Entries in New Year's Eve (12)


Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber to Perform for Times Square Celebrations

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Celebrities are preparing for another high-profile New Years eve celebration in New York's Times Square Saturday.

Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber are two megastars creating excitement for the close of 2011. But Jeffrey Strauss, president of Countdown Entertainment, says it's the tradition that makes the night special.

"It's not when Lady Gaga preforms, it's right after when she's pushing the button with the mayor and leading the 60 second countdown," Strauss says.

Strauss has not only pulled out all the stops for the ceremony. His company has also produced a new Times Square Ball App, which allows viewers to watch the festivities remotely.

Every year, the Times Square ball gets a big makeover. This year, the ball will be adorned with thousands of crystal triangles, with a pattern that represents friends holding hands.

"This year is let there be friendship and it's not just for the United States, since friendship has world, global feeling sentiment," Jim O'Leary, the design director at Waterford, said.

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Lady Gaga Selected to Drop NYC's New Year's Eve Ball 

PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga is going from the Monster Ball to the ball drop.  New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has selected Gaga to be the one to push the super-fancy Waterford Crystal button, which will drop the famous ball in Times Square at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Gaga was set to be there anyway -- she's performing live from Times Square on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Each year, the New York City mayor selects a special guest to help him drop the ball and do the final countdown to the New Year.  Past button pushers have included Bill and Hillary Clinton and Muhammad Ali.

Speaking to reporters about the selection of Lady Gaga on Wednesday, Mayor Bloomberg said he had never met the star, but had once seen her perform at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He added, "I think she's a good entertainer. The one time I saw her, she was a great entertainer."

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Lindsay Lohan Laying Low on New Year's Eve

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan has reportedly received numerous offers to host New Year’s Eve parties but has turned them all down.

A source tells TMZ Lohan is determined to show progress in her recovery from party girl to model citizen and will bring in 2012 quietly with her close friends.

Laying low on New Year's Eve would probably be a financial loss for the Mean Girls star because celebrity party hosts have been known to earn big bucks, but the source says Lohan is eager to impress the judge overseeing her probation and happy to give up the cash.

Lohan is in the process of completing 480 hours of community service as part of her probation.

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'New Year's Eve' Tops Box Office with Just $13.7 Million

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New Year's Eve counted down to number one at the box office over the weekend.  The sequel to Valentine's Day opened in first place, albeit with a weak total of $13.7 million.  It finished ahead of the Jonah Hill comedy The Sitter, which debuted in the runner-up spot with an estimated $10 million.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1, which was the box office champ the previous three weekends, fell to third place, earning $7.9 million.

Overall, Hollywood suffered its slowest box office weekend in more than three years, collecting around $77 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. New Year's Eve, $13.7 million.
2. The Sitter, $10 million.
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1, $7.9 million.
4. The Muppets, $7.1 million.
5. Arthur Christmas, $6.6 million.
6. Hugo, $6.1 million.
7. The Descendants, $4.4 million.
8. Happy Feet Two, $3.8 million.
9. Jack and Jill, $3.2 million.
10. Immortals, $2.4 million.

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'New Year's Eve,' 'The Sitter' Open Friday

Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- New Year's Eve: The follow-up to the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine's Day features intertwining love stories in New York City on New Year's Eve. The all-star cast includes Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katherine Heigl, Sofia Vergara, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lea Michele, Zac Efron, Seth Meyers and Jon Bon Jovi.  The film was directed by Garry Marshall.  Rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

-- The Sitter: Jonah Hill is a college student who's forced to babysit some rambunctious kids who live next door to him. Sam Rockwell also stars.  Rated R.

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Movie Review: 'New Year's Eve'

Andrew Schwartz/Warner Bros(NEW YORK) -- New Year's Eve's formulaic plot and cookie-cutter script make it an an easy target for critics. Several told me they flat-out refused to see it (avoiding it like Times Square on New Year's Eve?), and after its predecessor, last year's Valentine's Day, also directed by Garry Marshall, one can appreciate the sentiment.  I, however, will always be intrigued by a film with a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank, Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer, no matter how vanilla and derivative it seems. Come on, people! We're talking Oscar winners, Oscar nominees and...Ashton Kutcher.
I'm kidding.  I really like Ashton Kutcher.  Really.
Also like Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve involves a gaggle of story lines and characters that, we eventually find out, are all connected.  For starters, Josh Duhamel’s Sam attends his friend’s wedding in upstate New York, only to become stranded, clad in a tuxedo with seemingly no way to get back home for his big New Year's party, where he's expected to make a speech. How does he get back? He hitches a ride with the church pastor in the pastor's Winnebago.
Meanwhile, Hilary Swank's Claire Morgan is presiding over the New Year's celebration in Times Square and must overcome a crisis, while Robert De Niro's cancer-stricken Stan lies in a hospital bed, hours away from death, willing himself to stay alive long enough to watch from the roof of the hospital as the ball drops at midnight.  Halle Berry is his nurse, who insists on staying with him until the bitter end.
Michelle Pfeiffer plays Ingrid, a downtrodden mess who quits her job and finds an unlikely ally in Zac Efron's bicycle messenger Paul.  Ashton Kutcher's Randy wants to be the grinch that steals New Year's Eve but, of course, that's going to change when he gets stuck in an elevator with Lea Michele's Elise -- a backup singer for a rock star named Jensen, who's played by a rock star named Jon Bon Jovi.
Not enough for you?  How about 15-year-old Hailey, played by the adorable Abigail Breslin, who's hoping her mom, played by Sarah Jessica Parker (does that make you feel old?) will let her hang out in Times Square so she can steal her first kiss from her crush, Seth (Jake T. Austin).
And finally, there's -- well, it's just not worth mentioning.
Richard Curtis' 2003 Christmas romance Love Actually perfected this sort of sentimental, all-star multiple storyline narrative.  We haven't seen the likes of it since and may never again.  That said, New Year's Eve has some poignant moments, particularly the work done by De Niro, Berry and Pfeiffer. Then there are the ultra-predictable, unapologetic, super treacle-y moments that are about as good for your brain as too much dessert is for your waistline.  But who doesn't love enjoying too much dessert every once in a while?
Three out of five stars.

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Report: Kim, Rob Kardashian to Host Separate NYE Parties in Vegas

Scott Kirkland/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Newly single Kim Kardashian will ring in the New Year in Sin City, according to

Kris Humphries' ex has been tapped to host the New Year's Eve bash at TAO nightclub in Las Vegas.  The 31-year-old reality star hosted the New Year's Eve party at TAO last year as well.

In addition, Kim's brother and Dancing with the Stars contestant Rob Kardashian will be hosting his own party on New Year’s Eve at Tryst Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas.

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Jon Bon Jovi to Duet with Lea Michele in New Film

Island Def Jam Music Group(NEW YORK) -- Bon Jovi's song "It's My Life" was performed by the cast of Glee, and now one of those cast members will get to sing with Jon Bon Jovi himself.

Both Jon and Glee's Lea Michele appear in the upcoming star-studded film New Year's Eve.  Director Garry Marshall told that Michele will perform at least two songs in the flick, including a duet with Jon.

"It's quite a number," Marshall said. reports that in the movie, Jon plays a rock star named Jensen, while Michele plays Elise, his back-up vocalist, so it makes sense for them to sing together.

New Year's Eve, the cast of which also includes Robert De Niro, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hillary Swank, Halle Berry and many others, will hit movie theaters Dec. 9.

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Lady Gaga Reveals Album Release Date

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga promised her fans a special gift on New Year's Eve and at midnight, she made good on her promise.

On Twitter, she posted a picture of herself, turned away from the camera, wearing a denim jacket that read "Born This Way." Below was emblazoned “THE SONG 2-13-11 THE RECORD 5-23-11,” indicating that the first single from her new disc will be out Feb. 13, and the album will follow on May 23.

A few hours before, she tweeted, "This has to be the happiest + most exciting night of my life. You've created this moment. You imagined me. You are, you wrote #BornThisWay."

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Avril Lavigne Offers Free Download of New Single on New Year's Day

Photo Courtesy - RCA Records(NEW YORK) -- Avril Lavigne will debut her new single, "What the Hell," on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest this Friday night.  And her New Year's resolution?  Giving her fans the song for free on New Year's Day.

The track will be available as a free download via Lavigne's Facebook page for 48 hours starting Jan. 1.  Fans just have to "like" her on Facebook to get access to the track.

"What the Hell" is the first single from Lavigne's new disc, Goodbye, Lullaby, which is coming out March 8.

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