Jussie Smollett and Taraji P. Henson on EMPIRE Season Finale – exclusive interview

Taraji P Henson in EMPIRE - Season 1 | © 2015 Fox / Michael Lavine

On Fox’s megahit EMPIRE, Wednesdays at 9 PM and renewed for a second season already, Taraji P. Henson plays Cookie Lyon, ex-wife of hip-hop record mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and mother of his three sons. Jussie Smollett plays talented and gay middle son Jamal, the only one to visit his mother in jail while Cookie did 17 years in order to protect Lucious for going down with her. Henson, an Oscar-nominated actress who’s a veteran of many films and TV series, has been to a number of parties like the one that Fox and FX are throwing for the […]Read On »

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Terrence Howard towers over EMPIRE – Exclusive Interview

Terrence Howard in EMPIRE - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Michael Lavine

In EMPIRE, the new Fox series airing Wednesdays at 9 PM, Terrence Howard plays hip hop music kingpin Lucious Lyon. When he is diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Lucious feels he must leave his power and fortune to one of his children – but which one? The choice is complicated by the reappearance of his ex-wife Cookie, played by Taraji P. Henson, who has emerged from prison feeling that she is entitled to at least some of what Lucious has. Howard and Henson have worked together before in HUSTLE & FLOW, which also dealt with the […]Read On »

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Taraji P. Henson on the EMPIRE state of mind – Exclusive Interview

Taraki P. Henson in EMPIRE - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Michael Lavine

In Fox’s new drama EMPIRE, created by Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, we are in the world of hip-hop music. The new series introduces us to music mogul Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard. Lucious is suffering from a serious illness and struggles to retain power while also trying to plan his legacy. Son Jamal, played by Jussie Smollett, is perhaps the most talented and qualified choice, but Jamal is gay, and Lucious cannot bear that. Challenging Lucious on virtually everything is his ex-wife Cookie, played by Taraji P. Henson. Henson and Howard previously worked together in 2005’s HUSTLE & […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DJ Qualls talks LEGIT and SUPERNATURAL

DJ Qualls in LEGIT - Season 1 | ©2013 FX/Matthias Clamer

In LEGIT, the new half-hour comedy created by Jim Jefferies and Peter O’Fallon on FX, Thursdays at 10:30, Jefferies’ character Jim is trying belatedly to grow up. One of his friends is Billy, a quadriplegic who has muscular dystrophy, played by DJ Qualls. Qualls, whose initials stand for Donald Joseph, is an uncommonly lanky native of Tennessee– he’s 6’1” and weighs about 140 pounds, the after-effects of surviving cancer in adolescence. Qualls has been appearing in feature films since his career-making co-star turn in 2000’s comedy ROAD TRIP, with credits as varied as THE CORE and HUSTLE & FLOW, with […]Read On »

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