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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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Elizabeth Banks Cast as Effie in Hunger Games

Elizabeth Banks Cast as Effie in Hunger Games

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.

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New Mom Elizabeth Banks 'Trying to Get Some Sleep' | Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks 'Trying to Get Some Sleep'

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.

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Elizabeth Banks Names 'Miracle' Baby Felix | Elizabeth Banks

UpdatePosted 03/31/2011 08:15AM

Elizabeth Banks Names 'Miracle' Baby Felix

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."

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Elizabeth Banks Hosting Sci Tech Oscars

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Elizabeth Banks Hosting Sci Tech Oscars

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.

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Elizabeth Banks Doesn't Take Herself Too Seriously – or Wax!

Elizabeth Banks Doesn't Take Herself Too Seriously – or Wax!

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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