Tracy Morgan's estranged mother has taken aim at the comedian's fiancee Megan Wollover after she was banned from visiting her famous son in hospital following his horrific car crash on Saturday (07Jun14). The 30 Rock star, who claimed in 2012 that he had not seen his mum Alicia Warden in 11 years, remains in critical condition after the limo bus he was travelling in was rear-ended by a truck, causing the luxury vehicle to flip over on a New Jersey highway.
He was airlifted to the nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he has been receiving treatment for injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs.
However, Warden claims she wasn't even contacted by her future daughter-in-law and had to hear about the accident on TV.
She then tried to visit her son in hospital, but was turned away by Wollover and building security guards.
Warden returned on Sunday (08Jun14) and was granted five minutes by Morgan's bedside, but she was not allowed to be alone with the comedian and now she has hit out at Wollover.
She tells TMZ.com, "All I wanted was for our family to be alone with him. I wanted to pray over him and couldn't do that because so many people were in the room."
Morgan's comedy writer friend James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair was killed in the crash, while his assistant Jeff Millea and fellow funnyman Ardie Fuqua were also hospitalised in critical condition.
Truck driver Kevin Roper has since been charged with one count of death by auto and four of assault by auto, amid allegations he had not slept in more than 24 hours prior to the fatal accident.
Jessica Simpson marked her impending wedding by throwing a bachelorette party in Los Angeles over the weekend (07-08Jun14). The singer/actress is rumoured to have picked America's Independence Day (04Jul14) for her wedding to Eric Johnson, and she celebrated her final few weeks as a single woman by partying with her friends and family on Sunday (08Jun14).
Simpson hosted a joint party with Johnson at the Warwick bar in L.A. and was joined by her parents, her fiance's father, and around 40 friends.
Simpson's bridesmaid Stephanie Terblanch tells People.com, "They didn't want a traditional bachelor-bachelorette where they go off and do their own thing, because our group of friends is so close we just wanted to all be together. This is what we would do anyway. We would all go out, and I think that this speaks for the group. If we are not going to be at someone's house hanging out playing beer pong, this is the closest thing to it."
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is reportedly developing a miniseries based on Bryan Cranston's award-winning Broadway play All The Way. The Lincoln director is preparing to buy the rights to the stage show and wants the Breaking Bad star to reprise his role as former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the series, which will focus on the first year of Johnson's administration, according to Deadline.com.
The news emerges a day after Cranston won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play on Sunday (08Jun14) for his portrayal of the late politician.
The stage show also took home the Best Play accolade at the New York prizegiving.
Broadway star Audra Mcdonald made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday night (08Jun14) when she became the most decorated actress on the New York stage. McDonald picked up her sixth Tony for portraying jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, putting her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by a Broadway star.
The Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play win also gave McDonald the first Tony Awards grand slam - she has previously won gold as a best featured actress in a play (A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class), a best lead actress in a musical (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) and a best featured actress in a musical (Ragtime and Carousel).
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was at the beginning of his Tonys journey - he scored Sunday night's Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his New York stage debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, which also picked up the Best Play Tony.
Former Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris was also a first-time winner - he walked away with the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as a gender-bending rocker in Hedwig & the Angry Inch.
Accepting his award, the gay star paid tribute to his partner David Burtka, stating, "I love you so much and I am so happy that we got to do this. Thank you for your sacrifices," and his kids Harper and Gideon, adding, "I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to spend as much time with you as I wish I could... I promise that as soon as this is done I'll be able to read books to you and put you to sleep."
The award marked a very special date in his family's history - Harris' parents were celebrating their wedding anniversary.
The actor's Broadway hit was the night's big winner, picking up a total of four awards. Hedwig also claimed the Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting and Lena Hall was honoured with the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical.
A Raisin in the Sun and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder were triple winners.
A Raisin in the Sun claimed Best Revival of a Play, while Brit Sofie Okonedo and Kenny Leon claimed Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play and Best Direction titles, respectively, and Gentleman's Guide landed awards for Best Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak).
The full list of 2014 Tony Awards winners is:
All the Way
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Best Revival of a Play
A Raisin in the Sun
Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Book of a Musical
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - Robert L. Freedman
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Bridges of Madison County- Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Act One
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Sound Design of a Play
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Best Direction of a Play
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Direction of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre - Jane Greenwood (casting designer)
Isabelle Stevenson Award for Humanitarian Efforts - Rosie O'Donnell
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre - Joseph P. Benincasa, Joan Marcus & Charlotte Wilcox
U.S. reality TV star Emily Maynard has stunned friends and fans by marrying automotive management consultant Tyler Johnson in South Carolina. The former The Bachelor and The Bachelorette star has already changed her name to Emily Johnson. The newlyweds became engaged in January (14), and exchanged vows at Johnson's family farm on Saturday (07Jun14).
Comedian Tracy Morgan is receiving "excellent care" from doctors at a New Jersey hospital, but remains in critical condition following a fatal car crash early on Saturday morning (07Jun14), according to the star's representative. The 30 Rock actor, 45, was a passenger in a limo bus which was involved in a six-vehicle pile-up in Cranbury as he made his way back to his New Jersey home following a stand-up gig in Dover, Delaware on Friday night (06Jun14).
Authorities have confirmed that Morgan's comedy writer, James McNair, a passenger onboard the luxury vehicle, died in the accident, while three others, including the actor and his assistant Jeff Millea, are in intensive care and one person is in fair condition.
A statement issued by his representative reads: "Tracy remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. He sustained these injuries in an accident that occurred early this morning as one of several passengers in a chauffeured SUV returning from a tour date in Delaware.
"His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care. We don't anticipate much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available."
New Jersey State Police reveal two tractor trailers, two cars and one SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) were involved in the horrific accident, although the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Meanwhile, a host of celebrities have taken to Twitter.com to share their prayers for the actor.
His 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin retweeted one fan's message of condolence, and simply added the hashtag "PrayForTracyMorgan", while actress Sarah Michelle Gellar writes, "@RealTracyMorgan My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please get well soon."
Funnywoman Roseanne Barr posts, "Tracy Morgan is a comic genius and I hope he will recover from the injuries received in a car crash! We love U Tracy (sic)!!", and his fellow Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch tweets, "Shocked to wake up and read that @RealTracyMorgan is injured. Love to Tracy and wishing him strength."
Singer Mary J. Blige writes, "I send angels and prayers to Tracy Morgan. Pls (please) hang in there", and hip-hop star Questlove adds, "Strength & Speedy Recovery to @RealTracyMorgan who survived a massive car crash this morn (sic).".
Comedians Mike Epps and Eddie Griffin, director Jon Favreau, rapper Raekwon and actresses Alyssa Milano and Chloe Grace Moretz have also sent their well wishes to Morgan.
Actor Tracy Morgan is in a critical condition in hospital following a fatal car crash in New Jersey in the early hours of Saturday morning (07Jun14). The 30 Rock star was among those injured in a horrific accident involving a number of vehicles, according to NBC10.com.
The news outlet reports Morgan is in a critical condition in an intensive care unit at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
New Jersey State Police spokesman Gregory William has confirmed one victim was killed in the crash, which is said to have occurred when a limo bus overturned. Reports suggest Morgan was among the passengers in the luxury vehicle.
The star is believed to have been travelling back to his home in New Jersey following a show at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware.
Bryan Cranston's critically-acclaimed Broadway turn in All The Way has official become a theatrical success after recouping its $3.9 million (£2.44 million) costs. The Breaking Bad star has been portraying former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the political drama since the play's grand opening in March (14), and days after the cast and crew celebrated their 100th performance, the show is now turning a profit.
And the success continues to build - All The Way, which runs until the end of the month (Jun14), is for a top awards at Sunday's (08Jun14) Tony Awards - it is nominated for Best Play, while Cranston is shortlisted for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
The production, written by Robert Schenkkan, recently triumphed at the 2014 Drama League Awards, claiming the Distinguished Production of a Play title.
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Long emancipated from its reputation as the place where has-beens go for one last snag at the limelight, television is attracting big screen folks at the top of their games. A new league of blockbuster movie stars, admired thespians, and Oscar-nominated filmmakers alike are flocking to the comforts of premium cable, all with intriguing projects in tow. Here are a few big name figures taking to the TV game with promising prospects.
Who's that again? The guy who directed Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, The Fountain, and NoahWhat's he working on? MaddAddam, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's speculative sci-fi novel trilogy (Oryx and Crake, Year Of The Flood, and MaddAddam).For whom? HBO.What's the deal? The story depicts a dystopian future in which genetic engineering has swept the human race. Aronofsky might direct, and is executive producing with his fiancée Brandi-Ann Milbradt and regular collaborator Ari Handel.[Deadline]
ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
Who's that again? Iron Man.What's he working on? An untitled drama about a drug rehab community set in 1980s Venice Beach.For whom? Showtime.What's the deal? Downey obviously has personal ties to the project considering his history with drug abuse; he and his wife Susan are producing, and Orange Is the New Black writer Gary Lennon is handling the script (so we can expect some wit).[Deadline]
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Who's that again? Walter White from Breaking Bad, Hal from Malcolm in the Middle, or Tim Whatley from Seinfeld, and President Lyndon Johnson on ol' Broadway.What's he working on? A narrative adaptation of the Conn and Hal Iggulden book Dangerous Book for Boys.For whom? No word just yet.What's the deal? Although the Igguldens' book takes form as a "how to" manual of sorts, Cranston's television series will draw a narrative out of the variety of rituals established as recommended rites of passage for American youngsters.[Variety]
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