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'How I Met Your Mother' at PaleyFest: Five things we learned (and the shirtless actor we saw) -- VIDEO

The secrets of How I Met Your Mother‘s impending series finale stayed under wraps as ever during the latest stop on the cast and creative team’s Farewell Tour on Saturday night. But what did we learn at the PaleyFest screening and Q&A at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles? Here are some of the highlights…including a detailed account of Neil Patrick Harris’ shirtless moment via webcam: READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Comedian Doug Benson and friends take on 'Big Trouble In Little China'

Depending on your perspective, comedian Doug Benson is either best known as a movie aficionado (he hosts the hit podcast Doug Loves Movies) or as a comedic hero to weed smokers everywhere (he directed the hilarious documentary Super High Me and recently launched a video podcast called Getting Doug With High that features him getting stoned with comic friends).

The former was on display on the last day of the annual South By Southwest festival when Benson hosted Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption at the Alamo Draft House Ritz in Austin. The Movie Interruption is a simple premise: Benson screens a movie, and he and a few cohorts sit with live microphones and riff on the film — not unlike a live, improvised version of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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Harry Potter World expands: Oliver Phelps talks playing George Weasley...again

Harry Potter readers, some travel dreams can come true. Apparating may be but a fantasy, but now you can finally ride the Hogwarts Express.

As announced in January, Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding. Currently, visitors can check out a replica of Hogsmeade village. Starting this summer (an exact date hasn’t been announced), fans will also be able to wander through Diagon Alley. Connecting these two attractions? Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s very own Hogwarts Express train, of course. 

At a media event Thursday night, representatives from Universal Creative — as well as Oliver Phelps, who portrayed George Weasley in the films — revealed details about the expansion, including their excitement over the one-of-a-kind train. They explained there will be a Platform 9 3/4 that will allow fans to “transition through the wall” on their way to the train. Once on board, the Universal Creative team stressed that unlike Universal’s King Kong ride, which depends on 3-D imagery, guests will be able to look out the windows and see an actual Harry Potter scene play out. Depending on where participants are seated on the train, the scene will appear differently.

Read on for EW‘s chat with Phelps from the event, where he discussed the building of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes (!), his favorite Potter scenes, returning for more, and his take on the latest Potter rumors. READ FULL STORY

How the 'Veronica Mars' movie made me switch from Team Logan to Team Piz

[WARNING: We'll be discussing major spoilers and plot points from the Veronica Mars movie. Proceed with caution.]

A dude with the name Stosh Piznarski was never going to have an easy time.

As a season 3 addition to the Veronica Mars universe, Chris Lowell played the sarcastic, manic radio host whom we all came to know as “Piz,” and it was fine. He was fine. He didn’t inspire, but he didn’t harm either. He just existed. It was college and Wallace (Percy Daggs III) needed a roommate. Why not make him part of the gang? We didn’t even blame him when he fell for Veronica (Kristen Bell) — because, really, who wouldn’t? He was like a little awkward puppy vying for the gorgeous, confident sleuth’s attention. She wasn’t supposed to even notice him. Not when the brooding, charismatic, and wholly undeniable Logan (Jason Dohring) was around. But, she did. And poor, pathetic Piz had the misfortune of committing the ultimate sin: He got in the way of Logan and Veronica’s epic, continent-spanning, life-ruining LoVe. That is something a true Marshmallow could never forgive.

Plus, the series ended infuriatingly ambiguously. Reason would suggest that she stayed with Piz, but the shipper brain is a crafty thing. There have to be some others out there who assumed that she eventually got back with Logan.

Predictably, when word got out that the movie would pick up with Piz and Veronica back together, the fans raged. I was right there with them. How could they do that us? How could they not know that all we want to see is Veronica and Logan make out again (and banter and smolder and whatnot). At least $3 million of that Kickstarter money was probably shipper cash. Even Lowell understood his place as the “lesser” boyfriend so poignantly that he was truly shocked there was a role for him. At Thursday’s PaleyFest reunion, he even said: “Honestly, I got this email from Rob, I knew about the Kickstarter video, and I legitimately had come to a place where I was ready to accept that I would not be in the film.”

You can imagine how surprised I was to find out that, eight years later, Piz is just fantastic and probably, controversially, the right choice for Ms. Mars.

[SECOND WARNING: Major Veronica Mars movie spoilers below]

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Matthew McConaughey on the origin of 'Alright, alright, alright' -- VIDEO

After Matthew McConaughey took home an Oscar for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight decided to post a 2011 interview with the actor. Why? Because it explains the catchphrase that McConaughey has uttered in just about every awards acceptance speech this season: “Alright, alright, alright.”

And now, the interview has caught people’s attention on Reddit. Not surprisingly, post-McConaissance Matthew seems to have a bigger following that the young kid who once made Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.

In the interview, McConaughey discusses getting into character as David Wooderson in his first film, Dazed And Confused. And thanks to a little inspiration from Jim Morrison and a Doors live album, McConaughey uttered the three words that will forever be associated with the raspy-voiced Texan.

Fun fact: There are only three “alrights” because of a math malfunction in McConaughey’s nervous first-time actor brain. Celebs! They’re just like us!

Watch the interview below:

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'Saturday Night Live' women (plus Lena Dunham!) try to move like Beyonce -- VIDEO

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Everybody wants to be able to dance like Beyoncé — even the ladies of Saturday Night Live.

Unfortunately, as anyone who’s ever tried to perform the “Single Ladies” routine for friends knows, being Bey is a lot harder than it looks. In this Saturday Night Live web exclusive, cast members Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant — as well as this past week’s host Lena Dunham — watch Vanessa Bayer attempt to re-create the “Drunk in Love” “Blow” “Partition” video, while wishing they could just get back to discussing Adam’s fate on Girls. (Don’t you dare kill him, Dunham!)

Watch below, and then weigh in on how much you’re dying to see the rest of McKinnon’s “Drunk in Love” Queen Bey impression: READ FULL STORY

Matthew McConaughey's 'Wolf of Wall Street' chest thump gets a remix -- VIDEO

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For a character quirk that was never written into the original script, Matthew McConaughey’s now-infamous chest thump in The Wolf of Wall Street has clearly struck a chord — especially with the folks over at Eclectic Method who have taken it upon themselves to remix the rhythmic beat into an uptempo tune.

McConaughey’s chest thumping, laced with a dance rhythm, serves as the back beat for the remixed track, which also cuts in other sounds heavily used throughout the Martin Scorsese film.

Watch Eclectic Method’s “The Wolf of Wall Street Chest Thump Mix” below: READ FULL STORY

Beyonce, Jane Lynch and more fight to 'Ban Bossy' -- VIDEO

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Beyoncé and her newfound feminism strike again. (Hooray!)

In a new video for Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation (in partnership with Lifetime TV), Sandberg has recruited Hollywood celebrities such as Beyoncé, Jane Lynch, and Jennifer Garner (as well as people like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) to advocate banning the word “Bossy.”

Noting the term is mostly applied to women in leadership roles as a way of keeping them down, all the people in the video point out that it’s time for change. “When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a ‘leader.’ Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded ‘bossy.’ Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys — a trend that continues into adulthood,” the new site BanBossy.com explains.

As Beyoncé notes: “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.” #Flawless.

Watch the PSA below: READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel enlists 'Scandal' stars for Spanish series 'Escandalo' -- VIDEO

It’s no secret that Scandal is a big hit in the United States — but Jimmy Kimmel would like everyone to know that there’s also a Spanish-speaking version of the Shonda Rhimes drama, and it’s kind of a big deal in Mexico.

Welcome to … Escandalo! For Kimmel’s version of the show, he enlisted actual Scandal actors to create a telenovela that’s just a smidgeon crazier than Shonda Rhimes’s actual show. Whatever you’re picturing, it’s even better. Plus, it has Guillermo in the role of El Presidente. Let’s just say, Kimmel has this handled.

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Lindsay Lohan teases possible 'Mean Girls' reunion on 'Tonight Show', has water war with Jimmy Fallon -- VIDEO

It’s the power of Oprah: This is the Lindsay Lohan people want to see.

The actress stopped by the Tonight Show last night to promote her upcoming reality show, which premieres on OWN this Sunday. Lohan charmingly giggled her way through a light discussion about being a selfie-taking pro, as well as her new life in New York.

But the big bombshell was Mean Girls-related. (That’s the very best kind of bombshell.) As anyone who’s been on the Internet recently is aware, the beloved high school comedy’s 10th anniversary is next month. And, according to Lohan, when she was backstage with Tina Fey before Fallon’s first Tonight Show, the two spoke about doing some kind of reunion. Viral-happy Fallon instantly volunteered to host the shindig on his show. So fetch.

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