What a year it has been for Neil Patrick Harris. The actor said goodbye to Barney Stinson, a character he play for nine seasons on How I Met Your Mother, won a Tony Award for bringing Hedwig, an East German transgender singer, to Broadway, and creeped out millions with his supporting role in Gone Girl, which recently debuted in theaters. It can be hard to shed a popular TV persona, but Harris, who had to do it two decades before with Doogie Howser, has put Barney to rest. Literally.
How I met your mother
After nine seasons, How I Met Your Mother is coming to an end. Are you pissed? You should be! If it makes you feel any better, celebrity superfan Lindsay Lohan is furious. So much so, she simply can’t resist attacking Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and the rest of the cast with a sledgehammer.
This one falls under the category of things we write about just because we love them. It’s kind of the answer to all those annoying people who complain about you spoiling the the ending to something that left the theaters or the airwaves months or even years ago. Guess what, folks? Soilent Green is made out of people! But we also get that spoilers are a forbidden fruit that’s hard to resist — if someone said they know how the Song of Ice and Fire (a.k.a. Game of Thrones) ends, I might have a hard time not finding out. Also, there are the shows and movies I will probably never get around to seeing but am still happy to know the ending of, for the sole purpose of pop-culture conversations and trivia night. So, yeah, I guess you’d say probably wouldn’t walk away from the Spoiling Tree and his sweet, sweet spoilers.
Certainly, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and all those great awards-show moments have gone a long way toward making us stop referring to Neil Patrick Harris as “Doogie.” But even though the actor turns 39 today, we can’t help but get a warm, fuzzy feeling in our hearts as we recall him in his too-big white coat and stethoscope, assuring a patient for the 1,000th time that, yes, even though he’s only 16 and looks 12, he is a legit, board-certified physician. And then we picture him writing all about his feelings for Wanda on his funky old computer (proto-blogging!). Seriously, NPH, with his slicked-back curls and his innocent, freckled face, was adorable on Doogie Howser, M.D., which ran from 1989-1993. Also, he gave hope to all the nerds of the world that when we eventually made it to the adult world, our quirks and brains would finally be appreciated.
So today, we’d like to say: Happy Birthday, Neil! We’re glad you grew up to be an awesome actor and dad and LGBT icon, but we hope you’re OK with us missing Doogie once in a while.
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Sure, we all love Josh Radnor on How I Met Your Mother. He’s undeniably hilarious, but did you know that the dude is a one man movie-making machine!? OK, we’re sure he had some help, but it’s still pretty impressive that Josh wrote, directed and starred in Liberal Arts, which is currently taking Sundance by storm. How did he find time to do all that, and be on a hit sitcom?
“Well, I wrote it before I shot it, so I got that out of the way,” he told VH1 News’ very own Janell Snowden. But the simultaneous acting and directing did prove to be a challenge. “I’d done it before, but I’m in about 95 percent of this movie, so that was not easy.” So why not hand the lead role over to someone else, you might ask? It definitely wasn’t narcissism, if that’s what you’re thinking! “This was a part that I wrote that I couldn’t not play it. It was so close to a world I knew.”
Put down the lawsuit, Tom Cruise, we’re not insulting your lovely wife Katie Holmes. We’re just talking about her latest acting role! Katie is celebrating Halloween this year with a guest spot on How I Met Your Mother, where she will play the mysterious “Slutty Pumpkin.” The woman clad in a scandalous jack-o-lantern outfit stole Ted’s heart at a Halloween party years ago, and he’s been trying to track her down ever since. But lucky for him, it looks like this is the year that he gets reunited with his beloved Slutty Pumpkin. It’s a Halloween miracle! “Katie is a lovely and talented actress,” show creator Craig Thomas told NY Magazine, “which is why we’ve saved for her perhaps the most classily named character in our show’s history.” We can’t wait til the episode airs when Halloween gets nearer.
And speaking of scary things, Katie’s daughter Suri Cruise reported to her first day of
programming school last week. The five-year-old will be attending the New Village Leadership Academy, a Scientology-based school which uses L. Ron Hubbard’s “study technology” educational model. It’s apparently a free form kind of place, where students work at their own pace to complete tasks and teachers give individual attention to each child. Doesn’t sound bad, right? But god forbid if the kid yawns. Apparently ol’ L. Ron believed that yawning was a sign that a child misunderstood the concept. So load up on expresso, kids! And attending students are also encouraged to sculpt the concepts they’ve learned about in clay. According to L. Ron, children need access to “mass” or else they start to feel “sort of spinny” and “squashed.” If it were us, we’d sculpt ourselves a shiv and get the hell out of there. No, put that lawsuit back DOWN Tom Cruise! We’re just kidding!
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About frickin’ time, we say! One of our favorite stars ever, Neil Patrick Harris was awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame star yesterday. It’s right in front of the Pantages Theatre across from the legen—wait for it —dary (we had to throw in some Barney Stinson) dive bar, the Frolic Room. Of which Neil said in his acceptance speech, “This won’t be the first time I’ve been plastered on the sidewalk in front of the Frolic Room.”
Fiance David Burtka, Joss Whedon and his How I Met Your Mother co-star Jason Segel, the latter of whom introduced Harris to the waiting crowd. He joked, saying, “Neil has been entertaining us in television, stage, the Internet and film for over 60 years.” Cue a Doogie Howser flashback! Neil tweeted a photograph of his star as well, modestly writing, “Things I dig”. Congratulations! It’s well deserved!
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If you’re looking forward to seeing Katy Perry guest-star on How I Met Your Mother, might we suggest you don’t watch this preview clip? The unnervingly silent footage of Perry doesn’t have a laugh track added in yet. We never noticed all of the long, humiliating pauses between the actor’s lines before. Just like we imagine a real conversation with Katy Perry would have!
Perry stops by the show to play cousin Honey, who is seduced at the speed of light by Neil Patrick Harris. We mean, NPH’s character Barney…yeah, sure, of course that’s what we mean. Katy seems to be giving it her all, but since her character’s personality consists of “having spectacular cleavage,” “acting like a moron” and “having spectacular cleavage,” we doubt she’s going to pull down an Emmy for this one. Perry’s other memorable acting turns have included a guest spot on Seasame Street and on The Simpsons, where she destroyed America’s childhood. Maybe you’d better stick to performing at the Grammys, Katy; at least there you know your large talents will be appreciated.
Beloved fictional bachelor Barney Stinson would weep at this news on How I Met Your Mother, and they would not be tears of joy. But for the star that plays him – the actor/magician/director of AWESOME Neil Patrick Harris, it’s legendary. Harris and his partner, David Burtka, are expecting twins via surrogate in October later this year. Obligatory new baby squeeeeeeee!
The couple, who have been together for approximately six years (which is like, a gazillion in Hollywood years) announced the news on the actor’s Twitter account. Harris happily tweeted, “So, get this: David and I are expecting twins this fall. We’re super excited/nervous/thrilled. Hoping the press can respect our privacy…”
Looks like there are going to be even more moms and dads on the How I Met Your Mother set. Alison Hannigan had a baby girl last year in March who is exotically named Satyana Denisof. Cobie Smulders had her baby girl, Shaelyn Cado Killam, in May 2009. And now, NPH is joining the crew with a double hit. So Jason Segel and Josh Radnor need to prepare themselves for tons of diaper duty n’ baby goo talk.
We think NPH is going to make an ah-ma-zing dad. Imagine how much fun bedtime story sessions are going to be in that house? Mazel Tov to the proud papas!
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