The truck driver allegedly responsible for injuring comedian Tracy Morgan in a motor accident earlier this year (14) has filed legal papers to delay the federal lawsuit. The former Saturday Night Live funnyman was left critically injured in June (14) when a limousine he was a passenger in collided with a Wal-Mart truck driven by Kevin Roper in New Jersey.
His good friend James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair was killed in the crash, while Morgan sustained injuries including a broken leg, nose and ribs.
Morgan sued Wal-Mart officials for negligence, but on Friday (14Nov14), Roper's attorney David Glassman filed a motion to have the lawsuit put on hold until Roper's criminal case in New Jersey has concluded.
Although Roper is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, there are allegations against him and Glassman does not want his client defending two actions at the same time.
Roper, who was accused of being sleep deprived at the time of the crash, pleaded not guilty to one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto earlier this year (14).
Morgan has not returned to work since the accident and his lawyer admits there are doubts about the future of his career.
Lovable Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon is known for having his guests do crazy, hilarious things - all for the audience’s enjoyment. We can’t get enough of his creative, wacky segments, many of which originated on his previous show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Here are our favorite games and sketches that we hope to see for years to come.
1. Lip Sync Battle
When Jimmy issues a lip sync challenge, his guests always bring it. Who knew some of our favorite celebs are lip sync masters?
2. Box of Lies
The items in the boxes that Jimmy and his guests have to describe (or lie about) are truly ridiculous.
3. Brian Williams Raps
It must take hours of editing to make it look like news anchor Brian Williams is rapping.
It's nice to see that celebrities are just as bad at charades as you are.
Jimmy can somehow convince his guests to dress up and act like teenage girls with him.
6. Classroom Instruments
Seeing Jimmy and The Roots accompany singers with classroom instruments is guaranteed to make you smile.
7. Beer Pong
Jimmy likes to get the party started with some alcohol. This giant version of beer pong is a college freshman's dream.
8. Egg Russian Roulette
Whoever thought of this game, which involves cracking raw eggs on your opponent's head, is a genius.
9. History of Rap with Justin Timberlake
Whenever Jimmy teams up with his friend JT, you know it's going to be good.
10. Evolution of Dancing
Jimmy is not afraid of looking like a huge dork. And we thank him for that.
11. Ragtime Gals
Giving you the barbershop quartet version of "Ignition (Remix)" you didn't even know you wanted.
Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper and Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds have been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Linda Perry and Jerry Garcia are also on the shortlist.
The inductees will be announced at a ceremony in New York next summer (15).
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honours those whose work represents "a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook"
Songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond founded the organisation.
Past inductees have included Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Desmond Child, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren and Leonard Cohen.
U.S. rocker Thurston Moore recruited a little known British guitarist for his new band after hearing the musician playing in a nearby apartment and later meeting him on the stairwell. The former Sonic Youth star revealed in August that he had formed a new group with his ex-bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe and British musician James Sedwards.
They have performed live as The Thurston Moore band, and played the music on Moore's upcoming solo album, The Best Day, and now the rocker has revealed he discovered Sedwards after moving to London last year (13) and hearing him playing guitar in his home in the same building.
Moore tells NME magazine, "I could hear James playing guitar from downstairs and he sounded amazing. I was this American buffoon and he was this very proper Englishman and we were fascinated by each other.
"He was shocked to see me as he was a real Sonic Youth enthusiast, but the way he was playing guitar sounded like Jimmy Page and I wanted to know what he was doing down there. He said he taught guitar to students and knew everything about Led Zeppelin, but then when I asked who his favourite band were, he said The Fall. We got on like a house on fire."
Actress/comedienne Carol Burnett has been honoured with the Harvey Award by organisers at a Pennsylvania museum dedicated to actor Jimmy Stewart. The Carol Burnett Show star was feted with the accolade at a fundraiser for the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation on Friday (04Oct14).
Talking about her affection for Stewart before meeting the late movie legend, Burnett told the Associated Press, "I saw this long, tall drink of water up there in black and white, and I said, 'He's my friend. I know him'."
Past recipients of the accolade include Janet Leigh, Shirley Jones and Ernest Borgnine.
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.
Lawyers representing U.S. supermarket chain Wal-Mart have fired back at comedian Tracy Morgan's personal injury lawsuit, insisting they have it on good authority the funnyman was not wearing a seatbelt when the car he was a passenger in collided with a truck earlier this year (14). The former 30 Rock star was seriously injured in the resulting six-car accident in New Jersey and required hospital treatment and extensive recovery. His mentor James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair lost his life in the crash.
Morgan has since filed suit against Wal-Mart executives, suggesting the company's driver Kevin Roper wasn't monitored for fatigue after driving hundreds of miles from his home in Jonesboro, Georgia before starting work for Wal-Mart on the day of the fatal accident, and that, therefore, the company was negligent.
But now Wal-Mart lawyers are hitting back, claiming that the comic's injuries and those of the others involved in the crash were caused, in whole or in part, "by plaintiffs' failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device".
The supermarket chain's response to Morgan's suit reads: "By failing to exercise ordinary care in making use of available seatbelts, upon information and belief, plaintiffs acted unreasonably and in disregard of plaintiffs' own best interests."
Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco surprised U.S. TV host Jimmy Fallon as he celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday (19Sep14) by jumping out of a fake giant cake topless. Franco wore a police hat and bow tie and waved a pair of handcuffs. The pair made the unexpected appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to introduce the show's special guest, soul legend Stevie Wonder, who belted out his Happy Birthday hit.
The Rembrandts gave Friends fans a treat on Tuesday night (16Sep14) when they showed up at a pop-up Central Perk cafe to perform the beloved sitcom's theme tune. The hitmakers joined show regular James Michael Tyler in New York as part of the comedy's 20th anniversary celebrations, and performed their tune I'll Be There For You.
Tyler, who played Central Perk manager Gunther on TV, joined the band for a version of Friends character Phoebe's quirky tune Smelly Cat.
Meanwhile, in related Friends news, show stars Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow have teamed up for an episode of her comedy series Web Therapy.
Their reunion will kick off the fourth season of the show, in which Kudrow plays an eccentric online psychiatrist.
Kudrow recently hooked up with Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox for a Friends skit on U.S. late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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."