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Today, James Franco, our generation's most renaissance of renaissance men, turns 33! He's an actor, artist, filmmaker, student, writer and all-around mystery wrapped in an enigma. Did we mention he's also a hottie? We assume that last part goes without saying.

As his 33rd year of existence rolls around, it seems that the former "Freaks and Geeks" star is busier than ever. This year already he's hosted the Oscars, been nominated for an Oscar and released his comedy "Your Highness." He also debuted the video art piece "Three's Company The Drama" and helmed two videos for REM.

And what's on his to-do list? James plans to return to "General Hospital," playing a shady performance artist, will star in the dark flick, "Maladies," and this summer will show us all how the apes just got so smart in "Rise of The Planet of The Apes."

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Emma WatsonA very happy birthday goes out to our favorite fashionista, Emma Watson, who turns 21 today!

As you all well know, turning 21 is a pretty big deal in American culture (though to be fair, Emma has been able to do all of this stuff in the UK since she was 18), but we thought it would be a bit more fair to compare Emma coming of age as a muggle to coming of age as a wizard. If you know anything about our "Harry Potter" bias (or at least mine), you can probably guess which direction this one is heading.

After the jump, we weigh the pros of turning 21 in the States against turning 17 in the wizarding community to determine which one is the coolest!

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Oh, to be a fly on this wall! Kristen Stewart celebrated her big 2-1 with "Twilight" co-star and beau Robert Pattinson over the weekend. The duo, along with guests (like Taylor Lautner) all hung out at Rockwell's Bar & Grill in Squamish, British Columbia on Saturday night (the actual day of her birth, for those wondering).

"Rob led the crowd singing for her, and you could tell she was so embarrassed but in a cute way!" a source told Us Weekly. "Everyone was in a good mood, but it was a bittersweet night [as filming is almost complete]."

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Every day a multitude of stars wander through the halls of MTV News to talk about their latest projects and goof around with staff members. But sometimes we catch stars elsewhere, and that's why we put together Spotted!, a daily compendium of stars in the wild.

Saoirse Ronan is so stone-faced and serious in her upcoming thriller "Hanna" (out tomorrow), we'd almost forgotten that she's not really a trained assassin with mad martial arts skills and a long list of people to kill. But look! Here she is, looking every bit the giddy 17 year-old, in this photo from the film's premiere party—where director Joe Wright carted out a giant chocolate cake as a surprise treat for the star's birthday.

Saoirse reportedly shrieked with delight at (what is, admittedly) the world's most gorgeous cake, while a crowd that included Eric Bana, Keri Russell, Lake Bell and "Skins" stars Danny Flaherty and Britne Oldford sang "Happy Birthday." She looks so joyous and innocent, we almost believe that she didn't murder half a dozen people immediately after this picture was taken!

...Almost.

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Every day a multitude of stars wander through the halls of MTV News to talk about their latest projects and goof around with staff members. But sometimes we catch stars elsewhere, and that's why we put together Spotted!, a daily compendium of stars in the wild.

A birthday spent browsing luxury leather goods and carbo-loading? Has Justin Bieber been reading our diary? The pop star celebrated his 17th year alongside girlfriend (it's official, right?) Selena Gomez, shopping at high-end retailers Louis Vuitton and D&G. And while expensive handbags have been known to incite lust in more than a few women, Sel only had eyes for Justin as the two were snapped in a steamy embrace.

After their day at the mall, the twosome recharged with a dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy in L.A. before zooming away in Justin's Yankee-Candle-air-freshener-scented ride. (My mom uses those too!) Justin later tweeted, "great bday. flew in grandma and got my cake. hung out with friends. got surprised. and you all helped #makeachange with @charitywater."

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It's hard to believe, but Justin Bieber is entering the final stretch of his onward march to full-blown manhood. The pop star turns 17 today, closing the door on a great year that was full of world touring, huge hits, photo shoots, TV cameos, and non-stop featuredom in the pages of Tiger Beat—not to mention the release of his documentary "Never Say Never"! But while some people might be suffering from Bieber Fatigue, we're on tenterhooks as we wonder what Justin can possibly do in the coming year to top his stratospheric rise to fame at 16.

Well, wonder no more! Because using the advanced features of Photoshop our office-issued time machine, we stayed up until 3am drinking TAB traveled into the future to get some great shots of what's in store for the Biebs in his 17th year. Behold Bieber as he wins a Grammy award! Thrill as he launches himself into space! Wonder at his "Breaking Dawn" cameo. Seethe with jealousy as he ties the knot with girlfriend Selena Gomez! (Assuming he can get parental permission, of course.)

What else have we envisioned for Justin in the coming months? Click on the image above to see our entire Justin Bieber birthday flipbook!

Whatcha think, Crushers: Will this be Bieber's greatest year yet? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter! (And don't forget to wish the Biebs a happy b-day too!)

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The lovely and talented Dakota Fanning turns 17 today, and here at Hollywood Crush, that means just one thing: reading her Wikipedia page, stuffing our faces with Twinkies and feeling really, reeeeeeally insecure about what we've accomplished in life.

Oh, and also, a celebratory look at what's next for the poised and prolific actress who's pretty positioned to become the next Meryl Streep. (Okay, yeah, let's do that first; the self-hatred and sobbing can happen later.)

Dakota has already proved her chops as a versatile powerhouse of an artist—in 2010 alone, she wowed us as an iconic rockstar in "The Runaways" and a member of "The Twilight Saga's reigning vampire royalty. But while most girls in her position would take a well-deserved birthday break to relax, recharge and bask in the warm glow of raging success, this one isn't slowing down; in fact, she's booked for three major roles in the coming year.

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February is supposed to be the cruelest month, but there's at least one bright spot in all this raw cold and wintry slush: the day of Taylor Lautner's birth! The shapeshifter-representing hottie turns 19 today, marking the end of a great big year for his burgeoning career. Not only is Taylor wrapping up filming on the final installment of "The Twilight Saga," but he's set to play his first strictly human role in the dramatic thriller "Abduction," which is coming out this fall.

So of course, being as it's Taylor's birthday, we got a present.

For ourselves.

The Hollywood Crush method of celebrating this joyous occasion: a glorious photo montage of the actor through the years, showcasing his most photogenic moments in the celebrity spotlight. It's a veritable smorgasbord of brilliant white teeth, adorable dimples and well-tailored suits on the boy's uber-hot bod—the only notable tragedy being that we didn't get our hands on any of the many photos that show off his much-talked-about muscles. Oops! Guess we'll just have to pop in our "New Moon" DVD and watch all of Taylor's shirtless scenes in super slo-mo.

Again.

How will you celebrate Taylor's 19th? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!

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With one fashion line, four books and two reality-show roles under her belt, Lauren Conrad has accomplished more by her mid-20s than most people will in their whole, sad, sorry little lives...not that we're jealous or anything. And since today is Lauren's big 25th birthday, we've put our heads together to come up with a list of five great gifts that could make the next year her best yet. So, what do you get for the girl who has (let's face it) everything? Here's hoping that Lauren's birthday brings her some fab stuff like...

1. A lifetime supply of oversized sunglasses
The reality star's big, '60s-inspired sunnies are one of the most recognizable elements of her distinctive style—so clearly, her birthday should bring on a truckload of 'em.

2. A successful spin-off
Lauren's latest book project is a follow-up to her "L.A. Candy" series, focusing this time on the villainous character Madison. Although her first foray into publishing already scored top honors with a spot on the New York Times Bestseller list, a second showing would still be nice.

3. Some bling for That Finger
We've heard an unsubstantiated rumor or two that Lauren is getting close to making it legal with boyfriend Kyle Howard. Just gossip? Maybe! But let's just say that if we were Kyle, we'd be eying a certain sparkly something to give L.C. for her B.D.

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Talk about My Super Sweet 16! Rising pop star Jessica Jarrell lived out every teenage girls' fantasy last weekend when she celebrated her milestone birthday in L.A....alongside Justin Bieber! I guess those are the perks of calling the Biebs your former tour mate.

According to Tiger Beat, the 16-year-old rented out the Moonlight Rollerway roller skating rink, serving pizza and cupcakes to her buds. "Roller skating is one of my favorite things to do,” she explained. "I thought it would be something cool that everyone could enjoy!"

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