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Elizabeth Banks On Her New “Book Club” with Canned Wine Brand Archer Roose and Her Favorite Non-Fake Reads Right Now

The 'Cocaine Bear' director and chief creative officer of Archer Roose has launched yet another bookworms circle — except this time, it's complete fiction.

Kumail Nanjiani, Elizabeth Banks Lead Illumination’s ‘Migration’ Voice Cast

Minions studio Illumination Entertainment and Universal announced the flock of voice actors that star in its Dec. 22 release Migration, an animated adventure that follows a family of talking ducks as they set off on a journey. The voice cast is led by Kumail Nanjiani as anxious Mallard dad Mack and Elizabeth Banks as Pam, the Mallards’ daring, quick-witted […]

‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ Getting Remake Treatment From Elizabeth Banks, ‘L Word: Generation Q’ Boss (Exclusive)

Girls just wanna have fun, no matter what decade it is. Village Roadshow is producing a modern-day remake of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, the cult 1985 romantic comedy dance movie that starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt. Marja-Lewis Ryan, who acted as showrunner of The L Word: Generation Q, is co-writing the script […]

Alex Prager on Her SXSW Debut and Prepping Her First Feature Film with Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions

L.A. born and bred, the acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager has long been a favorite of the culturati. Her playful, colorful work uses classic Old Hollywood tropes to examine darker modern themes, including those of isolation and the need for connection and empathy. Prager’s first U.S. solo museum show, Face in the Crowd, featuring […]

Cocaine Bear Joins Elizabeth Banks to Present Oscar

Elizabeth Banks had a special guest beside her when she presented the award for best visual effects to Avatar: The Way of Water at the 2023 Oscars. The Cocaine Bear filmmaker was joined by a person in a bear costume, noting that if it weren’t for visual effects teams, the bear in her film would’ve […]

How Ryan Reynolds Made Up a Hollywood Legend, Otto Desc, in Oscars Advertising Campaign

It turns out Otto Desć wasn’t a Hollywood legend after all. After a pair of pseudo-documentary spots featuring actor and director Elizabeth Banks, actor Ron Perlman, VFK supervisor Paul Lambert and cinematographer Mandy Walker aired earlier in the evening during the 2023 Oscars, the program finally revealed that all was not as it seemed. Otto Desć was, […]

Box Office: ‘Ant-Man 3’ Faces Record Drop, ‘Cocaine Bear’ Feeling High and Happy

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is facing stormy times at the weekend box office, where it tumbled 69.7 percent to $32.2 million in its sophomore outing. If these estimates hold, the pic is suffering the worst second-weekend decline ever for a title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or for a Hollywood superhero pic […]

Hollywood Flashback: ‘The Bear’ Roared Into Theaters 35 Years Ago

Cocaine Bear, hitting theaters Feb. 24 from Universal, doesn’t mark Hollywood’s first fascination with bears, although it might be the only project about the animal’s rampage after ingesting a massive amount of the titular drug. Taking a more naturalistic approach was 1988’s The Bear, which told the story of an adult bear befriending an orphaned […]

Box Office: ‘Cocaine Bear’ Sniffs Up $2M in Thursday Previews

Cocaine Bear — director Elizabeth Banks’ daring dark comedy — sniffed up $2 million in Thursday previews from 3,000 theaters at the domestic box office. Shows began at 5 p.m. Inspired by a true story, the Universal Pictures movie is about a drug smuggling operation that goes horribly awry when a 500-pound American black bear […]

‘Cocaine Bear’ Review: Elizabeth Banks’ Dark Comedy Is Infectious, No-Apologies Entertainment

A coked-out bear goes on a murderous rampage in this film inspired by a real-life case and featuring Keri Russell and O'Shea Jackson Jr.

‘Cocaine Bear’ Team on Committing to the Outrageous Title and Bringing the Killer Bear to Life

“When it says Cocaine Bear on the cover, you’ve at least got to read the first page,” confirmed producer Phil Lord of getting the script for his and Chris Miller’s latest project. The Universal film, directed by Elizabeth Banks, follows, quite literally, a black bear that consumes a significant amount of cocaine that is dropped […]

Sundance: Inside Fest’s Hottest Parties and Events (Updating)

After two years online due to the pandemic, the Sundance Film Festival returned to Park City, Utah, for its 2023 edition from Jan. 19-29. Filmmakers, actors, artists, influencers and more returned en masse for the festivities that included a packed calendar of parties, concerts, gatherings and events that hosted many a Hollywood notable name. Take a peek […]