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'24' star Gregory Itzin drinks to his Emmy nom at a Beverly Hills gift lounge

IMG_4985[1] Once a slimy politician, always a slimy politician.

Which is just fine for Gregory Itzin, whose turn as the devious and doomed President Charles Logan on "24" landed him a 2010 Emmy nom. As he put it, "I've always enjoyed visiting the dark side." Not to mention the nifty wine-tasting bar at the GBK & Tic Tac Gift Lounge at the SLS Hotel, where another nominee (and double Creative Arts Emmy winner), Neil Patrick Harris, scooped up baby bibs and bags for the twins he and David Burtka are awaiting.

Itzin's high-profile performance won him gigs on two current shows -- USA's "Covert Affairs" and HBO's "Big Love." "I play a Utah state senator," he said Saturday as he cruised the lounge with his designer wife, Judy. "Go figure."

For all his political clout, even Itzin didn't know about his "24" character's dramatic demise -- he sustained serious brain damage after a suicide attempt -- until he got his last script. "I was surprised when it went there too," he said. "That's what's fun about '24.' "

Even though it was Emmy weekend, Itzin couldn't have been more relaxed -- he'd already lost the guest actor in a drama award to John Lithgow, who won for his killer performance in "Dexter" at the Creative Arts Emmys on Aug. 21.

"When I saw him do it ... I said, 'Give him the Emmy now,' because he's so brilliant," Itzin said. "I have little problem with it. None. It's all good."

-- Irene Lacher

Photo: Emmy nominee Gregory Itzin at the GBK & Tic Tac Gift Lounge in Beverly Hills on Aug. 28, 2010. Credit: Chelsea Lauren


Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka expecting twins

Neil-patrick-harris-fatherhood There are two more trophies in Neil Patrick Harris' future -- he and partner David Burtka are expecting twins.

The actor took to Twitter on Saturday to reveal the happy news for him and Burtka, the chef and sometimes-thespian he's been with for about six years.

"So, get this: David and I are expecting twins this fall. We're super excited/nervous/thrilled. Hoping the press can respect our privacy," he said.

The pair have already started planning their baby shower, according to E! News, who first reported the twins were en route, via a surrogate.

Harris is awash in good news: He's nominated for three prime-time Emmy Awards, and Burtka just showed his support for Harris' turn directing a production of "Rent" at the Hollywood Bowl.

-- Matt Donnelly

Twitter.com/MattDonnelly

Photo: David Burtka, left, cuddles up to Neil Patrick Harris at MOCA's 30th Anniversary celebration in Los Angeles. Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images  

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Neil Patrick Harris' 'Rent' scores Vanessa Hudgens as star

Nph vhud Vanessa Hudgens has been tapped to star in the Neil Patrick Harris-directed production of "Rent" this summer at the Hollywood Bowl, Culture Monster reports.

The show will run only three nights, Aug. 6-8, and isn't the first of its kind at the Bowl -- last summer, Jessica Biel walked the boards there in "Guys and Dolls."

Hudgens and Harris costar in "Beastly," a "Beauty and the Beast" adaptation set to premiere July 30.

No other casting has been announced for "Rent." Still, how much more star power do you need to sell out three nights under the stars themselves?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Neil Patrick Harris and Vanessa Hudgens hung out together in Las Vegas to promote their upcoming movie "Beastly" at the ShoWest convention on March 18. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

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Stars galore at the 2010 Academy Awards Governors Ball

Bridges puck "How can the governor have a ball? California's out of money, isn't it?" We definitely heard that crack more than once Sunday at the Academy Awards.

No, sillies, it wasn't Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ball -- rather, it was the official after-party presented annually by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And this Sunday night the 1,500-capacity ballroom, glowing in gentle purple tones, was packed. Definitely a larger turnout than last year, event staff said.

It was good to be Jeff Bridges: Once the best actor winner made it into the party, flashes were popping like mad as he clapped chef Wolfgang Puck on the back and they both smiled broadly for the cameras, talking all the while.

When Bridges was whisked away for more interviews -- glass of water in his hand, though he'd been sipping Champagne during his victory interview backstage -- a pack of photographers floated along in his wake like a train on a diva's gown. He appeared to be enjoying the ocean of congratulations -- can you blame him? -- and was spotted later, out of the crush ... 

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PREACH IT! Neil Patrick Harris as a Smurf -- what more do you need? Well, you need a villain [poll]

Smurf If there ever was a time to fire up that Dance of 100 Smurfs, it’s now. A Smurfs movie is coming, and it stars ... Neil Patrick Harris. Translated into smurf language: A smurfy new movie is smurfing to a smurf near you, and it stars Neil Patrick Smurf.

NPH Details, per Deadline: “Harris won’t have to walk around as a blue-tinted Avatar. ... The Raja Gosnell-directed film is a mix of live action and animation, and Harris is the lead live action character. Filming begins in April, when he’ll be on hiatus from CBS' ‘How I Met Your Mother.' ”

Now you know. Still up in the air: Which particular smurfy episodes will serve as inspiration. There’s the episode where all the smurfs think they’re chickens (not making that up); the episode involving the magical flute known as Shazalakazoo (not making that up); and the unforgettable incident involving Yellow Hate Disease (seriously, not making that up).

Which leaves only one question: Who should play the evil wizard Gargamel? Here comes the inevitable poll, folks ...

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Couples update: Kristen Bell mum on wedding, Ryan Phillippe a bachelor again

KristenbellCharlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller have been soaking up the bulk of couples news so far this week -- but it's time to break up that drama with a nice update on what some other hot Hollywood pairs have been up to.

Ryan Phillippe, for instance, is a single man once again. He and longtime girlfriend Abbie Cornish made their split official on Sunday with word from her rep, and then again on Monday with a follow-up from his. Cornish moved her belongings from his home over the weekend, while Phillippe, who was recently seen at New York Fashion Week, visited a friend. 

Kristen Bell and her fiance Dax Shephard are faring a bit better, though don't expect them to say a peep about their upcoming nuptials.

"We're not interested in making a spectacle out of something we think is lovely," Bell said in a recent interview.

Proud parents Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick were in Las Vegas over the weekend, where baby Mason's mama was promoting the new collection stocked at Kourtney's Dash boutique; the parents got in some party time too, at Jet nightclub. Other party people: Eva Longoria Parker and Malin Ackerman, who were hanging out at Haze.

Also in Las Vegas last weekend were host and prime-time fave Neil Patrick Harris and his beau David Burtka. The two men joined some pals, including "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks, for dinner at Lavo. 

-- Matt Donnelly

[For the record, 8:58 p.m. Feb. 24: An earlier version of this post had Eva Longoria Parker and Malin Ackerman among the crowd at Jet. Nope -- they were at Haze. Pardon our fog.]

Photo: Kristen Bell is all smiles at the Pamela Rowland show during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for IMG

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Neil Patrick Harris puts his talent in a box. Well, a cube.

Nph Weren't we just saying that Neil Patrick Harris could replace Simon Cowell next year on "American Idol"? Well, it turns out another TV competition has gotten to stylish NPH already: He'll be shooting a CBS pilot soon for "Minute to Win It," the U.S. version of the British show "The Cube."

The show, which puts contestants into a big ol' box with tasks to perform and nine lives to lose, sounds pretty intense

Phillip Schofield hosts the British incarnation of the deceptively simple show -- which has the Ministry totally stressed after watching the video clip embedded below. Harris had those gigs hosting the Emmys and the Tonys; Schofield hosted the 2007 Royal Variety Performance for the queen. 

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo credit: Michael Caulfield / Getty Images

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You be the judge: Neil Patrick Harris or Joe Jonas?

Idol judges Wednesday's "American Idol" featured not one but two guest judges keeping Ellen DeGeneres' seat warm.

Neil Patrick Harris took to it like a fish to water, riffing with Ryan Seacrest, "clashing" with Simon Cowell (or so the editors would have you believe) and delivering pointed encouragement and criticism to aspiring contestants.

Joe Jonas was no slouch either, once he got over an initial fear that he would hurt the performers' feelings.

Between the two, who'd you prefer? Clickah clickah below, and let us know. Results will be reported to our Office of Absolutely Accurate Online Statistics.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo credits: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images, left; Kevin Winter / Getty Image, right.


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Arty or party? The stars divide at MOCA's 30th birthday

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The transformative power of art has nothing on the transformative power of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie -- who turned L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art's 30th anniversary gala into a contender for social event of the decade Saturday night.

Brad-and-Angie-ENT MOCA trustees and tons of bold names stepped out for shmoozing and a much-hyped performance art piece from Francesco Vezzoli, the center of which was Lady Gaga unveiling her new single "Speechless."

We were mostly speechless over the sheer star presence, like at Grey Goose vodka's pre-ceremony cocktail hour -- where Guy Ritchie worked the room solo swilling a martini, French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld pouted and Kate Beckinsale allowed passers-by to watch as she radiated insane beauty.

Below the bash's elevated bar was the heavily curated anniversary art collection, which required, before viewing, that any booze be checked at the door. Quelle horreur!

The brave names ditching their bubbly for art's sake: Chloe Sevigny, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana, Diablo Cody, Neil Patrick Harris and James Franco.

Those who preferred to stay on the surface to sip?

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