THR is reporting that Elizabeth Banks is in talks to play Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games. Must discuss this during the liveblog.

I can see what they’re going for in the sense that Effie is the ultimate packager from the Capitol. In that spirit, Effie is totally Hollywood. And Elizabeth, she can totally do Hollywood. It’s just that… there’s an edge to Elizabeth. A hardness to her that’s more President Coin – though a younger version – than ringletty high pitched squealy Effie. Just me?

Looks like they’re moving fast on completing the casting though. And they well should. The film is due out in theatres in 11 months and they haven’t even started shooting. Peeta meanwhile is spending his weekends at Coachella looking more and more unsuitable and unsexy. The more I think about it, the more this/he grosses me out.

Anyway, here’s Elizabeth on Saturday at the Malaria No More event in LA. I know you think those shoes are ugly. And they are. But I’m into it. A lot. Like I just spent 15 minutes looking online but I can’t find the exact pair like hers with the strip of straw banding in the heel. Fine then, join the search. They’re Prada.

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