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What should Natalie Portman do next?

Natalie-PortmanImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Record 20902344By tomorrow morning, Natalie Portman will have accomplished more this week than most of us do in a lifetime, adding an all-but-certain Oscar nomination for Black Swan to the $20 million opening she already racked up for her rom-com, No Strings Attached, this weekend. And that’s on top of the news that she’ll have five movies in theaters this year. Five! Come on, Natalie: You’re making the rest of us look bad.

The success of both Black Swan and No Strings Attached proves that Portman can pull off just about any genre. But let’s imagine for a second that you’re her manager, plotting her next move. Would you advise a comedy or a drama? Things to keep in mind: She already has the stoner fantasy Your Highness coming out in April, followed by the big-budget Thor in May. And theoretically, she’ll be taking a little time off in the coming months to welcome a bouncing baby into her life. She may well win an Oscar this March, so it might be a good idea to add a little levity to her image with something lighthearted. But in that case, wouldn’t you also want to capitalize on her post-Oscar clout to set up a heavy-hitting passion project, like, say A Tale of Love and Darkness, the Israeli memoir that Portman has said she’d like to direct someday?

Okay, PopWatchers: Put on your best Hollywood hotshot face (spray tan, shades, Bluetooth) and pick Portman’s next part: Should it be a comedy or a drama? Or something else entirely?

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‘Your Highness’: James Franco gets stoned, Natalie Portman gets raunchy in red band trailer

Natalie Portman in 'The Professional': PopWatch Rewind takes aim at the 'Black Swan' star's debut

Natalie Portman is everywhere right now. Just a week after winning a Golden Globe for her soul-baring, body-punishing, Mila Kunis-kissing performance in Black Swan, Portman is headlining the change-of-pace romantic comedy No Strings Attached. That’s just one of the five movies she’ll appear in this year. Portman’s also newly engaged and pregnant with her first child. What better time to look back at where it all began? Portman’s first movie was The Professional, in which an emotionally detached hitman meets a chain-smoking orphan who becomes his companion, his student, and his unrequited love. It’s a plotline that could seem icky — Lolita with a sniper rifle — but great performances by Jean Reno and Portman make The Professional (also known by its international title, Leon) into a uniquely tenderhearted thriller.

Keith Staskiewicz: Before he started producing all those English-language, Euro-financed, An American in Paris Shoots People movies, Luc Besson was quite the rising star. La Femme Nikita would spawn two TV shows and a remake, but it was The Professional that brought him into the mainstream. It’s a fascinating movie. It exists in this Bizarro-New York that doesn’t ever feel like real New York. Instead, it’s some strange fairy tale idealization of the city as it existed in the ’70s or ’80s.

Darren Franich: It reminded me a little bit of the snow-globe Manhattan of The Royal Tenenbaums, right down to Besson’s preference for Andersonian wide-angle lenses. I love how, in The Professional‘s New York, no one can ever hear anything through the walls of an apartment building. A bomb can go off in the apartment next door, and nobody notices. READ FULL STORY

'No Strings Attached,' 'The Green Hornet,' 'The Dilemma'? Which will you see this weekend? (Box Office Poll)

If you knew that Natalie Portman was starring in a new movie, you’d probably at least kind of want to see that movie, right? Well, you’re in luck: This week, Portman stars in her first romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, in which she tries really, really hard not to fall in love with Ashton Kutcher. (Our advice for Natalie: Just watch any other Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy!) EW’s John Young thinks No Strings Attached, the only major new release, will easily run away with the weekend, with repeat performers The Green Hornet, The Dilemma, True Grit, and The King’s Speech filling out the top five.

But what do we know? PopWatchers, what will you be watching this weekend at the multiplex? Has the ace supporting cast (Mindy Kaling! Kevin Kline!) attracted you to No Strings Attached? Will you finally catch up on Academy Awards contenders like The Green Hornet and The Dilemma, or will you settle for shallow popcorn entertainment like True Grit and The King’s Speech? Invert that last sentence, and then tell us what you’ll be seeing in the poll after the jump. (If you feel like it, tell us why in the comments!) READ FULL STORY

Natalie Portman's laugh is the new Brendan Fraser clap

Even College Humor must think so, since they ended this montage of Natalie Portman’s hypnotic/annoying/adorable laugh during her Golden Globes acceptance speech with our favorite GIF from last year’s Globes.

Anyone else think Fraser should be the Jack Nicholson of the Globes? READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The Oscar Race is On!

1136-portman-franco-covers_510.jpg Natalie Portman took her fans by surprise this week with a big announcement: She’s pregnant and engaged to marry her Black Swan choreographer, Benjamin Millepied. But that’s hardly the only excitement she’s got coming in the new year. The 29-year-old actress — who graces the cover of this week’s Oscar Race issue — is poised to score a Best Actress nomination for her career-high turn as a tormented ballerina in Black Swan, a role she says nearly destroyed her. “There were some nights that I thought I literally was going to die,” she says. “It was the first time I understood how you could get so wrapped up in a role that it could sort of take you down.” Instead, the performance has lifted Portman into the ranks of Oscar shoe-ins this year (alongside 127 Hours star and Oscar co-host James Franco, who also gets his own EW cover this week) and turned Black Swan into an unlikely box office star — with a little help from a steamy love scene between Portman and co-star Mila Kunis. “Everyone was so worried about who was going to want to see this movie,” Portman says. “I remember them being like, ‘How do you get guys to a ballet movie? How do you get girls to a thriller?’ And the answer is a lesbian scene. Everyone wants to see that.”

For more on Portman and Franco, plus Oscar picks from EW’s Dave Karger, check out this week’s issue, on stands Friday, December 31st.

'Your Highness': James Franco gets stoned, Natalie Portman gets raunchy in red band trailer

Two of this year’s award season darlings look like being the James Franco-starring 127 Hours and the Natalie Portman-starring Black Swan. As it happens, Franco and Portman will be seen together next spring in Your Highness, a movie that I don’t think it’s rude to suggest has little hope of currying a whole lot of favor with Oscar voters. Instead, judging by the new red band trailer you can find after the jump, the movie is firmly aimed at people who believe that watching the foul-mouthed offspring of Pineapple Express and Monty Python and the Holy Grail would be a splendid way of spending a couple of hours. Certainly, it features more things unsuitable for young eyes and ears than I could shake a pair of coconut halves at.

Take a look and tell us what you think.

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Natalie Portman pitching a 'Superbad'-esque script

natalie-portmanImage Credit: George Pimentel/WireImage.comWhy won’t Hollywood let Natalie Portman be funny? After twinkle-toeing in the forthcoming drama Black Swan — in which she plays a ballet dancer — the actress is ready to kick off her pointe shoes and have a beer, according to the L.A. Times. Portman and college buddy Laura Moses have been pitching a script that’s being described as the female version of the epic juvenile-humored Superbad.

It’s called BYO (an acronym for Bring Your Own) and follows two single (and so ready to mingle) ladies who decide to throw a party where every woman has to bring a single guy. Portman would star in it, of course, and Anne Hathaway is rumored to be interested in co-starring. But so far there’s been no takers. If all fails, the project will likely be personally financed and pushed through independently. But really, why should it even come to that? The basic plot sounds like a winner to me. And its selling point also seems like a lay-up. Portman and (maybe) Hathaway telling dirty jokes and trying to hook up with guys? I’ll take two tickets to that, please.

So what is it that Hollywood execs are balking at? Well, Portman’s never written a full-length feature. (Though, if you remember, she does boast a writing credit for a short in 2009′s New York, I Love You.) But we’ve seen Portman be dirty(-mouthed) — and we like it. So I say give her a chance, H-wood! What do you guys think? Would you go see this movie?

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‘No Strings Attached’ trailer: Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher have lots of sex
‘Social Network’: Natalie Portman was Aaron Sorkin’s secret weapon
‘Black Swan’ international posters are as crazy awesome as the movie

'Friends With Benefits' has Justin Timberlake bringing sexy back, but without any of that romantic stuff

When Harry Met Sally… posed the question of whether a man and a woman could just be friends without having to have sex. Two upcoming movies are reversing the formula and asking the much more titillating query of whether a couple of hot stars can just have meaningless sex without any emotional consequences. The trailer for No Strings Attached has Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman playing friends who hope their coitus won’t be interruptus by feelings or typical relationship hang-ups. Now, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are getting in on the obligation-free action in the red band trailer for Friends With Benefits. (Side Note: With the sex scene between Portman and Kunis in Black Swan, and Kunis with Kutcher on That 70’s Show, all we need is Kutcher and Timberlake to get down to complete this sex quadrangle. Make it happen, Hollywood.) Check out the trailer below. It’s dirty, so, parents, cover the young’uns’ eyes. READ FULL STORY

'No Strings Attached' trailer: Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher have lots of sex

The trailer for No Strings Attached — not to be confused with the Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis film Friends With Benefits — wants you to know one thing: Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher have lots of sex. They play old friends who finally get physical because she’s an overworked doctor who wants someone in her bed at 2 a.m. that she doesn’t have to have breakfast with afterwards. The twist: He’s the one who falls hard for her. She encourages him to sleep with other people, she gets jealous, and we’re guessing we know how this story ends. The question is, will it be fun along the way? If The Office‘s Mindy Kaling gets more screentime, yes. Watch it below.  READ FULL STORY

'Black Swan' international posters are as crazy awesome as the movie

BLACK-SWAN-POSTERSIt thrills me to see a film like Darren Aronofsky’s genius Black Swan get the gorgeous poster treatment. The U.S. poster is already stunning in its own right (left) but Empire Online has debuted the international posters for the Natalie Portman flick and I pretty much want ALL of them. The film is a throwback of sorts to the horror films of the 1960s and 1970s; think Rosemary’s Baby or Don’t Look Now. So, the retro-vibe of these posters just feels perfect in my mind.

I can’t stress enough how much I looooooved Black Swan, PopWatchers. The film, which hits theaters on Dec. 3, is a complete tour de force in terms of directing, photography, and acting—it’s a stunner. Natalie Portman is phenomenal as is Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder. The final 30 minutes of the movie are almost unbearably intense, but fly by like a fever dream. This is a movie people will be talking about. The less you know about its surprises the better. Check out the trailer below… READ FULL STORY

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