Morgan leaves hospital
Tracy Morgan was released from a New Jersey hospital on Friday, two weeks after the comedian was seriously injured in a highway crash that left one man dead.
A hospital spokesman said that Morgan had been released and he confirmed details of a statement circulated by Morgan’s publicist.
The statement said Morgan was being relocated from the Brunswick, N.J., hospital to an undisclosed rehabilitation center.
Morgan will likely be in rehab for weeks, Kay’s statement said.
Johnson gets ‘Star Wars’ gig
“Looper” writer-director Rian Johnson will write and direct “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and pen a treatment for Episode IX, a spokesperson for Johnson confirmed to the Los Angeles Times.
Johnson, who broke out as a director at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 with his independent film “Brick,” will take over George Lucas’ franchise from J.J. Abrams, who is currently shooting “Star Wars: Episode VII” in London.
Johnson’s producing partner Ram Bergman will join him on the film.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is scheduled for release Dec. 18, 2015.
Sex-abuse suits dismissed
A judge in Pennsylvania dismissed the last of five sex-abuse lawsuits filed against the Emmy-winning puppeteer who voiced the “Sesame Street” character Elmo.
The ruling did not weigh the merits of the claims but said 25-year-old accuser Sheldon Stephens filed suit too late against actor Kevin Clash.
Stephens accused Clash, now 53, of luring him into a sexual relationship after they met at a 2004 networking event for actors when he was about 16.
Four similar lawsuits involving other accusers were previously dismissed in New York, where Clash lives, defense lawyer Michael Berger said.
“We’re delighted with the result, and very happy that Kevin can go on with his life,” Berger said.
McCreery happy with ruling
Country singer Scotty McCreery is happy to pay a former manager about $239,000 as a lawsuit ends, according to his spokeswoman.
McCreery owes the money to music-industry veteran Todd Cassetty following a jury verdict on Wednesday, The Tennessean reported on Thursday. Cassetty sued last year, contending that he was owed 15 percent of McCreery’s gross revenue, according to The Tennessean.
“I am very pleased with the management fee ruling of only $239,000, which was less than half of the $570,000 Mr. Cassetty requested,” McCreery said in a written statement.
“It was always my intention to pay Mr. Cassetty and indeed had offered to pay him more than once. His request, however, for over half a million dollars was too much for a few months of work.”
McCreery hired Cassetty in 2012, and the two ended their business relationship in 2013, never having finalized a written contract, The Tennessean reported.