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Our Idiot Brother: The Elizabeth Banks Interview

Our Idiot Brother star Elizabeth Banks found the plot of the film hit a little close to home. Banks recently visited with Movie Fanatic to discuss the Sundance darling from director Jesse Peretz (The Ex).

Elizabeth Banks in Our Idiot Brother

Banks was quick to admit that it was almost scary how much the Ned character in Our Idiot Brother, played by Paul Rudd, reminded her of her own brother. Needless to say, Banks needed little prep to portray Miranda.

The actress is the star of a wide array of films from The 40-Year-Old Virgin to the upcoming Hunger Games and we’ve always found her a complete delight. Honestly, we’ve never seen her as joyous as when she was discussing the ensemble comedy, Our Idiot Brother. The comedy about a dysfunctional family whose brother (Rudd) finally comes home features Banks as one of three sisters… something she identified with as well.

Movie Fanatic: Paul Rudd’s Ned is kind of in the family doghouse when he returns. Have you ever had that experience?

Elizabeth Banks: I once forwarded my middle sister — the Liz in my life, who married a not great guy — I can’t remember exactly what happened, but basically I was like, “When we go to the wedding, we’re just going to make the best of a bad situation.” My sister ended up on the email forward and wrote me back, reply-all, “I really wish I didn’t know this was how you were coming to my wedding.” Needless to say, I was not in the wedding at my sister’s wedding, nor was my other sister. It’s all worked out. We’re all best friends — and that dude is no longer in our (expletive) life. So, I was right [laughs].

Movie Fanatic: I’ve heard a little rumor that you saw your own family dynamic in the script and that helped you decide to do the project…

Elizabeth Banks: Yeah, this movie is fairly biographical for me. When Jesse called me about the movie after I had read it, I was laughing like, “Did he somehow go to my home?” I am the oldest, bossiest daughter of a family of four. I have two sisters, one of whom is a divorced mother of two, and one of whom lives in Brooklyn with four roommates. She actually just moved in with her boyfriend, so we’re real hopeful that this is the one. I have a 26-year-old brother who sells pizza and maybe something else while delivering those pizzas.

Movie Fanatic: Wow, so I’d say this movie really struck a chord for you?

Elizabeth Banks: Yes, I really connected to the film in a deep way.

Elizabeth Banks Stars in Our Idiot Brother

Movie Fanatic: Did you and your fellow cinematic sisters (Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer) from Our Idiot Brother get to spend a lot of time together? Your bond felt so real.

Elizabeth Banks: Well, what made it really easy because Emily came to set with pink eye on the first day [laughs]. It was repulsive and made us not want to touch her. It was really sweet, it was like she did it for us.

Movie Fanatic: Your character is a journalist. Do you now have a new appreciation for what we do in the biz?

Elizabeth Banks: The manipulation of a good reporter — nicely done [laughs]. I understand wholly in this media age why it’s really important for all of y’all to find your nugget or your POV or your special quotes. I still don’t care [laughs]. Even playing this character, it’s an ethical dilemma on a daily basis for y’all, I’m sure. You deal with it in your own ways. Hopefully you’ll have a brother like Ned.

Transformers Dark of the Moon Returns to IMAX

Michael Bay was on the celebrated director’s online forum this past weekend and gave his fans clues that Paramount Pictures was considering giving Transformers Dark of the Moon another go at IMAX theaters nationwide.

Shia LaBeouf in Transformers Dark of the Moon

‘Tis true, it seems, as the studio announced today that the film will return to screens worthy of the hugeness of Bay’s latest film from August 26 through September 8.

Since Transformers Dark of the Moon debuted in theaters, the film has taken in a gargantuan $1.095 billion internationally.

Shia LaBeouf and gang famously avoided a global meltdown in the third film in the Transformers series, as the actor admitted this was his final foray into Bay’s world of alien robots.

Transformers Dark of the Moon and Bay are taking a page from the highly successful playbook of James Cameron. Once his Avatar had already generated billions of dollars, he convinced his studio, 20th Century Fox, to re-release the film on IMAX screens soon after its original release, only further pushing up its total gross.

Look for the third Transformers film to hit 246 screens across the country on August 26.

Real Steel Featurette: Hugh Jackman’s Main Event

The buzz surrounding Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman is getting heated as a new featurette takes our readers inside the action film.

Hugh Jackman in Real Steel

Real Steel follows a retired fighter (Jackman) who finds his way back into the ring in the emerging popular sport of robot boxing. Jackman’s character is using the opportunity not only to get on top once again in a sport he once dominated, but also it is a chance to connect with his son (Dokata Goyo), with whom he is at odds.

Jackman is Charlie Kenton who was on his way to becoming the biggest thing in boxing when boxers made of steel took over the sport and the public’s fascination.

Real Steel also stars former Lost castaway Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand and Anthony Mackie and is the first directing foray into a full-fledged action movie for helmer Shawn Levy (Date Night and Night at the Museum).

Real Steel Featurette: Main Event

Jason Segel Joins Knocked Up Spin-Off This is Forty

Another cast member from Knocked Up has been announced to be in Judd Apatow’s spin-off of the comedy hit, This is Forty. Jason Segel is in the cast, confirmed star Megan Fox from a photo she posted on Facebook from the set.

Megan Fox in This is Forty

The photo shows Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd, Fox and Segel taking a dip in what we can easily assume will be one funny flick.

Segel’s character was a friend of Seth Rogen’s in the original Knocked Up, that also co-starred Katherine Heigl. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are back from the original, and Movie Fanatic understands the couple are central to the plot of the film that Apatow is calling a companion piece to his 2007 smash.

Another Bridesmaids alum, recent Emmy nominee Melissa McCarthy, is also in the cast as is Ryan Lee, Lena Dunham, Albert Brooks and Wyatt Russell.

Look for This is Forty to premiere in December of next year.

Hunger Games Trailer to Premiere at VMAs

Jennifer Lawrence and her onscreen alter ego Katniss will make their visual debut in the form of The Hunger Games‘ first trailer at Sunday’s MTV VMAs.

The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence

The Hunger Games, one of the most anticipated movies of 2012, will give fans its first look August 28 and for the legions who devoured Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy, they are counting the minutes.

Sure, music fans are dying of anticipation to see what Lady Gaga will wear and perform at the music video awards show, but the real headline will be what everyone thinks of director Gary Ross’ big screen adaptation of the hottest literary series since Twilight.