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February 23, 2015

Jokes to audience after: 'That whole thing was completely improvised'

Neil Patrick Harris had hinted in interviews that he wouldn't open the Oscars with a musical number.

He lied.

The first-time Oscar host seemed to be opening with a traditional monologue when he took a shot at the lack of diversity in this year's nominees when he said they were here 'to honor Hollywood's best a whitest - I'm sorry! Best and brightest!'

He then quickly segued into a musical number filled with very current movie and pop culture references including the lyric 'I secretly hope someone pulls a Kanye West.'

February 23, 2015

Jokes to audience after: 'That whole thing was completely improvised'

Neil Patrick Harris had hinted in interviews that he wouldn't open the Oscars with a musical number.

He lied.

The first-time Oscar host seemed to be opening with a traditional monologue when he took a shot at the lack of diversity in this year's nominees when he said they were here 'to honor Hollywood's best a whitest - I'm sorry! Best and brightest!'

He then quickly segued into a musical number filled with very current movie and pop culture references including the lyric 'I secretly hope someone pulls a Kanye West.'

February 23, 2015

Host, who had gotten gaunt for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, displays impressive physique

Neil Patrick Harris has been hitting the gym since ending his run as a gaunt transgender punk rock singer in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

On Sunday night's Academy Awards, this year's host stripped down to his underwear and displayed an impressively muscular physique.

So what was he doing in his skivvies?

Harris re-enacted one of the more memorable scenes from Best Picture nominee Birdman in which Michael Keaton's actor character gets locked out of a theater mid-play and must walk through New York's Times Square in his underwear to re-enter.

February 23, 2015

Host, who had gotten gaunt for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, displays impressive physique

Neil Patrick Harris has been hitting the gym since ending his run as a gaunt transgender punk rock singer in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

On Sunday night's Academy Awards, this year's host stripped down to his underwear and displayed an impressively muscular physique.

So what was he doing in his skivvies?

Harris re-enacted one of the more memorable scenes from Best Picture nominee Birdman in which Michael Keaton's actor character gets locked out of a theater mid-play and must walk through New York's Times Square in his underwear to re-enter.

February 23, 2015

'I'm glad that it's done and I'm sorry that I read Twitter'

Neil Patrick Harris didn't bother to go to sleep after hosting Sunday's Academy Awards.

He returned to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood early today to appear on pal Kelly Ripa's morning show Live With Kelly and Michael where he was greeted with a standing ovation.

But reviews of the first-time Oscar host's performance were mixed following a very successful opening musical number.

'I'm glad that it's done and I'm sorry that I read Twitter,' said Harris.

February 23, 2015

'I'm glad that it's done and I'm sorry that I read Twitter'

Neil Patrick Harris didn't bother to go to sleep after hosting Sunday's Academy Awards.

He returned to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood early today to appear on pal Kelly Ripa's morning show Live With Kelly and Michael where he was greeted with a standing ovation.

But reviews of the first-time Oscar host's performance were mixed following a very successful opening musical number.

'I'm glad that it's done and I'm sorry that I read Twitter,' said Harris.

February 22, 2015

Neil Meron: 'A person’s sexuality has nothing to do with how good a host they are, and that's the truth'

In two of the three years that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have produced the Academy Awards, they have chosen an openly gay person as host: Ellen DeGeneres last year and Neil Patrick Harris this year.

 

Zadan and Meron, longtime professional partners, are gay as well.

Is there a connection?

They say no way.

'It never informed our decision,' Meron tells The Advocate.

February 19, 2015

'How do you beat the selfie that broke the Internet?'

Neil Patrick Harris told Ellen DeGeneres Wednesday (18 February) that he's been having nightmares and it's all her fault.

'How do you beat the selfie that broke the Internet?' this year's Oscar host asked last year's Oscar host.

Harris was speaking of the all-star selfie that DeGeneres engineered with the likes of Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey, among others.

February 19, 2015

'How do you beat the selfie that broke the Internet?'

Neil Patrick Harris told Ellen DeGeneres Wednesday (18 February) that he's been having nightmares and it's all her fault.

'How do you beat the selfie that broke the Internet?' this year's Oscar host asked last year's Oscar host.

Harris was speaking of the all-star selfie that DeGeneres engineered with the likes of Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey, among others.

February 17, 2015

Follows Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell in current production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Darren Criss will next play the title character in the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

It was announced today that the Glee star will replace John Cameron Mitchell beginning 29 April for a limited 12-week run at the Belasco Theatre in New York City.

Criss will be the latest in a growing list of high-profile performers to tackle the role of a transgender punk rock singer who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation.

February 13, 2015

'I don’t have much interest in punch lines that make them feel bad about themselves'

Ricky Gervais made TV viewers laugh but celebrities cringe during the three years that he hosted the Golden Globe Awards.

Anyone was fair game during his 2010-12 reign of terror at the a helm of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual kudofest.

Neil Patrick Harris, who will be hosting the Academy Awards in 10 days, is not planning on a Gervais-style evening.

February 8, 2015

His Hedwig cast album loses to the musical Beautiful and NPH jokes: 'I hate Carole King'

Neil Patrick Harris, already the winner of a Tony Award and four Emmys, missed out on adding a Grammy to his major showbiz honors on Sunday.

Nominated in the Best Cast Recording category for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris lost to the cast album for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Doing red carpet interviews with husband David Burtka, Harris broke news of the loss on live TV while chatting with Entertainment Tonight: 'We just found out we didn't win. The amazing musical Beautiful did. So I hate Carole King.'

February 8, 2015

His Hedwig cast album loses to the musical Beautiful and NPH jokes: 'I hate Carole King'

Neil Patrick Harris, already the winner of a Tony Award and four Emmys, missed out on adding a Grammy to his major showbiz honors on Sunday.

Nominated in the Best Cast Recording category for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris lost to the cast album for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Doing red carpet interviews with husband David Burtka, Harris broke news of the loss on live TV while chatting with Entertainment Tonight: 'We just found out we didn't win. The amazing musical Beautiful did. So I hate Carole King.'

February 2, 2015

'He is just excellent at everything, and he is totally who he is'

Neil Patrick Harris isn't just an inspiration to younger gay people struggling with coming out or accepting themselves.

It turns out he was also an inspiration to an 82-year-old Oscar winner who last week decided to publicly declare that he is gay.

February 2, 2015

'He is just excellent at everything, and he is totally who he is'

Neil Patrick Harris isn't just an inspiration to younger gay people struggling with coming out or accepting themselves.

It turns out he was also an inspiration to an 82-year-old Oscar winner who last week decided to publicly declare that he is gay.

January 7, 2015

‘Do the opposite of what I did and you'll be fine’

It's a select group of performers who have hosted the Academy Awards.

Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres and ... Anne Hathaway and James Franco?

Yes, that unlikely due was chosen to host the 2011 Academy Awards and it did not go well.

The Academy was hoping to hook into a younger demographic with the youthful pairing.

January 7, 2015

‘Do the opposite of what I did and you'll be fine’

It's a select group of performers who have hosted the Academy Awards.

Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres and ... Anne Hathaway and James Franco?

Yes, that unlikely due was chosen to host the 2011 Academy Awards and it did not go well.

The Academy was hoping to hook into a younger demographic with the youthful pairing.

January 1, 2015

'She lived a long, lovely life'

Neil Patrick Harris paid tribute this week to his paternal grandmother, Martha Jeanne Harris, who died on Christmas night.

She was 92.

He shared the news on Instagram Tuesday (30 December): 'My grandma passed away on Thursday night, services are today. Martha Jeanne Harris was 92, lived a long, lovely life. We shared a birthday, 6/15. She’ll be missed.'

Harris is one of six grandchildren to survive her and his twins with husband David Burtka are two of her 13 great-grandchildren.

January 1, 2015

'She lived a long, lovely life'

Neil Patrick Harris paid tribute this week to his paternal grandmother, Martha Jeanne Harris, who died on Christmas night.

She was 92.

He shared the news on Instagram Tuesday (30 December): 'My grandma passed away on Thursday night, services are today. Martha Jeanne Harris was 92, lived a long, lovely life. We shared a birthday, 6/15. She’ll be missed.'

Harris is one of six grandchildren to survive her and his twins with husband David Burtka are two of her 13 great-grandchildren.

December 26, 2014

LuPone gave Harris withering stare during rehearsals for Company then later used 'a colorful variety of Anglo-Saxon words' before storming off

Neil Patrick Harris may seem ultra-confident on a Broadway stage, a movie screen or on television but he admits even he can have major bouts with insecurity.

One of those times came in 2011 when he appeared in The New York Philharmonic concert production of Company with such heavy hitters as Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert and Katie Finneran.

December 26, 2014

LuPone gave Harris withering stare during rehearsals for Company then later used 'a colorful variety of Anglo-Saxon words' before storming off

Neil Patrick Harris may seem ultra-confident on a Broadway stage, a movie screen or on television but he admits even he can have major bouts with insecurity.

One of those times came in 2011 when he appeared in The New York Philharmonic concert production of Company with such heavy hitters as Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert and Katie Finneran.

December 25, 2014

'Get (your family) a gift of simply telling them to watch me host the Oscars'

Oscar producers chose Christmas Day to unveil their first 2015 Academy Awards promo featuring host Neil Patrick Harris.

Harris says in the video: 'This holiday season, get your family a gift they'll never forget: Instead of traditional presents, get them a gift of simply telling them to watch me host the Oscars.'

Harris is a four-time Emmy winner, a 2014 Tony winner and a 2015 Grammy nominee. He appeared this year in the films Gone Girl and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

December 25, 2014

'Get (your family) a gift of simply telling them to watch me host the Oscars'

Oscar producers chose Christmas Day to unveil their first 2015 Academy Awards promo featuring host Neil Patrick Harris.

Harris says in the video: 'This holiday season, get your family a gift they'll never forget: Instead of traditional presents, get them a gift of simply telling them to watch me host the Oscars.'

Harris is a four-time Emmy winner, a 2014 Tony winner and a 2015 Grammy nominee. He appeared this year in the films Gone Girl and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

December 19, 2014

Star takes center stage during season's final two episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show

From Doogie to Barney to Hedwig to Chester?

Neil Patrick Harris has played many things in his long career on television, in movies and on stage but his role on American Horror Story: Freak Show seems to be his biggest departure yet.

When the FX series resumes 7 January for its final two episodes, Harris will appear as a man named Chester, the new owner of the circus.

He is attracted conjoined twins Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) but also is close to a ventriloquist dummy that he says 'relaxes' him.

Hmmm.