12:44 PM EDT 11/04/2013
Originally posted 01/07/2013 06:00AM
Who knew Neil Patrick Harris and Barney Stinson had so much in common?
The actor got in touch with his magical side (just like his How I Met Your Mother alter ego) at the Academy of Magical Arts's 50th anniversary celebration at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Harris, who presides over the organization's board of directors, rushed back from vacation in Montana just to be in town for the festivities.
While toasting the organization, the actor mingled with other guests and magicians, including Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried & Roy, and talked about how much he loved magic as a kid, a source tells PEOPLE.
"He wanted to know the secrets that no one would share with him, so he became a magician himself," the source adds. Indeed; Harris joined AMA's junior academy as a child (he even had to audition!) and often performs at the Magic Castle. – Melody Chiu
Originally posted 10/12/2012 06:00AM
Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Emma Roberts, Brad Goreski, Revenge's Ashley Madekwe, Pretty Little Liar's Shay Mitchell, Glee's Darren Criss and Mark Salling all attended A|X Armani Exchange's takeover of HYDE Lounge at the Staples Center for Madonna's "MDNA" concert in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
"Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were on their feet for 'Like a Prayer'," an onlooker tells PEOPLE."They were adorable and loved it."
Guests danced to some of the singer's greatest hits like "Holiday" and "Turn Up the Radio."
"Emma and Shay put on Madonna-inspired lace gloves and pearls while they tried voguing," the source adds.
– Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 09/10/2012 12:30PM
Colbie Smulders's wedding to Saturday Night Live funnyman Taran Killam on Saturday was a star studded – and family-friendly – affair.
Smulders's How I Met Your Mother castmates Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan were on hand for the celebration – and so were their little kids.
"Spent the weekend with the family at one of the most fantastic weddings I've ever attended. Good times. So much love," Harris Tweeted on Sunday.
It was all about family for Smulders (who wore a Claire Pettibone gown) and Killam, who are parents to 3-year-old daughter Shaelyn.
Originally posted 08/30/2012 08:30AM
Hollywood is standing up to cancer.
On Friday, Sept. 7, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Biel, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen and Emma Stone will join even more stars from film, TV and sports to Stand Up to Cancer for a televised fundraising special.
Check out the exclusive clip of stars from Neil Patrick Harris to Jane Lynch promoting the event, which aims to raise funds and build public support for groundbreaking research in the fight against the disease.
Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw will also perform.
Originally posted 08/15/2012 06:00AM
It was a music-filled weekend in the forest for Vanessa Hudgens and boyfriend Austin Butler.
The couple braved the freezing cold weather in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where they attended Outside Lands, a music, food, wine, beer and art festival, set up like a wonderland in the wilderness.
Sitting on a blue tarp early Friday evening, Hudgens and Butler chilled out right before watching a set by Canadian electronica duo, MSTRKRFT.
"Vanessa was on her cell phone, while Austin laid down next to her, seeming super relaxed," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 08/02/2012 11:45AM
Kids, sun, the south of France – a joint family vacation in Europe seems to be going swimmingly for Elton John and Neil Patrick Harris.
The singer, 65, and the actor, 39, are pictured with their families – John's partner David Furnish and son Zachary, and Harris's partner David Burtka and twins Gideon and Harper – in this gleeful shot, taken Thursday in Saint-Tropez, France.
Teaming up for a holiday seems like the perfect idea for these couples, given the ages of their kids.
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.
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