By Michael Slezak
Updated June 06, 2006 at 02:06 PM EDT

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Happy 06/06/06, everybody! On a day when more alarmist folks would have you contemplating the dangers of getting barcode tattoos across your foreheads, I’m going a more positive route and focusing on the children. (Like many other philosophers, I believe that they are our future, after all.)

So let’s discuss: There’s terrifying-adorable Seamus ”Damien” Davey-Fitzpatrick trying to do for The Omen franchise what Christian Bale did for Batman. There’s Baby Bob getting sacked by Quiznos. (Whatever happened to his marginally successful CBS sitcom, by the by? Was it cancelled on account of creative shame? And when will we see the first of the inevitable ”Whither Baby Bob?” headlines?) There’s even a lengthy New York Times piece looking at a Hollywood apartment complex catering to families of child actors. (Egads!)

And then, there’s Medium‘s Maria Lark (pictured, at right), my pick as the most talented child actor in the business today. Sure, it’s hard to say for sure if she’s just naturally offbeat and adorable, or if she’s brilliantly (and effortlessly) channeling a character with said qualities, but either way, she fills me with inexplicable delight whenever she’s on the screen. I predict an Emmy in that kid’s future, for real.

And what about you, PopWatchers? Who’s your pick for Hollywood’s most talented tot? I eagerly await your response — unless of course it’s the bewildering Welch’s grape juice girl. I don’t need to hear that!

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