Magazine article Variety

Maestros, Stars and Emerging Talents Honored

Magazine article Variety

Maestros, Stars and Emerging Talents Honored

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J.I. ABRAMS

Showman of the Year

Abrams has had one gravity-defying year. He's the mastermind behind the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which is close to hitting $1 billion at the global box office. He's no stranger to bringing life to old franchises; he rebooted "Star Trek" with two feature films and has been a producer on the previous two "Mission: Impossible" movies. "10 Cloverfield Lane," his followup to found footage monster-attack movie "Cloverfield," hit theaters earlier this year. But that's not all that's going on with this mega-producer in 2016. His newest film as producer, "Star Trek Beyond," will hit theaters this summer. He is also among those hacking Screening Room.

STEPHEN AMELL

Male Star of Tomorrow

Am ei.i" star of the CWs "Arrow," where he plays the titular role, is looking to change screens with his upcoming role as Casey Jones in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows." His Arrow has crossed over on other superhero-themed shows including "Vixen," "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow." Amell began his career in 2004, earning brief roles on TV series such as "Queer as Folk" and "Degrassi: The Next Generation." He found work consistently in the years succeeding his appearances in "The Vampire Diaries," "The Practice" and "Hung." He voiced the character in the video games "Injustice: Gods Among Us" and "Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham." Amell has also earned nominations from the People's Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards for his "Arrow" role among other noms and trophies through his career.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE. MILA KUNIS. KRISTEN BELL. KATHRYN HAHN & ANNIE MUMOLO

Female Stars of the Year

Kunis, bell, applegate, Hahn and Mumolo are joining forces in STX's untitled female-centric moms comedy "Bad Moms," which is scheduled for an August release. Applegate has gained a name for her roles in the "Anchorman" franchise, "Samantha Who?" and her 2002 guest appearance on "Friends," which earned her an Emmy. Kunis has lent her voice to "Family Guy" and starred in films like "Black Swan" and "Ted." After breaking onto the scene as the title character in the crime-drama series "Veronica Mars," Bell has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" alongside Kunis. Bell co-stars with Mumolo in the upcoming comedy "The Boss." A co-writer on "Bridesmaids," Mumolo has starred in "This Is 40" and "Afternoon Delight," which provided a starring vehicle for Hahn, a standout in such films as "Stepbrothers" and "This Is Where I Leave You."

JASON BLUM

Producer of the Year

The founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, Blum made a name for himself making large profits off films with smaller budgets like the "Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious" films. But he's also behind such heralded fare as "Whiplash," which earned a best picture Oscar nomination, and HBO telepic "The Normal Heart," for which he won an Emmy Award. His busy slate for 2016 includes the third installment in "The Purge" series, titled "The Purge: Election Year," plus "Ouija 2," "Viral" and "Stephanie." Meanwhile his Crypt TV is expanding.

JESSE EISENBERG

Male Star of the Year

Eisenberg is onf. of Hollywood's speed talkers - he worked his way through Aaron Sorkin's "The Social Network" with dry precision and earned himself an Oscar nomination. This year he tackled legendary Superman supervillain Lex Luthor in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." His aggressive and twitchy take on Luthor is unconventional and different from previous onscreen representations of the iconic head of LexCorp. The multifaceted actor has also written and starred in three plays. Last year, he debuted his first book, "Bream Gives Me Hiccups." Later this year, he'll be reprising the role of J. Daniel Atlas in "Now You See Me 2" and for his second project with Woody Allen and third with Kristen Stewart, "Café Society," which will open Cannes in May.

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD

CinemaCon Award for Excellence In Acting

Howard may bf, the daughter of renowned actor and director Ron Howard, but she's forged her own identity as a critically acclaimed actress. …

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