Britney Spears answers the question: Which celebrity had the best New Year’s Eve?

No words. Just take a look.

Then read the Pop Star’s statement to her fans, posted on her website. “I probably did take my new found freedom [from Kevin Federline] a little too far.”

True, but as any new mother can tell you, getting plastered and staying out until 4 in the morning on New Year’s is totally normal.

More reasons to love Jacob Burns

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Thank God for the Jacob Burns Film Center! Tonight, the Pleasantville theater will screen Letters from Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood’s mega-touted, Oscar-worthy film about America’s invasion of that island—told from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers charged with holding the Americans off. It’s part of a back-to-back screening with the legendary filmmaker’s other WW2 drama this year, Flags of Our Father (which, I’m only mildly embarrassed to say, left me crying like a baby). Get there early for tickets.

5:00 — Flags of Our Fathers ($10 for nonmembers)

7:45 — Letters from Iwo Jima ($16 for nonmembers–but it’s worth it!)

Jacob Burns Film Center; 364 Manville Rd.; Pleasantville; 914-747-5555

(AP Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment)

On this day of National Mourning, a few words from Chevy Chase…

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As thousands of well wishes pour in for former president (and seemingly all-around-likeable-guy) Gerald Ford, let’s pause for a moment and hear what Chevy Chase has to say. As you may recall, the actor and Bedford resident played the Prez on SNL in 1976 as a bumbling, gaff-prone klutz, and turned the performance into one of his earliest trademarks, leading some people to suggest Ford helped launch his career.

Here’s what Chevy had to say about that:

“The man who ‘made my career’ did not do ‘Fletch,’ did not do ‘Caddyshack,’ did not write for the ‘Smothers Brothers’ before he wrote for ‘Saturday Nigh Live,’ did not write for 12 years before that and win Writers Guild awards. It’s that kind of thing that comes out in the press that perpetuates myths about me that are disgusting, that hurt my feelings, that hurt my family’s feelings. He did not make my career. If anything, I took his career and put it in the dumper because I did not want him to be President of this country, that’s the way it really should be written.�

The comedian added: “I’m just a guy who made some fun of Gerald Ford in 1976 and I prefer to be left alone, really.�  Alright, starting now, we promise.

Michael Bloomberg, Master Quipper

bloomberg.jpgYou’ve got to love a man who responds to journalists’ questions about whether he is thinking about running for the President of the United States in 2008, with: “Which letter in the word no, do you not understand?�

The Daily News—wisely—chose it as one of the best quotes of 2006. The New York City Mayor (who owns a home in Armonk and North Salem—as well as about 200 other properties) is still officially not considering a run on a third party ticket, but, let’s just say, it’s probably not wise to bet against him.
(AP Photo by SHIHO FAKUDA)