Mariah Carey Records Duet For This Week’s ‘Empire’

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At long last, it appears Mariah Carey is finally coming to “Empire.” The show has teased her potential guest spot seemingly since its inception, but now, at last, it appears the R&B legend is finally coming to the silver screen.

Carey will take on the role of Kitty, an expert musician enlisted to help Jamal, played by the incomparable Jussie Smollett, regain his mojo as a singer. Smollett told Entertainment Weekly that “[Working with Mariah] was great. She’s a sweetheart. She’s a professional and, you know, this is a long time coming.”

Listen to Smollett and Carey’s duet, “Infamous,” recorded for next week’s episode, below.

Carey’s new E! show, “Mariah’s World,” debuts December 4 at 9 PM EST.

“Empire” airs Wednesdays at 9 PM on Fox.

Miami Preview: SLS Hotel South Beach

Like a Floridian Habsburg Vienna, Miami is prone to regular invasions from foreign powers eager to share in its decadence and wealth. Recently Vegas’ Light Group made its first incursion with its BIANCA restaurant and FDR bar at the Delano; and New York’s Thompson Hotels just scooped up and is renovating the Victor Hotel into the Thompson South Beach. Hardly surprisingly, the reigning princes of LA nightlife, sbe, are also feverishly expanding their empire into the Magic City with the opening of the swish new SLS Hotel South Beach. Indeed, with this dazzling new property they are willfully ratcheting up the glam factor of what is already one of the most glamour-mad towns on the planet.
Never one to be outdone, the talent enlisted for the SLS by sbe’s Sam Nazarian is enough to send most of Miami’s hospitality honchos scrambling for a renovation plan. To wit, Lenny Kravitz even had a hand in the design. And with the two eponymous culinary masters helming The Bazaar (by Jose Andres) and Katsuya by Starck, as well as an 8000 square foot outpost of sbe’s Hyde nightclub and rooms flaunting almost Versailles-level opulence, expect a curious convergence of rhapsodizing foodies and lounging beauties.  


New York Opening: Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya at the Thompson LES

Perhaps no New York restaurant "empire" has been built as quietly at that of Blue Ribbon. McNally and Batali are forever in the headlines, while the Bromberg Brothers and their Blue Ribbon restaurants have carried on with the business of cultivating the most devout following in NYC. But the new Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya will be their first foray into the world of fashionable hotel dining–replacing, as it is, the Susur Lee’s ambitious Shang at the Thompson LES.

The new Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is a fun, shareable plates version of their revered sushi eateries, with communal tables contributing to the buzzy vibe, and an understatedly sexy interior. Fitting, for its location in this ceaselessly hip hotel, expect a cool, late night bar scene.

WNYC to Live Tweet Andy Warhol’s 8-Hour-Long ‘Empire’

Empire is an Andy Warhol film from 1964 that’s just one long shot of the Empire State building. It’s eight hours and five minutes, and it’s meant to be watched in full. MoMA is screening it on Friday, and a brave and possibly insane group of art world people, organized by WNYC, will live-tweet the entire thing. It all sounds terribly masochistic, unless they’re planning to make it into a drinking game. I wonder what Warhol himself would have thought of this exercise.

Tweeters include MoMA itself, Hyperallergic, WNYC, and more. If done right, it could be really funny. If done wrong, all them will be getting a swift and irreversible unfollow from me. The level of boring-ness of an event must be directly proportional to how entertaining the tweets are, generally speaking (see: all awards shows, episodes of Real Housewives). Lots of respect for those involved, though — it’s going to be a marathon. I couldn’t even make it through the six-minute clip WNYC put on their website:

Plus, it’ll be 60 degrees on Friday and everyone else in the city will be frolicking outside somewhere. Good luck, WNYC.