Film Review: NEW YEAR’S EVE drops the ball well before midnite

Our host, Stefanie Alleyne, chats it up with today’s panelists, Joanna Rudolph and Sha Hayes in the East Village in Manhattan at the gourmet burger restaurant favorite, Stand 4  as they discuss and review New Year’s Eve and what it takes to make this holiday memorable.

Pegged as a romantic comedy, New Year’s Eve is director Gary Marshall’s follow up to his film, “Valentine’s Day.” With an all-star ensemble cast and endless cameos, it intertwines numerous storylines about singles and couples as they prepare for New Year’s Eve in New York City. Heavies in the cast include Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank and Halle Berry. You can also expect to see Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker and many, many, many (…yes, that really was three) more.

More About our Fabulous Panel

A graduate of Union College (Schenectady, NY) and member of New York Women in Film and Television, Joanna Rudolph has completed stints at October Films, Scott Rudin Productions,  Bigel/Mailer Films, Cowboy Pictures, and USA Films (now Focus Features).  In 2003 she received associate producer credit on the award winning film short VERONIKA’s BIRTHDAY, which played in numerous film festivals worldwide receiving audience and critical praise, including Best Direction and Performance at the Arizona International Film Festival and Best Student Film at the New Jersey International Film Festival.

Joanna’s production company iCatcher Films was formed in 2003, and its first short film YIN/YANG (2006) had its world premiere at the Los Angeles International Shorts Film Festival. iCatcher’s most recent film SUMMER WITH MRS. VON MAUSCH has screened at the Los Angeles International Shorts Film Festival, NY Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival, and the Prescott Film Festival.  She is currently developing a feature film tentatively titled BEACHWOOD and is attached to produce the feature film BLUEBERRIES FOR MAL.  Her company’s website is

Sha Hayes was born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She is a graduate of Bowie State University, Maryland with a degree in Communications. She has written for Streetz Magazine where she coined the column, “Sex and the Streetz” and has had the opportunity in her career to interview such celebrities as Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine and Kerry Washington.

In 2001, Sha made her first national television appearance on TV One’s dating game show “Get the Hook UP.”  She has tackled the comedic stage and performed at local comedy shows along the East Coast. Currently, she has been cast as a chef and waiter on the second season of  “24 Hour Restaurant Battle” on The Food Network slated to air in Spring 2012.  She was also featured in New Year’s Eve as an extra.  To learn more about Sha, check out her website

To learn more about the gourmet burger favorite, Stand 4, click here.

 To learn more about today’s film, New Year’s Eve, click here.







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One thought on “Film Review: NEW YEAR’S EVE drops the ball well before midnite

  1. Jessica

    I don’t mean to be rude but shouldn’t the women on the panel be a little younger? This movie was obviously made for the young adult crowd and people who are even slightly older will think it’s not as good as people in their late teens to early twenties.


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