Shade Court: Matt Lauer, a Confused Business Insider and Queen Cookie

Does anyone else find it amazing that, after 19 weeks of Shade Court, there's still an enormous group of people who are still out there embarrassing themselves? I'm just kidding, that's not surprising at all. In this week's Shade Court, Matt Lauer tries to get back at Ellen, Drake's fans go H.A.M. on Chris Brown and… » 2/27/15 5:10pm Friday 5:10pm

​Bryshere Gray On Playing Empire's Bad Boy, Rihanna & 'Drip Drop' Tees

Bryshere Gray seems to have moments when the spirit of Hakeem Lyon inhabits his body. In January, the 21-year-old actor who plays Empire's most incendiary son did an interview with Swag Magazine (Swag. Magazine.) to promote the series. When asked about what motivates him as a musician, Gray replied, "I can't even… » 2/25/15 12:00pm 2/25/15 12:00pm

On Loving and Hating Terrence Howard as Empire's Lucious

In the pilot for Empire, Lucious Lyon was pure evil, more of a straight-up villain than an anti-hero. This meant he had a long way to go to be likable. Lucious had the greatest potential character arc and the most tragic flaws to overcome, including homophobia. The writers have so far succeeded in making him one of… » 2/19/15 3:15pm 2/19/15 3:15pm

Enter Cookie: An Empire Supercut

Knowing how to make an entrance is a crucial part of being a pop cultural icon. When Fox's nighttime soap Empire debuted three weeks ago, Taraji P. Henson's character Cookie stole the show the instant she sashayed out of jail and started wreaking havoc in whatever room she entered. She's been stealing it ever since.… » 1/29/15 11:06pm 1/29/15 11:06pm

Empire's Stylist Explains Cookie's Bossed-Up Fashion Game

Cookie Lyon's bossed-up wardrobe is one of the reasons she's the real star of Empire. She's never seen on screen without some over-the-top fur or leopard garb. The show's costume designer Rita McGhee is the woman who keeps Taraji P. Henson's character and the rest of the cast properly flossed. » 1/28/15 5:50pm 1/28/15 5:50pm

Taraji P. Henson's Evil, Lovable 'Cookie' Makes Empire Worth a Watch

After previewing the sloppy yet moderately intriguing pilot for Empire, a drama about a dysfunctional music-business family, there's one reason I'm giving it a shot. Cookie. Although Terrence Howard is billed as the star (he plays the rotten record label magnate Lucious Lyon), Taraji P. Henson is a bigger draw as the… » 1/07/15 6:00pm 1/07/15 6:00pm