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10 Most Underrated Young Actors

Cinema is filled with multi-talented young actors who bring to life all types of characters. Sometimes, a role is given to the wrong guy - just because he has the looks (pin-up pretty, looks awesome wearing trunks) and the connection (a powerful talent agent at his side). But when the role is given to the right guy - moviegoers get to witness something unique, memorable and powerful, even magical. Anyway, even the 'right guy' needs an agent, of course...

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- - - Underrated versus Overrated: If you've watched Jumper, then you'll notice the difference between Jamie Bell and Hayden Christensen - Bell has undeniable screen presence, I can't say the same with Hayden. It could have been different if Tom Sturridge was retained to play Hayden's part. Anyway, who am I to argue? Christensen has more box office appeal than the relatively unknown Sturridge, but acting-wise?

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Moore & Adams To Wed

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Moore & Adams To Wed
Mandy Moore and rocker Ryan Adams have stunned the music world by getting engaged.

Few people knew the stars were dating again after their 2008 romance fell apart, and Moore started dating ex-boyfriend Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein as he recovered from a plane crash in South Carolina in September.

Moore and Goldstein split in December and the actress/singer reunited with Adams, according to reports.

The Saved star, who at 24 is 10 years younger than singer/songwriter Adams, was recently spotted wearing what looked like an engagement ring on her wedding finger and a friend tells Life & Style magazine, "She is so excited... It's been a whirlwind. She's really happy."

Adams recently announced his plans to step back from music and disband his group The Cardinals to concentrate on other projects.

Gigandet, Malone gear up for 'Five Star Day'

"Twilight" actor Cam Gigandet and Jena Malone have signed on to star in Danny Buday's indie drama "Five Star Day."

Variety reports Gigandet stars as a young man who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after he loses everything he has and decides it's time to find out what's most important in his life.

Malone is on board playing his girlfriend, while Will Yun Lee stars as Gigandet's reasonable friend.

Gigandet most recently starred in "Never Back Down." He will next be seen as James in "Twilight," which opens this weekend. The actor will also appear in David S. Goyer's "The Unborn" and Christian Alvart's "Pandorum."

As for Jena Malone, whose known for her roles in "Donnie Darko" and "Saved!," she recently starred in "Into the Wild" and "The Ruins." Lee's credits include "Die Another Day" and "Bionic Woman."
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Sarandon's Daughter Named UN Goodwill Ambassador

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Susan Sarandon's actress daughter Eva Amurri has been named the latest United Nations celebrity Goodwill Ambassador, overseeing fundraising for "vulnerable children" living in HIV/AIDS-affected communities in Africa. Saved star Amurri, 22, recently traveled to Namibia to visit children attending schools funded by the United Nation's HERO initiative. During her visit, the actress volunteered at the Hainyeko Primary School and Onamatadiva Kindergarten in the Ohangwena region of Namibia. There she worked alongside local partners, community members and the United Nations Association's HERO Youth Ambassadors. Amurri helped paint student dorms and participated in an after-school camp, where she taught "arts, crafts and recreational activities." She also hosted a celebration with the San community - considered the world's oldest cultural group. Amurri says, "Being in Namibia this past July and working with the kids has been such an enlightening experience and I'm looking forward to returning in the future."

City Lights Pics falls for 'Descent'

NEW YORK -- Producer-actress Rosario Dawson's harrowing date rape drama Descent has been acquired for domestic theatrical release by City Lights Pictures Releasing.

Sister company City Lights Home Entertainment will handle video and digital distribution of the film as part of its recently announced partnership with Warner/Elektra/Atlantic.

In the less than $3 million feature, set for a platform release in late spring, Dawson will play a college student slowly recovering from a brutal date rape. While trying to rebuild her life, she decides to take revenge on her attacker (Chad Faust, Saved!) in a manner City Lights CEO Danny Fisher describes as "equally shocking, controversial and graphic."

Fisher said he is prepared to release the film unrated or with an NC-17 rating because of its violence as he doesn't want to diminish the power of the material.

"This is not a revenge thriller, and we're not planning to market it as such," Fisher said. He plans to reach out to rape and women's organizations to spread awareness about the subject matter and launch a strong Internet campaign, including a presence in online support groups.

Kops named sr. vp publicity at Paramount

Paramount Pictures has tapped Eric Kops as senior vp national publicity, the studio said Tuesday. The longtime MGM vet and former Paramount intern will lead the department in strategizing and executing national campaigns for the company's upcoming films, including Get Rich or Die Tryin', Aeon Flux and Yours, Mine & Ours. He will be based in Los Angeles, where he will report to executive vp worldwide publicity Nancy Kirkpatrick. Kops joins Paramount from MGM, where he led the campaigns on the James Bond installment Die Another Day, the Legally Blonde and Barbershop films, Hotel Rwanda, Ghost World and Saved!

Moore does Rudin's 'Shopping'

Moore does Rudin's 'Shopping'
Mandy Moore has signed on to star in Personal Shopping for Scott Rudin Prods. An offbeat, transatlantic romantic comedy, Personal Shopping centers on an American who loses his bags upon arrival in London and enlists a female shopper to find him a new wardrobe. British writer Tim Sullivan will direct from his own script. Paramount acquired the property in 2001 for Rudin, who is set to exit the studio for the Walt Disney Co. Moore most recently starred in Saved! for United Artists and next appears in Romance & Cigarettes for director John Turturro. She is repped by WMA and the Firm.

Dannelly 'Guided' to Sobini project

Dannelly 'Guided' to Sobini project
Saved! writer-director Brian Dannelly has boarded Sobini Films' romantic comedy The Guided Man. Described as a modern Cyrano story, Guided Man is a romantic comedy about an introverted guy who comes to rely on a new service that allows someone to see, hear, feel and speak through him in order to give him confidence around women. The project is based on a 1952 story by L. Sprague De Camp and was adapted for the big screen by Steve Adams (Envy). Dannelly will further develop the script with his writing partner Michael Urban. The filmmakers are eyeing an early 2005 start. Sobini topper Mark Amin will produce along with Sobini president of production Robin Schorr and company president Cami Winikoff. Curtis Burch, who originally developed it and brought the script to Schorr, also will serve as a producer along with Kathleen Haase.

Parker pulls 'Weeds' role at Showtime

Parker pulls 'Weeds' role at Showtime
Golden Globe and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker has been tapped to star in Showtime's comedy pilot Weeds. Brian Dannelly, who directed Parker in the praised feature comedy Saved! is set to helm the pilot, which, like the movie, takes a comic look at life in suburbia. Weeds, from Emmy-winning writer-producer Jenji Kohan, centers on a suburban mom (Parker) and her daughter. Parker is the latest example of Showtime stepping up its efforts to recruit well-known stars to its series project under the direction of entertainment president Robert Greenblatt, who joined Showtime a year ago.

Moore To Join 'Wicked' Cast?

Moore To Join 'Wicked' Cast?
Acting and singing superstar Mandy Moore is considering a starring role in hit Broadway musical Wicked. The Saved beauty told fans on her official website about her love for the Wizard Of Oz prequel, which has won several theatre awards including three Tonys, since its launch last year. Moore enthuses, "Wicked is beyond amazing. I've actually seen it twice and was offered the chance to replace Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda) once she leaves the show. What an honor. But how could anyone step into those shoes? She's pretty unbelievable and irreplaceable and totally owns that role. Although I have to say that I'm obsessed with Idina Menzel (Elphaba). To me, she is the ultimate singer/performer and her voice blows you out of the water." Former New Kids On The Block heart-throb Joey McIntyre recently joined the cast of the New York hit, as partyboy Fiyero.

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