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Elizabeth Banks Backs Out of Directing Pitch Perfect 3 Because of Parental Duties: ‘It Was All Timing’

06/04/2016 at 04:55 PM ET

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Elizabeth Banks is an expert in the art of the work-life balance.

The mom of two announced this week that she will no longer serve as director of the upcoming Pitch Perfect 3, though she will stay on as a producer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, at the annual PGA Produced By conference in Culver City, California, on Saturday, Banks shared the heartfelt reasoning behind her decision not to helm the newest installment of the musical franchise.

“It was all timing,” she said. “We feel obligated to put out the best movie and anyone who has done sequels, this third one is hard to figure out what the story is. We want to give the audience what it wants but not making it repetitive.”

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Elizabeth Banks’ Kids Are ‘Obsessed’ with Star Wars – Even Without Seeing It

11/24/2015 at 04:30 PM ET

Elizabeth Banks‘ sons are already huge Star Wars fans — now they just have to see the movies.

The Hunger Games star told Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on her talk show Tuesday that her kids Magnus Mitchell, 3, and Felix, 4½ — who she said are “very close” — are “obsessed with Darth Vader.”

“They’re all about Star Wars,” she says. “They don’t really know anything about Star Wars. I don’t know how Star Wars is doing it, but they’ve possessed my children.”

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Elizabeth Banks: Why I Wanted My Children to Be Close

03/27/2015 at 05:00 PM ET

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Elizabeth Banks has “thank you” on the mind these days — and there’s no place she’s more grateful than right at home.

When she’s not traveling to promote her directorial debut Pitch Perfect 2 or the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the actress — who’s currently partnering with American Greetings’s ThankList campaign — said she loves watching her two sons Felix, 4, and Magnus Mitchell, 2, playing together.

“They are really great friends,” says Banks, 41, with pride. “I’m really close with my siblings, and my husband [Max Handelman] and I wanted to have our children close together for that reason.”

She continues, “The fact that they’re so loving toward each other and such good little friends is what makes my life.”
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Elizabeth Banks: Why Being a Working Mom Is Important to Me

02/14/2014 at 03:00 PM ET

Elizabeth Banks Listerine 21 Day Challenge Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

Elizabeth Banks‘s penchant for comedy may already be rubbing off on her two sons, Felix, 2½, and Magnus Mitchell, 15 months.

“They make me laugh constantly,” the actress, 40, told PEOPLE at the launch of the Listerine 21-Day Challenge in Los Angeles on Thursday. “Everything they do is funny, literally. They’re two little clowns. All they do is make me laugh!”

When they’re not busy joking around, Banks loves taking her sons to local museums.

“They love cars and trains and trucks, so we’re big on the Petersen Automotive Museum and also Travel Town [Museum] here in Los Angeles,” she says.

But just as important is playing out in the California sunshine.
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The LEGO Movie Is a Film the Whole Family Will Enjoy

02/07/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Lego Movie Courtesy Warner Bros.

Talk about a dream come true!

If you were anything like us, you always wished your LEGOs could come to life. And now they are — on the big screen.

Starring new parents Chris Pratt (Emmet) and Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle) — we bet they had fun! — the new LEGO Movie is packed full of action but underneath the blockbuster-worthy special effects is the simple message that everyone is special.

Emmet starts off an ordinary guy until he meets Wyldstyle and her master builder crew — Vitruvious, Batman, Unikitty and more — and let’s just say that’s when his life changes forever.

And let’s not forget that every good kid’s film has to feature catchy tunes. In this case, it’s the can’t-get-out-of-your-head “Everyone Is Awesome” song.
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Elizabeth Banks Is ‘Falling Apart’ from No Sleep

08/04/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Elizabeth Banks Women's Health Sleep Deprivation Courtesy Women’s Health

Elizabeth Banks, who welcomed her second son Magnus Mitchell in November, loves being a mom — but it’s wearing her out.

The self-confessed night owl reveals in the September issue of Women’s Health that her 8-month-old is robbing her of much-needed rest.

“Even though I have a baby that wakes up anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30 in the morning, I still cannot get myself to bed before, like, 1 a.m. every night,” she admits. “I am falling apart under the weight of lack of sleep.”

Banks — mom to 2-year-old son Felix with husband Max Hendelman — says that even getting the simplest chores done can seem like a big deal.

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