Last month the movie How Do You Know made headlines when it was revealed that the film had a $100 million budget with half of it going to pay the star's salaries (Reese Witherspoon alone took $15 million). I sure hope that the studio behind New Year's Eve isn't dealing out that kind of dough or there will be bankruptcy news coming soon.

Following this morning's announcement that Josh Duhamel was joining the cast, THR has revealed that Ice Cube and Ryan Seacrest are also in negotiations to join the ensemble film. In the film, Cube will play an NYPD officer who works with the "director of the Times Square festivities", played by Hilary Swank; and Seacrest will cameo as himself. Bridging from this morning's news, Duhamel will play a romantic trying to get to a party so that he can reconnect with a mystery woman he met the previous year.

For those keeping track, the full cast list for the film includes Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Sienna Miller, Abigail Breslin, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Bon Jovi, Til Schweiger, Seth Meyers, Duhamel, Cube and Seacrest. Something tells me that they're going for a strategy that sounds something like quantity of actors over quality of story.

P.S. How do you think N.W.A.-era Ice Cube would have reacted to news of being cast in the same film film at the same time as a guy like Ryan Seacrest?

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