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New Year's Eve with TV2


First up, something for the whole family.

At 10am a New Year's Eve Triple Feature kicks off with Hoot.

Middle schooler Roy Eberhardt is the perpetual new kid on the block.

Due to his father's job, Roy's moved so many times he's lost track of how many schools he's attended (six since kindergarten) and how many towns he's lived in (that would be ten) in his fourteen years of life.

You could say he's perpetually a stranger in a strange land.

This time, he's left the big sky country of Montana for the tropical sun belt of Florida and a sleepy Gulf Coast hamlet named Coconut Cove.

The first thing he must do (if he is to avoid being called 'cowgirl' by his new classmates) is trade in his boots for flip flops and his western 'dude' shirt for a tank top.

The second thing he notices is that Florida does not have 10,000 foot mountains like Montana, but is as flat as a pancake.

Thirdly, he quickly recognises that, just like everywhere else he's been, Florida has its share of bullies.

But Roy also learns that his new environment is in danger from construction and big business.

He sets about trying to protect his new environment, and finds himself experiencing the thrill of a lifetime!

This adventure brings him into contact with potty-trained alligators, a nest of burrowing owls, a group of poisonous cottonmouth snakes with strangely sparkling tails and a host of quirky human characters, including corrupt politicians, a beleaguered construction foreman, and Officer David Delinko (Luke Wilson, Anchorman), the diligent but clueless local beat cop whose investigation into some mysterious, extraordinary circumstances at the construction site may just earn him the detective stripes he so urgently wants.

So far, Roy's Floridian adventure is turning out to be quite a 'hoot'!


At 12pm, the New Year's Eve Triple Feature continues with Over The Hedge, featuring an all-star cast of voices including Bruce Willis, Steve Carell and William Shatner.

Spring has sprung, and Verne (Gary Shandling, The Larry Sanders Show) and his woodland friends awaken from their long winter's nap to discover that a large, green hedge has cropped up right through the middle of their once-natural habitat.

Enter RJ (Willis), an opportunistic raccoon who explains that the world beyond the hedge is "the gateway to the good life", where peculiar creatures called humans live to eat, rather than eat to live. "For humans," RJ proclaims, "enough is never enough."

Suspicious and even a little jealous of the charismatic, smooth-talking RJ, the ever-cautious Verne wants to keep his blended family safely on their side of the hedge.

But, proving the adage that one man's garbage is another man's - or, rather, animal's - treasure, the manipulative RJ has his own reasons for convincing the woodland band that there is little to fear and everything to gain from their over-indulgent new neighbours...


At 2pm, the third film in the New Year's Eve Triple Feature is The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, starring Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) and Amber Tamblyn (House).

The film brings to the screen Ann Brashares' best-selling novel about one very special summer in the lives of four lifelong friends.

Introduced as babies who were born to mothers who met in a prenatal aerobics class, the four grew up together and developed an enduring bond despite their distinctly different emerging personalities.

Now, after years of sharing every triumph and loss, every wild idea and secret fear with the laughter and love of true friends, these four young women couldn't be closer... except that they're about to be separated as their lives take them in different directions for the first time over the summer.

On a shopping trip together the day before their paths diverge, the friends find a pair of thrift-shop jeans that amazingly fits and flatters each one of them perfectly, even though they are four young women of very different shapes and sizes.

It seems these pants are meant for sharing and that gives the girls a wonderful idea: they decide to use the pants as a way of keeping in touch during the months ahead, each one wearing them for a week to see what luck they bring before mailing them on to the next.

In this unique way, though miles apart, the four still experience the challenges and surprises of life as they always have - together - in a summer they'll never forget.


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