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The Muppets Parody The Hunger Games

To promote their theatrical release last year The Muppets released a series of hilarious parody trailers in which footage from their movie was recut to resemble some other film. Now The Muppets is coming to DVD, and they’re at it again.

This time they’re targeting The Hunger Games with a trailer in which, well, the Muppets fight each other a lot. Some of this should be familiar to those of you who’ve read the books, but even if it’s not it’s worth watching simply because the Muppets are genius and, no kidding The Muppets was one of the best movies of last year.

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Two New Hunger Games TV Spots

It is officially one month until The Hunger Games hits theaters across the United States. Lionsgate has been feeding the masses a steady stream of marketing for the film since at least summer 2011 (when they handed out large posters and mockingjay pins at Comic Con International), and waging carefully staged online campaigns that sorted fans into their Districts, provided regular “updates” on the tributes, and sent out messages from President Snow. The last few months have brought the traditional theatrical tailers and promo spots, including two new 30-second spots released on Wednesday.

Both spots heavily feature the same footage of tribute selection and Katniss’s volunteering as every other trailer for the film, but the first spot focuses primarily on Katniss and her little sister, Primrose. The message of this spot is how much Katniss loves her family and the fact that she will put her life on the line to protect them.

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Watch The Hunger Games Used To Mock Lana Del Ray

Lana Del Ray must have whiplash from the quick shifts in cultural opinion about her.  First she’s adored, then she tanks on Saturday Night Live, now the internet is brimming with spoofs and mockery of her deadpan, “hipster torch song” style.  But one spoof rises above them all.  

Written and performed by The Second City cast member Holly Laurent, “Lana Del Ray’s Hunger Games” splices together random cartoons, vintage home movies and educational film, and clips from The Hunger Games trailers (edited to be the same washed-out quality as the other footage) into a great mockery of Del Ray’s visual and vocal style.  It also gently pokes fun at some of the sillier things in The Hunger Games that fans of the books will enjoy.

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Hunger Games Super Bowl Trailer Ends With The X-Files Themesong

The Super Bowl trailer for The Hunger Games has hit the internet early. Why wait to debut it during the multi-million dollar advertising time you paid for when you can unceremoniously release it on the internet on some random Thursday morning? Makes sense, I guess?

So here’s the new Hunger Games trailer. Watch and we’ll talk more after the jump.

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2012 Sci-Fi Movie Preview: Everything You Should Be Excited About

In theory 2012 will be an amazing year for science fiction at the movies. Following the meager offerings of 2011, that’s pretty good news. Whether any of these upcoming films will deliver remains to be seen, but standing here and now looking over the precipice of a new year, 2012 looks like it could be one of the best years for science fiction ever.

Here’s a look at the upcoming sci-fi movies we think you should be most excited about in 2012.

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New Hunger Games Images: Haymitch, Peeta, And Cinna Talk It Out

What’s most interesting about the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series is that they’re taking it seriously. The books themselves are overbearing in their tone and style with the young adult tropes, but there’s a sinister quality to Collins’ world that makes the story intriguing. It’s easy to dismiss the books as mediocre pop culture fodder, and I think that could have been an obvious route for the films. Let’s just hope that the marketing team hasn’t fooled us all and The Hunger Games ends up being another mindless Twilight style lazy piece of filmmaking

With each image and trailer it becomes ever more apparent that whatever happens come release day in March, someone really wanted The Hunger Games film to be more than a pale adaptation. We have new images from the film. The movie releases in March and I doubt we’re going to see too much more, at least of major note.

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