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Mila Kunis, left, shown with Wilmer Valderrama, Laura Prepon and Danny Masterson, is one of the most-acclaimed graduates of "That '70s Show."
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updated 7/18/2011 8:39:54 AM ET 2011-07-18T12:39:54

Thanks to the romantic comedy "Friends With Benefits," Mila Kunis is the top-billed star in a movie for the very first time. She's come a long way from playing a high school student on the sitcom "That 70s Show," but how does her career compare to the other young stars who got their start on that show? If they had a high school reunion, who would have bragging rights and who would have to spend the night consoling himself at the bar?

Let's find out:

Mila Kunis (played Jackie Burkart): This lady is everywhere. Just a few months before "Friends With Benefits," she won praise for playing a crazy ballerina in "Black Swan," and she's a regular voice actor on "Family Guy." Upcoming movies like "Oz: The Great and Powerful" will keep her in the "talented yet cool" clubhouse.

Reunion Award: Queen of the Prom

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Story: Will 'Friends' push Mila Kunis onto acting's A-list?

Ashton Kutcher (played Michael Kelso): Kutcher's in love with Demi Moore (perhaps you heard?), and he has three trillion Twitter followers. For a while, that made him famous just for being famous, but then earlier this year, he got hired to replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men." Suddenly, people are talking about his acting. Who'd have thought?

Reunion Award: Most Unexpected Graduate to Earn $1 Million Per Episode

Story: 'Friends' Timberlake and Kunis cuddle up

Topher Grace (played Eric Forman): It seemed like Grace was going to be the breakout star from the cast, since he appeared in major movies like "Traffic" and "Mona Lisa Smile" even before moving out of the Forman parents' basement.

He hasn't quite reached the A-list, but he's pieced together a respectable collection of blockbusters ("Spider Man 3"), frothy comedies ("Valentine's Day"), and Important HBO Films ("Too Big to Fail.") If he gets the right role, he could still move to the big leagues.

Reunion Award: The Perfectly Acceptable Second Place Ribbon

Laura Prepon (played Donna Pinciotti):

Prepon starred on the short-lived series "October Road," but it's possible even she didn't watch it. Otherwise, her post-Donna career has been nothing but guest slots ("House," "How I Met Your Mother.") Things may turn around this winter, however, when she stars in "Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea," a mid-season sitcom on NBC based on Chelsea Handler's memoir.

Reunion Award: The Wait and See Medal

Rumors aside, Kunis will be Marine's date

Wilmer Valderrama (played Fez): Your kids think Valderrama is a superstar. He's the lead on "Handy Manny," an animated show on The Disney Channel about a bilingual handyman and his talking tools. The series teaches kids beginning Spanish and lessons about cultural diversity, which means Valderrama is changing the world for the better.

Reunion Award: Citizen of the Year

'70s Show' reunion? Maybe, says Valderrama

Danny Masterson (played Steven Hyde):

Masterson was really funny on "That 70s Show," so it's a shame that he hasn't been up to much since.

Other than a supporting role in Jim Carrey's "Yes Man," he's made movies that nobody has heard of ("The Bridge To Nowhere"?) and guested on a few TV shows. Somebody needs to get him in a Judd Apatow movie.

Reunion Award: The "We Still Love You" Gift Certificate to Applebee's

Mark Blankenship is on Twitter @CritCondition

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Video: ‘Friends’ Kunis, Timberlake have a ‘ball’ on TODAY

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    >>> of hollywood's stars, justin timberlake and mila kunis , starring in "friends with benefits." mila plays a head hunter to recruits justin to take a job at "gq" magazine. take a look.

    >> what is this?

    >> it's a flash mob .

    >> do people get paid for this?

    >> no, no, they do it for fun. it's nice to feel like you're a part of something. new york can be a little bit lonely at times.

    >> and you're trying to sell me on it.

    >> every place can be a bit lonely sometimes. new york

    >> i'm in.

    >>> mila kunis , justin timberlake , good morning to both of you. thanks for coming on.

    >> that was a good freeze right there. i'm it.

    >> there was another second, and you would have nailed that.

    >> it's good, it's intriguing. you want to know what i'm going to say after that.

    >> i want to know how you got times square to be clear for that scene.

    >> it was the middle of the night , and wasn't as clear as you think it was.

    >> yeah, there was a large congregation of people.

    >> you shot most on location. i want to talk about the title of this movie, i've been married a long time, been out of the game. "friends with benefits." explain exactly what that means.

    >> i'm pretty sure it's a reference to borrowing money or -- i'm sure.

    >> i'm thinking not.

    >> no?

    >> the benefit of having a friend bake for you? make you a sandwich?

    >> okay.

    >> maybe get your oil changed in your car for you?

    >> i'm thinking -- i'm just going to throw in. i'm thinking it's about two people who want to have a regular friendship but get together for sex.

    >> someone who has been out of the game knows what they're talking about.

    >> someone who watched the movie. all right? let's get that out there. is that concept -- mila , is that concept even possible in real life ?

    >> i mean, it's possible. you can do it. and if you do it, be smart about it. but i think that it's great in theory, and it's all execution.

    >> i love the scene where you guys decide we're going to be just friends and just have sex, and you decide to swear on a bible. in this case, it's a bible app.

    >> yes.

    >> for ipad. and then what follows is actually a very, very funny, funny, sex scene . you guys spend a lot of time in this movie naked.

    >> we actually are more clothed than we are naked.

    >> uh --

    >> i love it when people point that out, particularly.

    >> that's the scene, yeah.

    >> this is the scene. but how did you guys develop the chemistry and then move on to those bedroom scenes?

    >> those scenes were shot at the end of the production. but while all of those scenes are very awkward to shoot, we sort of found solace in the fact that we were required to make them goofy, funny, awkward. we wanted to make those scenes real, but, you know, it's kind of that thing when you're first starting to get intimate with someone, all of those awkward things happen, and as you develop a relationship with them, you go back and go, remember that, and we didn't talk about it? yeah, that happened.

    >> but you're laughing through it. mila , easier to play than a romantic type scene?

    >> 100%. because we didn't have to be sexy or attractive. we just had to be goofy. and, you know -- be in a certain position. but --

    >> patricia clark plays your mom in this, does a great job. she walks in when the two of you are making love at one point -- well, i guess not love, just sex.

    >> that was more awkward for me than anything.

    >> has that ever happened to you in real life ? did your mom ever walk in?

    >> my mom is probably watching right now. i would just rather not talk about anything that might have happened to me. in regards to that.

    >> we won't even mention the movie then. with mom watching.

    >> no, we can mention the movie. i mean, that's why we're here. but -- yeah, i don't talk about that.

    >> i do want to talk about you -- both have become the bells of the ball. the marine corps ball. what is this -- what is the story? mila , you're going, right?

    >> yes.

    >> you got an invitation.

    >> you're going too.

    >> you got an invitation, as well.

    >> i got an invitation to a completely different ball.

    >> it's two separate balls.

    >> apparently there's multiple balls.

    >> yeah, the marines have a lot of balls.

    >> marines got balls.

    >> they do.

    >> semper fi has been replaced by marines got balls.

    >> we want to pay honor to our country and embrace their balls.

    >> we're attending both balls.

    >> mila , how did this come about?

    >> separately.

    >> separately, but together. how did the movie ball come around?

    >> how did the invitation come around?

    >> during a press junket. in the first report, it was like have you seen this youtube video ? and i was like nope. and then i got a forward of it.

    >> and then i pressured her.

    >> the sergeant can thank justin for me being there now.

    >> you got an invitation, and you've committed, right?

    >> yes, yes.

    >> do you think we can combine the balls?

    >> a double date.

    >> yeah, like --

    >> yeah, sure. i mean, well -- i'm pretty sure there is protocall if marine balls --

    >> how many ball references can we make?

    >> i don't know. you guys have done pretty well. we've got to end there. justin timberlake , mila kunis , great having you guys on.

    >> did we just class up the "today" show? i feel like we did.

    >> first we want to let people know "friends with benefits" hits screens friday. but check out this segue. why americans are so obsessed with breasts. you can't make this stuff up.

    >> great, great. the "today" show!

    >> i'm pretty sure i have an answer for that.

    >> right after this.

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  1. Summer movie season

    Summer's here, and the time is right for hiding in dark, air-conditioned theaters, watching some sequels that are already sequels to sequels. And perhaps a good original movie or two. Strap yourself in for the blockbusters to come -- "Bridesmaids," seen here, is already marching down the theater aisle. --Dave White (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' (May 20)

    Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush

    What it is: "Pirates 4" focuses on something about mermaids and Blackbeard and zombies and the Fountain of Youth. Look, are you going to see this for the plot or because you want to watch Johnny Depp and Keith Richards out-stagger each other? Don’t lie to yourself.

    Biggest fear going in: That the filmmakers will muddy the water with foolish ideas about having something to say instead of allowing Depp’s antics and the special effects to rule the moment. (Peter Mountain / Disney Enterprises) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. 'Kung Fu Panda 2' (May 27)

    Starring: Voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman

    What it is: Having established his awesomeness as the awesomest fighting panda in the awesome original, Po (voiced by Black) returns in "Kung Fu Panda 2" to awesomely battle a very mean peacock.

    Potential to be awesome: Show of hands, who didn’t like the first film? If the filmmakers don’t mess with that installment’s formula of great animation plus charm plus wit, all will be well and children’s karate classes will reap the benefits. (DreamWorks) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. 'The Hangover Part II' (May 27)

    Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms

    What it is: "The Hangover Part 2" is, a) The same movie as before but in a new city and b) a kind of shameless cash-in and c) Zach Galifianakis’ ticket to never having to work again if he doesn’t feel like it (except he feels like it a lot and is currently tied with Natalie Portman in what feels like a bizarre ubiquity contest).

    How funny it will be: Pointlessness be darned, you can count on Galifianakis. He owned the original and will probably do it again. (Warner Bros) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. 'X-Men: First Class' (June 3)

    Starring: Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, January Jones

    What it is: "X-Men: First Class" is set in the early 1960s, showing how the X-Teens at Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters became the X-Adults. That means the cast is newer and younger and dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis. You probably never knew that mutant superheroes were part of that thing. That’s what you get for sleeping through history class.

    A lesson in jump-starting a stalled franchise: After “X-Men: The Last Stand” annoyed its core audience, a tune-up was needed. What better way to accomplish that goal than to time-travel back to an origin story with a hip young cast? And it makes much more sense than simply saying, “OK, we’re going to make another first chapter film about 'The Incredible Hulk'” or “Hey, remember those old 'Spider-Man' movies from five minutes ago? They don’t count anymore.” (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. 'Super 8' (June 10)

    Starring: Riley Griffiths, Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning

    What it is : It’s 1979 and some geeky, filmmaking kids find an alien. Not a cute one. You can call "Super 8" “Lost” co-creator J.J. Abrams’ more menacing “E.T.” if you want but what you can’t call it is a sequel or remake or reboot. And for a big movie landing smack-dab in the middle of the summer movie season, that feels like some kind of miracle.

    Most excellent stamp of approval: Producer Steven Spielberg’s, of course. Advance word is that Abrams has made an exciting valentine to that director’s heyday. Now here’s hoping it lives up to those expectations and avoids falling into the cracks caused by an X-Men/Green Lantern earthquake. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. 'Green Lantern' (June 17)

    Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard

    What it is: Reynolds is The "Green Lantern." He wears a green suit, fights bad guys and works with an interplanetary corps of power-ring-wearing space cops to maintain order in the universe. Blake Lively plays someone who wears really fashionable clothes, no doubt. OK, lie, she plays an aerospace executive.

    Extreme nerd alert: More than “Thor,” more than “Captain America,” this is the Comic-Con date movie of the summer. It comes with the most fan yearning attached and, therefore, the most to lose. If you aren’t on a date with a nerd when you see this, at least you’ll finally get what that circle-in-between-two-lines T-shirt means. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. 'Mr. Popper’s Penguins' (June 17)

    Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury

    What it is: In "Mr. Popper's Penguins," a heartless corporate type (Carrey) learns to be nice when a brood of penguins show up at his doorstep (no word on whether or not he also learns to do that marching thing they’re so famous for). Based on the beloved classic children’s book, it could go a long way toward erasing the memory of Carrey's creepy animated “A Christmas Carol.”

    Tailor-made for: Everyone.The book was published in 1938. That means it was also your grandmother’s childhood favorite. And who doesn’t love penguins? (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. 'Bad Teacher' (June 24)

    Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel

    What it is: In "Bad Teacher," Cameron Diaz drinks and smokes weed. In the classroom. She hates the kids. She doesn’t care if they learn. Think an easier-on-the-eyes Billy Bob Thornton minus the Santa suit and you have every teacher union’s worst public relations nightmare.

    What Diaz keeps proving: The pretty woman can also be the funny woman. And if this one and “Bridesmaids” hit audiences in the right spot, that whole grown-up female comedy snowball will just get bigger, badder and more impossible for Hollywood to ignore. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. 'Cars 2' (June 24)

    Starring: Owen Wilson, Larry The Cable Guy, Michael Caine

    What it is: Um… OK, so… now the cars are… spies? Whatever, "Cars 2" is about these talking cartoon automobiles, see, and you have to take your children to it. No exceptions. It’s the Pixar joint that’s least loved by adults and most loved by the under-10s, but you have to concede that even when this studio is only batting .500, that’s a way better average than just about everybody else.

    Coolest marketing move they could make: Give away tickets. That’s right, let everyone in for free. Pixar already makes about a billion dollars a year on toys and talking Larry The Cable Guy toothbrushes — no joke, they do — so why not just consider the movie itself a loss leader? (Ho / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' (July 1)

    Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

    What it is: In "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," the cars-that-turn-into-robots continue their never-ending quest to fight and fight and fight and fight. And this time they do all that on the moon and in 3-D. Haters are invited to go see “The Help” or that new Woody Allen movie, whatever it’s called.

    Funny joke Michael Bay has already made publicly: He claims that because this one is in 3-D, he held the camera still for more than half a second at a time. What’s he trying to do, make an art film or something? Brace yourself for coherent visuals. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows -- Part Two' (July 15)

    Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

    What it is: 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows -- Part Two' is THE movie of the summer, 10 years in the making. When other sequels tell you they’re the last in the series, they’re always lying to you. This one isn’t. So long, Harry.

    Chance it will live up to its own hype: Have you seen that trailer? Or, for that matter, have you seen the most recent bigger, better, darker Potter films? The “Boy Who Lived” is going out with a big bang. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. 'Winnie The Pooh' (July 15)

    Starring: Voices of Jim Cummings, John Cleese, Craig Ferguson

    What it is: In "Winnie the Pooh," Eeyore the donkey needs a new tail so Pooh and his pals in the Hundred Acre Wood help him find one. Honey is also consumed. And then Piglet and Tigger turn into giant metallic fighting robots and make fart jokes. Guess which one of those plot points is fake.

    What’s the appeal?: They are not digital animals interacting with a live-action Christopher Robin. They are not in 3-D. They are rated “G.” They do not conduct a dance-off to “Baby Got Back.” They are as old-fashioned and sweet as you remember them. Need any more reasons? (Disney Enterprises) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. 'Captain America: The First Avenger' (July 22)

    Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones

    What it is: The theme song to the crudely animated Saturday morning cartoon of the 1960s really says it all about "Captain America: The First Avenger": “When Captain America throws his mighty shield, all those who chose to oppose his shield must yield. If he’s led to a fight and a duel is due, then the red and the white and the blue’ll come through.” And in this introductory course in all things Captain, he throws his shield at Nazis during World War II. Klang!

    Where all this is leading: Marvel is building a kingdom at the movies. It started with “Iron Man” and continues with “Thor” and will soon encompass this and other superhero characters that will team up and form The Avengers. If you’re one of those people who wish all this stuff would just go away, sorry but you’re out of luck. It’s just gearing up. For the rest of you: WHOOO-HOOOO! (Marvel Entertainment) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. 'Cowboys & Aliens' (July 29)

    Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde

    What it is: "Cowboys and Aliens" is exactly what it says it is — cowboys in the Old West find themselves battling aliens, only without the benefit of a history of science-fiction movies and TV shows informing their sensibility. In other words, no “Star Wars” points of reference to hang their strategy on. Sorry, Han Solo.

    What’s at stake, box-office-wise: The production schedules of other genre mash-up style projects like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. 'The Smurfs' (July 29)

    Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria

    What it is: It's "The Smurfs," an adventure revolving around characters who haven’t been seen on Saturday-morning TV for decades — not that selling nostalgia to parents and cute CG creatures to kids wasn’t a winning formula for the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" franchise. The tiny blue dudes (and one tiny Smurfette) cross over from their magical land to New York City where, presumably, Harris can at least help them pick up hard-to-get tickets for Broadway shows.

    Parental advisory: It’s quite likely your children will leave the theater wanting to buy little blue dolls and/or using various forms of “Smurf” to substitute for any and all other words. But there are worse things than that. (Sony Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' (Aug. 5)

    Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, Andy Serkis

    What it is: The prequel "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is actually sort of a remake of 1972’s “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes,” which was one of the sequels to the original “Planet of the Apes,” which was itself weirdly remade by Tim Burton a few years back. Confused yet? Have a banana and calm down.

    Lingering question: Did Franco take this gig because it’s part of his ongoing life-as-art project, which includes a stint on “General Hospital,” gallery exhibitions of his own weird video work revolving around cultural offerings like “My Own Private Idaho” and “Three’s Company,” hosting the Oscars and strenuously colleging his way to half a dozen graduate degrees? Or does he just really like jobs? (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. 'The Help' (Aug. 12)

    Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Sissy Spacek

    What it is: "The Help" is that book everybody's book club loved so much. White Southern belles and their African-American maids negotiate the upheaval surrounding the civil-rights movement of the 1960s.

    Built in counter-programming appeal: No robots, but lots of hats, gloves, shoes and social justice. (DreamWorks Studios) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. 'Fright Night' (Aug. 19)

    Starring: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette

    What it is : "Fright Night" is a remake of the schlocky 1985 horror movie that no one was demanding be remade.

    What’s already very, very strange about it: The project stars Toni Collette and Colin Farrell, two respected actors whose careers tend to point more in the direction of leading roles in higher-profile indie films. And its director is Craig Gillespie, who made the Oscar-nominated/Sundance Film Festival hit “Lars and The Real Girl.” So it’s the arthouse “Fright Night” now? (DreamWorks II) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. 'Spy Kids 4: All The Time in The World' (Aug. 19)

    Starring: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale

    What it is: In "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World," the spy kids grew up and, presumably, went off to spy university or something, but they do appear — in what capacity is uncertain — in this movie that’s all about Jessica Alba as a spy mom . Look, whatever it takes.

    Secret appeal to fans of “Grindhouse”: Danny Trejo shows up as Machete! (The Weinstein Company) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. 'Conan the Barbarian' (Aug. 19)

    Starring: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan

    What it is: "Conan the Barbarian" gets the reboot treatment with newcomer Momoa (“Stargate Atlantis,” "Game of Thrones") as the man who devotes equal time to sword-swinging, death-avenging and pectoral-oiling. There was much more opportunity to fully commit oneself to each pursuit in fantasy olden times of yore.

    Beware the ides of, well, August: This very late summer release might not be the best news for fans of this title. It’s from the man whose last films were the reboots of “Friday the 13th” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and has, sadly, a distinctly minor-league vibe going on already. Also, the closer a film’s release is to Labor Day, the more it all starts to smell like “clearance sale.” Forewarned is forearmed. (Simon Varsano / Lionsgate) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. 'Final Destination 5' (Aug. 26)

    Starring: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, David Koechner

    What it is: With "Final Destination 5," Death is not a guy you can trust to just go away, even after he promises everything’s cool. He’s got more teens to kill in convoluted ways, this time starting with a suspension bridge collapse and, who knows, maybe winding up at a miniature golf course. All bets are off.

    Lies piled up on top of lies: The previous installment was titled “THE Final Destination” and we all believed you. Clearly, “final” means something else in your dictionary, movie. (New Line Cinema) Back to slideshow navigation
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