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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  • A Quiet Place

    China Box Office: ‘A Quiet Place’ Opens Third Behind ‘Infinity War'

    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 […]

  • Patricia Morison Dead: 'Kiss Me Kate'

    Patricia Morison, Stage Star of 'Kiss Me, Kate', Dies at 103

    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 […]

  • Does Cannes Have a Future? Yes,

    Does Cannes Have a Future? Yes, But the Festival Needs to Change

    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 […]

  • DEADPOOL 2

    'Deadpool 2' Leads International Box Office With Powerful $176 Million Debut

    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 […]

  • BlacKkKlansman

    Variety Critics Name the 12 Best Movies From Cannes 2018

    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 […]

  • DEADPOOL 2

    Box Office: 'Deadpool 2' Propels to $125 Million Opening

    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 […]

  • U.S.-China Film Talks Now Part of

    U.S.-China Film Talks Now Hostage to Trade War (Report)

    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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