Today in news that won't surprise you: Katherine Heigl has joined another romantic comedy.
The actress has replaced Halle Berry in the upcoming ensemble picture New Year's Eve as Jon Bon Jovi's significant other. For those who aren't aware, New Year's Eve is another Love Actually wannabe from director Garry Marshall, the man responsible for Valentine's Day who appears to be making it his life-goal to create an ensemble rom-com for every holiday (who's excited for Canadian Thanksgiving?!).
Anyway, New Year's Eve has quite the cast outside of Heigl and Bon Jovi. Get ready, *deep breath*, Robert De Niro, Sofia Vergara, Russell Peters, Hilary Swank, Ice Cube, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Josh Duhamel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Seth Meyers, Jessica Biel and Til Schweiger are all in line for the flick. Despite the cast, we're assuming the movie will probably suck. But hey, if there's anyone who can decide the "Is Hilary Swank hot" debate once and for all, it's Ice Cube, amirite?
I like to think of myself as someone who can handle pain well. But this? Ryan Seacrest in New Year’s Eve? Even I don’t think I can handle that, it’s just too much. Someone stab me in the eye with a rusty nail, please. Anyone? Fine, I guess this movie is still happening.
Seacrest and Josh Duhamel are the latest stars to join the ensemble rom-com that seeks to discover how little plot they can get away with if they distract the audience with enough celebrities. So far, it seems to be working. On top of Seacrest and Duhamel, we’ve had the previously reported Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Sienna Miller, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara. Hoo ray mediocrity! Oh, also Ice Cube will have a part. Straight outta Compton, indeed.
Gary Marshall is helming this sequel to his hit 2010 film Valentine’s Day.
The prolific Judd Apatow has lined up a cast of familiar faces for his next stab at directing: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann will team for the as-yet-untitled project. According to Variety, the comedy should start production in late summer or early fall.
This will be Apatow’s first directing turn since last year’s hit Knocked Up. He is also the sole writer on the film and is keeping plot details hush-hush.
Rogen and Mann (who is married to Apatow in real life) starred in Knocked Up and Apatow’s previous film as director, The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
As for Sandler, his latest comedy, Don't Mess with the Zohan was co-written by Apatow and will be released in June.
Keeping things in the family, Mann is next starring in Drillbit Taylor with Owen Wilson. That film was co-written by Rogen and produced by Apatow.
Apatow has been on a white-hot streak since directing Virgin in 2005. He followed that film up by producing Will Ferrell vehicle Talladega Nights and teen comedy Superbad--in between he directed, wrote and produced Knocked Up. However, last year’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, which Apatow co-wrote and produced, stumbled at the box office.
His other upcoming producing projects include Forgetting Sarah Marshall with Jason Segel and Kristen Bell; Pineapple Express with Rogen and James Franco; Step Brothers starring Ferrell and John C. Reilly; and The Year One, which Harold Ramis is directing and which stars Jack Black, Michael Cera and Olivia Wilde.
Upcoming non-Apatow related projects for the stars include Bedtime Stories, which Sandler is currently shooting, and 17 Again for Mann, alongside Zac Efron. Rogen lent his voice to Horton Hears a Who and is also in the process of shooting Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri Make a Porno.