For years, she was “pitch-perfect” in a wide variety of smaller parts, including memorable moments in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, on 30 Rock, and in Wet Hot American Summer, but now Elizabeth Banks is both stepping into the spotlight and beginning to reveal her final form. A directing and producing powerhouse who still manages to steal every single scene she’s in — The Hunger Games, anyone? — Banks’ directorial debut, Pitch Perfect 2, which she also produced, was a box office smash. It’s pretty fair to say that Banks is emerging as a brilliant — and bankable — force in Hollywood.

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