Showing posts with label NEIL PATRICK HARRIS. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 11, 2018


Neil Patrick Harris Visits The View

Neil Patrick Harris on his twins' Halloween costumes, National Coming Out Day.

Harris and his husband David Burtka are Halloween PROS! We look back at their fabulous costumes over the past few years with their twins.

"It allows your light to shine a little brighter.” Ahead of National Coming Out Day, Harris opens up about coming out: "I was pleased that when I came out, the ceiling didn’t crash in, I was able to stand taller, and be more … transparent about who I was."

Photo Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney

Monday, February 23, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Neil Patrick Harris

OSCARS 87 --- I’m feeling a bit meh about last night’s Oscars presentation. I love Neil Patrick Harris - his Hedwig was unquestionably one of the best things I've ever seen on stage - but, with a musical monologue beginning last night’s show – which reminded me more or less of Rob Lowe’s disastrous turn with Snow White years back- the show never really picked up any steam.

Let’s face it: last year’s show with Ellen DeGeneres in the host post was simply stupendous … and, her so-called selfie resonated around the world. Harris predicted an even bigger stunt and it turned out to be his pre-show predictions of who would win and what would happen. With his answers encased in a briefcase in a lucite case on stage, it was tricky and at times awkward stunt that proved funny … but, certainly not the world-wide attention that Ellen's photo had garnered.

Harris was good, don't get me wrong, but with an odd echo in the sound that persisted all night, it was an uphill battle from the get go. For me, when he walked the audience and would have an encounter with, say, Steve Carell, that was when he was at his best.

In fact, the moment with Carell was total improve and total fun. There should have been more moments like that.

Though Birdman came up with the major awards, I was stunned that the movie’s Michael Keaton wasn't voted Best Actor. Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne were the Academy’s choices; interesting in that both performers essayed characters who were afflicted with terrible diseases.

John Legend and Common’s performance of their song “Glory” was certainly the high point of the show. The audience in the cavernous Dolby Theatre was totally captivated and as the camera panned to both producers Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo, whose emotion showed on both their faces; it was indeed a soaring moment.

Tim McGraw’s performance of Glen Campbell’s “I’m Not Going To Miss You” starkly alone was also a show high. If you've followed Campbell’s career and a fan, it was terrifically moving moment.

Graham Moore, writer of The Imitation Game delivered a stirring speech about staying weird and staying different. Bravo!

If you've not seen this movie, you're missing one of the best films -based on a true event- in quite some time. I was very pleased it won for Best Adapted screenplay.

Lady Gaga singing a medley of songs from The Sound Of Music (its 50th anniversary imminent) at three-hours plus into the show, was just downright bizarre. And, an appearance by Julie Andrews, awkward yet appropriate. Andrews even quipped, “I blinked and suddenly here we are."

The final words came from Birdman multi-winner Alejandro González Iñárittu, who saluted his fellow Mexicans struggling to create a corruption-free government, and to Mexican immigrants struggling to live legally in the U.S.

It was a good, if long and at times awkward, program. Harris signed off, saying “Buenos notches, everyone.”

SAY UNCLE – Being a life-long fan of TV’s Man from U.N.C.L.E., I followed with great interest the behind-the-scenes drama of a feature film re-boot. First, Steven Soderbergh was going to direct it with George Clooney in the titular role of Napoleon Solo; then Guy Ritchie signed on to direct, with Henry Cavill in the role, assisted by Armie Hammer in the role of Illya Kuryakin.

Last week I saw the trailer and the first thing I realized was that Ritchie’s film is a true re-imagining. No miming the original TV series … and, I think that is a brilliant idea.

One thing I always admired about director Ritchie was his original and refreshing take on almost everything he’s done; be it the brilliant Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000) or his two Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey, Jr.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows two secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work for a secret international espionage and law-enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E.

Originally, co-creator Sam Rolfe wanted to leave the meaning of U.N.C.L.E. ambiguous so it could refer to Uncle Sam or the United Nations. Concerns by the MGM Studios legal department about using U.N. for commercial purposes resulted in the producers' clarification that U.N.C.L.E. was an acronym for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

Each episode had an acknowledgement to the U.N.C.L.E. on the end titles.

Though the show was craftily brilliant, Robert Vaughn (who is actually on this week’s Law & Order: SUV) and David McCallum (now on the fabulously successful NCIS on CBS) brought it home as they slyly conveyed a devil-may-care atmosphere while getting the job done.

The eminently weathered Leo G. Carroll played their boss, Mr. Waverly, who is essayed by Hugh Grant in the forthcoming movie.

The scripts were very definitely all in the tongue in cheek manner, but just so much fun. One script, in addition to the leads featured a young William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, (1964’s episode, The Project Strigas Affair) two years before they both hit in big in Star Trek.

Additional stars included: Barbara Feldon, Robert Culp, Ricardo Montalban, Sonny and Cher, Joan Collins, Leslie Nielsen, Fritz Weaver and Nancy Sinatra.

I'm not exactly clear on why the series is not shown to this day. Dated for sure, but sheer joy. The movie’s out in August … I cannot wait!

CLOSING NOTES --- When Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) was announced last week as the probable choice to star in the re-boot of the Indiana Jones-series on the silver screen, the Internet almost blew out; mostly with negative feedback. Why? I think he’s a great and logical choice; especially if Steven Spielberg directs it. Great idea if you ask me …

Saw Colin Firth in Kingsman (The Secret Service) this weekend and adored it. Definitely tongue-in-cheek and directed with a flourish by Matthew Vaughn, it’s not for everyone. Firth is fun! …

Look for Monkee-Micky Dolenz to appear at 54 Below in July.

Monday, September 16, 2013



By: G. H. Harding

Neil Patrick Harris

NEW TV --- Believe it or not, a week from tonight the Emmys are broadcast, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and certainly highlighted by Elton John (making his first Emmy appearance ever) in some sort of tribute to Liberace. I think the biggest accomplishment of The Emmy’s in recent memory, and many insiders agree, is that the very next day, Monday, September 23, the Fall TV season kicks off in earnest. 

The speeches are nice and the pairings also somewhat inspired, but, next day, it’s all back to square one. 

I do fondly recall when the show did present the entire cast of The Sopranos, as the show was ending the soon-to-begin season. It was a nice moment.

Last night in Hollywood was the creative-awards part of The Emmys ... and, the big winners so far are Steven Soderbergh's HBO movie Behind The Candelabra; House Of Cards on Netflix; and, the Bob Newhart guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory. Stay tuned for next Sunday.

According to reports, the #1 most anticipated new show is NBC’s The Blacklist, starring James Spader. Second, is Showtime’s Homeland, which this year should be one rollicking affair, and third is ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of Shield; starring Clark Gregg in his role of Phil Colson - the character he essayed in The Avengers movie of last summer. When you think about it, Shield offers a myriad of possibilities as the show goes back in time, as Gregg’s character was killed off in that Avengers movie …. or, so they want us to believe.

Who knows maybe The Hulk will show up in an episode, or even Iron Man? Anything is possible.

According to insiders, a real sleeper of a show (good sleeper; not bad sleeper) might just be ABC’s Trophy Wife, starring Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Natalie Morales and Marcia Gay Harden. 

Here’s the set up: When a former party girl marries a twice-divorced older man, she also marries into his unique family—which includes of two ex-wives, three kids, and lots of messy leftovers from previous marriages. 

Cute … right?

For me, I’m curious to see where CBS’ The Good Wife goes; as well as my faves from last season, Elementary; Blue Bloods; Person Of Interest; and, NCIS … interestingly enough, all on CBS.

CLOSING NOTES --- We spent part of the weekend with the just-out and sensational Bryan Ferry Live In Lyon DVD. Ferry, terrific as always has one of the best bands in recent memory, with guitarists Oliver Thompson and Neil Hubbard just inspired. Ferry, a noted Bob Dylan-fan, who even recorded an album of the master’s songs called Dylanesque, including a generous sampling of the master's songs, including “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blue, “ “Make You Feel My Love,” and an awesome version of Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” where Thompson literally explodes on his guitar. We also loved his solo take on Roxy Music’s “Let’s Stick Together,” and his luminous version of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” A great treat this whole DVD; style-icon Bryan Ferry doesn’t disappoint here … 

B.B. KING-- Speaking of “Watchtower,” Traffic’s Dave Mason appears this week at B. B. King’s here in NYC. Aside from having more managers and record labels than seemingly possible, Dave is still at his best performing live. With a new band and a new record coming sometime soon, it should be another dazzling show. His current –at least as of this writing- manager, Bruce Garfield (Mica Paris was his!) will be front and center for sure … I remember sitting with him at Langan’s Pub many years back, on West 47th Street in NYC, and one of his songs came on the airwaves … he looked at me and said he wished he still had the publishing! Well, “Feelin’ Alright” is his and it’s had more than 40 covers. Best Dave-line ever: He’s still an old Pirate! … 

BURN-- USA’s series finale of their Burn Notice was pretty terrific; even if I read almost a line-by-line synopsis of the show the day before on the Internet. After seven years, it sure showed signs of dragging, but it was wrapped up nicely; with a backdoor existing if and when the guys (and, gals) want to do it again. Congrats Matt Nix and Jeffrey Donovan … 

VMA-- I’ve refrained up till now from commenting on the whole Miley Cyrus at The VMAs affair, because her new video, “Wrecking Ball,” as of last night, has been viewed more than 97 million times. The song’s not for me, but she’s one smart gal … tweaking and all … This just in: SNL’s Cecily Strong will co-anchor Weekend Update With Seth Meyers. SNL’s premier this new season is September 28, and Varese Sarabande is releasing the last Harry Nilsson album ever, Flash Harry. Can't wait for this one.

Friday, July 12, 2013



Neil Patrick Harris With The Smurfs

Neil Patrick Harris strikes a pose with the Smurfs 2 cast at Paris Las Vegas on July 12, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada today.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris, Rihanna, and Dave Koz were among the celebrities who picked up New Era Caps at The GRAMMY® Gift Lounge presented by LASIO Professional Hair Care.

Neil Patrick Harris came by and picked a few Detroit Tigers Caps and a grey LA Dodgers New Era Cap. Grammy performer Rihanna came in with a few friends (even after hearing the news of Whitney Houston's passing) and they picked up Snapback LA Dodgers Caps.

Photo Courtesy Of* WireImage

Monday, January 30, 2012


Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris With M&M

Neil Patrick Harris and M&M's Revealed a twenty-foot Statue of Ms. Brown held at The Grove in Los Angeles, California today.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Alyson Hannigan

Rashida Jones

Roshon Fegan

Sierra McCormick

Stana Katic

Teri Polo

Amy Adams

Carlon Jeffery

Cat Cora

Anthony Hopkins

Bella Thorne

Chris Cooper

Cristian de la Fuente

David Buehrle

Erica Dasher

Izabella Miko

James Carville

Jason Segel

Jennifer Morrison

Joel McHale

Katie Leclerc

Kermit The Frog

Kristen Schaal

Miss Piggy

Kym Johnson

Lisa Rinna

Mickey Rooney

Nancy Grace With Val Chmerkovskiy

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris along with Mickey Rooney, Cristian de la Fuente, Jennifer Morrison, Miss Piggy, Joel McHale, Lisa Rinna, Amy Adams, Nancy Grace, Bella Thorne, Anthony Hopkins, Izabella Miko, David Buehrle, Erica Dasher, Cat Cora, Carlon Jeffery, Val Chmerkovskiy and others, attended the world premiere of "The Muppets" at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Photos By: RD / Kirkland / Retna Digital

Thursday, November 03, 2011


Todd Strauss-Schulson

Jordan Hinson

Jenny Robertson With Tom Lennon

John Cho With Danneel Harris And Kal Penn

Ali Cobrin

Melissa Ordway

Danny Trejo

David Burtka With Neil Patrick Harris

Kal Penn

Chris Klein

John Cho

Patton Oswalt

Thomas Ian Nicholas

Jenny Mollen With Jason Biggs

Mena Suvari

The Los Angeles Premiere of 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' was held at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California last night.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital