WEIRDLAND: Top under-25 Stars

Friday, September 26, 2008

Top under-25 Stars

Age: 22
Years on List: 2007, 2008

What She's Done: Besides heating up the screen in 'Transformers,' Fox has positioned herself as a saucy sex symbol -- her Maxim cover was a scorcher.

What's Next: This fall's comedy 'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People'; 'Whore' (really), 'Jennifer's Body' (a comedy horror penned by 'Juno' scribe Diablo Cody); and 'Transformers 2.'

Industry Buzz: "I honestly believe that Megan is here to stay," says Robert Weide, director of 'How to Lose Friends.' "She'll constantly surprise people by her range. Anyone who thinks she's just a pretty face is going to be surprised in the same way they were when Michelle Pfeiffer proved she really was an actress."
Age: 20
Years on List: 2007, 2008

What He's Done: Cera made the leap from TV star ('Arrested Development') to box office draw with the raunch-fest 'Superbad' and the Oscar-nominated 'Juno' in '07.

What's Next: He'll follow up October's 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' with starring roles in 'Year One,' 'Youth in Revolt' and 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.'

Industry Buzz: "With 'Arrested Development,' 'Superbad' and 'Juno,' he always came across as an appealing, funny kid," says Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger. "But in 'Nick & Norah,' he's really emerging as a young man, and a very likable one."

Age: 22
Years on List: 2007, 2008

What He's Done: The Beef made the leap from Disney tween ('Even Stevens,' 'Holes') to blockbuster action star ('Transformers,' 'Indiana Jones') in what seemed like a week (actuality: four years).

What's Next: He reunites with 'Disturbia' director D.J. Caruso in this month's thriller 'Eagle Eye' while filming next summer's 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.'

Industry Buzz: "Shia is genuine, and very real," says Caruso. "He's the good-looking guy next door, he's your best friend next door, he's a little bit of everything. He's been blessed with that."
Age: 21
Years on List: 2007, 2008

What She's Done: She played Kitty Pride in 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' but her turn as a pregnant teen in 'Juno' made her a household name (and scored her an Oscar nod).

What's Next: She'll star in the thriller 'Peacock,' play a roller derby skater in Drew Barrymore's 'Whip It!' and take the title role in a new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre.'

Industry Buzz: "The amazing thing about Ellen is how sophisticated her tastes are," says EW's Dave Karger. "We will probably never see her take on a typical starlet role. She's so strongly associated with her 'Juno' character, but I'm sure we'll soon see there's a lot more to her than that."
Age: 19
Years on List: 2008

What He's Done: Long called a "next big thing," he's impressed in movies that had trouble finding audiences ('Alpha Dog,' 'Fierce People,' 'Charlie Bartlett').

What's Next: The actor's next two projects -- 'Star Trek' and 'Terminator Salvation' -- should have no such trouble. Both are slated for a summer 2009 release.

Industry Buzz: "He may not be a name that many people know, but he's already delivered very impressive performances in 'Charlie Bartlett,' where he really carried the entire film, and 'Alpha Dog', says Dave Karger of EW".
Age: 19
Years on List: 2008

What She's Done: Her resume's heavy on comedy -- from the super hit 'Superbad' to lesser films 'The Rocker' and 'The House Bunny.'

What's Next: She'll play to her strengths -- she's next up in the Matthew McConaughey rom-com 'The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,' by 'Mean Girls' director Mark Waters.

Industry Buzz: Says L.A. Daily News and film critic Bob Strauss, "This summer's 'Rocker' and 'House Bunny' weren't up there with last year's hysterical 'Superbad.' But Emma Stone maintained her sweet and natural quality through all three no matter how outrageous or unfunny matters got. She's the most superb straightwoman of her age group, and that's a rare talent in any generation."
Age: 22
Years on List: 2008

What She's Done: She was Catherine Keener's not-quite-sexually-active daughter in '40-Year-Old Virgin'; played a goth girl who gets an Anna Faris makeover in 'The House Bunny.'

What's Next: She plays Michael Cera's possible soul mate in 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist,' then stars in Robert Rodriguez's kid-friendly 'Shorts' and the college football flick 'End Zone.'

Industry Buzz: "Kat is a refreshing and remarkable actress," says 'Nick and Norah' director Peter Sollett. "She's unbound by what she thinks a director might be expecting of her, instead favoring unique interpretation of her character. She's an independent-minded artist who is here to stay."
Age: 15
Years on List: 2008

What She's Done: The ubiquitous teen's 'Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds' concert flick shocked the movie industry with a $31 million opening weekend.

What's Next: She lends her voice to fall's animated Disney flick 'Bolt'; 'Hannah Montana' continues its Hollywood takeover in April '09; and Nicholas Sparks is tailor-making a script for her.

Industry Buzz: "She has great talent and family values," says Falco Ink. publicist Janice Roland. "Her talent will take her to the next level. I think she has staying power if she stays with her fans. As her fans grow up, she should be there with them."
Age: 22
Years on List: 2008

What She's Done: The new Brit on the block is bursting on the scene with a pivotal role in this year's Bond, 'Quantum of Solace,' and a part in Guy Ritchie's 'Rocknrolla.'

What's Next: You may catch her in the English comedy 'The Boat That Rocked,' but you're sure to see her in the epic actioner 'The Prince of Persia.'

Industry Buzz: "Gemma is an extraordinary talent," says 'Solace' director Marc Forster. "I told her when I first met her on the first day: 'You will work until you're very, very old.' Because I think she's extraordinarily gifted and she has incredible timing. Her comedic timing is brilliant, and her dramatic quality as well."
Age: 23
Years on List: 2007, 2008

What She's Done: Since capturing moviegoers' attention in 'The Horse Whisperer' at age 14, she's earned raves for 'Lost in Translation,' been Woody Allen's muse in a trifecta of films and generally made men swoon.

What's Next: She'll star opposite Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore in 'He's Just Not That Into You,' play a comic-book vixen in 'The Spirit' and get married to Ryan Reynolds (sorry, guys).

Industry Buzz: "Being Woody Allen's muse isn't a bad gig," says USA Today's Susan Wloszczyna. "But at 23, the experienced-beyond-her-years Johansson deserves to appear in high-caliber movies like 'Lost in Translation,' not splashed on more magazine covers." SEE FULL LIST in

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