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ELIZABETH BANKS (Emily) is one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actresses. This year, Banks has a number of films in various stages of production, including Zach and Miri Make a Porno, Starship Dave, Universal Pictures' Untitled Mentor Project, A Tale of Two Sisters and Lovely, Still. Banks has also taken on a new role as producer. She already has several films on the slate of her company, Brownstone Productions, which she founded with her husband, Max Handelman.

Banks will next be seen in 20th Century Fox's Starship Dave, opposite Eddie Murphy. The film is a comedy about a spaceship that takes the form of a human being (Murphy). Banks portrays Dave's roommate, who is also his love interest. The film is scheduled for release in May 2008.

Banks is currently in production on Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno, in which Banks stars opposite Seth Rogen. Banks (Miri) and Rogen (Zack) play two broke friends who decide to cure their financial ills by making an X-rated movie. The Weinstein Company will distribute the film, which is currently shooting in Pittsburgh.

Banks recently wrapped Universal Pictures' Untitled Mentor Project, opposite Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott. The film follows two wild friends who are forced to join a big brother program. Banks plays Rudd's girlfriend, who persuades him to join the program. Banks has also wrapped production on the horror remake A Tale of Two Sisters for DreamWorks. The film follows two sisters who return home after living in a mental institution. Banks portrays their cruel step-mother, who is haunted by an interfering ghost. Banks has also wrapped production on the GreeneStreet Films independent comedy Bill, starring Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba. Additionally, Banks has completed production on Lovely, Still, an independent film that stars Ellen Burstyn and Martin Landau. The story is a holiday fable about an elderly grocery store owner who discovers love for the first time. Banks plays Ellen Burstyn's daughter in the film, which is the directorial debut of Nicholas Fackler, who also wrote the screenplay.

As a producer, Banks' company, Brownstone Productions, has several upcoming films. Production on The Surrogates, a sci-fi feature starring Bruce Willis and directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), will begin in March. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and is being co-produced with Mandeville Films. Banks will produce and star in the Universal Pictures' comedy What About Barb, about a socialite who must allow her crazy cousin to be maid of honor so her rich uncle will pay for the wedding. Universal has acquired the rights to "Too Far From Home,” a Chris Jones book about three astronauts who were stranded on the International Space Station. Working Title will produce along with Banks and Handelman.

In 2007, Banks was seen in the Warner Bros. holiday comedy Fred Claus, opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. To date, the film has grossed over $70 million.

Banks was also seen reprising her role as journalist Betty Brant in Spider-Man 3. Banks appeared in both of the previous Spider-Man blockbusters in the role that director Sam Raimi created for her.

In 2006, Banks starred in the Disney blockbuster Invincible, opposite Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear. The film opened number one at the box office. In 2005, Elizabeth made a memorable turn in The 40-Year-Old Virgin as Beth, a sex-crazed bookstore employee. The same year, she also appeared in The Sisters, an independent film opposite Maria Bello and Eric McCormack. She was also seen in Universal Pictures' critically acclaimed horror comedy SLiTHER.

In June 2005, Banks was seen starring in the Sony Classics/Ivory Merchant drama Heights, opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden. Said


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