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ELIZABETH BANKS (Beth) is one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actresses. This year, Banks has a number of films in various stages of production, including W., Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Meet Dave, The Uninvited and Lovely, Still. Banks can currently be seen in Oliver Stone's W., in which she portrays First Lady Laura Bush, opposite Josh Brolin (George W. Bush). The impressive cast includes James Cromwell and Thandie Newton. Lionsgate released the film on October 17, 2008.

Banks can also be seen opposite Seth Rogen in Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno. 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 distributed the film on October 31, 2008.

In January 2009, Banks will be seen starring in a horror remake, The Uninvited, for Paramount Pictures. The film follows two sisters who return home after living in a mental institution. Banks portrays their cruel stepmother, who is haunted by an interfering ghost. The film is scheduled for release on January 30, 2009.

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 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.

Banks was last seen starring in 20th Century Fox's Meet 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. She also appeared in the Working Title/Universal romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe, opposite Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Rachel Weisz and Isla Fisher.

Brownstone Productions' first film, The Surrogates, a sci-fi feature starring Bruce Willis and directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), is currently shooting in Boston. 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 in her wedding so that 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. Also on Brownstone's slate is the Universal comedy Pitch Perfect.

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 more than $70 million. Banks was also seen as journalist Betty Brant in Spider-Man 3. Banks appeared in both of the previous Spider-Man blockbusters in this role, which director Sam Raimi created for her.

In 2006, Banks starred in the Disney blockbuster Invincible, opposite Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear. The film opened No. 1 at the box office.

In 2005, Banks 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 Pictures Classics/Merchant Ivory drama Heights, opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden. Said Ebert and Roeper, "Performances are all excellent, with Banks the real find here. The camera loves


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