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Originally posted 11/16/2011 10:00AM
It's the pink hair that did it.
For Elizabeth Banks, playing Effie Trinket in the upcoming screen version of The Hunger Games first clicked into place thanks to the character's signature cotton-candy coif.
"I would be in the hair and makeup trailer and I was Elizabeth, and then the wig went on and very suddenly I was Effie," says Banks, 37. "Every day I would have that aha moment, like, 'We did it! We found Effie!' "
In the best-selling The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Effie serves as a publicity agent of sorts for the Games, a cruel arena battle that pits youths, called "tributes," against each other in a televised fight to the death. The movie opens March 23.
Originally posted 10/28/2011 03:00PM
Fans of The Hunger Games already got a sneak peek in May, of Jennifer Lawrence bringing her character Katniss Everdeen to life in the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins's best-selling novel.
Now, with five months until the film's anticipated March 23 release, eight promotional posters have been released with the faces of Lawrence and the seven other main characters: Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne; Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark; Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket; Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy; Amandla Stenberg as Rue; Alexander Ludwig as Cato; and Lenny Kravitz as Cinna.
– Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 04/28/2011 02:30PM
Elizabeth Banks is joining the likes of Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the highly anticipated film adaptation of the sci-fi novel The Hunger Games.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin actress, 37, broke the news on Twitter.
"I can now confirm I'm EFFIE TRINKET in The Hunger Games," Banks wrote. "So excited!"
Always on time, Effie is very strict about manners. But despite her seemingly serious demeanor, she has bright pink hair.
Originally posted 03/31/2011 01:10PM
Life with a newborn can be exhausting, as Elizabeth Banks is discovering.
The 30 Rock star, 37, welcomed son Felix via gestational surrogate recently and writes on her Web site that if fans need her, she'll "be changing dirty diapers and trying to get some sleep."
She's been in a "fantastic long term relationship of nearly 20 years with my now husband" Max Handelman since college, but Banks chose to keep mum about their fertility problems and surrogacy journey, only opening up after the birth of their new baby boy.
Originally posted 03/30/2011 03:05PM
Her 30 Rock character Avery Jessup is a new mom – and it turns out Elizabeth Banks is as well.
The actress and husband Max Handelman have welcomed son Felix via gestational surrogate, Banks Tweeted Wednesday.
"I have been very fortunate in life both professionally and personally," Banks, 37, wrote on her Web site in a blog post announcing the birth.
"The one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy."
Originally posted 02/12/2010 08:20AM
This is no Definitely, Maybe scenario: Elizabeth Banks is totally hosting this year's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards.
At the Feb. 20 dinner in Beverly Hills, the actress will present 15 awards to honor the men, women and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding and lasting ways to motion pictures. Sounds like the guys behind 3-D advancements and the Avatar team will be busy that night!
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 7, and televised live on ABC beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET.
Originally posted 09/16/2008 09:00AM
Elizabeth Banks may star in the upcoming film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, but that doesn't mean the actress thinks of herself as a sex symbol.
"Sometimes I'm sexy, and sometimes I'm not," Banks, 34, tells Women's Health in its October issue. And the actress, who has been married since 2003, explains that it is perfectly all right with her husband.
"I don't think I'm that special, and he definitely doesn't think I am," she says of her spouse, Max Handelman. "Because no one is that special. I'm not curing cancer; I'm not saving lives. I play make-believe for a living, so let's not take it too seriously."
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