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Did You Know Sofia Vergara's Sister Acts Too?! Check Her Out & More Casting News

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Kristen Stewart, Will Ferrell Bring the Laughs in New Crime Movies & More Casting News

Originally posted 12/16/2012 01:25PM

Sofia Vergara may be the break-out star of Modern Family, but now her younger sister is stepping into the spotlight.

Sandra Vergara – who is Sofia's biological cousin and adopted sister – just landed a role on an upcoming episode of CSI, TV Line reports. Sandra, 24, will play Latin pop star Silvana, who is about to make her debut in the U.S. when her sister Marta is killed. Silvana has to keep her cool and figure out who she can trust once the murderer comes after her.

Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart and Will Ferrell have found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

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Mindy Kaling Admits Loving Praise (and Wearing Spanx) at Beverly Hills Event | Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling Admits Loving Praise (and Wearing Spanx) at Beverly Hills Event

Originally posted 12/07/2012 06:45AM

Mindy Kaling is one confident lady!

The poised star of The Mindy Project looked pretty in pink on Wednesday as she stood in front a huge room full of people and admitted, "I love praise."

Conducting the opening statements at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast, which honored Diane Keaton, Kaling said praising the Academy Award-winning actress "is enjoyable because she is so self-deprecating. She literally invented the art of gracefully deflecting praise. I could learn something from her."

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Real-Life Hunger Games! Jennifer Lawrence Swims with Sharks | Jennifer Lawrence

UpdatePosted 11/16/2012 01:00PM

Hunger Games Stars Visit the Georgia Aquarium

Originally posted 11/13/2012 01:00PM

Peeta blazed the trail, and now it's catching fire.

Following in the footsteps of their Hunger Games costar Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks ditched the dystopian universe for some time with dolphins.

During three separate visits to Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium last month, the actors, in town filming Hunger Games: Catching Fire, were treated to exclusive meet-and-greets with marine mammals.

On Oct. 14, Lawrence donned a wetsuit to swim with whale sharks, manta rays and zebra sharks at the Journey with Gentle Giants exhibit. While she was instructed not to touch the creatures, she swam the perimeter and got up close and personal with several whale sharks.

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Elizabeth Banks Welcomes Second Son

Elizabeth Banks Welcomes Second Son

Originally posted 11/14/2012 12:00PM

Magnus Mitchell was born via gestational surrogate and joins elder brother Felix at home, the actress announces

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Andrew Garfield and Elizabeth Banks Pal Around at a Private Concert | Andrew Garfield, Elizabeth Banks, Regina Spektor

Andrew Garfield and Elizabeth Banks Pal Around at a Private Concert

Originally posted 08/21/2012 06:00AM

Elizabeth Banks made a new pal recently.

The Hunger Games star met Andrew Garfield when she attended KCRW radio's intimate Regina Spektor show at a private venue in Los Angeles.

"Elizabeth introduced herself to Andrew at the end of the show," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "They shook hands and talked for a bit."

According to the observer, the two stars were delights to have on the premises.

"There were some young girls in the audience and a couple of them went up to Andrew to say hi, and he was incredibly sweet to them," the source says. "Elizabeth was sweet, too. She met [two young girls] and couldn't have been nicer."
– Michael Fleeman and Dahvi Shira

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Elizabeth Banks's Fashionable Ladies' Night Out | Elizabeth Banks, Maria Menounos, Minnie Driver

Elizabeth Banks's Fashionable Ladies' Night Out

Originally posted 07/31/2012 06:00AM

It was all about the ladies for Elizabeth Banks on Thursday night.

The Hunger Games star took in a relaxing evening filled with fashion at an intimate Dannijo and Tucker Tea event at a private home in Beverly Hills.

Joined by pals Maria Menounos and Minnie Driver, the trio "sipped on wine and tried on jewels and clothing all throughout the night," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "Everyone was in good spirits. It was a very lighthearted, mellow evening."

Mandy Moore, Kathleen Robertson, Dita Von Teese, Whitney Port, Jordana Brewster and Judy Greer were also among the women in attendance who hung out poolside at the early evening fˆte.

This was a busy week for Driver, who just one day earlier, hosted an Olympics-themed private dinner event in Beverly Hills with Beefeater Gin, in honor of her British roots.
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How Elizabeth Banks Is Spending Memorial Day: Grilling (Not Sleeping) | Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks Is Spending Memorial Day Grilling (Not Sleeping)

Originally posted 05/28/2012 12:45PM

So much for a lazy summer day.

While marking Memorial Day (and the unofficial start of the season!) with her son, Felix, Elizabeth Banks wasn't taking advantage of her time off.

"Doesn't my kid realize it's a holiday and he can sleep in?" the Hunger Games actress, 38, who welcomed her little one in 2011 via a surrogate, Tweeted Monday. "Dude, it's Memorial Day. Chill out and re-laxxxx. #babies."

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Elizabeth Banks's Veggie-Friendly Lunch in L.A. | Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks's Veggie-Friendly Lunch in L.A.

Originally posted 01/05/2012 05:55AM

Hunger Games star (and new mom) Elizabeth Banks started off her year on a healthy note during lunch at Fig & Olive in Los Angeles. The actress, in oversized blue shades, dined on the special zucchini carpaccio, one of the restaurant's signature dishes, as well as a olive oil-based crostini.

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Hunger Games Sneak Peek: Two New Photos | Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lawrence

Hunger Games Sneak Peek: Who's Behind That Crazy Hair?

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.

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PHOTOS: See the Main Characters of The Hunger Games | Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

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The Hunger Games Character Posters Released

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.
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