The 2006 Mega-Watt A-List Hollywood Super-Duper Stars

The dogs barked out loudly in 2006, celebrating the coming of their year while at the same time yelling the spell of good luck fortune to numbers of celebrities, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Brandon Routh, and Daniel Craig who them all successfully worked their way up the industry ladder diligently yet quickly. Reviewing the past year, AceShowbiz hand-picks extraordinary actors, actresses, musicians, and even athletes considered to be worth of praise.

Having made a name for oneself proves costly instead of easy. Yet our selected Hollywood figures have all proven no challenges could let them down. Let’s take a look at Baron Cohen. Notable for his highly successful comedy character Ali G, an MC and gangsta wannabe from Staines, Baron Cohen earned an amount of exposure with Borat, a character he created of a naive television reporter from Kazakhstan with a fervent hatred of Jews, an extreme hatred of gypsies (Roma people) and a misogynistic attitude. It was this role that earned the actor his breakthrough shortly after he brought the character to the controversial comedy “Borat”.

It is another matter with Brandon Routh. This self-called “momma’s boy” and not “the most popular kid” during his school years began his ride to stardom when he was chosen to play the lead role in the box office hit “Superman Returns”, a success that ended his steady work in the industry. Formerly thought a full-time acting career as unrealistic, the hunk should start thinking of pursuing it as his professional one as it does help catapulted him into an instant fame.

Our next worth to be praised star is Daniel Craig who shot to the full-fledged superstardom quirky. Named in the media as one possible contender to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, EON Productions finally signed him on to star in the highly anticipated flick “Casino Royale”. Be entitled to overflowing objections and protests from fans of the 007 film series over his becoming the first ever blonde Bond, this thespian ballsy gave it a go and successfully got into the shoes of his character, brought favorable global outcome to the film while also directed critical acclaim toward himself.

Not only the favorable result of the flick brought Craig to worldwide fame, but also it affected the acting career of the has-just-famous actress Eva Green. Previously gained fame for her portrayal in Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven,” starring opposite Orlando Bloom, thanks God that she next was cast as “Bond girl” Vesper Lynd in “Casino Royale” that the screen darling was capitulated to her career peak, bringing herself some more notoriety.

The one happens to our next hero John Cena is atypical. The guy, widely popular as professional wrestler, arrived at his career breakthrough not in the smack down field but through acting. Thanks to his taking part in the 20th Century Fox’s action drama thriller “The Marine”, a good stepping stone for the reigning WWE Champion to land at 2nd spot on Yahoo’s annual list of Popular Search Terms of the year.

Acting aside, the year 2006 also witnessed the rapid popularity growth of numbers of musicians, like +44, Stacy Ferguson, Danity Kane, and Panic! At the Disco, just to name a few. Erected their own claim fame, the whole lot have been hard at work on their music effort to become the foremost in the business. Led the pack in busy period for new releases, +44 shot to the spotlight with their debut single “When Your Heart Stops Beating”. Comprised of such big names, as Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, both were the former members of the big-but-already-break up-band Blink-182, the Pop-Punk/Alternative rock band soon became a strong favorite among music lovers.

The next Most Breakthrough Celebrity in Entertainment is Stacy Ferguson. Took over the lead female vocal duties for the band, The Black Eyed Peas, it was her who initiated a whirlwind of success for the band, which had been playing unnoticed for years. Subsequently turned her sights on a solo career, Fergie speedily became one of the hottest female music artists of the year, thanks to the two hit singles she had on her solo debut album, “The Dutchess,” namely “London Bridge” and “Fergalicious”. Just like Fergie, American R&B girl group Danity Kane, formed through rapper P. Diddy’s “Making the Band”, shot right away to the spotlight soon after their self-titled debut album touched the market on August 22 and was subsequently certified Platinum, such a record for a brand new girl group.

Besides them all, good luck fortune also fell upon rock band Panic! At the Disco whose video for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” single won the Video of the Year award at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, beating out top artists such as Christina Aguilera, Shakira, Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Greater than that, the success of the single itself also helped catapulted the band’s profile as its popularity brought the band’s eponymous album to be certified Platinum. The last, though not least, on the list of AceShowbiz’s Most Breakthrough Celebrities in Entertainment is Vanessa Minnillo. Formerly known simply as the 1998 Miss Teen USA, the young lady soon thereafter established a career in television, hosting TRL on MTV since 2003 and has from that point on become a household name while also making the headlines with her romance with divorce Nick Lachey.