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ELIZABETH BANKS (Wyldstyle) starred as Effie Trinket in the
international hit "The Hunger Games," and most recently reprised her role in its
highly anticipated sequel, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which had a
blockbuster opening on November 22, 2013. She has also appeared in "What to
Expect When You're Expecting," "Man on a Ledge," opposite Sam Worthington," and
"People Like Us," opposite Chris Pine and Michelle Pfeiffer.
She will soon be seen in the comedy "Walk of Shame," also starring James
Marsden and Sarah Wright, set for a March 14, 2014 release.
Banks recently wrapped production on "Little Accidents," opposite Boyd
Holbrook. Sara Colangelo wrote and directed the feature adaptation of her 2010
award-winning short film of the same name, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance
Film Festival. Banks also recently wrapped production on the independent film
"Love & Mercy," directed by Bill Pohlad, which takes an unconventional look at
the life of The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson; and "Every Secret Thing," directed by
Amy Berg and based on the best-selling novel by Laura Lippman.
She was recently seen in the 2012 release "Pitch Perfect." Banks also
produced the film with her husband, Max Handelman, through their company,
In 2011, she was seen in Paul Haggis' "Our Idiot Brother," opposite Paul
Rudd, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel, and in Jacob Aaron Estes' "The
Details," with Tobey Maguire, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film
Festival, and in 2010 starred opposite Russell Crowe in "The Next Three Days."
In 2008, Banks received critical acclaim for her role as First Lady Laura Bush,
opposite Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone's "W," with an impressive cast including
James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn and Jeffrey Wright. She also
starred with Seth Rogen in Kevin Smith's comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."
Banks' additional feature credits include her breakthrough roles in the
Academy Award winning films "Seabiscuit," in which she starred as Marcela
Howard opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, and Steve Spielberg's "Catch Me
If You Can." She has also appeared in "Role Models," "Meet Dave," "Invincible,"
"The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Fred Claus," "Sisters," "Slither," "Heights," "The
Baxter," "The Trade," "Ordinary Sinner," "The Uninvited," "Daltry Calhoun,"
"Sexual Life," John Singleton's "Shaft," with Samuel L. Jackson, and the cult
hit "Wet Hot American Summer." She also appeared as journalist Betty Brant, a
role that director Sam Raimi created for her, in three blockbuster "Spider-Man"
films with Tobey Maguire, as the title character.
On the small screen, Banks earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2011 for
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as Avery Jessup
on "30 Rock." She has also appeared on ABC's "Modern Family" and in a recurring
role as Dr. Kim Porter on NBC's "Scrubs." In 2007 she appeared in the CBS
miniseries "Comanche Moon," Larry McMurtry's prequel to "Lonesome Dove."
In addition to producing "Pitch Perfect," Banks also produced the 2009 sci-fi
thriller "The Surrogates," starring Bruce Willis, through her company,
Upcoming feature projects for Brownstone include "Tink," a live-action
romantic comedy in which Banks will star as the title character of Tinkerbell;
"Forever 21," a comedy which Banks will star in and produce; and "Too Far From
Home," about three astronauts stranded on the international space station.
Her extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory
Theatre productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater's production of "Summer &
Smoke," directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006 Banks played Cherie, the female
lead in William Inge's comedy "Bus Stop," as part of the Williamstown Theater
Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor's Degree from the
University of Pennsylvania and graduate degree at the American Conservatory
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