Black Swan

Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel | R |

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THRILLER

Ballerina Nina Sayers (Portman) is so wildly unbalanced it's a wonder she can stay en pointe. Nina is talented but rigid, says her company's director (Cassel). So if she wants the lead role in Swan Lake, she's going to have to get out of her head, stop imagining that the new girl (Kunis) is out to get her (unless, of course, she is) and burst through her own sexual repression to embody the passionate black swan. But will she have to trade sanity for the spotlight? Director Darren Aronofsky brilliantly lets Black Swan hover between thriller and camp, tossing in garish flourishes more commonly seen in horror films, but keeping the action tautly restrained. He also parks his camera so close to Portman's porcelain face, one fears she'll bump into it and shatter. But when a performance is this delicate, this special, the desire to capture every tremble is entirely within reason.

KIRSTEN DUNST

Now 28, she's back on the big screen in the murder drama All Good Things.

On taking time off from movies

I got to reevaluate how I work and why I do what I do. I got to live my life. Now I can chill out and wait for something I'm passionate about.

On sex scenes

I'm the worst at it! Fake having sex is so weird. But kissing Ryan Gosling is fine.

On holiday traditions

My girlfriends and I have a winter formal; we come in prom attire. We're nerds!

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ASHLEY GREENE

The Twilight star (and Joe Jonas' girlfriend) talks fashion and Breaking Dawn

HOW DID YOU GET THE GIG HOSTING FASHION FORWARD: MAKING IT ON THE CW DEC. 8?

In Twilight Alice is a little fashionista, so I kind of got grandfathered in to this whole fashion world, which I love. I'm still learning, so it's really cool to be talking about a lot of young designers and fresh faces in the fashion industry.

WHAT'S IT LIKE REUNITING WITH THE TWILIGHT GANG?

We're like high school buddies who went away for summer camp. It was really good seeing everyone. I just went down [to Louisiana] to do a hair and makeup stint and meet [director] Bill Condon; he's such a lovely man.

WHEN EVERYONE IS ON-SET, WHO HANGS OUT TOGETHER?

I usually hit the gym with Kellan [Lutz]. We all do game nights and stuff like that. We'll get off-set, and everyone's like, "What are you doing?" And then we all end up getting together even though we've seen each other for 12 hours a day.

WHAT I LOVE THIS WEEK

INCEPTION ON DVD

Theaters are nice, but this film was made to be paused, replayed, and argued over.

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS

Cast as Babe-raham, er, Abraham Lincoln in a Steven Spielberg movie written by Tony Kushner. It doesn't get A-listier than that.

TANGLED'S CRITTERS

The animal sidekicks are adorable and-thank the Disney gods-for once they don't talk. Cute and mute!

HELENA BONHAM CARTER

I dig her witchiness in the Harry Potters, but she's even better as The King's Speech's earthy Queen Mum.

25 YEARS AGO !

Steven Spielberg's powerful drama scored 11 Oscar nods and made Whoopi and Oprah superstars

Alice Walker's novel-turned-film tackled tough topics like domestic violence and racism in the early-1900s South, but offscreen the cast-eager to let off steam-"was partying their buns off," says Quincy Jones, who composed the music (a Blu-ray version is due Jan. 25). Playing spirited Sofia "was one of the highlights of my life," recalls Oprah Winfrey, 56, who was asked to audition after Jones spotted her Chicago TV show. New to acting, "I was so unsure of myself," she says. But once the pivotal dinner-table scene wrapped, "Whoopi [Goldberg] said, 'Today you became an actress.'"

BREAKOUT ROLES

Jones wanted Tina Turner to play singer Shug, but the part went to Margaret Avery.

"This was my first grown-up movie," says Spielberg (left, with Jones).

"I knew this was a big break," says Goldberg (with costar Glover).