Star Scoop: Tracy Morgan in Recovery, Whitney Biopic Finds its Lead, Bryan Cranston Headed Back to TV?


Tracy Morgan is recovering from a tragic car crash this weekend that resulted in the death of his friend and mentor James McNair, a fellow comedian who went by the stage name Jimmy Mack. Although he suffered broken ribs, a broken nose, and a broken leg, Morgan’s publicist says he is responsive and showing signs of recovery. His untitled FXX comedy is, understandably, on hold. Get well soon! [CNN]

The late Whitney Houston will be getting the biopic treatment in an Angela Bassett-directed project to air on Lifetime. Though it’s being made against Houston’s family’s wishes, the film landed its star: America’s Next Top Model contestant-turned actor Yaya DaCosta. [Vulture]

Bryan Cranston could be back on your TV set sooner than later. Steven Spielberg is in the process of buying the rights to Cranston’s Tony Award-winning play All the Way, and developing it into a primetime drama that “begins with the Kennedy assassination, and spans the first year of Johnson’s administration.” [Deadline]

If there’s anything we’ve learned about Iggy Azalea since her chart-topping success, it’s that she’s not one to hold her tongue. The target of her recent rant is none other than 17-year-old Lorde. The Grammy winner recently joined Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic during their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, a move Azalea considered inappropriate because “Lorde is not Kurt Cobain’s peer.” Since, Azalea has expressed she meant no harm by the Tweet, insisting that “Lorde is an awesome chick.” [Billboard]

Amy Schumer is championing girl power over at Comedy Central. Her sketch comedy show has been renewed for a third season, and is marking an era where the network is looking to back more female leads. In addition to Inside Amy Schumer’s renewal, Comedy Central is bringing back Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s Broad City, and green lighting two more comedies featuring female talent: Another Period and Idiotsitter. [TIME]

Meet your new Miss USA! Miss Nevada, Nia Sanchez, ascended the pageant’s throne, defeating finalists from North Dakota, Georgia, and Louisiana, where the pageant was held. Sanchez will be competing for Miss Universe this fall. [Us Magazine]

If you thought Psy was calling it quits after hitting more than two billion views with his insanely popular “Gangnam Style,” think again. The viral sensation is back, this time with an assist from Snopp Dogg Lionin a video that chronicles the highs and lows of a “Hangover.” [Vulture]