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Vanity Fair picks “Hollywood’s Next Wave”


rtr208ge.jpgThe young stars of U.S. television show “Gossip Girl” may soon be among the most talked-about actors and actresses in Hollywood, if Vanity Fair magazine is the judge.

Seven actors from the program, which tells about privileged teens growing up in Manhattan, were picked for the magazine’s story — posted on its Web site on Monday — of up-and-coming actors and actresses in Hollywood, including Blake Lively (pictured at right), who plays an elite New York prep school student in “Gossip Girl.”

stone2.jpgAmong others from the show joining Lively were Penn Badgley, 21, Ed Westwick, 21, and Jessica Szohr, 23. Elsewhere, other young talent deemed “Hollywood’s Next Wave” by the magazine were Emma Stone of the movie “Superbad” and recording artists the Jonas Brothers.jonas2.jpg

Back in 2003, Vanity Fair profiled numerous young Hollywood stars, including Evan Rachel Wood and Hillary Duff, and many of them went on to stardom with mixed results. Also on the 2003 list was Lindsay Lohan, 21, whose personal life took a tumble last year as she struggled with drug and alcohol abuse.