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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.
Actor Jim Caviezel risked his job as a waiter to ask movie great James Stewart for career advice at a presidential function. The Passion of the Christ star was told he would be fired if he did more than serve drinks to guests at the bash in the 1980s, but he took a chance when he realised one of his acting heroes was there.
He recalls, "There were all these celebrities in line to meet the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and we were told by the secret service that if we talked to anybody they would fire us on the spot."
But Caviezel was in a fix after he was turned down for a spot at the United States Naval Academy for a third time.
He adds, "I had a shot at going to (military academy) West Point. I was 21 years old and I saw Jimmy Stewart walk by with his wife and I thought, 'You know I could get fired talking to that guy but it would be worth it'.
"I walked over to him and asked him if he'd like a drink and he said, 'I'll take a scotch and soda'. I brought him his drink and said, 'Mr. Stewart you flew in World War II and a lot of people in my generation don't know you did over 40 missions flying over Germany and you are an absolute hero'.
"I told him I didn't get in to the Naval Academy and didn't know what I was going to do next; maybe get into acting. And he said, 'Young man, whatever you do, you'll make good movies'."
The vote of confidence was just what Caviezel needed to hear and he dedicated himself to perfecting his acting skills.
"Shout out to our friend Tracy Morgan, we'll see you next year Tracy!" Primetime Emmy Awards guest presenter Jimmy Kimmel honours the comedian at Monday's (25Aug14) prizegiving as the 30 Rock star continues to recover from an horrific car crash which claimed the life of his friend James McNair and left Morgan in a critical condition in June (14). He is still undergoing physiotherapy to help him bounce back from his injuries, which included a broken leg and rib.
Hit series Breaking Bad went out with a big bang on Monday night (25Aug14) after dominating the drama categories at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Bryan Cranston earned his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, while his co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were named Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series.
Creator Vince Gilligan also triumphed at the ceremony after Breaking Bad, which wrapped its fifth and final season last year (13), beat Mad Men, True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Downton Abbey to take home the prestigious Outstanding Drama Series title. In addition, there was a writing honour for Moira Walley-Beckett for the episode Ozymandias.
Modern Family was another multiple winner - the show continued to reign over the Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fifth year in a row, while Ty Burrell walked away as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first prize of the night, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series went to Gail Mancuso for her Las Vegas episode of the show.
BBC series Sherlock landed a trio of trophies for writer Steven Moffat and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, while Jim Parsons (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Allison Janney (Mom) scored big, too.
Singer Sara Bareilles performed a touching rendition of Nat King Cole classic Smile for the event's traditional In Memorium segment, which included nods to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Lauren Bacall, Paul Walker, James Garner, Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, Mickey Rooney, Harold Ramis, Elaine Stritch and Shirley Temple, among others, before concluding with a snap of Robin Williams and a special honour from his close friend and fellow comedian, Billy Crystal.
The main list of winners at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison Janney, Mom
Outstanding Miniseries - Fargo
Outstanding Television Movie - The Normal Heart
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Variety Series - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Louis C.K. for Louie episode So Did the Fat Lady
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso for Modern Family episode Las Vegas
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special - Glen Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Colin Bucksey for Fargo episode Buridan's A**.
James Spader has the new Avengers film to thank for his renewed friendship with Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr. after losing touch with his Less Than Zero co-star years ago. The Sex, Lies & Videotape star admits Downey, Jr. was among his closest friends when they were working together in the 1980s, and the Chaplin actor was so fond of Spader he and his then-girlfriend Sarah Jessica Parker named their cat, Jimmy, after him.
But their lives "drifted apart" and Spader reveals he hadn't spoken to his old friend in years when he was offered the role of villain Ultron in the new Avengers film, Age of Ultron.
He tells Playboy, "We spoke to each other just before I left for London to film Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it was like we were right back where we'd left it (friendship).
"It has been a tremendous pleasure and absolute delight to be reunited with Robert on this film."
Actor Dan Aykroyd made quite an entrance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in America on Friday night (18Jul14) by performing one of his favourite James Brown tunes with rock 'n' roll veteran Bobby Rush. The Blues Brothers star portrays Brown's manager Ben Bart in new biopic Get On Up and decided to promote the film with a musical tribute to his late hero.
Aykroyd and Rush performed Brown's I'll Go Crazy and the actor then explained to host Fallon that the number was special to him as he used it to persuade his late friend not to retire.
Aykroyd explained he performed the track when Brown was part of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003.
The actor explained, "He was thinking about retiring and I sang it to kind of dissuade him from retiring - if you leave me, I'll go crazy... He was so much fun. He was a great guy, a wonderful man."
Brown died on Christmas Day (25Dec), 2006.
Moviemaker Ron Howard, Carole King and Marlee Matlin have led the early tributes to TV and film veteran James Garner, who passed away on Saturday (19Jul14), aged 86. The Rockford Files star died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday evening (19Jul14), and celebrities have flooded Twitter.com with their last respects.
Howard recalled the actor's role in 1966 movie Grand Prix, noting, "RIP James Garner. Admired by all who knew him. When starring in Grand Prix the people around F1 (Formula One) said he had the talent to be a pro driver," while singer/songwriter King remembered working with Garner on the set of Murphy's Romance, adding, "He was one of the nicest people".
Matlin tweets, "Now sad to read my dear friend & costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford," and Forrest Gump star Gary Sinise, writes, "R.I.P James Garner. Such a lovely man I had the pleasure of working him in 1989 in My Name Is Bill W with James Woods", while Kaley Cuoco - Garner's TV granddaughter in 8 Simple Rules - adds, "I say this with a heavy broken heart. Was an honor working beside u receiving ur bear hugs every day. (love) u Grampa Jim (sic)."
Other tributes have come from singer LeAnn Rimes, Alan Cumming, Stephen Fry, former child star Haley Joel Osment, and Sally Field, who writes, "My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond." Field starred alongside Garner in Murphy's Romance, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination.
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Comedian Tracy Morgan has spoken out for the first time after he was seriously injured in a multi-car pile up in New Jersey to assure fans he is feeling "strong".
The 30 Rock star was hospitalised in a critical condition on 7 June (14) when a Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limousine he was travelling in, killing his mentor and colleague James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair. Morgan, 45, was released from a rehabilitation centre last week (ends11Jul14) and has since returned to his New Jersey home, where he will continue his recovery for injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs.
On Monday (14Jul14), he was pictured back on his feet with the help of a walker as he was helped into a waiting car outside his house. Asked how he was feeling, he told photographers, "I'm OK. I feel strong. Love you. Thank you very much. I appreciate it."
Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper stands accused causing the multi-vehicle accident after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel of his truck. Morgan, his assistant Jeffrey Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua, who were also injured in the crash, filed suit against bosses at the U.S. superstore on Thursday (10Jul14), accusing them of negligence, alleging company executives should have known Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours and that his drive from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable". Roper denies charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Actor Tracy Morgan has left a rehabilitation centre following the horrific traffic accident last month (Jun14) that left him in intensive care. The 30 Rock star was seriously injured when a Walmart truck slammed into the back of the limousine he was travelling in in New Jersey, killing his colleague James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair and hospitalising several others along with Morgan.
He was moved to a physical rehabilitation centre after his condition was upgraded from critical to fair, and editors at TMZ.com now report the TV star has been discharged from the facility and will continue his recovery at home.
A representative for Morgan tells the website, "He (Tracy) asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point."
Driver Kevin Roper stands accused of falling asleep at the wheel and causing the multi-vehicle accident, and Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart for negligence, alleging company bosses should have known Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours and that his drive from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable".
Roper denies charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
TV funnyman Tracy Morgan is suing U.S. retail giant Walmart following the car crash last month (Jun14) that left him in intensive care. Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper is accused of falling asleep at the wheel and causing a multi-vehicle accident when he slammed into the back of Morgan's limousine in New Jersey, killing Morgan's colleague James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair and hospitalising several others.
The lawsuit, filed in New Jersey on Thursday (10Jul14), alleges the company should have known Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours and that his drive from Georgia, where he lives, to work in Delaware was "unreasonable".
The suit reads, "Wal-Mart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries. As a direct and proximate result of said collision, Mr. Morgan was caused to sustain severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation."
The plaintiffs, which also include Morgan's assistant Jeffrey Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua, who were also injured in the crash, are seeking damages, legal fees, and pre- and post-judgment interest.
The 30 Rock star was moved to a rehabilitation facility last month (Jun14) after his condition was upgraded from critical to fair.
Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.