IT LaBeouf Cake
WHY HIM? LaBeouf won a Daytime Emmy for his starring role on Disney Channel fave Even Stevens. (A TV-movie version just aired.) Earlier this year, he made his big-screen debut as the star of the tween hit Holes, and has landed supporting roles in this summer's Dumb and Dumberer and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
HOW HE TRANSLATES HIS YIDDISH/FRENCH NAME ''Thank God for the beef.''
WATCH OUT, GARY OLDMAN ''If I met him, I'd have an orgasm.''
A ROLE HE WON'T TAKE ''I'll never appear in some cheesy Cinderella movie.''
NEXT LaBeouf stars as a war-obsessed teenager in Miramax/Project Greenlight's The Battle of Shaker Heights.
WHY HER? She may look like Malibu Barbie (which served her well when she starred in last summer's Blue Crush), but don't be fooled by the surfer-girl facade. This chick has the range to pull off playing a porn star's teenage girlfriend (opposite Val Kilmer in this summer's Wonderland), a horny coed in last fall's The Rules of Attraction... and will likely play squeaky-clean Sandra Dee to Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darin in Beyond the Sea.
IF SHE WEREN'T ACTING, SHE'D BE... A teacher. ''Making an impact on someone's life so young is so important,'' she says. Just don't ask her for help with algebra. ''I was really horrible at math.''
BEST PARTY TRICK ''I have this habit of rubbing my ears when I'm really tired or I'm thinking,'' she explains. ''So all the cartilage is sort of broken up in the top of my ear. It's really soft, so I can put my entire ear inside of my ear and it'll stay there for a minute and I can flick it out with my head.'' We're sure elfin beau Orlando Bloom appreciates that.
NEXT Shooting the romantic comedy Win a Date With Tad Hamilton.
IT Child Star
WHY HER? Holding her own opposite Sean Penn in I Am Sam, Fanning, at 7, became the youngest actor to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award. The attention has landed her plum roles in Uptown Girls and The Cat in the Hat.
HER FIRST SCREEN KISS As the young Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama, she bussed the actor playing the young Josh Lucas. ''I was 7 and he was 10,'' she recalls. ''A very nice guy. I'd worked with him four times before. We were so nervous. We were in school just doing our work and I'd look up, and he'd look at me...and then we'd go back to what we were doing. And he tries to be like, 'Oh, I'm not looking forward to it.' But I think he was.''
HOW YOU CAN TELL SHE'S ARRIVED She already has a Christopher Walken story (from filming the kidnapping drama Man on Fire with the actor): ''We had a little boy in one scene and this guy had a flaming red shirt. And Christopher goes [here Fanning speaks perfect Walkenese], That's a nice shirt.''
WHY HER? She defied Ubermom Frances McDormand in Almost Famous and gently broke Paul Schneider's heart in the delicate, devastating All the Real Girls. And she has the power to seduce a magazine journalist in the course of a brief telephone interview.
HOW SHE HANDLED HER IMPROV AUDITION FOR GIRLS ''I'd heard the story about Rod Steiger and Marlon Brando during On the Waterfront -- how Brando kept...improvising, and Steiger just went right back at him. And I was like, 'I'm not gonna be no schmuck. I'm gonna be Rod Steiger.'''
WHEN SHE'S NOT ACTING... She's in a band, If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies, which plays ''old standards: Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin, that sort of thing. It's a side project: a garage big band. We have nine pieces.... We do country songs, too.''
MORE IMPORTANT She plays the ukulele. But don't make a fuss about it. ''Everyone keeps making this big deal out of it, but that's not my main thing.''
AND SO MODEST! MIGHT SHE MARRY A LOVESICK JOURNALIST? ''Hey, I'll think it over, okay?''
NEXT Mourning a dead Italian patriarch in the dark comedy Eulogy, due in October, and finding common ground with Will Ferrell (she's a department-store elf, he was raised by real ones) in the November romp Elf.