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Sarah Jessica Parker on board for NEW YEAR’S EVE

Tim Sweeney

by: Tim Sweeney
December 15th, 2010

Sarah Jessica Parker is still searching to be a part of something critically successful that is not called Sex and the City. She hopes the New Line comedy, NEW YEARS EVE, will be that something. The film will be a thematic follow-up to VALENTINE'S DAY which was released earlier this year. VALENTINE'S DAY was panned by critics, but grossed $110 million at the box office. Halle Berry and Zac Efron are said to be in talks to join the film. Already signed on to the cast are Hilary Swank, Abigail Breslin, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro (really, Bobby?), Ashton Kutcher, and Lea Michelle.

The film will resemble VALENTINE'S DAY, though it hopefully will execute more like LOVE ACTUALLY, by taking place in a single day and having a large cast flowing through intertwining stories. Parker is believed to be playing a suffocating mother to Breslin. Other characters are said to include a Scrooge-like holiday hater (Kutcher), a woman who produces the Times Square holiday show (Swank), a hospitalized man in his last days (DeNiro), and a woman attempting to fulfill the ending year's resolutions before midnight (Pfeiffer). The film is due out in December of next year.

Lately, when not in a Sex and the City vehicle, Parker has been in a string of critical failures, including THE FAMILY STONE, FAILURE TO LAUNCH, SMART PEOPLE, DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?, and SPINNING INTO BUTTER. Of those, only FAILURE TO LAUNCH had anything near respectable box office receipts. Will NEW YEAR'S EVE be different? It may bring in the bucks, but I would be stunned if director Gerry Marshall all of a sudden figured out how to effectively use the formula he failed at with VALENTINE'S DAY. As far as I'm concerned, Parker can always be proud that she was in LA STORY and ED WOOD.

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