Time to break out the A-lister check list. An adorable doggie BFF that fits in a purse. Check. A car with save-the-planet sensibility. Check. A stylish pair of celeb-staple Ray Ban Wayfarers. Check. Actress Natalie Portman is a top Hollywood talent of this generation and ultra-gorgeous to boot. Time and again, she proves to go the distance for a role and mesmerizes with her performances. Loved it when she copped a perfect English accent and shaved her head for the ’06 film “V” for Vendetta.  She reportedly went into extreme “hyper-training” for six months to prepare for her newest project, Black Swan, as a passionate New York ballerina obsessed with technical perfection who gets a little too in touch with her dark side.  The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival last week to critical acclaim and is slated to hit theaters in December. And there are already buzzings of the “A”-word for Best Actress. Well, this could mean yet another (BIG) tick off the old check list.  –rpuccia

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