1. 'Empire' Beats 'Gangsta Pimp's' $10M Copyright Suit

    July 29, 2016 3:47 AM EDT Empire didn't copy self-described "gangsta pimp" Ron Newt's life story Bigger Than Big , according to a California federal judge. Newt sued Lee Daniels, Terrence Howard and 20th Century Fox for $1 billion in April 2015, claiming they stole his story years after he spent…

  2. 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Learns From Prank Tweet

    May 21, 2016 2:59 PM EDT Empire co-star Jussie Smollett recently caused a social media storm after tweeting a cryptic message that implied he may be leaving the show. 5 Questions That Remain After This Week's 'Empire' Finale "I was thinking like my little core group of amazing fans would be like, …

  3. Fox Looks to End $10 Million Lawsuit Alleging 'Empire' Ripped Off Man's Life Story

    October 16, 2015 7:19 PM EDT The producers are being sued by an author who says he met with star Terrence Howard for three hours years before the hip-hop soap opera premiered. Critics and audiences can form their own opinions about what a TV show is about, but lawsuits alleging idea theft can serve as vehicles for the TV…

  4. The Year in Soundtracks: From 'Furious 7' to 'Empire,' the Strongest Contenders for a Grammy Nod

    October 16, 2015 2:17 PM EDT In the playlist era, movie and TV soundtracks resonate deeply: They’re compilations with built-in narratives. That might be why four hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2015, the most in six years -- and all are strong contenders for a nomination in the 2016 Grammys’ best compilation…

  5. Becky G, Pitbull Bring the Latin Heat to 'Empire'

    October 08, 2015 4:01 AM EDT Becky G reprised her bad-girl role on this week’s episode of Empire , and we liked it. No, scratch that -- we loved it! As Hakeem’s (Bryshere Y. Gray) newest signee Valentina Galindo, Becky stayed true to her ambitions of solo stardom. Sure, the idea of her and her fellow Latina singers as…

  6. 'Empire' Season 2 Trailer Features New Feuds, Chris Rock's Debut: Watch

    August 06, 2015 10:30 PM EDT Andre is determined to oust his father from the company in the latest footage. Can Empire Entertainment make it out without its fearless leader Lucious Lyon ( Terrence Howard )? That's the question facing the rest of his family when  Empire  returns. In the new season two trailer,…

  7. Terrence Howard Struts His Stuff to 'Brick House' on 'Lip Sync Battle': Watch

    August 05, 2015 2:53 PM EDT Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson will face off in an upcoming  Empire -themed episode of Lip Sync Battle  -- and now, we have a sneak preview of one of Howard's performances: The Commodores ' "Brick House." Taraji P. Henson Performs Mary J. Blige on 'Lip Sync…

  8. 'Empire' Star Terrence Howard Sued for Assault, Defamation by Ex-Wife

    July 28, 2015 9:32 PM EDT Terrence Howard 's ex-wife filed suit against the actor Tuesday (July 28) claiming he assaulted her in 2013. In the civil complaint filed in Los Angeles, Michelle Howard claims the alleged assault took place while they were staying in a rental house in Costa Rica.  On the evening of July…

  9. Ludacris to Appear on 'Empire' Season 2...as a Police Officer?

    July 23, 2015 1:56 PM EDT Empire' s return is two months away, and the star-studded cast list just keeps growing. Ludacris is the latest celeb to announce involvement in Fox's hit drama -- he shared a photo of himself alongside Terrence Howard (aka the now-incarcerated Lucious Lyon), sporting what…

  10. Chris Rock Jokes About Terrence Howard's Domestic Violence Allegations on 'Empire' Set

    June 24, 2015 3:37 PM EDT Howard said of Rock's first day on set, "Terrence punched him in the stomach by accident," and Rock then jabbed lightheartedly, "I don’t know if it was an accident -- he does have a reputation!" Chris Rock is officially behind bars with Terrence Howard on Empire, as…

  11. 'Empire' Producers on Chasing Money, Early Warnings and Avoiding the N-Word

    June 06, 2015 3:15 PM EDT Fox's Empire nearly didn't happen as a TV series. The hip-hop drama co-created by Danny Strong and Lee Daniels -- which became a phenomenon last season and now ranks as broadcast TV's No. 1 show -- was originally envisioned as a movie. 'Empire' Team Teases Chris…

  12. Raven-Symone Talks 'Empire's' Baby Mama Drama

    March 12, 2015 2:26 AM EDT [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the 10th episode of Empire's first season, "Sins of the Father."] After a few weeks of talking about and around Olivia ( Raven-Symoné ) and whether or not Jamal ( Jussie Smollett ) was actually the father of her adorable little…

  13. 'Empire's' Trai Byers on Andre's Breakdown, Relationship With Jennifer Hudson

    March 04, 2015 11:15 PM EST [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the ninth episode of Empire's first season, Unto the Breach. ] Since Empire's pilot, the Fox hip-hop drama teased that the eldest Lyon son, Andre ( Trai Byers ), had an illness that kept Lucious ( Terrence Howard ) from handing over the…

  14. 50 Cent & Taraji P. Henson Trade 'Empire' vs. 'Power' Jabs

    January 08, 2015 6:22 PM EST Cent isn't one to hold his tongue, but neither is Taraji P. Henson. Is 'Empire' Realistic? Industry Insiders Weigh In After the actress caught word of 50 Cent's comments about Fox series Empire allegedly copying the marketing template of his Starz series Power ,…

  15. Terrence Howard on 'Empire': Hip-Hop Success Comes With 'A Great Deal of Issues'

    January 07, 2015 5:26 PM EST Lee Daniels' new hip-hop drama Empire premieres Wednesday night (Jan. 7) on Fox, and with a high-caliber list of contributors it has piqued interest across film, TV and music. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson fill the starring roles of a former drug dealer-turned-hip-hop mogul and…

  16. Fox's 'Empire' Nabs Post-'American Idol' Slot

    November 19, 2014 5:48 PM EST Hip-hop drama stars Oscar nominees Terrence Howard & Taraji P. Henson. Fox is giving midseason drama Empire as good of a launch pad as it has to offer. The network announced Wednesday (Nov. 19) that the high-profile collaboration from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong will bow after a one…

  17. Will Fox Score Another 'Glee' With 'Dynasty'-Style Hip-Hop Soap Opera 'Empire'?

    October 31, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The network that launched 'American Idol' and the studio that birthed 'Glee' team up with Columbia Records and Timbaland for a 'Dynasty'-inspired hip-hop soap, but will it produce stars and sales? "Once I picked my mouth up off the floor, the idea of…

  18. Watch Intense New Trailer for Fox's Hip-Hop Drama 'Empire'

    October 25, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson star in Lee Daniels' midseason soap. Fox used Game 3 of the World Series to ramp up midseason hip-hop drama Empire . Courtney Love Joins Cast of 'Empire' From The Butler 's Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, Empire stars Taraji P. Henson…

  19. Top 10 Best Hip-Hop Movies Ever

    November 08, 2012 2:00 PM EST Throughout the four decade history of hip-hop, there have been many movies that have attempted to capture the essence of the culture. Many have been OK, plenty have been good, but it's the rare film that has been great. "8 Mile," which hit the silver screen 10 years ago today …

  20. 'Winnie' Trailer: First Look At Jennifer Hudson As Nelson Mandela's Wife

    November 16, 2010 3:24 PM EST Sporting a South African accent and an array of gorgeous outfits, Jennifer Hudson stars as Nelson Mandela's wife Winnie in the upcoming Film Bridge International release "Winnie." The first trailer for the 2011 film, which also stars Terrence Howard as the famously imprisoned…

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