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Fast Track: Tracy Morgan under fire for homophobic stand-up routine

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

A roundup of entertainment headlines for Friday

Tracy Morgan, the “30 Rock” star who plays loud-mouthed loose cannon Tracy Jordan, comes under fire for a homophobic rant during a recent stand-up gig. (Huffington Post)

J.J. Abrams’ thriller “Super 8" hits theaters, and our experts are expecting its super-domination of “X-Men” and “Judy Moody” at the weekend box office. (Los Angeles Times)

Alec Baldwin gets support for New York mayoral run from Chevy Chase, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner? Um, who said Hollywood wasn’t tight? (Today, THR)

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Neil Patrick Harris is gearing up to host the Tonys -- get ready for a few “Spider-Man” jokes. (PopEater)

Meanwhile, “The Book of Mormon” is a strong contender for Sunday’s theater accolades. Times critic Charles McNulty shares his picks. (The Envelope)

“Teen Mom” Amber Portwood has another round of upsetting news for her parents: The MTV reality star took a plea deal and was put on probation for battering her baby daddy. (AP)

“Skins” has been shed by MTV. The controversial teen drama that has been equated to child pornography won’t be returning for a second season. (Show Tracker)

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Greg Mortenson, the embattled “Three Cups of Tea” author who lied about events in his book, has open-heart surgery after doctors found an aneurysm and hole in his ticker. And that’s no lie. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

Are vampires and zombies the new cops and doctors? (The Envelope)

Prince William and Catherine, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, ramp up their royal class factor at a charity benefit in London where they raised $28 million with the Kings of Leon. But the big question is, how many knock-offs will the former Kate Middleton’s Jenny Packham dress spawn? (Ministry of Gossip, Bloomberg)

-- Nardine Saad

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