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.
Funnyman Tracy Morgan has fired back at allegations he's partly responsible for the injuries he suffered during a car crash earlier this year (Jun14). Lawyers representing supermarket chain Walmart, whose driver caused the accident in New Jersey, suggested Morgan should have been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash as part of their defence.
The claim has left Morgan, who lost his mentor and best friend Jimmy McNair in the pile-up, fuming and he has responded.
The comic says, "I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong."
He adds, "I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back."
Morgan and the other survivors of the crash are suing Walmart, accusing bosses of negligence and alleging company executives should have known driver Kevin 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 stands accused causing the multi-vehicle accident after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel of his truck.
Kevin Spacey is set to get animated on the big screen again for the first time in almost 15 years after signing on to join his Glengarry Glen Ross co-star Alec Baldwin in Boss Baby. The two actors will reteam for the DreamWorks Animation film, which will be directed by Tom McGrath, the brains behind the Madagascar movies and Megamind.
Baldwin will voice the ambitious titular character, while Spacey will portray the villainous CEO of Puppy Co.
The movie is loosely based on Maria Frazee's picture book.
Spacey's last major voice work for an animated film was 1998’s A Bug’s Life.
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."
The producers of Glee have been sued by a shopper who allegedly tripped over cables while the TV series was filming in a California mall.
In the lawsuit, Yolando Rosario claims she was shopping at Burbank Town Center in November (13) when she fell over wiring which had been set up by the 20th Century Fox crew in a walkway open to regular shoppers. In the paperwork, obtained by TMZ.com, Rosario states that she broke her arm and a rib in the fall and is suing bosses at the Fox network and the owners of the mall for unspecified damages and coverage of medical bills.
The scene set in the mall features characters Kurt, Santana and Rachel, played by Lea Michele, working as elves for Santa Claus. It aired in the U.S. in December (13).
These celebrities are advocates for #HeForShe (and Emma Watson). HeForShe is a “solidarity movement for gender equality.” It is a campaign led by UN Women, that encourages men all over the world to speak out against the inequalities faced by women and girls. Emma Watson invited these men to the table with an amazing speech, in which she said, “I’m inviting you to step forward, to be seen, and to ask yourself…if not me, who? If not now, when?”
See what male celebrities have already spoken out in support of this movement:
I'm supporting @UN_Women and @EmWatson in #HeForShe As should you.. pic.twitter.com/RYtM4SKkqN
— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) September 25, 2014
.@EmWatson you are impeccable & extraordinary. I stand with you. I believe in gender equality. #heforshe pic.twitter.com/xXQsyJ7WfP
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) September 24, 2014
"Both men & women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men & women should feel free to be strong". @EmWatson: http://t.co/SWOSIsRuu0
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) September 24, 2014
As a #HeForShe, I'm committed to #genderequality. I invite you to stand with me. @HeForShe http://t.co/BAFUlCHY3H
— Chris Rankin (@chrisrankin) September 24, 2014
So proud of @EmWatson. From the girl I grew up with to the inspirational woman she is today. I'm with you. #heforshe pic.twitter.com/0j316BBznB
— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) September 24, 2014
Stand up for your women. Stand up for your men. Stand up for equality. #heforshe pic.twitter.com/r2oY4sR6Kv
— Kevin Durand (@onemightytree) September 24, 2014
Why do I support #heforshe? Because I have a wife, a sister, daughters, a mother; and they are just as capable and valuable as I am.
— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) September 24, 2014
My friend @EmWatson delivered a powerful speech to the UN http://t.co/yWtW3mjqBh I support equality. #HeForShe pic.twitter.com/gCNTK1BNvx
— Logan Lerman (@LoganLerman) September 23, 2014
#HeForShe is a great cause to get behind! Please check it out. So proud of @EmWatson! pic.twitter.com/lJrUWcmPEo
— Chris Colfer (@chriscolfer) September 23, 2014
Husband to a wife, father to a daughter, son to a mother. You bet I'm on board, @EmWatson! #heforshe pic.twitter.com/5SyIKIbCZo
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) September 23, 2014
I am a passionate supporter of gender equality. @EmWatson @HeForShe @UN_Women pic.twitter.com/IpudHsNpu3
— Douglas Booth (@DouglasBooth) September 20, 2014
Emma Watson. I applaud you. http://t.co/7sTF6KsQKx
— Gregg Sulkin (@greggsulkin) September 23, 2014
Joseph Gordon Levitt
And speaking of #Feminism, @EmWatson is doing a great project called #HeForShe. Go check it out http://t.co/vSrNTdFY3Q
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) September 22, 2014
But he’s been a very active feminist for a while now!
Trying to hash tag #Feminism, 1st autofill on twitter is "#FeministsAreUgly." http://t.co/jjLMQ67bzl
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) September 22, 2014
As a feminist and a human being, I agree with @emwatson (read her speech) @UN_women #heforshe (pic by @amandapalmer) pic.twitter.com/prm1O2LRUg
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 23, 2014
Proud to support the #HeForShe campaign of @UN_Women pic.twitter.com/BVMoJ4oJph
— Forest Whitaker (@ForestWhitaker) September 20, 2014
I'm committed to #genderequality. I invite you to stand with me. @HeForShe http://t.co/HUC3Q6qZBb @EmWatson pic.twitter.com/VukH9a51No
— Luke Pasqualino (@LucaPasqualino) September 24, 2014
Brilliantly said @EmWatson #Freedom #HeForShe pic.twitter.com/TtNBRHLhGm
— Luke Newberry (@lukenewberry) September 23, 2014
James Van Der Beek
Guys, @EmWatson really got it right. Gender equality isn't about taking a side, it's about human dignity for all. It's evolution #HeForShe
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) September 23, 2014
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) September 24, 2014
We salute these men for speaking out in support of equality and hope to see more stars, and regular folk like us, join in with them!
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Former Jonas Brothers star Kevin Jonas has traded in his microphone and guitar for a hard hat after co-founding a building firm in New Jersey - and he has already landed a big client. Jonas is helping The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Kathy Walkie realise her property dreams by signing on as her contractor.
Jonas pops up as her mystery builder in an upcoming episode of the hit reality show, which will air in America on Sunday (28Sep14), when he's unveiled as the man behind the renovation at her Franklin Lakes home.
When Walkie's sister Rosie recognises the pop star, he explains, "That was my day job. Now I'm doing this."
NASCAR race ace Tony Stewart has been cleared of any criminal charges relating to the death of rival Kevin Ward, Jr., who was struck and killed during a sprint car rally last month (Aug14). The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion was left shocked and saddened after colliding with 20-year-old Ward, Jr., who had walked into the path of oncoming cars shortly after his own vehicle had spun off the track at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Ontario County, New York on 9 August (14).
Authorities launched an investigation into the incident, but officials have since decided not to pursue criminal charges against Stewart as they believe Ward, Jr.'s death was the result of a freak accident, reports TMZ.com.
Embattled hip-hop mogul Damon Dash is preparing to call upon Kanye West and Mariah Carey as potential witnesses in his legal battle with director Lee Daniels. Jay Z's former Roc-A-Fella Records business partner is suing the filmmaker over allegations he reneged on the terms of an investment deal, which reportedly saw Dash pour $2 million (£1.25 million) into Kevin Bacon's 2004 drama The Woodsman.
Dash claims he was persuaded to re-invest the funds into a string of Daniels' other projects, including Oscar-winning 2009 release Precious, 2012 thriller The Paperboy and 2013's The Butler, in exchange for producing credits on the movies, but the acknowledgements never materialised.
On Monday (22Sep14), the plaintiff's lawyer, Natraj Bhushan, filed new papers in the case, detailing who Dash would call upon to back up his argument in a court of law.
The rap mogul listed West as one potential witness, after enlisting the Stronger rapper, who used to be signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, to help promote The Woodsman by staging performances at venues where advertisements for the movie would run.
Dash also alleges he was instrumental in convincing Carey to sign on for 2008's Tennessee, another project produced by Daniels, by vouching for the filmmaker's talents.
Carey later went on to land a role in Precious, which Daniels produced and directed.
Dash, who has struggled with money issues in recent years, is demanding unspecified damages from Daniels, who has yet to file a response to the suit.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon and Edward Norton joined thousands of eco-activists on the streets of New York City on Sunday (21Sep14) to demand more action on climate change. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, acting couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Evangeline Lilly, and rocker Sting and his producer wife Trudi Styler also took part in the Big Apple leg of the People's Climate Change march.
Sedgwick took to her Twitter.com blog during the demonstration and declared, "Today I march (for) the future. #ActOnClimate (Our) only hope is to ban (sic) together And demand change", while actor John Leguizamo revealed his teenage child had also joined in, writing, "My daughter went to protest for global warming counter programing! 14 and already an activist! So proud".
The event attracted as many as 300,000 people and was billed as the biggest march for climate change action in history.
After the march, Ruffalo tweeted, "The #PeopleClimateMarch today was undeniably a historic moment in the fight against #climatechange ignorance 310k people strong!"
Other People's Climate Change demonstrations also took place in cities including Paris, France, Melbourne, Australia and London, where campaigners included Harry Potter co-stars Emma Thompson and Bonnie Wright.
The marches were planned to raise awareness about the cause ahead of the United Nation's climate change summit in New York on Tuesday (23Sep14), where new U.N. Messenger of Peace on Climate Change DiCaprio will address attendees.