VPE’S TOP 12 of 2012

Box Office Smash
Hunger Games (Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson)

With the end of Harry Potter, and Twlight approaching it’s final cinematic release, this paves the way for a new box office smash. But don’t be fooled – this isn’t just for the tweens and teens. The Hunger Games trilogy, penned by Suzanne Collins, will appeal to the big kids, too. Inspired, in part, by a reality TV competition, The Hunger Games is sure to have everyone asking: “Team Gale or Team Peeta?”
Hollywood It-Girl
Elizabeth Olsen

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen may like to fly under the radar, but the rest of the family isn’t so camera shy. Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister of MK & A), 22, debuted last fall in Martha Marcy May Marlene to smashing reviews. Several publications have already called her Hollywood’s Next It Girl and who are we to disagree? Olsen already has half-a-dozen more films in the works for release over the next year!
Teen Heart Throb
Trevor Dahl of Plug in Stereo

If Justin Bieber gave you a fever, then Trevor Dahl, 18, may send you straight to the hospital! This curly-haired cutie has been melting hearts since sixth grade when he started writing love songs for all his school crushes: “I’ve always wanted to impress girls…write love songs for them,” recalls Trevor. Currently signed to Triple Crown Records, Plug in Stereo is set to release their first full-length, Nothing to Something, in Spring 2012. We anticipate tween-domination will occur not long after.
Fashion Designers On The Rise
Cushnie et Ochs

Carlie Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, the design duo behind the uber-chic womenswear label Cushnie et Ochs are gearing up for a big year – the brand is currently a top ten finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. And that’s not all. Since the formal launch of the brand in Spring 2009, the collection continues to expand. Originally sold exclusively in Bergdorf Goodman, the collection is now sold in high-end boutiques across the world. The beautiful gal pals have been friends since attending Parson’s School of Design and have been tapped numerous times for TV opportunities. We expect to see a lot more of these girls this year.
YouTube Sensations
Elle & Blair

It seems as though YouTube continues to be a premiere scouting tool for finding new talent. After all, the site has helped introduce us to many studs (Justin Bieber) and duds (Rebecca Black). Elle, 22, and Blair Fowler, 17, are sisters who love to shop – who would’ve thought this would translate into a full-blown career!? The sisters began by posting beauty tips and shopping hauls on YouTube in 2008. A couple years later and their videos have over 4 million views worldwide! Elle and Blair have already begun receiving offers in the film industry, but for right now they’re focusing on compiling all their beauty tips and fashion advice for a new book set for release this year.
Blockbuster Bad-Ass
Rooney Mara

Perhaps you best remember Rooney Mara, 26, from her characters verbal lashing of Mark Zuckerberg in 2010’s The Social Network: “You are going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.” Ring a bell? Soon, however, you’ll remember her for a lot more than that! Mara is currently starring in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. She chopped her hair, dyed it black and got all-over body piercings to prepare for the role. This girl is bad-ass and destined for a big year. Enough said.
Hip Hop Diva
Azealia Banks

As we speak, the ink is still drying on Azealia Banks’ newly signed contract with Universal Music. With comparisons to Nicki Minaj (who she is a massive fan of), Banks may be labelled as a female rapper, but she goes far beyond the barriers of this genre with her electro beats, indie image and razor sharp lyrics. This is just the start of an incredibly busy year that will see her touring overseas, performing at Coachella, teaming up with Lady Gaga’s acclaimed stylist, Nicola Formichetti and, best of all, releasing her first EP. Banks may be sporting pigtails and a girlish grin in her ‘212’ video, but don’t be fooled – this 20-year-old is far from innocent. After all, the track had to be edited nearly 40 times before it was allowed to air on the radio!
Funny Guy On The Rise
Jake Johnson

Currently starring alongside Zooey Deschanel in Fox’s breakout new comedy, New Girl, Jake Johnson isn’t exactly new to the scene. As a Chicago native, Johnson began performing in local comedy clubs as a teenager. His journey eventually led him to New York’s famed Upright Citizens Brigade which opened countless doors for him and led to small roles along side Michael Cera and Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg. Someone else to credit for his success? Jonah Hill. The longtime pals have worked together on several projects, including Get Him to the Greek, and Johnson says, “I can honestly say once a week I send him [Jonah] a text saying, ‘Hey, do you want to come on the show and do anything?’” Hill has yet to make an appearance, but who knows what 2012 will bring?
Breakout Indie Songstress
Lana Del Rey

Despite mixed reviews of her recent performance on SNL, one thing is certain: Lana Del Rey, 25, is not going anywhere. Del Rey first shot to success last year after creating a video for her single, Video Games, on iMovie by splicing together footage of old movies and cartoons with clips of her seductively crooning on her web cam. Who knew these were the ingredients to viral success? The single has currently sold more than 20,000 copies! The singer self-describes her style as “Hollywood Sadcore” and boasts a wide array of influences, including Bob Dylan, Britney Spears and Nirvana. Currently signed to Interscope Records, her debut album, Born to Die, is set to drop on January 31st.
Model Making Moves
Jasmine Tookes

Bruce Weber? Check. Chanel? Check. Italian Vogue? Check. Jasmine Tookes isn’t even twenty years old, but she’s already making waves in the fashion world. In addition to stomping the runway for industry heavyweights like Chanel and Calvin Klein, Tookes’ recently starred in campaigns for GAP, Abercrombie and DKNY. And don’t expect her to slowdown anytime soon. This Hungtington Beach native is well on her way to achieving her ultimate dream: Becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
Hottest Import
Jeremy Irvine

Starring in a Steven Speilberg movie can certainly boost your star status. Just ask Jeremy Irvine, 22, who recently starred in this year’s War Horse. Born and raised in a small village in England, Irvine had appeared in only a handful of TV shows and stage productions before making his big screen debut in Speilberg’s latest box office hit. Up next for Irvine? He’ll star alongside Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Would it be too cheesy to say we have Great Expectations for Jeremy’s future?
Big Screen Darling
Juno Temple

With both her parents in showbiz (her mother is a producer and her father is a film director), it seems only natural that Juno Temple, 22, would follow in their footsteps. Her parents didn’t make it easy for her, though. After her father cast her to be in one of his films, he ended up cutting her from the project before it was released! Determined to make it on her own, she attended an open audition for a role in Notes on a Scandal and ultimately won the role of Cate Blanchett’s daughter. She now has half a dozen projects in the works set for release over the next year, including the much-buzzed-about The Dark Knight Rises, where she’ll take on the role of Holly Robinson. Temple is also attached to another buzzed about project: Lovelace, which will star Amanda Seyfried, James Franco and Demi Moore. She currently resides in LA and we expect it won’t be long before she’s on the tip of everyones tongue.