"Empire" Ending Series Run Early Over Coronavirus-Related Shutdown

Henson and Terrance DaShon Howard-starring hip hop drama Empire was already ending its run with its current sixth season - unfortunately, the growing coronavirus pandemic is pushing up that timetable considerably.The network revealed that the season's 18th episode - the last episode completed before production was shut down - will also serve as the season and[...]

Kotobukiya Keeps the Empire Alive with New TIE Fighter Statue

Kotobukiya Keeps the Empire Alive with New Star Wars TIE Fighter Statue

This time the Empire is back as the TIE Fighter Pilot gets his statue debut This statue stands at 7 inches tall and has the ability to be in two different poses The first posed in the classic military formation position This sleek pose goes great with the metallic styled paint on his helmet and[...]


Television: Still Whiter Than a Polar Bear in a Snowstorm [BC TV MELTDOWN-OPINION]

What?!?! But what about hit shows like Black-ish, Atlanta, Fresh Off the Boat, Scandal, Empire, Superstore, The Good Place? First, most of those are critical successes, but not necessarily ratings successes Indeed, the top rated scripted and reality shows are still over-whelmingly white, from HBO's Game of Thrones to CBS' The Big Bang Theory/Young Sheldon.Even[...]

'Empire' – Lee Daniels: Jussie Smollett "Will NOT Be Returning" for Season 6

Approximately a month after FOX renewed Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s music industry drama Empire for a sixth and final season, Daniels is finally putting to rest rumors that controversial cast member Jussie Smollett‘s character Jamal Lyon would join the series' final run Taking to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to a Variety article that reported show[...]

BREAKING: Charges Against 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Dropped

In a move that has already set social media aflame once again, Chicago prosecutors have dropped all charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett Arrving to a Chicago courtroom early Tuesday morning for an emergency meeting, after which it was learned that all 16 felony counts were being dropped and that his "record has been wiped[...]

Avengers: Endgame Gets Three New Empire Magazine Covers

Avengers: Endgame is getting three new covers for the next issue of Empire Magazine, which will be on news stands on March 21 Two of the regular covers will feature the original Avengers team of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow The other will feature Thanos in his battle armor None[...]

Empire Star Jussie Smollett Pleads "Not Guility" to Disorderly Conduct Charges

Less than a week after the Empire actor/singer was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct, Jussie Smollett appeared before Cook County trial Judge Steven Watkins on Thursday morning to plead (though attorney Tina Glandian) "not guily" to all counts Currently out on $100,000 bail, Smollett could face more than three years in jail and[...]

'New York Undercover': Dexter's Luna Lauren Velez Returning for ABC Reboot Pilot

Original series lead Malik Yoba (Empire) returns as Det J.C Williams, now supervising the unit as well as the next generation of detectives Though retired from detective work, Velez's Moreno still has ties to the unit. ABC Having Velez and Yoba as part of the new series will go a long way in helping connect fans of[...]

'Empire' EPs Remove Jussie Smollett's Character from Final Season 5 Eps

Less than 24 hours after Empire actor Jussie Smollett was released on $100,000 bond after being arrested Thursday morning on multiple felony charges stemming from an alleged assault in late January 2019, the executive producers of the popular FOX series have made the decision to remove his character Jamal from the remainder of the series'[...]

'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett Released on $100,000 Bond

UPDATE: Empire actor Jussie Smollett was released on $100,000 bond after a court hearing on Thursday, after being arrested this morning on multiple felony charges stemming from an alleged assault in late January 2019 During the hearing, a series of texts between the actor/singer and siblings Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo showing how the attack was planned were read[...]

Chicago PD: "Dissatisfied with His Salary," Empire's Jussie Smollett Staged Attack; Trump Responds

According to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Empire star Jussie Smollett staged his own "assault" because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” and looking for better positioning on the FOX drama series During a Thursday morning press conference, Johnson also revealed that Smollett paid brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo $3,500 (by check) to particpate in the fake[...]

Jussie Smollett FULL Interview on alleged attack | ABC News Exclusive

'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Arrested; Bail Hearing Expected Thursday

Empire star Jussie Smollett is under arrest and currently in the custody of of Chicago police detectives, with Chicago PD Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi confirming the actor/singer's arrest Thursday morning The arrest comes less than 12 hours after Smollett was formally charged with federal disorderly conduct for allegedly “filing a false police report (Class 4 felony).”[caption id="attachment_980669" align="alignnone" width="1296"] EMPIRE: Pictured L-R:[...]

Empire's Jussie Smollett Faces Disorderly Conduct Charge for Filing False Police Report

Only hours after Chicago Police Department Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi announced that Empire star Jussie Smollett had been “officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation” for allegedly “filing a false police report (Class 4 felony),” the actor/singer has been formally charged with federal disorderly conduct This legal turn of events comes on the[...]

Jussie Smollett FULL Interview on alleged attack | ABC News Exclusive

'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett "Classified as a Suspect" in Attack Investigation: Chicago PD

Chicago Police Department Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to announce that Empire star Jussie Smollett has been "officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation" for allegedly "filing a false police report (Class 4 felony)." The Chicago PD also stated that investigating detectives were in the process of "presenting evidence[...]

Jussie Smollett FULL Interview on alleged attack | ABC News Exclusive

Jussie Smollett's Attorneys: Actor "Angered and Devastated" Over Recent Reports

Responding to CNN reporting late Saturday night from that actor/singer Jussie Smollett either arranged or played a planning role in his assault and was now the focus of Chicago Police's investigation, the Empire star's defense lawyers Todd S Pugh and Victor P Henderson pushed back on behalf of their client with the following statement:[caption id="attachment_980669"[...]

REPORT: Citing "New Evidence," Chicago Police Believe Jussie Smollett Planned Attack [UPDATE]

***UPDATE*** Chicago PD has released a statement: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.” Law enforcement reached out to Smollett's lawyers during the[...]

'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Statement: Thanks "Beautiful People," Pushes Back on "Inaccuracies"

Less than 48 hours after the actor/singer was hopitalized following an assault in Chicago that law enforcement has described as a “possible hate crime,” Empire star Jussie Smollett released a statement exclusively to ESSENCE, thanking the "beautiful people" for their support and assuring fans that he is currently recovering.[caption id="attachment_980668" align="alignnone" width="1800"] FOX[/caption] “Let me start by saying[...]