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Entertainment Weekly rounded up a bunch of celebrities — from Alyson Hannigan to the cast of Parks and Recreation — for a PSA warning viewers of the dangers of binge-watching. Maybe you're like Adam Scott, who brags, "I don't have a TV. I just read and look out the window." Anyway, the celebs offer some dos and don'ts for how to binge-watch in a responsible manner. Do: Drink a lot of fluids. Don't: Binge-watch Breaking Bad and then switch to True Detective. Do: Take breaks if you're single. Don't: Binge-watch CNN because it will never end. »
- E. Alex Jung
Film-goers and kids growing up today know Joss Whedon as the director behind one of the biggest comic book blockbuster franchises to date: The Avengers. Without question, Whedon has taken his extensive knowledge of the world of comic books (he has written a number of them, including Fray, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and also created The Astonishing X-Men for Marvel) and translated it to major success on the big screen.
Those three shows had an impact on pop culture like no other, and none more so than Buffy the Vampire Slayer, an unlikely cult hit for the W.B. (Warner Brothers) network in the 90s/early 2000s (it would move to Upn in its final seasons). Originally something of a failed movie that »
- Jay Anderson
This is going to be legen – wait for it – Dary! If you’ve been missing your weekly dose of How I Met Your Mother since the long-running half-hour comedy series wrapped up earlier this year, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will have you covered this fall. That’s right – on September 23rd, How I Met Your Mother – The Whole Story will hit shelves on DVD.
The complete series set contains all 208 episodes of the show and also includes the highly anticipated alternate ending, which paints a different picture for Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Robin (Cobie Smulders), Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and their romantically challenged best friend Ted (Josh Radnor). It comes with limited-edition Bro Code Playbook packaging, as well as a bonus disc with featurettes including a complete series retrospective documentary of the series, a piece focusing on the casting of the infamous mother, a look back at »
- Isaac Feldberg
[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA (July 22, 2014) – You don’t have to “wait for it” any longer… the complete series collection is here as “How I Met Your Mother” – The Whole Story arrives on DVD September 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “Suit up” for all nine legendary seasons of the slap-happy show that took TV comedy to hilarious new heights. Join Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Robin (Cobie Smulders), Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and their romantically challenged best friend Ted (Josh Radnor) for more than two-hundred truly awesome episodes. Relive all the inside jokes, crazy time-jumps, never-saw-that-coming plot twists and classic long-running gags: from the Bro Code to doppelgängers to Robin Sparkles to the infamous slap bet between Marshall and »
- Pietro Filipponi
How I Met Your Mother: E4, 8.30pm
The sitcom comes to an end after nine seasons, as Ted (Josh Radnor) at long last finishes his story.
The gang reunite for Ted's wedding with The Mother (Cristin Milioti), and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) experiences a monumental event in his personal life that leads him to change his ways. Also starring Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan.
Glee: Sky1, 9pm
New Directions travel to Los Angeles and compete at Nationals, attended by former member Mercedes (Amber Riley). They dedicate their performance to the late Finn. »
Before 2012's The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble for us in good ol' Blighty), Joss Whedon had already made his mark on comic books, with his acclaimed run on Astonishing X-Men and his own ongoing Buffy The Vampire Slayer series with Dark Horse. And for many fans – myself included – his step into the world of comic books and superheroes made perfect sense. Why? Not just because he's an exceptional writer, but because Buffy was a flat-out superhero show with plenty of nods to various comic books.
Looking back on Buffy now, after The Avengers and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, these comic-book influences are even more fascinating. Not only was he writing or overseeing a weekly superhero story in a time when such characters were still viewed »
Start to feel very old, because American Pie celebrates its 15th anniversary this week. The '90s comedy classic was an instant box office hit and helped launch the careers of its leading cast.
Sequels followed, but none of them quite managed to recapture the magic of that glorious first time. There was always something vaguely comforting about American Pie - no matter how bad we had it in school, it was never quite as bad as the experiences of Jim, Oz, Finch and the gang.
To mark American Pie's birthday, Digital Spy has collected 15 of our favourite quotes from the 1999 movie below.
Jim (Jason Biggs)
1. "You realise we're all going to go to college as virgins. They probably have special dorms for people like us."
2. "Guys, uh, what exactly does third base feel like?"
3. "I would like to make an announcement - there is a gorgeous woman masturbating on my bed. »
It's a little early in the week for a throwback Thursday, but that's not stopping Alyson Hannigan. It seems the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star is feeling nostalgic for her hit show, because Hannigan's new 'do looks a lot like her old character's fiery hairstyle. The actress cut off her long auburn tresses back in March for a refreshing chin-length chop. Now, she's livened up her locks with a new bright orange hue. And while she's never left the redhead category, we've never seen her flame-hued color quite so carroty. The How I Met Your Mother star isn't the only celeb who's rebooted her hair color with a Crayola-colored shade this summer. Demi Lovato »
We always hear about actors turning down parts and later regretting it, such as Sean Connery passing on Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, but what about in the world of TV? Deciding to take a juicy TV role is typically a much more difficult decision than agreeing to star in a film, because a movie will never take up more of an actor’s time than around 4-6 months, whereas a TV series can lock an actor in for 6 months a year for up to a decade, depending on the contract offered and whether the part is adapted from previous material.
Still, these actors all turned down roles in huge shows that surely would’ve given each of them a small-screen boost, especially as at the time many of them could certainly have used the exposure.
We’re not going to stop there, though: we’re also going »
- Jack Pooley
Joss Whedon, lauded king of fandom, purveyor of wisdom and de facto overseer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, celebrates his 50th birthday on Monday (June 23).
Whedon's always had a knack for taking pre-established characters – whether it's The Avengers or a gang of talking toys or the cast of Speed – and making them just that bit more quippy and emotionally rich and awesome. But it's his original small-screen characters that remain his most beloved.
Below, Digital Spy counts down our top fifteen Whedonverse characters. You can vote for your favourite in the poll below, then take to the comments to rank about all the rankings we got wrong and all the favourites we've inevitably left out.
15. Dr Horrible
Neil Patrick Harris's "aspiring supervillain" is never at any point successfully villainous. He's a more immediately loveable extension of Buffy's Nerd Troika – the perpetually overlooked semi-recluse who can barely string a sentence together around his crush, »
After an adolescence memorable for sticky fillings and flute solos, Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are finally getting married. But with Stifler (Seann William Scott), Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Jim's dad (Eugene Levy) on the guest list, it can't fail to be a hapless occasion. The third in the taste-pushing franchise proves yet again that when it comes to cringe-making comedy, we have a trousers-down winner. »
Look who’s in the bread line after pilot season!
Lots of exciting stars will join the broadcast TV lineup this fall (Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tea Leoni, Ioan Gruffudd) but an equal amount were left jobless after the networks announced their schedules last week in New York. Here’s who (and what projects) we will miss now that the upfronts are over:
- Lynette Rice
Actor Kyle MacLachlan is one of the busiest men working on television. He will be listed on the Emmy nominations ballot three times this summer: as a drama supporting actor for "Believe" and as a comedy guest actor for both "Portlandia" and "How I Met Your Mother." We'll cover all those roles when the veteran performer joins us for a live chat this Wednesday at noon Pt/ 3:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- On the freshman NBC series "Believe," MacLachlan plays Dr. Roman Skouras, a world-famous geneticist and a mortal enemy to Dr. Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo). He has been a fan favorite as the fictional mayor of Portland on the IFC variety series "Portlandia" with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. And his recurring guest role on "How I Met Your Mother" was as the very wealthy Captain who comes between Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel). Subs. »
The "How I Met Your Mother" finale was not as good as it could have been ... so says series star Alyson Hannigan ... who thinks fans would have liked it more had they not cut out a few key scenes. Our photog caught up with Lily Aldrin herself in Brentwood on Wednesday, where she wouldn't cop to not being happy with the finale ... she just wishes fans got to see the whole thing ... including a "gut-wrenching »
- TMZ Staff
A few days ago, Neil Patrick Harris came to the defense of the How I Met Your Mother finale, which angered many longtime fans. That was on the heels of comments from Josh Radnor and the show’s creators explaining why they thought the ending was totally appropriate. Now, the latest cast member to discuss the finale is Alyson Hannigan, though her comments are more of an explanation than a defense.
The actress says that a one-second scene of Ted at his wife’s funeral was cut because it was too “gut-wrenching.” She believes the scene might have led to a warmer reception for the finale, though.
“Honestly, if you saw [that] cut, it would be even more heart-wrenching than what the finale was. They were like, ‘No. It’s just too gut-wrenching.’ And I was like, ‘That’s what I want. I want my heart ripped out and slammed on the floor and, »
- Alexander Lowe
How I Met Your Mother ended almost a month ago, but people are still talking about what could have and should have happened with the finale. Alyson Hannigan, like Josh Radnor, felt there was a cut scene that would've been beneficial. Talking to TV Line, she said not only was the episode eighteen minutes shorter than the script from the "perfect" table read (which was taped and will be on the DVD), but it "was also much more heart-wrenching." Specifically, there was a "one-second" scene at the mother's funeral that was edited out for being "just too gut-wrenching." She believes that shot would've helped the audience understand that "[Ted] mourned" and "got closure," so "then they’d be happy that [he and Robin] got together. Rather than be like, ‘Oh, wait. She died? What? They’re together, huh?’ And credits.”Hannigan also responded to the fans' disappointment, comparing it to a breakup. "You know »
- Jesse David Fox
Scandal cast member Columbus Short has driven gossip headlines in the past several weeks with personal problems (often including accusations of violent behavior). Now he won’t return for Scandal‘s fourth season. I guess that answers that cliffhanger.
Disney is planning a sequel for the cheesy fun of Teen Beach Movie. The original was a hit not only in terms of TV ratings but also sold plenty of copies of the soundtrack.
More Garrett Clayton on TV. Nothing to complain about.
The credibility of the CNN reality series Chicagoland, which claimed to document the real-life challenges faced by the city of Chicago, was challenged by a report in the Chicago Tribune. According to e-mails obtained by the Tribune, producers coordinated with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to coordinate storylines, plan shots and pick subjects who would be featured in the series. Even when depicting some of the difficulties faced by the city, »
- Lyle Masaki
“I was fully prepared to take a break, until I read the script and it was too good to pass up,” Hannigan told Variety at UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s “Taste For a Cure” event Friday night at the Beverly Wilshire.
“I just loved it so much. It was too good to be true, like by page nine I was like, ‘All right, you know, so the break was shorter than I thought.’”
Hannigan said the CBS pilot is based on real family stories, including Damon’s.
“Every story »
- Nikara Johns
Meg Ryan has joined the cast of CBS' upcoming sitcom "How I Met Your Dad," EW reports. She'll provide the show's first-person narration, just like Bob Saget did on "How I Met Your Mother." The spinoff, first announced last October is set to star Greta Gerwig ( Frances Ha , Arthur ). Emily Spivey ("Up All Night") and "Mother" co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are writing the pilot and are attached to executive produce. The show will center on Gerwig's all-new female lead, Sally, and her own group of friends with Ryan voicing "Future Sally." "How I Met Your Mother," which starred Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan, recently concluded its ninth and final season. »
In just four weeks, we’ll find out if Anthony Lapaglia and David Schwimmer will stage comebacks to prime time, or if Flash will really fly for the CW. Chances are it will, but what about those comic book-inspired dramas in the works at Fox and NBC?
Here’s your chance to see all the possibilities, but don’t get your hopes up too high: A majority of these pilots won’t make the cut for fall.
- Lynette Rice
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