New 'Hunger Games' trailer: What do you think?
February 3rd, 2012
03:34 PM ET

New 'Hunger Games' trailer: What do you think?

The countdown is on for "The Hunger Games" (48 more days to go!) and a new trailer has arrived.

It's only a minute and a few seconds long, but the intensity of the scenes used is enough to make even those who haven't read the books raise a brow of interest.

As with the first theatrical trailer, we see Katniss Everdeen, the 16-year-old heroine of Suzanne Collins' novels, volunteer to take her younger sister Primrose's place in the televised battles teens are forced into in this dystopian tale.

This time around, we also see a hint more of Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence's performance as Katniss, as she has a difficult exchange with her childhood friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and heads to the Capitol.

She also encounters characters like Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and her competitor/love interest, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).

"The Hunger Games" will be released on March 23.


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Melissa Etheridge: Komen decision would have cost lives
February 3rd, 2012
03:16 PM ET

Melissa Etheridge: Komen decision would have cost lives

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has reversed its decision to cut off funding for some of its projects with Planned Parenthood, a move that undoubtedly has lifted the spirits of Melissa Etheridge.

The singer was just one of many who reacted strongly to the news that Komen, a non-profit that’s raised millions to fight breast cancer, had decided to withdraw funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood locations.

Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor herself, said the decision would cost lives, especially among poor women who rely on Planned Parenthood to pay for breast cancer screening.

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'Jersey Shore' is 'legit' disgusting
February 3rd, 2012
12:02 PM ET

'Jersey Shore' is 'legit' disgusting

Last night’s “Jersey Shore” was one of the dirtier episodes we’ve seen in the show’s five seasons. And not in a good way.

We’ve watched the cast urinate in some interesting places – behind the bar at Karma, etc. – but never in the middle of the dance floor.

Oddly enough, it wasn’t just Snooki’s blood alcohol content that caused the meatball’s accident. She was also suffering from a UTI, which she said doesn’t stand for Ultimate Tanning Institute, contrary to popular belief.

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Friday Top Five: Are you ready for some football?
February 3rd, 2012
11:51 AM ET

Friday Top Five: Are you ready for some football?

Even if you're not into the actual pigskin, you're probably nonetheless looking forward to the party that comes along with Super Bowl, so consider this week's Friday Top Five to be your warm-up.

The football film is as time-honored a tradition as the Super Bowl itself, and narrowing the playing field isn't easy. Even the less well-executed in this genre can warm the heart and lift the spirits with tales of teamwork, persistence and (eventually) triumph.

But the best football movies, in our opinion, also reflect the ugly side of that success as well, be it on the high school football field or in the pros.

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Madonna releases video for 'Give Me All Your Luvin'
February 3rd, 2012
11:30 AM ET

Madonna releases video for 'Give Me All Your Luvin'

This is the week of Madonna, if you haven't noticed.

Her movie "W.E." opens today in limited release, she's performing at the Super Bowl on Sunday, and when she's not promising to keep her clothes on during her act, she's also releasing new music from her upcoming album, "M.D.N.A."

Fans got a preview of the video for her track "Give Me All Your Luvin'" during "American Idol" on Thursday, and on Friday, Madge released the video in full. The single itself, a version of which leaked in November, officially premiered on radio Friday morning.

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'30 Rock': Lemon Jack, Liz and the art of negotiation
February 3rd, 2012
11:00 AM ET

'30 Rock': Lemon Jack, Liz and the art of negotiation

On this week’s "30 Rock," everyone was negotiating something, whether it was their contract, their career, or their emotions.

Liz had to renegotiate her contract, and her list of demands included a real hospital bed in her office. “The catchphrase 'This smells'? I wrote that. And when 20 cult members jump off a bridge together wearing ‘This Smells’ T-shirts, I should get a cut of that sale.”

Studying up to face off with Jack, Liz found the perfect weapon: His old negotiation seminar from Boca 2002!

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