New York is going to be the place to be this New Year's Eve (31Dec14) - as well as the traditional festivities in Times Square, the city will feature end-of-2014 gigs from Diplo and Skrillex, who will ring in 2015 at Madison Square Garden, Sir Elton John, who will play his first Big Apple New Year's show at the Barclays Center and Erasure, who will perform at Terminal 5.
Will Smith is set to follow in the footsteps of rapper Pitbull by launching a New Year's Eve television special in Miami, Florida, according to a new U.S. report.
The Men in Black star is reportedly developing a show similar to the traditional Times Square event in New York, New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, and would like to team up with David Beckham for the venture.
A source tells the New York Post, "As of now, it's being shopped to the networks. It would feature musical performances, possibly one by Will." Another source adds, "They want to do something with Beckham and his focus on his Miami soccer team."
Meanwhile, Pitbull's New Year's Revolution will take place in Miami this year (14).
Rapper Pitbull has created a televised New Year's Eve show in Miami, Florida to compete with the traditional New York broadcast. The Timber hitmaker signed a deal with production company Endemol North America in January (14), to create and produce original TV content and the New Year's Eve event is their first announced collaboration.
The televised broadcast, to air on the FOX network, will be named Pitbull's New Year's Revolution and producers hope the event will become an annual tradition, to compete with the traditional Times Square live show which has aired on rival network ABC since 1974.
The rapper, real name Armando Christian Perez, will be joined onstage by musicians and DJs for the live broadcast.
He says, "The world needs to get ready to un-mute New Year's Eve, because we are taking the party from the Big Apple to the Pineapple. New Year's Eve is officially in Miami and hosted by yours truly, Mr. Worldwide. P.S. Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but whatever happens in Miami never happened."
Nick Lachey made his debut as the host of U.S. breakfast TV show Big Morning Buzz Live on Monday (03Mar14), returning to the same stage which helped launch his career over 15 years ago. The 98 Degrees star became the official presenter for the pop culture news show on America's VH1 network, which films in the heart of Times Square in New York City in the same studio that used to house popular MTV music video countdown show Total Request Live in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
And it was not lost on the singer that the home of his new daytime talk show career is where his band got their big break.
He admitted, "It's kind of a surreal, out-of-body moment for me. I mean, I look around this studio and I have so many memories of being in this space, you know back in the day, on TRL. Actually 1999, New Year's Eve, I was standing right over there with my buddies from 98 Degrees, we performed and brought in the new year."
The studio is also where he first met his now wife, Vanessa Lachey, who used to serve as a presenter on TRL.
Lachey adds, "Seeing my career launch from this point, it's crazy to be back in the studio all these years later. My now wife interviewed me in this space. It is a full circle moment."
The singer/host kicked off his first show in an unusual way - guest Sophia Bush showed off the skills she has learned from her new show Chicago PD (Police Department) by handcuffing Lachey, and he stayed locked up for half of the show.
Miley Cyrus isn't the first pop culture provocateur, but she's cemented her status as one of the most controversial celebrities in recent years. Even those who wouldn't normally discuss her can't resist offering an opinion on the pop star's latest antics. Cultural critic Camille Paglia, for instance, criticized Cyrus for her sexual expression, harshly instructing the young pop star to "go back to school!" The problem with the criticisms from Paglia and others, however, is that they attack Cyrus for her behavior when, in fact, she possesses numerous positive attributes that young girls should emulate. Below are five significant, seldom discussed reasons why Cyrus is a good role model.
Cyrus knows who she is and what she wants, and she won't let anyone stand in her way. With each public appearance, she expresses herself honestly and without restraint. When Matt Lauer of The Today Show asked Cyrus if it was difficult to promote a controversial persona, Cyrus responded by saying "I think it's only hard if you're trying to be something you're not." Her I-don't-give-a... attitude silences her haters and gives her ample room to succeed on her own terms.
She's Comfortable With Her Sexuality
Cyrus' willingness to reveal it all on stage with such ease is empowering for young girls who struggle with body image issues. She encourages everyone to love their bodies, flaws and all, and she practices what she preaches with no regrets.
She's a Smart Businesswoman
At just 21 years old, Cyrus has accomplished a lot. She's learned how to stand out in a competitive, saturated market, and forcefully captures the world's attention with every move she makes. For most people, the success of Hannah Montana would be enough, but for Cyrus, it was just the beginning of an impressive career.
Cyrus doesn't follow trends. Case in point: When other pop stars like Britney Spears and Katy Perry release generic dance singles, Cyrus gives us power ballads like “Wrecking Ball” and “Adore You.”
She's a Philanthropist
Cyrus uses her status and wealth to make a difference in the world, thereby proving that she is more than her controversial star image. Among the charities she's affiliated with are Musicians on Call and Get Ur Good On. What can be better than that?
Rockers Phish's annual end-of-year parties in New York were marred by over 200 drug-related arrests. Police officers arrested 238 fans after the band's first three shows at Madison Square Garden prior to a New Year's Eve bash on Tuesday (31Dec13).
Most of the arrests were drug related.
The New York Times reports one man was arrested outside the venue after cops uncovered 424 capsules of MDMA, 71 strips of LSD and 14 bags of mushrooms on his person.
Rapper Macklemore had no problem spending New Year's Eve (31Dec13) onstage in New York's Times Square, because work keeps his mind off the temptations of a drink and drugs relapse. The Thrift Shop hitmaker, real name Ben Haggerty, has a history of alcohol and drug abuse problems, which resulted in a stint in rehab in 2008, and he admits the Christmas holidays are particularly tough as friends and family indulge all around him.
He tells ABC News, "For me, what is a temptation is coming home off of the road, which is why this time period is interesting. This is when I've fallen back before."
At his lowest point, Macklemore recalls feeling "isolation, broke, depressed, no reason to really live", but he refuses to waste the opportunities he has been given and now focuses on being "present" to enjoy his career success.
He says, "I don't want to look back and be like, 'You had it all, and you weren't even present for it. You weren't able to enjoy it.' I want to be here, be now and be grateful."
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis joined Miley Cyrus, Blondie and Icona Pop among the performers who bid farewell to 2013 in the middle of Times Square as part of the televised U.S. special, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
Miley Cyrus rang in 2014 with a headlining spot at Times Square's annual New Year's Eve bash in New York. The pop star, who scrapped a show in Florida to perform as part of TV network ABC's end-of-year TV marathon, sang Get It Right and Wrecking Ball just before midnight, but it was too cold for her to 'twerk' or show off too much skin. Instead, she and three dancers hit the stage in matching gold outfits and the pop star also wore a floor-length white winter coat to keep off the chill.
Cyrus smiled through the show even though she was ill - shortly before taking to the stage, she tweeted, "This cough/cold is not a good combo. please keep praying for me. If I can just get thru tonight I can have a nice lil break."
She cheered up just before taking the stage when she told host Ryan Seacrest all about her "modest" costume, revealing, "This is the most clothed I've been in all of 2013... Due to standards and practices and also the cold weather, this is what we came up with."
And she started 2014 with high praise from Courtney Love, who ended 2013 with the post, "if it wasn't for @MileyCyrus 2013 would've been a dull dreary year. if you can't agree with that, you're an idiot."
Melissa Etheridge also got the Times Square revellers ready for 2014 by singing John Lennon's peace anthem Imagine just before midnight, and the coverage then bounced to Billy Joel performing across the Big Apple at the Barclays Center just after the famous ball drop and the start of 2014.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Icona Pop and Blondie were also part of the countdown celebrations in Times Square.
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It's definitely that time of year folks. Time to figure out what to get your Game Of Thrones-loving friends. Time to make out your own personal wish list (which may or may not be filled with Scandal-related paraphernalia), and time to enjoy the hell out of your favorite Christmas and New Year's Eve TV and film moments. But, perhaps most importantly, this is the time of year when we all come to terms with the fact that we still do no know the actual lyrics to (and meaning of) Auld Lang Syne. Let's celebrate all this good stuff with a look back at some of the best New Year's Eve scenes in TV and Film.
Mad Men, "The Doorway"
The season six premiere showed us a coming new year, with a new Don Draper. Except it was really the old Don Draper. We'd all been waiting to find out if Don was actually, really going to go back to his adulterous ways after some difficulties with his new wife Megan. And sure enough, a New Year's Eve blizzard hits sending Don's neighbor Dr. Rosen to the hospital, and leaving Don to sleep with Mrs. Rosen. As 1968 rings in Don's new lover asks him what he wants for the New Year and he answers -- as only Don could -- "I want to stop doing this."
Family Guy, "Da Boom"
Oh, the epicness of this episode! The world comes to an end and the Griffins are among a handful of survivors. We all learned that when the apocolypse is upon us, it's best to head for the nearest Twinkie factory... oh, and never trust a chicken with a coupon.
Everybody Hates Chris, "Everybody Hates New Year's Eve"
In which young Chris tries to do the impossible and spend New Year's Eve in Times Square after getting a flat-out, unconditional 'NO" from his mother. An epic adventure ensues.
South Park, "Are You There God, It's Me Jesus?"
Cartman gets his "period," Jesus returns to Earth and throws an epic New Year's Eve bashment, and -- of course -- God finally shows himself.
Sex And The City
If you didn't cry when Carrie made it to Miranda's house in time, then you are a soul-less human being and we can't be friends. Or, you just hate Sex And The City. But seriously, how are you not crying watching this?!
About A Boy
There are so many unforgettable scenes from this movie, and when you're finished reading this list you have our permission to go watch the whole thing on Neflix. But first, here's where it all began. A simple New Year's Eve lie (about a boy ... who is not his son) lands Will in a tricky situation that eventually makes for an awesome new family of sorts.
When Harry Met Sally
All these years later, and this is still probably the best New Year's Eve scene ever.
Rock icon Billy Joel will be ringing in 2014 with a televised U.S. performance live from his New Year's Eve (31Dec13) concert in Brooklyn, New York. The legendary star has been added to the line up for the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest show, but he won't be heading to Times Square to join the likes of Miley Cyrus, Blondie and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - he will instead celebrate onstage at the Barclays Center.
Documentary about the annual party at Times Square to officially usher in another year. The program explores the history of this historic crossroads, and reveals what it takes to prepare for the annual event.