By Terri Lee Sylvester

HOLLYWOOD (WWJ) – As unbelievable as it may sound, in just a matter of weeks, New Year’s Eve will be here and we’ll be ringing in the New Year. But in the new movie “New Year’s Eve,” the countdown to 2012 has already begun. And why wait when there’s so much fun to be had!

After all, a movie with a title like “New Year’s Eve” should be fun, shouldn’t it? And not just fun – but a party! After all, who doesn’t like to party on New Year’s Eve? Well, you can bet that while there is a fair share of seriousness to go around, “New Year’s Eve” also packs in plenty of partying. And this party takes place in one city that definitely knows how to party – New York City!

“New Year’s Eve” is an ensemble movie featuring a star-studded cast. It stars Academy Award® winner Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, two-time Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Academy Award® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.

And if that’s not enough, there are numerous cameos from such stars as Jake T. Austin, Jim Belushi, Cary Elwes, Carla Gugino, Cherry Jones, Jack McGee, Joey McIntyre, Alyssa Milano, Sarah Paulson, Sarge and Yeardley Smith – and the list goes on.

How does a production manage to lure so many big names to one film? Well, it certainly helps to have a well-respected director at the helm. In this case: the renowned producer/director Garry Marshall. He’s not only directed such box office hits as “Pretty Woman,” he’s the man behind “The Flamingo Kid,” “Overboard,” “Valentine’s Day” and “Runaway Bride,” as well as both “Princess Diaries” films, among others. So with a stellar filmography like that, you can bet “New Year’s Eve” is one movie that won’t leave you disappointed.

In fact, after seeing it, you’ll probably be looking forward to the start of the New Year – just in case you weren’t quite ready to ring it in yet. And you can attribute that – at least in part – to an absolutely wonderful and touching speech delivered by Claire, the newly promoted Vice President of the Times Square Alliance (portrayed by Hilary Swank). Claire has her share of potential crises to deal with, especially when there’s trouble with the giant ball that millions gather – in person and in front of TVs – every New Year’s Eve to watch drop.

So, while the start of 2012 is still a few weeks away, you can get an early start on the celebration with “New Year’s Eve.” Fun, fun, fun!

Visit the official website.

Rated PG-13.

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