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[...]

Jussie Smollett's Family: Attacks "Inhumane Acts of Domestic Terrorism"; CPD Release "Persons of Interest" Images

Less than 48 hours after Empire star Jussie Smollett was hopitalized following an assault in Chicago that law enforcement is describing as a "possible hate crime," the Smollett family and Underground's Jurnee Smollett-Bell have released a statement condemning the attack, the perpetrators, and similar hate crimes (see below).The Chicago Police Department confirmed that in the early hours of January[...]

INCOMING! Star Wars: Legion Getting 'Rogue One' Reinforcements

There will be a Specialists pack for both the Empire and the Rebellion, and both look fantastic:[caption id="attachment_952871" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy Fantasy Flight Games[/caption][caption id="attachment_952872" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Courtesy Fantasy Flight Games[/caption]Next up comes a few new releases for Rebel armies: Jyn Erso, and a pack of Rebel Pathfinders[...]

Fox Sets Fall Premiere Dates for The Gifted, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, and More

Things in front of and behind the camera have been anything but boring and same-old-same-old for Fox over the past several weeks; but after a tornado of series renewals, greenlights, and cancellations (sorry, Ghosted: we hardly knew or watched ya), the network has released the fall premiere dates for both its new and returning series.[caption[...]


Fox Chair Talks Series Futures of 24, Gotham, Exorcist, Empire, and More

To Vegas, The Exorcist and Empire.Here are some of the highlights:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOWpUB_Xdqs●  The next iteration of 24 stems from executive producers Howard Gordon and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, who received a script commitment for a series that at the time was rumored to be built around a legal conspiracy as a female prosecutor works against the clock[...]

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Alfre Woodard to Recur on Fox's Empire

Empire is adding Emmy-award winning actress Alfre Woodard in the recurring role of Renee when the series returns to the air next month Renee is the mother of Cookie (Taraji P Henson) and she is coming back for a turbulent reunion on the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong musical drama that centers on the founding[...]

Teyonah Parris

'Survivor's Remorse' Star Teyonah Parris Joins CBS Drama Pilot 'Murder'

Parris followed up her turn as Missy Vaughn on Starz’s recently ended Survivor’s Remorse with a recurring role on Fox's Empire as Pamela Rose She can next be seen in Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of the James Baldwin novel If Beale Street Could Talk.In August 2017, Parris opened up about the performers who influenced her growing[...]

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8 Count: Fox, Mary J. Blige Developing Music/Dance Drama Series

Fox is hoping that the Empire lightning strikes twice with the tentatively titled music/dance drama series 8 Count Based on the life/career of choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson (So You Think You Can Dance), the series will be written by Erika L Johnson (Ugly Betty) and executive produced by multi-platinum singer Mary J[...]

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'Empire' Producer Ilene Chaiken Is Developing 2 New Dramas For Fox

Ilene Chaiken, executive producer and showrunner on the Fox series Empire, is developing two one-hour dramas for the network One has a put pilot order while the other has a script order with a significant penalty, according to Variety.Mrs Otis Regrets is the series with the put pilot order It follows FBI Special Agent Clementine[...]

'The Punisher': New Photos, Details On Key Frank/Micro Scene Released

Following up on the release of their first exclusive image of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) during his pre-The Punisher days in the military, Empire Magazine continues to feed fan anticipation with on-set coverage of the upcoming 13-episode Netflix series.The photos were posted on social media through a tweet on Thursday night, with the two larger[...]

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Fox To Crossover Music Dramas Empire And Star In Fall Premieres

But it's more than just Empire and Star are going to air the same night, the network has announced a special two-episode crossover event this fall The crossover will have Star's Carlotta (Queen Latifah) meet Empire's Cookie (Taraji P Henson), Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) in both shows season premieres. The crossover is[...]

Spider-Man Homecoming Empire Magazine Cover Drawn By Comics Legend Alan Davis And Mark Farmer

[caption id="attachment_651076" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Empire Subscribers cover by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer[/caption]Subscribers to film and entertainment magazine Empire will be getting an exclusive variant cover of their very own themed on the upcoming release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is created by comics legends Alan Davis and Mark Farmer.What the cover to regular buyers of[...]

The Joker Smolders His Way Onto The Next Empire Cover

With Suicide Squad just around he corner now, the marketing has started to ramp into overdrive. It has been everywhere at SDCC this weekend, but it has just pushed its way to one more place this weekend. Nothing we haven't seen before here, except that nice hand tattoo gets a central part. Perhaps it is […]

Gotham And Lucifer Return September 19th

Both return September 19th with Gotham airing at 8pm.Other shows, like Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist will also premiere that week with programs like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Empire also returning Here Fox's fall schedule in full: Monday, Sept 19th 8pm: Gotham 9pm: LuciferTuesday, Sept 20 8pm: Brooklyn Nine-Nine 8:30pm: New Girl 9pm: Scream QueensWednesday, Sept[...]

Complex Female Protagonists In Hollywood? 'They're Taking Pitches, Today.'

You can read a number of them here.  DeConnick has been having meetings with network executives who are suddenly saying that they’re looking for complex female protagonists, and she finds that to be “thank-you Cookie (from Empire), is one big part of it, and thank-you Furiosa is the other part.” Once something makes money, there are conversations[...]

Swipe File: VJ Day And Star Wars Day

This is the famous V-J Day in Time Square photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt. And this is a Star Wars take on the same scene by Albert. And this is a T-shirt design by Donovan Alex.   And yes, it is a T-shirt. Look at the placements of Chewbacca and the droids and then make your own judgment. In […]

Fox Renews Gotham, Empire And Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Newcomers Gotham and Empire plus sophomore comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be back for another go They also said Bones is likely to return pending new contracts for Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz Sleepy Hollow has yet to be decided, but they are looking to make some changes to the series to bring back some of[...]