Hollywood hotties turned Carroll Gardens into a winter wonderland this week, tossing up glittering Christmas decorations as a backdrop for “New Year’s Eve,” a romantic comedy starting cinematic sexpot Josh Duhamel and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The movie stars shot the final scene of the movie — which tracks the lives of a Big Apple couples as they ring in the new year — near Smith and Union streets, while star-struck neighbors tried to catch a glimpse of the action.
In the scene, the bow-tie–sporting hunk runs down the street after his love interest (Parker) in hopes of winning her heart before midnight — a cliched cinematic sprint (we loved it in “Manhattan,” and liked it a bit less in “When Harry Met Sally”).
Before the shoot, crews remade the strip into a mini Christmas village for the two-day shoot, which lasted until Friday evening and took over four streets, including portions of Sackett and Douglass streets.
The front of Jean-Jacques Bernat’s Provence en Boite near Degraw Street, for example, was fitted with a big white Christmas tree and some lights.
Bernat said he was pleased at the street’s temporary wintery look, even if Duhamel opted for a slice of pizza instead of one of Provence en Boite’s outstanding pain au chocolate when the cast took five.
“It’s amazing,” said Bernat. “It has made people more energized and animated.”
The Garry Marshall-directed film also stars Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank and very pretty boy Ashton Kutcher, the Nikon pitchman and husband of Demi Moore.
A spokeswoman for the New Line Cinema production declined to give away “plot twists,” but said that the filmmakers chose Smith Street because “it’s beautiful and festive” — which is true no matter what season.
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