Everybody welcome back Kristen Stewart to the game (provided her co-stars do not drop out upon her arrival,) as the actress has just been cast alongside Elizabeth Banks and Jim Sturgess in The Big Shoe. This is a project from The Secretary director Steven Shainberg which should give people an idea of what to expect. The project is billed as an erotic, dark comedy although it is hard to imagine he will capture the same unsettling fetishism found in his earlier work which had James Spader spanking Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Word of this movie comes out of EFM. HanWay Films is said to be backing this project which stars Banks as a family psychotherapist and Stewart as her Muse. Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance is producing with Richard Middleton and Christina Lurie executive producing.
Today’s story follows reports that Universal has recently decided to keep Stewart in the fold for the next Snow White and the Huntsman film. While there have not been many updates on that front, her optimism for a return to the franchise overshadows earlier pessimism that they might go another way at Universal particularly since her very public affair with director Rupert Sanders. In other words, that all appears to be water under the bridge and it is now ‘back to work’ for the Twilight star.
There is some Elizabeth Banks news to report today as the actress has picked up the leading role in a comedy from Mr. Deeds helmer Steven Brill. Coming off her performance in the low-budget hit Pitch Perfect, she has apparently taking another, bigger turn in the genre via a new project called Walk of Shame.
The film has Banks playing an aspiring LA news anchor who parties like there is no tomorrow after experiencing a major career setback. Naturally, her agent calls with some good news the next day at which point she must make it to an audition with no money, car, or memory of the night’s events. There is no word at this time how much of a Hangover rediscovery vibe will play in the feature, but it sounds like a winner thanks to the addition of the Our Idiot Brother star. Continue Reading
Elizabeth Banks has a brand new movie coming out next week called Pitch Perfect which was good enough to get one of Hollywood’s most beloved supporting actress’ on Conan. She produces this one, thus why the actress is promoting the effort about an acapela group. In one portion of the appearance, the host gives Banks the opportunity to sell the movie anyway she wants, so naturally she makes the comparison between this movie and The Hunger Games—the third biggest film of the year. Other topics revolved around what courses Banks took in college and her openly flirty relationship she has with her husband. Continue Reading
Today, audiences received their first glimpse at the video-on-demand release The Details. Aside from being an interesting looking dramedy, everything you are about to see in the following trailer is part of a snowball effect from the discovery of raccoons living in the lead characters’ backyard. Jacob Aaron Estes’ The Details tackles domestic tension, infidelity, and murder with Tobey Maguire at the center of it all. Continue Reading
In some breaking news on Saturday, it was reported that Slither director James Gunn was Marvel’s guy for the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. While the man is also known for directing the Rainn Wilson-starrer Super, it is largely considering to bethe former of the two that is responsible for the studio’s interest. Not only did the feature include a very human response to an alien presence, but it did so comically which is big staple of Marvel Studios’ take on the genre. With that in mind, I dove right into the movie for the first time ever to perhaps gain some insight as to what can be expected come 2014.
For those unfamiliar Slither, it is a comedy/horror/action film that stars Nathan Fillion as a small town sheriff named Bill Pardy who ends up being the only thing between a peaceful tomorrow and a full blown zombie apocalypse. There is a bit more to that though as there is a scant love story between his character and Elizabeth Banks’ Starla Grant who happens to be married to the man who becomes the brain behind a zombie horde. Needless to say, keeping her safe is a major priority. Continue Reading
Ever want to catch Elizabeth Banks singing a duet with Reggie Watts? Well, now is your chance as IFC has released a clip from the next episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! which features the Hunger Games actress jamming out with one of the improv series’ hosts about a lincoln log house.
It does not appear she was on the show to promote anything as her next film (Pitch Perfect) does not arrive until October and People Like Us has already worn out its brief run in theaters. Continue Reading
Elizabeth Banks’ fourth movie of the year comes out at the end of the month, so the actress who was already in The Hunger Games, Man on a Ledge, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting earlier this year took to The Tonight Show to promote it. Continue Reading
Elizabeth Banks was on The Late Show last night to talk to Dave about her new film What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Here is a clip from the interview in which she shares a story about how her sister got left at a McDonald’s during a family vacation she took when growing up. Continue Reading
Here is a movie with a heart. Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks are starring in a new feature called People Like Us which is a drama that takes on what relationships mean to all of us–or something like that. More specifically, Chis Pine plays Sam, a salesman who is tasked with giving a $150,000 inheritance to his newly discovered sister after the passing of their father.
Rounding out the cast is Olivia Wilde, Jon Favreau, Mark Duplass, and Michelle Pfeiffer. June 29th is when this one will land in theaters.
Ellen had on Elizabeth Banks this week where the actress talked about her extensive costume from The Hunger Games and weighed in on whether she’s Team Peeta or Team Gale. Here is a small portion of the interview that will air later today.
There is not much to say about Man on a Ledge other than critics hate the film about a fugitive being talked down from the ledge of a high-rise. They are saying that Sam Worthington cannot carry an action film and that audiences expecting more than a cheap thrill will be very disappointed if they go see this one. One reviewer actually likens the feature to a network television procedural pilot. Ouch.
Other gripes about the movie include complaints targeting the corny dialogue and farfetched plot which supposedly distracts theater goers from realizing the suspense that the film’s makers aim to create.
The line on this one is a 10% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes and a 36/100 on Metacritic as of post time.
This Friday, Man on a Ledge starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, and Kyra Sedgwick among others will release into theaters and here is a new, extended look at the feature released prior to its theatrical debut. It is basically a 4-minute trailer, but the preview does shed some light on what the movie is all about. Enjoy.