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Forest Whitaker Signs On for Multi-Episode Arc on Empire!

Oscar®-winning actor Forest Whitaker is joining the cast of Empire for a multi-episode arc during the show’s fourth season.

Whitaker will play “Uncle Eddie,” a charismatic music icon and bonafide hitmaker, who gave an unknown Lucious his first radio airplay.

Empire returns on Wednesday, September 27th (8/7C).

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It’s Almost an Empire Christmas!

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When you think of Christmas, Lucious and Cookie Lyon might not be the first names you think of.

Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, though, are hosting FOX’s yuletide special, Taraji and Terence’s White Hot Holidays – with guests Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx and John Legend.

Henson & Howard (not a bad name for a band/law firm) will perform a duet (details TBA, probably on the show) while Blige, Foxx and Legend will perform their takes on holiday standards. Plus, surprise guests!

Taraji and Terence’s White Hot Holidays airs on FOX on Wednesday, dec. 9th (9/8C). For more, follow the jump.

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Wayward Pines – Good Weird Fun!

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While on assignment to find two fellow Secret Service agents who have gone missing, Special Agent Ethan Burke wakes up in a forest of pine trees. He stumbles into the lovely town of Wayward Pines shortly thereafter. Then things go terribly awry.

From the Lost-ian opening shot to the Twin Peaks-like mountain town to echoes of The Prisoner’s prison, The Village, Wayward Pines has fun playing off expectations in unexpected ways – wearing its influences on its sleeve – but only on its sleeve.

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FOX’s Wayward Pines Gets Global Preview!

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In its first ever global preview event, FOX is making the series premiere of M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines available for free via pay-TV providers FOX NOW and FOX.com, domestically, and Facebook worldwide on pay-tv providers FOX Play and International FOX.com pages.

The eerie series follows a Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) as he tries to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents in the seemingly bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID.

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Live The Life of a Music Mogul For a Day! Enter FOX’s Run Empire For a Day Sweepstakes!

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FOX’s Empire centers on Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard), head of Empire Records – and his efforts to ensure that his legacy will not be carried on and not wasted/destroyed by his greedy family.

Leading up to the premiere of Empire on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, FOX is holding the Run Empire For a Day Sweepstakes. The winner of which will receive a trip to Los Angeles and a VIP Experience at Empire’s premiere party.  Entries close on December 15th. Follow the jump for details.

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Powerful Trailer: Empire!

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I’m sure there were some people who laughed when Lee Daniels said he was going to make a black Dynasty for television. Well, it’s almost here – and here’s the first teaser trailer to prove it.

Empire stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson and will premiere on FOX in 2015. Follow the jump to check out the teaser.

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Movie Review – Iron Man Flies, but doesn’t Quite Soar!

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After a year of speculation, spoilers, and marketing hype. The summer film season kicks off, not with a bang and not a whimper. One of my most anticipated films of 2008 – Iron Man is finally here in all it’s technicolor glory!  I liked this movie a lot, technically it’s brilliant, acting is spot on, but it was missing something that I couldn’t put my finger on what.  From the moment this movie was announced every decision by Director Jon Favreau has been spot on. Casting  Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark was truly inspired. This film rests squarely on Downey’s shoulders and he takes the ball and scores a touchdown.  He was born to play this part. He’s perfectly sarcastic, vapid, yet brilliant and roguish. Could not have been happier with his performance.  In the Pantheon of Marvel Characters, Iron Man was always a major player in the Marvel Universe, but he’s never been a fan favorite and recently Marvel has turned Tony into a completely unlikable, know it all dick.  The movie version of Tony is more circa 80s Stark – pre-alcoholism.

When I first watched the trailer on my computer, it was the first time where I had concerns about this film. I thought it looked way too fake. But within the context of the film, everything works perfectly. Never once do you not believe that this suit is real. Favreau spends so much time showing the construction of this armor and the entire testing process that when we finally see him take off you buy into it. Stan Winston did an incredible job designing the Mark III Armor. It’s straight out of the comic book and is exactly how I always imagined Iron Man’s Armor in a live action film to look like. It’s a brilliant mix of CGI and practical SFX. But here’s my problem with the film, I kept trying to force a connection to it and wondering why I’m not LOVING this movie. I liked it a hell of a lot but didn’t LOVE it.  I think it comes down to the lack of real tension. Everything felt slightly plastic and a little too technical. With no real peril or villains.

When Stark does his first bit of Super-Hero work it’s against some nameless terrorist group. That is not clearly defined or established enough to make us care. All of the violence is done off camera as well. This leads to several weird edit moments where Iron Man is blowing up bad guys left and right, we see the repulser blasts, stuff getting blown up, but we never really see the bad guys get what’s coming to them, it’s all done off camera. I’m not one who needs to see blood and guts, but in a film like this it lacks an edge that it sorely needs.  It’s interesting the Favreau and his writers decided to go this route instead of using Iron-Man’s signature nemesis The Mandarin. He clearly wanted to focus all the attention on telling us who Tony Stark was before worrying about the villains. Which is where most Super Hero films falter.  Now that we have a clear idea who Stark is, Favreau can use the next film to give us Mandarin.  It’s funny, as an avid Iron-Man fan from back in the day, I can’t name any of Iron’s enemies, he doesn’t have a very good Rogues Gallery. Who would be good in this movie? Stiltman? Stingray?

The cast was perfect, Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes was done really well and Tony’s long suffering secretary Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) was nicely done. Jeff Bridges was barely recognizable as (Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger).  The movie’s only down moment came in final fight between Iron Man and Iron Monger was disappointing at best. Turned into a really lame Transformers rip-off.  Iron-Man is a great kick off to a front loaded Summer Blockbuster season and this is a fabulous start to the Iron-Man franchise. Bring on The Mandarin.

Final Grade A-

EM Review by
Michelle Alexandria
Originally Posted 5.2.08

Iron Man: Marvel’s Right Wing Superhero Soars!

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Tony Stark [Robert Downey Jr.] is a hedonistic billionaire weapons manufacturer until a trip to Afghanistan for a weapons demonstration ends with him in the hands of terrorists. He builds himself a suit of iron armor to escape and goes on to put together a more refined version to enable him to save the people who have been put in harm’s way by his company’s weapons.

Iron Man is about a lot of things: a modern knight in shining armor; crazed ambition; superheroics; even innovative CGI [check out Stark manipulating CG plans as if they were the real thing]. Oddly enough, despite its political ramifications and good old-fashioned superheroic fun, in the end, Iron Man is about a guy who goes through a kind of reverse mid-life crisis. The hedonistic, irresponsible Stark metamorphoses into a more – dare I say – mature adult by deciding to kill his company’s weapons making business in favor of some thing more planet friendly.

Downey isn’t working in a vacuum, either. It’s been a while since Gwyneth Paltrow has glowed so brightly on the big screen – here playing Stark’s right-hand person with considerable aplomb [watching her keep Stark on his toes is a delight]. Jeff Bridges makes for an affably deceptive villain and Terrence Howard makes his small role as Stark’s best friend shine.

While the action scenes aren’t as accomplished as something by Michael Bay, they come off better because director Jon Favreau understands that it’s the characters that make everything else in the film work. He keeps the pace high enough to prevent lessening of interest and knows how to make the film’s effects serve the story. This is a film with surprising wit and genuine intelligence.

Final Grade: A-