‘Empire’ Team Gets Serious, Silly At Carnegie Hall For Season 2 Premiere

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The “Empire” troupe took over Carnegie Hall on Saturday, celebrating the Sept. 23 launch of the Fox drama’s second season with an event that was by turns serious, silly and appropriately musical. “Where we are in America with race relations is an ugly place and it is time for us to blow the roof off this mother—-r,” he told a raucous standing room only crowd Saturday night at a Carnagie Hall screening of the “Empire” second season premier. “We are all one,” he shrieked to the nearly 3,000 people who had squeezed into the historic theater to get a sneak peek at the breakout Fox nighttime soap, which returns on Sept. 23.

Co-creator Lee Daniels noted that the hugely successful show with a largely black cast has hit at a time of great tension in race relations, following a string of questionable deaths of black men at the hands of police offers. The Lyons and their embattled music industry dynasty returns with Lucious (Terrence Howard) in prison, his three sons at one another’s throats and his scheming estranged-wife Cookie (Taraji P.

Henson to say, “He’s got the job” and Terrence Howard to proclaim, “He’s the baddest (rhymes with Mitch) in the room.” He even sang a little of the song too, only people watching online didn’t get to hear it because the censors hit the mute button to avoid paying royalties to Robin Thicke, Pharrell and the Marvin Gaye estate.) Smollett told the audience, “I said I had to play to play Jamal. When Deadline announced Tomei’s role earlier this summer, they described her as “a Forbes list billionairess, Mimi is a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women.” In an interview with TVLine last month, Empire show-runner Ilene Chaiken said that Mimi’s sexuality was hardly incidental. It’s time we a see that we are all one.” Daniels was effusive in his praise throughout the night for Fox Television Group chairman-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. But whatever lingering somberness there might have been regarding the date was quickly dispelled when all five floors of Carnegie Hall sang “Happy Birthday” to her, just a week before she competes for the Best Actress Emmy on Sept. 20.

So TVLine is speculating that Tomei’s character will romance Cookie citing this Season 1 reference to the Lyon matriarch’s jail time as possible evidence. Fox screened the first episode of the season for a standing-room only crowd at New York’s Carnagie Hall – which was appropriate because the show already feels more saturated with a New York vibe than last season. I slid up in Lee Daniels’ DMs like Hiiiii.” The Oscar nominee explained, “I was having lunch with (series creator and her Precious director) Lee Daniels said if you like that, we can just ignore that and figure it out. But the two have been unwavering in backing the vision of Daniels and co-creator Danny Strong for the show that revolves around the many struggles of a by-the-bootstraps family that built a successful music label. “The don’t necessarily agree with that we put on screen, but there is a trust.

The “We Belong Together” singer will guest star on an upcoming episode of “Empire.” At a jam-packed after party following the screening, Rafael De LaFuente who plays Michael Sanchez, Jamal’s boyfriend on “Empire” admitted he’s into kissing his onscreen beau – another culturally-charged moment on the show. Nearby, Ta’Rhonda Jones, who plays Cookie’s tough assistant, Porsha, revealed that she had been working in a nursing home kitchen in Chicago when she landed her role on “Empire.” “This is super crazy,” she said, noting the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd. The episode picks up three months after last season’s finale, opening with a “Free Lucious” rally in Central Park with Cookie playing to the crowd, screaming: “How much longer are they going to treat us like animals?” With patriarch Lucious Lyons behind bars, last season’s power struggle between his sons has been dominated by the one who wanted to take over the hip-hop music moguls empire the least: middle son, Jamal (Jussie Smollett).

Henson: “I’m like, my character beats one son with a broom and calls the other the F-bomb! … I figured, we’ll get this awesome piece of work in the can, Fox will choke and it will end up on cable.” “At first, I thought I was auditioning to play a rapper on Lucious’ label,” she explained. “Then I thought I wanted to play Tiana. I am in complete awe.” The surviving members of the iconic “Little Rascals” cast dwindled to a handful this week after former child star Dick Moore died at age 89 — just three days after another member of the iconic “Gang” had passed away. One of the best moments happens when Lucious is beamed into a conference room – if anyone could Skype from prison it would be Lucious – and he lets loose with an evil laugh. When it came time to give her boss notice, she said, “Hey, shawty, I’m gonna be on this show so you’d better get all the work out of me while you can!” Kornman, 90, believed to be the oldest living “Rascal,” appeared in the series in the ’20s and ’30s, while the 82-year-old Landy was a “Gang” member from 1938 to 1941.

Gray — the three Lyon brothers, The trio told stories of Smollett having to audition to an impromptu rendition of the 2014 pop hit “Blurred Lines,” among other tales. Outside of “Rascals,” Moore made his mark on Hollywood, playing the title role in “Oliver Twist” in 1933 and giving Shirley Temple her first on-screen kiss. In closing, Gray and Smollett took the crowed the quick set of key songs from the first season, including the hits “Drip Drop” and “You’re So Beautiful.” The afterparty on the top floor of the Carnegie Hall was packed to the rafters. It was the first-ever film version of “Oliver Twist” with sound. “We were all very isolated,” he said in an 1984 interview, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Shirley Temple told me she thought all children worked. … I would like to play Cookie’s long-lost brother who comes back into her life after being the black sheep of the family or getting cast off or being in a mental institution.

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