Finally, some Hunger Games casting news that seems unlikely to spark Twitter outrage or disrupt homeroom: Elizabeth Banks is in talks to join the closely watched production as Effie Trinket, the bubbly, oblivious “escort” (though not in that sense) who cheerily guides young contestants to their likely doom. Having brought likability and warmth to even the coldest of neocon statements on 30 Rock—she can make drilling for oil in gorilla habitats sound perfectly lovely—Banks seems like an excellent choice. Now pay attention to your algebra teacher, otherwise you’ll never learn how to adjust the quantities in recipes.

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