Harris earns Hasty Pudding award

- Neil Patrick Harris is everything Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals wants in its man of year.

He's an award-winning actor of stage, television and film, a singer and dancer, a repeat host of both the Emmy and Tony awards and a magician.

On Thursday, Harris was named the collegiate acting troupe's man of the year for his "lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment."

"With his enviable reputation as a host and showman, we look forward to hosting Mr. Harris for an entertaining and unforgettable evening to recognize his achievements," Hasty Pudding President Tony Oblen said.

Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe, dating to the late 18th century. Harris will be given his pudding pot following a parade through Harvard Square and a roast scheduled for Feb. 7.

The Emmy Award-winning actor made his name on television as child doctor "Doogie Howser, M.D." and is more recently known for his role as the womanizing Barney in "How I Met Your Mother."

Last week, Helen Mirren was named Hasty Pudding woman of the year.

Previous winners include Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and Anthony Hopkins.

Last year's winners were Marion Cotillard and Kiefer Sutherland.

Picture book coming from Carey, Cannon

NEW YORK - Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are working on a children's book.

Scholastic announced Thursday that it has acquired the couple's "Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas," a picture story scheduled for release this fall.

Illustrated by A.G. Ford, the book is a holiday tale featuring twins Moroccan and Monroe, to whom Carey gave birth in 2011.

Scholastic is billing the book as an "adorable" take on a famous Christmas carol.

UK Royal baby named: It's Mia Grace Tindall

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II's new great-granddaughter has been named Mia Grace Tindall.

The 6-day-old infant is the granddaughter of Princess Anne and the daughter of Zara Phillips and rugby player Mike Tindall.

He tweeted her name Thursday, and palace officials confirmed it.

Mia Grace is 16th in line to the British throne.

The 32-year-old Phillips is an equestrian who won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics. Her father is Capt. Mark Phillips.

Associated Press