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Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25AM EST
Ricky Jay, magician and Deadwood actor, dies at 72
Jay, who died of natural causes on Saturday, appeared in 10 episodes of Deadwood's first season, playing card sharp Eddie Sawyer. He also co-wrote one of the Season 1 Deadwood episodes with David Milch. But Deadwood wasn't his only HBO work. He also starred in the David Mamet-directed one man Broadway play Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants, which was filmed for HBO. "Master magician and historian Ricky Jay has passed away," tweeted fellow magician Neil Patrick Harris. "The breadth of his knowledge and appreciation for magic and the allied arts was truly remarkable. Such sad news, such a profound loss."
Posted Wednesday 11/21/18 at 6:26PM EST
Bobby Bones responds to Neil Patrick Harris' dissing his Dancing with the Stars victory
"Dancing With the Stars just confirmed why I don’t watch Dancing With the Stars," Harris tweeted Monday night. Bones responded on Instagram saying: "I’m such a big fan of Neil Patrick Harris, I don’t even care. I’m just happy he acknowledged that I existed."
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Neil Patrick Harris had a very awkward appearance this morning on The View
Harris created an awkward situation when he joked that Whoopi Goldberg told him when he was her teenage co-star on the 1988 movie Clara's Heart that she would have sex with him in 10 years.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Craig Zadan dies: Former Oscars producer helped bring live TV musicals to NBC
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Zadan died Tuesday at age 69 of complications following shoulder replacement surgery. Together with longtime producing partner Neil Meron, Zadan brought live musicals back to TV in 2013, starting with NBC's The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood. Zadan and Meron would go on to produce 2014's Peter Pan Live!, 2015's The Wiz Live!, 2016's Hairspray Live! and this year's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. The producing duo previously produced the CBS TV movie musical Gypsy starring Bette Midler, as well as musicals for ABC's Wonderful World of Disney. Zadan and Meron also produced the Oscars for three years in a row, from 2013 through 2015, with hosts Seth MacFarlane, Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris. "I’m stunned and saddened the unexpected passing of Craig Zadan," tweeted Harris. "He’s been a friend my entire adult life, championed me to host the Oscars, brought musical theatre back to TV. A wonderful, kind spirit." John Legend tweeted: "RIP to our friend Craig. He produced Jesus Christ Superstar with us and also produced the Oscars when Common and I sang 'Glory' in front of a replica of the Pettus Bridge. A wonderful producer and a lovely man." NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt, who tapped the producing partners to bring back live musicals to TV, called Zadan "my dear friend," adding: "Craig’s distinguished career as a passionate and consummate producer is eclipsed only by his genuine love for the thousands of actors, directors, writers, musicians, designers, and technicians he worked with over the years. His absence will be felt in our hearts and throughout our business." Others paying tribute include Kevin Bacon, whose breakout role in Footloose was co-produced by Zadan, and Sean Hayes, who tweeted "my life and career were forever changed by the opportunities he and his producing partner, @neilmeron, provided me over the years."
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is having a Comic-Con 10-year reunion
Joss Whedon's musical comedy-drama miniseries was released 10 years ago this month. Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day will be part of the July 20 reunion, but not Neil Patrick Harris.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Here's the lesson Neil Patrick Harris should learned from his Rachel Bloom Tonys diss: Don't punch down!
"Whether it’s fair or not, Harris is simply Too Famous to take a potshot at Bloom in that way without facing a backlash," says Marissa Martinelli. "It can be easy to forget that even among celebrities there are tiers of fame, but Harris has been in the public eye for almost 30 years; Bloom is a comparatively recent breakout whose show (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), while excellent, is consistently one of the least-watched on television...There’s a hierarchy even among celebrities, and Harris was punching down. Going forward, he’s better off leaving the 'I don’t know her's to Mariah Carey."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Rachel Bloom was "kind of devastated" by Neil Patrick Harris' diss, says "fame does that to you"
"No, no, no. It wasn’t a joke," the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star tells GQ when asked if her Tony Awards Twitter spat with Harris was for real. "Basically… I saw that tweet And I was kind of devastated. I was actually going to tweet, 'This makes me sad.' But then I was like, 'Ehhhhhhhhhh… I don’t want to give him that, necessarily.' Look. I’ve met him a couple times. Very recently, backstage in the dressing room of a Broadway show. And we hung out for a solid 15 minutes with the star of this Broadway show. It was just bizarre to me that it wouldn’t ring a bell. And also, that he wouldn’t Google it." Bloom adds that Harris' fame and Twitter popularity may have resulted in his diss: "But look, he’s not a writer, so his version of a Twitter joke is to just kind of… live-comment to Twitter followers with kind of random, unformed thoughts," says Bloom. "And fame does that to you—where you think every kind of random, unformed thought is a gem, because you get 10,000 likes from it. He has, like, 27 million Twitter followers. And that makes me scared about fame in general. The yes-men. Even if what you’re saying is, I don’t know, kind of weird or unoriginal, you’re still getting a lot of approval and dopamine surges for saying it." Bloom points out that his response to her response "wasn't really an apology," so she's hoping that Harris makes amends by urging his 27.7 million followers to watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. UPDATE: Harris apologized today to Bloom following her GQ comments, and she has accepted his apology: "Sincere apologies to @Racheldoesstuff for my Tony tweet," Harris tweeted. "I failed to research her before pressing ‘send’, and what I thought was a funny comment in our living room must have been far from funny to read, backstage, mid show. As a performer and a parent, I should have know better." Bloom responded: "Hi, thank you for this! Apology accepted."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Rachel Bloom fires back after Neil Patrick Harris dissed her Tonys role on Twitter
"Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at @TheTonyAwards? Gideon remarked that she says ‘like’ and ‘oh my god’ a lot. I’m confused...," Harris tweeted during the ceremony, referencing his 7-year-old son. Harris apparently didn't know who Bloom was, even though the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star has met Harris before and had a similar role last year. Bloom responded a half-hour later on Twitter: "I’m a big fan of yours. We’ve met numerous times and my husband, Dan Gregor, wrote for 'How I Met Your Mother' for 5 years. Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father." That prompted Harris to respond awkwardly: "Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?"
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
New Girl's Max Greenfield modeled Schmidt after Joey Tribbiani, Dwight Schrute and Barney Stinson
"My feeling was if you were going to have these two grounded characters (Jess and Nick) who were doing incredible work — just really, really good solid single cam acting — there needed to be the big explosive joke hitter," he says. "You needed that. Most shows have had them. Like, if you look at The Office, Rainn Wilson got that in the beginning. You had it with Neil Patrick Harris’ character (on How I Met Your Mother) and Joey (on Friends) and all these other characters like that — that sort of No. 3 that hit the punchlines. I was like, ‘Alright, I’m just gonna go big on this stuff.’ And it’s paid off.”
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Harry Anderson remembered by Night Court alums and fellow comedians
"Aw man, I'm so sorry to hear this," tweeted Night Court co-star Marsha Warfield. "Rest in peace, Harry the Hat, you were my friend." fellow co-star Markie Post tweeted "I am devastated," while John Larroquette wrote he was "Heartsick." Judd Apatow relayed how, when he was 15 years old, he interviewed Anderson. "He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy," tweeted Apatow. Neil Patrick Harris tweeted that he had become "friendly" with the fellow magician over the years, and he "recently sold me a handful of great magic memorabilia." Steve Martin added: "Harry was also a stellar magician and solo entertainer."
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Neil Patrick Harris doesn't see a Doogie Howser, M.D. reboot happening
"The conceit of Doogie Howser was that it was a teenager struggling with the juxtaposition of an adult work load and adolescent feelings," he says. "Even if you put a new kid in there, he’d just be a guy going to work every fourth day and pontificating. I think there are better ideas."
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Neil Patrick Harris pushed to have a Dr. Horrible reunion with Nathan Fillion on A Series of Unfortunate Events
"It’s really fun to work with actors who can play in a sandbox, but don’t toss sand everywhere,” he says of his Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog co-star. “You still have to hit your marks every time and monitor the crew and respect schedules and be a worker. And Nathan’s a worker through and through.” ALSO: Harris on ending the Netflix series with Season 3.
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 1:41PM EST
A Series of Unfortunate Events unveils its full-length Season 2 trailer
Watch the "siblings get schooled" in the official second season trailer for the Neil Patrick Harris' Netflix series.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Aaron Sorkin's 17-year-old daughter slams How I Met Your Mother: "I realized it romanticized sexual assault"
Source: ET Canada
In an open letter in Seventeen magazine, Roxy Sorkin writes that she was 13 when she realized HIMYM, one of her favorite shows, "romanticized sexual assault." “In almost every episode, the character Barney Stinson, who is supposed to be lovable, can be found at a bar, getting girls drunk, lying about his identity, and bringing them back to his place,” she writes. “Afterward, he brags about his exploits to his friends. If a girl is intoxicated and can’t give consent, that means we may have been yukking it up at, well, rape. And when 13-year-old boys (or 10-year-olds or 21-year-olds) see this, they think it’s OK — in fact, freakin’ hilarious! — to behave like Barney. And perhaps even worse, girls may think it’s OK too."
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 6:10PM EST
Neil Patrick Harris confirms A Series of Unfortunate Events will end after Season 3
Source: TV Guide
Harris says all of Lemony Snicket's material will be used up by the end of Season 3. "We've intentionally been very truthful and factual and loyal to the books," Harris tells TV Guide. "We've added a few characters that aren't in the books, we've added some songs that you probably couldn't put into the books, but for the most part we're sticking to the structure of what already worked."