Profession: Writer, director, producer, actress
Breakout Film: "In a World..."
Why They're On Here: Lake Bell, the tall and lanky comedienne best known for her work on Adult Swim's "Children's Hospital" and HBO's now-defunct "How To Make It In America," proved herself to be a quadruple threat when "In a World...," her feature writing-directing debut (which she also co-produced and stars in), world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a rave response from the packed house at the Library Theater. It was picked up by Roadside Attractions and opens August 9.
What's Up Next: She's currently filming the sports drama "Million Dollar Arm" opposite Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton and Alan Arkin, under the direction of "Lars and the Real Girl" helmer Craig Gillespie. Thoma McCarthy ("The Visitor," "Win Win") penned the screenplay.
Breakout Film: "What Maisie Knew"
Why They're On Here: She was only 7 when she made "What Maisie Knew," but she grabbed our attention as a young New Yorker caught in the middle of her parents' custody battle. She garnered praise and affection from her adult costars and acted with subtle honesty, even though her mom still had to help her learn her lines. In fact, she dominated the film, and surprised her co-stars with her process. Co-star Alexander Skarsgard is a fan, saying "She's so sensitive, and real. I work for months, and I think about my character, I analyze everything. Then you show up on set, and she’s a million times better than I am. I'm like, 'Come on!! This is not fair!'"
What's Up Next: No projects yet, but the world seems to be captivated by this little ball of energy, who doesn't let her adorable real life personality get in the way of a serious role. She seems to be heading for great things.
Breakout Film: "The Great Gatsby"
Why They're On Here: While Baz Luhrmann's Cannes opening night entry, "The Great Gatsby," earned mixed reviews, most agree on one thing: That Australian newcomer Elizabeth Debicki stood out among the starry cast, despite only appearing in a handful of scenes. As the golfing, long limbed beauty Jordan Baker, Debicki radiated a cool confidence -- no small feat considering she landed the role mere months after leaving the Victorian College of the Arts, and had to act opposite a heavyweight like Leonardo DiCaprio, under the direction of one of her country's most revered filmmakers.
What's Up Next: She's currently performing in a production of "The Maids" for Sydney Theater Company with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert in Australia.