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Greg Berlanti will be the Oscars' head writer

Oscar produces Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced the upcoming show’s creative team today, and it should make some Arrow fans very happy.  READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris to host the Academy Awards

Neil Patrick Harris is not just one of those multi-hyphenate performers who could conceivably win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony — he could also be the first to possibly score an EGOT through hosting.

The actor has signed on to emcee the upcoming Academy Awards, following his lively stints as host of two Emmy broadcasts and four Tonys, producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan confirmed to EW.

Neil Patrick Harris talks about his 'creepy' role in 'Gone Girl'


Given that he’s known to many as the fun-loving Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris may not be immediately associated with the word “creepy.” But after viewers got a peek at Harris in the role of Desi Collings in the newest Gone Girl trailer, that quickly changed.

When Harris stopped by EW Radio (SiriusXM 105), he sat down with Mario Correa to discuss his new role in David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s hit novel, which is set to open the New York Film Festival. Harris, who has seen an unfinished version of the film, promises that it’s “as unsettling as the book”—though he doesn’t really get why he creeped people out in the trailer just by standing in a doorway. Regardless, Harris is very happy that he took the part, one that Fincher himself offered him over lunch.

Gone Girl will arrive in theaters October 3.

Oscars supercut: Relive some of the best opening-number moments -- VIDEO


We all know Ellen DeGeneres loves to dance — she even led a whole chorus full of tuxedo-clad dancers for her first Oscar promo. But will the comedian join the likes of former Oscar hosts like Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman, and Billy Crystal, who all started the show with a little musical salute? Well, we will have to wait until Sunday night for that answer, but in the meantime, enjoy this clip of some of our favorite moments from past Academy Award opening numbers. And thanks again, Seth, for the EW shout-out in your number. We’ve already decided that when you host the Oscars again in 2018 it will be the best ever! READ FULL STORY

Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron find 'A Million Ways to Die in the West': See the first photo

And now for something completely different: Seth MacFarlane wrote and directed a western! Starring Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried… and himself!

A Million Ways to Die in the West, or Sausage Curls: The Movie, casts MacFarlane as Albert, a humble sheep farmer who finds himself humiliated when his girlfriend (Seyfried) leaves him for the dapper gent who runs their town’s local “moustachery” (Harris, natch). Luckily, he learns to find his courage when he meets a more age-appropriate love interest (Theron), the mysterious wife of an infamous outlaw.

Check below to see all four members of the film’s main love square in character. If we know MacFarlane — and we think we do — it’s safe to guess that this confrontation leads into a lavish musical number, right? (Perhaps an updated version of “The Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends”?)


Neil Patrick Harris on his role in Seth MacFarlane's western: 'I'm kind of the Billy Zabka of the movie'

Sounds like Neil Patrick Harris is playing the town jerk in Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming cowboy-comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West.

MacFarlane wrote, directed, and stars in the western-themed film, playing a sheep farmer.

EW learned in our Google+ hangout with the Emmy’s host that Harris’ character, Foy, steals Seth MacFarlane’s girlfriend (to be played by Amanda Seyfried).

“I play a guy named Foy, who runs the moustachery… his [Seth MacFarlane’s] girl, Amanda Seyfried, leaves him for someone classier in town like this guy [at which Harris points to himself] who runs the moustachery, so I’m kind of the Billy Zabka of the movie,” Harris said of the role. READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon's 2013 to-do list: 'The Avengers 2,' 'Much Ado About Nothing,' and maybe more 'Dr. Horrible'

Will 2013 finally be the year that Joss Whedon’s legion of fans get to sing along with the long-awaited sequel to his 2008 Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog starring Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion? The geek pop polymath who gave us Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and a surprisingly successful indie about a band of superheroes no one had ever heard of called The Avengers made no promises when Entertainment Weekly caught up with him late last year, but he did say that putting a crooning Doogie back in a lab coat is on his “to do” list.  “We really want to shoot it next year. We feel strong about the idea and we have a bunch of stuff written,” said Whedon, who is currently directing the pilot episode of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. series while also writing the script for the sequel to The Avengers, plus prepping the release plan for his film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, due in theaters this summer. In between: The occasional napping.


New, NSFW 'Harold and Kumar' red-band clip: Is this the most offensive trailer of all-time? -- VIDEO

When I spoke to actor John Cho not long before he started shooting A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, the actor joked that he was worried the third entry in the stoner comedy franchise was going to “sully the good name” of the 3-D medium. At least, I assumed he was joking. Having now watched the movie’s new extremely NSFW red-band trailer, I’ve changed my opinion. Indeed, I would suggest the contents of the clip not only sullifies three-dimensional movies but Western civilization as a whole.

A bong-smoking Santa. A stoned infant. Blood shooting out of Santa’s skull. The line “F— a baby into me.” A massive claymation penis. All are featured in the trailer for the movie, which debuts Nov. 4.

Don’t get me wrong: As far as I’m concerned, the clip makes the film the must-see comedy of the season. Although I suspect there are people who will be extremely offended by the sight of, for example, Neil Patrick Harris being sexually serviced in what appears to be Heaven. (Oh yeah, we forgot to mention: in the trailer, Neil Patrick Harris gets sexually serviced in what appears to be Heaven).

Check out the clip below and tell us what you think. READ FULL STORY

'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' trailer: NPH is most definitely on the naughty list

It’s far too early to start thinking about the Christmas season, but since debauchery, gross-out gags, and a very naughty Neil Patrick Harris are something we can celebrate year-round, the trailer for A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas feels right on time. The third installment of the stoner comedy finds the herb-friendly pair (John Cho, Kal Penn) getting in the holiday spirit by shooting Santa, punching priests, and inadvertently giving precocious youngsters “the munchies.” All in 3-D, no less! Hey, no one ever said these two would be on the nice list.

And speaking of, revel in the fun of watching Neil Patrick Harris once again playing a version of himself that would make even Barney Stinson want to wash away his sins (Nice to know that no matter what NPH does, he would get in to heaven, isn’t it?!) Check out the full, fairly NSFW trailer, which includes egregious uses for 3-D effects, an NPH musical number, and homages to movies and specials of Christmas past (check out the claymation!) Though, fair warning, you may never think of that famous scene from A Christmas Story quite the same way again. READ FULL STORY

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