Vampire mama-drama, a Zac Efron tearjerker, a new gothic fairytale and a veritable horde of hot naked men: Yep, there was some stiff competition for the primo spot on our list of the most-anticipated movies on deck for the coming year! But with a fervent fan following, an amazing cast and one of the most inventive plot premises ever snatched up by Hollywood, not even the final film in "The Twilight Saga" or the promise of extended footage of Joe Manganiello's bare-naked butt could compete with the thrilling first film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy of YA books—and that's why "The Hunger Games" is our hands-down No. 1 pick for Hottest Movie of 2012.
It's hard to say what's more exciting about finally seeing "The Hunger Games" on the big screen: the wild costumery? The action-packed arena sequences? The incredible cast of young up-and-comers? The crowd-pleasing cameos by Stanley "The Tooch" Tucci and Woody "I Make Sadness Hilarious" Harrelson? Or, perhaps, the glorious feature film debut of Seneca Crane's beard?!
...Okay, yeah, it's obviously the beard. But the rest of it doesn't hurt—nor does the sure-to-be-sizzling chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as the film's central trio of dystopian teens. (Hey, we know how you dig a good love triangle.)
But whether you tune in for the romance, the revolution, or the sight of career tribute Clove getting stung in the eyeballs by a gajillion angry tracker-jackers, there's no doubt that the odds are ever in your favor...of liking the hell out of this movie when it hits theaters in March of next year.
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