Morgan struggles with injuries
Tracy Morgan is struggling more than two months after he was injured in a motor vehicle crash that left a fellow comedian dead.
His attorney, Benedict Morelli, told NBC’s “Today” show Monday the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member is fighting hard.
Morgan suffered a broken leg and broken ribs when the limousine van he was riding in was hit from behind June 7 by a Walmart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The wreck killed 62-year-old comedian James McNair and injured two others.
Morelli has filed suit against Walmart, claiming the retailer should have known the truck driver had driven 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware. The truck driver has pleaded not guilty to death by auto charges.
Goldblum to play in NY City
Jeff Goldblum is coming back to New York but not to act — he’ll be singing.
The Cafe Carlyle said the “Jurassic Park” and “The Fly” star will perform Sept. 16-20 with his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.
The actor has sung and played piano with the band for years but the new dates mark their New York premiere. They’re named for a friend of Goldblum’s family and play improvised versions of jazz standards like “Summertime” or “The Sidewinder.”
The fall season at the Carlyle will also include sets by “It’s Complicated” actress Rita Wilson from Sept. 24-Oct. 4, “The Breakfast Club” star Molly Ringwald from Oct. 7-18, and David Johansen, whose alter ego is Buster Poindexter, from Oct. 21-25.
The legendary lounge inside the Hotel Carlyle on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is where Elaine Stritch, Chita Rivera and Bobby Short have performed.
Emmy presenters announced
Film stars Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Halle Berry are among the first presenters announced for this month’s Emmy Awards ceremony.
In a statement Monday, executive producer Don Mischer said 13 celebrities have been confirmed so far as trophy presenters for the Aug. 25 awards.
The three Oscar-winning actors have small-screen credentials: Berry is starring in the summer series “Extant,” Roberts is nominated for the TV movie “The Normal Heart” and McConaughey is up for honors for the drama series “True Detective.”
Their willingness to dabble in TV is a sign of the medium’s creative strength and increasing appeal to top-tier actors and others in Hollywood.
Tribute concert for Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd is getting the tribute treatment.
An all-star cast of performers will salute the seminal Southern rock band during the taping of “One More for the Fans! Celebrating the Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd.”
The Nov. 12 concert will feature performances from Gregg Allman, Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, John Hiatt, Jamey Johnson, Cheap Trick and more. The Fox Theatre event in Atlanta will be taped and released at a later date. Tickets go on sale Aug. 18 through the Fox Theatre box office.
— From News wire services