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Rumer Willis Joins The Cast Of EMPIRE!

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Fox’s Empire has added Demi Moore (Ex-Jackie Templeton, GH) and Bruce Willis’ daughter, Rumer Willis, to the cast in a recurring role in season three! Willis, who recently appeaed on Dancing with the Stars is set to play the character of Tory Ash.

According to Deadline, Tory is said to be a brilliant but volatile singer/songwriter whose talent becomes invaluable to Jamal (Jussie Smollett) as he creates his most important musical work yet. Her own attempt to make a crossover comeback and her unwillingness to shy away from controversy will have ripple effects throughout Empire.

Rumer joins the list of guest stars for the current season of the hip hop sudser which include: Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, Birdman and French Montana.

No word yet as to Willis’ first airdate on Empire, but one would expect her to appear after the midseason finale.

So, what do you think of Rumer joining Empire? Comment below!

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Rumer impressed me with her strong work ethic and talent on DWTS and on Broadway. I look forward to seeing her on Empire.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I like her as well as mamie marmorstein or whatever Meryl Streeps daughter name is she’s good too

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

So I think the powers that be should knock off the anti Semitic digs. We have the Jewish consultant who says to him, when he disagrees with her opinion…”I thought ‘you people’ we’re good at business.” In episode six we’re introduced to a geeking guy with a Jewish last name who’s supposed to be a computer genius. Lucious: (referring to the character’s last name…”Is that Bissowitz or Piiowitz?” At the board meeting regarding an email scandal…Andre to board member…”how ’bout I tell about the member who paid for sex…” Lucious: “You mean Papa Bernstein?”

Love the double standard. Cut it out!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Correction: Becky says to the new Jewish consultant…”I thought you people were good at business.”

Geeky not geeking

“Bissowitz or Pissowitz?”

davlestev1
davlestev1

You gotta consider the voices heard part of Lee Daniels…have you seen old Loony Tune cartoons from back in the day? Hollywood didn’t even bother to mask it’s bigotry. In one cartoon the train or bus stops in lazy town and every character is coal black with big red lips..bones in the nose and saying things like i’ll buss yo haid…it’s more i think a here’s what we feel like when we see and hear what others fail to..jmo

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi davlestev1…

Yes, we’re all aware of racism that went on back in the day and how black people were portrayed. As we can see from the Trump campaign thru today, hate is very much alive and well. Hate toward Jews never went away…maybe just got buried a tiny bit. There’s a lot of anti semitism sprouting up. Jewish students are getting beaten up on college campuses around the nation because of opposing views on Israel.

I particularly resent anti semitism from the black community and I think there needs to be some education about the Jewish culture and how they stood up for black rights. About..3/4 of whites who marched for civil rights were Jewish. It were Jewish boys who were killed while doing so. Jews also were instrumental in founding the NAACP.

There is a lot of anti Semitic comments that have been spoken by black leaders and celebrities…from Al Shsrpton, Jesse Jackson, Farrakhan to Spike Lee, rappers, Whitney Houston, etc.

Jewish people make up quite a bit of supporters for BLM. Meantime, BLM’s founders are anti Semites who are against Jews and Israel.

I’m sick of the double standard and I think in this day and age to make such sickening references is disgusting. The show features black people and gay people, two groups who have had to fight discrimination. To perpetuate and insult Jewish people is the epitome of hypocrisy and bigotry. No excuse…

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Jussie Smollett Cut From Rest Of Season Of EMPIRE; Tells Cast He’s Innocent Of Charges

Following the turn of events for Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon, Empire) where he was arrested and charged on multiple felony counts and then posted bail, the producers of Fox’s sudsy primetime drama have decided to pull him from the remaining two episodes of the season.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” executive producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo, and Dennis Hammer said in a statement this morning following the legal fallout for Jussie Smollett and his arrest stemming from an alleged hate crime reported on January 29th that he staged on himself.

The producers went on to say: “Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

This happened even after Smollett returned to work on Thursday, and even after the actor/singer reportedly apologized to the cast and crew of Empire for any embarrassment the recent allegations may have caused, but at the same time, sources reported, that he maintained that he was innocent,

According to CNN: “The person at the meeting said they were shocked and dismayed that Smollett stuck to his story of innocence. For the most part, the source said, Smollett paraphrased what was in the statement that his attorney put out that afternoon, blaming the legal system and the media for his woes.”

So, what do you think of the Empire producers decision to cut Smollett from the last two shows of the season? What do you think of Jussie still maintaining his innocence to the cast? Comment below.

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‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Turns Himself In After Being Charged With Allegedly Filing False Police Report & Facing Criminal Charges

In major developments in the last several hours, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon, Empire) turned himself in to Chicago police early Thursday morning, just hours after he was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself late in January on the streets in Chicago.

In a press conference currently being conducted by the CPD supervisor, Eddie Johnson and Commander Edward Wodnick, they revealed that Smollett turned himself in quietly and without issue.   In addition, the Chicago PD are outlining the events and timeline that led to Smollett’s arrest.

Smollett turned himself in at the Central District police station in Chicago at 5 a.m., police reported.  Thursday morning, Smollett was scheduled to appear for a bail hearing Thursday at 1:30pm central time on a felony charge of a class 4 disorderly conduct, and with that charge Smollett could face up to 1.5 years in prison.

Jussie’s attorney’s released the following statement on Wednesday night after Smollett was charged by the Chicago PD: “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

Smollett reported that he has been attacked as he was walking home around.  He claimed two masked men shouted racist and homophobic slurs as they beat him, put a noose around his neck, and poured a chemical on to him.

Enter two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, who Smollett knew, who were arrested last week, but later released as suspects. The two brothers told police they helped stage the attack with Smollett.  They were paid $3,500 to orchestrate the attack by Smollett.  In their press conference, the Chicago PD revealed that they have the check as evidence were Smollett paid the brothers that sum.

The brothers left for Nigeria hours after the attack, and were arrested days later when they returned to Chicago.   On Wednesday, they testified to a grand jury. Smollett was later charged with disorderly conduct.

What do you think now about the events and the arrest of Jussie Smollett?  Comment below! But first watch the Chicago PD police department.live feed of the press conference on Smollett’s arrest.

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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Light Of Attack Investigation

As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

What are your thoughts on the latest developments in the Smollett case and Empire reducing his appearances for the remainder of the season? Comment below.

 

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