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Afternoon Delight, 2013.
Directed by Jill Soloway.
Bored and listless housewife Rachel visits a lap-dancing club to help spice up her marriage and connects with a stripper that she invites into her home as a live-in nanny, with surprising consequences.
Go on, you can tell me. Have you ever jumped into the back seat of your car as it trundles slowly through the car wash, just because you can, free for a moment of the responsibility of control, just for a different of view things?
No? Well, me neither. Already, I feel inadequate, quirk-wise, and the opening credits haven’t even finished.
Afternoon Delight may be the perfect film for someone, just not for me. I have way too much testosterone coarsing through my innards to really get down with the ladies here. The story of (now, when you’ve watched it, »
- Steve Leadbetter
Bob Saget is telling you how he really feels about the How I Met Your Mother series finale. The voice of future Ted was on Watch What Happens Live and predictably was asked about the controversial How I Met Your Mother series finale. "I loved it...I was there with my oldest daughter at the reading, so I knew what it was. I knew that Josh was narrating it. Some people said that he should have turned into me, but it wasn't The Matrix," Saget said. The finale saw Ted (Josh Radnor) finally finish telling his kids the story of how he met their now-deceased mother. With their blessing, he went after another woman he loved, Robin (Cobie Smulders), who was divorced from Barney (Neil Patrick »
Feature Mark Harrison 7 Apr 2014 - 07:00
Now that it's left our screens, Mark details what How I Met Your Mother did right...
This article contains major spoilers for How I Met Your Mother, especially the finale - if you're watching at E4 pace, you'll probably want to come back later in the year.
Last year, we made the case for CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother's geek credentials, and came to the conclusion that while the leads are all cool, good-looking people in that sitcom way, they also have geeky interests in common as they grow into their thirties together.
For people who don't watch the series, or have maybe seen an episode or a clip while channel-hopping past E4, this show is essentially Friends warmed up. Whenever you hear that comparison, it never seems to come across in a flattering way, but that's reductive to both Friends, »
One person missing from Monday’s How I Met Your Mother finale? Robin Sparkles.
Many fans were hoping for an encore performance from Robin’s Canadian pop star, but it wasn’t meant to be. But — as How I Met Your Mother prop guru David Baker showed on Twitter — a musical moment was shot: Wearing a jean jacket over her wedding dress, Robin channeled Ms. Sparkles and broke out her first hit, “Let’s Go to The Mall,” at her wedding reception, complete with The Mother on bass. (Pause for a moment and ponder the cuteness — and the inevitable heartbreak. »
- Erin Strecker
If, like me, you were pretty unhappy with Monday's series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," the revelation that several key scenes were cut -- including one featuring Robin Sparkles -- might make you even more upset.
The news was shared by cast and crew members on Twitter and in interviews this week. Alyson Hannigan, who played Lily, tweeted that the episode was originally 18 minutes longer, and needed to be cut down considerably to fit into into allotted one-hour airtime.
But could those scenes have made a difference in the controversial ending, which featured the mother's (Cristin Milioti) offscreen death and Ted's (Josh Radnor) seemingly immediate race to reunite with Robin (Cobie Smulders)? Yes and no.
Some of the moments, shared by Hannigan and in behind-the-scenes photos by Himym prop master David Baker, included callbacks to running gags including the pineapple, Lily and Marshall's bet over whether or not Ted ends up with Robin, »
- Katie Roberts
Over the course of How I Met Your Mother's run, Neil Patrick Harris hosted nearly 1,000 awards shows, Josh Radnor wrote and directed two indie movies, and Jason Segel made a Muppet movie. The cast hasn't exactly been sealed off in a Himym bubble. But now that the show has ended — and oh, what an ending it was — the stars are lining up new projects. What does the future hold for the former MacLaren's regulars?Josh Radnor: Radnor told Marc Maron last week that he's writing a movie that's "a love triangle set in Poland." Radnor already has 2010's Happythankyoumoreplease and 2012's Liberal Arts under his belt, so expect to see this movie at Sundance in, oh, 2016. Cobie Smulders: She's Maria Hill in the Avengers franchise, so she's in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it looks like she'll be in next summer's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Margaret Lyons
How They Made the Series Finale. How I Met Your Mother may be over, but CBS is still doling out goodies to share with longtime fans still mourning the end of their favorite (slightly long-winded, but totally worth it) story. Today, the network unveiled a handful of behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of the sitcom's swan song, "Last Forever." And while almost all of the pictures have us tearing up, we're definitely reaching for the tissues and ice cream thanks to the snaps of Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti filming the highly anticipated (we're talking nine years of build up here!) first meeting of Ted and The Mother (Or, you know, Tracy). Neil Patrick Harris lightens the mood a bit »
The How I Met Your Mother series finale was a polarizing one, and the cast and crew know it. Josh Radnor (aka Ted Mosby) is the latest star to speak out about the show's ending. Creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays also commented on the finale, while Neil Patrick Harris took to Twitter to thank fans for their support. Take a look at what they had to say! View Slideshow › »
- Maggie Pehanick
Outrage over the way "How I Met Your Mother" ended is starting to dissipate. This video may help.
An enterprising fan has excised the last couple of minutes from Monday's (March 31) series finale, and in so doing has allowed Ted (Josh Radnor) and Tracy (Cristin Milioti) to remain together forever, instead of what actually happened.
The real ending does have its defenders, including Radnor himself. "I thought the title of the show was always a bit of a fake-out," he tells Vulture. "It was more of a hook to hang the thing on. Really it was more about, these are the crazy adventures and these are the lessons I had to learn before I met your mother."
YouTube user "Ricardo J Dylan" begs to differ. "I believe that this is more like the ending that we deserve," he writes in the "about" section of the video. His version cuts out »
As one TV tale closes, another one opens. Following How I Met Your Mother's series finale that got everyone talking (some people hated it, while others adored the twist), many fans are wondering if the CBS spinoff How I Met Your Dad is going to follow a similar bait-and-switch ending. Although the show is still in its pilot phase with its fate undetermined at the network, star Greta Gerwig—aka the female Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor)—is clarifying that this futuristic love story will be different than its flagship series. "It's going to be different than the original," Gerwig revealed to Vulture. "When the premise of the show is that it's a young man looking for his true love, »
From its very inception, How I Met Your Mother was based on the execution – often marvelously botched – of the big romantic gesture, most often committed by the eternally hapless Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor). The show’s entire premise, that a middle-aged man would spend what amounts to actual weeks telling his bored teen kids (these poor, poor bored teen kids) about how he met their mother, just reeked of such a gesture. This was big romance! This was a hell of a gesture! It was also one that had some majorly diminishing returns for a long period of time. As the series began to wind down in its final season – a protracted goodbye that has long stretched the admiration of even the most hardcore of fans – the specter of the big romantic gesture loomed both large and literal, with actual objects standing quite effectively in for behaviors and actions. You know them. The »
- Kate Erbland
It is hard to believe it now but How I Met Your Mother teetered between renewal and cancellation in its first two seasons. On Monday it wrapped up its ninth and final season and it did so as primetime’s third highest rated comedy.
While the very title of the show placed the focus on the story of how Josh Radnor’s Ted Mosby met the mother of his children, it soon became clear that the focus was more on the lives and friendship of Ted and his friends. It was in that element that the show excelled and found its audience of diehard fans, all thanks to its incredibly likeable cast. Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris were no strangers to television after their previous successes in Buffy and Doogie Howser, M.D. respectively, with Hannigan also coming off the back of the American Pie series. They were »
- Philip Frazer
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “A Tale of Two Cities: Rebuilding a Metropolis” — Christopher Runyon at Movie Mezzanine profiles a Japanese descendant of Fritz Lang’s epic sci-fi classic which made a powerful impact of its own. “Do we really need all these set photos?” — We’ve reached a point where studios are faking their own leaked set photos, authorizing unauthorized pics that get sent out into the ether to be copied and pasted all over the place. Matt Singer at The Dissolve asks the natural question and scratches his head over why people are excited by visual spoilers while recoiling at the textual kind. “Whose Brooklyn Is It, Anyway?” — A.O. Scott at The New York Times follows the way a neighborhood full of neighborhood has shifted over a half-century in art. “Spike Lee »
- Scott Beggs
Josh Radnor was one of the few people who knew how How I Met Your Mother would end from the very beginning. "They had mentioned to me the twist about the mother in the first season, and I kind of put it out of my head," said the TV star, whose character, Ted, ended the series by asking out Cobie Smudlers' character, Robin, not long after the death of his first wife, Tracy, played by Cristin Milioti. Speaking to Vulture after the divisive series finale, Radnor said, "I didn't know if they would actually want to come back to it and do that, especially after Cristin, because she was so wonderful and the fans seemed to really take to her. So I asked them, 'Are you guys still doing that?' And they said »
I took a good long time to digest the How I Met Your Mother series finale. Too often I see people go by their gut reactions, taking to the various Internet forums to discuss something they’ve barely had time to process. I understand the negative reception the finale has been getting in the wake of its initial broadcast, at least in the sense that I understand that viewers have certain expectations and, when those expectations are not met, there can be feelings of betrayal. I don’t like gut reactions for that very reason. When it comes to television, a lot of thought often goes into how a series ends. I want to respect the work that went into crafting this story, so I chose to let the finale stew in me for a while before I watched it again. Giving “Last Forever” enough time in my mind allowed »
- Brody Gibson
It's the last season of CBS' How I Met Your Mother. Will the sitcom's ratings soar for these last episodes or could viewership fizzle out? Has the series gone on too long? Stay tuned to find out.
The usual cast of How I Met Your Mother -- Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan --all return for the final season. This season they're joined by Cristin Milioti, the future mother of Ted's kids.
This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
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4/1 update: You can see the rest of the latest night's ratings in context. »
Cobie Smulders had the best seat in the house for the How I Met Your Mother series finale. The Avengers star, who played Robin on the CBS sitcom for nine years, shared the inside picture on her Instagram after the series wrapped up on Monday, March 31. "Spoilers!! Best seat in the house. Thank you Himym," Smulders captioned the above photo. "Thank you to everyone who worked on Himym and to the fans who kept us on the air for the last 9 years!!! What a wonderful ride!" she tweeted on the day of the series finale. Ted (Josh Radnor) completed the story of how he met the mother of his children (Cristin Milioti), but the show didn't end there. After telling the story of how he met the now-deceased »
When "How I Met Your Mother" premiered in September 2005, it had been 16 1/2 months since the series finale of "Friends" and just about a year since the startlingly successful debut of "Lost."
CBS may have been looking for something like the former show: an ensemble series about a group of young people, which was a type of sitcom the network had never really figured out. It got that, without question -- "Himym" ended up running almost as long as "Friends" did (nine seasons vs. 10), and though it was never near the massive hit "Friends" was, it was a reliable, consistent performer for CBS. And as the overall network audience shrank in the show's nine years on the air, those once-marginal ratings ended up higher and higher on the Nielsen charts.
He finally met the mother!After nine seasons and nine years, the "How I Met Your Mother" series finale left some fans disappointed, but Josh Radnor is defending the controversial ending.In an interview with Vulture, the actor, who played Ted on the hit CBS sitcom, was asked if he agrees with critics who've said the show's title was misleading."I haven’t had a lot of time to prep a defense if that’s what you’re asking for. [Laughs.] I thought the title of the show was always a bit of a fake-out," he explained. "It was more of a hook to hang the thing on. Really it was more about these are the crazy adventures and these are the lessons I had to learn before I met your mother.""But, also, part of the DNA of the show is they lead you one way and then they pull you back, »
- tooFab Staff
Gotcha! How I Met Your Mother pulled off the ultimate "mate and switch" during its March 31 series finale, pairing -- spoiler alert! -- Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) with his longtime Bff and ex-girlfriend Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders). Fans were outraged that a show called How I Met Your Mother turned out not to be about the mother at all, but Radnor says that criticism misses the point a little. "I thought the title of the show was always a bit of a fake-out. It was more [...] »
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