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This Week's Cover: Neil Patrick Harris gives you his Hollywood Survival Guide

Is there anything Neil Patrick Harris can’t do? He acts! He rocks jokes! He sings! He dances! He hosts! He performs magic! And now let’s add yet another talent to that list: He writes a damn good cover story! EW learned this firsthand — and you will too — when you open this week’s issue. We placed a pencil in the 38-year-old actor’s mouth hand and asked him to pen his version of a Hollywood Survival Guide, which details everything from the highs and lows of teen stardom, thanks to his role as a precocious doctor on Doogie Howser, M.D., to the joy of finding unexpected success as legendary bachelor Barney Stinson on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. NPH also offers some sage advice on navigating interviews (reveal your personal life, not your private life) and how to act on a set (“Never be a d-bag to the crew”). Herewith, a few excerpts from his story:  READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson may be a cad, but Neil Patrick Harris has proven himself to be a class act over the course of his 23-year career. The actor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today — the 2,448th in Walk history. The ceremony took place on Los Angeles’s Hollywood Boulevard near the famous Pantages theater. HIMYM co-star Jason Segel, Harris’s partner David Burtka, and Joss Whedon (director of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) were in attendance. HIMYM‘s seventh season premieres on CBS this Monday, Sept. 19.

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Who was the best Emmys host of all time? Conan? Ellen? Carson? NPH?

While we have all the confidence in the world that Jane Lynch will do a stellar job hosting the Emmys this Sunday, there’s no question that the Glee star has some tough acts to follow. Just last year, Jimmy Fallon knocked it out of the park early with his Springsteen-inspired, cameo-heavy (Jon Hamm! Betty White!… Kate Gosselin?) musical number, while Neil Patrick Harris — who had his own musical number — did what he does best in 2009, emceeing the evening with his usual poise and charm. (Just as he did the Tonys!)

But were they the best hosts ever? READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays talk about shooting 'The Smurfs'

The Smurfs may not be getting the most Smurfing reviews, but we’re finding that that the blue comedy is difficult to ignore completely — we just like Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays too darn much!

So we sat down with the upbeat actors earlier this week to chat about The Smurfs, in which they play a married couple whose lives are thrown out of wack when an assortment of singing blue munchkins arrive in their apartment. Harris and Mays explained the complex process of shooting with the CGI creatures that weren’t really there, and they took a little time giving each other smurf names as well. Check out the video below:


Conan O'Brien could appear in walk-on role in 'How I Met Your Mother' as the best worst extra ever

During his visit to Conan last night, Neil Patrick Harris revealed the wonderful news that Coco could be appearing on an upcoming episode of How I Met Your Mother next season. But, rest easy PopWatchers, this won’t be some celebrity stunt casting in the same vein as former guest stars like Jennifer Lopez or Nick Swisher. Rather, O’Brien snagged a coveted walk-on part by outbidding himself at a charity auction (watch NPH retell the amusing story beginning at the 4:45 mark).

This has us excited for a number of reasons, mainly in that two of our favorite worlds, Conan O’Brien and HIMYM, would be colliding. Here’s to hoping the producers actually do let him play just a guy at MacLarens (O’Brien rightly argued, “I think it’s much funnier if I’m in the bar in the background”) who occasionally turns around to smile directly into the camera and inexplicably breaks into the puppet string dance. Do I even need to say it, PopWatchers? It would be legen– READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris at the Tonys: How did he do as host?

He sang, he danced, he rapped — but did Neil Patrick Harris do enough to steal your hearts at the Tonys? Beginning the ceremony, quite charmingly, with the line, “Good evening. I’m teen heartthrob Neil Patrick Harris,” the How I Met Your Mother star kicked off a night full of standing ovation-worthy musical performances — and even broke away from his duties as host to perform a number from Stephen Sondheim’s Company. (In April, Harris, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, and Jon Cryer performed a reading of the musical in New York City.) Some other highlights: A splashy opening number insisting Broadway “is not just for gays anymore,” an impressive rap recap at the end of the ceremony, and a musical duel with former Tonys emcee Hugh Jackman. (Bonus points to Harris for working in a dig about Viva Laughlin, which Huck Jackman produced. Still funny four years later!) Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark cast and crew might not have dug his 30-second segment dedicated purely to jokes about the embattled production (ex. “Julie Taymor found out it was over when she woke up and found the head of War Horse in her bed.”), but what did you think of Harris’ hosting? Was it legen — wait for it — dary? Vote in our poll after the jump! READ FULL STORY

Tony Awards 2011: We predict the winners

Here’s the easiest prediction we can make about this year’s Tony Awards, which will be presented June 12 at NYC’s Beacon Theatre: Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark will be a recurring punchline for returning host Neil Patrick Harris. The CBS broadcast will also manage to include a number from this still-to-officially-open show, featuring composers Bono and the Edge as well as on-stage Spidey Reeve Carney. Predicting the actual awards isn’t nearly as easy. But in a lot of the major categories, there seem to be some very strong front-runners. Expect The Book of Mormon (pictured left, top) to sweep most of the musical categories, and the British import War Horse (pictured left, bottom) to pick up a fair share of the dramatic awards. Fellow EW critic Melissa Rose Bernardo and I here offer our predictions in all the Tony categories (you’ll see our names after each of our picks). Disagree? Please let us know who you think will win — or should win — in the comments section. (For more Stage coverage, go to EW.com’s Stage hub.)

Best Musical
The Book of Mormon (Melissa, Thom)
Catch Me if You Can
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act

The irreverent hit from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker is a sure thing.

Best Play
Good People (Melissa)
The Motherf—er With the Hat
War Horse (Thom)

There’s a bit of a horse race in this category, with the equine drama War Horse considered the front-runner for its impressive physical production (if not its rather conventional plotting and dialogue). But some voters seem to be rallying around the smart American scripts of David Lindsay Abaire’s Good People and Stephen Adly Guigis’ The Motherf—er With the Hat. If there’s an upset, look for Good People to win by a nose. READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris and Stephen Colbert to head all-star 'Company' performance at Tony Awards

This year’s Tonys will be in good Company: The live telecast of the 65th Annual Tony Awards will include a performance from the limited-run revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical, featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, and Christina Hendricks. The all-star show was originally staged at NYC’s Lincoln Center in April, and a filmed version is set to hit theaters June 15. READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris talks 'Company': Watch the exclusive video here!

Last month, Neil Patrick Harris led an all-star cast — including Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, and Jon Cryer — in a staged reading of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company at NYC’s Lincoln Center. But the four-nights-only show left plenty of ticketless fans clamoring for their chance to see the spectacle — enough, in fact, that the show’s producers decided to film it and bring it to theaters for a limited run starting June 15. In an exclusive interview with EW’s Dave Karger (below), Harris chats about his experience on the show and why co-star Colbert  turned out to be a musical-theater natural. And there’s more — head to EW’s Facebook page and “Like” us to see an exclusive video of Harris talking about his upcoming gig hosting this year’s Tony Awards on June 12. READ FULL STORY

Thank God it's not 'Friday': Stephen Colbert sings Sondheim, side by side with Neil Patrick Harris

The stars turned out in force last night for the first performance of New York Philharmonic’s four-nights-only production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. There was Alec Baldwin, calling out to a pal in the lobby. And there was Broadway vet Elaine Stritch, looking striking in a hat. And oh, look, it’s Michael Kors in a somewhat wrinkly raincoat. And they were just in the audience. On stage, there was a glittery lineup of Broadway pros (Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Anika Noni Rose) and stage newbies (Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, Jon Cryer) in a souped-up concert version of Sondheim’s 1970 musical.

Sondheim’s decidedly ’70s-sounding score (orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick), given a rich fullness by the Philharmonic under the baton of Paul Gemignani, has never sounded better. READ FULL STORY

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