Elizabeth Banks has apologised to Steven Spielberg after she publicly accused him of not casting female leads. The ‘Hunger Games’ star made the remarks during an acceptance speech at Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards. On picking up the Excellence in Film award, she said: “I went to ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Jaws’ and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead.
Daisy Ridley is not Keira Knightley. (Photo: Getty Images)
Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in ‘Love & Mercy’ (Roadside Attractions) Though it’s not making much noise at the box office, Steve Jobs has been roundly praised by critics, with many kudos for the untraditional, three-part structure director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin employ in looking at the life of the late Apple CEO. It could be in line for a gaggle of awards, including for lead actor Michael Fassbender, but it might not actually be the year’s best unconventional biopic. Months before Jobs there was Love & Mercy, the Brian Wilson biopic that’s had a slow-burn effect, steadily building up buzz and positive word of mouth since debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014. While Jobs centers all of its action chronologically, in real-time as the tech maverick prepares to give three major presentations, Love & Mercy pivots between two seminal periods in the life of the iconic Beach Boys’ singer-songwriter, with two different actors playing him.
Elizabeth Banks in ‘W.’ (Lionsgate) Elizabeth Banks gets along famously with Melinda Ledbetter, the wife of Beach Boys icon Brian Wilson who Banks plays in the biopic Love & Mercy. The actress raved about the model-turned-car saleswoman in an interview with us over the weekend, and on Monday night, the pair hit the dance floor arm-in-arm at a Los Angeles event celebrating the hit indie movie, an unconventional look at Wilson’s musical genius and troubled life costarring Paul Dano and John Cusack. It’s a very different reception than the one Banks got from the family members of the last real person she played in a movie: former first lady Laura Bush in Oliver Stone’s 2008 presidential drama W.
Banks and Hoffman in ‘The Hunger Games’ (Lionsgate) Elizabeth Banks has already watched The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and there’s one part of the beloved series’ final chapter that moved her the most. “The most emotional thing about seeing the movie is seeing Phil, seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman again,” Banks told us this weekend while doing a round of publicity for her acclaimed drama Love & Mercy. “And just being taken right back to that whole experience and just being reminded of that tragedy.” Hoffman, who plays Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, died from a drug overdose on Super Bowl Sunday in 2014 at age 46.
Kristen Stewart rocked an oxblood lip at the Venice Film Festival. Just take a look at this year’s Venice Film Festival attendees. Last night Kristen Stewart hit the red carpet for the premiere of “Equals” wearing a stunning Chanel couture gown from the fall 2015 collection but it was that rich, oxblood lip by makeup artist Pati Dubroff that got us talking. Dubroff was also behind Dakota Johnson’s rosy red pout at the premiere of “Black Mass” on Friday night. Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Johnson and Paz Vega wore red lipstick at the Venice Film Festival.
The stars are swanning about along the canals of Venice for the 72nd annual Venice Film Festival. Diane Kruger, a fashion industry darling if there ever was one, channeled old world Hollywood glam at the opening ceremony in an embellished silver Prada gown with a cascading train. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Rihanna attended a wedding in a kimono-style printed lavender robe dress by Dries van Noten. From Hailee Steinfeld in Miu Miu to Lily Aldridge’s off-duty look, here are the rest of this week’s best dressed.
Between the Venice Film Festival, MTV Video Music Awards and a never-ending supply of perfect celebrity street style, there was plenty to choose from when it came to the best dressed stars of the week. Diane Kruger: Naturally, the stunning actress has been killing it all week at the 72nd Venice Film Festival – but this red hot number might be one of our favourites ever. Emily Ratajkowski: Need proof that a turtleneck can be totally sexy?
After spending 13 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen is just about ready for movie adaptation, likely directed by Elizabeth Banks. The action of the first novel kicks off when 17-year-old Red Mare Barrow discovers she too has a special power and can control lightning. When she’s thrust into the royal family, she takes the opportunity to go undercover for the Scarlet Guard, a growing rebel army, and finds she has a friend among them: her Silver betrothed, Prince Maven.
For a movie about strippers who rarely have their clothes on, Magic Mike XXL's actors sure were covered up at the film's premiere in Los Angeles, Calif., Thursday night. All the men, Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, and Joe Manganiello, to name a few, suited up.
Among them was Selena Gomez who was spotted in New York City wearing a Balmain crop top and high-waist black trousers while promoting her newest single Good For You. The actress brought some edginess to the premiere of Ted 2 in New York in a sleek LBD and braids inspired by cornrows.
Pitch Perfect 2 director and actress Elizabeth Banks is on the cover of the June 2015 issue of Allure, and we can’t think of a better embodiment of beauty through confidence.
"Pitch Perfect" is back and better than ever. The leading ladies—Elizabeth Banks, Anna Camp, Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, and more—are traveling around the world in style in preparation of their film coming out on May 14. Banks, who's always been a fashion star and has added director to her list of responsibilities for the comedy sequel, continues to show off her sartorial chops. With designer pieces from Emilia Wickstead, Peter Pilotto, Elie Saab, and more, she never seems to play it safe—and that's a good thing.
Attention, 'Pitch Perfect' fans: You’ll be relieved to know that the trash-talking that got audiences laughing in the 2012 original is still going strong in 'Pitch Perfect 2.'
With ten months until 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2' hits theaters, here is an extra little serving of Peeta to tide you over.