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15 November 2008 @ 10:07 pm
Additional EW Stuff  
The new issue of Entertainment Weekly is out and includes a few more pictures, along with a slightly longer article than what was included on their website in regard to the 'Top 25 Entertainers of the Year'.

I was really excited when it came in the mail today so I took pictures of the pages. Click for full size images-- and to warn you, they're quite large:





Given this actor's predilection for prestidigitation, is it too convenient to call 2008 a "magical year" for Neil Patrick Harris? Maybe-- he does now sit on the board of L.A.'s famed Magic Castle-- but consider the evidence: He made an old-school star turn as the titular mad scientist in Joss Whedon's wildly successful online musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. He continued to mine the self-parody gold of "Neil Patrick Harris" in the Harold & Kumar franchise. He brought compelling new depth to his role as Barney on CBS' How I Met Your Mother (without losing an ounce of womanizing ooze). And if you laughed at all during this year's black hole of an Emmy broadcast, it was probably due to his bone-dry aside about "Howie Mandel's prattling". By year's end, the 35-year-old had pulled off quite the trick: making the last remaining novelties of his Doogie childhood vanish as he blossomed into a versatile collaborator and an incredibly funny man.

While Harris is humble about his current critical mass-- "It timed itself out very well, and I had very little to do with that," he insists-- he'll simply have to accept some of the credit. Take the evolution of HIMYM's Barney, the legendary lothario with the outsize libido who since last spring has flipped head over heels in love with gal pal Robin (Cobie Smulders). It's a story line Harris says he pushed for: "I didn't want to play Barney as just the a-hole," he says, adding, "That's Jermy Piven's job." There's a direct link between Barney's lovelorn miscreant energy and Harris' twitchy, hapless, beautifully sung, and easily downloadable labor of love as Dr. Horrible, shot during Hollywood's strike-related shutdown. "I hope the writers can manage to strike one more time," he jokes, "so we can get another crack at it. We had an absolute ball."

Whatever his next trick-- he hinted at variety shows, circus training, Henson-style children's TV-- we'll gleefully observe. "I just hope I'm not going to open up the magazine next week and see the little arrow sticking through me three pages after the Bullseye, saying 'NPH, enough already'". Not a chance.
 
 
 
Phoenix: true storyda_phoenix13 on November 16th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
"I didn't want to play Barney as just the a-hole," he says, adding, "That's Jeremy Piven's job."

I love this quote. So very much. =D

"I just hope I'm not going to open up the magazine next week and see the little arrow sticking through me three pages after the Bullseye, saying 'NPH, enough already'."

This one too.
Jamie: read n smilejamie55 on November 16th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
ditto the love

..mumble stupid emmy people...
Show me your teethfifteenminutes on November 16th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
The quote about the bullseye was definitely my favorite. I always feel bad for the epeople that end up five pages from it-- but obviously NPH will never, ever end up there.
a girl with the best intentionssellthelie on November 16th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Not a chance at all.

I love the faces, so cute. :)
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Show me your teeth: Dr. Horrible : Billyfifteenminutes on November 16th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
You're more than welcome. How could I resist sharing the love? ♥
Love the quotes as well. As for the photos, I like them. I wasn't sure at first, but as a series they're cute and quirky. Plus, I like the honesty-- so many pics of him are painfully photoshopped.
firefly_827347 on November 23rd, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
WHERE did you get the picture for your icon?!
Hippie Geek Girl: NPH - Elmo hugsgypsyjr on November 16th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I definitely like the pic better in context. So much awesome.
Show me your teeth: Dr. Horrible : Billyfifteenminutes on November 16th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
Definitely-- I wasn't a fan of that photo online alone, but as a series I really like them.
Hippie Geek Girl: random - crazy fangirlgypsyjr on November 16th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
I really wish they'd chosen one of the other three to accompany the online article - he has such a great smile and the one they picked doesn't do it justice AT ALL.
red_mavenred_maven on November 16th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
I love when he refers to himself as "NPH". I of course refer to him as he wishes; America's Neil Patrick Harris.
[a][m][b][e][r]: de-wait for it-lightfulloquaciousambie on November 16th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
Honestly, who else could pull off calling themselves by their initials? Too awesome.
gateauoulemorte on November 16th, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
I assume after you're in a movie saying "CALL ME NPH, BITCH!" anything else is basically acceptable.
Phoenixda_phoenix13 on November 16th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't know. I might start going by my initials. "MLH" is kind of catchy, if only because it sounds the vaguest bit like NPH. ;D
You don't know me, but I'm famousnutmae on November 16th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
!

We have the same initials! That would be confusing if we both started going by them. But you claimed it first, so I'll just have to find something else ;)
idioticonion: Phone Neilidioticonion on November 16th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
Shouldn't that be "America's Emmy-nominated Neil Patrick Harris?" Or has he now officially dropped that after the Emmy debarcle?

;-)
Rach: NPH - Neil & Cobienaughtyelf on November 17th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, awesome!

Do you mind if we use the pictures in the gallery at NPH-Fan? I'm going to pick up a copy to scan, but I have to wait for our import store to get it in which could be a couple of days. Full credit of course! I'd just hate to deprive people of Neil while I wait!
Show me your teeth: Dr. Horrible : Billyfifteenminutes on November 17th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
You're more than welcome to use them. ♥