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Empire Rises And Rises And Rises

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The undeniable breakout hit of the season continued its ascension to the stratosphere. The FOX hip-hop drama grew its viewership for an incredible seventh week in a row.

Empire‘s new benchmark is now 13.8 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49. It’s the highest demo rating for a regularly scheduled program on broadcast network in five years. With the season finale just around the corner, I fully expect its unprecedented streak to continue. Can it hit the 6.0 rating?

Taraji P. Henson and Terence Howard grace this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. If you can’t get enough of Cookie and of the soapy program, definitely check out the publication’s feature.

Speaking of soapy goodness, on last night’s episode Jamal (Jussie Smollett) publicly came out in stellar fashion. He reworked the lyrics to one of Luscious’ (Howard) hit, “You’re So Beautiful.” The result was a performance to remember. By far, this is my favorite track from the show yet. Check it out below, if you missed it last night.

relive last night’s fantastic performance

Bryan Singer Adds Ben Hardy To X-Men Apocalypse Cast

In: Donovan, Movies
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Bryan Singer is wise and has good taste. He knows not to pass on a good thing when he sees it.

Ben Hardy initially auditioned to play a young Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse but lost out the role to Tye Sheridan. Singer was so impressed with him, he cast the 24-year-old actor in another role. No word on exactly what key role he’ll play, but speculation is that it might Angel. Hardy is best known for his work in the BBC soap, EastEnders.

Ben joins fellow newbies Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey) and Sheridan (Cyclops) in the superhero franchise. They’ll be welcomed by a returning star-studded cast including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters.

Get to know this sexy little twunk in several shirtless photos below. X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

shirtless pics after the jump

Empire’s Ratings Continue To Rise

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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FOX’s breakout hit continues to break every TV ratings growth rule. This ‘cookie’ isn’t going to crumble anytime soon.

Since its premiere, the total viewers for Empire have risen every single week. Last night, it hit 12.9 million viewers. With regards to the coveted 18-49 demo, the hip-hop drama notched a huge 5.1 rating, up 6 percent from last week.

When EW.com asked one broadcast analyst for a historic comparison, they replied, “Don’t have any new historical references for its post-premiere growth. It has literally exceeded all Nielsen total viewer records to date.” Last week, Empire broke the last existing record when it posted more consecutive ratings gains than any other new broadcast show in at least 23 years. We’re now in uncharted territory folks.

When Empire first premiered, I instantly fell in love. I just hoped the ratings would be solid enough for FOX to renew it for a second season. No need to worry about that anymore. Taraji P. Henson isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Thank God. I live for Cookie Lyons.

Just in case you missed last night’s performances including one from Courtney Love, check them out below. My favorite, though, is the Dire Straits cover though.

watch last night’s performances after the jump

FOX Releases First Scream Queens Teaser

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Fittingly, FOX chose Friday the 13th to debut the first official promo for its new comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens. With filming yet to begin, no footage from the actual series is shown. Instead, a random girl appears blowing a bubblegum. Things go from peppy to bloody real fast in the 12-second teaser.

Scream Queens‘ 15-episode first season, which revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders, premieres this Fall on FOX. It boasts a star-studded cast which includes Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Billie Lourd, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Joe Manganiello and the ultimate ‘scream queen’ Jamie Lee Curtis. Check out the promo below.

watch teaser after the jump

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HOLY FILLER BATMAN. With no “Save Me” songs this week, Mario Lopez draaaaaaaagged out the results. No lie, it took until half way through the show before Lopez announced the first person to advance. Up until then, there was an extensive recap of the previous night’s performances and a group number. For the latter, the Final 4 teamed up to cover “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. Find out who was eliminated below.

Before we get to the eliminations, congratulations to Alex & Sierra for having three tracks on iTunes Top 20 list. “Little Talks” and “Gravity” peaked at #14 and #2 respectively, while last week’s epic “Say Something” cover still sits at #9. Ironically, the original version held down the top slot. Props to Jeff Gutt as well for hitting #5 with his “Hallelujah” rendition.

find out who after the jump

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It’s do or die time for Season 3′s Top 4 acts. Which act will fall just short of making The X Factor finale next week? Surprisingly, it’s a tougher prediction to make. After stealing the show with their chart-topping “Say Something” performance, Carlito Olivero, Jeff Gutt, and Restless Road raised their game to take on Alex and Sierra.

Had you told me at the beginning of the season that Jeff and Carlito were still in it while Demi Lovato’s girls were all gone, I would’ve called you crazy and asked you to share whatever you were smoking.

I love how Demi acknowledged the fact she was the first (again) to have her team completely wiped out. If Simon loses one of his acts tomorrow, then all the judges will have a shot at still winning, with Demi not invited to the party once again. I’m shocked Paulina has anyone left, let alone the fact it’s Carlito. Without further ado, check out all the performances below.

check out all the performances after the jump

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It’s another double elimination on The X Factor. If the FOX show factored in iTunes sales like The Voice, Jeff Gutt, Restless Road and Alex & Sierra wouldn’t be in any danger of leaving. Gutt hit #5 on iTunes rock chart, Restless Road peaked at #2 on the country chart and Alex & Sierra topped iTunes main singles chart. Their “Say Something” cover even bested A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s original version.

Even more impressive is the fact all the downloads were live performances and not studio ones like The Voice releases. Sufficed to say, it’s the best showing for any performance ever on The X Factor. Could that be enough for FOX to renew the show? It certainly makes things more interesting.

In other non-eliminated happenings, Little Mix and Emblem3 engaged in a battle for X Factor supremacy. While the Emblem3 guys are decent eye candy, they were no match for the sassy quartet from the UK. From their vocals to their choreography, everything was tight. I absolutely love these girls. If you haven’t purchased their latest album, Salute, you should (UK release only). It’s EVERYTHING. They’re a modern day All Saints meets Destiny’s Child with a dash of En Vogue realness.

find out who was eliminated after the jump

Who’s Returning For Glee’s 100th Episode?

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When Glee paid tribute to Cory Monteith, many fans were surprised not everyone returned for the special episode. Most notably Dianna Agron (Quinn), since her character and Finn had such a complex history. Speculation began that there was beef between the actress and Lea Michele or Ryan Murphy. All parties involved denied it (naturally of course).

For the FOX show’s milestone 100th episode, Murphy sent out invites to the original cast. One by one, former regular cast members including Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Harry Shum Jr confirmed their participation. While it’s great to see them, today’s announcement is the most exciting. Both Heather Morris and Agron have been added to the returning alums. Morris was written off the show when she announced her pregnancy. In addition to all the above, one notable guest star is also joining the celebration. Find out who below.

find out who after the jump

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