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You can’t come out of the gate as hot as Empire without every Fake-Ass Lena Horne on the block fretting over a sophomore slump.
VideosEmpire Season 2 Promo Shocker: Cookie in a Cage!?
Still, we’d be lying if we said that despite the delicious quotability, break-neck pacing and stratospheric ratings of Fox’s hip-hop soap opera, we’re not just a wee bit concerned about the cavalcade of new cast members already announced for Season 2. With Marisa Tomei, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Adam Rodriguez, Becky G, Kelly Rowland, Ludacris, Andre Royo and Lenny Kravitz being added to the mix in recurring and guest roles, »
Empire fans know there is only one Becky — and she’s played by Oscar-nominated Gabourey Sidibe, mmmmkaaayyyy?
But Fox’s ratings juggernaut is making room for a second Becky — pop star Becky G, to be specific — by casting her in a guest-starring role in Season 2.
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The news was announced by series regular Bryshere Y. Gray (who plays Hakeem) in a video posted on the official Empire Facebook page.
A Fox rep confirmed the casting — and TVLine will update this URL with information on the “Shower” singer »
Fox has released the first, very brief teaser for season 2 of its massive hit drama "Empire," and oh, how the tables have turned. Instead of flashbacks of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) visiting ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) in prison, now it's Cookie's turn to see the jailed mogul.
There's only 20 seconds worth of footage, but we get glimpses at all the major players: Jamal (Jussie Smollett) singing at a #FreeLucious concert; a smug Boo Boo Kitty (Grace Gealey) walking away from Hakeem (Bryshere Gray); Andre (Trai Byers) in a suit (what's new?); Lucious in an orange jumpsuit; and of course, Cookie, in all her glory, in a cage holding a gold microphone. Oh, Cookie, never change!
Season 2 of "Empire" amps up the drama even more - yeah, it's possible - with guest appearances by Marisa Tomei, Kelly Rowland (as Lucious's mom in flashbacks), Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, and Lenny Kravitz. »
- Kelly Woo
Zoe Kravitz and her new boyfriend, singer Twin Shadow, shared a moment together recently on the streets of New York ... looking an awful lot like her parents, Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. If Jason Momoa doesn't have his glasses on, he might get pissed seeing these pics. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
The concluding chapter to Christopher Nolan.s celebrated Batman trilogy in 2012.s The Dark Knight Rises showcased a number of intriguing female characters. However, one notable actress who was unsuccessful in an apparent attempt to join that group was Zoë Kravitz. In a recent interview, the actress reveals the rather offensive reason she was allegedly given for her failure to land the Gotham City gig. In an interview with Nylon, Kravitz discusses her personal mandate to pick roles that progress the poignancy of female characters. However, despite being the daughter of rocker/actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, the 26 year-old actress claims to actually hit occasional roadblocks when it comes to her mixed ethnicity. Kravitz reveals that in an attempt to simply audition for a role in The Dark Knight Rises, her chances apparently fell victim to some horrendous stereotyping. As she explains: In the last Batman movie [The »
26-year-old Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet) first came to our attention playing Angel Salvador in X-Men: First Class, and has since gone on to give memorable turns in the likes of Mad Max: Fury Road, Insurgent, Dope and The Road Within. With several other big movies lined up, Zoe's star is most certainly on the rise, but there was a time when landing the good roles wasn't quite so easy. In an interview with Nylon the actress recalls losing out on an audition for The Dark Knight Rises, seemingly based on her racial background and nothing else. “In the last Batman movie, they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ‘going urban,’” she says. “It was like, ‘What does that have to do with anything?’ I have to play the role like, ‘Yo, »
Batman v Superman, Deadpool, Star Wars, The Hateful Eight and Suicide Squad all enjoyed successful panels at Comic-Con this weekend, but it was Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 that attracted the most attention online.
Over 2.9 million tweets were generated by the annual event, which took place in San Francisco.
Star Wars? Batman v Superman? Which Comic-Con movie are you most hyped for?
It has since been revealed that Hunger Games had the most tweeted-about panel at the event, with Batman v Superman and Star Wars in second and third place respectively in terms of popularity on the social media site.
Meanwhile, Once Upon a Time was »
Zoë Kravitz has been previously linked to handsome stars like Chris Pine, Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley, and Drake, but her latest beau is turning heads for a different reason. The singer and actress recently began dating a musician and writer named George Lewis Jr., who goes by the stage name Twin Shadow, and quickly after seeing photos of him on Zoë's social media feeds, we couldn't help but notice how much he looks like her father, rocker Lenny Kravitz. Seriously, there's one hell of a resemblance between the two, from the cropped dreads and facial hair to the tight pants, t-shirts, and hipster headwear. It's also worth noting that Zoë has become the spitting image of her famous mom, Lisa Bonet - so seeing her and Twin Shadow together is basically like a blast to the past to Lenny and Lisa's '90s courtship. Hey, experts do say that »
Terrence Howard’s character on Empire owes everything to Kelly Rowland … cause she’s going to play his mother on the show for season 2. Kelly is set to make an appearance on the upcoming season in the form of a flashback as Lucious Lyon’s mother. The 34-year-old singer recently popped up in a post from the official Empire writers Twitter account hanging with the screenwriters. She’s joining a long list of guest stars »
- TMZ Staff
Sounds like Kelly Rowland is fulfilling her destiny…of guest starring in Season 2 of Empire. The R&B singer has signed on to appear in the second season of Fox’s megahit, and as E! Online first reported, she will be taking on a very interesting role, playing the mother of Lucius Lyon (Terrence Howard) in flashbacks. Rowland is the latest in a line of big-name guest stars that have signed on to appear in Empire‘s second season. Other notable actors appearing include Oscar winner Marisa Tomei (who will recur as Mimi Whiteman, a lesbian venture capitalist who gets involved with the Lyon family), CSI: Miami‘s Adam Rodriguez (who will be playing a potential love interest for Cookie), comedian Chris Rock, R&B singer Alicia Keys, and rock (and Hunger Games) star Lenny Kravitz. In addition, Gabourey Sidibe (Becky) and Ta’Rhonda Jones (Porsha) have been promoted to »
- Chris King
We’re not sure if Empire‘s Lucious Lyon is a child of destiny — but his mother most certainly is.
TVLine has confirmed that sometimes Destiny’s Child diva and erstwhile X Factor judge Kelly Rowland will guest-star as the mother of Terrence Howard’s hard-charging label exec — in flashback, of course. E! Online first reported the news.
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John Oliver and Last Week Tonight took a break on Sunday to honor Independence Day, our fireworks-heavy "annual American tradition of reminding the sky who runs shit." But the crew still made time for an unconventional web-exclusive episode: Instead of devoting 15 minutes to one in-depth subject, Oliver took 15 topical "shallow dives" in one minute, firing off snap judgments and witticisms on everything from food to fashion.
Oliver takes cheap shots at banjos ("They're just guitars whose parents are cousins"), flip-flops ("Clearly they are just lingerie for foot fetishists"), bagels ("Donuts »
Last Week Tonight had a mini-break last week because of Fourth of July, but that didn't stop John Oliver from giving his fans and viewers some fun content. Oliver & Co. decided to cover 15 topics in one minute, rather than one topic in 15 minutes, in a hilarious web exclusive; the resulting Last Week Tonight–lite treat features everything from ostriches and pugs to orgies and an interesting fun fact about Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker. See? Fun. (Don't worry: The Trans-Pacific Partnership will probably be back, and the show will definitely be back July 12.) »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Anything is possible in the universe of Lee Daniels. After a breakneck first season with everyone from Courtney Love to Jennifer Hudson* to Naomi Campbell in guest roles, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei has also heard Daniels's siren call for big stars rarely seen on TV. Deadline reports that Tomei will play Mimi Whiteman (very subtle), a venture capitalist and Forbes list billionaire who is "a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women" in a recurring role. She'll be joining a jam-packed season that already includes Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, and Alicia Keys. Game time, bitches.* The post misidentified Jennifer Hudson. »
- E. Alex Jung
Empire is adding an Oscar winner to its ranks. Marisa Tomei has joined season two of the Fox smash, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Tomei will recur as Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved with the Lyon family. The Forbes-list billionaire is a lover of hip-hop, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women. Read More 'Empire' Team Teases Chris Rock's Role, "Warring Kingdoms" in Season 2 Tomei joins a growing list of impressive guest-stars, including Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Adam Rodriguez. Season two of Empire began shooting in June. Although
- Kate Stanhope
Marisa Tomei has landed a recurring role in the upcoming second season of the hit Fox show “Empire,” an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap. Tomei will play venture capitalist Mimi Whiteman who becomes involved in the Lyon family’s affairs. She is described as “Forbes list billionairess, lover of hip-hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women.” She joins a number of other notable guest stars for the new season, including Chris Rock and Lenny Kravitz. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1993 for her role in the Joe Pesci courtroom comedy “My Cousin Vinny. »
- Joe Otterson
Underground, Empire, Gotham, and other TV productions have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on ITV, Netflix, and AMC.
Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
LeBron James will guest star on Season 2 of Starz dramedy “Survivor’s Remorse”
He said James, who currently serves as an executive producer on the series, has been an asset to the writers. While his basketball career precludes him from being in the writers’ room, he regularly pitches story ideas loosely based on his real life experiences.
American Crime (ABC)
King will play a different role in Season 2, and will move from a »
- Rollo Tomasi
When veteran comedian Chris Rock appears on Empire, he’ll find himself in very unfunny circumstances.
The Fox drama on Tuesday tweeted photos from the Season 2 set, including snapshots of Rock’s guest appearance as a prison inmate. The comic will reportedly play a man from Lucious’ past, whom he encounters while incarcerated on murder charges.
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In the »
Chris Rock's doing hard time for season 2 of "Empire" ... as an inmate alongside the man himself -- Lucious Lyon. "Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels posted a few photos from the first day of filming the new season ... which we now know will feature Rock and Terrence Howard behind bars, playing chess. Rock is the first of a parade of huge guest stars Daniels has lined up ... Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz are also confirmed, but »
- TMZ Staff
In two weeks, Miguel will release his long-awaited follow-up to 2012's Kaleidescope Dream, a.k.a. the album a lot of babies born in 2013 were conceived to. As an incredibly generous treat, Miguel made five of his new songs available for instant download last night to anyone who preordered Wildheart. And for us cheap fans, he's put them up on YouTube. Two of those, "Hollywood Dreams" and "Nwa," we've heard before, on his nwa.hollywooddreams.coffee Ep released late last year. The rest, "Face the Sun," which features Lenny Kravitz on a slow-building guitar line, "...goingtohell," and "Flesh," further position Miguel as his generation's Prince — rock-tinged soul, musings on making love, and an appreciation of the power of the female body all included. But if you just came for an "Arch & Point" sequel, "Flesh" doesn't skimp on the Nsfw summer heat. Wildheart is out June 30. Book a hotel room that »
- Dee Lockett
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