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Photo Coverage: Lincoln Center Theater Celebrates Opening Night of Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline

Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez are featured in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Pipeline, a new play by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, which opened just lastnight, July 10, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater 150 West 65 Street.
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Bww TV: Watch Highlights from Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline, Opening Tonight at Lct

Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez are featured in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Pipeline, a new play by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, which opens tonight, July 10, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater 150 West 65 Street. Watch highlights from the production below
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‘Empire’ Showrunner on Finale Cliffhanger, Season 4 ‘Trumpian’ Theme (Spoilers)

‘Empire’ Showrunner on Finale Cliffhanger, Season 4 ‘Trumpian’ Theme (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the “Empire” Season 3 finale, which aired on Wednesday, May 24.

Following the first part of “Empire’s” Season 3 finale last week, which killed off Tariq (Morocco Omari) at the hands of Lucious’ mother (Leslie Uggams), the grand finale nearly saw the death of another main character — none other than Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard).

Through the entire season, Andre (Trai Byers) has been plotting to kill his father. Well, Wednesday’s season finale saw that plan come to fruition, but Andre had a last-minute change of heart and ended up saving Lucious’ life within a second. That being said, Lucious knocked on death’s door.

Andre and Shyne’s (Xzibit) plan was to blow up the car that Lucious would be getting into, and though Andre urged him to stop the explosion, Shyne wanted to go through with the plan. Just as Lucious and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) were
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‘Empire’ Kills off Another Cast Member — and Who’s the Murderer? (Spoilers)

‘Empire’ Kills off Another Cast Member — and Who’s the Murderer? (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the episode of “Empire” which aired on Wednesday, May 17.

“Empire” is no stranger to saying goodbye to major characters, and the Fox show did it again, killing off the main antagonist of Season 3: Tariq (Morocco Omari), who was stabbed in the neck by none other than Lucious’ mother, Leah Walker (Leslie Uggams.)

Earlier in the episode, Lucious (Terrence Howard) and his half-brother Tariq had finally made up, after a long history of hating each other. Lucious enlisted Tariq’s help to find his granddaughter, Hakeem’s (Bryshere Gray) baby girl, Bella, and Tariq was successful in finding her — with the Dubois family, a.k.a. Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) former flame, Angelo (Taye Diggs), and his nutso mother, Diana (Phylicia Rashad).

Moments before Wednesday’s episode ended, Tariq sat down with Lucious to tell him that he found Bella, who
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'Empire' Star Morocco Omari's Mug Shot Released (Photo)

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Morocco Omari's mug shot looks worlds away from his gig on "Empire" ... where he's usually the one taking in the suspects. Morocco -- who plays FBI agent Tariq Cousins on the show -- was arrested and booked last Wednesday in Chicago for misdemeanor domestic battery after he allegedly pushed a woman to the ground several times. The 24-year-old victim claims she suffered scratches to her neck and chest, which were enough for cops to take him in.
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Empire Actor Morocco Omari Arrested After Girlfriend Accuses Him of Domestic Violence

Empire Actor Morocco Omari Arrested After Girlfriend Accuses Him of Domestic Violence
Empire actor Morocco Omari was arrested this week in Chicago and accused of misdemeanor domestic battery after his girlfriend claimed he shoved her to the ground, police tell People.

Omari’s publicist dismissed the allegation as “blatantly false” and said he was “extremely confident” that the actor “will be completely vindicated in this matter.”

Chicago police say they responded to a call about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, where Omari’s 24-year-old girlfriend told officers he had allegedly pushed her down to the ground multiple times during a verbal argument.

The girlfriend said she suffered scratches to her chest and neck,
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'Empire' Actor Morocco Omari Charged With Domestic Battery

An actor on the television show Empire has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in Chicago.

In a news release, police say 46-year-old Morocco Omari was arrested Wednesday afternoon. They say officers were called to the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago's South Side by a 24-year-old woman who identified herself as Omari's girlfriend. She told officers Omari pushed her to the ground several times during an argument, causing scratches on her neck and chest.

According to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Omari was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

A representative for Omari did not immediately return a...
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‘Empire’ Star Morocco Omari Arrested on Domestic Battery Charge

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‘Empire’ Star Morocco Omari Arrested on Domestic Battery Charge
“Empire” star Morocco Omari encountered some real-life drama on Wednesday. Omari, who plays Tariq on the Fox series “Empire,” was arrested and charged with domestic battery on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department told TheWrap on Thursday. The Cpd spokeswoman told TheWrap that police responded to a battery call regarding a battery. The 24-year-old female victim told police that she and her boyfriend Morocco had engaged in an argument, during which the actor pushed her to the ground several times, resulting in injuries to her neck and chest. Also Read: 'Empire' Star Terrence Howard Was Almost Fired From the Show,
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'Empire' star Morocco Omari Arrested for Domestic Violence

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Morocco Omari, an actor on "Empire" who plays Lucious' half-brother, has been arrested for allegedly brutalizing a woman ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us, a 24-year-old woman called 911 in Chicago Wednesday, claiming she and Omari were arguing when he pushed her to the ground several times. She said she suffered scratches to her neck and chest. Cops arrived on scene at around 2:30 Pm, apparently observed the injuries and arrested the actor.   Omari,
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Empire: Season Four Renewal for Fox Series

Here's something to sing about. Fox has renewed its Empire TV show for a fourth season. According to Deadline, the network announced the news at its TCA executive session. A music business drama, Empire stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Bre-z, Xzibit, and Morocco Omari.While the series is currently on mid-season hiatus, Empire season 3B premieres on Fox March 22nd. Creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong executive produce with showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, and Sanaa Hamri.Read More…
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‘Empire’ Renewed for Fourth Season at Fox

The Lyons are coming back for a fourth season of drama and Cookie-isms.

“Empire” has been renewed for Season 4, it was announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour by Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman. Alongside Newman, Fox exec David Madden said Season 4 will consist of 18 episodes.

The fourth season will return in the 2017-2018 television season. Currently on hiatus, “Empire” returns with the back-half of its third season this spring on Mar. 22.

The renewal is hardly a surprise, as “Empire” is one of the biggest hits to come to network television in the past decade. In its third season, the primetime family soap ranks as the top broadcast drama among adults 18-49 — a title it has held through its entire run. Though its ratings dipped this year, “Empire” still finished out the first half of its third season with nearly 8 million overnight viewers for the midseason finale. For
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‘Empire’ Director Breaks Down Midseason Finale: Rehab, DUI & Is Lucious Safe in Season 3? (Spoilers)

‘Empire’ Director Breaks Down Midseason Finale: Rehab, DUI & Is Lucious Safe in Season 3? (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the midseason finale of “Empire,” titled “A Furnace for Your Foe,” which aired Wednesday, Dec. 14 on Fox.

“Empire” wrapped up the first half of Season 3 on Wednesday night, and no surprise here — viewers were left with a ton of cliffhangers, including the safety of many Lyon family members.

Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) found out that her boo Angelo (Taye Diggs) not only got a DUI back in the day, but a girl that was in the car with him was left to die. Jamal (Jussie Smollett) was ordered to go to rehab by his family, after hitting rock bottom. And Andre (Trai Byers) has vowed to kill his father, Lucious (Terrence Howard).

Here, “Empire” executive producer Sanaa Hamri, who directed the midseason finale, breaks down the episode. Plus, what’s up next when Season 3 returns in March?

At the end of the episode, we
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Slideshow: Red-Carpet Portraits at 52nd Chicago International Film Festival for Local Films

Previous | Image 1 of 8 | NextMIDDLE Man - Director Ned Crowley and Actor Jim O’Heir.

Chicago – The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival wrapped last week, but the Red Carpet presentations continued right up to that end date. The Chicago connections films, either made in the area or by Chicago filmmakers or actors, had two major Red Carpets, and HollywoodChicago.com was there to capture them. Actors and filmmakers from the new films “Middle Man” and “Imperfections” were there.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce for HollywoodChicago.com. Also answering some Red Carpet questions was the filmmaker and star of “Middle Man.”

Actor Jim O’Heir and Director Ned Crowley of “Middle Man

HollywoodChicago.com: Ned, how long have you been formulating the story of ‘Middle Man,’ before you had a chance to produce it?
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How ‘Empire’ Landed Mariah Carey for ‘Critical’ Role

How ‘Empire’ Landed Mariah Carey for ‘Critical’ Role
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Empire” Season 3, episode 3, which aired Wednesday, Oct. 5 on Fox.

“Empire” welcomed its biggest name yet on this week’s episode with Mariah Carey playing — what else? — a superstar songstress.

The hit show, which has gained a reputation for flaunting a who’s-who of guest stars, has considerably toned down the guests this season, instead focusing on the central Lyon family, but when Carey became available, the “Empire” team jumped at the chance.

In fact, Carey’s relationship with co-creator Lee Daniels and executive producer/director Sanaa Hamri goes way back. In the ’90s, Hamri was hired to cut a music video for the singer, and later was chosen to direct her first-ever music video with Carey’s “Thank God I Found You” remix. The collaboration marked Hamri’s foray into directing and was the start of a long professional partnership between the two.

“We
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‘Empire’ Boss Explains Decision to Kill Off Major Character in Season 3 Premiere (Spoilers)

‘Empire’ Boss Explains Decision to Kill Off Major Character in Season 3 Premiere (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the Season 3 premiere of “Empire,” which aired Wednesday, Sept. 21 on Fox.

After a summer of waiting, “Empire” viewers finally know who fell to their death on last season’s finale…Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) is dunzo.

Last season’s final episode saw Rhonda fighting with Anika (Grace Gealey) on top of a roof when Andre (Trai Byers) walked out onto the scene to see someone fall off the balcony — but he didn’t see who.

Moments after Season 3 kicked off Wednesday night, Rhonda fell from the sky, her bloody and lifeless body landing on a car, and there’s no doubt about it: she’s dead.

However, Rhonda came back in the episode by way of Andre’s hallucinations, setting up a storyline for the eldest Lyon brother — who’s dealt with mental illness over the past two seasons — to deal with new demons in the upcoming
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‘Empire’ Cast & Fox Executives Preview Season 3: ‘It’s Every Man for Himself’

‘Empire’ Cast & Fox Executives Preview Season 3: ‘It’s Every Man for Himself’
The party kicking off the third season of “Empire” was held on the rooftop deck of the Soho House Chicago on Tuesday, on one of the rare perfect nights in the Windy City. DJ Biz Markie spun the Jackson Five, the Bee Gees, Digital Underground and other pop and hip-hop hits, and even threw in Lionel Richie’s “Easy,” which fit the mood of the party, which was attended by the show’s cast and producers, as well as studio executives from Fox.

Those in attendance included cast members and guest stars Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Bryshere Gray, Ta’Ronda Jones, Xzibit, Vivica A. Fox, Morocco Omari, Bre-z, Sierra MccLain and Taye Diggs, as well as executive producers Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri and Danny Strong.

Upcoming guest star Phylicia Rashad was also at the bash, despite having to be on set early Wednesday morning. She revealed that in the Fox soap’s
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Empire: Morrocco Omari Becoming Season Three Regular

Are you ready for more Tariq? According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR) Morocco Omari has been promoted to a series regular for the upcoming third season of the Empire TV show on Fox. Fans may remember him as Principal Stephen Chadwick on Joan of Arcadia, which was cancelled in 2005, after two seasons on CBS.Omari guest-starred as FBI Agent Tariq Cousins, in the final three episodes of Empire, season two. He was revealed to be the half-brother of Lucious (Terrence Howard) and had grown up in Philly with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). Hip-hop artist Xzibit (Shyne Johnson) was also upped to a series regular, back in June. Phylicia Rashad, Taye Diggs, Sierra McClain, and Kid Cudi are all set to recur this season.
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TVLine Items: Stranger Things' Barb to Riverdale, Arrow's Bratva Boss & More

TVLine Items: Stranger Things' Barb to Riverdale, Arrow's Bratva Boss & More
Fresh off her buzzy, meme-generating run as Stranger Things’ Poor Barb, Shannon Purser is moving to Riverdale.

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Per EW.com, Purser will portray the Archie character Ethel Muggs. And while she has a major crush on Jughead in the comics, Ethel will find herself in a romantic relationship with someone very different on The CW’s midseason drama.

Additionally, Robin Givens (Head of the Class) will recur on Riverdale as Mayor Sierra McCoy, the mother of Josie from Josie & The Pussycats, our sister site Deadline reports.

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‘Empire’ Team Teases Season 3: Cookie’s New Love Interest, Guest Stars and Potential Spinoffs

‘Empire’ Team Teases Season 3: Cookie’s New Love Interest, Guest Stars and Potential Spinoffs
Fox’s smash hit “Empire” returns with its third season this fall, and in anticipation, star Taraji P. Henson was joined by exec producers Ilene Chaiken and Sanaa Hamri on Monday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

After the Season 2 cliffhanger that left someone dead and split up Cookie (Henson) and Lucious (Terrence Howard), is there any hope that the power couple at the center of the show could get back together?

“Cookie is going to try in Season 3 to leave Lucious. She’s going to try to move on,” Chaiken teased on the panel to which Henson quipped, “Whether or not he lets her!”

Regardless of the ups and downs of Lucious and Cookie’s relationship, Chaiken promises that the core storylines will veer back to the central Lyon family.

“We learned that the stories that work best and that we love telling most are about the family, and
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on The Flash, Chicago Fire, Outlander, Gotham, Bones, Grimm, UnREAL, Empire and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on The Flash, Chicago Fire, Outlander, Gotham, Bones, Grimm, UnREAL, Empire and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Any hints on The Flash‘s Season 3 Big Bad? I’m hoping Mirror Master is introduced! —Mike

Ausiello: I’m seeing nothing firm (yet) on Mirror Master being introduced, but here’s a curious new breakdown to wrap your noodle around: For Season 3, the CW hit is casting the major recurring character of Barry’s slightly older, slightly geekier contemporary, a guy who is as smart as he is intuitive. As such, this newcomer doesn’t buy
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