annual list of the world’s most influential people — 100 artists, heroes, leaders, and thinkers who affect our world. You’ll find Iron Man director Jon Favreau explaining how Elon Musk was the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in Thinkers, and Bono waxing poetic on Bill Clinton and Robert De Niro riffing on Ben Stiller (StillerStrong.org) in Heroes. But obviously, it’s the Artists category we flipped to first. Among those making the cut: Conan O’Brien, Glee‘s Lea Michele, Lost‘s Carlton Cruse and Damon Lindelof, James Cameron, Sandra Bullock, Simon Cowell, Robert Pattinson, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, Elton John, Prince, Ricky Gervais, Ashton Kutcher, Penny Arcade’s Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, fashion designer Marc Jacobs, chef David Chang, conductor Valery Gergiev, blogger Han Han, artist Banksy, and authors Suzanne Collins and Chetan Bhagat. Three of the write-ups that stood out for me: READ FULL STORY »Time has released its
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Conan O’Brien has reportedly passed on the chance to host this year’s Tony Awards, which fuels the guessing game as to who should emcee the June 13 event honoring the New York theater season. Unfortunately, some of the most obvious candidates for the Tony gig may have conflicts this year.Triumph the Insult Comic Dog will have to find another opportunity to hump Broadway stars.
Take Neil Patrick Harris, who earned such raves as last year’s host of the CBS broadcast that he wound up hosting the Emmys — and making a cameo during the opening of this month’s Oscarcast as well. While Harris will be on hiatus from CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, he may be busy prepping the August production of the musical Rent that he’s directing at the Hollywood Bowl. READ FULL STORY »
The tale of Beauty and the Beast is, as we all know, a tale as old as time. (My personal favorite interpretation is the late-1980s TV series in which Linda Hamilton and the leonine “beast” fought over who would have the bigger hair.) Now, the story will be transposed to the younger set in Beastly which, as you can see in these two exclusive photos, stars the inimitable Neil Patrick Harris and High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens. The press release calls the film “an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty.” I’m all for anything with high NPH levels, and it’s a bonus to see that they made the movie’s heartthrob-turned-beast a creepily vascular alopeciac instead of just sticking a pair of glasses on him. (I’m looking at you She’s All That.)
Neil Patrick Harris loves Rent. You could see it in the affectionate parody he did on Saturday Night Live last year (below) — and if you’re really up on the finer points of NPH’s résumé, you’ll know that he co-starred in a West Coast production of the rock musical back in the late ’90s (thanks, YouTube). Now comes word via The Hollywood Reporter that he’s going to direct Rent when it comes to L.A.’s venerable Hollywood Bowl in August.
How cool is that? NPH has never directed a musical before, so who knows what he has in store, but he clearly knows his way around a stage. I’m willing to bet that his production will be a smash success. (I’ll be honest: As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing this man cannot accomplish.) What do you say? Will you be seeing NPH’s Rent this summer? Speak up in the comments.
Neil Patrick Harris is one step closer to getting his Glee on. CBS, home of Harris’ regular gig How I Met Your Mother, has signed off on a deal that would have Harris guest starring on the Fox series, Ausiello confirms. While nothing has officially been announced yet, it seems inevitable. Back in January, Ausiello reported that Harris and Glee creator Ryan Murphy both wanted to make it happen. With Joss Whedon, who directed Harris in the web musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, helming an episode, it seems like all the stars have aligned for a reunion.
So as Harris’ guest spot inches closer to becoming a reality, I can’t help thinking about what character he should play. The guest spot is said to include some singing and dancing. The first idea that sprang to mind: Broadway vet sing-off! I’d love to see Harris as a rival to a truly worthy opponent: Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester. Morrison deserves more than just showing the kids how to white-boy rap. One of my favorite moments of the series so far was when Morrison was matched up with another Broadway vet, Kristin Chenoweth. But their sweet duet was far too brief. How great would it be to see Harris as a blast from Will’s Glee Club past? They can play out their old high school rivalry through a West Side Story-like song and dance number.
What do you think of a Harris vs. Morrison match-up? Is there someone else you’d like Harris to play? Perhaps someone more Horrible? Or do you think he should teach the Glee clubbers about his awesomeness by just playing himself?
Photo Credit: Glee: Fox; Harris: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos
While you get ready for tonight’s HIMYM, I wanted to share some wisdom from this new book Bro On The Go, written by “Barney Stinson” with Matt Kuhn. Building on the success of 2008 book The Bro Code, Barney’s back with some great advice for the himbo in your life. (Now if only they’d publish the infamous Playbook.)
There are manly tips for every occasion:
In His Pad: “An adult channel home is a happy home”
At The Movies: “Appropriate seating arrangement for two Bros: Bro – [empty ‘we’re just Bros’ seat] – Bro”
At The Game: “The stranger sitting next to you would totally like to hear about your high school sports moment of glory”
At The Gym: “Surprise! You’re not the only guy who joined this step class to meet chicks”
Let’s see what Bro-isms Barney comes up with in tonight’s episode, “The Perfect Week,” as Barney tries to set a new record as a “legendary player.” So, what’s your favorite Barney line?
Tonight’s How I Met Your Mother is the show’s 100th episode — it’s a major milestone for any show, but the episode is particularly special for a few reasons. One, it features Rachel Bilson (as maybe, gasp, the mother?), and two, it includes a musical number for Neil Patrick Harris’s Barney Stinson. Eeeee!
Who's excited for tonight's episode, PopWatchers? Are you suiting up?
More How I Met Your Mother from EW:
How I Met Your Mother: The stars pick their favorite episodes
How I Met Your Mother: 20 of YOUR favorite episodes
Don’t worry, How I Met Your Mother fans: There will be slaps. Not only will the series’ Nov. 23 Thanksgiving episode feature a guest star — Chris Elliott (pictured), as Lily’s estranged dad — but also the long-awaited fourth slap in Marshall and Barney’s Slap Bet. (The Bet’s hardly over though — Barney’s still anticipating one more strike!) “There’s a little bit of a twist on the slap this year,” says executive producer Carter Bays. “The Slap Bet commissioner makes an interesting ruling that I can’t reveal.” What Bays can reveal is why they invited Chris Elliott in on the fun. “He’s a hero of mine,” he says. “We realized we hadn’t ever met Lily’s dad, and I felt like, at this point, why haven’t we met him?” We bet Barney will wish he never had.
For more slaptastic action, head over to Entertainment Weekly’s Facebook page for four additional slap shots.
Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS
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