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Neil Patrick Harris
Originally posted 07/02/2012 05:55PM
Within hours of Anderson Cooper coming out, stars and media figures offered their support and congratulations to the CNN anchor and daytime talk show host.
"I'm proud of you, @AndersonCooper," Ellen DeGeneres, who came out years ago, wrote on Twitter.
Neil Patrick Harris also gave the newsman his good wishes, writing, "Good for you, @AndersonCooper. You're awesome."
Both messages have been re-tweeted almost 5,000 times.
And though he's away, Cooper, 45, is getting the message loud and clear. "I appreciate all the nice tweets," he wrote on Twitter Tuesday. "I am in Botswana working but want to wish everyone a great 4th of July!"
Originally posted 06/21/2012 06:00AM
Neil Patrick Harris enjoyed some special treatment in Canada when he recently celebrated his 39th birthday.
The How I Met Your Mother actor and his hubby David Burtka were joined by several friends, including Glee's Jayma Mays, at Old Port of Montreal, where they took in a viewing of Amaluna, the newest show from Cirque du Soleil.
The group started their night by sipping cocktails in the V.I.P. Tapis Rouge tent before the show – and after the performance, they greeted the cast and crew backstage.
"The whole group [seemed] thrilled to see the show," a source tells PEOPLE. "They seemed very excited, especially Neil. They took home souvenirs and took photos with cast members."
Harris, who Tweeted his approval of the "spectacular" celebratory day, capped off his celebration with dinner at Au Pied de Cochon with handsome hubby Burtka, whom he called "delicious."
– Mark Gray
Originally posted 06/11/2012 03:30PM
Before taking center stage at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, host Neil Patrick Harris decided to take in a show at New York's Central Park Zoo.
The actor and his fiancé, David Burtka, brought 19-month-old twins Gideon and Harper to the Manhattan zoo Saturday, where they watched sea lions splash around in their outdoor exhibit.
Originally posted 06/10/2012 11:10PM
Broadway celebrated itself Sunday night – and crowned Once and playwright Bruce Norris's Clybourne Park as the season's best musical and drama, in a star-studded evening that third-time host Neil Patrick Harris called "the 66th annual Tony Awards, or, as we like to call it, Fifty Shades of Gay."
Clybourne Park, which also won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize, takes its cues from Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, about developments in a Chicago neighborhood after the Younger family has moved in and moved on. The best play Tony was that show's only win; it was bested in the straight play category by Peter and the Starcatcher, a kind of prequel to Peter Pan, which won five.
The modest Dublin-set musical Once, based on the independent 2006 movie by the same title, practically swept the musical category, winning eight Tonys, including best musical, best musical direction and best musical actor for Steve Kazee.
Originally posted 06/01/2012 02:00PMNeil Patrick Harris and David Burtka's twins, Gideon and Harper, welcomed a very special visitor recently – Oprah Winfrey.
"They're super healthy and they're happy," Harris says on Oprah's Next Chapter of the 19-month-old twins, who were born via surrogate in October 2010.
In Harris's and Burtka's telling, the twins' conception was a miracle of modern science, involving two embryos – one for each of them – and a surrogate. ("She was more like the oven," according to Burtka.)
Originally posted 05/03/2012 12:45PM
As if living with Neil Patrick Harris weren't A-List enough!
The How I Met Your Mother star's adorable dog scored a hug from Oprah Winfrey when she stopped by the actor and partner David Burtka's home to shoot a program for the OWN Network.
"Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, their dog Watson and me in their backyard," Winfrey wrote about the photo she shared on Facebook Wednesday. "Interview for Next Chapter."
Originally posted 05/01/2012 09:40AM
Broadway's biggest night – the 66th annual Tony Awards – may be 40 days away, but the celebrating has already kicked in, especially for a modest new musical called Once, a love story set in Ireland that scored the most nominations of any show this year: 11, including best musical.
Not celebrating: the much-maligned Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which, despite an expenditure of $70 million, scads of publicity and the music of U2's Bono and the Edge, landed with only two nominations, for costume and scenic design.
Faring better after the nominations were announced Tuesday morning – by a chipper Kristin Chenoweth and a droll star Jim Parsons, who is about to star in a Broadway revival of the comedy Harvey – were such nominees as Andrew Garfield, Cynthia Nixon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin, John Lithgow and Frank Langella.
Originally posted 02/06/2012 05:45AM
At the Audi Super Bowl cocktail party Saturday evening, Glee's Matthew Morrison and girlfriend Renee Puente celebrated with fellow Giants fan Aaron Paul and his new fiancée, Lauren Parsekian, before the spouses-to-be took in the view of Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium from the balcony of the Conrad Hotel. Also enjoying the sight: Kellan Lutz, who gushed over the midwestern city's beauty.
Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka enjoyed a rare moment away from caring for their twins to talk football with partygoers, while Spike Lee couldn't hold back his excitement over bringing his son to his first Super Bowl to root for the hometown Giants. But by the time Patriots owner Robert Kraft popped in, he could claim to be in friendly territory, as Erin Andrews and Maria Menounos made it clear they were Pats gals. – Jessica Wedemeyer
Originally posted 02/05/2012 11:00AM
Katy Perry performed her first U.S. concert since splitting from hubby Russell Brand in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday night, delivering a party-starting nine-song set for guests at the DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Hosted by Mark Cuban and Peyton Manning.
And the pop star seemed to have Super Bowl fever: Sporting a glittery, football-themed top and high-cut grey spandex shorts, Perry kicked off the show at 11:45 p.m. by bursting through a banner emblazoned with her name, just like a hometown gridiron hero.
Originally posted 02/04/2012 05:00PM
Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka's kids Gideon and Harper may only be 15-months-old – but that doesn't impact the way the actor talks to them. It's a parenting tip he says he picked up from his own mom and dad.
"My parents always talked to my brother and myself like we were regular people and not babies," Harris tells PEOPLE. "So I don't talk down to them in baby talk. I try to talk to them even though they can't speak the language yet."
As for their personalities, Harris says, "They're thankfully in the new huggy, clingy, head-on-shoulders phase, which is fantastic. It'll brighten up a sad day every single time."
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