09:02 PM EDT 10/13/2015
Originally posted 09/24/2015 09:45AM
Empire returned for season 2 with a vengeance on Wednesday night – and plenty of appearances by A-list celebrities.
The most notable guest stars were Oscar winner Marisa Tomei as Mimi Whiteman, a record company investor being wooed by Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), and comedian Chris Rock as the long-feared drug kingpin Frank Gathers who ends up in prison alongside Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) – and wants Cookie punished for snitching on him all those years ago. SPOILER ALERT: Only one character made it out of the premiere alive.
Originally posted 09/23/2015 09:00PM
Fox's breakout, buzzed-about smash hit Empire starts its second season Wednesday, and it's very much like the first: Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon remains the most wildly entertaining character in any primetime drama.
Originally posted 09/23/2015 04:35PM
While we're obviously excited to see the return of Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Jamal (Jussie Smollett) and the rest of the Lyon family, we're also dying to find out what the new season's influx of guest stars will bring to the table.
Of all the big names looking to make their mark on Empire this year – including Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Swizz Beatz and Henson's own favorite newcomer Vivica A. Fox – these are the six guest stars we can't wait to meet ....
Originally posted 08/06/2015 10:35PM
[YOUTUBE "h9bSk7ZedEU"] The full trailer for the new season of Empire is here and it's so good we've watched it multiple times.
Originally posted 07/02/2015 06:40PM
The Empire continues to grow.
After an incredibly well-received first season, Fox's hit hip-hop drama is set to return in the fall with an even more epic cast.
Joining the Taraji P. Henson- and Terrence Howard-led cast is Marisa Tomei, who will appear as a recurring character during the show's second season.
Originally posted 02/09/2012 11:30AM
Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei recently traveled to Italy to investigate a murder mystery – and no, that's not the plot of her latest on-screen project.
Tomei, 47, made the journey to look into the death of her great-grandfather, as part of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, which gives celebrities a chance to delve into their heritage. The Ides of March star examined records at an Italian church in order to piece together her family history.
Growing up, family legend was that the actress's great-grandfather was a womanizer and a gambler whose philandering ways led to him being fatally shot in a bar, according to the NBC show. But documents that Tomei uncovered in Italy cited his cause of death as "illness."
Originally posted 10/05/2011 01:35PM
Lady Gaga, meet Lifetime.
The cable network is developing a biopic about the pop superstar titled Fame Monster: The Lady Gaga Story.
According to Showbiz411.com, the project is "a love letter to Gaga" and follows her from age 16 through her rise to fame.
Originally posted 08/30/2011 11:10AM
He has a big film premiere coming up – but first George Clooney was all about relaxation.
The recently single actor hosted a group of friends – including pals Cindy Crawford, her husband Rande Gerber, as well as his The Ides of March costars Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood – at his Lake Como, Italy, villa over the weekend.
On Sunday, the group enjoyed a boat trip – and shared cocktails as they took in the scenery. Gerber and Crawford managed to do a little paddleboarding, as well.
Originally posted 12/20/2008 01:25PM
Marisa Tomei has done her fair share of nude scenes, but even she was somewhat wary of dancing around in a G-string – and nothing else – in her role as a stripper opposite Micky Rourke, in The Wrestler.
"The script called for certain points where the [Rourke's character] has to put money in my G-string, so I definitely had to be wearing a G-string – I couldn't be wearing boy shorts," the My Cousin Vinny Oscar winner, 44, confesses to Premiere.
"And I didn't really want to be topless in every single dance number ... but there were certain things called for in the plot, and then I wanted to feel comfortable as her and I wanted it to be flattering."
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