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Neil Patrick Harris to Co-Host Live with Kelly

14 November 2011 Leave a comment

Neil Patrick Harris will co-host Live with Kelly for a 5 shows commencing 28th November 2011.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Neil Patrick Harris Walk on the Price is Right

20 September 2011 Leave a comment

J August RichardsThe Price is Right is celebrating it’s 40th year on television this year and will be having a ‘Celebrity Week’ as part of the celebrations. Neil Patrick Harris is among the guest stars who will play alongside regular contestants. Celebrity Week will air on 2 January 2012

Source: TVLIne

Neil Patrick Harris Walk of Fame Star Ceremony

14 September 2011 Leave a comment

J August RichardsNeil Patrick Harris is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the ceremony will take place at 6243 Hollyw00d Boulevard in front of The Frolic Room Bar next to The Pantages Theater on 15th September at 11am. Joss Whedon and Jason Segal will be guest speakers on the day.

Source: walkoffame.com

Entertainment Weekly EWwy Awards 2011

1 September 2011 Leave a comment

Several Whedonverse favourites have made into the poll for Entertainment Weekly’s EWwy Awards, celebrating the performers and series that the Emmys overlooked.

Nathan Fillion is up for Best Actor in a Drama

Vincent Kartheiser is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama

Neil Patrick Harris is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy

How I Met Your Mother (which stars Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris and new to the Whedonverse, Cobie Smulders) is up for Best Comedy

To vote you need to first “like” their facebook page here and then scroll down through the catagories

Trailer for A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas

22 August 2011 Leave a comment

Neil Patrick Harris appears alongside Kal Penn in the third Harold and Kumar film, A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas and you can watch the trailer at Yahoo Movies

PopEater Interviews Neil Patrick Harris

20 June 2011 Leave a comment

Neil Patrick Harris: Expect ‘Spider-Man’ Jokes at Tonys, Just No Tights.

By Nicki Gostin. Posted Jun 9th 2011


Are there enough hours in a day for Neil Patrick Harris? The actor juggles a hit sitcom, ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ a movie career that includes the much-buzzed-about ‘Smurfs,’ a hosting job with the Tony Awards this Sunday and um, he’s got 8-month-old twins. But don’t worry about the guy, little Gideon and Harper (with partner David Burtka) sleep 11 hours a night, he tells PopEater in a fun chat running up to his return to the Tonys. We talked with the universally loved ‘Doogie Howser’ alum about what to expect during the show (“There will be the inevitable ‘Spider-Man’ jokes”), why he chose to raise his kids in the big city and he reveals details about the ‘Smurfs’ flick and how playing a coked up hooker-lover changed his life forever.
You’re hosting the Tonys again this year (last time was in 2009). How do you convince middle America that Broadway isn’t some, I don’t know, gay thing?
(Laughs) Well those are your words, not mine. I think the goal is to present all of these productions in a way that makes them desirable for the rest of America and entice them to come to New York and see a show. It’s choosing the right numbers from the shows and explaining and then watching them perform, really.

Are there going to be a lot of ‘Spider-Man’ jokes?
I think there will be the inevitable ‘Spider-Man’ jokes. I don’t know just how far we will go down that path.

Really? I thought you would have already been fitted for a Spidey outfit.
No, Sean Hayes wore one last year so I’m free. I’m not the biggest fan of silly costumes on hosts.

You have been so busy lately. Do you have time to eat or sleep?
Remarkably I do. It’s been a busy year and when you add two babies into the mix it quantifies your time even more so.

I’m in awe of people who have twins. How do you even get out of the house?
We’re kind of grateful and thrilled to be in New York while this is happening because New York is a great city for little babies, I think. Just going up and down the street, there’s so much to see and the parks are unbelievable.

Are they on a schedule?
Yeah they’re great sleepers. They sleep about 11 hours a night.

That’s insane!
We had probably the most fantastic baby nurse/sleep specialist who helped us out for almost the first five months and she was phenomenal and the benefits have been incredible.

Are your friends with kids jealous?
No, I hope people are more happy for us.

Sorry, I’m a bitter person. You’re also in the ‘Smurfs’ movie.
I grew up watching the Smurfs cartoon. I wasn’t a collector of the figurines but they were definitely a Saturday morning must-see cartoon.

I always found them a little creepy.
I always found Gargamel a little scary because the smurfs were always so pleasant and so sweet and Gargamel would come in and try to destroy them all and I was a little bit intimidated by him.

Are you a goodie or baddie in the movie?
Oh I’m a good person. I’m married to Jayma Mays from ‘Glee.’ We’re expecting a baby and I’m too busy with work and we get inundated by these little blue people and we have to figure out how to get them back to Smurf village and in turn learn a little bit about ourselves. (Laughs)

Naturally. Speaking of ‘Glee,’ you were on it.
It’s miraculous how hard they work on that show. You would think that the show has been on the air for five years just based on its popularity and how much they are everywhere but they just finished their second season. We were having dinner with Jane Lynch and her wife and she kind of couldn’t believe just that. It seems like it’s been around forever.

And you’ve still got ‘How I Met Your Mother’ which is going into season …
Seven.

So you’re in syndication. Ka-ching.
(Laughs) Yes, I did it all for the money.

It’s funny how you’re a guy with kids and you play such a Lothario who appeals to men, women, ponies, everyone.
(Laughs) I don’t know that Barney’s ever contemplated a pony but there’s always season eight. No, he’s a great character. You don’t often as an actor come upon someone who gets to be so bold and so broad and so horny. I embrace it as much as I can.

Was ‘Harold and Kumar’ life changing in the way the industry perceived you?
It was a fantastic, lucky moment for sure. I had no idea that sending myself up so completely and ridiculously would be as well received as it was. I thought it would be a small little movie that no one would really notice and if they did that gag might not even be that funny and it ended up having a cult status and a third movie is coming out.

It’s like an Oprah moment. You took a risk, made fun of yourself and good things happened.
Yeah for sure. I think people appreciate I was making fun of myself in such a hardcore way – a prostitute and a line of coke! It was much harder core than I think people thought I was.

Time Out Interviews Neil Patrick Harris

8 June 2011 Leave a comment

The Hot Seat: Neil Patrick Harris

Smurfs, Muppets and Tony Awards. NPH just can’t slow down. By Billie Cohen

ou’re hosting the Tonys this week. Any roles you’ve seen this season on Broadway that you wish you were playing?
I was so envious of The Book of Mormoncast, because they get to be so irreverent and blue, and so universally loved. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime chapter, to be in that show at that time. I’m sure by the time they get to their fifth-replacement stunt casting, maybe I’ll get to do it for four and a half weeks. I’ll get to do it after John Stamos does it for six months.

Do you have any Broadway plans in your future?
No plans, just yearning. It’s just logistically not possible at the moment because…

Because you’re working on a Dr. Horrible sequel?
[Laughs] I wish. How I Met Your Mother just takes up a chunk of the year that doesn’t allow for any kind of significant run for a new show. And I’m not terribly interested in jumping into an already running show, which would really be my only option. We got to do Company with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for four performances for their gala this year, and that was as close as I got. Because you really have to dedicate a full year or so to a show. And we have a family now too, so there’s just a lot of logistical issues.

That’s right. Mazel tov on the twins.
Thank you very much.

So no Dr. Horrible?
Joss [Whedon] is doing the Avengers movie and he’s going to be in that world for another half a year, and by that time we’re all back on our shows. Hopefully, it’ll come together some day. Pray for another writers’ strike.

Is there a Tony Award that you wish existed?
I would say Best Show That’s Not on Broadway. I’m a rabid, ravenous fan of Sleep No More, which Punchdrunk’s doing down at the Chelsea Hotel. I wish that things like that could be honored as well, in the same breath as a big Broadway show.

How many times have you seen it?
Just the once, but I want to go back to the late-night events; I think if you went to the 11pm to 2am, that would be really cool. I hear that’s the topless show. [Laughs]

Right, they don’t give you masks…
They give you something to cover a different head. [Editor’s note: Per NPH’s very active Twitter feed, it looks like he saw the show again after he spoke to TONY. No reports on whether there was nakedness.]

You’re going to be in the next Muppet movie. What was it like working with them?
It was the most fantastic experience. The movie, I can’t wait to see. And I’m a big Jason Segel fan, as I’m sure you can understand. But getting to sit there and watch all the people below-frame, curled underneath desks, with those headband-microphone things, looking into little monitors—that was phenomenal. They just stay in character and improv with you, so to sit next to John Krasinski and [puppeteer] Bill Barretta and watch them interact was a definite bucket-listy moment.

Who’s your favorite Muppet?
I’ve always thought of myself as more of a Kermit-Ernie type, Kermit-Ernie-Grover—in that world. I do laugh at the Swedish Chef. It’s kind of hard to not find berndy-ferndy-perndy funny, regardless of the context.

Do you think kids today will be into the Smurfs? I was actually talking to [with self-consciously exaggerated emphasis] Hugh Jackman the other day, and he said that his son is obsessed with the Smurfs. Like obsessed: draws them, plays the Smurfs’ Village video games. So if you get Hugh’s approval…

I used to collect those little plastic ones.
I never really collected them. I was more of a burner. I’d entomb action figures in aluminum foil and then cook them—and open them up and see what it looked like afterwards. So I really loved Raiders of the Lost Ark, when their faces all melted at the end. That was cool.

Were you parents worried about this?
No, we lived in a small town in New Mexico. As long as I wasn’t huffing gasoline in a paper bag, they were fine.

Were you a troublemaker as a kid?
No, not at all. I have an older brother, so he got to be the troublemaker and I got to learn vicariously through his mistakes. I was the sweeter, get-beaten-up-more kid.

They do always seem to go together. So would you have any interest in putting together a kids’ show?
Eventually. I actually have things in the works in that department.

What can you tell me?
I can’t tell you much because it’s super early in the works and I wouldn’t want to accidentally give someone good ideas. But I think that there are certain kids’ genres that need to be revitalized, and now that I have kids myself, I’m interested in doing that. So we’ll see. I’m slowly getting my Rolodex full of people I admire and can pull favors from.

I saw you tweeted about looking for a ventriloquist puppet.
I think I may have found one.

And now you have all of these Muppeteer connections.
You’re speaking my language.

IMdB said you were working on an untitled TV project—what happened with that?
It’s not untitled anymore; it’s called Worked Up, and it wasn’t picked up for the fall schedule, but we’re hoping maybe it may appear sometime down the pike in CBS land. They had asked me to helm a multicamera pilot, and I did that a few months back. It was fun.

Why didn’t it get picked up? Do they ever give you reasons?
Ah, ask Wonder Woman. That was supposed to be NBC’s giant show of the season and they didn’t pick that one up either, so…

But in the next season of How I Met Your Mother we will get to see Barney getting married?
Yep, gettin’ married. That doesn’t mean he has to have sex with just her.

Of course not. I was wondering what a marriage to Barney would look like—I guess it would look like an open marriage.
Here’s hoping.

Neil Patrick Harris hosts the Tonys on CBS June 12 at 8pm. For info on a movie-theater screening of Company on June 16 and 19, go to fathomevents.com. The Smurfs is out July 29.

 

Original Interview at Time Out

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