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Olivia Munn, 'Veronica Mars' Movie Among Honorees at Variety's Breakthrough of the Year Awards

Olivia Munn, Will Forte, the stars of Warner Bros.' "Veronica Mars" movie and the CBS series "Under the Dome" are among the honorees at Variety's upcoming Breakthrough of the Year Awards, which will be held Jan. 9 in Las Vegas at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show.

The Consumer Electronics Association and Penske Media Corporation, which owns Variety among other media outlets, partnered for the first time this year to bring the PMC-founded awards ceremony to CES. The event -- hosted by Nick Cannon ("America's Got Talent") -- will recognize individuals who enjoyed "breakthrough" achievements in film, TV, music and tech, among other categories, at the Las Vegas Hotel.

"I'm excited to be hosting a night in which Variety will honor emerging talent in film, television, music and technology," said Cannon.

All honorees will be present to accept their honors including Forte, who recently starred in the Alexander Payne-directed "Nebraska," and Munn, whose credits include the HBO series "The Newsroom." Dean Norris will be on hand to accept for "Dome," as will Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas for "Veronica Mars," the upcoming Kickstarter-backed film coming out next year from Warner Bros.

Award recipients Amy Schumer, star of Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer," and singers Janelle Monae and Skylar Grey, will perform at the live show. The web series-turned-E!-show "Burning Love" and the mobile app Vine will be recognized in the internet sensation and emerging technology categories, respectively.

"The CES show has always been a platform for innovation, ushering in technologies and standards that define our modern life," said Jay Penske, founder and chairman, PMC. "We are excited to work with CEA to bring the Breakthrough Awards to CES."

CES, the world's largest electronics show, attracts over 150,000 attendees and 3,000 exhibitors annually. It runs Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.

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