Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 2010's Ones-to-Watch: Gemma Arterton, Rapper Common, Will Forte, & Christopher Egan

This month the fresh faces are a little bit dated. You've seen them before, in several films that never really counted as their big break. Perhaps the movies they star in this month will lead to a steadier future.

Name: Christopher Egan
Age: 25
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Trivia: He once recorded a demo song titled "Fly Away" and he trained in gymnastics.
Where you've seen him...Briefly as the cousin of the title character in Eragon, as a zombie-fighting refugee in Resident Evil: Extinction, and as the biblical hero in NBC's unjustly canceled modern day epic "Kings."
Where to see him: Helping his grandmother (Vanessa Redgrave) find her Romeo with the help of a persistent hopeless romantic (Amanda Seyfried) in Letters to Juliet.
Up next: He tends to pace himself.

Name: Common
Age: 38
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Trivia: His real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn. He was forced to change his rap name Common Sense to Common after being sued for the name by a ska band in '95. He was engaged to singer Erykah Badu and he has a daughter.
Where you've seen him...in crime action comedies and dramas Smokin' Aces, American Gangster, Street Kings, Wanted, Terminator Salvation, and Date Night.
Where to see him: He's playing an injured basketball player who has to choose between his money-grubbing trophy wife (Paula Patton from Precious and Deja Vu) and his sports-loving physical therapist (Queen Latifah).
Up next: He hasn't signed on for another film yet, but producers will soon decide if he's worth investing in once they see his first starring role. In the mean time, he'll probably continue recording music.

Name: Will Forte
Age: 39
Hometown: Alameda County, California
Trivia: His real name is Orville (lol). He was in the same comedy troupe, The Groundlings, as Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Lisa Kudrow, and many more.
Where you've seen him...for 8 years on "SNL" as some seriously disturbed characters and unfortunately alongside Will Arnett in the lame comedy The Brothers Solomon.
Where to see him: He'll star in the skit-to-film MacGuyver action comedy spoof MacGruber with Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe as his partners, and Val Kilmer as the villain.
Up next: The comedy A Good Old Fashioned Orgy with Martin Starr (Adventureland and Knocked Up), Jason Sudeikis ("SNL"), Nick Kroll ("Cavemen"), and Tyler Labine ("Reaper").

Name: Gemma Arterton
Age: 24
Hometown: Kent, England
Trivia: Born with a crumpled ear and 12 fingers, which were both fixed at birth. Almost scored Scarlett Johansson's role in Iron Man 2 and Carey Mulligan's role in the upcoming My Fair Lady. She's also rumored to have been engaged to a stuntman last year.
Where you've seen her...She's been seduced by Bond in Quantum of Solace and has guided Perseus in Clash of the Titans.
Where to see him: She's starring as a feisty princess alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the video game turned adventure epic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
Up next: The British comedic graphic novel adaptation of Tamara Drewe with Dominic Cooper (Mama Mia) and Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans).

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