Neil Patrick Harris confesses that he cried during the filming of Monday’s “How I Met Your Mother” series finale. He said that the performance of Cristin Milioti made him very emotional and that lead star Josh Radnor “has never been funnier.” His character Barney and Robin (Cobie Smulders) finally get married to conclude the season and the series. He also admits that the producers spilled the finale secrets to him at a Christmas party a few months ago. He said, “It’s more complicated that you’d assume. Fans won’t be disappointed.” Contact Music.
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday select “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” as the best movie of the year. That film’s leading lady Jennifer Lawrence and Adam Sandler were named as the top film actors. In the ceremony hosted by Mark Wahlberg, other awards went to Justin Timberlake (male singer), Selena Gomez (female singer), One Direction (music group), “Sam and Cat” (TV show), Ross Lynch (TV actor), Ariana Grande (TV actress), and Kevin Hart (funny star). Variety.
After a long delay from the 2013 Oscar derby, “Foxcatcher” is now slated to have its official unveiling at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Bennett Miller, the film stars Steve Carell as the eccentric heir to the du Pont fortune involved in the true story of a murder (with Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum). The only other major film announced so far for Cannes is “Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman. Rope of Silicon.
Cedric the Entertainer (“The Soul Man“) is tapped to host the 2014 Critics Choice Television Awards. The fourth annual event will be broadcast on the CW network June 19. Last year’s winners included “Breaking Bad,” “The Big Bang Theory,” Bryan Cranston, Tatiana Maslany, Louis C.K., and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Digital Spy.
The Biblical epic “Noah easily takes the top box office spot this weekend with $44 million domestic for its debut. The Russell Crowe film will most likely only hold that position for one week with “Captain America: The Winter Solider” opening in the U.S. after already earning over $75 million worldwide. The previous champ “Divergent” falls to second place with $26.5 million. “Muppets Most Wanted” continues to underperform in third position with $11.3 million. The new Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie “Sabotage” bombs in seventh place with just $5.3 million. Thompson on Hollywood.
“Frozen” surpasses “Toy Story 3” as the biggest animated film of all time. Its box office take worlwide is now $1.07 billion, while the Pixar sequel ultimately topped out at $1.06 billion. The latest Disney hit just opened in Japan on March 14 to up the overall numbers even more. It is also now the 10th biggest hit of all genres in film history (not adjusting for inflation). It knocked out “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” to reach the top 10. Deadline.
Chelsea Handler‘s reps say she will be leaving the E! network when her contract expires at the end of 2014. Her departure would end her talk show “Chelsea Lately,” which began in 2007 and averages 571,000 viewers each night. One insider indicated that she “isn’t happy with E!’s programming and doesn’t believe that it’s helping her show’s ratings.” Handler told Howard Stern on his radio show recently that the “ideal situation” would be Netflix because her fans could watch whenever they want. The Wrap.
The ATX Television Festival will honor Henry Winkler (“Happy Days,” “Arrested Development”) with its Achievement in Television Excellence Award. The third annual event will also host panels with the casts of “Orphan Black,” “Reckless,” “Revenge,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “Hey Dude!,” and “Everwood.” The festival will be presented June 5-8 in Austin, Texas. TV Guide.