Actor Bryshere Gray, who played Hakeem Lyon on the popular Fox series Empire, was arrested in Arizona earlier today after a standoff with police and SWAT that lasted more than 8 hours. Bryshere’s wife called 911 from a convenience store last night after flagging down a woman and getting a ride. She told police that Bryshere assaulted her for several hours earlier that day, including allegedly strangling her and causing her to lose consciousness temporarily. The standoff occurred at the couple’s home after Bryshere barricaded himself inside and refused to exit.
Empire actor Jussie Smollett turned himself into police in Chicago earlier today after he was officially charged with a felony for his alleged participation in staging his own attack late last month. See a full summary of the Chicago PD's investigation so far, which features a mountain of evidence including phone records, texts, surveillance video, Uber receipts, store receipts, a personal check, testimony from the attackers, and more.
The Chicago Police Department has just announced that Empire star Jussie Smollet is officially a suspect in their criminal investigation stemming from the alleged attack on the actor by two men late last month.
Terrence Howard isn't just a star of one of the most addictive television shows of recent years. According to him, he's a mathematical genius who has discovered the Only True Math. In college he spent 17-hour days working it all out because that he couldn't accept that 1 x 1 = 1.
The most fun show on network television returns on September 23, when the hip hop moguls of Fox's Empire come back for the show's highly-anticipated second season. To help tide fans over until then, the network released the first official cast photos of the main players–including Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon and, of course, Taraji P. Henson as the ex-convictacular HBIC Cookie Lyon. Keep reading to check out all the photos, and to find out which top honor Empire took home last night at the Television Critics Association Awards!
Sophia Eggleston wants $300 million from Empire creators over them allegedly basing the character Cookie Lyon on her life. Eggleston, a Detroit native with a dramatic life story, says she found out about the hit Fox show by accident. She caught the end of an episode while flipping channels, and then started to see uncanny similarities to her own life.
It's hard to imagine the off-screen script of Fox's super-popular, over-the-top drama Empire could ever rival what happens on screen, but at least for one brief moment that seems to be the case. Show stars Trai Byers, who plays Andre Lyon, and Grace Gealey, who plays Andre's step-mom-to-be Anika "Boo Boo Kitty" Calhoun, are engaged! Keep reading for all the details, including photos from Grace's recent surprise birthday party in which you can see her new engagement ring.
NBC continues to reveal who will be hosting upcoming episodes of Saturday Night Live, and earlier today the network revealed that the April 4 show will be hosted by Birdman actor Michael Keaton and the next week the honor will go to Taraji P. Henson, who you may know better as the animal printastic Cookie from Fox's blockbuster new series Empire. Keep reading to find out who the musical guests will be and see my skit suggestion for Taraji!