You had me at Natalie Portman + Ballerina

Show us a woman who doesn't love Natalie Portman, and we will show you crazy.

We can't remember the last time we were as excited for the release of a movie as we are for the release of "Black Swan," the ballet thriller starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. The film, which opened in limited release this past weekend and opens nationwide this Friday, centers on Natalie Portman as a super skinny New York ballerina (need we say more?) gunning for the role of the Swan Queen in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The competition, pressure and probably hunger drive Nina mad, and she FREAKS OUT.

Besides looking insanely awesome, "Black Swan" is giving so much to dish about we can barely contain ourselves. There's the extreme weight loss the roles required of the actors (20 pounds were dropped by Portman and Kunis each - and they are tiny people), the grueling training regimes endured (Portman started training a year before filming began) and the romantic relationship that developed between Portman and the film's choreographer Benjamin Millepied (the New York City Ballet principal dancer who allegedly left his longtime ballerina girlfriend for NP. Scandalous!). Oh, and there may be this sex scene involving Portman and Kunis.

Obviously, the severe weight loss is what intrigues us the most. How could Natalie Portman possibly lose 20 pounds? Mila Kunis said it took her two months to lose 20 pounds and get down to only 95 pounds, and she claims she gained it all back in just five days. Really? We can't stop buzzing. Will Portman win an Oscar for her portrayal of Nina in a role that finally allows her beauty to shine through a character, not compete with it? Can this movie possibly be as good as we anticipate?

If you're as excited for "Black Swan" as we are (and you really should be after this post), then the trailer and this list of interviews, articles and reviews will no doubt only pump you up even more. Commuters of all forms of transportation should take delight in the Natalie Portman interview on "Fresh Air," one of our favorite NPR programs, which can be downloaded and enjoyed on your iPod.

HCG's "Black Swan" Due Diligence List On Point, On Top, In Pain [NYT Movie Review] To Become a 'Black Swan,' Portman Had To Go Dark [NPR: Fresh Air] A Dark Transformation to Strains of 'Swan Lake' [NYT] Those Undulating Swan Arms? Not So Easy to Do [NYT] Tortured Swans [NYMag Movie Review] Black Swan Choreographer Benjamin Millepied on Teaching Natalie Portman to Have Swan Arms [NYMag/Vulture]