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Tracy Morgan fires back at Walmart

'Midnight Rider' assistant director pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter


A fourth member of the Midnight Rider crew has been charged in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones in a train accident that occurred on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic in February, according to reports.

The Associated Press is reporting that Hillary Schwartz, an assistant director, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in Wayne County Superior Court. She was indicted earlier this month.

Jones’ family filed a wrongful death suit back in May that claimed that members of the crew did not get permission to shoot on the railroad bridge where Jones was killed, and that they kept this information from the rest of the crew. Her family claimed that “the Midnight Rider defendants falsely informed, or gave the impression to, the cast and crew, including Sarah, that they had received permission to conduct filming on the railroad tracks.” The suit also claimed the crew didn’t hold a safety meeting or have an on-site medic present.

A rep for Jones’ family did not respond to EW‘s request for comment.

Facing the same charges are producer Jay Sedrish, director Randall Miller, and Miller’s wife and business partner, Jody Savin. Miller and Savin pleaded not guilty in July to the charges, and wrote in a statement that “our hearts are broken, our spirits our broken” and that Jones’ death “will haunt us forever,” but maintained that “we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody’s safety at risk.”

Schwartz, Sedrish, Miller and Savin are reportedly due back in court on March 9.

Walmart claims Tracy Morgan is at fault for injuries suffered in crash

According to papers filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey, Walmart claims that Tracy Morgan and others failed to properly protect themselves in the June accident that left Morgan in critical condition and also killed comedian Jimmy Mack.


Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI

Amanda Bynes has been arrested for driving under the influence of a drug, EW has confirmed per the California Highway Patrol. The 28-year-old, who was driving a Mercedes SUV, was stopped in the middle of the intersection in her in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley early Sunday morning when she was stopped by CHP. She was taken to a CHP office for evaluation. The former child star was described in the report as having a “disheveled appearance.” READ FULL STORY

Apple's latest iOS 8 update causes more problems, solves none


Released in time for the iPhone 6, Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 8, arrived with a few kinks in its code. Several of the operating system’s marquee new features—like its Healthkit suite and third-party keyboards—weren’t functioning. As a result, Apple released a software update, 8.0.1, to address these issues.

However, the update ended up causing more problems than it solved.


'Jersey Shore' star facing $8.9 million in tax fraud charges


This is indeed a situation: Former Jersey Shore star Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, along with his brother Marc, are facing a federal indictment accusing the brothers of not properly paying taxes on $8.9 million in income.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced that the brothers are expected to surrender to special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and United States Marshals today. Then they are expected to appear in federal court to face an indictment.

The office released a statement to saying the Sorrentinos are faced with one count of conspiracy to defraud, as well as three and two counts, respectively, of filing false tax returns for 2010 through 2012. Michael Sorrentino faces an additional count for allegedly failing to file a tax return for 2011. The extra income, the office said, was generated by The Situation’s “promotional activities.”

“Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances,” Fishman said in a statement to “The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: telling the truth to the IRS is not optional.”

The 32-year-old Sorrentino starred on MTV’s Jersey Shore for its meteoric six-season run which concluded in 2012. At one point, his annual income was estimated to exceed $5 million a year. The Shore stars went from earning about $10,000 per episode during the show’s second season up to about $100,000 per episode by season 4. Yet its income from endorsements and personal appearances that can be even more lucrative for well-known reality stars.

Kris Jenner files for divorce from Bruce Jenner


Almost a year after the couple announced they were separating, Kris Jenner has filed for a divorce from her husband of 23 years, Bruce Jenner.

In court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday and obtained by EW, Kris Jenner cites irreconcilable differences for calling off her marriage to Bruce.

The Jenners were married in April of 1991 and have two children together, Kylie and Kendall. According to TMZ, the two will have joint custody of Kylie, who is 17.

“We are living separately and we are much happier this way,” Kris told E! News when the couple announced their separation in October. “But we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority.”

A rep for the couple did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

Correction: This story has been updated to clarify the number of years the Jenners were married. 

Actress and singer Polly Bergen dies at 84

Longtime actress Polly Bergen, best known for her roles in Cape Fear and as the first woman president in 1964’s Kisses for my President, has died. According to The Associated Press, Bergen, 84, died in Saturday morning in her Southbury, Connecticut home. A smoker for much of her life, Bergen’s health began to deteriorate due to emphysema and other ailments in the 90s.

An actress with a career spanning more than 60 years, Bergen got made her film debut alongside Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in At War with the Army, and remained a presence both on screen and on stage until 2012, with roles on both The Sopranos and Desperate Housewives — the latter of which earned her an Emmy nomination.

Iggy Azalea sues ex-boyfriend for stealing, releasing her music


Rapper Iggy Azalea is suing her ex-boyfriend, Maurice Williams (also known by Jefe Wine in the rap world), for copying files containing unreleased songs off her computer and then releasing them this past August.

In a complaint obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Iggy Azalea, born Amethyst Kelly, claims that Williams “downloaded the entire contents of Azalea’s personal computer, including the [songs], onto a jump drive without her consent” when the two were romantically involved between 2008 and 2009.

“Defendants have defied Azalea’s demands,” the complaint says, “that they refrain from wrongfully exploiting her name, likeness and copyrighted music by distributing her music without her consent and by using her trademarked name and her likeness to promote themselves and the music they misappropriated.” READ FULL STORY

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel among 'Genius Grant' recipients

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the namesake of the Bechdel Test, was named a recipient of one of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grant” Wednesday. Bechdel is probably best known for her comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, which began in 1983, and her 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home, which was recently turned into a musical that became a Pulitzer finalist and is heading to Broadway soon. But even if you don’t know her work, you might be familiar with her last name thanks to her eponymous “test,” which judges movies based on whether they feature at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man. Bechdel credits her friend with inventing the test, though it was the subject of a 1985 Dykes to Watch Out For strip.

Documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer was also named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Oppenheimer’s 2013 film, The Act of Killing, which asked those responsible for Indonesian mass murders to re-enact their crimes, was nominated for an Oscar. His latest filmThe Look of Silence, focuses on the survivors of those killings. Other recipients from the arts world include jazz musician Steve Coleman, poet Terrance Hayes, playwright Samuel D. Hunter, and public artist Rick Lowe. The full list is available here. MacArthur Fellows receive a stipend of $625,000, which is awarded to them over five years.

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