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
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)
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(Newser) – 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.
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