Must Sizzling Star
Adorable in this summer's Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Adams cooks up another funny and flawed heroine in Julie & Julia (out Aug. 7), playing a disillusioned 21st-century New Yorker who discovers her culinary calling thanks to Julia Child.
In J&J, Adams shares no scenes with her Doubt costar Meryl Streep (who plays Child in the 1950s), but the acting legend was often on her mind. ''When I'm in a hard scene, I always go, 'What would Meryl do?''' says Adams. ''Whether she's there or not, she is my invisible mentor.''
THE RING AIN'T THE THING
Finally! a female-driven comedy free of the tired old gotta-find-a-man trope. ''I loved that it examined these two women looking for a purpose that wasn't love,'' says Adams. ''It's about self-discovery.'' The food wasn't bad either. ''It was the best-smelling set I've ever been on. Roast chicken, French onion soup, you name it. We ate a lot.''
Adams recently wrapped Leap Year, a romantic comedy due in 2010 about an American who travels to Ireland ''to propose to her boyfriend on leap day,'' the actress explains. ''It's an Irish tradition.''
ON HER MUST LIST
A certain American Idol finalist: ''I loved Adam [Lambert] so much I couldn't even breathe. I just loved his theatrics. I'm a Glambert.''
Must Drama Convert
After seven years on Saturday Night Live, the comedian is showcasing her serious side as a mom-to-be (opposite John Krasinski) in the dramedy Away We Go. ''I said to John, 'You know I'm not an actress, right?''' she recalls of their first day on set. ''I knew I had it in me, but I just hadn't tried it out yet.''
THE WATERWORKS With her résumé made up almost entirely of comedies, Away We Go marks a rare instance where Rudolph cries on screen. ''It was really hard,'' she says. ''I felt like I was literally squeezing and waiting for it to squirt out.''
She's filming the Adam Sandler-Chris Rock comedy Grown Ups.
ON HER MUST LIST
M.I.A.'s album Kala. ''It makes me feel so powerful I could drive my car through a wall but in a good way.''
Justin Bartha & Bradley Cooper
Must Best Buddies
The real-life pals are Hollywood's new high rollers thanks to their roles in the comedy hit The Hangover. ''From the moment we wrapped, I knew it was a special movie,'' says Bartha.
A FINE BROMANCE
Bartha and Cooper met on the set of 2006's Failure to Launch. ''We've been friends ever since,'' says Cooper. ''We have holidays together!''
WAKING UP IN VEGAS
Sixteen-hour shoots in the scorching Nevada sun made it easy for The Hangover's cast to look roughed-up on screen. ''I feel like we lived what we shot,'' says Cooper. ''We get the s--- beaten out of us in this movie. And we kind of did in real life.''
The dynamic duo will reteam this fall in the anthology film New York, I Love You (Oct. 16). As for flying solo, Bartha stars opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in the upcoming film The Rebound, while Cooper is the object of Sandra Bullock's affection in All About Steve (Sept. 4) and is in talks to play Face in an A-Team remake. ON THEIR MUST LISTS
Cooper calls Breaking Bad ''the best show on TV.'' Bartha prefers another AMC drama, Mad Men.
What's the Must movie sequel of 2009?
43% The Twilight Saga: New Moon
41% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
12% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
2% Angels & Demons
2% Terminator Salvation
Must Space Siren
Denying the allure of the smoldering actress who captured the elegance of Star Trek's xenolinguist, Uhura, would simply be illogical.
NAVIGATING THE CULT
''A driver freaked me out once when he said, 'I used to be a stand-in years ago. I was a Klingon.' He proceeded to stop at a corner, walk me to the back of the car, and open the trunk. I got really afraid. Turns out he travels with all his memorabilia in the car.''
She'll appear in Avatar (out Dec. 18), playing what director James Cameron describes as ''the ultimate smokin'-hot alien Amazon warrior.'' Nicely cast.
ON HER MUST LIST
Rockers Kings of Leon. ''It's my driving music. Love the real rock & roll!''