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Harris as 87th Academy Awards Host. Good Choice?

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards,
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39 Reasons Why We Love Birthday Boy Neil Patrick Harris

It's no secret that we hold Neil Patrick Harris in the highest esteem here. He's both an inspiration and pretty much the template for how to live openly in Hollywood and still have the kind of career most actors would kill for.

It basically comes down to class, talent, and having a sense of humor - about the business, the baggage that goes along with it, and especially about yourself. Nph is remarkably self-aware, which is extraordinary considering he's spent most of his life surrounded by a facade.

A couple of years ago we did a "Reasons We Love," for his birthday, but so much has happened since then, we felt an update was necessary. So here are 39 things we love, some old, some new, but it all paints a picture of a multi-talented star, and one of our favorite people.

1. Unlike a lot of child stars, Nph fully embraces
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37 Reasons Why We Love Birthday Boy Neil Patrick Harris

It's no secret that we hold Neil Patrick Harris in the highest esteem here. He's both an inspiration and pretty much the template for how to live openly in Hollywood and still have the kind of career most actors would kill for.

It basically comes down to class, talent, and having a sense of humor - about the business, the baggage that goes along with it, and especially about yourself. Nph is remarkably self-aware, which is extraordinary considering he's spent most of his life surrounded by a facade.

Today he's celebrating his 37th birthday, and we'd like to celebrate by mentioning a few things that have endeared him to us. 37 things (in no particular order) ... plus one to grow on.

1. Unlike a lot of child stars, Nph fully embraces his early claim to fame ... sometimes brilliantly.

2. No words needed...

3. Even while navigating new-fangled technology, his humor remains wonderfully intact.

4. One
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Robert Mulligan dies at 83

Robert Mulligan dies at 83
Robert Mulligan, who directed "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Summer of '42," among other films, died Friday of heart disease at his Connecticut home. He was 83.

Mulligan received a best director Oscar nomination in 1963 for "Mockingbird."

The brother of actor Richard Mulligan, he also directed "The Great Impostor," "Love With the Proper Stranger," "Baby, the Rain Must Fall," "Inside Daisy Clover," "Up the Down Staircase" and "The Other." He also narrated "Summer of '42."

Known for his diffident nature and sensitivity toward players, Mulligan directed five different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Natalie Wood, Ruth Gordon and Ellen Burstyn, with Peck winning the best actor Oscar for "Mockingbird."

He also elicited consistently fine performances from a range of his players, including Anthony Perkins in "Fear Strikes Out," Jennifer O'Neill in "Summer of '42," Robert Redford in "Inside Daisy Clover" and Richard Gere in "Bloodbrothers."

Mulligan earned his
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