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Amanda Seyfried tapped for ShoWest nod

'Dear John' star named breakthrough female of the year

Amanda Seyfried, star of Summit Entertainment's upcoming "Letters to Juliet," will be honored at ShoWest as breakthrough female star of the year.

Seyfried, who most recently starred in Sony's "Dear John," will be feted Thursday at an awards gala set to close the annual exhibition confab. ShoWest opens Monday at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

"The diversity in the characters Seyfried has portrayed and the strength of her performances -- from the airhead in 'Mean Girls' to the singing dreamer in 'Mamma Mia!' -- have quickly made her a hot young film actress in recent years," ShoWest managing director Robert Sunshine said.

"Juliet" will screen Tuesday at ShoWest.