In the 26-year history of the beloved children’s book series The Magic School Bus, there has yet to be a big screen adaptation of the adventures of eccentric school teacher Ms. Frizzle and the class she takes on educational adventures. That’s about to change with Scholastic Entertainment producing a The Magic School Bus movie with Universal Pictures and Marc Platt Productions, and they’ve already figured out who will be playing the fearless teacher.
Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) has come on board the Magic School Bus movie as Ms. Frizzle, and she’ll also be producing through her own Brownstone Productions banner. It brings a whole new meaning to Ms. Frizzle’s catchphrase, “Hit it, Liz!” Read More »
(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
A lot can change in a lifetime, so said the meme-able tagline for The Irishman this year. But it doesn’t even take a full life to observe a radical change in the trajectory of a life, as shown by the many artists who changed the course of their careers during the 2010s. It’s one thing to stage a comeback when you’re down and out in the public eye – after all, who doesn’t love an underdog story? – and another to successfully execute a 180-degree shift when things are going fairly smoothly.
This list pays tribute to those in the industry who pulled off pivots that caught us off-guard but did their job of redefining an already established star image. You might notice a running theme in this list: it’s disproportionately male, white and straight, unfortunately. This indicates that there is still room for the industry to improve in the 2020s and allow more opportunities for women, people of color and LGBTQ+ artists to spread their wings and avoid becoming pigeonholed into a single identity. But given the breadth of artists reshaping a well-known persona in this decade, they have many great playbooks to run.
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Universal is moving full scream ahead with plans to revive their classic monsters. They have Leigh Whannell’s Invisible Man arriving next year and Dexter Fletcher’s Renfield in the works, and now they’re adding another project: Invisible Woman. Elizabeth Banks will direct and star in the film, which apparently won’t be connected to Whannell’s Invisible Man. Universal made an Invisible Woman movie released back in 1940, but the tone was comedic, whereas Banks’ project is said to be a full-on horror movie.
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Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are the new Angels in Elizabeth Banks‘ upcoming remake of the beloved spy franchise. But this time, they’re international private eyes as Charles Townsend’s agency takes his business international, upping the stakes and the action in the new Charlie’s Angels. Watch the new Charlie’s Angels trailer below.
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We’re about to meet The Flintstones all over again.
Warner Bros. Animation is teaming up with Elizabeth Banks and her Brownstone Productions banner to develop a new iteration of the classic animated family sitcom, and just like the original run of the series, it will be a primetime animated series geared towards adults. However, The Flintstones reboot is said to be based on an original idea, seemingly bringing something new to the table. Read More »
Good morning, Angels. It’s time to get back in action. Elizabeth Banks brings back Charlie’s Angels for a new generation, with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska stepping into the lead roles of the team of private eyes. The new Charlie’s Angels takes things international, with Charles Townsend’s agency expanding all over the globe. Watch the Charlie’s Angels trailer below.
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Since it sounds like Sony’s attempt to reboot the Men in Black franchise isn’t yielding very good results, the studio will have to hold out hope that their other franchise reboot coming later this year will do the trick.
Charlie’s Angels is coming back to the big screen in November with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the dangerous trio of spies sent out on missions by a rich benefactor named Charles Townsend. But this time, the Angels are part of a global spy franchise, and the girls won’t be worrying about stuff like finding a boyfriend or calling their mom back. Director Elizabeth Banks wants this to be a movie about women at work, working together and kicking ass. Read More »
Elizabeth Banks will join her sisters in arms for equal rights in the FX limited series Mrs. America, which is (sadly) not a sequel to Mistress America. Banks joins the Mrs. America cast as Jill Ruckelshaus, a pro-choice, socially progressive Republican who was involved in the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment during the 1970s in FX’s nine-episode limited series from Emmy-winning writer Davhi Waller. But she’ll be butting heads with Cate Blanchett, who plays a prominent conservative who leads the unexpected backlash against the amendment.
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