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Elizabeth Banks is helping to kick off Realtor.com’s new “real estate in real time” campaign with a fun new commercial directed by Fred Savage!

In the clip, Banks portrays a sassy real estate-obsessed version of herself who is observing a real estate buyer named Jim Bob as he browses Realtor.com.

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“You’re a real-time real estate renegade there, Jim Bob,” she says. “An arbiter of accuracy. A phenom of fresh listings. A master of mortgage rates. A ruler of refinancing. An emperor of escrow. Jim, let’s live in that house together.”
While director Savage is best known for playing Kevin Arnold on “The Wonder Years,” and will appear in the new FOX show “Grinder,” he has many TV directing credits to his name, including “Modern Family,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The Wizards of Waverly Place.”

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Posted by Claudia on May 13th, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Everyone warned Elizabeth Banks against filming the outdoor concert finale for “Pitch Perfect 2.” It was June in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was scorching hot, it was hurricane season, and they would have to build a full, functioning stage and recruit a small town of extras to make it believable.

But Banks knew what she wanted.

“I kept saying, ‘I don’t care, it’s going to look cool, we’ve got to do it’,” said the actress, producer, and now, feature director.

It took nearly a month to build the Glastonbury Festival-inspired stage. As for the extras, the production sent out an open invitation casting call to fans of “Pitch Perfect.”

Over 3,000 people showed up.

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Posted by Claudia on May 13th, 2015



Posted by Claudia on May 6th, 2015



After producing the surprise smash original — and playing more than 70 different characters — the star of ‘Hunger Games’ now hungers for something else: a place among Hollywood’s most exclusive club — female directors. Says Banks: “This is the test. And I like to get A’s.”

The cast and crew of Pitch Perfect 2 are waiting to shoot a musical sequence in which Anna Kendrick and the rapper (once again) known as Snoop Dogg sing a Christmas duet. Except it’s July. And it’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And it’s 93 degrees. Kendrick’s makeup is melting off her face. Dogg is practically panting. A crewmember gives the ancient air-conditioner unit a whack, but it just keeps sputtering warm air.

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Posted by Claudia on April 30th, 2015

Unfortunately Elizabeth wasn’t at the event but she won, because honestly who could if not Effie Trinkett make it?

Best On-Screen Transformation: Elizabeth Banks, Mockingjay—Part 1

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Posted by Claudia on April 13th, 2015

What if you had the power to change your life just by saying thank you? It sounds pretty elementary for such a monumental shift — but that’s what gratitude can do, according to director and Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks.

Banks spoke on the American Greetings gratitude panel Tuesday night, where she explained how the simple act has made a big difference in her own world. The panel was inspired by the company’s ThankList initiative, which is designed to encourage people to express thanks for the people and experiences who have shaped their lives.

“It’s one thing to think about someone or something that means something to you, but you have to actually say it,” Banks said. “You can’t just keep it inside. Write it down, let that person know — because really what this is all about is connectivity and the connectedness that we’re all wanting.”

Moderated by HuffPost President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, the panel also included Oscar award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple, wellness expert Deepak Chopra, psychologist Randy Kamen and motivational speaker Gabrielle Bernstein. The experts discussed who they’re thankful for and other unexpected sources of gratitude they’ve experienced in their own lives.

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Posted by Claudia on March 27th, 2015

Elizabeth Banks has been named CinemaCon’s Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year and will collect her honor at the annual exhibition industry trade show in April.

Banks is best known for her roles in “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and TV’s “30 Rock.” She makes her directorial debut with Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect 2,” after having a supporting role in and producing the first film.

“Pitch Perfect 2″ hits theaters on May 15 and brings back original stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

This summer, Banks stars in the Brian Wilson biopic “Love & Mercy” and will make appearances in “Magic Mike XXL” and the crime film “Every Secret Thing.” She will also reprise her role as Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2″ and will round out the cast of Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer” revival.

Banks’ Brownstone Productions, the company she founded with her husband, Max Handelman, recently signed a production deal at Universal.

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Posted by Claudia on March 25th, 2015

It was the tennis match heard around the world — and now the historic “battle of the sexes” between tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs is being developed into a film for HBO, Variety has learned.

Elizabeth Banks will star as King and Paul Giamatti will play Riggs in the as yet untitled project, with David Auburn (“Proof”) set to write.

Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will serve as executive producers, along with Brownstone Production’s Banks and Max Handelman.

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Posted by Claudia on March 10th, 2015

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