Tonight’s How I Met Your Mother is off to Canada in this maple leaf inspired episode, and you’ve guessed it…Robin Sparkles is back!

The episode title is named “P.S. I Love You,” and in this episode, as promised by the promo released by CBS last week, this episode will expose the darker side of Robin Sparkles, as well as quite a few Canadian cameos.

Sparkles, Robin Scherbatsky’s preppy ’80s extreme ultra-ego in the show, is a long-running spoof in How I Met Your Mother, which plays on Robin’s nationality as a Canadian and typical Canadian stereotypes. Combining a mixture of cheesy tunes such as “Let’s Go to the Mall,” “Sandcastles in the Sand,” as well as a lot of ’80s glitter and glam, Sparkles has become a fan favourite in How I Met Your Mother, with numerous cameos throughout the seasons.

Smulders said of Robin Sparkle’s appearance in this episode:

“I feel like this is sort of at the tail end of her [music] career. It’s sort of the moment that Robin says, ‘You know what? I don’t want to be Robin Sparkles anymore.’ She’s sort of breaking away from all that and she does that by becoming this character of Robin Daggers, which has a lot of similarities to Alanis Morissette.”

Smulders, Robin’s real world actress counterpart is also Canadian (Vancouver), and says there is some real-life mockery revolving around her being the only Canadian in the group on set.

“They thought that MuchMusic was something that I made up. And I was like, ‘No. It was a big deal’… The cast is like, ‘Oh wait, that was a thing?’ And I’m like, ‘It was like MTV and I wanted to be a VJ, like, so bad – so badly — when I was a kid.’ But they didn’t believe me.”

Tonight’s episode will also feature the likes of James Van Der Beek, who first appeared in the series as Robin’s first boyfriend, Simon. We’ll also see cameo roles from Jason Priestley, Alan Thicke, Paul Shaffer, Alex Trebek, K.D. Lang, ex-Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page, Rush frontman Geddy Lee, and Luc Robitaille an ex-Canadian hockey player.

Canadian jokes aside, this episode is also really important to the development of Barney and Robin’s relationship, with Barney traveling to Canada in the search for all of Robin’s past loves. Whilst there, he stumbles upon the mockumentory, “Underneath the Tunes,” a homage to MTV’s “Behind the Music,” about Robin Sparkles’ wayward behaviour, and of course there’s bound to be a new song. Smulder’s has even suggested that whilst we won’t get the full whack on the show, the entire music video may be released online sometime soon!

Despite it having been alleged that this would be the last time we’d see Sparkles in How I Met Your Mother, showrunners Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have indicated that this might not be the case after all. Although season 9 has just been confirmed, we have our fingers crossed that this won’t be the last Sparkles song in the show. Will you be saddened if this is the last we see of Robin Sparkles? Or, do you think the best is yet to come?

Tune in to CBS tonight at 8/7 c for How I Met Your Mother‘s Canadian themed episode, “P.S. I Love you.”

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21