"30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan will miss at least two episodes of the NBC comedy because he's recovering from kidney transplant surgery, reports EW.com. The 42-year-old comedian underwent the transplant earlier this month, and although the surgery was successful - he was seen at a Knicks game on Friday - the writers are giving him sufficient time to recover. Morgan, who plays comedian Tracy Jordan on the show, is the second "Rock" star to have the procedure. Actor Grizzwald "Grizz" Chapman, who plays Morgan's security guard on the show, underwent a kidney transplant in the summer.
'Venice' play with Pacino to extend Broadway run
Audiences have three additional weeks to see the hit production of "The Merchant of Venice," starring actors Al Pacino, 70, as Shylock and Lily Rabe, 28, as Portia, reports Newsday's Linda Winer. The play goes on hiatus Jan. 9, the original closing date, to accommodate the "Godfather" and "Dog Day Afternoon" star's prior film commitment, then reopens Feb. 1 through 20. Tickets to the extension will go on sale at midnight, Dec. 29, at 212-239-6200 or telecharge.com.
Actor Vince Vaughn, wife, welcome baby daughter
Vince Vaughn and his wife, Kyla Weber, are new parents, Us reports. Daughter Locklyn was born Saturday, weighing in at 7 pounds. Vaughn, 40, and Weber, a Canadian real estate agent who is in her early 30s, married in January outside of his hometown of Chicago.