It’s New Year’s Eve — time to get out the bubbly, steal a midnight kiss, watch the ball drop in Times Square, and hope the pressure doesn’t build too much to have the most epic night ever. Maybe instead you want to leave the partying to the amateurs and spend the night in with one of these great (and terrible) movies about what can be the best or worst night of the year. From all time classics like The Apartment to not so great movies like New Year’s Eve, here are five flicks to get you through to 2013.
When Harry Met Sally – It’s the rom-com that begot all rom-coms of our time, this Rob Reiner classic is filed with so many one liners and memorable moments, I find myself reenacting this scene every time I’m at Katz’s Deli in New York. But seriously, Mindy Kaling isn’t the only one who was fed on Nora Ephron films. Of course, the final New Year’s Eve scene is the climactic moment when Harry furiously runs through the abandoned streets of New York as “It Had to Be You” plays in the background has set the standard for every romantic scene in every movie we’ve seen since then.
The Poseidon Adventure – The classic action film starring a very young Gene Hackman follows the passengers of the SS Poseidon after their ship has been overturned from a massive tsunami. As the clock strikes midnight, guests are drinking, dancing and celebrating the New Year as usual. The next moment, their lives are literally turned upside down, as the guests try to find a way safely out of the capsized ship. Now that’s a way to start the new year!
200 Cigarettes – Even though this film takes place in 1981 in New York City, 200 Cigarettes could not seem more like a ’90s Gen X film. Courtney Love? Check. Janeane Garofalo? Check. Cynicism? Check. Kevin, played by the never-aging Paul Rudd, laments how New Year’s Eve creates “an obligation to enjoy oneself.” We have to admit, this is pretty true. As much as we are excited about 2013, there is always pressure to make the night of the most memorable event as possible. But if Paul Rudd were at our party, we would not be complaining.
Today marks the 50th birthday of Meg Ryan, the original America’s sweetheart and queen of romantic comedies. Meg’s breakout role in When Harry Met Sally skyrocketed her to superstardom, and we all wanted to “have what she’s having.” She then went on to star in some of the best romantic comedies of our time, including Sleepless in Seattle, City of Angels and You’ve Got Mail.
Meg seems to have given up on the rom-coms these days, focusing on more serious roles at the moment. We have to wonder if that has to do with her attempts to reverse the signs of aging with some minor tweaks that led to major results. That’s why we like to think of her as the natural beauty she was, the one we still like to pair with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. So we’ll settle on our couch and celebrate her milestone with a movie after looking at these 20 pictures of Meg Ryan through the years.
One thing’s for sure, celebrities certainly rebound quickly. John Mellencamp and Elaine Irwin announced their divorce in December but it only took Mellencamp a few days to debut his new love, Meg Ryan. Well, Irwin realized that two can play that game and recently headed out to a Valentine’s Day lunch to benefit the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation with Russell Simmons, who runs the charity.
When we first read in Page Six that Irwin and Simmons were “inseparable” we were wary because, who knows? Maybe they has a lot of business to discuss at the lunch. “Inseparable” is one of those terms that’s so vague and never really confirms physical contact or romance. Judging from the photos of the event, however, we’d have to say that yes, they were inseparable and they are in fact an item. This is not how you pose when you’re “just friends.” Congrats to the new couple, we’re guessing you had a pretty good Valentine’s Day.
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We always figured that most celebrities, save for the reality show types and the celebutante starlets, enjoy their privacy. That’s why it’s so hard to believe the report that Meg Ryan, who just revealed thatÃ‚Â she’s dating John Mellencamp weeks after he announced his separation from Elaine Irwin, is reveling in this new attention. A source told PopEater “Meg couldn’t be happier,” a friend of the actress tells me. “Not only has she got a great new guy, she’s back in the headlines. It’s not easy going from being one of the highest paid actresses in the world to an anonymous New Yorker. Meg’s loving all this attention again.”
We have to call bulls—t on this source. Ryan has famously tried to ignore the limelight of Hollywood, and has said inÃ‚Â the past “You figure out a way to walk around and not be noticed.” That doesn’t really sound like someone who is psyched to have people gawk at her new relationship. Her last few movies might have flopped, but we doubt that she’s looking to use her personal life as the way to catapult her into our sights again. What do you think, is she that desperate for attention? And really, aren’t her lips doing enough to keep us talking?
Now that everyone knows Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp are an item, there’s no reason for them to pretend otherwise. Taking a break from their usual grocery store trips together (aw), the 59-year-old rocker and his 49-year-old date passed paparazzi on the way to the Whitney Museum of Art yesterday, with the pair laughing—and still wearing their sunglasses—in the lobby. Judging from John’s touchy-feely body language, this is one pairing that won’t Swyllenhaal brief.
See photos of John and Ry-an, two American stars catching an exhibit of Karthik Pandian, in the gallery blow.
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Looks like John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan aren’t “just friends” after all. People reports that the pair have been dating for almost two months, recently being spotted in Martha’s Vineyard and NYC. “She usually comes in by herself or with her daughter,” said a witness who spotted Ryan grocery shopping with Johnny Cougar. “I thought that was her husband because they seemed for comfortable and familiar with each other, just like an old married couple.”
Actually, Ryan hasn’t been tied down since splitting with Dennis Quaid in 2001, but John just split with wife Elaine Irwin Mellencamp after nearly 20 years of marriage. People’s sources claim that the Mellencamps were secretly separated for months before things got serious with Meg. We’re inclined to believe it, as it’s hard to imagine one would trade their banging hot model wife/mother-of-your-children for Meg Ryan in 2010. No, Meg Ryan is what you go for after you become a short, single 59-year-old with a pompadour.
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Here’s one sex tape you couldn’t pay us to watch. John Mellencamp, who announced his split from model wife Elaine just before New Years’, has been spending time backstage with Meg Ryan on his recent tour. No one’s accusing them of being anything more than “friends” and Ryan is one of the actresses taking part in Ghost Brothers Of Darkling County, his long-planned musical with Stephen King (for real!). But with Meg and the Coug spotted walking arm-in-arm last October, one does have to wonder about the timing.
Ryan is no stranger to dramatic splits, notoriously running off with Russell Crowe—and ditching husband Dennis Quaid—in 2001. Neither side had any comment on Page Six‘s rumor-mongering, but it’s not like either’s publicist could just say “Ewwwww!!!!”
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And the Naomi Campbell goes to…Biutiful! Amores Perros director Alejandro GonzÃƒÂ¡lez IÃƒÂ±ÃƒÂ¡rritu‘s new film inspired the world’s angriest model to step out in a dramatic golden gown that made her look like walking trophy. Also attending Biutiful‘s Cannes premiere were stars like Gael Garcia Bernal, Meg Ryan, Naomi Watts and Kate Beckinsale, catching plenty of attention with her right leg sticking waaay out of her high-slit skirt. See photos of the Cannes partygoers in the gallery below.
Justin Long and Drew Barrymore had dueling premieres in NY last night, with the Mac pitchman appearing alongside Meg Ryan to promote Serious Moonlight while Drew shimmered on the red carpet for Everybody’s Fine. But once the movies were over, Long scooted off to join his girlfriend at an afterparty for her film at Tavern On The Green…leaving Ryan and Moonlight director Cheryl Hines to party without him at Rouge Tomate. Support your girlfriend, or support your co-stars? Must have been a tough call for a chivalrous guy like Justin. See shots from both premieres in the gallery below.
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It seems some celebs just can’t get enough of the poofy pout. Brittany Murphy, Heidi Montag, Jenna Jameson, and Lisa Rinna‘s kissers have been pumped to capacity. Just yesterday, Lindsay Lohan went out on the town in NYC with a suspiciously bloated upper lip. Whether she and countless others have endured lip injections, implants, or claim to have just applied Lip Venom, many already-beautiful stars lust for that Jolie volume. The results are more often fishy than foxy. See what we mean below.