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On the Scene: Drama League honors Neil Patrick Harris at annual gala

It was a star-studded night at Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel as over 150 artists — including stars Tim Gunn, Stephen Colbert, and Audra McDonald (and yes, even some Muppets) — came out to celebrate stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris at the Drama League’s 30th annual all-star gala.

It’s no secret that Harris — who will soon be back on stage starring in a new version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which opens April 14 — has garnered quite an admiration from the communities he’s been involved in. But there was no question Monday night that Harris is admired for more than just his talent. Every tribute was genuine and heartfelt; every performance was completed with gusto and pride. There wasn’t anyone in attendance who wasn’t giving their all, and it showed.

“Who wouldn’t turn out for Neil?” Tim Gunn asked, clearly happy and excited to be able to honor his friend. “Anyone would, and anyone should. I love the man, I’m a huge fan, I’ve had the incredible honor of working with him…so of course I’m here!”
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On the Scene at the Oscars nominations announcement

It’s Oscar nomination day, and for movie nerds, it’s like Christmas morning. Like Santa and his sleigh, we eagerly await the announcement of the year’s Oscar nominees. Who will get snubbed? Who will be surprised? Fans across the country can watch the nominations announced live either online or on some TV outlets. But what’s it like to actually be at the Academy on a morning like this? EW was on the scene (before the sun) to be there for the 5:38 a.m. PT air time. The room is full of press and publicists there to support their clients or films, hoping to hear their names called.

The Academy and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced that this year’s Oscar telecast would have a movie hero theme, so the lobby of the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills was filled with images and video clips of some heroic characters from past Oscar films. Everyone from Shrek to Superman to Thelma and Louise were represented. Publicists can be overheard pre-congratulating each other on such a great year for film. “Just hoping the best for everybody. There are just so many films, so many actors,” one was overheard saying. Soon, the friendly smiles turned to focused concentration once the theater opened. As you can expect, there’s a lot of security for an event like this, to make sure the nominees stay secret and in the right person’s hands. Once inside the theater, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs coyly announced that we had our own superhero among us to help announce the nominees: Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Here is what went down during the 12 categories they announced live:
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On the scene at the Golden Globes: See our photos (and Vines!)

From that burst sewage pipe to a press room stuffed with dazed, slightly tipsy celebrity winners — not to mention the after parties — EW was there to capture all the magic of this year’s Golden Globes. Want to see Bradley Cooper giving us a thumbs-up, Tatiana Maslany giving us her best red carpet twirl, pals Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lawrence strutting their stuff together, and much, much more? Scroll on — and check out EW’s Instagram page for even more stills.

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'Anchorman' live reading, on the scene: Ron Burgundy, philanthropist?

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Even when he’s stripped of the polyester suit, bushy mustache, and ’70s news desk, it’s always hilarious to hear Will Ferrell shout, “Great Odin’s raven!” Ferrell and the rest of the Anchorman cast gathered at Santa Monica, California’s Broad Stage on Thursday night for a live reading of the 2004 comedy’s script, a benefit for the nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826LA.

Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy was joined by the rest of his Channel 4 News Team — Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) — along with lady love Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). Jack Black, Chris Parnell, Danny Trejo, Fred Willard, and Fred Armisen even showed up for their minor roles, with Maya Rudolph voicing any non-Veronica ladies (including the role of the Mama Bear in her captioned conversation with Baxter the dog). Director/writer Adam McKay read all the stage cues aloud, while narrator Bill Kurtis lent his golden pipes to the event.

Conan O’Brien hosted the festivities and filled in for Vince Vaughn’s rival newsman during the live reading. “Only in L.A. do they do charity readings of screenplays,” O’Brien said, joking that the next benefit would be a script reading of Bio-Dome 2. As the night’s MC, he laid out some ground rules for the evening: “If you have hard candy, unwrap it now — and stick it up your ass.” When the crowd reacted to his profanity, O’Brien said, “There are no kids here. Who would bring children to a benefit for children?”

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On the scene at Carnegie Hall for 'Alone Together At Last: Lena Dunham and David Sedaris'

Lena Dunham didn’t have “the shield of nudity” to protect her at Tuesday night’s Alone Together At Last: Lena Dunham and David Sedaris joint reading, but she started roughly adjacent to her comfort zone with the claim that her mother, Laurie Simmons, “invented the selfie.” The Girls auteur, who was admittedly nervous at the start of the Carnegie Hall gig, went on to envision her mother snapping old-school film of her “butt and unshaved armpits (a look I really regret knowing that my father enjoys),” which she noted, “wasn’t as simple as swinging your iPhone around and pushing your tits together” back then. At the base of it, though, Simmons’ selfies fulfilled something fundamental: “The feverish need to know what she really looked like.” The ages-old compulsion to literally expose and consider oneself — not to mention her own Baby Boomer progenitor’s part in it — was an astute connection for the millennial poster girl to make, and a fitting opener for an evening of calculated, cathartic oversharing.
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On the Scene at 'The Voice' live performances: Blake and Adam's bromance still going strong

Last night marked the first round of live shows for the top 20 contestants competing on season 5 of NBC’s The Voice. Entertainment Weekly was on the scene as members of Team Adam and Team Blake gave it their all in the hopes that viewers at home would vote them into the Top 12.

Check out a couple of things you didn’t see at home when the cameras stopped rolling below!
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Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik, more stars talk bullying at the GLSEN Respect Awards

The stars came together last night to celebrate the 9th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards at L.A.’s Beverly Hills Hotel.

Hosted by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the event honored those who work to make the country’s schools safer by educating students and teachers about the effects of bullying.

The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, Scandal‘s Dan Bucatinsky, and more of the celebrities in attendance talked to EW about their own personal experiences with bullying.

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'Scandal' behind the scenes: Josh Malina shares a musical moment with Katie Lowes -- VIDEO

We all know the cast of Scandal can act their butts off, but did you also know they could sing?

In this week’s Josh Cam, Josh Malina captures cast member Katie Lowes in a very musical moment as they head to a top secret filming location. And not only do we love her choice of song, but the girl can sing!

Check out the video below in prep for tonight’s new episode of Scandal, airing at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Warning: The video below contains adult content…and a Gregorian chant!
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'The Purge: Fear The Night' combines movie themes with real-life scares -- VIDEO

The Purge: Fear of the Night is not your average haunted-house experience.

For one, there are no ghosts or monsters or men in gore-tastic makeup jumping out at you. Second, and most notably, rather than being a spectator to scary events, you’re part of one. That was the goal from the start, according to Jason Blum, who was one of the producers on the 2013 film that inspired the live-action event, taking place now in Los Angeles. “We wanted to try something new and different,” says Blum, who is currently in pre-production on the fifth Paranormal Activity movie.
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On the scene at People's Ones To Watch party: Anna Faris, Kathy Griffin and more tell us who they are obsessed with

People and Essie came together this week to celebrate Hollywood’s next generation of talented stars at People’s Ones To Watch event.

L.A.’s trendy Hinoki & The Bird played host to the swanky soiree, which turned out a nice mix of fresh-faced stars on the rise and familiar faces. Read on to find out who Anna Faris, Kathy Griffin, and more had to say about which newcomer they’ve got their eye on right now!

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