Saturday, 3 December 2011

'Yo, yo! It's a Garry Marshall movie!'

Halle Berry is one of the stars of New Year's Eve. AP

'Yo, yo! It's a Garry Marshall movie!'

Hollywood celebs have fun on New Year's Eve

NEW Year's Eve is supposed to be a fun time for everyone. And it apparently was just as enjoyable doing a movie about New Year's Eve.

Directed by Garry Marshall, New Year's Eve (the movie), stars an ensemble cast including Robert De Niro, Katherine Hiegl, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank and Jon Bon Jovi. It's touted as a sequel of sorts to Marshall's previous movie, Valentine's Day, because, like Valentine's Day, it features several vignettes about what goes on in the final hours of the last day of the year.

And the stars apparently did have a fun time on set. For Swank, a plus point was working with Berry - and that she didn't have to die onscreen.

"That's always a plus. I don't have to learn an accent. I don't have to gain or lose weight. I don't have to box. I don't have to pass as a boy! I was kind of at a loss as to what to do with myself. I was like: 'Really? All I have to do is learn lines'?" she said.

"Working with Robert DeNiro and Halle Berry was fun. I know both of them but this is the first time any of us have worked together. (Robert) is very kind and funny. He's got a great smile and he's a sweetheart," she continued.

"It was really quiet on the set and Halle was in the bathroom connected to where we were doing the scene. I thought she was really preparing. She comes out, takes the clapper and she goes: (in high-pitched voice) 'Yo, yo! It's a Garry Marshall movie! Take two!'

"She inhaled helium in the bathroom! I just burst out laughing. It was a fun set."

Interestingly, it was Berry's involvement (she plays a nurse) that made Bon Jovi agree to do this.

"Didn't I say I quit this? I did! (But) Halle Berry asked for me to be in it and who in their right mind would say 'no' to Halle Berry? My wife even hi-fived me on this. And I agreed to do it," he said. "It was as simple as that. Of course, Garry Marshall is a living legend. Because of Halle and Garry, I said: 'What the hell?'

"Getting back in front of the camera, I realised that I still love it. Having a real director like Garry and being in a movie that has more money in the catering budget than the kind of movies I have been doing allows for things like multiple takes and great lighting," he added.

As for what New Year's Eve meant to them, Bon Jovi quipped: "New Year's is a beautiful day because there's no pressure - no exchange of presents. It's the end of something old and start of something new so I always enjoy it."

"Quite honestly, I often don't make it until midnight!" said Swank.

"I'm 36 and already I've become like a grandma. I usually have friends over and have a nice dinner. We just sit around and reflect on the year and talk about what we want to have happen next year in our lives.

She added: "Sometimes, we do a fun thing where we write down what we want to have happen in our lives and we fold it up, save it and bring it back the next year. But I usually never make it until midnight.

"That's why I watch the ball drop on TV, because I'm in Los Angeles and at 9pm, the ball drops and we all go: 'Happy New Year!'" TRANSCRIPT COURTESY WARNER BROS

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Top 10 Halle Berry Movies

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

NEW YEAR'S EVE - Join the Party Featurette Video

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As the clock strikes midnight, NEW YEAR'S EVE, delivers love like no other film. From first kisses to lost loves, NEW YEAR'S EVE takes romance to another level. Come with us on a wild countdown to the new year as Garry Marshall locates love in the most unexpected places - from Times Square to the nursery ward of a Manhattan hospital to the far reaches of Afghanistan - our characters will uncover the true meaning of New Year's and new beginnings. Garry and his A-list cast -- Halle Berry, Katherine Heigl, Abigail Breslin, Hilary Swank, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Lea Michele, and many others tease their stories, and explain how each of their characters face the chance to dramatically change the course of their lives in the coming year.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry Celebrate 'New Year's Eve'

Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry Celebrate 'New Year's Eve'

posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Movies
Adding glitter to the stellar cast of New Line Cinema's holiday-themed romantic comedy New Year's Eve are four of the most admired actresses working in cinema today – Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel and Abigail Breslin.

Director Gary Marshall’s follow-up to 2010's “Valentine's Day,” “New Year's Eve” celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

Abigail Breslin plays 15-year-old Hailey, a young woman on the edge of independence, with big plans to celebrate this New Year instead of sitting it out, as usual, with her mom and a bowl of popcorn. Hailey's loving but overly cautious single mother, Kim, is played by Sarah Jessica Parker, without whom, Marshall simply states, “New York wouldn’t be the same.”

Says Parker, “It’s probably been a great source of comfort for Kim to have her daughter and this routine in her life, but what we discover is that Hailey is no longer willing to play that role. She’s at an age where she wants to be out experiencing life. For many parents that’s a hard transition, and in particular for Kim, because she’s alone and has been more reliant upon Hailey for company than she’ll admit.”

By restricting Hailey’s budding social life, Kim keeps herself locked away as well, rather than face the daunting prospect of taking another chance at love and life, a fact that’s not lost on her daughter. “Hailey isn’t trying to be mean. She’s just trying to claim her independence and let her mom know she’s not a baby anymore, and at the same time remind her that there’s a whole world out there that she’s been missing,” offers Breslin.

As Kim and Hailey confront their issues in Brooklyn, over at New York Memorial Hospital in Manhattan two couples are facing parenting issues of another kind. Tess and Griffin, played by Jessica Biel and Seth Meyers, are expecting their first child at the same time that Grace and James, played by Sarah Paulson and Til Schweiger, are due to add another to their growing family. Ordinarily, their chance meeting in the doctor’s office earlier that day and then again, later, at the hospital, would be an opportunity to bond but instead the four become locked in a frantic battle over who will take home the hospital’s $25,000 prize for giving birth to the first baby of the new year.

“They try all kinds of unusual things to induce labor,” hints Biel. “Then, after a couple of false starts, Grace’s water breaks the same time that Tess’s does and they go into labor simultaneously. It’s really close. You don’t know who’s going to win till the very last minute.”

Meanwhile, somewhere in a New York hospital, a terminally ill journalist named Stan (Robert De Niro) is refusing treatment, as he is determined to hold on just long enough to watch the ball drop in Times Square one last time. Alone. But that’s not something Nurse Aimee, played by Halle Berry, will allow.

As the evening progresses, says Berry, “Stan reflects on his life and there’s a point when he starts to hallucinate and believes Aimee is someone else, someone who was once close to him. It’s a sweet and touching moment. Aimee is away from her own loved ones on New Year’s Eve and doesn’t expect it to be a joyous occasion, but she’s going to make the best of it, and tonight that means caring for her patient. I think there’s a part of her that understands what it’s like to have regrets.”