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Neil Patrick Harris on his YouTube show 'Neil's Puppet Dreams': 'I have a puppet workshop in my garage' -- VIDEO

The idea of a web series featuring Neil Patrick Harris and puppets seems like such an obvious thing the world needs, it’s a little shocking no one’s come up with it until now. Produced with the Jim Henson Company’s “Henson Alternative” division, Neil’s Puppet Dreams premieres today on the Nerdist’s YouTube channel. While upcoming episodes promise drag queens, puppet sex, and a surprising amount of nudity — this ain’t a family webseries — the first episode features a simple fear of falling and a vividly illustrative song penned by co-creator and producer Janet Varney. You can watch the first episode below, and then check out my interview with Harris about how this all came about, the powerful pull puppets have on his life, and, yes, whether How I Met Your Mother is returning for a ninth season.  READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' recap: The last-minute curveball

And here we thought that Joe Manganiello’s return was the only reason to be excited for tonight’s episode.

“The Stamp Tramp” featured a potentially life-altering moment for Marshall and a funny, sweet Ted/Lily subplot. But the scene that’s really going to get fans talking is the last one of the episode, featuring Robin and Barney — who has gone from declaring his “fake” love for Robin to kissing her passionately after a drunken night at a strip club.

While the couple’s lip lock certainly wasn’t unexpected — if these two are going to get married this season, they’ll have to stop dancing around each other sometime soon, right? — it was a little surprising that it served as the culmination of such a silly storyline. Robin spent the episode serving as Barney’s “strip club agent,” trying to find a go-to topless joint to replace Quinn’s tainted stomping grounds. Then again, How I Met Your Mother is no stranger to last-minute curveballs; remember “Bad News”? (Warning: Do not read if the thought of our Marshmallow in pain gets you feeling teary.)

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Drayre:

“I love everything about her and I’m not a guy who says that lightly.  I’m a guy who has faked love his entire life.  I’m a guy who thought love was just something idiots felt, but this woman has a hold on my heart that I could not break if I wanted to. And there have been times when I wanted to. It has been… overwhelming, and humbling, and even painful at times, but I could not stop loving her any more than I could stop breathing. I am hopelessly, irretrievably in love with her. More than she knows.”

–Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) on How I Met Your Mother

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Monday, Nov. 12 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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‘How I Met Your Mother’ recap: Barney has a little speech to share
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'Dr. Horrible' hits TV tonight -- will you sing along?

There’s a soundtrack. There’s a Blu-ray. There’s a book. There’s a comic. There’s merch galore. And, of course, there’s the original miniseries itself, which can still be viewed at any time — for free — on YouTube and various other evil websites.

Yes, Dr. Horrible seems to have conquered nearly every medium. But somehow, television has eluded his grasp… until tonight, that is.

Four years after its creation, Joss Whedon’s beloved, WGA-strike inspired web curiosity Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is coming to network TV.  READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by jj:

“You know, I hate to perpetuate the stereotype, but German female wrestlers from Saxony are just beggin’ for it.”

–Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) on How I Met Your Mother

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Monday, Sept. 24 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

Read more:
‘How I Met Your Mother': Showrunners talk about the (possible) beginning of the end
‘How I Met Your Mother’ season premiere recap: It’s [spoiler]!
Rock The Vote commercial stars Darren Criss, Neil Patrick Harris, a ton of other people — VIDEO

Rock The Vote commercial stars Darren Criss, Neil Patrick Harris, a ton of other people -- VIDEO

You know what’s important? Voting.

You know who appears in a PSA telling you to vote? Nearly every celebrity I can think of.

In the “We Will” commercial for Rock the Vote, celebs such as Darren Criss, Neil Patrick Harris, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Jane Lynch, Kathy Griffin and Miley Cyrus (with her new hairdo!) come together to write on a whiteboard and also break into some choreographed dance formations…all in the name of making your voice heard!

Check out the commercial below: READ FULL STORY

Who should host next year's Oscars?

The Oscars are like a fine red wine. They should get better with age. They should make you face-on-the-floor drunk with giddiness about the sheer glory and thrill of movies.

Unfortunately, the award show’s ratings have been as flat as an old gin and tonic these past several years, and the host/hosts haven’t helped. Anne Hathaway and James Franco, in an attempt to reach a younger audience, gave new meaning to the phrase “odd couple” as lackluster out-of-sync Oscar co-hosts in 2011, and Oscar vet Billy Crystal did his usual shtick, stepping in for Eddie Murphy as host of this past February’s telecast.

With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on the brink of announcing a host for next year’s 85th annual Academy Awards, set to take place Feb. 28, 2013, and airing live on ABC, here are several of our picks for who should host. Jennifer Aniston, we’re looking at you!

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Neil Patrick Harris returns to killer Broadway show for one night only

Image credit: Joan Marcus/AP

Neil Patrick Harris and the rest of the killer gang of presidential assassins will reunite for one night only to reprise their roles from the 2004 Tony Award-winning production of Assassins. The Dec. 3 performance will benefit Roundabout Theatre Company’s musical program.

Stephen Sondheim’s characteristically dark, witty musical — which first played Broadway from 1990-91 — explores the personal lives and motivations of the people who have attempted (both successfully and unsuccessfully) to kill American presidents. Harris plays Lee Harvey Oswald in the play, while Michael Cerveris will revive his role as John Wilkes Booth (for which he won a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical), and Denis O’Hare will reprise his Tony-nominated role as Charles Guiteau, who murdered POTUS 20 James A. Garfield. READ FULL STORY

By the Way, We're Gay. The New Art of Coming Out

In an email to journalist Andrew Sullivan that was posted on the Daily Beast, Anderson Cooper acknowledged that he is “gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

The personal life of the popular CNN and CBS newsman has long been a matter of interest and speculation, but Cooper had always sidestepped the issue of his sexuality. But the culture has changed — evolved, you might say — and the recent June 29 EW cover story, below, captured that shift.

Fifteen years ago, when the star of a popular TV comedy decided to come out of the closet, it was big news. Not just big: It was the cover of Time magazine; a major story on Oprah, Primetime Live, and CNN; and the subject of a New York Times editorial that took her to task for her ”ostentatious display of affection with her lover in front of President Clinton.” At the time, it scarcely mattered that Ellen DeGeneres protested that she’d ”never wanted to be the spokesperson for the gay community.” That role was automatically assigned — by both the news media and a gay population desperate for high-visibility representatives — to any famous person who took such a rare public step. It was not to be relinquished for months, or perhaps years. She’d be expected to weigh in on everything from civil unions to ”Don’t ask, don’t tell” until the next willing celebrity came along.

Last month, another star of a popular TV comedy went public with his homosexuality. But the news that The Big Bang Theory‘s Emmy winner Jim Parsons is gay was reported with such matter-of-fact understatement that my first reaction was a quick Google search to see if maybe he was out already and we’d all just failed to notice. Parsons did not seek out any magazine covers; in fact, he turned down several offers. Instead, the ”big reveal” about his sexuality came in the 33rd paragraph of a Times profile about his return to Broadway this summer in Harvey. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The New Art of Coming Out in Hollywood

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In this week’s Entertainment Weekly special report cover story, writer Mark Harris examines the new, casual method gay celebrities are using to reveal their sexuality publicly for the first time. Fifteen years ago, when Ellen DeGeneres decided to come out of the closet, it was big news. Not just big: It was the cover of Time magazine, and a major story on OprahPrimetime Live, and CNN. Last month, another star of a popular TV comedy went public with his homosexuality. But the news that The Big Bang Theory’s Emmy-winner Jim Parsons is gay was reported with such matter-of-fact understatement that many people’s first reaction was a quick Google search to see if maybe he was out already and we’d all just failed to notice.

But sometimes big news arrives quietly. That new blink-and-you’ll-miss-it style is an important hallmark of changing times. READ FULL STORY

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