Star Gazing: 9 to Watch in '09

Entertainment Weekly picks next year's breakout performers
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2008 7:35 PM CST
Star Gazing: 9 to Watch in '09
Aziz Ansari, known for his presence on MTV's "Human Giant" and VH1's "Best Week Ever," surfaces in Judd Apatow's next movie, "Funny People."   (Getty Images)

With next year's big-name film and TV projects (including a new Star Trek and a fresh Tom Hanks movie) featuring some unknowns, Entertainment Weekly lists the rising stars of 2009:

  • Kara DioGuardi, American Idol: The songwriting force behind hits by Pink and Ashlee Simpson will sit at the show's judging table.  
  • Chris Pine, Star Trek: Old spaceship, new Captain Kirk.

  • Ayelet Zurer, Angels & Demons: Munich's agonized wife teams up with Hanks in Da Vinci Code prequel.   
  • Rose McIver, The Lovely Bones: A Disney Channel secret no more, her star is set to rise by way of Peter Jackson’s new movie.
  • Aziz Ansari, The Office: MTV Human Giant star moonlights as Amy Poehler’s new co-worker.
For more, click below. (Read more Star Trek stories.)

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