Showtime orders limited series based on Patti Smith memoir
Showtime will team up with musician Patti Smith and “Penny Dreadful” director John Logan to produce a limited television series based on Smith’s best-selling memoir “Just Kids.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, the cable network announced the news at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “Just Kids is one of my favorite memoirs of all time,” said Showtime president David Nevins. “I’m so thrilled that Patti Smith will bring her unique voice to writing the scripts along with the gifted John Logan.” Showtime also picked-up Jim Carrey’s pilot for a drama about the 1970s comedy scene.
Trucker’s fatigue likely cause of Morgan crash
The National Transportation Safety Board released details of what they believe happened in the traffic accident between a Wal-Mart truck driven by Kevin Roper and a limo van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and friends. Morgan was seriously injured and comedian James McNair was killed. The NTSB says the Roper’s fatigue likely caused the crash (he was on a 12-hour drive), and the fact that McNair and Morgan weren’t wearing seatbelts contributed to the severity of their injuries. Roper’s Wal-Mart truck rear-ended the limo van at 1 a.m. on June 7, 2014.
Meghan Trainor cancels remaining tour dates
The MTrain has derailed again, this time for good. Meghan Trainor announced on Instagram Tuesday she canceled the 15 remaining scheduled stops of her MTrain tour, including a Sept. 11 date at the Fillmore Detroit. The cancellation comes after the “All About That Bass” singer suffered her second vocal hemorrhage of the summer. “To all my fans — I was being careful and taking precautions, but I have hemorrhaged my vocal cord again,” Trainor wrote. “I got bronchitis & have been coughing a lot & that pushed it over the edge. Sadly, I will need to cancel the remainder of my tour and get surgery to finally fix this once and for all. I am devastated, scared, and so sorry.” Trainor originally rescheduled dates in July, including a planned July 9 concert at the Fillmore Detroit, after her first vocal hemorrhage. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
■Monday night on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Winona Ryder confirmed that a sequel to Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice” was in the works. According to previous reports, Burton has a script and that the film’s star, Michael Keaton, is on board.
■“Deadiest Catch” star Tony Lara, 50, died in his sleep over the weekend. The reality television personality was found at his South Dakota home on Saturday. No cause of death has been revealed.
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