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EMPIRE In Legal Fight Over Use Of Show Title From Record Label!

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Another legal dispute involving a soap opera?  Shocking? …  not for daytime or primetime soap fans.

News today via TMZ has that a legal battle is brewing between Fox and their hit show Empire, and a company known as Empire Distribution, a record label that has many well-known artists attached to it including: Kendrick Lamar, N.O.R.E, and Sean Paul.

TMZ is reporting that the the label claims Fox has no right to use the name Empire because the show tarnishes its brand. Empire Distribution has claimed it’s being hurt because the fictitious label on the show is run by a ‘homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends.”‘

However, it looks like Empire Distribution is willing to deal with the name if they get some green moolah! They say they will take $8 million to settle this dispute and $5 million if the show uses Empire Distribution’s artists as regulars on the series! Fox has countered filing a lawsuit by asking a judge to declare Empire Distribution’s demand bogus.

So, what do you think of this lawsuit and the claims by Empire Distribution soap fans? Comment below!

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richard
richard

Oh now that the show is that talk of Hollywood, NOW yall wanna sue?? Please, have several seats!!! #haters

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its all about the moolah…nothing else…if it tarnishes their image as they so claim, why would Empire Distrubition want any part of it? MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! I bet there wouldve been no fuss hadnt Empire not been the most talked about show of the season!!!

Anacarrie
Anacarrie

Ridiculous. Every time I turn around; someone tries to attack the show. Whatever.

jonboy
jonboy

Once something is successful all the roaches come out of the woodwork with tentacles out for a piece of the pie.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Bogus demands? I don’t think so. Fox created a fictitious label and apparently used a real-life label’s name without permission! Uh, hello? Where was the legal team’s due diligence. Sounds like a legitimate complaint, and Fox’s legal team should be shown the door!

su0000
su0000

There are thousands of Empire labels..
Empire Carpet for one ..
Question is; who owns the word Empire? .. lol

Mo
Mo

ED justs wants a cut of the action. Don’t blame them for trying, but anyone who can’t tell fiction from reality isn’t worth it.

Nick D.
Nick D.

Nice try, but association with the #1 on TV does not “tarnish a brand.” This lawsuit will not survive a motion to dismiss. “Empire” is about as generic a name as one can dream up for this sort of show and/or a record label. They also made a huge mistake by saying they’ll take less if the stars of the label get to be on the series – undermines their entire argument that the series tarnishes the brand. The label needs to fire these attorneys – this lawsuit was dreamed up by the attorneys to make $$$$ because it has no chance of collecting any money for the plaintiffs.

vinman
vinman

THE ALMIGHTY –
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Lawrence
Lawrence

All I can say is lol. Should have done some research

Rose
Rose

Another frivolous lawsuit. It’s all about the money, publicity, and ambulance chasing lawyers. So maybe one of other companies that have Empire as part of their name should sue Fox or Empire Distribution for tarnishing their companies name with the bad publicity generated by either/both a homophobic father or questionable lyrics in some hip-hop lyrics. Or sounding too much like a Marvin Gaye song.

Julie Haze
Julie Haze

Hollywood: Home of Whores.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Ha! Maybe Baretti’s behind it!

Torqumada
Torqumada

Bye, Felicia.

Meritless

Patrick
Patrick

thee #1 show of all time… or near that…
and… thee #1 album…. soundtrack… also a record… coming from a tv show

which bums me out… with regard to album debuts

it beat out Madonna : “rebel heart” which came in at #2

Patrick
Patrick

#1 show of all time… if you factor it in all the criteria

impressive

I’m so happy for the whole cast

simply have got to give prop to Taraji P Henson and Terence Howard

“thank you”

Liam
Liam

Patrick, I like the show and ratings are pretty great, but why are you saying it’s the #1 show or near that of all time? That is simply not true.

Mo
Mo

NY state is suing as well, claiming Fox stole the name from them, the Empire State.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I might have believed them if they didn’t throw in that bit about having their own artists featured on the show– that demand throws their case out the window. Otherwise I did think they had a case– not that I think anyone really would confuse the a real company with a fictitious one, but just the possibility it could should have been enough to get some cash out of Fox, not eight million dollars, but something —- of course their motive is money and self promotion, but a lot of civil lawsuits are about that and that is why judges determine whether the suit should go to trial or not, I suspect this will be dismissed but ED got some free publicity just by filing the suit, which is what they most likely really wanted.

Cameron Williams
Cameron Williams

haters just want money . I love Emipre

rebecca1
rebecca1

they’re not haters…they just want compensation…or publicity. whether they’ve got a case is for the lawyer’s to decide…but I doubt they’re hatin’.

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TEEN CHOICE AWARDS: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Empire’ & Actors Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Jussie Smollett Score Nods

On Wednesday, the nominees for those ‘way cool’ surfboard trophies at the upcoming 2018 Teen Choice Awards were revealed.  The ceremony will air live on FOX on Sunday August 12th at 8/7c live from Los Angeles.

The awards voted on by fans for their favorites in television, movies and music kicked off the determination of the winners today. Fans have the chance to vote up to ten times a day on each platform: Twitter and at TeenChoice.com up until June 19.  For Twitter, viewers can tweet a category hashtag along with the nominee’s name for the vote to be counted.

In the television categories, Riverdale and the just cancelled Shadowhunters led the nominations. but a few of your favorite primetime soapy dramas also came away with nominations in the major categories … This Is Us, and Empire.  In addition, Sterling K. Brown (Randall) and Chrissy Metz (Kate) scored acting nominations for This Is Us, while Jussie Smollett (Jamal) received an acting nod for Empire.

Check out these main TV drama categories below and remember to vote.

Choice Drama TV Show (#ChoiceDramaTVShow)
Empire
Famous in Love
Riverdale
Star
The Fosters
This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actor (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
Cole Sprouse — Riverdale
Freddie Highmore — The Good Doctor
Jesse Williams — Grey’s Anatomy
Jussie Smollett — Empire
K.J. Apa — Riverdale
Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actress (#ChoiceDramaTVActress)
Bella Thorne — Famous in Love
Camila Mendes — Riverdale
Chrissy Metz — This Is Us
Lili Reinhart — Riverdale
Maia Mitchell — The Fosters
Ryan Destiny — Star

So, which show from the nominees do you think the voters will chose for Choice Drama TV Show, Actor and Actress?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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EMPIRE Season Four Finale: A Wedding, Two Deaths … Maybe More!

On the season four finale of Empire, two deaths, maybe another, and a marriage, highlighted the twists and turns of the Fox hip-hop music soap opera.

First, Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) long time rival, Boo Boo Kitty aka Anika, played by Grace Gealey, took one of the more horrific signature tumbles that Empire is known for.  Payback is definitely a bitch!

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Andre (Trai Byers) spiked Anika’s champagne before her press conference when she announces she has taken over as CEO of “Empire.”  While she is making her speech, she starts seeing visions of Rhonda, featuring Kaitlin Doubleday reprising her role. As she is speaking to the press, Anika is having hallucinations of Rhonda and her delusions reach epic proportions.  Then, we watch Anika smash through glass and fall several floors below to her death. According to showrunner EP Greg Mahoney, Anika is truly dead.

But also, at the top of the hour, recovering junkie Tori, played by Rumer Willis, was rushed to the hospital.  This was following an emotional confrontation with Jamal (Jussie Smollett). He visits her in the rehab center where she realizes she’s still got deep addiction issues.  After, they have a talk, she tells him to watch out for himself, and that the Lyon family will bring him down, and he needs to find his own path in life. Later, Jamal comes back to see her, only to find out that she has suffered complications from a grand mal seizure, and has died.  This prompts Jamal to go on a self-journey, and leave the Lyon’s nest for now.

Meanwhile, at the end of the episode, Cookie and Lucious (Terrence Howard), finally, finally after all the bickering … all the backstabbing … all the health issues … all the betrayals … went down to city hall to get re-married.  This was a long time coming. It was a simple ceremony, but as with any Empire season finale, there was a major juxtaposition going on adjacent to the main scene, and this was also the case for season four’s final moments.

While Cookie and Lucious were getting married, the camera cuts to Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and his baby mama Tiana (Serayah McNeill) getting ready to travel in a car along with white rapper Blake in tow, only to see that Blake’s racist father comes out of nowhere and attempts to assassinate Hakeem!  We don’t know if anyone was struck … we don’t know if anybody died … we fade to black.

On the business end of things, Eddie, played by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, won the “Empire” auction.  He has forced the Lyon family to start from scratch as they no longer have the business that they spent years putting their blood, sweat, and tears into.

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When TV Line asked showrunner Brett Mahoney about the shooting at the end of the episode and if it will lead to a third death, he said, “I won’t say.  I will say that things won’t be the same between the four people that were involved in that.” Mahoney added that the early part of season five will focus on the Lyon family building a new empire.  He teased, “Yes.  But I think it’s going to be a much more difficult process than Cookie thinks it’s going to be.  And it’ll tear at the relationship between Cookie and Lucious and the boys, in terms of trying to achieve that goal.”

 

So, what did you think about the season four finale of Empire?  What did you think about who died?  What did you think about Cookie and Lucious tying the knot?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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EMPIRE Renewed For Season 5!

The Lyon family drama lives on!  News today from Michael Thorn, entertainment president for Fox Broadcasting, confirmed that Empire has been officially renewed for its fifth season!

With only four episodes left in its fourth season, and the Upfronts in New York in just a few weeks previewing the  2018-2019 season for advertisers, this was the perfect time to reveal the pick-up for the sudsy musical drama series.

In his statement, Thorn said of the series: “Empire is as compelling, emotional and unpredictable as it ever was. We are so proud of our amazing cast, led by Terrence and Taraji, who deliver powerful performances week after week. We’d also like to thank our tremendous creative team – Lee, Danny, Brett, Ilene, Sanaa, Brian and Francie – whose inspired storytelling continues to create the unforgettable, jaw-dropping OMG moments that have always been signature to Empire.”

Although the once huge Wednesday juggernaut has slid significantly in the ratings in 14 episodes this season, the show is averaging a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.8 million total viewers — down 31% and 24%, respectively from last season, the series is the network’s second most watched in multi-platform viewing, averaging 11.3 million viewers.

There was no confirmation of how many episodes will be ordered for the fifth season of Empire, but it is says to be most likely 18. (more…)

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