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'Empire's' Jussie Smollett Will Think Twice Before He Prank Tweets Again


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‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett has described how he got a little more than he bargained for when he joked on twitter that he might be leaving the hit show. Earlier this month Smollett had posted a cryptic tweet which hinted that his character Jamal Lyon might be leaving the show and fans were so unhappy that creator Lee Daniels even received death threats.

Jussie SmollettJussie Smollett caused trouble with fans on twitter when he hinted he may be leaving ‘Empire’.

"I was thinking like my little core group of amazing fans would be like, ‘What?' But it just went so much further. Like there were calls about it and Lee (Daniels) was getting death threats about it," Smollett told Fox at a cast event on Friday (May 20).

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Lee Daniels , Jahil Fisher - 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 14th May 2016

Lee Daniels and Jahil Fisher
Lee Daniels and Jahil Fisher

Lee Daniels - 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria - Arrivals at Waldorf Astoria Hotel - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 14th May 2016

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Director Lee Daniels Apologises To Sean Penn Over Madonna Domestic Abuse Comments, Settles Defamation Lawsuit


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Film and TV director Lee Daniels has settled the defamation lawsuit brought by Sean Penn, with an apology for insinuating that the actor physically abused his ex-wife Madonna and with a donation to the charity Penn founded.

The 55 year old actor issued a $10 million defamation suit against Daniels, the co-creator of smash TV drama ‘Empire’, last September after the director had leapt to the defence of the series’ star Terrence Howard after he’d received intense criticism after admitting striking his ex-wife.

Sean PennSean Penn launched the lawsuit last September

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Jussie Smollett, Ilene Chaiken , Lee Daniels - Human Rights Campaign 2016 Los Angeles Gala Dinner Inside at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 19th March 2016

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Jussie Smollett
Jussie Smollett
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Lee Daniels , Jahil Fisher - Human Rights Campaign 2016 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 19th March 2016

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Lee Daniels and Jahil Fisher
Lee Daniels and Jahil Fisher
Lee Daniels and Jahil Fisher
Lee Daniels and Jahil Fisher
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Trai Byers, Lee Daniels, Bryshere Gray , Jussie Smollett - 33rd annual PaleyFest Los Angeles - 'Empire' at Dolby Theatre at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 11th March 2016

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Trai Byers, Lee Daniels, Bryshere Gray and Jussie Smollett
Trai Byers, Bryshere Gray, Lee Daniels and Jussie Smollett
Trai Byers, Bryshere Gray, Lee Daniels and Jussie Smollett
Trai Byers, Bryshere Gray, Lee Daniels and Jussie Smollett
Trai Byers, Bryshere Gray, Lee Daniels and Jussie Smollett

50 Cent Thinks 'Empire's' Ratings Drop Is Due To "Too Much Gay Stuff"


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50 Cent has an idea as to why ‘Empire’s’ second season ratings have dropped, blaming it on “too much gay stuff.” The rapper has been criticised after sharing a now deleted post on Instagram claiming that viewers were turning off from the show because of gay storylines.

50 Cent50 Cent has shared his thoughts on why 'Empire’s' ratings have dropped.

According to The Huffington Post, 50 re-grammed another user on the photo sharing site, who had posted, ‘‘There are 3 million less viewers who tuned into last night’s Empire episode!!!! did you watch it? We could not take the extra gay stuff or celebrity stuff last night!!!!’’

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Nicole Kidman Opens Up About Her Fears Over Stage Return In Interview Magazine


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Nicole Kidman has spoken about her nerves as she makes her return to the stage after nearly two decades away. The Oscar winner is starring in Photograph 51 on London’s West End, playing Rosalind Franklin, the female scientist who helped discover of DNA.

Nicole KidmanKidman at the press night for Photograph 51.

Speaking to Interview magazine from London Kidman said, "Well, I'm over here on this play and I'm terrified-terrified and exhilarated because I've got to make this incredibly acerbic, prickly woman real and vulnerable.”

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Sean Penn Reportedly Files $10 Million Lawsuit Against 'Empire' Co-Creator Lee Daniels


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Sean Penn has reportedly filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against 'Empire' co-creator Lee Daniels. The complaint, which was filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court, comes after a recent interview Daniels gave to The Hollywood Reporter, where he referenced Penn while speaking about Terrence Howard’s recent domestic violence lawsuit.

Sean PennSean Penn has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels.

In the interview Daniels said, "(Howard) ain't done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he's some (expletive) demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”

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‘Empire’ Season 2: Pitbull All Set To Make Cameo & Mariah Carey To Guest Star


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Pitbull and Mariah Carey will guest star in the upcoming season of Empire. The news about Carey’s role was revealed earlier this week at the unveiling of Carey's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the show’s creator, Lee Daniels. The network behind the show, Fox, made the announcement about Pitbull on Thursday morning (6th August) at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles.

Mariah CareyMariah Carey at the unveiling of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2015.

Read More: Empire Co-Stars Trai Byers & Grace Gealey Are Engaged!

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Video - Lee Daniels Joins Arrivals At China-Themed 2015 Met Gala - Part 4


Film director Lee Daniels was among arrivals at the 2015 Met Gala. He was snapped leaving the Mark Hotel in New York ahead of the event, alongside a host of other celebrities who were adhering to the theme of China: Through The Looking Glass.

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Critically Acclaimed Series 'Empire' Heading To E4 In The Spring


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Empire, the critically acclaimed U.S drama about a family run record label, is to be screen on E4 in the UK this spring. The channel acquired Lee Daniels's show after it proved to be a surprise ratings success stateside, pulling in over 23 million viewers for its final episode - the highest for a TV show in its debut season since Grey's Anatomy back in 2005.

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Empire has been a monster hit in the U.S, pulling in 23 million viewers for its first season finale

The show stars Terrence Howard as the founder of record label Empire Entertainment who is forced to hand over control of the company to one of his sons following illness. However, things are further complicated by the reappearance of his ex-wife Cookie, fresh from a spell in prison.

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Fox Sues Music Company To Keep The Name Of Hit Series 'Empire'


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It looks like Fox is doing everything in its power to make sure their ‘Empire’ is the only one left standing. The network filed a a trademark lawsuit on Monday seeking a declaration that it has every right to use the name ‘Empire’ as the title for its hit series, after a Californian music company demanded it pay $5 million for usage of the name.

Empire'Empire' has been a ratings winner for Fox

According to The Hollywood Reporter Fox is suing Empire Distribution, Inc, after the company claimed they owned the rights to the names "Empire," "Empire Distribution" and "Empire Recordings”. The company has also claimed ‘trademark dilution by tarnishment’ saying the series features "a label run by a homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends.”

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Eddie Murphy Is Reportedly In Talks To Join The Cast Of Upcoming Richard Pryor Biopic


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Eddie Murphy is said to be in talks to join the cast of the as-yet-untitled Richard Pryor biopic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film is being produced by the Weinstein Co, with award winning director Lee Daniels behind the camera.

Eddie Murphy Is Eddie Murphy set for the Richard Pryor biopic?

Murphy is being line up to play the late comedian’s father, LeRoy, a boxer and WWII veteran, whose abusive relationship with his son was the subject of many of Pryor’s routines. Pryor himself will be played by Mike Epps, best known for his role in Next Friday.

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