Sunday, January 11, 2009

Elizabeth Banks gets wicked in 'The Uninvited'

Homegrown beauty Elizabeth Banks has taken a star turn since raising eyebrows with her role in "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."

The Pittsfield native, slotted to be the keynote speaker at the Commonwealth Awards on Tuesday, Jan 13, recently signed a deal with L'Oreal Paris to be a spokesperson for the company which includes print and TV ads hitting the U.S. in February.

"Elizabeth's talent and beauty is matched by her intelligence and approachability," Karen T. Fondu, president of the L'Oreal Paris, says here. "She has a natural charm and an incredible ability to captivate an audience."

Banks, producer of the upcoming made-in-Boston sci-fi film "The Surrogates" and a featured presenter at the Golden Globes and VH1's Critics' Choice Awards, plays wicked stepmother Rachel in a remake of the Korean horror flick "The Uninvited," hitting theaters Friday, Jan. 30.

The film revolves around Anna (played by Emily Browning) who returns home after spending time in a mental hospital recovering from the tragic death of her mother. Her recovery suffers a setback when she learns her father has become engaged to her mother's former nurse Rachel (played by Banks). That night, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost warning her of Rachel's wicked intentions.

Click here for the lowdown on "The Uninvited."
Photo source DreamWorks LLC and Cold Spring Pictures.

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