Nikki Blonsky

Dark Horse Lead Actress: 'Hairspray'

Why: Blonsky went from being a virtual no-name Long Island teen working dishing out ice cream scoops to a leading actress asked to carry — and sing and dance — her way through a major Hollywood musical, and she pulled it off with panache to spare. Stellar reviews and a confident performance should help give Blonsky a steady stream of roles from here on out, instead of being a one-hit wonder. Her seismic catapult feels similar to last year’s Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson, minus the “American Idol” exposure, of course.

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  • ‘Burning’ Adds U.K., Japan, Australia Distribution

    Cannes: ‘Burning’ Adds U.K., Japan, Australia Distribution Deals

    Why: Blonsky went from being a virtual no-name Long Island teen working dishing out ice cream scoops to a leading actress asked to carry — and sing and dance — her way through a major Hollywood musical, and she pulled it off with panache to spare. Stellar reviews and a confident performance should help give […]

  • 'The Great Mystical Circus' Review: Hardly

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Great Mystical Circus'

    Why: Blonsky went from being a virtual no-name Long Island teen working dishing out ice cream scoops to a leading actress asked to carry — and sing and dance — her way through a major Hollywood musical, and she pulled it off with panache to spare. Stellar reviews and a confident performance should help give […]

  • 'Feral' Review

    Film Review: 'Feral'

    Why: Blonsky went from being a virtual no-name Long Island teen working dishing out ice cream scoops to a leading actress asked to carry — and sing and dance — her way through a major Hollywood musical, and she pulled it off with panache to spare. Stellar reviews and a confident performance should help give […]

  • Amandla Stenberg The Hate U Give

    Fox Dates 'The Hate U Give' Movie for Awards-Season Release

    Why: Blonsky went from being a virtual no-name Long Island teen working dishing out ice cream scoops to a leading actress asked to carry — and sing and dance — her way through a major Hollywood musical, and she pulled it off with panache to spare. Stellar reviews and a confident performance should help give […]

  • 'Scarface' Slated for 35th Anniversary Re-Release

    Film News Roundup: 'Scarface' Set for 35th Anniversary Re-Release

    Why: Blonsky went from being a virtual no-name Long Island teen working dishing out ice cream scoops to a leading actress asked to carry — and sing and dance — her way through a major Hollywood musical, and she pulled it off with panache to spare. Stellar reviews and a confident performance should help give […]

  • Caitriona Balfe Noah Jupe

    'Outlander' Star Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe Join Ford vs. Ferrari Movie

    Why: Blonsky went from being a virtual no-name Long Island teen working dishing out ice cream scoops to a leading actress asked to carry — and sing and dance — her way through a major Hollywood musical, and she pulled it off with panache to spare. Stellar reviews and a confident performance should help give […]

  • Gal Gadot

    Gal Gadot Producing, Possibly Starring in Fidel Castro Journalism Drama

    Why: Blonsky went from being a virtual no-name Long Island teen working dishing out ice cream scoops to a leading actress asked to carry — and sing and dance — her way through a major Hollywood musical, and she pulled it off with panache to spare. Stellar reviews and a confident performance should help give […]

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