Neil Patrick Harris

Here’s the Red-Band Trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

His Fox comedies are unwatchable and his Oscar ceremony was a travesty, but even a non-fan like this one… Read More

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Safe Choices: The Problem With Celebrating Ellen DeGeneres’ and Neil Patrick Harris’ Acceptance as a Victory for All LGBT People

On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Ellen DeGeneres has been tapped to host next year’s Oscars ceremony in a press release that came minutes after DeGeneres shared the news with her 21 million Twitter followers. It’s a gig that she’s done before — she hosted back in 2007 to favorable response — and the consensus seems to be that it’s a wise, safe choice for the Oscars producers after February’s controversial Seth MacFarlane, last year’s stodgy Billy Crystal, and the Anne Hathaway-James Franco tag team of awkwardness in 2011. But DeGeneres also demonstrates a major change in the appeal of LGBT entertainers in the mainstream, especially when a out lesbian is considered by many to be the “safest” choice. … Read More

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Here’s the 2013 Emmy Nominations for Comedy

Nominations for the 65th Prime Time Emmy Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles by Breaking Bad’s Aaron… Read More

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Here’s the 2013 Emmy Nominations for Drama

Nominations for the 65th Prime Time Emmy Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles by Breaking Bad’s Aaron… Read More

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The Imperfect Casting of Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig Makes Perfect Sense

After Neil Patrick Harris’s fourth time hosting the Tony Awards was a resounding success, it’s clear that the Broadway community has found the perfect poster boy to market to Middle America. Harris, who has starred as the womanizing Barney Stinson on the last eight seasons of How I Met Your Mother (and, of course, charmed the pants off of everyone as a teen prodigy with a medical degree on the TV series, Doogie Howser, M.D.), brings a fresh, irreverent take on the typically stodgy world of musical theatre. His experience on Broadway in edgy productions like Assassins, Rent, and Cabaret also gives him the chops to stand as musical theatre’s liaison to the rest of America: he’s the gateway drug, bringing white-boy joke rap to the same table at which he also serves enough inside jokes to keep the Broadway nerds satisfied. It comes as no big surprise that he’s been tapped to star in the first Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, donning the wig as the titular East German transgender rock star. … Read More

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Neil Patrick Harris Will Star in Broadway Production of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

America fell back in love with Neil Patrick Harris (well, it’s not like anyone fell out of love with him,… Read More

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The Most Memorable Moments From Last Night’s Spectacular 2013 Tony Awards

Last night’s Tony Awards were a grand affair and, I’d argue, not just one of the best awards shows of the year, but one that truly encapsulated the fun and splendor of the Broadway community. It’s part lovefest for Broadway, and part marketing ploy, but this year’s Tonys didn’t feel like a chance for New York producers to sell their biggest shows of the year (as well as a handful from previous seasons that are luckily still running) to potential patrons in the rest of the country. It was also filled with plenty of in-jokes and featured some surprisingly heartfelt speeches from Tony winners. As frequent host Neil Patrick Harris sang during his opening number years ago, Broadway isn’t just for gays anymore. Here’s a rundown of what elevated this year’s ceremony to a higher dramatic level as much as it proved that Broadway is more representative of the rest of the country than you’d think.  … Read More

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