This year marks the 45th anniversary of Sesame Street, folks! Back in ’69, it was the only programming targeted to target to urban kids of all races and nationalities, and it’s still one of the most inclusive, progressive shows on the air. Oh, and their celebrity guest spots rule. Where else could you see Tina Fey as a “Pirate of the Can-Be-Reading” — complete with a merry band of Bookaneers — growling a song about the awesomeness of books? Or how about that Usher spot that went viral last fall, where he sang his own silky, croon-y version of the Alphabet Song with Grover, Elmo and Abby Cadabby (so catchy, it could’ve been released as a single).
From Ricky Gervais to Charlize Theron, we’re addicted to these superstar Sesame Street skits.
More than just one night of mischief, Halloween is an entire season made for binging on candy and wearing bright orange everything. Celebrities’ love for the holiday has long been documented, and now their children are following in their highly decorated footsteps.
Yesterday, every TV here at VH1 was tuned into the news about the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) and Prop 8. It was all everyone was talking about. We heard “Same Love” by Macklemore about eight times as we walking through the building. Our Twitter feed was flooded with celebrations from our friends, as well as gay and straight celebrities — like Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres,Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.
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Kristen and Dax stated a few years back when they first got engaged that they would wait to get married until same-sex couples had the same rights as heterosexual couples. That got us thinking, what other celebrities could be affected by this wonderful news? In the gallery above you’ll find the already-married and engaged couples who’ll be enjoying all the rights and rites of marriage now — as well as a few who we hope will take advantage of the ruling soon!
Here is what blows our minds about Neil Patrick Harris turning 40 today: A) He’s still got the same baby face he did when we first met him on Doogie Howser, M.D., but B) way back in 1990, he was basically talking like a 40-year-old on the show. Seriously, we just spent a day watching Doogie episodes on Hulu, and it’s hilarious how the kid went from cute to condescendingly intellectual in a blink — as 16-year-old genius docs are wont to do apparently. Through it all, though, the costume department of the show managed to keep NPH in youthful attire — with that extra awesome ’90s edge.
Tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards were not as tipsy-casual as the Golden Globes nor as formal as the Oscars almost certainly will be, but they were still chock full of funny, touching quotes from everyone from Amy Poehler to Tina Fey to Dick Van Dyke. And while it technically was not “out loud” and therefore does not count as a quote, did everyone see Bryan Cranston‘s adorable daughter mouth “I love you, Dad” while he was onstage? After we finished dying over how cute that was, we rounded up all our favorite bon mots from tonight’s ceremony for your reading pleasure:
Just when we were struggling to think of a new way of reporting on the latest lawsuit facing former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, Neil Patrick Harris came bursting out of the darkness to rescue us — much the way he once saved Harold and Kumar from having to forgo their White Castle meal. NPH, partner David Burtka and none other than the Jim Henson Company teamed up to create Neil’s Puppet Dreams, a seven-part series on Nerdist.com about the actor’s tendency to “dream in puppet.”
James Van Der Beek might be playing “James Van Der Beek” in Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23, but he’s not, you know, playing James Van Der Beek. “It’s funny, people say, ‘He’s playing himself,’ and I think, Well, I’m playing this demented version of — I don’t know what. It has echoes of me in maybe, like, my worst day ever,” the Dawson’s Creek star laughs in his new Vulture interview. “But most of it is just completely made up with little kernels of truth: behavior I’ve seen from other actors, or some of the writers have seen.” Personally, we absolutely love when celebs play weird or awful version of themselves; it shows that they have a sense of humor about themselves. Luckily James joins a cadre of excellent celebs who have lampooned themselves on TV, such as…
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.