

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

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

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

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Here's Coldplay's Lyric Video for Their 'Hunger Games' Track 'Atlas': VIDEO

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Coldplay dropped an ethereal new track for the upcoming Hunger Games film Catching Fire today.

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