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Don't quote us, but we think there will be some magic happening during the 2015 Oscars (either literally or figuratively). Neil Patrick Harris has been tapped to host Hollywood's biggest night, and during an appearance on E! News today, the funnyman dished to Jason Kennedy and Giuliana Rancic on how he's prepping for the Academy Awards stage. "I'm trying to watch a bunch of past Oscar shows in sequence so I can see sort of how technology has changed, the set, the room," Nph, who already has Emmy and Tony hosting duties under his belt. "Keep in mind, award shows is a room filled with terribly nervous people who have been through a gauntlet of anticipation, including the red »
Disney’s Princesses are some of the most beloved cartoon figures in history, but even they have come under scrutiny as Hollywood pushes for more diversity in their films. Disney’s latest princess will be the first of Pacific Islander descent (unless you count Lilo of Lilo & Stitch as a princess). The CG-animated film is Moana, the story of a born navigator who travels through ancient Oceania along with a demi-God pal named Maui in order to find a secret island.
Deadline reported Monday that the film would be aiming for a November 2016 release date and would be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog). In the meantime, we’ll be awaiting Pixar’s Inside Out and Finding Dory, both anticipated for 2015. And Deadline reported back in 2013 several other slots for two other Disney and Pixar films in both March and »
- Brian Welk
It is still hard having a television season without How I Met Your Mother on the Monday night schedule. The show was a staple on CBS for nine seasons and ended its run in March 2014. The reviews were mixed on the final season that took place over one weekend of Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) big day. Many people grew tired watching the wedding mishaps from waiting for the guests to arrive to trying to decide where to have the rehearsal dinner. Others loved the idea of having one season only last three days long with intermittent scenes featuring Ted’s (Josh Radnor) relationship with “The Mother” Aka Tracy (Cristin Milioti). For those fan who wished the show had ended at the end of season eight, this article is for you. Even if you loved season nine, still continue reading. We at TV Overmind have selected the top moments of… »
- Tim Gerstenberger
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Taylor Swift has a new album coming out, and the reviews are ahhhhhh-mazing. The songstress stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to talk about "1989," and even admitted that she kept the album exclusively on her phone for over a year because she was paranoid that someone might record it!
Taylor's known for her cryptic lyrics (many of which are about her ex-boyfriends), and she dished on the meaning of a few in particular. Thank goodness -- if it wasn't for Jimmy Kimmel we'd be analyzing these musings for weeks.
- Mehera Bonner
Neil Patrick Harris has different thoughts about sex scenes now than he did before he starred in CBS's “How I Met Your Mother.” Or perhaps it's the difference between working on the stage and working on a movie set. The “Gone Girl” star recounted his recent experience in a sex scene for that film on TBS's “Conan,” juxtaposing it with a nude stage scene he did years ago; a scene that happened to star one of his “How I Met Your Mother” co-stars. See photos: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finale: What the CBS Series Meant for Its Stars’ Careers Of the new. »
- Jason Hughes
Cristela Alonzo is one of the breakout stars of this fall TV season. The stand up comic is the co-creator, co-executive producer and star of the ABC sitcom “Cristela.” No small feat for any performer, but statistics show that it’s even harder for Latina performers to carve out that kind of opportunity in Hollywood. Hear how Alonzo did Oct. 30 at a LifeRaft event hosted by the SAG Foundation. Other upcoming L.A. events include: Screening of “Predator” and “Action Jackson” and a Discussion With Carl Weathers Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Click here for details. Neil Patrick Harris Book Signing Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The Grove at Farmers Market 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles Click here for more information. Steam Carnival Oct. 25-26 Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles 112 E. 22nd Street, Warehouse #10, Los Angeles Click here for details. Lost Moon »
I’m still trying to puzzle out why Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show went to relatively unknown actor James Corden, someone Ferguson himself hadn’t even heard of. But until we see Corden in action in the chair and on stage, I suppose we should withhold judgement until we see whatever it is CBS saw in him. Corden doesn’t take over until March 2015, but Ferguson is leaving before that. But rather than take the show off the air completely, CBS has just announced that The Late Late Show will feature a series of rotating guest hosts who will take over things until Corden officially is in place. There’s no word on who exactly might take over in one of these guest roles, but whoever it is, it will likely either be a just-for-laughs host to try and draw in an audience (Neil Patrick Harris, anyone?) or perhaps someone who is seriously… »
Oscar producers: Neil Patrick Harris received the Academy's only formal offer to host Responding to a Hollywood Reporter report that Harris was the 4th choice to host the Oscars, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron released a statement saying: “After every Oscar show there is always a discussion as to who will host the next one. Many names are discussed and sometimes even floated without there being any formal offers. At times, these casual discussions take on a life of their own, and some are eager to break a story without knowing the facts. Neil Patrick Harris received the Academy’s formal offer. He is the perfect choice for the Oscars and will be the consummate host.” Anderson Cooper ticks off a reporter by refusing to take a selfie with him at the Canadian shooting site “No, I will not take a photo with you on a day where someone was killed! »
- Norman Weiss
An anonymously sourced Hollywood Reporter story Wednesday headlined “Also-ran Academy Host?” in their print edition gossip column, as well as an expanded online version blatantly headlining “Neil Patrick Harris Wasn’t Academy’s First Choice To Host The Oscars,” has been flatly denied by Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
The story, credited in the online version to writer Seth Abramovich, claims 2014 host Ellen DeGeneres was “begged” by the producers to host again but refused the offer. The piece then said Chris Rock, who shares DeGeneres’ ICM Partners agent Eddy Yablans, was “next on the wish list” but a deal “failed to materialize.” The story also said the producers even approached Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who also said ‘no.’ ” THR then says that only after these rejections was Harris — a four-time Emmy winner as Tony host and two-time Emmy host — offered the gig.
Reliable sources with knowledge of the 2015 Oscar »
- Pete Hammond
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have hitched their wagon to one of the leading players in American theater, the Shubert Organization, with the signing of a three-year development/production deal. The award-winning producing team, who have collected a trophy cabinet full of Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, Grammys and Tony Awards over their careers, are currently gearing up to produce their third Academy Awards telecast in February, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris; as well as Peter Pan Live! for NBC on Dec. 4, starring Christopher Walken and Allison Williams. That project follows last year’s popular television event, The Sound of
- David Rooney
The general consensus on the hiring of Neil Patrick Harris as the host of next year.s Oscars ceremony seemed to be a collective nod of approval, as if to tell the Academy, "You got the right guy." Harris has been an incredibly charming and versatile host of both the Tonys and the Emmys, so graduating to the white-hot spotlight of all things Oscar makes sense. The room isn.t too big for Nph. The moment isn.t too large. That being said, we.re now learning that Harris wasn.t the Academy.s first choice. Nor its second. Not even its third. The Hollywood Reporter goes on the record to say that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron "first begged last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres" because her work earlier this year "netted an 8 percent increase in viewership over the year prior." Getting pizza delivered and taking A-list selfies seems »
London — Louise Pedersen, the managing director of distributor All3Media Intl., is to join Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment in the newly created role of managing director of its U.K. operations, which are expanding.
Pedersen will play a central role in the commercial aspects of the company, and will be responsible for the day-to-day activities in the U.K., the company said. She will report directly to Playground founder and CEO, Callender.
Pedersen has spent the last decade as managing director at All3Media Intl., overseeing its international distribution. Prior to that, she served as director of international sales for ITV.
Playground already has a strong presence in the U.K. and the addition of Pedersen is part of the company’s expansion strategy, reflecting its growing development and production slate, the company said. With Pederson taking on her new role, Playground will open offices in London in early 2015, where it »
- Leo Barraclough
It was announced last week that the excellent Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting this coming February's Oscar ceremony, but it turns out that Nph wasn’t the Academy’s first choice. THR reports that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—who have produced the last two ceremonies in a row—first “begged” Ellen Degeneres to return as Oscar for this year’s ceremony. She firmly declined the offer, and then they next approached Chris Rock, who hosted in 2005. He turned down the offer as well, and so Zadan and Meron then went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus who, shocker, said “no”. They then finally landed on Harris, who graciously agreed to take on the gig. More after the jump. Hosting the Oscars is essentially a no-win scenario. You have to be able to balance the humor and entertainment with the fact that everyone in the room is incredibly nervous and just »
- Adam Chitwood
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Neil Patrick Harris reportedly wasn't the first choice to host the Oscars.
Neil Patrick Harris has become one of Hollywood's go-to guys for hosting award shows, but the How I Met Your Mother star reportedly wasn't the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' first choice to host the 2015 Oscars.
News: Nph Set to Host the Oscars for the First Time
The 41-year-old actor will host the Academy Awards for the first time on Feb. 22, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Neil was fourth on the Academy's wish list of potential emcees.
Harris is a seasoned award show host, having emceed the Emmys twice and the Tony Awards four times, but he's had his eye on the Oscars for quite some time. In a video announcing the gig, Harris showed »
Neil Patrick Harris was the 4th choice to host Oscars — after Ellen, Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Ellen DeGeneres was against hosting for a 3rd time, according to The Hollywood Reporter, while a deal with 2005 host Chris Rock “failed to materialize.” “Veep” star Louis-Dreyfus, meanwhile, said no to hosting. Bryan Cranston responds to Toys ‘R Us pulling “Breaking Bad” toys: "Nicely played Florida Mom" "Word on the street is that they were sent to Belize,” he tweeted. World Series delivers its worst Game 1 overnight ratings ever Last night’s blowout win was topped by “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “The Voice.” Plus: “Selfie” sees a slight rise, and “Marry Me” falls about 15-20% in Week 2. Click Read Full Post For More PBS: At least 33 million watched part of “The Roosevelts” The average audience for all seven episodes was 9.2 million. Melissa Rivers is poised to inherit more than $100M from Joan Rivers »
- Norman Weiss
Neil Patrick Harris was reportedly not the first choice to host next year's Oscars ceremony.
13 times Neil Patrick Harris proved he is the ultimate Oscars host
Harris emerged as the 2015 host last week, having previously hosted four Tony Awards and two Emmy Awards in the past.
DeGeneres previously hosted the Academy Awards in 2006, returning last year. The 2014 ceremony was seen by a worldwide audience of 43.74 million.
Speaking about presenting next year's event, Harris recently said that he doesn't want it to be "super derivative of other shows". »
In a new red carpet interview, Golden Globes host Tina Fey honors the late "Saturday Night Live" star Jan Hooks, who died at age 57 this month. Fey cast Hooks as the mother of Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) a few years ago. She says, "Jan was so funny and the crew was so mesmerized. It made me sad when she passed and it made me mad at the time that how available she was. Jan should have had a bigger career. Jan deserved a big movie career, certainly as big as Rob Schneider. E! Online -Break- ABC is bringing back the retired Barbara Walters to host her annual special about the "most fascinating people" of the year. The 2014 edition will air on December 14 featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, Scarlett Johansson, Oprah Winfrey, and several others not yet revealed. Last year's special featured former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the top overall choice. »
When the news first came out that Neil Patrick Harris would be hosting the 2015 Oscars, the reaction was decidedly "of course," with a touch of "finally!" However, it was less of a given than it appeared. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Nph wasn't the producers' top choice. He wasn't even their third choice. First, Ellen DeGeneres was begged to return. Then Chris Rock said no. Then, maybe most exciting, the producers asked Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Hold in your "Omg"; Jld said no. Then, after all the waiters at the Chateau Marmont passed, we got Harris. A TV show is in development about the process, called How I Met Your Host. »
- Jesse David Fox
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Neil Patrick Harris was not the Academy's first choice to host the 2015 Oscars. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron first begged last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, whose turn at the podium netted an 8 percent increase in viewership over the year prior. (That all-star selfie didn't hurt, either: The picture that broke Twitter was worth $1 billion in publicity, according to one estimate.) But despite Zadan and Meron's appeals, DeGeneres — who earned mixed reviews for her performance (including a negative one
- Seth Abramovitch
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