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“Hunger Games” Star Talks 'Heavy Flow' in Pro-Obama Ad

Dominique Charriau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks may not want to talk to her employer about her intimate women's health issues, but she candidly lays them out for Obama supporters in the president's latest campaign ad.

Banks, who most recently played Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, admits she got birth control from Planned Parenthood as an uninsured recent college graduate "for my massive migraine headaches and my heavy flow."

"These aren't the types of things I want to discuss with employers," Banks said, weighing in on the debate between Republicans and Democrats over Planned Parenthood funding. "That's between me and my doctor and at the time my doctor happened to be at Planned Parenthood. So I'm really grateful they exist."

Banks said she is supporting Obama because he has "not compromised on women's rights," while his GOP rival Mitt Romney wants to cut funding to Planned Parenthood over the small percentage of the health care provider's business that goes to providing abortions.

"For that little 5 percent that Mitt Romney decides he doesn't agree with he's going to take away cancer screenings? What is he doing?" Banks says in the ad. "He's going to take away people's access to health care close by."

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"Hunger Games," "Twilight," Justin Bieber Win Big at Teen Choice Awards

Lionsgate Films(LOS ANGELES) -- The casts of The Hunger Games and the Twilight saga were all winners at Sunday’s 14th annual Teen Choice Awards.

The Teen Choice surfboard trophies were handed out at a ceremony in Los Angeles hosted by Glee actor Kevin McHale and new X Factor judge Demi Lovato.  The event was broadcast on Fox.  Lovato announced that some 134 million votes were cast by fans for the awards.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 took home awards for choice romance movie and choice movie actress for its star, Kristen Stewart.  The Twilight saga also received the ultimate choice award to bring its total number of Teen Choice Awards to 41.  Stewart and her Twilight co-stars, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, accepted the ultimate choice award on behalf of the film.  Pattinson and Stewart handed their surfboard trophies to fans in the audience.

Josh Hutcherson was named choice movie actor sci-fi/fantasy his role in The Hunger Games.  The film was also named choice book and choice movie: sci-fi/fantasy.  Hutcherson and his Hunger Games co-star, Jennifer Lawrence, were honored with the Teen Choice Award for choice lip lock.  Lawrence was also named choice actress in a sci-fi/fantasy.  Hunger Games co-star Liam Hemsworth was named choice movie scene stealer.  Alexander Ludwig was named choice movie villain for his role in The Hunger Games.

The TV series The Vampire Diaries picked up several awards, including choice TV show sci-fi fantasy and choice TV actor sci-fi/fantasy for its star, Ian Somerholder.  The actor was also named choice hottie: male.  Star Nina Dobrev was named choice TV actress, sci-fi/fantasy.  Vampire Diaries actor Michael Treveno was named choice male TV scene stealer.

The TV series Pretty Little Liars won four awards, including choice TV drama.

Zac Effron was named choice movie actor: drama and choice movie actor: romance for The Lucky One. The movie also won the surfboard trophy for choice movie: drama.

Jonah Hill lost out to veteran actor Christopher Plummer in the best supporting actor category at the Academy Awards earlier this year, but Hill was a winner Sunday, taking home honors for choice movie: comedy for 21 Jump Street.

Hill told the audience, “I got nominated for an Oscar earlier this year, and I lost out to a guy named Christopher Plummer…And I’d just like to point out that he’s not nominated for anything tonight.  So I’m better.”

Justin Bieber was named choice male artist and Taylor Swift choice female artist.  Bieber was also named choice male music star of the summer and choice male fashion icon.  His tune, “Boyfriend,” was named choice single by a male artist.

Swift also won awards for choice country artist, choice single by a female artist for “Eyes Open,” choice country song for “Sparks Fly” and choice movie voice for her work as Audrey in Dr. Suess’ The Lorax.  Swift’s five wins Sunday gives her a total of 20 Teen Choice Awards.

The broadcast featured performances by Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida and No Doubt, which delivered the first TV performance of their new single, “Settle Down.”

Ellen DeGeneres received the choice comedian award, and asked the audience during her acceptance speech about those surfboard trophies.

The comedian asked, “What does [the surfboard] have to do with anything?”

Here’s a rundown of winners in non-music categories:

Choice TV Show, Sci-Fi/Fantasy: The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Drama: Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV comedy: Glee
Choice TV Actress, Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actor, Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Choice Male TV Scene Stealer: Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Female Scene Stealer: Candice Accola, The Vampire Diaries
Choice Female TV Breakout Star: Hannah Simone, New Girl
Choice Summer TV Star, Female: Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actress, Drama: Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV Actor, Drama: Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
Choice TV reality star: Pauly D
Choice TV Actor, Action: Adam Rodriguez, CSI: Miami
Choice Movie, Comedy: 21 Jump Street
Choice Movie Actor, Drama: Zac Efron, The Lucky One
Choice Actress, Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Choice Movie Scene Stealer, Male: Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games
Choice Movie Villain: Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games
Choice Comedy Actress: Emma Stone, Crazy, Stupid, Love
Choice Drama Actress: Emma Stone, The Help
Choice Movie Breakout: Rihanna, Battleship
Choice Movie of the Summer: Katy Perry: Part of Me
Choice Female Movie Star of the Summer: Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman
Ultimate Choice Award: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner
Choice Movie, Romance: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Choice Movie Actress, Romance: Kristen Stewart, Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Choice Movie Actor, Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games
Choice Hissy Fit: Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman
Choice Liplock: Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
Choice Book: The Hunger Games
Choice Comedian: Ellen DeGeneres
Choice Web Stars: Sophia Grace and Rosie
Choice Twit: Demi Lovato
Choice Male Hottie: Ian Somerhalder
Choice Female Hottie: Miley Cyrus
Inspire Award: Miranda Cosgrove

Here’s a rundown of the music winners:

Choice Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Choice Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Choice Music Group: Selena Gomez & The Scene
Choice Summer Music Star, Female: Demi Lovato
Choice Summer Music Star, Male: Justin Bieber
Choice Summer Music Star, Group: One Direction
Choice Breakout Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
Choice Breakout Group: One Direction
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song: “Starships,” Nicki Minaj
Choice Rock Group: Fun
Choice Rock Song: “Paradise,” Coldplay
Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist: David Guetta
Choice Single by a Group: “We Are Young,” fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
Choice Single by a Female Artist: “Eyes Open,” Taylor Swift
Choice Single by a Male Artist: “Boyfriend,” Justin Bieber
Choice Male Country Artist: Hunter Hayes
Choice Female Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Choice Country Song: “Sparks Fly,” Taylor Swift
Choice Country Group: Lady Antebellum
Choice Summer Song: “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
Choice Love Song: “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction
Choice Break-Up Song: “Payphone,” Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa

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'Hunger Games' Heroine Jennifer Lawrence Helps in Real-Life Emergency

Sasha/X17(LOS ANGELES) -- Katniss Everdeen to the rescue!

Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence turned real-life heroine Monday evening, when she assisted in a real-life emergency outside her home.

Lawrence, 21, was walking her dog when she came across a young girl on the front lawn of her Santa Monica, Calif., apartment complex, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. The story was originally reported by

“We had a concerned resident call 911 about a female juvenile who apparently passed out or may have been intoxicated,” Sgt. Richard Lewis told ABC News.

Although Lawrence wasn’t the one to make the call, the actress who plays Hunger Games' Katniss calmly stayed with the young girl until police arrived. The girl was treated and cleared to leave. Police were unsure whether she lived in the area.

The Oscar nominee will start filming Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, later this year alongside Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.

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"Hunger Games" Sequel "Catching Fire" Hits Theaters November 2013

Lionsgate Films(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of The Hunger Games will have to wait until next year to find out what happens onscreen to Katniss as she heads back to District 12 a champion.  Lionsgate says Catching Fire, the sequel to the hit movie, will arrive in theaters on Nov. 22, 2013.

Catching Fire, based on Suzanne Collins' 2009 bestselling sequel, picks up where The Hunger Games left off with a rebellion brewing in the Capitol. To quell the uprising, Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark must return for a special edition of The Hunger Games.

Francis Lawrence, whose credits include I Am Legend and Water for Elephants, signed on to direct the sequel after Hunger Games' director Gary Ross backed out of the film.

"It is truly an honor and a privilege to bring Catching Fire, the second chapter of Suzanne's beloved trilogy, to the big screen," Lawrence said. "I fell in love with the characters, the themes and the world she created and this chapter opens all of these elements up in such a thrilling, emotional and surprising way."

Ross passed on the chance to direct the sequel because he felt the production schedule was too tight. "As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule," he said in a statement released by Lionsgate.

All of the film's stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, are set to return for the sequel.

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Underage "Hunger Games" Star Allegedly Buys Whiskey with Fake ID

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Josh Hutcherson, the 19-year-old star of The Hunger Games, has been photographed leaving a Los Angeles grocery store with a bottle of alcohol, reports TMZ.

The actor, who plays Peeta Mellark in the hit movie, allegedly used a fake ID to obtain the bottle of Macallan Whiskey. Just a few weeks ago, Josh spoke on camera to TMZ saying, “I think the age to go to war is 18…so I think the drinking age should be 18 as well.” A representative for Hutcherson has not commented on the matter.

A spokesperson for the grocery chain, Ralphs, told TMZ, “We strictly enforce all laws relating to the sale of alcohol to minors. We will investigate these allegations and take any steps necessary.”

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"Hunger Games" Tops Box Office Again

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(LOS ANGELES)  -- Wrath of the Titans felt the wrath of The Hunger Games over the weekend.

For the second consecutive weekend, The Hunger Games topped the box office, earning an estimated 61.1 million dollars. The blockbuster film has raked in $251 million domestically in 10 days of release and is now the highest-grossing film of the year to date, surpassing Dr. Seuss' the Lorax.

Wrath of the Titans, a sequel to the 2010 remake Clash of the Titans, debuted in second place, raising $34.2 million dollars. Julia Roberts' Snow White film Mirror Mirror opened in the third spot, with $19 million.

The highly-publicized documentary Bully pulled in $115,000 in five theaters. The Weinstein Company released the film in unrated form on Friday after it unsuccessfully tried to overturn the R rating assigned to it by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:
1. The Hunger Games, $61.1 million
2. Wrath of the Titans, $34.2 million
3. Mirror Mirror, $19 million
4. 21 Jump Street, $15 million
5. Dr. Seuss' the Lorax, $8 million
6. John Carter, $2 million
7. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, $1.3 million
8. Act of Valor, $1 million
9. A Thousand Words, $915,000
10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, $835,000

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Racist Tweets Target 'Hunger Games' Stars

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- While The Hunger Games has been a huge box office success, there are a few fans who have tweeted racially-insensitive complaints about the film.

The tweets specifically targeted Lenny Kravitz, who plays Cinna, an adviser to Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss, and Amandla Stenberg, who plays Katniss' young companion Rue. Both actors are black.

A Tumblr blog titled "Hunger Games Tweets" has drawn attention to the tweets. One tweet reads, "call me racist but when i found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad #ihatemyself." There are other tweets that cannot be republished here due to their insensitive nature.

The book on which the movie is based describes Rue as having "dark brown skin and eyes." Cinna's race is not disclosed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, many of the Twitter accounts that published the tweets have been shut down.

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Movie Review: "The Hunger Games"

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dystopian.  Post apocalyptic.  Long after Justin Bieber is gone.   Welcome to the world of The Hunger Games.

Based on the best-selling young adult book series, our first glimpse into this world is a television interview -- Stanley Tucci’s ostentatious, blue-haired Caesar Flickerman interviewing head Gamemaker Seneca Crane on a set that resembles American Idol's.  Appropriate, since Flickerman would be the result if Ryan Seacrest fathered a child with Phyllis Diller. More about him later.

Then the fun begins.

What was once the United States of America is now the country of Panem, a totalitarian regime comprised of 12 Districts under the sadistic rule of the Capitol.  Its iron-fisted grip around its citizens' necks tightens once a year during the dreaded Hunger Games: a tournament to the death between 24 teens, one boy and one girl from each district.  The unwilling participants are called tributes, as in a tribute to the Capitol as a reminder of how it subjugated the districts all those years ago.  The Hunger Games are big television: like the Super Bowl, only with lots of death, better technology and no commercials.  Even the Reaping, when the teens are drafted into The Hunger Games, is shown across the nation.

Enter our hero, Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence.  Katniss is a hunter who sneaks beyond the electric fence surrounding abject poverty of her District 12 home to provide for her mother and sister.  Beyond that fence, she meets up with her handsome friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and also retrieves the bow and arrows she hides in a tree.  Unlike the heroine in that other teen literary sensation, Katniss will not fall in love with a vampire or flirt with a werewolf; she has far less fantastical problems in this gritty reality.  Every second she lives is the result of a life and death decision -- including her heroic decision to volunteer for the games in the place of her little sister Prim when the latter's name is called at the Reaping.

So, what about the actual Hunger Games?   In a word: spectacular.  Under Gary Ross’ direction, the games seem like an actual annual event he's filmed before.  You don't need 3D and those pesky glasses to feel right in the middle of 2D action that's so realistic, you might pull a hamstring just watching it.   Visually, the futuristic control room where Seneca Crane and his team manipulate the arena, both challenging and attempting to kill the tributes, is reminiscent of the one in The Truman Show, only 3000 times cooler.

The supporting cast is terrific as well.  Josh Hutcherson plays fellow tribute and potential love interest Peeta Mellark with subtlety and quiet confidence.  Also great is rock star Lenny Kravitz in his much buzzed-about role as Cinna, Katniss' stylist and sounding board.  Elizabeth Banks plays the outlandish Effie Trinket with relish, Woody Harrelson nails his role as the alcoholic former Hunger Games winner Haymitch Abernathy, and Stanley Tucci brings so much fun to Caesar Flickerman, he could have his own movie or TV show -- heck, his own breakfast cereal!  Flicker Flakes, anyone?  

It’s not all good, though. Donald Sutherland’s dictatorial President Snow shows a tremendous amount of restraint: too much, as he never seems quite as scary as he should be. That lack of fear that blunts the emotional impact of the film's ending, but doesn’t negate at least two other scenes that'll have you either cheering or will bring you to tears.

Ultimately, though, The Hunger Games doesn’t work without Jennifer Lawrence.  This future Oscar winner -- a bold statement, yes, though not for this role -- is the embodiment of Katniss Everdeen, and movie audiences will be smitten.  

As far as comparing The Hunger Games books to The Hunger Games, the film?  I’m now a fan of both.

Four out of five stars.

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