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Turns out MTV Video Music Awards pre-show host Selena Gomez didn't need any of our advice after all. The 19-year-old starlet handled her black carpet hosting duties like a pro—all while flaunting one of our favorite looks of the night.

Selena looked simply stunning in a gothic-esque black lace Julien McDonald half-gown accessorized with gold heels and clutch. She wore her hair in a simple up-swept 'do that let all the attention linger on the frock's intricate neckline (which we totally loved!).

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We've nibbled on tiny morsels all week, but now it's time for the main course: the full "Hunger Games" EXCLUSIVE sneak peek, which debuted on tonight's MTV Video Music Awards! Click play on the video below to watch the entire clip in all its blazing glory.

The footage opens rather ambiguously on a wooded area—Is it the forest outside of District 12 where heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) hunted with friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth)? Or the arena hosting the televised death match? Our questions are answered quickly as Katniss blazes into frame, running at a break neck pace in her Hunger Games uniform, complete with orange back pack. But Gale isn't far from her mind, as his words keep her surging forward: "Okay, listen. You're stronger than they are. They just want a good show. That's all they want. You know how to hunt. Show them how good you are."

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Okay, so we know that Lionsgate did a perfectly fine job casting actual actors like Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games," but considering that the MTV Video Music Awards are thisclose and that the flick's first footage will make its debut during said ceremony, we thought it would be fun to cast the flick using—you guessed it!—some of the biggest nominees from the night.

So, here we go with "The Hunger Games: Pop-Star Edition"!

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One day. That's all that's left until the first "Hunger Games" footage premieres at the MTV Video Music Awards, airing Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

We've been doing anything and everything the past week to pass the time, and today we've decided to take a trip way back to 2010, when we still thought "The Hunger Games" would only be adapted into three movies and figured Jennifer Lawrence was off the table for the role of Katniss Everdeen because she didn't have brown hair. How naïve!

"The Hunger Games" turned out to be a bit different than we first thought it would be when it was optioned back in 2009. After the jump, we review a few movie rumors that didn't have the odds in their favor. Though they didn't come true, these misleading stories kept us guessing until they were disproved.

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You've seen the VMA promo. And examined the teaser photo 20 bajillion times. And now here's your chance to get another look at the much-anticipated exclusive sneak peek of "The Hunger Games," airing during this Sunday's Video Music Awards!

In the clip above, we get a brief glimpse of heroine Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) blazing through the arena woods, in full Hunger Games uniform. What's she running from exactly? Well, you'll just have to tune in Sunday to find out for sure.

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Selena Gomez is set to appear as our special pre-show correspondent at the 2011 Video Music Awards this Sunday. She’ll be reporting live from the black carpet when the show goes live from sunny L.A., and a slew of A-listers are set to walk the carpet and party it up at the biggest music bash of the year.

This week, we caught up with Selena’s pal, Demi Lovato, at a fan meet and greet, and she was pretty sure that Selena could handle the hosting gig without any additional words of wisdom from her. "I have no advice because I’ve never hosted anything in my life," the "Skyscraper" singer said with a laugh.

Okay, so Demi may not have any advice for Bieber’s best gal, but she did have this to say about her Disney cohort: "But she's great; she'll do fine."

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Who's got the luckiest butt at this year's Video Music Awards? It's debatable, but we're putting our money on Kim Kardashian as the big winner: the celebrity seating assignments for Sunday night's show have been revealed, and the reality TV darling will be planting her famously famous derriere right next to none other than Taylor Lautner. And between Kim's butt and Taylor's bod, these seats are about to contain more sexiness per square inch than any other pair in the house.

Also of note: the Diva Seats, where Britney Spears will be camped out right next to Beyoncé, and the Aww You're Killing Us With The Cuteness Seats, where VMA pre-show host Selena Gomez will be cuddling up alongside real-life boyfriend Justin Bieber. Think we'll catch them stealing a smooch during the commercial breaks? Or will they be playing it cool for the cameras? (Our guess: the latter, for safety's sake. Fans of the Biebs can be vicious when threatened.)

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By now, you've heard the good news that the lovely Selena Gomez will be MTV's black-carpet bestie at the upcoming Video Music Awards: co-hosting our live, special pre-show segment and schmoozing it up with the stars we love. (It all goes down Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT!)

But before the big night rolls around, it's important to make sure she's prepared...and because the Hollywood Crush staff have been around the VMA block a time or two—and because, when it comes to the habits of highly effective pre-show hosts, we know all the things—we're offering Selena a little of our own expert advice on how to avoid five common on-camera blunders! Because when it's live and anything can happen, you should absolutely not, under any circumstances, break the following rules:

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You've probably heard by now (and if you haven't, you're likely huddled in a cave somewhere) that the first look at the big-screen adaptation of "The Hunger Games" will catch fire this Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards. While that's still several days away, we have something to temper your hunger until then: a teeny, tiny morsel of the footage in question!

Click play on the video below to watch "The Hunger Games" VMA promo!

Obviously, we couldn't give too much away here, but you will see the iconic Mockingjay symbol ablaze and a quick clip of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in her Hunger Games uniform, ducking from some unseen danger. (And knowing the arena, there's no shortage of deadly menaces to choose from...)

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Selena Gomez might currently be making headlines because she is Miss Justin Bieber, but the 19-year-old triple-threat is a certified starlet in her own right. She's a Disney Channel icon, a platinum-selling musical artist and a box-office queen, and she's done it all before the age of 20. Selena's next big gig is co-hosting the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show this Sunday, so we figured now is as good a time as any to look back at Selena's evolution into an A-list teen star.


Born in Grand Prairie, Texas, on July 22, 1992, Selena was inspired to go into acting by her mother, stage actress Mandy Teefey. She got her big start on television at age seven when she played Gianna on "Barney & Friends," and then transitioned to film thanks to small roles in "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" and "Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire." After two years in Hollywood, Selena was discovered by the Disney Channel during a nationwide scouting, and she quickly became a part of a new generation of Disney stars.

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