Tonight, the famous Ball Drop in Times Square here in NYC will celebrate its 100th Anniversary and, in keeping with the times, is going Green. Here is what the 100th Anniversary NYE Ball, with it's colorful Green-friendly LED lights, looks like:
The Times Square New Year's Eve ball is celebrating its centennial by going green. The star of the world-famous holiday extravaganza was revamped this year with 9,576 energy-efficient bulbs that use about the same amount of electricity as 10 toasters. Philips Lighting, which created the light-emitting diodes, or LED bulbs, specifically for the event, says they are smaller but more than twice as bright as last year's lights, which were a mix of more than 600 incandescent and halogen bulbs. And the new lights can create more than 16 million colors for a kaleidoscope of hues against the 672 Waterford Crystal triangles. "The whole world looks up to New York's New Year's Eve. I'm proud to be able to save energy and show off this technology to the world with such a special event," said Kaj den Daas, chairman of Philips Lighting North America. The ball was first dropped for the New Year's Eve celebration in 1907. Made of iron and wood, it weighed 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt incandescent bulbs. Over the century, five other versions of the ball were designed to ring in the New Year. In 1999, the ball was made from crystal to welcome the new millennium. This year, the motif is "Let There Be Light" and features a stylized, radiating sunburst on each of the crystal triangles. The new design and technology "will make the ball glow like nothing else," said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, a business group in charge of the event. The ball was tested successfully Sunday afternoon, making its way slowly up and down the 77-foot flagpole atop 1 Times Square with bursts of color. More than a million revelers were expected to crowd the streets for the annual New Year's Eve celebration Monday. Also this year, wishes from people around the world will be included among the confetti dropped when the clock strikes midnight. For the first time, people can write wishes for the New Year on the multicolored confetti by visiting the Times Square Information Center or by typing a message on a "virtual wishing wall" online via http://www.timessquarenyc.org/. Those message-carrying pieces will be mixed in with the rest of the more than one ton of confetti, organizers said. I submitted my New Year's wish, I think you should, too. Click HERE to read a great article from The New York Times that gives a concise and very interesting history of the NYE Ball that has been dropping in Times Square since 1907. While David and I will be celebrating here in New York City, we are planning on staying as far away from Times Square as possible in lieu of an intimate party with friends at his place. I'm sure y'all have got some grand plans for NYE tonight ... make sure you send in some fun pics that might be shared on the blog later on this week :) [Source, Source]
Elsewhere in the world, celebs have been getting their party plans underway in the days leading up to the big night tonight ... in Aspen, CO, Mariah Carey and her pooch Jack have been deployed for military duty:
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Er, at least, that's the way it looks by the way they are wearing the CUTEST matching military-inspired outfits. While I really love how adorable Jack looks in his little sweater/coat ensemble I think my favorite part of the look between the two of them is Mariah's need to have her parka unzipped to her navel so that her heaving bosom can enjoy the brisk Colorado air. [Source]
In Sin City, a whole lotta partying has been going down this past weekend ... and naturally, Paris Hilton has been at the center of it all. Here are a few interesting pictures of Paris partying and cozying up to Britney Spears's ex-husband and failed wannabe rapper Kevin Federline as they boozed it up at Pure nightclub at Caesar's Palace last night:
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The unlikely duo of Kevin Federline and Paris Hilton caused heads to turn in Las Vegas over the pre-New Year's weekend. On Sunday, the duo partied together for the second night running. Both were in town to host separate New Year's Eve parties – hers at LAX, his at Tangerine – but each name attraction started celebrating early, hitting LAX on Saturday and Pure Nightclub on Sunday. A source close to Federline told PEOPLE that the two hung out in Hilton's room Saturday after leaving the club. Yikes! Paris Hilton better be careful ... K-Fed has been known to impregnate women by just standing too close to them ... can you imagine the fallout that would come from a FederHilton baby? Surely that would prove the true End of Days. Yipes! [Source, Source]
By the looks of Paris's state of sobriety ...
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... we might have just cause to fear the end of the world :( [Source]
Elsewhere in Las Vegas, Lauren LC Conrad, Whitney Port, Audrina Paige and Lo Bosworth partied the night away at LAX nightclub at Luxor with their boys and The Hills compatriots Brody Jenner and Frankie Delgado ... here are a few pics from their party last night:
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And while this innocent partying may seem interesting to some, I hear the real story happened on Saturday night when LC was spied canoodling with the Laguna Beach man of her dreams, Stephen Coletti:
Is Lauren Conrad rekindling her high school romance? The Hills star was making out with Stephen Colletti, her ex from their days on Laguna Beach and a host for MTV, at LA's Central on Saturday night. After arriving together Conrad and Colletti stayed close to each other all night, flirting and chatting. They were spotted making out by the bar after Colletti carried her there from the dance area. Perhaps Kristin Cavallari isn't the only Laguna Beach alum who could appear on The Hills. Hold up, let's be clear here ... LC and Stephen were not "flames" in high school, he was with Kristin Cavallari and she was pining after him the entire time. BUT, now that Stephen has been "let go" of his dating duties to Hayden Panettiere (who has since traded up and started allegedly messing around with Milo Ventimiglia) and LC seems to be in dating limbo with Brody Jenner ... perhaps the time is now for these two to finally get together. OY! If this relationship really does come to fruition, the next season of The Hills is bound to feel more like Laguna Beach: The College Years (not quite as good as Beverly Hills, 90210: The College Years but vastly superior to Saved By The Bell: The College Years). Man ... I didn't think things could get better on The Hills than this last, amazing third season ... if both Kristin and Stephen invade the show I might die of utter happiness!!! [Source]
Now, the kids in Las Vegas may have had a great time partying together but I doubt they had as good a time than Lindsay Lohan did all by herself in Capri, Italy this weekend ... well, maybe not entirely by herself:
The Hollywood actress, whose star has been on the wane since a series of embarrassing drunken incidents and spell in rehab, clocked up THREE men in one 24-hour spell during a trip to Capri. The Mean Girls actress, 21, first met waiter Alessandro Di Nunzio shortly after arriving on the Italian island of Capri for a film festival. The pair exchanged phone numbers at a film showing which the actress attended with Heroes star and friend Hayden Panettiere, 18. But she dumped her friend shortly afterwards to meet up with, and lock lips with, Di Nunzio. The pair enjoyed a meal together before getting cozy on a hotel sofa together. But it seems Lohan has a short memory when it comes to romance - the following day she was being whisked away by another Italian hunk, older actor Eduardo Costa. Li-Lo, dressed provocatively in a silver foil mini-dress, listened attentively to Costa's jokes, but it was not long before she was snogging again. The older man looked like the cat who got the cream after his passionate embrace with the young star who recently reconciled with her father and is said to be leading a 'healthy' lifestyle. Her love life is certainly buoyant, as the third of her trio of kisses was another local actor, Dario Faiella. The son of Italian music legend Peppino Di Capri shared a few intimate moments with the actress Eh ... while the girl deserves some credit for her ... voraciousness ... she kinda loses points based on the dudes she chose to get amorous with. The first guy is kind of a cutie but the other two ain't anything to write home about. Pshaw ... the girl is on vacay, after all ... I guess one can't fault her for enjoying a variety of pursuits while on holiday. [Source]
Back here in the States, Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford was spotted in Miami, FL over the weekend sans new girlfriend Carrie Underwood:
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Chace is in town to ring in the New Year with the fine Floridians in Miami and it remains to be seen if he'll be lockin' lips with Miss Underwood at the stroke of midnight. Don't feel sorry for the lad just yet, I'm sure he'll have no problem securing midnight kisses if Carrie can't be by his side. [Source]
In the Caribbean, fashion designer Georgio Armani thought it would be a good idea to slip on a pair of his world-famous white skimpies in order to try and pull off the look achieved by new Armani Underwear model David Beckham ... it turns out that it was a very bad idea:
Yeah, those small little white pants don't look as good on everyone ... but props to the gent for having the balls to give it a go. [Source]
Back in LA, one of the Olsens (I give up trying to tell them apart anymore) was spotted stocking up on Corona beer at the Gil Turner Liquor Store in West Hollywood for either an upcoming NYE celebration ... or a quiet solo drinkfest by herself:
By the depressing look on her face, it's hard to tell which way she's leaning ... she always looks like this. [Source]
You know who won't be celebrating the New Year in grand style ... Mischa Barton ... who is surprisingly contrite after she was arrested for drunk driving and narcotics possession last week. After her arrest, it was initially reported that she was going to honor her co-hosting duties of a new club in Las Vegas but it turns out that Mischa and her PR people felt it wise to stay in and keep it a quiet night instead:
Actress MISCHA BARTON has reportedly pulled out of co-hosting the opening of a Las Vegas nightclub - just days after she was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Following her arrest, Barton has cancelled an appearance at the opening of Cathouse at the Luxor hotel on Saturday night. A source tells New York gossip column PageSix, "Mischa can't give interviews on the red carpet or deal with the press right now, so they told her she can't do the event." So sad. Don't you just hate it when getting arrested just ruins all of your partying plans? Sucks. [Source]
In sad news, Nicole Kidman's people have denied reports that she is pregs, stating that this latest rumor is only the latest in a string of rumors about her being pregs:
Nicole Kidman is not pregnant, her Australian press representative has said. Kidman's expecting a baby was first reported by the U.K.'s Daily Mail, which said The Hours Oscar winner, 40, had told friends and family members over Christmas that she and her husband of 18 months, Keith Urban, were expecting their first child together. But the Melbourne Herald Sun quotes Kidman's Australian publicist as denying the Mail's story. "It is incorrect," the spokeswoman tells the paper. "She must have had about 30 babies by now." As for Kidman, says the rep, "She's in Australia making a film" – director Baz Luhrmann's epic Australia, costarring Hugh Jackman – "and her family are in Australia. She's happily ensconced away somewhere having a few days break. It's the silly season. As far as we're concerned, it's another rumor out of London." Still, a friend of Kidman's tells the Herald Sun it is "conceivable" that the actress is nearly three months pregnant. "She did have a small baby bump a month ago, so it would be reasonable that she'd now be three months and telling her friends and family," the unnamed friend is quoted as saying. Well, again, I hope the story is true cuz I want that woman to have a baby, damnit! [Source]
Here is a great new pic of Alanis Morissette from the latest issue of Allure magazine:
Alanis has been hard at work on a new album since she ended her engagement to hottie Ryan Reynolds ... nothing feeds an artist's soul like heartbreak ... I can't wait to hear what 30-year old angst from the once-again jaded Alanis Morissette sounds like :) [Source via ONTD!]
And sooo ... that's all she wrote folks ... 2007 is pretty much dunzo, y'all:
I will be posting one final post before the day is over where I look back on the fun stuff that I got to enjoy this past year. I hope all y'all had a fabulous 2007 and I sincerely hope you have an even fabulouser 2008.
- National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets was the #1 movie at the box office this weekend.
- REM is set to release a new album titled Accelerate in 2008.
- Britney Spears has a date with Mark Vincent Kaplan in early '08.
- Casey Aldridge, a cheating dog? What kind of father is he turning out to be?
- I wonder what Jay Leno is going to counter with.
- THIS is what fame and fortune looks like.
- Snort your way to more sleep.
- Long live the King, The Tudors returns in '08.
- Yikes! Put those things away, Sharon :(
- Someone got new lips.
- GyllenSpoon look cute when they're play-acting.
- Vanessa Hudgens grabs fast food with some girl.
- Val Kilmer is 48, Donna Summer is 59 and Anthony Hopkins is 70 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- Um, any guys who wants to wear anything with Hello Kitty on it prolly ain't lookin' for "rugged" or "macho".
- Looking for a last minute NYE date? It's never too late to Date a Cougar.
As far as Tim Burton films go, this one was pretty good ... mainly because it looked exactly like every other Tim Burton film I think I've ever seen. Don't get me wrong, I generally liked the movie but it wasn't anything that I'd need to see again. The overall look and tone of the film really reminded me of Burton's 1992 movie Batman Returns (the opening credits scene looked very similar in both movies and the dank dirtiness of London looked pretty much like Gotham City but with shorter buildings). It was midway thru the film that it occurred to me that Sweeney Todd was pretty much The Corpse Bride in live-action form ... I dunno, it just looked as if I had already seen it before. As for the music, I'm not a fan. I really love movie musicals when the songs are catchy and memorable ... but most of the songs in this movie were forgettable ... it was pretty much singing dialog. I did like the tone of the film and the endless, fake looking blood. I thought I'd be more grossed out by all the neck slitting but it was the head smashing (when the bodies fell into the basement) that really grossed me out. Johnny Depp was his usual Johnny Depp self and Helena Bonham Carter did an excellent job as Bellatrix Lestrange. I will say that I didn't hate the movie ... I can see how many people might like it. It just didn't really work for me over all.
And so ... this is my last original post for 2007. I am out.