Elizabeth Banks to direct and star in Invisible Woman

Elizabeth Banks has signed on to direct and star in Invisible Woman. The actress and moviemaker is following up Charlie’s Angels, her recent directorial effort, by directing, starring and producing Invisible Woman, which is based on her own original p…

Elizabeth Banks has signed on to direct and star in Invisible Woman.

The actress and moviemaker is following up Charlie’s Angels, her recent directorial effort, by directing, starring and producing Invisible Woman, which is based on her own original pitch to executives at Universal Pictures, according to Deadline.

Banks will produce alongside her husband Max Handelman for their Brownstone Productions banner from a script written by The Girl on the Train’s Erin Cressida Wilson. She will also reportedly play the character who turns invisible.

The project is completely different and separate from the upcoming psychological horror The Invisible Man, which stars Elisabeth Moss as a widow of an abusive husband who fears he might still be around. That film, directed by Leigh Whannell, is set for release in February.

Universal was known for its monster movies between the 1920s and 1950s, with films such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Studio executives hoped to reboot these films and create a shared universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they abandoned that idea after 2017’s The Mummy was a box office failure. They subsequently decided to focus on individual, original monster stories that have less connection between films.

As such, Last Christmas’ Paul Feig is writing and directing a monster movie titled Dark Army from his own pitch and Rocketman’s Dexter Fletcher is helming Renfield, a new take on Dracula’s henchman.

Banks made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015 and followed it up with the recent Charlie’s Angels, starring Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott. She is also attached to direct TV movie The Greater Good.

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Kristen Stewart chose Charlie’s Angels because she wanted ‘fun’ project

Kristen Stewart signed up for the latest Charlie’s Angels because she “wanted to do something fun”.Following the release of the final Twilight movie and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, Stewart turned her back on big-budget blockbusters in fa…

Kristen Stewart signed up for the latest Charlie’s Angels because she “wanted to do something fun”.

Following the release of the final Twilight movie and Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, Stewart turned her back on big-budget blockbusters in favour of independent dramas, but she made her comeback with Charlie’s Angels, a continuation of the 2000s films starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore.

When asked by Shia LaBeouf during Variety’s Actors on Actors interview series why she said yes to the role of Sabina Wilson, Stewart explained that she was in the mood for something light.

“I wanted to do something fun,” she said. “I was in the mood for a not-so-harrowing experience. Liz Banks, who directed the movie and wrote it, is really good at normal funny. I was in good hands. I knew that. The movie is so warm. I’m proud of the way that it makes me feel.”

While she enjoyed hanging out with castmates Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott, who make up the trio of crime-fighting detectives, and director Elizabeth Banks, the 29-year-old wasn’t thrilled by how long the shoot was in comparison to her low-budget projects.

When asked what type of set she enjoys more, Stewart replied, “Probably the harrowing kind, because it’s just more fun in a weird way.”

“Honestly, hanging on set with the girls and laughing all day and thinking of silly stupid stuff to say was really fun, but we did it for five months,” she stated. “I was like, ‘Oh my God. I’m still being a goofball.’ I like sprinting. The thing about big movies for me is I don’t know the difference other than it’s just so long. You spread things out over such a long period of time. I can’t harness things in the way I can when it’s short. Long movies scare me a little bit because I feel like I’m going to want to get the hell out of there, man.”

Charlie’s Angels is in cinemas now.

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Elizabeth Banks ‘proud’ of Charlie’s Angels despite flop

Elizabeth Banks has insisted she’s “proud” of her Charlie’s Angels instalment after it was declared a box office flop following a disappointing opening weekend.The action movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the crime-figh…

Elizabeth Banks has insisted she’s “proud” of her Charlie’s Angels instalment after it was declared a box office flop following a disappointing opening weekend.

The action movie, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the crime-fighting trio, only managed to debut in third place behind Ford v Ferrari and Midway on the North American box office chart on Sunday, launching with $8.6 million (£6.7 million) for a global take just shy of $28 million (£21.6 million).

Its slow start paled in comparison to the $40.1 million (£31 million) Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu’s 2000 movie adaptation made, but despite the poor numbers, Banks, who co-wrote, directed, produced, and appeared as Bosley in the film, is standing by her decision to tackle the beloved franchise.

“Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x. I’m proud of #CharliesAngels and happy it’s in the world,” Banks tweeted in reaction to the box office figures Monday.

Ahead of opening weekend, the actress/director told Australia’s Herald Sun that the public needed to support the film.

“This movie has to make money,” she said. “If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”

However, when it was pointed out that Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman, two female-led action films, were big box office successes, Banks insisted the superhero movies are still linked to the “male genre”.

“They’ll go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that’s a male genre,” the 45-year-old continued. “So, even though those are movies about women, they put them in the context of feeding the larger comic book world, so it’s all about, yes, you’re watching a Wonder Woman movie but we’re setting up three other characters or we’re setting up Justice League.”

In a separate interview with The Wall Street Journal, she defended her decision to make another Charlie’s Angels by saying, “You’ve had 37 Spider-Man movies and you’re not complaining! I think women are allowed to have one or two action franchises every 17 years.”

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Elizabeth Banks backs Charlie’s Angels-themed social campaign for Virtue

Elizabeth Banks is backing a Charlie’s Angels-themed social campaign for haircare brand Virtue.The actress/director has helmed the upcoming action comedy, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels worki…

Elizabeth Banks is backing a Charlie’s Angels-themed social campaign for haircare brand Virtue.

The actress/director has helmed the upcoming action comedy, which stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels working at a private detective agency.

To celebrate the launch of the flick, Banks has now teamed with Virtue creative director Adir Abergel on a new campaign dedicated to supporting She’s the First, a non-profit organisation which helps to fight gender inequality through education, and RAD (Redcarpet ADvocacy), a group which looks to partner talent and brands through purpose.

“I wanted to make Charlie’s Angels to show women as the powerful human beings we are-so I’m proud to partner with RAD and Virtue hair care to help drive that message home and to educate and empower young girls by supporting She’s the First,” Banks said.

Those interested in supporting the initiative can post and tag photos of the “Angels” in their lives on Instagram with the hashtags #ShesTheFirst #CharliesAngels #withVIRTUE #radvocacy and by visiting the She’s the First website to donate. Supporters can also use the Instagram donation sticker.

“As a hairstylist I am surrounded by powerful women, and my work is all about helping them feel even more confident,” added Abergel. “I was excited when I heard about this incredible campaign that my friend Elizabeth Banks and RAD put together to make sure girls are educated, respected, and heard. I was humbled to bring my Virtue family in as well because our CEO and founder has always been committed to supporting causes that empower women.”

Charlie’s Angels hits U.S. cinemas on Friday.

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Ella Balinska forged ‘sisterhood’ with Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott

Ella Balinska forged a “sisterhood” with her Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott “onscreen and offscreen”.The 23-year-old plays crime-fighting private detective Jane Kano in Elizabeth Banks’ big screen reboot of the classi…

Ella Balinska forged a “sisterhood” with her Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott “onscreen and offscreen”.

The 23-year-old plays crime-fighting private detective Jane Kano in Elizabeth Banks’ big screen reboot of the classic 1970s spy show, and when filming began in Berlin, the trio immediately bonded over their stunt training.

“We did this weird, three-way, fight-plait thing. It was like a fight braid with our bodies. That’s as far as I’m going to explain it. It was a fight braid,” Ella laughed to WWD. “But it was just us making mistakes and failing and succeeding and that little activity was just a great way to bond. And then I think from that moment, all physical boundaries, anyway, were broken.”

The British actress also lived in the same area as both Kristen and Naomi while filming on location in the German capital and she describes their friendship “a sisterhood onscreen and offscreen.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she was full of praise for director Elizabeth, who also stars in the movie as one of the incarnations of Bosley.

“Elizabeth knows what she wants and she will get it. She’s an actor’s director. So you feel safe and you feel trusting,” she gushed. “There’s no insecurity as an actor, you’re never left thinking, ‘Is this the right thing?’ She’s so supportive; she’ll be cheering behind the monitors if she sees something that she likes.”

Ella was overjoyed when she eventually landed the role on stunt-heavy Charlie’s Angels as it gave her the opportunity to combine her two passions – acting and sports.

“When you do a lot of sport, you gain physical awareness, you know your strengths, you know your limits, you know how to push yourself in certain ways – even mental awareness. It’s a discipline. You wake up and you train,” she stated.

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Elizabeth Banks confirms Kristen Stewart’s character in Charlie’s Angels is gay

Elizabeth Banks has confirmed Kristen Stewart’s character in the Charlie’s Angels reboot is gay.In the third instalment of the Charlie’s Angels film series, the Twilight actress takes on the part of the rebellious Sabina Wilson, with the flick also fea…

Elizabeth Banks has confirmed Kristen Stewart’s character in the Charlie’s Angels reboot is gay.

In the third instalment of the Charlie’s Angels film series, the Twilight actress takes on the part of the rebellious Sabina Wilson, with the flick also featuring Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the new generation of Angels working for a private detective agency.

Speaking about Sabina’s sexuality in an interview for Pride Source, Elizabeth explained that she and Kristen both wanted to ensure there was no ambiguity.

“I think ambiguity is kind of modern now. I think the fluidity is very modern right now. Kristen’s character is definitely gay in the movie. I mean, she wanted to be gay in the movie and I’m like, ‘Yeah,'” she commented. “And you’re welcome to talk to her about it. She loves to be open about it. I just wanted to make sure that she was able to present a character that she was fully behind.”

Elizabeth went on to note that it was important for Kristen to “present herself as queer” in Charlie’s Angels. The 29-year-old has been open about her bisexuality in the past and is currently dating screenwriter Dylan Meyer.

Elsewhere in the chat, Elizabeth shared that it felt “so natural” to have a queer lead in the film.

“Again, I feel like it’s the most modern version of Charlie’s Angels and speaks to the audience that’s here for it right now. It was never a big deal, it was not a big deal. We talked about it and it just… happened. It was very natural,” the 45-year-old stated.

Charlie’s Angels, also featuring Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, and Noah Centineo, hits cinemas in the U.S. on Friday.

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Kristen Stewart: ‘Reviving Charlie’s Angels was Elizabeth Banks’ idea’

Reviving Charlie’s Angels for the big screen was director Elizabeth Banks’ idea, according to Kristen Stewart.The 29-year-old was convinced to star alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in the latest reboot of the iconic 1970s TV series because she w…

Reviving Charlie’s Angels for the big screen was director Elizabeth Banks’ idea, according to Kristen Stewart.

The 29-year-old was convinced to star alongside Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in the latest reboot of the iconic 1970s TV series because she was a huge fan of the actress and director.

“It was really fun. Liz is really funny. It was her idea to revive the movies. I’d never worked with her before but I’ve always been a huge fan. Tonally we’re so different – she can squeeze a joke or a laugh out of anything and I’m the furthest from that,” Kristen explained to Collider, before adding she was shocked that Banks wanted her to play the “goofball” in the reboot.

“I was so thankful and ultimately she wrote a really warm, grounded – also very silly, stupid, sometimes slapstick – but also really well-intentioned movie. It’s rad,” she gushed. “These girls are actually smart and it’s about women who are friends and who are good people working together… It didn’t lose the kitschy thing because she’s really f**king silly.”

And the Twilight star, who is best known for taking on much more dramatic roles, was relieved to be playing the “wily” Sabina.

“My character is wily. I’m the really irresponsible older sister who takes care of these girls… but she never really knows what time it is or where she’s supposed to be. So it was fun to be just a dumb-a*s,” she laughed.

Banks also stars in the film, alongside the likes of Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, and Patrick Stewart.

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Elizabeth Banks will never undergo plastic surgery

Elizabeth Banks will never be tempted to undergo plastic surgery because she fears it will leave her with “emotional or psychological baggage”.The actress/filmmaker has never had any cosmetic enhancements and isn’t planning on having any in the future …

Elizabeth Banks will never be tempted to undergo plastic surgery because she fears it will leave her with “emotional or psychological baggage”.

The actress/filmmaker has never had any cosmetic enhancements and isn’t planning on having any in the future either, as she wouldn’t want to deal with the psychological effect of making any drastic changes to her appearance.

“I’m trying to age gracefully,” she told Dax Shepard during a chat for his Armchair Expert podcast on Monday. “That’s something I will happily say to everyone, like, I have not put anything in my face, I’ve never had a needle in my face … I’m really uninterested in the psychology of starting to mess with my face.

“I would do it if I could happily look in the mirror and not have emotional or psychological baggage doing it but I just… I don’t want to do it and I’m trying to resist and there’s a reason for that and I have to honour it.”

As for her reasons for not having surgery, the 45-year-old continued: “I feel the way about those kinds of doctors as I do about a lot of things, like, you are putting your livelihood and your life into their hands and who knows what could go wrong … like why am I doing that?

“And then I’ve also had friends and my sister who have faced cancer and have had surgeries and stuff and you’re like, ‘Why would I voluntarily put myself under a knife and like anaesthesia and all that?’ It’s all so dangerous, is my point.”

When it comes to how she’ll cope in the world of Hollywood as she advances in her years, the screen star said she hopes society’s views of ageing will change.

“I’m just over it,” the Charlie’s Angels director reflected on the pressures to appear youthful.

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Demi Moore credits smiling as her anti-ageing secret

Demi Moore swears smiling is the secret to looking younger.The Hollywood actress, known for her flawless complexion and glossy brunette locks, has opened up about her skincare secrets in a new video for Harper’s Bazaar’s Go To Bed With Me series. Demon…

Demi Moore swears smiling is the secret to looking younger.

The Hollywood actress, known for her flawless complexion and glossy brunette locks, has opened up about her skincare secrets in a new video for Harper’s Bazaar’s Go To Bed With Me series. Demonstrating how she uses Georgia Louise’s Lift + Sculpt Butterfly Stone, Demi insisted that alongside a little face massage, smiling will make anyone look more youthful.

“You work through all the tension in your face. It activates the blood flow in your skin. And then kind of moves out all the tension,” she said of the rose quartz tool, which she applies using outward strokes on her jaw and cheekbones. “You’ll see there’ll be a lot of blood flow to the skin. And when you’re over 50, when you feel like your skin is hitting the floor, this actually is an incredible uplift. That and smiling. Smiling is the best and free anti-ageing secret available.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Demi explained how she uses a Makeup Eraser Cloth to remove her cosmetics each evening, before washing her face with a gentle cleanser.

“My skincare regime is generally less is more. My skin is hyper, hyper sensitive. So, I can’t have anything with fragrance. It has to be really high quality, clean, active ingredients,” the 56-year-old shared. “I have two different cleansers, depending on what I have going on. I have one that is Retrouve’s Luminous Cleansing, which is more of an elixir… (it has) a nice texture. And if I need to feel more clean, then I have my CosMedix, which is the Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser. And that’s more like a soap. Both of them work.”

Demi then proceeds to apply a layer of NIOD’s Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 and then moisturise with either Biologique Recherche’s Creme Dermopurifiante and Biologique Recherche’s La Grande Crème before applying.

“I always put it on my hands first. Because it allows you to be more gentle with your face and your skin. And I always put any extra down on your chest, your boobs,” she smiled.

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Elizabeth Banks insisted on tampon scene in Charlie’s Angels

Elizabeth Banks insisted on including a tampon scene in her new Charlie’s Angels reboot.The 45-year-old revealed the scene as she became the first female director to receive the Pioneer of the Year honour from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Fo…

Elizabeth Banks insisted on including a tampon scene in her new Charlie’s Angels reboot.

The 45-year-old revealed the scene as she became the first female director to receive the Pioneer of the Year honour from the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation in its 78-year history on Wednesday.

Banks, who was supported by her Charlie’s Angels stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, said during her acceptance speech that the movie has a scene that focuses on the female sanitary product, and thanked Sony boss Tom Rothman for letting her do it.

“I didn’t start directing movies because I think I am the greatest director in the world. I did it because I had something I want to say. I want to change the world, and so in thinking about my status, bestowed just now by three Angels, as an industry ‘pioneer’, I wanted to say something tonight that has never been said on this stage, at this forum. I wanted to do what is a staple of my work,” Banks told the crowd.

“I wanted to say something entertaining for all, but especially meaningful to women and girls, something that I can pretty much guarantee (past honourees) Darryl F. Zanuck and Jim Gianopulos have never said. I wanted to say tampon. TAMPON. Tampon. I can only say it is probably the fear of every man in this room that you give a woman a microphone – it is all tampon talk all the time.”

She explained that she used the word in her speech to try and eradicate the stigma surrounding periods and sanitary products, and revealed that Sony never once asked her to take out the scene in the Charlie’s Angels reboot.

“I just wanted to remind you why you gave me this Pioneer Award here tonight. It is because everything you can do, I can do bleeding,” she quipped.

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