Tracy Morgan's glittering entertainment career was left in tatters after his near-fatal motorway crash and there is a chance he may never perform again, according to his lawyer.
The 30 Rock star was critically injured in the accident in New Jersey in June (14) when the limousine he was travelling in was hit by a Wal-Mart truck. His good friend James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair was killed in the crash, while Morgan sustained injuries including a broken leg, nose and ribs. Morgan's lawyer Benedict Morelli has now confirmed the comedian's career in the entertainment industry remains in doubt due to the long-term effects from his injuries.
When asked by the New York Post whether Morgan will ever perform again, Morelli says, "The jury's still out. The doctors don't know the answer. I don't know the answer."
Morgan is suing U.S. based firm Wal-Mart for negligence, suggesting the company's driver Kevin Roper wasn't monitored for fatigue after driving hundreds of miles from his home in Georgia before starting work on the day of the accident.
The Help star Viola Davis fell foul of an angry motorist during a recent trip to the movies when she abandoned her car in a lot nearby. The actress admits she was too hot and bothered to put her child back in the car after she realised she had made a mess of parking before dashing in to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Davis enjoyed the film but not the note that was taped to the window of her motor upon her return.
She read the missive during an appearance on U.S. late show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (23Sep14): "This is not a ticket, but if it were within my power you would receive two because of your bullheaded, inconsiderate, feeble attempt at parking. You have taken enough room for a 20-mule team, two elephants, one goat and a safari of pygmies from the African interior..."
The note continued: "I don't like domineering, egotistical or simple-minded drivers, and you probably fit into one of these categories. I sign off wishing you an early transmission failure on the expressway at about 4.30pm. Also, may the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits."
Davis admits she was so shaken by the missive, she reached for her pepper spray just in case the angry motorist was lying in wait.
Rockers Chad Smith, Duff Mckagan, and Mike Mccready formed a supergroup for a one-off performance at a charity benefit hosted by Will Ferrell on Friday (19Sep14). The Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer put aside his "feud" with Ferrell to support the comedian's Cancer for College fundraising event at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Smith was joined onstage by Guns N' Roses guitarist McKagan, Pearl Jam star McCready, country singer Brandi Carlile and bassist Stefan Lessard to perform a version of the Rolling Stones hits Honky Tonk Women and Jumpin' Jack Flash under the supergroup name I P**sed My Pants.
Ferrell, who played the cowbell during the first song, frequently supports the Cancer of College cause due to his friendship with founder Craig Pollard.
The Anchorman star's rivalry with Smith began earlier this year (14) after Ferrell mocked the similarity of their appearance. Their light-hearted feud culminated in a drum battle on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in May (14).
Led Zeppelin's new entertainment lawyer has asked a Pennsylvania judge to dismiss a plagiarism lawsuit over the British band's Stairway To Heaven hit on the grounds of a lack of jurisdiction. The rockers are fighting a copyright infringement claim filed in Pennsylvania against the group in May (14) by Francis Malofiy, a lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California.
Malofiy alleges the opening notes of Stairway To Heaven are too similar to California's work on his 1968 song Taurus and is demanding credit for at least inspiring Led Zeppelin's 1971 release.
Guitarist Jimmy Page previously dismissed the lawsuit as "ridiculous" and now top attorney Helene Freeman is seeking to have the case thrown out of court.
In a motion to dismiss, Freeman writes, "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here.
"Under established case law, no good faith basis exists to argue the Court has general jurisdiction over them."
Led Zeppelin hired Freeman, who litigated a series of victories for Justin Timberlake's former boy band 'N SYNC, earlier this month (Sep14), to help them win the case.
Randy California, real name Randy Craig Wolfe, was born in Los Angeles.
Barbra Streisand is planning to one day write a memoir so she can set the record straight about her reputation as a diva. The iconic singer/actress has refused several offers to open up about her career in the world of showbusiness in print, but she admits penning an autobiography may be the only way she can clear up unfounded rumours about her personal and professional life, including allegations of her tardiness and her demanding behaviour.
The 72 year old made the revelation on Monday (15Sep14), during her first appearance on America's The Tonight Show in over 50 years, after new host Jimmy Fallon quipped, "I was afraid that you were coming here today and I was afraid that you were gonna become more of a nightmare. I gotta be honest, I thought a diva was gonna come in..."
Responding to the comments, Streisand, who is married to actor James Brolin, said, "That's why I wrote a song with John Mellencamp called Don't Believe What You Read. Please guys...
"Divas were opera singers... You know, I'm quite ordinary. I'm quite simple, normal, we lead a very simple life, we don't really like the big time stardom thing, so we stay home most of the time or we take little trips. We take little trips in our truck...
"That's why I'm gonna write a book because I swear to God, these myths are so far-fetched."
The members of Led Zeppelin are getting serious about a plagiarism lawsuit over their Stairway To Heaven hit by hiring top entertainment lawyer Helene Freeman to represent them. Freeman, who litigated a series of victories for Justin Timberlake's former boy band 'N SYNC, has signed on to defend Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in a copyright infringement claim filed by a lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California.
Francis Malofiy filed a complaint in May (14), arguing that the opening notes of Stairway To Heaven are too similar to notes from a song written by his late client's 1968 song Taurus - and that California deserves credit for at least inspiring the track.
Page dismissed the lawsuit as "ridiculous", but it appears he's taking it seriously - and now Freeman has until 22 September (14) to answer the late California's claims via his estate attorney.
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Today is a very sad day in the comedy world. We lost one of the greats. Joan Rivers has been the pioneer in "speaking your mind" since she started her career 50+ years ago. Because of her stark humor and quick wit, she has been a controversial comedienne over the years, but her talent cannot be questioned. Twitter users, us normal folks and big name celebrities, all used the social media site to mourn the loss of the wonderful woman.
People still reeling from Robin Williams passing commented:
Losing Joan Rivers and Robin WIlliams? That is a cruel sense of humor.
— Amy Vansant (@AmyVansant) September 4, 2014
The King and Queen of comedy, may they both rest well. #joanrivers #robinwilliams pic.twitter.com/UZj0GWVXIt
— Girl Code! (@itsGirICode) September 4, 2014
We've lost Robin Williams and Joan Rivers in the space of a month. I just don't know what to say. #RIPJOANRIVERS
— Rebekka-Mary Darling (@RebekkaMary) September 4, 2014
YouTube posted in her honor:
Remembering the life and laughter of comedian extraordinaire, Joan Rivers. http://t.co/XneKX0rYgV
— YouTube (@YouTube) September 4, 2014
People wished she rest happily:
Rest in paradise, Joan Rivers.
— Breanna Sayegh (@Breanna_Natalia) September 4, 2014
People recognized the path she paved for women:
You can't be a self-proclaimed feminist and not appreciate what Joan Rivers did for your whiny asses. You wouldn't be here without her.
— Money Moochelle (@MsMoochelle) September 4, 2014
but srsly Joan Rivers is very influential to me and made me dream of being in entertainment news as a youngin. RIP
— T (@t_gyenz_) September 4, 2014
Others plan to remember her dedication:
Joan Rivers was 81 years old and still hardworking. That's amazing dedication.
— Shades of Rihanna (@iDreamRihanna) September 4, 2014
People loved her for her honesty, even if it was brutal:
RIP, Joan Rivers! You told it like it was and for that, you will forever live on in our hearts as a true New Yorker.
— Village Voice Street (@VoiceStreet) September 4, 2014
"I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking." - Joan Rivers. RIP #women #comedy #trailblazers
— Elizabeth Karr (@elizabethkarr) September 4, 2014
why don't people understand that joan rivers was a comedian and never actually meant the things she said lol it was her job #RIPJoanRivers
— hannah (@imforbieber) September 4, 2014
Comedy just lost a very funny, pretty lady. @Joan_Rivers, you made it cool not to take yourself too seriously. Thank you! Rest peacefully.
— Leigh-Allyn Baker (@L_A_Baker) September 4, 2014
People hoped she left the world how she entered it:
Joan Rivers was truly a good soul. I've never seen a room light up with laughter the way it did when she entered it. You will be missed. RIP
— Chase Chrisley (@ChrisleyChase) September 4, 2014
Celebrities chimed in to remember Joan:
“We don’t apologize for a joke. We are comics. We are here to make you laugh. If you don’t get it, then don’t watch us.” - Joan Rivers
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) September 4, 2014
A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. RIP #JoanRivers @joan_rivers pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 4, 2014
My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014
My heart is torn in half. She wasn't done. #Joan http://t.co/XH87wAT4Mb
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone. pic.twitter.com/i1uE9fyHMh
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 4, 2014
we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. A force of nature.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR. Thanks for making so many people laugh here on Earth.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) September 4, 2014
Thanks for the laughs @Joan_Rivers ! The last woman to bed me!
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) September 4, 2014
Love Her or Hate Her, we're gonna Miss JOAN RIVERS! I always Respected her go for broke humor. One of a kind.R.I.P.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 4, 2014
But most importantly, people remembered her for her talent and honored her:
"When my water broke, my dog drowned!" - Joan Rivers. RIP, you truly were one of the funniest people ever.
— Brian Bonds (@brianbonds) September 4, 2014
"I enjoy life when things are happening. It doesn't matter if it's good things or bad things. That means you're alive." - Joan Rivers
— kristen johnston (@kjothesmartass) September 4, 2014
"Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century." — Joan Rivers
— Robyn (@robza160) September 4, 2014
What are your thoughts on this comedienne's passing? Tweets us your thoughts and well wishes with the hashtag #RIPJoanRivers.
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Comedian Tracy Morgan will have to wait another four weeks before doctors can assess any longterm damage to his cognitive health following his horrific car crash in June (14).
The former 30 Rock star was hospitalised with a broken leg, nose and several ribs after the limousine he was travelling in was hit by a Wal-Mart truck, killing his good friend James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair and leaving Morgan and two other passengers in a critical condition.
He was released from a rehabilitation facility in July (14) and has continued to undergo physiotherapy sessions at his New Jersey home, but the actor's attorney, Benedict P. Morelli, reveals Morgan, who is relying on a wheelchair to get around, still faces a long road to recovery both physically and in terms of his mental abilities and processes.
Morelli tells New Jersey's The Star-Ledger, "He's really having a tough time. He's making incremental progress. But they'll have to wait another month before they assess him cognitively." Morelli's comments come three weeks after he publicly dismissed reports suggesting Morgan is "doing great", insisting the statement was far from accurate.
Morgan is currently suing Wal-Mart store executives for negligence amid allegations driver Kevin Roper's bosses should have known he had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the crash. Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Assuming you were born around 1983 and that your social circle in the early grammar school years consisted of a rigidly impermeable foursome, we can conclude indisputably that you spent a good deal of your time playing Ninja Turtles. Unlike other pop culture-inspired imagination games, Ninja Turtles never allowed for turn taking as far as the central roles were concerned. Maybe you’d alternate occupancy of Luke, Han, and Chewy when playing Star Wars, or switch off between Margaret and Jimmy for games of Liquid Sky. But when it came to Ninja Turtles, the margins were set before recess even began: you were either the leader, the tough one, the smart one, or the goofball. Without exception.
But are such stark roles present in any other pop culture phenomena? We’d have to imagine so. As such, we sought to our favorite foursomes from the entertainment world and took a stab at assigning them their respective Ninja Turtles.
LeonardoJerry, the leader (who, incidentally, derives all of his moral fiber from the noble Superman)
RaphaelGeorge, the truly "dark and disturbed" member of the group
DonatelloElaine, the intellectual — she did graduate from Tufts (her safety school), and she scored a 151 on an I.Q. test
MichelangeloKramer, the hipster dufus
THE HOGWARTS HOUSES
LeonardoGryffindor, house of the daring and noble
RaphaelSlytherin, house of the severe and ambitious
DonatelloRavenclaw, house of the wry and intellectual
MichelangeloHufflepuff, house of the spirited and kind
SEX AND THE CITY
LeonardoCarrie, the glue, the narrator and the center of everyone's attention
RaphaelMiranda, stubborn and cynical enough to walk away from the love of her life (twice!)
DonatelloCharlotte, the conservative, overachieving Ivy League grad obsessed with everything appearing perfect
MichelangeloSamantha, who has never passed up a chance to see and be seen
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LeonardoPaul: "Think globally, act locally."
RaphaelJohn: "Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."
DonatelloGeorge: "When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there."
MichelangeloRingo: "Peace and love. Peace and love."
LeonardoCaptain America, the wholesome, morally didactic good guy
RaphaelThe Hulk, the "muscle" who is tortured by his own demons
DonatelloIron Man, the tech genius who never hesitates to let his teammates know how much smarter he is than they are
MichelangeloThor, who's just kind of an idiot
LeonardoDawson, proving that having your name in the title doesn't save you from being the biggest buzzkill
RaphaelPacey, the rebellious, wise-cracking screw up of your teenage dreams
DonatelloJoey, smart - she went to Worthington! - sweet, and innocent, and always likely to end up in a bad situation
MichelangeloJen, the reformed party girl with a heart of gold and a chip on her shoulder
LeonardoMeg, the oldest sister and de facto head of the household
RaphaelJo, strong-willed and at odds with her siblings (and herself)
DonatelloBeth, who is shy, wise, and musically adept
MichelangeloAmy, the li'l one with the penchant for art
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LeonardoRay, the heart and soul of the group
RaphaelPeter Venkman, the rebel who plays by his own rules (and forces everyone else to accommodate)
DonatelloEgon Spengler, the smartest in a team of scientists
MichelangeloWinston, who is also there
THE MT. RUSHMORE PRESIDENTS
LeonardoGeorge Washington, the diplomat who kicked off American democracy
RaphaelAbraham Lincoln, the agonizingly depressed hero who took to the front lines
DonatelloThomas Jefferson, the braniac wordsmith who wrote the Declaration of Independence
MichelangeloTheodore Roosevelt, the loon who used to fight bears and whatnot
LeonardoBlanche, the open-minded, creative sort
RaphaelSophia, a master of caustic wit
DonatelloDorothy, the smartest of the lot
MichelangeloRose, the ditz
THE FACTS OF LIFE
LeonardoBlair, who was rich and blond, so she was the natural choice for the central role in an '80s sitcom
RaphaelJo, who wears a leather jacket
DonatelloNatalie, who basically acts like she's 40 at age 15
MichelangeloTootie, who wears rollerskates all the time
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THE FANTASTIC FOUR
LeonardoSue Storm, the levelheaded voice of reason
RaphaelThe Thing, who is, as one might expect, pretty pissed about being a giant rock
DonatelloMr. Fantastic, the hyper-intellectual
MichelangeloJohnny Storm, the jag who's always jumping around and lighting stuff on fire, because he thinks it's cool
STAND BY ME
LeonardoGordie, the courageous leader
RaphaelChris, the young punk who has stolen his share of milk money
DonatelloVern, the timid perpetual bullying victim
MichelangeloTeddy, the kooky thrill-seeker
LeonardoHannah, who at the very least sees herself as a well-adjusted leader of mankind
RaphaelJessa, the alleged loose cannon who is riddled with dark passengers
DonatelloMarnie, the uptight would-be sophisticate who tries to manufacture life experience by the book
MichelangeloShoshanna, the young nutter butter who garners the least respect
LeonardoReggie Rocket, the smart, even-tempered overachiever
RaphaelOtto Rocket, the troublesome bad boy
DonatelloSam Dullard, the awkward intellectual
MichelangeloTwister Rodriguez, the idiot comic relief
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LeonardoCady Heron, the acceptable human being
RaphaelRegina George, the villainous upstart
DonatelloGretchen Wieners, kind of just by default
MichelangeloKaren Smith... see "Thor"
LeonardoVinnie Barbarino, the boring (albeit charming) leader
RaphaelJuan Epstein, the tough guy with whom everybody knows not to mess
DonatelloArnold Horshach, the dorky dweeb
MichelangeloBoom Boom Washington, the loudmouthed goofball
A special thanks to writers Angie Han (an easygoing Michelangelo type) and Rudie Obias (a total Raphael, with respect) for helping to mastermind this piece, and to everyone else who contributed their varied expertise to the cause.
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Rapper Wiz Khalifa skipped a court date in Texas on Wednesday (06Aug14) to play Pictionary with Megan Fox and Nick Cannon - and the whole thing was televised. A warrant was issued for the Black & Yellow hitmaker's arrest after he failed to show up for a hearing connected to his drugs bust in May (14) in El Paso, and he is sure to have angered local law enforcement officials with his TV appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon hours later.
He previously upset local cops hours after they booked him for trying to sneak marijuana onto a plane by posting a jailhouse 'selfie' online. The cheeky snap triggered an investigation into how the rapper was able to sneak a cellphone past arresting officers.
Khalifa also performed at the end of Fallon's show on Wednesday night.