Elizabeth Banks Ocean's Eleven

Just yesterday, it was reported Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling had joined director Gary Ross‘ Ocean’s 11 spinoff, currently unofficially titled Ocean’s Ocho (Spanish for “eight”). With Sandra BullockCate Blanchett, Bonham Carter, and Kaling, the heist team needs four more members to round out the rest of the Ocean’s Ocho. The fifth addition to the ensemble film? Possibly Elizabeth Banks, who’s worked with Gary Ross twice before.

Below, learn more about the Ocean’s 11 spinoff cast.

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Elizabeth Banks directing Pitch Perfect 3

Earlier this week we heard Universal Pictures had delayed Pitch Perfect 3 by five months, moving it from summer 2017 to Christmas. Now it appears some of that extra time will go toward finding a new director. Elizabeth Banks is no longer set to helm Pitch Perfect 3, although she will continue to serve as a producer as she did on the first two films.  Read More »

Pitch Perfect 2

A cappella fans are going to be left waiting a little bit longer for the Barden Bellas’ encore. Universal Pictures has delayed Pitch Perfect 3 by five months, moving it from summer 2017 to holiday 2017. That turns out to be good news for Regina Hall‘s new comedy Girl Trip, which will now take over Pitch Perfect 3‘s old spot.

Meanwhile over at Focus Features, Colin Trevorrow‘s follow-up to Jurassic WorldBook of Henry, is now set to open this fall. Get details on the new Pitch Perfect 3 release date and more below.  Read More »

Elizabeth Banks Rita Repulsa

Earlier this year, the first image from the reboot of Power Rangers arrived, showing off the new teenagers who will be endowed with an ancient power that will allow them to protect their city from a ruthless villain hellbent on conquering Earth. We didn’t get to see our new heroes in their power suits. Instead, they were posing for an image that easily could have been a Hollister ad.

But now we finally have an idea of the style this Power Rangers reboot will be aiming for, with a first look photo of Pitch Perfect and The Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa. The original version of the villain can be seen above, but the new Rita Repulsa looks much different, like a grimy version of Poison Ivy or a new alien from the saucy Species franchise.

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power rangers casts elizabeth banks

Let’s just get this out of the way right now: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was a bad show. You liked it when you were a kid and remain fond of it now because nostalgia is nice and comforting, but let’s not pretend it is anything worthy of adoration in 2016. You, as human being of sound body and mind capable of going online and reading an article, should look upon Lionsgate’s upcoming Power Rangers movie with a certain amount of dread. This is what it means to be an adult. This and taxes and horrible weddings you must attend out of social obligation. I’m sorry. But it’s true.

And yet, the news that Elizabeth Banks has been cast as the lead villain in director Dean Israelite‘s upcoming film somehow manages to speak volumes about what kind of movie they’re making. I’ll say this much: if you insist on making a Power Rangers movie, casting someone as delightful as Banks is a step in the right direction.

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Elizabeth Banks Saturday Night Live

It’s a big year for Elizabeth Banks, from directing the hit sequel Pitch Perfect 2 to starring in the finale of The Hunger Games franchise this month, and hosting Saturday Night Live is just more icing on an already sweet cake for the actress, director and producer. And the good news is that the writers and cast of SNL felt like they had to make up for the abysmal show last week that we’re better off just not talking about anymore, resulting in a stellar show.

So let’s run through all the sketches from the Elizabeth Banks Saturday Night Live episode! Read More »

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Elizabeth Banks directing Pitch Perfect 3

After Pitch Perfect 2 pulled in just over $285 million on a budget of just $29 million, the possibility of Pitch Perfect 3 became a certainty with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow on board the sequel. The follow-up was originally slated for a July release, but got pushed back a bit into the old release date once occupied by the delayed Pacific Rim 2. And now the film has a director.

Universal officially has Elizabeth Banks directing Pitch Perfect 3, after making her feature directing debut on Pitch Perfect 2, following a supporting role in the original film that she also produced. Read More »

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following stories:

  • Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says a woman will direct a Star Wars movie and Elizabeth Banks says she is ready for that job.
  • Alan Tudyk talks about his time on set filming Star Wars: Rogue One.
  • How Star Wars played a role in Brie Larson‘s drama Room.
  • Find out how to buy the Luke Skywalker’s lost hand limited edition action figure.
  • Watch the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 press conference from NYCC.
  • The George Lucas Museum secures city parks approval in Chicago.
  • Watch Darth Vader take out a snow speeder with his lightsaber in Star Wars Battlefront.
  • Read the plot synopsizes for four upcoming Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens short stories by Landry Quinn.

All that and more, in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace.

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Elizabeth Banks directing

Elizabeth Banks scored a great opening weekend and a tremendous overall success with Pitch Perfect 2. Now Banks is moving forward to her next feature directing gig, and it’s a revival of a name that everyone recognizes. Sony’s latest version of Charlie’s Angels is about to fall into her hands, and that’s a great thing.  Read More »