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‘Empire’ Star Says Her Character Tiana Is NOT Based On Teyana Taylor

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Will the real Tiana and Hakeem please stand up?!

Just days ago, Iman Shumpert claimed that characters from the hit show Empire were carbon copies of him, and his girlfriend, Teyana Taylor.

And while Tiana and Hakeem Lyon may vaguely resemble the NBA player and the singer, HipHollywood can confirm that the Empire characters were inspired by a few famous folks, but definitely not Shumpert and Taylor.

HH caught up with Empire actress Serayah McNeill, who plays Tiana on the FOX drama, and she revealed who her character is actually based on. “I talked to writers and I talked to producers about my character and about exactly what their view was and they mentioned people, but they didn’t mention them,” the talented singer stated. “They mentioned Rihanna, Beyonce … powerful women in the industry,” McNeill continued.

Iman has since backtracked on his statements and no longer believes Tiana and Hakeem Lyon are replicas. But the simple fact that he even considered that notion is hilarious.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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