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What was supposed to be an empowering speech about women in film ended up majorly backfiring for Elizabeth Banks. The Pitch Perfect 2 director was the recipient of the Excellence in Film Award at the annual Crystal + Lucy Awards in La on Tuesday, where she used her moment in the spotlight to discuss gender equality in Hollywood and criticize Steven Spielberg for always casting men as the leads in his films. "We can't do it by ourselves. We need dudes. We need the guys," she said. "It's our responsibility to bring the men along. I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he's never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don't mean to call your ass out, but it's true." Immediately actress Shari Belafonte, who was sitting in the audience, yelled out "The Color Purple!" Banks »
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“I messed up.”
While collecting the excellence in directing prize at the Woman in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, Banks said: “I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made… he’s never made a movie with a female lead. Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.”
Banks was criticised for the comments on social media, with many pointing out that several Spielberg films, including The Sugarland Express, The Colour Purple and The Bfg, had actresses in lead roles.
Later Banks posted an apology on Twitter. She wrote:
“I messed up. When referring to Steven Spielberg at the Woman in Film awards, I framed my comments inaccurately. I want to be clear from the start that I take full responsibility for what »
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Earlier this week, actress and director Elizabeth Banks took an opportunity to call out Steven Spielberg for his lack of women-led movies, blasting the prolific director from the podium at the Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards. “And by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead,” Banks said at the time. “Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.” Now, she’s apologized for part of that statement, although her mea culpa isn’t aimed at Spielberg, so much as at an inaccuracy in her assertions about his film-making record.
At the time that Banks was making her remarks, actress Shari Belafonte brought up Spielberg’s 1985 movie The Color Purple, pointing out that the distinctly female-focused movie starred Whoopi Goldberg. Banks apparently breezed past Belafonte’s comments at the time, but she’s since apologized to ...
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Elizabeth Banks has apologized for her earlier comments about Steven Spielberg, writing on Twitter that “I want to be clear from the start I take full responsibility for what I said and I’m sorry.” Banks, who criticized the filmmaker for the lack of of female protagonists in his films, says she was corrected by Shari Belafonte.
Here’s her full statement: »
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Elizabeth Banks took at aim at Steven Spielberg earlier this week during a speech at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, calling out the famous filmmaker for failing to direct movies with female leads… but she omitted one important work.
She came under fire for forgetting about his 1985 film “The Color Purple,” which starred Whoopi Goldberg in her breakout role and earned 10 Oscar nominations, including one for best picture. On Thursday, she issued an apology after the backlash mounted via social media.
“I messed up,” she wrote on Twitter. “When referring to Steven Spielberg at the Women in Film awards, I framed my comments about his films inaccurately. I want to be clear from the start that I take full responsibility for what I said and I’m sorry. When I made the comments, I was thinking of recent films Steven directed, it was not my intention to dismiss »
- Rebecca Rubin
Elizabeth Banks is acknowledging her mistake.
The 43-year-old actress issued an apology to Steven Spielberg on Thursday after she incorrectly stated that the director has "never made a movie with a female lead" during the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on Tuesday.
When Banks was accepting her Crystal Award, she expressed her frustration with the lack of female stories on the big screen, specifically calling out the Oscar-winning director.
"I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he's never made a movie with a female lead," Banks said onstage. "Sorry, Steven. I don't mean to call your a** out, but it's true."
"I messed »
This is either going to be really good or so bad, it’s great. But either way, ABC’s relaunch of Battle of the Network Stars (premiering Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c) is looking like the summer’s must-see — especially since on Tuesday the full list of competitors was released. The celebrities we’re most psyched to see throwing down in events like the kayak relay race and dunk tank:
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ABC’s revival of “Battle of the Network” stars has set 20 teams of five celebrities each to compete in the upcoming season, the network announced Monday.
Stars from shows such as “Modern Family,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Scandal,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Goldbergs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The West Wing,” “Dallas,” “CHiPs,” “Law & Order” and many more will take part in the throwback to the classic series from the 1970’s.
The 10-episode season will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games, like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course, and Dunk Tank. The series will premiere June 29 at 9 p.m.
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