February 16th, 2010
03:29 PM ET

Europe searches for stars of tomorrow

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Lana Turner, the story goes, was discovered at a Hollywood drug store. Natalie Portman, it is said, was first noticed at a pizza parlor.

But it's not always that easy to find new stars.

In Europe, the search is on for the next Daniel "James Bond" Craig, Rachel "Lovely Bones" Weisz and Franka "Bourne Identity" Potente through the Shooting Stars initiative. CNN's Grace Wong has the details.

The program, Wong writes,  was launched in 1998 by European Film Promotion (EFP), an umbrella organization that promotes European cinema in order to find Europe's best actors under the age of 35. Shooting Stars was started because there is "no star system in Europe," said project director Karin Dix.

Over the weekend, 10 performers were presented to the Berlin Film Festival. Will any of them make it? Only time will tell - but if they do, you'll know where they got their breaks.

Filed under: Celebrities • movies

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. windy

    Sounds fair enough to me. 😉

    February 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Str8 outta TX

    HDIC this is my 2nd time in as many blogs finding you at the top spot. What's up? lol :)!
    real talk though...
    are we talking about actresses/actors, or is this stars in general, such as lady gaga?

    February 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Str8 outta TX

    HDIC this is the 2nd time in as many blogs i found you at the top of the list. what's up? lol.

    but real talk... are we talking about like actors and actresses, or is this like stars altogether?

    February 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Head Diva In Charge

    I think this is great. There is really no platform for an actor to come out of nowhere like there is for singing and now dancing. Even writers are able to test their chops online via blogging (like me), and also via contests and open submissions. Being an actor you have to have the head shots, the agent, and the time. Something many people with hidden talent just don't have. American Idol takes someone off a farm, slaps on some make up and a Dolce gown and has a star. What about doing the same in the acting world huh?

    February 16, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |

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