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"It's the Things We Love Most... That Destroy Us"

The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was released yesterday in advance of the film's November 21 opening.

Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss Everdeen, along with Donald Sutherland as President Snow. In this one, Katniss is the Mockingjay, the symbol of revolution against the Capitol.

Also featured in this new movie: Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore and the recently departed Philip Seymour Hoffman.

He passed away before filming was complete for Part 2, so it will be interesting to see what producers do with his role.

Meanwhile, check out the trailer.

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Usher Rises to the Challenge

Ellen DeGeneres is obsessed with American Ninja Warrior.

So it makes perfect sense that you set up an ANW obstacle course in her studio parking lot.

Strictly for fun, she invites celebrities to take the challenge.

A major music star ran the course on yesterday's show.

Okay, it was Usher. Not surprisingly, he invented some new moves. Check it out here...

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New View Coming Up

Season 18 of The View started up yesterday - did you catch it?

Whoopi Goldberg returns. Rosie O'Donnell is back - despite quitting the show seven years ago and vowing never to return. Actress Rosie Perez joined the team. And the fourth member, also new to the show, is conservative political commentator Nicolle Wallace.

You'll remember at the end of season 17, hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were unceremoniously wheeled out the door. And the show's creator, Barbara Walters, retired over the summer.

The first show, from all reports, had all the elements of a shaky shakedown cruise. Let's see if the boat will stay afloat...

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Vintage Bad Taste

The folks at Urban Outfitters have redefined "bad taste" with a recent offering on their website for a vintage Kent State sweatshirt.

It appears to have bloodstains and bullet holes on it, and instantly conjured up memories of the 1970 shooting of four Kent State students by the Ohio National Guard during a Vietnam war protest. Urban Outfitters apologized, saying that the sweatshirt was simply sun-faded, and not designed intentionally to look the way it looked.

There's about two people who work for UO who buy that story. And even fewer people on the outside.

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Rhapsody, or Not?

It's always risky to produce a cover version of a classic song.

Even more risky when the tune has achieved iconic status, like Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

It's one of those songs where just about everyone knows every note and every bit of lyric.

So why would a rock group like Panic! At The Disco take the chance? And a live version to boot.

One critic says that the lead singer's "voice is perfectly suitable for the journey of this great song."

What do you think? Does this live up to Freddie Mercury?

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Just When You Thought Things Couldn't Get Worse for Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke's in the middle of a lawsuit with the family of Marvin Gaye about the music that went into his big hit, "Blurred Lines."

You'll recall that despite its hit status, the song stirred up a lot of controversy, ending up with Robin being labeled a mysogynist - and that's a generous characterization.

It didn't help any that Miley Cyrus joined him on-stage at the Grammys to twerk along in her mostly-naked style as Robin sang the tune dressed as Beetlejuice.

Anyway, the lawsuit claims that Robin and the song's producer, Pharrell Williams, were heavily influenced by and may have borrowed some of Gaye's music. The Gaye family says that Robin gave interview after interview saying how much Gaye inspired him and the creative process that went into the song.

Now, in a deposition from April that's just been made public, Robin's singing a different song. From the transcript:

"I was high on vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn't want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit."

He also says in the year following the song becoming a hit, he never gave one sober interview.

Which helps explain the Beetlejuice fashion choice too...

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Party Trick or Talent?

Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, was crowned Miss America last night in Atlantic City.

For the talent portion of the competition, she sat cross-legged on the stage and sang Pharrell's "Happy" while banging a red cup on the floor.

Afterwards, she explained the cup.
"The reason why I chose to do that talent is I wanted every single little girl in America to be able to see that you can do that talent — you can do whatever talent you want on national television — even with a red cup — and still be Miss America and have the time of your life. I literally in that minute and 30 seconds had the most fun I've ever had, and that's because I stayed true to myself and I did what I wanted to do for my talent, no matter what everybody else told me, and it paid off. I'm very happy about it."
And there's the lesson for all future Miss America contestants.

Why waste money on singing lessons or music lessons when all you have to do is master a Solo cup?
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Ray Rice Gets Advice?

Ray Rice has been the subject of a lot of chatter these past few weeks, especially since he was released by the Baltimore Ravens after video surfaced of him knocking his then-girlfriend out in a casino elevator in Atlantic City.

Everyone's talking about domestic abuse because of it, and it's good for the conversation to happen.

But then you get interviews like this one, with Chris Brown doling out advice on MTV to Rice.

Yes, that Chris Brown. The one convicted of felony assault after beating Rihanna five years ago.

There's something that doesn't feel right about that… Maybe it's just me.

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Stuff That Face

There's got to be a room filled with Tonight Show writers dedicated solely to cooking up wacky stunts.

And there's got to be another room filled with producers who have the uncanny ability to talk celebrities into doing just about anything.

The latest offering: a Face-Stuffing Contest, where a celebrity faces off (pun intended!) against Jimmy Fallon eating some fun foods with interesting utensils.

In this case, spaghetti with whisks, loaded nachos with salad tongs, and blueberry pie with no utensils at all.

The celebrity? Tony- and Emmy-winning actress Glenn Close, who returns to Broadway soon in "A Delicate Balance."

Be sure to watch this one til the end. It's pretty funny.

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Say What, Kanye?

While perforing in Australia over the weekend, Kanye West stopped his concert and said he couldn't go on until everyone was standing. He then went to great lengths to point out the two people who hadn't stood up with the rest.

One guy stood, but waved his prosthetic leg at Kanye, who gave him permission to sit back down.

But other guy didn't stand, and Kanye refused to start the show. When Kanye was told the concertgoer was in a wheelchair, Kanye allegedly told his security team to make sure the guy was handicapped. He didn't start the show until that was confirmed.

Way to go, Yeezy. Paying $100 or more to see you isn't enough to prove someone's a fan. Now you've got to get out of your seat too?

Or maybe Kanye thinks he's a healing force.

How long do you think it will be before he's on the road perfoming in "Yeezus Christ: Superstar?"

There's video of the incident, and it's painful to watch - especially when the audience started booing the guys who didn't stand up and yelled, "Stand up! Stand up!"

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