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Top Ten Ladies of Summer

I recently brought you my list of the Top Ten Gentlemen I am most excited to check out on the big screen this summer, and now I'm turning my attention to my favorite ladies. And no, John Travolta simply doesn't cut it for either of the top ten lists. Honorable mentions, however, include the entire cast of Evening (Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Meryl Streep, etc.) and Leslie Mann whose pixie-voiced crassness in Knocked Up just about killed me. But I digress. On with the list of ladies...

No. 10: Jessica Biel
Jessica's summer flick, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, may not end up being my cup of tea, but there is no denying that the hyper-fit starlet is everywhere these days. Her relationship with Justin Timberlake is certainly catapulting her to A-List gossip status, but she has been getting these coveted roles without the help of anyone bringing SexyBack. Plus, it's hard not to root for a girl who could definitely beat most of our Boys of Summer in a fight.

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No. 9: Nikki Blonsky
Hollywood newcomer Nikki Blonsky is about to shake things up in Hairspray alongside John Travolta. I don't know how awesome Hairspray will be — the clip I've seen of the film so far is fun but also makes me blush and cringe — but I have to say Miss Blonsky definitely has that "je ne sais quoi" that makes her irresistible to watch.

No. 8: Keira Knightley
What Top Ten list would be complete without little bird-boned Keira Knightley and her winsome toothy grin? Even dressed as a pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End she can't hide her dainty ways. Starring opposite two of my Top Ten hunky guys, Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp, I have that envy-resentment thing going on towards Knightley.

No. 7: Jennifer Lopez
Ah, J.Lo. Since she's starring this summer alongside her real-life husband Marc Anthony in El Cantante, a movie about the origins of salsa music in America, I should make some kind of comment about her spicing up an already overheated summer lineup or something but... nah. The always stylish Jennifer is hot, apparently unable to learn the lesson of not co-starring with real live lovers, and in a movie this summer, so she makes the list.

No. 6: Mandy Moore
I've been a die-hard believer in Mandy Moore's comedic chops ever since seeing her in Saved! so her upcoming License to Wed could suck and I'd still go see it. Well, I'm also going to see the ever-adorable John Krasinski, so there's that. As long as it's not A Walk to Remember-depressing, I'm there.

No. 5: Michelle Pfeiffer
Starring in not one, but two summer movies (Hairspray, Stardust), Michelle Pfeiffer is once again the lady of the hour. In Hairspray she plays Velma Von Tussle, the catty, overbearing stage mother to Brittany Snow's character, Amber. In Stardust she plays a witch intent on staying young and beautiful, which is funny because she really looks young for her age. Pfeiffer is kind of getting up there but still looks like she's my age, and she seems rather spry. It's freaky.

No. 4: Angelina Jolie
Kudos to Angelina Jolie. She's saving the world, one underprivileged child at a time and she's making the important films, like A Mighty Heart which opens June 22. The reviews from Cannes, where the film premiered, have been largely positive, with most critics giving props to Jolie for her sensitive portrayal of Mariane Pearl, whose husband Daniel was brutally murdered in Pakistan in 2002. Somehow the rebellious wild child who wore a vial of Billy Bob's blood around her neck has almost seamlessly transformed into a doting mother. In my eyes, Jolie is a strong, elegant and intelligent lady.

No. 3: Isla Fisher
Like Michelle Pfeiffer, Isla has two movies coming out this summer: Wedding Daze (aka The Pleasure of Your Company) and Hot Rod. One has to do with marrying a stranger and the other deals with mountain biking. I'm hoping Hot Rod will be like that '80s movie Rad. Anyone remember that one? No? Anyway, Isla is perhaps my favorite young actress right now for how well she mixes sweet 'n goofy, and I think she might secretly be a genius. Plus, she and her fiance, Sacha Baron Cohen, are possibly expecting their first child, which is cute enough to make even me a little sentimental.

No. 2: Ellen Barkin
Ellen Barkin is one tough broad. I love watching her in movies, and since she doesn't do too many, it's a treat to see her this summer in Ocean's Thirteen. Moreover, every interview I read only further endears me to her. In this week's Entertainment Weekly, for example, she asserts, "Hollywood likes a girl who looks like men can make her cry, and I'm not that girl." How cool is she? Her tough-sassy-sexy thing got her the coveted role of being the only lady in a cast of hot men, and it got her the Number 2 spot on my list.

No. 1: Katherine Heigl
Knocked Up is an awesome movie — I'm officially saying that now (and you can read why in my review later... wait for it...). Part of its success is Judd Apatow's writing but a large part is the cast, most notably Katherine Heigl. There's just something natural and down-home about her that I find charming. I hesitate to say girl-next-door because that seems weirdly porny, but she does remind me of someone I'd want as a friend. So, I give my new friend Katherine Heigl the Number 1 spot on my Top Ten Ladies of Summer list.

Join The Conversation
kikistar kikistar 10 years
I have actually met Katherine Heigl on more then one occasion and she is not a nice person. Actually she was a b****.
lostinchaos lostinchaos 10 years
I LOVE Katherine Heigl! She's adorable. Knocked Up was effing hilarious!!
jiujiu jiujiu 10 years
I totally disagree. Nikki Blonsky needs to be way higher on the list. Katherine Heigl I could take or leave, but Mandy Moore should NEVER be on a top ten list of any kind... cute girl but she does nothing for me in films.
lanilovespeaches lanilovespeaches 10 years
I agree with the list, totally awesome! Love most of the girls on here and they were awesome in the movies this summer!!
Green Green 10 years
I like Keira although I never saw Pirates of the Caribbean
scoop45 scoop45 10 years
Great list!lol
Sandybfan Sandybfan 10 years
I love J.Lo, Mandy, and Keira. They all deserve to be on that list!
Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 10 years
I love Jessica Biel since her 7th Heaven days and loved her in Blade,The Illusionist & some other pics, lovveeeee her, gotta watch I now Pronounced you Chuck and Larry, I loveeee Adam Sandler, one of my favourite comedians of ALLLLL time :D, and the guy from King of Queens i like him, hes got a few funny bones ;). I did not even recognize Angelina in this pic here, i thought i was some pretty black/mix girl, lol, my bad, the hair and complexion especially her features had me there, LOL. I like Mandy Moore alot and i cant wait to watch Hairspray and Stardust, Stardust looks so exciting, funny and good!
Karma-Co Karma-Co 10 years
Awesome list! I'm glad Michelle is back on screen :)
katygirlthing katygirlthing 10 years
good list!! i like katherine heigl, isla fisher (imagine little borat babies!), and a couple other ones.
LorAnn82 LorAnn82 10 years
I love mandy and katherine!! Knocked up was the best movie I have seen so far this summer. I can't wait to see mandy's new movie.
balenciagababe balenciagababe 10 years
Great list you have here. I loved Knocked Up.
jaxy_west jaxy_west 10 years
Definitely Mandy... Can't wait to see License To Wed! Keira's quite modest too...
sallyfw sallyfw 10 years
I have had the biggest girl-crush on Katherine Heigl since Roswell!
nati nati 10 years
I love Katherine Heigl! :)
LisaRoselli LisaRoselli 10 years
kendallina kendallina 10 years
Looks like there are some cute movies coming out.
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
Congrats to Isle and Angelina.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
Yay Katherine Heigl! And also yay for Nikki Blonsky. I'm so excited about Hairspray. I'm a musical theatre lover and I love the cast recording for that show, so it'll be interesting to see the movie version. I think Brittany Snow is going to be great as Amber Von Tussle.
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
love mandy and really excited for her new film. But more excited to see Michelle Pfeiffer- it's been so long since she's been in anything.
demeter demeter 10 years
YAY for my J.Lo & Biel!
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Ha ha... Nope, Mainly Obsessed, that was just my poor attempt at French, having studied only Spanish. :) Thanks for the correction, I made the change. And now I know who to turn to for with my questions about French!
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
J'ne se quois? Is that like an abbreviation for Je ne sais quoi(I don't know what)?
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
Oh, forgot to mention that I totally loved Mandy Moore in Saved! and will definitely be seeing her new one...I love her, even though Because I said So was awful.
bookgirl bookgirl 10 years
Because of the comment about RAD it made me remember this article from one of the other blogs that I read: I think there's a corresponding interview, but I never read it.
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